These are the best VPNs for your Android device


I resisted the urge to get a decent VPN for my Android phone for years. Why bother with an extra app just to get online, now that internet connections are ubiquitous? 

Over time, however, the scenarios in which I needed a VPN became more common. I needed to check what this or that site looked like from another geolocation. Or I needed to test an app that wasn’t available in my country. But what finally made me cave in was being unable to watch some of my favorite TV shows while traveling. 

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A VPN, or virtual private network, provides an additional layer of privacy when connecting to the internet. It’s like using a private tunnel to browse the web, keeping you safe from prying eyes and enabling you to surf as if you were connecting from a server in a different place. Typically, all you need to do as a user is install the app on your smartphone, start it up, choose a server location, and then you can just continue browsing as usual. Read more…

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Serena Williams’ daughter’s doll Qai Qai is the real star of the Australian Open


One of the biggest moods of 2018 was a doll. 

But not just any ol’ doll – it was Qai Qai, the rather witty and cynical companion of Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., daughter of tennis champion Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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Between engaging in memes and generally pondering life, Qai Qai has embarked upon many an adventure with her human guardian, often sitting courtside at Williams’ many matches — all of it posted to the doll’s total 106K followers on Instagram and Twitter. 

And she’s made her most recent splash in Australia, at the Australian Open and Hopman Cup tennis tournaments in January, where the G.O.A.T. has been playing. Read more…

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Nearly 22 million unique passwords leaked in ‘Collection #1’ data breach


It’s time to change your password again.

More than 87GB of passwords and email addresses have been leaked and distributed in a folder dubbed “Collection #1” by hackers in a significant data breach.

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As detailed by security researcher Troy Hunt, the trove of nearly 22 million unique passwords and more than 772 million email addresses was hosted on cloud storage service MEGA.

The link to the dump was posted on a hacking forum, but has been since taken down from the service.

New breach: The “Collection #1” credential stuffing list began broadly circulating last week and contains 772,904,991 unique email addresses with plain text passwords (now in Pwned Passwords). 82% of addresses were already in @haveibeenpwned. Read more:

— Have I Been Pwned (@haveibeenpwned) January 16, 2019 Read more…

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The sad story of an alleged SIM swapper who boosted millions


You probably shouldn’t feel sorry for Nicholas Truglia. It’s just that his story is so pathetic.

The 21-year old Manhattan resident was arrested last November and extradited to California in December. There, he’d face 21 felony counts relating to accusations of SIM swapping his way to a million dollars worth of stolen cryptocurrency. While Truglia’s fate remains unclear, details of his life leading up to the arrest have begun to emerge thanks to a lawsuit filled by a separate alleged victim, and oh man is it a wild ride. 

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Mariah Carey continues to be an absolute icon with her 10-year challenge


Mariah Carey does not allow herself to age. 

She recently posted her take on the 10-year challenge, which has people comparing photos of themselves from 2009 and 2019. 

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“I don’t get this 10-year challenge, time is not something I acknowledge,” she tweeted, along with two of the same bomb photos side by side. 

I don’t get this 10 year challenge, time is not something I acknowledge. 🤷‍♀️ *Picture taken at some point prior to today

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 16, 2019

Can we just talk about this? Read more…

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Netflix admits to using real footage of train derailment that killed 47 for a scene in ‘Bird Box’


Netflix’s Bird Box is inciting new outrage among viewers—and this time it has nothing to do with that dangerous viral challenge. 

The company has confirmed to Mashable that footage used in one of the film’s disaster scenes depicts the very real aftermath of a 2013 train derailment in Quebec, which resulted in a widespread fire that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the surrounding town of Lac-Mégantic. 

The clip appears early in the film, as Malorie (Sandra Bullock) flips through TV channels portraying different scenes from the apocalypse. One briefly shows the silhouette of a train engulfed in flames. Read more…

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‘1000 People of Dance’ video captures humanity at its best


You ever watch something that makes you believe that maybe, just maybe, humanity isn’t a giant dumpster fire of awfulness? 

Inspired by those videos where people take pictures of themselves every day for a year, YouTuber Matt Bray created his own joyful series focused on dancing.

The project started with Bray dancing — by himself over 100 days in 2014, then in 100 different places in 2015, then with 100 different people in 2016. For his latest, Bray spent a year and a half traveling around the globe to a total of 15 different countries to create “1000 People of Dance.”

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No, you can’t hide a security camera in your Airbnb rental photos and call that ‘disclosure’


One person’s recent experience at an Airbnb has the company apologizing and clarifying its rules on surveillance devices.

Airbnb recently dismissed a privacy concern from one if its users when he discovered security cameras inside his Airbnb rental. The cameras were not mentioned in the Airbnb listing, as required by the company’s rules. After the user went public with his ordeal, Airbnb refunded the user, banned the host, and clarified that the listing did indeed break Airbnb policy.

When Jeffrey Bigham rented a home on Airbnb for himself and his family over the winter holiday break, everything seemed to check out. The Carnegie Mellon University professor detailed in a blog post how he went over the description, checked out the photos, and did his due diligence before renting the home. Read more…

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Rescue cow loves to get his back scratched by a rake


It’s 2019 and even cows are hopping on the self-care train.

One hefty Pennsylvania cow, Babe, needs more than a helping hand when it comes to his daily routine. Thankfully, someone from his new farm sanctuary recognized this and used a rake to give him a good scratch. 

Watch as Babe rakes in the benefits of a massage. Read more…

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Everyone’s taking their anger out on Sasuke in this hilarious new meme


 Some may feel the need to let out some steam by making some memes. The internet’s latest victim of rage-induced meme-ing just happens to be *checks notes* Sasuke Uchiha? 

Yes, that’s right. Anime fans have blown up the Twitterverse with memes featuring the character from the popular show Naruto.

While the original image is actually from a pretty tense scene in the anime where Sasuke’s older brother pushes him against a wall and accuses him of being weak, the meme takes a far more satirical approach.

Sasuke getting completely OWNED by his brother Itachi.

Sasuke getting completely OWNED by his brother Itachi.


The meme appears to have first originated from Twitter user @kirikocult, who combined two images to feature Sasuke getting choked by an adorable cat, according to Know Your Meme.  Read more…

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