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These sensors will help you with your green thumb — Future Blink Created by Stanislav Shults, greensens is a sensor designed to monitor your flowers’ and houseplants’ health. Read more...More about Tech, Mashable Video, Flowers, Houseplant, and Greensens

Elon Musk returns to Twitter after four-day hiatus After questioning the "good" of Twitter, the CEO left the site. However, he has now returned to discuss the latest works at his space company, SpaceX. Read more...More about Tech, Twitter, Mashable Video, Elon Musk, and Spacex

Google employees aren't down with the climate crisis If you want your employer to act on the global climate crisis, call them out on the internet. At least, that's what some Google workers are doing.  On Monday, more than 1,000 Google employees wrote an open climate action letter to Google's CFO Ruth Porat, published on Medium. This isn't the first time they've done something like this. In September, they joined tech giants including Amazon in announcing (also on Medium) their intention to join the global climate strike on Sept. 20.  In their latest letter, Google employees demand four things of the company:   1.  That they cut greenhouse emissions to zero by 2030 Read more...More about Google, Social Good, Activism, Climate Action Plan, and Social Good

TikTok parent company announces upcoming smartphone Called the Nut Pro 3, the phone has multiple cameras, a 6.39-inch display, and more. Read more...More about Tech, Smartphones, Mashable Video, Cell Phone, and Tiktok

Experiment finds people trust tech too much The results of a Texas Tech experiment found that people rely on tech being "honest" and may be apprehensive to call it out. Read more...More about Tech, Mashable Video, Research, Humans, and Texas Tech

Here’s what you’ll be able to find on Disney+ With the streaming service available to all starting Nov. 12, here's a peek at some TV and movies you'll be dying to see. Read more...More about Entertainment, Mashable Video, Streaming Service, Disney, and Tv And Movies

This treadmill won’t take up any space in your home — Future Blink With a foldable design and three modes of control, the WalkingPad R1 Pro allows you to get the workout you need at the convenience of home. Read more...More about Tech, Mashable Video, Workout, Treadmill, and Walkingpad R1 Pro

Amazon espresso maker deals are the jolt you need ahead of Black Friday TL;DR: Buy a chic Nespresso by De'Longhi espresso machine on sale for up to 47% off at Amazon. Along with Nespresso machines, now's a good time to save up to 50% on Breville and Keurig machines well ahead of the Black Friday rush.  We're on the verge of a massive deluge of Black Friday deals and holiday sales. It's almost too much to keep track of, and you don't want to miss out on an unexpected sale when you least expect it. For instance, Amazon has some incredible offers available on Nespresso by De'Longhi espresso machines that will be hard to beat later this month. (And that caffeine boost will help you stay alert while you wait for more deals to drop.) Read more...More about Home, Coffee, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, and Tech

Facebook could use video selfies to fight fake accounts It looks like Facebook is working on a new tool to fight back against fake accounts.  The social network is testing a video-based verification system that asks users to record short videos clips of their face in order to "confirm your identity and check that you're a real person," according to newly surfaced screenshots. The feature was uncovered by researcher Jane Manchun Wong, whose track record for breaking news about unreleased Facebook features is so strong, multiple Facebook employees and executives have started to follow her on Twitter.  According to screenshots posted by Wong, the feature prompts users to create a short video selfie, showing the each side of your face, in order to "check that you're a real person." Though Wong speculates the feature uses facial recognition, it's not clear if the feature is actually identifying faces or merely confirming that it is, in fact, a real human in front of the camera. Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Facial Recognition, Social Media Companies, and Tech

This might be the best thing you'll ever put in your mouth TL;DR: Get two Sonicare ProtectiveClean rechargeable toothbrushes with travel cases, chargers, and three brush heads for a jaw-dropping low price of $89.71. Don't be a yuck mouth, as the kids used to say. Wait, did anyone every really say that, or is that part of some weird fever dream? Maybe go with "brusha brusha brusha" instead. We are all familiar with how a manual toothbrush works. Up-down, up-down, side-to-side, repeat. Bored yet? With the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean rechargeable electric toothbrush you simply flip the switch and it takes care of the rest with sonic technology. That's just fancy words for 31,000 brush strokes per minute, plus it removes up to 6 times more plaque than you'd be able to muster with old fashioned elbow grease. Sure, a regular toothbrush only costs a few bucks, but think of the Sonicare as an investment in your mouth.  Read more...More about Toothbrush, Mashable Shopping, Electric Toothbrush, Sonicare, and Tech

Nearly 90% of the world's internet users are being monitored A new report claims, surprise, social media isn't really that free. Instead, it's full of bad faith actors manipulating elections and government officials surveilling users.  The report, 2019 Freedom on the Net, comes from "independent watchdog organization" Freedom House. And after reading the whole thing (PDF), that still feels like it's underplaying the growing tire fire that is social media.  While the ongoing efforts to interfere with elections are a huge concern, the breadth of surveillance is just as disturbingAccording to the report, 40 of 65 countries it studied (about 62 percent) "have instituted advanced social media surveillance programs."   Read more...More about Surveillance, Social Media, Freedom House, Tech, and Cybersecurity

Juul removed fruity flavors, but teens actually like mint A survey of the "youth" has found that mint is the most popular Juul Pod flavor among tenth and twelfth grade Juulers, and the second most popular among eighth graders who Juul (behind mango).  The study could have broader implications for the efficacy of Juul's anti-teen vaping measures. In October, Juul suspended the sale of flavored Juul pods as part of an effort to curb teen vaping. However, it kept mint — which the study shows is teens' preferred flavor, anyway. SEE ALSO: Juul suspends sales of its most delicious flavor pods Researchers at USC conducted a survey of 14,191 nationally representative eighth to twelfth graders. That yielded a sample of 1,739 respondents who reported Juuling in the past 30 days and included flavor preference data. The study was published Tuesday in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. Read more...More about Juul, Juul Pods, Tech, Big Tech Companies, and Health

15 gifts true fans of 'The Office' need in their lives Fans of The Office are loyal as hell, and you know what? It's about time they get rewarded for their unwavering support. Unlike so many other shows that went off the air in the last decade, there's currently no known reboot in the works for The Office. It’s a heartbreaking reality for fans who long to reunite with their favorite Dunder Mifflin employees, but that doesn't mean all joy is lost. You may not have the power to give fans of The Office a reboot, but you can still give them the glorious gift of show-related merch. From books and apparel to candles, gift cards, and personalized Dundie Awards, here are 15 gifts that any true fan of The Office will love as much as Stanley loves Pretzel Day. Read more...More about The Office, Gift Guide 2019, Culture, and Movies Tv Shows

Need a gift for Fluffy? Shop this pre-Black Friday sale on pet tech and toys. TL;DR: Amazon is offering discounts of up to 33% on pet gear and toys from PetSafe.  If there's one thing us pesky millennials (probably) won't kill, it's the pet care industry. Case in point: PwC's latest Holiday Outlook survey revealed that consumers between the ages of 24 and 27 plan on spending an average of $140 (or 12% of their total budgets) on their furry friends during the upcoming holiday season — that's almost twice as much as everyone else. Want to spend that $140 wisely? Head over to Amazon right now and put it towards something from PetSafe. A bunch of the brand's pet gadgets and toys are heavily discounted on the site right now, so if you act fast, you can score an amazing deal on an epic present for your dog or cat ahead of the chaos of Black Friday. Read more...More about Pets, Black Friday, Pet Tech, Mashable Shopping, and Automatic Pet Feeders

Over 11,000 scientists from around the world declare a 'climate emergency' A new study signed by more than 11,000 scientists in 153 countries supports the use of the term "climate emergency," a phrase more commonly heard in the calls of climate activists, according to the Washington Post. This is the first time that a group of scientists this large has formally backed addressing climate change as an "emergency."  The term's embrace from the global scientific community points to a growing sense of urgency of addressing climate change's effects and root causes.  The paper, published on Tuesday in the journal Bioscience, called properly informing the public of the gravity of climate change a "moral obligation" for those in the scientific community.  Read more...More about Social Good, Climate Change, Science News, Climate Crisis, and Climate Emergency

It's camping season: Save on Stanley cookware, food storage, and more gear Early fall is the perfect time to go camping — it’s not too hot, not too cold, and if you’re lucky, it hasn’t started inexplicably snowing yet (but with the way climate change is devastating our planet, who can truly say!).  If you’re going to venture out into the great wide open before the weather inevitably goes to hell, it’s important that you’re prepared with the right gear (and good gear). Speaking from experience, you don’t want to get your campsite all set up only to realize that you brought nothing to cook with. Unless you want to eat Spam right out of the can for dinner (which we do not recommend), then you're going to have to do some work leading up to the excursion.  Read more...More about Camping, Mashable Shopping, Cookware, Food Storage, and Thermoses

Watch Bon Appétit's Molly Baz attempt to make a raindrop cake Remember the raindrop cake? In 2016, a banner year for viral foods, the popular Japanese dessert enjoyed a moment of fame in the States, but hasn't been in the news much since then. Luckily, Molly Baz is here to remedy that problem: She gives the notoriously complicated treat a try in a new Bon Appétit video. Baz really does her homework here, speaking with a food scientist as well as Darren Wong, the man who popularized the raindrop cake in the U.S. She ends up with a "visually stunning" PB&J-flavored creation all her own, which seems to taste about as delicious as a raindrop cake can taste.  Read more...More about Bon Appetit, Culture, Food, and Web Culture

The Apple Watch Series 5 is at its lowest price ever on Amazon TL;DR: The Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular, 44 mm) and its always-on Retina display are $699 at Amazon — a $50 savings and likely the best sale you'll see even through Black Friday. The Apple Watch Series 5 when it sees other smartwatches and fitness trackers going on sale for Black Friday: Apple has been weirdly stingy with its newest generation Apple Watch for the past few Black Fridays. In 2018, there were virtually no discounts on the Series 4 (which was the newest model at the time but had already been out for a few months). Sprint offered $100 off of it if you added a new line to your plan, but as for deals without stipulations? Nah. Instead, retailers seemed to be really pushing the Series 3, and that's the situation we expect this year with the Apple Watch Series 5 versus Series 4. Read more...More about Fitness Trackers, Smartwatches, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, and Apple Watch Series 5

Get amazing audio quality and Alexa skills with Bose Home Speakers TL;DR: The intelligent Bose Home Speaker 300 and 500 are on sale, saving you up to $100. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice amazing sound quality to get access to smart assistant skills. And luckily, you don’tBose Home Speakers combine the Bose power you know and love with the capabilities of an Amazon Alexa or Google Home speaker. Right now, the Bose Home Speaker 300 and 500 are both on sale for $199 and $299 respectively.  Bose Home Speaker 300 — save $60 Though it has a compact size, this speaker has 360-degree lifelike sound and room-filling bass. It has WiFi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility for convenient listening. Control music via your voice, the Bose Music app, or the preset controls on the speaker. Read more...More about Smart Home, Bose, Bluetooth Speakers, Smart Speaker, and Mashable Shopping

NBA's new streaming service lets you watch some games without going broke Baseball is done, the NFL season is about halfway over, and hockey is probably happening somewhere. But most importantly, the most interesting NBA season in years just began, and the league just revealed an affordable way to legally stream some games. The NBA announced on Tuesday morning that it's launching a subscription service for NBA TV, the league's cable channel. For $6.99 per month or $60 per year, you can stream on the NBA's website or its app, which is available on just about every device that can download apps.  This is important because the NBA airs four or five games exclusively on NBA TV each week. These usually aren't huge, marquee matchups like you might find on ESPN or TNT, but just about every NBA game is compelling this season. For instance, the newly dominant Los Angeles Lakers play on NBA TV twice this week, while an intriguing game between the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers looms next Monday night. Read more...More about Sports, Nba, Basketball, Lebron James, and Slam Dunk

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