Fortnite gamers are motivated, not addicted

The World Health Organisation officially classifies gaming addiction as a disorder. The recent classification sought to address the growing use of digital technologies where people turn to electronic devices at the expense of other things such as work (or school), friendships and socializing. But evidence to support the idea that players are addicted to video games is lacking. The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) strongly opposed the classification “as clearly prejudicial against gaming as a hobby and interest” and for a “broad” terminology. But both parties seem to agree on one thing: more and more people are choosing to play…

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Somebody bought $1 million worth of toys for local kids as Toys ‘R’ Us closed for good

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A kind samaritan made the closure of Toys ‘R’ Us a little easier for the children of North Carolina who don’t wanna grow up. 

The future youth of America will never know the overwhelming feeling of joy while running through the aisles of the giant toy chain. After filing for bankruptcy in September, more than 700 Toys ‘R’ Us stores will be closing for good on Friday.

An anonymous person purchased $1 million worth of toys from a Toys ‘R’ Us in Raleigh, North Carolina, local outlet CBS 17 reports. The toys will reportedly be donated to local children, according to employees who work at the store.  Read more…

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OnePlus CEO confirms company is in talks with US carriers

OnePlus has found tremendous success in a stalling smartphone market. But it’s always had one major limitation stateside: it’s not available through any US carrier. That could soon be a thing of the past. During an interview with PCMag, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said the company was in discussion with US carriers, though he didn’t specify which. Lau also confirmed OnePlus aims to produce a 5G phone next year. Though buying phones unlocked is common practice around the world, it’s still a rarity in the US, where most people purchase devices via carrier subsidies. OnePlus has been successful with its…

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Keep hair from clogging your drain with TubShroom, on sale now for less than $18

Keep hair from clogging your drain with TubShroom, on sale now for less than $18

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Let us paint a picture for you: You’re in the shower, minding your own business, when, all of the sudden, the bottom of your shower starts to flood with sudsy, used water.

Chances are, there’s probably a lot (and we mean a lot) of hair clogged in your drainUgh.

It doesn’t matter if the hair belongs to you and your spouse – drain hair is disgusting, and the mere thought of pulling it out of our drains makes us nauseous.

The TubShroom and SinkShroom drain protectors were built to save the day. Compatible with your standard shower and sink drains, they feature a mushroom-shaped catcher that keeps hair from clogging up your pipes. Instead of plunging into the dark abyss that is your plumbing system, your hair will wrap neatly around the stem of the device, allowing you to easily pull it out. Read more…

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Lightning-powered app lets you play roulette on the blockchain

Blockchain developers won’t be at peace until every single thing in the world is on blockchain. Or, so it seems. Web developer Rui Gomes has created Lighting Spin – a web app that lets you play roulette over Bitcoin Lightning Network. The app lets you wager anywhere between 1,000 Satoshi (approximately 6¢) to 100,000 Satoshi (approximately $6) per round. All you need to play the game is load your balance using a wallet service with support for the Lightning Network – like Eclair, for instance. You can choose the multiplier you want to wage at. This means that if you…

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15 Bad Hygiene Habits That Are Way Worse Than You Thought

Irregular brushing or flossing your teeth

Dental health care clinic. Close-up of young man's hands is holding a toothbrush and placing toothpaste on it.What would happen if you abandoned your toothbrush and dental floss? “You would first experience swollen, bleeding gums, bad breath, and [you] may develop cavities,” says Natasha Lee, DDS, president of the California Dental Association. Untreated cavities would travel to the nerve, requiring root canals, and debris in your mouth would lead to gum disease, a painless condition that eventually causes your teeth to fall out.

And it gets worse. “There is a growing amount of research that indicates an association between gum disease and other health problems like heart disease and diabetes,” notes Lee. Try these 10 oral hygiene habits for white teeth.

YouTube makes picture-in-picture video (mostly) free for Android users in the US

Quite possibly the best thing about being a YouTube Red/Premium/Google Play Music subscriber is the ability to watch videos in a floating picture-in-picture (PiP) window on my phone. That allows me to continue watching a video while chatting, browsing the web, or doing pretty much any activity. I’ll soon be losing that bragging right. YouTube is bringing PiP video to anyone on Android O within the US, whether you pay for YouTube Premium or not. The change was first spotted by XDA, though it’s since been confirmed in a Google support page. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though. The…

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