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Obviously you’re watching this bear eat a cookie out of Jason Momoa’s mouth

Some days, social media is a gift. This is one of those days. Jason Momoa, star of Aquaman and also our hearts, got up close and personal with a real, live bear at some point in the not-too-distant past. I guess this is tied to his new Apple TV+ series, but all I see is…


Some days, social media is a gift. This is one of those days.

Jason Momoa, star ofAquamanand also our hearts, got up close and personal with a real, live bear at some point in the not-too-distant past. I guess this is tied to his new Apple TV+ series, but all I see is an adorable bear gently extracting a cookie from the mouth of a gentle giant.

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The things we do for our ART. SEE. Is out. Please watch on Apple TV+. The bear needs to know your scent. So here’s my cookie kisses big guy. Love you tag. Aloha Baba Voss

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Momoa’s new series,See, is set in a distant future where humans long ago lost their sense of sight and figured out how to get by without it. That natural order is then thrown into disarray when it turns out a village chieftan’s (Momoa) newborn twins can see.

In our review, Mashable’s own Tricia Crimmins calledSee“a respite from our own world” and encourages Apple TV+ subscribers to at least check it out. As Tricia writes:

Based on the two episodes (out of ten) I’ve seen thus far,Seecertainly succeeds in creating a plausible, futuristic vision in which its characters and plot can exist. Both in concept and meticulous execution, the series is creative, different, and fresh. For that reason alone, it’s worth checking out the first episode. 

I’m guessing there’s a notable bear that pops up in one of the opening episodes, if Momoa’s out here doing this bear thing “for our ART.”

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What is Blackout Tuesday and how can you participate in a helpful way?

The fight for racial equality must be heard. Amplify is our series devoted to raising awareness, spotlighting issues, and taking action. If you’ve noticed your Instagram feed full of black squares, there’s a reason behind it. It might seem like a straightforward moment of solidarity, but it gets a little bit complicated when you consider…

The fight for racial equality must be heard. Amplify is our series devoted to raising awareness, spotlighting issues, and taking action.

If you’ve noticed your Instagram feed full of black squares, there’s a reason behind it.

It might seem like a straightforward moment of solidarity, but it gets a little bit complicated when you consider the whole picture. In a nutshell: It’s a music industry initiative that’s been picked up by the public (myself included) on Instagram as posts showing just a black square, which have been flagged as potentially unhelpful by some activists as they currently appear. But there are ways to post helpfully if you want to participate.

So, what is Blackout Tuesday?

Blackout Tuesday is day of action across the music industry, which sprang from an initiative created by Atlantic Records’ senior director of marketing Jamila Thomas and former senior director of marketing Brianna Agyemang, called #TheShowMustBePaused, “in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard” in the industry.” 

The idea suggested by Thomas and Agyemang was that all music business halts for the day of June 2, and instead the day would be used as a day reflection for future action, “a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community,” according to the website.

“The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations and their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable.”

The music industry responded, with major record labels including Universal Music Group, Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Warner Records, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Elektra Music Group, Sony Music, Virgin EMI, and more declaring Tuesday a day when all business would be halted. 

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“This not a day off,” read Columbia Records’ Instagram post. “Instead, this is a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity. We continue to stand with the Black community, our staff, artists, and peers in the music industry. Perhaps with the music off, we can truly listen.”

Spotify is adding 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence to certain playlists and podcasts, the same amount of time that white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against 46-year-old black man George Floyd’s neck and killed him. Chauvin has been arrested and charged with murder. 

Other platforms have joined the blackout too. Amazon Music paused social media for the day but kept the platform live, YouTube tweeted in support but also kept the platform live (the platform said previously said it would donate $1 million to the Center for Policing Equity, in “solidarity against racism and violence,”), and Apple Music cancelled its Beats 1 radio schedule and encouraged people to listen to a stream celebrating black artists.

What is Blackout Tuesday and how can you participate in a helpful way?

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In an example outside the music industry, comedian and late night host Conan O’Brien and his team went silent in solidarity on June 2 on social media and on air.

How does this relate to the Instagram posts?

Here’s where we get to Instagram and the black squares. 

The day was then adopted by the public, folks outside the music industry on Instagram, myself included, posting black squares in well-intentioned solidarity, with many using the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. But as some people pointed out, the simple act of posting wasn’t so simple, even if it was in solidarity with the black community.

Here’s how to post, if you’re going to post, or if you’ve already posted.

Don’t use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter 

Although you might want to align your post with the movement itself in solidarity, using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter pushes all content posted with that hashtag to the bottom of a completely blacked out feed, meaning organisations posting information about protests and activism aren’t easily visible, and people ar

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5 of the best smartwatches for your kids

The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year, and this trend is seemingly only going in one direction. Kids start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at least it probably feels that way to parents who are always handing their phone over to keep a…

The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year, and this trend is seemingly only going in one direction. Kids start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at least it probably feels that way to parents who are always handing their phone over to keep a kid busy). 

In some ways, your child having a phone on them at all times can alleviate some serious worries about location and communication, but worries about internet safety, cyberbullying, and screen time might outnumber the reasons for a young child to have a phone of their own (even though parental control software exists for this exact purpose).

Enter: smartwatches for kids. These connected wearables let parents stay in touch with kids while they’re away from home, and most are equipped with GPS to keep tabs on a kid’s whereabouts without having to send a panicked message. Unlike smartwatches for adults, kids’ smartwatches don’t promote social media sharing and usually don’t have the option to get on the internet at all.

For kids, the freedom that comes with having their very own connected device — and potentially more leniency when it comes to doing things unsupervised — is pretty priceless. The fact that they can flex their Apple Watch-like bling around their friends is an obvious bonus.

Some kid watches are also great tools for establishing a housework, homework, or bedtime routine. Parents can use the app to set daily reminders like “brush teeth for two minutes” or “read for 15 minutes before bedtime,” then sprinkle in some leverage by typing in a reward. Kids can cross stuff off the list with the help of a built-in stopwatch or by setting their own alarms. 

Activities that are typically mundane are suddenly a lot more fun when an animated celebration, badges, or sibling leaderboard competition are involved (and when a parent isn’t doing the nagging). When healthy habits are established early, they can carry over into adulthood (when deep-rooted bad habits are typically harder to kick).

What to look for in a smartwatch for a kid

GPS will be the biggest deciding factor for parents looking into smartwatches specifically to keep track of kids with busy schedules. True smartwatches act more like a phone in the sense that parents have a live tab of a kid’s location and the ability to text and call. Wearables focused more on fitness tracking (like the Fitbit Ace 2) may skip location services altogether, as well as the option for any two-way communication. Don’t feel like messing with an app at all? There are standalone smartwatches that are ready to go without any invested setup.

Watches focused on physical activity do have their advantages, though. Parents worried about screen time will appreciate the way that smart fitness trackers are not only a less web-based device than a smartphone, but that they actually encourage kids to get up and moving. Kids can check their step count for the day or get a reminder to stand up for a few minutes, but the most fun part is easily the on-screen celebration when a daily activity or sleep goal is met. Settings can be tweaked in the parent app, but having a kid set their own alarms or follow their own activity rules could be a great way to assume some responsibility.

A smartwatch might be replacing the need for a whole phone or tablet, but that doesn’t mean entertainment is completely off the table. Some watches geared towards younger children have games including number challenges and augmented reality mysteries. For such a small screen, the resolution is surprisingly clear and more than enough to keep kids busy in line at the shops, in the waiting room, or in the car.

Things will go a lot smoother when your kid is in on the plan. If you do end up opting for a watch with location tracking or GPS boundaries, letting them know that you can see their location can foster mutual respect — even if that respect is unspoken and initially met with opposition.

These are the best smartwatches for kids in 2020.

BEST FOR HEALTHY HABITS

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The Good

Easy to add multiple kids (and parents) to the app • Can last a year without charging • Customizable coin reward system • Disney-themed bands

The Bad

Specific colours must to be paired with a character • No GPS tracking • No way to communicate with your kid

The Bottom Line

Garmin’s take on kid tech is simple enough for little ones and uses interactive adventures as incentives.

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2

Kids will actually want to assume some responsibility with this coin-based, Disney-themed reward system.

  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: Non-rechargeable, but up to one year
  • Sleep tracking: Yes
  • Water resistance: Waterproof up to 164 feet
  • Communication features: None
£79.99 from Amazon

Most kid smartwatches have some kind of celebration for reaching goals, and it’s always more fun for a device to nag about a task than your parents. 
Garmin has partnered with Disney to add some extra motivation magic to its reward system: Frozen II, Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Mick

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13 mental health resources for black people trying to cope right now

The fight for racial equality must be heard. Amplify is our series devoted to raising awareness, spotlighting issues, and taking action. Life has been unforgiving for black people in America.  The trauma of personal and institutional racism that black people endure — and have endured for generations — makes such a statement true no matter…

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Life has been unforgiving for black people in America. 

The trauma of personal and institutional racism that black people endure — and have endured for generations — makes such a statement true no matter the day of the week. 

Yet, the coronavirus outbreak, which has disproportionately killed black Americans, along with the recent police killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed to demand justice for his death, have forced black people to experience extraordinary pain and anguish. 

Tending to one’s mental health at such a moment may seem like an overwhelming task for numerous reasons, including because black people routinely face barriers to seeking mental health treatment, like culturally incompetent therapists and discrimination in healthcare settings. 

“Healing for us looks different than most people,” Jameta Nicole Barlow, a community health psychologist who is black, wrote in an email. 

“While anger and its expression is an important emotion to grapple with, Black people are not given any space to express that anger or rage without experiencing a negative outcome. Black people need time and space to even accept that we need healing, as we’ve been forced to move on in spite of [what’s happened]…”

Barlow, who is also an assistant professor of writing at George Washington University, said that black people have a long history of resilience and creating “healing spaces,” including the “poetry, chants and prayers used during the protests and movements for Black lives” over the last century to “music genres we pioneered like gospel, jazz, R&B, hip hop.”

Barlow said she has spent the week urging people to create healthy boundaries in their life and engage in self-care. Barlow recognizes that will look different for everyone and can include dance, music, crafts, yoga, meditation, baking, gardening, sports, laughter, and spiritual and religious practice. Workplaces, she adds, can also offer opportunities for black employees to take care of themselves.

“Radical self-care is required to live and survive in this world as a Black person.”

Barlow recommends that black people be in “community” with one another, though acknowledges that stay-at-home policies meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 makes this nearly impossible beyond digital platforms. At the same time, the saturation of online images and commentary portraying injustice toward black people means spending time on the internet can be draining instead of restorative. Barlow suggests limiting social media a

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If your kid isn’t ready for a phone, a smartwatch might be a better fit

The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year: As of Oct. 2019, over half of kids have their own phones by age 11 (compared to ages 13 and 14 over the past few years). Kids seem to start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at…

The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year: As of Oct. 2019, over half of kids have their own phones by age 11 (compared to ages 13 and 14 over the past few years). Kids seem to start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at least it probably feels that way to parents who are always handing their phone over to keep a kid busy). In some ways, your child having a phone on them at all times can alleviate some serious worries about location and communication, and educational TV shows on a tablet are a handy distraction when parents need some peace and quiet.

But though parental control software exists for this exact purpose, a parent’s worries about internet safety, cyberbullying, and screen time might outnumber the reasons for a young child to have a cell phone.

Enter: smartwatches for kids. These connected wearables let parents stay in touch with kids while they’re away from home, and most are equipped with GPS to keep tabs on a kid’s whereabouts without having to send a “Where are you?” message. Unlike smartwatches for adults, kids’ smartwatches don’t promote social media sharing and usually don’t have the option to get on the internet at all.

For kids, the freedom that comes with having their very own connected device — and potentially more leniency when it comes to doing things unsupervised — is pretty priceless. The fact that they can flex their Apple Watch-like bling around their friends is an obvious bonus.

Some kid watches are also great tools for establishing a daily chore, homework, or bedtime routine. Parents can use the app to set daily reminders like “brush teeth for two minutes” or “read for 15 minutes before bedtime,” then sprinkle in some leverage by typing in a reward. Kids can cross stuff off the list with the help of a built-in stopwatch or by setting their own alarms. Activities that are typically mundane are suddenly a lot more fun when an animated celebration, badges, or sibling leaderboard competition are involved (and when a parent isn’t doing the nagging). When healthy habits are established early, they can carry over into adulthood (when deep-rooted bad habits are typically harder to kick).

What to look for in a smartwatch for a kid

GPS will be the biggest deciding factor for parents looking into smartwatches specifically to keep track of kids with busy schedules. True smartwatches (like the Verizon Gizmo) act more like a cell phone in the sense that parents have a live tab of a kid’s location and the ability to text and call. Wearables focused more on fitness tracking (like the Fitbit Ace 2) may skip location services altogether, as well as the option for any two-way communication. Don’t feel like messing with an app at all? There are standalone smartwatches that are ready to go without any invested setup.

Letting kids know that you can see their location can foster mutual respect and help with parental boundaries.

Watches focused on physical activity do have their advantages, though. Parents worried about screen time will appreciate the way that smart fitness trackers are not only a less web-based device than a smartphone, but that they actually encourage kids to get up and moving. Kids can check their step count for the day or get a reminder to stand up for a few minutes, but the most fun part is easily the on-screen celebration when a daily activity or sleep goal is met. Settings can be tweaked in the parent app, but having a kid set their own alarms or follow their own activity rules could be a great way to assume some responsibility.

A smartwatch might be replacing the need for a whole phone or tablet, but that doesn’t mean entertainment is completely off the table. Some watches geared toward younger children have games from math and numbers challenges to augmented reality mysteries, and a camera with funny face filters might pop up, too. For such a small screen, the resolution is surprisingly clear and more than enough to keep kids busy in line at the store, in the waiting room, or in the car.

Things will go a lot smoother when your kid is in on the plan. If you do end up opting for a watch with location tracking or GPS boundaries, letting them know that you can see their location can foster mutual respect — even if that respect is unspoken and initially met with opposition.

Here are the best smartwatches for kids in 2020:

Our pick

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The Good

Real time GPS tracking and option to set location boundaries • Trusted contacts get a low battery notification • Parents’ GizmoHub app is clean and organized

The Bad

Two-year Verizon contract required • LTE costs extra

The Bottom Line

The most all-encompassing option on the list doesn’t have much kid content, but offers freedom with texting.

1. Verizon GizmoWatch 2

Verizon’s Apple Watch-like design offers the full smartwatch experience with GPS, fitness tracking, and task scheduling.

  • GPS tracking: Yes
  • Battery life: Up to 4 days
  • Sleep tracking: No
  • Water resistance: Waterproof up to 3.2 feet
  • Communication features: Calling and texting for designated contacts
$99.99 from Verizon

Kids want their smartwatch to feel grown-up. Parents want to be able to control those grown-up features without smothering the kid. The Verizon GizmoWatch 2 nails that tricky balance.
The second-generation GizmoWatch sees a nearly $100 price drop compared to the original, as we

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