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500+Engadget / 6h
Regardless of how 2021 went for you, 2022 is another chance for all of us to make the new year better than those that came before it. We set New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions, but it’s no wonder that so many people fail after just a few weeks – old habits die hard. Just as it’s important to have a supportive group of people cheering you on during those particularly hard days, it’

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500+Ars Technica / 8h
Star Trek Enlarge / Actor J.G. Hertzler, dressed as his character Martok from the Star Trek television franchise speaks during the "STLV19 Klingon Kick-Off" panel at the 18th annual Official Star Trek Convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on July 31, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Gabe Ginsburg | Getty Images) Most languages develop through centuries of use among groups of people. But some ha

100+Mashable / 3h
No one is more surprised than the Harry Potter cast to hear that it's been 20 years since the premiere of the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. “It doesn’t feel like we’ve earned a reunion yet," Rupert Grint said during Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts . Seated in an armchair in the Gryffindor common room, he and co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson repeated

enchantedbook : Art Illustration by Paolo Domeniconi

peoplewithcats : Anne Francis - Honey West , 1965.

36The Points Guy / 47min
P&O Cruises on Monday will become the first cruise line to require passengers to get booster shots against COVID-19 to board a ship as cases of the omicron variant continue to soar across the world. The United Kingdom-based cruise operator recently notified customers on an unusually long, 35-night sailing to the Caribbean scheduled to begin Monday that they would need to show proof of such a COVI

Mashable / 48min
Modern dating can be likened to an obstacle course, especially over the last two years. From early pandemic days of virtual-only meetups to a lackluster hot vax summer to now fielding yet another COVID variant, singles haven't caught a break. With a new year on the horizon, will that change? The answer is resoundingly no, because Dating Sunday is almost here. Landing in the sweet spot between the

Gizmodo / 53min
2021's been a not terribly great year and taken several talented folks from us, but it threw one final gut punch with the news of Betty White’s death on New Year’s Eve. Just a few weeks ahead of her much publicized 100th birthday, the vaunted actor passed away, leaving behind a pretty lengthy career spanning several… Read more...

How-To Geek / 53min
One of the best and easiest ways to store data is to use cloud storage. Huge corporations like Microsoft, Apple, and even Google—not to mention dozens of smaller providers—let you store files offsite for a monthly fee. But what is cloud storage exactly, and how does it work? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How-To Geek / 53min
Samsung just revealed its 2022 roundup of C-Lab incubator projects ahead of the upcoming CES event. And hands down, the most interesting of the bunch is a smart guitar and app duo ZamStar, which is designed to make it easier to learn guitar and jam with other players. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

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Today is the most democratic (small d) day of the year in travel. That's because it's January 1, and everyone's elite status counters get reset to zero (except for those squirrely foreign programs that have membership years based on the date you joined). I have exactly the same number of elite qualifying miles and nights as everyone else today. At least everyone else without rollover miles. Conti

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Engadget / 1h
The United States is extending its operations aboard the International Space Station through 2030, NASA confirmed Friday in a blog post . “The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration and for more than 20 years has returned enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit humanity," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in

gameraboy2 : Cats and Their Women by Barbara Cohen and Louise Taylor, 1992

New year, new TV! If you're looking to upgrade your home cinema in 2022, we're rounding up today's best New Year's TV deals with prices starting at just $149.99. You'll find a range of 4K TV deals from all your favorite retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart, from top brands like Samsung, Sony, and LG. The New Year's TV sales event is the perfect opportunity to score last year's best-

The new World of Hyatt Business Credit Card isn’t a game-changer and I think because the card is new and because it’s from Hyatt it’s being judged against an almost impossible standard. It’s a great card to get for the up front bonus. In fact, if you’re eligible for new Chase cards and can get a business card, that’s a rich enough reward to make applying almost a no-brainer. The card is reasonabl

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. If you currently have The Platinum Card® from American Express , one of the card’s benefits has just reset: an annual statement credit of up to $100 at Saks Fifth Avenue for U.S. purchases . You’ll receive a $50 statement credit for purchases made between Jan. 1 and June 30 and another $50 for purchases made between July 1 and Dec. 3

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Gizmodo / 1h
It’s only a few weeks before Switch players can get their hands on Pokémon Legends: Arceu s . The next big entry in the series is winding back the clock to the Hisui Region before it came to be known as Sinnoh , and tasks players with exploring the area to research the pocket monsters in their natural habitats. Read more...

With a free Yahoo account, you get access to various services, including email, calendar, and contacts. If you’d like to get started with that, here’s how to make your Yahoo account. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Need something to play over the long weekend? Epic Games is offering the entire Tomb Raider reboot trilogy for free! Claim the games before January 6th to play them any time on your PC or through the GeForce Now service. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

allcatsconstitutethesamefamily : From The House That Jack Built , 1807.

Debut rocket launches and robotic lunar missions will make the New Year a crucial prelude to putting astronauts back on the moon.

Monday US Omicron Tuesday•
100+The Points Guy / 2h
More than 2,400 flights to, from and within the U.S. were canceled on Saturday, New Year’s Day, as a spate of COVID-19 and weather-related flight disruptions spilled into 2022. While the ongoing cancellations have been largely driven by the spread of the omicron variant across the U.S., with airline employees calling out sick and isolating after positive tests, severe weather on Friday and Saturd

jareckiworld : Tomiyuki Kaneko — Messenger of Vaiśravaṇa (mineral pigments, japanese ink, transparent watercolor, acrylic, pen on japanese paper, 2020)

The start of a new calendar year has long been viewed as a chance to get a fresh start—including in the kitchen. For nearly two years now, the COVID-19 pandemic has been responsible for millions of illnesses and deaths, in addition to a major spike in the popularity of cooking and baking at home. And not only that,… Read more...

If you’d like to chat with multiple people at once on Snapchat, make a group and add all the people you want to it. You can then hold group discussions and share your stories with everyone. Here’s how to do that. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

100+Futurism / 3h
CRISPR Drawer Not every ripe, red tomato is the same. Some are used in soups, some in salads, and some — allegedly — for lowering blood pressure, fighting anxiety, and helping sleep. According to Scientific American , the new gene-hacked tomato variety is being sold to Japanese customers as a way to chill out, and is the first food on the open market made with CRISPR–Cas9 technology. The tomatoes

200+Futurism / 3h
Tesla’s mercurial, meme-loving CEO Elon Musk angered a ton of the his fans when he tweeted an anti-vaxxer meme last week. Musk’s pixelated tweet shows two characters. One has been injected with a ludicrous number of what are presumably COVID-19 shots, and is wearing a mask, with a QR code on their head. The other is the “ Yes Chad ” meme, a character who frequently acts as a voice of reason. A th

wtxch : Kim Haskins (British, b.1981)

A reader (who asked to remain anonymous) pointed out something interesting that’s either new, or that neither of us never noticed before. I’m not drawing any conclusions yet, though I think this is at least worth bringing up and discussing. Marriott’s “request upgrade please” button Marriott Bonvoy elite members are supposed to receive space available room upgrades at check-in, with Platinum memb

Engadget / 3h
If you still haven't pulled the trigger on a pair of Apple's AirPods Pro , Amazon has them on sale for the first time since Christmas, as far as we can tell. You can currently get them for $180 , down from their normal price of $250. That's not as good as the $159 price advertised for Black Friday , but considering the price spiked to $197 around Christmas, $180 is still an improvement over recen

It's the start of a new year but the phone rumors and leaks continue to flood in – and here we're looking at more details that have emerged surrounding the first foldable phone from Honor, the Honor Magic V . According to well-known tipster Digital Chat Station on Chinese social network Weibo ( via Phandroid ), the upcoming folding smartphone is going to be powered by the top-end Qualcomm Snapdra

One of the benefits of hotel credit cards is that they can help you earn elite status . Some hotel credit cards outright offer elite status, while others offer a certain number of elite nights towards a status tier. In this post I wanted to share a guide to earning elite nights in the Marriott Bonvoy program using co-branded Marriott credit cards . Hopefully this is useful with it being a new yea

allcatsconstitutethesamefamily : From The Cats’ Arabian Nights by Abby Morton Diaz, 1881.

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

A smart TV is good for more than just YouTube and Netflix. If you’ve got a game controller lying around, there’s a good chance you can connect it to your Google TV or Android TV device. We’ll show you how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Pretty much all Rube Goldberg machines are awesome, but this one takes the cake. It’s the largest in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records, and takes over four minutes to complete from beginning to end. You can watch it run in this gripping video. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Marriott Bonvoy elite status offers some impressive benefits. The perks get particularly compelling once you accrue 50 elite nights in a calendar year to reach Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status . One of those perks is the ability to choose an annual Choice Benefit. If you reach 75 elite nights in a calendar year, you’ll be able to select a second annual Choice Benefit. The options for 50-nigh

Gizmodo / 3h
For fans of the old superhero Miracleman, the last several years have been tumultuous. Created in 1954 by Mick Anglo and originally named Marvelman, the character’s been lost to time, even after his rights were eventually sold to Marvel back in 2009. It wasn’t clear if or when he’d return to the comics space, but this… Read more...

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Chase and Hyatt have two co-branded credit cards — the World of Hyatt Credit Card ( review ) and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card ( review ) — which are among the best hotel credit cards out there. One of the awesome things about Hyatt’s two credit cards is that they can earn you elite nights, making it easier to qualify for status in the World of Hyatt program. In this post I wanted to ge

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100+The Points Guy / 4h
For over 15 years, millions of families took the easy way from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Disney World : They walked past baggage claim (not bothering to pick up their checked bags), boarded a bus (usually with a picture of Mickey Mouse on the side of it) and would arrive at their Disney World hotel about 30 minutes later (if they were fortunate enough to bypass Orlando traffic). Thei

When it comes to window treatments, the terminology can get a little confusing—starting with “window treatment” itself. Is it a protective coating for windows, or a process like treating wood? Is it referring to the ways to fix broken or aging windows? (You get the picture.) Read more...

When you have a document, spreadsheet, or presentation that you want approval on for your company, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides has you covered. Send the request for approval, optionally set a due date, and get the approval you need. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. The TPG staff stays in a lot of hotels. Some, understandably, have much better views than others. Even though we’re usually hard at work assessing these properties — taking photos and notes on everything from the shower heads to the number of outlets by the bed — enjoying the view is also part of the job. Whether it’s the sparkling S

vintage-sweden : Woman and cat, Sweden.

100+Mashable / 5h
Pete Davidson opted out of joining Miley Cyrus onstage for a cover of Dolly Parton's 1973 "Jolene." Devastating. Noah Cyrus did grab a mic to duet with her big sister on the classic country tune during Miley's New Year's Eve bash that aired on NBC. This isn't the first time Miley has covered "Jolene." As part of her Backyard Sessions YouTube series, Miley released a stirring version of the song i

23Mashable / 5h
Happy New Year! …now, when's the last time you backed up your computer? No, really? When? A few months ago? A year ago? Never?! If you've never experienced data loss or hard drive failure, consider yourself extremely lucky. But, that luck will eventually run out. Everyone is bound to experience some sort of data loss within their lifetime. Take it from me. I've been an unlucky one. I've had an in

Engadget / 5h
If you're still in the mood for some post-holiday gifts-to-self, Microsoft has cut the price on its high-end Xbox Elite Series 2 controller to $140. That's almost as low as the Black Friday price of $135 , in case you missed out on that sale in late November. Normally $180, the highly customizable Elite Series 2 is positioned as an upgrade for avid gamers, with a slew of premium features includin

As we hurtle toward the end of 2021, there’s one more thing you might want to do: Make some New Year’s resolutions. In 2022, you may pledge to use your points and miles to travel more — and even try to hit up some bucket-list destinations. We asked a group of travel influencers and globe-trotters for their 2022 travel resolutions to give you some inspiration. Whether you already recognize some of

uconstruction : Brassaï (1899-1984 French) • Cat & Kittens

By now, you've probably heard about cryptocurrency and cryptomining, possibly because you too want to get a piece of that sweet, sweet speculative digital asset money. If it were 2012, we'd be right there next to you, mining a couple of bitcoin or ethereum overnight on our laptops because it was an interesting project and you got a couple of neat digital tokens worth a couple of pennies out of it

Delta Los Angeles Officer•
A Delta Air Lines passenger was denied boarding in Los Angeles and police say that “he was too drunk” to fly. He didn’t like that idea. And he showed it by “punching an officer in the chest.” The man was reportedly arrested and charged with battery of a police officer. Continue reading ...

If you work in a busy office or have a noisy commute, noise-canceling headphones are a treat. But have you ever thought about how active noise cancellation works? While blocking out sound seems simple, it actually involves advanced computer processing. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

There’s a lot more variation in the computer keyboard market nowadays than anyone would expect, but really, the most important thing about a keyboard is how the keys work. There are two main methods—mechanical and membrane switches—so here’s how they differ and why you should care. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

87Gizmodo / 5h
What better way to celebrate the start of 2022 than with some violence and a bald eagle? As the clock hit midnight for east coasters, James Gunn dropped a new trailer for Peacemaker , the spinoff of The Suicide Squad starring John Cena’s patriotic antihero. Rather than focusing on the titular character’s conflicted soul Read more...

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SlashGear / 5h
Miguel Lagoa/Shutterstock Sony’s PlayStation platform extends beyond the console itself, encompassing multiple services, including PlayStation Now (PS Now) and PlayStation Plus (PS Plus). Both of these services are optional and, because of the naming structure, it can be easy to mix them up. In reality, both are very different from each other, and there’s an easy way to quickly tell them apart. …

vintageadvertising : Postcard advertising Talmone Chocolate (Italian, circa 1901), designed by Franz Laskoff.

100+Mashable / 6h
If you know the 1973 movie Soylent Green at all, it's likely for the arresting last line. "Soylent Green is people," lead actor Charlton Heston bellows as he is carried away on a stretcher, simultaneously becoming a meme and summing up the plot so thoroughly that there's little need to catch the rest of the film. (Soylent Green is a hot new food product in this starving overpopulated future New Y

thekimonogallery : “ A cat is performing temari-ball acrobatics. Kuniyoshi drew a spectacle of a song ball by a person named Kuniyoshi Kuniyoshi, who was popular at the time, by anthropomorphizing a cat .” Text by Ota Memorial Museum of Art

Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card offers at the time, with a particular focus on the best travel credit cards . With it being a new year, it’s a great time to start getting your points earning strategy in order, so you’re ready to plan your dream trip when the time is right. That’s especially true when you consider that we’re currently seeing some of the be

Even though you’re probably not using your outdoor faucet or spigot as much during the winter as you do during the summer (or at all), that doesn’t mean you can just forget about it for the whole season. That’s because if your outdoor faucet, pipes, and the water inside them freezes, it could result in burst pipes ,… Read more...

The television market is full of different display types and features that claim to provide excellent picture quality. And now, to confuse the consumers even further, a new screen technology has arrived called QD-OLED or QD Display. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

historic-mysteries : A 19th-20th Dynasty ink drawing of a cat & mouse on limestone. The cat is dressed as a priest & presents offerings to a mouse in what was probably a satire or an illustration of a story. C. 1295-1075 BCE, Thebes, Egypt. (Brooklyn Museum). ttps://

OnePlus 10 Pro January•
We're edging closer to the launch of the OnePlus 10 and its Pro variant, and the latest leak around the phone would seem to clear up any uncertainty about the key specs that the OnePlus 10 Pro is going to arrive with. As revealed by tipster @ishanagarwal24 on Twitter, the Pro model is set to come with a 6.7-inch display running at a speedy refresh rate of 120Hz. It's set to be powered by the Snap

The American AAdvantage program is being radically transformed as of 2022 , with the introduction of Loyalty Points. One of the interesting new opportunities here is to earn AAdvantage elite status exclusively through credit card spending. Since this opportunity is now “live,” I wanted to do some number crunching on the value proposition of that, and answer some of the most common questions. Shou

allcatsconstitutethesamefamily : “I want first of all to be at peace with myself.“ See How to Be Your Own Cat . From Longwood’s 1970 yearbook.

49Wired / 7h
Conservationists are teaming up with fossil experts to help the bivalves—and the state’s oyster economy—survive.

Cancellations are abundant across airlines at this point, and are already spreading into Sunday and even Monday, despite incentives for employees to show up. Some may come into work sick, others may be calling in sick for the usual New Year's reasons (with Covid meaning there aren't the extra crew available to pick up those shifts). And schedule turmoil extends because planes and crew wind up out

With the holidays over, it’s time to turn to storage for all those holiday items that you need year after year. Wrapping paper is often a tough one to store, but a few easy hacks can make storage a total breeze! Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Whether you’ve been a photographer for years or you’re just now getting into it, you can’t avoid the conversation around mirrorless cameras. Is mirrorless the future? Is a mirrorless camera better than a regular digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

the-night-picture-collector : Nina Leen, Cats, 1952

Apple iPhone 13 Pro•
A mini iPhone had been rumored for years until it arrived with the iPhone 12 mini in 2020. But due to the reportedly low sales, it looks as though the mini will disappear with the iPhone 14 line. However, it’s a model that’s carved out its own group of fans, mainly due to the fact that it’s at a size that’s roughly the same as the iPhone SE (2016) , and you can use it with one thumb instead of tw

From our stacks: Illustration by ‘Sartain’ from “The Humming Bird, A Christmas and New-Year’s Gift.” Edited by Ida Maitland. New York: Geo. A. Leavitt, 1869.

70Wired / 8h
Whether you want to run a marathon or learn to play the guitar, here's how to set yourself up for success.

100+Wired / 8h
The electric car’s time has come. Here are the EVs to keep an eye out for in the new year.

91Wired / 8h
If you're looking to the future and wondering exactly how to prepare your children for a changing world, these resources can help.

Gaming laptops are the perfect combination of power and portability, allowing gamers to enjoy their favorite titles anywhere. If you’re looking to take gaming on the road or just don’t want a computer tower taking up space, check out these great and powerful laptops for a variety of budgets. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Chase Freedom Flex SM Credit Card ( review ) is an incredible no annual fee card belonging to Chase’s Freedom portfolio, which can help you maximize your points thanks to its quarterly bonus categories. With it now being a new quarter (and a new year, for that matter), this is a reminder that new 5x points categories have just launched for the card. You’ll want to be sure you register and sta

With it now being a new year, Hilton Honors has launched its newest global promotion. I wanted to recap the details of this, for anyone with upcoming Hilton stays. You’ve gotta love that there are typically no gaps when it comes to Hilton Honors promotions, and we see one offer after the other. Hilton Honors offering 2,500 bonus points per stay Hilton Honors’ new global promotion is called Points

Battery MacBook•
When you're shopping for a new electric bike , e-scooter , or electric car, a new 'passport' for batteries will soon help you understand the effect of its battery on the environment. As ebiketips reports, the scheme is due to start at the end of 2022, and will tell you all about how and where a specific battery was made, and even how it could be reused once it reaches the end of its life – all of

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: As of Jan. 1, take 97% off The Complete NFT & Cryptocurrency Wealth Building Masterclass Bundle , valued at $1,200, and get it for just $20. If you didn't hear the term "NFT" at the family table over the holidays, did you even have a holiday break? It's the buzzword everyone's talking about and no one seems to understand. But that can change with this masterclass bundle that teaches you ev

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: As of Jan. 1, take 95% off the All-in-One DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test & Dog Training Bundle , valued at $1,239, and get it for just $59.99. If you’ve recently adopted a new four-legged member of your family and you’re in over your head, a little training can go a long way. And with this doggone good deal, you can get a dozen training courses covering all the basics. The All-in-One

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: As of Jan. 1, get The 2022 Premium Learn Game Development Bundle for just $20 instead of its $970 value (a 98% discount). If you’ve been sitting on a great idea for a game, but haven’t had a clue how to bring it to life, it’s about time you signed up for some training. There’s no time like the new year to reinvent yourself and do all the things you always wanted to do. Tomorrow isn’t guara

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: The Magnet Wireless Charger MagSafe Compatible (3.3ft Cable/2-Pack) is just $25.99 at the Mashable Shop as of Jan. 1. It works with iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and AirPods. Credit: ZeroLemon Everyone has a wireless device, so everyone needs a charger. It's even more convenient if it's a magnetic charger that makes connecting and recharging your phone easier than ever. Whether y

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: The Instoried AI Content Checker: Lifetime Subscription is just $39 at the Mashable Shop as of Jan. 1. Anyone can write content for their business. But not everyone can write good content that actually converts. Injecting a little soul and feeling into your writing can go a long way in persuading folks to click through and learn more about your products and services. And that’s where Insto

Samsung Galaxy 2021•
2021 may well go down as the year foldable phones stopped being an expensive proof-of-concept and finally went mainstream. This was the year when the execution started to match that immense futuristic promise, and where meaningful quality-of-life improveme