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Kevin Billings

Save $69 on a wireless Bluetooth speaker that also charge your devices

There are a ton of wireless speakers on the market, so why not find one that does more than just play tunes? A wireless speaker that does your laundry may be difficult to come by, but there's gotta be a happy medium somewhere in there. 

With a built-in USB power port that allows it to act as a portable battery pack, the Soundfreaq Double Spot Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is an excellent option for those looking for a little more than the standard.

SEE ALSO: 11 of the best Bluetooth speakers...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

'Forza Horizon 2' leaves the Xbox Store on September 30th

We hope you weren't thinking of scoring Forza Horizon 2 on the cheap now that Horizon 4 is almost here. Turn 10 and Microsoft are removing the open-world arcade racer and its add-ons from the Xbox Games Store on September 30th. You can still play i...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Bots on Amazon's task service may be souring psych studies

It's not uncommon for scientists to use Amazon's Mechanical Turk for research -- they can quickly gather survey data in return for a small outlay to participants. Academics are quickly discovering the limits of the task service with the modern bot-ha...

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Mariella Moon

Netflix purges all user reviews like it said it would

If you're browsing Netflix for a new show to watch, don't bother looking for reviews on the platform to see if a title is worth your time. The streaming service is done purging user reviews -- a decade's worth of comments praising and excoriating sho...

Gizmodo

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There's a New Version of Our Readers' Favorite Travel Pillow, and It's $10 Off Today

It may be time for a new reader poll, because Cabeau just improved our readers’ favorite travel pillow, and the new model just got its first discount ever.

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TechCrunch

Henry Pickavet

The tech angle in dogs, mac and cheese and working out

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mixtape, the podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I, Henry Oliver Pickavet, talk about some of the stories of the week that we feel like talking about. This week it was dogs, working out and mac and cheese.

BarkBox creators Bark and Co. decided that Nashville, Tenn., needed a place for dogs to take their humans. Naturally they created a dog park that includes space for humans to convene and drink coffee with their friends and hop on the Wi-Fi while the dogs get down...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Facebook hit with federal complaint over discriminatory housing ads

Despite past efforts, Facebook hasn't avoided federal-level trouble over allegations it enabled discriminatory housing ads. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has officially filed a complaint against Facebook, accusing the social network...

Gizmodo

Tom McKay

Walmart: What If You Could Go to Walmart... in VR

Retail giant Walmart has apparently concluded that the experience of visiting its massive retail stores is kind of unpleasant and appears to be working on technology that would, uh, simulate a flashy version of that experience from the comfort of your couch.

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Mashable

Morgan Sung

Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' opened to $126 — and no, that isn't a typo

Yes, you read that rightBillionaire Boys Club, starring Kevin Spacey, made just $126 at the box office during its opening weekend. 

The film opened Friday in only 10 theaters in the U.S. 

Despite its all star cast — including Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson, and Billie Lourd — it brought in an abysmal $126 in total. 

SEE ALSO: 'House of Cards' star Robin Wright says she didn't really know Kevin Spacey 'the man'

The Hollywood Reporter...

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Mariella Moon

Skype previews texting feature for PCs

Skype has given Insiders on Android a sneak peek of an upcoming feature called "SMS Connect." Windows Blog Italia has spotted an option in the latest version of Skype Preview's settings that would allow you to send and receive texts using Skype on Ma...

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Morgan Sung

Toronto is finally filling this sinkhole because annoyed residents turned it into a tomato garden

Fed up Toronto residents managed to push the city into fixing a sinkhole by passive aggressively planting tomatoes in it. 

SEE ALSO: I tried the Amazon Plants Store and got covered in wet dirt

A huge pothole has marred Poplar Plains Road "for months now," according to CityNews reporter Brandon Rowe.

Fed up with the city's slow progress on getting it fixed, the gardeners of Toronto banded together and planted tomatoes in the pothole. 

No this isn’t a community garden! Some fed up...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Leaks reveal NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards ahead of August 20th event

NVIDIA hasn't been shy about plans to unveil Turing-based GeForce video cards at its August 20th Gamescom event -- its teaser video effectively spelled out "GeForce RTX 2080" through not-so-subtle clues. But just how powerful will these cards be? You...

Gizmodo

Tom McKay

HUD Makes It Official, Files Complaint Alleging Facebook Ad Tools Allow Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed an official discrimination complaint against Facebook, saying the site’s dizzying array of advertising tools makes it simple for advertisers to illegally exclude wide swathes of the population from seeing housing ads, Politico wrote on Friday.

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Mashable

Laura Vitto

Jennifer Lopez thinks we need more romantic comedy in our lives

Jennifer Lopez knows what the people want, and what the people want are romantic comedies.

On Friday night's Tonight Show, Lopez talked to host Jimmy Fallon about her upcoming film Second Act, in which she stars as a woman who enters the corporate workforce in her forties, per Entertainment Weekly. She'll act opposite Milo Ventimiglia of This Is Us and Gilmore Girls fame. 

SEE ALSO: Here's to all the TV romances that didn't make it

After gushing over "heartthrob" Ventimiglia, Lopez and...

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Snag a 4K and HDR-Capable Fire TV For Just $40

For one day only, Amazon’s matching its Black Friday discount on the 4K/HDR/Dolby Atmos-packing Fire TV.

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Morgan Sung

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra made their engagement official, and people have FEELINGS

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's engagement went Instagram official, and the internet can't handle it.

Jonas reportedly popped the question a month ago on Chopra's 36th birthday. The couple didn't make the official announcement until Saturday morning, however, after a traditional engagement ceremony in Mumbai. 

SEE ALSO: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are reportedly engaged and fans are crying

Jonas and Chopra both posted adorable photos from their Roka ceremony — one of the traditional...

Engadget

Mariella Moon

Netflix axes Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale talk shows

Netflix has been experimenting (rather aggressively) with talk shows for a while in an effort to diversify its titles, but results have been hit or miss thus far. It's hard to get attached to a particular program only to see it canceled after a few m...

The Verge

Chris Welch

Netflix cancels its talk shows starring Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale

Netflix has canceled The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale; neither of the talk shows will make it to a second season. Their brief runs are the latest example of Netflix’s struggle to deliver a show in this format that can draw eyes and maintain regular viewership. The company ended Chelsea Handler’s weekly talk show — its first real foray into the genre — last October after two seasons. Chelsea initially aired three nights each week before moving to a...

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Miriam Kramer

NASA cameras spot extremely bright meteor streak through the sky over Alabama

Dozens of people in the Southeast U.S. were treated to a special cosmic show in the wee hours of Friday morning.

An exceedingly bright fireball meteor streaked above that part of the country at about 1:19 a.m. ET on Friday, and it was caught in the act by NASA's all sky cameras in Alabama. 

SEE ALSO: NASA is searching for meteorites that splashed down into the Pacific Ocean. Here's why.

"Early results indicate the fireball, which was at least 40 times as bright as the Full Moon, was caused...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Elon Musk says Tesla could build $25,000 EV in about 'three years'

When Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's second master plan, the $35,000 Model 3 represented the price floor. It wasn't set in stone, but you couldn't realistically expect more. However, the dream of a truly affordable Tesla EV just got a little more tangib...

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