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Mark Zuckerberg 'expressed concerns' in Trump phone call, so that should fix everything

Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly suggested to President Donald Trump, in a roundabout fashion, that perhaps the poster-in-chief could tone it down a little. For him? Pretty please?

Axios reports that two sources familiar with a phone call Trump made to the Facebook CEO on Friday said that Zuckerberg did not make any specific requests of the president, but conveyed "concerns" about his "tone and rhetoric," expressed disagreement with recent sentiments, and told the president that his choice of words "put Facebook in a difficult position."

The latter is likely a reference to the fact that Facebook has faced increased pressure to moderate the president's statements on the platform, which regularly contain outright lies, misinformation, and inflammatory rhetoric. Read more...

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Author: Caitlin Welsh
The 17 best documentaries on YouTube to entertain and teach you

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Author: Alison Foreman
YouTube pledges $1 million toward police reform

YouTube has its faults, but it's also one of the few brands that stepped up swiftly with a tangible response to widespread protests against police brutality.

On Friday, the company tweeted a pledge to donate $1 million "in support of efforts to address social injustice." It was a vague promise at the time, motivated by what the company described as a desire to "stand in solidarity against racism and violence."

We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice.

— YouTube (@YouTube) May 30, 2020 Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
The 'Lord of the Rings' Mordor meme happened because Sean Bean kept the script in his lap

Josh Gad's YouTube series Reunited Apart has hosted socially distant cast reunions for beloved films like Back to the Future, Splash, and The Goonies, but the most recent episode brought back the Fellowship of the Ring (and other assorted parties) for "One Zoom to Rule Them All." 

The reunion, which also included director Peter Jackson and co-writer/producer Philippa Boyens, was a delightful opportunity for the cast members to reminisce about the quirkier aspects of shooting all three Lord of the Rings movies at once.

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf, revealed that his first day on set was for his first scene in The Fellowship of the Ring, when he meets up with Frodo in the Shire. The second scene he shot was Galdalf's farewell in The Return of the KingRead more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
Plane takes flight over Washington, with no fuel. (It's electric.)

A plane retrofit with an all-electric motor successfully took flight over Washington for 30 minutes on Thursday.

The small plane, a Cessna Caravan, used a MagniX 750-horsepower motor in the test flight, the same type of MagniX engine installed on an all-electric seaplane that flew over British Columbia in December. The aviation company AeroTEC modified the Cessna.

Electric planes, after further testing, may one day prove successful in transporting people on shorter regional hops (perhaps some 300 miles or less). That's good, because taking off burns a lot of fuel, meaning short flights today have double the "carbon intensity," or amount of carbon burned per mile, than longer flights. Read more...

More about Science, Climate Change, Airplanes, All Electric, and Science
Author: Mark Kaufman
Chrissy Teigen promised $200,000 for bail funds after Trump's 'MAGA night' tweet

 Chrissy Teigen once again proved why she’s the unofficial queen of Twitter.

When Donald Trump responded to nationwide protests against police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by tweeting that it was "MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE," no one quite understood what he meant. The tweet falsely stated that protests around the White House had "little to do with the memory of George Floyd" and made less sense from there. 

The professionally managed so-called “protesters” at the White House had little to do with the memory of George Floyd. They were just there to cause trouble. The @SecretService handled them easily. Tonight, I understand, is MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2020 Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
Someone found a genius way to keep their puppy entertained forever

Puppies are nothing if not endless balls of energy, and finding ways for them to get enough exercise can be a challenge for any dog parent. Enter the very latest in puppy fun technology: a kitchen island and a leash. 

This development modifies the old "chasing your tail" routine and pits a determined yellow lab baby against the laws of physics. Will she catch the elusive leash end? Watch to find out.  Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
Watch the 'Lord of the Rings' cast swap filming stories on Zoom

The cast of Lord of the Rings reunited with director Peter Jackson on "Reunited Apart: One Zoom To Rule Them All" to discuss what it was like to shoot the iconic fantasy trilogy. 

Josh Gad served as an MC for the Zoom reunion, and introduced each member of the Fellowship as they arrived in the chat. The Zoom reunion is raising money for No Kid Hungry, a charity organization dedicated to eliminating child hunger in America.  Read more...

More about Lord Of The Rings, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
Author: Alexis Nedd
Social media is the new bodycam as protests spread across the country

Childish Gambino warned us in 2018. This is America, right?

It's been a brutal week for anyone who doesn't live with their eyes closed. The proof is right there on Twitter and other social platforms. It used to be that we relied on police bodycams to hold officers accountable for their actions. But in this difficult moment, citizen journalism is carrying that bucket instead.

Something snapped in the United States as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck until he died on May 25. Floyd was black and Chauvin is white. It was a sadly familiar scene of what looks to rational observers like a clear case of police brutality.  Read more...

More about Protests, Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Culture, and Discrimination
Author: Adam Rosenberg
Watch the SpaceX craft carrying NASA astronauts dock with the space station

UPDATE: May 31, 2020, 1:38 p.m. EDT: Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken successfully opened the Crew Dragon hatch and glided into the International Space Station.


That was smooth. (And historic.)

Some 262 miles above Earth, SpaceX's Crew Dragon craft autonomously docked to the International Space Station on Sunday at 10:16 a.m. ET, another successful achievement in the first-ever launch of astronauts into Earth's orbit by a private company. Next, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will prepare to open up the hatch and enter the station. 

The trip from the Florida coast to the space station took just under 19 hours. Now, the space station, Crew Dragon, and its occupants are all orbiting Earth at around 17,150 mph. Read more...

More about Space, Nasa, International Space Station, Spacex, and Science
Author: Mark Kaufman
Remote learning got you down? Here are the best educational sites for kids.

We are living in a new age of widespread remote, online learning. 

Whether it’s homeschool parents turning to online resources to help plan lessons, new families looking for activities for their housebound kids over the summer, or high schoolers looking for additional test prep help, the internet is becoming a virtual classroom for a growing number of kids. And the good news is, the quality of online learning platforms has only grown to meet this demand. 

Some offer games that teach young children in a fun, engaging way that barely feels like school, while others offer in-depth curriculums in foreign languages for students whose parents only speak one language. Read more...

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BEST FOR EARLY LEARNING

ABC Mouse

With more than 950 lessons in math, reading, science, social studies, and art, ABC Mouse is a great overall learning platform for kids ages 2 to 8.

  • Age Appropriate for: 2 to 8
  • Subjects: Reading, math, science, social studies, art
$9.95 from ABC Mouse

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BEST OVERALL FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS

Adventure Academy

Adventure Academy makes learning fun for elementary-school children with an immersive educational world.

  • Age Appropriate for: 8 to 13
  • Subjects: Language arts, math, science, social studies
  • Monthly fee: $9.99
$9.99 from Adventure Academy

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BEST FOR EARLY READERS

Hooked on Phonics

This “learn to read” program is a classic, helping your young reader learn to read and write with confidence through short, fun lessons and games.

  • Age Appropriate for: Pre-K to Second Grade
  • Subjects: Reading
  • Packages start at: $269.99
$269.99 from Hooked on Phonics

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BEST FOR AVID READERS

ReadingIQ

With over 7,000 books for kids of all reading levels, ReadingIQ offers kids access to their own personal library.

  • Age Appropriate for: Under 2 to 12
  • Subjects: Reading
  • Monthly fee: $7.99
$7.99 from ReadingIQ

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BEST FOR HONING READING SKILLS

Reading Eggs

This platform will teach your child to read then help them hone their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

  • Age Appropriate for: 2 to 13
  • Subjects: Reading
  • Monthly fee: $9.95
$9.95 from Reading Eggs

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BEST FOR TEACHING EARLY MATH

Mathseeds

This app makes math fun for young learners with interactive games and puzzles.

  • Age Appropriate for: 3 to 9
  • Subjects:: Math
  • Monthly fee: $9.95
$9.95 from Mathseeds

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MOST AFFORDABLE LANGUAGE LEARNING PLATFORM

Babbel

This affordable foreign language learning platform will help kids hone their conversational skills quickly.

  • Age Appropriate for: K-12 and beyond
  • Subjects: Foreign Language
  • Monthly fee: $6.95
$6.95 from Babbel

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BEST FOR LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Rosetta Stone Homeschool

Designed for the home-school student, this platform is meant to help students learn a foreign language intuitively.

  • Age Appropriate for: High schoolers
  • Subjects: Foreign Language
  • Yearly fee: $169
$169 from Rosetta Stone

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BEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEST PREP

Exam Edge

This no-thrills platform is designed to prep High School students to pass their certification exams with the help of practice questions on 52 different subjects from 875 different exams.

  • Age Appropriate for: High Schoolers
  • Subjects: Multiple
  • Price: Varies depending on test

Author: Veronika Kero
A guide to getting off to your own sexual fantasies and imagination

They say the mind is the biggest, most powerful sex organ in the body. But, uh, don't try visualizing that mental image too vividly or literally, unless you're into that sorta thing?

Instead, imagine your favorite fictional crush pressing you up against a wall, or think back to the hottest sex you ever had in your life. Now stop imagining, because this magical place where all your desires are possible and acceptable exists. And literally anyone can tap into it.

While sexual fantasies are by definition not "real," their effects on your sex life (especially when explored during masturbation) are — shall we say — palpably physical. Read more...

More about Lifestyle, Culture, Sex And Relationships, Masturbation, and Masturbation Week
Author: Jess Joho
Hulu Watch Party review: Limited accessibility hinders otherwise great ideas

The last couple of months have seen group streaming explode in popularity, and Hulu joined the party this week.

The Disney-owned streaming service launched Watch Party on Thursday, giving users a way to watch Hulu programming together while chatting about it. The good news is Watch Party works. The bad news is it needs a little more time to grow.

What you need

At launch, Hulu Watch Party limits its audience right away by being exclusive to people with an ad-free Hulu account. That costs $11.99 per month, which is twice as much as the ad-supported $5.99 option that we can pretty safely assume more people use. In fact, we don't have to assume at all; Hulu reported that about 70 percent of its users were on the ad-supported plan last year. Read more...

More about Hulu, Streaming, Streaming Services, Coronavirus, and Group Streaming
Author: Alex Perry
30 cool products on sale this weekend that will likely sell out

Memorial Day has come and gone, and with coronavirus still affecting our lives, it might've just slipped your mind altogether. But don't worry if you missed out on all the sales. 

Here are 30 more deals you can shop this weekend. You can save up to 66% on things like personal protective gear, smart home equipment, beauty and skincare products, and much more, all of which has a high risk of selling out. So get on that!

$

LightTouch Dimmable Makeup Mirror with 10x Magnification

Activate the LightTouch Mirror and magnify your face up to 10 times to apply a flawless face of makeup, tweeze your eyebrows, or tackle other tasks easier. With a three-stage dimmer and 360-degree swivel, you can customize the soft-white light and tilt it to your liking. Get it on sale for $24.99 (usually $29.99). Read more...

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Author: Veronika Kero
Start a side hustle from home with the help of this online class sale

TL;DR: Learn how to become your own boss with The Complete Side Hustle Hacker Bundle for $29.99, a 97% savings as of May 31.


Some people balk at the idea of freelancing, thinking it's stressful and unreliable. But many freelancers actually earn more than 9-to-5 workers. At the very least, most rake in more dollars per hour compared to 70% of workers in the overall U.S. economy. Seriously. Freelancing doesn't sound so bad now, does it?

Either way, now that we live in a time when job security is scarce, you may want to at least look into starting a freelance side hustle to pad your checking account. You don't have to commit to a full-time freelancing role now, but picking up an extra gig or two can earn you an additional stream of income. And while the idea of starting your own freelance business seems daunting, you can get the help you need from the Complete Side Hustle Hacker Bundle, which happens to be on sale for only $29.99. Read more...

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Author: Veronika Kero
This wearable smart device could help your workouts, and it's on sale

TL;DR: Workout smarter with the FIT RELIEF Wearable Smart Device for $74.99, a 62% savings as of May 31.


The worst part about getting in shape is not knowing how hard to push yourself. If you go too hard, you end up sore and uncomfortable the next day, likely resulting in a lousy workout (or a skipped one altogether). If you don't push yourself hard enough, you won't see results. So what's the trick?

Sadly, there's no magic wand you can wave to give you perfectly-intense workouts every single time. But there is the FIT RELIEF Wearable Smart Device, which is on sale at the time of this writing. Read more...

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Author: Veronika Kero
This online pizza-making course will have you slinging slices in no time

TL;DR: Switch up your at-home dinner menu with this pizza making course for just $13.99, a 93% savings as of May 31.


It's gooey. It's cheesy. It's saucy. And it also happens to be America's favorite comfort food. With roughly 15% of Americans choosing it as number one, and it receiving twice as many votes as any other food choice, it's clear that pizza is practically perfect in every way. Now, if only you could channel your inner chef and make your own from scratch. 

Led by professional chef Tim Cunningham, this one-hour Pizza Making Course will help you whip up your own cheesy, saucy pies in your own kitchen. From scratch. Don't worry; it's designed for anyone with basic kitchen skills. You don't need to be a world-renowned chef to take the course. Read more...

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Author: Veronika Kero
Save 66% on customized orthotic insoles and start walking on sunshine

TL;DR: Get help fixing your foot alignment with the Custom Feet Dynamic Blue: Heat Moldable Orthotic Insoles for $99.95, a 66% savings as of May 31.


When it comes to shoes, many of us adopt the "style before comfort" philosophy. You know those prized chunky boots you insist on wearing even though they do nothing but kill your feet? Yeah. But anything to look cute, right?

Your poor feet can only endure so much. You don't want to incur more cuts and blisters, and we are willing to bet you don't want to feel any more pain, either.

The next time you slip into less-than-comfortable shoes, get the proper cushioning and support you need with the Custom Feet Insoles. These orthotic insoles are designed to give you more accurate customized arch support. When you place an order, you receive an impression kit to create your footprint, which you will have to send back to have your insoles molded. Read more...

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Author: Veronika Kero
What the Mashable Staff bought in May

Sometimes shopping can seem frivolous, and other times like a welcome distraction from the world. If it's diversionary tactics you're after, then retail therapy just may be what you need. Us too.

As part of our monthly series, we're talking about all the goodies our staff treated themselves to over the past few weeks. From gardening supplies to face masks to roller blades, we were all about the purchases that will keep us safe and sane during these trying times. If you have the means to do so, we recommend that you treat yourself, too.

Below, what the Mashable staff bought in May. Read more...

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Author: Dylan Haas
Why parents should invest in outdoor games for their kids this summer

As the weather gets nicer, parents everywhere are looking for ways to keep their children entertained and engaged outside of the house. This is especially true for kids who are not able to go off to summer camp or those who are either too young or unable to take on a job this summer. So what can you do to have fun? Well, you can play games, of course! After all, there are lots of ball games, pool games, and classic party games that make for fun summer activities.

If you’re a parent looking for options, there aren’t really any rules. What game your kid — or kids — will enjoy will depend a bit on their personality, as well as their age. But in general, you’re going to want to find games that meet a few key criteria. Read more...

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BEST CLASSIC GAME

Rec League Cornhole Board Set

A classic game that will keep kids — and adults — having fun for hours in the backyard.

  • Age Range: 12+
  • Number of Players: Minimum of two
$149.99 from Dick’s Sporting Goods

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BEST FOR LITTLE ATHLETES

Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set

This easy-to-assemble soccer set is perfect for little kids learning a new sport for the first time.

  • Age Range: 2+
  • Number of Players: 1+
$37.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR HOT DAYS

Rapid-Filling Self-Sealing Water Balloons

It might seem simple, but these quick-to-fill, self-sealing water balloons are perfect for kids to play with on a hot day.

  • Age Range: 3+
  • Number of Players: 2+
$27.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR LITTLE KIDS

Little Tikes Toy Sports T-Ball Set

If you’re looking for a sporty activity for your toddler, this classic game is your best bet.

  • Age Range: 18 Months +
  • Number of Players: 1+
$14.89 from Target

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BEST POOL GAME

Disney Finding Dory Mr. Ray’s Dive and Catch Game

This game is perfect for little divers who love practicing their swimming skills.

  • Age Range: 5+
  • Number of Players: 1+
$19.45 from Amazon

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BEST FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND UP

Kids Portable Height-Adjustable Basketball Hoop System Stand

This adjustable basketball hoop is perfect for your growing child to learn a new, fun summer game.

  • Age Range: 5+
  • Number of Players: 1+
$74.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR JUNIOR ARTISTS

Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk

If your child is more creative than athletic, this set of sidewalk chalk is the perfect activity to keep them having fun outside this summer.

  • Age Range: 4+
  • Number of Players: 1+
$39.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BIG KIDS

Wild Sports Stackers XL Game

This super-sized Jenga-style game will delight older kids as they build a tower as tall — or taller — than them while trying not to let it fall.

  • Age Range: 7+
  • Number of Players: 2+
$79.99 from Dick’s Sporting Goods

Author: Veronika Kero
Best rowing machines for your home gym

As the weather gets warmer, you may be thinking about getting in shape. Or maybe you’re spending more time at home and thinking of investing in a high-quality piece of exercise equipment. 

Whether you’re looking to add a piece of equipment to your home gym or are in search of a single machine that will provide a full-body workout without taking up too much space, a rower is a solid choice. Rowing has long been favored by people looking for a full-body workout that’s cardio-heavy yet low impact. This means that you’re not putting large amounts of stress on your joints, giving you less of a chance of sustaining an injury. This makes rowing a safe and effective workout for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.  Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

NordicTrack RW500 Rowing Machine

A high-quality rower that utilizes air and magnetic resistance and offers tons of added features.

  • Assembled Dimensions: 86.5" L x 22.0" W x 42.8" H
  • Assembled Weight: 90 lbs
  • Maximum User Capacity: 250 lbs
$999 from NordicTrack

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BEST SPLURGE

Hydrow-Connected Rower

Perfect for the serious athlete who loves switching up their routine and being part of a community.

  • Assembled Dimensions: 86″ L x 25″ W x 47″ H
  • Assembled Weight: 145 lbs
  • Maximum User Capacity: 350 lbs
$2,199 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET BUY

Stamina Magnetic Power 1110

This magnetic rower is perfect for small spaces and small budgets alike.

  • Assembled Dimensions: 60’’ L x 22’’ W x 27’’ H
  • Assembled Weight: 45 lbs
  • Maximum User Capacity: 250 lbs
$209.99 from Dick's Sporting Goods

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BEST AIR ROWER

ETHOS Rower

A compactible rower designed with athletes of all sizes in mind.

  • Assembled Dimensions: 96” L x 20” W x 47” H
  • Assembled Weight: 95 lbs
  • Maximum User Capacity: 500 lbs
$999.99 from Dick's Sporting Goods

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BEST MAGNETIC ROWING MACHINE

KETTLER Advantage Stroker Indoor Rower

This durable magnetic rower makes it easy to track your progress.

  • Assembled Dimensions: 86" L x 24" W x 32" H
  • Assembled Weight:: 104 lbs
  • Maximum User Capacity: 285 lbs
$699.99 from Amazon

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BEST WATER ROWER

XTERRA ERG650W Water Rower

A sleek and durable rower for anyone looking to recreate that “on the water” sensation.

  • Assembled Dimensions: 79.5" L x 20.7” W x 33.9" H
  • Assembled Weight: 76 lbs
  • Maximum User Capacity: 350 lbs
$799.99 from Dick's Sporting Goods

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BEST HYDRAULIC ROWER

KETTLER KADETT Rower

A compact machine guaranteed to give you a high-quality, no-frills workout.

  • Assembled Dimensions: 59” L x 20” W x 18” H
  • Assembled Weight: 60 lbs
  • Maximum User Capacity: 285 lbs
$599 from Amazon

Author: Veronika Kero
Best drones for kids: Find a toy drone that's safe, sturdy, and easy to fly

So your kid wants a drone. That's not surprising: They've been a hot holiday gift for a few years running, and more options than ever are explicitly marketed toward the younger set.

Still, there are a lot of drones out there, and it can be hard to tell not only which are actually good, but also which are safe, sturdy, and beginner-friendly enough for children. Your young pilot will probably crash this thing a few times, after all — in a lot of cases (though not all!), a low-cost toy drone is your best bet. (While we appreciate the feature-laden $1500 drones of the world, they're probably not what your 10-year-old should start with.) When it comes right down to it, the best drones for kids are ones that will be relatively easy to fly and can take a beating.  Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Ryze Tech Tello

The Ryze Tello offers all the features a beginner hobbyist could want at a relatively low price.

  • Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Flight time: 13 minutes
  • Charging time: 60-90 minutes
  • Range: 328 feet / 99.97 meters
  • Camera: 720p video, 2592 x 1936 photos
$99.99 from Amazon

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MOST EASY-TO-FLY DRONE

Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3

Learning to control a drone is often the biggest concern for beginners. Luckily, the Syma X5SW-V3 is super easy to fly.

  • Dimensions: 12.4 x 12.4 x 4.13 inches
  • Flight time: 5-7 minutes
  • Charging time: 90-120 minutes
  • Range: 164.04 feet / 50 meters
  • Camera: 480p
$44 from Amazon

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BEST DRONES FOR SIBLINGS

Sky Rider Air Racers

This two-pack of toy drones is a simple and affordable way to keep multiple kids occupied.

  • Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 1.18 inches
  • Flight time: 6-7 minutes
  • Charging time: 70 minutes
  • Range: 262 feet / 79.86 meters
  • Camera: None
$49.99 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR LITTLE KIDS

AirHogs Supernova

The AirHogs Supernova is a super unique toy, but it's also a solid hand-controlled drone in its own right.

  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 8 x 12 inches
  • Flight time: 5-7 minutes
  • Charging time: 50-65 minutes
  • Range: 66 feet / 20 meters
  • Camera: None
$49.99 from Amazon

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BEST DRONE FOR TAKING PHOTOS

DJI Mavic Mini

This little drone is the biggest splurge on our list, but it also takes a killer aerial photo. For young photogs, it may be worth it.

  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.2 x 2.2 inches (folded)
  • Flight time: 30 minutes
  • Charging time: 50-90 minutes
  • Range: 2.5 miles / 4 kilometers
  • Camera: 2.7K HD video / 12mp photos
$399 from Amazon

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BEST FOR LEARNING

Eachine E010 Nano Drone

What better to learn the ropes with than a cute, inexpensive little nano drone?

  • Dimensions: 5.51 x 4.33 x 3.39 inches
  • Flight time: 5 minutes
  • Charging time: 40-60 minutes
  • Range: 98.43 feet / 30 meters
  • Camera: None
$23.99 from Amazon

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BEST NOT-QUITE-A-DRONE

Protocol Aviator RC Helicopter

For kids who just want something solid and cool-looking, a lime green helicopter fits the bill.

  • Length: 9 inches
  • Flight time: 6 minutes
  • Charging time: 60 minutes
  • Camera: None
$29.99 from Best Buy

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These bears work quietly to protect your online privacy

TL;DR: A two-year subscription to TunnelBear VPN is on sale for £3.38 per month, saving you 58% on list price.


We like to imagine that TunnelBear VPN is run by lots of hardworking bears, all doing everything they can to ensure your online security and data privacy. It's probably not the case, but they do feature heavily on TunnelBear's site and interface, so that's something.

TunnelBear is one of the most popular VPN providers, and that's probably partly down to the cute bears that pop up everywhere. It's also due to the range of advanced security features offered by the service, including easy-to-use apps, strong encryption, and fast connection speeds. Read more...

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This VPN is on sale for less than £1 per month

TL;DR: A five-year subscription to Ivacy VPN is on sale for £0.94 per month, saving you 88% on list price.


The thing about VPNs is that the best deals are generally reserved for the longest contracts. To access the lowest monthly rates, you tend to have to sign up for years.

That's not always a problem though, because some services are so good that you're probably happy to commit. Ivacy VPN is a good example of this, with a long list of impressive features that should keep you content for the duration of your subscription.

A five-year subscription to Ivacy VPN is now on sale for just £0.94 per month, saving you 88% on list price. This includes a generous 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can always back out with your money if you're not impressed. Read more...

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This coyote playing golf in a backyard alone knows how to have a good time

Did you know coyotes can't pass up a chance to play golf in a backyard?

Well, maybe some of them can, but not this playful scamp who was seen tossing a golf ball around on someone's personal putting green.

According to the video description, on May 22, a coyote wandered into a Tarzana, California, backyard and brushed up on its golf skills. The owner of the Ring camera said that after about three minutes the coyote left, but perhaps it will return for another midnight game sometime soon.

Next time you're bored or feeling a little lonely, remember this coyote and know that you don't need another person to have fun. If this coyote can throw a golf ball around for like three minutes, you can entertain yourself, too. Read more...

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The real star of the SpaceX astronaut launch was a sparkly stuffed dinosaur

The only thing cooler than humans going to space is humans going to space with an adorable stuffed animal.

On Saturday afternoon, NASA launched astronauts into space aboard the Crew Dragon, a spacecraft built by Elon Musk's company, SpaceX. The two NASA astronauts who launched into orbit were Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, but they didn't embark on their historic journey alone. They brought a sparkly stuffed dinosaur to keep them company.

Now, the two astronauts are cool as hell, obviously. But in some ways, this little stuffed pal was the star of the launch. The light bouncing off the dino's sequins really caught the camera, and when the spaceship reached zero gravity he slid out of his seatbelt and gracefully floated up towards the lens. Read more...

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Author: Nicole Gallucci
Waymo's self-driving minivans will return to California streets in June

Waymo is ready to get back to the business of being on the streets of California.

The Alphabet-owned company shut down a public testing program for its self-driving minivans in early March, as the global pandemic started to reshape society in the United States. Now that fleet will reportedly return to the streets of San Francisco on June 8.

That revelation comes from a company email obtained by The Verge, which reported the news on Saturday. The self-driving fleet will apparently be running deliveries for a pair of non-profits: Wendy McNaughton's #DrawTogether, which sets local kids up with art kits; and Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Read more...

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The 22 best movies now streaming on Netflix

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Billie Eilish is absolutely fed up with people saying 'All Lives Matter'

Billie Eilish isn't afraid to speak out against injustice.

On Saturday, the 18-year-old singer posted a blunt and lengthy statement to her 63.3 million Instagram followers to address the death of George Floyd.

Since Floyd died on May 25 after a Minnesota police officer pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, protests against racism and police brutality have taken place across the United States.

Celebrities such as Taylor Swift have started using their giant platforms to help raise awareness and amplify an urgent need for change in America, and now Eilish is joining in. Eilish posted a statement written in her Notes app that detailed a plea for white people to understand their own privilege and use it to help those in need. Read more...

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SpaceX becomes first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space

For the first time in nearly a decade, NASA launched astronauts into space from U.S. territory. And for the first time ever, it was on a spacecraft built by a private company, Elon Musk's SpaceX.

The company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket took off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday after the first attempt was aborted Wednesday. The Crew Dragon spacecraft carries two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who are expected to reach the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. 

Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon will lift off from Launch Complex 39A – the same place Saturn V launched humanity to the Moon and from where the first and final Space Shuttle missions lifted off pic.twitter.com/wOSsbCRqi7

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