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Save $100 on a powerful MSI gaming laptop, plus more laptop deals as of Jan. 27
January 27, 2022 at 3:23 pm 0
UPDATE: Jan. 27, 2022, 4:45 p.m. EST This list has been updated to reflect pricing and availability as of Jan. 27. BEST SAMSUNG DEAL: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, a nice alternative to the similarly priced MacBook Pro — $779.99 $1,099.99 (save $320)BEST GAMING DEAL: Razer Blade 15, a powerful gaming laptop that'll keep you playing on the go — $1,749 $2,599.99 (save $850.99)BEST 2-IN-1 DEAL: Asus Chromebook Flip C434, an affordable 2-in-1 for those who want the basics of a laptop and a tablet at once — $455.99 $569.99 (save $120)What's better than a great laptop? A great laptop that's cheap. Nowadays, even budget machines can pack the punch to carry you through whatever's on your to-do list, whether it's work, watching Netflix, or endlessly browsing social media. If you're looking to pick up a new laptop but don't necessarily want to drop your life savings in one go, we'll be
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At $189, this Acer Chromebook is the right pick if you want to downsize
January 27, 2022 at 3:23 pm 0
Save $30: When you need a laptop that's cheap but gets the job done, check out the Acer 315 15.6-inch Chromebook for just $189 at Walmart. As of Jan. 27, you save 14% and get an ultra-affordable laptop with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage. An M1 MacBook Air certainly looks nice, but not everyone needs something that pricey. A Chromebook is a great option if you only need a laptop for internet browsing and other basic tasks. And if you want to go cheap without sacrificing too much performance, the Acer 315 hits the sweet spot.Simplify your laptop search with the Acer 315 15.6-inch Chromebook, which on sale for only $189 at Walmart. This Chromebook is powered by the latest Intel Celeron N4000 processor along with 4GB of memory and a 32GB eMMC internal storage drive. While it's lightweight at about 3.6 pounds, you still
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Neil Young told Spotify to choose between him and Joe Rogan. Spotify chose Joe Rogan.
January 26, 2022 at 3:14 pm 0
This may be your last chance to listen to "Heart of Gold" on Spotify, Neil Young fans.According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Spotify is obliging the legendary artist's request to be removed from the streaming service due to its distribution of the popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.On Jan. 26, Young posted an open letter on his website seeking to cut ties with Spotify due to the company's relationship with Joe Rogan.“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” Young wrote.“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”It appears Spotify has chosen Joe Rogan. The streaming platform signed an exclusive $100 million deal with the commentator and comedian
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Trump family threatens legal action against cryptocurrency TrumpCoin
January 25, 2022 at 3:04 pm 0
Have you heard of the cryptocurrency TrumpCoin? No?Apparently, neither had Donald Trump and his family…that is, until yesterday. Tweet may have been deleted "Fraud Alert: It has come to our attention that someone is promoting a crypto currency called 'TrumpCoin' (Symbol 'TRUMP')," tweeted the former president's son Eric Trump. "This has NOTHING to do with our family, we do not authorize the use and we are in no way affiliated with this group.""Legal action will be taken," he said.TrumpCoin is an alternative cryptocurrency, which is also commonly referred to as an altcoin or memecoin. These types of cryptocurrencies are often connected to a theme — in this case, Donald Trump — and have no real utility. Yet, people invest in memecoins believing that this memecoin will be the one to take off and make them rich. They're sort of like those physical "collectable" gold bullion Trump Coins you see sold in TV
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Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton pumping their NFTs is beyond cringe
January 25, 2022 at 3:04 pm 0
Jimmy Fallon has never exactly been a trendsetter. But a Monday episode of The Tonight Show makes clear just how disconnected from reality the celebrity host truly is. In a clip shared by the official Tonight Show Twitter account, Fallon and his guest Paris Hilton awkwardly show off the cartoon apes associated with their Bored Ape Yacht Club non-fungible tokens. It's beyond cringe, and the audience's scattered applause feels like an act of kindness. "We're part of the same community," he says to an affectless Hilton. "We're both Apes." Tweet may have been deleted And indeed, Paris Hilton and Jimmy Fallon are both part of the same community: that of extremely wealth. Fallon's net worth is estimated to be around $60 million, and Hilton's is around $300 million. SEE ALSO: NFT owners insist they're totally not owned by 'right-click savers' By showing off their Bored Ape NFTs
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The intrepid Webb space telescope reaches its distant, frigid outpost
January 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm 0
The most powerful telescope ever rocketed into space arrived at its destination Monday, concluding a white-knuckled journey from its launchpad in South America to a sweet spot in orbit about 1 million miles away. In the first days following the James Webb Space Telescope’s liftoff on Dec. 25, the spacecraft blew past its low Earth-orbiting predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, and put the moon in rearview. During a month of traveling since Christmas, the spacecraft completely unfolded its antennas, tennis-court-sized sunshield, and mirrors like a Swiss Army knife. On Monday, the mission's ground team fired Webb’s thrusters to nudge the observatory to its final post in an orbit around the sun. NASA announced it arrived at 2:24 p.m. ET.The achievement marks the completion of a series of complicated, first-of-its-kind maneuvers in space and a crucial make-or-break period for the $10 billion telescope that some experts forewarned as "30 days of
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Researchers made a drone that can shape shift midair — Future Blink
January 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm 0
Thanks to "unactuated hinges," UC Berkeley researchers created a drone that can fold its arms to change shape midair.
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NASA captures the explosive moment a brilliant solar flare fired out of the sun
January 23, 2022 at 2:45 pm 0
On Jan. 20, NASA spied an explosion more than 90 million miles from home.The massive shimmering ball of plasma at the heart of our solar system (aka the sun) let loose a solar flare on Thursday, and NASA's sun-observing Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the moment. And now, a pair of freshly released GIFs — technically, one is just a zoomed-in version of the main one — highlight the eye-popping burst of energy.Here's the full image. Even zoomed out, the solar flare is very hard to miss. Just watch the right side of the image; you'll know it when you see it. Via Giphy And here's the zoomed-in view of the same moment. Via Giphy NASA calls this a "mid-level" flare, with an M5.5 classification which speaks to the strength of the space weather event in the context of its impact on Earth. See, solar
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How to create tab groups in Safari
January 23, 2022 at 2:45 pm 0
Tabs. Freaking tabs. Every dang day, my internet browser is an avalanche of tabs, each page a different part of the fifteen different things my brain is working on.But there is some good news. Your tabs don't have to be an impossible mess. You can group together certain tabs in Safari so theres a bit of organization to the chaos. We've got the instructions you need to quickly and easily make tab groups below.1. Click the down arrow next to your sidebar iconWhen you click, it should give you a few different options for grouping tabs. It should look like this. Just click the down arrow. Credit: Mashable 2. Select "New empty tab group"In this example, we want to group a few tabs we have open into a group called "faves." So we select the option for "new empty tab group." It should look like this.
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The Winter Olympics are coming. So is the China-funded sponcon.
January 22, 2022 at 2:36 pm 0
The Olympics are practically tailor-made for inspirational posts. That's not necessarily a good thing. As the 2022 Winter Olympics spin up in and around Beijing, The Guardian reports that the Chinese government has, via a consulting firm, hired scores of social media influencers in an attempt to burnish its tarnished reputation. The UK firm in question is reportedly tasked with promoting the content specifically in the United States.The content in question will allegedly both highlight Beijing's history and culture, as well as emphasize positive aspects of the relationship between China and the U.S.Of course, that a host country would use the Olympics as a marketing opportunity is itself not new or even surprising. That's kind of what the global sporting event is all about, after all. That a country might hire marketing firms to flood social media with seemingly organic content is worth noting, however. The social media push comes
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