6 of the best light masks for acne, according to reviews

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, adult acne is on the rise, affecting up to 15 percent of women. (As if adulting wasn’t already stressful enough!) 

Though topical creams may get the job done for some, there’s a new kind of acne treatment that’s becoming increasingly popular: acne light therapy. Basically, this high-tech solution aims to kill the bacteria that causes acne and prolongs the vicious breakout cycle. It also targets age spots, acne scars, discoloration, and other blemishes. Light treatments work by shining different types of LED light (either red or blue light) onto your skin at a close distance. The red light treatment takes aim at inflammation while the blue light treatment targets the acne-causing bacteria at the source. Read more…

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BEST FOR MORE THAN JUST ACNE

Lacomri 7 Color LED Light Therapy Acne Mask

Designed to treat acne, reduce wrinkles, remove rashes, and more, this is one of the more comprehensive light therapy masks out there.

  • Power: Standard wall plug-in

$124 from Amazon

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BEST LIGHTWEIGHT MASK

Hangsun Light Therapy Acne Treatment LED Mask

It can be reused for over a month before it needs a new charge and reviewers found it to be surprisingly comfortable.

  • Power: USB or portable battery power bank

$33.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ACNE SCARS

NEWKEY LED Face Light Therapy Mask

A professional-style treatment that targets multiple issues, including those dreaded acne scars.

  • Power: USB charging

$118.89 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SEVERE ADULT ACNE

IlluMask

Also targets wrinkles and other aging properties in addition to acne.

  • Power: Requires 4 AA batteries

$23 from Amazon

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BEST FOR NECK BREAKOUTS

Project E Beauty LED Photon Therapy Treatment Mask

A cordless design means you won’t be tethered to one spot during your treatments.

  • Power: Wireless, uses 110V-220V to charge

$199.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CUSTOMIZATION

Dermashine Pro 7 Color LED Face Mask

Since it comes with a wide range of treatment options, you can really get your money’s worth.

  • Power: USB charging

$149.99 from Amazon

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are throttling online video 24/7, study says

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A new study is putting U.S. wireless carriers on blast for slowing down online video traffic, even during periods where they claim they are not.

Research conducted by Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts found that wireless companies — including the main four U.S. carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, all slowed down video traffic from early 2018 to 2019. 

The resulting effect for consumers is delayed load times, buffering, and degradation in quality when streaming video content. 

These carriers have long maintained that this practice, known as throttling, is done to avoid congestion. However, the study found that online video throttling was occurring around the clock, regardless of congestion. Read more…

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Gmail is super busted right now (it’s not just you)

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Gmail just gave you the perfect Monday gift: a legitimate excuse to ignore all of your boss’s emails. 

According to Google, some users of the company’s email service are unable to log into their accounts. The problems were first acknowledged by Google just before 12 p.m. PT today and while access for some people has since been restored, the issue is ongoing for others. 

“The affected users are unable to access Gmail,” reads the latest status update (at the time of this writing) from Google. “Users may experience issues signing into all Google services via OAuth or Chrome devices.”

Looks like Google authentication has taken a dive. Chromebook users – you now have a doorstop for a computer if you weren’t logged in.

— Iain Thomson (@iainthomson) August 19, 2019 Read more…

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Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Chinese government

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Twitter and Facebook have suspended accounts for running a state-sponsored propaganda campaign targeting Hong Kong protesters.

Twitter says it suspended 936 accounts that were “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong” as well as 200,000 more “spammy” accounts that were “proactively suspended before they were substantially active.” 

The accounts in question targeted protesters in Hong Kong, who have been demonstrating for weeks.

Twitter described the ring of accounts as a “significant state-backed information operation,” and noted that some accounts were created using VPN services.  Read more…

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What is a VPN? And why do I need one?

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Nine out of ten Americans feel like they have lost control of how their personal information is collected and used, according to the Pew Research Center. And while precautions exist to safeguard sensitive data, most users feel like they should be doing more

Usually we try to push our concerns to the side. But doing nothing is the online equivalent of handing out flyers on the street corner with your credit card numbers, medical history, and a photo of your driver’s license.

Like having insurance, it’s not an issue until it’s an issue. But the first time you’re hacked in a coffee shop, get your identity stolen, receive a cease and desist in the mail, or just sit down to think about the implications of all of your personal information being available to bad actors or those looking to profit off your data, the risks suddenly become very real Read more…

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Look at these service dogs enjoying the theater

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At long last, we can say for sure that dogs love the fine arts.

Earlier this month, a group of service dogs attended a theater performance of Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. After the show, a photo of some of the dogs sitting up diligently in their seats made the rounds on Twitter. This makes sense: The photo is so cute that it does not even seem real.

ICYMI: We had some pawsitivly adorable audience members from K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs during last weeks Relaxed Performance of #sfBillyElliot. Our Next Relaxed Performance is #sfNeverending on October 2ndhttps://t.co/xaBwx65W8J pic.twitter.com/otyNjm5pUS

— Stratford Festival (@stratfest) August 15, 2019 Read more…

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The world’s largest bike garage just got even bigger

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Maybe you’ve heard the dinner party fact that the Netherlands is the only country in the world that has more bicycles than people. (If not, go ahead and steal that for your next dinner party!) And here’s another one: It only makes sense that the world’s largest bicycle parking facility can be found in the country as well.

It just got even bigger.

Located in the city of Utrecht near Central Station, the 24/7 ride-in facility now features enough storage for a casual 12,500 bikes, including regular commuter bikes, cargo bikes, electric bikes, and even tandems (yes, some people use ’em).

The first part of the garage opened in August 2017 with 6,000 spaces, with another 1,500 added by October. This second part, which opened on Monday, Aug. 19, added an extra 5,000 spaces, bringing the total to 12,500. Read more…

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You really should update your VLC Media Player now

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Oh, hey, would you look at that — another article telling you to update something. However, in the case of the VLC Media Player installed on your computer, you really actually should. 

VideoLAN, the non-profit maker of the popular media player, issued a security bulletin announcing the update and clarified that this was not just about pushing out a fancy new digital skin or some feature-tweaking. Rather, the update addresses a host of security vulnerabilities that have the potential to cause some serious trouble. 

“If successful, a malicious third party could trigger either a crash of VLC or an arbitratry [sic] code execution with the privileges of the target user,” the bulletin explains. “While these issues in themselves are most likely to just crash the player, we can’t exclude that they could be combined to leak user informations or remotely execute code.” Read more…

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