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  1. TL;DR: As of September 19, you can get the Stamina X Magnetic Rower for just $223.99 instead of $279 — that's a 19% discount. Home gyms are a great way to save money, especially considering how expensive gym memberships can get. Still, it can be a lot of equipment to buy if you want a full-body workout. If you want to save some money on exercise equipment, then you may want to try a magnetic rower. Pound for pound, rowing machines are one of the most efficient ways to burn calories on a single piece of equipment. If you want to add a rowing machine to your home gym, then check out the Stamina X Magnetic Rower on sale for $223.99. A full-body workout at home After an hour on a rowing machine, the average user can burn up to 400-600 calories rowing at a moderate pace and resistance. The Stamina X could be a great way to burn some fat at home, and it’s designed to be quiet. Instead of lifting heavy weights, you’d be rolling quietly along aluminum channels. Adjusting the tension dial increases the magnetic resistance you’d be pulling against, but you should still be comfortable on the padded, molded seat. Even the footplates have straps to hold you in place, and the rowing handles are coated in a soft foam. At the front of the rowing machine are two features you may spend a lot of your workout focusing on. First, there’s the multi-functional workout monitor that tracks your total strokes, strokes per minute, workout time, distance “traveled”, and calories burned. The second feature is a cupholder, and it’s big enough that your phone may fit so you can listen to music or watch movies while you burn calories. If your home gym could only have one machineThe Stamina X Magnetic rower offers a quiet full-body workout that doesn’t take up much floor space, allowing you to wheel it into a corner or under a bed after you’re done. Normally, the Stamina X Magnetic Rower would cost $279, but for a limited time, it’s just $223.99. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Stamina Home Fitness Stamina X Magnetic Rower (opens in a new tab) $223.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  2. TL;DR: As of September 19, you can get a refurbished Ninja Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster Oven for just $79.98 instead of $119.99 — that's a 33% discount. Cooking shows are fun to binge-watch, but unfortunately, not everyone is born with innate talent when it comes to the kitchen. If you have more of the skill set of the competitors on Nailed It! than on The Great British Baking Show, enlisting some help at mealtime is a must. The Ninja Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster Oven helps you bake and broil like a pro, all in one compact 1500-watt appliance. And during this Refurbished Event, you can get your hands on one for 33% off the usual price — making it just $79.98, lower than the price on Walmart or Amazon as of this writing — through September 30. No coupon is necessary to enjoy these major savings. The Ninja brand is known for its innovative kitchen tools, and the Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster is no exception. This compact device features both toasting and oven capabilities, making it an ideal multitasker. Choose between toast, bagel, and defrost functions on the toaster position, or select bake, broil, or reheat in the oven position, all located on the easy-to-use touchscreen display. Aside from the convenient size, it is also designed to heat food up to 35% faster than a traditional full-size oven, thanks to the Rapid Oven Technology that reaches 400ºF with no preheating required. It also claims to have 70% wider slots than a traditional slot toaster, so you should be able to toast up thicker artisan-style breads and bagels with ease. And the Total Crumb Control tray makes cleanup a breeze when you're all done. Regularly $119, taking advantage of our sale on refurbished items means you'll enjoy delicious meals from the Ninja Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster Oven for just $79.98. And you can rest assured this item has been professionally restored to like-new working conditions from a manufacturer-approved vendor. Minor signs of use may be apparent. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Shark Ninja Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster Oven (opens in a new tab) $79.98 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  3. TL;DR: As of September 19, you can get the Heated Electric Shiatsu Foot and Calf Massager for just $64.95 instead of $129 — that's a 49% discount. Whether it’s coming from a hard workout or a long shift, foot and leg pain isn’t exactly a fun way to end the day. Foot pain is common, with around 77% of Americans suffering from it at one point, but that doesn’t mean you have to grin and bear it. Instead, you could try capping your day off with a massage. The Heated Electric Shiatsu Foot and Calf Massager is a compact, at-home massage device that may provide some relief to your sore feet and calf muscles, and it’s only $64.95 (Reg. $129). Kick your shoes off and put your massage onHave a seat and relax with a customizable shiatsu massage that combines heat and focused pressure on your feet or calves. The Shiatsu Foot and Calf Massager uses a combination of heat and adjustable massage balls to help reduce your muscle pain. Heat therapy has long been known as a treatment for muscle pain, and this massager has an adjustable temperature range of 86-104ºF. To adjust the temperature, just press the heat-setting button until you land at a comfortable level. From that same control panel, you can choose your massage intensity. Pick from three massager modes and find the right one for your pain. For working on pain in your calf muscles, go through the same process as you did with your feet, only this time you can lie down. Slide your calves into the massage slots and adjust the temperature and pressure. When your massage is done, storing it should be a breeze. Considering it’s only 13-inches tall, you may be able to keep your massager tucked away until you need it. You could even make it part of your before-bed routine. A compact home massager for your feet and calvesHelp alleviate your foot and leg pain and get the Heated Electric Shiatsu Foot and Calf Massager on sale for $64.95 (Reg. $129). Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Ineedmeone Heated Electric Shiatsu Foot and Calf Massager (opens in a new tab) $64.95 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  4. When it comes to the worldwide tablet market, Apple is virtually untouchable with the iPad. With over 50% of market share, iPads are firmly the most popular tablets around. And they’re also expensive. Buying a brand-new iPad is an investment in a multifunctional device that might last years, but it’s still a hefty price. However, you may still be able to get an iPad at a significant discount. Buying refurbished iPads gives you a chance to grab a still-useful device at a much lower price, and it’s good for the environment too. No coupon code is needed for any of these products. Apple iPad Mini 2 32GB (Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only) + Accessories BundleThough it was manufactured in 2013, this iPad Mini still has many uses. Between the 7.9-inch display and super-light build, this could be a great portable streaming device. If you want to watch a movie while you’re on a plane, load up the 32GB of local storage with movies. This iPad Mini 2 even still has a headphone port, and it’s on sale for $156.99 (Reg. $249). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad Mini 2 32GB (Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only) + Accessories Bundle (opens in a new tab) $156.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad 5 32GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: WiFi) + Accessories BundleAlso straight out of 2013, this “B” rated refurbished iPad 5 may have some scuffs and dings, but it's still useful for low-spec games and apps or other hobbies. Load it up with a few light games or use the five-megapixel rear camera to capture some stunning images with the screen acting as a 9.7-inch viewfinder. Snap some pictures and more with this refurbished Apple iPad 5 that’s on sale for $211.99 (Reg. $299). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad 5 32GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: Wi-Fi) + Accessories Bundle (opens in a new tab) $211.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad Air 32GB - Space Gray (Grade B Refurbished: WiFi Only) BundleIf you’re looking for a light mobile device to use for work, then this iPad Air may have what it takes. Equipped with a 32GB flash HDD and Bluetooth enabled, it can be connected to a keyboard and mouse, to provide you with a low-spec workstation you could take almost anywhere. Get up to 10 hours of battery life while using this refurbished iPad Air on sale for $174.99 (Reg. $499). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad Air 32GB - Space Gray (Grade B Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only) Bundle (opens in a new tab) $174.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad Mini 4, 128GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: WiFi Only) + Accessories BundleThe accessories bundle included with this purchase features a snap-on case, a tempered glass screen protector, a lightning cable, a wall adapter, and the tablet itself. This iPad Mini was made in 2019, still has a 10-hour battery life, 128GB SSD, and the Apple 8 Chip. If you want a compact device to replace a laptop, consider this iPad Mini 4 for just $234.99 (Reg. $599). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad Mini 4, 128GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only) + Accessories Bundle (opens in a new tab) $234.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad Mini 4, 128GB (Refurbished: WiFi + 4G Unlocked) & Accessories BundleThis iPad still has its original box, and it also comes with a snap-on case, a UL-certified wall charger, lightning cable, and pre-installed tempered glass. Use it to go online with WiFi, or plug in your SIM card and access the 4G network. If you need to work far from a good WiFi signal, then this iPad could help you out, and it’s only $289.99 (Reg. $729). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad Mini 4, 128GB (Refurbished: WiFi + 4G Unlocked) & Accessories Bundle (opens in a new tab) $289.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad Pro 9.7" 128GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: WiFi Only)If you need a device that you can take photos with and also use to edit your photos, this iPad Pro with a 12MP iSight camera and an Apple A9X, 2.1GHz processor could be your new go-to. Snap a photo, see it in stunning clarity and color on the 9.7-inch Retina Display, then get to work using any of the many iPadOS-compatible art tools available to you. Try your hand at digital art on this refurbished iPad Pro that’s just $310.99 (Reg. $749). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad Pro 9.7" 128GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only) (opens in a new tab) $310.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad Pro 9.7" 128GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: WiFi Only)If you’re working from home and want to conserve space in your web conferencing area, then check out this “B”-rated refurbished iPad Pro. It may have a few scuffs and scrapes, but that doesn’t change that it’s also loaded with a five-megapixel FaceTime camera and a twelve-megapixel iSight cam. Pair that with a 10-hour battery life, Bluetooth connectivity, and 2GB RAM, and you have a versatile mobile work device for only $212.99. Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad Pro 9.7" 128GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only) (opens in a new tab) $212.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) iPad 7 2.33GHz 32GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: WiFi Only)Two years old and only showing light scuffs and scratches on the body, this iPad could be a note-taking tool for students or professionals. It has a 10-hour battery life and is widely compatible with Apple accessories like the Apple Pencil. Find a Bluetooth keyboard or your favorite notes app and put this iPad to work for $333.99 (Reg. $499). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple iPad 7 2.33GHz 32GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: WiFi Only) (opens in a new tab) $333.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad 10.5" 64GB - Silver (Refurbished: WiFi Only) + Accessories BundleThis iPad has the iconic metal shell, and it comes with a pre-installed tempered glass screen protector, plus a plastic snap-on case. Great for streaming, playing games, and taking with you on the go, this iPad is the perfect travel companion anywhere you can connect to WiFi. Bring convenience and entertainment with you and grab this iPad for $304.99 (Reg. $599). Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad 10.5" 64GB - Silver (Refurbished: WiFi Only) + Accessories Bundle (opens in a new tab) $304.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Apple iPad 6th Gen 32GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: WiFi+Cellular)Refurbished to the point that it works and looks like new, this 6th-gen iPad is WiFi- and cellular-enabled. Plug in your SIM card and start browsing, streaming, or working anywhere there's a signal. It even comes with a 90-day warranty, and it’s on sale for $209.99. Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Apple iPad 6th Gen 32GB - Space Gray (Refurbished: Wi-Fi+Cellular) (opens in a new tab) $209.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Prices subject to change. View the full article
  5. Over the years, dozens of entertainment industry companies have used copyright law to protect their rights online. Some have targeted regular internet users while others have focused on pirate sites. At times, even internet intermediaries have entered the mix. But when it comes to serial litigants Voltage Pictures and parent company Voltage Holdings, no target is too small and no target is too big to avoid scrutiny. The company has sued individual downloaders, pirate sites, apps, VPN companies, advertisers, hosting providers and ISPs, even an Internet backbone access company. Voltage-Led Coalition Sues Major U.S. ISPs As far as Voltage is concerned, a case can be built to show that anyone involved in an infringement is potentially liable. This month a Voltage-led coalition of independent filmmakers stood behind this assertion once again, initially by suing ISP AT&T for copyright infringement. The group then followed up with similar complaints against Verizon and market leader Comcast. Generally speaking, ISPs in the U.S. can’t be held liable for the activities of their users, but this so-called ‘safe harbor’ is not absolute. When rightsholders send DMCA notices to ISPs complaining that their customers are downloading and sharing movies, for example, passing on these notices to customers as an early warning is an accepted practice. When specific customers receive multiple DMCA notices against their accounts, that can be a sign that the warnings aren’t achieving the desired deterrent effect. At this point, the DMCA requires ISPs to terminate the accounts of so-called ‘repeat infringers’ under “appropriate circumstances”. In all three complaints filed against AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, the plaintiffs claim that terminations were slim or non-existent and, as a result, the ISPs lost their safe harbor protections. No service provider in the U.S. wants to hear those words. Potential Damages Can Be Punishing When companies have millions of internet users as customers, being held liable for their copyright infringements is serious stuff, as the billion-dollar judgment against Cox Communications demonstrates perfectly. Given the high stakes, these cases can run on for years, with every allegation examined in microscopic detail. Even then, repeat infringer lawsuits can be suddenly settled with zero explanation, just hours before going to trial (1,2). That won’t be the case in the lawsuits filed against AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. In two cases just a couple of weeks and, in one case just a few days after being filed, all three have been dismissed by the filmmaker plaintiffs. Voluntary Dismissals The notices for dismissal were filed on Friday at district courts in Texas (AT&T), New York (Verizon) and Pennsylvania (Comcast). In function, the notices are identical – they voluntarily dismiss each lawsuit without prejudice, meaning that nothing prevents the plaintiffs from revisiting their claims in a new action at some point in the future. The notices cite F.R.C.P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This allows the plaintiffs to dismiss their own case without a court order providing the defendants have not yet filed an answer or motion for summary judgment. There’s no requirement for the plaintiffs to say why they dismissed the lawsuits and in none of the three dismissal notices have the movie companies offered any clues. There are several possibilities, including the intent to refile for any number of reasons, or in response to an understanding between the plaintiffs and the defendants. What Agreement – If Any? Copyright cases involving Voltage tend to have several goals, mostly centered around money. While cash solves most copyright problems, it seems likely that the company would’ve insisted on tougher sanctions against repeat infringers moving forward, including account terminations. Voltage and partners also want the ISPs to begin blocking torrent sites including RARBG, The Pirate Bay and YTS, but whether service providers are ready for this remains to be seen. Either way, reaching agreement on such important issues usually takes more than a few days so other factors may be at play. Filing three multi-million dollar lawsuits against three separate ISPs (in three different districts) and then being able to dismiss them all on the same day may be an indicator of a fundamentally common denominator, one that may not have been apparent when the lawsuits were filed. What that might be, if anything, is open to speculation. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that bigger things may be in the works, including matters that can do without parallel litigation complications. In any event, it’s not at all like Voltage to drop lawsuits this quickly, so won’t have done so without good reason. All three notices of voluntary dismissal can be found here (1,2,3, pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  6. Quordle may not be easy all the time, but it's always fun. That's the sweet spot for a game. And Monday's is no different. If you're stuck, the whole Quordle solution is below. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need. What is Quordle?Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Is Quordle harder than Wordle?Yes, though not diabolically so. Where did Quordle come from?Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. How is Quordle pronounced?“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.” Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?Yes and no. Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you. After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle. What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset. Is there a way to get the answer faster?In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses: Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.” Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses. If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints: A semi-useful hint about today’s puzzleSynonyms for all four words are in the following very strange sentence (in no particular order). The district reversed an order to improve the school's layout, meaning the creative kids with their top hats and lace gloves who reclined against the bleachers at lunch last year still won't have a good place to socialize without being bullied. Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?One word has two instances of the same letter. Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?No. What do today’s Quordle words start with?A, U, L, and A. What are the answers for today’s Quordle?Are you sure you want to know? There’s still time to turn back. OK, you asked for it. The answers are: ARTSY UNDID LEANT AMEND View the full article
  7. Young people seeking to slake their curiosity are increasingly turning to TikTok as a substitute search engine, with the addictive video-sharing app filled with everything from fried chicken recipes to music history deep dives. This is typically fine if you're just after movie recommendations or a place to have lunch. Unfortunately, new research by NewsGuard has found TikTok also contains a concerning volume of misinformation about serious topics. When looking for prominent news stories in September, the fact checking organisation found misinformation in almost 20 percent of videos surfaced by the app's search engine. 540 TikTok videos were analysed as part of this investigation, with 105 found to contain "false or misleading claims." "This means that for searches on topics ranging from the Russian invasion of Ukraine to school shootings and COVID vaccines, TikTok's users are consistently fed false and misleading claims," wrote NewsGuard. NewsGuard's study also noted that while the four U.S.-based analysts partaking in this study used both neutral and more conspiracy-laden search terms, TikTok itself often suggested controversial terms. Typing in "climate change" may cause the app to suggest searching "climate change doesn't exist," and searching "COVID vaccine" might prompt it to suggest tacking "exposed" onto the end. Mashable's own test from an existing Australian account found only innocuous phrases such as "getting my COVID vaccine" when searching for the latter phrase, however typing in "climate change" did cause TikTok to suggest the search term "climate change is a myth." "Our Community Guidelines make clear that we do not allow harmful misinformation, including medical misinformation, and we will remove it from the platform," a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable. "We partner with credible voices to elevate authoritative content on topics related to public health, and partner with independent fact-checkers who help us to assess the accuracy of content." In a previous transparency report covering the last six months of 2020, TikTok said it removed over 340,000 videos in the U.S. for sharing "election misinformation, disinformation, or manipulated media," as well as over 50,000 videos that were spreading COVID-19 misinformation. SEE ALSO: For Gen Z, TikTok is more than entertainment. It's a search engine. Misinformation regarding the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, the Russia-Ukraine war, and the Uvalde school shooting are already extremely dangerous. However, NewsGuard's report also found significant health misinformation, which could have an even more immediate negative impact. Specifically, the study found multiple TikTok videos promoting false cures for COVID and homemade concoctions that aim to induce abortion. At best, these purported cures could have absolutely no effect. At worst, they could be actively hazardous to an individual's health. This is particularly concerning as access to safe abortions is no longer legally protected in the U.S, leaving desperate people vulnerable to this dangerous misinformation. "Although a TikTok spokesperson told NewsGuard in July 2022 that videos promoting herbal abortions violated the site's community guidelines and would be removed, NewsGuard found that two months later, herbal abortion content continues to be easily accessible on the platform," NewsGuard wrote. "While not all methods encouraged on TikTok are lethal, others promoted in the videos… can cause serious harm, and scores of medical experts have told news outlets that trying to manage an abortion with herbs is unsafe." TikTok is, by nature, full of people sharing ideas and creating content, some of which can indeed be educational. However, it's important to always double check your information with more reliable sources, especially when it comes to matters such as politics or health. After all, pretty much anyone can make a TikTok. UPDATE: Sep. 19, 2022, 3:04 p.m. AEST This article has been updated with a statement from TikTok. View the full article
  8. TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to a NatureID Plant Identification Premium Plan is on sale for £17.39, saving you 66% on list price. There are countless plant species in nature. Just being able to identify even a portion of them would be impressive, but also knowing how to care for virtually any plant you find would take a lifetime of work. Or it could take a few minutes with the right app. NatureID Plant Identification Premium Plan is your pocket green thumb that can identify, diagnose, and help you care for thousands of plants you may encounter. Right now, a lifetime subscription is on sale for only £17.39, down from £52. NatureID can identify over 14,000 species of plants. For each of them, it uses an AI-based digital tool to diagnose their state, including plant diseases, and give you advice on how to take care of them. All you have to do is take a picture of a plant and NatureID will start the recognition process. Maintaining a garden is hard, and your own house plants may get sick. Whether from human error like overwatering or something difficult to predict like a dormant fungus in the soil, the NatureID Plant doctor can help you identify diseases and find out what you need to do. That includes showing you how much water, light, and fertilise your plant needs to get and stay healthy. To help keep you on task, you can also use the NatureID Plant journal. It will send you regular reminders about watering, misting, feeding, and rotating your plants to help them thrive. If you want to learn even more, NatureID has a Plant encyclopedia from which you can read daily articles about flora from around the world. Be the best plant parent you can be with a lifetime subscription to a NatureID Plant Identification Premium Plan, on sale for £17.39 for a limited time. Opens in a new tab Credit: NatureID NatureID Plant Identification Premium Plan (Lifetime Subscription) (opens in a new tab) £17.39 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  9. The wedding of Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate) may have ended in a bloody brawl, but the real battle started when Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) walked into the wedding feast wearing that dress. A gorgeous green gown fit for Alicent's status as queen, this dress was more than just a killer fashion statement. It was a call to arms. For most of House of the Dragon, we've seen Alicent dressed in red or in blue. (Side note: That blue dress with the cutouts? Give it to me now.) This is the first time we see her in green, a color that is extremely important to House Hightower. As Larys and Harwin Strong (Matthew Needham and Ryan Corr) explain, when Oldtown, the seat of House Hightower, calls its banners to war, the beacon at the top of the Hightower glows green. With one pointed sartorial choice, Alicent gives us a portent of the conflict to come. SEE ALSO: 'House of the Dragon' review: Worthy 'Game of Thrones' successor is an excellent fantasy series in its own right From the Red Keep, Alicent doesn't have the resources to change the Hightower beacon. In fact, she starts the episode almost completely alone. Her father Otto (Rhys Ifans) has been removed as Hand. As she later finds out, Rhaenyra lied to her about whether she was still a virgin, which played a large part in her father's dismissal. On top of all that, Otto reminds her that if Viserys (Paddy Considine) dies, Alicent's children will be in grave danger when Rhaenyra attempts to consolidate power. With the odds stacked against her, Alicent uses her queenly fashion to send a signal to the Hightowers at the wedding feast: She is not going down without a fight. In George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood, Alicent's green dress makes a similar appearance at a tourney celebrating five years of her marriage to Viserys. In that scene, it isn't Alicent's dress that causes a stir, but rather Rhaenyra's: She dresses dramatically in the red and black of House Targaryen. From that point on, Westeros is officially divided into the camps of the "greens" and the "blacks." The greens support Alicent, as well as her baby Aegon's claim to the Iron Throne, whereas the blacks support Rhaenyra as the true heir. Notable greens include Larys Strong and Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), while notable blacks include Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), and Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best). As the rivalry between Alicent and Rhaenyra intensifies in the coming episodes, be sure to keep an eye out for who is wearing what colors. Westerosi wardrobes are the perfect way to see which side of this conflict characters are declaring for. And it all started with Alicent's absolute showstopper of a dress! This may be our last week with Emily Carey as Alicent, as Olivia Cooke takes over the role in episode 6, but Carey most certainly left in style. New House of the Dragon episodes are available every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max. View the full article
  10. New week, new day, new Wordle! Whether you're smashing it or struggling, we're here to help every day. If you just want the answer, you can jump straight to the end of this article for September 19's Wordle solution. If you'd rather work through it yourself, keep reading for some tips, tricks, and clues. SEE ALSO: Wordle yesterday: Here's the answer, hints for September 18 Where did Wordle come from?Wordle was initially created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, though it quickly spread until it became an international phenomenon. Thousands of players across the globe tackle Wordle each day, with some fans even having created alternate versions of the daily word puzzle game. These include battle royale format Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once. The popularity of Wordle even reached such heights that the New York Times bought it earlier this year, while TikTok creators live-stream themselves playing it. What's the best Wordle starting word?The goal of Wordle is to have fun, and there's no right way to have fun. Just choose whatever starting word feels right to you, and don't let anyone shame you for it. However, if you want to take a more strategic approach, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that will spark joy. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N. What happened to the Wordle archive?The entire archive of past Wordles used to be available for anyone to play in glorious days gone by. Unfortunately it has since been taken down, with the website's creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times. Is Wordle getting harder?If you're finding Wordle too easy, you can try enabling its Hard Mode to give your brain a tougher challenge. But Wordle isn't getting any harder by itself — it's the same difficulty that it's always been. Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?Wordle law dictates that only one puzzle solution should exist per day. This law comes with exceptions though, as Wordle will occasionally accept two different solutions as correct. This is because the New York Times made changes to the Wordle word list after acquiring it, and sometimes swaps out words from the original list. To ensure you're getting the right answer every day, refresh your browser before you play — the site will save your streak. Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:It's an old-fashioned word, and relates to a period of time. Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?Not today! Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...The letter T! SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL. What's the answer to Wordle today?Get your guesses in — it's the last call before we reveal the answer to today's Wordle! Are you ready? The solution to Wordle #457 is... TRICE. Don't know the meaning of TRICE? It's on the obscure side, but you've probably heard it before. It's an informal word for a very short period of time — "in a trice" is like saying "in a flash" or "in a single moment". View the full article
  11. Rosenbaum, who was also a painter and musician, captured the intimate environments of the American South and MidwestView the full article
  12. Nearly a decade has passed since the legal battle between Hotfile and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) was put to rest. At least on paper, the file-sharing service agreed to pay $80 million, but negotiated a much lower damages amount behind the scenes. After the lawsuit ended, several movie studios asked the court to keep sensitive records under seal. Through the MPA, Columbia Pictures requested that certain sensitive documents should be sealed indefinitely. “Defendants have cited two specific pieces of information regarding Columbia’s enforcement policies that, if revealed to the public, could compromise Columbia’s ability to protect its copyrighted works,” the MPA’s lawyers wrote at the time. Sealed for 10 Years The MPA and Columbia hoped to keep the information secret forever, but the court didn’t want to go that far. In an order released in 2015, Florida District Court Judge Kathleen M. Williams ordered the information to be kept under seal for ten years. This ten-year period started when the complaint was filed and officially ended last year. However, when we looked at the docket earlier this month, the information was still under seal. After contacting the court, it appears that this was an oversight so the records were made public shortly after. Initially, this didn’t provide much information. Many of the unsealed documents are heavily redacted and according to the court, these redactions will stay in place. Testimony Reveals ‘Secrets’ Ironically, the anti-piracy secrets were revealed through the original request to keep the information sealed, including testimony from Sean Jaquez, Vice President Content Protection at Sony Pictures, the parent company of Columbia. In the unsealed declaration, Jaquez explains that the sealed documents contain two vital anti-piracy ‘secrets’. 1. Columbia’s decision not to remove infringing content with a specified running length under a minimum threshold. This threshold is longer than the average movie trailer. 2. Columbia’s policy not to send takedown requests for copied movie trailers, despite the fact that these are often copied without permission. “This confidential information reflects broad policy decisions Columbia has made regarding its copyright enforcement priorities and remains true today. Revealing this confidential information would compromise Columbia’s copyright enforcement system,” Jaquez informed the court. According to Jaquez, these policies would likely stay in place indefinitely. And indeed, if we look at YouTube today, there are plenty of channels that repost trailers without running into trouble. Pirates Could Break Up Videos While these are not the most spectacular anti-piracy secrets, Columbia feared that people would take advantage should the information enter the public domain. “For example, a potential infringer armed with knowledge about Columbia’s ‘minimum length’ criterion could carry out infringement in a manner that circumvents that limit, such as by breaking up a single infringing work into multiple shorter sections, each too short individually to trigger a takedown notice,” Jaquez told the court. Indeed, it wouldn’t be hard to generate a YouTube playlist for a film, which simply breaks up the video into several parts. No Guarantees The declaration doesn’t specify what the “minimum length” is, nor do we know whether other Hollywood studios have the same policies. However, looking at the many popular “movie summaries” compilations on YouTube, they tend to be quite lenient. That said, these admissions don’t give the public any rights or assurances. Columbia and other movie studios can change their policies in a heartbeat. Also, not all countries and rightsholders treat these issues equally. Just a few months ago, three uploaders of movie summaries received suspended jail sentences from a Japanese court. — A copy of the unsealed declaration of Sean Jaquez, in support of the ‘indefinite’ sealing request, is available here (pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  13. A massive dump of what appears to be early in-game footage of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto VI has been reportedly been leaked online, according to PCGamer. The leak, posted early Sunday morning contains over 90 videos of gameplay and has been confirmed as real by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier says he has verified the leak is real through sources at Rockstar Games. According to PCGamer, the leak was posted by “teapotuberhacker” on the GTA Forums and claims to be behind the unrelated Uber hack late last week. Based on a report from Bloomberg in July, what little is known of GTA VI appears to be in line with some of the assets spotted in the leaked videos. This includes multiple playable characters including a female character and the return of the Miami-esque setting of Vice City, last seen in 2002’s GTA: Vice City. Much of the gameplay footage in the leak is quite clearly still early in development — complete with unfinished textures and models all over the place, and code playing out in real-time across many of them. Since PCGamer reported on the leaks, the footage has been spread across the internet on Twitter and Reddit. In one video, the female player character, named Lucia, is seen robbing a diner. Another sees another player character, a white male, engage in poolside conversation complete with extremely well-done voice acting and dialogue questioning the existence of Finland. However, much of the footage is in rough shape and contains mostly featureless placeholder characters moving around an empty landscape. It is unclear how old the footage is but according to The Verge, the gameplay seems to be running on RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3080 cards meaning "the development build can’t be any older than two years." Rockstar only recently confirmed that GTA VI was under development after years of rumors. View the full article
  14. “There was a big-ass hole in the middle of the stage that I just busted my ass on”View the full article
  15. The charges stem from an incident in June that left one dead and two others with gunshot woundsView the full article
  16. According to reporting by the Financial Times, BeReal is considering adding paid features to its currently free-to-use app. The photo-sharing app exploded in popularity this year, particularly with Gen Z. BeReal's supposed authenticity — users get a two-minute window once a day to make a completely unfiltered post — promised to be a respite from overly curated, advertisement-filled Instagram feeds. To keep up with BeReal's meteoric rise, other social media apps like TikTok and Instagram are introducing features that mimic BeReal, right down to the simultaneous use of your front and back-facing cameras. While Instagram and TikTok are emulating BeReal, BeReal is not trying to be like either app when it comes to in-app advertising. The Financial Times interviewed people closely involved with BeReal and learned that the company might start monetizing BeReal by incorporating in-app purchases. Intrusive advertisements, while not completely off the table, are out of the picture for now. The app has grown significantly, the Financial Times reported. BeReal has over 15 million daily active users, up from only 10,000 just a year ago. At an evaluation of over $600 million, insiders told the Financial Times that BeReal's rapid growth could reach "tens of millions of people by the end of the year." SEE ALSO: BeReal is what 'casual Instagram' wants to be These considerations of paid features come at the prompting of investors trying to ensure BeReal isn't just a passing fad. Whatever happens, the app's main photo-sharing service will still be free to use. According to the Financial Times, in-app purchases on BeReal might resemble a premium Discord membership, where you pay a monthly fee for bonuses like digital stickers. Nothing is set in stone yet — the Financial Times's sources stated that if BeReal does pivot to in-app purchases, it likely won't be until later next year. For now, the platform's biggest priority is bettering BeReal's usability, including fixing glitches that come with the app's millions of users all posting concurrently. View the full article
  17. Over the years we have seen dozens of anti-piracy campaigns. Initially, many of these tried to appeal to people’s morals. You wouldn’t steal a car, right? This type of messaging doesn’t work for everyone, so more direct tactics are explored as well. These often focus on various risks, with particular concern for the health of pirates’ computers. Rightsholders and anti-piracy groups regularly highlight reports which show that pirate sites are rife with malware and even alert potential pirates-to-be about the dangers of these sites. While some of these claims are exaggerated, there is no denying that malware is spread through some pirate sites. How common this problem is depends on who you ask and even the estimates from various research outfits vary quite a bit. New Pirate Site Malware Research The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) shared some new research that it carried out in partnership with piracy advertising expert White Bullet and cybersecurity outfit Unit 221B. The group has a long history of publishing anti-piracy research and has highlighted the malware angle before. Despite these efforts, the problem persists. The findings show that 12% of all ads on pirate streaming sites are linked to malware. In addition, nearly 80% of the researched sites served at least some malware ads. “Piracy operators lure users to their sites by offering them ‘free content,’ including the latest movies, music, and television shows. Once they come to the piracy site, users are subjected to a deluge of malicious ads […] that employ fear tactics and other deceptions to trick users into clicking on them.” “[P]iracy operators and malvertisers have created an unholy triangle with pirate site visitors, who have unwittingly entered a perilous game of ‘Pirate Roulette’ by entrusting their cyber-safety to malicious actors,” the “Unholy Triangle” report adds Piracy Investigators Hit by Ransomware These comments are pretty scary and to emphasize the threat, the researchers describe in detail how they were hit by a ransomware attack after visiting a pirate site. “With just a few clicks on a piracy site, investigators were victimized by a ransomware attack that encrypted their computer files. The criminals demanded payment to unlock them. This cyber threat was observed across multiple piracy sites.” Luckily, the researchers used virtual machines so they didn’t end up paying anything to unlock their test machines. With these data and anecdotes, they warn the public to stay away from pirate sites. All in all, the report paints a pretty grim picture suggesting that things are worse than they ever were. However, that’s not clear from the previous studies we’ve seen. 80%, 90%, or 100%? In 2014, a study conducted by the Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness found that 90% of the most used film and TV piracy sites contained malware or credit card scams. That’s more that the ‘eight in ten’ sites in the recent DCA study. A report from OpenText Security Solutions’ Webroot that was released last month also found that 90% of the top illegal streaming sites contain risky content. And according to FACT, the same study found that all of the analyzed sites had “malicious content.” Based on these rudimentary comparisons, pirate streaming sites were previously much riskier than in this latest report. But that’s impossible to say for sure, as the methodologies and researched sites vary quite a bit. EU Didn’t See a Malware Piracy Epidemic Also, it’s worth noting that there is research on the topic that shows quite a different picture. Aside from nuanced remarks from anti-virus experts, the EU Intellectual Property Office also draws a less dystopian conclusion. Through a detailed study conducted in several EU countries, EU researchers investigated more than 1,000 pirate site domains. They found that less than 10% of these sites linked to malicious content, which includes the less severe “potentially unwanted software.” According to the EU researchers, pirate sites were not particularly problematic. “At present, suspected copyright-infringing websites and streaming services are not normally considered to be dominant sources of malware or otherwise unwanted software distribution,” the research concluded. The results from the DCA’s “Unholy Triangle” report are quite different, to say the least. However, with varying methodologies and definitions of ‘malicious’ it’s not easy to compare the findings. In any case, it’s good to see that copyright holder groups are spending so much time and resources making sure that pirates are warned against malware. Whether that will prevent people from visiting pirate sites is another question, of course. Perhaps the main purpose of the report isn’t to warn the public at large, but to alert the authorities to take action against piracy. That’s at least in part what the authors hope to achieve, as they call on the DoJ and the FTC to take action. “As this report shows, malicious actors dangle free content as ‘bait’ to lure users to be victimized. Therefore, it’s vital that the DOJ targets malvertisers and piracy sites that are setting up users to be victimized by ransomware and other harmful software.” “In addition, the FTC should consider new efforts to alert consumers about the cyber security risks of piracy and the emergence of malvertising on these sites,” the report adds. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  18. Give a Buck is Mashable's deep dive into Universal Basic Income — an idea gaining currency in a time of pandemic and mass unemployment. Now more than ever, our future depends on whether we can pay the bills. The promise of Universal Basic Income (UBI) is still ever-present in the minds of many, even as the U.S. economy fluctuates. Cities across the country continue announcing new free cash programs for residents, and early adopters are concluding and publishing the results of multi-year pilot programs. This page, which we will update regularly, will help you keep track of it all. UBI is an old concept, bolstered by plenty of historic examples where the practice had positive economic effects. The idea is very simple: long-term cash payments that provide a basic safety net for everyone. Payments come with absolutely no conditions attached, as often as once a month. In the 21st century, the more local programs we launch, the more it seems to work. The idea gained relevance in 2020, as millions of households coped with the financial impact of the pandemic. Many cities are testing out guaranteed income programs — similar in principle to UBI, but offered to a select portion of a city's population instead of all residents. SEE ALSO: New $42M guaranteed income program is using innovative tech to distribute funds The groups are either randomly selected, or chosen based on location, wealth, or even career, like the guaranteed income programs for artists in San Francisco and Long Beach, California. Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, founded in 2020 by former Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs, advocates for guaranteed income programs across the country. Currently there are more than 80 mayors involved across 29 states. A few dozen have already launched pilot programs. Even more are planning guaranteed income initiatives. Member cities could apply for up to $500,000 in funding for their own pilot programs, courtesy of a $15 million donation from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The movement for guaranteed income is growing, spurred on by previous demands for financial safety nets during the pandemic shutdown. Momentum is facilitated in part by groups like the grassroots nonprofit Income Movement, which consults with city governments and organizes global public marches pushing for basic income, and the Economic Security Project, another nonprofit that also advocates for a guaranteed income. Nationwide nonprofits are also throwing themselves into the mix. Miracle Messages, a nonprofit providing social support services for people experiencing homelessness, hosts its own version of a UBI pilot for unhoused people across the nation. Called the Miracle Money program, it provides $500 per month in direct cash transfers to participants. State governments are also slowly rising to the calls for guaranteed income. In 2021, California announced a statewide guaranteed income project, signed off on by Governor Gavin Newsom, with a budget of $35 million for the next five years. Could it be one step closer to UBI? Here's a list of guaranteed income programs in the U.S., from the completed to the recently announced. Birmingham, Alabama (Embrace Mothers)Birmingham announced a guaranteed income research pilot — intended specifically to help single women raising children — in Oct. 2021, and officially launched the program in Feb. 2022. Eligible participants are described as "female-identifying heads of family caring for at least one child under the age of 18," according to the program application, and were randomly selected by the program's research partner, Abt Associates. The first group of 110 people are currently receiving $375 per month for a year. The program also includes a control group of 132 people who will not receive monthly income, but will be paid for their participation in pilot surveys. It's supported by a $500,000 grant from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income as well as additional funding from the city of Birmingham. Phoenix, Arizona In Sept. 2021, the Phoenix City Council approved a $12 million cash assistance program to help low-income families. The program provides 1,000 families a $1,000 monthly stipend for one year. Households must be at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income ($63,200 for a family of four, according to the city). Selected families were either living in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development communities, using federally funded housing choice vouchers for Section 8 properties, or participating in the city's Emergency Rental Assistance program funded by coronavirus relief money, the Phoenix New Times reported. Funds come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), with help from the Partnership for Economic Innovation, and the first payments (sent via prepaid debit cards) were distributed in Feb. 2022. Compton, California (Compton Pledge)The Compton Pledge program, announced in October 2020, provides monthly cash payments (between $300 and $600) to more than 800 families in the city of Compton for two years. The families are primarily "irregularly or informally employed residents, immigrants of varied legal status, and the formerly incarcerated," according to a city statement. Participants also have access to free banking services provided by Compton Pledge. As of April 14, 2021, the program had already distributed $1 million of its $2 million pool to 1,770 residents. Compton anticipates giving out $9 million over the two-year life of the project. Los Angeles, California (Basic Income Guaranteed: LA Economic Assistance Pilot)Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a $24 million guaranteed income program for LA residents in April 2021. The city government said it would reallocate $6 million cut from the LAPD budget towards the initiative. The Basic Income Guaranteed: LA Economic Assistance Pilot (better known by its acronym, BIG LEAP) is providing 3,200 individuals under the poverty line with $1,000 per month for a year — much more than its original 2,000 resident goal. To be eligible, applicants had to be pregnant or parents of dependent children, have an income at or below the federal poverty line, and be affected by COVID-19. The first payments were disbursed in Jan. 2022. Los Angeles County, CaliforniaLos Angeles County has announced a few guaranteed income programs. In July 2021, the county announced it would be sending $1,204 per month to 150 residents between 18 and 24 years old. Those selected were already receiving general relief benefits for low-income residents. A second direct cash program, unveiled in May 2021, ended its open application period in Sept. 2022 and selected 1,000 residents to participate in a $1,000 per month direct cash program. Support from the BREATHE program will extend for three years. It's supported by government funds, as well as philanthropic organizations like the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. Long Beach, CaliforniaIn July 2021, Long Beach announced its guaranteed income pilot program to help residents of the city's 90813 ZIP code. According to the Long Beach mayor's office, this is the "highest concentrated area of family poverty in Long Beach and has a median household income 25 percent lower than any other ZIP code in the city." The program will give 250 to 300 families a $500 stipend for one year. Priority will be given to single-parent households, mainly single mothers, with incomes below the poverty line. In Feb. 2022, the city launched a request for proposals to implement the proposed pilot, and in May 2022, it signed a contract with the nonprofit Fund for Guaranteed Income. Marin County, California Inspired by the success of the neighboring Oakland and Stockton pilot programs, Marin County announced plans for its own pilot program in March 2021. The program would give $1,000 to 125 women of color who are raising at least one child under the age of 18. The proposed $3 million initiative was supported by a nonprofit philanthropic group, the Marin Community Foundation, and a $400,000 grant from the Marin County board of supervisors. According to the foundation, the pilot's first round of recipients focuses on those facing "the greatest aggregate of challenges: low income, young children, and facing the daily travails and insults of overt and covert racial discrimination." Eligible mothers were to be chosen from a pool of more than 4,000 individuals who already receive funding from the foundation. Mountain View, California (Elevate Mountain View)The city of Mountain View's guaranteed income pilot program was presented in its exploratory phase in Sept. 2021 and launched officially in Sept. 2022. It will provide direct cash payments of $500 per month to 166 randomly selected low-income families for two years. Eligible participants must make 30 percent below the area's average median income. The first payments are expected in mid-December. Applications are open now, and will close on Sept. 25. Oakland, California (Oakland Resilient Families)Oakland's guaranteed income project was unveiled in March 2021 and is providing hundreds of low-income families with $500 monthly payments during an 18-month period. Households with the greatest income disparities, as defined by the Oakland Equity Index, were given priority in the application process. To qualify, families must also have one child under the age of 18. The program was originally limited to people of color, but that criteria was later removed after backlash on social media. Participants are to be randomly selected. The program is entirely funded by private donors and had raised $6.75 million as of the announcement. Oakland representatives said at the time that "at least 80 percent" would be distributed the next 18 months. Santa Clara County, California In July 2020, Santa Clara county launched the first guaranteed income program in the country that specifically helps young adults transitioning out of the foster care system. The pilot, which had a $900,000 budget, gave 72 former foster care youth $1,000 a month for one year. Inspired by the success of the pilot program, California Sen. Dave Cortes introduced the Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Foster Youth Act in 2021, which, if passed, would have given $1,000 a month to approximately 2,500 youth aging out of a state foster care program. The bill was unfortunately tabled, but Cortes introduced a second version detailing the California Success, Opportunity, and Academic Resilience (SOAR) Guaranteed Income Program, which would provide guaranteed income to high school seniors experiencing homelessness. In April, the bill passed a vote in the Senate Education Committee. San Diego and National City, California (San Diego for Every Child)The San Diego for Every Child program was created by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis to address childhood poverty in San Diego. The guaranteed income pilot was announced in Nov. 2021 and is in partnership with the Jewish Family Service of San Diego. The pilot provides $500 a month for 24 months to 150 families, all of which have a child who is 12 years old or under. Only families living in these ZIP codes were eligible for the program: 92114 (Encanto), 92139 (Paradise Hills), 91950 (National City), and 92173 (San Ysidro). The pilot handed out its first monthly payments in March 2022. San Francisco, CaliforniaThe San Francisco area has debuted several free money programs. The Abundant Birth Project is a pilot program led by Expecting Justice, an initiative to address preterm births and maternal health, and Mayor London Breed. The program provides "unconditional cash supplements to Black and Pacific Islander mothers as a strategy to reduce preterm birth and improve economic outcomes," the organization explains. Recipients will get $1,000 per month for 12 months. They must be pregnant and have an annual income less than $100,000. Initial payments were given out in June 2022, and enrollment for the first 150 recipients is expected to be complete by Dec. 2022. The South San Francisco guaranteed income program was announced and launched in 2021 to support undocumented or formerly incarcerated residents of the South San Francisco area, as well as provide relief during COVID-19. The program gives out $500 a month for one year to 160 households who also receive case management services from the city. The first payments to select recipients were given out in Dec. 2021. Sonoma County, California (Pathway to Income Equity)The Sonoma County Pathway to Income Equity program was officially launched in Sept. 2022 by the Sonoma County Guaranteed Basic Income Coalition and First 5 Sonoma County. It provides 305 county residents with $500 a month for 24 months, and eligibility is based on income, residency, and the household's reported impact from COVID-19. The funds are provided by the county, city of Healdsburg, city of Petaluma, and city of Santa Rosa, along with American Rescue Plan Act funds. The program is in partnership with the Fund for Guaranteed Income, and all payments are distributed as "COVID disaster relief." Stockton, California (Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration)Announced in February 2019 by then-Mayor (and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income founder) Michael Tubbs, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) is a completed pilot program that provided 125 residents with $500 monthly payouts over 24 months. The residents were chosen randomly from neighborhoods at or below Stockton's median household income. It was funded entirely by $3 million in donations. The results of the pilot program were released in March 2021. According to SEED, the guaranteed income resulted in higher rates of full-time employment. It also positively impacted the mental health of recipients. Participants reported being less anxious and depressed and "saw improvements in emotional health, fatigue levels, and overall well-being." Denver, Colorado (Denver Basic Income Project)The Denver Basic Income Project is a nonprofit initiative originally announced in collaboration with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and the University of Denver's Center for Housing and Homeless Research. It was specifically founded to help the city's homeless population. The program's initial $5.5 million budget was funded entirely through private donations and philanthropic support. It staggered varying payments over the course of one year: 260 people received $1,000 a month, another 260 received an initial $6,500 payment followed by $500 every month, and a third group of 300 participants received $50 every month. In Sept. 2022, the city of Denver announced a $2 million pledge and its participation in the project's latest endeavor: providing $12,000 over the span of a year to a select group of people experiencing homelessness. The pilot will benefit 140 individuals and households and operate similarly to the earlier tests. One participant group will receive $6,500 upfront and $500 a month for the next 11. Another group will receive $1,000 per month for a year. Gainesville, Florida (Just Income GNV)In collaboration with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and local nonprofit Community Spring, the city of Gainesville launched the Just Income GNV guaranteed income pilot to help Florida's formerly incarcerated population upon re-entry. The program refers to this population as "justice-impacted." To be eligible, applicants had to be a resident of Alachua County and have been recently released from a Florida state or federal prison, or a Florida county jail (with a felony conviction), or have begun their felony parole in the county. Each of the 115 randomly selected participants received $1,000 in the first month, followed by $600 a month for 11 months. The first payments were distributed in March 2022. Atlanta, Georgia (Income Mobility Program for Atlanta Community Transformation & In Her Hands)In March 2021, Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward Economic Security Task Force announced the beginnings of a pilot program in partnership with the Economic Security Project. In Dec. 2021, the Atlanta mayor's office formally announced an Income Mobility Program for Atlanta Community Transformation (I.M.P.A.C.T.) fund in collaboration with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. The fund will provide 300 Atlanta residents with $500 per month over a 12-month pilot period — an initial group of 25 participants began receiving payments in January and the rest began receiving funds in June. The recipients are all at least 18 years old and live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line ($53,000 for a household of four, the program explains). Announced in early 2022, In Her Hands is a guaranteed income pilot program overseen by the Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund, which will provide $850 per month to 650 Black women living in three communities in Georgia, over the course of two years. The first cohort of recipients will be based in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward, while the second two groups will be based in Southwest Georgia’s Clay-Randolph-Terrell county cluster and the City of College Park. Applications have closed. Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Resilient Communities)Chicago City Alderman Gilbert Villega announced his city's proposed guaranteed income program in April 2021. The original proposal's $30 million price tag came from the city's $1.9 billion in American Rescue Plan funds. The City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services later debuted the Chicago Resilient Communities pilot program in collaboration with the nonprofit GiveDirectly. The pilot provides 5,000 eligible recipients with $500 a month for one year. To qualify, recipients must be 18 years or older, fall below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, and have experienced economic hardship because of COVID-19. All 5,000 participants have been selected as of Aug. 2022, and payments will start soon. Cook County, Illinois (Cook County Promise)The Cook County Promise pilot program, announced in Sept. 2022, will distribute $42 million to Cook county (Chicago-area) residents, making it the country's largest guaranteed income pilot program yet. The program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and partnered with GiveDirectly, AidKit, and several other community organizations dedicated to servicing hard-to-reach populations. It will provide 3,250 low-income families with $500 monthly cash payments for 24 months. Applications will open Oct. 6. Evanston, Illinois The city of Evanston partnered with Northwestern University to launch its first guaranteed income pilot program, announced in Aug. 2022. It plans to provide 150 families with a $500 per month stipend for one year. Eligible participants include low-income residents 18 to 24 years old or adults 62 years old and older, as well as undocumented community members. The pilot is funded by both the city and the university, as well as $700,000 in American Rescue Plan funds. Applications closed Aug. 29. Gary, Indiana (Guaranteed Income Validation Effort)The Guaranteed Income Validation Effort (GIVE) was completed in June 2022 and provided $500 a month to 121 low-income residents over the span of one year. To be eligible, participants had to make less than $35,000. Alongside financial support, the first test group received financial literacy classes from local Centier Bank and admissions counseling from Indiana University Northwest. The program was supported by a $500,000 grant from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. After running out of funds in Nov. 2021, the Gary City Council allocated $400,000 of American Rescue Act funds to cover the pilot's remaining six months. GIVE will continue supporting its participants with a series of financial literacy courses. New Orleans, Louisiana In Dec. 2021, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell unveiled the city's first guaranteed income pilot to help "opportunity youth" afford basic needs. After receiving a $500,000 grant from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, the program was announced to the public in May 2022. It's the first in the coalition to specifically address youth needs. The pilot serves young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school or currently working. The 125 chosen recipients are from a variety of backgrounds and represent segments of the New Orleans community, including those in the juvenile justice system and alternative high schools, pregnant people and new parents, unhoused youth, and immigrants. They will receive $350 per month for 10 months, and the first disbursements have already been issued. Shreveport, Louisiana The city of Shreveport also partnered with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and launched its guaranteed income program pilot in Feb. 2022 with the support of the city, Caddo Parish, and United Way of Northwest Louisiana. The program will provide 110 residents with $660 per month for one year. They must be a single parent (married or unmarried) with an income below 120 percent of the federal poverty level. Applicants were already selected and the first payments were distributed in March 2022. Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore Young Families Success Fund)Announced in early 2022, Baltimore's Young Families Success Fund (BYFSF) provides 200 parents or guardians between the ages of 18 and 24 with $1,000 per month over 24 months. Participants must also have incomes at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. The program is intended to "provide financial relief for their families and stabilize their households," according to the Mayor's office. After opening applications in May 2022, the program officially selected participants and began processing initial monthly payments in Aug. 2022. It's funded by $4.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, and private donors. Chelsea, Massachusetts (Direct Assistance Stipend Program & Chelsea Eats)In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the city of Chelsea announced a relief program for more than 2,000 low-income residents who reported struggling with food insecurity. The program was supported by both Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and the Shah Family Foundation, which randomly chose its recipients from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants. In 2021, the program supported 2,040 families whoreceived between $200 and $400 a month, according to Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. In 2020, the city also hosted its Chelsea Eats program to address financial and food insecurity. Approximately 2,000 households were given direct cash cards to use to purchase food. The cards were replenished with funds on a monthly basis for six months. Cambridge, Massachusetts (Cambridge Recurring Income for Success and Empowerment) Announced in April 2021, the Cambridge Recurring Income for Success and Empowerment (RISE) pilot program officially launched in September. The program's direct aim is to support single caretaker households and families below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Early funding for the program came through a $500,000 grant from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, as well as the Center of Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Cambridge RISE provides $500 monthly payments to 130 households that earned less than 80 percent of the area's median income and residents who are single (unmarried) caregivers with at least one child under the age of 18. The first payments were made in Sept. 2021, and the program is now looking to expand its participants in 2023. Lynn & Roxbury, Massachusetts (Family Health Project)The Family Health Project supports new mothers with a guaranteed income during their children's first three years. The program provides new moms with $400 a month for 36 months, as well as social service support from partnered agencies. The first cohort of 15 families started receiving payments in May 2021. Another group of 15 families from the town of Roxbury were also selected to participate in a second direct giving pilot program, in partnership with Whittier Street Health Center. Recipients must be referred to the program by a federally qualified community health center in partnership with the project. It's entirely funded by philanthropic donations. Minneapolis, Minnesota In partnership with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, Minneapolis launched its pilot program in early 2022. The program is supported by federal relief funds and is in partnership with the Royal Credit Union, which is offering financial services to unbanked participants. The first cohort will provide 200 residents with $500 per month for 24 months. To be eligible, individuals must be 18 years or older, have an income below 50 percent of the city’s average median income, and be impacted financially by the pandemic. They must also be residents of one of these ZIP codes: 55403, 55404, 55405, 55407, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55430, or 55454. Applications have closed. St. Paul, Minnesota (People's Prosperity Guaranteed Income Pilot & CollegeBound Boost)St. Paul's pilot program began in Oct. 2020 and gave 150 families $500 per month for a period of up to 18 months. The program was funded by the city's grant under the federal CARES Act, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and by private donors, making it the first of the Mayors for Guaranteed Income network to leverage public dollars, the organization says. Recipients were chosen from those already enrolled in the CollegeBound Saint Paul program, a city-wide initiative to provide St. Paul children born after January 1, 2020, with college savings accounts. In June 2022, the city announced the CollegeBound Boost program expanding on the guaranteed income and college savings initiative. It will provide 333 low-income families enrolled in the CollegeBound Saint Paul program with $500 each month for 2 years, as well as deposits of $1,000 each for their children's CollegeBound Saint Paul college savings accounts. Jackson, Mississippi (Magnolia Mother's Trust)The Magnolia program was launched by Springboard to Opportunities in 2018. This pilot was the first in the U.S. to offer monthly payments specifically to low-income African-American mothers. After the success of its first cohort in 2018, the program launched its second cohort in March 2020, which gave $1,000 a month to 110 mothers for one year. In April 2021, Magnolia Mother's Trust unveiled its third group of participants, which added another 100 new mothers who will receive $1,000 monthly payments. The program continued with its fourth group of participants in May 2022. Newark, New Jersey (Newark Equity)In 2019, Newark's Guaranteed Income Task Force partnered with the Economic Security Project and the Jain Family Institute, a nonprofit research group supporting guaranteed income projects, to build a proposal for the city's first pilot program. In February 2021, the city formally adopted a resolution supporting the task force's recommendations, and in May, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced it would move forward with a two-year pilot program. The pilot will provide $6,000 annually to 400 residents. Eligible residents must have an income that falls 200 percent below the federal poverty income level. One group will receive payments bi-weekly, another will be paid on a monthly basis, and the third will receive two annual payouts. The first 30 participants started receiving payments in early 2021. By fall 2021, all 400 Newark residents had started receiving bi-weekly payments of $250 and semi-annual payments of $3,000, which will continue for 24 months. Paterson, New Jersey Paterson's guaranteed income pilot program was announced in March 2021, and is also supported by Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. The pilot will run for one year and gives $400 to 110 residents, regardless of employment status, the city clarified. Eligibility is based on income. Applicants must make less than $30,000 annually for individuals, while family income is capped at $88,0000. The first group of recipients were chosen in May 2021 through a lottery system, and began receiving payments in July 2021. The program ended in June 2022. Santa Fe, New Mexico (Santa Fe LEAP)Another Mayors for a Guaranteed Income partner, the Santa Fe Learn, Earn, Achieve Program (LEAP) received a $500,000 grant to launch the city's first guaranteed income pilot program in June 2021. The program is providing 100 parents who are enrolled in Santa Fe Community College (and make less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level) with $400 per month for 12 months. Participants began receiving payments in Oct. 2021. It's now seeking donations to support a second year. Hudson, New York (HudsonUp)Mutual aid community center The Spark of Hudson and nonprofit advocacy group Humanity Forward joined together with Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson to launch the city's first basic income pilot in 2020. The HudsonUp program was supported by two $300,000 grants from Spark of Hudson and Humanity Forward. The ongoing program provides 25 residents with $500 every month for five years; it's one of the longest guaranteed income pilot programs in the country. Eligible recipients had to be 18 years or older and make less than the city's median annual income of $35,153. The third cohort of recipients was announced in March 2022. Ithaca, New York (Ithaca Guaranteed Income)Ithaca announced its pilot program in late 2021, and the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County officially launched it in 2022. The pilot is in collaboration with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and is privately funded. The program provides $450 a month to 110 individuals who are "unpaid primary caregivers to children and aging or disabled adults," Mayors for a Guaranteed Income explained. To be eligible, participants must be Ithaca residents and have an income at or below 80 percent of the average median income. The first payments were issued in June 2022. New York City, New York (The Bridge Project)Founded in 2021, The Bridge Project is a guaranteed income program that supports new mothers across New York City — it's the first guaranteed income project in NYC. The first phase of The Bridge Project provided either $250 or $500 every two weeks to 100 low-income mothers living in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Inwood, and Central Harlem. The project expand in 2022, ushering in a second phase that provides 500 mothers with $1,000 a month for 18 months, followed by $500 a month for another 18 months. It's funded and implemented by the Monarch Foundation and is partnered with Harlem Children’s Zone, Children’s Aid, El Nido de Esperanza, and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation. Ulster County, New York (Project Resilience)Ulster County's guaranteed income project, Project Resilience, was the first county-wide initiative to test a monthly universal basic income. Project Resilience was in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Guaranteed Income, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, and Ulster Savings Bank. It was funded entirely by community donations and provided 100 households with $500 a month for one year. Participants were chosen in March 2021, and the first payments were issued in May 2021. In June 2022, the county announced it was extending the program through September. Durham, North Carolina (Excel)An initiative from local nonprofit Step Up Durham, the Excel guaranteed income pilot program provides financial assistance to formerly incarcerated residents. It was announced in 2021, with the first participants chosen in 2022. The program distributes $600 per month to 109 formerly incarcerated individuals over a period of one year. It's in partnership with the Center for Guaranteed Income in Pennsylvania, who will randomly select the participants. Funding comes from the city and a grant from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. The first payments were distributed in March 2022 and will end in 2023. Providence, Rhode IslandProvidence's guaranteed income research project was launched in July 2021 with the help of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. The city partnered with nonprofits Amos House and Dorcas International, and the Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR) selected the initial round of recipients. It will provide $500 a month to the 110 chosen Providence residents for 12 months. To be eligible, individuals must have an income at or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Payments began in Nov. 2021, and the program was extended for an additional six months using relief funds from the Providence Rescue Plan. Columbia, South Carolina (Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Boost)The CLIMB program was announced by Mayor Stephen Benjamin in Dec. 2020 and is designed specifically to help Black fathers. It's in collaboration with the community resource group Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. Participants were randomly selected from a group of almost 900 people already connected with Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. It provides 100 residents with $500 monthly payments for 12 months and is funded by both private donors and support from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. The first payments were issued in Sept. 2021. Austin, TexasAfter announcing its proposed guaranteed income pilot in May 2022, Austin became the first Texas city to test a direct cash assistance program fully funded by taxpayer funds — the city's initiative is designed to help low-income residents and families at risk of losing their homes. The program will provide $1,000 to 85 households over the span of a year and cost the city approximately $1 million. Still in the early planning stages, the pilot will be run by the California nonprofit UpTogether. San Antonio, TexasSan Antonio launched a guaranteed income pilot at the end of 2020, after tabling an earlier version of the program at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city's mayor Ron Nirenberg joined the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income coalition in 2021. The program supports 1,000 low-income families with $400 every financial quarter for two years, following an initial cash investment of $1,908 in Dec. 2020. In partnership with UpTogether, the $5 million program was supported by federal relief funds from the city of San Antonio and various nonprofits. As of June, the program had distributed $3.9 million and will be completed in Jan. 2023. Alexandria, Virginia (ARISE)The city of Alexandria introduced its guaranteed income pilot program, also referred to as Alexandria's Recurring Income for Success and Equity (ARISE) in July 2021. The pilot provides $500 a month to 170 Alexandria households over a period of two years. Eligible participants must make at or below 50 percent of the city’s area median income. It's supported by $3 million in American Rescue Plan funds, and is collaborating with research partner Apt Associates. Applications for the first group of recipients are set to open in Oct. 2022, and the first payments are scheduled for Jan. 2023. Richmond, Virginia (Richmond Resilience Initiative)When introduced in 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns, Richmond's guaranteed income program was the smallest pilot project, giving just 18 families $500 monthly payments for two years. Recipients were chosen from people who use the city's Office of Community Wealth Building, part of a city anti-poverty commission. All had children and were employed, but didn't qualify for traditional public benefits. The pilot was supported by the nonprofit Robins Foundation and money from the federal CARES Act. As another member of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, Richmond received a $500,000 grant in Dec. 2020 to expand the Richmond Resilience Initiative and offer money to more families. A second cohort of 46 families began receiving payments in June 2022. Tacoma, Washington (Growing Resilience in Tacoma)The GRIT program, announced in 2020, provides around 100 families with $500 monthly payments for one year. Eligible recipients are referred to as "ALICE" families, which stands for "Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed." While most of the individuals are employed and above the federal poverty limit, many still struggle to pay for basic needs like food, housing, healthcare, and childcare. The program also prioritizes people of color and single heads of household. The city's pilot was funded by a $500,000 grant from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and a $100,000 grant from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. The first disbursements were given out in Dec. 2021. This story will be updated as new programs are announced. UPDATE: May 3, 2021, 5:02 p.m. EDT: This story was updated to include information about the Santa Clara, Denver, Gainesville, Columbia, and Tacoma pilot programs. UPDATE: May 7, 2021, 12:50 p.m. PDT: This story was updated to add information about the Lynn, Massachusetts and Hudson, New York trials. UPDATE: May 12, 2021, 11:39 a.m. EDT This story was updated to add information about Newark, New Jersey's pilot program. UPDATE: Sep. 16, 2022, 1:52 p.m. EDT This story was updated with current data, as well as additional information about the Birmingham, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Mountain View, San Francisco, San Diego, Sonoma County, Atlanta, Cook County, Evanston, New Orleans, Shreveport, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Santa Fe, Ithaca, Ulster County, Durham, Austin, San Antonio, Providence, and Alexandria programs. View the full article
  19. When we spend so much of our time online, we’re bound to learn something while clicking and scrolling. Discover something new with Mashable’s series I learned it on the internet. Here's a shortlist of those who realized that I — a cis woman who'd identified as heterosexual for decades of life — was in fact actually bi, long before I realized it myself recently: my sister, all my friends, my boyfriend, and the TikTok algorithm. On TikTok, the relationship between user and algorithm is uniquely (even sometimes uncannily) intimate. An app which seemingly contains as many multitudes of life experiences and niche communities as there are people in the world, we all start in the lowest common denominator of TikTok. Straight TikTok (as it's popularly dubbed) initially bombards your For You Page with the silly pet videos and viral teen dances that folks who don't use TikTok like to condescendingly reduce it to. Quickly, though, TikTok begins reading your soul like some sort of divine digital oracle, prying open layers of your being never before known to your own conscious mind. The more you use it, the more tailored its content becomes to your deepest specificities, to the point where you get stuff that's so relatable that it can feel like a personal attack (in the best way) or (more dangerously) even a harmful trigger from lifelong traumas. For example: I don't know what dark magic (read: privacy violations) immediately clued TikTok into the fact that I was half-Brazilian, but within days of first using it, Straight TikTok gave way to at first Portuguese-speaking then broader Latin TikTok. Feeling oddly seen (being white-passing and mostly American-raised, my Brazilian identity isn't often validated), I was liberal with the likes, knowing that engagement was the surefire way to go deeper down this identity-affirming corner of the social app. TikTok made lots of assumptions from there, throwing me right down the boundless, beautiful, and oddest multiplicities of Alt TikTok, a counter to Straight TikTok's milquetoast mainstreamness. Home to a wide spectrum of marginalized groups, I was giving out likes on my FYP like Oprah, smashing that heart button on every type of video: from TikTokers with disabilities, Black and Indigenous creators, political activists, body-stigma-busting fat women, and every glittering shade of the LGBTQ cornucopia. The faves were genuine, but also a way to support and help offset what I knew about the discriminatory biases in TikTok's algorithm. My diverse range of likes started to get more specific by the minute, though. I wasn't just on general Black TikTok anymore, but Alt Cottagecore Middle-Class Black Girl TikTok (an actual label one creator gave her page's vibes). Then it was Queer Latina Roller Skating Girl TikTok, Women With Non-Hyperactive ADHD TikTok, and then a double whammy of Women Loving Women (WLW) TikTok alternating between beautiful lesbian couples and baby bisexuals. Looking back at my history of likes, the transition from queer “ally” to “salivating simp” is almost imperceptible. There was no one precise "aha" moment. I started getting "put a finger down" challenges that wouldn't reveal what you were putting a finger down for until the end. Then, 9-fingers deep (winkwink), I'd be congratulated for being 100% bisexual. Somewhere along the path of getting served multiple WLW Disney cosplays in a single day and even dom lesbian KinkTok roleplay — or whatever the fuck Bisexual Pirate TikTok is — deductive reasoning kind of spoke for itself. But I will never forget the one video that was such a heat-seeking missile of a targeted attack that I was moved to finally text it to my group chat of WLW friends with a, "Wait, am I bi?" To which the overwhelming consensus was, "Magic 8 Ball says, 'Highly Likely.'" Serendipitously posted during Pride Month, the video shows a girl shaking her head at the caption above her head, calling out confused and/or closeted queers who say shit like, "I think everyone is a LITTLE bisexual," to the tune of "Closer" by The Chainsmokers. When the lyrics land on the word "you," she points straight at the screen — at me — her finger and inquisitive look piercing my hopelessly bisexual soul like Cupid's goddamn arrow. Oh no, the voice inside my head said, I have just been mercilessly perceived. As someone who had, in fact, done feminist studies at a tiny liberal arts college with a gender gap of about 70 percent women, I'd of course dabbled. I've always been quick to bring up the Kinsey scale, to champion a true spectrum of sexuality, and to even declare (on multiple occasions) that I was, "straight, but would totally fuck that girl!" Oh no, the voice inside my head returned, I've literally just been using extra words to say I was bi. After consulting the expertise of my WLW friend group (whose mere existence, in retrospect, also should've clued me in on the flashing neon pink, purple, and blue flag of my raging bisexuality), I ran to my boyfriend to inform him of the "news." "Yeah, baby, I know. We all know," he said kindly. "How?!" I demanded. Well for one, he pointed out, every time we came across a video of a hot girl while scrolling TikTok together, I'd without fail watch the whole way through, often more than once, regardless of content. (Apparently, straight girls do not tend to do this?) For another, I always breathlessly pointed out when we'd pass by a woman I found beautiful, often finding a way to send a compliment her way. ("I'm just a flirt!" I used to rationalize with a hand wave, "Obvs, I'm not actually sexually attracted to them!") Then, I guess, there were the TED Talk-like rants I'd subject him to about the thinly veiled queer relationship in Adventure Time between Princess Bubblegum and Marcelyne the Vampire Queen — which the cowards at Cartoon Network forced creators to keep as subtext! And, well, when you lay it all out like that... But my TikTok-fueled bisexual awakening might actually speak less to the omnipotence of the app's algorithm, and more to how heteronormativity is truly one helluva drug. Sure, TikTok bombarded me with the thirst traps of my exact type of domineering masc lady queers, who reduced me to a puddle of drool I could no longer deny. But I also recalled a pivotal moment in college when I briefly questioned my heterosexuality, only to have a lesbian friend roll her eyes and chastise me for being one of those straight girls who leads Actual Queer Women on. I figured she must know better. So I never pursued any of my lady crushes in college, which meant I never experimented much sexually, which made me conclude that I couldn't call myself bisexual if I'd never had actual sex with a woman. I also didn't really enjoy lesbian porn much, though the fact that I'd often find myself fixating on the woman during heterosexual porn should've clued me into that probably coming more from how mainstream lesbian porn is designed for straight men. The ubiquity of heterormativity, even when unwittingly perpetrated by members of the queer community, is such an effective self-sustaining cycle. Aside from being met with queer-gating (something I've since learned bi folks often experience), I had a hard time identifying my attraction to women as genuine attraction, simply because it felt different to how I was attracted to men. Heteronormativity is truly one helluva drug. So much of women's sexuality — of my sexuality — can feel defined by that carnivorous kind of validation you get from men. I met no societal resistance in fully embodying and exploring my desire for men, either (which, to be clear, was and is insatiable slut levels of wanting that peen.) But in retrospect, I wonder how many men I slept with not because I was truly attracted to them, but because I got off on how much they wanted me. My attraction to women comes with a different texture of eroticism. With women (and bare with a baby bi, here), the attraction feels more shared, more mutual, more tender rather than possessive. It's no less raw or hot or all-consuming, don't get me wrong. But for me at least, it comes more from a place of equality rather than just power play. I love the way women seem to see right through me, to know me, without us really needing to say a word. I am still, as it turns out, a sexual submissive through-and-through, regardless of what gender my would-be partner is. But, ignorantly and unknowingly, I'd been limiting my concept of who could embody dominant sexual personas to cis men. But when TikTok sent me down that glorious rabbit hole of masc women (who know exactly what they're doing, btw), I realized my attraction was not to men, but a certain type of masculinity. It didn't matter which body or genitalia that presentation came with. There is something about TikTok that feels particularly suited to these journeys of sexual self-discovery and, in the case of women loving women, I don't think it's just the prescient algorithm. The short-form video format lends itself to lightning bolt-like jolts of soul-bearing nakedness, with the POV camera angles bucking conventions of the male gaze, which entrenches the language of film and TV in heterosexual male desire. In fairness to me, I'm far from the only one who missed their inner gay for a long time — only to have her pop out like a queer jack-in-the-box throughout a near year-long quarantine that led many of us to join TikTok. There was the baby bi mom, and scores of others who no longer had to publicly perform their heterosexuality during lockdown — only to realize that, hey, maybe I'm not heterosexual at all? Flooded with video after video affirming my suspicions, reflecting my exact experiences as they happened to others, the change in my sexual identity was so normalized on TikTok that I didn't even feel like I needed to formally "come out." I thought this safe home I'd found to foster my baby bisexuality online would extend into the real world. But I was in for a rude awakening. Testing out my bisexuality on other platforms, casually referring to it on Twitter, posting pictures of myself decked out in a rainbow skate outfit (which I bought before realizing I was queer), I received nothing but unquestioning support and validation. Eventually, I realized I should probably let some members of my family know before they learned through one of these posts, though. Daunted by the idea of trying to tell my Latina Catholic mother and Swiss Army veteran father (who's had a crass running joke about me being a "lesbian" ever since I first declared myself a feminist at age 12), I chose the sibling closest to me. Seeing as how gender studies was one of her majors in college too, I thought it was a shoo-in. I sent an off-handed, joke-y but serious, "btw I'm bi now!" text, believing that's all that would be needed to receive the same nonchalant acceptance I found online. It was not. I didn't receive a response for two days. Hurt and panicked by what was potentially my first mild experience of homophobia, I called them out. They responded by insisting we need to have a phone call for such "serious" conversations. As I calmly tried to express my hurt on said call, I was told my text had been enough to make this sibling worry about my mental wellbeing. They said I should be more understanding of why it'd be hard for them to (and I'm paraphrasing) "think you were one way for twenty-eight years" before having to contend with me deciding I was now "something else." But I wasn't "something else," I tried to explain, voice shaking. I hadn't knowingly been deceiving or hiding this part of me. I'd simply discovered a more appropriate label. But it was like we were speaking different languages. Other family members were more accepting, thankfully. There are many ways I'm exceptionally lucky, my IRL environment as supportive as Baby Bi TikTok. Namely, I'm in a loving relationship with a man who never once mistook any of it as a threat, instead giving me all the space in the world to understand this new facet of my sexuality. I don't have it all figured out yet. But at least when someone asks if I listen to Girl in Red on social media, I know to answer with a resounding, "Yes," even though I've never listened to a single one of her songs. And for now, that's enough. Read more from I learned it on the internetWatching makeup tutorials made me feel confident wearing less makeup Twitter taught me I have no visual imagination The best online tools to trace your genealogy from home Where to find photography classes online Related Video: How algorithms work View the full article
  20. On Monday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. BST, it’s been forecast that 4.1 billion people — more than half of the global population — will watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen died on Sept. 8 after becoming the longest-serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom, and one of the world’s most well-known, and well-liked (though not universally liked), celebrities. It’s no secret that the UK government formulated a comprehensive plan for this eventuality years in advance, and named it “Operation London Bridge.” The project, which is still being rolled out, began with the orderly announcement of Elizabeth II’s death, then culminates in her carefully orchestrated state funeral, and also includes broadcast instructions. SEE ALSO: Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96. Here's what happens now. In short, as this funeral unfolds, we’ll see Operation London Bridge play out in full. Here’s how to tune in, wherever you are, so you can grieve if that’s how you feel, or simply bear witness to this unique moment in history. How to watch the Queen lie in stateIn the lead-up to the funeral, the Queen is lying in state in London’s Westminster Hall, and mourners may file past and pay their respects, assuming they’re willing and able to line up in the ultimate queue — a 22-hour wait involving a five mile walk, as of this writing. Anyone, however, can livestream this part of the national grieving process on the BBC News YouTube channel. How to watch the Queen’s funeral on American televisionA procession will carry the casket to Westminster Abbey starting at 10:44 a.m. BST (5:44 a.m. EST), so for those who don’t want to miss any important part of the event, that’s the best time to tune in. Unlike a sporting event, no U.S. network has secured exclusive broadcast rights. According to The Sun, the funeral will air live on NBC, CNN, ABC, and Fox News. If you have an antenna, or subscribe to pay TV, turn your TV on at 5:44 a.m. ET, find one of these channels, and the funeral will be there. How to watch the Queen’s funeral on UK televisionIt will air on The BBC, and ITV, along with Sky News in the UK. How to stream the Queen’s funeral onlineFor those without pay TV or an antenna, officially announced livestreams of the funeral include BBC iPlayer in the UK, and in the US, a live stream on the CNN website that will not require users to log in through a cable provider. There will also undoubtedly be YouTube live streams, some of which may not be announced until Monday. These can be found by performing a search for “Queen’s funeral,” clicking “Filters,” and then clicking “Live” under “FEATURES.” It stands to reason that reliable news outlets like the BBC that hosted live streams of the Queen lying in state will most likely also livestream the funeral itself. How to watch the Queen’s funeral in LondonThe funeral ceremony will be conducted at Westminster Abbey, with, according to the Washington Post, as many as 70 heads of state in attendance, two million members of the public lining the streets, and 10,000 police officers and some unknown number of private security agents standing guard — not to mention snipers on top of buildings, drones buzzing around, trained dogs sniffing for bombs, and undercover officers mingling with the crowds. SEE ALSO: The internet documents a British monarch's death — for the first time If you’re not comfortable lining the sidewalks near Westminster Abbey while the funeral goes on inside, one good way to “attend” the funeral with other Londoners, assuming you’re not invited, will be to find a movie theater. Most of the movie theaters in the UK will be closed, and many will be showing the funeral. You can also join the crowd at Hyde Park near Buckingham Palace, where there will be a giant screen playing the funeral. Most sources suggest other parks and public places will show the funeral on big screens as well, but those have not yet been announced. The funeral ceremony will last an hour, and will conclude with the playing of the bugle composition “Last Post,” followed by the national observance of two minutes of silence. The evening following the funeral, a private service for the Royal Family will be held at Windsor Castle outside of London, after which the Queen will be laid to rest inside St. George’s Chapel, the church on the castle grounds. View the full article
  21. They’re our favorite dragon-obsessed, a little bit too comfortable with incest, unnaturally blonde family. Through Game of Thrones, the Targaryens have graced our screens for over a decade now, and while we originally only had Daenerys as our favorite dragon-riding, Dracarys-spitting queen, House of the Dragon has given us a whole new batch of Targaryens to fawn over. But who is the most badass? Who changed the course of Westeros forever? Who landed on either side of that coin? From Game of Thrones to House of the Dragon, here’s our definitive — and obviously decisive — ranking of the Targaryen family from worst to best. Saddle up for fire, blood, and a whole lot of disappointment. 10. Aerys II “The Mad King” Targaryen The Mad King (center) Credit: Screenshot / HBO While we’ve only seen The Mad King through obscure Game of Thrones flashbacks, his notoriety is quickly made known to us the first time Jaime Lannister is called The Kingslayer. A torture-obsessed tyrant, The Mad King’s dying words to “burn them all” speak to the malice of his horrible reign. He killed Ned Stark’s father and brother in a spectacle showcase of murder. He almost burned all of King’s Landing with wildfire. And his tyranny ultimately led to the end of the Targaryen dynasty (and rightfully so). Who knows where Westeros would have been if Jaime didn’t do what he had to do, and we’re so thankful to him because of it. 9. Viserys Targaryen III Viserys Targaryen III (left) and Daenerys Targaryen (right) Credit: Screenshot / HBO Like father, like son — Viserys takes after his dad, Aerys. He’s self-obsessed, entitled, and ridiculously power-hungry, shamelessly telling his sister that he’d let a thousand men rape her if that’s what it took to reclaim the Iron Throne. (We don’t know how Daenerys didn’t kill him sooner.) He’s yet another embodiment of how bad Targaryens can get in the face of power. And just like with Aerys II, his death was a relief. Special shoutout to Khal Drogo for giving him the only golden crown he was ever fit for. Our sun and stars forever. 8. Viserys Targaryen I Viserys Targaryen I (center) Credit: Ollie Upton / HBO Just when you think Viserys I can’t get any more disappointing, he does. Seriously, it’s like he keeps getting worse. His only moment of worth was appointing Rhaenyra as his heir, which he then proceeded to take an entire dump on by a) marrying her 15-year-old best friend, b) actively choosing to kill her mother in hopes for a son, and c) pulling a complete 180 at the birth of his second son and neglecting Rhaenyra’s aspirations. He lives in his dreams and refuses to see what’s right in front of him. And he couldn’t even kill a stag correctly. How is this man part of the Targaryen legacy? 7. Princess Rhaenys Targaryen Rhaenys Targaryen (center) Credit: Ollie Upton / HBO There’s just something about “The Queen Who Never Was.” Her side-eyes speak a thousand words. Harsh truths fall off her like strays of her platinum blonde hair. And she knows how to play the game (of thrones). Whether it’s ideating marriages between her children and the ruling royal or offering Rhaenyra pearls of wisdom on the truth of men, Rhaenys knows how Westeros works. We haven’t seen much of her yet, but a woman scorned time and time again is destined for an act of colossal revenge. 6. Jaehaerys I “The Old King” Targaryen Jaehaerys I Targaryen (center) Credit: Ollie Upton / HBO Considered to be the greatest Targaryen king to ever rule, we don’t see much of Jaehaerys I in House of the Dragon. In fact, we only witness his death and controversial decision to appoint Viserys I as his heir. But before that, The Old King actually made a lot of good decisions. A king for the people, he united rival families, built the Kingsroad, and led a reign of peace and prosperity. Also known as Jaehaerys the Conciliator or the Wise, The Old King is a unique anomaly in the grand scheme of Westeros kings. And ruling with intelligence, mercy, and subtle assertiveness is pretty badass to me. 5. Rhaenyra Targaryen Rhaenyra Targaryen (center) Credit: Ollie Upton / HBO The first woman pledged to the Iron Throne. The dragon-rider princess. All hail the true queen Rhaenyra Targaryen. From House of the Dragon’s first episode, it quickly became clear that Rhaenyra is a force to be reckoned with; she upholds a political intelligence that her father, Viserys I, and his council wrongly brush away. She understands the power dynamic it took to bring the Targaryens into their position (it’s all because of their dragons, baby), and knows when and where’s the right time to use that power. That one scene where she pulls up with Syrax and ends what would have been the most useless fight between Prince Daemon and Otto Hightower in an instant? Yeah, that’s hot. 4. Daemon Targaryen Daemon Targaryen (center) Credit: Ollie Upton / HBO My For You page is slowly turning into a stan account for this man, and I’m not mad about it. Daemon embodies everything that makes the Game of Thrones universe great. Yes, he's a rash and impulsive exhibitionist. But he’s also scheming and understanding of Little Finger’s ladder of chaos and what it means to climb it. Going into a battlefront alone to spite your brother’s offer of help? Incredible. Seemingly dodging a hundred arrows while doing it? Phenomenal. Doing the most just to prove a point? Literally the entire plot of Game of Thrones. Daemon already has the toxic, fan-favorite crown under his belt, and we can’t wait to see what comes next. 3. Jon Snow Jon Snow (center) Credit: Helen Sloan / HBO / Kobal / Shutterstock The Prince That Was Promised, the Azor Ahai, the Song of Ice and Fire, the last living Targaryen, and the true heir to the Iron Throne. Jon Snow is many things. Things that unfortunately the Game of Thrones writers never gave us. That being said, let’s take a look at all the things they did give us. From the Battle of Castle Black all the way to the Long Night, Jon Snow saved the Seven Kingdoms time and time again. He’s arguably one of the show’s most memorable, beloved, and important characters that set almost all plot lines in motion. And Westeros wouldn’t be the same without its only black-haired Targaryen. We love you Jon Snow, and we’re so sorry that the writing duo that should not be named did what they did to you. 2. Daenerys Targaryen Daenerys Targaryen (center) Credit: HBO Where do I begin? Daenerys is the reason a Targaryen-focused Game of Thrones prequel came to be in the first place. Her legacy marked the entire scope of the show, and watching her go from a Khaleesi to the Mother of Dragons to the Breaker of Chains, and later on to the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, was a rollercoaster of emotions and unforgettable scenes carried by her unique fierceness, intelligence, and oh-so-remarkable dragons. She was, in many ways, the heart of Game of Thrones. I don’t think a character’s death ever spurred a reaction quite like Daenerys’. Yes, a large part of it did boil down to the suddenness of what was Season 8 (and bad writing), but an even larger part of it was the sheer fact that we got to watch her grow for so long and were rooting for her the entire time. A beautiful badass who doesn’t need a saddle to ride a dragon, Daenerys is the best Targaryen we’ve seen so far on screen. She is the Mother of Dragons. She is the Unburnt. And she will always be our Queen. 1. Aegon “The Conqueror” Targaryen Illustration of Aegon "The Conqueror" Credit: Ian Moore / Mashable “Aegon Targaryen changed the rules, that’s why every child knows his name 300 years after his death.” — Tywin Lannister in “A Man Without Honor” / Game of Thrones. Aegon I is the pinnacle of Targaryen greatness. His name is mentioned so often across the course of the show that book-averters and die-hard fans alike can both recite his history. He is the reason that the Seven Kingdoms exist as we know them. He is the legendary rider of the largest dragon, Balerion the Black Dread. He is the founder of the royal line. He is literally the OG of all the OGs. His prophetic dream of an imminent winter (aka the rise of the White Walkers) is why the Song of Ice and Fire came to fruition, why the Targaryens deemed it necessary to rule, and why the legend of the Prince That Was Promised became the entire backbone of the series. Plainly put, we would have never had our version of Westeros if not for him. Aegon I is the biggest badass. He did it all. And while we’ve never seen him onscreen, his immortal imprint on the Targaryen legacy speaks for itself and makes him one of the most important offscreen characters on the show. If HBO ever were to make yet another prequel that extends even further back in time to Aegon and his sisters, you already know we’ll be watching. SEE ALSO: How 'House of the Dragon' is different from George R.R. Martin's 'Fire and Blood' From Mad Kings to Conquerors, the Targaryen bloodline is a fickle mammoth of the greatest and the worst kin you’ll meet in Westeros. No family is perfect, but we’ll take dragon-riding Matt Smiths over that one weird cousin any day. House of the Dragon premieres every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max. View the full article
  22. TL;DR: Through September 25, you can get the Grace Three Piece Luggage Set for just $207 with code GRACE — that's a 10% discount. How are those fall travel plans looking? Whether you’re getting ready for a road trip to see the changing leaves or prepping for a flight to visit family, it may be time to start planning your next trip. But before you pack, you may want to check this deal on a Grace Three Piece Luggage Set. These suitcases have a vintage look, come in beige, rose, and black, and they’re on sale for $207 with code GRACE at checkout (valid until Sept. 25). Travel in style with these three expandable roller bagsThese retro trolley-style suitcases are made with vegan leather straps and lightweight, thick brushed ABS plastic, which can be quite sturdy in case you’re worried about a break. Each piece in the collection has an expandable body with differentiated zipper pullers, so you don’t have to guess if you’re about to open your suitcase or just give it more space. You'll find eight wheels at the base of each piece of luggage, which can spin 360 degrees for smooth movement. The telescopic handle has a sturdy construction, and it's color-matched with the rest of the suitcase. These suitcases also have reinforced side handles, which might come in handy if you need extra control while storing your luggage in an overhead compartment. The design may be crucial when trying to spot your luggage out in a crowd, but the interior may be the most essential part. Each suitcase has a fully lined interior with two separate main compartments. There are also a zippered mesh pocket and central pouch, as well as compression straps. Quality build with a vintage aestheticIf you want a suitcase that will survive many flights, you should invest in something high-quality. This set offers great build quality and a vintage aesthetic, and it’s on sale just in time for fall travel plans. For a limited time, get a Grace Three Piece Luggage Set in Beige, Rose, or Black for $207 (reg. $229.99) with code GRACE at checkout (valid until Sept. 25). Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Badgley Mischka Grace Three Piece Luggage Set (opens in a new tab) $207 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  23. TL;DR: As of September 18, you can get the Guide to Starting a Successful Business Bundle for just $39.99 instead of $1,400 — that's a 97% discount. When you’re first thinking about starting a business, it all might seem pretty overwhelming. Whether you’re going to have your own brick-and-mortar store or are getting into e-commerce, there’s a lot to account for. It may seem like a huge task to transform your business from an idea into a reality, but the Guide to Starting a Successful Business Bundle may be able to help. This seven-hour business guide will provide tools you can use to get your business off the ground, and it’s currently on sale for $39.99. What do you need to know to start your business?Each of these courses comes from instructors at LinCademy, an offshoot of Crafty E-learning Ltd. with a 5/5 instructor rating. This bundle breaks down the hard and soft skills that may make it easier for your business to thrive. In The 10 Must-have Soft Skills You Need in the Workplace, you’ll see special attention given to understanding empathy, non-verbal communication, building your self-confidence, and managing a team. Those soft skill lessons are expanded upon in Leadership: Comprehensive Leadership Toolkit, where you could learn to develop a strong mindset, see what it takes to be a leader, and build a healthy relationship with your subordinates. A 2018 poll found that 76% of job seekers considered their former boss “toxic”. These courses may help you build a team that’s excited to work with you. Some courses in this bundle could show you how to act, and others show you what to do. Study up on the hard skills of an entrepreneur in Sales: Top 10 Sales Secrets of a Successful Salesperson, Content Creation and Publishing on Social Media, and Cybersecurity: Implement Security Measures to Prevent Attack. These three courses with a combined value of $600 could help you learn to build effective leads and sell products or services, write interesting content and capture your audience’s attention, and protect your business from cyber threats. You could apply all of these skills to your own business idea, or you could get another idea of how to get started in Freelance: A Guide to Starting Successful Freelance Business. Your business idea may be closer to reality than you think Normally, the Guide to Starting a Successful Business Bundle would cost $1,400, but for a limited time, you can get it for $39.99. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: LinCademy Guide to Starting a Successful Business Bundle (opens in a new tab) $39.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  24. TL;DR: As of September 18, you can get the 6-in-1 Magstand Mini Magnetic Charge Station + Bedside Lamp for just $44.99 instead of $69.99 — that's a 35% discount. Avoid the morning scramble for devices by keeping them all charging together. With a big enough charging station, you may be able to keep most of your daily devices in one place — no more search-and-rescue as you find where your AirPods are plugged in. The Six-in-One Magstand Mini Magnetic Charge Station + Bedside Lamp is a space-saving way to charge four devices without wasting space or outlets, and it’s only $44.99 (Reg. $69). Keep the smart device family together This charging station can power four devices at once. It has three wireless charging spots and one USB port. Between the wireless charging spots, you could power iPhone 12 and 13 series (or any with a wireless charging function) or any Qi-compatible devices and Bluetooth earbuds. That includes devices with a MagSafe metal ring. If you have the whole Apple setup and are sporting an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch, this station could power all three of them. The elegant design of this charge station almost hides that every surface has a function. Its angled charging pad lets you continue streaming, browsing, or FaceTiming while you use your phone, while the floating watch stand is out of the way so your smartwatch should be safer from accidental bumps. Even the base of the charger has a touch-controlled night lamp with two dimmable brightness levels. And for devices that can’t charge wirelessly, there’s also a USB-A port in the back. That’s a lot for a charge station that’s only a little more than three inches wide. Power four devices on one outlet Keep four devices together and charge them simultaneously with this compact charge station and lamp combo. For a limited time, get a 6-in-1 Magstand Mini Magnetic Charge Station + Bedside Lamp for $44.99 (Reg. $69). Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: WonderCube 6-in-1 Magstand Mini Magnetic Charge Station + Bedside Lamp (opens in a new tab) $44.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  25. TL;DR: As of September 18, you can get the Refurbished Lenovo Chromebook N22-20 for just $64.99 instead of $100 — that's a 35% discount. If you’re looking for a low-distraction computer to work, browse, and stream on, then a Chromebook may fit the bill for you. These lightweight computers pull all their apps from the Google Play Store and have limited local storage, so there’s a little less opportunity for distraction. They’re also often quite affordable, especially if you can get one that’s refurbished like this Lenovo Chromebook that’s normally $100 but has been marked down to $64.99. Get to work on a refurbished Chromebook Find yourself looking at emails, spreadsheets, blank Google Docs, or crowded conference calls often? This refurbished Chromebook may be a great vehicle for a lot of that work that doesn’t demand much from a CPU. Like any Chromebook, this one is running Chrome OS, so your app selection would come from the Google Play Store. With the 16GB SSD, you should have plenty of room to install apps, while leaving a little room for local file storage. You could also add to that with cloud storage, as long as it’s browser-based or available on the Play Store. For web conferencing, this little Chromebook has a 720p HD web camera. It may not match up to some of what you’d see on modern tablets or computers, but it’ll get the job done, and you can connect a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, too. If you just want a machine for streaming, this Chromebook has an 11.6-inch screen backed by an integrated HD Graphics 400 GPU. The whole computer is 11.8 inches at its widest and a little under three pounds. Refurbished with a “C” rating, this Chromebook may have visible scratches, scuffs, blemishes, and spots that you’ll notice. However, it has been tested and confirmed to work just fine. Your new work computer might actually just be new-to-youIt may not be the most powerful computer in the world, but if you want a compact computer for simple everyday tasks, then you may want to get this refurbished Lenovo Chromebook N22-20 while it’s on sale for $64.99 (Reg. $100). Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Lenovo Refurbished Lenovo Chromebook N22-20 (opens in a new tab) $64.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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