Make your cooking a whole lot easier with this device



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Check out this handy and foldable cutting board by Joseph Joseph. Just squeeze the handle and you are ready to speed up all aspects of cooking in the kitchen. 

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Read more…

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10 of the best laptops for Windows 10



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Although MacBooks have grown in popularity over the past decade, Microsoft is making a bit of a comeback among consumers with the release of Windows 10 a few years ago. In fact, there are some benefits of using Windows 10 over MacOS X, such as functionality, ease of use, and touch-ability. Believe it or not, you can actually use many Windows 10 laptops like tablets.

Moreover, Windows-based laptops are catching up with MacBooks in terms of design and looks. PC laptops have always gotten a bad name since they have historically prioritized function over style thanks to cheap materials and awful looking displays. Apple computers, on the other hand, integrate form and style into one beautiful machine.  Read more…

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Octopuses are being given ecstasy in the name of science



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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine think that octopuses are just like us! Well, at least in the way they react to ecstasy. The research, which, yes, means giving octopuses ecstasy, can definitely be seen by some as a little unethical, but the experts say they make sure to take care of the animals. The research could help us better understand that our brain and social behavior are influenced by more basic processes than we imagined.  Read more…

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Joana Ceddia went viral and brought back the spirit of old YouTube



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Joana Ceddia is blowing up right now. 

You might have stumbled across a video of her hacking off her hair with craft scissors in her parents’ bathroom, or watched her break down the contents of her school backpack to reveal a watermelon wedge and a stray parka like an unboxing video gone wrong

In my case, her video about DIYing an overpriced clothing line haunted the “Up Next” side bar for weeks. Like many Gen Zers, Ceddia was thoroughly disappointed that vlogger Emma Chamberlain’s new collection wasn’t even visible, since each item of clothing for sale in the Dote app was pixelated to add a sense of intrigue.  Read more…

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What Amazon got right about smart speakers that Facebook won't



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Just hours after Amazon surprised us with more new Alexa-enabled gadgets than we can count, word broke that Facebook’s voice-activated smart speaker (reportedly called “Portal”) is apparently back on — and launching as soon as next week

Suddenly, a market that’s been dominated by Amazon and Google is starting to look more interesting … right? Well, not exactly.

I’m not trying to pick on Facebook but, of everything we’ve heard about the yet-to-be-revealed Portal speaker, nothing suggests that it can overcome what will likely be its biggest hurdle: that nobody trusts Facebook anymore. If you think an Alexa-enabled microwave sounds creepy, how do you think people will react to a Facebook-branded smart speaker with an AI-infused camera?  Read more…

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Here's how to set up a VPN and protect your data



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On today’s internet, having at least some level of protection is essential.

A VPN or virtual private network is a tool to get an extra layer of protection — it essentially masks your connection while encrypting your data. The best part is you don’t need to get any physical hardware to use one; using a VPN is usually as simple as downloading and launching an app

Once you have a VPN setup, you can use it on your home WiFi, public networks, over LTE, and even while traveling. 

Certainly, the internet is a great way to connect with others, but users need to be careful now more than ever. A VPN will mask your IP address and give you a bit more security, especially for your viewing history — not to mention it makes using public WiFi networks much safer and can stop hackers from accessing data. Read more…

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YouTube just made a major change to its trending page



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Days after shuttering its dedicated gaming app, YouTube made some more big changes to how users discover content. 

Now, YouTube’s trending tab breaks down what’s popular in five categories: music, live, gaming, news, and movies.

Trending on YouTube previously just displayed what videos were trending throughout a user’s country. YouTube said its algorithm takes a number of factors into consideration, such as view count and the rate of growth in views, among others.

Here's what the Trending on YouTube page looked like just earlier today.

Here’s what the Trending on YouTube page looked like just earlier today.

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7 best cat toys to delight your pet for hours



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There isn’t one way to describe your cat’s daily activities. They’ll hide in Amazon Prime boxes, or drink from toilet bowls. One thing most pet parents can agree on though is that cats need engaging playtime. If your feline is bouncing off the walls or scratching furniture, it might be time to buy new cat toys. 

Googling “cat toy” could send you down an internet sinkhole, because there are so many plush mice, circle tunnels, and colorful wands available for felines. Plus, you might not know if a cat toy will meet your pet’s playtime needs. Before you buy a cat toy, there are some things you might want to consider: Read more…

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Cryptocurrency exchange claimed it was 'practically impossible' to hack. It was hacked.



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I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised. But still, they did say it would be practically impossible. 

The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Zaif suffered a major hack last week. It issued a statement on Thursday stating that approximately $59 million worth of bitcoin, bitcoin cash, and MONAcoin had been stolen by unidentified criminals. This, obviously, is not good. What makes it perhaps worse is the company’s past insistence that it applied the “maximum effort” possible to keep its customers’ funds safe — and that hacking it would be “practically impossible.”

Like many exchanges, Zaif has a page on its website where it details the precautions taken to secure customer funds. With tens (or potentially hundreds) of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency at stake, it makes sense to let everyone know that you’re taking this security stuff seriously.  Read more…

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Telltale Games likely closing, 'Stranger Things' game canceled



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Beloved game studio Telltale Games went through a major downsizing.

The company went through a major round of layoffs Friday, dropping the size of its studio from about 250 people down to just 25 people as the developer possibly moves toward closure, Gamasutra, The Verge, and US Gamer, and former Telltale employees reported Friday.

Known for its narrative-driven chapter-based games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale is holding onto the small group of people to complete the final season of The Walking Dead, which still has three announced episodes expected to release in September, November, and December, according to US Gamer. Read more…

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