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  1. Woman pouring coffee into a copper Ember mug

    Give the gift of warm drinks with an Ember temperature-controlled mug. As of Dec. 5, here are our picks for the best Ember Mug deals:

    • BEST EMBER MUG2 DEAL: The Ember Mug² is equipped with a built-in battery and includes a charging coaster $90.95 $129.95 (save $39) 

    • BEST EMBER TRAVEL MUG2 DEAL: The Ember Travel Mug² maintains your chosen temperature for three hours on a single charge — $139.95 $199.95 (save $60)


    With exactly 20 days until Christmas, shoppers might be starting to feel overwhelmed. After a Black Friday season that basically lasted two months, we understand.

    If you’re in panic mode and are struggling to find last-minute gifts for everyone on your list, we have a gift idea that’s perfect for anyone who enjoys a cozy night spent snuggled up on the couch or a warm cup of coffee in the morning: an Ember temperature-controlled mug.

    Best Ember mug deal 

    Why we like it 

    The Ember Mug² is designed with a built-in battery that can hold a set temperature (120°F – 145°F) for 1.5 hours. This smart mug can also maintain an all-day temperature with the Ember charging coaster, which is included. The Ember Mug² is not dishwasher safe.

    Best Ember travel mug deal 

    Why we like it 

    The Ember Travel Mug² is designed to keep your beverages hot on the go. This smart mug can maintain a set temperature for three hours or all day on the included charging coaster. Additionally, the Ember Travel Mug² features an LED display that lets you know when it’s reached your desired temperature. The display also alerts you when the mug needs charging or when your beverage has reached a temperature that’s too hot to drink.

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  2. sony wireless bluetooth speaker

    Save up to 42%: As of Monday, Dec. 5, you can save more than $200 on a pair of Sony Bluetooth wireless speakers on Amazon. These are the best deals:

    BEST BASS-HEAVY SPEAKER DEAL: Sony SRS-XB23 EXTRA BASS Wireless Bluetooth Portable Lightweight Travel Speaker$64 $109.99 (save $45.99)

    BEST PARTY-FRIENDLY SPEAKER DEAL: Sony SRS-XG500 X-Series Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker$298 $499.99 (save $201.99)


    If you need to get your home party-ready for the holidays, might we suggest investing in a great pair of portable Bluetooth speakers? Not only will you be able to carry them around from room to room (and to your pool when summer hits!), but you'll also be able to completely control your music experience, no phone required.

    However, we understand that the costs for a really great pair of Bluetooth wireless speakers can be pretty high, which is why we're obsessed with this deal from Amazon: Some incredible Sony Bluetooth wireless speakers are on sale right now for more than 40% off, saving you hundreds on some pretty great options. Here are the best deals to shop:

    Best Bass-Heavy Speaker Deal

    Why we love it

    This super portable wireless speaker has a loud, extra-bass sound, equipped with 12 hours of battery life and a compact, lightweight design. But don't be fooled: This powerful little device also comes equipped with Party Connect, which means that it can sync up to 100 more speakers for a party option like none other.

    Best Party-Friendly Speaker Deal

    Why We Love It:

    Although a bit heavier than the previous speaker mentioned, the Sony SRS-XG500 X-Series Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker is ideal for people who want something more sturdy. It has a subtle LED ring for all the vibes, and also comes equipped with two woofers, two tweeters, and X-Balanced Speakers for powerful bass and balanced sound. With a 30-hour battery life and ultra-quick charging, it's great for those who want the party to go on until the early hours of the morning.

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  3. Man on bike in desert wearing a Samsung smartwatch.

    SAVE $70: As of Dec. 5, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Titanium Smartwatch, 45mm is now on sale at Best Buy for $379.99. That's a savings of 15%.


    Winter is a great time for skiers and snowboarders to hit their workout and endurance goals. Having a decent smartwatch comes in handy during harsh weather conditions. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is the perfect companion and fitness tracker for adventurers and winter fitness enthusiasts.

    As of Dec. 5, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Titanium Smartwatch, 45mm is on sale for $379.99 at Best Buy. Usually $449.99, this discount is part of today's Best Buy 20 Days of Deals, also known as Deal of the Day. The retailer will honor the price of all of its Deals of the Day until 11:59 pm Central Time (CT), so make sure to check this out before the clock runs out.

    This smartwatch includes a GPS system so you can stay on the right course all through your outdoor workout adventures. An improved sensor allows the smartwatch to get a better read on your skin allowing you to get more accurate stats — and a better handle on where you are with your goals. Train with peace of mind knowing that this smartwatch is equipped with a Sapphire Crystal Glass Display and titanium case.

    You can also pair this smartwatch with your Galaxy devices. Do you like kayaking or doing water sports? No worries. The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro is water-resistant for up to 50 meters. Some users explain that the GPS system can take some getting used to, and the watch itself skews big on people with smaller wrists. However, its improved battery life is a game-changer.

    Bonus tip: If you have a previously-loved Samsung watch, Best Buy may be able to provide an additional discount for your trade-in. Check this deal out while it lasts.

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  4. A woman is staring at the sky while using her phone

    Stargazing and astrophotography have gained ground as popular hobbies in recent years, however, investing in suitable optical equipment does not come cheap. But since it's the holiday season, there are deals on some of the best telescopes — now is the right time to bag some cool equipment.

    Celestron is offering a range of telescopes on Amazon on Dec. 5 with discounts up to $100. Here are some eye-catching products from the company worth taking a look at.

    Best Telescope for Beginners

    Why we like it

    Refractor Telescopes are beginner-friendly, and if you're looking to purchase a well-rounded, easy to use piece, the Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ Telescope is your best bet. The lightweight optical tool has an easy setup, and it comes with a tripod stand with adjustable height. The 70mm is suitable for gazing at celestial objects in the night sky, as well as landscapes on the horizon. One downside is the comparatively low aperture — it doesn't make for the most detailed images while gazing. The deal includes free accessories such as two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm) and a red dot finderscope tool that makes it easier to locate objects in the night sky. Also included for free is a star diagonal, which makes for more comfortable viewing angles and prevents neck strains.

    Best Compact Telescope Deal

    Why we like it

    Telescopes can take up ample storage space in your closet, and if you're looking for an extremely portable telescope that's also easy on the pocket, you're in the right place. Observers need to simply move the tube in the concerned direction to stargaze or observe other celestial bodies. The one drawback is that the telescope has a short base, which could make it a little uncomfortable for you, but that makes it a perfect gift for your children.

    Best Reflector Telescope Deal

    Why we like it

    The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD Newtonian Reflector Telescope is available on Amazon for $279.99, which is its lowest price on the retailer in over two years. The 130mm glass lens provides you with sufficient brightness and great image clarity while viewing distant objects, and the German equatorial mount is better than standard fork mounts for viewing celestial bodies. This deal also comes with a motor drive, which enables more accurate tracking of objects by allowing you to maintain complete control over the scope. Additionally, a free Starry Night software package has been bundled with this deal, which is a detailed and useful guide to astronomy.

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  5. Two women at airport

    Let’s face it — the holidays can be exhausting. After all of the shopping and family time, don’t you wish you could just chill out poolside or on a tropical beach with a cocktail for a few days?

    Get on Booking.com’s early 2023 travel deals and you can. You’ll save at least 15% off select hotels when you book and stay by March 31. Think about it: You can throw your bikini or board shorts into your suitcase and be chilling on a beach by next weekend. Here are just a few of the dreamy places you can go with Booking.com. Now stop dreaming and make it happen.

    Check out Cancún

    tropical beach in Cancun Mexico
    Credit: Алексей Облов / Getty Images

    If you're into walking on white-sand beaches, swimming in the Caribbean, and exploring ancient Mayan ruins, you should definitely check out Cancún like right now. Book your stay with Booking.com and you’ll save at least 15% on everything from luxe beachfront hotels to eco-chic properties and all-inclusive stays.

    Chill out in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas Strip at night
    Credit: RebeccaAng / Getty Images

    Ready to park yourself by the poolside bar and then dance until the sun comes up? Maybe you want to check out the buzz on the Strip or mountain bike through desert canyons. Whatever it is you crave, Vegas is an ideal weekend escape and you’ll save 15% or more on sweet selected hotels at Booking.com.

    Hit the rink in New York City

    New York City skyline
    Credit: Alexander Spatari / Getty Images

    New York is magical in the winter and a great time to visit because there are fewer tourists. If you’ve been wanting to visit the city that never sleeps but your budget has been holding you back, jump on Booking.com’s 15% or more off early 2023 travel deals. Then lace up your skates and hit the ice rink in Central Park, visit a few museums, and eat amazing food for days.

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  6. crest white strips

    Want a whiter, brighter smile for the holidays? As of Dec. 5, there are some great deals available on Crest Whitestrips teeth whitening kits on Amazon. Here are our favorite ones:

    BEST EXPRESS TEETH WHITENING KIT: Crest 3D Whitestrips, Radiant Express with LED Accelerator Light$44.99 $77.99 (SAVE $33)

    BEST PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING KIT: Crest 3D Whitestrips, Professional Effects$29.99 $45.99 (SAVE $16)


    With the holidays coming up, expect a ton of photos and wide, cheesy smiles. If you and your family like to go down memory lane and take pictures of every aspect of the holidays—from the pie to your faces—then having white teeth is a necessity. Instead of running straight to the dentist, a teeth-whitening kit is a much more convenient way to get those pearly whites shining again.

    There are several amazing teeth-whitening kits available on the market right now, but they can definitely add up in price if you're not careful. Thankfully, Amazon is running a pretty sweet deal on Crest 3D Whitestrips right now, with options starting at 35% off. Here are the best ones to shop:

    Best Express Teeth Whitening Kit

    Why We Love It:

    Those short on time should absolutely opt for the Crest 3D Whitestrips, Radiant Express with LED Accelerator Light Best Professional Teeth Whitening Kit: Not only does it work to make your teeth 32 levels whiter in 20 days, it uses professional-grade hydrogen peroxide to scrub out stubborn stains fast. It's entirely enamel-safe, and recommended by dentists worldwide.

    Why We Love It:

    As good as a visit to the dentist's office, the Crest 3D Whitestrips, Professional Effects pack will remove years of stains in just an hour. Those using it for 22 days straight also report that their teeth were 20 levels lighter after finishing the pack, so you know it'll work its magic, no matter how many coffees you drink a day.

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  7. Face mask sitting on pile of money

    The U.S. government has just confirmed the first official case of pandemic fraud linked to foreign state-sponsored hackers.

    At least $20 million in COVID relief funds have been stolen by the China-based, state-sponsored hacking group, APT41, according to the Secret Service per NBC News. And officials believe there is much more of this going on that's yet to be discovered as over 1,000 related investigations are underway.

    APT41 is a sophisticated group that has carried out high-level attacks on the U.S. before. The hackers have honed their craft targeting developers through software flaws in order to directly infiltrate platforms and systems. For example, in 2019, APT41 stole text messages from thousands of phone numbers by infecting telecommunications companies with malware

    In 2020, cybersecurity experts reported a spike in hacking attacks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A major player causing that spike? APT41. According to researchers, the group targeted numerous healthcare groups, media organizations, and manufacturers in North America, Europe, and Asia.

    A new study from the Department of Labor concluded that an estimated $46 billion was procured fraudulently from the COVID-19 pandemic unemployment insurance relief funds in total. Some experts believe that figure could be even higher. And security researchers say it's likely foreign-sponsored bad actors took up a chunk of that total amount, too. 

    The Secret Service declined to give any more information about the attack, according to NBC News. Although officials confirmed that there are a multitude of investigations into this type of fraud, involving both domestic and international actors. And APT41 is a "notable player in these investigations." 

    At this time, it's unclear whether the Chinese government directed this specific APT41 attack, stealing COVID relief funds.

    “I’ve never seen them target government money before,” said one expert from cybersecurity company Mandiant to NBC News. “That would be an escalation.”

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  8. a goblin holding a pumpkin

    The whole word is going goblin mode, it seems. The good folks over at Oxford, the published behind the Oxford English Dictionary, announced that "goblin mode" was 2022's Word of the Year.

    In what is surely not a coincidence, this is also the first year Oxford opened the competition to a public vote. Basically we've got Boaty McBoatface redux. It was a landslide victory — BBC reported "goblin mode" got 93 percent of the more than 300,000 votes. "Metaverse" finished second. Sorry, Zuck.

    Oxford says its Word of the Year is intended to reflect the "ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past twelve months" and that it typically "has potential as a term of lasting cultural significance." While I respect that "goblin mode" won, I am going out on a limb here by saying it might not have the lasting significance of past winners such as "vax" (2021) or "selfie" (2013).

    In case you're not a Super Online person, "goblin mode" started as a meme. It means getting kind of gross, but in a chaotic, self-centered way. Oxford defined it as "a type of behaviour [sic] which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations." Side note: I love seeing the fancy "iour" to describe "goblin mode."

    If you need examples, I've got you. I'll go goblin mode and eat cold leftovers out of the fridge with my hands. It is certainly goblin mode when I chug a cold brew then take a nap. Spending all the day in the dark in sweatpants? Goblin mode.

    The phrase took off in February, seemingly as a reaction to a return to "normalcy" after COVID-19 restrictions lifted.

    Oxford wrote: "It captured the prevailing mood of individuals who rejected the idea of returning to ‘normal life’, or rebelled against the increasingly unattainable aesthetic standards and unsustainable lifestyles exhibited on social media."

    It's been a big couple years for all things goblin. The goblincore aesthetic — think: eerie, occult, nature-focused imagery — took off during the worst of the pandemic as folks hunkered down in their homes. This year, some Spotify users were surprised to see their Wrapped describe their moods as goblincore.

    Maybe I'm wrong, and this whole goblin thing will change our lexicon forever. But, more likely, in a few years we'll all look back on "goblin mode" and chuckle. And it's definitely better than "metaverse."

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  9. Disney+ logo

    SAVE $30: Disney+ is raising its prices on Dec. 8. If you want to save some cash before the price hike hits, sign up for an annual subscription to Disney+ Premium ASAP for $79.99/year.


    Disney+ may be getting more expensive in a few days, but there’s still a way to lock in the current prices. If you purchase an annual plan on or before Dec. 7, you can save up to $30 on Disney+ Premium.

    With Disney’s annual Disney+ Premium plan, subscribers can stream Disney+ ad-free and download Disney+ content to watch on the go. On Dec. 8, this plan will increase from $79.99/year to $109.99/year.

    For Disney fans who want to continue paying $7.99 monthly, there will still be an option for you. Disney is launching a new ad-supported subscription titled Disney+ Basic beginning on Dec. 8, and this plan will remain at the previous monthly price. Those who prefer an ad-free experience, however, will soon be asked to pay $10.99/month to stream Disney+ without ads (unless you sign up for an annual plan before the price change goes into effect).

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  10. Kitchen Aid stand mixer, crock pot, and Bella Pro air fryer against a purple background

    Ready to upgrade your kitchen? Here are some of the best kitchen appliance deals as of Dec. 5.

    The holidays are a great time to upgrade your kitchen appliance setup. You can focus on how much these gadgets will help you cook for guests, but they're also a great gift to future you. Meal prep, making deserts, and healthy alternatives to uber-fried food will be a breeze with these new kitchen toys.

    Why we like it

    Classic and dependable, this stainless steel Crock-Pot delivers the slow-cooked meals the Crock-Pot is known for. It also includes a powerful high setting for stews, soups, and roasts. Even better? You can remove the ceramic insert and use it in the oven as long as you keep the temperature at 400°F or below. Remember to remove the lid when doing this.

    Why we like it

    If you need to make quick and healthy meals, this Bella Pro Digital Air Fryer is the kitchen gadget for you. With its 8-quart capacity, you can meal prep for yourself or have dinner ready for the entire family in a pinch. Another stainless steel beauty, the included pan and tray are dishwasher-safe for added convenience. Check this deal out at Best Buy while it lasts.

    Why we like it

    Desert aficionados swear by KitchenAid stand mixers for a reason. This KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series is sturdy, elegant, and versatile. It includes 10 speeds as well as separate attachments so you can get through various tasks and deliver a delicious meal every time.

    More deals like this

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  11. FurZapper® Pet Hair Removers on a blue background.

    TL;DR: As of Dec. 5, you can get a pair of FurZapper® Pet Hair Removers for just $12.99 instead of $14.99 — that's a 13% discount.


    You love your pets and they love you. As wonderful and cuddly as your pets might be, all that fur gets around. It has to go somewhere, and that happens to be everywhere, especially your clothes. Spring has to come eventually, and those winter coats aren't going to stick around forever, but you can still prepare. The FurZapper® Pet Hair Remover for Clothes and Laundry goes in the laundry and helps keep your clothes fur-free, and you can get a two-pack for just $12.99. 

    Clean laundry without pet fur 

    This Shark Tank success story is almost suspiciously simple. Silicone is often used in animal grooming tools because fur clings to it so well. It’s not a reach then to use that same material to clean the fur off your clothes, and what better place to do it than in the wash? 

    The fur zapper is a hypoallergenic, reusable washer buddy that doesn't even need to be cleaned. It circulates with your laundry and snatches up the clinging pet fur, letting it rinse down the drain. Throw it in the dryer just like the rest of your clothes to take care of even more fur. It can’t promise to remove 100% of the fur on your clothes, but it may help you cut down on re-washing. The FurZapper® is even safe for kids, and it might even help your washer and dryer last a bit longer. 

    A simple way to get cat hair off your clothes

    On average, dogs have about two million hairs per square foot. It may feel like every last one of those is decorating your holiday sweater, but there’s an easy treatment. Get a pair of FurZapper® Pet Hair Removers on sale for $12.99 (reg. $14). 

    Prices subject to change.

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  12. Apple MR headset render

    Apple's fabled mixed reality headset just keeps being pushed into the future.

    This is according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that the launch of the headset might get pushed into the second half of 2023 due to "software-related issues."

    The components for the MR headset are still on scheduled to be mass shipped in the first half of 2023, Kuo tweeted. However, given the postponed launch of the product itself, Apple will likely ship less than 500,000 units next year, according to Kuo.

    It's unclear whether the delay will affect the media event announcing the MR headset, which Kuo previously estimated to be scheduled for January 2023.

    We've been hearing about Apple's MR headset for years. In January last year, Bloomberg said the launch likely won't happen until the end of 2022. A few months later, Kuo predicted a "mid-2022" release for the device, but that never materialized, and Apple didn't even mention anything about it at WWDC in June 2022.

    As for what the MR headset will actually be like, Bloomberg claims that Apple is likely to first launch a high-end, expensive device, followed by a cheaper one a few years later. The pricier version – the one that will supposedly launch in the second half of 2023 – will reportedly come with Apple's M2 chip, more than 10 cameras (both outside and inside the device), and very high resolution displays.

    It's worth noting that reports about Apple's MR headset keep resurfacing every year, but the alleged launch date keeps morphing into a later one. Perhaps 2023 is the year when it finally happens, but we won't be holding our breath.

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  13. Person typing on a laptop.

    TL;DR: As of Dec. 5, you can get the Apple MacBook Air 13" Refurbished for just $388.99 instead of $1,249 — that's a 68% discount.


    The new year is on the way, and it might be time to upgrade your computer. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to start budgeting for the newest computer. You may be able to find a more affordable option by shopping for refurbished devices. This MacBook Air only has minor superficial signs of use, but it’s been marked down to $388.99. 

    An affordable way to upgrade to a new computer 

    If you want a laptop that’s lightweight and great for multitasking, then you could get a lot of mileage out of this MacBook Air. Working on the go may be easier with a computer that weighs under three pounds. Bounce between apps on a whim and get the most out of 8GB RAM. If you need a bit more power to run demanding apps, turn on the Turbo Boost: 2.7GHz and see if that cuts down on lag time. The turbo may be particularly useful if you notice any lag while running art or design programs. This MacBook comes with a 128GB SSD, which runs silently and is a lot easier on your computer fan.

    Put the 13-inch display and Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPU to work streaming movies in HD. You could even connect a few Bluetooth speakers and create your own surround sound. Plus, this model of MacBook still has plenty of ports for hardware connections. That includes two USB ports, a headphone jack, and a Thunderbolt port, and there’s also a place to pop in an SD card. Naturally, there’s a port for the charger, and a MagSafe charger is included. 

    Score a new computer for a low price 

    Let your old laptop rest now that upgrading doesn’t have to break the bank, and is more eco-friendly than buying brand-new. For a limited time, get a refurbished Apple MacBook Air on sale for $388.99, marked down from $1,249. 

    Prices subject to change.

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  14. Abstract digital human head constructing from cubes.

    An influx of vibrant AI self portraits has taken over social media in the past week. Each of these are a rendered image of someone's face, created by Lensa. The viral image editing app, created by Prisma AI, morphs selfies into what the company refers to as "magic avatars". But, as with nearly everything on the internet, things aren't as simple as they appear.

    Here's everything you need to know about the new feature — and its accompanying controversies.

    What does Lensa AI do? How do I get it?

    Lensa AI is an image editing app, available on the App Store and Google Play. Despite the recent surge in interest, it's been around since 2018, and according to Prisma, has "millions of users". Several celebrities have posted recent portraits, including Pose and Loot star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and Ghosts star Danielle Pinnock.

    According to Lensa's site, the app takes photos "to the next level" with various tools including Face Retouch and Magic Correction that "perfect the facial imperfections". But when it comes to the app's distinctive, exaggerated AI portraits, these aren't purely the result of filters. Instead, they're created with a feature that requires uploading 10 to 20 pictures of yourself. "These AI avatars are generated from scratch but with your face in mind," the company explains, promising "hundreds of artworks created by #artificialintelligence for you!"

    Lensa's avatars aren't a free feature; you can purchase them starting at $3.99 for 50 images. Lensa AI's virality has skyrocketed since the feature — it currently sits at the number one spot on the App Store's Photo and Video chart. Yes, memes have begun.

    What data does Lensa AI collect?

    Lensa and parent company Prisma have encountered controversy, primarily as a result of the company's privacy policy. Across the internet, people are skeptical about how their data is being used via Lensa — like you should with any company. While Prisma/Lensa says that it "do[es] not use photos you provide...for any reason other than to apply different stylized filters or effects to them," the company retains personal data for a time not specified in the privacy policy.

    Individuals can email [email protected] to request "access to, modification, correction, update, erasure or deletion" of any personal data provided to Prisma through Lensa, the company says. But the policy also states, "We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect."

    Notably, in Prisma's terms and conditions, separate to the privacy policy, the company declares that "you retain all rights in and to your user content" but immediately deploys something here known as as a Company License, "for the limited purpose of operating, developing, providing and improving Prisma and researching, developing and improving our existing and new products." By using the product, you are granting this license to the company, according to the site.

    So, this is what you're agreeing to by using Lensa, as per the T&Cs:

    You grant us a perpetual, revocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, create derivative works from and transfer your User Content, without any additional compensation to you and always subject to your additional explicit consent for such use where required by applicable law and as stated in our Privacy Policy.

    You grant us consent to use the User Content, regardless of whether it includes an individual’s name, likeness or persona, sufficient to indicate the individual’s identity. You further acknowledge and agree that our use of your User Content will not result in any injury to you or to any person you authorized to act on your behalf.

    Just so you know!

    Anything else I should know about Lensa?

    Beyond the terms, there's also controversy surrounding the actual art being created on Lensa. People are have criticized the app's approach to designing portraits of women and minorities. Some have said their portraits have been overly sexualized, for example.

    Another major criticism is against using AI art at all, with many citing that these pieces are either stealing from or erasing the work of artists, many of whom are marginalized individuals. A thread by voice artist Jenny Yokobori explained that AI apps creating art, such as Lensa, "are predatory and intend to replace artists".

    So while the app is still wildly popular — and potentially fun — there's a whole lot to consider before using it to create your next profile picture.

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  15. Triptych of Harry and Meghan kissing in a photobooth

    The official trailer for Netflix's long-awaited Harry and Meghan documentary is finally here and, um, wow.

    The film was notably helmed by the couple themselves (who signed a major deal with the streaming company in 2020) and promises to tell their version of events that led them to step down from their official roles as senior royals. A move that's since been dubbed "Megxit."

    "The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy," says Harry in the trailer, his words set poignantly to video footage of his mother, Princess Diana, who before her death, spoke out about her experiences during her marriage to King Charles III.

    Across six episodes released in two volumes, the documentary (from Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning Love, Marilyn, Becoming Cousteau, and What Happened Miss Simone? director Liz Garbus) tells the story of the couple's early courtship, alongside commentary from family and friends — many of whom have never spoken publicly about the events that unfolded.

    "I realised, they're never going to protect you," says Meghan in the trailer.

    The trailer ends with Harry's words: "No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth."

    Harry and Meghan Volume I is streaming on Netflix from Dec. 8, Volume II lands on Dec. 15.

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  16.  The Big Island's Mauna Loa Volcano erupts on November 28, 2022 on the Island of Hawaii.

    The largest active volcano on Earth, Mauna Loa, has erupted and you can stream it live.

    Mauna Loa began erupting on Nov. 27, 2022 at around 11:30 p.m, from its location within in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). By the following morning, the eruption had moved to what's known as the upper Northeast Rift Zone, traveling toward the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road), and it's here within this Rift Zone the USGS expects all eruptive activity to remain. No homes or buildings are currently at risk, which is always good news.

    Taller than Mount Everest and dominating the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa towers at 13,796 feet (4,205 meters) above sea level with an extra 19,700 feet (6,000 metres) in the ocean depths — making its total height around 33,500 feet (10,211 metres). The mountain's surface area sits at about 5,100 square kilometres (1900 square miles) — so, yeah, it's a colossal one. It looms over its neighbour, Kilauea, which last erupted in 2018. Mauna Loa hasn't erupted since 1984.

    Currently, there is one active fissure (referred to by scientists as fissure three) that is seeing several lava flows, which have slowed down over the past few days but this may vary over the next few weeks according to the USGS — flatter land means slower rates, and blockages mean breakouts down different courses. As of Sunday, the lava flow rate was reported at 40 feet per hour (12 metres).

    What you're looking at above is the 24/7 livestream of the active fissure, where several webcams capture the lava glowing and flowing, and you can see the fissure is issuing volcanic gas plumes, which includes sulphur dioxide (SO2). There's plenty of other videos on the USGS YouTube channel, including some incredible lava fountaining.

    You can check out the USGS website for updates, follow USGS Volcanoes on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, check out the Mauna Loa eruption map as well as the Hawaii County volcano hazard map, sign up for county alerts, and residents with emergency questions can check out the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency site.

    And if you're wondering, yes, Mauna Loa is on our list of favourite volcanoes, and yes we've ranked them.

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  17. Nothing phone

    Nothing Phone (1), the first smartphone from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's tech startup Nothing, was a breath of fresh air in the somewhat stale Android phone scene when it launched this summer. With a cool, transparent design, decent specs, several unique features, and a fair price, it was an interesting alternative to far pricier flagships from renowned phone makers.

    But the Nothing Phone (1), which was available in Europe, Middle East, and Asia, never officially came to the U.S. and Canada.

    This might change by the time Nothing launches its second smartphone. Company founder Pei spoke to CNBC and explained why the Nothing Phone (1) never reached America.

    “The reason why we didn’t launch in the U.S. is because you need a lot of additional technical support, to support all the carriers and their unique customizations that they need to make on top of Android. We felt that we weren’t ready before,” he said.

    The good news is that Pei claims the company is "in discussions with some carriers in the U.S. to potentially launch a future product there."

    Nothing's recently launched Ear (stick) earbuds are available in the U.S. and they're doing quite well, according to Pei, who claims a third of Ear (stick) sales come from the country. According to CNBC, Nothing has sold half a million Phone (1) units, and 600,000 Ear (1) earbuds — the company's other noise-cancelling, wireless charging earbuds — globally so far.

    Pei's goals for Nothing are to become profitable in 2024 (the company is still losing money, he said) and, ultimately, to challenge Apple's iPhone in the U.S.

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  18. A man stands in an overgrown city.

    After a wild first season, Netflix's other highly stressful battle royale series, Alice in Borderland, is coming back for another round. Netflix dropped the trailer on Sunday at Brazil's annual entertainment expo, Comic Con Experience (CCXP).

    Based on by Haro Aso's manga of the same name and directed by Shinsuke Sato, Season 2 sees Arisu (Kento Yamazaki) and Usagi (Tao Tsuchiya) return after the big gamemaster reveal of the first season's finale. They're still trying to get back to the parallel/real Tokyo by earning "visas" through a series of pretty messed up games, which promise to be more dangerous than ever. Plus, there are new players to defeat and new terrain to traverse, including a formidable looking shipping container maze.

    Alice in Borderland Season 2 is streaming on Netflix from Dec. 22.

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