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  1. TL;DR: As of September 17, you can get the Refurbished MacBook Air 11.6-inch for just $449.99 instead of $999 — that's a 54% discount. The laptop you use for schoolwork doesn’t have to be your most advanced piece of technology. If it can run the apps you need, browse the internet, and has a long battery life, you likely have everything you need. Buying refurbished is an affordable way to get the tech you need for a great price. This refurbished Apple MacBook Air could be a convenient school laptop, and it’s just $449.99 (Reg. $999). Grab a new-to-you laptop for school Refurbished and ready for a wide variety of work, this MacBook Air has a whole lot of potential. The 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, paired with 4GB RAM, provides room for apps and more. You also get plenty of local storage with 128GB PCE-based flash storage. Prefer doing homework long into the night? The full-sized backlit keyboard may be a nice, practical addition. That and the 11.6-inch backlit display could bring some light to your night shift, even if you spend some of it watching documentaries instead of working. One benefit to this computer being an older mode; is that it still has multiple options for connecting devices and transferring data. Those include an analog audio port, a thunderbolt port, and two USB 3.0 ports. This MacBook may be the 2014 model, but in this case, that actually means you likely have more ports on your computer than newer models! On one charge, you could get up to nine hours of work time out of your MacBook’s battery. Spend those nine hours working in one place, or grab your computer and hit the road. Weighing just a little over two pounds, this MacBook could be useful on the go. See how much work you can get from a refurbished MacBookLooking for an affordable laptop to use at school? Get a refurbished MacBook Air 11.6-inch on sale for $449.99 (Reg. $999). Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Refurbished MacBook Air 11.6-inch (opens in a new tab) $449.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  2. It's always nice when the ending of a horror film packs a punch, but every now and then one comes along that actually leaves you winded. Speak No Evil, Christian Tafdrup's dark thriller about a family who make some unusual new friends abroad, falls comfortably into this category, luring us in with two acts full of social discomfort before turning the screw in the final 30 minutes. SEE ALSO: 'Speak No Evil' review: A frightening parable of 'F*ck Politeness.' If you've seen the film you're probably still sitting in a state of WTF. But actually, how much foreshadowing was there? Were the signs there all along, or was that ending really as out-of-the-blue as it felt? Let's take a look... What happens in Speak No Evil?The plot is simple enough. A couple, Bjørn (Morten Burian) and Louise (Sidsel Siem Koch), and their daughter Agnes (Liva Forsberg) go on holiday in Europe where they meet another couple, Patrick (Fedja van Huêt) and Karin (Karina Smulders), and their son Abel (Marius Damslev), who is unable to speak due to a congenitally short tongue. After the holiday Patrick and Karin invite Bjørn and Louise to their rural home in the Netherlands, they accept, and it all goes quickly downhill from there. SEE ALSO: 10 hidden gems of horror found on Shudder It starts with small things, like Patrick "forgetting" that Louise is vegetarian, and quickly escalates to Patrick aggressively shouting at Abel, drunk driving the couple home from dinner, and carrying Agnes to sleep alongside him and Karin after she wakes crying in the night. Bjørn and Louise decide to leave, but Agnes forgets her stuffed rabbit and Bjørn goes back for it. They end up being persuaded to stay another night. And during that night, Bjørn makes a horrific discovery. What's the twist at the end?In a building separate to the main house, Bjørn discovers an attic room covered with holiday photographs. Each photo contains an image of Patrick and Karin with a different couple and — crucially — different children. After finding Abel floating face down in Patrick's swimming pool, it becomes clear what Patrick and Karin are doing: killing couples they meet on holiday and taking their children to use as bait for their next kill. Their modus operandi is to murder the parents, cut out the child's tongue so they can't say what's happened, take them on holiday, and then target another couple with a single child to continue the cycle. Yep, pretty horrendous. What clues are there?Like the best twist endings, this one isn't easy to see coming. It catches you off guard. But looking back through the movie, there are some moments that foreshadow what happens. The main clues lie in the behaviour of Patrick and Karin, and the way they keep slowly taking more and more things from Bjørn and Louise. The first time Bjørn meets Patrick he asks to take the poolside chair next to him, and even though Bjørn's daughter is clearly using it — her stuff is still lying on it — Bjørn gives in to politeness and lets Patrick have it. This possessiveness increases throughout the movie, and always seems to revolve around the couple's daughter: Patrick and Karin decide where she's going to sleep, setting her up with a tiny bed in Abel's room; they decide when she's going to stay home, organising a babysitter to come and look after her without telling her parents until the last minute; there's the aforementioned night crying episode; Karin tells her what to do, bossing her around so much during one meal that Louise eventually intervenes. In hindsight, what they're doing is obvious: Slowly acting more and more like Agnes' parents. They're getting used to the roles they plan to adopt after they've murdered Bjørn and Louise. A movie filled with screams There is a lot of screaming in "Speak No Evil", especially at the end. Credit: Shudder Without his tongue, and presumably too young to write, Abel is never able to tell Bjørn and Louise what's happened to him. He can't tell them that the people posing as his parents are imposters, or that they murdered his real parents. The closest thing he can do is open his mouth in a silent cry and show Bjørn the stump of his tongue. At the time Bjørn views it as strange behaviour, just like Abel's constant moans in the night — but it's all really a cry for help. Speaking of cries for help, another final clue comes when Patrick leads Bjørn into the quarry where he'll eventually kill him. Patrick instructs him to scream as loud as he can, telling him it's a place nobody will be able to hear him. And ultimately, like everything else in this film, it all comes around in a horrible full circle. Speak No Evil is now in select theaters and streaming exclusively on Shudder. View the full article
  3. By merely existing on social media, you have likely come across the work of Rupi Kaur: a multi-hyphenate known for her modern rendition of poetry and sprawling influence across Instagram and the internet. Kaur has been credited as one of the first Insta-Poets, a category for writers who publish poems that fit into the grid's perfect squares and are later profligated across hundreds of other accounts on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram itself. Her stardom, fostered on screens and reaching virality in 2015, has led to the publication of several commercially successful books. The first, milk and honey, notoriously outsold Homer's The Odyssey in 2016. Her second, the sun and her flowers, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times paperback fiction best-seller list, where it remained for 70 consecutive weeks. The 29-year-old Punjabi Canadian is almost ubiquitous with modern-day poetry and her influence is undeniable. Yet, Kaur's work has been divisive. Her linguistic minimalism (some poems are brief enough to fit Twitter's 140-character limit) has led to parody meme accounts, satirical tweets, and general critique. SEE ALSO: Roll your eyes all you like, but Instagram poets are redefining the genre for millennials Such criticism has not hampered Kaur's advancement, though, either as a poet or as a social media icon. There is a universality to her subjects which critics hardly deny and fans will affirm. Kaur currently sits at a whooping 4.5 million followers on Instagram, is in the midst of a world tour, and awaits the publication of her fourth book, Healing Through Words. This latest offering is a little different from Kaur's previous works. The 300-page book is an immersive experience, asking readers to explore their own healing alongside the author. A set of over 65 curated exercises and guided prompts are woven between Kaur's pieces of poetry. And, just like Kaur's poems on Instagram and on paper, hand-drawn visual elements are peppered between words on nearly every page. A glimpse at the chapters also indicates that the book plays with genre; some portions of the book give insight into Kaur's writing process, others focus on the world's relationship to creativity and her personal journey to becoming a known writer. Here, Kaur talks to Mashable about the power of poetry, her ambitions for the new publication, and how she hopes to continuously spark conversation with each stanza. Has writing poetry been a major part of your own healing? Writing is one of my favorite forms of therapy. I leave it all out on the page. It allows me to reflect on everything and sometimes I’m surprised about what flows out of me. Poetry in its most sincere form is thoughts that are eloquently formed together. Through writing poetry, I found community in so many others. What was different about writing this new book from your first book? I always say, I wrote my first few books for myself but this latest one – this one is for my readers. Since it is a collection of curated writing exercises, I really had to reflect on the tips and tricks I use to help me write over the years. In the book, I share all of my writing secrets, anecdotes and insights. You don’t need to be a writer to enjoy the book. It’s for anyone who wants to dig deeper into their personal experiences. I designed these writing exercises in a way that is meant to make writing easier, so that no matter what stage of writing you’re in, you can get something meaningful out of the book. I’m hoping that when people experience Healing Through Words, they're inspired to add writing into their self-care practice. My previous books were collections of poetry and they are the end result of what I hope people can also create through Healing Through Words. Do you think your approach to poetry has changed over time? Absolutely. The approach changes with time. I’m not the woman I was when I wrote my first book, so that approach I used to create milk and honey didn’t work for my other books because I was in such a different place. I created a new approach for the sun and her flowers, and then a brand new approach for home body. Poetry and writing feels very instinctive for me so I try to listen to what I need in the present moment, rather than what worked in the past. A lot of the elements stay the same though. I have to be in tune with my emotions and thoughts and feel inspired! How do you grapple with South Asian cultural taboos and topics through poetry? Is this a conscious choice in your new work? As a proud Punjabi-Canadian woman, I approach South Asian cultural taboos very intentionally in my work because they are a part of my lived experience. My writing is a reflection of my identity and my thoughts. I write heavily about what it is to grow up in my community, and what my community has experienced. Although, I was told these were ‘taboo’ topics when I first started writing about sexual assault, domestic violence, and genocide, it was hard for me to understand, because they were so present in my daily life. It felt effortless to write about them because it didn’t feel like I had another choice. Writing is something that happens to me. The poetry that wants to be written comes through me — I don’t like to control it. Writing has given me the power to speak up on issues I am passionate about, and there truly is strength in words. There is no progress without a bit of rebellion – I hope my words spark conversation and thought. I hope I’ve inspired a community and created a medium for people to feel safer to talk about these things. The cover of the book features a drawing by Kaur herself. Credit: Rupi Kaur. Why do you think Insta-poetry can be particularly healing for people? I think so many of us grew up without reading literature that reflected our experiences. Poetry taught in the west, always felt so far away from my reality. Personally, I couldn’t find poetry written by a Punjabi-Sikh woman and immigrant from a working class family. I think social media has proven people are hungry for that. The literary and publishing world was and still is extremely elitist, and exclusive. Social media has helped to democratize the industry and allow readers find work they resonate with that they weren’t finding in bookstores. It allowed authors who wouldn't be accepted by traditional gatekeepers to find their audience. Social media has made this genre accessible and I think that is a beautiful thing because accessibility creates opportunity, and only through opportunities can we break barriers and progress as a community. I hope I’ve inspired a community and created a medium for people to feel safer to talk about these things. - Rupi Kaur What do you hope readers – particularly those who've experienced their own trauma – will experience or take away from your writing? I hope through my writing, readers feel less alone. Pain is unfortunately universal, but so is healing. I hope that my writing resonates deeply and reminds people that the human heart and life is fragile, but also resilient. I hope my work makes them feel powerful and seen – that everything will be okay in the end. Healing Through Words will be released on Sept. 27. The book can be pre-ordered here. View the full article
  4. Netflix's offerings extend far beyond the big-budget blockbusters of Hollywood. They might not be the first movies that pop up on your trending section, but the streaming giant has an excellent range from around the world — and we've rounded up the best of them below. (In this case, we're defining "international" as anything that wasn't made in the U.S.). From the gritty coming-of-age realism of the French film Divines and the suspense of Oxygen to the dazzling Japanese anime of Bubble and the riotous comedy of New Zealand's The Breaker Upperers, here are the best international movies now on Netflix. 1. Atlantics Mati Diop's "Atlantics" won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2019. Credit: Netflix A hazy mystery that flicks between dream and nightmare, Atlantics tells the story of a group of young men who leave Senegal by boat after their construction boss refuses to pay them. Writer-director Mati Diop seamlessly weaves genres in this debut, with romance and detective story gradually making way for something altogether eerier. Claire Mathon's sunlit cinematography is the perfect backdrop, while Fatima Al Qadiri's score only adds to this film's beauty. As the winner of the 2019 Cannes Grand Prix and Senegal’s Academy Award entry for Best International Feature Film, Atlantics is also one of Netflix's best original movies of that year. — Sam Haysom, Deputy UK Editor Where to watch: Atlantics is now streaming on Netflix. 2. The Breaker Upperers Credit: Netflix This hidden gem comes from New Zealand, the fertile comedy ground that gave us Taika Waititi, Flight of the Conchords, and What We Do in the Shadows. Waititi collaborators Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, and Jemaine Clement team up for a deeply quirky buddy comedy about two long-time besties with a bonkers — but brilliant — business model. Need someone to dump your partner so you can avoid a messy confrontation? Call on Jen and Mel (co-writers/co-directors/co-leads van Beek and Madeleine Sami). For a reasonable fee, these fearless Breaker Upperers will impersonate police officers, play pregnant, or even fake your death to help you ghost an ex. Whatever the shenanigans, van Beek and Sami sparkle. Booming with wild humor and big heart, this comedy is guaranteed to leave you cackling.* — Kristy Puchko, Deputy Entertainment Editor Where to watch: The Breaker Upperers is now streaming on Netflix. 3. Divines Houda Benyamina's "Divines" is a tough but captivating watch. Credit: Netflix Fair warning: This one is not an easy watch. Although French director Houda Benyamina's Divines does have some lighter moments, it's really a warts-and-all story about the grim reality of growing up in poverty — and the lengths some people might go to in order to escape it. The film follows Dounia (Oulaya Amamra) and Maimouna (Déborah Lukumuena), two teenage best friends who start working for charismatic local drug dealer Rebecca (Jisca Kalvanda) to try and make a living on the outskirts of Paris. The characters and acting are both perfect, the script is sharp and thoughtful, and the world it portrays is as captivating as it is terrifying. — S.H. Where to watch: Divines is now streaming on Netflix. 4. First They Killed My Father "First They Killed My Father" is based on Loung Ung's powerful memoir. Credit: Netflix Set during the brutal 1975 takeover by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, First They Killed My Father shows the horrors of war from the perspective of a 5-year-old girl. Based on the memoir by Loung Ung and brilliantly directed by Angelina Jolie, the movie follows the Ung family as they're forced from their home and made to endure separation, forced labour, and violence at the hands of the new regime. The film is unrelentingly tense from the beginning and very hard to watch at times, but it's also a moving insight into humanity's ability to overcome even the most devastating of traumas. — S.H. Where to watch: First They Killed My Father is now streaming on Netflix. 5. His House Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù as Bol Majur in "His House". Credit: Aidan Monaghan / Netflix The best types of horror films are more than just a trickbox of scares. Some are character studies, others explore deeper themes or grapple with complex social issues, and a few manage to move you in more ways than just a raising of the pulse. British writer-director Remi Weekes' debut His House does all of the above at once. SEE ALSO: The 13 best British movies of 2020 Following asylum seekers Bol (Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) as they arrive in the UK from South Sudan only to be thrust into an unforgiving world of bureaucracy and racism, His House melds drama with a claustrophobic haunted house mystery. Noises echo in the walls, and Bol's fear and paranoia grow along with ours. But it's only as the movie progresses, and Jo Willems' creative cinematography starts hinting at what took place in the past, that the true horror of His House is revealed.* — S.H. How to watch: His House is now streaming on Netflix. 6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople Julian Dennison and Sam Neill in "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." Credit: Piki Films / Kobal / Shutterstock Taika Waititi’s last New Zealand-set film, released after What We Do in the Shadows (the movie) but before Thor: Ragnarok, follows a spiky, defiant young teenager named Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), who finds himself and his dog Tupac on the lam in the New Zealand bush with a cantankerous and reluctant carer (Sam Neill), pursued by a dogged but well-meaning child services agent (Rachel House). Dennison is a gift in this, his toughness and sweetness and indignant speeches creating one of the most instantly memorable, lovable teenage characters in recent memory (which he reprised in Deadpool 2). And Neill’s gruff “Uncle” Hec traces the contours of the “taciturn old fella comes to care for the scrappy kid” arc with so much nuance it feels made anew. The utter genius House, meanwhile, who Waititi rightly yoinked into the MCU with him in Ragnarok, almost steals the show as the hysterically relentless “villain” of the film. (“I’m like the Terminator. You’re like Sarah Connor. In the first one, before she could do chin-ups.”) It’s an occasionally devastating coming-of-age tale for both main characters, a story of the revelation that you can go much farther when you let other people in. But more than anything, it’s hysterically funny.* — Caitlin Welsh, Australia Editor How to watch: Hunt for the Wilderpeople is now streaming on Netflix. 7. I Lost My Body Jérémy Clapin's "I Lost My Body" is adapted from Guillaume Laurant's novel. Credit: Netflix If you like your movies beautifully crafted, tear-inducing, and loaded with clever symbolism, Jérémy Clapin's I Lost My Body deserves a place on your list. Adapted from Guillaume Laurant's novel, the César-winning, French animated fantasy/drama begins with its main character Naoufel (Hakim Faris, Dev Patel in the English dub) losing his hand. It then splits into two intertwined narratives that follow 1) Naoufel's childhood backstory and 2) Naoufel's severed hand journeying across the city of Paris in an attempt to be reunited with its owner. (Yep, I know how that sounds, but it's actually a whole lot more poetic than that description would suggest.) As much a coming-of-age drama as it is a meditation on fate and destiny, I Lost My Body is the kind of film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. — S.H. How to watch: I Lost My Body is now streaming on Netflix. 8. Ip Man Donnie Yen stars in "Ip Man." Credit: Mandarin / Kobal / Shutterstock The Ip Man movies are some of the greatest martial arts movies in recent decades, period. The martial artist at their centre, Ip Man, is best known as the teacher of perhaps the most influential artist of all time, Bruce Lee. The first movie, from 2008, begins five years before Lee’s birth and is an incredible and inspiring film that lays out the more relaxed style of the Wing Chun martial art form as Man defends himself and those around him from Chinese challengers and later the invading Japanese military. The subsequent movies follow the development and spread of martial arts around the world in the 20th century with some of the most impressive action scenes in martial arts film history, starring Donnie Yen as Ip Man. If you enjoy the first film, the next three, all of which are on Netflix, are excellent follow-ups, ending with the bleeding of Chinese martial arts into the U.S. with the help of Lee. — Kellen Beck, Entertainment Reporter How to watch: Ip Man is now streaming on Netflix. 9. Klaus Credit: Netflix Sometimes all you really want to watch is an animated movie about Christmas. Spanish director Sergio Pablos crafts a beautiful Father Christmas origin story in Klaus, an adventure that starts with an arrogant postman being banished to a gloomy island in the north before leading on to the unlikely friendship he forms with a surly and reclusive toymaker. It has pretty much everything you'd want from an animated family movie: colourful characters, wonderfully-imagined landscapes, and the perfect combination of slapstick humour and dry sarcasm. — S.H. How to watch: Klaus is now streaming on Netflix. SEE ALSO: 'Klaus' director Sergio Pablos discusses the challenges of traditional 2D animation 10. Oxygen Not one to watch if you're claustrophobic. Credit: Netflix A futuristic twist on the fear of being buried alive, Alexandre Aja's Oxygen is a claustrophobic nightmare about a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic box with no idea of who she is or how she got there. The good news? She's able to communicate with the outside world via a robotic medical unit called M.I.L.O. The bad news? Nobody she speaks to seems willing to come clean with her, and her oxygen reserves are quickly spiraling toward 0 percent. Mélanie Laurent perfectly captures the short-breathed dread of this role, and Christie LeBlanc's screenplay has enough twists and turns to keep the story racing along at a heart-pounding pace. Just tread carefully if you have a fear of tight spaces — this one won't be a fun watch for claustrophobics.* — S.H. How to watch: Oxygen is now streaming on Netflix. 11. The Platform Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia's "The Platform" is an unsettling sci-fi thriller. Credit: Netflix Prison cells stacked one on top of the other, with holes in the floor and ceiling. Randomly assigned levels that change each month. And a platform of food that gets slowly lowered from the very top, getting sparser and sparser with each floor it descends. This is the concept at the centre of Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia's The Platform, a disturbing sci-fi thriller that wears its capitalist analogy plainly on its prison garb sleeve. It's one of those rare gems where the execution is as strong as the idea at its core, driven by an excellent screenplay from David Desola and Pedro Rivero that's dripping with horror and suspense. If you're a fan of movies like The Cube or Saw, this is well worth checking out. — S.H. How to watch: The Platform is now streaming on Netflix. 12. Ravenous (Les Affames) Credit: Netflix Robin Aubert's Ravenous is like Canada's answer to The Walking Dead. Set in a rural village in Quebec, the movie follows a disparate group of survivors in the aftermath of a mysterious event that's led to a large chunk of the population — you guessed it — suddenly developing an appetite for human flesh. The zombies in Ravenous are fast and hungry, the characters are varied, and the film has a quiet sense of realism that sets it aside from your typical zombie blockbuster. — S.H. How to watch: Ravenous is now streaming on Netflix. 13. Rocks The cast of "Rocks" truly make Sarah Gavron's film. Credit: Altitude Films Suffragette director Sarah Gavron’s coming-of-age film Rocks was hands down one of the best British films of 2020. Written by Nigerian-British playwright and screenwriter Theresa Ikoko alongside writer Claire Wilson, the film is an empowering, moving, superbly-acted ode to the underestimated resilience of teenage girls. Newcomer Bukky Bakray is outstanding as London teenager Olushola — everyone calls her “Rocks” — whose mother suddenly abandons her and her younger brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu). Wanting to avoid going into foster care, Rocks must come up with every plan she can to care for her brother, all while attempting to continue life as normal around her friends. Kosar Ali is exceptional as her best friend Sumaya, while Shaneigha-Monik Greyson brings intensity to new girl Roshé.* — S.C. How to watch: Rocks is now streaming on Netflix. 14. Roma Make time for Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar-winning film "Roma." Credit: Carlos Somonte The first foreign-language film to win an Oscar for best director, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma greets viewers at the intersection of personal reflection and cinematic excellence. The black-and-white film follows live-in housekeeper Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), an Indigenous woman who works for an affluent family in Mexico City, finding a sense of humanity that is uniquely memorable.* — Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter How to watch: Roma is now streaming on Netflix. 15. Sir Ashwin (Vivek Gomber) and Ratna (Tillotama Shome) in "Sir." Credit: Netflix First-time feature director Rohena Gera sticks the landing with 2018’s Sir, which was only released in cinemas in November 2020 and hit Netflix early in 2021. It's essential Indian cinema. Tillotama Shome stars as Ratna, a live-in housemaid to upper-middle-class Ashwin. Housemaids are common in India, where the film is set, but Ratna and Ashwin develop a slow-simmering and socially unthinkable love. With Gera's writing and direction, this unlikely story never feels forced. The love blooms organically, in furtive looks and hefty silence and the trust they develop as Ashwin recovers from a broken engagement and Ratna tells him about her late husband. The result is a film so soft and stirring that it will stay with you long after it ends.* — Proma Khosla, Entertainment Reporter How to watch: Sir is now streaming on Netflix. 16. Incantation Don't go into this one lightly. Credit: Netflix Kevin Ko's Taiwanese horror freaked people out so much that it even started a TikTok challenge and managed to become the all-time highest-grossing horror film in Taiwan. "When one imagines horror movies, it’s almost impossible to not associate them with jump scares, monsters, or slashers," wrote Rizwana Zafer for Mashable. "Incantation does not rely on any of those typical horror movie factors, so it’s not really 'scary' in the traditional sense. Instead, Ko manages to terrify us using suspense and dread, built on the intimacy and psychological terror of the heroine. He plays on our deepest fears to scare us, incorporating elements of gore, trypophobia, and the eeriness of the unknown, that something evil is always lurking in the background."* — S.H. How to watch: Incantation is now streaming on Netflix. 17. Seoul Vibe Life in the fast lane. Credit: Song Kyungsub / Netflix Moon Hyun-sung's high-speed thriller mixes violence and comedy, following a group of five would-be racers in the run-up to the 1988 summer Seoul Olympics. "This one is for fans of the early days of The Fast and the Furious, when the stunts were all drifting and not escaping submarines, going to space, and pushing torpedoes away with one’s bare hands," wrote Mashable's Shannon Connellan in her review. "There’s no NOS here; the biggest tech upgrade you’ll see is Joon-gi sitting in the backseat hand-pumping water to cool Dong-wook’s car engine during a race. But the film includes multiple customisation montages of the Sanggye-dong Supreme Team tinkering on their own heist-friendly designs, which F&F fans will love, along with some seriously impressive stunt sequences — the last of which teeters on late-F&F drama. "Seoul Vibe is the kind of big action heist movie made for stuffing popcorn in your face and audibly 'woah'-ing at. Don’t overthink it — just get in." — S.H. How to watch: Seoul Vibe is now streaming on Netflix. 18. Bubble Dazzling animation. Credit: Netflix You know The Little Mermaid. I know The Little Mermaid. We all know The Little Mermaid. But do you know what it looks like when you add in parkour battles in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo? From Attack on Titan director Tetsuro Araki and Japanese animation studio Wit Studio comes Netflix's latest sublime anime, Bubble, which puts a more dazzling spin on the disaster-caused apocalypse genre and blends it with Hans Christian Andersen's tragic mertale.* — S.C. How to watch: Bubble is now streaming on Netflix. 19. #Alive Live-streaming the apocalypse. Credit: Netflix Written by Cho Il-hyung and Matt Naylor, and directed by Il-hyung, #Alive is a South Korean zombie flick for the modern era. Oh Joon-woo (Yoo Ah-in) is a video game streamer and one of the last humans in his city not currently trying to eat brains. Trapped in his apartment alone, Joon-woo is about to give up hope, until a fellow survivor, also trapped in her apartment, catches his attention with a laser pointer. #Alive was the first Korean film to top the Netflix Movies Worldwide chart, and it’s no wonder why — with its focus on isolation and connection, it’s a fresh and engaging take on the well-traveled zombie genre.* — Kristina Grosspietsch How to watch: #Alive is streaming on Netflix. 20. Mirai Credit: YouTube / Studio Chizu When 4-year-old Kun’s (Moka Kamishiraishi) parents tell him he’s going to have a baby sister, he’s excited at first. But when the baby, Mirai (Haru Kuroki), arrives, he has trouble adjusting to sharing his mom and dad’s attention. Seeking solace, Kun disappears into the garden behind his house, where he embarks on a magical adventure with the grown-up version of Mirai that puts his relationship with his family in a whole new perspective. This is a deeply warm, funny, and insightful piece from veteran Japanese director and animator Mamoru Hosoda. Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award in 2018, Mirai is the perfect, feel-good choice for family movie night.* — KG How to watch: Mirai is streaming on Netflix. Asterisks (*) indicate the entry has been modified from a previous Mashable list. UPDATE: Sep. 17, 2022, 5:00 a.m. EDT This list has been updated to reflect current Netflix streaming options. View the full article
  5. The best Quordles are, of course, the hard ones — the ones where you almost don't get all four answers...and then you do. Today's is maybe a little too hard. To say more would be too much of a hint, and there are plenty of hints still to come in this article. In fact, there aren't just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. 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 man I work for can't seem to shut his cologne bottle for more than a few minutes, so he must be trying to cover up the fact that he has the odor of a young horse. Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?Two words have two instances of the same letter. Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?No. Any other big hints?One of today's words is rarely used outside the worlds of animal husbandry and crossword puzzles. What do today’s Quordle words start with?S, F, C, 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: SERVE FILLY CLOSE AROMA View the full article
  6. TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the Complete Resoume AI Assistant Resumé Writer is on sale for £34.69, saving you 93% on list price. You've probably heard that you're supposed to customise your job materials for every job you apply to. In theory, it could be a great way of showing how your unique skills qualify you for every job you apply to. In practice, it's a lot of writing. Get the custom content but skip some of the toils with Resoume. Ranked the #1 Product of the Day on Product Hunt, this web app features an AI-based CV writer that may save you time or even help you land a job, and lifetime subscriptions are on sale for £34.69. How often have you revised your CV or drawn up a new cover letter? It's time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Resoume lets you import your information directly from LinkedIn to craft unique, custom application materials. Once the information is down, you can change the theme, font, and colours, or you could even add an image and autograph. You could also connect to your website, link to your portfolio, and learn how your applications are doing once you send them out. Get analytics for each application or website, see how many visitors have stopped by, and revise accordingly. If you're sending out a lot of applications, keeping them all organised can be challenging, but Resoume helps with that by giving you an overview of your CVs, appointments, and offers. With your lifetime subscription, you'd get 5,000 AI credits to get suggestions from Resoume's advanced AI tools. On top of the AI Writing Assistant, you'll also get CV scoring, 20 CV templates, and a feedback page. You may not be able to pound the pavement and come home with a new job after a day of searching anymore, but the modern application process may be more straightforward with some AI help. For a limited time, get a lifetime subscription to the Complete Resoume AI Assistant CV Writer for £34.69. Opens in a new tab Credit: Resoume Complete Resoume AI Assistant Resumé Writer (Lifetime Subscription) (opens in a new tab) £34.69 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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  8. Ladies and gentlemen (and everyone who's neither): The weekend. It's Saturday, folks, and what better way to celebrate than with a fresh 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 17'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 16 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 helps move things. Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?Not today, folks. Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...The letter C! 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 #455 is... CHUTE. Don't fret if you didn't get it this time! A new Wordle will arrive tomorrow, and we'll be back with more hints and tips to help you. View the full article
  9. It unravels some of the economic and social injustices happening on the superstar’s beloved home islandView the full article
  10. If you've lived through the 2014 Austrian psychological horror film Goodnight Mommy, you're already furious it's been remade. For those who haven't, welcome! You're about to strike a match on the unnecessary nightmare that is a remake of a critically acclaimed and terrifying film about twin brothers who fear a vicious imposter has invaded their home. Written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the original film is a triumph of understated slow burn terror, then unnerving body horror that lingers with you long after the final unsettling moments, and leaving you uncomfortably aware of the capabilities of humans to inflict pain on one another. Goodnight Mommy follows twin brothers Elias and Lukas (played by Elias and Lukas Schwarz), whose mother (Susanne Wuest) returns in facial bandages post-surgery to their modernist country house to recover. As she begins showing erratic and abusive behaviour, the boys suspect the person underneath the bandages might not be their mother at all. SEE ALSO: 11 horror films to watch if you need a chaser for 'Hereditary' With an adapted screenplay from Kyle Warren, Brand New Cherry Flavor director Matt Sobel is behind the helm of the 2022 remake for Prime Video, which indicates a certain level of squirm factor afoot. Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti (Nicole Kidman's sons on Big Little Lies) take on the roles of Elias and Lukas, whose father drops them off at the American country house of their mother, played by another Australian star, horror remake aficionado Naomi Watts. (See also: The Ring and Funny Games. Or you know, don't.) In a nutshell, the remake dilutes the most shocking, violent elements of the original, in a way that reduces the film to a rather stale few hours of emotional and physical torment that underuses Watts' talent. Then comes lukewarm home truths that don't land in any way as expertly as the chilling 2014 film. So, though Sobel borrows a few character-following camera techniques from Franz and Fiala's film, how is the English language remake of Goodnight Mommy really different from the original, apart from subbing out of Brahms's "Cradle Song" for Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell's "You Are My Sunshine" as a creepy lullaby motif? If you're not into spoilers, turn back now. If you've already started the fire, step this way. Goodnight Mommy's core mystery solved: Is she or isn't she? Susanne Wuest in the 2014 original. Credit: Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion/Films Ditribution/Kobal/Shutterstock In the original, the identity of the mother is kept in question until the very end, keeping the audience as fearful of her presence as Lukas and Elias. Wuest's unnervingly robotic movements stalking through the house, her menacing staring, her cruel treatment of the boys' stray cat, and refusal to completely confirm her identity constantly make the audience question whether this person is in fact the boys' mother, or even whether she’s completely human thanks to a surreal forest scene harks to Robert Eggers' The Witch. In both films, the prevalence of darkness and silence in the mother's house makes narrative sense, as a strict rule set as necessary for her recovery. But the original uses this lack of sound and light to terrifying thematic effect, whereas it simply feels like a horror given in the remake. Naomi Watts in the 2022 version. Credit: Amazon Studios Watt’s version of the mother is much warmer and seemingly more human than the original character. She moves through the house like a regular person, at first speaks kindly to the boys, and clears up any feelings of doubt immediately. This makes it more difficult for the audience to feel the creeping dread of the twins' suspicions. "It's still me under here," she declares when the boys first arrive. "I hate that you have to see me like this. But there's nothing to be afraid of." The boys gather evidence in both films, but the original offers up major clues to indicate this actually might not be their mother: a picture of her with an identical woman, her insistence on wearing contacts we never see confirmed, and a drawn-on mole revealed during interrogation. The remake answers all of these questions or doesn't include these clues at all. Added are multiple scenes showing the boys' father, meaning it becomes clear Watts is indeed their mother. This level of consistent confirmation of identity reduces the level of threat to Elias and Lukas, and foregrounds the final reveal early in the piece, slowing the whole thing down. Elias is brought front and centreIn the new film, one of the twins is placed at the centre of the story, while the original film balanced the three core characters. Sobel pays the most attention to Elias in the film, which risks revealing the story's twist too early for those who haven't seen the original. Luckily, Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti bring compelling individual performances. Cameron, in particular, is required to do most of the heavy emotional lifting as Elias, and actually brings more nuance and emotion to the character than the dead-eyed terror of the original. But then again, he's asked to do less violent acts as the character, so it checks out. It's the biggest challenge for the actors and directors in both films, making both Lukas and Elias make sense in every scene until the reveal without making the audience aware that their mother is only interacting with Elias. And honestly, both the remake and original do an exceptional job of making this work with savvy blocking and well-measured dialogue. Lukas' fate is no longer a mystery Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti in the 2022 remake. Credit: Amazon Studios One of the most perplexing questions of the original is what exactly happened to Lukas. In the original it's ambiguous, as Lukas disappears into a dark tunnel in the woods amid inexplicable and sinister sounds at the start. In the next scene, we see Elias floating on a lake, calling out for Lukas, and we see nothing but bubbles from the depths. Whether this means Lukas drowned, and the tunnel scene was representative of his death is left up to the viewer. In the remake, there is no question left unsolved as to how Lukas died. It's very clearly revealed. Watts’ character takes Elias to the forbidden barn and explains that he accidentally shot his brother while they were playing with a gun. In both instances, it appears that Elias has completely blocked Lukas’ death from his memory, and measures the truth of his mother's identity on whether or not she plays along with his fantasy of keeping Lukas alive. Sobel cuts the graphic torture from the original The STARING in the original. I can't deal. Credit: Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion/Films Ditribution/Kobal/Shutterstock Wow, Watts' character gets a much better deal than Wuest's. In both the original and the remake, Elias shockingly restrains his mother in the film's third act to interrogate her about her identity. One of the chillingly defining elements of the original film is the ensuing scenes of torture, demonstrating the truly insidious capabilities of humans, even children. Wuest's character is put through horrific torture, before being burned alive in a fire intentionally started by Elias. They're truly distressing scenes with exceptional acting by Wuest. In the remake, Elias' limits his torture methods, and he manages to separate himself from Lukas long enough to connect with his mother in an emotional, present moment for both of them. Wuest's character never gets this moment. Unfortunately Watts' mother also meets death by her son’s hand. But in the remake it seems accidental, which makes for a (slightly) less harrowing ending. Is the Goodnight Mommy remake better than the original?Ultimately, Sobel's remake of Goodnight Mommy ditches the original's shocking scenes of violence and forces narrative opportunities to fully answer questions left unanswered by Franz and Fiala. Surprisingly, Fiala seems to be fine with this, saying in a press statement: "I think they solved some problems in their script that we couldn’t solve in ours, so that was very interesting to see." However, the result is the antithesis of what made the Austrian version so shockingly memorable: a disturbing, private examination of grief and trauma that coldly demonstrates what a child is capable of, one that leaves the audience still wondering whether it was mommy they were indeed saying goodnight to. The slippery surrealness was a major part of what made the original so satisfyingly sinister. Unfortunately, the remake's quest to fill in the gaps weakens the sheer terror of a lauded international horror gem. We never needed to know all the answers. Goodnight Mommy (2022) is now on Prime Video. Goodnight Mommy (2014) is available for rent or purchase on Prime Video. View the full article
  11. The Los Angeles artist provided the voice for the fictional late rapper Blue BloodView the full article
  12. Swift gives a glimpse at the creation of Midnights before its October 21 arrivalView the full article
  13. If you haven’t been paying attention to IMANU, it’s not too late. In fact, now is the perfect time to catch up with the release of his debut album, Unfold, out today on Deadbeats. The young artist has been on my radar for a big but truly burst into my consciousness with his explosive b2b with Buunshin from the Secret Sky live stream in early 2021. Since then, he’s received support from Beatport, BBC Radio 1, Spotify, and more. Even just looking at the features on his album and you’ll see names like What So Not, DROELOE, KUČKA, Zonderling, Pham & josh pan, and more offering their support. All of the singles so far have seen hundreds of thousands of streams, and there’s plenty more to discover with the full release. Listen below! Photo by Farhad Khodadadzade This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: IMANU’s incredible 14-track debut album “Unfold” is out today via Deadbeats View the full article
  14. Tired of sponsored content on every platform? Well, you'll also be getting it from Amazon's Alexa voice assistant soon. Well, kinda. We'll explain. During the annual Amazon Accelerate seller's conference, the mega-retailer announced the launch of a new Alexa function called "Customers ask Alexa" that targets questions about products and brands. When users ask related questions, they'll now get answers written by brands themselves, along with links to the brand's Amazon storefront. The new function will be available to select sellers in October 2022, but will remain invite-only at launch. All eligible brands will get access to the feature in 2023. SEE ALSO: Will there be a second Amazon Prime Day this year? Here's everything you need to know. With this new function, customers asking their Echo (or other Alexa-enabled device) questions like "how do I clean up pet hair?" might be met with an answer from a vacuum company, urging them to buy their top-selling vacuum. Currently, Alexa uses information pulled from the internet to answer questions, but basic queries about household tasks, cooking, pet care, and more may soon include ads instead of just user-friendly answers. According to a blog post, all answers provided by companies are filtered by "Alexa's content moderation, and quality checks" and Alexa allegedly will only share the most relevant answers. In the same write-up, Amazon stated that any answers given through "Customers ask Alexa" will always be attributed to the brands they come from and "are not paid for or sponsored" — but it feels a lot like sponsored content to us. Amazon launched this feature in an effort to acknowledge brands as the experts in their respective fields, but at the end of the day, brands are trying to sell their specific product, not offer consumers general advice and product options across multiple brands. While sponsored content is typically paid for by brands — not to mention properly disclosed to consumers — as a way to advertise their products, Alexa's new feature will essentially offer un-paid spon-con. By allowing brands to write their own Alexa answers, customers will essentially be getting advice in the form of an ad whenever they use "Customers ask Alexa." This roll-out might be a good thing for brands, as shoppable content on social media and other platforms has seen a huge boom over the last few years, but we worry that asking Alexa a question is now just another way for Amazon to get you to buy more things you don't need. Our advice? Take Alexa's new branded answers with a bit of skepticism. Brands will likely be vying for the top spot in related answers to expand their brand-recognition and sell more products. We recommend doing your own independent research on products before buying something solely off of an Alexa answer — the Amazon-recommended product might not always be the best one to spend your money on. View the full article
  15. An 18-year-old hacker has taken responsibility for hacking Uber and the details are not looking good for the rideshare company. On Thursday night, Uber announced that it had suffered a "cybersecurity incident" and that it was working with law enforcement on the issue. A report in the New York Times detailed the "incident" as a data breach that had taken many of Uber's internal systems offline. As many more details have leaked from Uber employees, however, we now know much more about what happened. SEE ALSO: 5 damning revelations from the Uber Files So, how did it go down? An 18-year-old hacker deployed basic social engineering techniques targeting an Uber employee. The hacker told the New York Times that he simply posed as an IT worker from corporate in a text message and was able to convince the employee to send over a password that gave him access. "This is yet another example of what attack after attack has shown: social engineering is the predominant way that companies fall victim to breaches, and adversaries know it works," said Josh Yavor, chief information security officer for the cloud security company Tessian, in a statement to Mashable. "We keep seeing the same tactics play out regardless of the adversary or victim: adversaries know that people can be tricked into giving up their passwords." On top of the simplicity of the hack, there's another incredible facet to this breach: Uber didn't know it was hacked until the teen hacker announced himself in the company's Slack channel. "Hi @here," the hacker's message began. "I announce i am a hacker and uber has suffered a data breach." The hacker proceeded to run down some of the company's internal systems that were compromised, like Slack for example, and ended his message by calling out Uber for underpaying its drivers. Uber employees, at first, thought the whole thing was a joke. Sam Curry, a staff engineer at Yuga Labs, the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project, shared additional information about the hack which he says he received from a contact at Uber. According to Curry's source, Uber's domain admin, Amazon Web Services admin, and GSuite were among some of the company accounts that were compromised. Screenshots, allegedly from the hacker, quickly spread showing his access to these services. "Anytime I request a website, I am taken to a REDACTED page with a pornographic image and the message “F*** you wankers,” explained Curry's Uber source. Uber also quickly warned its employees to stay away from Slack, but according to Curry's contact, many people in the company kept logging back on to check out everyone's joke responses. In its report on the hack, The Verge highlighted a Twitter thread from security researcher Corben Leo who got a bit technical with how the hacker was able to gain access to so many internal systems. Basically, once the employee sent his password to the teen, the young hacker was able to access the company VPN, scan the intranet, and find Powershell scripts containing credentials for multiple services. "Gaining entry to private data inside VPNs needs to be difficult and behind strict protections," explained Jack Moore, global cyber security advisor at cybersecurity company ESET, in a statement provided to Mashable. "Using a simple SMS as a vehicle to hack into their systems now leaves Uber with a lot of questions about how much data was compromised via such an easy method.” Moore said that the attack should "highlight once again the importance of training staff to remain eagle eyed and with the ability to spot targeted phishing attempts and double check before handing over any sort of credentials." This isn't the first time Uber has been hacked. Back in 2016, a 20-year-old was responsible for a security breach that affected 57 million Uber customers around the world. This time time around, however, Uber says that sensitive user data wasn't compromised. View the full article
  16. Mashable's Senior Editor Stan Schroeder reviews Apple's iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max and breaks down everything you need to know about Apples latest iPhone models. View the full article
  17. The film arrives in theaters and on Showtime this monthView the full article
  18. By pure happenstance, I’ve been lucky enough to see What So Not live twice in the past couple of weeks, once at Canacopia in Arizona and once just a couple days ago at his album release party in Los Angeles with Brownies & Lemonade. The first gave me a taste of his current musical influences while the second was a pure depiction of the album as it is, and is now out everywhere. Without exaggerating, Anomaly is WSN’s best work to date (and he would agree). Though the project spans just 11 songs, and 34 minutes, it never feels like it is speeding through and rushing toward the end. Quite the opposite, in fact, as there is not a second of room to catch your breath as each track bounds powerfully forward, building the story. What So Not says of the album, “I think this album is the furthest I’ve ever progressed in my music. It’s the strongest, the most thought out, the most evolved version of any music that I’ve worked on over the years and I’m so excited for people to hear it in full. I’m so grateful for the amount of time that I was given to work on it during this off-cycle, which is not something I’ve experienced before.” He continues, “The silver linings of the world shutting down over the past few years have allowed me to refine and hone-in on this album like I’ve never been able to in the past. For me, this is my best work.” But it’s not just music that Chris is revolutionizing with his brand-new album out in the world today, with an exciting underlying project in the works ready to bring Anomaly to even more vivid heights, as Chris reveals, “The album is actually the score of a 3D animated film I’ve been developing the last three years. There’s been a taste of it through the DMA’s clip, the EVAN GIIA clip and some of the visualizers too. I’ve been building an entire universe and I’m excited to have people quite literally be able to step into that in the not-too-distant future. I’m creating a show that I’m not sure anyone has really done yet. That will start to come to fruition probably within the next six months.” Stay tuned for that as you listen again and again to Anomaly. Stream it below! Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: What So Not’s new album “Anomaly” is his best work to-date [OUT NOW] View the full article
  19. Kaskade and deadmau5 are back with the second single in their new collaborative project, Kx5. “Take Me High” — which made its debut during Kx5’s monumental EDC Las Vegas set earlier this year — is a powerhouse tune with a belting diva vocal sample perfectly timed for the current music revival. Compared to their first single, “Escape,” this is far more suited for underground warehouse vibes and isn’t likely to hit the charts quite as hard as its predecessor. Currently, the track is sitting at #32 on Top 40 U.S. radio, a first for either artist. In addition to its Top 40 success, “Escape” is the number one most-played song on US Dance Radio this year. The song has topped almost 35 million streams on Spotify alone with over 55 million total plays across DSPs. There is an album coming, whether you prefer “Escape” or “Take Me High,” there’s going to be more on the way. Listen below. Credit: Mark Owens This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Kaskade and deadmau5 release second Kx5 single, “Take Me High” View the full article
  20. In 2019, a Virginia jury ordered Internet provider Cox Communications to pay a billion dollars in damages to record labels including Capitol Records, Warner Bros, and Sony Music. The plaintiffs alleged that by failing to terminate subscribers that had been accused of copyright infringement multiple times, Cox failed to meet its obligations under the DMCA. The decision is being appealed but in the meantime other ISPs face similar allegations, including AT&T and Verizon, who were sued earlier this month. Both of these lawsuits were filed by Voltage Pictures and several movie industry affiliates, together behind movies such as “After We Collided,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Room 203,” and “The Bird Catcher”. This week, the same companies filed yet another lawsuit, this time targeting the largest broadband company in the United States. Lawsuit Accuses Comcast of Copyright Infringement In general terms, the new lawsuit filed against Comcast is almost a direct copy of those filed against Verizon and AT&T. It alleges that the ISP can easily take action to prevent piracy carried out by its customers using BitTorrent networks. All it has to do is terminate their subscriptions. “Comcast can stop providing internet services to a customer at any time. It can stop providing internet services to customer accounts that repeatedly use its services for piracy. And Comcast doesn’t have to find these repeat offenders itself — copyright holders like Voltage already do that for Comcast, by sending copyright infringement notices. But Comcast does not take this simple step,” the lawsuit alleges. The filmmakers say that Comcast doesn’t terminate repeat infringers because their business is lucrative. Each customer account returns between $400 and $1,000 in additional profits and when combined, these accounts add tens of millions of dollars to Comcast’s bottom line. More Than 250,000 DMCA Notices Sent to Comcast The plaintiffs say that third parties (Comcast subscribers) are responsible for downloading torrents from sites including RARBG, 1337x, The Pirate Bay, YTS, and the less-well-known Russia-focused torrent site seleZen. By joining torrent swarms and sharing their movies, the plaintiffs say that Comcast subscribers reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, and publicly performed copyright works without permission from the rightsholders. The plaintiffs say that evidence of this infringement was captured by Maverickeye, a company well known for its involvement in ‘copyright-trolling’ cases against single BitTorrent users. Over the past three years, the German-based company logged hundreds of thousands of infringements carried out by Comcast users, the plaintiffs say. The movie companies say they notified Comcast of these infringements in more than 250,000 DMCA notices. Failure to Terminate Repeat Infringers Despite receiving more than a quarter of a million copyright notices, Comcast failed to take action against its allegedly infringing customers, the lawsuit claims. “Comcast failed to terminate the accounts associated with these IP addresses or otherwise take any meaningful action in response to these Notices. Comcast often failed to even forward the Notices to its internet service customers or otherwise inform them about the Notice or its content,” the plaintiffs say. “Instead, Comcast continued to provide the internet access and services necessary for users to commit further online piracy. Comcast continued to provide access to the internet from the IP addresses that infringers used to pirate movies.” The complaint highlights several instances of particularly egregious conduct. One particular IP address was reported 782 times for infringement, another 626 times. Two IP addresses had 609 and 532 copyright infringements logged against their respective accounts, with several others having a minimum of 373 complaints filed against theirs. Comcast does have a published repeat infringer policy but the lawsuit claims that the company’s failure to terminate repeat infringers means that it no longer enjoys safe harbor from liability under the DMCA. “Comcast only counted the DMCA notifications regarding a customer account in each month, rather than counting total DMCA notifications. Under this policy, Comcast did not terminate an account that had a very high number of infringements over several months, but not in any one month,” the lawsuit notes. Several Types of Copyright Infringement Due to the alleged inaction of Comcast, the plaintiffs claim that the defendants are liable for contributory and vicarious copyright infringement. These claims alone could run to many millions of dollars in damages. Due to the plaintiffs’ Copyright Management Information (CMI) being removed or altered in movie files distributed via BitTorrent by Comcast customers, the ISP is also liable for contributory and vicarious violations under the §1202(a)(b) of the DMCA, the complaint adds. The plaintiffs demand actual or statutory damages and an order that compels Comcast to implement a repeat infringer policy that terminates the accounts of repeat infringers. In common with the plaintiffs’ lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon, the complaint demands an order that compels Comcast to block access to pirate sites listed in the USTR’s Notorious Foreign Markets report. These include YTS, The Pirate Bay, RARBG, and 1337x. The filmmakers’ complaint filed against Comcast at the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is available here (pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  21. After teasing a new album and new single, ILLENIUM officially releases his new single with Skylar Grey, “From The Ashes,” today. Stylistically, the song is peak ILLENIUM. Soaring chords, beautiful vocals, delicate guitar and piano in between more cacophonous drops — he’s found his formula and it’s working. As for the title of the song, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was the title track from the forthcoming album he’s teased. Since the last album was Fallen Embers, rising “from the ashes” would make sense chronologically in the story he’s been telling. About the track, ILLENIUM comments, “This is one of those songs that I feel so lucky and grateful to be a part of. My main goal with music is to give people peace and some escape – and that’s exactly what “From The Ashes” does for me.” Skylar Grey adds, “[Nick] and I have been wanting to collab for years, excited we finally made it happen. The throwback Enya vibes combined with that fake out drop is the eargasm of the decade for me. And the lyrics completely parallel where I’m at in life right now.” Listen below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: ILLENIUM And Skylar Grey Emerge “From The Ashes” Together On Soaring New Single View the full article
  22. I'll put onion in any dish. I'll double any amount of onion in a recipe. My family pokes fun at me for it. Raw red onion on a sandwich? Delightful, in my opinion. Hell, I'll snack on a raw slice as I chop it up. But even I cannot understand the need to air fry a massive batch of pearl onions. That's the TikTok recipe I tested out for this week's AirFryDay. Nothing further...just roasted, previously frozen onions. The recipe comes from TikTok user @cook.clean.shop.repeat. It's not that the final product is bad. It's just that I don't totally understand what purpose it serves. Who needs a big bowl of roasted onions? Without anything else? Anyway, here are the details, in case you're super into snacking on onions. Ingredients1 bag of previously frozen, thawed pearl onions. seasonings of your choosing — I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried herbs, and smoked paprika. DirectionsDump a bag of pearl onions in a bowl. Coat with oil and seasonings. Mix well. Air fry at 375 degrees for about 13 minutes or until the onions thoroughly blacken. Here's how the final product looked in the original TikTok recipe. Not bad looking. But who needs all those onions? Credit: Screenshot: TikTok / @cook.clean.shop.repeat SEE ALSO: You've got to try homemade air fryer French fries. Here's how to make them. The detailsWhile this recipe's utility — or, rather, lack thereof — befuddles me, I will say it is wildly simple. All you do is dump some seasoned onions into an air fryer. It's about as foolproof as foolproof gets. The end result? I mean, it's not bad. It's not super tasty, either. The outside of the onion is blackened, roasted, and crispy. That's great. The interior of the onion is still very oniony and sort of...pops...when you crunch into it. It's a somewhat strange blast of onion shards into your mouth, which is not as great. Frankly, I would never make this exact recipe again. I just don't get it. It's not a meal. It's not a snack. It's just a basket of roasted onions. Unless you want to alienate your loved ones with intense onion breath, I just don't understand the need for this recipe. Another note: The TikTok suggest cooking the onions for a total of 25 minutes. Unless your air fryer is the weakest in history, that is a truly bonkers amount of time to air fry onions. You will almost certainly end up with hardened onions that taste like soot. For most air fryers, I think 10-15 minutes will suffice. Here's how my onions looked once finished cooking. Looks tasty enough, sure. But a truly bonkers amount of onions. Credit: Mashable Now, if you're someone who happens to keep pearl onions on-hand, I think there might be some utility to this recipe. i wouldn't make it on its own. But tossing some pearl onions in with other vegetables, perhaps as a side for your dinner? I could see it. I've long said that the air fryer is best used as a veggie roaster. It does a nice job with the onions. Cooking is about balance, mixing together savory, sweet, acid, spice, salt, and fat into something tasty and coherent. A heaping plate of onions alone is...not that. But using those onions as a component in another dish is a fine idea. So while this TikTok recipe might not be my favorite, it's worth bookmarking the idea for use in another, more balanced, dish. View the full article
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  24. SAVE $100: The LG 32-inch UltraGear QHD Monitor with FreeSync is on sale for just $249 at Walmart as of Sept. 16 — that's 28% in savings. Whether you're finally ready to invest in a second screen for your WFH setup, are taking a dive into beginner PC gaming, or need to replace your existing display that randomly shuts off throughout the day, this monitor deal at Walmart is here to help. As of Sept. 16, the LG 32-inch UltraGear QHD Monitor with FreeSync is on sale for just $249 at the big box retailer — that's $100 off its usual $349 MSRP (and a whole 99 cents cheaper than Amazon). At twice the display size of the biggest MacBook Pro, you'll have plenty of screen real estate for work, play, or any combination of the two. A QHD (2,560 x 1,440) monitor exists neatly between the standard HD (1,920 x 1,080) and the major price hike that comes with 4K (3,840 x 2,160). And unless you're working with ultra-high quality images or videos, you'll hardly notice much of a difference. The LG UltraGear QHD Monitor also includes a 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms motion blur reduction to deliver a versatile work monitor that doubles as a decent gaming accessory. Of course, it also offers the freedom to open a handful of windows at once while staying organized, the ability to work in a more efficient way, and an immersive view that's designed to encourage productivity. If you're in the market for a new monitor for whatever reason, this deal on the LG UltraGear is going to be hard to beat. Opens in a new tab Credit: LG LG 32-inch UltraGear QHD Monitor (opens in a new tab) $249 at Walmart (save $100) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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