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Many YouTubers aspire to buy mansions. Elijah Daniel raised the bar and runs Hell. 

Kind of. 

The vlogger and comedian known for his crude humor and music tweeted about buying the town of Hell, Michigan on Monday. Although he doesn't technically own it outright, he does have the proverbial keys to the town and can do what he wants for now. He noted that renaming the town to Gay Hell was a tongue-in-cheek response to the Trump administration's ban on U.S. embassies flying rainbow flags in honor of Pride month. 

"Fuck the Calabasas mansions, I just bought a town," Daniel said during a phone interview. Read more...

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Author: Morgan Sung
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After a two-year run, the shopping social network will be shut down. The company to appeal to consumers with its #FoundItOnAmazon feature. Read more...

More about Tech, Amazon, Mashable Video, Shopping, and Amazon Spark
Author: Saavon Smalls
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Using Morse code, the music site claimed to have discovered over 100 counts of Google taking its content. However, Google claims the lyrics on their search bar are from licensed partners. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Google, Music, Mashable Video, and Genius
Author: Saavon Smalls
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Just a few weeks after the Game of Thrones series finale, Headey, who played Cersei for eight seasons, reveals her slight disappointment in her character's fate. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Mashable Video, Game Of Thrones, Lena Headey, and Cersei Lannister
Author: Saavon Smalls
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Kuato Studios, an award-winning developer and publisher of narrative-focused mobile apps, announced the launch of Marvel Hero Tales, an educational storytelling app that teaches children the power of language. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Marvel, Mobile App, Tech, and Smartphones
Author: Danica D'Souza
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Autonomous cars are now bringing pizza pies instead of groceries to customer's homes.

On Monday, the self-driving company Nuro announced a partnership with Domino's Pizza in Houston. Nuro has been dropping off Kroger groceries in the Texas city since earlier this year. Kroger uses the self-driving vehicles to haul grocery bags to online shoppers in other cities like Phoenix.

Now Houston residents can order a pizza through the Domino's app and then track the pizza as it makes its way to their home without a driver in sight. Once someone makes an order, they're given a PIN code to unlock the compartment on the Nuro vehicle and retrieve their pizza from the vehicle. Remember, there's no delivery person to bring it to the doorway.  Read more...

More about Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Domino S Pizza, Tech, and Transportation
Author: Sasha Lekach
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Political parties aren't exactly known for their "hip" social media accounts, but most maintain some semblance of class.

Every once in a while, the Republicans or Democrats will post something so humiliating that Twitter users have no choice but to reply. Take, for example, this tweet that the official Democratic National Committee Twitter account posted on Saturday morning and which has since attracted highly understandable amounts of groaning from Twitter. 

The tweet features a phone wallpaper with President Trump's face and the words "Boy Bye" (a famous Beyoncé lyric from the song "Sorry") placed on top of it. Users can download the kewl wallpaper for their phone by texting a five-digit number.  Read more...

More about Twitter, Democrats, Internet Reactions, Culture, and Web Culture
Author: Heather Dockray
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Maybe you haven’t heard, but today is National Apple Strudel Day, which means you should definitely go out and enjoy one (or a few) of the delicious treats with your work buddies on this slow Monday afternoon. 

What’s better than an apple strudel, though? How about an Apple laptop.

If you’re full of strudel and still have some cash to blow, we think you should check out these awesome deals on laptops and tablets that we pulled together for this week. Included on our list are savings on MacBooks, Lenovo IdeaPads, Dell laptops, and much, much more. 

Check out all the best deals on laptops and tablets we found for this week, and pick up one of these devices on sale while you can: Read more...

More about Tablets, Lenovo, Laptops, Dell, and Mashable Shopping
Author: Dylan Haas
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A major new study found worrisome associations between teen sexting and mental health as well as risky sexual behavior. Youth who sext, compared to those who don't, were more likely to have multiple sexual partners, experience anxiety and depression, and drink alcohol, take drugs, and smoke. They were also less likely to use contraception. The associations were stronger in younger adolescents. 

But before teens (and their parents) panic about how sexting might upend their lives, they should know that the scientists who conducted the research don't yet understand whether sending or receiving sexually explicit messages directly led to any of the negative outcomes.  Read more...

More about Kids, Sex And Relationships, Sexting, Social Good, and Kids
Author: Rebecca Ruiz
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It's officially "checking your weather app to see that yes, it's going to rain this week" season.

Unless you live in the handful of states where showers are few and far between, you'll likely be greeted with multiple thunderstorms over the next month or two. And the only thing thunderstorms love more than warm weather is cancelling your outdoor, warm weather plans.

For the gloomy days when you're all cooped up, a backup form of entertainment is crucial. Find a yoga workout to do in your living room, get around to that vacuuming you've been putting off, or binge-watch that show you keep hearing about.  Read more...

More about Home, Lg, 4k Tv, Vizio, and Mashable Shopping
Author: Leah Stodart
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Sorry, but Robert Downey Jr. is not included. 

Tony Stark's digs can now be yours— for a couple of nights at least. An Airbnb listing for the cabin that was used in the filming of Avengers: Endgame recently came out of the woodwork. It's advertising the house for a cool $800 a night. However, before it was discovered, it was a lot cheaper.

After Redditor Brayud posted the listing, Entertainment Weekly reached out to confirm that it was indeed the same cabin. The owners apparently then hiked the price from $335 a night after they realized how in demand it could be, given the nature of Avengers super fans, according to AVClubRead more...

More about Airbnb, Vacation, Cabin, Avengers, and Tony Stark
Author: Harry Hill
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If you own a smart TV, chances are you've hooked it up to the internet in order to access popular apps such as Netflix. But by doing so, you're also taking a risk, as your TV might get infected with malware. That's what Samsung thinks, and it's suggesting you run a regular virus scan on its TVs.

"Scanning your computer for malware viruses is important to keep it running smoothly. This also is true for your QLED TV if it's connected to Wi-Fi! Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks," Samsung tweeted from its @SamsungSupport Twitter feed on Monday. Read more...

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Author: PCMag
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BEST DEALS ON MATTRESSES THIS WEEK: MEMORIAL DAY SALES


Sleep can make or break your day. If you wake up feeling energized and refreshed, concentrating and functioning will be a breeze. On the other hand, if you spend most of your nights tossing and turning, the whole day can feel like a challenge. You’ll be fatigued, irritable, and reaching for the nearest caffeine source.  Read more...

More about Home, Sleep, Mattress, Sleep Tech, and Mashable Shopping
Author: Dana Froome
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One of the fun things about the ending of Big Little Lies Season 1 was that almost everyone got away with their big, little lies. The open-endedness of that finale, with questions remaining about Madeline’s affair, Celeste and Jane’s shared trauma, and the assumed aftermath of Perry’s death wrapped the story in a dreamy, what-if haze that hovered satisfyingly over the grey Monterey shore. Some secrets, the show seemed to say, are necessary for a happy life. 

It wasn’t the most moral ending in the history of television, but it was very effective. Until, of course, Season 2 came to blow it all to hell.  Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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TL;DR: The queen size of Leesa's supportive bed-in-a-box mattress typically retails for $995, but you can score it on sale for $890 — a savings of $105.


We've managed to narrow down some options for side-sleepers and people suffering from back pain, but the truth is, the jam-packed mattress market makes for a pretty overwhelming shopping experience when you need a new bed.

Realistically, the process should work sort of like the dating service in Black Mirror's season 4 episode "Hang the DJ" (but, like, not as bleak): You'd spend a certain amount of time with select mattresses, and an all-knowing virtual assistant would eventually pair you with an "ultimate compatible other" based on the data it compiled while you were sleeping. It would be easier than sorting through all the brand and style options on your own, no? Read more...

More about Sleep, Mattress, Mashable Shopping, Leesa, and Lifestyle
Author: Haley Henschel
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BEST DEALS ON ROBOT VACUUMS THIS WEEK


The obsession with robot vacuums is obviously the fact that they make your life 100 times easier, but there's a hard part to the process: picking one.

"Roomba" and "robot vacuum" are essentially interchangeable terms at this point, but the robot vacuum market ain't what it was in 2005. Though we totally back nearly ever Roomba model, there's a whole new world of brands that you should be considering. Read more...

More about Home, Roomba, Vacuums, Robot Vacuums, and Mashable Shopping
Author: Leah Stodart
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TL;DR: These crisp Logitech MX Sound Bluetooth speakers are on sale for $69.99, saving you $30.


It’s 2019 and we don’t have time to be tied down by wires and cords, not even at our desksBluetooth speakers allow you to play audio from your computer and easily switch over to stream from your phone if you choose, adding some versatility to your setup.

Logitech MX Sound Bluetooth speakers bring a premium audio experience to your desk, and you can grab a pair on sale for $69.99 at Dell, a price drop of $30.

These speakers feature high-end drivers, premium fabric, and motion-activated backlit controls to deliver a unique wireless audio experience. You can pair up to two Bluetooth devices to the speaker set or connect a device via the 3.5-millimeter input. Read more...

More about Logitech, Bluetooth, Speakers, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Author: Miller Kern
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BEST DEALS ON GPS DEVICES THIS WEEK


While today's smartphones are loaded with Google Maps or Apple Maps, they are merely quick solutions for traveling short distances. Believe it or not, getting a dedicated GPS device for your car or truck is still the best way to get to your destination safely and with ease.  Read more...

More about Travel, Gps, Tomtom, Garmin, and Mashable Shopping
Author: Rudie Obias
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BEST DEALS ON BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS THIS WEEK


Bluetooth speakers allow us to experience music no matter where we go. Whether it's listening to classical pieces from Mozart or the newest BTS song 10 times in a row, you shouldn't have to enjoy your favorites through your phone's speaker and a cupholder. But with so many great Bluetooth speakers to choose from, how do you know which ones are the best? Read more...

More about Sony, Speakers, Bluetooth Speakers, Ultimate Ears, and Mashable Shopping
Author: Kevin Billings
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BEST DEALS ON NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES THIS WEEK


Listening to music can have a profound effect on your state of mind — which could be part of the reason we buy headphones like they're candy. Listening to music (or podcasts, or audiobooks) can be an integral part of getting through that daily commute or transatlantic flight. Read more...

More about Headphones, Bose, Noise Cancelling, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping List
Author: Dalvin Brown
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Whoever decided to imbue The Legend of Zelda with rhythm-based combat is an absolute genius.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer is the catchiest game I've ever played. A unique thing to say about a video game, but it's true. The game's tunes and grooves have anchored themselves into my soul, and even after stepping away for a few hours, I'm still nodding my head to the beat of one of the overworld songs.

From the creators behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, Cadence of Hyrule is one of the most inventive Zelda games to date, working kind of like a classic 2D Zelda game but with a persistent soundtrack that guides the way players move and fight. The key is staying on beat. Read more...

More about Nintendo, The Legend Of Zelda, Nintendo Switch, Cadence Of Hyrule, and Entertainment
Author: Kellen Beck
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A group of scientists from Stanford University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Princeton University, and Adobe Research created a tool that can alter the dialogue in a video based on text in a script. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Deepfakes, Deepfake, Future Blink, and Tech
Author: Danica D'Souza
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Instagram is finally addressing a huge problem on its platform: hacked accounts. 

The company says it is making a series of changes that will make it easier for people to regain access to a hacked account. The update comes almost a year after Mashable first reported that a wave of bizarre hacks had hit Instagram users, leaving them little recourse to get their accounts back.

With the newly announced changes, which are currently being tested ahead of a wider rollout, Instagram will allow users to access its account recovery tools directly in the app, even if a hacker has changed their account information. So when a person is unable to login to an account, Instagram will prompt users to enter information associated with your account like your email address or phone number. (Users can also access this via "need more help" in the app's login screen.) Read more...

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Author: Karissa Bell
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Five words a reporter never wants to hear during an interview: "That's a really good question."

It's something I was told multiple times during a chat at E3 2019 with Liz Hamren, Corporate Vice President of Gaming Experiences and Platforms at Microsoft; and Jason Beaumont, program manager for Xbox Game Pass. I always appreciate the ego boost, but "That's a really good question" is often code for "I need a minute to properly frame the non-answer I'm about to offer you." Either that, or "Let's move on."

In this case, the question related to Xbox Game Pass. Specifically, how Xbox Live Gold subscriptions can continue to exist in their present form alongside Xbox Game Pass and its new PC-friendly counterpart. Read more...

More about Microsoft, Xbox, E3 2019, Entertainment, and Gaming
Author: Adam Rosenberg
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BEST DEALS ON CHEAP LAPTOPS THIS WEEK



So you're in the market to buy a new laptop? We have some advice: Don't let big tech companies with multimillion dollar marketing campaigns fool you into thinking you have to pay upwards of $1,000 to get a quality notebook.

More about Microsoft, Hp, Lenovo, Laptops, and Mashable Shopping
Author: Rudie Obias
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Game of Thrones ended with a a storm of contention, particularly around the final arcs of Jaime Lannister and Ser Brienne of Tarth, but the show's composer confirmed that he imagined a very different ending for them.

Ramin Djawadi, who scored all eight seasons of Thrones, loves a good musical motif, and he snuck a deliberate repetition of Robb and Talisa's Season 2 theme into Brienne's final scene. Brienne and Jaime may not have ended up married and happily ever after, but they could have, and that's what makes their entire story so heartbreaking.

"It's just a hint of what their relationship — if they had stayed together, if he was still alive — what it could have been," Djawadi told Insider. "What they could have become. That's why I put that in there." Read more...

More about Entertainment, Hbo, Game Of Thrones, Game Of Thrones Season 8, and Ramin Djawadi
Author: Proma Khosla
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BEST DEALS ON JUICERS THIS WEEK


If you're looking to do something to benefit your health, juicing could be a great place to start. A fresh juice allows you to get the most out of your fruits and vegetables, extracting vitamins and nutrients that would otherwise be depleted through other cooking methods. Not to mention, of course, they can be delicious and refreshing.  Read more...

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Author: Dorothy Pitti
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BEST DEALS ON AIR FRYERS THIS WEEK


We're calling it now: Air fryers are the Instant Pot of 2019. 

We're always on the lookout for new kitchen gadgets that will make cooking easier and more fun — so pumped was an understatement we first heard claims of a countertop appliance that can make our favorite greasy foods less unhealthy, all with speed similar to an Instant Pot. Air fryers started popping into mainstream eye in Spring 2017, and now that they've had their chance to marinate in the market (food pun intended), it feels like an appropriate time to compare the best ones. Read more...

More about Cooking, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Air Fryer
Author: Leah Stodart
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Korvaa is the world’s first microbe-grown headset. It was built through Aivan, a Finland-based design house in the attempt to create a device with only naturally-derived materials.  Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Headphones, Green Technology, Environmentally Friendly, and Future Blink
Author: Danica D'Souza
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Scammers are phishing in a new pond. 

As identified by Kapersky Labs in a report from Wired, bad actors are taking advantage of a Google Calendar setting that lets anyone place event invites in another user's calendar. 

In the scam, an event will pop up in a user's Google Calendar; the description will invite them to take a survey or claim a cash reward. That includes a link, prompting users to enter personal and financial information. 

Google Calendar's architecture unfortunately gives these schemes the ring of legitimacy, since simply having an event on your calendar could trigger notifications about it. Users have to be diligent about knowing whether they or someone they know has placed the event on the calendar, or if it's from an unknown source. Read more...

More about Phishing, Google Calendar, Scam, Phishing Attacks, and Tech
Author: Rachel Kraus