Facebook may know even more about your personal life than you think.
Some advertisers are able to use Facebook-provided data to target ads based on a user's credit score. This is all according to a new report in The Intercept, which raises fresh questions about the company's data sharing deals.
The tool in question is called "Actionable Insights,", which Facebook uses to share data about its users' mobile devices with telecom companies. Facebook stated the tool's goal is to help carriers provide better service in areas with poor connectivity. But it also uses the information it collects to help those telecoms create targeted advertising. Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Social Media Companies, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Don't freak out.
On Monday afternoon, Gmail mistakenly sent multiple users a security alert, notifying them that an unknown device had signed into their account.
The number of affected users is currently unknown. However, according to a G Suite admin who chose to remain anonymous, the issue was widespread enough for Google to issue a notification about it in its Admin Panel. As of this writing, and according to the admin, Google was investigating the matter and said it had identified a potential cause, though it did not specify further.
A "new device sign in" notification is a freaky message to get, because it means that someone else has already successfully signed in to your account. Gmail informed users to change their passwords "right away." Read more...More about Google, Gmail, Bugs, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Springtime means bright blooms, longer days, and a new class that's getting ready to graduate. For you that means watching a woman you're proud of accept her diploma, which also means you need to find the perfect gift for her.
Depending on her interests, your grad might have useful items on her wishlist like kitchen appliances or a new laptop, or she might want something a little more fun like a vlogging camera or some cool gadgets. Regardless, you want to make her feel special for earning her degree and this gift guide is sure to include something she'll love.
There are plenty of ways to say "congratulations," whether that's through a heartfelt piece of jewelry or the latest tech products. You can go as sentimental or as utilitarian as you want — that's the beauty of college graduation. Read more...More about Graduation, Gift Guide, Mashable Shopping, Gifts For Her, and Culture IMAGE: AMAZON $129.99 Echo Spot -- See Details
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Jake Paul, a 22-year-old millionaire who built a career out of peddling merch to children and being loud on the internet, took a brave stance against cyberbullying by calling out a reaction vlogger who made fun of him a few times.
Fellow YouTuber Cody Ko is known for making videos reacting to cringey content, from ASMR influencers eating deodorant to Christian women who slut shame others in the name of the Lord. He's posted several videos criticizing Jake Paul for being a generally terrible influence on children, highlighting the diss track Paul dropped last year that told kids to disrespect their teachers. Read more...More about Youtube, Jake Paul, Cody Ko, Culture, and Web Culture
Google Glass may have never become a fixture in regular people's daily lives like Google may have hoped, but the wearable device keeps on trucking.
The tech giant launched a new version of Glass on Monday. As its name suggests, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 builds upon the business-focused direction Google went in with the device in 2017. Glass EE 2 brings a new CPU and a host of other enhancements along with it.
First and foremost, the new glasses come packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 chip. Google said the new tech powering Glass would enable more efficient power use, better performance and better machine learning capabilities. Read more...More about Business, Google, Enterprise, Wearable Tech, and Google Glass
Things just keep getting worse for Chinese tech giant Huawei.
After Google revoked Huawei's Android license over the weekend, a handful of U.S. companies, including chipmakers Qualcomm and Broadcom and storage supplier Western Digital have reportedly stopped working with the Chinese company as well.
If this kneecapping continues, not only could Huawei's smartphone business outside of China be screwed, but there could be far wider-ranging consequences than most realize.
There's no way to sugarcoat the current situation Huawei is in: It's really bad. Read more...More about China, Huawei, Trade, Trump Administration, and Tech
YouTuber Seth Everman understands pop music clichés intuitively — and that's what makes him so good.
Everman once showed people how to make Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" from scratch using everyday objects and a synthesizer. Recently, the YouTuber decided to play Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" on his synth in different musical genres.
Watch him crank out "Old Town Road" as if Eminem crafted it or if it were part of a French film's musical score.
Encore, please. Read more...More about Viral Videos, Parodies, Lil Nas X, Culture, and Web Culture
After eight bloody, incest-y seasons, Game of Thrones finally came to an end Sunday night, leaving fans to ponder the nature of power, if you really can break the wheel, and, uh, what kind of king Bran is going to be.
But once you've pledged yourself to Queen Sansa (duh), a pressing question remains: What do you watch next?
Lots of websites are putting together their lists, and sure, you can check out HBO’s forthcoming His Dark Materials or Westworld or wait around for Amazon’s expensive epic of Lord of the RingsOr you can just watch a Reese Witherspoon movie for a few hours and enjoy your life! Read more...More about Game Of Thrones, Reese Witherspoon, Game Of Thrones Season 8, Entertainment, and Game Of Thrones
The pain of losing your favorite TV show can be just as bad as your worst breakup. It’s the kind of feeling that makes you want to wear the same pajamas for a whole week, curl up on the couch, and crush a few pints of ice cream. (It’s how a lot of us are feeling after the series finale of Game of Thrones, in fact.)
Sometimes, the trick to getting out of that post-show funk is a little good old-fashioned retail therapy, also referred to as “treating yo self.”
If you’re feeling down in the dumps now that Thrones has ended, we think it might help if you drop a few bills on a brand new laptop or tablet — while one may not completely fill the GOT-sized hole in your heart, it’ll certainly help. Trust us. Read more...More about Tablets, Laptops, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Stranger Things 3 is rapidly approaching and the latest trailer really digs into the whole summer vibe.
Summer in Hawkins means ladies lounging by the pool, but they're not just there to catch rays. No, they're there to catch a glimpse at the half-naked, fully mulleted Billy Hargrove who is making a little summertime cash as a lifeguard.
It's a much lighter trailer than the first one from March, and it doesn't give us anything in terms of plot. But hey, there's room for more than just action in Hawkins.
Stranger Things 3 hits Netflix on July 4. Read more...More about Television, Netflix, Stranger Things, Stranger Things 3, and Entertainment
But at a base price of $599 for the 128GB model, Wong thought Apple was charging far too much for the device: "Buyers on a budget should steer clear of this tablet," he wrote at the time.
Well, steer clear no more: You can get an Apple iPad mini 4 with WiFi and 128 GB of storage for half off its MSRP at Walmart, so long as you're OK with buying certified refurbished.Tech, Ipad, Mashable Shopping, Ipad Mini 4, and Tech
It's an ominous Monday in the southern Great Plains.
Entire school districts are closed as storm scientists expect "high risk" weather and severe thunderstroms, with conditions ripe for powerful tornadoes throughout much of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma. A confluence of robust elements have combined forces to produce an exceptionally dangerous day.
"It's an environment that we don’t see very often," said Bill Bunting, operations chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center. "Maybe once or twice in the career of a forecaster."
Here is a zoomed in image of our High Risk for 20 May 2019 for use in social mediapic.twitter.com/TZd9Fr3atWScience, Extreme Weather, Tornadoes, Science, and Climate Environment
Some dogs really know how to draw a crowd.
In the Abkhazia territory in the country of Georgia on Saturday, a group of tourists stopped to take photos of a particularly performative dog that had rolled onto its back. Forget the sights, this dog is the tourist attraction.
Mind you, nobody actually pets the dog. They're just here to stan. Read more...More about Dogs, Animals, Viral Videos, Culture, and Web Culture
In a press event in Washington, D.C. on May 9, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos laid out the future plans of his space company, Blue Origins. He detailed his long-term vision of having communities on the moon, in order to support the expansion and preservation of human life. Read more...More about Tech, Amazon, Mashable Video, Jeff Bezos, and Blue Origin
No matter how you feel about the series finale, there is simply no denying that Game of Thrones was a monumentally important show that meant the world to its viewers for nearly a decade. We’re all mourning the end of the journey, but it doesn’t all have to be tears.
Why? Because you can always start the show all over againPre-order the Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set for only $300 (lolz) and you can pretend like it never ended.
If you’re a GOT die-hard, this set was pretty much made for you. The complete collector's set includes all 73 episodes spanning seasons one through eight of the epic series, as well as 15 whole hours of bonus content and never-before-seen footage that will take a deep dive into the creation of the show. Get ready to relive all of your favorite scenes, shocking twists, and painful goodbyes once more (or however many times you want if you pick up the set). Read more...More about Hbo, Game Of Thrones, Mashable Shopping, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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It starts out simple enough — a stack of unopened mail here, a pile of unmatched socks there. You’ll get to them, you say. Later this week perhaps, and if not by Wednesday then definitely this weekend.
But then you don’t
And it starts to grow, each collection absorbing more matter until the thought of doing anything at all has become overwhelming. Where would you even start? You can jam more stuff into drawers, but that’ll only get you so far. Besides, it’s only a matter of time before the clutter comes back. So you dim the lights, put the mess out of your line of sight, and queue up some Netflix instead. Read more...More about Organization, Mashable Shopping, Rule Of Three, Culture, and Work Life
It started back in their college days when Thomas Bachant and Nadav Ullman were trying to get safe rides around the University of Connecticut campus. There was a disconnect between the partygoers who needed a ride and the designated, sober drivers.
So the two teamed up and built a mobile app, Sobrio, to make it easier to find someone going out but not drinking. When that took off at their campus they brought it to other universities. After graduation, they bought an RV and drove from campus to campus to get students hooked up to the ride platform.
Eventually they started getting calls from fleet managers who said that they wanted what they had built for universities for, say, a limo company's service. Sobrio became Dashride and the team was then working with ground transportation companies on their dispatching software, booking, billing, and other operations. Read more...More about Cruise, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving Cars, Tech, and Transportation
We did it, everyone. We made it to the end of Game of Thrones after eight long years.
As is often the case with popular, long-running dramas, Sunday night's series finale failed to satisfy everyone. Maybe you feel cheated, like you wasted almost a decade of your life only to get a disappointing ending. Or maybe you just don't feel like paying $15 per month for HBO Now.
Either way, cancelling your HBO Now subscription is easy. HBO even has a handy how-to guide on its website. How nice.
First, log into HBO Now either in a web browser or in the app. Hit "Settings" in the menu and from there, go to "Billing Information." If you don't see that option, you might be in HBO Go, which means you subscribe to HBO through a cable or satellite service instead. Read more...More about Hbo, Game Of Thrones, Hbo Now, Game Of Thrones Season 8, and Game Of Thrones Finale
When shopping for a tablet, there are a few factors that should determine which model you select. Screen size and resolution, storage, and of course price are important qualities to pay attention to. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 was a top contender in our roundup of the best tablets on the market.
Currently you can save $152 on the Galaxy Tab S4 when you purchase the tablet at Amazon.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a 10.5-inch screen that’s clear and great for working, browsing, and watching content. The tablet comes with an S Pen, so you can write and draw. Another cool feature is Google Assistant built-in to perform smart commands. Read more...More about Samsung, Tablet, Galaxy Tab, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Solo
You need a new TV for two reasons:
1. To make you excited to watch something new to fill the Game of Thrones void. (We don't wanna talk about it.)
Here are our favorite TV deals for this week:
RCA 43-inch Class 4K Ultra HD LED TV (RTU4300) — $179.99 (list price $449.99)
LG 49-inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with AI ThinQ (49SK8000PUA) — $599 (list price $899)
Insignia 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR Fire TV Edition (NS-50DF710NA19) — $279.99 (list price $350)
Samsung 50-inch Class 4K Smart UHD HDR TV (UN50NU6900) — $327.99 (list price $599.99)
TCL 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (55S405) — $299.99 (list price $599.99)
Sony 55-inch Class X800E Series 4K Ultra HD HDR Android LED TV (XBR55X800E) — $798 (list price $1,098)
LG 55-inch B8 Series Class 4K Ultra HD Smart 2018 OLED TV (B8PUA) — $1,199.99 (list price $2,299.99) Read more...More about Lg, 4k Tv, Vizio, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Elizabeth Warren is all about making plans, and she's bringing her expert policy-making skills to social media.
On Saturday, comedian Ashley Nicole Black asked her 88,000 followers if they thought Warren had a plan to fix her love life. On Sunday, Warren, queen of policies, unexpectedly replied to the tweet directly.
"DM me and let's figure this out," Warren tweeted. Simply iconic.
DM me and let’s figure this out.Social Media, Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Election, Culture, and Web Culture
You know what sucks almost as much as Sunday night's disappointing Game of Thrones finale?
A good vacuum cleaner.
Here at Mashable, we know how tough it is to find a vacuum that's both powerful *and* affordable. We've spent hours — nay, days scouring the internet for the best robot vacuums, vacuums for pet hair, handheld vacuums, cordless vacuums, and canister vacuums.
And while we admittedly have our favorites, we can't pass up an awesome deal when we see one.
Just in time for your late-spring cleaning, Amazon is having a sale on certified refurbished Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum cleaners. Each one has been tested and guaranteed to work as good as new, and if you act fast, you can score one for less than $200. Read more...More about Amazon, Dyson, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Solo
The infamous Beautube feud that began at Coachella has finally ended— in the Notes app.
Tati Westbrook and James Charles have been playing a high stakes game of back-and-forth for a couple of weeks now. What started with Charles taking on a forbidden sponsorship with Sugar Bear Hair vitamins escalated into a spat that, across all videos involved, has racked up over 164 million views. Westbrook's scathing 43-minute video, "BYE SISTER..." is now unlisted, but has gathered over 50 million views.
On Sunday Charles uploaded his own 40-minute video in which he defends himself against the myriad of accusations, which range from alleged sexual harassment to entitled behavior. Read more...More about James Charles, Jeffree Star, Tati Westbrook, Youtube Drama, and Beauty Community Feud
As the world says goodbye to Game of Thrones, the cast of the show also has to say goodbye.
In a nice little sign off video, Game of Thrones actors Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), John Bradley (Sam), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Maisie Williams (Arya), and Sophie Turner (Sansa) thank fans for their support and love in the show and say good bye to the world of Westeros.
Game of Thrones was clearly a big part of these actors' lives for many years, and it was so impactful that Clarke was brought to tears. What a nice, heartwarming way to sign off. Read more...More about Television, Entertainment, Movies Tv Shows, and Game Of Thrones
As TikTok continues to dominate app download charts, its parent company, ByteDance, is looking to extend its reach even further.
ByteDance launched a new messaging-focused app on Monday, as reported by TechCrunch. Feiliao (飞聊), or Flipchat in English, is a messenger app that encourages users to form and join chat groups based around common interests.
Flipchat looks p. fun.
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ByteDance has already made moves into the messaging space, with a video chat app called Duoshan that it launched in January. But TikTok is the crown jewel of the ByteDance portfolio; it recently hit its fifth straight quarter as the most downloaded app in the App Store, according to a new Sensor Tower report. Read more...More about Facebook, Messaging, Tiktok, Bytedance, and Tech
Everyone needs an Instant Pot. We are willing to die on this hill.
($99 is a bit higher than the actual original price, but the deal is still such a steal — the same exact model is $79.95 on Instant Pot's site.)
The Instant Pot Lux is the simplest of the line, but it still replaces six appliances: It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan. It's also one of the only models that doesn't make yogurt — but if you wouldn't be making your own yogurt anyway, this saves you from wasting money on a feature you wouldn't be using. Read more...More about Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Solo, Instant Pot, and Tech
Do you like movies?
Cool, this deal is for you. Get a $20 Vudu credit when you snag this 40-inch Samsung 4K Smart TV on sale for just $249.99 — and at that price, we totally wouldn't judge if you bought one for every room.
When you can't find the movie or show you want on Netflix or Hulu, Vudu's massive selection lets you find what you want without giving your computer a virus on bootleg sites. For as low as $2.99, you can rent or buy titles like A Star is Born, Harry Potter, and any Star Wars you want. Bonus: Your first rental is only 99 cents.
Vudu also has a pretty legit lineup of free movies like Annabelle, Zombieland, and the Twilight Zone. Read more...More about Samsung, 4k Tv, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Solo, and Tech
There isn’t one way to describe your cat’s daily activities. They’ll hide in Amazon Prime boxes, or drink from toilet bowls. One thing most pet parents can agree on though is that cats need engaging playtime. If your feline is bouncing off the walls or scratching furniture, it might be time to buy new cat toys.
Googling “cat toy” could send you down an internet sinkhole, because there are so many plush mice, circle tunnels, and colorful wands available for felines. Plus, you might not know if a cat toy will meet your pet’s playtime needs. Before you buy a cat toy, there are some things you might want to consider: Read more...More about Cats, Pets, Mashable Shopping, Culture, and Animals