How to Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch Monday

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On Monday evening SpaceX will attempt the Falcon Heavy’s “most difficult launch ever,” its first nighttime launch for the vessel which will be ferrying multiple satellites into orbit.

Also on board will be the Lightsail 2, a crowd-funded solar-sail test mission that’s currently been promoted by Bill Nye. The spacecraft will be the first to be propelled solely by sunlight. The Japanese spacecraft Ikaros previously used a solar sail, but Lightsail will be the first to run exclusively on solar technology. I’ll let Bill explain it:

Additionally, the Falcon Heavy will also be bringing a Deep Space Atomic Clock into the orbit which can potentially be used to help future spacecraft navigate to destinations far away.

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If you want to watch all the action, you’ll need to stay up late. The Falcon Heavy’s launch is expected to take place at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT. A livestream of the event will be on NASA’s website as well as it’s You Tube channel (embedded below).

If you miss it, you’ll also be able to catch a recording of the event on NASA’s YouTube channel later in the week.

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Know When It’s Too Hot to Walk Your Dog

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We’ve recently had a bit of a heat wave in San Francisco. It’s exceptionally rare for temperatures to get higher than 80 (although less so in recent years), which means most people don’t have air conditioners much less any idea of how to deal with the heat.

That detail became exceptionally apparent on some of the hottest days when you saw people walking their dogs in the middle of the day. Dogs that in many cases couldn’t handle keeping their paws on the hot pavement.

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If it’s 77 degrees outside, pavement that’s been sitting in sun can potentially be up to 125-degrees. When the temperature gets up to 87, that asphalt temperature grows to a paw-burning 143 degrees.

For a little perspective, asphalt that’s 135 degrees can fry an egg in 5 minutes.

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Pet insurance provider PetPlan recently put out this infographic explaining what can happen when your pooch gets exposed to hot pavement.

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It suggests as a rule of thumb to put your hand on the pavement for seven seconds before heading outside with your dog. If it’s too hot for your hand, then it’s also too hot for paws.

Taking walk in the early morning or after the sun sets can also ensure cooler temperatures and a safer situation for your dog.

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If you do need to go out while it’s still hot, try and walk in the grass as much as possible. You can also invest in a good pair of dog booties to keep your pet’s paw’s safe or use a topical product to toughen up their paws.

And pay attention to your pooch. If your furry pal seems uncomfortable or is actually unusually on your walk, you might need to relocate to a cooler spot.

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Sunday’s Best Deals: Bike Tools, Menswear, USB-C Chargers, Kindle Books, and More

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Best Deals of the DayThe best deals from around the web, updated daily.   

A big Kindle ebook sale, a bunch of menswear deals on Amazon, and travel-friendly bike repair tools lead off Sunday’s best deals from around the web.

Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Be sure to read our guide on how to prepare for Prime day and bookmark our Prime Day deals hub to be ready for the big day.

Today’s Best Tech Deals

This WD portable hard drive doesn’t require an external power cord, and can hold 4TB of movies, music, photos, or even console games. Not bad for $90, an all-time low.

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This isn’t WD’s newest drive (though it does carry a 4.3 star rating from over 3,000 reviews), and thus doesn’t have built-in software like password protection and encryption like WD’s newest drives, but those are things that you can easily set up yourself.


RAVPower’s 45W USB-C charger was one of the first to market this year that used GaN components instead of silicon, allowing it to be smaller and lighter without overheating.

Its uniquely slim design and bottom-facing port makes it ideal for sticking behind furniture, and it’s also one of the best chargers I’ve used in those notoriously loose airport and airplane AC outlets. For a limited time, you can get the new black model for $30 after clipping the $10 coupon, easily the best price we’ve seen on this charger in any color.


The first USB-C battery packs were all gigantic things that were designed for situations like keeping a laptop powered up during a long flight, and indeed, those are great!

But lately, we’ve seen a proliferation of smaller, less powerful, and significantly cheaper USB-C PD packs like this one from RAVPower, just $23 today after clipping the $4 coupon. Its 18W USB-C port can’t charge a MacBook at full speed (though it can usually maintain its current battery level as long as you aren’t playing games or exporting video), but it’s enough power to charge a Nintendo Switch while you play Zelda at 40,000 feet, or your iPhone at the fastest possible speed before you land (with a compatible Lightning cable). For a lot of us, that’s exactly what we need out of this sort of thing.


It’s…beautiful.

Our readers have bought thousands of rechargeable batteries over the years, so it’s safe to assume you guys have some rolling around in the back of a drawer somewhere in your house. You can start organizing them with this $17 storage case. It has 93 slots of varying shapes and sizes, so it will fit most battery types, and has a removable battery tester. Today’s price is a rare discount, and a few bucks less than the usual $20.

Today’s Best Home Deals

If you take biking seriously, you know that owning some portable, bike-specific tools allows you to perform quick maintenance in the middle of a ride, rather than strapping your broken bike to a bus and dragging it home.

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Today only, several of Pro Bike Tool’s top-selling products are on sale in Amazon’s Gold Box, including portable CO2 quick inflators, travel-friendly wrenches, and a tiny pump, in addition to an outdoor storage cover.

Like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, and the best stuff could sell out early, so pedal over to Amazon to check out the sale while you can.


There are few things more viscerally satisfying than pressure washing a dirty driveway, and today only on Amazon, you can choose from a couple of Briggs & Stratton pressure washers on sale.

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Just note that the cheaper, 2000 PSI model is electric, while the more expensive 3100 PSI option is gas-powered.


If your garage or basement could qualify you to appear on Hoarders, Home Depot’s one day storage sale could be just what you need to finally do some spring cleaning in these oft-neglected spaces.

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Inside, you’ll find storage on hanging shelves, standing shelves, metal cabinets, rolling carts, and even full workshop cabinetry sets. Just note that all of these prices are only available today, and the best stuff will probably sell out early.


Look, you need toilet paper anyway, so you might as well get it delivered, and buy it while it’s on sale. $6 is a terrific price for 12 big rolls of Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare, one of our readers’ favorite toilet papers.


Today’s Best Lifestyle Deals

Amazon’s Goodthreads line of men’s clothing is incredibly affordable, but if the couple of shirts I own and the review scores are any indication, it’s really good too.

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We’ve seen a handful of Goodthreads deals over the past few months, but today’s sale offers steeper discounts than usual, and on (at least for the items we spot checked) every available color for each style, rather than just one. The catch? This sale is only running today.

Options literally run the gamut from swim trunks to parkas, but staples like button downs, chinos, shorts, and affordable blazers make up the bulk of the offerings. A few favorites are below, but head over to Amazon to see all of the options, many of which are priced at under $20.


Robert Graham’s bold designs and colorful fabrics might be a bit outside your comfort zone, but at these prices, it’s worth taking a fashion risk. The company’s semi-annual pop-up sale is on, with up to 70% off dozens of styles for men and women.

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Even if you aren’t going to go full paisley, they do offer some more understated options and solid, neutral colors. But where’s the fun in that?


There’s nothing worse than stepping into a damp boot. Okay, that’s not true, but it’s unpleasant, and also easily avoidable with this DryGuy boot dryer. They also work great on gloves and socks!


Does your skin turn a nice tomato red after only five minutes of sun exposure? You better stock up on some sunscreen now before you’re assaulted by UV rays all summer long. Thankfully, a cult-favorite Japanese sunscreen is currently on sale.

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You can get an extra large bottle (1.7x the normal size) of Biore UV Watery Essence for $15 on Amazon right now, or a regular sized bottle for $9. The larger bottle is a slightly better price per ounce, but they’re both solid deals compared to their normal price points. The 50 SPF sunscreen is pretty literal to its name and is said to feel like water when applied to your skin.

Here’s what Shep McAllister had to say about it on The Inventory:

As far as sunscreen goes, the only thing I really knew about it was that I didn’t like it, and given the option, I would usually just opt to stay indoors until the UV index fell to around 3 or 4, or until someone invented a sunscreen pill, whichever came first.

That all changed when my wife introduced me to Biore Watery Essence sunscreen. It’s SPF 50 (the bare minimum for my needs, thank you very much), waterproof for 80 minutes, and feels like rubbing water on your skin. Cool to the touch, it rubs in effortlessly, and doesn’t come with the unpleasant smell or zincy stickiness of pretty much every other sunscreen I’ve used. About two minutes after putting it on, I’ve usually completely forgotten about it, which is a compliment of the highest order.


If you want to keep track of your summer weight loss goals, the new model of Anker’s ultra-popular Bluetooth smart scale is on sale today for just $20 right now with promo code EUFYSLC1, the best price we’ve ever seen on a smart scale from a major brand.

In addition to functioning as a normal digital bathroom scale, the Eufy BodySense can measure metrics such as body fat percentage and body water, and sync all of that data over Bluetooth to your iOS or Android smartphone, and send it to those platforms’ Google Health and Apple HealthKit apps. You can see my impressions of the previous model here, but it’s the most seamless and reliable smart scale I’ve ever personally used.

Today’s Best Media Deals

I must say, I still don’t understand why vinyl is making a comeback. But if I were collecting albums myself, the Weezer Blue Album would be one of my first purchases, especially at $12.

No, this deal doesn’t exist only in dreams: it’s very real. But it could sell out at any time, which will have you yelling, “say it ain’t so!”


If it’s Sunday, it’s time for a Kindle ebook sale. Today’s offering doesn’t have a theme (unless you count “top reads” as a theme), but it includes authors like Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, and Tim Ferriss, one book that was in Oprah’s Book Club, and even Bird Box, which I was not aware was a book.

For the rest of the selection, be sure to head over to Amazon.


Things are only impossible until they are not, and for the longest time, getting the complete Star Trek: TNG Blu-ray for under $100 seemed all but impossible. Today on Amazon though, it’s marked down to $92 (or $91 if you choose no-rush shipping), and if you’re a Trekker, you know that resistance to this deal is futile.

Today’s Best Gaming Deals

Many of you won’t bat an eye in spending $50+ on a good gaming mouse, but don’t neglect the mouse pad! This extra long model from Corsair is available for $15 today, about $5 to $15 less than usual.


If you want to take your streaming game to the next level, Elgato’s time-saving and workflow-automating Stream Deck Mini is on sale for $70 right now, down from its usual $100.

Its six keys are actually tiny, customizable LCD screens, and you can assign them to different actions and workflows on YouTube, Twitch, and other popular streaming platforms. It’s basically a very cool, very elegant alternative to custom keybindings and keyboard shortcuts, and it would make a great gift.


If you want to get your young kids away from screens, these outdoor-friendly Melissa & Doug toys are just the ticket. Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, or until sold out.


If you can drag yourself off the couch and into your nearest Target today, you can save 30% on select video games by choosing in-store pickup at checkout. Some of the deals, like a full-priced copy of NBA 2K19, are terrible. Others, like the first-party Nintendo games for $35 after the discount, are incredibly rare.

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What if you never had to charge your wireless keyboard? That’s the idea behind the Logitech K750, which uses a strip of solar panels to soak up the light in your office and keep running essentially forever. It’s like the calculator you used in school, but a lot bigger.

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It normally sells for $50-$60, but Amazon’s marked it down to $40 today. It has dropped to $37.50 on a few occasions (mostly Logitech Gold Boxes), but otherwise, this is a great deal.


Circle with Disney | $24 | Amazon

Disney is apparently a consumer electronics company now, and their Circle seems like a must-buy piece of gear for every parent.

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Circle syncs with your home Wi-Fi, and lets you set content filters, app-by-app time limits, and a whole lot more on any iOS or Android device. I honestly have no clue how this works (Disney magic, I guess?), but reviews are solid, and today’s $24 price is the best we’ve ever seen.


Whether you’re a seasoned backyard pit master, or this will be your first summer as a Smokeboy, ThermoWorks’ Smoke is our favorite tool for monitoring the temperature of both your smoker and the delicious meat inside.

Here’s what we had to say about the Smoke over on The Inventory:

The core features you should expect from a wireless probe thermometer are all here, but with Thermoworks trademark, Co-Op award-winningquality. The Smoke uses two probes so you can monitor your meat and smoker temp, but unlike similar thermometers, these probes are commercial-grade for better accuracy, higher temperature resistance, faster read speed, and increased durability. The Smoke is also extendable and compatible with the myriad of other Pro-Series ThermoWorks probes. If you don’t want to monitor pit temperature (you savage!) you can monitor two meats. Need to monitor two cookers for some reason? Monitor sous-vide water? Oven-roast two Turduckens? Deep fry scotch-eggs? Whatever. The ThermoWorks Smoke doesn’t care what you poke its probes into.

The Smoke (which includes a wireless receiver that you can wear around your neck) rarely goes on sale, but it’s 20% off for a limited time at ThermoWorks, as long as you’re okay choosing the red, white, or blue model. Now go get that grill clean!


Find someone who looks at you the way cats look at the PetFusion cat lounger. Normally $50, it very rarely goes on sale, because with 6,000 reviews and an insane 4.8-star rating on Amazon, it probably sells itself. It’s made of recycled cardboard, its curved design makes it easier for cats to scratch, and the grooves of the cardboard are perfect for rubbing in some catnip for hours of (your) entertainment.

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All three colors are down is down to $42 on Chewy and Amazon today, but these deals never last long, so I’d go ahead and pounce on it while you can. 


If you’re traveling abroad with an entire family, you probably shouldn’t trust your children to keep track of their own passports. Instead, grab this water resistant, zip-up wallet for $17 after clipping the $2 coupon and using promo code UP4NKWGI. It has space for six passports, plus a bunch of cards, so you can keep everything in one place. Just don’t lose it.

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It even includes some RFID-blocking sleeves and a micro travel pen for documents, as an added bonus.


Update: Both of these codes are working now, if you were having trouble earlier in the week.

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You might not have heard of Kyoku, but we found their Daimyo damascus steel chef’s knife to be a joy to use, and spellbindingly beautiful to look at too.

Now, they’re offering our readers and exclusive deal: use promo code KYOKUCXU at checkout to slice $20 off the price of the 8″ chef’s knife that we tested, or code KYOKUSN2 to save on a 7″ Santoku version, which is more maneuverable when rocking back and forth to chop vegetables.


At $123, Walmart’s Ozark Trail 52 quart high performance cooler is only a fraction of the cost of a comparable YETI, but it can keep ice frozen for over five days (as evidenced by this video), and even comes with a removable shelf insert, so why pay more?


I present, for your consideration, these magnetic hooks. They hold 80 pounds if they’re stuck to something upside down, or 25 pounds if they’re on a vertical wall. They cost $12 for a 6-pack.

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I don’t really know what else to say about them. Hooks! Magnets! It’s all good stuff, and the price is great too.


If your Soylent supplies are running low, the company just kicked off its summer sale. Add any three cases of the drinks, powder, or Squared bars to your cart, use promo code SUMMERDAY at checkout, and you’ll get one of them for free. Cheers to that.


Sweat Block is antiperspirant, but in lotion form, so you can use it on your hands and feet, instead of your armpits. Our own Jolie Kerr suggests using it on your feet, but feel free to let your mind wander about the possibilities. Get a tube for $13 on Amazon today, down from the usual $15.


I know they look silly, but those inflatable couches offer an incredible comfort-to-weight/storage space ration when it comes to outdoor seating for summer concerts, outdoor movie screenings, and picnics, and Chillbo Shwaggins are some of the most popular and well reviewed loungers on the market.

For a limited time, several designs are marked down to $40 from the usual $45, and an extra 10% coupon makes the even cheaper.


Fourth of July is still a few weeks away, but REI is already popping the sale fireworks with discounts on all of your favorite outdoor gear.

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The biggest discounts are generally going to be on REI’s own products, including the Passage 2 backpacking tent and the REI Camp Roll table, in addition to a ton of apparel.

Some great options elsewhere in the sale include Patagonia’s famous Black Hole duffels, reader-favorite Hydro Flask drinkware, and summer-ready swimwear from a variety of great brands.

If you have affinity for certain outdoor brands, you can also just head to REI’s All Sales page, and sort by your favorite brands.


Hori’s D-Pad Switch controller isn’t without its compromises—notably, it only works in handheld mode, and the fact that it drains your Switch’s battery while it’s asleep—but for some games, there’s simply no substitute for a good D-pad.

It’s been priced at $25 since it came out last year, but today, Amazon’s marked the Mario-themed controller down to $15.


This Apple Smart keyboard is advertised as being made for the 10.5″ iPad Pro, which of course, is no longer being made. But it also works perfectly with the brand new 10.5″ iPad Air, if you picked that up in lieu of the 11″ Pro.

On the one hand, $80 is a lot to spend on an iPad keyboard, even one that uses Apple’s Smart Connector and doubles as a case. On the other, that’s half what it cost when it first came out, and it’s very well regarded.


Anker’s PowerLine and PowerLine+ cables were already our readers’ favorite charging cables, but the PowerLine II line is even stronger, and comes with a hassle-free lifetime warranty.

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Think about that for a second. If your cable ever fails, instead of going out and buying a new one, you can just request a free replacement. Obviously, cable standards will become obsolete over time, Anker might not be in business by the time the sun explodes, and they probably won’t replace it if you, like, purposely set it on fire. But under normal circumstances, this could really be the last charging cable you buy.

That being said, your PowerLine II probably isn’t breaking any time soon. Anker claims it’s 40% stronger than the previous model, and it definitely feels heavy duty in the hand. The plugs are thicker and have longer collars than the previous version, and the cable itself is pretty thick and stiff compared to what you might be used to. It’s not the prettiest cable, but it’s clearly built to last.

The 6′ cable is marked down to $9.74 today with promo code ANKERPL6, or you can get a 10′ version for $10.49 with code ANKERPL10. In both cases, you can choose whatever color you’d like.


We’ve seen a few deals on Apple’s latest AirPods without the optional wireless charging case, but today’s the first time Amazon’s discounted the new models with the Qi case.

In terms of size, fit, and fidgetability, these are the same AirPods that you know and begrudgingly love, but with an upgraded chip that provides Bluetooth 5.0, faster switching between devices, hands-free “Hey Siri” support, and longer battery life when talking on the phone. $180 is a $20 discount, and the best price we’ve seen.


Finding cleaning products that use natural ingredients, that actually clean up grime while smelling good is often tough. Thankfully, Mrs. Meyer’s is a cruelty-free, plant-derived cleaner that can be budget-friendly. Right now, you can get a three-pack of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Cleaner in Lemon Verbena and Lavender for only $8 each.


I’ve been using stainless steel straws for months at home and at work, and I love them except for the fact that mine don’t have silicone tips (which forced me realize how haphazard my drinking style is.) This 5-piece set from Klean Kanteen does, and is only $7 today.

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In addition to the tips, you’ll also get a cleaning brush which is standard for straws like this. This price is the lowest we’ve seen, so pick ‘em up before this deal goes away.


Prepare for your next backpacking trip by picking up this $15 Thermos food canister. Currently at its lowest price ever, this particular vacuum insulated Thermos usually sells for around $20-$24. It’ll keep your food hot for 7 hours and cold for 9 hours, and it comes with a foldable spoon that’s stored under the lid.


You will always need hand soap. The worst time to run out of soap is when your entire household seems to have caught a cold. Never run out of soap again when you buy a six-pack of Method Gel Hand Soap, Sweet Water for $12 on Amazon. The Method soap has a nice, soft scent that isn’t too overpowering after washing your hands.


New on-sale summer styles await at Original Penguin. Right now, take an extra 80% off a selection of apparel, including cool button-downs, polos, and tees, with promo code OP20. Just snag your clothes ASAP, since this sale won’t last long.


Lucky you: Today, you can get stock up on a slew of bohemian-cool clothes that also happen to be marked down significantly. Lucky Brand is taking 60% off sale styles for men, women, plus, and kids, meaning you can fill your closet with shirts, tees, jackets, pants, and beyond that make you feel like you just found a four-leaf clover. Don’t press your luck; stock up on apparel before this sale’s lucky streak is over.


Ah, slides: The most convenient of all footwear. And in case you hadn’t heard, they’re actually trendy this summer. Now, you can get in on this fashion statement for lazy people with 50% off a selection of slides from Adidas. The Cloudfoam style is certainly a classic, or pick up a pair of equally respectable Comfort Slides. Just use promo code SLIDES50 to slide into this discount at checkout.


Buying a suit off the rack is almost always a disappointing experience. It never fits quite right, the selection is limited, and it always feels like you’re spending way too much for a garment that you don’t really love.

Indochino addresses all of these shortcomings with custom tailored suits (and more!) that are cut to fit your specific body, and that allow you to tweak all of the little details and accoutrements to your liking. So today, head over there and design totally unique suit that’s built just for you for just $299 with promo code KINJA19.

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That code will work on any of the suits on this page, and includes all of your customizations and shipping. If you get it and it doesn’t fit quite right, you can even go into an Indochino store to get it adjusted or remade for free, or even get reimbursed after taking it to another local tailor if you don’t have an Indochino store near you.

You’ve never bought a shirt like this before.Screenshot: Indochino

Just about the only thing it doesn’t include is a shirt to wear underneath, and they’ve got you covered there too with a $59 shirt of your choice with promo code KINJA19. And just because it’s “just a shirt” doesn’t mean you don’t get a ton of customizations here too. You can configure it with six different collars, multiple lengths (say, if you want to wear it untucked), short sleeved or long sleeved, and more.


Select Sneakers | $25 | Converse | Promo code AMERICAGraphic: Chelsea Stone

Converse kicks are eternal classics, and right now, you can lace up a brand new pair for way less than usual. A few dozen high-tops and low-tops in various colors are up for grabs for just $25 with promo code AMERICA. Grab a pair for you and everyone you know before this deal walks away.


It’s normal to want a little privacy in your home, but why does that have to mean languishing in darkness with all shades drawn? Stop punishing yourself for wanting to deter neighbors’ prying eyes, and load up on these adhesive window films for $6 with promo code 30BESTFILM.

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The peel-and-stick sheets are easy to install and won’t leave behind a sticky residue when its time to take them down. They also block out 96% of UV rays while still allowing natural light to filter through. Plus, that 3-D tiled design is downright pleasant! So get some for your windows before the curtain goes down on this deal.


Aged & Ore wowed us last year with its hand-blown whiskey glasses, and now they’re back with the most impressive way to travel with booze that we’ve ever seen.

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The Travel Decanter is a half liter, hand blown glass decanter that you can encase in a form-fitting, double walled stainless steel shell. If you’re traveling with a pre-mixed cocktail, say to the park, that shell will keep it cold for hours on end. And if you’re just trying to check some whisky in your suitcase, it’ll ensure that it doesn’t spill all over your clothes. Best of all, the two halves of the shell double as drinking glasses, complete with 2 oz. indicators etched into the inside.

The Travel Decanter is up for preorder now, starting at just $35 for earlybird backers.


Summer is (basically) here and that means 4th of July sales are kicking off. Instead of wasting money on cheap fireworks that will disappoint you, dive into the savings at Overstock’s 4th of July Blowout Sale. You can get up to 20% off select items and free shipping.

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During this 4th of July sale, you can get 15% off select home decor, area rugs, furniture, garden and patio, and more. You can refresh your summer wardrobe with 20% off select shoes and clothing.


There’s no Supreme x North Face in here, but Backcountry’s past-season North Face sale is still full of great deals on winter and outdoor essentials alike. Hike over there for pages upon pages of coats, hats, pants, camping gear, and a whole lot more, all for up to 30% off. Priced as marked.


Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a Switch exclusive, and it’s out in a month with a cornucopia of your favorite characters. Everyone from Wolverine to the Guardians of the Galaxy to the Incredible Hulk are included as playable characters, and some of your favorite villains like Thanos, Green Goblin, and Kingpin also make appearances.

If that sounds like exactly what you need to scratch your post-Endgame itch, Prime members can preorder the game for $52 right now (discount shown at checkout).


Fire Emblem’s entry in the Dynasty Warriors series has a lot going for it on the combat front, even if the story might leave Fire Emblem fans feeling left high and dry:

Fire Emblem Warriors lacks charm but compensates with spectacle. Battles are hectic and demand more concentration than other musou games. It never completely reconciles Fire Emblem’s tactical sensibilities and the Warriors’ series raw chaos but what does manages to coalesce is captivating.

If you were tempted to pick it up, but couldn’t justify the full $60 expenditure, it’s down to just $22 on Switch, which is about as cheap as full retail Switch games ever get.


If you care enough about Star Wars to want to relive the films with the best possible image and sound quality, you’ve come to the right place.

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For a limited time at Daily Steals, you can get The Last Jedi 4K Steelbook for $26 (with promo code KJSWJEDI), which includes a stunning 4K Blu-ray, a regular 1080p Blu-ray, and a digital copy all packaged in a collectible sleeve. There are cheaper ways to buy this movie, but not as a 4K Blu-ray.


Getting audited by the IRS sounds like less fun than a root canal performed by an art history graduate, but for a limited time, Credit Karma will give you a level of protection for free, just for signing up.

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This deal is valid whether or not you used Credit Karma Tax to file your taxes this year. All you have to do is provide your information here (yes, including your social security number) to get a year of free coverage for your 2018 (and only your 2018 tax return). Services include consultation with a tax expert, help with drafting correspondence for the IRS, document review, and more. You can find out more details here. The audit would still suck, but at least it would be more like getting a root canal from an actual dentist.


If your dog suffers from dry skin, Burt’s Bees has a lotion with rosemary and olive oil that is safe to use on sensitive skin. It is great to use on cracked paws, which can happen after dogs walk on hot concrete and pavement during the summer months. Right now, you can get the Burt’s Bees for Dogs All-Natural Paw & Nose Lotion for only $3 as an add-on item on Amazon. It shouldn’t be hard to meet the minimum for add-on item purchases since you probably already have $25 worth of goods in your cart.


Every year, Stella Artois sells a charity chalice to benefit water.org. This year’s model features etchings designed by watercolorist Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi that illustrates the effect that clean water has on families, and for every one you buy, Stella Artois will donate five years of clean drinking water to someone in need in the developing world. So why wouldn’t you buy it for $5?


There’s really no good reason to step foot in a grocery store anymore. A bunch of stores off delivery now, or at the very least, curbside pickup, and Walmart is leading the charge.

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Today, if you place a $50 grocery order at Walmart and choose curbside pickup, you can get $10 off with promo code LA9ARAAC. This code works for both new and existing customers, and I promise it’s better than any coupon you’d find in-store.


This month’s Humble Monthly games include Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Moonlighter. And as always, more games will unlock every Friday until the end of the month.

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If you’re not familiar, Humble Monthly is a $12 per month subscription service and releases a cache of PC games each month, plus 10% off in the Humble Store, and extra benefits on certain Humble Bundles. The best part? Even if you cancel your membership, every game you add to your Steam library is yours to keep.


If you’re having trouble sleeping, suffering from anxiety, or having trouble sleeping because you’re suffering from anxiety, Sunday Scaries CBD gummies could help. Jolie Kerr shared her thoughts on them for The Inventory, and now, our readers can save 17% with promo code GIZMODO17.

That applies to the regular gummies, the vegan versions, and the pure CBD tincture, with extra savings available if you buy in bulk, so your wallet can rest as easy as you will.


Our readers’ favorite VPN recently raised prices for the first time ever, and the company’s best-value (and Kinja Deals-exclusive) three-year plan is going away at the end of the week, so this is your last chance to subscribe at the best per-month price available.

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Who’s going to use the big bad Libra?

There is so much to write about Libra, and so much which has already been written misses the mark, mostly, I think, because most pundits haven’t spent much time in the developing world, which is very clearly the target market here. Just look at its launch video:

I’ve seen apocalyptic reactions warning of Libra ushering in a new dystopia: the alleged logic appears to be 1) Libra will immediately conquer the world 2) Libra comes from Facebook 3) Facebook is evil 4) it’s the end of the world! I am most baffled by that first postulate. If you’re a rich Westerner, there are already dozens of payment systems out there, most of which offer huge advantages compared to Libra, such as reversible / contestable transactions, frequent-flier miles, and credit lines.

I’ve seen dozens of technical and regulatory and political and high-level analyses of Libra, many of which are worthwhile, but so far, little which has dwelt on its actual intended users, according to the white paper: the unbanked. That isn’t quite the category for whom Libra is something new, interesting, and important. But no one else seems to be talking about this. It’s strange to see this cornucopia of hotly argued reactions which go deep on pretty much everything but its actual users.

The white paper cites 1.7 billion people as “unbanked,” a number which is … questionable. Its source is the 2017 World Bank Global Findex database. “Aha,” you might think, “that sounds pretty definitive and recent,” and it does — but the same source also notes that 515 million people became “banked” between 2014 and 2017. By the time Libra actually launches, the “1.7 billion unbanked” might have dropped by fully half. Not because of banks: because of mobile money providers.

From its birth with M-Pesa in East Africa, mobile money has expanded massively worldwide. Orange Money in West Africa, Ovo in Indonesia, Paytm in India, and of course WeChat and Alipay in China: money on your phone is nothing at all new in most of the developing world.

This might make you think that Libra already has a legion of competitors who speak the local languages, understand the markets, and have pervasive distribution, just as in the rich world — but no. The whole point of Libra, after all, is that it’s not a local currency, but a global currency, which is both its competitive advantage and its Achilles heel. And its true market isn’t the unbanked per se; it’s people who might have a mobile money account, but no straightforward access to any global currency.

Why would that access matter? Because international remittances, transfers to the developing world from (usually) family members in the rich world, total half a trillion dollars a year, much of which is sent by slow, high-fee processors such as Western Union. The Libra whitepaper, accordingly, prominently cites “remittances” in its problem statement …

… but makes only a few handwavey mentions of exchanges. Why does that matter? Because remittances are indeed a huge market but as I’ve argued before, “yes, it’s great if you can send five thousand FaceCoin to your family in Ghana for an 0.1% fee. But then your family in Ghana has to somehow convert them to cedis at an exchange — a task which is, as of this writing, likely to be slower, much clumsier, far more user-hostile, and very possibly even more expensive than the usual medium(s) of remittances.”

“So what,” you might think, “doesn’t matter if the local businesses take Libra.” But a) it’s very hard to get every local business in a developing country to accept a new payment method b) eventually they too will have to pay exchange fees, in order to pay local taxes. (Before any dreamers suggest governments accept taxes in Libra and use it as a national currency, I assure you they won’t be eager to give up all control over their monetary supply.)

So for truly mass adoption, especially for business and institutional transactions, the exchange experience will be absolutely key. There’s a lot of competition in the remittance space, and they usually handle the actual currency exchange for you. It seems like Facebook is implicitly relying on the marketplace to provide highly competitive, liquid, effective, efficient, well-publicized Libra-to-local exchanges in every nation where it is used. Maybe. But that’s asking for a lot.

On the smaller scale, though — individuals and families — Libra makes a lot more sense. It won’t replace M-Pesa, but I don’t think it’s trying to. Instead Libra wants to be to M-Pesa what the US dollar is to the Kenyan shilling. Libra could become the global mobile reserve currency, maybe not for institutions, but for individuals. And on that level, exchanges are less important.

The US dollar is acceptable, and transferable, in small amounts almost everywhere around the world; there’s hardly a poor country where it doesn’t act as a de facto shadow currency. (I’ve been to places where taxi drivers are experts on the various different issuances of the US $20 because some are easier to counterfeit than others.) Furthermore, it’s often hoarded purely because it’s hard currency, unlike the local currency — consider Venezuela, or Zimbabwe, even Argentina.

I expect the same will be true of Libra. Individuals won’t need to open an account at any exchange; instead they’ll follow the Local Bitcoins model, and just transfer Libra to a local moneychanger, who will receive their Libra and send back local currency in exchange for — hopefully — a very competitive fee.

If that happens, if Facebook’s sheer size and reach makes that option near-universally available, then even if Libra doesn’t catch on in the rich world, or with businesses and institutions, then for the first time ever, individuals and families around the world will be able to receive, save, spend, and exchange a global hard currency, immediately, across borders, using only their phones, for fees (hopefully) drastically less than e.g. Western Union — without having to deal with the volatility, limited utility, and user-hostility of decentralized cryptocurrencies. That would be a huge deal, and a great good thing.

It’s by no means guaranteed. Much about Libra remains uncertain. It will somehow have to crack the extremely tough nut of the identity problem. And while not technically part of Facebook, it still comes from Facebook, a company increasingly despised by politicians and regulators (and journalists), which is at least one strike against it from the beginning, and makes many people question the true motives behind Libra.

But let’s not throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. If Libra manages to succeed, at scale, it will be massively important and highly important to an enormous number of people around the world. Be skeptical, by all means. Be concerned about privacy. Ask pointed questions. Remain well aware that it is not a decentralized solution and may never be. I’m with you: I’m a well-documented harsh critic of Facebook myself.

But in your rush to outrage and condemnation — as righteous as those might feel — please don’t ignore Libra’s potential to do a whole lot of good for many millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Do you think a decentralized, permissionless, censorship-resistance version would be better? I agree! Call me when one is anywhere near as usable as Libra is likely to be.

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Week-in-Review: YouTube’s awful comments and Google’s $1B tech-free investment

Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure.

Last week, I talked about how the top gaming industry franchises were proving immortal and how that could change. I mainly asked questions and I got some great answers in my email. Keep the feedback coming.

An interesting corollary to that conversation was Niantic releasing its Harry Potter title this week, a game that takes liberal gameplay cues from Pokémon GO but attaches it to new IP. The big question is whether Niantic can strike gold twice; here’s an Extra Crunch interview my colleague Greg did with the startup’s CEO.


This week, the biggest tech topic at hand from the big companies was probably Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, I’d normally dig into that but my colleague Josh did such a bang-up job breaking down Libra and why it’s important that I don’t feel the need to. You can read his explainer below.

In the midst of scouring this week’s headlines, a pretty low-key story from Friday caught my eye detailing how YouTube was testing a version of its app where the comments were hidden by default. Companies test this stuff all the time and it’s hardly a commitment but it did make me reflect on how the nature of user-submitted comments has shifted and how certain platforms develop community cultures based on the way those comments are sorted.

Web comments have been searching for their final form for a while now. Twitter turned comments into the main 140 character dish, but Twitter’s influence is getting baked into a ton of platforms. Sites like Instagram are starting to gain a greater understanding of how users want responses to complement their content and the opportunities they’ve seized on really showcase the user-submitted opportunities being wasted by platforms like YouTube and Twitch.

YouTube downgrading their comment visibility kind of highlights what a cesspool the company has allowed them to turn into, but rather than being a place where people are vile, the platform just hasn’t grown them into something useful or exciting over the past decade.

As Instagram continues to become a place where more and more famous users interact with each other, the comment fields are becoming the place where users “bond” with the accounts they follow even if they’re still lurking around and reading how the account responds to other high-profile users. 

This is how public channels with big audiences should operate. Sure, it’s partially a result of the culture of the platform, but algorithms can shape these cultures.

The issue is so many other comment systems are seemingly organized to treat anonymous users, real-name users and verified personalities the same. Ascribing an equal weight to all of these types of content is kind of a surprisingly quaint way to handle user-generated content, it’s also a great way for platforms to find engagement ceilings and the limits of what spam can become.

You don’t have to go searching far through TechCrunch’s stories to find some good old-fashioned “how I earned $72/hour working from home” spam, but just because something isn’t spam doesn’t means it’s worthwhile. Platforms have developed their own comment memes based on what can play the algorithms, it’s not particularly useful, “Like if Jimmy Fallon brought you here,” “Like if you’re watching this in 2019.”

Platforms organized around building communities have an incentive to elevate anonymous voices and foster relationships and dialogue. Back in the Gawker days, most of my time on the site was spent digging through the comments looking for commenters I recognized and enjoying their dialogue. That’s what Reddit has become in a lot of ways, a place where the posts are secondary to the reactions, but the forum systems of web 1.0 aren’t made for such general influencer-focused platforms of 2019 and it’s an area where there are a lot of wasted opportunities.

YouTube comments have garnered this reputation for being so laughable bad because the company has let the average of what’s submitted define them, acting as a one-size fits all for platforms that are decidedly more dynamic.

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On to the rest of the week’s news.

Trends of the week

Here are a few big news items from big companies, with green links to all the sweet, sweet added context.

  • Tesla paints it black (for a price)
    Tesla is looking to keep those margins hopping and there next play to make your Tesla a bit more pricey is by making the white paint job on its vehicles, making white the standard color. It may seem like a rough deal, especially when you can a monitor stand for your new Apple Display for the same price. Read more here about why Elon did this.
  • Google drops a B on the Bay
    To those living in the arena of Silicon Valley, it’s no secret that the housing shortage is hurting wallets. How much of that is big tech’s fault and how much of it is the local government’s fault is hard to tell at times, but certainly neither is doing as much as they could. This week Google pledged a whopping $1 billion worth of assistance to the problem. Forking over $750 million worth of real estate and a quarter-billion dollars worth of funding for residential projects is quite the pledge, let’s see how the money gets spent. You can read more here.
  • Slate failures
    Google’s Pixel Slate tablet was such hot garbage that the company is leaving the tablet game for good and focusing on its Pixel laptop line instead. Read more here.

GAFA Gaffes

How did the top tech companies screw up this week? This clearly needs its own section, in order of awfulness:

  1. Apple recalls some MacBooks:
    [Apple issues voluntary recall of 2015 MacBook Pro batteries due to overheating concern]
  2. Google swats down shareholder vote:
    [Google defeats shareholders on ‘Dragonfly’ censored search in China]
  3. Facebook in hot water over fake review sales: 
    [Facebook and eBay told to tackle trade in fake reviews]
  4. Maps keeping it real fake:
    [Google responds to report that concluded there are millions of fake business listings on Maps]

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Extra Crunch

Our premium subscription service had another week of interesting deep dives. TechCrunch’s Ron Miller wrote a story asking VCs and CEOs just how much startup founders should be paying themselves.

“…Murat Bicer,  general partner at CRV,  says you could probably ask 10 VCs this question, and get 10 different answers, but he sees the range at the low end of perhaps $125,000 and at the high end maybe $200,000, depending on the location of the startup and the cost of living in a particular city…”

Here are some of our other top reads this week for premium subscribers. This week TechCrunch writers talked a bit about keeping your H-1B status and how you should be negotiating your term sheet with strategic investors.

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While people puzzle over WeWork, niche co-working spaces continue gaining traction

This week, a young, New York-based startup called Alma raised $8 million in funding to expand its “co-practicing community of therapists, coaches, and wellness professionals,” which it first launched from a space on Madison Avenue last fall.

As CNN was first to report, the company is charging psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and acupuncturists $165 per month to become Alma members, which comes with services like billing and scheduling and even a matchmaking service that purports to connect professionals with patients. They also pay an hourly rate to book identically outfitted rooms that can be used interchangeably.

CNN called the company a WeWork for therapists, but Alma and its venture backers are hardly alone in seeing promise in more specialized co-working spaces, which have proliferated as their best-known peer in the co-working craze, WeWork, has itself set up all over the globe. According to one estimate, the number of global coworking spaces, thought to be around 14,000 in 2017, is expected to reach 30,000 by 2022.

Among the best known of these newer outfits and backed early on by WeWork itself, is The Wing, a nearly three-year-old startup that describes itself as a members-only community full of work and community spaces designed for women. (It dropped its practice of not admitting men as members or guests after a Washington, D.C. man brought a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the firm that sought damages of up to $12 million.) Though the outfit has critics who worry that it advances certain women only — those who can afford to pay a few hundred dollars per month for a membership — investors have already given it nearly $120 million in funding.

They’re betting that women want to work and share ideas and see powerful female speakers alongside other women who are members. But investors and entrepreneurs are betting on broader trends, too. For one thing, it’s clear that commercial real estate owners need new ways to occupy underutilized space as our lives move increasingly online. More and more people are also becoming freelance workers, a trend that shows no signs of stopping. According to the Freelancers Union, 3.7 million more people started freelancing between 2014 and 2018 for an estimated total of 56.7 million America freelancers. That’s a huge segment of the working population.

Perhaps it’s no wonder that Spacious, a three-year-old, New York-based company that turns restaurants into co-working spaces during the afternoon, is backed by some of the best investors in the business, including Baseline Ventures. (Other companies taking advantage of underused space include Breather and Flexe.)

It’s also not surprising that more founders are building out spaces for specific groups of people. Therapists is just the newest that we’ve heard, but there are plenty of others. L.A. alone is home to numerous specialized co-working spaces, and the city’s Los Angeles Magazine recently pointed out. Among them is Glitch City, a 24-hour co-working space near Culver City that caters to indie game developers; The Hatchery Press, for writers; and Paragon Spaces, for those working in the cannabis industry.

Elsewhere, it’s possible to find with co-working spaces for people in the construction industry, and spaces for tech companies with on-demand workforces, and spaces for people committed to a zero-waste lifestyle.

It’s probably too early to say whether the spaces are any more sticky than more general co-working spaces like the fashionable workspaces that WeWork offers. Having been part of a long-standing, not-for-profit writers’ collective in San Francisco for roughly a decade — and knowing that many of my former office mates continue to be a part of that community — this editor suspects so.

Still, the much bigger question — for WeWork and these many smaller, more focused startups — is whether enough people can justify the cost of working in their spaces when the economy invariably hits the skids. It’s easier to imagine this happening with communities of doctors or other professionals who, by sheer dint of working together, can defray their costs and generate more business for themselves.

For the rest, only time will tell. But VCs have a lot of money to put to work, and plenty of them are willing to gamble that right now, at least, are no limits on where the trend can go.

Use United’s ‘Excursionist Perk’ to Get a Free One-Way Flight When Using Miles

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If you’re redeeming reward miles for an international trip on United, there’s an easy way to get a little more bang for your virtual buck: plan a trip with at least three legs.

This week Travel + Leisure published a story about a little known perk for United fliers called the “Excursion Perk.” The perk allows you to get a free one-way award ticket when you book a trip that involves multiple cities.

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For instance, if I wanted to book a flight from San Francisco to Scotland and then from Scotland to London before heading home, then I could score a free flight from Scotland to London.

In order to take advantage of the perk, you can’t be in the same MileagePlus defined region where your trade originated. So if you start your journey in North America, the perk will have to be for travel outside of North America and vice versa.

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Your travel will have to end in the same region where it originated, and the cabin of service and award type of the free one-way will need to be the same or lower than the one-way flight preceding it.

If you have enough miles to score a reward ticket and want to give this a try you can find the option by using the Advanced search toll when booking a ticket through United’s website. You’ll want to select the multi-city option and then just input your destinations. If your itinerary qualifies for the deal you’ll see one of the legs come up as zero miles.

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Use This App to Find the Perfect Instagram Shot When You’re Traveling

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In San Francisco, it started with The Museum of Ice Cream, a “museum” downtown where for $38 dollars you can snap selfies of yourself next to a unicorn or submerged in sprinkles in the building’s “sprinkle pool.”

That begat some other similar Instagram-style establishments, including Candytopia where, you guessed it, you can snap shots in front of massive candy exhibits. Candytopia had a pool you could jump in as well. It was filled with (thankfully plastic) marshmallows.

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My selfie game is so bad I was not able to take a good picture even in a pool of fake marshmallows. If yours is better, then you might go looking for those Instagram-worthy spots when you travel. Depalo is an app that can help. CNN covered its launch earlier this week.

The creation of lifestyle blogger Rebecca Aneloski, the iPhone app suggests spots near you that might be great for the gram. Think scenic street corners, colorful murals, and the perfect cafe.

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The app is broken down by city and suggests some of the most scenic spots in town, tells you how to get there, and then offers tips on how to snap the perfect shot when you arrive. If you discover your own tips while you’re there you can share those within the app as well.

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It’s currently live in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Sedona, Arizona.

The idea is that the app works as a location scout of sorts of Instagram enthusiasts, helping you find the hot spots in places you might not be familiar with.

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If you’re new to an area and looking to snap that perfect selfie, it could be exactly what you need to find the ideal backdrop. And if you’re on a hunt to avoid Instagrammers on your next vacation, it could be just what you need to figure out where not to go.