Minimalist Phones, Mastodon, and Annoying Movie References

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You may not know who Carl Stalling is, but if you grew up watching Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, then you certainly heard his music; during the 22 years he produced musical scores for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, he averaged a complete score per week.

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November 8, 2022

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You may not know who Carl Stalling is, but if you grew up watching Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, then you certainly heard his music; during the 22 years he produced musical scores for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, he averaged a complete score per week.

🚀 Taking Off and Crashing Down

Happy Tuesday! The Mastodon social media network is skyrocketing in popularity, while uncontrolled rockets are crashing down to Earth. Microsoft is also starting to test “Create,” a new one-stop shop for Office and video templates.

Finally, we’re starting to see more sales pop up ahead of Black Friday — Apple just cut the price of the new M2 MacBook Air by $150, the best discount yet.

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TODAY'S TOP STORY What the Heck Is a Minimalist Phone?

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Should You Use Lossless Audio on Apple Music?

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Sometimes, you need a surge protector that just works. But it can be harder to find one that fits your needs than you think. If you have bigger plugs, you might cover outlets if your strip wasn’t built with that in mind. And what about electronics that can use USB cables to be powered? Suddenly what feels like a quick and easy purchase has become much more complicated.

Thankfully, there is Superdanny’s surge protector. With sideways-facing outlets, four USB-A ports, and a plug that’ll stay flush against the wall, it’s hard to beat in terms of usefulness and simplicity.

Apple M2 MacBook Air Now on Sale for Lowest Price Yet

Apple released the new MacBook Air earlier this year, complete with an overhauled design and the company’s new M2 chip. Now you can buy one for $150 off at Amazon, the best discount yet. Read More »

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It’s tempting to set your water heater temperature back to save money, but before you do that, read this to ensure you’re getting optimum comfort and savings without risking your health. Read More »

Should You Turn Your Water Heater Off While On Vacation?

If you’re headed out of town for a while, you might be curious if you can turn off your water heater to save a little money. Here’s what to consider before you do. Read More »

The Best Family Movies on Netflix in 2022

Nothing says family togetherness like a night spent watching Netflix. For parents, kids, and everyone in between, here are 10 good, family-friendly movies you can stream on Netflix right now. Read More »

The Best VPN Services for Netflix in 2022

Using a virtual private network (VPN) allows you to enjoy all of your favorite Netflix TV shows and movies from anywhere. However, not all VPNs can get past Netflix’s geoblocks. For the best binge-watching, even across borders, consider these VPNs. Read More »

Windows 11 Now Has Camera Options in the Quick Settings

As videoconferencing apps keep become more common, you need to keep your computer’s camera feed looking sharp. Now, you can quickly change your camera’s settings with a new, handy toggle on Windows 11. Read More »

Uncontrolled Space Rocket Landings Are Still Happening

Generally when we worry about things falling on us, it tends to be bird poop. You can now add “rocket boosters hurtling to Earth” to that list, though the odds are still low on space debris hitting you. Read More »

Mastodon Is Taking Off: Why It’s My Favorite Social Media Network

Mastodon has been around for years as an open-source social media platform, and it’s back in the spotlight, thanks to ongoing turmoil at Twitter. I’ve been on Mastodon for years, and it’s a great platform. Read More »

What Happened to 3D Desktops Like Bumptop?

Some of the most memorable scenes from Jurassic Park and Minority Report involve 3D computer interfaces that look amazing onscreen but haven’t taken off in real life. Yet 3D desktops aren’t dead, and their peak is still ahead. Read More »

Does Turkey's Tryptophan Really Make You Sleepy?

You’ve heard the rumor. Eating turkey at Thanksgiving makes you sleepy because of an amino acid inside of it called tryptophan. But while the myth is widespread, is it true? Read More »

Get a Keurig for 50% Off During Amazon's Early Black Friday Sale

The weather is chilly, evenings are darker, and you might need a little more of a pick-me-up in the mornings. Well, Amazon’s Black Friday sale has an early deal that can help. Read More »

Corsair K100 AIR Wireless Keyboard Review: Paper-Thin and Packed With Features

Corsair is undoubtedly a household name when it comes to PC parts and accessories. With the K100 AIR Wireless, the company expands its territory into the world of lightweight, low-profile mechanical keyboards. Complete with Cherry MX ULP Tactile switches, this board is one you won’t want to miss. Read More »

Stop Referencing a Movie as if Everyone Else Has Seen it 11 Times

It’s a moment that can be haunting: You reference something highly specific in a movie that you’ve seen way too many times, and the people around you, even if they’ve watched said movie, stare blankly and have no idea what you’re talking about. Read More »


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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review: A Fantastic Soundbar for Movies and Music

Soundbars have come a long way. While they started off as barely providing better sound than your TV speakers, now they support surround sound and even Dolby Atmos. Sonos is ready for the challenge, upping the game on its compact soundbar, the second-generation Sonos Beam. Read More »




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Grab a Roku Streaming Stick 4K for $25, the Lowest Price Yet

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Microsoft Create Is Here to Revamp Office Templates

Templates have been a core feature of the Microsoft Office suite for years, giving people an easy way to make better-looking presentations and papers. Now the company has consolidated its templates in one place: Microsoft Create. Read More »

Is Blu-ray the Last Optical Disc Format Ever? What’s Next?

With the rise of digital game platforms and streaming services, is there really a future for optical discs? Blu-ray discs are hanging on, but for how much longer? Will Blu-ray discs be the last optical format ever, or will another replace it? Read More »

YouTube Shorts Are Now Slightly Better on Your TV

Google’s answer to the growing popularity of TikTok was YouTube Shorts: short videos in (mostly) vertical format. The flipped aspect ratio makes them difficult to watch on TVs, but YouTube is trying to change that. Read More »

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