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October 5, 2021

Well, the last two days haven’t been great for Facebook. Never mind that it spent most of yesterday utterly absent from the internet. And let’s ignore for a moment that said downtime, including Instagram, WhatsApp, and more. Yes, that was pretty bad (or good, depending on your feelings concerning Facebook).

But what’s worse is the ongoing leaks that suggest Facebook understands precisely how bad it is for everyone, especially children, and doesn’t care. Money over health. And now we know the source of those leaks, thanks to the whistleblower stepping into the light. Hit the top story for more details.

Other Highlights:

  • Can you believe 2021 is almost over? It’s October, so it’s time to get the holiday shopping out of the way before it becomes a mad dash. And if a TV sounds like the gift you want to give (maybe to yourself!) we have suggestions.
  • Amazon decided to make it easy to send people gifts, even if you don’t have their address. Unfortunately, the implementation is horrible in a creepy stalker kind of way.
  • If you’re a YouTube TV subscriber that loves NBC, we have some good news for you.
  • Apple finally announced a pre-order date for the new Apple Watch.
  • …and more! Down below!

-Josh

 
Whistleblower Airs Facebook’s Dirty Laundry Ahead of Congressional Hearing


We’ve learned a lot of damning information about Facebook over the last month. Internal documents published in the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files show that the social media giant knowingly encourages anger and divisiveness on its platform, despite real-world and political consequences. Now, the Facebook employee who leaked this information to the Journal is going public, just one day before Facebook is scheduled to attend a congressional hearing. Read More »

 
The 4 Best TVs for Holiday 2021


There are plenty of great TVs released every year, but you probably don’t want to spend hours pouring over spec sheets and comparing prices. To help, we’ve rounded up our favorite TVs whether you’re hunting on a budget, want the highest quality possible, and everything in between. Read More »

 
People Can Now Send You Amazon Packages Without Knowing Your Mailing Address


With Black Friday and Christmas just a few months away, Amazon is launching a new gift-giving feature that lets you send packages to people using only a phone number or email address. In other words, people can send you packages without your mailing address, and you can’t opt-out. Read More »

 
How to Pre-Order the Apple Watch Series 7 on October 8th


First revealed during the California Streaming event last month, pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 7 finally open on October 8th at 8AM EST (or 5AM PST). General availability starts October 15th, which is also when pre-orders will ship. Read More »

 
Amazon Kicks off Epic Daily Deals With Discounted AirPods, Vacuums and More


Amazon wants everyone to get a head start on holiday shopping, which is why the company just launched a new “Amazon Epic Daily Deals” event offering sitewide discounts. These are different from the usual Amazon daily deals, and instead, aim to target holiday and gift shoppers. As a result, we see huge savings on AirPods, robot vacuums, earbuds, wireless chargers, and more. Read More »

 
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Have a beard? Keep that bad boy lookin’ fine with this fancy beard grooming kit from GoldWorld. It has everything you need to keep your beard clean and growing healthy, like beard wash, growth oil, beard wash, a brush, a comb, scissors, a storage bag, and even an e-book about beard care. Soaps are made without irritants and with safe, pure, and natural ingredients that are easy to use and designed to keep your beard in top condition. The oil helps regulate the skin underneath your beard and keep the hair thicker and softer, while the comb and brush help keep the hair straight and well-groomed.

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Facebook Is Down … and For Sale?


Facebook and all of its services, including Instagram and WhatsApp, appear to have completely disappeared from the internet. And I don’t just mean that the services are down—their domains are for sale. Read More »

 
Google Releases Android 12 With Pixel Updates ‘Coming in a Few Weeks’


Today, after months of beta tests, Google released its latest software updates for smartphones, tablets, and more, and that’s Android 12. Google is uploading the source code to AOSP today, but unfortunately, the Google Pixel Android 12 update won’t arrive for a few more weeks. So here’s what you need to know. Read More »

 
NBC Channels Remain on YouTube TV After Tense Negotiations


Last week YouTube TV and NBCUniversal confirmed a “short-term” extension to keep 14+ popular channels on the popular live TV service. Then, this weekend, the two announced a finalized deal. As a result, you’ll no longer have to worry about losing access to several NBC channels and regional sports networks, as they’ll all remain on YouTube TV moving forward. Read More »

 

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Apple Finally Lets Customers Report App Store Scams


Apple regularly claims that its App Store policies help protect customers from fraud and scams. But in reality, the App Store is full of fraudulent apps vying to steal customers’ money and solicit good reviews. Because Apple can no longer ignore the problem, it’s now giving users an easy way to report scammy apps. Read More »

 

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HOW-TO GEEK Best Gaming Mouse for Holiday 2021: Give the Gift of DPI


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LIFESAVVY 12 Luxurious Throw Blankets to Give the Gift of Cozy


Want to make movie marathons and lazy mornings even cozier? Add a throw blanket! It’s the perfect gift for the lounge-lover on your holiday gift list, but if you buy one (or three) for yourself, we won’t tell. Read More »