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When it comes to video games, 10 years feels like an eternity.

In the past decade, we’ve watched independent game development grow from a niche, smoldering corner of the market to a raging wildfire spreading ceaselessly across the world. We’ve seen retail releases dwindle in favor of digital downloads. We’ve looked on as gaming demographics have shifted wildly to include almost everyone we know.

Technological advancements have given us 4K resolutions and smoother performance, opening a door to allow more and more to be packed into a single game. In 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops took up about 12GB of hard drive space. In 2019, the remake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will clock in at an astounding 175GB. Read more...

More about Best Of The Decade, Entertainment, and Gaming
Author: Kellen Beck

TL;DR: This beginner-friendly JavaScript class is on sale for just $9.99 in the PCMag Shop. It's normally $199.99, so you'll be saving a whopping 95%.


Thanks to the rise of big data and machine learning, Python has become the fastest-growing major programming language in the world *and* the one today's developers want to learn the most, according to Stack Overflow's 2019 Developer Survey of nearly 90,000 coding professionals around the globe. You go, Python.

Given this, it would make sense for wannabe programmers to kick off their education with a crash course in Python, if only just to get a sense of where the industry is heading. But you'd be doing yourself and your career a disservice if you didn't acquaint yourself first with JavaScript, the most popular programming language for seven years straight. Read more...

More about Programming, Online Learning, Javascript, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Onlinelearning
Author: Haley Henschel

TL;DR: The in-depth Complete Blockchain and Ethereum Programmer bundle is on sale for just $24 with the code 20LEARN20.


When it comes to Bitcoin, you get the gist: Cryptocurrency is on the rise right now, it's a worthy investment, and it when it comes to top buzzwords of 2019, it's on top. But what about blockchain? That concept may have you drawing blanks. 

But if you're looking to learn more about Bitcoin and how it works, blockchain is your answer. This advanced technology is what makes cryptocurrency transactions secure and safe, and as cryptocurrency continues to gain popularity, so does the need to understand how to create blockchain applications. In fact, all signs point to blockchain being a keystone technology of the future — beyond cryptocurrency use cases. Read more...

More about Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Onlinelearning
Author: Miller Kern

Apple sales are few and very far between, so if you're looking to score brand name gadgets at a steal of a price, you'll need to add "refurbished" to your vocabulary. 

Refurbished Apple products (such as iMacs, iPhones, and iPads) have been restored to their original factory settings. While these are second-hand devices, each has been vetted by authorized technicians for overall functionality and feature only minor blemishes, so you can expect it to operate as good as new. So long as you're okay forgoing vanity for vanity's sake, buying refurbished also means that you'd be saving hundreds of dollars off otherwise full-priced goods.  Read more...

More about Apple, Computers, Imac, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Author: Dylan Haas

We're all guilty of buying things we don't need. Do you really need finger puppets? Absolutely, and they're only $9, so why wouldn't you smash that "add to cart" button?

Knowing how much useless crap you've likely already splurged on, we decided to round up some products you'll actually use in your everyday life. 

From charging cables of every variety and multifunctional kitchen utensils to organizers for stress-free travel and random home goods, we've found 23 of the best deals this weekend that are as practical as they are affordable. Like, actually affordable — everything on this list is under $20. Go nuts. Read more...

More about Travel, Cars, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, and Culture
Author: Dylan Haas

TL;DR: The sleek Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for £89.99 on Amazon, saving you 25% on list price.


Sundays are for sleeping, eating, and settling down with a good book. We've got absolutely nothing against the humble paperback, but e-readers do make lazy Sundays even easier. 

There's none of that annoying page turning or heavy lifting involved with real books. E-readers allow you to flick through pages with the touch of your finger, and take up much less space in your bag. Nowadays, most of these clever devices also have the capacity to store thousands of books, with a battery that lasts for weeks. Read more...

More about Kindle, Mashable Shopping, Kindle Paperwhite, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Author: Joseph Green

TL;DR: Private Internet Access is on sale for £2.61 a month, saving you 67% on list price.


The trouble with VPNs is that every service is actually fairly similar. Yes, each VPN will have a different set of features and a different number of servers, but they all do essentially the same job, and it's therefore difficult to distinguish one from the other.

Private Internet Access works like a lot of other VPNs, in that it uses military grade encryption, provides access to thousands of servers around the world, and posts strong connection speeds. There is one feature that sets it apart from the competition, though. Read more...

More about Vpn, Pia, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Author: Joseph Green

As we've been told time and time again, a Friends reunion is absolutely never happening

But that doesn't mean we can't revel in Central Perk alumni Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (aka sisters Rachel and Jill Green) recreating an iconic moment from the show. 

In a clip from the duo's recent interview with Access Hollywood — Aniston and Witherspoon are currently promoting The Morning Show, in which they co-star for Apple TV+ — each actress recalls their lines from a moment in Friends Season 6, Episode 14, titled "The One Where Chandler Can't Cry."

"You can't have Ross," Aniston begins, hearkening back to the show's infamous will-they-won't-they romance. Read more...

More about Friends, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show, and Entertainment
Author: Alison Foreman

An adorable video showing a two-year-old service dog named Connor getting his own towel to dry off with after bath time has surfaced online — and we could not be more proud. 

"Hey Connor, can you go get me your towel and I'll dry you off?" Connor's owner, who uses a wheelchair, asks gently. "Where's your towel? It's in the garage. Go get it!" 

Instantly, the golden retriever fetches the item, returns to his owner, and poses for a good rubdown. But when Connor is asked to grab a second towel, he opts for a shortcut, snagging a blanket from a nearby chair. 

At his owner's insistence, Connor finally goes back to the garage to grab that second towel, but instead returns with... a sockSigh. Good boy, Connor. One out of three isn't bad. Read more...

More about Dog, Clips, Towel, Fetch, and Cute Dog
Author: Alison Foreman

Looks like Star Wars' first-ever live-action television series is going to be a slam dunk. 

Critics caught a glimpse of Disney+'s The Mandalorian — due in November — at a Disney-hosted press event on Saturday, and they shared their initial reactions with fans via social media. 

Although these critics saw only 27 minutes of footage, comprised of disjointed scenes edited together to avoid spoilers, many felt confident in vouching for the show. Seemingly a dream Star Wars addition, The Mandalorian aims to answer long-held questions about the franchise, while expanding upon the universe in inventive style.  Read more...

More about Star Wars, Reactions, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, and Disney
Author: Alison Foreman

When taken at face value, Miss Virginia, which is based on the real activism of Virginia Walden Ford, is a great and inspiring movie. In it, Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) portrays Virginia, who is a single mother to fifteen year old James (Niles Fitch). The film tells the story of Virginia's legislative journey as she testifies on behalf of her son's negative experience in the D.C. public school system. 

Miss Virginia's talented cast and profound storyline communicate the importance of self-advocacy and community organizing when one feels forgotten and cast aside by their government and elected officials. Although its story is set in 2003, its message is timeless. Read more...

More about Orange Is The New Black, Uzo Aduba, Stranger Things, This Is Us, and Entertainment
Author: Tricia Crimmins

"We're here to spread the gospel. I'm not here for your entertainment."

In the first trailer for Jesus is King, a concert documentary accompanying the release of Kanye West's album of the same name, the rapper reflects on spirituality and his relationship to God. Directed by Nick Knight, Jesus is King will offer audiences a look at West's famed Sunday Service, and feature 13 gospel songs and tracks from West's new album. 

Speaking with Elle earlier in 2019, Kim Kardashian West said of the services, "Everyone that comes understands it's just a really healing experience with an amazing choir, and amazing messages about love to start off your week." Read more...

More about Kanye West, Trailer, Jesus Is King, Entertainment, and Music
Author: Alison Foreman

We rarely talk in public about periods, but this is changing with Saturday's first-ever National Period Day

On this day, people in all 50 states are rallying to highlight an invisible problem — period poverty. Many menstruators (not all people who menstruate are women; transgender men and non-binary people get their periods too) cannot access or afford essential items to manage their periods, like tampons and pads. This is in part because 35 states in the U.S. levy a sales tax on menstrual products, considering them non-essential. 

Everyone, whether a menstruator or not, is welcome to join in on the rallies.  Read more...

More about Social Good, Menstruation, National Period Day, Social Good, and Identities
Author: Siobhan Neela-Stock

Do you want to feel closer to your smartphone? Then take a gander at this scalding hot bucket of nope: mobile device covers designed to look, feel, and react like human flesh.

As first reported by Gizmodo, the "Skin-On Interface" was designed by a team of French human-computer interaction researchers in an effort to create more effective methods of user input. 

"When we interact with others, we use skin as interfaces," explains designer Marc Teyssier. "However the objects of mediated communication — such as the smartphone — still has a cold interface that doesn't allow natural interaction and input. In this project, I wanted to make available the perfect human interface that is the skin for existing devices." Read more...

More about Tech, Interaction, Skin, Human Skin, and Phone Case
Author: Alison Foreman

Rugby is a brutal sport on the field, but its warm-up showdowns can apparently be just as intense.

When the New Zealand All Blacks took the field at Tokyo Stadium on Saturday for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown with Irish Rugby, they were met with some unexpected competition. From both the opposing team and their fans out in the crowd.

The All Blacks launched into their customary pre-match haka, a ceremonial dance of New Zealand's native Māori people. As the team rhythmically shouted, posed, and stamped their feet, the Irish team faced them from across the field with their arms around each other's shoulders. Read more...

More about Rugby, Haka, Entertainment, and Sports
Author: Adam Rosenberg

Cereal boxes usually showcase the smiling faces of sports stars but Kellogg's is doing something different this time.

The brand, known best for its sugary cereals like Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes, joined GLAAD in its anti-LGBTQ bullying campaign — deemed Spirit Day on Oct. 17. Kellogg's released its new, limited 2019 cereal box edition called "All Together Cereal," with six well-known Kellogg's mascots and six mini cereal boxes all included in the same box, according to a press release. 

We wanted to thank you for supporting LGBTQ youth for #SpiritDay. Because of you and millions of others who went purple, LGBTQ young people around the world were sent a clear message of love and support. 💜💜💜 pic.twitter.com/8MBWo1YVNi

— GLAAD (@glaad) October 18, 2019 Read more...

More about Lgbtq, Glaad, Cereal, Kelloggs, and Social Good
Author: Siobhan Neela-Stock

Chick-fil-A is in trouble again. The popular fast food chain opened up its first restaurant in the U.K. in early October, but now the British shopping center leasing the restaurant is refusing to extend its six month lease, the BBC reported on Friday. 

This announcement comes just eight days after the restaurant opened, Newsweek reported. 

The LGBTQ rights group, Reading Pride, pressured the Oracle shopping center hosting Chick-fil-A in Reading to reconsider its decision. 

I'm pleased that The Oracle has listened to concerns from #Readingpride #rdguk BBC News - Reading Chick-fil-A outlet to close in LGBT rights row https://t.co/EueyfxLmKd

— Matt Rodda (@MattRodda) October 19, 2019 Read more...

More about Social Good, Chick Fil A, Lgbtq Pride, Social Good, and Activism
Author: Siobhan Neela-Stock

If you're lucky enough to meet Oprah Winfrey, she might gently roast you over the condition of your phone before gifting you a new one.

That's what Morehouse College freshman Olufemi Yessoufou learned after a recent run-in with the multimedia star. Earlier in October, Oprah paid a visit to the Atlanta learning institution where she was honored for her decades-long commitment to a scholarship fund she first established in 1989.

Following her appearance, a couple of Morehouse freshmen caught up with her on the street as she was driving away. They spent a few minutes chatting after her car stopped, and she even took the time to pose for a selfie. Read more...

More about Iphone, Oprah Winfrey, Culture, and Celebrities
Author: Adam Rosenberg
Vivo V17 Pro
$421
The Good
Versatile selfie camera • Notchless OLED screen • 8GB of RAM
The Bad
Ultra-wide selfies are ridiculously distorted • Confusing UI • Not the best bang for the buck
The Bottom Line
Vivo's V17 Pro is one of the best phones for selfies, but overall it doesn't offer the best value.
⚡ Mashable Score 3.5
😎 Cool Factor 4.0
📘Learning Curve 3.0
💪Performance 3.5
💵Bang for the Buck 3.0

Smartphone makers these days have a tough task in making their devices stand out. You have to hand it to the Chinese companies: They're doing a really good job at it, even when the results are less than perfect.  Read more...

More about Tech, Phones, Tech, Smartphones, and Consumer Tech
Author: Stan Schroeder

Apple has long been known for crafting the diverse array of gadgets that we use watch our favorite shows, movies, and documentaries. Now, the tech company is crafting the all-around entertainment experience by rolling out a host of original content for its own streaming service, Apple TV+, launching November 1.  

Apple TV+'s lineup, at least that which has been announced so far, looks fantastic. From true to life dramas to historically minded miniseries and a hearty dose of kids and family programming, it looks like it'll have something for everyone. Did we really expect anything less?

Here are all the Apple TV+ trailers that have been released so far. Read more...

More about Apple, Apple Tv, Entertainment, Movies Tv Shows, and Streaming Services
Author: Tricia Crimmins

I'm a reporter who writes for a living, but I've met my match with the Vintage Electric Roadster. 

Here's my attempt to explain this electric vehicle: It's an electric bicycle, but you don't have to actually pedal to move forward. Instead there's a throttle button that can push you up to 36 mph (though that's only on private property technically, on city streets you're capped at 20 mph). 

Like a lightweight motorcycle or moped, you keep your feet in place and zoom forward. But you look and still feel like you're on a bicycle, and ride alongside fellow pedal-assist bicyclists, pedal-powered bikers, and road bikers in the bike lane. It's somewhat confusing, but so fun. It's classified as a Class 2 e-bike, meaning it's throttle-assisted with a top speed of 20 mph. Read more...

More about Electric Vehicles, E Bikes, Tech, and Transportation
Author: Sasha Lekach

As the sun sets on the 2010s, we're entering our second decade as a culture of memes, a culture in which so many of us are Extremely Online and share a library of references and jargon that don't exist outside these weird little boxes into which we type.

Over the past decade, memes and discourse became as much a part of the pop culture experience as watching a film or TV show. Many of these texts took on a life outside the medium by being endlessly quoted online, rarely in context. To celebrate, we picked our favorite film/TV quotes from the 2010s — all of which transcended the original piece of work and became inextricably woven into online culture. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Television, Movies, Memes, and Game Of Thrones
Author: Proma Khosla

Don't you hate when the general public disturbs your jams? You leave the loud chewers and obnoxious laughers at work only to sit next to a crying baby on the train. You can't win.

Actually, you can win — as long as you have noise-canceling headphones. The active noise cancellation technology senses your environment to proportionally mute external noises and heighten what's coming out of your headphones. They're expensive, but worth the hype.

Haven't blessed yourself with this bliss yet? We've rounded up eight pairs from top brands like Sennheiser to save you up to $190 (!!!) and it's not even Black Friday. Read more...

More about Headphones, Noise Cancellation, Sennheiser, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Author: Leah Stodart

TL;DR: The Essential Microsoft Office 2019 Training Bundle gets you equipped with Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, and it's on sale for $29.99 — a savings of $219.


Proficiency compared to fluency in Microsoft Office isn't tomato-tomahto. If you only know a handful of shortcuts, the harsh reality is you're not going to qualify for positions that require complete fluency in the suite of software. 

But if you know how to create Pivot Tables, build narrated and timed presentations, and use VLOOKUP like the back of your hand, well that's another story. 

If your Microsoft Office skills haven't grown since high school or you need an extra edge on your résumé, the Essential Microsoft Office 2019 Training Bundle provides pretty much all the information you'll need to get ahead for less money than your next takeout order.  Read more...

More about Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Onlinelearning
Author: Leah Stodart

Whether you’re relaxed behind the wheel or a bag of nerves at the thought of tackling a busy freeway, a dash cam can make you feel more confident in your car. Hopefully, if you have one installed, you’ll never need the footage it records, but if you do encounter a scary situation, knowing it will be documented may give you peace of mind.

Legalities and benefits

First things first: You don't want to get in trouble for using a dash cam. They are legal in many places but it's best to check the law where you live. Rules vary by state and country, including whether or not you can record footage or audio without consent, and whether devices can be fixed to the windshield. In fact, fixing one to the windshield is illegal in most states and it’s worth checking the letter of the law incredibly carefully, or you could be pulled over. Read more...

More about Tech, Travel, Cars, Dashcam, and Mashable Shopping
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BEST FOR LESS THAN $50

Apeman C450

The Apeman C450 is an entry-level dash cam packed with features including HD recording, motion detection, and parking monitoring for less than $50.

  • Video quality: 1080p HD
  • Screen size: 3-inch
  • Viewing angle: 170-degree lens
  • Special features: GPS tracker, night vision, motion detect
$44.99 from Amazon

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BEST VALUE FOR TWO VIEWS

VIOFO A129 Duo

The VIOFO A129 Duo has front and rear-facing cameras to capture journeys from two points of view in HD quality. It also comes with lots of features including GPS logging and parking mode.

  • Video quality: 1080p HD
  • Screen size: 2-inch
  • Viewing angle: 140-degree lens
  • Special features: Front and rear camera, GPS tracker and car parking mode
$179.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR VOICE COMMANDS

Nextbase Series 2 422GW

The Nextbase Series 2 422GW is a dash cam full of extra features, including Alexa built-in and an emergency SOS feature, for just over $200.

  • Video quality: 1080p HD
  • Screen size: 2.5-inches
  • Viewing angle: 140-degree lens
  • Special features: Alexa, Emergency SOS, GPS tracker and parking mode
$209.99 from Amazon

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BEST VALUE FROM A BIG BRAND

Nextbase 222

The Nextbase 222 is a quality dash cam from a big brand that does the basics brilliantly, but not too much more.

  • Video quality: 1080p HD
  • Screen size: 2.5-inches
  • Viewing angle: 140-degree lens
  • Special features: Parking mode
$79.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ALL THE FEATURES

Thinkware F800 Pro

The Thinkware F800 Pro isn’t the prettiest, but it is a complete package with front and rear cameras, as well as lots of safety features and a cracking parking mode.

  • Video quality: 1080p HD
  • Screen size : No screen
  • Viewing angle: 140-degree lens
  • Special features: Two cameras, night vision, low energy parking mode, safety features
$329.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR COMPACTNESS

Garmin 66W

The Garmin 66W records clear and smooth images and there are plenty of other tricks in this very small box.

  • Video quality: 1440p
  • Screen size: 2-inches
  • Viewing Angle: 180-degree lens
  • Special features: Super compact, voice control, driver alerts
$249.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR 4K VIDEO

BlackVue DR900S-2CH

The BlackVue DR900S-2CH is a premium dual channel dash cam that delivers exceptionally clear footage, but this does come at a cost.

  • Video quality: 4K Ultra HD front camera, HD rear camera
  • Screen size: No screen
  • Viewing angle: 162-degree front lens, 139-degree rear lens
  • Special features: Super compact, voice control, driver alerts
$499.99 from Amazon

Author: Jayla Andrulonis


Dora The Explorer used a single bag for all her adventures and it was a statement, honey. Maybe we're doing it all wrong. Maybe the reason why she gets away with all of her travels is that she doesn't have to haul around multiple suitcases.

SEE ALSO: These are your best smart luggage options 

But alas, this is real life, and when it comes to jet setting, sometimes we have no choice but to suck it up and pack some monstrous luggage. 

If you're currently in the market for a set that will last you a long time, take your pick from these options, which are all on sale in the Mashable Shop: Read more...

Tanka Engine Hard-Side 3-Piece Spinner Luggage — save $25

More about Traveling, Suitcase, Luggage, Mashable Shopping, and Culture
Author: Leah Stodart

TL;DR: The customisable Blink XT2 smart security camera is on sale for £79.99 on Amazon, saving you 20% on list price.


Security camera systems need to alert you to what matters and be able to withstand the elements. Those are two essentials, but these days, devices can do so much more.

The all-new Blink XT2 smart security camera has a massive two-year battery life, two-way talk, live view, and motion recording. You get double the usage of the previous model on a single set of batteries when recording video.

You can talk to visitors through the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet, use activity zones to select where motion is detected so you only receive important alerts, and keep hundreds of clips stored up to a year with no additional monthly fees. It's a customisable and versatile camera that gives you complete peace of mind when you're away from home. Read more...

More about Security Camera, Mashable Shopping, Blink, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Author: Joseph Green

TL;DR: TunnelBear VPN is on sale for £3.27 a month, saving you 58% on list price.


There are a lot of VPN services out there in the world of cyber security, and each one has a different set of features to consider.

Some services specialise in accessing restricted content, and others focus on securing your anonymity. When it comes to selecting the service that's right for you, it's necessary to first consider your preferences.

If security is your ultimate priority, TunnelBear should be something to seriously consider. It's probably not the fastest service, and other VPNs definitely offer more features, but TunnelBear stands alone as the only VPN in the industry to perform annual, independent security audits, so you can trust it to keep your connection secure. Read more...

More about Vpn, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Tunnelbear
Author: Joseph Green

TL;DR: ExpressVPN is on sale for £5.22 a month, saving you 49% on list price.


In the world of VPNs, it can sometimes feel like a competition to offer the lowest prices above all else. Getting the best deal is always advised, but you shouldn't lose focus of what a VPN is really all about.

What we're trying to say is that the best deal is not always on the cheapest VPN, because some of the pricier services actually offer so much more. You don't want to sign up to a cheap service and eventually figure out that you need more features. Sometimes it pays to pay more.

More about Vpn, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Expressvpn
Author: Joseph Green

Not many people, it turns out, want a Facebook-manufactured camera in their home. 

This extremely intuitive revelation comes to us today via Fast Company, which reported that, according to sources at companies which supply parts for Portal cameras, only a "very low" number of the devices are shipping. Who would have thought?

Sure, Facebook is repeatedly embroiled in privacy scandal after privacy scandal, but surely that wouldn't stop anyone from shelling out their hard-earned cash to purchase a Facebook camera that also listens in on their conversations. Oh, wait. 

For the blissfully unaware, Facebook initially launched two versions of the Portal — a dedicated device for video calls — back in in 2018 for $199 and $349. Updated versions of the device, along with a TV-mounted camera, are now on sale,  ranging from $129 to $179.  Read more...

More about Facebook, Portal, Smart Speakers, Facebook Portal, and Tech
Author: Jack Morse