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2020-07-06 01:27    2020-07-06 02:56

The 15 absolute best original series on Netflix

2020 has been a particularly long "year," but our streaming subscriptions flourish more than ever. It's entirely likely that you or someone you know has recently uttered the phrase "I've watched everything in my queue," or "I've seen everything on Netflix."No, sweetie, you haven't.

'The Hobbit' is getting a new audiobook edition read by Andy Serkis

As if we needed an excuse to dive back into J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, a new audiobook version of the prelude to The Lord of the Rings read by Andy Serkis is coming out in September.To tease the release of this version of The Hobbit,

Protests surged nationwide on July 4 in a collective call for a better America

Independence Day in the United States saw thousands and thousands of protesters eschewing the typical traditions of relaxed grilling and celebration to instead continue the fight against racism and violence against Black people with inspiring marches, speeches,

Would you like to see a 'fluffy' galaxy? Check out Hubble's spectacular new photo.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA released a new image Thursday taken using the Hubble Space Telescope and showing a very detailed look at the unique spiral galaxy known as NGC 2775. The ESA described this galaxy as flocculent, meaning it has a woolly, feathery, or fluffy appearance,

Uber's global reach grows as the rideshare company comes to Tokyo

It took six years, but Uber is finally hitting the road in Tokyo.The company kicked off rideshare operations in Japan's capital city on Friday, according to a report from Bloomberg. Thanks to a partnership with three local taxi services,

TwoSeven review: All-in-one group streaming that's far from perfect

TwoSeven group streaming$nullView ProductThe GoodRobust service selection • Intuitive chat features • Good playback on some servicesThe BadPersonal and web playback is buggy • Browser feature differences • Minor video chat issuesThe Bottom LineTwoSeven is a versatile group streaming site that occasionally bites off more than it can chew.

The best apps of 2020 (so far)

Without apps, an iPhone is an expensive paperweight. Luckily for iOS and Android users, there have been a lot of great new apps released in 2020. And while our day-to-day routines have been radically altered by the global pandemic, apps are still integral to our lives.

Fourth of July sale: This 32-inch LG LED TV is on sale for under $200

TL;DR: Binge-watch all your favorites with a 32-inch LG LT340C Series FHD LED TV for $189.99, a 37% savings as of July 5.While your state might be dabbling with a phased re-open or dialing back previous re-opening plans, one thing is for sure: there's still a ton of TV to be watched.

Emotional intelligence classes designed to help you become a better human

TL;DR: Work towards becoming more self-aware with The Emotional Intelligence and Decision-Making bundle for $34.99, a 96% savings as of July 5.Humans kind of suck these days. Seriously. A quick scroll through Twitter will validate that. With emotions running high, empathy, social skills,

Were your taxes a hot mess? This receipt tracker app is 87% off.

TL;DR: Get a 5-year subscription to Foreceipt's receipt tracker app for $29.99, an 87% savings as of July 5.We've all encountered it: piles of receipts in need of filing all year until Tax Day comes along. Some are crumpled in our wallets, some are stacked in drawers,

Fourth of July sale: Save nearly 50% on this refurbished Philips monitor

TL;DR: Get a more clear and vibrant viewing experience with a Philips Momentum 43-inch LED 4K UHD monitor for $519.99, a nearly 50% savings as of July 5.Whether you're a gamer looking for a way to totally immerse yourself in the game, a WFH novice looking to adapt to the lay of the land,

Get a grip on our data-driven world with this $40 online bootcamp

TL;DR: Learn how to handle the world of data with The Complete Big Data and Power BI bundle for $39.99, a 91% savings as of July 5.It's clear in today's business landscape that companies live and die by how quickly they respond to trends.

Vitamix vs. Blendtec: Which pro blender will crush your checklist?

Finding a single kitchen appliance that can replace multiple other appliances has been the thing for foodies over the past few years. 

Satisfy your curiosity with this bite-sized book summary app

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to SumizeIt Book Summaries is on sale for £24.08 as of July 5, saving you 70% on list price.Do you want to find out the secret to success? Do you yearn to discover how empires were built, millions were made, and industries were changed? You should read a book or two.

Gain access to thousands of online courses for under £50

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to StackSkills Unlimited is on sale for £47.37 as of July 5, saving you 96% on list price.Everyone is struggling with boredom at the moment. Maybe you've even done the one thing you swore you'd never do: go live on Instagram. Or worse, create a TikTok account.

Kanye West claims he's running for president and Elon Musk is playing along

Kanye West has announced he's running for president. As if this Fourth of July wasn't already cursed enough.As scattered fireworks celebrations were beginning across crowdless cities on the East Coast Saturday night, Kanye West, the controversial rapper and fashion mogul,

Bill Pullman invokes 'Independence Day' in a PSA for responsible mask-wearing

Bill Pullman wants you all to wear your masks on this pandemic-stricken Fourth of July. Call them "Freedom Masks" if that makes it an easier pill to swallow. It's accurate, even! If enough people wear masks that we can beat this pandemic back, we may get to enjoy some of our basic freedoms again.

'Fortnite' hosted an in-game event to teach players about racism

Fortnite players took on a different kind of mission on Saturday morning. Instead of water skiing via a fishing pole attached to a shark or battling against monster hordes, players were challenged to think about systemic racism in a series of conversations dubbed "We the People." Van Jones,

8 popular Disney movies on Netflix that you can watch right now

If you haven't subscribed to Disney+ but are missing those magical movies, you'll be glad to know that Netflix is still showing a handful of Disney films.The streaming service offers a varied collection of Disney features, from traditional animations to newer live-action hits.

How to enjoy the magic of 'Hamilton' without Disney+

Hamilton is here for Disney+ subscribers.Thanks to the COViD-19 pandemic, Broadway will remain shut down through at least the beginning of 2021. But theater fans who subscribe to Disney+ received a gift on Friday in the form of a filmed version of Hamilton from 2016, featuring the original cast.

Joey Chestnut emerges again as the Nathan's hot dog champion

Despite the coronavirus, competitive hot dog eating is still on. Competitive eater Joey Chestnut did not disappoint at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for 2020, where he scarfed down 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, breaking his 2018 record of 74 hot dogs and buns in the same time period.

Brie Larson celebrated her YouTube launch with a trip to the 'Hot Ones' gauntlet

Hot Ones is back. The popular YouTube series, hosted by Sean Evans, challenges celebrities to eat increasingly spicy hot sauces as they field an array of deep-diving questions, is back. The guest? Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson.

YouTuber MrBeast challenged people to keep their finger on an app. It went for 70 hours.

Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson is at it again.The YouTuber, who is known for his elaborate stunts and cash giveaways, challenged willing participants to join his "Finger on the App" competition. The premise was simple:

LinkedIn says its extra intense clipboard snooping in iOS is a bug

LinkedIn's iOS app has taken the ongoing issue of snooping at users' clipboards to whole, new level. The company has already said it's a mistake that will be fixed.The issue of iOS apps monitoring copy-paste data has been a subject of concern since March,

Which group streaming service is right for you?

No company has quite figured out the perfect group streaming app, but Hulu and Plex have both put together intriguing solutions for this era of social distancing.Hulu has leveraged its massive and diverse streaming library to offer Hulu Watch Party.

18 things you won't remember happened in 2020

Congratulations! You've survived the first half of 2020! Does the idea of there being a full six months left in this godforsaken year make you want to violently vomit? Yeah...us too.Emotionally speaking, the first half of 2020 has lasted approximately six months and 487 years. 

28 great Fourth of July sales you won't want to miss

Fourth of July is typically all about time with friends, beer, fireworks, grilled meats, and a few good sales. This year, we're left with beer, meat, and sales. So let's make the most of what we got.What follows below are 28 sales worth celebrating. Depending on what you're shopping for,

These durable, 'armored' charging cables are built to last a long time

TL;DR: Say goodbye to tangles with Evercable's 4.35-foot steel armored cable for $18.95, a 17% savings as of July 4.Charging cables fray. It's a fact of life. Or is it? The team behind Evercable is on a mission to make their cable the last charging cable you'll ever need.

Upgrade your BBQ game with 14 amazing deals on grilling tools

The Fourth of July is a time for pool floats, BBQs, and great deals. Since flocking to the stores to spend your cash isn't the safest or best idea these days, we've done you the honor of rounding up some discounts on accessories to upgrade your BBQ game for the holiday and beyond. 

This face mask has a zipper, lets you eat and drink without taking it off

TL;DR: Stay (relatively) protected (while still being able to eat and drink) with a zippered face cover for $26.99, a 22% savings as of July 4. Unless you're living under a news-free rock, you know that cities everywhere are seeing spikes in coronavirus cases.

Adobe Lightroom alternative Luminar is on sale for 75% off

TL;DR: Edit your photos with the award-winning Luminar 4 bundle for $59, a 75% savings as of July 4.You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. In this day and age, it could also be worth thousands of dollars. 

Stream all your favourite shows with Surfshark

TL;DR: A two-year subscription to Surfshark is on sale for $1.99 per month as of July 4, saving you 83% on list price.There is nothing worse than subscribing to a streaming service and finding out that the show you wanted to watch isn't available in your location. Thankfully,

This online course teaches you advanced Excel techniques

TL;DR: The Microsoft Excel from Beginner to Advanced class is on sale for £8.82 as of July 4, saving you 92% on list price.Everyone uses Excel, but not everyone excels at Excel.Even if you think you know everything about the ubiquitous spreadsheet tool, think again.

Get a lifetime supply of on-demand fitness classes for under £100

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Live Streaming Fitness is on sale for £63.39 as of July 4, saving you 84% on list price.How many times have you made a resolution to workout more often? And how many times have you abandoned that resolution just a few weeks later?We get it: exercising sucks.

The 15 best Netflix original series of 2020 (so far)

Even in the darkest of times, our Netflix queues shine bright. Thus far, 2020 has been a bit of a...bumpy ride. Thankfully for the Netflix-subscribed among us, the streaming service's steady offering of original series has provided some much needed consistency. Over the past six months,

10 protests that have defined 2020 so far

You'll likely tell your grandkids about the protests you attended in 2020. Future historians, too, will toil over the twists that emerged on what felt like a daily basis throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Even before COVID-19 fully gripped the world, 2020 was shaping up to be a year of activism. 

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