Boost Team Participation in Meetings

Havard Management Tip of the Day - 4 hours 18 min ago

Low participation in meetings can harm your team’s productivity by reducing collaboration, hampering decision-making, and eroding unity. How can you encourage more fruitful engagement? Start by clarifying expectations. Outline the supportive behaviors you want to see in your meetings. For example, you could say, “As a team, we support each other, we tackle challenges together, […]

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This learn-to-code bundle is now only £31.35

Mashable - 4 hours 20 min ago

TL;DR: Through May 31, get the 2024 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle for only £31.35 (reg. £1,176).

Whether you’re looking to start a career in coding or just want to learn for fun, the 2024 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle is great for beginners and experienced users alike. With 15 courses and 213 hours of content, this collection of lessons teaches you the basics of coding, game development, ChatGPT, and more, all while allowing you to learn at your own pace. And for a limited time, it's on sale for £31.35.

Lessons are taught by leading industry experts, like Jose Salvatierra (founder of Teclado and a software engineer), and give you the essential tools to get started in web development. Technology is evolving faster than ever, and you can better keep up with the competition by learning a new skill set. Create your own software, design a video game, or utilise OpenAI technologies— the creative opportunities are plentiful. 

This bundle includes the following comprehensive courses:

  • Learn to Code with Python 3

  • C++ for Absolute Beginners 2024

  • ChatGPT Series: OpenAI Fundamentals 2024

  • MySQL & SQL for Beginners

  • The Complete Python Course: Learn Python by Doing in 2024

  • Google Assistant Automation IoT Development

  • Computer Vision & Deep Learning with OpenCV and Python: Build 15 Projects

  • JavaScript Complete Guide with Practical JavaScript Projects

  • Web Development with Vuex (2024)

  • Flutter & Dart: Complete Flutter Dart Programming Course

  • Java Programming for Complete Beginners

  • Salesforce Platform App Builder Certification Training

  • ChatGPT for Salesforce Development

  • 2024 Complete Ruby on Rails 6 Bootcamp

  • Game Development and Coding for Kids

Through May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT, get the 2024 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle on sale for just £31.35 (originally £1,176.21), with no coupon needed.

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'Wordle' today: Here's the answer hints for May 29

Mashable - 6 hours 20 min ago

Oh hey there! If you're here, it must be time for Wordle. As always, we're serving up our daily hints and tips to help you figure out today's answer.

If you just want to be told today's word, you can jump to the bottom of this article for May 29's Wordle solution revealed. But if you'd rather solve it yourself, keep reading for some clues, tips, and strategies to assist you.

Where did Wordle come from?

Originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, Wordle rapidly spread to become an international phenomenon, with thousands of people around the globe playing every day. Alternate Wordle versions created by fans also sprang up, including battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once

Wordle eventually became so popular that it was purchased by the New York Times, and TikTok creators even livestream themselves playing.

Not the day you're after? Here's the solution to yesterday's Wordle.

What's the best Wordle starting word?

The best Wordle starting word is the one that speaks to you. But if you prefer to be strategic in your approach, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that might help you find the solution faster. 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 Wordle puzzles used to be available for anyone to enjoy whenever they felt like it. 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?

It might feel like Wordle is getting harder, but it actually isn't any more difficult than when it first began. You can turn on Wordle's Hard Mode if you're after more of a challenge, though.

Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:

The Pope.

Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?

There are two sets of extra letters.

Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...

Today's Wordle starts with the letter P.

SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL. The Wordle answer today is...

Get your last guesses in now, because it's your final chance to solve today's Wordle before we reveal the solution.

Drumroll please!

The solution to Wordle #1075 is...


Don't feel down if you didn't manage to guess it this time. There will be a new Wordle for you to stretch your brain with tomorrow, and we'll be back again to guide you with more helpful hints.

Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Sam Haysom, Amanda Yeo, Shannon Connellan, Cecily Mauran, Mike Pearl, and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article.

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NYT Connections today: See hints and answers for May 29

Mashable - 7 hours 20 min ago

Connections is the latest New York Times word game that's captured the public's attention. The game is all about finding the "common threads between words." And just like Wordle, Connections resets after midnight and each new set of words gets trickier and trickier—so we've served up some hints and tips to get you over the hurdle.

If you just want to be told today's puzzle, you can jump to the end of this article for May 29's Connections solution. But if you'd rather solve it yourself, keep reading for some clues, tips, and strategies to assist you.

What is Connections?

The NYT's latest daily word game has become a social media hit. The Times credits associate puzzle editor Wyna Liu with helping to create the new word game and bringing it to the publications' Games section. Connections can be played on both web browsers and mobile devices and require players to group four words that share something in common.

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Each puzzle features 16 words and each grouping of words is split into four categories. These sets could comprise of anything from book titles, software, country names, etc. Even though multiple words will seem like they fit together, there's only one correct answer. If a player gets all four words in a set correct, those words are removed from the board. Guess wrong and it counts as a mistake—players get up to four mistakes until the game ends.

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Players can also rearrange and shuffle the board to make spotting connections easier. Additionally, each group is color-coded with yellow being the easiest, followed by green, blue, and purple. Like Wordle, you can share the results with your friends on social media.

Here's a hint for today's Connections categories

Want a hit about the categories without being told the categories? Then give these a try:

  • Yellow: Slang for dinner

  • Green: Anjin

  • Blue: Shake someone's nerves

  • Purple: Types of markets

Featured Video For You Connections: How to play and how to win Here are today's Connections categories

Need a little extra help? Today's connections fall into the following categories:

  • Yellow: Food

  • Green: Pilot

  • Blue: Intimidate

  • Purple: ___Market

Looking for Wordle today? Here's the answer to today's Wordle.

Ready for the answers? This is your last chance to turn back and solve today's puzzle before we reveal the solutions.

Drumroll, please!

The solution to Connections #353 is...

What is the answer to Connections today


  • Intimidate: BULLY, COW, DAUNT, RATTLE

  • ___Market: BULL, FLEA, MEAT, STOCK

Don't feel down if you didn't manage to guess it this time. There will be new Connections for you to stretch your brain with tomorrow, and we'll be back again to guide you with more helpful hints.

Is this not the Connections game you were looking for? Here are the hints and answers to yesterday's Connections.

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Chris Hemsworth's Dementus is the real scene-stealer in 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga' — Mashable Rants

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 23:50
Kristy Puchko, Mashable's Entertainment Editor, lays out this hot take on 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga': that Chris Hemsworth's "Dementus is the scene-stealer.
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iOS 18: AI-generated custom emojis are reportedly arriving to iPhone soon

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 20:39

With tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI all recently sharing big AI updates at their events, one company has been conspicuously absent from the AI conversation: Apple.

However, we now have new information from Bloomberg's Apple insider Mark Gurman regarding a completely new AI feature likely coming to the next iPhone update, iOS 18.

According to Gurman, Apple is currently developing a program on the iPhone that will allow users to create custom emojis using generative AI.

SEE ALSO: iOS 18 may bring these new emoji to iPhone, including this ‘baggy eyes’ one How custom AI emojis on iPhone will work

There aren't too many details about the new feature other than Gurman's report in his latest Power On newsletter. However, we do have some basic information.

Using this AI-creating emoji software, users will have the opportunity to create customized emojis for any situation or occasion using a simple text-based prompt.

Apple will continue to provide the latest new emojis from the Unicode Consortium, including new a fingerprint and a harp. However, users will no longer need to fit one of these emojis into whatever they are trying to convey; they can just create their own custom emoji tailored specifically to what they want.

AI-created emojis aren't an original concept. There are a number of third-party options available online as well as on Apple's App Store. However, these products usually require a paid subscription. Apple is looking to build its own service right into iOS, without requiring users to subscribe to yet another service.

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What is my phone number?

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 20:10

If you're wondering, "What is my number?", don't feel bad. Some people forget their numbers every now and then — no need to feel ashamed.

The good news is, though, that finding out your own phone number is extremely easy. In fact, it's nestled in the settings menu of your phone right now — if you know where to look. Here's how to find out your own phone number.

SEE ALSO: How to cancel Peacock 'What's my number?' How to find out your phone number on iPhone

For Apple owners, finding out one's phone number is pretty simple:

  1. Open the Settings app

  2. Scroll down and tap on "Phone"

  3. Your number will be shown on this screen next to "My Number"

See? It's so easy.

'What's my number?' How to find out your phone number on Android

Android is trickier because that ecosystem is a lot less unified than iOS, but that doesn't mean finding your own number on Android is difficult by any means. Here's how it works:

  1. Open the Settings app

  2. Scroll down until you see "About Phone." This could also be listed as "About Device" in some Android handsets, so use the search bar at the top if need be

  3. Your phone number will be shown next to "Phone number"

In short, it's all about knowing where to look in the Settings app on either device. Just make sure to write it down for next time.

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Print toys on demand with this kids' 3D printer for under $350

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 19:49

TL;DR: Through May 31, the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle is now $90 off the usual price at just $348.99 during this Memorial Day sale. 

Are you prepared for the long days of summer? You can get ahead of the dreaded summer boredom this Memorial Day with some help from the Toybox 3D Printer. It allows children to harness the power of their imaginations as they try to create whatever toys they can dream up. 

Just in time for summer break, you can score a deal on not only the Toybox 3D Printer, but the deluxe bundle that comes with eight printer food colors to work with. It's on sale now for just $348.99 — $90 off the usual $439 price tag. 

Featured on Shark Tank, the Toybox 3D Printer could be a doldrum-buster for the creative kiddos in your life. Meant to be child-friendly, this one-touch 3D printer doesn't need knives to remove the prints. It's billed as needing only a few steps to get everything started — plug into an outlet, connect to your Wi-Fi, download the Toybox app, load printer food into the chamber, and start building. 

The toy catalog that you would print from is always expanding, stocked with items that include characters from Cartoon Network, DC Comics, Looney Tunes, and much more. And if you want to encourage more creativity, there's an option to design and upload unique creations with Creator Space, the included design software. 

This Memorial Day, get the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle with eight printer food colors, available here for just $348.99 (reg. $439). 

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Don't miss this Memorial Day deal on the Ninja Dragon Blade K 4K drone for only $69.97

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 19:36

TL;DR: Through May 31, the Ninja Dragon Blade K 4K Drone with 4-Way Anti-Collision and Optical Flow is on sale for $69.97 for Memorial Day. 

Whether you’re a lover of flying gadgets or a photographer trying to get some creative aerial shots, drones can be a ton of fun. The Ninja Dragon Blade K might become your newest obsession with its dual 4K HD camera and that's built for capturing high-quality stills and videos — just $69.97 for a limited time.

Drones are being flown by adults and kids alike, and this 4K drone featuring 4-way collision detection is an affordable hobby to maintain. It has 4 channels that let you ascend, fly forward, backward, left, right, and roll in 360⁰. The remote control features headless mode so the drone will go in the direction of the remote.

This high-tech drone should navigate through obstacles while still maintaining a precise flight path. The Ninja Dragon Blade K controls are designed for both beginners and advanced drone flyers to operate. 

It's built for up to 12 minutes of hover time so you should get vivid shots of the landscape or events below and be able to view footage as you go. The Dragon Blade K 4K Drone pairs with an app that allows you to watch the scenery from a distance via your mobile device. When you’re ready to land, the one-key take-off and landing feature helps the drone find its way home with the press of a button. 

This Memorial Day, get the Ninja Dragon Blade K 4K Drone with 4-Way Anti-Collision and Optical Flow for only $69.97 (reg. $169) until May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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Get a grade-A refurbished MacBook Air for $300

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 19:27

TL;DR: Through May 31, get 50% savings on a grade-A refurbished Apple MacBook Air. It's available for $299.97 (reg. $599) through May 31.

With the unofficial kickoff to summer here, many of us are looking for ways to save money while still investing in tools that enhance our productivity and connectivity. This year, why not take advantage of a 50% savings on a refurbished Apple MacBook Air? By saving on this reliable, powerful laptop, you might have more to spend on fun summer activities.

It's from the 2017 model year, which means it still has a lot of the modern tech we have all come to rely on. It also has a grade-A refurbished rating. This means it could possibly have signs of light wear but should otherwise arrive to you in near-mint condition.

The MacBook Air is known for its sleek design and lightweight build, making it a practical choice for those who are always on the go. Weighing just under three pounds, it should fit into a backpack or tote, so you can take your work and entertainment with you wherever you go.

laptop has 8GB RAM, a fast 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, and Intel HD Graphics 6000, designed to offer a smooth experience whether you're analyzing data at work or up all night streaming a new show. It also features 128GB of flash storage for access to essential files, photos, and apps.

The MacBook Air's battery can last up to twelve hours, which should be more than sufficient for even a long workday. It also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities. 

It's a dependable choice; blending the power, portability, and reliability that's become synonymous with the Apple name.

Jump on this Memorial Day savings and get a grade-A refurbished Apple MacBook Air for $299.97 (reg. $599) through May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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Get this BentoStack tech-accessory organizer for $29.97 during our Memorial Day sale

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 19:13

TL;DR: Keep your tech accessories in order with the BentoStack device and tech accessory organizer. It's been price-dropped to $29.97 (reg. $49), until May 31.

These days most people have an overwhelming amount of devices and accessories to manage, and keeping them organized can be a challenge. The BentoStack organizer is a simple solution to keeping your Apple gadgets safe and neatly stored.  

This organizing solution could work for anyone who’s constantly on the go and it includes the following storage compartments:

  • A top lid that doubles as an iPhone flip stand

  • A top compartment to hold charging cables, AirPods, and other earbuds

  • A bottom lid that can store up to two Apple Watch bands and an Apple Pencil

  • A bottom compartment that can carry power bricks, wall chargers, and more.

Whether you’re a student, professional, or frequent traveler, the BentoStack is compact and is designed to fit in a carry-on bag, backpack, or suitcase. It's also built with a customizable option for taking half or the whole stack with you and includes two different-sized silicon bands to help keep them closed during travel.

Meant to help reduce your device clutter and save you space, this versatile organizer has adjustable dividers, so your tech and accessories should fit the configuration you choose. The BentoStack can serve as a home base for your accessories so that you're not searching for that one charger or AirPod you need. 

With all of your devices secure in one container, it should simplify storing and finding your Apple tech.

Hurry, this Memorial Day deal on the BentoStack tech accessory organizer is just $29.97 until May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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Viral YouTube video lambasts Disney's Star Wars hotel via a 4-hour opus

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 19:08

Disney's massively expensive and spectacularly wrongheaded Star Wars hotel closed last year. But in the previous week or so, a video went viral detailing just how bad it really was.

The reason? Well, it's an incredibly detailed breakdown, and it was released on YouTube by Jenny Nicholson, a popular creator with over 1 million subscribers. The video is over 4 hours long. That'd be like watching the entirety of The Irishman and then an episode of The Office.

I've seen reactions to this video, especially on my TikTok FYP, even though I am neither a Disney Person nor a Star Wars superfan. That's because Nicholson's video did a fantastic job breaking down what happened with this ill-fated experience.

Full disclosure: I have not yet had the time to watch the entire 4-hour-long video. One, I have to work, and two, because the time commitment is a bit much for a non-Disney person. I did bop around the review, which is broken down into 20 sections titled by what they cover. And I've got to say, this place did seem like a scam.

SEE ALSO: Disney's Star Wars hotel will not be the most relaxing place in the galaxy

In case you have never heard of it, the gist is that it was a hotel called the Galactic Starcruiser designed to look and feel like a spaceship from the Star Wars universe. You are supposed to be immersed in the Star Wars universe, completing missions and interacting with folks totally in character. In practice, you are paying thousands of dollars for a mid-tier hotel experience, some boring "missions" where you scan QR codes, and, in Nicholson's case, a "story" choose-your-own-adventure that ultimately didn't work at all.

In short, Nicholson's experience seemed like a bad bed and breakfast combined with a lousy mystery dinner for the price of a luxury hotel. Nicholson walks through the tiny rooms and barracks-esque living quarters — at a $3,000 per night cost. I've embedded the viral video, which has racked up nearly 6 million views in just nine days.

Folks online have responded to the video. On TikTok, people posted comments about how badly Nicholson destroyed Disney, for instance.

Some parts of the video were even made into memes. Or folks responded to the video itself with memes. Again, I saw this even though I am not a Disney fan.

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If you get the time, it's probably worth perusing Nicholson's video, "The Spectacular Failure of the Star Wars Hotel." I enjoyed it, even though I am not the target audience.

Even if you don't watch the video itself, at least now you understand why it might be all over your corner of the internet.

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Windows 11 can now ‘read’ text from your phone’s photos — how to use the new feature

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 18:55

If you own an Android phone and use Windows, you may be envious of the interconnectivity between iPhones and Macs. However, a new feature, according to Windows Central, is improving the integration between both platforms.

Windows users in the Release Preview Channel, which grants access to experimental features before they roll out widely, can now take advantage of optical character recognition (OCR) within the Windows Phone Link app.

In other words, you can have your PC scan photos taken on your phone — and it will automatically highlight text in those photos for your personal use.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft being investigated over new ‘Recall’ AI feature that tracks your every PC move How to test the new OCR feature

As mentioned, the feature is available in the most recent Windows Insider Preview build, which you can access by joining the Windows Insider Program.

After running Windows 11 26120, you can test the OCR feature by ensuring that you have a phone paired with Phone Link. Open the app and choose "Photos," which lets you see all the photos you've recently shot on your device. Next, click the "Text" icon at the top, which will reveal a menu that says "Select all text" and "Copy all text." Choose any.

Finally, open any app with a text field, like Notepad for example, and paste the text. And there you have it; you've just copied-and-pasted text from your phone's photo.

It's worth noting that Phone Link, which allows users to sync their phones to their PCs for a variety of purposes, is device-agnostic, so iPhone owners with PCs can get in on the action, too.

This new OCR feature is expected to become widely available soon.

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Memorial Day laptop deals are still live and up to $1,600 off

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 18:38

UPDATE: May. 28, 2024, 11:47 a.m. EDT We've refreshed this list with the hottest Memorial Day deals that are still live.

Looking for a new laptop? Even though Memorial Day is officially over, the deals are still live. There are plenty of laptop deals at a variety of retailers to shop now:

Best Memorial Day Laptop Deals Best Laptop Deal HP Envy 17 (17.3-inch, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1 TB SSD) $1,079.99 at Best Buy (save $270) Get Deal Best Budget Laptop Deal Acer Aspire 3 (15.6-inch, AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) $359 at Walmart (save $140) Get Deal

Buying a new laptop can be a pricey commitment. You'll spend several hundred (at least) on a piece of tech that you'll use every day, but will also become increasingly outdated in a few short years. On the one hand, you want something that works great, and you can rely on it. On the other, you may not be able to spend an arm and a leg on a computer right now. That's why it's a great time to shop while all the Memorial Day laptop deals are still live.

Right now, you can shop a variety of deals on some of the biggest laptop brands around, from souped-up gaming rigs to powerful daily drivers you'll rely on time and time again without having to fork over the suggested retail price.

Below, find some of our favorite Memorial Day laptop deals, curated so you don't have to comb through them yourself.

Best laptop deal Opens in a new window Credit: HP HP Envy 17 (17.3-inch, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) $1,079.99 at Best Buy
$1,349.99 Save $270.00 Get Deal

The HP Envy 17 is a fantastic-looking laptop with a massive 17-inch display with full HD resolution. That alone makes it well worth investing in as your desktop replacement or home office computer. It boasts 16 GB of RAM with 1 TB of storage as well, so you know it's cooking behind the scenes. That means multitasking, streaming media, browsing online, and working on presentations (even all at the same time) is a cinch. The fact that it's on sale for a more affordable price just sweetens the deal. This computer would be ideal for anyone who needs a powerful alternative to a desktop that can still easily go anywhere.

Best budget laptop deal Opens in a new window Credit: Walmart Acer Aspire 3 (15.6-inch, AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $359.00 at Walmart
$499.00 Save $140.00 Get Deal Why we like it

The Acer Aspire 3 is a fantastic and affordable option for anyone in the market for a new laptop without extra cash to spare. It manages to offer an impressive 15.6-inch, 1080p display and 16GB of RAM without the expensive price tag. It's an excellent daily driver option, boasting 512GB of storage and a great battery life in a package that's less than 4 lbs. All this is usually extremely hard to find under $500, but this discount makes it so. You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a decent computer, and this sale proves it.

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The Apple iPad (10th Gen) is currently under $300 at Amazon which is the lowest price we've ever seen

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 18:37

SAVE $49.01: The Apple iPad (10th Gen, WiFi, 64GB) is on sale for $299.99 at Amazon with the on-page coupon, marked down from the normal price of $349. That's a 14% discount.

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While notorious for quality and advance tech, Apple products are also notorious for eye-watering prices. But if you're willing to grab an Apple product that isn't the latest model, you could be in for some serious savings. Thanks to today's coupon at Amazon, an Apple tablet could be yours for the lowest price yet.

As of May 28, the Apple iPad (10th Gen, WiFi, 64GB) is on sale for $299.99 with the on-page coupon at Amazon. That's a 14% discount off the usual price of $349 and a savings of $49.01, which also makes this the lowest price we've ever seen at Amazon.

Earlier this month when Apple announced its latest models — the new iPad Air and iPad Pro — the company also announced a new, lower price on the iPad (10th Gen) of $349. But thanks to today's deal at Amazon and the on-page coupon, the tablet can be yours for under $300.

PC Mag (owned by Mashable publisher Ziff Davis) reviewed the iPad (10th Gen) and mentioned it's a great tablet for most people. With a 10.9-inch screen, the tablet's liquid retina display aims to impress, especially when it comes to watching your favorite shows or using the tablet as your artist's easel.

With a thin and lightweight design, the Apple iPad is travel-ready and easy to take along to the office, on a work trip, or on a family vacation.

If you're looking to transform a tablet into a portable work station, it's worth knowing the iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil and Apple's Magic Keyboard, although you'll need to buy those separately.

If you've been looking for a tablet upgrade, today's sale price with an on-page coupon makes it a great day to grab the iPad (10th Gen) for under $300.

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30+ of the best outdoor deals to shop while Memorial Day sales are still going

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 18:36

UPDATE: May. 28, 2024, 12:00 p.m. EDT We've updated this page with the latest deals on outdoor gear as more Memorial Day deals go live.

Don't miss out on the best Memorial Day outdoor deals that are still live as of May 28, with sales on camping and hiking gear, coolers, stoves, and much more.

The best Memorial Day outdoor deals at a glance: Best camping gear deal Mountain Summit Gear Northwood Series II 4-Person Backpacking Tent $112.73 at REI (save $172.26) Get Deal Best hiking gear deal Patagonia Fieldsmith Roll-Top Pack $63.73 at REI (save $65.27) Get Deal Best backyard gear deal Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 $229.99 at Solo Stove (save $70) Get Deal Best cooler deal IceMule Clear 15L Cooler $54.93 at REI (save $55.02) Get Deal

As we near the end of May, thoughts turn to summer's outdoor activities. While some have multi-day hikes planned, others take to a shaded spot in the backyard with a good book. Even if you missed shopping the best Memorial Day Sales of 2024 during the holiday weekend, plenty of deals are still live as of May 28.

We've listed some of our top picks below that range from hiking backpacks to tents.

Best camping gear deal Opens in a new window Credit: REI Our pick: Mountain Summit Gear Northwood Series II 4-Person Backpacking Tent $112.73 at REI Co-op
$284.99 Save $172.26 Get Deal Why we like it

The four-person Mountain Summit Gear Northwood Series II 4-Person Backpacking Tent is quick to set up, with excellent ventilation and a large door that allows you to get in and out fast. It's crafted from UV light-resistant and water-resistant 1,200 fabric, and is made from a single-hub aluminum frame. It's the perfect tent for a quick weekend rendezvous and it has everything you need to make your journey to the outdoors a great one.

More camping gear deals:Best hiking gear deal Opens in a new window Credit: REI Our pick: Patagonia Fieldsmith Roll-Top Pack $63.73 at REI
$129.00 Save $65.27 Get Deal Why we like it

Need a reliable pack to carry all your camping essentials? The Patagonia Fieldsmith Roll-Top Pack is an attractive pick that comes in several colors. It's a 30-liter bag that can adjust to handle whatever you need to carry for the day. Great for men and women, this polyester bag repels water and has a main compartment, a front pocket, side pockets, and other small areas to stow important goods. It also works as a carry-on bag if you need to double up when traveling.

More hiking gear deals:Best backyard gear deal Opens in a new window Credit: Solo Stove Our pick: Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 $229.99 at Solo Stove
$299.99 Save $70.00 Get Deal Why we like it

Summer is a great time for enjoying the backyard while relaxing around the fire. If you tend to shy away from fires on account of the smoke, the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 could be your savior. Designed to significantly reduce smoke, the Bonfire 2.0 is almost 20 inches in diameter and about 15 inches tall. Weighing about 23 pounds, the Bonfire 2.0 proves to be a portable option thanks to the included carrying case, so you can enjoy a fire in the backyard on Friday night and pack it along for sunset at the beach on Saturday evening.

Mashable Senior Shopping Reporter Haley Henschel reviewed the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 last summer, and gave it high marks for when used in ideal conditions. "The Solo Stove is a vast improvement over any traditional fire pit or campfire I, or anyone else in my family, have ever used," she says in the review. Upgrade your summer nights thanks to this deal that's part of the Solo Stove Memorial Day Sale.

More backyard deals:Best cooler deal Opens in a new window Credit: REI Our pick: IceMule Clear 15L Cooler on white background $54.93 at Amazon
$109.95 Save $55.02 Get Deal Why we like it

It's important to stay hydrated when out and about, whether you're hiking or going about your day. This fun, clear IceMule cooler is a great option to help keep your beverages cold and your perishables ready to go when you're making your way to your campground or even heading to an event where clear bags are required. It can keep ice and other items cold from 5 to 7 hours and comes with padded shoulder straps to keep your pack from starting to hurt your back.

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The 4 smartest Roombas are back at record-low pricing

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 18:11

SAVE UP TO $400.99: As of May 28, several j-Series Roombas have dropped back to to record low pricing at Amazon, with discounts ranging between 29% and 44% off.

Best Roomba deals this week Most advanced Roomba iRobot Roomba Combo j9+ $999 at Amazon (save $400.99) Get Deal Next best mopping Roomba iRobot Roomba Combo j7+ $699 at Amazon ($400.99) Get Deal Most powerful Roomba under $600 iRobot Roomba j9+ $599 at Amazon ($300.99) Get Deal Cheapest mopping Roomba with obstacle avoidance iRobot Roomba Combo j5+ $449 at Amazon (save $350.99) Get Deal

It's been pretty quiet on the Roomba deals front for the past month or so, as peak spring cleaning season slowly shuts down for the summer.

If you didn't take advantage of spring cleaning robot vacuum deals back then, we'd absolutely argue that summer cleaning is a thing. If anything, your schedule is way more packed than it was back in March or April — and your justification for needing a robot vacuum to take over is bolstered every time you agree to another outdoor happy hour or last-minute day trip to the beach.

SEE ALSO: Shark vs. Roomba: Comparing top-rated robot vacuum lineups

Amazon and iRobot must be in agreeance on summer cleaning, too, because the best four Roomba deals that we saw at the end of April are back. As of May 28, four j-Series Roombas (all with small obstacle avoidance technology) are back down to record-low pricing — all are below $100 and one is even under $500.

Not sure which Roomba you should get? We've outlined the main differences between the Roomba Combo j9+, Roomba Combo j7+, Roomba j9+, or Roomba Combo j5+ below:

Most advanced Roomba Opens in a new window Credit: iRobot iRobot Roomba Combo j9+ $999.00 at Amazon
$1,399.99 Save $400.99 Get Deal

At full price, the very best Roomba at cleaning (admittedly) isn't always our recommendation for a hybrid model, as it doesn't wash or dry its own mopping pads like similarly-priced competitors in the business. On sale for under $1,000, though? Now we're talking.

Compared to cheaper j-Series Roombas, the Combo j9+ keeps the best parts of the older Roomba Combo j7+ that we loved during hands-on testing, like the retractable mopping pad that can switch to mopping mode on a whim. It also scrubs more powerfully than the Combo j7+ and is the only Roomba to clean with a four-stage cleaning system, which delivers 100% stronger suction than the i Series Roombas.

Compared to other self-emptying robot vacuums and mops from Roborock, Eufy, or Narwal, the Combo j9+ has the most reliable small obstacle avoidance that we've tested — crucial for your confidence that your robot vacuum won't eat a charger or get stuck on a rug while you're not home. Its wooden-accented dock, which doubles as a full-time side table, is a breath of fresh air from the ultra-modern black or white designs that are common at this price point.

Next-best mopping Roomba Opens in a new window Credit: iRobot iRobot Roomba Combo j7+ $699.00 at Amazon
$1,099.99 Save $400.99 Get Deal

If $999 is still too deep of an investment, opting for the Combo j7+ instead would still be a solid choice for most homes without a heavy carpet and shedding situation. The OG Roomba hybrid still has that iconic retractable mop that makes switching between vacuum and mop mode so seamless, as well as the precise small obstacle avoidance that iRobot has perfected.

(FWIW, the record-low pricing on the Combo j7+ is technically $698.99, so feel free to wait until Black Friday if that extra cent means a lot to you.)

Most powerful Roomba under $600 Opens in a new window Credit: iRobot iRobot Roomba j9+ $599.00 at Amazon
$899.99 Save $300.99 Get Deal

Alternatively, homes with way more flooring that require heavy duty vacuuming rather than mopping should consider the regular Roomba j9+. Stripping "Combo" from the title removes the mopping pad and water tank from the design, but still offers the gear that administers iRobot's strongest suction power yet. Settling for your Swiffer for the wet cleaning saves you a full $400 over the Combo version of the j9+.

Cheapest mopping Roomba with obstacle avoidance Opens in a new window Credit: iRobot iRobot Roomba Combo j5+ $449.00 at Amazon
$799.99 Save $350.99 Get Deal

The most affordable j Series Roomba in this deals lineup really stands out against robot vacuums around the $500 mark from other brands. While most competing brands do have at least one robot vacuum that has small obstacle avoidance technology, it's usually reserved for the premium models. iRobot is changing the game by letting you bring that game-changing feature home, on top of self-emptying and mopping, for less than $500.

The notable difference between the Combo j5+ and the other mopping Roombas listed above is that the j5+ doesn't have the retractable mop on board. Instead, a human will need to manually swap out the regular dustbin for the water tank to signal to the Combo j5 that it's time to mop. In this mode, the Combo j5 will avoid rugs or carpets all together and tackle them the next time the water tank is removed.

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OpenAI launches new internal safety team with Sam Altman in control

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 17:44

OpenAI is digging its heels deeper into industry self governance as the company announces a revamped safety and security team, following several public resignations and the dissolution of its former oversight body.

The Safety and Security Committee, as its been renamed, is led by board members and directors Bret Taylor (Sierra), Adam D’Angelo (Quora), Nicole Seligman, and — of course — OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. Other members include internal "OpenAI technical and policy experts," including heads of "Preparedness," "Safety Systems," and "Alignment Science."

"OpenAI has recently begun training its next frontier model and we anticipate the resulting systems to bring us to the next level of capabilities on our path to AGI," wrote OpenAI. "While we are proud to build and release models that are industry-leading on both capabilities and safety, we welcome a robust debate at this important moment."

SEE ALSO: OpenAI confirms GPT-4 successor in training stage

The committee's first task is to "evaluate and further develop OpenAI’s processes and safeguards over the next 90 days," the company wrote in its announcement, with feedback from outside experts who are already on OpenAI's external oversight roster, like former NSA cybersecurity director Rob Joyce.

The announcement is a timely response to a swirling management controversy at OpenAI, although it may do little to reassure watchful eyes and advocates for external oversight. This week, former OpenAI board members called for more intense government regulation of the AI sector, specifically calling out the poor management decisions and toxic culture fostered by Altman in the role of OpenAI's leader.

"Even with the best of intentions, without external oversight, this kind of self-regulation will end up unenforceable, especially under the pressure of immense profit incentives," they argued.

OpenAI's new committee is being thrown straight into the fire, with an immediate mandate to evaluate the company's AI safeguards. But even those might not be enough.

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The best Memorial Day headphone deals at Amazon: AirPods, Beats, JBL, and more are still live

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 17:35

Pick up a new pair of headphones for less with the deals that are still live from Amazon's Memorial Day sale.

UPDATE: May. 28, 2024, 11:45 a.m. EDT This post has been updated with the latest deals.

Best Memorial Day headphone deals at Amazon Best noise-canceling headphones deal Apple AirPods Max (pink) From $489 at Amazon (save $60) Get Deal Best earbuds deal Beats Powerbeats Pro $199.95 at Amazon (save $50) Get Deal Best over-ear headphones deal Beats Solo4 with AppleCare+ $178.95 at Amazon (save $50) Get Deal

Amazon's Memorial Day sale isn't quite over yet. While the weekend has ended and we've all gone back to work, there are still a ton of great deals on tech, fitness gear, outdoor items, and plenty more. You still have some time to peruse the savings and start shopping.

SEE ALSO: Memorial Day sales are already kicking off — here's what you need to know

Headphones, in particular, are seeing some sweet discounts during the event, especially AirPods and Beats models. Over the weekend, we saw AirPods Max dip down to $99. While they're now only $60 off, it's still a great time to pick up a pair.

Below, we've rounded up a list of the best headphone deals from Amazon's Memorial Day sale that are still live.

Best noise-canceling headphones deal Apple AirPods Max (pink) $519.95 at Amazon
$549.00 Save $29.05 Get Deal Why we like it

The AirPods Max are popular for good reason, and they happen to be $60 off in pink. If you want to stay within the Apple ecosystem, there's truly no better pair of over-ear headphones for you. They feature personalized spatial audio, active noise cancellation, a transparency mode for when you want to hear the world around you, and a 20-hour battery life. Plus, they just look great.

More noise-canceling headphones dealsBest earbuds deal Opens in a new window Credit: Beats Beats Powerbeats Pro $199.95 at Amazon
$249.95 Save $50.00 Get Deal Why we like it

The Powerbeats Pro are some of the best earbuds you can buy if you're an active person. While they don't support noise cancellation, they still boast stellar sound quality and can keep a charge for almost 10 hours. The adjustable ear hooks keep the buds secure on your head, and their reinforced design helps them resist water and sweat, making them an amazing option for gymgoers. Pick up a pair and save $50.

More earbuds dealsBest over-ear headphones deal Opens in a new window Credit: Beats Beats Solo4 with AppleCare+ $178.95 at Amazon
$228.95 Save $50.00 Get Deal Why we like it

The Beats Solo4 are a fantastic pair of over-ear headphones, featuring personalized spatial audio and dynamic head tracking support, as well as a 50-hour battery life. Their ultra-light design and cushioned earcups make them ideal for all-day wear, and the impressive Fast Fuel feature allows you to get up to five hours of battery with a 10-minute charge when you're in a pinch. This bundle is on sale for just $169.95 during Amazon's Memorial Day sale and comes with two years of AppleCare+.

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Hurry to snag the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 for more than 50% off at Amazon

Mashable - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 17:24

SAVE 53%: The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 earbuds are on sale for $69.99 at Amazon, down from the normal price of $149.99. That's an $80 discount.

Opens in a new window Credit: Samsung Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 earbuds $69.99 at Amazon
$149.99 Save $80.00 Get Deal

A solid pair of earbuds can become as integrated into daily life as your phone or laptop. If your current pair of earbuds are running out of battery often or you're walking around with just one, having lost the other long ago, it's probably time for a new pair. Thanks to today's deal at Amazon, you can snag a pair from a leading brand at a major discount.

As of May 28, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 earbuds are just $69.99 at Amazon, down from the usual price of $149.99. That's a 53% discount or a savings of $80. The sale price makes this the lowest we've ever seen at Amazon for the buds.

While the Galaxy Buds 2 aren't the newest Samsung model, they still do a great job at a mere fraction of the cost other brands are sticking on earbuds. In Mashable's review of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 by Alex Perry, the earbuds earn a Mashable Choice award, scoring a 4.25 rating out of 5. On the list of pros, Perry includes, "super comfortable, fantastic ANC (active noise cancellation), love the look, and decent options."

Samsung agrees they're comfortable, mentioning the slim and lightweight design, which could be great if you're not fond of heavier earbuds. Samsung also points out the ANC Perry liked. This feature can be useful if you'd rather tune out the sounds happening around you.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 also focus on being ideal for taking calls. With three microphones and noise reduction technology, the earbuds are designed to ensure you're heard clearly on any call.

It's worth mentioning that Perry didn't find the battery life impressive. He said with ANC turned on, he got between 3.5 and 5 hours of listening time on a single charge. That lifespan means they could be perfect for daily use like a commute, walking the dog, or getting ready in the morning. But they might not cut it on a flight to Europe this summer.

If you're in need of a fresh pair of earbuds at a great price, today's discount on the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 at Amazon is impressive. At just $69.99, you'll be scoring a 53% discount.

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