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The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide to Kid Culture: Election Time

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Internet CultureInternet CultureIt’s hard to keep up with internet culture, but don’t worry: Each week we’ll tell you the best of what you need to know.

It’s not just us Olds who are obsessed with the upcoming election. The kids are interested too, even the ones who are too young to vote, but they’re way less likely to get their information from Fox News or CNN, so this week I’m taking a look at how the youngins are seeing our upcoming election/national nightmare.

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TikTok to the polls

While the drama of the day for many of TikTok’s users is no more weighty than a woman charging too much for balloon arrangements, a sizable chunk of the video-sharing service’s users are tuned into politics. Hashtags and grassroots efforts to turn out the vote, like Tok The Vote, feature tons of politically charged videos that have been viewed over 21 million times. (Don’t look if you bleed red; the kids want Biden by an almost ridiculous margin.) TikTok itself has set up a slew of in-app resources to help its users get registered and get voting.

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While earnest online activism and voter guides to congressional candidates are great, political TikTok really shines when it makes fun of how embarrassing old people are. Check out #TrumpDance to see what I mean.

This week in video games: AOC and Among Us take over Twitch 

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit game-streaming site Twitch the other day to play a few casual rounds of Among Us and quickly drew over 400,000 views to her livestream and over five million views (and counting) total. AOC and her congress-pal Ilhan Omar weren’t just killing time; they were on a mission to get the kids to vote. By all accounts, AOC was good at the game, didn’t make it weird, and put on an amusing stream.

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I have two take-aways from the experiment. First, if AOC convinces enough previously uninterested young people vote, Among Us and Twitch could sway the election. Secondly, Among Us is probably over: When congresspeople (even the young, hipster ones) are using your game for political purposes, it’s likely the cool kids have already found the next-big-thing.

Viral video of the week: Borat meets David Dobrik

This week’s viral video features Borat, but it’s not the nightmarish scene in his new movie where Rudy Guiliani “tucks in his shirt” in front of Borat’s daughter. Instead, the kids are sharing a YouTube vid where insanely popular online-star David Dobrik introduces Borat around to his pals. The video, which features Borat wrecking Dobrik’s Tesla and an expensive gumball machine, is a look at how movies are promoted to kids these days. Over four million people have watched the clip since it was posted on October 21, a number that dwarfs any appearance on a late-night talk show.

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This week in movies: The Witches

The Witches is a perfect palate cleanser for kids and adults who are burnt-out on the current political blood bowl. Directed by movie master Robert Zemeckis and based on a story by the great Roald Dahl, The Witches stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci. Like the best of Dahl’s stories, The Witches doesn’t nerf the horror and pain of life to “protect” the kids who watch—the witches are legit scary and the danger and pain feel real and visceral. It’s a must-watch, and you can watch it now on HBO Max.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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