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Twitter to test a new filter for spam and abuse in the Direct Message inbox

Twitter is testing a new way to filter unwanted messages from your Direct Message inbox. Today, Twitter allows users to set their Direct Message inbox as being open to receiving messages from anyone, but this can invite a lot of unwanted messages, including abuse. While one solution is to adjust your settings so only those you follow can send you private messages, that doesn’t work for everyone. Some people — like reporters, for example — want to have an open inbox in order to have…

Camping gear and cool gadgets on sale now

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Camping is a lot more fun when you come prepared. If you plan on spending Labor Day weekend in the great outdoors, take your pick from these clutch camping items, all of which are on sale:

nCamp Kitchen To-Go Starter Set

Cooking outdoors is easier said than done, but with this, it’s just plain easier. It includes a stove that’s designed to burn wood, liquid, and solid fuel with a built-in prep surface that can be used to cut, stage, and serve food. And with the included case and collapsible…

Don’t make calls with Siri or Google or you could get scammed

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If you’ve ever used Siri or Google to call a business, you could be in danger of falling victim to a new scam. 

Phone calls made with voice assistants could open people up to scammers, who have found a clever new way to exploit our growing dependence on Siri and Google. That’s according to the Better Business Bureau, which issued a warning about the scheme.

Here’s how it goes down, according to the BBB: you need to call a business, like an airline, but you don’t know what number to call. So…

Stunning Hubble photo catches an aging star’s giant ring of space gas

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Just like people, stars get old. Also like people, aging stars release a lot of gas.

This newly captured image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows us NGC 2022, a planetary nebula in the Orion constellation. Yes, it’s a star and not a planet; it’s called that because of the rounded shaped produced by the star’s expanding ring of gas.

As stars get older, they get larger and take on more of a reddish glow. As that process plays out, the star sheds its outer layers into the surrounding space….

What that viral Twitter battle over CVS and birth control really means for your access

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At first glance, the bitter Twitter battle against CVS over birth control pills this week may have convinced you that the pharmacy giant was blocking access to the contraceptive. But like most Twitter scuffles, it’s complicated.

Here’s what’s really happening. 

CVS Caremark, a CVS subsidiary that works with pharmaceutical companies to set prescription pricing for customers of CVS and other pharmacies, has reduced how much it’ll reimburse retailers that only sell one product. One such online…

Everything you need to remember from ‘Mindhunter’ Season 1

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The following contains full spoilers for Mindhunter Season 1 and zero spoilers for Mindhunter Season 2.

After almost two years, Mindhunter is finally making its way back to Netflix this weekend.

Streamers obsessed over the FBI drama when it first premiered in fall 2017, but folks diving back into Season 2 on Friday reported forgetting where exactly this tense saga left off. If you’re in that boat or altogether new to the true crime series, then we’ve got great news.

Out of the goodness of…

Everything you need to remember from ‘Mindhunter’ Season 1

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The following contains full spoilers for Mindhunter Season 1 and zero spoilers for Mindhunter Season 2.

After almost two years, Mindhunter is finally making its way back to Netflix this weekend.

Streamers obsessed over the FBI drama when it first premiered in fall 2017, but folks diving back into Season 2 on Friday reported forgetting where exactly this tense saga left off. If you’re in that boat or altogether new to the true crime series, then we’ve got great news.

Out of the goodness of…

Flip flops made of grass, live hermit crabs, and more weird stuff on Amazon this week

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As your friendly neighborhood shopping writers, we spend our days scouring the internet and of course, Amazon, to bring you the best deals on the gadgets and gizmos you need the most. But there’s something we need to get off our chests: beneath Amazon’s calm surface of MacBooks, KitchenAid mixers, and eco-friendly air conditioners there lurks a strange — yet wonderful — underbelly. 

One where you find one hyperrealistic steak pillow and before you know it, you’ve been sucked…

If you’re a procrastinator, you need this to-do list app

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TL; DR: Get a lifetime subscription to the the multitasking Toodledo Plus Online Task Manager for $39.99. It’s usually priced at $299.40, you’ll be saving an impressive 86% off. 


Everyone procrastinates. Yes, even the most productive people amongst us have those days where, no matter what, they just can’t focus. Sadly, there’s no magical switch you can flip to turn on your productivity, but there are tools that can help you say “toodle-loo” to procrastination — like Toodledo Online Task…

Best TV deals this weekend: Vizio, LG, Sceptre, and more

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Waiting until Black Friday to a buy a TV has become the thing to do, but we’re proposing that you should have that HDR quality in your home for all of fall.

Forget Hallmark Christmas movies — September and October are the best months on television for fans of horror or classic slasher movies, and those dark scenes are the spookiest when you can actually see who’s lurking in the shadows.

The argument for fall sports in 4K is obvious: Sports fans shouldn’t have to spend the first months of…