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Kevin Smith made a new He-Man show for Netflix. It rules.

Kevin Smith made a new He-Man show for Netflix. It rules.

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You ever sit down and think — I mean really think — about the name "He-Man"? What is that? What does it even communicate about this character?There's always been an inherent silliness to the classic Mattel toy line. Names like "Man-E-Faces" and "Evil-Lyn" aren't exactly born out of laser-focused brainstorms. But that silliness is now intrinsic to the DNA of anything connected to the Man who is He, and it absolutely hovers over every frame in Kevin Smith's new Netflix series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation.The five-episode release, which amounts to one half of this new story, is for all intents and purposes a continuation of the children's cartoon that aired its last episode in 1985. Revelations' first episode, in pace and in substance, actually feels like a product of that decade. It'
How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone

How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone

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Since it's always in your pocket, purse, or hand, there's no question that an iPhone is a much more convenient gaming platform than any PlayStation or Xbox could ever be. But that convenience comes at a price, especially for those of us too old to have grown up using touchscreens.Simply put, some games are just plain better with a controller. You can play Fortnite with a touchscreen, and many people do, but come on. That can never be as precise as aiming with analog sticks, which itself is admittedly not as precise as a mouse and keyboard. But something is better than nothing, and if you have a wireless Xbox controller lying around, you can connect it to an iPhone with almost no effort. Here's how.Make sure you have the right controller first If your Xbox O...
All the best laptops for working from home

All the best laptops for working from home

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Moaning about the office can be therapeutic. Constant criticism of the temperature, space, and snack selection is something that binds a workforce and helps everyone get through the day. It's really not that bad, though.The office definitely has its faults, but you quickly notice all the little comforts that it affords as soon as you start working from home. Yes, it's nice to roll out of bed and join a meeting in your pyjamas, but you'll quickly realise that the grass isn't always greener at home. SEE ALSO: The best laptops for kids in the UK Working remotely can actually be a real struggle, especially if you're not fully prepared for the transition. A constant supply of snacks and drinks is a good place to start, but you also need to...

The original songs in 'Schmigadoon!' perfectly capture the joy of musicals

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Welcome to Thanks, I Love It, our series highlighting something onscreen we're obsessed with this week.Apple TV+'s new musical comedy Schmigadoon! is a treasure trove of musical goodies. Part parody, part homage, it sends up the tropes of Golden Age musicals while paying tribute to them through exuberant song and dance numbers. Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key play Melissa and Josh, two doctors whose relationship has hit a rough patch. On a hike meant to bring them closer together, they stumble on the magical town of Schmigadoon. It's Brigadoon, with a twist: In Schmigadoon, life is a musical, and you can only leave once you've found true love.So begins a heap of musical references, as Schmigadoon! takes on everything from Oklahoma! to The Music Man to Carousel. While the entire series...

Netflix's 'Sexy Beasts' looks way more fun than it actually is

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I’ll always remember Sexy Beasts as the reality dating premise that got away. Things started off well enough. When Netflix dropped the first trailer for its new matchmaking game last month, Twitter lit up with excitement. The potential for a The Masked Singer-meets-Love Is Blind hybrid, in which contestants look for love while disguised by zany prosthetic makeup, was immediately apparent. Watching a flirty panda bear spend a night on the town with a robot, a bull, and an alien? You have to admit: It sounds positively charming. And yet, in its final form, Sexy Beasts doesn’t live up to the promise of its fantastical hook. It’s not that its creators and contestants fail to fully commit to the "hot animals" bit; they genuinely seem to get into the whole campy schtick. But a lack of stakes, a

How to hide likes on Instagram

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In an attempt to make user's experience more pleasant, Instagram rolled out the ability to hide like and view counts on all posts in their feed. This way users can focus on the content, rather than the popularity of the content. This update also gave users the option to hide the like and view counts on their own posts from other users. You can hide the like and view count on a post before you post it or you can do so retroactively. We will walk you through how to hide Instagram likes on your feed and on your own posts. How to hide likes on other accounts:1. Open your Instagram profile2. Select the three black lines in the upper right corner Select the three black lines to begin the process of hiding likes on your feed. Credit: screenshot: instag...
How to add custom emoji to Slack

How to add custom emoji to Slack

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Workplace banter on Slack truly levels up with emoji, particularly if they're little icons only your workplace uses, but especially if they're dancing party parrots.Slack allows you to add your own emoji to a workspace, ready to spruce up daily reports, celebrate wins, and add some high-drama reaction flair to general chats on the platform. Where it might be slightly inappropriate to drop emoji in say, a formal email, in Slack it's all systems go.So, you want to add your own custom emoji to Slack? Before you start, it's important to know your custom emoji will be available to everyone in your workspace, so be mindful of what you're adding. Plus, workspace admins can restrict permissions for adding custom emoji to Slack, so your gleeful plans for fun online work banter might be already foil...
Massage guns are everywhere. But do they work?

Massage guns are everywhere. But do they work?

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Life-changing or just plain shady? Mashable is getting to the bottom of promises made by health and wellness products by answering the simple question: "Does It Work?"Lebron James has just come off the court to take a breather on the sidelines. He flings a towel over his head, chugs water, crashes down onto a padded chair, and then proceeds to take out…a massage gun? He moves the handheld device up and down his calves and quads, semi-watching the game, semi-zoned out.James, like many other athletes and fitness aficionados, is actually using a percussive massager. These handheld devices a user can wield on their own muscles — the original of which is the Theragun, which came out in 2016 and has spawned scores of imitators — combine a vibrating head with the repetitive motion and pressure of
How to connect your AirPods to a computer

How to connect your AirPods to a computer

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So, you can't quite figure out how to connect your AirPods to your computer. Stuff happens! It's OK, because the problem is easy enough to solve. We've got a quick rundown for you, but there's also a helpful page from Apple itself that can point you in the right direction for any model computer. Now, first things first, this process might look different depending on what type of computer you use. Let's go with a Mac first. First you want to make sure that your Mac's operating system is up to date. To do that, click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of your desktop screen and click on "About this Mac." A screen will pop up, and there you can click on "Software Update." According to Apple, regular, 2nd generation AirPods require macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later, and AirPods Pro re...