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here's another chance to save on anker's ridiculously popular robotic vacuum

eufy robovac 11, $200 with code kinja627the robovac 11 from eufy (a division of anker) is one of your favorite robotic vacuums, and in my own testing, it’s every bit as good—and far quieter—than my roomba. so if it’s been on your radar, our readers can save $20 today with promo code kinja627.i’ve been a happy roomba 770 owner for over a year now, and will continue to be until it dies, but…read more we received a ton of nominations this week for the best robotic vacuum, but now it’s time for one…read more the final price of $200 isn’t the best deal we’ve seen on this (it went down to $150 for a few glorious hours in may), but it’s still $75 less than the comparable roomba, so if it’s been on your shopping list for awhile, this is a solid chance to save.$200from amazonuse code kinja62714115 purchased by readersgizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy nowmore dealsthe most popular robotic vacuum, an affordable 4k monitor, and discounted cookware lead off…read more





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deadspin russell westbrook’s mvp acceptance speech was worth the wait | the slot poll: other countrikinja!today 10:44amfiled to: morning favorites0deadspin russell westbrook’s mvp acceptance speech was worth the wait | the slot poll: other countries hate trump even more than we do | the root ‘i could kill you’: video shows off-duty ill. police officer pinning black teen to the ground | fusion how to give poor people money in order to save the world |replyleave a reply





your smartphone is making you stupid

image credit: eduardo woo/flickryou lock yourself in a study room on the second floor of your college’s library, surrounded by dusty tomes and people who just love making out, and proceed to work on your graduate thesis. unfortunately, you didn’t get rid of the biggest distraction to your studying: your smartphone. turning it off might keep you from being distracted, but you’re better off throwing it out the window.on second thought, just leave it at home.advertisementthat’s what a study from the university of chicago suggests after discovering having your smartphone in close proximity not only distracts you from the task at hand, but reduces your ability to handle more complex cognitive actions like remembering and processing data. for those who depend on their smartphone for most things (so, everyone) the effects on their cognitive capacity may be most severe.former design ethicist at google and founder of the non-profit time well spent tristan harris has…read more researchers asked participants to keep their silent phones visible on a desk, in a pocket or bag, or in a separate room altogether. they then performed tests on a computer to measure cognitive capacity, one called the automated operation span task measuring working memory capacity, another called the raven’s standard progressive matrices, measuring fluid intelligence.“the present research identifies a potentially costly side effect of the integration of smartphones into daily life: smartphone-induce...





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what to know about donating your body to science

image by sam woolley we’ve all heard of donating your body to science, but what does it really mean? let’s talk about what happens when you give your body to further medical research and education. (we won’t be discussing donation of individual organs or tissues, which is covered here.)content warning: there are some potentially disturbing images of dead bodies throughout this story.what does “body donation” mean?body donation, or an anatomical gift, is simply the donation of your full body after your death to be used for medical research. they will most commonly be used in anatomy classes to educate medical students or even fitness instructors, and for surgical practice. advertisementadvertisementin mary roach’s popular book stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers, she expresses surprise and concern that parts, at least, of donated bodies could end up as practice for plastic surgeons. she feels that if someone donated their corpse, “for the betterment of science,” that perhaps they’d be chagrined if they knew they were just practice noses for rhinoplasty. roach does concede, however, that using donated cadavers in this way is justifiable, as surgeons who do these procedures do need to learn how to do them well. and while you may never really know where your remains might end up after signing them away, or in what way they’ll be utilized, there are plenty of institutions that will be grateful for your anatomical gift and will treat your remains with res...





develop your npr voice with this video

npr’s reporters don’t all have perfect, radio-smooth voices, but they all sound natural and confident on air. in this video, vocal coach jessica hansen gives you three npr-approved exercises to help you speak into a microphone while sounding more like yourself.all of these exercises will make you feel ridiculous, by the way, so toss your dignity out the window (or just lock yourself in a soundproof closet). first you’ll pant like a dog and blow out imaginary birthday candles; this helps you breathe deeply and powerfully so your voice will sound strong. then, you’ll practice a lip trill in an exercise that will stop you from slipping into vocal fry when you don’t mean to. then, things get really fun as you learn to put personality—several personalities—into a dull script. advertisementfind more tips on honing your voice and telling great stories at npr training. speak up!identify your voice's "mask" to optimize your natural pitch and tonethe sound of your voice might make you seem smarter when pitching ideaswhy we cringe at the sound of our own voices





how to post instagram photos from your mac

image credit: justin sullivan/gettymac: some of the most popular apps on your phone most likely have a web-friendly version. facebook and twitter both started on the web, after all. but instagram is different, and not exactly web-friendly, which makes it a hassle if you prefer to edit your photos on your desktop (large screens are still cool!) instead of your phone. there is an instagram app for windows 10 users, but mac owners are out of luck. cision found that while it’s not perfect, a little technical know-how can unlock desktop posting, a long-awaited feature that, well, still isn’t really here.there is only one place on the internet that is nice. there is only one place that does not add to…read more to post from your desktop, you’ll need to pull up google chrome and mess around with some developer tools. head over to the options menu (the three dots to the right of your url bar), then select developer tools in the more tools section.advertisementadvertisementdeveloper tools will reveal a wealth of information about the web page you’re on, including its source code. in the top-left corner of the developer tools window select the “toggle device toolbar” icon that looks like a smartphone in front of a tablet. using that, you can change your browser’s user agent.in the case of instagram, changing your user agent will let you post photos, but that’s about it. you won’t have access to any filters or editing tools, and while you can move and rotate the imag...





let's end the gif/jif pronunciation debate right now

photo by sander van der welonce a week, for the past eight-odd years, i overhear it: “it’s gif, not jif.” “actually, it’s officially jif.” if the arguers are educated in the subject, they’ll rattle through their supporting arguments: it’s jif because its inventor says so and it’s like “giraffe;” it’s gif because it stands for “graphics” and it’s like “gift.”obviously everyone’s having a bit of fun, and arguing over how to pronounce an acronym is just a cute way to pass the time. only it’s not so cute any more. the debate has thoroughly been had, and there’s nothing to add. advertisementthere’s a seven-point defense of gif on howtoreallypronouncegif.com and a five-point defense of jif (and a regularly updated blog) on the gif pronunciation page. there’s even a weird great compromise proposal by coder-blogger andy baio. the gif is 30 years old. debating its pronunciation is as fresh as a “hang in there” kitten poster.like the oxford comma debate, the tabs/spaces debate, and the spaces after a period debate, gif/jif pronunciation is best treated as a matter of style. just pick one, be consistent, and deal with the consequences of your choice. as linguist steven pinker told the atlantic:it’s not that good writers have chosen to flout a rule; it’s that the rule is not a rule in the first place... what makes a rule a rule? who decides? where does it come from? they write as if there’s some tribunal or rules committee who makes t...





nintendo announces snes classic, which comes with 21 stellar games [update]

forget the nes classic—this is the vintage system we’ve been waiting for. nintendo today announced the super nintendo classic, which will be out on september 29 for $80 and come with 21 games including the previously unreleased star fox 2.the lineup, which is excellent, also includes earthbound, final fantasy iii, link to the past, and secret of mana. and super mario world and donkey kong country and holy crap this thing is going to be impossible to get at a store without gouging someone’s eyes out, isn’t it?advertisementunlike the nes classic, the snes classic’s lineup is full of genuine masterpieces that have all aged well. there isn’t a single bad game on this thing (assuming star fox 2 is as solid as the first one). here’s the full list:contra iii: the alien warsdonkey kong countryearthboundfinal fantasy iiif-zerokirby super starkirby’s dream coursethe legend of zelda: a link to the pastmega man xsecret of manastar foxstar fox 2street fighter ii turbo: hyper fightingsuper castlevania ivsuper ghouls ’n ghostssuper mario kartsuper mario rpg: legend of the seven starssuper mario worldsuper metroidsuper punch-out!! yoshi’s islandoddly, nintendo says you’ll have to beat the first level of star fox to unlock star fox 2. from the press release: “even for super fans who have played all of these games multiple times, the inclusion of the never-before-released star fox 2 game will offer them something entirely new to enjoy – if they can unlock it by provi...





how to eat street food anywhere in the world without getting sick

beijing, china. photo by katiebordner.street food is one of the best ways to experience a country’s culture. while these makeshift stalls might look risky, street food is often just as safe—if not safer—than restaurants. ask any experienced adventurer. still, there are a few basic rules you should know to avoid any problems.food is one of the top expenses during travel, and one of the main areas you can cut costs. …read more research common street foods before you gobefore you take off for your next big trip, educate yourself on the common street foods found at your destination. it could be dürüm in istanbul, pork satay in bangkok, choripán in buenos aires, or egg waffle in hong kong. wherever you’re going, they have specialties you should learn about. advertisementadvertisementonce you know what they are, use travel sites like lonely planet, fodor’s, tripadvisor, and personal travel blogs to look up where to find them, find recommendations for specific stalls if possible, and make sure you know what they’re supposed to look like. if you’re worried about how you handle the food of a place you’ve never been, try to train your culinary palate on the home front. hit up some local restaurants serving authentic cuisine.if you have food allergies, it’s a good idea to look up the ingredients for popular foods before you go as well. you can also print out specific allergy and food cards on sites like select wisely and allergy translation. picture-based translat...





use toilet seat covers to blot your oily skin

photo by s. alemdar/getty imagesif you’re the type to use blotting paper to sop up the sweat or oil on your face, you’ve perhaps wondered which ones are best. are the most expensive ones better? should you get the sheets that smell like flowers? or should you just pass on oil blotting sheets altogether, opting instead for a hanky or a perpetually dewy glow?celebrities like sarah jessica parker use toilet seat covers to blot instead of spending money on fancy papers at sephora. they’re a free alternative, but how do they compare?advertisementpeople on makeup alley love the hack, which has gotten a 4.6 rating from 84 reviewers. one person wrote:i’m a convert! the air-conditioning went out in my building, and my freakishly oily skin went into overload. i remembered reading about this, and thought ‘what the heck!’ using the matte side against my face, my oil was soaked right up—my makeup remained in place, and i was ecstatic! i looked awesome again! (relatively speaking ) it took a whole one to blot up everything, but it saved me from using up all my powder in one day. now i grab a few on occasional mornings, cut them into large squares, and keep them in my purse/bag/desk/whatever. it’s saving my expensive blotting powder! luv it!!some negative reviews are concerned about germs from the bathroom spreading to the toilet seat covers, but people don’t really touch the toilet seat covers they’re not using and most of the surface of the covers is protected from ger...





the amazon echo show is the best dumb smart machine in my home

image: carmen hilbert/gizmodothe first night the amazon echo show was in my bedroom i had to carefully lay it face down on my nightstand. the display, which was cycling through my upcoming meetings, most recent news, and the weather, was simply too bright. it was like having a little super informative sun shining in my face. the second night, as if it knew, the echo show had another slide on its screen. “try saying, ‘alexa, do not disturb.’”i gave it a go and the screen instantly darkened to a degree perfectly acceptable to sleep by. the echo show understood exactly what i wanted and when i wanted it, and when the device does that, it’s one of my favorite gadgets in my home right now. but man, when amazon’s new echo acts stupid, the device is an exercise in dashed expectations.advertisementbut it’s hard to blame the echo show, amazon’s new $230 combined smart speaker and display. this device is amazon’s bid to stay ahead of competitors like google and apple. smart speakers are positively last year, and this year, everyone (excluding apple, for now) is focused on building a digital home assistant with a big bright screen. google is doing it by using the version of android built into its televisions and the nvidia shield, but amazon is putting it all into one small package that can sit on a bookshelf.image: carmen hilbert/gizmodoand this package is so good at what it does that its failures feel like collateral damage. with a powerful speaker and a bright, surp...





seth stephens-davidowitz talks to us about secrets

image via youtubewe’re living in a time of secrets. whether it’s the health-care bill, russia’s secret connection with our recent election, or the lies we all tell, secrets plague us all. in this episode of the upgrade, seth stephens-davidowitz, author of “everybody lies: big data, new data, and what the internet can tell us about who we really are” explains what the internet can tell us about the prejudices, fears, and fetishes we’re hiding. we also talk with our lifehacker writers about a reddit thread where redditors shared secrets that, if revealed, would ruin people’s lives. psychiatrist eileen wachter visits the studio to discuss the psychological effects of keeping secrets. and our producer takes to the streets to find out what sort of secrets we’ve been keeping for other people.listen to the upgrade above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served, including apple podcasts, google play, spotify, iheartradio, stitcher, and npr one. please subscribe, rate, and review!advertisementwe covered quite a bit of territory in this episode, including (but by no means limited to): the reddit secret that’s almost too disgusting to talk about the motivation behind confessing your secrets to strangers how people tell things to google that they wouldn’t otherwise reveal why people lie in surveys what pornhub data can teach us about our sexuality the disconnect between what’s taught in sex ed and what young people are concerned about when we fir...





flickr and tumblr users with at&t emails are about to lose access to their accounts

image credit: noam galai/gettyverizon-owned social media platform tumblr, along with a laundry list of other yahoo services, is potentially locking users out of their accounts due to an ending partnership between yahoo and at&t, according to techcrunch. if you’re a tumblr, flickr, or regular user of any other yahoo service and have an at&t-provided email address, it’ll stop working for those sites on june 30. like, this friday, june 30.advertisementtumblr addressed the email shutdown in a post in its help center:starting on june 30, 2017, att.net customers will no longer be able to log in to their yahoo and tumblr accounts through email addresses with the following domains: att.net, ameritech.net, bellsouth.net, flash.net, nvbell.net, pacbell.net, prodigy.net, sbcglobal.net, snet.net, swbell.net, and wans.net.in short, if you want to use your at&t-friendly email to access yahoo’s services like flickr and tumblr, you’ll need to change your email address and create a yahoo id. the change might come as a surprise to at&t users, who have been able to use their emails to access a variety of yahoo-branded services despite the non-yahoo email address.if you’re tired of spending all of your time writing email, or feel like your email requests never…read more at&t provided even more information about the email service termination, including a list of sites affected by the change and instructions on how to switch email addresses inside services that support the email change...





for frequent travelers, the chase sapphire reserve is a core holding

chase sapphire reservethe chase sapphire reserve is the step up version of our readers’ favorite travel rewards credit card, the chase sapphire preferred. if you’re a frequent traveler, the reserve is essential.the chase sapphire preferred easily won our reader vote for best travel rewards credit card, and…read more the chase sapphire reserve is the flagship card of chase’s ultimate rewards program. ultimate rewards is an ecosystem of several credit cards that when taken together, grant industry-best returns in most shopping categories. we’ll be covering all of the ultimate rewards cards in greater detail in future guides, but today we’re focusing on why the reserve is well worth its high annual fee.advertisementthe chase sapphire reserve is worth getting for its sign-up bonus alone. you’ll net 50,000 ultimate rewards points after spending $4,000 on the card in the first three months after opening. that’s worth around $1100 if you play your points right, or to put it another way, you’re getting an amazing return on that $4,000 you were probably going to spend anyway.advertisementwith the reserve, you’ll earn 3x ultimate rewards points for every dollar spent on dining (including things like seamless), and travel (including things like uber), which are likely two of your biggest spending categories if you’re a frequent traveler. 2% is the baseline return i recommend everyone earn on every purchase they ever make, and by maximizing your ultimate rewards red...





the no-frills way to watermark memos and track leaks

photo by christopher furlong, wpa pool / getty imageslet’s say you need to send a private message to a group of people, but you’re afraid one of them will leak the message elsewhere, and you won’t know who. fast forward labs has a rough-and-ready solution that will expose anyone who publicly copies and pastes your message, without letting them know they’ve been caught.identify elements of your memo that can change without anyone noticing: whether you use double or single quotation marks; whether you write out numbers like three or use numerals like 3; whether you use semicolons or commas in a list. the subtler the difference, the better. if you want to get a little sneakier, you can replace certain letters with similar-looking unicode characters, but as ff labs points out, these special characters might be exposed if the message is converted into plain text.advertisementnow, instead of bccing everyone on one email, send each recipient their own bcc. as long as your recipients are used to receiving group messages via bcc, they won’t know the difference. on each bcc, make a different subtle change. ff labs suggests combining different changes to increase your possible unique messages: one recipient gets “three”; one gets “3”; one gets ‘three’; one gets ‘3’. now if anyone reveals your message to the public, you can check it against your outgoing emails and identify the leaker. if your changes are subtle enough, they might never know how you caught them....





here's another chance to save on anker's ridiculously popular robotic vacuum

eufy robovac 11, $200 with code kinja627the robovac 11 from eufy (a division of anker) is one of your favorite robotic vacuums, and in my own testing, it’s every bit as good—and far quieter—than my roomba. so if it’s been on your radar, our readers can save $20 today with promo code kinja627.i’ve been a happy roomba 770 owner for over a year now, and will continue to be until it dies, but…read more we received a ton of nominations this week for the best robotic vacuum, but now it’s time for one…read more the final price of $200 isn’t the best deal we’ve seen on this (it went down to $150 for a few glorious hours in may), but it’s still $75 less than the comparable roomba, so if it’s been on your shopping list for awhile, this is a solid chance to save.$200from amazonuse code kinja62714115 purchased by readersgizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy nowmore dealsthe most popular robotic vacuum, an affordable 4k monitor, and discounted cookware lead off…read more





kinja roundup

deadspin russell westbrook’s mvp acceptance speech was worth the wait | the slot poll: other countrikinja!45 minutes agofiled to: morning favorites0deadspin russell westbrook’s mvp acceptance speech was worth the wait | the slot poll: other countries hate trump even more than we do | the root ‘i could kill you’: video shows off-duty ill. police officer pinning black teen to the ground | fusion how to give poor people money in order to save the world |replyleave a reply





your smartphone is making you stupid

image credit: eduardo woo/flickryou lock yourself in a study room on the second floor of your college’s library, surrounded by dusty tomes and people who just love making out, and proceed to work on your graduate thesis. unfortunately, you didn’t get rid of the biggest distraction to your studying: your smartphone. turning it off might keep you from being distracted, but you’re better off throwing it out the window.on second thought, just leave it at home.advertisementthat’s what a study from the university of chicago suggests after discovering having your smartphone in close proximity not only distracts you from the task at hand, but reduces your ability to handle more complex cognitive actions like remembering and processing data. for those who depend on their smartphone for most things (so, everyone) the effects on their cognitive capacity may be most severe.former design ethicist at google and founder of the non-profit time well spent tristan harris has…read more researchers asked participants to keep their silent phones visible on a desk, in a pocket or bag, or in a separate room altogether. they then performed tests on a computer to measure cognitive capacity, one called the automated operation span task measuring working memory capacity, another called the raven’s standard progressive matrices, measuring fluid intelligence.“the present research identifies a potentially costly side effect of the integration of smartphones into daily life: smartphone-induce...





the no-frills way to watermark memos and track leaks

photo by christopher furlong, wpa pool / getty imageslet’s say you need to send a private message to a group of people, but you’re afraid one of them will leak the message elsewhere, and you won’t know who. fast forward labs has a rough-and-ready solution that will expose anyone who publicly copies and pastes your message, without letting them know they’ve been caught.identify elements of your memo that can change without anyone noticing: whether you use double or single quotation marks; whether you write out numbers like three or use numerals like 3; whether you use semicolons or commas in a list. the subtler the difference, the better. if you want to get a little sneakier, you can replace certain letters with similar-looking unicode characters, but as ff labs points out, these special characters might be exposed if the message is converted into plain text.advertisementnow, instead of bccing everyone on one email, send each recipient their own bcc. as long as your recipients are used to receiving group messages via bcc, they won’t know the difference. on each bcc, make a different subtle change. ff labs suggests combining different changes to increase your possible unique messages: one recipient gets “three”; one gets “3”; one gets ‘three’; one gets ‘3’. now if anyone reveals your message to the public, you can check it against your outgoing emails and identify the leaker. if your changes are subtle enough, they might never know how you caught them....