How to turn off autoplay on Netflix trailers

There are few more horrifying experiences than finishing a show you have spent days, weeks, or even months breathlessly enjoying, only to be fed with a garishly loud preview immediately after the final credits of your beloved show is wrapped. Instead of sitting, thoughtfully, and considering what you just spent hours of your life watching, a new preview automatically plays at the end of your show. 

Or, maybe you’re tired of browsing Netflix and having previews of shows you have no interest in immediately sounding off through your speakers. Maybe you didn’t really want to hear the drama of Shadow and Bone blasting across the room at you while you try to find the next episode of The CircleRead more…

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Simone Giertz used to make useless inventions, then she beat Tesla to the Cybertuck

From the robots that fail miserably at their jobs to the robots dealing with our literal crap, Mashable’s Crappy Robots dives into the complex world of automation — for better or worse or much, much worse.

The inventor once known as the “Queen of Shitty Robots,” tells us why she stopped making purposefully dumb machines and what she’s up to now. Read more…

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How to watch Google I/O 2021

Google I/O is back, baby. This year it’s virtual, it’s free, and everyone is invited. 

The developer conference will be held online this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Viewers can tune into Google’s
YouTube channel on May 18 at 1 p.m. ET to watch the keynote kick things off. 

The full list of event programs for the three days are detailed on the master schedule. These include updates on Android, Google Pay, and interactive Q&A’s with various developers. 

Generally, I/O reveals software announcements surrounding new Google apps and services, but it’s also been used to reveal new hardware. After a year off, we’re hoping to get some seriously impressive goods. Read more…

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Tesla owner keeps using Autopilot from backseat—even after being arrested

A San Francisco Tesla owner keeps ignoring the limitations of the electric car’s Autopilot feature.

Earlier this week, 25-year-old Param Sharma was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving after being spotted riding across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) had received a report about someone sitting in the backseat of a Tesla Model 3.

CHP officials in Oakland pulled him over and arrested him. Before this week’s arrest, he’d been spotted around the Bay Area in different Tesla Model 3s. And he was always in the backseat with his foot on the wheel while the car was driving with Autopilot engaged. Read more…

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3 new Echo Show devices are now available for preorder

Check out all the new Amazon Echo Device available for preorder as of May 13:

New Echo Show devices are now available for preorder. 

You’ll find an updated Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8 and a never-before-seen Echo Show 5 Kids in this fresh lineup. The second generation Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 will focus on making your video calls clearer, smoother, and more intuitive, and the Echo Show 5 Kids gives parents a slew of controls over their child’s usage.  Read more…

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Here's everything you need to know to use YouTube Shorts, the new TikTok competitor

After months of testing its TikTok competitor in India and a limited beta rollout in the states, YouTube is finally launching YouTube Shorts for everyone in the U.S.

So now you might be asking yourself…what is YouTube Shorts in the first place? And how do I use it? It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and it offers yet another way for you to connect with your favorite creators.

Allow Mashable to break it all down for you.

What is YouTube Shorts?

YouTube Shorts is basically the platform’s attempt to take on TikTok, the hugely popular short-form video app. 

However, unlike TikTok, YouTube Shorts is not a standalone service. You won’t find a YouTube Shorts app in the App Store or on Google Play. YouTube Shorts instead lives within the service’s main mobile app. To use it, just open up the YouTube app you already have on your smartphone. Scroll down slightly, and you’ll see a “Shorts” section. Read more…

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So your kid needs a laptop — here's what you should know

The learning experience is fundamentally different for kids now than it was even for today’s 20-somethings — especially for elementary and middle schools. A lot of that change can be attributed to laptops.

The Covid-induced school closures that spanned 2020 cemented the cruciality of a kid having easy access to a laptop at home. Both teachers and parents were forced to make online learning work — and now that the groove has been found, a hybrid model may just be the future for some classrooms even after pandemic protections are a thing of the past.

Sheer convenience isn’t the only reason for kids to have a laptop. The importance of access to email and virtual learning platforms like Blackboard while a kid’s not at school can’t be understated (and for a lot of kids, it’s far less intimidating than talking to a teacher IRL.) Digital accessibility to school materials and other resources can cultivate a sense of autonomy and responsibility in students: The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning found that high schoolers who were assigned a laptop were more likely to take notes in class, do internet research, create documents to share, collaborate with their peers on projects, check their grades, and get reminders about due dates or tests.  Read more…

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Microsoft Surface Go 2

Microsoft’s 2-in-1 laptop is a slick studying sidekick that comes with a stylus and an app for scanning whiteboards.

  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Display: 1920 x 1280
  • RAM: 4GB, 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB

$399.99 from Best Buy

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Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo’s true detachable Chromebook has impressive specs for its price, and you don’t need to buy a separate keyboard.

  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 2.03 pounds altogether (0.99 pounds without keyboard)
  • Display: 1920 x 1200
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB

$299 from Best Buy

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Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Visual learners and streaming fans will be psyched on the glorious hi-res screen of this souped-up Chromebook.

  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Weight: 3.02 pounds
  • Display: 2256 x 1504
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB

$629 from Best Buy

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Google Pixelbook Go

The newest Pixelbook is a cool lightweight powerhouse that averts the “clunky Chromebook” rep.

  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Weight: 2.33 pounds
  • Display: 1920 x 1280
  • RAM: 8GB, 16GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

$649 from Amazon

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Apple MacBook Air

The 2020 Air is a real Pro competitor with a Retina display and beefy M1 processing chip.

  • Battery life: 18 hours
  • Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Display: 2560 x 1600
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB, 512GB, configurable up to 2TB

$999 from Amazon

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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

The garaged battery-free pen will be a game changer for both learning and creativity.

  • Battery life: 9.5 hours
  • Weight: 2.98 pounds
  • Display: 1920 x 1200
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC

$499.99 from Amazon

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Dell Chromebook 11 3100

Clumsy kids are in good hands with this spill resistant 2-in-1 that stores everything in the cloud.

  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 2.85 pounds
  • Display: 1366 x 768
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB

$339 from Dell

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Instagram will now let users add pronouns to their profiles

Instagram has added a dedicated space for pronouns to users’ profiles, freeing up some of that precious 150-character bio space for more sparkle emojis.

Announced Tuesday, Instagram’s new feature allows users to display up to four pronouns in faded text next to their profile name. It’s completely optional, so you don’t have to add any at all if you don’t want to, and you can remove or change them at any time.

The feature is a significant addition for gender diverse users, allies, and those exploring their gender identity.

“We are giving people more tools to express themselves on Instagram,” a Facebook company spokesperson told Mashable. “Sharing pronouns has been widely adopted by our community, and with this feature we hope to normalize the adoption further.” Read more…

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Imagine applying for a job with a TikTok

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Ford reveals name of its first electric pickup truck

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