This article has been published to coincide with Episode Four of Mashable's new podcast, Fiction Predictions. Listen here.
George Orwell's 1984 turns 70 this June, yet it feels more prophetic than ever. Its tale of a future in which a totalitarian regime has assumed full control over an individual's body and mind strikes a nerve in a world where privacy and truth seem constantly under threat.
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1984 is, in many ways, a handbook for future generations. A warning about the power of surveillance to mould...more
CBD seems to be everywhere lately, appearing as an ingredient in everything from dog treatments to fast food burgers. However, at least one payment processing service hadn't caught up to the trend — until now.
The financial services company Square has started a pilot program to accept payments for select CBD products, according to Forbes. A Square spokesperson called it an "invite-only beta" in a statement to Mashable, but didn't provide specifics beyond that.
Square's support website specifically calls out marijuana and "related products" as things it won't sell because they are n...more
You have enough annoyances in your life, spotty WiFi shouldn’t be one of them. Mesh WiFi systems have changed the way internet access is delivered by having multiple devices communicate throughout your home for fuller coverage. These systems replace the need for traditional routers and reduce blackout areas.
Eero is a top brand in Mesh WiFi systems (though it was recently bought by Amazon, which ignited some controversy). The Amazon buyout made millionaires even richer, but you can get a tiny taste of that feeling because Eero WiFi systems are on sale for 20% off at Amazon. (OK, we know ...more
Game of Thrones ends tonight, May 19. After eight seasons, we've reached the last episode ever. Why is there so little to talk about?
It's fair to say that Season 8 has not gone very well, whether you're a fan or someone with a professional connection to the show. Fans expected more from what has until the past two seasons been a deeply layered story of court intrigue and bloody revenge. And while we don't know what HBO and company expected, it certainly wasn't..this.
The sense of disappointment has upended a fan community that has been propelled for almost a decade by a commitment to crafting...more
Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt started flying fighter planes before many people believed a woman could. We talked to the general about training Brie Larson for Captain Marvel. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Captain Marvel, Air Force, Supporting Players, and Entertainment
With the Jonas Brothers, Tyler the Creator, Lana Del Rey, and more all set to release music this summer (plus the BTS and Halsey song that will never die) you're gonna want (need) a speaker that can be brought with you everywhere.
Ultimate Ears is the brand to buy when it comes to durability and portability, immediately recognizable by the sleek cylindrical shape that offers 360-degree sound. You were probably already considering buying one, so here's your sign: The Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 is on sale for $30 off at Amazon, making it just $169.99. With Prime shipping. Oh yeah.
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Still reeling from that divisive, heart-wrenching episode of Game of Thrones? We are too, and if you’re not quite sure how to pick yourself up and get back into shape for this week, we have a suggestion: Some good old-fashioned retail therapy.
Sometimes, it really is the best cure.
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Some might spring for a new wardrobe, a brand-new kitchen appliance, or maybe even a fancy pair of Bluetooth headphones — but this week, we’re feeling laptops and tablets. And coincidentally, a lot of killer options are...more
Claire Saffitz, the fearless pastry chef of Bon Appétit, appears to have broken once again. This time, it was over an attempt to make Almond Joys.
This time, the experienced chef tried tackling the tropical gluten-free treat. While deliberating between ways to use coconut, a small fire started on the stove behind her. There's a delightful camera zoom at 10:25.
From experimenting with prepackaged shredded coconut to getting innocent bystanders to crack open a fresh one for her, Saffitz went above and beyond to nail down Almond Joy's signature sweet coconut filling. After making a coconut p...more