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Smart Alarm Clock Pillow Wakes You Up With Gentle Light

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Most alarm clocks are designed with one goal in mind: getting you out of bed each morning. Doing so in a gradual, gentle manner isn’t usually a priority, but the Sunrise Smart Pillow approaches things differently. Instead of shocking you awake with a blaring alarm, the cushion uses built-in LED lights to replicate the natural rays of the rising sun, Engadget reports.

The smart pillow debuted on Kickstarter in April, and it has already surpassed its $50,000 crowdfunding goal 10 times over. The project page promises a product that will “revolutionize your mornings and your nights.”

As soon as your head hits the pillow, sensors embedded in the fabric begin to analyze the quality of your night’s rest. If you were listening to soothing nature noises or using the pillow’s reading light in bed, it will shut off any distractions once it senses you’re asleep. The pillow’s sunrise feature automatically activates in the morning during a light period in your sleep cycle. Before you have a chance to slip back into deep sleep, the lights intensify from dim red to bright white before finally waking you up with your favorite music selection. According to the campaign, “This mimics the natural wake-up process you get when waking up to nature. By controlling when the sun rises in your bedroom, you can minimize fatigue and grogginess every day.” During the day, you can check your profile on the Sunrise Smart Pillow app to see how well you slept the previous night.

Backers have until May 19 to reserve a smart pillow of their own for a pledge of $100 to $200. If the product does eventually hit shelves, it’s expected to retail for $300.

[ h/t Engadget]

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How to Spot the Convincing New Phishing Scam Targeting Netflix Users
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Netflix may send customers the occasional email, but these messages will never ask you to provide them with personal or payment info. You'll want to keep this in mind if you encounter a new phishing scam that The Daily Dot reports is targeting the video streaming service's subscribers in Australia and the UK.

MailGuard, an Australian email security company, was the first to take notice of the fraudulent emails. While similar scams have targeted Netflix users in the past, this current iteration appears to be more convincing than most. At first (and perhaps even second) glance, the messages appear to be legitimate messages from Netflix, with an authentic-looking sender email and the company’s signature red-and-white branding. The fake emails don’t contain telltale signs of a phishing attempt like misspelled words, irregular spacing, or urgent phrasing.

The subject line of the email informs recipients that their credit card info has been declined, and the body requests that customers click on a link to update their card's expiration date and CVV. Clicking leads to a portal where, in addition to the aforementioned details, individuals are prompted to provide their email address and full credit card number. After submitting this valuable info, they’re redirected to Netflix’s homepage.

So far, it’s unclear whether this phishing scheme has widely affected Netflix customers in the U.S., but thousands of people in both Australia and the U.K. have reportedly fallen prey to the effort.

To stay safe from phishing scams—Netflix-related or otherwise—remember to never, ever click on an email link unless you’re 100 percent sure it’s valid. And if you do end up getting duped, use this checklist as a guide to safeguard your compromised data.

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Heated Mats Keep Steps Ice-Free in the Winter
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The first snow of the season is always exciting, but the magic can quickly run out when you remember all the hazards that come with icy conditions. Along with heating bills, frosted cars, and other pains, the ground develops a coat of ice that can be dangerous for pedestrians and drivers alike. Outdoor steps become particularly treacherous and many people find themselves clutching their railings for fear of making it to the bottom headfirst. Instead of putting salt down the next time it snows, consider a less messy approach: heated mats that quickly melt the ice away.

The handy devices are made with a thermoplastic material and can melt two inches of snow per hour. They're designed to be left outside, so you can keep them ready to go for the whole winter. The 10-by-30-inch mats fit on most standard steps and come with grips to help prevent slipping. A waterproof connector cable connects to additional mats so up to 15 steps can be covered.

Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a price: You need to buy a 120-volt power unit for them to work, and each mat is sold separately. Running at $60 a mat, the price can add up pretty quickly. Still, if you live in a colder place where it's pretty much always snowing, it might be worth it.

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