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40 gifts for the cottagecore-obsessed — including the whimsical Selkie Puff Dress

Girls don’t want boyfriends, girls (and boys, and nonbinary folks) want cottagecore presents.If you’ve scrolled TikTok or Instagram at all over the past two years, you’ve probably seen creators (especially young people) baking from scratch, gardening, picking up screen-free hobbies like knitting, and making it all look romantic and dreamy. That’s cottagecore, an aesthetic trend dedicated to romanticizing “uncomplicated” country living. Think foraging berries to make homemade jams, growing vegetables, and sipping tea all day — essentially becoming a vaguely ’70s-styled Alice in Wonderland character.  SEE ALSO: 29 gifts for the dark academia devotees in your life …

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Graduate to a 70-inch Samsung TV for under $600 with this Black Friday deal at Best Buy

Save $150: A well-reviewed 70-inch 4K TV by Samsung has dropped to $599.99 as of Nov. 19. You’ll save 20% as part of Best Buy’s Black Friday sale.Black Friday TV deals often focus on midsize TVs. But if you’re looking to upgrade from one of those smaller TVs, this deal may be for you.A 70-inch Samsung TV (that was a hot deal in 2020) was on sale a week ahead of Best Buy’s official Black Friday sale. (That sale kicked off on Nov. 19, a week ahead of the calendar’s Black Friday. Time is fake!)This is probably one of the…

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5 best free photo layout apps

Photo layout apps, which can help you quickly and easily create attractive photo collages and montages, are an absolute godsend for those of us who aren’t conveniently blessed with mad Photoshop skills. After testing dozens of them, we can now bring you, in alphabetical order, the five best free photo layout apps out there.Choose one of these to take your design skills to the next level without having to even think about layer masks or lossy compression.1. Canva Canva is arguably so much more than a photo layout app: It’s a complete graphic design suite. But if you just need…

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Black Friday deal: Snag an Apple Watch Series 3 at Best Buy for just $169

SMARTWATCH, SMART PURCHASE: As of Nov. 19 (Best Buy’s Black Friday), the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) is on sale for just $169. That’s about 20% off its suggested retail price of $199.The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) was first announced in September of 2017 (a lifetime ago, really) and received a wave of positive reviews. Although the price dropped earlier this year in July, it’s since dropped even more: As of Nov. 19, the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) is on sale for just $169 at Best Buy. The Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two colors: white and…

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It was tough, but we found the 20 best movies on HBO Max

When HBO Max launched in May of 2020 boasting thousands of hours of content, they weren’t lying. The streaming service that came into our lives by way of yanking Friends from Netflix has proved to be an endless source of movie magic, with hallowed Hollywood favorites in the Turner Classic Movies collection to the works of directors like Kubrick, Hitchcock, Miyazaki, and Kurosawa. Picking the best (and distinguishing them from our personal favorites) was no easy task, but we somehow managed.In no particular order, here are the 20 best movies on HBO Max. 1. The Dark Knight It’s daunting to…

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Save $100 on the latest iPad Pro during Best Buy’s Black Friday sale

SAVE $100: Starting Nov. 19, Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is on sale for $999.99 at Best Buy — that’s $100 off its usual price. This iPad Pro is the latest model, and features the powerful Apple M1 chip, has 128GB of storage, and delivers impressive all-day battery life and performance. Tablets may come and go, but the iPad Pro is forever. No, seriously — on its fifth iteration in just six years, Apple’s iPad Pro continues to live atop not only our “best tablet” list, but many others as well. It’s Apple’s most vibrant and powerful tablet in history, better than the…

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Best Buy’s Black Friday sale includes $500 off a MacBook Pro

SAVE $500: MacBooks are always at the top of the list when it comes to the best laptops, and as of Nov. 19, the Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) is on sale for $1,299.99 (original price: $1,799.99) as part of Best Buy’s Black Friday event.As you probably know by now, the rules have simply gone out the window regarding Black Friday this year. Best Buy is straight up having its Black Friday sale on Nov. 19. I mean, we’re not going to complain about getting early deals.This Black Friday sale includes a pretty sweet discount on a…

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Tennis star Peng Shuai is still missing. Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and the WTA demand answers.

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai hasn’t been seen since publicly accusing government official Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.On Nov. 2, Peng made allegations against the former vice premier of China in a lengthy Weibo post, which was deleted half an hour later, CNN reports.In the post, Peng alleged that Gaoli had sexually coerced her after inviting her to his house to play tennis with him and his wife. She noted that prior to this they had been involved in an on-off relationship.Shuai hasn’t been seen since making those allegations and fellow tennis players are stepping up to share their deep…

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The people have spoken: Ford’s EV truck is more desirable than Tesla’s Cybertruck

Rivian’s electric truck came out in October, but attention is still on the electric Ford F-150 Lightning and other future electric trucks. The Lightning is not arriving until 2022, but the anticipation for the first Ford electric pickup is growing. Autolist, a car shopping website, surveyed over 1,100 shoppers at the end of October and early November on their electric truck preferences. The site asked about the Ford, Chevy Silverado EV, Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer EV truck, and Rivian R1T.​​ Tweet may have been deleted

In almost all categories Ford came out on top. Overall, 38 percent of those surveyed said they’d buy…

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Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is really a Thanksgiving movie

Ah, autumn. It’s that special time of year when my favorite entertainment debate clamors down the chimney and into the minds of movie lovers everywhere. I’m talking about the most controversial question in seasonal cinema, an unanswered quandary of mythic proportions: Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? For 28 years, this discussion of yuletide versus ghoul-tide has plagued fans of Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion masterpiece. On one hand, the movie is dominated by ghosts, monsters, and things that go bump in the night and opened in theaters during a weekend in October, Plus, the opening…

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Get 15 wines for under $5 per bottle with this deal

TL;DR: Snag 15 mixed bottles of wine from Wine Insiders for just $73.97 as of Nov. 19 — that’s a whole 75% off a 15-pack worth $300.If you’re going to stock up on wine to prepare for the holidays, you might as well save as much money as you can in the process. With this exclusive deal for Wine Insiders, you’ll get $15 bottles delivered to your door for less than $5 per bottle, and there’s no coupon or promo code necessary. Just great, delicious wine you’ll have on-hand for any holiday function without having to make last-minute trips to the store. This is not…

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Have you been waiting on buying a robo-vac? Save big this Black Friday

Like air fryers and slow cookers before it, the robo-vac is a time-saving appliance that’s found a special place in our hearts lately. Firstly, it’s a robot, and robots rock; secondly, it does boring housework we’re too busy (or too lazy) to do ourselves. Robo-vacs have also gotten a lot more affordable.If you’ve been waiting for just the right time to buy one, Black Friday weekend is your chance. The first 100 Amazon orders for a Yeedi vac station on Nov. 27 will also get another $35 off the Black Friday sale price. Among these smart — and life-changing —…

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Best Buy’s Black Friday sale just started and there are tons of amazing deals

UPDATE: Nov. 19, 2021, 6:00 a.m. EST This post has been updated to include the latest deals from Best Buy.

BEST TV DEAL: Samsung 70-inch Class TU6985 4K Crystal UHD Smart Tizen TV offers a theater-like, immersive experience that’s ideal for family rooms — $599.99 $749.99 (save $150)BEST TABLET DEAL: Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (latest model), this 128GB model features the powerful Apple M1 chip that delivers impressive levels of performance and all-day battery life — $999.99 $1,099.99 (save $100)BEST ROBOT VACUUM DEAL: iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550), a self-emptying robot vacuum that learns your home to effectively target messes — $549.99 $799.99 (save $250)BEST LAPTOP DEAL: Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, a supremely powerful…

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Shocked monkey in a very awkward position wins comedy wildlife photo prize

Remember that sweary turtle that captured all our hearts in 2020 in the final of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards?Well, he’s got fresh competition.This week, the awards — an annual competition supported by wildlife conservation nonprofit The Born Free Foundation and founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam — announced its new range of winners, and they’re every bit as silly as last year’s batch.From unfortunate monkeys to gleeful elephants, and with a description from the photographers below each explaining the circumstances, here they are…Overall winner “Ouch!” by Ken Jensen Burnley. Credit: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021…

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‘Wheel of Time’ is an engaging but uneven fantasy epic

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Dark forces threaten the world, and it’s up to a band of unlikely companions, including the Chosen One, to save the day.That fantasy formula is old hat at this point, but to its credit, Amazon Prime Video’s The Wheel of Time attempts to tell it with some new twists. While the show doesn’t always succeed, the overall result is an exciting adventure that gets better as it goes along.Adapted from Robert Jordan’s influential (and lengthy) book series, The Wheel of Time has to cover a lot of ground to cover to get…

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Netflix’s new sci-fi series is fine. It’s just not ‘Cowboy Bebop’.

If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a live-action Cowboy Bebop, then it’s probably best to actually make a live-action Cowboy Bebop. Because what Netflix did isn’t that, and pissing off a bunch of ‘90s nostalgics wasn’t worth it. In this so-called adaptation of the anime classic, John Cho leads as intergalactic bounty hunter Spike Spiegel. The start of the reboot sees Spike joining forces with fellow space cowboys Jet Black and Faye Valentine, played by Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda. Together, the group embarks on a dicy, interplanetary adventure full of wacky characters, zany tech, and lurking…

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Facebook is giving you more control over your News Feed, but it’s just a test for now

Facebook is testing a feature that will let users have more control over what they see in their News Feed. On Thursday, the company announced it’s giving more granular options to users, allowing them to better customize their News Feed. “People can now increase or reduce the amount of content they see from the friends, family, Groups and Pages they’re connected to and the topics they care about in their News Feed Preferences,” the company said in a blog post. Existing controls (located under Settings & Privacy – News Feed Preferences), such as Favorites, Snooze, Unfollow and Reconnect, will also…

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Best Buy’s Black Friday sale is here — shop all the best deals for Nov. 19

UPDATE on Nov. 19 at 4:08 am EST: This post has been updated to include the most recent information about Best Buy’s Black Friday sale and is being actively updated with our picks for the best live deals.Our top picks:BEST TV DEAL: Samsung 70-inch Class TU6985 4K Crystal UHD Smart Tizen TV offers a theater-like, immersive experience that’s ideal for family rooms — $599.99 $749.99 (save $150)BEST TABLET DEAL: Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (latest model), this 128GB model features the powerful Apple M1 chip that delivers impressive levels of performance and all-day battery life — $999.99 $1,099.99 (save $100)BEST ROBOT VACUUM DEAL: iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550), a self-emptying robot…