Lava bomb hits tour boat in Hawaii and injures 23 people

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Hawaii’s youngest volcano, Kilauea, continues to erupt and flow into the sea — which means lava bombs.

An airborne blob of volcanic lava hit a tour boat off the eastern edge of Hawaii’s Big Island on Monday morning, injuring 23 people.

SEE ALSO: The future of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is written in the Big Island’s past

According to the Hawaii County Fire Department, reported by Reuters, the lava bomb landed on the roof of the boat, punctured it and fell into the seating area.

Like a typical lava bomb, the chunk of molten rock was propelled into the air as hot lava from Kilauea poured into the Pacific Ocean.  Read more…

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Amazon workers on strike as Prime Day kicks off

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This Monday is Amazon Prime Day, and like every other year, that means you’ll have the chance to get a great deal on some dongles. But this year, unlike every other year, Prime Day means you’ll also have the chance to stand in solidarity with workers protesting working conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers. 

On Monday, while you were shopping for Echoes, 1,800 Amazon workers went on strike in Spain, and “thousands” more are set to strike on Tuesday in Germany, according to the Washington Post

SEE ALSO: Prime Day solves a problem of Amazon’s own making

“We in Madrid believe that only if we struggle together will we gain recognition for our demands,” read a statement from Amazon en Lucha — the group calling for the strike — ahead of the planned protest. “Similarly, only with a joint action at a European level will workers organize in those places where there is no union representation yet.” Read more…

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Take $60 off the Ring Spotlight Security Camera for Prime Day

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Safety first, they say. Which is why Amazon’s taking $60 off the Ring Spotlight Security Camera for Prime Day. 

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A good security camera has to be reliable, effective, and ideally, convenient — all qualities in which the Ring shines. 

The motion-censored security camera allows you to view what’s going on at your home at all times, straight from your phone or computer using the free Ring App. You can create and customize your own motion zones so you can focus in on whatever areas you want, and its infrared night vision and spotlights will give you clear video day or night, regardless of whether or not the lights are on.  Read more…

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Apple turned its top execs into Memoji and … wait, what’s wrong with Jony Ive?

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If you’ve ever wondered what Apple’s leadership team would look like as flesh-colored 3D avatars, then today is your lucky day.

Apple had some fun with its corporate leadership page, where all of its top executives’ headshots have been replaced with Memoji. 

SEE ALSO: Apple teases more than 70 new emoji, including red hair and superheroes

The occasion is World Emoji Day, which in the world of made-up internet holidays is apparently a big enough deal that Apple decided to participate. The company is also, of course, hyping Memoji, the iPhone X-exclusive feature launching later this year with iOS 12. Read more…

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For Prime Day, this wet and dry electric shaver from Philips Norelco is on sale for less than $80

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With a deal this good, even the most bearded of men would consider a clean shave.

Amazon has the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 on sale for only $79.95 for Prime Day. This is the wet and dry edition of the shaver, so it means you can use it on a dry face or with shaving gel for a more comfortable and refreshing shave each and every time you use it. 

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The system’s “V-Track Precision Blades” glide smoother for a cleaner shave that’s 30% closer to your face. Philips Norelco designed the shaver with three circular heads that can move in eight directions, so it can cut up to 20% more facial hair than the average electric razor. Not only is it a trusty shaver, but it’s also a handy beard trimmer with five length settings. Read more…

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Showtime is not having Sarah Palin’s lies about Sacha Baron Cohen’s show

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Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t done with Sarah Palin.

Following Palin’s claims that Baron Cohen “duped” her into an interview for Who Is America? by passing himself off as an American veteran with disabilities, “fake wheelchair and all,” Showtime has released a statement calling out the “widespread misinformation” about the show.

SEE ALSO: Sarah Palin tears into Sacha Baron Cohen after being ‘duped’ into fake interview

“Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that,” said the network.

The episode showed Baron Cohen disguised as Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. to interview Sen. Bernie Sanders. When Sanders asks if he lives with disabilities, “Ruddick” responds that he is not. Though Ruddick uses a mobility scooter, he explains that it’s just “to conserve my body’s finite energy.” Read more…

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This Hoover upright vacuum is on sale for less than $100 for Amazon Prime Day

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This year’s Prime Day is just full of surprises, like this upright vacuum from Hoover, which is now on sale.

The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel upright vacuum is ideal for cleaning pet hair around your home. While other vacuums have cumbersome bags that quickly fill up, the T-Series WindTunnel is completely bagless for easy disposal of any cat or dog hair. It comes with a 12-inch extension wand that can clean up tough areas, while the vacuum itself glides with ease.

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Weighing in at just under 19 pounds, the vacuum is light, yet powerful with five positions that adjust to any carpet’s height. It even cleans hardwood floors easily and efficiently with its folding handle that makes storage a breeze. It’s cord is an impressive 25 feet that gently and gingerly goes back into place with a tap of a button. No more tedious winding. Read more…

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: 23andMe’s Genetics + Health DNA kit is on sale for $99 (AKA the lowest we’ve ever seen)

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DNA testing kits are one of those things that are on most everyone’s bucket list. But regardless of how cool they are, it may be hard to justify paying nearly $200 to swab your cheek when you have bills to pay.

Except for today, because 23andMe’s Prime Day price seriously has us shook. Their Genetics + Health Ancestry test (one of the only at-home DNA health screenings out there) is on sale for just $99, which is $100 off its regular price and the lowest we’ve ever seen it by far. BLESS.

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It’s called 23andMe as a nod to each person’s unique set of 23 chromosomes and it’s the only kit in the DNA lineup to offer health screenings aside from autosomal testing. Fill the tube with your spit, send it back for testing, and get your results in 6-8 weeks. Results are kept indefinitely, so you can log on at any time to see or update your family tree. Read more…

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4 things we learned about plastic straw bans from people with disabilities

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There is a debate taking place online in reaction to the plastic straw bans spreading across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

As various cities and companies ban plastic straws, advocates for people with disabilities have taken to social media to voice their opposition. First Vancouver in May, then Seattle earlier this month, and now Starbucks, McDonalds, and American Airlines have created laws or policies limiting plastic straws. 

Just this weekend, advocates canceled a protest planned in front of a New York City Starbucks after speaking with a company official about its ban. Starbucks announced on Friday that straws would be available for customers who ask, but did not confirm they would be plastic — a sticking point for advocates who feel like Starbucks isn’t compromising enough. Read more…

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Get the FireHD 10 Protection Bundle for $65 off during Amazon Prime Day

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Amazon has seen big success in the tablet space. This is thanks to the FireHD tablets that provide an affordable alternative to some of its contemporaries, from Samsung and Apple. And with Prime Day in full swing, you can bet the FireHD 10 is on sale.

For Prime Day, the FireHD 10 Protection Bundle is available for $154.97, which is $65 off its listed $219.97 price. This is a great deal and will provide plenty of bang for your buck.

SEE ALSO: Prime Day is when dongle hell freezes over with deals on USB-C adapters

First off, you get the 32GB FireHD 10 tablet, which is the best Amazon tablet currently available. It sports a 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, so it will definitely deliver the fastest experience of all the FireHD tablets available. And if you need extra space, don’t worry, the FireHD 10 can support microSD cards up to 256GB. Read more…

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