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The 15 hottest and most-watched TV series on Netflix right now

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the showrunner for Netflix’s hit new series The Witcher, recently raved on Twitter about how happy she is that interest in the show has built up to such a fever pitch that it’s having an unexpected side effect. “This could not make me happier,” she tweeted about the fact that the publisher of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bestselling series of novels that the show is based on is having to print “more than half a million” new books to meet demand for the novels, on account of the Netflix show [..]

Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Jan. 19)

This may not be the biggest week of the year for Netflix, but it certainly ends with a bang, as both the final season of The Ranch and the third part of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are both touching down this Friday. And although The Ranch has certainly had a checkered history ever since it debuted on the streaming service in 2016, at four seasons and eighty episodes, it’s definitely one of the longest-running Netflix series to date. If you’re all caught up on The Crown and need more historical drama in [..]

Free food: Here are all the restaurants where you can get free stuff for your birthday

Are you sick and tired of getting lame gifts for your birthday? You still need to be gracious, of course, because it’s the thought that counts. But once you’re done pretending that a pair of yellow socks is just what you needed, it’s time to get something that will actually make you happy on your birthday: Free food! You might not realize it, but there are so many restaurants out there that will give you free food and other goodies for your birthday. From free appetizers and sides to free desserts, drinks, [..]

Limited-time offer: How to score 100k bonus points with this Marriott Bonvoy credit card

One of the big stories in the world of rewards credit cards in 2019 was Marriott’s rebranding of its loyalty program, which took the disparate Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs, and collected them under one unified banner. Marriott Bonvoy is the combined loyalty program’s new umbrella branding, and it allows millions of customers to tap into its myriad benefits across thousands of hotels. You can do that by applying for one of the Marriott Bonvoy cards — like the M[..]

Scientists built a robot pigeon that flaps just like the real thing, and it’s mesmerizing

Most of us see birds every day. Go look outside your nearest window and chances are you’re not going to have to wait long before you spot a feathered friend cruising by. Despite that, scientists have long struggled with replicating the flight mechanics that birds are naturally blessed with. Building a “bird robot” that flies with fixed wings is easy enough, but creating something that bends and flaps its wings like a real animal is surprisingly difficult. Now, a team of researchers has taken a huge step tow[..]

Deal alert: Grab ‘The Office’ complete series from iTunes for only $30

Michael Schur, one of the most successful TV showrunners of the past decade, was chatting with The Daily Beast recently as part of a podcast interview that, at one point, came around to the notion of a possible reboot of The Office. Schur, if you weren’t aware, worked as a writer and actor (portraying Dwight Schrute’s sullen cousin Mose) for the beloved NBC workplace comedy that ran for nine seasons. And while the idea of a reboot resurfaces from time to time, Schur said it will largely come down to whether[..]

Amazon is blowing out VitaCup coffee and tea pods infused with MCT oil and more, today only

Infused coffees and teas are where it’s at right now, and you can stock up on all the infused coffee and tea pods you want today at a deep discount thanks to Amazon’s big sale. VitaCup coffees and teas are the best in the business when it comes to infusions, offering delicious coffee or tea long with things like MCT oil, turmeric, collagen, and more. Head over to Amazon today and you’ll save up to 32% on all the most popular infused tea and coffee pods VitaCup makes! Here’s where you can shop the full sale:[..]

‘Black Widow’ and all the new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

It’s been almost a month since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiered, and it’s fading from memory already. It’s not doing too well at the box office either, as the Oscar-nominated 1917 dethroned Episode IX last week. Sure, The Rise of Skywalker will make a boatload of money for Disney, but it might be difficult for it to match the success of the previous titles in the trilogy. The fact that Bad Boys for Life and Dolittle launch this week won’t help. We’ve been waiting for almost two decades for Will Sm[..]

Luxe benefits and tons of welcome points awaits you with these elite Chase cards

BGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. BGR and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers. Please note: the offers mentioned below are subject to change at any time and some may no longer be available. If you spend any time at all studying the world of rewards credit cards, you’ll quickly come to understand that two of the most talked-about credit cards on the market belong to Chase — in the form of its top-tier Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphir[..]

Facebook has postponed ruining WhatsApp

In a completely unexpected move, Facebook decided not to ruin WhatsApp for the time being. Facebook warned users back in the fall of 2018 that ads would be deployed inside WhatsApp, prompting some people to worry about the relationship between ads and end-to-end encryption. Facebook then reminded us, a few months later, that ads will start appearing in the popular chat app in 2020. But it turns out that Facebook has completely abandoned the idea of deploying advertising inside your chats for the time being.[..]

One of the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s most anticipated features might not be all that impressive

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is one of the most anticipated phones of 2020. The South Korean smartphone maker has scheduled a press event for February 11th, confirming recent leaks that said the S20 launch event would take place earlier than expected. Samsung is looking to put as much distance as possible between its newest phones and all the handsets that will be unveiled at MWC a few weeks later. But all the secrets have already been spoiled, so the sooner Samsung unveils the phone, the better. This week alone br[..]

Apple’s Powerbeats Pro are better than AirPods in every way, and they’re $50 off today

Apple’s AirPods are by far the most popular true wireless earbuds out there right now, and both versions of the AirPods 2 are back down to Black Friday’s deeply discounted price. But if you want better sound quality, a better fit, and much better battery life, there’s another Amazon sale that you need to check out. The Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Earphones are better than AirPods in literally every way, and that’s why they retail for $250. That’s exactly how much you’ll pay of you buy them right now from A[..]

Amazon’s new Apple Watch sale has the best prices we’ve seen since Black Friday

Apple’s popular AirPods and iPads are on sale right now of at Amazon, and they’ve been getting plenty of attention. But there are other deals that Apple fans should be checking out as well, not the least of which is Amazon’s big sale on Apple Watch models. The Apple Watch Series 3 is priced from $199 right now, and the 42mm model is down to $219 which is cheaper than anywhere else. If you’d rather have the latest and greatest models though, you can also pick up a 44mm Apple Watch Series 5 starting at $399! [..]

‘Little America’ review: This new Apple TV+ series justifies a subscription all by itself

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt There’s a simple reason that the new Apple TV+ series Little America, which debuts on the streamer on Friday, has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes critics score as of the time of this writing: It is absolutely fantastic. After watching this 8-episode anthology series, which uses each half-hour episode to dramatize events from the lives of actual immigrants and first-generati[..]

You’ll be able to stream Peacock shows for free as soon as April

If you thought Apple TV+ and Disney+, the streaming services that launched in November, were affordable, then you’ll probably like some of the Peacock subscription options that Comcast has prepared for you. The new streaming services will be available on July 15th in three subscription tiers, including a free, ad-supported one. Moreover, there’s a way to get free early access, if you’re already a Comcast cable subscriber. The Peacock Free tier will deliver some 7,500 hours of content, including next-day acc[..]

Scientists discovered a new ‘super-Earth,’ and want to know if it could sustain life

Scientists studying data from the Alpha Centauri star system on Wednesday announced what they believe is a second Earth-like planet orbiting the star closest to the sun. The finding, announced via a study in the journal Science Advances, is built from the analysis of 17 years of data focused on light signals that appear to be coming from the direction of this newly identified planet. And it’s a planet that offers scientists a rich bounty of opportunity to study another star system — and which might be hospi[..]

James Bond can be ‘of any color,’ but will never be a woman, says longtime film exec

With Daniel Craig set to leave the James Bond franchise after the April release of No Time to Die, there’s been a lot of discussion and debate surrounding who might be chosen to play the next iteration of the iconic British spy. Some potential names being floated at the moment include Tom Hardy and Idris Elba. While it remains to be seen who ultimately gets the nod, what we do know for sure is that the next person to play 007 will not be a woman. In fact, the role of 007 will never be played by a woman, acc[..]

Anker wireless headphones with 3-week battery life are on sale for $29.99

How long would you say you listen to music each day on your headphones? An hour? Maybe two or three hours? Let’s call it three to be on the safe side — maybe you commute for an hour and a half each way to and from work. If that’s the case then the Anker Soundcore Life Q10 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones will last you a whopping 20 days before they need to be recharged. That’s more than 3 weeks if we’re talking just Monday through Friday! They also pack terrific sound quality and deep bass, and you can pick up[..]

Alexa smart plugs are only $5.25 a piece in this Amazon sale

If you want to add app control, Alexa control, Google Assistant compatibility, or smart home integration via IFTTT to any of the dumb devices in your house, now is the time to do it. Amazon is running a sale that gets you a 4-pack of KMC WIFI MiNi Smart Plugs for just $20.99, which is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen. That’s just $5.25 per smart plug, and they can cost up to $30 each if you buy them from big brands! This deal could sell out fast, so check it out while you still can. Here’s the scoop[..]

Best Angle Grinder For Tough Household Jobs

Buying a house for the first time can be an extremely exciting but daunting task. Having to go through aspects like picking the one you like, the paperwork, and the bidding can be stressful. Plus, this is all before you may have to do any fixing up to aspects of the house itself. If the home you are purchasing needs some work done, you better have the tools to do it. Having an angle grinder at your disposal will help you with a lot of different tasks around the house, including grinding, cutting, sharpening[..]

What to watch on Netflix in January: 10 surprisingly good movies and shows you might’ve missed

Honestly, it’s almost impossible at this point not to feel overwhelmed as a Netflix subscriber. Forget Disney+, forget Apple TV+, forget Amazon Prime Video, forget Hulu, and forget all the other streaming services out there. Netflix alone adds so much new content each month that you can’t help but miss some of it. In fact, you probably miss most of it. In January alone, Netflix is adding 53 original series, movies, and specials. Another 53 premiered in December, 73 originals debuted in November, and 67 Netf[..]

Google is finally cutting down on Android app notification overload

For a few months now, Android users have been taking to Reddit and Google Support forums to question the seeming disappearance of Google Play Store notifications that should have notified them of the successful completion of an app update. “I’ve noticed recently that notifications that you have app updates available as well as the notifications saying that an app (was) auto-updated have gone missing,” one Reddit user noted. “I haven’t changed any settings within the play store or for its notifications … Is [..]

Watch the first episode of new anime ‘Pokemon: Twilight Wings’ right here

If you just didn’t get enough of the Galar region as you battled your way through Pokemon Sword and Shield, you’re in luck. On Wednesday, The Pokemon Company published the first episode of a limited animated series on YouTube called Pokemon: Twilight Wings, which takes place in the same region as the Switch games. “John is a young boy who’s been hospital-bound from an early age,” reads the description of the first episode. “Ever since he saw his first Pokémon battle on TV, he’s been a big fan of Champion Le[..]

Here’s when you can watch SpaceX blow up a rocket (on purpose!)

In its pursuit of revolutionizing many aspects of the space industry, SpaceX has never been shy about its failures. In fact, it’s made a habit of celebrating them at every opportunity, casually poking fun at all of its own shortcomings, many of which resulted in rockets exploding when they definitely weren’t supposed to. Next week, a SpaceX rocket is going to explode again, only this time it will be on purpose. The company is currently planning an in-flight abort test for January 18th which will see a Space[..]

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $20 AirPods rivals, $25 Fire Stick 4K, $16 Wi-Fi extender, $6 smart plugs, more

Welcome to a special weekend edition of our daily deals roundup, because saving a bunch of money on popular products is definitely the best way to start off your weekend. Highlights from Saturday’s roundup include Amazon’s best-selling Wi-Fi range extender with 20,000 5-star ratings for just $15.99, the upgraded Wi-Fi extender model that’s more than twice as fast for $22.99, a rare sale that gets you $60 PlayStation Plus 12-month codes for only $44.99 (that matches Black Friday’s price!), a special deal onl[..]

Southwest Airlines fans, this is the credit card offer of your dreams

BGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. BGR and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers. Please note: the offers mentioned below are subject to change at any time and some may no longer be available. I don’t know about you all, but I’m already making plans for my next vacation and trip out of town. Yes, it’s only the beginning of the year, the weather is miserable in some places and this isn’t exactly vacation season yet. But that hasn’t stopped myri[..]

The 15 most-streamed TV series this week, including one big surprise

Well, it finally happened. After dominating our lists each week of the most-binged services from the top streaming services, Disney+’s The Mandalorian has finally been bumped off of the #1 spot. The service’s new live-action Star Wars series has been a viral streaming juggernaut ever since its debut in November — but, unfortunately, fans will have to wait until an unspecified date “later this year” for the show’s sophomore season to arrive. Meantime, which streaming series has taken the place of The Mandalo[..]

Use the same $9 trick as professional car detailers to get your interior spotless

If you’ve ever gotten your car detailed, you undoubtedly marveled at how spotless your interior was when you got your car back. You were probably also so annoyed when your dash and other surfaces were covered with dust just a few days later. We’re going to let you in on a little secret: it’s shockingly easy to get your car interior just as clean as it is after professional car detailers clean it. The get it spotless by using a tool like TICARVE Cleaning Gel for Car Detailing, and you can get it for yourself[..]

This is why Xbox Series X won’t have exclusive games at launch

Microsoft may have fallen behind Sony during the most recent console generation, but as the launch of the new Xbox Series X approaches, the company appears to have a cohesive vision that could make it much more competitive over the next five to ten years. Although the home console isn’t going anywhere (at least not any time soon), Microsoft has already begun to redefine the gaming industry with the launch of services like Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud. In the months to come, gaming on Xbox won’t actuall[..]

Leaker says a lot of what we think we know about the PlayStation 5 is wrong

The PlayStation 5 will be one of the most anticipated products of the year, a next-gen console that will deliver impressive performance thanks to a combination of CPU, GPU, and SSD storage that will make the device faster and more responsive than any of its predecessors. However, Sony is yet to reveal the nitty-gritty details surrounding the PS5. Sony had a chance to unveil new PS5 details at CES 2020 earlier this week but chose not to. The company did show us the new PS5 logo though, and it also recapped t[..]

The first official image of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2 just leaked

I wasn’t very happy about it last year when I had to say “I told you so” to Samsung fans, but it was inevitable. Believe me, I would have loved to see Samsung release a fantastic foldable smartphone last year with a smart design and solid build quality. But as I have explained several times over the past year, that’s not what Samsung does with first-generation mobile products. It rushes them out and screws them up. Badly. I’ve seen it happen time and time again, and that’s why I was able to state definitive[..]

The Pixel 4 feature that Google copied from Apple isn’t working for some users

Google unveiled the Pixel 4 signature features months ahead of the phone’s launch, confirming rumors that said the phone will be Google’s first handset to support 3D face recognition. At the time, Google also announced that its face unlock system would use a novel approach, relying on Soli radar chips to enhance the functionality, and suggested that its Face ID alternative might be better than alternatives. Once the Pixel 4 was launched, users discovered that face unlock had one critical flaw when compared [..]

Jupiter keeps flinging space rocks at Earth

Jupiter has long been credited with protecting the inner solar system from pesky asteroids and other objects that could potentially cause a problem for us here on Earth. That theory has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, and some researchers are now arguing that the opposite is actually true, and that the mighty gas giant is actually flinging space rocks toward the inner solar system rather than protecting us against them. As Gizmodo reports, Kevin Grazier has done a lot of work in this field, [..]

People are using man’s best friend to help find and save wildlife from the Australia fires

The pictures and video depicting the damage caused by the terrible ongoing fires in Australia are heart-wrenching, but the scale of the damage as reflected in the data almost boggles the mind. For example, consider the fact that according to the wildlife conservation organization WWF, more than 10 million hectares of Australian land has been burned, at least 26 people have died and more than 2,000 homes have been lost. Also, the fires have killed more than 1 billion animals thus far, according to the organi[..]

Are Samsung phones and tablets really running Chinese spyware?

“Chinese Spyware Pre-Installed on All Samsung Phones (& Tablets)” declares the title of a post from earlier this week that’s kicked up quite a storm on Reddit. In it, the author launches into an analysis of a utility in Samsung’s Device Care mobile application — specifically, the storage scanner feature inside the application (which can’t be removed by the user). The scanner is useful, in that it can find unnecessary files junking up your phone and remove them to free up space. The problem, though, is that [..]

Best Mortal and Pestle for the Spices in Your Kitchen

Homemade food isn’t really homemade if you aren’t using your own spices. While that may be a bit of a stretch, creating your own spices and herbs can really put the finishing touches on a meal and give you a sense of what you could be missing in your food. If you’re someone who loves spicy food, being able to grind those peppers and create some chili flakes can kick your food up a notch, both in taste and heat. In order to achieve this, you’re going to want a mortal and pestle. This gives you a vessel and a[..]

How Marvel almost ruined the most heartbreaking scene in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

The moment you see Thanos’s significantly injured body in the first act of Avengers: Endgame, you recognize the devastating force of the Infinity Stones. If Thanos can barely survive using them, who will be the Avenger powerful enough to undo the snap? Because, if there’s one thing you know going into Endgame, is that a member of the team will bring everyone back. Then, when Hulk steps up and is quite hurt after snapping everyone back into existence. But it turns out that the effects of the Infinity Stones,[..]

Samsung didn’t just copy Apple at CES 2020, it also blatantly lied

Samsung did something during its CES 2020 presentation a few days ago that everyone in tech noticed. The company stole a well-known image of a signature iPhone feature and used it to show off its own products. The Face ID icon, which Apple associated with the 3D facial recognition feature it introduced in 2017 with the iPhone X, showed up during Samsung’s press event and left everyone in the audience confused. And soon enough, everyone criticized Samsung for blatantly copying Apple yet again — even some of [..]

Forcing a smile at work leads to drinking at home, study suggests

Most of us have at least one service industry job on our resume, and many of us have several. Whether it was food service, slinging clothes at the mall, or any other customer-facing position, one thing is universally true of virtually all service jobs: Plastering a fake smile across your face is almost always mandatory. It doesn’t seem like a big deal at the time, and faking a smile as you’re taking care of a long line of customers is usually pretty easy. However, a new study suggests that all that fake smi[..]

‘The Lord of the Rings: Gollum’ is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X in 2021

Back in March 2019, developer Daedalic Entertainment announced it was working on a new Lord of the Rings game set for release in 2021. At the time, the studio said the game would launch on PC and “all relevant console platforms at that time,” but speaking with Edge magazine for its February 2020 issue, Daedalic has confirmed that The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will indeed be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch next year. In addition to being one of the first studios to announce a multiplatform game [..]

You won’t believe how many best-selling Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox games are discounted today

It’s rare that we can conclusively say that there’s one gaming deal available today that is the single best gaming deal out there, but such is the case on Wednesday. Head over to Amazon and you can pick up a $60 PlayStation Plus 12-Month Membership Digital Code for only $44.99. You can even buy a few while they’re on sale and add as many years as you like to your current PS Plus balance. Of course, there are plenty of other great gaming deals out there today, and we’re going to shift our focus to games. If [..]

Sony’s $350 noise cancelling headphones were $278 for Black Friday – today they’re only $251

When it comes to noise cancelling headphones, most people agree that the Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are the best of the best. Heck, even Bose fans who try them agree that there’s simply nothing else out there like Sony’s proprietary noise cancellation technology. These premium headphones command a premium price of $350, and they were wildly popular ahead of the holidays when they dropped to $278. But if you get the international version right now on Amazon, you’ll pay even less than[..]

Surprise sale slashes the Fire TV Stick 4K back down to Black Friday’s all-time low price

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K dropped from $50 to $24.99 during Black Friday and Cyber Week, and it flew off the virtual shelves. In fact, Amazon confirmed that it was among the best-selling products on the retailer’s entire site during that time span. Did you miss that killer deal? Or do you wish you bought more than one so you can use them in additional rooms or hold onto them to give as gifts? Well, today is your lucky day. Amazon just kicked off a surprise sale that slashes the Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Me[..]

Even the world’s top Samsung insider can’t believe how blatantly Samsung just copied Apple

When Samsung first started making smartphones, they were awful. You might not remember, they were flat-out terrible. At the time, iPhones had already been out for a while and it was becoming increasingly apparent that Apple’s smartphones were turning the industry on its head. Samsung was smart enough to recognize this while other smartphone companies like Nokia and BlackBerry just shrugged it off, which is why those companies’ smartphone businesses have completely collapsed. Rather than try to swim against [..]

Police say someone attacked a Walmart with bedbugs

There’s something very strange going on in the Walmart store in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. It’s a story with a number of bizarre twists and lots and lots of tiny little bugs. So strap in, because things are about to get weird. It all started this past weekend when employees of the Walmart store claimed they found at least one pill bottle that appeared to contain insects. The bottle was found inside a jacket that was still on the rack, suggesting that someone had slipped the bottle in and then left. The bottle [..]

Tesla is now the most valuable US automaker in history

With Tesla shares on something of a historic run, the company earlier today became the most valuable car company the US has ever seen. This is something of a remarkable achievement given all of the turmoil Tesla has found itself in over the past few years. From a seemingly endless number of production problems to a handful of controversies involving Elon Musk, Tesla has impressively moved past all that in a relatively short period of time. Two and a half months ago, Tesla shares were trading at $254. Today,[..]

Astronomers hear repeating radio burst from nearby galaxy

Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs for short, are something of an anomaly for astronomers. We’ve been able to detect these powerful blasts of radio energy from distant locations in space, but nobody really knows for sure what causes them. FRBs are often one-hit wonders, appearing in an instant and then never are heard from again. One FRB in particular, labeled FRB 121102, is famous for repeatedly showing up, and researchers have been studying it for some time. Now, a new repeating FRB has appeared on scientists’ ra[..]

A new leak gives us another reason to be excited about Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2

The Galaxy Fold 2 will be unveiled in about a month, as Samsung has confirmed its first Unpacked press event of the year will take place on February 11th. The Galaxy S11 will be one of the best Android phones of the first half of the year, but we have more and more reasons to believe the Galaxy Fold 2 might turn out to be a worthy purchase as well, especially when compared with its predecessor. The Galaxy Fold turned out to be an embarrassment for Samsung, but a new leak makes the Fold 2 sound exciting to a[..]

Sonos sues Google for patent infringement and wants a ban on key Google hardware

Sonos dropped a bomb on Google while the latter was busy with all things CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, with the audio company bringing two separate but related legal actions against the search giant over allegations that Google copied its speaker technology — and then used that edge to bring less expensive speakers to market and give Google a leg up in the smart speaker wars. Sonos filed its actions in two venues — in federal court as well as with the International Trade Commission, the latter being whe[..]

Watch live right here at 1PM as Dell shows off its Nintendo Switch copycat and more at CES 2020

CES Media Days might be over, but there’s still at least one more press conference you might want to tune in for this week. Dell has brought a ton of new products and concepts to CES 2020, and we should have a chance to see some of them in action when the company takes the stage at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Tuesday. As was the case with many of the big name brands at the show this year, Dell revealed many of its products ahead of time. Last week, we got an early look at the new XPS 13 laptop with its 4-sided In[..]