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There are officially too many damn video-streaming services

Disney’s upcoming video streaming service, Disney+, sounds like a really sweet deal.  For $6.99 a month or discounted annual subscription of $69.99, you get access to content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Subscribers will also get content from Fox, which Disney now owns, starting with the complete series of The Simpsons. Disney…


Disney’s upcoming video streaming service, Disney+, sounds like a really sweet deal. 

For $6.99 a month or discounted annual subscription of $69.99, you get access to content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Subscribers will also get content from Fox, which Disney now owns, starting with the complete series ofThe Simpsons.

Disney is promising more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films from its library within the first year. And the company’s also considering bundling its other streaming services, Hulu and ESPN+, with Disney+ in the future at a discounted price.

Like I said, Disney+ sounds like a hell of value at launch. And judging by the overwhelmingly positive reactions on social media, Disney will likely sign up a ton of customers on Nov. 12 when Disney+ launches.

But while I agree that Disney+ is probably worth it, I’m also growing more annoyed at how confusing and expensive “cutting the cord” is in practice. The “great unbundling” that everyone once welcomed has quietly become an ingenious con to squeeze everyone for more money through recurring subscription fees from multiple streaming services.

Choosing a streaming service used to be simple. A decade ago you had two big ones: Netflix and Hulu.

Nowadays, in addition to those two, there’s PlayStation V

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Google Pixel 3a XL is $100 off *and* comes with a free $100 gift card

TL;DR: The compact and comprehensive Google Pixel 3a XL with 64GB of memory is on sale at Best Buy for $379.99, $100 off its original price. You’ll also get a free $100 Best Buy gift card! Where would we be without our phones? No, seriously, every time we detach and delete social media apps in…


TL;DR:The compact and comprehensive Google Pixel 3a XL with 64GB of memory is on sale at Best Buy for $379.99, $100 off its original price. You’ll also get a free $100 Best Buy gift card!


Where would we be without our phones? No, seriously, every time we detach and delete social media apps in an attempt to detox every time Instagram crashes (which is quite often), we are reminded of just how much we need it. Smart phones have become an essential in our world today, where pretty much every store accepts Apple Pay and even the New York City subway just introduced mobile pay. 

With phones being such an important aspect of our lives, it’s important that we choose the rig

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The best Elizabeth Warren memes from the 2020 campaign trail so far

Elizabeth Warren has mastered the art of delivering meme-worthy moments. It’s still early in campaign season, but the 2020 Democratic candidate has already shown America she has a great dog, great merch, and can hold her own on social media. She doesn’t shy away from sharing opinions on hot pop culture topics like Game of…


Elizabeth Warren has mastered the art of delivering meme-worthy moments.

It’s still early in campaign season, but the 2020 Democratic candidate has already shown America she has a great dog, great merch, and can hold her own on social media. She doesn’t shy away from sharing opinions on hot pop culture topics likeGame of Thrones, and has a plan for essentially everything. So it should come as no surprise that she’s already inspired some truly hilarious memes.

From joking about her calling people on the phone and her dedicated reading of the Mueller Report, to fictional policy plans and more, here are some of the best memes Elizabeth Warren has inspired during her run for president.

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Enter to win an iPhone XS Max and AirPods

What goes together better than peanut butter and jelly? There is only one correct answer: iPhone XS Max and AirPods. Lucky for you, this exciting duo of gadgets is being given away to a lucky reader. Just head on over to this page, enter your email, and you’re automatically in the running to take home…


What goes together better than peanut butter and jelly? There is only one correct answer: iPhone XS Max and AirPods.

Lucky for you, this exciting duo of gadgets is being given away to a lucky reader. Just head on over to this page, enter your email, and you’re automatically in the running to take home the prize. You can snag additional entries by sharing the giveaway on social media and sending the unique link to your friends and family. The giveaway is ending soon, so be sure to get your entries in now.

If you happen to have already spent all your money on these items, here are some amazing deals on Apple-ready accessories:

BentoStack Charge

Originally designed to function as a storage case for your Apple accessories, BentoStack now features a charger, too. With a Qi-certified wireless charger and 5,000 mAh battery built into the top cover, BentoStack keeps your devices juiced up and organized. When you’re traveling, you can tote the entire stack around or detach the top cover for an instant portable charger.

Normally retailing for $99.95, you can get the BentoStack Charge on sale today for $79.95 — a savings of 20%.

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Clear TPU Protective iPhone XS Max Case

A device as sexy as the iPhone XS Max does not deserve to be fully cocooned inside a solid color case. This transparent cover offers a case-less look to showcase the iPhone’s sleek design, all while giving your precious the protection it needs.

Grab one today for $9.99 — 66% off the usual retail pri

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No one agrees on what iMessage Tapbacks actually mean

In September 2016, Apple released iOS 10. With it came the iMessage Tapback, the convenient and highly ambiguous reaction feature that — nearly three years later — no one quite knows how to use. Tapbacks were created, one assumes, to make texting more convenient. It’s true that they’re nearly effortless to employ: Simply press on…


In September 2016, Apple released iOS 10. With it came the iMessage Tapback, the convenient and highly ambiguous reaction feature that — nearly three years later — no onequiteknows how to use.

Tapbacks were created, one assumes, to make texting more convenient. It’s true that they’re nearly effortless to employ: Simply press on a message until you’re presented with the Tapback options — a heart, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a HAHA, a double exclamation point, and a question mark — and pick the one you want. Easy, right? You didn’t even have to type anything!

Here’s the trouble, though. There’s no practical consensus on what, exactly, Tapbacks are supposed to be, or mean. Thus, no implicit code of etiquette has emerged around their use. In our already anxiety-ridden texting culture, that’s a recipe for chaos.

The main question appears to be whether Tapbacks are meant to function as actual messages or as social media reactions. (Before you ask: Yes, iMessage is a social network.) Apple’s blurb on the subject calls Tapbacks a way to “quickly reply” to texts. But the mechanics and appearance of the feature are more similar to, say, a Twitter like, which is decidedlynota reply. A reply is (generally) meant to move a conversation forward; a reaction, which often marks the end of an exchange, reflects on messages already sent.

So when someone reacts to your question with a thumbs up Tapback, you just don’t know: Are they reacting to the message (“Thanks for asking me to go to the beach”) or are they replying affirmatively to the message’s contents (“Yes, I will go to the beach”)? If someone sends you a heart Tapback in lieu of a reply, are they saying “I’m into that” or “OK, but I would like the conversation to end?”

These questions don’t apply to every conversation. If you’re texting your best friend, for example, one Tapback probably won’t matter to you at all. But if you’re texting a more casual acquaintance — or worse, a crush — e

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