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Love HBO's 'The Last of Us'? Here's where you can buy the game that inspired it.
January 30, 2023 at 3:56 pm 0
UPDATE: Jan. 30, 2023, 4:30 p.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest availability info. Translating a beloved video game franchise to TV or film is a famously dicey move. But so far, HBO appears to have done the almost-impossible with its adaptation of Naughty Dog's 2013 masterpiece The Last of Us, churning out an outstanding show with a stellar cast while staying true to the soul and mechanics of its source material. (Read Mashable entertainment reporter Belen Edwards' review for the full scoop.) The show is so good, actually, that HBO just announced that it would be getting renewed for a second season that will cover the events of The Last of Us Part II.If the first three episodes have you itching to boot up a PlayStation, you're not alone: The acclaimed third-person survival horror game and its sequel have sold out at some retailers. Here's a
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Lifestyle
'Babylon' is finally coming to streaming
January 30, 2023 at 3:56 pm 0
What: Babylon Where to watch: Premium Video-On-DemandPremiere date: January 31, 2023 If you haven't yet seen one of 2022's most polarizing films, fret not, because it's coming to streaming. Damien Chazelle's Babylon is a bombastic epic about a changing 1920s Hollywood, with a story so shocking it inspired a whole round of Twitter discourse. If you're ready to finally watch the film that had people talking, here's everything you need to know. Where can I watch Babylon?  Babylon is coming to streaming on Jan. 31 on Premium Video-On-Demand, with digital purchases available from Paramount Home Entertainment. What is Babylon about? Babylon follows an ensemble of charismatic characters as they try to make their mark on a changing Hollywood. There's Nellie (Margot Robbie), a young starlet with big dreams; Manny (Diego Calva), a production executive trying to become an industry name; Lady Fay Zhu (Li Jun Li), a tornado of talent sweeping the scene; and Jack
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Science & Technology
Grab an earbud upgrade for any style and budget
January 30, 2023 at 3:56 pm 0
A great pair of earbuds can truly enhance your commute, work day, or workout routine. Here are a few deals to help you find the best upgrade.BEST BUDGET EARBUDS: The Sony wired extra bass earbuds are an inexpensive pick for work calls and workouts $28 $44.99 (save $16.99)BEST STYLISH EARBUDS: The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are chic, wireless, and come with a battery-charging case and active noise cancelation $89.99 $149.99 (save $60)BEST STUDIO-QUALITY EARBUDS: These Sennheiser Momentum earbuds include stereo sound music lovers will adore $167.59 $299.95 (save $132.36)Best budget earbuds Opens in a new tab Credit: SONY Our pick: Sony wired extra bass earbuds (opens in a new tab) $28 at Amazon (save $16.99) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itThese budget-friendly Sony wired extra bass earbuds are
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Science & Technology
TikTok's CEO is headed to Congress to testify about user privacy and safety
January 30, 2023 at 3:56 pm 0
TikTok's CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify in a Congressional hearing set to take place on March 23.The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday announced the committee appearance via press release. TikTok's ties to its China-based parent company, Bytedance, has received mounting scrutiny in recent years. The U.S. federal government recently banned the mobile viral video app from government-issued devices.While many such congressional hearings on Big Tech have focused on more than one company or platform in the industry, this will be one with a hyper focus on TikTok. The hearing will be centered on "TikTok’s consumer privacy and data security practices, the platforms’ impact on kids, and their relationship with the Chinese Communist Party," the release states.The Trump administration tried to outright ban the TikTok app from the U.S. in 2020 but was blocked from doing so at the time. To help alleviate concerns from lawmakers regarding its
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Entertainment
SNL's cold open makes Merrick Garland a whip-cracking legal hero and nods to Tyre Nichols
January 29, 2023 at 3:40 pm 0
SNL's cold open had the cast on the hunt for the infamous "classified government documents." Don't worry everyone, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland (Mikey Day) is on the case. This week's Saturday Night Live, hosted by actor Michael B. Jordan, joined the comedic forces of cast members Day, Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, and Bowen Yang, who step up to the press podium to relay an unspoken truth of government officials of past and present: they're all a little incompetent. SEE ALSO: Michael B. Jordan plays a not-so-good neighbor in 'SNL' State Farm sketch Buttressed by humorously timed whip-cracking noises invoking the great TV procedurals of the past, Day plays a shakey but determined Garland. "I may look like I was born in a library, but there's something you should know: Merrick Garland don't play." The sketch ended with a more serious message, though: justice for the
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Lifestyle
SNL's Weekend Update tackles TikTok, AI chatbots, and Chipotle
January 29, 2023 at 3:40 pm 0
SNL's Weekend Update rounded up quite the mixed-bag of news this week, including a proposed TikTok ban, Chipotle burrito sales, and cheese-induced nightmares. SEE ALSO: SNL's cold open makes Merrick Garland a whip-cracking legal hero and nods to Tyre Nichols Co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost went all in on the internet's trending topics, including the state of AI chatbots. They simultaneously roasted the de-facto TikTok lobby and last year's abortion ban in Texas, nailed musician Kanye West for thinking of himself as both "Jesus and Hitler", and even questioned the world's oldest living dog. The two traded joke after joke for the rest of the sketch, and, as always, made sure to remind viewers that the jokes and reality have become pretty blurred.
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Lifestyle
Google has developed a music-making AI bot
January 29, 2023 at 3:40 pm 0
As AI slowly creeps it way into every facet of our digital lives — from essay writing to conversations with therapists to the generation of original art — it's the least bit surprising that artificial intelligence would also take a step into music. It's also not surprising that tech giant Google would be the first major player on the scene. The company is reportedly building an AI bot that can create "original" music from both text and sound prompts — users would be able to type in increasingly specific prompts noting genres and styles or even build songs based on a hummed or whistled melody, according to reports. The future app is known in-house as MusicLM. SEE ALSO: You're not getting old, concerts are weird now The information was revealed in a research paper released on Jan. 26, describing MusicLM as a "model generating high-fidelity music from
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Science & Technology
Print your own toys with this 3D printer, now 36% off
January 29, 2023 at 3:40 pm 0
TL;DR: As of Jan. 29, you can get the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle for only $299.99 rather than the full price of $469 — that's a savings of 36%.Toys aren't just for the kiddos anymore. Especially in 2023, when Kidults are on the rise. This new consumer group is comprised of adults who enjoy toys as well, and they're on to something. We could also use a little more fun in our lives, and reconnecting with our inner child with some good old-fashioned playtime works wonders. Thanks to technology, you can now just print the toys of your dreams at home with 3D printers. The Toybox 3D Printer, featured on Shark Tank, currently offers a Deluxe Bundle that's on sale for $299.99, 36% off the usual $469 price tag now through January 30, and there's no coupon code required. Make the toys of your childhood dreams right in the comfort of your
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Science & Technology
This tiny device performs 8 smartphone functions, and it's on sale for $39.95
January 29, 2023 at 3:40 pm 0
TL;DR: As of Jan. 29, the WonderCube Pro All-in-One Mobile Keyring is on sale for $39.95 — that's a 42% discount from its usual $70 MSRP.The person who said that good things come in small packages has a point. A piece of chocolate, a snowflake, your tiny baby kitten. All these things are the epitome of cuteness and goodness, that's why we learn to grow fond of them. Apparently, the human brain was designed to recognize tiny things as objects that bring happiness.Another happiness-inducing thing? The WonderCube Pro. This tiny but mighty device may look like a futuristic piece of dice, but it's actually a smart all-in-one solution that performs eight separate functions. For a limited time, you can get it on sale for 42% off.The WonderCube Pro ends your perpetual dilemma of having to carry dongles and other mobile accessories when you're out and about. Sure, it's small, but it features
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Entertainment
'Shotgun Wedding' is pretty much what you expect, except for *that* Jennifer Coolidge scene
January 28, 2023 at 3:29 pm 0
"Die Hard at a destination wedding" is what I wrote in my notes while watching Shotgun Wedding, and what do you know — that phrase appears in the marketing materials verbatim. It's nice, isn't it, when a film delivers pretty much what it promises? Instead of a retired cop, our unlikely heroes trapped in the party-turned-hostage situation are Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel), whose wealthy Latino and gauche white Midwestern families, respectively, gather on a private island in the Philippines for their lavish wedding. They're deeply in love, but Tom has been consumed by every tiny detail of the big day, while independent big-shot lawyer Darcy feels a chill nipping at her heels and never wanted a huge production of a wedding in the first place. The night before, she's literally begging him for sex (in a sweet-and-spicy scene that will have you saying "You know J-Lo is FIFTY-THREE?"
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