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Quibi's tech lives up to the hype. The shows? That's up to you.

7 hours 48 sec ago

If you have an unquenchable thirst for streamed content and a few bucks to spare each month, Quibi would like a moment of your time.

An actual moment, in this case. The short-form video app is launching Monday in the U.S. and Canada after months of attention-grabbing headlines involving its star-studded original shows. Don't get it twisted, though — this isn't just a Netflix competitor. The Quibi app is mobile-only, so you won't be watching any of these shows on your TV.

If you think that seems like unfortunate timing given everything happening in the world right now, you could be right. A mobile-only streaming service may not be able to fully shine during a lockdown when hardly anyone one is particularly, well, mobile. The good news is Quibi does everything it sets out to do. Read more...

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John Krasinski, Lin-Manuel Miranda surprise a 'Hamilton' superfan with a special full-cast performance

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

John Krasinski's YouTube show Some Good News is only in its second week, but has just pulled off one of the most heartwarming Zoombombings of the coronavirus era (not that hard, considering some of the shockers we've already seen).

Aubrey, a 9-year-old Hamilton megafan, was due to see her favourite musical in person for the first time this week, but obviously that's not possible during the current pandemic shutdowns. As her mother tweeted to creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, she had to settle for watching him in Mary Poppins Returns instead.

Fortunately, Krasinski knows a gal who knows a guy. Next thing Aubrey knows, she's being treated to a three-way Zoom call with Miranda himself, which turns into a performance of "Alexander Hamilton" with basically the entire original Broadway cast. Anthony Ramos, Leslie Odom Jr, Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and a dozen more stars join the call, but nobody is phoning it in. Read more...

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Queen Elizabeth II delivers very British social distancing solidarity speech

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

The Queen has spoken.

Queen Elizabeth II took decidedly rare action Sunday, delivering a televised speech to the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth. The 93-year-old monarch spoke about the need for solidarity and strength as the world battles coronavirus and feels the economic impact of social distancing. It was only the fourth such appearance during a time of national trouble she has made.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the Queen opened. "A time of disruption in the time of our country."

The queen offered sympathy to those suffering, and thanks to healthcare workers and others providing essential services. She called on the historically British traits of stoicism in conjuring up the storied attitudes of World War II Britons, imploring her subjects to show that face again — despite the Brexited U.K. being a very different place than it once was. Read more...

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The need for online privacy is finally resonating with video chat

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

The public's generally blasé attitude towards online privacy finally seems to have met its match — in video chatting. 

On Friday, New York City banned its schools from using Zoom after determining the platform wasn't private and secure enough. Like organizations and individuals around the world, the district had turned to Zoom to remotely carry on its business during coronavirus-necessitated social distancing orders. 

However, in recent weeks, Zoom's data collection practices, lack of security and encryption, and multiple other vulnerabilities, came to light. So now, its prominence as the quarantine video chat tool of choice is in question. Read more...

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Skype reminds everyone it still exists with Zoom-like video chat option

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

In the aughts and early 2010s, Skype dominated the world of video calling. But amid the recent boom in FaceTimes, HouseParties, and Zooms thanks to coronavirus-necessitated social distancing, it's been nowhere.

On Friday, Skype kindly reminded the world of its existence with a tweet. It turns out that Skype actually has a video chat Zoom-like functionality called Meet Now that doesn't require having a Skype account or the app — who knew!

It tweeted about the feature with a link to the service and a six second looping video that proves its existence.

Introducing a simple, hassle-free way to connect with the important people in your life on #Skype, no sign-ups or downloads required. Learn about Meet Now:

— Skype (@Skype) April 3, 2020

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Striking street art around the world reflects coronavirus impact

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

As the coronavirus drastically alters our day-to-day, at least for the time being, many have observed that life on Earth will never be the same. The impact of the virus and social distancing measures is apparent worldwide, and street artists are reflecting this new reality with their work.

From Hong Kong to Europe to Africa, street art about COVID-19 acts as public service announcements, solemn observations, and the occasional but crucial levity. Here's a glimpse of 12 pieces of coronavirus street art from around the world.

A wall on Bank Street in Glasgow as painted by the Rebel Bear. One assumes the subjects are quarantining together; if not, they clearly are violating social distancing measures.

Image: andrew milligan / PA Images via Getty

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The best sports movies and TV shows to stream while there's no sports

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

Sports are on hold indefinitely, and while some sports channels are airing old games to fill the void, watching a football game from 2012 just doesn’t feel the same as tuning in to see your favorite team compete live.

There’s no way to replace live sports. I’m sorry, you have to accept that. But perhaps the next best thing if you have a hankering for the thrill of it all is to watch some great sports movies, shows, and documentaries.

At the moment, there are plenty of them to watch across a wide range of streaming services and channels, from ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series to Air Bud. You can search and pick for one of your favorites, but if you’re looking for something new or a suggestion, we have you covered with plenty of options and where to find them. Read more...

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'Paddington' is a truly comforting watch if you’ve ever moved cities

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

Welcome to Cozy Week, where we'll curl up by the glow of our screens to celebrate all that's soft in entertainment. Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and sit by us as we coo over the cutest games, cry over the tenderest movie moments, and drift off to the most comforting shows. Because it can be a cold world out there, and we need something to keep us warm.

Moving cities can be a completely chaotic affair. Sometimes piecing together your new life — applying for jobs, figuring out the rental market, picking a phone provider, finding out which bars to avoid — goes as well as one Paddington Bear trying to fix a phone book with sellotape.  Read more...

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How to live with anxiety disorders — and not develop one — during coronavirus lockdown

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

It is indescribably strange to hear the mantra that usually spirals through your head during a panic attack become the title of a new government order. 

But that's exactly what happened when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti initiated "safer-at-home" on March 24, the quarantine guidelines telling Angelenos to combat the coronavirus outbreak by remaining indoors, avoiding all unnecessary social interaction, and only going outdoors for essentials. 

As an agoraphobe (which for me manifests as a fear of crowds and public spaces) with social anxiety and panic disorder, "safer-at-home" is what I was built for. What I wasn't prepared for though was just how debilitating it would feel to watch my internal, irrational fears of imagined threats become everyone's external reality in facing a very real threat. While the rest of the world is struggling to believe in this terrifying post-pandemic world, those of us with anxiety disorders are struggling to maintain our disbelief in the apocalyptic scenarios we've always been waiting for. Read more...

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This editing tool makes graphic design easier, and it's over 50% off

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

TL;DR: Get a one year subscription to the DesignCap basic plan for just $19.99, a 66% savings as of April 5.

There's nothing like an extended period of being homebound to get your creative juices flowing. Maybe you've found yourself dabbling in forgotten creative projects. That could mean knitting yourself a new sweater, trying out water coloring, designing customized outfits on Animal Crossing, or even trying your hand at graphic design.

If you chose the latter, you might soon find out that graphic design isn't as easy as it seems. In fact, it's hard as hell. But before you throw your computer to the nearest wall and damage the one gadget that keeps you sane, allow us to introduce you to a tool that makes graphic design practically child's play: DesignCap. Read more...

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Kitchen tools on sale to help you live out all your 'Chopped' fantasies

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

So you have a pantry of mismatched items that's somewhere between a doomsday prepper and an episode of Chopped. But if you don't have the right tools, the entire endeavor gets incredibly more complicated. 

To make your cooking space more legitimate, you might want to invest in some premium tools to upgrade your kitchen. Here is a massive sale on culinary appliances, tools, and baking paraphernalia to help you out. Take your pick:

Air fryers

Gourmia® GAF735 7-Qt Stainless Steel Digital Air Fryer

Air fryers are all the rage right now, and this one happens to have FryForce 360° Technology that circulates hot air in every direction, completely eliminating the need for oil. With built-in cooking presets, you can cook without doing any actual cooking. Throw a Super Bowl party rerun with a platter of fried goodies. Why the hell not. Get it on sale for $99.99. Read more...

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Recruiters say soft skills matter. This training will get yours up to speed.

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

TL;DR: Impress recruiters with your soft skills after learning from The Ultimate 2020 Soft Skills Career Hacker Bundle for just $39.99, a 99% savings as of April 5.

Hard tech skills are impressive and all, but recruiters say that companies look for soft skills, too. In fact, it's those soft skills you don't learn in school — things like communication, adaptability, and time management — that can really help you get ahead. 

Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer for HR software provider iCIMS, puts it best: "Hard skills are what you do, and soft skills are how you do it." But she also says one in three recruiters believe job candidates' soft skills have declined over the past five years, which is pretty disappointing.  Read more...

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Learn how to build a nutrition plan, set workout goals with this course

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

TL;DR: Learn how to stay healthy and fit with the Build Your Custom Home Workout and Nutrition Plan bundle, a much needed online course that'll run you just $29.99 — a 98% savings as of April 5.

It's more important than ever for people to stay home, stay active, and stay healthy. 

Unfortunately, a lot of us prefer to spend an exorbitant amount of money so that someone else can tell us to work out. Peer pressure works, period. And when you couple our newfound lack of motivation with our newfound quarantine snacking habits, things aren't looking good.

Whether you need something to replace your daily trip to the gym or you want to use any extra time you have to learn more about exercise and nutrition, this online course can helpFor $29.99, you will receive 12 hours of instruction on how to customize your diet and exercise for optimized health while you're stuck at home. Read more...

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First aid kits from MyMedic are on sale, great to have in an emergency

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

When we say "first aid kit, we don't mean "a stockpile of Band-Aids and gauze" (although these aren't bad things to have). We mean things that'll actually help in an emergency situation, like medication, CPR shields, alcohol prep pads, and thermometers. And we've found two kits from MyMedic on sale that'll cover all the essentials: the Solo and the Recon.

The Solo First Aid Kit is compact, complete with basic to advanced first response supplies, and will have your back in an emergency situation. You can easily attach the kit to another bag, while its flat-fold design and high-quality zipper give you quick and easy access to your supplies. It comes with much of what you'll need to tend to different scenarios, such as bleeding, blocked airway, sprain, burns, and more. There's even a "What's Inside" guide to show you what each item is for and how to use it. Check out everything that's included here. Read more...

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NordVPN is giving away free prizes to subscribers

Sunday Apr 5th 2020

TL;DR: A three-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for £2.68 per month, saving you 70% on list price.

The best way to understand how a VPN works is to imagine an encrypted tunnel that lets your online traffic flow securely. Nobody can see through the tunnel and get their hands on your internet data.

This is all you really need to know, because these services are playing a vital role in providing online security and data protection during this difficult period of increased uncertainty and cybercrime.

SEE ALSO: The best VPNs for working from home in the UK

NordVPN is one of the most popular VPN services, and that's because it has a really strong reputation for security. There's a NordVPN application for Windows, macOS, and Linux, plus apps for iOS, Android, and Android TV. It also offers encrypted proxy extensions for Chrome and Firefox. Basically, you're protected however you get your work done at the moment. Read more...

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Zoom improves security with automatic password protection and waiting rooms

Saturday Apr 4th 2020

After facing heavy criticism for the way it handles privacy and security, the video conferencing service Zoom is making a few very necessary updates. 

Beginning April 5, all meetings going forward will have automatically enabled password protection and waiting rooms. The password protection makes it so you need a password to enter a meeting even if you already have the meeting ID, although those who enter a meeting via a link will not need to enter the password. The waiting room allows the hosts to selectively admit people who are waiting to enter a meeting, so if they see a name they don't recognize, they can choose not to let them have access. Read more...

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Local news station has a helpful new segment: 'What Day Is It?'

Saturday Apr 4th 2020

Do you know what day it is?

Unless you're one of the few people who is still working outside your home (by the way, thank you for your service), you probably have no idea. In these days of quarantine, it's become increasingly difficult to keep track of time passing at all, much less remember which day of the week it actually is on any given day.

Thankfully, the Fox 8 news team in Cleveland has a new game to remind us which day of the week it is every day: "What Day Is It?"

Fox 8 in Cleveland has launched a new segment where an anchor comes in and tells you what day of the week it is

This is where we are,

— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) April 4, 2020

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Ina Garten's giant cocktail is now the meme we need most

Saturday Apr 4th 2020

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa herself, recently graced the world with an extremely hilarious cocktail recipe. And now the gift keeps on giving, as a photo of her drinking from her comically large martini glass has spun into a perfect meme for our troubled times.

Garten's cosmopolitan recipe — which she dropped on Instagram at the crack of dawn on April 1 — quickly went viral and has been a source of both inspiration and laughs as we do our best to cope with social distancing, anxiety, and the pain that has spread across the planet. 

The cosmo for one, which doesn't call for many ingredients but does use an entire bottle of vodka, feels like the panacea for which we're all clamoring; a fountain of light in dark times; a reminder that we're not alone in this. Read more...

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Wearing a coronavirus face mask isn't about you

Saturday Apr 4th 2020

Dr. Fauci has spoken.

It might seem pretty dystopian that top U.S. infectious disease experts now recommend Americans wear cloth masks outside, particularly in places like markets. But there's a good reason why. 

As the coronavirus spreads rapidly around the nation, a significant number of infected people may never show any symptoms (perhaps as high as one in four people). What's more, it takes an average of five days after infection for symptoms to develop in those that do eventually have symptoms. So there are likely a lot of unwitting carriers around outside.

Enter, then, cloth face masks — like those made out of T-shirts or hand towels. The new mask guidance is meant to keep you from infecting others.  Read more...

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The best YouTube videos to watch if you want to make your own face mask

Saturday Apr 4th 2020

Now that the CDC is recommending we all wear cloth face masks in public, you may be wondering how exactly you can use what you have on hand to get out on public and keep others safe.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people are uploading helpful videos on YouTube to show everyone how to make their own masks at home. Whether you're showing COVID-19 symptoms or not, you could be infected with the virus and be spreading it to others without knowing. That's where the masks come in. Covering your face can help slow the spread of the virus by protecting people around you from breathing in your germs.  Read more...

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