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500+Mashable / 26min
The inherently personal quality of audio makes podcasting one of the best formats for conversations around sex, relationships, and dating. In some cases, podcasts even offer free erotica, with audio porn specifically designed to get you off. Admittedly, I might be the only weirdo who's horny for podcasts that aren't even about sex and relationships . But I'm certainly not alone in recognizing the

Last month, a video went viral that showed a San Francisco police officer, at night, stopping a car that didn’t have its headlights on. Except that this was no ordinary car. As the cop approaches the vehicle, someone off-camera shouts, “Ain’t nobody in it!” The car, operated by Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, is completely empty. Just as the cop turns back to his colleague, the robotaxi p

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TL;DR: As of May 14, The 2022 Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle , usually worth $2,388, is on sale for just $34.99. Learning to code isn’t as intimidating as you think it is. In fact, you can get started while you’re kicking back and relaxing on the couch with this 2022 Complete Python Bootcamp . It includes a dozen different courses structured for beginners and only costs $35 — that’

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TL;DR: As of May 14, you can get lifetime access to 2TB of Prism Drive's Secure Cloud Storage for just $49, when it's usually worth $790 (that's a whopping 93% off). If you need more memory, 5TB will run you $69 when it's regularly priced at $1,490 (a discount of 95%), and 10TB is on sale for $89, which is 96% off its normal price of $2,490. Are you a digital hoarder? If you have photos and video

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TL;DR: As of May 14, the Speedy Mag Wireless Charger for iPhone is on sale for just $48.99. It usually costs $119, so you're saving 59%. Phone chargers are essential to keep your device up and running, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. This Speedy Mag Wireless Charger from Electronic Avenue changes the game with a sleek, matching design that pairs perfectly with your iPhone. And it’s o

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TL;DR: As of May 14, you can take $10 off the Deeper Connect Nano Decentralized VPN Cybersecurity Hardware and get it for $289.99 instead of its usual $299. There are plenty of ways to add layers to your cybersecurity at home and at work, but one clever solution takes things a step further. Meet the Deeper Connect Nano . After raising over $2 million on Indiegogo to bring the project to life, it

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TL;DR: As of May 14, Agenda Premium 14: a Date-Focused Note-Taking app , costs just $9.99. It's usually worth $34, so that's 71% off. Getting and staying organized is all about building positive habits. And when it comes to work projects, daily to-do lists, and long-term ventures, building those habits starts with taking solid notes. Agenda, an Apple Design Award-winning app , can get you well on

Activists and nonprofits are considering digital currencies as a way to raise funds. But can they really do anything other payment methods can’t?

Hi friends! Welcome back to Week In Review , the newsletter where we wrap up many of the top stories to cross TechCrunch’s front page over the last seven days. The big thing this week — at least based on what our backend suggests readers cared about most — was the crypto market plunging hard and fast. Bitcoin is down over 25% month-over-month, from around $41k per BTC to around $30k at the time I

Redmi Note 11 Pro 11T•
If you’ve got around $400/£400 burning a hole in your pocket, and you’re after a mid-range smartphone to buy, then the iPhone SE (2022) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G have to form part of the conversation. So which of the two represents the better buy? This is a tricky comparison, given that the two phones look and perform completely differently from one another. Both phones have their share

Home theaters are ballooning in popularity, and projector owners are now obsessed with ALR or “ambient light rejection” screens. Unlike standard white screens, which are shockingly affordable, ALR screens cost well over $600 and promise to improve image quality in unfavorable theater environments—particularly in rooms with lots of unwanted light. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Floyd Mayweather's non-retirement continues. The boxer widely regarded as the greatest of all time is set for another high profile exhibition match this weekend in Dubai. While he may have retired from professional boxing in 2017, the lure of the ring, along, no doubt, with a sizeable pay check, sees him take on Don “Dangerous” Moore this Saturday at the opulent Burj Al Arab Hotel. Here's how to

Americans are mixed about whether the government should do more to hold tech companies accountable, and fewer are in favor of more regulation than they were last year, according to results released today from a Pew survey. Last year, more than half (56 percent) of Americans wanted more regulation of Big Tech. Now, only 44 percent of Americans want to see more government enforcement of tech compan

Following the deployment of its latest round of Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft is currently investigating a known issue that leads to authentication failures for a number of Windows services. According to BleepingComputer , the software giant began looking into these issues after Windows admins began sharing reports of certain policies failing after installing its May 2022 Patch Tuesday updates

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest nerdy toy news on the internet. This week, Hot Toys has come to bargain with the almost-mandated “New Marvel Movie Action Figure,” Star Wars Celebration exclusives heat up in the cutest manner, and Lego ’s latest architecture set takes us to ancient Egypt.… Read more...


To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PT, subscribe here . It’s Friday the 13th, and I hope nothing nefarious happened to you today. At least the weekend is here! At the very least, you can catch up on the latest Terraform Labs news — Binance halted Luna and UST trading — and some great podcasts from your favorite TechCrunc

News is swirling about a forthcoming Star Alliance credit card attached to the alliance’s 25th anniversary. I admit that the concept is quite interesting, and it’s getting a ton of press coverage. Before we dive into too much conjecture about this new credit card and its possible features, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Let’s look at what we know and what we don’t know — and outlin

Enlarge / The Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. (credit: Getty | Marcos del Mazo ) People ages 60 and older who were initially vaccinated with two Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses were better protected from the omicron coronavirus variant after being boosted with a Moderna vaccine rather than another dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Those results are according t

After moving to a new home—a cluster of apartment towers surrounded by forests, quieter than usual thanks to the summer holidays—bored young Ida (Rakel Lenora Fl√łttum) welcomes friendship with a similarly aged neighbor, Ben (Sam Ashraf). But The Innocents , a brutal yet elegant investigation into the extremes of… Read more...

While Disney has created films in many genres over its lifetime, musicals are at the heart of the entertainment studio. Thankfully, Disney+ has made many song-filled stories available for streaming, including those dreamed up by Disney and other distributors. Whether you want to sing along to an animated classic like Hercules , a popular Broadway musical like Newsies , or a live-action favorite l

Musk Trump Twitter•
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The owner of Twitter's biggest "conservative" social media competitor is weighing in on Friday's big Elon Musk announcement. Trump doesn't think Elon Musk is going to buy Twitter now. Credit: Mashable Screenshot Former president Donald Trump posted a statement on his alternative social platform, Truth Social, concerning the Tesla CEO's tweet that he was putting his planned Twitter acquisition " o

Apple Wwdc 2022 Person•
So it turns out that some lucky Apple developers will get to see WWDC 2022 in person, sort of. This week, registration opened for a limited number of slots for developers from around the world to attend an in-person event at Apple Park in California during the June 6 event where they'll watch the prerecorded keynote along with other Apple engineers and staff. Due to Covid safety protocols, the nu

Enlarge / Windows 11 22H2 is entering its next stage of development, according to rumors—and the OS itself. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Windows 11 has already changed quite a bit since the version we reviewed in October was released, and Microsoft has put out a steady stream of redesigned app updates, bug fixes, and user interface improvements. But the company's big yearly Windows updates are sti

You may know how to hula hoop like a pro , but did you know that you can put those skills to work as part of the latest social media fitness craze? This week, pop-sensation Lizzo went viral on Tik Tok for duet-reacting to a video of one of her fans dancing to her single “About Damn Time” while using with a hula hoop.… Read more...

App Yik Yak Locations•
Yik Yak's revived messaging app was supposed to bring back the days of truly anonymous local chat, but it may have inadvertently made life easier for creeps. Computer science student David Teather informed Motherboard that Yik Yak had a flaw that let attackers obtain both the precise location for posts (within 10 to 15 feet) and users' unique IDs. Blend the two pieces of info and it's possible to

Twitter is testing a new “Liked by Author” label that appears when the creator of a tweet likes your reply. A reporter on the TechCrunch team spotted the new label in the Twitter Android app. A spokesperson from Twitter confirmed to TechCrunch that the company has been testing different labels to help give people context about the tweets they see, but said the social media giant doesn’t have more

We're in a strange place in the pandemic where increasingly people think it is ok to travel while infectious with Covid-19. It is not ok to travel when you are sick and that was true before the pandemic, even though CDC advice used to say that it generally is ok for many people. "[O]ne in four people who follow a cautious doctor who writes frequently about Covid..think that a known symptomatic Co

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NASA’s Curiosity rover took a photo of a Lovecraftian feature on the surface of Mars last week: a seemingly rectangular and shadowy opening in the planet’s exposed rock that looks as if it leads into the Martian underground. Read more...

Aman New York 2022•
Get ready New York City — Aman New York is finally set to welcome guests on Aug. 2. Originally set to open last year , Aman New York is a hotel we’ve had our eyes on for a long while. In fact, it’s one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings in the city this year, and that’s saying a lot. New York City is in the midst of a hotel boom and there’s a long list of buzzy openings set to add hund

Bots and spam comments are nothing new on YouTube, but lately the website is overrun with fake accounts trying to scam viewers commenting on their favorite channels. These scam accounts use the same name and profile image as the YouTube channel they’re exploiting, and the bots attempt to trick other users into… Read more...


Algae Powered Six Months•
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There’s “green energy” and then there’s truly GREEN energy, or rather, blue-green energy . A colorful colony of photosynthetic cyanobacteria, known as blue-green algae, have successfully powered a computer microprocessor for longer than six months, according to a study published Th