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This Margaritaville frozen drink maker is $50 off at Walmart

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The Margaritaville Bahamas frozen concoction maker shaves and blends to perfection with easy to use buttons.
The Margaritaville Bahamas frozen concoction maker shaves and blends to perfection with easy to use buttons.

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TL;DR: You can get a versatile Margaritaville Bahamas frozen concoction maker on sale for $149.99 at Walmart, a $50 savings on its usual price.

Jimmy Buffett is a name synonymous with unironic Hawaiian print shirts, a fandom of “Parrotheads,” and of course Margaritaville — both the earworm anthem and the vacation hotspot with a kitschy menu. The founding father of every Floridian retiree’s subculture also created a line of Margaritaville frozen blenders so you can it can live out a motto of “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” in the comfort of your own home, proving not all heroes wear capes — and some don’t even wear shoes on stage. 

Anyway, you can head to Walmart to get a Margaritaville Bahamas frozen concoction maker for $149.99, a savings of $50 off its usual price tag, just in time for the dog days of summer.

The Bahamas blender features 400 watts of power and a specialized control to both shave and blend ice for the perfect consistency every time. Designed with a 36-ounce shatterproof jar and an ice reservoir that can hold up to a pitcher of ice, you can keep your party going with icy, blended beverages at the ready. Of course, what you blend is entirely up to you — which means non-alcoholic snow cones, slushies, and daiquiris are all possible, too.  

Head to Walmart to get a Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker for $50 off and then maybe grill up a “Cheeseburger In Paradise” to go with it. (Sorry, it had to be done.)

A new anti-robocalling bill is headed to the House floor

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is sending a bill to help end the onslaught of unwanted robocalls to the floor, an issue that both chambers of Congress have made a priority this session.

The bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act would outlaw a slate of methods fraudsters use to scam consumers over the phone and through text. If approved, the bill would make it easier for the government to go after the fraudsters and issue tougher penalties. The Federal Communications Commission would also need to update what it considers a “robocall,” which would require more businesses to obtain consent from customers before making robotic calls.

“The American people are fed up with robocalls,” Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) said. “Who can blame them – an estimated 47 billion robocalls were made last year. That’s outrageous. Today this Committee will provide some much needed relief.”

If approved, the bill would also demand that carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile start deploying the call authentication protocols SHAKEN/STIR. The protocols would work to help consumers distinguish whether a call is coming from a real caller by placing a message in the caller ID confirming the call is authentic. The bill also requires that call-blocking tech be implemented without an additional charge to consumers.

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act follows the Senate’s TRACED Act spearheaded by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA), which is awaiting a vote in the House. The TRACED Act would create an interagency task force to address the issue and extend the FCC’s statute of limitations for going after these robocallers. The Senate’s bill was criticized by consumer advocates for not going far enough, and the House’s legislation pushes consumer protections further.

Now, both bills just need a vote on the House floor before heading to the president’s desk.

Arboleaf Bluetooth scale is on sale for less than $30 on Amazon

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Keep track of weight, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and more from the palm of your hand.
Keep track of weight, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and more from the palm of your hand.

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TL;DR: The Arboleaf Bluetooth Body Fat Scale is beloved by Amazon reviewers and it’s $29.98 with a 25% off coupon, saving you $9.99.

Pro tip: If you’re trying to get that summer bod, weight may not be the best indicator of whether you’re healthy or not

It’s time to ditch your old scale and opt for a smart one that measures body fat instead. The Arboleaf Bluetooth Body Fat scale is one of the highest-rated smart scales on Amazon, and it’s less than $30 when you use its 25% off coupon.

Working out regularly, though it burns hella calories, could cause your weight to stay the same or even go up. This is because muscle actually weighs more than fat — so gaining muscle may make you heavier, but it doesn’t mean you’re not progressing.

The Arboleaf Bluetooth scale wants to keep you informed through your fitness journey and can sync  with Apple Health, Google Fit, and the Fitbit app to show you your progress throughout the day. Using four high precision sensors and four sensitive electrodes, Arboleaf graphs 10 body composition essentials: weight, body fat percentage, body type, visceral fat, body water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, BMR, BMI, and metabolic age. The scale can even remember who’s on the scale based on their body composition, so you and others in your house won’t get mixed up.

Amazon customer Steve Lee writes:

“I’ve never owned any devices that measures the body compositions, and the Arboleaf Scale definitely do it for me. I started using the scale as soon as it arrived and the process in pairing the scale to the app was easy. I can see my weight, body fat, BMI and so on. The composition results made me aware of my eating and motivated me to do more exercises. I loved this product. A must have for every home.”

Regularly $39.98, you can save $9.99 with the 25% off coupon and grab the scale for $29.98.

Instagram wants opening your DMs to feel like ‘walking into a party’

It’s incredible that Kaitlyn Tiffany and I haven’t yet asked why people slide into other people’s direct messages, but that ends today. On this week’s episode of Why’d You Push That Button?, we want to hear love stories and stories of failed courtship attempts. We ask why people slide into DMs, and then we process how the direct message’s connotation has changed over time.

We chat with our friend Blake who has slid into multiple DMs, as well as Tasbeeh Herwees, who called DMs the “new little black book” in MEL. Then we talk to a man named Thomas who met his boyfriend on Twitter through the DMs. We love love!

Finally, we take all our questions and thoughts to Connor Hayes, the director of product for Instagram messaging, who explains what the company has seen when it comes to DM behavior and what the future looks like for DMs. Notably, he says that Instagram wants to feel like a cool party where you can talk to all your friends, especially once Facebook merges all its messaging products together. This intimidates me, to be honest. Sometimes I don’t want to be at a party.

“If we do our job well, at the end of the day Instagram, when you open it up, is going to feel a lot more like walking into a party and hanging out with your friends than it is today, and we see messaging as a big part of that,” he says.

Listen to the episode above, and you can subscribe to the show anywhere you typically get your podcasts. To make it easy for you, we’ve also got our usual places linked: Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and our RSS feed.

Southwest offers free mileage points when you let a stranger rent your car

It’s rare to get airline points outside of credit card plans, tedious consumer surveys, or, you know, booking flights and flying. So a new offer from Southwest Airlines and car-sharing app Turo feels like the ultimate cheat.

Starting this week, if you either book a car through the car-sharing platform or rent out your car on the service, you get points on Southwest’s reward program, Rapid Rewards. 

The program offers 2,000 Rapid Reward (RR) points for your first Turo car booking and then 500 RR points for every trip after your first. The big doozy is 10,000 Rapid Rewards points for signing up as a host and having someone book your car for a rental. 

A one-way Southwest flight to San Diego from San Francisco this weekend starts at about 9,000 Rapid Rewards points. The Turo offers end on Oct. 15.

Last year, Lyft rides were available through the Southwest app, but those ride-hail trips didn’t earn you miles or reward points.

Usually airlines throw in deals for traditional car rentals through agencies like Hertz when you book a flight, but this is encouraging a new way to get around: Renting a stranger’s car. 

Try it, you might like it. 

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