Dunkin' is finally tossing out styrofoam cups for good

Mashable - 5 hours 3 min ago

Dunkin' is the latest restaurant chain to take a big, if obvious, step in the right direction by doing away with its styrofoam cups. 

Not only are the hot coffee cups going away but it's going to bring an end to the tradition that many Dunkin' customers have of "double cupping" or, rather, putting the foam cup around the outside of a cold drink plastic cup. 

A full move to paper cups is a long time coming, with CNN noting that Dunkin' first made the announcement in early 2018. The rollout of the new double-walled papers cups has been an ongoing campaign but the end of the foam cup will be complete by April 2020.  Read more...

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Here's when all the major Black Friday 2019 sales start

Mashable - 5 hours 15 min ago

The biggest shopping gay of the year is quickly approaching, so it’s time to make a shopping plan. We know you want to get the best deals for you and your family. However, you can only bag a bargain if you know when the sales start. After all, you could easily miss a Black Friday doorbuster if you don’t get to the store (or retailer's website) at the right time.

To help you prepare for Black Friday, our team has compiled a list of the sale times for top retailers. We’re also breaking down some of the best deals and providing some helpful shopping tips. Once you read this, you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you need to save big during Black Friday 2019. Read more...

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Stanning Baby Yoda, star of 'The Mandalorian,' is a singular mood

Mashable - 5 hours 47 min ago

There are two basic genres of Baby Yoda tweets at the moment, but everyone's a fan.

If you've existed on social media since the Nov. 12 launch of Disney+, then you've seen The Mandalorian's most precious little spoiler pop up at some point. The Baby Yoda tweets are everywhere.

A bunch of them riff on Adult Yoda's penchant for dispensing wisdom in his unusual syntax. We'll call this the "What if Yoda advice, but baby" genre. Most come from the latest must-follow joke account.

Hug me you

— Baby Yoda (@BabyYodaBaby) November 17, 2019

Nap I must

— Baby Yoda (@BabyYodaBaby) November 17, 2019

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Trump's unexpected hospital trip has Twitter conspiracies in overdrive

Mashable - 6 hours 25 min ago

For once, Donald Trump finds himself mired in a conspiracy theory that's not of his own making. 

It's all thanks to a (reportedly) unscheduled trip Trump made to Walter Reed Hospital on Saturday for a medical exam. Of course, any time a president makes an unannounced trip to a hospital, it's cause for concern. 

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham denied anything was wrong and said that Trump was simply taking advantage of a light work day (LOL) to take care of an exam. Her insistence reached comical levels when she appeared on Jeanine Pirro's Fox News show on Saturday night.

Good luck to anyone who can listen to this exchange with a straight face. Read more...

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Finished 'The Crown'? More dishy royal family stories (mostly about Princess Margaret)

Mashable - 7 hours 24 min ago

Portrayed by Vanessa Kirby in The Crown's first two seasons, and now by Helena Bonham Carter in the show's just-premiered third season, the real-life Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, has an infamous legacy that includes numerous romances, shenanigans with the help of her ladies in waiting, and a general lust for life. 

Princess Margaret and her sister Queen Elizabeth were purportedly very close, but due to their positions in the royal hierarchy, they led entirely different lives. Elizabeth was bound to royal duties, while Margaret was more free to live a life of her own design, complete with lots of socializing and partying (think William versus Harry).  Read more...

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Harry Styles is all One Direction jokes in his 'SNL' monologue

Mashable - 7 hours 26 min ago

Harry Styles isn't in a boy band anymore, you know. He's in a man band now.

Styles hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in the latest episode, and he used his inaugural opening monologue to talk up his One Direction roots and tease a reunion that never happens. At one point, he suggests Simon Cowell grew them all in test tubes.

The first-time SNL host also gently roasted former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik, who left the group a year before they went on hiatus in 2016. Styles rattles off the names of his other former One Direction pals before pausing and capping it off with "Ringo." Read more...

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Airbus-backed tournament unveils first electric racing aircraft

Technology News (Reuters) - 8 hours 11 min ago
An Airbus-backed air racing tournament unveiled an electric-powered sports aircraft on Sunday, billed as the world's first, as the European planemaker seeks to boost its green aerospace technology.
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'SNL' sends Harry Styles out for Popeyes in Jordan Peele's 'White Get Out'

Mashable - 8 hours 23 min ago

Saturday Night Live is officially on the Popeye's chicken sandwich craze.

Rob, the new intern from the UK, has no idea what he's getting himself into when he volunteers to pick up Popeyes chicken sandwiches for everyone in the office on a lunch run. That's the setup, as SNL sees it, for White Get Out, a fake Jordan Peele movie on Disney+.

Careful...

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Jeff Sessions grovels for Trump's approval on 'SNL' Weekend Update

Mashable - 9 hours 2 min ago

The best part of any Saturday Night Live Weekend Update is when hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost put the spotlight on a special guest. The latest episode was no different, bringing out former Trump administration crony-turned-Senate candidate Jeff Sessions.

Kate McKinnon brings back a take that's been absent since Donald Trump fired Sessions from his U.S. attorney general position in late 2018. Now Sessions is back with a Senate bid in Alabama, and McKinnon's groveling versions of the candidate's campaign ads aren't so far off from the real thing. Read more...

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The real history behind 'The Crown' Season 3's biggest moments

Mashable - 9 hours 24 min ago

The Crown is back and god save the queen. Season 3 of Netflix's dramatization of decades of royal drama is out, and — as is the custom with many period dramas — there's a lot in there that's true and a lot that is somewhat less than true. 

Some of the seasons biggest moments are ripped straight from headlines and history books, but since real life is sometimes less coherent than TV it's forgivable that The Crown would bend time, space, and occasionally the truth in the name of making better entertainment. Here's a fact check on Season 3's most remarkable plotlines. Read more...

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'SNL' turns impeachment into the soap opera it's always been (with Jon Hamm)

Mashable - 9 hours 24 min ago

In the two weeks since Saturday Night Live last aired, there's been only one political circus on pretty much no one's mind, at least according to NBC News. So the latest episode of the sketch comedy spiced things up by giving impeachment the soap opera treatment.

Jon Hamm pops up to help, lending his roguish good looks and natural charm to the role of cooperating witness Bill Taylor. He's joined by former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (Cecily Strong), star of the past week's proceedings. Also, an addled Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), disgraced Trump foe Michael Avenatti (Pete Davidson), and suspended NFL player Myles Garrett (Kenan Thompson) for some reason. Read more...

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19 cool gadgets and tech devices you can already get at Black Friday prices

Mashable - 12 hours 24 min ago

The days of counting down and waiting outside department store doors for that 24-hour period of Black Friday sales are long gone. 

The annual shopping spectacular is now a weeks-long affair. And guess what: it's already begun. It's a good thing, too, since Thanksgiving falls later than usual this year, giving us more time to shop before the big day arrives.

While we're certain there will be more and more discounts to come, you can get a jump start on your shopping as early as now. 

Here are 19 great deals in the Mashable Shop that you can already get at Black Friday prices: Read more...

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This funky turntable doubles as a Bluetooth speaker (and it's on sale)

Mashable - 12 hours 24 min ago

TL;DR: Get the nostalgic Altec Lansing ALT-500 Turntable for $74.99, a 50% savings. 

We're not breaking any news by telling you that vinyl is back. In early 2019, a report by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) revealed that revenue from vinyl sales in the US had reached its highest point since 1988. While we typically assume old = bad when it comes to tech, it’s easy to see why vinyl has made a comeback.

In the age of streaming, physically searching for a record, holding it in your hands, and hearing the stylus crackle as it rests on the vinyl can feel like an unexpectedly transcendent experience. Plus there’s that "warm, rich" sound that crate-diggers always swear by. Read more...

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10 of the best app deals we're featuring ahead of Cyber Monday

Mashable - 12 hours 24 min ago

Let's pit the pair of post-Thanksgiving sale days against each other: Black Friday versus Cyber Monday.

Black Friday has been around for longer and is therefore more widely known. While it is associated with massive discounts and barrel scraping prices, it also conjures images of lines, fights, stampedes, and sleeping in a cot outside Best Buy.

Cyber Monday, on the other hand, is younger and a shade more obscure. Even so, it's still synonymous with big savings. Better yet, big savings that can be purchased without even leaving the couch. (Though to be fair, you can get lots of Black Friday deals without leaving the couch too.) Read more...

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How to transform your Echo Dot into something truly magical

Mashable - 12 hours 24 min ago

Echo Dot smart speakers are great, they really are. How could you not like an AI helper that stands at-the-ready to tell you the weather forecast, your daily schedule, control your smart home tech, and remind you of the name of the actor who was in that movie that one time. In other words, Echo Dot is there for you when everybody else isn’t.

But let’s be real: Echo Dots look pretty boring when left as-is. If you’re a minimalist, that’s totally fine — we don’t want to kill your vibe or anything. But some of us want our smart speakers to have a little more, you know, pizzazz. Some damn moxie

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China's Inner Mongolia reports fresh bubonic plague case

Health News (Reuters) - 13 hours 45 min ago
China's Inner Mongolia reported a fresh, confirmed case of bubonic plague on Sunday, despite an earlier declaration by the country's health officials that the risk of an outbreak was minimal.
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Samoa declares state of emergency as measles spreads across Pacific

Health News (Reuters) - 18 hours 24 min ago
Samoa declared a state of emergency this weekend, closing all schools and cracking down on public gatherings, after several deaths linked to a measles outbreak that has spread across the Pacific islands.
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Comic for November 16, 2019

Dilbert - 22 hours 24 min ago
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Spotify's new road trip playlist generator is pretty neat!

Mashable - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 22:52

I am a begrudging fan of algorithmic playlists. I miss putting together my own "new favorite songs" lists and assembling the perfect order of tunes for a burned CD. But damn if Spotify's Discover Weekly and Your Daily Mix playlists aren't convenient, and generally, really good.

Spotify flexed its algorithmic playlist-making muscles again Friday when it released a new tool meant to provide the perfect soundtrack for an upcoming road trip: "Soundtrack your ride." It's a partially human, partially computer-directed playlist generator assembled to fit the length of your road trip. 

A portal takes you through a series of questions about your upcoming road trip as well as your music taste. Ostensibly combined with what it knows about your music listening habits (you agree to let the portal look at your Spotify history when you begin), the answers help to generate a playlist that is on theme for where you are going, who you're with, and what your vibe is. Read more...

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Sam's Club is offering Black Friday deals on TVs, smart home devices, and more

Mashable - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 22:08

Heads up, Sam's Club members: The warehouse club's Black Friday 2019 ad just hit the web tipping some great deals on laptops, TVs, gaming gear, DSLR cameras, fitness trackers, and more

Sam's Club will offer Black Friday deals on its website on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, but the in-store event kicks off 7 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29 and runs through the weekend. Sam's Club will have plenty of TV deals, including the 65-inch Samsung 7 Series 4K HDR curved smart TV for $599 ($130 off) or the 55-inch model for $459 ($70 off). At the low end, it will have the 40-inch Vizio D Series 1080p smart TV on sale for $159.88 ($30 off). Read more...

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