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  1. It arrives with the rest of the Jack Antonoff-produced soundtrack to Minions: The Rise of Gru todayView the full article
  2. Her last single as a solo artist was 2021’s “Bet It”View the full article
  3. TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the iScanner app is on sale for £32.94, saving you 79% on list price. Snapping a shadowy photo is hardly the most effective way of sending critical work documents, financial information, or schoolwork. And yet, it’s become the norm since the death of the scanner. If you’re seeking a more professional solution, consider a subscription to iScanner. With iScanner, you can turn your iPhone into a fully-featured, powerful, and fast document scanner. No hardware necessary. The app can scan any kind of documents, ID cards, books, receipts, paper notes, whiteboards, schedules, photos, and more, and create high-quality, ready-to-send digital versions. It’s regularly £164, but you can save 79% and get a lifetime subscription for only £32.94 for a limited time. That’s not its lowest price ever, but it’s still a solid deal on an app you’ll use regularly. Thanks to AI technology, iScanner gives you an ultra-clean and focused version of your document or photo without blurriness, pixelation, or shadows. You can even edit and markup your documents with just your iPhone camera if you need to. The AI will detect borders, crop documents, add signature stamps, blur sensitive information, and more. You can even add a PIN number to your documents to keep them under lock and key. When you’re ready to share, iScanner syncs up seamlessly with your email account, messenger apps, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more for your convenience. The AI is smart enough to do more than just clear up your scans, too. It also can turn your iPhone or iPad’s camera into a problem-solving tool that can count similar objects, measure a room, and even solve complex math equations. When you're switching flats, doing your taxes, applying for a loan, buying a house, or just filling out a job application and suddenly find yourself needing a scanner, the convenience of having iScanner on your phone really pays off. Sign up for a lifetime subscription to the iOS version for only £32.94 for a limited time. Opens in a new tab Credit: iScanner iScanner (Lifetime Subscription) (opens in a new tab) £32.94 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  4. It is somehow now July, but let's not dwell on the relentless passage of linear time when we could be doing our daily Wordle together instead. It's certainly more satisfying when you work it out all by yourself, but sometimes you just get stuck — and that's where we come in. The answer to the July 1 Wordle can be found at the end of this article, with the spoiler clearly signposted, or you can make your way down in a more leisurely fashion for a few general tips, gentle hints, and strategies to help you every day. Where did Wordle come from? Wordle is a daily word game created by Josh Wardle, a Brooklyn-based software engineer who has developed something of a reputation as a crafter of interesting social experiments. Every day, the people of the internet are greeted with a fresh word puzzle that can only be solved — or not! — using a series of process-of-elimination clues. Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once. Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for June 30 here. Is there a Wordle app for Android or iOS? Is Wordle free?You might find "Wordle" results in an iOS App Store or Google Play Store search, but don't mistake it for the real thing. Wordle, the original one Josh Wardle came up with and kindly delivered unto the internet in late 2021, currently only exists as a browser game that lives right here. If you're playing it anywhere else, it's — at best — a shameless knock-off that's trying to capitalize on someone else's success. What's the best Wordle starting word?We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move (or as close to perfect as you can get without just magically guessing the exact right word). Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels in it, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N. Is Wordle getting harder?If you've been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn't getting harder. A subtle hint for the July 1 Wordle answer:It's actually a Spanish word — one that's used in English to specify both a kind of food and a kind of animal. Today's Wordle word starts with...The letter P! SEE ALSO: The best Apple deals ahead of Prime Day 2022: MacBooks, iPads, AirPods, and more What's the answer to Wordle on July 1?Ready? We'll tell you today's word now. It is... [Drumroll...] PINTO. Wordle doesn't often have as the answer these kinds of words — ones that are outright borrowed from other languages. PINTO is Spanish for painted or speckled, which is why it's used to refer to both the bean and the horse with that kind of patterning. Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article. View the full article
  5. It doesn’t take much to make a car dirty, even when you have the best of intentions. All it takes are a few spilled crumbs from that Starbucks pastry you ate, some muddy shoes or a coffee spill on your way to work, and before you know it, you need to vacuum cleaner. And that’s before you factor in kids who love spilling their snacks or dogs that shed all over the backseat. But the truth is, it’s not that easy to get your car clean. Dust gets into the air vents, dirt gets on the floor and crumbs find their way into … well, everything. That’s why, unless you want to pump quarters into a gas station vacuum only to leave with a half-clean car, you’re going to need a good car vacuum with powerful suction. Which is why we went searching for the best. When looking for a car vacuum — or a car vac, as some like to call them — here's what to consider: Suction power: Hands down, the most essential thing to look for in a vacuum. The better the suction, the easier it can pick up all that dirt and debris, the more you'll use it (and love it). How it is powered: Is it cordless or do you have to plug it in? Can it be charged in your car or does it need a wall outlet? Capacity: For those with pets and kids, look for something that can hold a lot of debris. Weight and size: Can you easily lift and move the vacuum while cleaning your car? Operate it with one hand? Or is it clunky? In most cases, a portable vacuum is ideal. How versatile its attachments are: Does it have a crevice tool? What about a motorized brush? No one car vacuum is going to be great at everything. For example, a corded vacuum will almost always have more suction power but maneuvering around the car with a cord can quickly get tricky and frustrating. If you opt for a cordless option, you’ll have an easier time moving around, but it can also run out of power before you finish cleaning out your car — especially if you have a large vehicle like a minivan. If you plan to keep the vacuum in the car, you might also want to consider one that you can charge inside the car, instead of plugging it in to charge in your garage or home. SEE ALSO: Best handheld vacuums for pet hair You’ll also want to think about what you’re using it for: Are you getting something small to just tidy up regularly, or are you getting something to do a deep clean? Not only will its suction power and battery matter if you want a deep clean, but its accessories will too. Some car vacuums come with special attachments, like a motorized brush to help get pet hair up or a crevice tool to clean in seat cracks and air vents. Some even come with LED lights to help you see under seats. There are a lot of options out there and that’s why we’ve scoured the internet and gathered up seven of our favorites to come up with this list of the best car vacuums. View the full article
  6. When United King Film Distribution, DBS Satellite Services, and Hot Communication won copyright lawsuits against three pirate streaming sites in April, the court gave them everything they asked for. In addition to millions in damages against pirate streaming/IPTV platforms Israel-tv.com, Israel.tv and Sdarot.tv, the court handed down the broadest injunction ever seen in a US piracy case. The injunction banned every online service provider from doing any business with the pirate platforms and ordered residential ISPs to block their current domains and any that appear in the future. In hindsight, it was a case of being careful what you wish for, because you may just get it. With extraordinary power at hand, the media companies (all members of anti-piracy group Zira) began seizing domains but mysteriously asked the court not to enforce the requirement for residential ISPs to block the sites. It appeared that someone may have started to push back and after issuing all kinds of orders to a range of online entities, the situation began to deteriorate. After the plaintiffs asked the court to hold Cloudflare in contempt for not following their instructions, Cloudflare fired back with amicus curiae support from Google, EFF and CCIA. ‘Power Grab’ Injunction is Invalid The briefs submitted to the court are detailed but all agree that the injunction is impermissibly broad, lacking in detail, and contrary to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65 and the DMCA. Perhaps surprisingly, the plaintiffs continued to insist that they knew better. Last week they submitted documents to further support their expedited motion for a contempt ruling against Cloudflare. The filing included exhibits claiming to show that Cloudflare’s DNS servers were servicing four new domains allegedly deployed by one of the pirate sites after its other domains were seized. None of these domains were specifically listed in the injunction and as Cloudflare previously pointed out, any reading of the injunction that attempted to stretch it to cover new domains would violate fundamental limitations on the scope of available injunctive relief. Acting on the unsupported claims of the media companies with no judicial oversight is not an option, Cloudflare added. Then this week, a sudden and unexpected light appeared on the horizon. Broadest Piracy Injunction in the US Needs Adjustment In a joint status letter filed Tuesday and addressed to Judge Katherine Polk Failla, whose signature authorized the original injunction, the media companies and Cloudflare say that progress is being made. Following negotiations the parties say they have reached an agreement in principle to solve their differences. This will be achieved by addressing the core issues that led to the plaintiffs’ attempting to hold Cloudflare in contempt while addressing concerns raised by Cloudflare during a recent conference. The specific details are not being made available at this stage but as soon as the agreement is formalized, the plaintiffs say they will file a motion to amend the default judgment and permanent injunction handed down by the court on April 26. An amended order will be presented for the court’s approval. The plaintiffs say they will then withdraw with prejudice the pending motion for contempt against Cloudflare while reserving the right to file future motions to enforce the court’s original order or amended order, as appropriate. In turn, Cloudflare has agreed to withdraw its request for attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in responding to the plaintiffs’ motion for contempt. It will be of great interest to see how the amended injunction balances the interests of the plaintiffs with those of Cloudflare and, by extension, every other service provider affected by the original injunction. Update: The docket shows no indication that the agreement in principle is now a done deal but Judge Failla responded Wednesday as follows: “In light of the above status update, the Court hereby deems both Plaintiffs’ contempt motion and Cloudflare’s request for attorneys’ fees and costs to be withdrawn.” The plaintiffs’ declaration can be found here and the joint status report here (both pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  7. This past weekend, tens of thousands of people frolicked and celebrated at Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan. At the same time, the Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade. For many, it must have been incredibly difficult to capture the full experience of the festival as their rights were being unceremoniously ripped away. Yet the core of our community has always been to uplift, and so, if you were able to separate yourself from the rest of the world for the weekend, you might have found an escape. Across the world, artists spoke out against the decision, including GRiZ at Electric Forest. At the end of his set, he addressed the crowd about the news: “It’s important that we get together and talk about shit that pisses us off, shit that we want to change together, because this collective of people together has some loud voices. […] I want you to look around and recognize the power that you had together as friends, as family, as brothers and sisters,” said GRiZ. He continued, “You have given me and shown me what it feels like to be a voice of the people, that I don’t really want, but I will stand up and use my voice for all the shit that I believe is right.” Abortion is a human right. We stand with GRiZ and women everywhere. You can listen to his full speech below. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Listen To GRiZ’s Inspirational End-Of-Set Speech From Electric Forest [VIDEO] View the full article
  8. Taking place Thursday, July 14, the event will include a panel with series stars James Earl, Phillip Garcia and Clare GilliesView the full article
  9. Following in the footsteps of his series of monthly, club-focused tracks and collaborations, Fred again.. once again releases another landmark single, the thunderous “Jungle.” Having spent the last few weeks teasing the track and road testing it in front of festival audiences, “Jungle” finally sees the light of day. As alluded to through recent posts on social media, “Jungle” was the result of sessions with Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet – in what feels like two artists exploring musical boundaries with no agendas or deadlines, the result is an unpredictable yet gripping track that sees the pair pushing each other into new musical territory. The track was also co-written with Elley Duhé and co-produced with Alex Gibson. Fred again.. will continue his live ascendency with sold out shows around the world throughout 2022, including three nights at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery and three nights at New York’s 3000 capacity Terminal 5 in the fall. Full US tour dates below with further information via https://www.fredagain.com/tour/. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Fred Again.. Drops New Single “Jungle” Co-Written & Produced With Four Tet View the full article
  10. The singer and his band performed “You Make Me Wanna…,” “Confessions, Pt. II,” and more at NPR’s iconic office deskView the full article
  11. “I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha!”View the full article
  12. “I’m very excited to get hot in it this summer”—Charli XCXView the full article
  13. Like the show’s fourth season, the 80-track album is divided into two volumesView the full article
  14. SAVE $60: As of June 30, the Logitech Brio 4K webcam is $60.45 off as an early Prime Day deal — get one for just $139.54. Lots of us are still working from home as a result of... you know. And it looks like things are going to stay this way for the foreseeable future. So if you don't have all the WFH gear you need by now, it's probably time to start stocking up. One of the first things you need to pick up is a webcam (not all of us have been blessed with built-in cameras on our laptops), and the Logitech Brio 4K is a great option. As an early Prime Day deal, you can score one for $60.45 off the original price, just $139.54. SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2022, from dates to early deals The Logitech Brio 4K will have you looking clear as day in all of your virtual meetings — with 4K ultra video streaming, all of your coworkers will be able to see every pore on your face. (Whether that's a good or bad thing.) It also has an automatic lighting adjustment feature, noise-canceling omni-directional microphones, multiple field of view presets, and the ability to record at up to 90 frames per second. Opens in a new tab Credit: Logitech Logitech Brio 4K webcam (opens in a new tab) Save $60.45 at Amazon Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  15. SAVE 30%: Don't have a yard to grow herbs and vegetables? No problem. As of June 30, scoop up any Aerogarden indoor gardening system for 30% off with code SUMMERSALE. It's a too late to start your summer garden outdoors, but that doesn't mean you can't grow the season's finest product indoors. We're not talking about a basic windowsill garden box either. We're talking about Aerogarden — the easy, convenient at-home gardening system. Through July 5, Aerogarden is offering 30% off every single model with code SUMMERSALE. This deal is only available directly through the Aerogarden site, so don't head off to Amazon looking for these discounts. SEE ALSO: Best indoor plants for people who suck at taking care of plants Even if you have a black thumb, you'll be able to grow delicious herbs and produce in an Aerogarden. These systems use a full-spectrum LED grow light and hydroponics (read: water only) system that ensures your plants have all the nutrients they need to grow. Pair that with digital reminders for adding water and plant food, and you'll never have to remember a detailed care routine — these plants basically grow themselves. The grow lights also turn on and off according to a customizable set schedule, so you can schedule them to turn off come bedtime. Aerogardens use pre-seeded pods that have a germination guarantee, so if they don't sprout you can send them back for a replacement. Choose from 25 different herb varieties, tomatoes, peppers, and even flowers. This sale includes every Aerogarden model on the site, so you can opt for the compact three-pod Sprout, the giant Farm 24XL fit for an urban farmer, and every size in between. Opens in a new tab Credit: Aerogarden Aerogarden Fourth of July sale (opens in a new tab) Save 30% at Aerogarden with code SUMMERSALE Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  16. Looking to make weeknight dinners less of a hassle? check out these air fryer deals ahead of Prime Day 2022: BEST BASKET-STYLE AIR FRYER DEAL: Magic Bullet air fryer — $45.89 $59.99 (save $14.10) BEST OVEN-STYLE AIR FRYER DEAL: Cuisinart TOA-65 digital air fryer toaster oven — $225.95 $299.95 (save $74) BEST MULTICOOKER DEAL: Ninja OS301 Foodi 10-in-1 pressure cooker and air fryer — $129.99 $199.99 (save $70) Air fryers. You know 'em, and you love 'em — and they're almost always heavily discounted during shopping holidays. Prime Day is quickly approaching, and we don't expect the air fryer sales to be any different this year. Whether you're looking to cut back on takeout, or just get dinner on the table faster, air fryers are handy gadgets that cut back on some of the legwork (and time) of traditional cooking methods. These high-powered convection ovens can often cook food at up to 30% faster than your oven, making you more likely to cook (and save money) instead of ordering pizza for the third time in a week. A few Prime Day shopping notes before you add an air fryer to your cart: We're seeing mostly off-brand air fryer deals ahead of Prime Day, with a few more popular brands scattered throughout. We won't lie, there aren't a ton of good deals out yet, but not to worry — we expect the bigger air fryer brands like Ninja, Instant Pot, and Breville to hold off on releasing deals until the day or week of Prime Day. Stay tuned for those — we'll update this page as new discounts drop. Using price trackers, we've noted where the sale prices of top air fryer deals are historical lows or recent drops. This ensures you're getting a deal that's actually a deal, not just a product that's been "marked down" for months on end. If you need more guidance on how an air fryer works or whether basket or oven-style air fryers are better, head on over to our air fryer guide before buying. Basket-style air fryer deals Opens in a new tab Credit: Magic Bullet Our pick: Magic Bullet air fryer (opens in a new tab) $45.89 at Amazon (save $14.10) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itIt's not a secret that we love the Magic Bullet air fryer, and we love it even more when it's on sale. This compact, budget-friendly little model just saw a recent price drop down to $45.89 at Amazon. It's not the lowest price we've ever seen, but it is the lowest price we've seen since Black Friday, which is indicative of a solid deal. This air fryer is ideal for small spaces or smaller households, but it packs a punch in terms of cooking and reheating. It doesn't have any fancy bells and whistles — just manual temperature and time dials — but it does the job well and helps you avoid turning your oven or stove on when it's hot out. More early Prime Day deals on basket-style air fryersCOMFEE' 5.8 quart digital air fryer — $58.10 $79.99 (save $21.89) BELLA 2.9 quart touchscreen air fryer — $47 $54.99 (save $7.99) Uten 6.9 quart air fryer — $50.36 $100.99 (save $50.64) Paula Deen stainless steel 10 quart digital air fryer — $139.99 $169.99 (save $30) Kitcher 3.5 quart air fryer — $67.49 $89.99 (save $22.50) Oven-style air fryer deals Opens in a new tab Credit: Cuisinart Our pick: Cuisinart TOA-65 digital air fryer toaster oven (opens in a new tab) $225.95 at Amazon (save $74) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itThe recent price drop on the TOA-65 air fryer brought the cost back down to the lowest price this model has seen in a year. It's not the lowest price ever, but we haven't seen this much of a price drop since around Black Friday. The Cuisinart TOA-65 air fryer is a variation on one of our favorite oven-style air fryers, the TOA-60, but adds a few more features. It offers digital controls, the ability to set specific temperatures in five-degree increments, and boasts eight different functions: toast, convection bake, bake, convection broil, broil, and warm. More early Prime Day deals on oven-style air fryersCOSORI air fryer toaster oven XL — $129.99 $149.99 (save $20 with on-page coupon) Instant Pot Vortex Pro 10 quart 9-in-1 air fryer — $135.99 $169.99 (save $34) Multicooker deals Opens in a new tab Credit: Ninja Our pick: Ninja OS301 Foodi 10-in-1 pressure cooker and air fryer (opens in a new tab) $129.99 at Amazon (save $70) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itWe don't hear much about the Ninja Foodi models until a shopping holiday rolls around, but you can almost always bet they're going to be highly discounted at events like Prime Day. This 10-in-1 Foodi model saw a recent drop back down to it's all-time lowest price, according to price tracker camelcamelcamel. We're willing to bet that there will be better Ninja Foodie deals come July 13 and 14, but if you simply don't want to sort through all the deals on Prime Day, this is still a great price. More early Prime Day deals on multicookersInstant Pot Duo Crisp 9-in-1 electric pressure cooker and air fryer — $115 $149.99 (save $34.99) Instant Pot Pro Crisp 11-in-1 air fryer and electric pressure cooker — $169.99 $199.99 (save $30) View the full article
  17. When you hear "beauty filters," you probably think of the typical TikTok and Instagram filters that add makeup and sometimes alter your facial features, all in the pursuit of a prescribed beauty standard. Grace Choi's beauty filters don't do that — instead, these filters aim to simply help you learn how to apply real-life makeup. If you're on beauty TikTok, you've probably come across the Contour, Eyebrows, or Eyeliner filters on your For You Page. They're AR filters that place a grid on top of your face. And depending on what makeup you're trying to apply, these filters also have extra, colored lines that serve as handy little guides on where to draw certain makeup techniques. The Eyebrow filter in action. Credit: Screenshot: TikTok/Grace Choi The Contour filter in action. Credit: Screenshot: TikTok/Grace Choi SEE ALSO: Are heated eyelash curlers worth the internet hype? Choi married her personal love of makeup with her professional career by inventing Mink, the world's first 3D makeup printer, in 2014. "Throughout my 10 years or so in beauty technology, I've always felt that beauty moments and experiences, including tutorials, could be a lot more personalized and immersive and effective by using AR," Choi told Mashable. And yet, Choi never felt like there was a social platform that could properly house this immersive tutorial experience — that is, until TikTok launched an open AR platform called Effect House. Choi joined Effect House, and has since been honing her filter design skills while helping others learn how to apply makeup in a way that's accessible and personalized to each face. She's even expanded beyond makeup filters to experiment with color palette analyzers, personality quizzes, and workout aides. We put the most popular beauty filters to the test. In this episode of Beauty, Hacked, Jennimai tries out the Contour, Eyebrows, and Eyeliner filters as guides for one one side of her face, and then compares it to her usual makeup techniques on the other. Which side looks better? Tune in to find out, and see whether Jennimai prefers the tech upgrade to her tried-and-true makeup routine. View the full article
  18. Of new track “Cloudy,” Dan Snaith says, “For something so buoyant, I'm surprised how much it bangs in a club”View the full article
  19. If you've shared an email address with NFT marketplace OpenSea, you'll probably start getting some phishy emails soon. On Wednesday, OpenSea said that an employee of its email delivery vendor Customer.io has misused employee access to share email addresses with an "unauthorized third party." These are addresses that OpenSea users and subscribers to the company's newsletter shared with OpenSea. "We are working with Customer.io in their ongoing investigation, and we have reported this incident to law enforcement," the company said in a blog post. Putting aside the fact that one of your email delivery vendor's main jobs is not to leak user addresses around, this isn't as horrible as some other data breaches, as only user email addresses were affected. But since this is crypto, it's near-certain that basically every OpenSea user will start receiving phishing emails, with the idea to impersonate OpenSea and get them to install malware or hand over their cryptocurrency private keys. In its blog post, OpenSea is preparing users for this possibility with some tips on what types of phishing addresses they might see, and a list of precautions they should take, including only trusting emails that are coming from the domain "opensea.io," never downloading any attachments in an OpenSea email, and never sharing passwords or secret wallet phrases with anyone. Users should also be wary of any URLs shared in an OpenSea email, and they should never sign wallet transactions prompted directly from an email. This is far from the first security issue OpenSea has had in its history. In January, hackers exploited a vulnerability in order to sell users' NFTs and keep the profit; in May, OpenSea's Discord was hacked. And let's not forget that an OpenSea employee was arrested for insider trading in June. View the full article
  20. Javier Gomez recently arrived at the White House wearing a sharp cream suit and turtleneck for a moment his younger self could've never imagined. The 18-year-old activist from Miami, who'd organized a walkout at his high school to protest Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill months earlier, had been chosen to deliver remarks at the Biden Administration's Pride Month celebration. At the event, the president signed an executive order directing the federal government to reduce youth exposure to conversion therapy and better support both LGBTQ youth in the foster care system and queer adoptive parents, among other measures. Following an introduction by First Lady Jill Biden, Gomez beamed at the podium. Then he told a story. At 5 years old, Gomez knew he was gay — he just didn't have the language to express it. His classmates bullied him for being "too gay, too feminine, or too outgoing." But an openly gay teacher who created a welcoming classroom environment in the 5th grade changed what Gomez believed was possible for himself. "To see his happiness in life gave me hope in my life that my future would be better," Gomez later told Mashable. That teacher's example is partly why Gomez fought the passage of the Parental Rights in Education bill, which critics dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill. Gomez fears that the bill, which goes into effect July 1, will silence educators who are supportive of LGBTQ youth. The bill prohibits any discussion about LGBTQ issues from kindergarten until third grade. Conversations about those subjects for older students must be "age appropriate or developmentally appropriate." If parents disapprove of related instruction, they may sue the district. Critics, including Gomez, argue the bill could lead educators to censor what they share about themselves as well as avoid addressing gender identity and sexual orientation in the classroom. So in February, Gomez lobbied against the bill in Tallahassee. The following month, he led the walkout at iPrep Academy, joined by 100 students, per his estimate. Gomez is one of numerous young queer activists who have urgently fought the bill, which passed by five votes soon after the walkout. These organizers rallied their peers and gave testimony, which often made them targets for bullying and hate speech on social media. They've had to decide how vocal to be when it might endanger their mental health and physical safety. And despite the law's passage, they continue to organize against the bill, knowing the road ahead won't be easy. "I want to represent those kids at my school that really didn't have a voice or the luxury of coming out and being proud of themselves amongst their family and friends," says Gomez. "When I went up [to Tallahassee], I knew I was fighting for myself, but I was fighting for those kids." "Say Gay Anyway"When high school senior Will Larkins testified in April at the Seminole County School Board to protest the law, Twitter users quickly shared the video of his impassioned speech. Like Gomez, Larkins described how hopeless he felt as a child who knew he was different but couldn't name how. "It scares me, because what I went through is now being forced onto an entire generation of queer kids," Larkins told Mashable. Since co-organizing a "Say Gay Anyway" walkout at his high school in Winter Park, Larkins said the school's environment has become less hostile toward queer students, a critical shift after he'd experienced severe bullying. Speaking up, however, has meant receiving vitriolic messages online. Larkins suspects that he wasn't confronted by adults at legislative hearings because he's still a minor at 17 years old. He feels that the burden of organizing and protesting shouldn't rest primarily on youth trying to enjoy what's left of their adolescence and plan for their future, or on LGBTQ teens who can't advocate for themselves because the risks of coming out publicly are too high. By attending hearings and sharing his personal story, Larkins hoped to reach people who considered themselves neutral in the debate or allies to students like him. He believes that if those groups take a public stand collectively with activists, they can outnumber the bill's advocates. "Show up at the polls and vote," says Larkins, encouraging allies. "If I organize a protest, just show up and show that you care about this issue. I know so many people who could be organizers...but their family isn't supportive, so they can't fight for their right to be queer." Maxx Fenning, a 20-year-old college student at the University of Florida who also testified in Tallahassee, was prepared to become a target of the bill's proponents. What he didn't expect was to be called a "groomer" by them on social media. The slur, which falsely implies that LGBTQ people prey on or sexually abuse children, became resurgent once Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, described the legislation as an "anti-grooming bill" on Twitter. Still, Fenning says he's determined to provide LGBTQ youth with information about sexuality and gender identity. Fenning leads the nonprofit group PRISM, which offers educational resources about LGBT+ sexual health and history. The group started as a fledging student club at Fenning's Boca Raton high school when he realized that even as an openly gay student leader, he'd never learned about the gay rights leader Harvey Milk and the transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, or the HIV-prevention medication PrEP. SEE ALSO: Why the 'groomer' smear is terrible for LGBTQ mental health "You would think I would know this information, even in that position, and I didn't know that information, and that didn't sit well with me," says Fenning, who adds that the school never sanctioned PRISM as an official club. Fenning worries that the bill may have a chilling effect on LGBTQ student-led clubs. Though the legislation focuses on classroom discussion about LGBTQ issues, Fenning says its vagueness about what's acceptable may discourage students and staff advisors from having candid conversations. Advocacy groups have filed lawsuits to block the bill, arguing that it violates free speech, among other Constitutional rights. If these lawsuits don't succeed, Fenning and other activists will be closely watching how enforcement plays out. Finding acceptanceDr. Cecil Webster, a psychiatrist who works with LGBTQ youth, says that young activists should prioritize their physical and emotional well-being, even as their work feels increasingly urgent. And prior to going public, Webster recommends taking stock of the risks and what kind of support to expect from friends and family. Though Webster's practice is in Boston, he regularly hears from youth affected by what's happening in Florida and other states. Not only are they worried about attending college in a state that's hostile to LGBTQ rights, for example; but also, they're internalizing the significance of legislation that targets queer and trans youth. "These young folks, as a society, are seeing messages that they're not unconditionally loved," he says, noting that research points to acceptance at home and in communities as a critical factor for LGBTQ youth mental health. Lack of acceptance can be particularly compounded for queer youth of color, who face discrimination based not just on their sexual orientation or gender identity, but because of their racial and ethnic identity as well. Gomez felt this deeply as a Venezuelan-American whose gay identity hasn't always been accepted by family or community members. But when he proclaimed from the White House podium that he was a "proud, gay, Venezuelan-American," the audience cheered loudly. Gomez says he won't forget this moment anytime soon — and that it made his public advocacy over the past few months more fulfilling than he could've imagined. "It empowers me even more...," says Gomez. "It was really, really amazing understanding that someone that didn't really have a voice and was silenced in his younger age now has this powerful voice advocating for people like me. It's beautiful, and I'm so eternally grateful that I was given this platform." If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, The Trevor Project can be reached 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 and via chat. Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential support 24/7. Text CRISIS to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. Contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET, or email [email protected] You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a list of international resources. View the full article
  21. Over the past several years, The Football Association Premier League has been working hard to combat the availability of illegal match streams broadcast over the Internet. Pirate IPTV services, web-based streaming sites, and a smörgåsbord of infringing apps all create issues for the world’s most famous football league. From a practical standpoint, it’s impossible to shut them all down. Instead, the Premier League employs a strategy to make it appear they’ve been shut down in the hope it will achieve a similar result. Working closely with UK-based anti-piracy company Friend MTS, the Premier League uses a number of interesting techniques to detect where pirate streams are coming from and then passes this data to internet service providers so they can implement blocking. Given the interference in ISP subscriber communications, this cannot be done on a whim so Premier League obtains legal authority first. In the case of Ireland, the process is dealt with at the Commercial Court (part of the High Court) and this week the Premier League was granted permission to block illegal streams during the 2022/23 season. Injunction Extension Awarded Under Copyright Act 2000 The blocking injunction for the forthcoming season targets Eircom/eir, Virgin Media, Sky Ireland/Sky Subscriber Services and Vodafone. It’s an extension of an injunction first handed down in 2019 and over time has been tweaked to maximize blocking efficiency. According to the Premier League, evidence provided by Sky shows that existing blocking measures are indeed an effective deterrent. The Irish Times reports that Sky subscriber numbers (Sky has Premier League broadcasting rights) have increased since 2019 and while this isn’t solely attributable to blocking, there has been an increase over the past three years. Mr Justice Denis McDonald agreed that an extension to the injunction was justified so that the Premier League could continue to protect its rights during the forthcoming season. Premier League’s Three Years of Pressure in Ireland After winning its first ISP blocking injunction at the High Court in London during 2017, a year later the Premier League sought to expand its program into Ireland. In 2019, Ireland’s Commercial Court gave the Premier League a green light to compel Eircom, Sky, Virgin and Vodafone to block pirate streams until June 30, 2020. Just under a year later, Premier League won an extension to that injunction to tackle piracy during the 2020/21 season. Following the now established pattern, in 2021 another year of blocking permission was granted, this time on an enhanced basis, using measures that given their secrecy are not available for public consumption. Reports do not indicate that the current extension for 2022/23 grants the Premier League any additional powers but at least for the time being, the football league appears satisfied that the terms of the injunction meets its needs. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  22. Taking video games too seriously is for suckers. That appears to be the ethos behind one of the three major modes in Battlefield 2042, anyway. EA’s beleaguered large-scale shooter recently got a shot in the arm thanks to the release of a big Season 1 update (and plenty of discounts in various sales). But anyone who picked it up for the first time in recent weeks is probably wondering what the heck “Battlefield Portal” means on the main menu. Aside from the default competitive modes and the more cooperative Hazard Zone mode (which is on its last legs), Portal is one pillar of the Battlefield 2042 experience that requires a bit of explanation. It’s for people like me who think Battlefield is at its best when you get a little silly with it, but that description alone doesn’t do it justice. Here’s a full rundown of how Battlefield Portal works. You got time travel in my Battlefield game Battlefield Portal isn’t about literal time travel, but that’s functionally what’s going on here. Put simply, Portal is a player-driven community playground where folks can create their own custom servers using maps, characters, vehicles, and weapons from across four different Battlefield games: Battlefield 1942 Battlefield Bad Company 2 Battlefield 3 Battlefield 2042 In other words, you can mash up any combination of tech from World War II, modern-day conflicts, and fictional near-future battles into a big, stupid soup of mayhem. The developers have some featured modes to choose from at top, but the real juice is in the server browser, where fans host custom games with a ton of different goofy rulesets. My sojourn into helicopter heaven was fun. Credit: Electronic Arts / DICE I did a brief bit of testing just for the purpose of grabbing screenshots for this article and found all kinds of dumb-but-fun nonsense to play with. Several servers pitted small groups of 2042-era Specialists against dozens of bots playing as WWII soldiers with comically small amounts of health. I spent a few minutes in the gunner’s seat of a future helicopter mowing down combatants from eight decades ago, who could only handle about one hit from my weapon before going down. Why do people do this? Man, I dunno. It’s not my place to say. But it sure is fun for about five minutes. Lots to choose from. Credit: Electronic Arts / DICE There are more serious applications for Portal, too. You can create super hardcore servers without modern conveniences like regenerating health, the ability to aim down sights, and even disable the heads-up display (HUD) for the ultimate sweaty shooter experience. You can also turn off sprinting, in case you like trudging slowly around the game’s massive maps for some reason. I wouldn’t call Battlefield Portal the main appeal of 2042, but it’s great that it’s there. If you spent $15 to pick up a game that some fans declared dead months ago, there are worse ways to spend time than hopping around in different Portal servers to see that the hectic, idiotic spirit of Battlefield is still very much alive. SEE ALSO: All the 'Battlefield 2042' Season 1 updates that make it worth playing View the full article
  23. The pandemic pushed home gyms so far down our collective throats that leaving the house for a workout seems downright silly. Why would you, when you can have all the fitness equipment you need in the privacy of your own home? Smart fitness mirrors and connected home gyms play a huge part in this. From the Mirror to Tempo, these systems promise to replace your gym membership and every other piece of fitness equipment that's been collecting dust in the back of your closet. Some of these pricey fitness tech products don't live up to the hype, but Tonal was a breath of fresh air in a fitness market thats becoming oversaturated with smart tech that over promises and and under delivers. How Tonal worksTonal has a touchscreen and two adjustable arms that feature digital weight up to 100 pounds each. The arms can be adjusted by both height and angle to complete more than 200 different movements, from lat pulldowns and shoulder presses to squats. Tonal's adjustable arms pop out to your desired angle and height. Credit: Jae Thomas / Mashable Tonal's arms can easily be lowered when not in use. Credit: Jae Thomas / Mashable After you do the initial strength assessment (more on that later) Tonal will automatically adjust the weight for you at the beginning of each workout. You'll see a short tutorial on how to set up Tonal's arms and which accessories to attach. Then the workout, led by a trainer, is played on the touchscreen for you to follow. You'll see pop-up form corrections on the screen if your technique is wonky, and you can always adjust the weight on the smart accessories if needed. Tonal also tracks your reps, weight lifted, and a ton of other metrics so you can monitor your progress over time. On top of the $2,995 cost, Tonal will run you $49 per month for a digital account, which gives you access to live and on-demand workout classes. You can have unlimited accounts once you have a membership, so the whole family can work out on one membership. The basic Tonal package comes with the smart handles, but the smart bar, smart rope, bench, roller, and workout mat are sold separately in a $495 bundle. Tonal can also be financed monthly through Affirm, starting at $63 per month with 0% APR if the upfront cost is a bit too much for you. The smart bar, rope, and foam roller are sold separately. Credit: Jae Thomas / Mashable The Tonal emits a very low humming noise when in use, but you don't really notice it until the machine is turned off. It's also extremely user friendly, and the UI is set up very similarly to an iPhone, so the navigation is pretty intuitive for iPhone users. Tonal supports both Apple Music and Amazon Music, so you can hand-pick the playlist you want to sweat to. You'll be able to connect your Apple Watch to the Tonal to get the most accurate metrics tracking, but it is a bit annoying to have to reconnect it every time you start a new workout. To use the Apple Watch integration, you'll need to download the Tonal watch app and start a workout from there. How are the Tonal workouts?Tonal setup begins with a questionnaire about gender, height, weight, fitness goals, and experience level. Tonal later gives you recommendations for classes and programs that will help you meet goals like getting toned, building muscle, and improving overall fitness. The first Tonal workout for every user is the strength assessment. This workout is designed to use AI technology that helps you figure out the ideal weight you should be lifting. You'll engage in a few different motions like lat pulldowns and bench press and get suggestions for your starting weight. Tonal will then set these weights during your workouts automatically, so you won't have to adjust them manually. Tonal also uses AI to monitor when you can lift more weight and when you might need a spotter boost. There are a ton of dynamic weight lifting modes too, like chains mode and burnout mode, which change the way the weight feels and can make your workout even more challenging. The smart accessories can easily be swapped out for different movements. Credit: Jae Thomas / Mashable As someone who only occasionally lifts weight, I found the initial AI weight recommendations to be too high. I wasn't able to finish full sets of 15 reps during the workouts with some of my AI recs, so I ended up retaking the strength assessment. There might be a bit of adjustment needed to really get the perfect weight recommendations — the AI isn't perfect. Both the strength assessment and the normal workouts have a ton of guidance to ensure you set up and execute your workout correctly. During testing, I replayed the first few video tutorials to get a feel for how to swap out the smart accessories, and was impressed when Tonal felt me fidgeting with the weight control and gave me pop-up instructions on the screen on how to manually adjust the weight. When compared to other digital fitness classes, Tonal classes really work your muscles. While you could get away with bullshitting a Peloton or Mirror workout, Tonal makes you work hard — and it'll leave you sore the next day. I inadvertently lost a few pounds during Tonal testing, and I felt like I began to get stronger as well. Over time, you'll be able to track your progress using Tonal's strength score feature. As you do more workouts and lift more weight, your strength scores for upper body, lower body, and core will increase. Credit: Screenshot: Tonal The Tonal app also shows you which muscles are fatigued and which ones can stand a workout, based on your workout history. Credit: Screenshot: Tonal The only qualm I had with Tonal's workouts is that they assume a baseline level of fitness, which might be disheartening to folks who are on a new fitness journey. Nearly every class I took, even when set to beginner, had a section of pushups and other full-range bodyweight workouts with few modifications offered that might be a bit too difficult for newbies. I can see this becoming barrier for entry for folks just starting to work out, and it would be easy to get discouraged when you can’t do all the moves of even the easiest workouts on the platform. What types of workouts does Tonal offer?Tonal offers classes across the following types: barre, bootcamp, boxing, cardio, custom, dance cardio, family fitness, golf, high intensity, kickboxing, meditation, mobility, pilates, pre and postnatal, quick workouts, recovery, strength, Theragun, warm-up, and yoga. Filter workout classes by workout type, length, difficulty, instructor, and more. Credit: Screenshot: Tonal Or brush up on your squats, bench presses, and more when you filter by movement. Credit: Screenshot: Tonal You'll also be able to filter classes to pick ones with certain coaches, goals, durations, body regions, level, muscle groups, and look at your completed and saved classes. Of course, Tonal will also recommend classes for you which will show up on the home screen (as well as the app) and you can parse through programs, live class schedules, articles, Tonal 101 tutorials, and different individual movements to get a head start on your workouts. Tonal vs. MirrorWe reviewed both the Tonal and the Mirror, and the Tonal is hands down going to be a better option for strength training. The Mirror is the slightly more budget-friendly option at $1,495, but Tonal has more features than the average fitness mirror that make the higher price seem more reasonable. With a touch screen, AI weight adjustments, real-time form corrections, and all the smart accessories, I enjoyed Tonal workouts much more than Mirror workouts. SEE ALSO: Mirror brings studio-style fitness classes to your living room — for a high price Tonal classes also tended to challenge me more than Mirror workout classes, which needed more self-motivation since they mostly relied on bodyweight and free weights. There's something about a cool (and expensive) piece of technology to motivate you to workout, and Tonal does that. As someone who almost never seeks out strength-focused classes, Tonal made me excited to lift weights. The design of the Mirror is more streamlined and stylish, but Tonal has way more smart features. Credit: Jae Thomas One thing to note about Mirror versus Tonal though, is that the instructors at Mirror tend to be a bit more friendly and personable than the Tonal instructors. Tonal instructors seem a little more corporate, like they're on a script. They speak about Tonal as though it were a person, saying things like "Tonal is your best friend" or "Tonal just knows you" which is a bit dystopian and slightly creepy. You won't find high-vibe wacky instructors at Tonal like you do at other digital fitness services (looking at you, Peloton), but if you're into more straightforward workout classes, you probably won't mind the scripted feeling, if you can get past the instructors speaking about Tonal as though it's a sentient being. What's going on with the Tonal price increase?The price of the Tonal trainer is set to go up in the coming weeks by $500. The new base price of the trainer will be $3,495, and that does not include tax, shipping, installation, accessories, or the monthly membership fee. Tonal attributed this price increase to "macroeconomic conditions" and supply chain issues. This isn't a big surprise considering the current state of inflation — we've seen other fitness companies moving their pricing around as well. Recently, Peloton also announced they'd be raising their monthly digital membership cost. We've rated the Tonal a 3 out of 5 in the bang for the buck category because we know it'll be getting a price increase very soon. Is Tonal worth it?If you manage to buy your Tonal trainer before the price increase goes into effect, it's definitely more worth it. It's a big investment, but will replace basically every other piece of fitness equipment in your home. I'm personally not a fan of strength training (I'm a die-hard Peloton bike fan), but Tonal actually made me want to get stronger — and it made weight lifting much more accessible skill-wise than going to a gym and fudging around on random machines. View the full article
  24. We're aware by now that one's favourite song has the power to open a lifeline from the realm Steve calls "Vecna's red soup mind world" in Netfix's Stranger Things, like Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" did for Max. What would be yours? Which song do you love so much it'd drag you out of imminent peril? Spotify wants to suggest one. The music streaming platform has launched a new "Upside Down playlist" topped with your very own saviour song, one Spotify's algorithm reckons you love enough that it would save your butt. According to Spotify, "The Upside Down Playlist takes some of your favorite songs and mixes them with a handful of Stranger Things classics to create a vibe strong enough to ward off Hawkins’ most fearsome foe." My own playlist seems to be exactly that, with mainly indie and '80s tracks on there. My saviour song? Apparently Dry Cleaning's "Scratchcard Lanyard" would save me from Vecna's bone-distorting wrath. I do love that song, and it does have major running from pieces of falling Creel House vibes. But look, Stranger Things fans would probably secretly want Kate Bush's major track to appear for them just like Max, so you can always find that in Netflix's official Stranger Things 4 playlist. There's a few cute-sounding Easter eggs to look out for. On Android and desktop, the progress bar should turn into a flashlight "that cuts through the darkness of the Upside Down," and scrolling through the playlist on mobile should generate something weird — I tried this and it didn't work for me, but you might have more luck. SEE ALSO: 15 perfect Netflix soundtracks to stream right now Spotify has enjoyed a spot of streaming success thanks to the Netflix show — Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" not only topped the charts again, but saw Spotify streams increase by more than 8,700 percent globally following the Season 4 release. What even is that number? You can find your own Upside Down playlist on Spotify while you think about all the burning questions that Stranger Things 4: Volume 2 better answer. Stranger Things 4: Volume 2 is streaming on Netflix July 2. View the full article
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