People sure are having fun covering this one song from 'The Witcher'

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 20:07

Toss a coin to your Witcher, won't you?

For anyone who hasn't watched it yet, there's a catchy little tune in The Witcher, a popular new Netflix series based on the writings of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Without getting into story specifics, the show features a singing bard who keeps popping up in the life of Henry Cavill's Geralt.

There's a particular song the bard sings after they first meet that's really resonated in a way that transcends the show's own popularity. It's easy to tell why the first time you hear it. "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" truly slaps. It's a little ditty that finds its way into your brain and refuses to leave. Read more...

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Samsung's new 8K TV is all screen and no bezel

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 19:47

All those rumors about Samsung's new TV have officially been confirmed and, yes, the company's latest flagship is bezel-less. 

Known as the Q950TS, the 8K QLED TV will make its official debut on the ground at CES 2020.

The reveal comes a bit earlier than expected. It seems someone accidentally published a press release (in Korean) on Samsung's Newsroom with all the juicy details. 

Ahh, fun times for Samsung.

Anyways, what we mean by bezel-less is the Q950TS consists of 99 percent display. It features the same Infinity Screen that's on the company's Galaxy smartphones, including the most recent Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series. With a depth of 15mm and a fully flat back, it's also super thin.  Read more...

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Juno is a countertop appliance that chills your bottle of wine in minutes, literally

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 18:00

Ever need a glass of wine so badly that you truly cannot wait for the bottle to chill in the fridge? At CES 2020, we found something that could very well solve this first-world problem, and it's called Juno.

At first glance, you probably can't tell this thing is actually a countertop appliance that rapidly cools your beverages faster than you can say, "I need a drink." But the sleek-looking device comes equipped with a lid on top and a compartment inside for bottles and cans.

Juno is capable of cooling a 25-ounce bottle to its optimal temperature of 49 degrees Fahrenheit in under five minutes, and a 12-ounce can of beer to 39 degrees Fahrenheit in less than two minutes—basically, every frat boy's dream. This will, of course, cost you: $299, to be exact. Read more...

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Great news: Canceling plans is OK. This new meme says so.

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 16:35

Do you ever feel like canceling plans with someone, but decide against it because you fear that flaking might upset that person? I know I do, but according to Twitter users, canceling plans is perfectly OK!

A new meme justifies your right to cancel plans by recalling all the absolutely ridiculous stuff that people do in movies. For example, if going away to summer camp, eating Oreos with peanut butter, switching places with your identical twin, reuniting your divorced parents, and pushing your sleeping stepmother's air mattress into a lake is OK, as it was in The Parent Trap, then canceling plans simply must be OK. It's a simple yet powerful logic. At the end of the day, you do what you need to do to cope. Read more...

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InterCure gets Israel's first imported medical cannabis shipment

Health News (Reuters) - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 15:21
Canndoc, an Israeli producer of medical grade cannabis, on Sunday received a shipment of 250 kilos of dried whole cannabis flowers that it says will help alleviate a shortage in Israel.
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Chinese authorities say viral pneumonia outbreak is not SARS, MERS or bird flu

Health News (Reuters) - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 14:26
Chinese healthcare authorities in Wuhan said an outbreak of viral pneumonia was not Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or bird flu, and that they were still working to identify the cause and source.
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What we really want to see at CES 2020

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 12:00

When it comes to CES, there are a few things that will always be true: the TVs will get bigger and thinner, the robots will be weirder, and companies will find even more creative ways cram Google Assistant and Alexa into every object you own. 

Mashable will once again be on the ground uncovering the best (and the weirdest) the show has to offer. But besides jaw-dropping TVs and an endless buffet of WTF smart home gadgets, we're hoping to see a few new trends emerge this year.

Flexible screens that don't suck

Last year at CES, we saw just one foldable phone: Royole's FlexPai. But while the Chinese company had the distinction of being the first to show off a consumer-ready smartphone with a flexible display, it had some major issues. In the year since, we've seen foldable phones from Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola. And, given all the excitement these devices have created, it seems all but inevitable we'll see even more companies experimenting with flexible display technology. Read more...

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Become a pro graphic designer in 2020 with this discounted course

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 11:00

TL;DR: This well-rounded training course will make you a savvy graphic designer in no time — get it for just $39.

Whether you're an aspiring graphic designer, creative marketer, or just planning to build your own website, design skills are highly valuable in the digital age. Plus, with thousands of apps and websites launched daily, those with the skills to make those apps and websites look great are pretty much always in demand. In other words, now's as good a time to get familiar with the world of design.

The Complete 2020 Learn to Design Certification Bundle is a solid starting point with 10 comprehensive courses and over 80 hours of instruction. You can't succeed in the design field without mastering Adobe CC, of course, but this massive learning library goes above and beyond just the array of creative apps. You'll also learn foundational coding skills for front-end development, ultimately making you a well-rounded designer. Read more...

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This course will teach you how to be a rockstar social media manager

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 11:00

TL;DR: Learn how to use social media to advance your career with this learning bundle — just $29.

The 2010s, also known as the social media era, reconfigured the way we interact with each other. Just when we thought SMS was already instantaneous, the rise of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and messaging apps like Whatsapp and Messenger had us communicating in real-time, with photographs and videos and a dizzying amount of media squeezed in between.

The result? Smartphones became a necessity, almost as if they're our lifeline. We probably spend more time scrolling than actually engaging with people IRL. Read more...

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Finally going to learn to code in 2020? This will make it much easier.

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 11:00

TL;DR: Fulfill your New Year's resolution by learning to code in 2020 — this learning bundle is only $29, and is a great crash course in the top coding languages.

This year's ongoing debate about which coding language reigns supreme was just as confusing as trying to decipher "Yanny" from "Laurel".

At the end of the day, all coding languages are important in their own ways, and each has key advantages that make them the top choice for a variety of major companies. So if you are trying to learn how to code in 2020, why not just learn them all? Or at least try them all and see what you like best. Read more...

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20 massage therapy tools to keep your 2020 fitness plans from turning into injuries

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 11:00

There's a reason why fitness remains the most popular resolution whenever New Year's rolls around. After binging on holiday fun, it seems like most people have health and wellness on their minds at the start of the year. And since you'll most likely get sore from all the new workouts, you should check out these 20 massage therapy tools. They'll work to alleviate soreness and speed up muscle recovery — check them out below. 

Vortix Muscle Massager

You'll want to use this Vortix Muscle Massager after every tough gym session. It features six adjustable speeds that combine frequency, amplitude, and torque to help you completely customize your experience — and it can even shorten your muscle recovery time  Read more...

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ExpressVPN provides powerful online protection that is hard to beat

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 09:00

TL;DR: A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £5.10 per month, and includes an extra three months for free.

We know you probably have better things to do on a weekend, like sleep or sit quietly in a dark room, but if you spend a little time shopping for a VPN, you could end up with a great deal.

There are plenty of services to choose from at the moment, with impressive deals dropping from all the major players. One of the best of these deals is the offering from ExpressVPN, with a one-year subscription available for £5.10 per month.

SEE ALSO: The best VPN for Netflix in 2019: Deals and how to watch American Netflix in the UK Read more...

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Enjoy hassle-free streaming with Ivacy VPN

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 08:00

TL;DR: A five-year subscription to Ivacy VPN is on sale for £0.76 per month, saving you 90% on list price.

When you start considering the many VPN services on the market, you quickly learn that they all claim to be the fastest or the most secure. 

Ivacy VPN also claims to be the fastest service around, but it actually backs it up. Ivacy won the Fastest VPN title in the 2019 Awards, so you can rest assured that the service offers strong speeds alongside impressive security features.

SEE ALSO: The best VPN for Amazon Prime Video 2019: How to watch US Amazon Prime Video in the UK

Ivacy VPN is also one of the cheapest services, and now comes in at under £1 per month. A five-year plan is now available for just £0.76 per month, saving you 90% on list price. This even comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee to protect you against disappointment. Read more...

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Samsung Elec says will unveil 'innovative devices' on February 11

Technology News (Reuters) - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 06:41
Samsung Electronics said on Sunday that it will introduce new, innovative devices in San Francisco on Feb. 11, with the electronics giant widely expected to unveil its new foldable phone and a new version of its flagship S model.
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Comic for January 04, 2020

Dilbert - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 00:59
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Wild 'Dracula' billboard is more than it seems, just wait until nightfall

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 00:17

Dracula only comes out at night and apparently so does its marketing. 

A new BBC miniseries in the UK called Dracula (also streaming on Netflix outside the UK) arrived for the new year and with it some creative billboards.

What looks like a random assortment of bloody stakes plunged into a white backdrop on billboards in London and Birmingham transforms into shadow art as the light of the day disappears. A familiar face then emerges with help from strategically placed projected lights. 

Take a look at a time-lapse that went viral to get the full effect:

This BBC advertising for Dracula is genius. A series of bloody stakes protruding from a billboard. Seemingly random, until darkness falls and they begin to cast a shadow.

— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) January 3, 2020

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Pink will donate $500,000 to help Australia's firefighters

Mashable - Sun, 01/05/2020 - 00:08

Pink wants to help.

As the struggle continues to beat back Australia's raging bushfires – yet another glaring example of how climate change is reshaping our planet in real time – a growing number of public figures are stepping up to offer their assistance. The pop singer Pink did so herself early Saturday, pledging in a tweet to donate $500,000 "directly to local fire services."

"My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz," the tweet reads, referring to the bushfire-stricken country by one of its nicknames. Pink's work has resonated in Australia over the years, with the singer having posted big sales and top-of-the-charts recordings multiple times. She's also done a lot of good there, and even donated $250,000 back in 2009 after a smaller bushfire broke out. Read more...

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Looking for an EV charging station in your state? It may take a while.

Mashable - Sat, 01/04/2020 - 22:25

Finding more juice for your electric car might be something of a scavenger hunt in certain states  across the U.S.

A new study from the nonprofit Pew Trusts found that public electric charging stations are harder to come by in certain parts of the country. States like Alaska and North Dakota only have 26 and 36 public chargers, respectively. That's throughout the entire state. Electric vehicle owners might want to look elsewhere for new homes.

California crushes it as the only state with more than 4,000 stations. Throughout the Golden State you'll find a whooping 22,620 stations to recharge your EV. Read more...

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Samsung's next Unpacked reveal event is set for mid-February

Mashable - Sat, 01/04/2020 - 21:59

The promo looks legit. The timing lines up. Keep those salt shakers handy, but it sure looks like we know when the next Samsung Unpacked event is happening. 

(Update! It's real. Invites have gone out, as Mashable's Brenda Stolyar confirmed firsthand.)

The day before the news turned official, Samsung's promo for the first Unpacked event of 2020 leaked, revealing the now-confirmed Feb. 11 date. The leaked promo came courtesy of Max Weinbach, from XDA Developers. (Though Weinbach also pointed out that M. Brandon Lee found it first.)

What does it mean? Why are the two As in the word Galaxy replaced by bulges that appear to be hiding squarish – but clearly differently shaped – objects? Is this a hint of what the next Unpacked might bring, a first hint of two new devices, perhaps? Read more...

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Tesla's Cybertruck is onto something. Just look at the top cars of 2019.

Mashable - Sat, 01/04/2020 - 20:42

Going down the list of most popular car purchases in each state, it's easy to see that 2019 was the year of the pickup truckAgain. 

Although hybrid or electric pickups aren't available yet, models from Tesla, Rivian, and Ford are coming soon and hoping to cash in on America's love affair with a sturdy workhorse. If the truck-obsessed public can hop onto electric, things look promising.

Car shopping website looked through 10.9 million new car sales throughout the U.S. in 2019 and found Ford's F-150 was the most popular new car in 22 states. (It's even more popular as a used car.) That's followed by the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra 1500, and Toyota Tacoma as the next most popular vehicles. Yup, those are all pickup trucks. Read more...

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