Monthly Archives: March 2018

The coolest umbrella we’ve ever seen is on sale for $19

Some people feel the rain. Others just get a better umbrella. Image: emson USa By Team CommerceMashable Deals2018-03-31 10:00:00 UTC Mother Nature has a cheeky sense of humor, doesn’t she?  She turns a beautiful sunny day into a treacherous rainstorm when you least expect it. And even if you are one of the lucky few who has an umbrella on hand, she’ll add a gust of wind that’ll turn it inside out, leaving you soaking wet. Enter Better Brella. Designed to brave the elements, consider it Mother […]

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Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart

For the bolson pupfish, a good fart can be a lifesaver: These little fish live in shallow pools in Mexico where they slurp algae off of rocks and burrow into the sediment to hide from predators. When temperatures rise in the summer, the algae squirt out gas bubbles that the pupfish suck down when they eat — making them bloated, and, worse, buoyant. The puffed-up pupfish float back to the water’s surface where they’re easy pickings for predators. But that’s not even the worst part: if they […]

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After Driving Streaming Music’s Rise, Spotify Aims to Cash In

Spotify predicts that by the end of 2018, it will have up to 96 million subscribers and $6.5 billion in revenue, according to a recent filing. But Spotify’s revolution has been about more than numbers. Streaming has also brought about a shift in the business itself, transforming its underlying financial model and rewriting the rules for how hits are made. In a sense, it has even changed the conception of music as a product. With streaming, a song is not a discrete item to be paid for […]

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Huawei MateBook X Pro is a MacBook Pro copy that’s better than the original

Huawei has finally done it. With the MateBook X Pro company has created a laptop that’s a shameless copy of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro, but that’s easy to forgive because it’s just so damn good. It’s better than the original in numerous ways, and lags behind only when it comes to certain details.   I’ve spent roughly 10 days with the MateBook X Pro, mostly using it as my main work machine, and this is the first time in ages that I seriously considered permanently moving back […]

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Whisper From the First Stars Sets Off Loud Dark Matter Debate

The news about the first stars in the universe always seemed a little off. Last July, Rennan Barkana, a cosmologist at Tel Aviv University, received an email from one of his longtime collaborators, Judd Bowman. Bowman leads a small group of five astronomers who built and deployed a radio telescope in remote western Australia. Its goal: to find the whisper of the first stars. Bowman and his team had picked up a signal that didn’t quite make sense. He asked Barkana to help him think through what […]

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I finally caved and bought more storage on Google Drive, iCloud

My Gmail was so full I had to start paying for storage space. Image: Vicky leta/mashable By Sasha Lekach2018-03-31 11:15:00 UTC I held out for as long as I could.  I transferred music files to flash drives, deleted massive photo files, and purged outdated email newsletters clogging my storage. Every email from Groupon went into the trash and was permanently deleted. No more chances to go back and “soak up savings.” I was on top of it. The trash button became my friend; archiving the enemy. This […]

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Tesla in fatal California crash was on Autopilot

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The driver of the Tesla Model X died shortly after the crash Electric carmaker Tesla says a vehicle involved in a fatal crash in California was in Autopilot mode, raising further questions about the safety of self-driving technology. One of the company’s Model X cars crashed into a roadside barrier and caught fire on 23 March. Tesla says the 38-year-old driver, who died shortly afterwards, had activated Autopilot seconds before the accident. But they did not say whether the system had detected […]

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7 things to make traveling easier

Get traveling. Image: pexels By Team CommerceMashable Deals2018-03-31 10:01:00 UTC One of life’s greatest joys is turning on the “Out of Office” feature for your work email. Peace out, coworkers! But before you pack those bags to escape, you’ll want to pick up these travel essentials to make your trip a bit easier. You’ll have plenty of time to stress out once you’re back. It’ll be Monday again soon enough. Wouldn’t it be nice to engage in meaningful conversations with locals in foreign countries rather than just […]

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Last-minute pranks you can still pull off for April Fool’s Day

Be like this kid on April Fool’s Day, just not as destructive. Image: Getty Images/Blend Images By Brian De Los Santos2018-03-30 13:44:11 UTC April Fool’s Day is nearly upon us.  Yes that means the season of (extra) fake news headlines, elaborate Google pranks, and #brandfails is upon us. Now’s a time of year that you need to keep your head on a swivel, making sure you do not fall victim to all-too-common April Fool’s Day prank. And look, we all love a good prank, but none of […]

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