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Which group streaming service is right for you?


No company has quite figured out the perfect group streaming app, but Hulu and Plex have both put together intriguing solutions for this era of social distancing.

Hulu has leveraged its massive and diverse streaming library to offer Hulu Watch Party. The feature’s a simple way to sync up playback with a handful of friends and chat with them while you watch Hulu programming. On the other side of the ring is Plex Watch Together, an experimental new feature that lets you watch pretty much anything you want with your friends so long as you’re willing to jump through some hoops. Read More

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4th of July TV sale alert: this 50-inch Roku TV is on sale for just $249.99 at Best Buy


The 4th of July TV sales event is a fantastic opportunity to score massive price cuts on top-selling TVs. One of the best deals we’ve seen is this Westinghouse 50-inch 4K TV that’s on sale for just $249.99 (was $299.99). That’s a $50 discount and an incredible price for a mid-size 4K TV with smart capabilities.

The Westinghouse smart TV has the Roku TV experience built-in, which allows you to stream content from your favorite apps like Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, and more. The Ultra HD TV also features a voice remote with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to launch apps, search for titles, play music, and control compatible smart home devices. You’ll also experience a premium viewing experience thanks to the 4K Ultra HD picture quality and Dolby Audio. Read More

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Boeing is reportedly ending production of its 747 jumbo jet


If it wasn’t already apparent that the era of ‘big’ flying is ending, it might be soon. Bloomberg sources say Boeing is ending production of its iconic 747 jumbo jet (specifically, the 747-8) in about two years. A spokesperson for the aircraft maker didn’t confirm or deny the shutdown, saying there were “more than two years” of production left to fulfill orders. However, Bloomberg pointed to signs of a firm stop in “subtle wording changes” for financial statements.

While there’s no claimed explanation for the move, it’s no secret that Boeing faced both a hostile market and its own troubles. Even before the pandemic, the air travel industry had shifted toward smaller, more fuel-efficient twin-engine jets like the 787 Dreamliner. The 15 remaining unfulfilled 747 orders are all destined for freighter use, with 12 of them headed to UPS. The 747-8 was also late and over budget, and is believed to have been a money-loser since 2016. The last passenger order was for Air Force One in 2017. Read More

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Joey Chestnut emerges again as the Nathan’s hot dog champion

Despite the coronavirus, competitive hot dog eating is still on.

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut did not disappoint at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for 2020, where he scarfed down 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, breaking his 2018 record of 74 hot dogs and buns in the same time period. Darron Breeden came in second in the men’s competition, with 42 hot dogs and buns consumed in 10 minutes. Chestnut is now a 13-time winner of the contest, having lost only once in the last 14 years.  Read More

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Best Buy 4th of July sale: the best Fourth of July deals on TVs, appliances, laptops, more


Best Buy’s 4th of July sale is officially underway with incredible deals on 4K TVs, appliances, laptops, headphones, and so much more. It’s the perfect opportunity to score massive price cuts from brands like Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and more.

To help you sort through all the offers, we’ve rounded up the best 4th of July Best Buy sales below. Our top sale picks include Independence Day deals on 4K TVs like this Westinghouse 50-inch TV on sale for just $249.99 and this massive 75-inch 4K TV marked down to $699.99 (was $999.99). Read More

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8 popular Disney movies on Netflix that you can watch right now


If you haven’t subscribed to Disney+ but are missing those magical movies, you’ll be glad to know that Netflix is still showing a handful of Disney films.

The streaming service offers a varied collection of Disney features, from traditional animations to newer live-action hits. While all these will likely migrate to Disney+ in the future, now’s the time to catch them on Netflix while you still can.

Get ready to use your imagination as we take a closer look at eight Disney movies you can watch via Netflix right now. Read More

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4th of July sales 2020: the best Fourth of July deals and sales to shop right now


The 2020 4th of July holiday event is officially underway, and that means family, fun, fireworks, and fantastic deals from your favorite retailers. The 4th of July sale event is a perfect opportunity to score price cuts from categories like mattresses, furniture, TVs, and appliances from retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Best Buy.

To help you sort through all the offers we’ve rounded up the best Fourth of July sales that are still going on. Our top 4th of July sale picks include a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 on sale for just $599 (was $959) at Best Buy, and this massive 75-inch 4K TV on sale for just $699.99. If you’re looking for mattress bargains you can score a $200 discount on luxury mattress brand Saatvaor snag $399 worth of sleep accessories for free with every mattress at Nectar. Read More

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Rocket Lab launch fails during rocket’s second stage burn, causing a loss of vehicle and payloads – TechCrunch


Rocket Lab’s ‘Pic or it didn’t happen’ launch on Saturday ended in failure, with a total loss of the Electron launch vehicle and all seven payloads on board. The launch vehicle experienced a failure during the second stage burn post-launch, after a lift-off from the Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

The mission appeared to be progressing as intended, but the launch vehicle appeared to experience unexpected stress during the ‘Max Q’ phase of launch, or the period during which the Electron rocket experiences the most significant atmospheric pressure prior to entering space. Read More

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Bill Pullman invokes ‘Independence Day’ in a pro-masks PSA

Bill Pullman wants you all to wear your masks on this pandemic-stricken Fourth of July. Call them “Freedom Masks” if that makes it an easier pill to swallow. It’s accurate, even! If enough people wear masks that we can beat this pandemic back, we may get to enjoy some of our basic freedoms again.

For many Americans in 2020, Bill Pullman is the only U.S. president worth recognizing on July 4. In the 1996 Roland Emmerich blockbuster, Independence Day, Pullman’s fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore delivered a stirring speech in the midst of a global catastrophe, and one could argue that his inspiring words are part of the reason the people of Earth won the day. Read More

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4th of July TV sales 2020: 4K TV deals starting at just $129.99


The 2020 4th of July sale event is going strong and if you’re shopping for a TV bargain, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best 4th of July TV sales from retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Dell. You can score massive price cuts on a range of 4K TVs from brands such as Samsung, Sony, and more.

Our top 4th of July sale picks include a $100 price cut and a free Echo Dot on the Insignia 55-inch 4K Fire TV, the best-selling Samsung 50-inch TV on sale for $329.99, and this massive Hisense 75-inch 4K TV on sale for $699.99. Read More