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Slack is appalling Olympics viewers with an excruciating ad on repeat

Slack is appalling Olympics viewers with an excruciating ad on repeat

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Whether you're watching on the NBC app or on cable, there are only so many commercials that play during the Olympics. Most of them feature athletes whose stories of overcoming adversity and achieving greatness get somehow loosely associated with, like, an airline. A consequence of being invested in the Olympics means you see these commercials over and over and over again. And then one more time.It's mostly fine, though. I'll watch American swimmer/nice guy/hottie Ryan Murphy talk about his migraines all day. ALL. DAY. But there is one commercial of the Tokyo Olympics that I cannot abide. And it ends not with a bang, but a knock brush. Tweet may have been deleted Quite simply, how dare they. I'm talking about Slack, and the company's ad, titled "Work in Progress." It's a cheery, 30-sec...
10 of the best earbuds for every situation

10 of the best earbuds for every situation

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They might be small, but earbuds shouldn’t be taken lightly. Finding a good pair of buds is pretty tricky, and you’ve likely gone through more earbuds over the years than you can count. Picking up a £10 pair of earbuds in the checkout line is easy enough but you know deep down that you’ll be back there again next month (or even sooner) because they’ve fizzled out already. Spending that much will only get you so far. Does that mean all earbuds are poor quality? Absolutely not. Thumping bass, immersive noise cancellation, and crisp sound is not exclusive to over-ear headphones. There are plenty of premium, feature-heavy earbuds out there.Which is better, over-ear headphones or earbuds?Ultimately there’s no definitive answer to this question. It’s down to personal preference. Some of you will
All the horror movie references in Netflix's 'Fear Street' trilogy

All the horror movie references in Netflix's 'Fear Street' trilogy

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Leigh Janiak's Fear Street trilogy may be based on R.L. Stine's beloved teen horror books, but it makes more than a few references to classic horror films — Netflix even opened its own totally '90s pop-up video stores to promote the series.The three-part Netflix film series, Part 1: 1994, Part 2: 1978, and Part 3: 1666, makes both overt and subtle nods to iconic horror films like Scream, Friday the 13th, The Shining, The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Evil Dead, Night of the Living Dead, and Halloween, whether in the form of a passing name-drop in dialogue, a blatant shot re-creation, or a sneaky real estate sign in the background of a scene.In the video above, Netflix points out these references, so you can spot anything you missed while avoiding your own peril in Shadyside. There's a fair fe

Netflix's 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' ending gets explained by Kevin Smith

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So, you've smashed all five episodes of Netflix's excellent reboot of Masters of the Universe: Revelation. How about that ending? If you've got a powerful amount of questions about what just happened in Eternia, showrunner Kevin Smith teamed up with Netflix to answer a few in this "Ending Explained" video above. Where will Part 2 begin? What exactly happened in the final battle? What's up with Evil-Lyn's staff?It goes without saying that this has some major spoilers in it — it's a chat about the ending, after all.Masters of the Universe: Revelation is now streaming on Netflix. Source: Marshable {$inline_image}
Nokia revives the legendary 6310 phone with a larger, curvy display

Nokia revives the legendary 6310 phone with a larger, curvy display

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There was a point in history, at least in my mind, when Nokia 6310 was the best phone you could get. More advanced than the 3xxx series and yet not as bulky as the Communicator, the Nokia 6310 was the phone to get in the early aughts if money was no object, and getting things done was the priority. Now, HMD Global, which owns the Nokia brand, has launched a remake of the Nokia 6310 under the same name. As is typical of Nokia's remakes, it's a cheap, little, basic phone that sort of looks like the original (more on that later) but has been updated to be more usable today. In terms of specs, this means the Nokia 6310 has a 2.8-inch display with curvy edges, a numerical keypad, 8MB of RAM, 16MB of storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD cards), a rear 0.3-megapixel camera, and FM radio. Yes, ...
The Galaxy Note is dead (for now) but it lives on in Samsung's new foldables

The Galaxy Note is dead (for now) but it lives on in Samsung's new foldables

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Galaxy Unpacked may be just a few weeks away, but Samsung isn't leaving much to the imagination. On Monday, the company's president and head of mobile communications business, Tae Moon Roh, confirmed in a recent blog post that two foldable phones are on the way. Oh, and that the Galaxy Note is dead.Well, those weren't his words exactly. Towards the bottom of the post, Roh writes: "I hope you’ll join us as we debut our next Galaxy Z family and share some foldable surprises — including the first-ever S Pen designed specifically for foldable phones. Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around, we will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices."Historically speaking, Samsung has always saved the second half of the year for its Galaxy Note lineup. But cons
John Oliver unpacks racial housing discrimination in America and calls for reparations

John Oliver unpacks racial housing discrimination in America and calls for reparations

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John Oliver has delved into the history of race and land ownership in America in the latest episode of Last Week Tonight. It's a history that, in Oliver's words, "has many horrifying chapters pretty much from chapter one when America was 'discovered' from under other people's feet."As Oliver points out, some communities in the U.S. technically still have laws in place prohibiting the sale of homes to people of colour. Oliver begins by telling the story of a Black couple who owned two oceanfront lots on Manhattan Beach, California in the 1920s. After the Klu Klux Klan was involved in harassing them, the town seized the land. 100 years on, the Bruce family may have that land returned to them. Oliver goes on to make the case that other families who've experienced similar injustices should rec...
Zack Snyder trades zombies for heists in Netflix's 'Army of the Thieves' trailer

Zack Snyder trades zombies for heists in Netflix's 'Army of the Thieves' trailer

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Before there were scores of zombies and digitally inserted Tig Notaro, there was a crime.Zack and Deborah Snyder revealed a first look at their prequel to May's Netflix zombie flick, Army of the Dead, in a Comic-Con@Home panel on Sunday. Rather than delving deeper into the walking dead angle, this first trailer for Army of Thieves highlights what looks an awful lot like a grounded, not-at-all fantastical heist movie. (Zombies do still exist, apparently, but we're not focusing on them this time.)It's an expansion of the universe, in other words. By venturing back in time, director Matthias Schweighöfer and writer Shay Hatten are giving fans a deeper and more clearly defined world to serve as a home for more stories.You can learn more about how this whole, unexpected thing came together in t
Slick 'Dexter: New Blood' trailer shows our killer in a fresh habitat

Slick 'Dexter: New Blood' trailer shows our killer in a fresh habitat

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Dexter may not be called "Dexter" these days, but that doesn't mean Showtime's most infamous serial killer has lost his lust for blood. On Sunday at a panel for Comic-Con@Home, the television network revealed the name and release date — not to mention, a juicy first trailer — for its Dexter special event series. Titled Dexter: New Blood and debuting Nov. 7, the revival is set 10 years after the events of the original show and sees Dexter (Michael C. Hall) on the run and living under the alias Jim Lindsay in rural Oregon. In the trailer, we don't see Dexter/Jim get up to anything too nefarious. But it appears the ruthless murderer now owns a hunting store, and longingly staring at all those weapons can't be good for him — even if he insists his new life is "all about blending in." Julia Jon
Grow a flourishing garden with Gardenuity kits on sale

Grow a flourishing garden with Gardenuity kits on sale

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TL;DR: Spruce up your space with an Outdoor Container Herb Garden or a Desktop Garden Bamboo Planter, on sale for $104.99 and $71.99, respectively, as of July 25. Gardenuity curates garden kits with everything you need to grow a delightful garden, even if you have very little — or zero — outdoor space. If you have a patio, porch, or balcony to work with, these Outdoor Container Herb Gardens can spruce up your space and help you grow your own fresh ingredients from home. And if you don’t have any outdoor space at all, no worries. The Desktop Garden Bamboo Planter makes growing your own plants indoors a breeze.For the more labor-intensive outdoor kit, you’ll get a collection of herb plants, a reusable and portable five-gallon grow bag, foundation compost, coir, soil primer, micronutrients, P