35 gifts teenage boys actually want in 2020

Emilee Geist

Best gifts for teen boys 2020: 35 gifts he actually wants
Best gifts for teen boys 2020: 35 gifts he actually wants

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Know someone who understands how to tell you exactly what they want? If so, they probably aren’t a teenage boy. It’s not exactly controversial to say that teen boys aren’t known for being the most expressive of people. Because of this, people in their lives might be expected to predict their wants and needs, which makes things difficult—especially shopping for presents for said teen boys around the holiday season.

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A direct question might not get you the answer you want (or perhaps any answer at all), but here at Reviewed, we know what to look for. These are the gifts teen

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All the chic apartment decor we’re eyeing during Urban Outfitters’ 40 percent off sale

Emilee Geist

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Nothing is more soothing than walking through the Urban Outfitters home decor section. But if you’re not ready to get back to in-person shopping just yet, you can find all the same atheistically pleasing picks online — and on sale.

Right now, Urban Outfitters has hundreds of decor items on sale for up to 40 percent off.

While the retailer can lean a bit on the pricier side, now is one of the best times to score discounted home upgrades. We’re talking everything home-related — think furniture pieces, gorgeous bedding sets, lighting options, kitchen and bar accessories and more.

We know how important it is to make your

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How Reality Hits Like ‘Survivor,’ ‘The Circle’ and ‘Love Is Blind’ Inspired Online Role-Playing Games During the Pandemic

Emilee Geist

The best reality show I watched this year unfolded not on my TV but through an app on my computer screen. In April, a month into quarantine with no end in sight, some friends asked if I wanted to play a virtual version of “The Circle,” Netflix’s already lockdown-friendly series in which contestants live in separate apartments and communicate solely through texts and social media posts. This version would take place entirely over the messaging platform Discord, with occasional voting and challenges scheduled throughout the weekend. On a Friday, I figured I’d play a couple rounds, talk to a few people and call it a day. By Sunday night’s “season finale,” I was screaming in thrilled anguish on our Zoom reunion call, where I found out I came in second place to an eleventh-hour addition who had the good grace to be embarrassed by his win.

In those first few

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Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora Hybrid Mattress Is a Saving Grace for Hot Sleepers

Emilee Geist

Photo credit: Brooklyn Bedding
Photo credit: Brooklyn Bedding

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There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid Mattress

The Tester: Erica Murphy, a hot sleeper looking for the ultimate cooling mattress

The Brief: My brother has always said to me, “There are two things that are worth spending your money on: shoes and mattresses.” When you think about it, it makes sense. Let’s say that you get an average of 8 hours of sleep per night — that’s 2,900 hours that you’re spending on your mattress every year (not including those weekend Netflix marathons). When mattresses are known to affect the quality of your sleep, it seems like a smart idea

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12 Pieces of Jewelry from Master Designer Shaun Leane are on Sale at Phillips

Emilee Geist

British avant-garde jewelry designer Shaun Leane is out with a limited-edition tome that will celebrate his 20-year-long career and coincides with the launch of an online selling exhibition with Phillips auction house that features 12 pieces of high and fine jewelry from the designer.

The sale, entitled Flawless, also includes pieces from Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Marina B, Maubossin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chaumet, to name a few. Leane’s eponymously titled book, published by ACC Art Books ($75), was originally supposed to coincide with an in-person selling exhibition, but Covid-19 put a wrench in those plans. But for fans of Leane’s work, the sale will still be a unique opportunity to purchase pieces like a pair of feather fan earrings ($17,100) or a gold quill collar necklace ($17,400).

Shaun Leane’s jewelry designs are unmistakeable—the kinds that are so out-of-the-box they leave a lasting impression on the memory. If you

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Meet The Women Decolonizing Sustainable Fashion

Emilee Geist

It’s time to wake up. On Global Day of Climate Action, VICE Media Group is solely telling stories about our current climate crisis. Click here to meet young climate leaders from around the globe and learn how you can take action.

As demand for sustainable fashion grows, so does the need to navigate its myths. Misleading information is everywhere, from corporate greenwashing to the notion that all women are empowered by eco-conscious choices. One of the most prevailing and dangerous misconceptions about green fashion is that it’s a movement conceived by the West and led by white people. Sustainable fashion has let down people of color time and time again, whether through spotlighting majority-white representatives, favoring Western branding as the prevailing and acceptable aesthetic, or absorbing the capitalist notion that it’s a lifestyle to buy your way into.

With strong historical, spiritual, and ancestral relationships with the regenerative power of

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Consumers stock up on ‘nesting’ supplies for winter months

Emilee Geist

After a summer season that saw a run on picnic tables, bikes and pool floats, Americans are facing the prospect of a winter in which Covid-19 is still a threat, social distancing measures remain the norm and indoor gatherings are restricted or banned — all of which have made hot tubs, fire pits and patio heaters literally hot commodities.

Brienne Volpe, an accountant in New Windsor, N.Y., said she hasn’t been able to find patio heaters in stock anywhere.

“The only one that wasn’t on backorder had horrible reviews,” she said. “We’re going to keep looking,” she said, since her two daughters would be able to play outside even when it gets cooler, and she and her husband would be able to socialize in an outdoor and socially distant setting.

“If this goes through the winter, not everybody’s comfortable going inside,” she said. “We actually have a few friends who

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The 45 best and coolest tech gifts of 2020

Emilee Geist

The best tech gifts
The best tech gifts

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve never gotten a techy or tech-adjacent gift I wasn’t excited about—it’s true. Opening up a gift and getting a new pair of headphones or a fun gadget I wasn’t expecting is almost always fun, even if it isn’t something I thought I wanted.

The one caveat to this rule: getting a techy gift that doesn’t… uh… work. That’s the problem with trying to buy a fun new tech gift for a giftee: How do you single out the small margin of great products from the ocean of sub-par stuff? Easy—you check out our picks below. Reviewed tests tech all year long, and this list is chock full of our favorite gadgets.

1. For the binge-watcher: Roku Ultra

Best tech gifts 2019: Roku Ultra
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World’s first commercial hydrogen-powered flight proves the concept, but it still needs the infrastructure

Emilee Geist

Just days after Airbus announced its intentions to hydrogenize its fleet, residents of southern counties in England saw the world’s first commercial hydrogen-powered flight.

According to a Sky News report, the water vapor-emitting flight took place yesterday taking off from an airfield in Bedfordshire, England.

The company behind the plane, ZeroAvia, says the tech needed for a long, zero-emission flight by the end of this decade, is already there. It’s just a case of developing hydrogen infrastructure — something that Airbus’ hydrogen dreams also rely on if they’re to succeed.

[Read: 5 things to know when you’re buying your first electric vehicle]

Luckily, because it’s a small, short journey plane, it doesn’t require as much from infrastructure as huge airline operators like Airbus do, so it stands a greater chance of proving its concept in the current climate.

“It’s not just a question of putting hydrogen-based airplanes and

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two films reveal the faces behind the posts

Emilee Geist

<span>Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

On 13 October 2015, Donald Trump, who had recently announced his run for president, tweeted an image of himself standing at the presidential lectern, his face transmogrified into a green, smug-looking frog, known to certain corners of the internet as Pepe. With hindsight, this strange moment offers a stake in the ground, marking out the point when the meme was invited into mainstream political culture.

This collapse of the virtual and the real seems to have only accelerated since then. Online phenomena are no longer cordoned off in their virtual barriers but regularly pass through the screen to play mischief in the so-called “real world”. Two recent documentaries attempt to explain how this all happened, from two very different perspectives.

The first, Feels Good Man, tracks Pepe’s journey to notoriety from the point of view of its creator, Matt Furie, a sweet-tempered, somewhat credulous California-based illustrator. We

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