Apropos of nothing, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has decided to share his thoughts on the HBO comedy Silicon Valley.
On Monday, Gates published a new post on his blog — known as GatesNotes (seriously) — about the tech industry satire, which is currently in between seasons. Gates sees Silicon Valley as a rare example of pop culture getting life in the tech world "right."
"If you really want to understand how Silicon Valley works today, you should watch the HBO series Silicon Valley," Gates wrote.
Bill Gates: apparently not opposed to dick jokes!Hbo, Silicon Valley, Bill Gates, Silicon Valley Season 5, and Tech
Smart home devices were the hot, gift-worthy items during last year's holiday season and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. A big part of the reason for this is because these smart home devices tend to see great discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making now the ideal time to shop for loved ones — or snag a gift for yourself. Trust us, we won't tell anyone. We promise.
Although some of the deals are not official yet, a large number of them are active right now, so you can take advantage of these fantastic sales from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target before the Black Friday shopping holiday even begins. Read more...More about Home, Amazon, Black Friday, Phillips, and Mashable Shopping
Now's the time of year that we're constantly out and about, chipping away at our holiday shopping lists and bouncing around to holiday parties, which means it's a lot harder to prioritize being home for our favorite over-the-air TV programs. Thankfully, Amazon's hooking it up by taking $50 off the Fire TV Recast, so you'll never have to miss a thing.
The Fire TV Recast is a DVR device that lets you watch and record TV at home or on the go, and is basically the ultimate addition to any Fire TV, Echo Show, or compatible mobile device. And the best part? No monthly fees.Fire Tv, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Black Friday 2108
NASA's next car-sized rover will plummet through the thin Martian atmosphere and softly land on the floor of a dried-up lakebed, the space agency announced Monday.
When the robot arrives on Mars about 8 months after its launch in 2020, NASA will endeavor to land the six-wheeled rover in the Jezero Crater, a 30 mile-wide bowl about 1,640 feet deep. It's believed to have once held an 800-foot deep lake some 3.5 billion years ago.
The space agency hopes to accomplish a number of things during the at least two-year mission. But the first science directive is to "determine whether life ever arose on Mars." Indeed, today Mars is extremely unlikely to harbor any life — on the surface, at least. It's a heavily irradiated, dry, frigid desert, with no liquid water. Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Science, Mars, and Astrobiology
This episode of Black Mirror sucks.
In the ultimate backhanded compliment against her own son, mommy blogger Katie Bower took to Instagram to wish her child a happy sixth birthday, and to lament the fact that "his photos never got as many likes."
"From a statistical point of view, he wasn't as popular with everyone out there," she complained in the caption, before musing over whether people liked her younger children better because they were babies. "I saw all that because I want to believe that it wasn't him ... that it was on me. My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit because obviously my Munch should get ALL the love and squinty eyes are totally adorable." Read more...More about Instagram, Children, Influencers, Culture, and Web Culture
A new year of exciting new consumer tech is on the horizon, and CES 2019 will be the first stop to see what's in store for our increasingly connected lives.
CES 2019 officially kicks off in Las Vegas on Jan. 8 and runs through Jan. 11. As always, Mashable will be on the ground bringing you the latest gadgets and blossoming tech trends before they become game-changers.
SEE ALSO: Best Tech of 2018 (so far)
Do you have an innovative product that's emblematic of one of those trends, or might even create one? We want to hear about it and why it should be recognized as a standout product at CES.
To be considered for the Mashable's Top Picks of CES 2019, the product must be: Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Ces, Best Of Ces, and Top Picks Of Ces
Black Friday is an ideal time to pick up a new gaming console thanks to the sheer variety of bundles that are on sale. One of our favorites this year is the Spider-Man bundle for PlayStation 4, which is discounted to $199 at a bunch of different stores. Just where will this gaming bundle be on sale, you ask? Keep reading.
We've seen the deal cycle in and out of stock all day, but it's obvious that stores are holding inventory and will keep releasing more in the lead up to Black Friday. So whether you're a wannabe web-head or just want a good system, the PlayStation 4 1TB Spider-Man bundle for $199.99 is a deal you'll want to get your hands on. Read more...More about Gaming, Playstation 4, Spider Man, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping
Instagram is finally doing something to crack down on fake likes and followers.
The app will begin to remove follows, likes, and comments that are the result of shady third-party apps. Instagram will also prompt password resets in an effort to prevent continued use of the apps. And, if Instagrammers keep using these services, the app will punish users by limiting their use of certain features.
The apps in question are third-party services that use your Instagram credentials to help boost your account by rewarding you with likes, comments, and followers. If you're active on Instagram, you've probably encountered activity from some of these services, even if you don't directly use them yourself. (Telltale signs include when random accounts like several of your old photos all at once, often with generic comments like "nice.") Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media Companies, and Tech
Michelle Wolf, the comedian whose terrific and incendiary routine at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner set off a firestorm, has blasted the WHCA for ditching comedians for a presidential historian at the 2019 event.
In a tweet, Wolf called the WHCA "cowards" and shared some equally harsh words for the media who fed the outrage after Wolf's routine.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 19, 2018
Wolf's tweet comes after the WHCA announced that historian and author Ron Chernow will be the featured speaker at their 2019 event. For what it's worth, Chernow is a celebrated, award-winning author's who's written some excellent biographies including books on George Washington, U.S. Grant, and the Alexander Hamilton bio that inspired the blockbuster musical Hamilton. Read more...More about White House Correspondents Dinner, Michelle Wolf, Ron Chernow, White House Correspondents Association, and Culture
A new trailer for the action-packed Aquaman origin story has us wanting to move to Atlantis – even as its new hero faces a ferocious fightAquaman's latest trailer is for a story about family – about parents and legacy and heroes and kings.
Aquaman is the half-human heir to Atlantis, and to a magical trident that answers only to its true owner. However, the war of Atlantis is literally bubbling to the surface, where it threatens both of Aquaman's worlds and everything he knows.
The film also stars Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe (with a man bun), Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, and more. Read more...More about Entertainment, Movies, Dc, Justice League, and Warner Bros.
Smartwatches may still be getting a lot of hype, but there's still plenty to be said for a dedicated fitness tracker. Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Reviews, Fitbit, and Health Fitness
As the holidays approach, Apple's suppliers are not happy.
The company slashed production of all three of its new iPhone models — the XR, XS, and XS Max — according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The XR has reportedly taken the biggest hit: Apple reduced production orders for the XR twice over the past two months.
This has reportedly caused frustration and an understandable amount of stress along Apple's China-based supply chain. Foxconn has cut the customary pre-holiday season overtime hours, leaving workers without an expected pay boost. Three of Apple's largest suppliers reduced quarterly profit estimates, which they attributed to a "large client" cutting orders. Read more...More about Apple, Iphone Xs, Iphone Xs Max, Iphone Xr, and Tech
Facebook has been accused time and time again for damaging journalism, both by eating away at advertising revenues and by putting news publishers at the mercy of their algorithms. And that's not to mention the prevalence of fake news on the platform.
But now, Facebook has launched it's first ever program to directly fund the improvement of journalism.
As part of the Community News Project, Facebook will donate £4.5 million ($6 million) to the UK charity The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) to help support local journalism in the UK. The goal is to "encourage more reporting from towns which have lost their local newspaper and beat reporters," Facebook said in a statement emailed to Mashable. Read more...More about Facebook, Journalism, United Kingdom, Culture, and Big Tech Companies
Who among us hasn't tried to sneak in a little whiskey at a concert or before a particularly offensive work meeting?
If you on plan on being inebriated on the plane or even boozing preventatively before a Tinder date, you should come prepared. Merely hiding a can of Heineken in a brown paper bag doesn't do the job. Live large. You've got to drink in your office bathroom stall in style.
These are the best gifts for the cosmopolitan drinker in your life. Read more...1. A camouflage flask for the outdoor drinkerMore about Flask, Gift Guide 2018, Gift Guide 2018, Culture, and Consumer Tech
eBay has launched its Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale with the start of eight solid days of deals. When eBay launch their sale, you know its kind of a big deal. That's because eBay is kind of a big deal.
Let's consider the figures for a moment. eBay has 177 million active buyers worldwide and 1.1 billion listings. Those are some big numbers that deserve big respect. So when we tell you that their Black Friday sale has begun, you need to pay attention.Ebay, Black Friday, Black Friday Deals, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Solo
The online world can be tough place for women particularly when it comes to trolling and misogyny on social media
Navigating online dating presents a whole different set of challenges. Finding the right dating site can be a mission. Naturally, every woman has very different desires when it comes to finding a match.
Whether you're looking for a fun time, your next long-term relationship; trying out online dating for the first time, or getting back into the dating game, we've selected a range of sites for different types of daters. So whatever your needs or circumstance, you're fully covered. Read more...More about Apps, Women, Dating, Culture, and Sex
Welcome to No Shame November! This week we're diving into the pop culture we love that society tells us we shouldn't.
Alone in my apartment, chewing on cheap takeout lo mein, rocking the same sweatpants for a fifth day in a row—again. Six months after finishing my bachelor’s degree, this was how I found myself: a post-grad poltergeist haunting my New York City abode like a metropolitan Boo Radley. Isolated. Lonely. Things had gotten bad.
My life hadn’t always been this bleak. As a senior in college, I had lived with my two best friends, Sarah and Ellie, a pair of girls more akin to criminal accomplices than sorority sisters. For ten glorious months, we inhabited Apartment 1012 with reckless abandon, setting off smoke detectors, rescuing stray cats, and pissing off just the right number of resident advisors. Read more...More about Entertainment, Depression, Graduation, Podcasts, and My Favorite Murder
After all these years, the Apple iPad is the best tablet experience and the gold standard for just about anyone. Believe it or not, even some Android smartphone users seem to gravitate to the ease-of-use of the iPad. Luckily, Walmart has the Apple device now on sale for just $349.99, a $79 savings ahead of Black Friday.
If you're a first time Walmart shopper, you can save an extra $10 using the promo code Ellen10 (read more about the code here) and drop the final sale price down to just $339.99.
Released in 2017, this model is the fifth generation Apple iPad with the tablet's 9.7 Retina touchscreen display and 128GB of storage. Powered by Apple's A9 chip, this iPad features an 8-megapixel rear shooter, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID, Apple's suite of productivity and entertainment apps, and Wi-Fi compatibility with up to 10 hours of battery life from just a single charge. The tablet is lightweight at just under a pound, while its aluminum design makes the iPad durable and powerful, yet thin and portable. Read more...More about Apple, Ipad, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Solo
Black Friday delivers plenty of choices when it comes to deals, and that's especially true in gaming. From discounts on games and accessories to consoles and laptops, you should have no problem finding a great deal for the gamer in your life. One of our favorite gaming deals for Black Friday 2018 went on sale over the weekend, and we're pretty stoked about it.
The Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle is on sale for $199 at Walmart, which is $100 off the original price of $299.
Whether you're new to Minecraft or have been playing it for years, you'll get everything you need to start messing around in this blocky world. It includes the full game, 1,000 Minecoins for more items like skins and world textures, the Starter Pack with four themed cosmetic packs, and the Creators Pack to experience some of the content created by the Minecraft community. Read more...More about Gaming, Minecraft, Xbox One S, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping
Don't wait until Black Friday to do your shopping when there are a ton of great deals you can take advantage of right now. We've rounded up the best deals on all sorts of cameras, kitchen and home products, and Amazon devices, while we also have deals on dog DNA kits from Embark, CBD oil, and Udemy online courses for web development and social media.
You can save $191 on an impressive camera bundle that includes the Nikon D5300 DX-Format Digital 24.2 megapixel SLR camera, AF-P DX 18-55mm VR lens, AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm ED lens, and a handy carrying bag. This entire bundle is now on sale for $529.99. In addition, you can save $100 on a Canon EOS Rebel T6 dSLR digital camera, EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens, 75-300mm III zoom lens, and a 100ES shoulder bag bundle, which is going for just $399.99. Read more...More about Sony, Gopro, Roomba, Black Friday, and Nikon
Someone needs to sign this extremely talented pika to a label ASAP.
This adorable creature known as a pika is a species native to North America and Asia and is known for making the easily one most adorable squeaks ever. In this case, having the flawless ability to cover Queen.Animals, Viral Video, Queen, Freddie Mercury, and Culture
What's better than a Deadpool sequel? Two sequels, with different ratings, out in the same year! Once Upon A Deadpool will revisit Deadpool 2 "filtered through the prism of childlike innocence" – a.k.a. edited to fit a PG-13 rating.
Once Upon A Deadpool frames the previously explicit movie as a bedtime story Deadpool reads to Fred Savage – you know, like The Princess Bride. However, as Savage is quick to note, he's an adult man now, and the gimmick doesn't have the same heartwarming, family-friendly feeling (Deadpool has him tied up).Entertainment, Movies, Marvel, Deadpool, and Ryan Reynolds
Mark Zuckerberg is feeling the heat.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Facebook’s founder and CEO believes his company is currently at "war." The comment came from Mark Zuckerberg this past June in a meeting with a few dozen of Facebook’s top executives amid the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In this same June meeting, Zuckerberg told executives that he was going to be taking a more active role in Facebook’s day-to-day operations. With the social media platform fighting on multiple fronts — between Congress, the press, and even his own executives — Zuckerberg clearly felt he needed to take a more active role. Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cambridge Analytica, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Hookup culture: also known as the thing that your parents and grandparents complain about because "nobody has a real conversation anymore." We all know that's not true. Online dating has had a massive impact on more people meeting and talking than ever before.
And when we think about dating sites, we usually think about sites like eHarmony, Zoosk, and other marriage-minded options. But not every single person is thinking about marriage or a steady relationship though. Sometimes, you just wanna get laid.
Everyone gets stuck in a sexual rut at some point, and let's face it: Trying to take strangers home from a bar or constantly hitting up your ex who you know is DTF can get old. Read more...More about Apps, Dating, Culture, Sex, and Dating Apps
It's the most wonderful time of the year — for deals!
Feeding right into our gadget-loving hearts, we see plenty of worthwhile snags in the tech department (hint: now's definitely a good time to be in the market for a gaming system or TV.) There are also some great steals on everything from home goods and appliances, to kids toys and so much more.
To make sure you don't miss a thing, we're rounding up the best of the best bargains Walmart is throwing at us this year. Read more...More about Walmart, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Topdeal, and Shopping Linkshare
Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday TV deals we've found just for you.
If you're shopping for a new 4K TV on Black Friday this year, you're in luck.
With Black Friday quickly approaching (it's on Nov. 23 this year), there's going to be a mad race to find the best TV deals from across the internet, with people feverishly refreshing their web browsers during Thanksgiving dinner just to find something great at a low price.
SEE ALSO: Full coverage of Black Friday 2018 salesSamsung, Sony, Lg, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping
Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday laptop deals we've found just for you.
Looking for a laptop on sale? You're in luckBlack Friday is almost here, and so are all those deals you've been anxiously waiting for all year. And though Black Friday doesn't officially start until Nov. 23, there are already lots of laptop sales trickling in.
Whether you need a 2-in-1, a Chromebook, a gaming laptop, or something else, there are plenty of laptops on sale from from the likes of Dell, HP, Asus, and Alienware on sale at places like Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and more.Laptops, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Shopping Topdeal
If you are based in the US, please visit this page for the best Black Friday deals from across the pond.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are undoubtedly the biggest shopping days of the year and the sale has officially begun. The sale will run right the way through to Nov. 26 (and maybe beyond), and this page will act as the primary hub page for the event
We will keep posting a selection of the very best deals on this page, but for more specific deals pages, please visit the following links:Xbox One, Ps4, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Iphone X
Allergies are more annoying than usual this year, right?
No really, it's not your imagination — pollen season is getting worse every year, and air purifiers are making their way to the must-have list of home appliances.
A recent segment on ABC News detailed that climate change is a huge factor that's contributing to the worsening pollen seasons. Among the culprits are high temperatures and raised levels of carbon dioxide, both of which can affect the proteins in the pollen grains that cause these allergies.
In the story, Dr. Jeffrey Demain, a board-certified allergist and immunologist, is quoted saying, "It’s been shown that in rising carbon dioxide, the allergenic peptide of each pollen grain goes up." He also points out that carbon dioxide levels have been "shown to increase the amount of biomass and pollen production by a plant," as quoted in the article. Read more...More about Pets, Allergies, Air Pollution, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping List