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  1. SAVE $148: There's no need to spend a small fortune on clean floors. The iRobot Roomba 676 robot vacuum is on sale for only $177 at Walmart as of June 23 — that's about 46% in savings. From emptying the dishwasher to dusting the ceiling fans, your list of chores can feel overwhelming. Take a load off this season and recruit a robot vacuum — it won't make your whole list go away, but it will clean your floors. The iRobot Roomba 676 robot vacuum will only cost you $177 at Walmart as of June 23. That's $148 off its suggested retail price of $324.99 and the same record-low price we saw during last year's Black Friday shopping season. Part of iRobot's entry-level 600 series, the Roomba 676 offers a standard clean to keep floors tidy on a daily basis. It uses a three-stage cleaning system to lift dirt, dust, and debris from carpets and hard floors alike, while an edge-sweeping brush tackles the corners and edges like a champ. And its "Dirt Detect" technology allows the 676 to double down on cleaning the dirtiest areas in your home. While it doesn't have a self-emptying dock, fancy navigation, or top-of-the-line suction, it is a solid everyday vacuum — more than OK for daily cleans. Opens in a new tab Credit: iRobot iRobot Roomba 676 robot vacuum (opens in a new tab) $177 at Walmart (save $148) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  2. Are you ready for a shell with a googly eye to make you cry? I wasn't. Sure, I remember the hoopla that arose in 2010 (yes, 12 years ago), when Marcel the Shell with Shoes On became a YouTube sensation and a twee meme. But frankly, I never got the appeal of the little critter, who mumbled about being small and the big world he didn't understand. All these years later though, Marcel is back with a feature film and a mindful, willfully silly exploration of loss that had even this hard-shelled critic cracking up and breaking down. Like the YouTube shorts, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On centers on conversations between the titular mollusk and a curious documentarian. In the movie, these exchanges blossom into a quest to search for Marcel's long-lost family, who'd been scattered to the winds through a cruel twist of fate. Fascinated but also driven to help, the documentarian uploads videos of Marcel online, hoping internet attention will yield search results. Along the way, many adorable shenanigans occur, involving pesky dogs, a rolling tennis ball, his beloved grandma Connie (voiced by Isabella Rossellini), and 60 Minutes' television journalist Lesley Stahl. Yet amid these bursts of playful fun, there are tender tangles of loss. There's the loss of Marcel's family, but other avenues of grief surface. His grandmother is growing frail and Marcel's tiny voice trembles as he tries to shield them both from the inevitable. But beyond this, there's a grief that plays with the miracle of this movie's creation. To explain that, let's take a step back. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On contains a meta level of loss. Credit: A24 Originally, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On was a joint project between comedian Jenny Slate and her future husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp. He was the inquisitive "documentarian," and she was the plucky shell. Since then, Slate and Fleischer-Camp have divorced. She had a very public romance with Chris Evans, then went on to marry someone else in 2021. (12 years is a long time.) For Fleischer-Camp's part, his private life has been less public. Nonetheless, life undeniably moves on. And yet, here he is, returning not only to this collaboration but also to the role of a documentarian. And in Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Dean the documentarian meets Marcel because he's going through a break-up, necessitating the rental of this shell-inhabited Airbnb. It's hard not to see it as a nod to he and Slate's own history. SEE ALSO: 'After Yang' review: Colin Farrell shines in soft sci-fi that hits hard So, in a sense, both Marcel and documentarian Dean are grappling with how loss can radically change their respective worlds. In that, they found each other and a friendship that inspired both to open up and grow. Because no matter how much we lose, no matter how hard it hits, no matter how much it hurts, the sun will rise, the moon will set, and life will go on whether we like it or not. It's a gentle promise that life can be hard and ridiculous, but isn't there something wondrous in that? "A space in my heart gets bigger and louder every day," Marcel says to explain the gnawing grief of being wretched from his loved ones. But as he says this, Dean is at his side. And while the image is pleasantly ridiculous, a sneakered shell next to a towering hipster intellectual, it's heartwarming. It's a gentle promise that life can be hard and ridiculous, but isn't there something wondrous in that? Marcel the Shell with Shoes On reflects on fame and internet fandom. Credit: A24 In this journey, Fleischer-Camp, who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Elisabeth Holm and Nick Paley, pokes at internet fame's double-edged sword. Fans who love Marcel become at first a pleasure, then a pain as their fandom becomes territorial, disrupting his quiet life. "It's an audience," Marcel scolds a cajoling Dean, "not a community." This wariness does not dip into bitterness over Marcel's real-world origins. But it is a smarting contrast to so much of the movie's sweetness, which urges audiences to consider what lies beneath such a sharp remark. SEE ALSO: 'The Fallout' is a surprisingly funny and deeply cathartic exploration of grief Already online, there's been some backlash against the movie's perceived earnestness, assumed to be sickening and patronizing to its adult audience. First off, if a grown-up movie wants to be silly and sweet unrelentingly, that's how you get Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, which is superb cinema. Secondly, despite what its detractors have assumed (sight unseen, as far as I can tell), Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is not an incessantly nice movie meant to swaddle adults in its nostalgia and cuteness. Slate and Fleischer-Camp might lure us in with the familiar hook of a cuddly mollusk who muses about lint balls and coos about a "sad type of idiot." But beyond that familiarity, they delve into troubling waters of what growing up and growing old brings on. Troubles we can't predict. Losses we can't control. Grief we can't escape, even if you happen to be a plucky shell with shoes on. Despite what its detractors have assumed...'Marcel' is not an incessantly nice movie meant to swaddle adults in its nostalgia and cuteness. In the end, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is more than the sum of its quirks. Sure, A24 and the feature film upgrade mean more articulated animation and some celebrity cameos. But beneath the surface of the glossy glow-up, Marcel has matured. Fleischer-Camp and Slate have joined forces to share a layered story that urges us to laugh, and cry, and maybe find the inspiration not to take life so seriously. Take splendor in the sweet, the silly, and even the sad, and you'll relish Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On opens in limited release June 22; expands nationwide July 15. View the full article
  3. Welcome to Thanks, I Love It, our series highlighting something onscreen we're obsessed with this week. Pixar has a knack for creating montages that absolutely wreck you emotionally. Think the sweet but lonely sequence where Wall-E takes care of a hibernating Eve, or Joe Gardner's flashbacks to his life on Earth in Soul. And it's impossible to forget the greatest of all Pixar montages: Carl and Ellie's married life in Up. This streak of tearjerking Pixar montages continues in the sci-fi adventure Lightyear. A quasi-prequel to Toy Story, this film's first act sees Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans) and the Space Rangers stranded on an unknown planet. The rest of his crew, including his friend and commander Alisha Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba), build a settlement, but Buzz throws himself into test flights that he hopes will fix their hyperdrive and allow them all to go home. However, in the relatively short time he's gone in space, approximately four years pass on the planet. So while Alisha matures and starts a family, Buzz stays the same age. Lightyear's montage deftly consolidates all this information into a series of short, moving vignettes. Again and again, Buzz flies out into space, and again and again, he fails. Every time he returns, he checks in with an aging Alisha. We see her get engaged, then married to her wife Kiko. They have a son and celebrate his graduation. The family invites Buzz to their 40th wedding anniversary, where that once-cut gay kiss occurs. Then, after one flight, Buzz returns and finds Alisha's room empty. It's a real punch to the gut, and one that I can't help but compare to the moment in Up when you realize Ellie has passed away. Both Lightyear's and Up's montages trace the relationships between two characters over time. So, it's devastating when you realize that one of those characters is gone. It's also a testament to both Lightyear and Up's storytelling capabilities that both films are able to squeeze an entire life — and the impact of its loss — into such a short amount of time. To learn more about how Lightyear stuck the landing on its pivotal montage, Mashable spoke to the film's director and co-writer Angus MacLane and composer Michael Giacchino. SEE ALSO: 'Lightyear' review: Chris Evans brings superhero drama to Buzz Lightyear Getting the Lightyear montage exactly right Lightyear and Hawthorne, an iconic duo. Credit: Pixar When it came to fine-tuning the Lightyear montage, MacLane decided that less was more. "The montage actually used to include more," MacLane told Mashable over a Zoom interview. "There were check-ins with Sox [voiced by Peter Sohn], and you saw more of Alisha's life, but it ended up being the wrong rhythm for how much the audience could digest for that moment. It was a lot of trial and error." This trial and error included cutting assets that would have been too complicated or taken too long to animate. For example, the original plan for the montage included different iterations of autopilot I.V.A.N. as time went on. "It wasn't cost-effective to do different shaped I.V.A.N.s only for one-shot for a few frames. That would take forever," MacLane said. He noted that one of the biggest challenges of this montage was the sheer number of shots and assets within them. So, it was important to streamline the sequence while keeping the story's main focus intact. That focus is on Buzz's spaceflights and his brief glimpses of Alisha's life on the planet. As Buzz watches the arc of Alisha's life play out in flashes, we see his panic that he may not be able to get her and the rest of the crew off-planet. But we also see just how happy Alisha is in this unexpected life path. As she notes to Buzz before the montage kicks off, she may never have met Kiko if the mission had gone according to plan. The juxtaposition of Alisha's happiness and Buzz's frustration is bittersweet, yet it's the perfect way to demonstrate just how differently time is working for both of them. How to score a pitch-perfect Pixar montage Buzz sets out on another test flight. Credit: Pixar Adding another layer to the effectiveness of this montage is Michael Giacchino's score. Giacchino is no stranger to composing music for iconic Pixar montages, having scored Up and its "Married Life" sequence. However, for Lightyear, Giacchino found himself in a very different emotional mindset. "You always try to identify what is going on emotionally with these characters, and in this case, there was a desperation involved in what Buzz was trying to do," Giacchino told Mashable over Zoom. "With Up it was a very different thing. It was a much more melancholy and nostalgic look at a person's life. [Buzz] was somebody who was desperately trying to save the lives of the people around him, and he had this immense weight on his shoulders." If you listen to the score from this scene — "Mission Perpetual" on the Lightyear soundtrack — that desperation comes through, building more and more as the song goes on. What starts as a hopeful mission becomes layered with frantic urgency. By the end, you feel like you're straining to reach an unreachable goal right alongside Buzz. "I wanted to make sure that [the score conveyed] not only the sadness of missing all of these years of the people who are closest to you in your life," Giacchino said, "But the desperation of trying to fix it before it's too late for them." If that sounds heavy, that's because it is! This montage and the accompanying music carry a lot of emotional weight. You feel the full impact of that in the sudden silence that follows Buzz discovering Alisha is gone, and then in the ensuing scene where he processes her death ("The Lone Space Ranger" on the Lightyear soundtrack). It's proof that Pixar's montage game — and its ability to break us during the first act of its movies — remains unbeatable. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to "Mission Perpetual" and have an existential crisis. Lightyear is now in theaters. View the full article
  4. Save 40% on your entire order, plus a treat: Through June 27, GlassesUSA is offering 40% off all orders as well as a rare 20% discount on all designer frames from Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley, and more. Planning a summer wardrobe is hard when mercurial gas prices could throw a wrench in travel plans at any moment. But you know what goes with everything? Glasses. Grab a fun new pair of regular eyeglasses, blue light blockers, or sunglasses at GlassesUSA's 40% off sale. (That 40% applies to your entire order.) Sales on frames often exclude designer frames completely, but through June 27, you can also score a pair of Ray-Bans or Gucci shades for 20% off. From oversized to cat eye to your classic round or rectangle shape, GlassesUSA has options. With such a lenient send-back policy — free shipping and returns, plus your choice of exchange, refund, or store credit — there's no reason not to experiment with a few designs (and maybe a fun colorful tortoiseshell). Opens in a new tab Credit: GlassesUSA 40% off your order plus 20% off designer frames (opens in a new tab) Shop GlassesUSA Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  5. A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit the Chicago-based organization that empowers urban growersView the full article
  6. Your dead loved ones are never really gone, they're just trapped inside Amazon's voice-assisted devices. Wednesday, at Amazon's conference re:MARS (machine learning, automation, robotics, and space) Rohit Prasad, SVP and head scientist of Alexa AI announced Alexa's new supernatural talent: the ability to mimic someone's voice using less than a minute of recording. A spokesperson said in an email this is something Amazon has been exploring based on recent advancements in TTS (text-to-speech) technology. Amazon didn't have a specific timeline to share, only that is it something it is currently working on. SEE ALSO: Amazon lets anyone answer Alexa questions. Trolls are loving it. Prasad described the voices of dead loved ones as a primary use case for this feature citing attributes of empathy and affect as keys to building trust with a companion, in this case, an AI-powered device. "These attributes have become even more important in the times of the ongoing pandemic when so many of us have lost someone we love," said Prasad. "While AI can't eliminate that pain of loss it can definitely make their memories last." In the demo, a young boy is seen lying on the couch and flipping through a book. He then asks, "Alexa can Grandma finish reading me the Wizard of Oz." Alexa says, "OK," and Grandma's voice starts reading as the boy happily listens while thumbing through the book. Something tells me not everyone would react so calmly when they hear the voice of a dead loved one through an AI device. View the full article
  7. SAVE $150: As of June 23, Amazon's high-tech Echo Frames are a cool $150 off the original price ahead of Prime Day. Prime members can grab a pair for just $99.99. Are you an early adopter of the latest and greatest tech? Have you ever wanted to cosplay as agent Ethan Hunt after watching Mission: Impossible one too many times? If you said yes to either or both, we think you may be the type of person who needs a pair of smart eyeglasses in their life. Amazon is offering its smart Echo Frames to Prime members for $150 off their original price before Prime Day officially begins on July 12. Why wait until the big day? Snag a pair now and lock in the deal. Ethan Hunt would do it. SEE ALSO: Amazon's early Prime Day deals have arrived. Here's what you need to know. What do the Echo Frames do, exactly? Well, lots of things. They can basically do most things an Alexa smart speaker can do, like play music, set reminders, make calls, tell you the weather forecast, and more. The coolest part, though, is that you can see notifications as they come in on the lenses of your glasses. Welcome to the future. Also, they have built-in X-ray vision. (OK, that part isn't true.) Opens in a new tab Credit: Amazon Amazon Echo Frames (opens in a new tab) Save $150 at Amazon Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  8. Free money alert: You can scoop up a $20 credit for Prime Day just by trying Amazon Photos for the first time at some point through July 8. To participate, simply download and boot up the free Amazon Photos app (available on desktop, iOS, and Android). Once you're signed in, all you need to do is upload at least one picture and turn the app's Auto-Save feature to automatically back it up. Boom. Done. SEE ALSO: Amazon's early Prime Day deals have arrived. Here's what you need to know. Amazon will send you an email within four days to confirm that the credit has been applied to your account, and to provide instructions on how to redeem it come Prime Day (which is on July 12 and 13 this year). You'll be able to put it toward any $40-plus purchase of products sold by Amazon.com or Amazon.com Services LLC — look for "sold by Amazon.com" or "sold by Amazon.com Services LLC" under the "Add to Cart" button in the right-hand column of product pages. Amazon Photos is available for anyone with an Amazon account (though you're limited to 5GB of storage without a Prime membership), so feel free to keep using it even when you're doing securing that $20 credit. Beyond cloud backups, the app can also be used to order prints and personalize Echo Show and Fire TV devices with your snapshots. This is just one of many ways you can earn free Prime Day credits this year: Amazon is also doling them out to people who see Lightyear or Elvis in theaters, as well as customers who spend at least $75 on Procter & Gamble products. Opens in a new tab Credit: Amazon Amazon Photos (opens in a new tab) Get a $20 credit for Prime Day when you back up pictures through July 8 Get the App (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  9. Creators Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp reintroduce us to the internet phenomenon that is Marcel the Shell in his first feature film. View the full article
  10. The fifth volume of the band’s long-running compilation series is out in SeptemberView the full article
  11. She’s joined by Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy for an Amazon Original track engineered by Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff)View the full article
  12. Around October 2020 a Twitter user called ‘MrMoneyBags‘ began posting critical messages targeting billionaires. Brian Sheth, the former President of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity fund based in Austin, Texas, received special attention. MrMoneyBags posted six tweets accompanied by photos, with added commentary relating to Sheth’s wealth and his alleged lifestyle. “Brian Sheth has upgraded in his personal life. The only thing better than having a wife … is having a hot young girlfriend,” said MrMoneyBags, referencing a photo of a woman in a bikini and high heels. Other tweets continued along the same lines, sometimes hinting at an extramarital affair between the woman and Sheth. Soon after and in mysterious circumstances, copyright law entered the equation. DMCA Takedowns Followed by DMCA Subpoena On October 29, 2020, a business entity called Bayside Advisory LLC contacted Twitter stating that since it owns the copyrights in the six photos, they should be taken down under the DMCA. Twitter later fulfilled its obligations under copyright law by removing them but Bayside was only just getting started. After the DMCA takedowns were sent to Twitter, Bayside registered copyrights in the photos, went to court, and obtained a DMCA subpoena requiring Twitter to hand over information sufficient to identify MrMoneyBags, thereby removing their anonymity. Twitter objected to the subpoena, arguing that disclosure would undermine its user’s First Amendment rights. The company also expressed concern that via the DMCA subpoena, copyright law was being used to suppress criticism or rumors of extramarital affairs. Furthermore, Twitter said that Bayside was in no position to claim copyright infringement to obtain the details of the alleged infringer (MrMoneyBags). Since the speech attached to the photographs constituted fair use, there was no infringer to identify. Twitter’s motion to quash the subpoena was met with opposition from Bayside. In response Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu issued an order offering MrMoneyBags an opportunity to anonymously file evidence in support of Twitter and to argue that the photos were used on a fair use basis. The court received no response. The Judge noted that the lack of a “well-developed record” in the case meant that a finding of non-infringement based on fair use wasn’t possible without evidence from MrMoneyBags. As a result, Bayside’s motion to compel was granted in late 2021 but Twitter objected and declined to hand over MrMoneyBags’ details. Twitter Moves to Overturn Magistrate’s Order In January 2022, the case was reassigned to District Judge Vince Chhabria and within weeks the Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed an amicus brief, arguing that the magistrate’s ruling “sidestepped the First Amendment” when it focused solely on whether MrMoneyBags’ tweets made fair use of the photos. “Narrowing the inquiry to focus exclusively on whether copyright infringement occurred incorrectly allows the nature of the claim to drive the analysis, rather than the nature of the speech at issue,” the brief noted. Noting that the tweets appeared to be “noncommercial, transformative, critical commentary — classic fair uses,” the brief argued that even if Bayside had a viable infringement claim, it could not show that unmasking the Twitter user was truly necessary to advance its interests, and that those interests outweighed the harm that would result. Public Citizen later submitted a brief that supported Twitter and similar platforms to defend the First Amendment rights of their users (pdf). A brief submitted by the Copyright Alliance was mainly concerned with keeping a tight rein on existing practices for dealing with copyright infringement disputes. One part noted that MrMoneyBags could have taken “the simple step” of submitting a DMCA counter-notice if they believed their use of the photos was fair (pdf). Of course, that would’ve meant MrMoneyBags’s real name and address being handed to Bayside months earlier. It would’ve have negated the need for this entire case, which was clearly aimed at protecting his identity from the shadowy Bayside entity and whoever is pulling the strings behind the scenes. As it later turned out, Bayside’s dubious nature played a major role in tainting its own case. Judge Chhabria Sides With Twitter In an order handed down this week, Judge Chhabria first challenges Bayside’s assertion that a provision in the DMCA subpoena process divests the court of authority to consider the merits of a copyright claim (or issues of First Amendment privilege) when faced with a motion to compel or quash a DMCA subpoena. “Bayside’s reading of the DMCA raises serious constitutional concerns. After all, it is not enough to say that a speaker could assert their right to anonymity after their identity has been revealed; at that point, the damage will have been done. Fortunately, the statute does not compel (or permit) this result,” Judge Chhabria writes. A recipient of a DMCA subpoena may move to quash it on the basis that the subpoena would require disclosure of material protected by the First Amendment, his order clarifies. “Bayside next argues that, to the extent MoneyBags has any First Amendment interest in this case, it is wholly accounted for through copyright’s fair use analysis, which allows the public to use copyrighted works in certain circumstances without facing liability,” the Judge continues. “But while it may be true that the fair use analysis wholly encompasses free expression concerns in some cases, that is not true in all cases — and it is not true in a case like this. That is because it is possible for a speaker’s interest in anonymity to extend beyond the alleged infringement.” Addressing Bayside’s assertion that MrMoneyBags’ absence from the case dooms Twitter’s motion, the Judge disagrees. His appearance would’ve been helpful but wasn’t absolutely necessary since Twitter’s interest in the dispute aligns with his – both have an interest in MrMoneyBags’ ability to speak his mind on the Twitter platform without facing retaliation. Hiring a lawyer to litigate a copyright claim can be very expensive too, so out of concern, a speaker may opt to stop speaking rather than assert their right to do so anonymously. “Indeed, there is some evidence that this is what happened here: MoneyBags has not tweeted since Twitter was ordered to notify him of this dispute.” Two-Step Test and Fair Use For a litigant to unmask the identity of an anonymous internet user in this type of case, the party seeking the disclosure must first demonstrate a prima facie case on the merits of its underlying claim. The second step sees the court balancing the need for such discovery against the First Amendment interest at stake. According to the Judge, Bayside’s underlying claim – that of copyright infringement – fails when subjected to the four factors of fair use. 1) At the time the photos were used, MrMoneyBags’ Twitter account had a small following with just a handful of likes, retweets or comments, something that rules out commercial use. MrMoneyBags’ use of the photos alongside his own biting commentary and criticism led to a transformative use that reflected his “apparent distaste for the lifestyle and moral compass of one-percenters,” the order notes. 2) As to the nature of the copyrighted works, the Judge assessed some as the kind of material people might post to Facebook or Instagram. Others were more artistic, with elements such as lighting, positioning and wardrobe giving the appearance of intentional selection. Unfortunately, Bayside provided no evidence about the photographs themselves, including where they were taken, by whom, the photographic subjects involved, or whether there was actually any attempt by the photographer to influence the creative process. As a result, the Judge finds this factor to be “largely inconclusive.” 3) On the amount of the copyrighted content used, in the context of a photograph that “is not meaningfully divisible”, the Judge finds the third factor ‘neutral’. 4) When considering the effect of the use on the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work, the Judge says that determining market harm is difficult when a use is transformative and non-commercial. Bayside claimed that it licenses photos for commercial exploitation but the Judge didn’t buy that, especially since the company offered no evidence to show market harm. Taking all of these factors into account, Bayside has not demonstrated a prima facie case of copyright infringement. Even if it had, the Judge says that the subpoena would still need to be quashed since the balance of equities tilts in favor of MrMoneyBags and his right to remain anonymous. “Unmasking MoneyBags thus risks exposing him to ‘economic or official retaliation’ by Sheth or his associates,” the Judge writes, before diving down the Bayside rabbit hole. The Bayside Mystery ‘Makes a Difference’ According to the order, the Court is not assured that Bayside has no connection to Brian Sheth. Bayside was not formed until the month the tweets were posted and the entity had never registered any copyrights until the registration of the six photographs. That there is no publicly available information about Bayside’s principals, staff, physical location, formation or purposes, and that the entity declined to present additional evidence or information that might help the court, seems to have sounded alarm bells. Indeed, the Judge concludes by handing a win to Twitter (and by extension MrMoneyBags) and quashing the DMCA subpoena, with a barbed comment aimed at a shadowy entity that values anonymity, as long as it’s theirs. “Bayside’s choice not to supplement the record makes it quite easy to balance MoneyBags’s interest in preserving his anonymity against Bayside’s alleged interest in protecting its apparent copyrights,” Judge Chhabria writes. “On this record, even if Bayside had made a prima facie showing of copyright infringement, the Court would quash the subpoena in a heartbeat.” Documents for the entire legal saga can be found here From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  13. Receiving props from renowned DJ such as Perel, Tjade, Konstantin Sibold, Doctr, SYN has been a name circulating and gathering momentum. Already picking up key editorial playlists such as Hot New Dance and Deephouse Delight and huge radios in Holland such as Slam FM (NL) and Artifaktor Radio (MX) her signature radio friendly and melodic sound continues to grow in listenership. Today, we have the privilege to share with you the latest smash single to her portfolio, ‘Desire’. With super catchy chorus melodies, bouncing plucks and a clever summer inspire groove we are huge fans of this release! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: SYN Drops Super Catchy Synth Pop Anthem, ‘Desire’ View the full article
  14. The success story of manager Alex Akleh is like that of a fairytale. When artists like ACRAZE blast off to the top of every chart overnight, people love to boast how they were “there before he blew up”, but no one has the right to this claim like Alex does. Not only has he been managing him from the very start, but it’s largely due to his unwavering hustle and tenacity that ACRAZE’s instant stardom was made possible. What began as a switch-up of styles eventually became the notorious “Do It To It”, which now has billions of plays and seems to be superglued to the top of dance charts. ACRAZE has since gone from Orlando crowds in the double digits to jam-packed mainstage performances at some of the world’s biggest festivals, all with Alex Akleh dealing the cards right behind the scenes. Most recently, he’s secured ACRAZE a remunerative signing deal on Capitol Records. Despite the extent of Alex’s success, business was not always easy for the 27 year old entrepreneur. His work ethic and determination carried him out of a tough childhood and into an impressive self-taught skill set which earned him a solid footing in the industry. With a passion for not only music and business, but also a genuine will to help others reach their full potential, Alex has achieved a definitive reputation as a master of the craft and a game-changer for aspiring artists and businesses. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Industry Spotlight on Acraze Manager, ‘Alex Akleh’ View the full article
  15. In 2022, the ladies are bringing back classic Dance music. Eli Barillas is no exception to creating heartfelt music. The singer/songwriter has been building her career since 2010. She began to create Youtube videos showcasing her authentic persona and raw singing talent. Barillas also taught herself how to play the piano throughout this process. After her move to L.A. in 2020, Eli released her most notable project thus far, “ELI” It’s worth pointing out that Keyyz executively produced and wrote this entire project. Catchy melodies and unwavering groove find symbiotic harmony on a track whose wisdom is just as palpable as it is understated. Though “Liquid Tears” is one of the most energetic tracks from Barillas to date, her near-universal affinity for admired songwriting isn’t lost as she widens her scope and hones her sound. With more music slated for the near future as spring turns to summer, Eli Barillas is an artist that needs to stay on your radar. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Eli Barillas Proves Her Prowess In Anticipated Single “Liquid Tears” View the full article
  16. Emmy Raver-Lampman, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, and cast of The Umbrella Academy, bring us up to speed on what has happened to our superheroes up to the moment season 3 begins. The new season premieres June 22nd on Netflix. View the full article
  17. You don’t need us to tell you that the past few years were a challenging time for the global healthcare system. You likely gleaned it from the headlines with every refresh — the shortage of hospital beds, a deluge of news and complicated medical information, and patients being turned away for annual wellness exams, mental health visits, and even chemotherapy treatments. This is where patient advocacy groups, or PAGs, have stepped up to meet the evolving needs of patients. Patient advocacy groups are organizations that provide education, resources, support services and more to patients and their caregivers. Basically, PAGs play the all-too-important role of bridging the gap between patients and the medical system. Patient advocacy groups around the world have long been a source of community and support for patients. At the onset of the pandemic, if a patient couldn’t get the care they needed because of lockdowns, isolation or even loss of income, or if they were overwhelmed by confusing medical guidance, a PAG could serve as a touchstone for navigating their care. Fast forward to the now, and the demand for the additional support that PAGs provide shows no signs of letting up. Here’s a look at how a few PAGs, along with corporate partners such as Pfizer, upgraded their programs and resources to meet the challenges and needs of today’s patients. State-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence and mental healthMood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is a PAG that works to give Canadians diagnosed with mood disorders better access to treatment. Pfizer has a longstanding history of collaborating with MDSC, but when the pandemic hit, Pfizer jumped in to help MDSC leverage cutting-edge technology to address the rise in anxiety, burn-out, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The result was MIRA, a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to provide patients with information on mental-health services. According to Dave Gallson, the National Executive Director of MDSC, MIRA was invaluable during the lockdowns. “MIRA leveraged technology to help Canadians find mental-health resources that had been pre-vetted,” he said. “We were able to meet folks where they were and when they needed it most.” Updated digital tools for cancer information & carePfizer is also a proud partner of the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), a leading PAG for early prostate-cancer detection. When the pandemic started, PCEC and Pfizer collaborated to update their digital toolkit to include information on coronavirus and to update the resource to accommodate a pan-tumor patient audience. With the help of more than 20 advocacy partners, Pfizer and PCEC developed a digital resource that provided a wide range of cancer patients with information on COVID-19, plus tips on navigating the ins and outs of the new telehealth system. PCEC’s Vice President & Director of Early Detection and Awareness Programs, Renee Savickas, believes these digital tools helped patients feel in control of their health during confusing times. “Our resources provided vital information during a huge transition from in-person to virtual doctor visits,” she said. “By helping patients utilize telehealth visits, they were able to feel more confident in their treatment access.” Hands-on COVID-19 care for underserved populationsDoctors For You (DFY) is a nonprofit that works to improve public health across the globe. It is especially invested in advancing health equity and its efforts include everything from natural-disaster relief to COVID-19 support. When the second wave of COVID-19 hit India and there was a dire shortage of hospital beds and oxygen, Pfizer supported DFY’s work to create a care center at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi. The new facility offered medical and mental health care, as well as yoga and games to help patients deal with their fear. Additionally, Pfizer and DFY collaborated on a special space for children who were infected with the virus. Many praised the hands-on care at the center and DFY President, Dr. Rajat Jain, believes this is because the patients were put first. “A patient’s voice can open a door to reform medical care towards a better quality of health care,” he said, pivoting from the traditional doctor-knows-best mentality. Informing and innovating the future PAGs not only have a history of helping patients champion their healthcare needs through public health crises like COVID-19, but they’re also helping to shape the future of public health. These advocacy groups champion the patient perspective and offer valuable first-hand insights across the medical community from healthcare providers to government health agencies, and pharmaceutical companies. Through collaboration and partnership, PAGs voice community needs, improve access to treatment and outcomes, and provide critical support to patients when they need it most. View the full article
  18. From ad trackers to algorithms that monitor your online activity, it can be difficult to remain truly anonymous. You can make your social media profiles private, but it doesn’t change the fact that every post, tweet, and comment is tied to a name. NGL is a new app that allows you to share your thoughts and opinions with your followers anonymously. “NGL” is a social media abbreviation that stands for “not gonna lie,” a phrase that people use before confessing a thought or opinion. Launched in 2021 and available worldwide on both Apple and Android, NGL hopes to provide a safe space for young people online. NGL might remind folks of ask.fm, also a website used to ask questions and share thoughts anonymously. However, since ask.fm doesn't have a tracker or any monitoring, it was often used to bully and harass people with no consequences. NGL prioritizes safety by using AI content moderation. NGL has built-in algorithms that can detect and filter out harmful content associated with hate speech and cyberbullying. The app also offers the option to report and block users. “This means we stay on trend, we understand lingo, and we know how to filter out the bad stuff,” says NGL on their webpage. To use NGL, users must connect the app to their Instagram handle. NGL will then provide a link that you can copy and paste onto your Instagram Story, which your mutuals can tap on to respond. The questions and comments will show up on NGL’s “Inbox” feature. While NGL does claim to be completely anonymous, the app does provide “hints” on who the responding users might be. The app is free, but there are also different subscription tiers. Ready to know what your mutuals really think of you? Here’s how to get started with NGL: 1. First, download the app onto your phone either through the App Store or Google Play. Credit: Rizwana Zafer 2. When you open NGL, you will be prompted to enter your Instagram handle. Credit: Rizwana Zafer 3. After you’re linked to Instagram, NGL will present you with a link that you can copy and paste onto your Instagram story. While the default prompt is “send me anonymous messages,” you can change the prompt by clicking the icon of a die in the prompt box. Credit: Rizwana Zafer 4. To share the NGL prompt to your Instagram story, all you have to do is tap on the “Create” option on your story page and add the link. Credit: Rizwana Zafer 5. After you’ve shared the prompt to your story, you can access the responses in the “Inbox” tab on the NGL app.View the full article
  19. Tokyo scientists have coated a robotic finger in self-healing human skin, creating a huge leap forward for humanoid robotics. View the full article
  20. The latest track from Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic arrives with footage from the filmView the full article
  21. The popularity of non-fungible tokens, NFTs for short, has reached new highs over the past year. This has also drawn the attention of celebrities, some of whom agreed to tie their names and creations to these digital collectibles. Last fall, Quentin Tarantino joined in as well. The movie director announced that he would auction ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFTs to the public. These NFTs will unlock handwritten scripts and exclusive custom commentary from Tarantino, assets that could prove valuable to collectors. Miramax Sues over Pulp Fiction NFTs Not everyone was happy with this plan though. Movie studio Miramax, which owns most of the rights to the film, sees the plan as a contract breach and copyright infringement. In a lawsuit filed at a California federal court last November, the movie company accused the director of attempting to cash in on something he doesn’t own the full rights to. “Eager to cash in on the non-fungible token (‘NFT’) boom, as widely reported in the media, Quentin Tarantino recently announced plans to auction off seven ‘exclusive scenes’ from the 1994 motion picture Pulp Fiction in the form of NFTs,” the complaint read. Despite this legal dispute, the first NFT was put up for auction early this year, selling for over a million dollars. After that, the project was put on hold, perhaps in part to await the outcome of the lawsuit. Tarantino Wants the Lawsuit Dismissed According to Tarantino, Miramax’s claims are ungrounded. His legal team previously described the claims as “offensively meritless” and this week they submitted a motion for judgment, seeking dismissal of the complaint in its entirety. “Miramax’s copyright claim fails because it misapprehends fundamental principles of copyright law and ignores the clear language of the agreements and assignments,” Tarantino’s lawyers write. The movie company suggests that by assigning the film’s copyright to Miramax, the director also gave up the rights to his screenplay. That’s not the case, the lawyers counter. The Film is a Derivative Tarantino sees the film as a derivative of the screenplay he personally wrote and still holds the rights to, not the other way around. “Miramax’s complaint assumes that an assignment of copyrights in a motion picture encompasses an assignment of exclusive rights in the underlying screenplay for that motion picture. That turns copyright law on its head,” the lawyers write. Even if Miramax could somehow show that, by giving up the film’s copyrights, Tarantino also transferred the exclusive rights for the underlying screenplay, that wouldn’t be sufficient. The agreements both parties have signed make it clear that the director didn’t give up the screenplay rights. “At every turn, the parties bent over backwards to make clear that Mr. Tarantino was not assigning any rights in the Screenplay to Miramax,” Tarantino’s lawyers note. Tarantino’s legal team makes it clear that the NFTs will not include any content from the film. They will be based on the screenplay which is still owned and copyrighted by the director. “The Film is a derivative work created from the Screenplay, not the other way around. Because Mr. Tarantino never assigned any rights in the Screenplay to Miramax, Miramax’s copyright claim fails,” the lawyers reiterate. ‘Infringements’ Removed? It is worth noting that when the TarantinoNFTs.com first launched, it included several film-inspired elements. For example, the early artwork featured iconic depictions of Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, which have since been replaced with an image of Tarantino himself. The original artwork was labeled as copyright-infringing by Miramax so this change appears to be a direct response to this claim. In addition, several tweets from the Tarantino NFT team with alleged copyright-infringing material were deleted as well. These tweets are also listed as infringing examples in the legal paperwork. It is now up to the court to decide whether there are sufficient grounds to dismiss the complaint or not. Before that happens, Miramax is expected to formally respond to Tarantino’s arguments. — A copy of the motion for judgement on the pleadings is available here (pdf) and the proposed order to dismiss the case can be found here (pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  22. What do you do when you're a centuries-old secret society looking to grow your membership? Make a Facebook group. Centuries ago, Rosicrucians were only able to maintain their society through their ability to be invisible. But over the past several hundred years, the world has changed — and, along with it, so has the need for Rosicrucians to stay shielded from the public. Now, they're finding new ways to connect, by pivoting away from secrecy with the help of the most public tools they could find: Facebook, Zoom, and YouTube. A beginning in science fiction or reality?When it was first founded in the early 1600s, the deadly 30 Year War was ravaging Europe. It was being fought primarily over religion, and, while the Rosicrucian Order is not exactly a religion, it is a system of study to understand natural laws. Some of its doctrine includes references to Kabbalah, Hermeticism, alchemy, and Christian mysticism. So, like other religions at the time, they had to keep their organization private for fear of persecution. SEE ALSO: Close Friends isn't as close as you may think "It was a very challenging time in Europe's history," Julie Scott, the Grand Master of the Rosicrucian Order, told Mashable. "It was just so superstitious. And so the Rosicrucian manifestos were published anonymously." In the early 17th century, the first bits of Rosicrucianism began popping up in the form of anonymous pamphlets in Germany, which claimed that a group of people were secretly working to transform European politics and religion. But there's a lot of drama surrounding whether, when the pamphlets were written, Rosicrucians actually existed, or if it was just some elaborately written pamphlet of science fiction. Jon Crowley, a novelist who studied Rosicrucianism for some of his many books based off of the order, has argued that the books were likely works of fantasy, not based off of lived experiences. But he acknowledges that it's difficult to know one way or another. "Nobody could really track them down because nobody would admit to being one." "The idea of an organized body of people who all belong to this group and kept themselves secret, even though they might have announced that they know about a story about a group that is the Rosicrucians — they can announce that that body or that group exists, but they never admit that they belong to it. It's very hard to figure it out," Crowley told Mashable. "And that's what made it even more mysterious that there were these bodies of very scholarly, possibly magical or magician-like persons. And nobody could really track them down because nobody would admit to being one." Beyond the rumorsWhether they started as a secret society or as a work of fantasy, the result is the same: A group began to form that believed the pamphlets to be true. They were influenced by mystical Christian orders, and they are also linked to the beginnings of the Freemasons. More than 400 years later, there are still members today — just check Facebook. "We're a philosophical organization and, Rosicrucians, we have members all over the world where people are free to practice the tradition of their choice," Scott said. "And we study natural laws so that we can live in harmony with them. So, we learn about the best time to do things, the best way to approach things, whether it's meditation or developing our intuition, so that we get into the natural rhythm of whatever it is we're approaching." SEE ALSO: Inside the very regular world of the 'I wish I was Sh*tposting about music in a bunker' Facebook page "We study natural laws so that we can live in harmony with them." As the years passed, the invisibility that once provided the group with an armor of protection was no longer necessary. Eventually, they moved fully into the public eye, complete with glossy magazine ads in the 1970s. Today, you can watch their public talks on YouTube, Zoom into an experiment, or join one of dozens of regional and national Facebook groups. While many of the Facebook groups are private, members can join any of them. And anyone can become a member. "Anyone can be a member and we have moderators who make sure that somebody who's not a member is not joining in order to sell their product or something like that," Scott said. "So the main thing is we want people to feel welcome and included and just to be able to observe what Rosicrucians do and how we approach the world." The Facebook page the Rosicrucian Order AMORC, which anyone can like and follow, has more than 300,000 followers. The largest private Rosicrucian Facebook group, which you have to be granted permission to join, has 17,000 members. Not all of the followers are members of the Order, and it's mostly a place to do what you do on any other community-based Facebook group: set up meetups, post quotes written in cursive script on stock image backgrounds, and argue playfully in the comment sections about the artistry of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Then there are the dozens of pages made for Rosicrucians in specific areas, which, Scott says, are really where the power of Facebook lies for them. "The strength of Facebook is it connects people locally," Scott, who joined the Rosicrucian Order in 1993, said. Olisa Okanime runs the organization's local social media in Georgia and moderates a few thousand people on social media, she told Mashable. She loves the work she does with the Order, but is striving to increase their social media reach — "especially to nonmembers." SEE ALSO: Facebook ads have a problem. It's called digital redlining. "We have blockbuster online events right now that cater to the needs of members and nonmembers alike," she said. "For example, we have a weekly teleconference that is hosted by our adorable Grand Master, Soror Julie Scott. It’s an amazing experience. You should check it out — nonmembers can attend." Karen Wark, a member who works on the Rosicrucian Order's national social media presence, told Mashable via email that "Facebook has given us a way to connect with seekers who we would not have been able to before," like those who live in rural areas. And, according to Wark, their membership has "increased significantly" since they launched their main Facebook page in 2009. "We have Rosicrucian members from all over the world and being able to connect with each other in Facebook groups has been really wonderful for our members," Wark said. "Before this, we would only see each other at world conventions, which not everyone would be able to attend." "Facebook has given us a way to connect with seekers who we would not have been able to before." Facebook also helps connect people with the formerly secret society's other online programs, like the YouTube and Zoom sessions they host weekly, where a class master from their department of instruction presents on different topics, like pythagoras or labyrinth. Once a quarter, they have a symposium on those platforms, where members watch several different presentations and participate in an experiment or meditation at the end. What comes next? It's not clear what the future of organizations like the Rosicrucians will be, as membership in voluntary associations has been steadily falling in everything from church groups to Greek organizations. According to a 2019 Joint Economic Committee congressional report, membership rates in some of these organizations fell from 75% in 1974 to 62% in 2004. But Scott says the involvement of social media has actually helped memberships grow for Rosicrucians. "We began presenting the Wednesday teleconferences in 2015," Scott said. "Two of our class masters felt that this would be a great way to reach members who were in more remote areas. And we would regularly have maybe 75 to 85 participants every Wednesday for a number of years. And since the pandemic, on the Wednesday teleconferences, we have usually between 400 and 500 participants now, and for our symposiums that we present once a quarter, we usually max out at 1000." Okanime also says social media is helping to increase their numbers. "With a global pandemic and no in-person activities, coupled with seasoned and coordinated expertise from our Grand Lodge, we are experiencing exponential growth in both membership and online participation," she said. The pandemic appears to be one of the big pushes to put the Order online. That's why they hired Jason Lopez, who joined the organization in 2015, to be the communications manager in California. "It’s a new role created by the Order to address the growing need to adapt during the pandemic," Lopez said. "Our lodges were closed but we still wanted to connect our members the best way we can, [by] making sure that every moment spent in these trying times are alleviated by the lessons from the lectures we host and the content that we produce, that can ultimately create a sense of community online, if not in person." But even with the vaccine rolling out, and in-person gatherings becoming more and more likely, Lopez and Okanime are confident their online outreach will continue to increase membership. "The trend has always been upward, even before I took on the role," Lopez said. "It’s a confirmation that more people online are looking into esotericism, philosophy, and ancient wisdom teachings. Hopefully they can find some answers to their questions with the Rosicrucian Order." With committed social media managers and members across multiple states and countries, it makes sense that a pivot online could serve as a savior of sorts to their community. But their transition from existing only in the shadows to working within one of the most infamously public spaces in the world is a fascinating choice. With what we know about the lack of privacy on Facebook, their willingness to embrace the platforms shows that the group is more dedicated to the "society" aspect of secret society than they ever were to the "secret." This article was originally published in April 2021 and was updated in June 2022. View the full article
  23. Between the return of Stranger Things 4 and the release of The Gray Man, July is stacking up to be a pretty big month for Netflix. The streaming service is also adding new series like the Lana Condor comedy Boo, Bitch and the video game adaptation Resident Evil. On the film side of things, look out for animated adventure The Sea Beast and Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion. Here's everything coming to Netflix in July. Top pick: The Gray Man Ryan Gosling in "The Gray Man." Credit: Netflix To sell you on The Gray Man, all I have to do is list the cast: Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page... Come on, that sounds like a solid ensemble right there. But The Gray Man has even more going for it: It's directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, whose Marvel films have proven they can direct exciting action. Netflix's most expensive movie yet, The Gray Man is a thriller following the CIA's most skilled operative (Gosling). When a villainous former colleague (Evans) puts a bounty on his head, he has to escape from the world's most dangerous assassins. How to watch: The Gray Man hits Netflix July 22. SEE ALSO: Netflix's first action-packed clip of 'The Gray Man' is here Movies12 Strong (7/10) A Call to Spy (7/1) A Cut Above (7/28) August Osage County (7/26) Big Daddy (7/1) Blair Witch (2016) (7/3) Blue Jasmine (7/1) Boogie Nights (7/1) Catch Me If You Can (7/1) Dangerous Liaisons (7/8) Deliverance (7/1) Falls Around Her (7/1) Final Score (7/1) For Jojo (7/11) Girl in the Picture (7/6) GoodFellas (7/1) Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (7/6) I Am Legend (7/1) Incantation (7/8) Insidious (7/1) Jewel (7/8) Leave No Trace (7/4) Live Is Life (7/18) LOL (7/1) Love Goals (Jaadugar) (7/15) Mean Girls (7/1) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (7/1) Mom, Don't Do That! (7/15) My Daughter's Killer (7/12) My Little Pony: A New Generation: Sing-Along (7/18) Natural Born Killers (7/1) Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres (7/13) Old School (7/1) Persuasion (7/15) Pipa (7/27) Police Academy (7/1) Purple Hearts (7/29) Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls (7/8) Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl (7/26) Semi-Pro (7/1) Seven (7/1) Snatch (7/1) The Dark Knight Rises (7/1) The Dirty Dozen (7/1) The Entitled (7/29) The Gray Man (7/22) The Pursuit of Happyness (7/1) The Sea Beast (7/8) The Talented Mr. Ripley (7/1) The Terminal (7/1) The Wretched (7/31) Too Old for Fairy Tales (7/18) Umma (7/16) Uncharted (7/15) Under the Amalfi Sun (7/13) Valley of the Dead (7/11) Vampires (7/1) Wyatt Earp (7/1) Zero Dark Thirty (7/1) TVAlba (7/15) Another Self (7/28) Bad Exorcist Seasons 1-2 (7/20) Big Timber Season 2 (7/13) Blown Away Season 3 (7/22) Boo, Bitch (7/8) Capitani Season 2 (7/8) Car Masters: Rust to Riches Season 4 (7/27) Case Closed: Zero's Tea Time (7/29) Control Z Season 3 (7/6) Country Queen (7/15) D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! (7/13) DI4RIES (7/26) Dream Home Makeover Season 3 (7/27) Fanático (7/29) Farzar (7/15) Gabby's Dollhouse Season 5 (7/25) How to Build a Sex Room (7/8) How to Change Your Mind (7/12) Hurts Like Hell (7/13) Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi (TBD) Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Season 5 (7/21) Karma's World Season 3 (7/7) Keep Breathing (7/28) King of Stonks (7/6) Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight (7/14) Masaba Masaba Season 2 (TBD) Oggy and the Cockroaches: Next Generation (7/28) One Piece New episodes (7/22) Rebel Cheer Squad: A Get Even Series (7/29) Rebelde Season 2 (7/27) Remarriage & Desires (7/15) Resident Evil (7/14) Sintonia Season 3 (7/13) Stranger Things 4: Volume 2 (7/1) Street Food: USA (7/26) StoryBots: Laugh, Learn, Sing: Collection 2: Learn to Read (7/18) The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem Season 2 (7/29) The Flash Season 8 (7/7) The Longest Night (7/8) The Most Hated Man on the Internet (7/27) Uncle from Another World (7/6) Uncoupled (7/29) Vinland Saga Season 1 (7/7) Virgin River Season 4 (7/20) SpecialsBill Burr: Live at Red Rocks (7/12) David A. Arnold: It Ain't for the Weak (7/19) View the full article
  24. SAVE 41%: If you're looking for outdoor furniture, quality seating is a must. This Hanlee Acacia Wood Folding Adirondack Chair by Christopher Knight Home is on sale for $116.02, which means you'll slash 41% off its usual price of $196.86. Whether you have a patio the size of a small apartment or you live in the city with a sliver of outdoor space, Overstock can help you make the most of it with its Fourth of July sale. One particularly versatile option is the Hanlee Acacia Wood Folding Adirondack Chair by Christopher Knight Home, which is a stately wooden chair, water-resistant and hardy, that guests can be comfy in while requiring minimal upkeep (the chair, that is, not your friends). It comes in five colors and is foldable for maximum portability. SEE ALSO: The best early Amazon Prime Day deals The Hanlee Adirondack Chair also features a classic slatted design with wide arm rests — comfortable to lounge in whether you choose to throw a couple pillows and a blanket on there or not. Buy a projector and make a movie night of it, or have a pool day and stretch out in the sun to dry off. Even host a barbecue without worrying about someone inevitably spilling a beer on your nice outdoor couch — these chairs are easy to clean. Opens in a new tab Credit: Christopher Knight Home Hanlee Acacia Wood Folding Adirondack Chair by Christopher Knight Home (opens in a new tab) $116.02 at Overstock (save 41%) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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