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Sam Tarly was the MVP of 'Game of Thrones' Episode 1 and here's why

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 07:50 AM PDT


Never change, Samwell Tarly.

Jon Snow's oldest and closest pal from the Night's Watch is officially our MVP for the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere. Cersei's extremely relatable disappointment over not getting her elephants made her a strong challenger, but a proper MVP should change the game.

Sam changed the game, without question.

He did it in such an endearingly Sam-like way, too. The boy had every reason to be ranting and raging at Jon in the minutes after learning — from his pal's lover, no less — that Randyll and Dickon Tarly, his father and brother, respectively, had refused their new queen and met untimely ends. Read more...

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Ariana Grande reunited with *NSYNC during her set at Coachella

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 07:40 AM PDT


Last year we had #Beychella. This year, it's #Arichella. 

Ariana Grande wowed festival goers — and livestream viewers — with her closing set at Coachella week one. After some major teasing on Twitter, on Sunday night the pop star finally revealed one of her special musical guests: *NSYNC. 

The popular boy band of the late 90s and early aughts joined Grande to sing their hit "Tearin' Up My Heart." 

"I've been rehearsing my whole motherfucking life for this moment," Ariana says before they all start singing the iconic bop in unison. 

Notably, the band's former frontman Justin Timberlake couldn't make it, as he is finishing his own tour. But that didn't stop the rest of the band from living their best life and giving it their all with Miss Grande, who sang Timberlake's parts in his absence.   Read more...

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These people got to try out Samsung's Galaxy Fold, and they didn't hate it

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 07:31 AM PDT


Samsung's much-hyped Galaxy Fold finally arrives on April 26, but some lucky tech reporters have already held it, folded and unfolded the screen, and — despite some concerns with The Crease — many of the first impressions are positive, even with the phone's massive price tag.


In her brief hands-on time with the Galaxy Fold, CNET's Jessica Delcourt said the foldable phone's "4.6-inch display feels kind of small," but also praised how apps quickly transitioned from the outside display and the larger 7.3-inch interior screen. Read more...

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Bran Stark is a creep, and here are the memes to back it up

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 07:22 AM PDT


Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 1

I think we can all admit that Bran Stark's storyline has always been a little more than lackluster on Game of Thrones. Sure he has weird bird powers that allow him to know everyone's secrets, but you know what else that makes him? An absolute creep. 

In the pilot of the series, way back in 2011, you may remember Jaime Lannister pushing Bran out of a tower window and causing him to be in the wheelchair he is today. Well, Sunday's episode brought the reunion of Bran and Jaime which created the most interesting plot point in Bran's story line in several years.  Read more...

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Kid flossing to 'Mamma Mia' on the bagpipes is a perfect 30-second video

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 07:04 AM PDT


Flossing is a dance genre created by Russell Horning, aka the Backpack Kid, and is usually associated with Fornite, or pop music. 

One brave child, however, recently flossed to a bagpipe choir playing "Mamma Mia" by Abba. 

It was a beautiful confluence of genres. Congratulations to this tiny soul for breaking down musical barriers.  Read more...

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Buy a year of IPVanish for under £2.50 and get another year for free

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 06:43 AM PDT


You might think that this week is all about Game of Thrones, or Easter, but you'd be wrong. This week is World VPN Week, and that should take precedence over everything else. Don't you agree?

To celebrate this prestigious week, IPVanish is offering one year of its service for just £2.47 a month, with another year thrown in for free. This deal is only available to new customers and comes with a seven-day money-back guarantee and around the clock live chat support.

As much as this is a fantastic deal, it wouldn't mean anything if IPVanish was offering a substandard service. When it comes to selecting a VPN, you need a trustworthy option that can stand up to the threats associated with ISPs, public WiFi networks, and malicious third parties. Thankfully, IPVanish is just that, offering a safe haven for all your browsing needs.  Read more...

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The 10 best reusable coffee cups in the UK

Posted: 15 Feb 2019 03:19 AM PST



It's about time we started to take control of our own destiny. Our planet is in big trouble for a whole range of reasons. But there's also many ways we can individually make an effort to turn the tide. 

Waste is one of the major problems we are facing globally, and single-use plastic is arguably the biggest culprit. We've all seen the images of plastics polluting the oceans and damaging the habitats of species around the world. It really needs to stop. Read more...

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Save over £60 on McAfee Total Protection 2019 in their Easter Sale

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 06:18 AM PDT


Easter is great for a number of reasons. Quite often, your family will come together and enjoy a tasty meal, which is nice and wholesome. You'll probably also stuff your face with chocolate, which isn't wholesome but nobody can say anything, because it's Easter. 

Besides all the eating, Easter is also a great time to get your teeth into some sales, with many retailers posting deals at this time of year. 

If you are in the market for cyber security solutions, then Easter is the perfect time to secure a deal. You can now pick up McAfee Total Protection 2019 for a whole year for just £26.99 in McAfee's Easter Sale. This would usually cost £89.99, meaning you save over £60 on the list price. Read more...

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Get 50% off Kaspersky Lab's home security products in the UK with this code

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 06:15 AM PDT


When it comes to deals, it pays to act fast. 

With a lot of sales or individual offers, the best prices don't stick around for long, and this makes sense, because the retailers don't want everyone securing the extra low prices. When you spot a great deal, you can't hesitate. You just need to trust your instinct and go for it.

That's the situation with Kaspersky Lab's current deal on its range of home security products. You can save 50 percent by using the code SAVE50 when you get to the shopping cart. The thing is, this deal expires at midnight on April 15, so you really do need to go for it if you don't want to miss out. Read more...

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Uber will offer free chocolate Easter eggs in rides this week in 11 major U.S. cities

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 06:00 AM PDT


Spring is a time for rebirth, renewal — and lots and lots of chocolate.

Now, Uber is getting in on the action. The company announced it will offer free samples of chocolate Easter egg candies starting Monday during rides in select cities. Cargo, the exclusive in-car vendor for Uber, will be offering riders free Reese's Peanut Butter eggs and Cadbury Creme eggs, specifically.

Here's the full list of cities that will offer free chocolate eggs in Uber rides:

  • New York City

  • Chicago

  • Boston

  • Washington, D.C.

  • Baltimore

  • Minneapolis

  • Los Angeles

  • San Francisco

  • Atlanta

  • Miami

  • Dallas   

Cargo, the company that partnered with Uber to supply chocolates for this promotional event, is part of a burgeoning business model where vendors sell snacks, drinks, and other essentials such as headphones and phone chargers in ride-hailing cars. You purchase items through an app, then the driver hands you the goods. Read more...

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Dell XPS desktop on sale, plus SanDisk storage, Nintendo Switch, Ecovacs robot vacuum, and more for April 15

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 04:57 AM PDT


Good morning! Let's start the week on a high, with incredible savings on storage devices, home security products, robot vacuums, gaming goods, and many more. The one that stands out the most is the Dell XPS desktop, packed with an Intel Core i7-8700 processor and 16GB of RAM for only $699.99 after AFF300XPS coupon code. Usually, any desktop with an i7 processor and 16GB of RAM will set you back around $870, so you're saving $170 off with this deal.

Fun fact did you know it’s harder to make choices at the end of the day. So if you're looking to snap up some great deals, but you only browse during the evening. Why not switch it up and browse while you're eating your breakfast or traveling to work. Read more...

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Apple iPhones, Toshiba 4K TVs, Sony headphones, Amazon devices, and more deals for April 15 in the Amazon Spring UK sale

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 04:47 AM PDT


It's all anyone is talking about. It's dominating the headlines. It's the biggest event of the year. No, we're not talking about the final season of Game of Thrones. We're talking about the Amazon Spring Sale, which ends at midnight on April 15.

We have lined up the best deals from the last day of savings, including discounted Apple iPhones, Samsung smartphones, Sennheiser headphones, Amazon devices, and more. You can pick up great deals on all the top brands. Just don't leave it too late, because the curtain comes down at midnight.

These are the best deals from across the internet for April 15. Read more...

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John Oliver enlists help of Michael Keaton for scathing deep dive into the opioid crisis

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 04:22 AM PDT


John Oliver does not hold back. 

His latest deep dive is proof of this. In his video for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he tears into drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the U.S. opioid crisis — an epidemic fuelled by fentanyl, OxyContin, and heroin.

Though he's covered the topic before, Oliver chose to tackle it again because statistics show an alarming number of people are dying from opioid addictionAccording to figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were over 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017. 

As Oliver points out, there's a dearth of literally any video footage of OxyContin billionaire Richard Sackler talking — so he enlisted the help of Michael Keaton to well and truly eviscerate the man.  Read more...

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3 ways to combat climate change according to young activists

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 03:00 AM PDT


Young people have a lot more life to live, but if we don't address climate change, the planet they live on will look nothing like it does today. The good news is, a number of young people are putting up a fight.

At the United Nations' New York City headquarters, Mashable spoke to Noura Berrouba and Alexandria Villaseñor, two young activists who are working to make the world a better, greener place. Berrouba, 25, serves on the governing body of the European Youth Parliament, a program that helps young people engage with crucial political and cultural issues in their regionVillaseñor, 13, skipped school multiple Fridays in a row to strike outside the United Nations headquarters in New York, inspired by Greta Thunberg's #FridaysForFuture movement.  Read more...

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The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' posts extremely hype-worthy Instagram photo

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 02:55 AM PDT


Warning: Contains positively mountainous Game of Thrones spoilers.

Jon Snow's parentage, Arya's sneakery — all that stuff is interesting, but frankly it's all a mere distraction from the main question on every true Game of Thrones fan's lips: When the sweet hell are we going to get Cleganebowl?

I'm not going to go into detail about Cleganebowl here, but if you're not caught up you can read this handy explainer.

In a nutshell, it's the much-anticipated showdown between The Hound and The Mountain, which fans have been yearning for ever since we found out good old Sandor isn't actually dead after all. Read more...

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Chrissy Teigen got kicked out of John Legend's 'Game of Thrones' viewing party

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 02:25 AM PDT


There are two types of people in this world: those who watch Game of Thrones in a state of rapt silence, and those who dare to talk. 

Chrissy Teigen is the latter. Which is why she found herself on the wrong side of John Legend and his GoTs viewing party. 

Yep, Chrissy got kicked out of John's viewing party because she "talked too much." Ever resourceful, however, Chrissy picked the lock and let herself back in, as demonstrated in this video she posted to Twitter: 

The fun and games didn't stop there. Chrissy still had questions. Like: "What's the deal with Jon Snow?" I mean, she has a point.  Read more...

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Transform your smartphone into a mini TV with this $17 device

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 02:00 AM PDT


As we ditch cable in favor of streaming services, the ways in which we watch shows and movies are changing too. And while we can't deny the superior viewing experience that 4K Ultra HD televisions bring, streaming content through our mobile phones is unquestionably far more convenient. We can't exactly haul around 64-inch screens everywhere we go, can we?

Netflix is aware of this, hence the test drive of mobile-only subscription plans. Even adult websites are experimenting on ways to better cater to smartphone viewers.

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Bust the bad guys with these smart and affordable home security systems

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 02:00 AM PDT


Earlier this month, police in suburban Oregon responded to a 911 call from two men who reported that a burglar was locked inside the bathroom of their Beaverton-area home. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers heard banging noises coming from inside the room and assumed the intruder was trying to escape through a window. So, with their guns pointed and a canine unit at the ready, they burst through the door... only to find a disoriented little Roomba bumping itself against the shower door.

Unfortunately, few housebreaking cases end on such a high (or hilarious) note: According to the FBI's most recent Crime in the U.S. report, burglars cost their victims an estimated $3.4 billion in total property losses in 2017, with each incident costing its victim(s) a whopping $2,416 on average. And that's on top of the emotional distress one suffers when a rando breaks into your home.  Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' fans are analysing Arya Stark's secret weapon design

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 01:46 AM PDT


Warning: Contains dragonglass-filled spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1.

Okay, deep breaths.

So there may not have been much in the way of battles or deaths, but the first episode of the final Game of Thrones season still had plenty to discuss.

One question, that's been something of a theme for the show's past couple of seasons, is this: What exactly is Arya up to?

Well, one thing that was clear from her reunion with Gendry is that she's obviously preparing herself for the coming war. And she doesn't want to go into it empty-handed. Read more...

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Tesla's self-driving option is about to get 'substantially' more expensive

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 12:37 AM PDT


Think Tesla's done messing with its car prices? Think again. 

Days after the company's announcement of Model 3 lineup and price changes, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that the "price of the Tesla Full Self-Driving option will increase substantially over time." 

Please note that the price of the Tesla Full Self-Driving option will increase substantially over time

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2019

In a subsequent tweet, Musk said these changes will start on May 1. And answering a comment which asked whether the price increase will be to the tune of "a few thousand dollars" or "something like +$3,000," Musk said it would be "something like that." Read more...

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'Baby Shark' mixed into 'Sandstorm' at Coachella is really quite something

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 12:21 AM PDT


Coachella is sure to provide huge moments, and this one involves every parent's favourite song, "Baby Shark."

Jauz, real name Sam Vogel, performed at the festival on Saturday and debuted his remix of the highly, highly popular kids' song in front of a large crowd during the daytime.

As you'll see and hear, the remix mostly adds a bassline to "Baby Shark," before launching into a breakdown, which samples the song's chorus, before eventually building into the melody of Darude's classic dance track "Sandstorm."  Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere recap - Everyone just met up and it’s about to go down

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 09:50 PM PDT


The first episode of season 8 is all about reunions, family, and DRAGONS! Read more...

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Twitter welcomes back 'Game of Thrones' with jokes and roasts

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 07:46 PM PDT


Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 1 below

When you play the game of thrones, you win... or you get roasted Ned Umber-style. (RIP teeny, tiny boy.)

Game of Thrones: Season 8 has only just begun, but Twitter users are already launching their red-hot, post-premiere roasts and takes. 

From Bran sitting in a courtyard all night to Cersei missing out on those elephants, here are some of the funniest Twitter reactions to the Thrones premiere heard round the world.

On that very Harry Potter-esque dragon riding scene

So glad they included my favorite scene from Harry Potter in the season premiere of #GameofThrones

— Katie Stern (@katiehstern) April 15, 2019

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'Game of Thrones' episode 2 promo spells bad news for Jaime

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 07:36 PM PDT


*** Warning: Spoilers ahead for Season 8 of Game of Thrones ***

The final season of Game of Thrones was always going to be the end for someone.

In the teaser for the second episode of Season 8, there looks to be trouble ahead for Jaime Lannister, who features prominently alongside Daenerys Targaryen.

"When I was a child, my brother would tell me a bedtime story about the man who murdered our father," Daenerys opens in the teaser. 

"Of all the things we would do to that man." Read more...

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Sam dropped THAT bomb on Jon during the 'Game of Thrones' premiere

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 07:16 PM PDT


Game of Thrones Season 8 arrived full-force, with Jon Snow learning his true identity during the very first episode.

Jon's BFF-slash-true brother Samwell Tarly had a rough episode, learning that Daenerys executed his father and brother just after gleefully being introduced to her by Jorah Mormont.

Disillusioned with the dragon queen, Sam runs into Bran (but he's not really Bran, idk if you've heard, he's the ~*~*~Three-Eyed Raven~*~*~), who says that only Sam can tell Jon the truth. This is not an enviable position, which is probably why Sam literally hides in the crypts, but Jon catches him and then there's nothing to do but have the awkward convo. Read more...

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Beyoncé's pyramid stage lives on at this year's Coachella

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 06:55 PM PDT


Has it really been a year since Beyoncé's era-defining performance at Coachella?

It certainly hasn't been forgotten at this year's Coachella, with the pyramid stage from the iconic performance finding new life as an installation on the festival's grounds.

The first woman of color to headline the festival, the singer reunited with other members of Destiny's Child for the two-hour performance, which also featured appearances by her husband Jay-Z and her sister Solange. 

Beyoncé atop her pyramid during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.

Beyoncé atop her pyramid during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.

Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella

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Emilia Clarke posts adorable Instagram ahead of 'Game of Thrones' premiere

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 05:17 PM PDT


In the lead-up to the premiere of Game of Thrones' final season, the show's cast and crew have been understandably getting nostalgic.

That includes the Mother of Dragons herself, Emilia Clarke, who on Sunday posted an adorable Instagram shoutout to her green screen baby dragon, ahead of the first episode of Season 8.

"Me and my baby (dragon) (Drogon) just very excited for you all to see #season8gameofthrones which if I’m not mistaken," she captioned the post, which shows Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen cuddling up to what will eventually be rendered as her beloved Drogon. Read more...

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How to not suck at being a manager according to your fave fictional bosses

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 04:53 PM PDT



Feel like you might be ready to lead? Maybe you’re thinking about starting an MBA but need some inspiration before you make your move? Look no further than your screen. Yep, as usual, pop culture is here to save the day. 

These fearless film and television characters are guaranteed to inspire your inner leadership skills whether you’re planning on managing a team, dreaming of being your own boss or you’re simply looking for a competitive edge in your career. 

Miranda Priestly 

With her scathing commentary and unbelievably high expectations, Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, might be one of the silver screen’s most feared (and revered) bosses.  Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' must deliver an Arya vs. Cersei showdown, thanks

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 04:20 PM PDT


Ever since Arya Stark made her kill list and topped it off with Cersei Lannister’s name, theirs is the face-off I’ve been waiting for. The two haven't shared a scene since early Season 1 but their stories have intertwined in grievous ways.

Arya has managed to knock off a few names off her list, including Walder Frey and Meryn Trant, but Cersei remains the one big profile name on it. 

Game of Thrones Season 8 will bring about lots of reunions, some emotional and some awkward. The one we deserve the most is Arya vs. Cersei, especially if it means the former will kill the latter. Read more...

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'Final Fantasy XV' director is making an RPG about and endorsed by the Paralympic Games

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 03:08 PM PDT


This ain't your average sports game.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced Friday that the international tournament for people with disabilities would be getting its first video game, The Pegasus Dream Tour. The new game has some serious weight behind it; it's being created by JP Games, the new independent studio founded by Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata. The Paralympics game will be his new team's first since Tabata went indie.

"This is not just an ordinary video game about sports," Tabata said. "JP Games is going to represent fully the wonders that are unique to Paralympic sports in this brand-new role-playing game." Read more...

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