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Even this futuristic Boston Dynamics robot can’t make parkour cool

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Somewhere, a solitary suburban teenage boy is impressed.

He’s just watched the latest YouTube video from Boston Dynamics, which shows off the Atlas robot doing some siiiiiiiick parkour moves. The robot can jump over a log (dude!), and up a few platforms (wicked!). 

It’s everything a 14-year-old in 2001 could have hoped for. 

While previous demos from the Boston Dynamics team have inspired a measure of caution in those fearing the robot uprising, this latest addition to the company’s oeuvre doesn’t quite carry the same weight. It does, however, serve to remind us just how dorky parkour is.

So hey, don’t say robots never did anything for you.  

How to functionally abandon email

Let’s face it: Email is a drag. 

Whatever shine unsolicited links and messages once had back in the early days of the internet is long gone. Today, the contents of your inbox are likely closely aligned with that of your cellphone’s voicemail — unwanted and unchecked. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s within your power to functionally give up email. It is surprisingly easy, and feels so, so good.  

First off, let’s all agree that writing and replying to emails is a pain. Even the companies that provide the service know it’s unbearably tedious. Google has tried to make things less burdensome on the senders’ end with Gmail’s Smart Reply and Smart Compose features, and on the receivers’ end with Nudges, but those are just annoying Band-Aids on the festering wound of obligation.  

No new feature can solve the underlying problem of email itself, which is that it exists as a giant to-do list created by other people that’s forever hanging over your head. Some might try to combat this by reaching so-called inbox zero, but that’s just playing your digital taskmasters’ game. 

It is not your obligation or responsibility to make yourself available in the manner that best suits others. 

Don’t do it. 

If you follow a few basic guidelines, mostly opting out is easy. 

You may not have the option of ditching email in your professional life (bummer), but your personal life is hopefully all yours. So let’s focus on that. 

Your first step should be acknowledging the few places where, unfortunately, you need to keep email. Think about when you purchase plane tickets or need to reset an online account’s password. Email here is key. 

But don’t let the fact that you every now and then need to have an email address get you down. 

Remember, you don’t need to open your email except in the few specific situations where you want to — say, for example, when you’re checking into that flight to Hawaii. 

But what about all the other reasons to use email, like paying bills? Unless you’re somehow paying bills directly via email, you don’t really need an email account. Cell phone bills can be paid automatically, and your power and water bills are likely due on the same day each month. Set a calendar reminder on your phone and pay them online like you would anyway. 


That brings us to the slightly stickier issue of other people. There are two approaches here: The auto reply or the email signature. If you just want to wash your hands of the entire thing, consider setting up an auto response that goes something like this: “This email address is no longer in use. Please get in touch by other means. If the matter is urgent, text or call me.”

This accomplishes several things at once. First, it lets the person who emailed you know that you will not see their message. Second, it pushes the person to other channels of communication that are not email. Do you frequently text, exchange phone calls, or Signal with the person? Well then, they can just hit you up that way. 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it acts as a de facto filter. If the sender has no other way of getting hold of you other than email — they don’t know your cell number, Twitter handle, mailing address, landline, whatever — then maybe they’re not that close to you in the first place. And hell, if it’s really important, they’ll figure it out. 

However, if you can’t fathom walking away from your inbox altogether, you can still reduce its power over you by checking it less frequently. Like, a lot less. Try once a week (at most). This is where the email signature comes in. 

Create an email signature that lets the recipient of your response (because you should never be initiating email chains) know the account is checked super infrequently, and that if the matter is urgent they should text or call you. Again, do not put your phone number in the email signature. If they don’t have your phone number? Well, whatever. There’s a little thing called the White Pages. 

It is not your obligation or responsibility to make yourself available in the manner that best suits others. If people need to contact you, they will — email or no. 

From phones, to Facebook, to Twitter DMs, to Slack, we are already overloaded with communication channels. Cutting one loose won’t break your life. In fact, it might just significantly improve it. 

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8 of the best pillows for a good night’s sleep

Can’t catch up on ZZZs? We’re here to help you find the best pillow for optimal comfort, body support, and sleep style.


Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.

Achieving a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy. Busy schedules, frequent stress, and bad rest environments can be culprits for sleep troubles. And it’s more common than you think. 

According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder. If your sleepless nights are taking a toll on your health, it might be time for you to buy a new pillow. 

Pillows nowadays come with many not-so-basic features, including hypoallergenic materials, anti-wicking fabrics, and memory foam technologies for head, neck, and shoulder support. With so many options, it can be hard to find the right fit. Before you buy a pillow, there are a few things you might want to consider. 

Bed size: Whether you have a twin, full, queen, or king sleeping arrangement, make sure a pillow complements the size of your bed. You don’t want a pillow that will get lost in a mountain of sheets or take up too much space. Most pillows come in multiple sizes, so check size compatibility first before you make a purchasing decision. 

Sleep style: Are you more of a back, side, or stomach sleeper? Keep your sleep style in mind when you’re looking for a pillow. Some pillows vary when it comes to firmness, so you want to be comfortable and pain-free while you rest. 

Body support: Speak with your chiropractor or physician before choosing a pillow. If you have head, neck, shoulder, or back pain, you’ll want to opt for pillow that will provide ample support and alleviate pressure. Steer clear of pillows that are too soft, because they might cause more aches. 

Materials: Bamboo-derived rayon, memory foam, and down are common materials that you’ll find in pillows. If you’re considering a particular brand, check to see if their products have hypoallergenic features. If your pillow resists common allergens, including dust mites and mold, you’ll most likely have an easier time breathing and sleeping in your room. Plus, some pillows are made with sustainable materials, so that’s a plus for your wellness and the environment. 

Maintenance: Pillows are supposed to be convenient solutions for sleep troubles. If a pillow isn’t easy to clean, skip it and see your other options. You’ll want to opt for a pillow that’s spot-cleanable or laundry-friendly for seamless maintenance. It also helps to find a pillow with a good warranty policy or guarantee policy, however not all brands offer them with their products.

Whether you sleep on your back, on your side, or stomach, there’s a pillow out there to help you sleep better. Here are our top eight picks for the best pillows. 

Great for most sleep positions • Materials increase air circulation and breathability • Edge-to-edge neck support • Case is machine-washable
Can have a slight odor a few days after purchase
Sleep better with Coop Home Goods’ Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, because it packs in all the perks for breathability, comfort, and design.

1. Coop Home Goods Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

Breathability, comfort, and design make the Coop Home Goods’ Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow a top pick if you need to improve your quality of sleep.

  • Dimensions:
    Standard (17.9 x 6.8 x 6.1 inches), Queen (18 x 6 x 6 inches), and King (17.9 x 6.5 x 6.3 inches)
  • Materials:
    Bamboo-derived viscose rayon and polyester
  • Sleep factor:
    Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
If you’ve been dreaming of a good night’s sleep, Coop Home Goods’ Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow is a top pick for breathability, comfort, and design. 
Its fabric, which is made of bamboo-derived viscose rayon and polyester, increases breathability while you rest. Coop Home Goods’ Eden memory foam is shredded to prevent clumping and provide you with better air circulation. Plus, a cooling gel memory foam keeps you at a comfortable temperature, so you won’t sweat or feel too hot in bed. 
Comfort is another plus of this pillow, because you’ll get the proper neck support while you sleep. The edges of the pillow slope together and fill gets pushed out to the area under your neck to keep you cozy and pain-free. 
Back, side, and stomach sleepers will appreciate this pillow as well. Its adjustable design features an outer cover and a zippered liner, so you can add or remove fill from the pillow to accommodate your favorite sleep position. 
Coop Home Goods has a 100-day money back guarantee for this pillow, so if you’re unsatisfied,you can return it for a full refund. 
If you’re still not convinced to click “buy” yet, see what other people had to say about its features. 
Patricia B, an Amazon customer, writes:

“I had purchased a body pillow by Coop Home Goods and it was just incredible: the right balance of full and flexible, soft but not mushy. I have no clue why I decided that buying FIVE other pillows from other places was a good idea: My Pillow (too small not supportive), My Pillow Plus (too big but then it just mooshed down), the “amazing” bamboo pillow, a pillow from Berkeley Sleep Systems, yet another foam pillow that let you adjust the amount of foam. They were either lacking in enough support or ended up feeling like sleeping on an immovable rock. Because NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE will use this pillow but me.”

And janf, another Amazon reviewer, says:

“I purchased two king Eden pillows and received them a couple of weeks ago. When I opened the packages, the pillows plumped up quickly on their own but I did put them in the dryer, one at a time, with a dryer sheet for a few minutes. There was very little odor that diminished within a day or so and was certainly not unpleasant nor did it interfere with our sleep. That info is in the description so we expected it. We did not have to remove any filling because the “fit” was perfect. They are soft enough to be comfortable and firm enough not to flatten out so that’s a big plus. My husband can fall asleep quickly and now I do as well.” 

Great for side sleepers • Contours head and neck for support • Perforation pattern reduces moisture • Easy to clean
Not good for back or stomach sleepers • Might not be thick enough for certain rest preferences
Side sleepers will appreciate Brookstone’s BioSense 2-in-1 Shoulder Pillow, which contours their head and neck for pain-free resting.
Side sleeper? Brookstone’s BioSense 2-in-1 Shoulder Pillow is your best rest companion for its pressure-relieving support, head and neck contouring, and cooling air flow. 
Specially made for side sleepers, this two-in-one pillow is soft on the outside and has lightweight support outside. Its outer cover is filled with Better Than Down microfill that’s hypoallergenic, while the inside has a BioSense memory foam core that contours your head and neck and offers pressure-relieving support. Perforation patterns in the memory foam keep moisture at bay and support cooling air flow. You’ll be able to sleep comfortably on your side without tossing or turning at night. 
Did we mention that this pillow is easy to clean? Just remove the microfiber cover and place in the laundry for seamless maintenance. Plus, its BioSense memory foam is made with charcoal, green tea, and seed oil to neutralize odors. 
Brookstone has a one-year limited warranty for its products, but you’ll have to contact their warranty service for authorization on repairs and replacements. 
Wren Caulfield, an Amazon reviewer, writes:

“Have had this pillow only two nights, so I can’t speak to longevity, but it’s NEARLY the perfect pillow for a side sleeper. I have searched high and low for a pillow that doesn’t cause me to sleep with my shoulder smashed up to my ear. This thing is perfect (or nearly so–I’ll get to that in a minute) because the core is firm, but the top layer is soft–no sore ears and no smashed shoulders! My only complaint is that it’s not quite thick enough. BUT, it unzips, so I’ve hacked it by adding two one-inch layers of regular-old foam (got at the craft store), cut to the same shape as the memory foam, and squeezed in under the memory foam.” 

Great for back sleepers • Neck roll cushion for back support • Promotes proper head, neck, shoulder, and spine alignment • Specially made for back sleepers that shift to their side • 30-day money back guarantee
Not good for side or stomach sleepers • Not machine-washable
Back sleepers who can’t rest well will find Nature’s Guest Cervical Support Pillow a major help for pain relief and proper body alignment.
Back sleepers who need a better night’s sleep will like Nature’s Guest Cervical Support Pillow, which promotes cervical support and allows customizable firmness. 
As a top pick for this sleeping position group, this pillow’s contoured design provides proper head, neck, and spine alignment. Recommended by some chiropractors, it features a neck roll cushion for added back support. It’s specially made for back sleepers who also shift to their side and its gusseted edges help you move easily during sleep. 
You can also customize firmness from soft to medium. Unzip the pillow to access the filling and you can adjust the filling in the neck roll area and side sleeping areas to make it more comfortable.
Even though this pillow is not laundry-friendly, it can be hand-washed if there are any leaks, spills, or stains. 
Nature’s Guest does provide a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you’re not happy with the pillow, you can return it within a month of purchase for a full refund. 
Amazon customer rcpmom writes: 

“I have three bulging discs and many bone spurs for a long time. I had been in severe pain since November. Nothing helped. I have tried so many pillows I’ve lost count. Four nights on this pillow and my neck pain is pretty much gone, was greatly improved after one night. It is comfortable to sleep on. Fill does move around, I have to push it back to the center and the neck support rolls about every two nights but it is worth it. I fell asleep on it right away the first night. Usually takes me several nights to get used to a new pillow. It cradles your head nicely. It can be flipped or turned around. Thank you, Nature’s Guest. I was getting desperate to find something that helped.”

Great for stomach sleepers • Low-profile design for neck pain relief • 30-day money back guarantee and one-year warranty • Cover is removable and machine-washable
Not great for back and side sleepers
Stomach sleepers can rest easy with TruContour’s Super Thin Memory Foam Pillow, which offers a low profile design and medical-grade memory foam for much needed shut-eye.
Stomach sleepers, rejoice. TruContour’s Super Thin Memory Foam Pillow is here to help you rest easy on your bellies. 
This low-profile, super thin pillow is perfect for stomach sleepers who want to reduce neck discomfort and improve posture. A medical-grade memory foam material provides good comfort and support, so you won’t have to worry about the pillow sagging or wearing out. 
Breathability is another benefit of this pillow. Its double-knit cover is made with certified organic cotton and promotes greater airflow while you sleep. 
Have allergies? No worries. The pillow and its cover are made with hypoallergenic materials, so they won’t attract dust mites or other allergens. 
If you’re not happy with the pillow, TruContour gives you the option of a 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty. You can receive a full refund within 30 days after purchase or if the pillow breaks within 12 months of buying it, you can send it to TruContour and they’ll ship you a brand new one for free. 
BethInMichigan, an Amazon reviewer, says: 

“This is a wonderfully comfortable pillow, perfect for back and stomach sleepers. I usually sleep on my stomach, and big fluffy pillows just crick my neck too high, so I end up using no pillow at all. This one is perfect and the memory foam is nice and soft and squishy, not the super-firm hard type. It is also easily folded in half if you want a little more lift. From day one there was absolutely no scent to it at all, that some memory foam tends to have at first. The organic cotton pillow case is nice and thick. For me, this pillow is perfect and if you prefer a thinner, softer pillow, you will definitely love it!”

Great for most sleep positions • Bamboo-shredded memory foam keeps shape without flattening • You can customize the firmness • Five-year never flat guarantee • Affordable compared to other models
Doesn’t have any cooling features
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly sleep solution, the Triple Cloud Shredded Memory Foam Pillow offers adjustable firmness and position compatibility.

5. Triple Cloud Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

The Triple Cloud Shredded Memory Foam Pillow offers comfort perks and adjustable firmness at a fraction of the price.

  • Dimensions:
    Standard/Queen (15.9 x 5.6 x 5.2 inches), Queen (17 x 6 x 6 inches), and King ( 17.3 x 7.7 x 6.4 inches)
  • Material: Bamboo-shredded memory foam
  • Sleep factor:
    Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
Triple Cloud’s Shredded Memory Foam Pillow  provides all the quality sleep perks at a fraction of the price. 
Great for back, side, and stomach sleepers, its bamboo-shredded memory foam material makes all the magic happen. The mixture of this material provides more breathability, comfort, and support for a good night’s sleep. You’ll never want to get out of bed, because this pillow is super soft and will help you drift off to dreamland in no time. 
Unlike other pillows, this model is adjustable to meet your sleep preferences. You can unzip the cover and take out foam to achieve the right firmness. Regardless of which sleeping position you prefer, you can customize this pillow to make it softer or firmer. 
Cleaning is also a breeze. The cover and pillow are laundry-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about leaks, stains, or spills damaging them. 
The best part? Triple Cloud’s five-year never flat guarantee ensures that your pillow won’t go flat with use. They say even after machine-washing it, it will go back to its original shape and continue to give support. If you find a model that’s better than this one, they’ll give you a refund for free. 
Amazon customer Amanda writes:

“I have similar cooling memory foam pillows ($125+ for a pair) and I have actually been using THIS one the past few nights instead. I like that it is not SOOO full and bulky that it hurts my neck to sleep on my side or stomach with it. I’ve tried to adjust my more expensive pillows by removing some of the foam inside, but it seems like if they’re not completely packed full, the foam just moves around to the side and you’re stuck with a limp pillow where your head just sinks through. This pillow, I didn’t have to adjust at all (although the instructions say you can). Honestly, I’m considering loading my king sized bed up with these pillows to replace all of my others!”

Great for most sleeping positions • Eco-friendly materials provide all the comfort and support for better sleep • Comes with a 100-night trial and one-year warranty
No memory foam material in the pillow
Make your bedtime routine more sustainable, elevate comfort, and get the body support you need with Avocado’s Green Pillow.

6. Avocado Green Pillow

  • Dimensions:
    Standard (19 x 24 inches), Queen (19 x 28 inches), and King (19 x 35 inches)
  • Materials:
    Certified organic cotton, kapok fiber, and natural latex
  • Sleep factor:
    Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
Reducing your carbon footprint and achieving a good night’s sleep aren’t as difficult as you think. Avocado’s Green Pillow is the ultimate rest companion for optimal comfort and its eco-friendly materials. 
This pillow has three key materials: certified organic cotton, kapok fiber, and natural latex.  Latex rubber ribbons make this pillow super durable and help you stay at a comfortable temperature. Kapok fiber, a sustainable alternative to conventional down, is hypoallergenic and conforms with your body. You can take out the fill as well to customize the firmness of the pillow. Certified organic cotton wicks moisture too, so you won’t have to worry about sweating or overheating in bed. 
The Avocado Green Pillow is not laundry-friendly, so you’ll have to spot clean it with a damp white cloth. You can also gently wash the pillow in cold water sans bleach.
Avocado’s pillows are also GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment, meaning that they meet the highest compliance standards for eco-conscious production. 
With the pillow, you’ll get a 100-night trial and one-year warranty. If you’re not satisfied with the Avocado Green Pillow after 100 days, you can return it for a full refund. You’ll have to contact Avocado for details on the one-year warranty and what it covers.  
Avocado customer Michele J. writes:

“This is one of the best pillows I’ve ever had. The organic cotton cover is soft and I love that it has a zipper so I can adjust the amount of filling. The pillow was a little firm for me, as I am a side and stomach sleeper, so I removed some of the filling and now it’s perfect! It cradles my neck beautifully and I love that the latex and kapok is all natural and organic. I am slowly converting all of my bedding to organic and will start saving now for one of your mattresses. They look heavenly! Thank you!”

Great for most sleep positions • Adjustable height design for comfort • Memory foam alleviates pain and supports spine alignment • Five-year warranty for quality-related issues
Might have a slight odor during first week of use
Get the quality sleep you need and minimize pain with UTTU’s Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow for head, neck, and shoulder support.

7. UTTU Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow

Keep head, neck, and shoulder pain at bay with UTTU’s Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow.

  • Dimensions:
    7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches
  • Materials:
    Bamboo fiber, polyester, and memory foam
  • Sleep factor:
    Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
No one enjoys waking up with head, neck, or shoulder pain. UTTU’s Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow can help you keep pain at bay and catch up on ZZZs. 
Regardless of your preferred sleep position, this pillow’s adjustable height design allows you to customize firmness. You can remove the middle layer or add it to get the comfort you need on your back, on your side, or on your stomach. 
UTTU Dynamic Foam provides you with great pressure relief. It won’t lose its shape and confirms to the natural curve of your body for optimal support. It helps minimize neck pain, decrease shoulder stiffness, and increase proper spine alignment. 
If you have allergies, this pillow will work great for your sleep needs. It’s made with hypoallergenic materials, including bamboo fiber and polyester, so you won’t have congestion while you sleep. Plus, the pillow meets compliance regulations for CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX, meaning that it doesn’t contain formaldehyde or heavy metals. 
This pillow also hits the spot for easy cleaning. Just take off the cover and you can place it in the wash for stress-free laundering. 
Like other models, this pillow comes with a 96-night 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and a five-year warranty for quality-related problems. You’ll have to contact UTTU if you would like to receive a refund or submit a warranty claim.
Amazon customer angelB says: 

“I’d been getting neck pains upon waking which caused headaches so I decided to try a new pillow. I chose this memory foam after experiencing one at a B & B in the U.K. I sleep primarily on my side and use the larger size, plus I kept the insert in the pillow which was perfect for me (medium frame). This pillow is so much better than anything else I have used. I have a much better nights sleep proven by my fitbit record and don’t wake up with neck pain.”

Great for most sleep positions • Offers superior allergen protection while you rest • Easy to clean • Multiple warranty options if you’re not satisfied with your pillow
No memory foam in the pillow
Reduce congestion, coughing, sneezing, and other pesky allergy symptoms while you sleep with Pacific Coasts’ AllerRest Double DownAround Pillow.

8. Pacific Coast AllerRest Double DownAround Pillow

  • Dimensions:
    Standard (20 x 26 inches), Queen (20 x 30 inches), and King (20 x 36 inches)
  • Materials:
    AllerRest fabric, Barrier Weave down and feather proof fabric, cotton
  • Sleep factor:
    Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
If allergies are taking a toll on your sleep routine, Pacific Coast’s AllerRest Double DownAround Pillow can help. 
Pacific Coasts’ AllerRest fabric is the ultimate barrier for pesky allergens, including dust mites. It provides the right protection, so you can rest easy without congestion, coughing, or sneezing. 
The pillow also offers the comfort and support needed for most sleeping positions. The inside of the pillow offers medium support for your head, neck, shoulders, and back with Resilia feathers, while 550 fill power Hyperclean down gives the ultimate soft feels for a good night’s sleep.
Concerned about cleaning? This pillow packs in convenience when it comes to the dirty work. You can place it in the washer and dryer if there are any leaks, stains, or spills on it. Pacific Coast uses a specific cleaning process to ensure that its pillows are allergy-free.
A 30-night comfort guarantee, an allergy free warranty, and a five-year warranty come with the pillow. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you can return the pillow for free. 
Lina, a Pacific Coast reviewer, says:

“This is the pillow I’ve been looking for! I have allergies so I’m careful about replacing pillows and covers, and after going through a few unsatisfactory pillows I really have enjoyed this one. This is the standard size and I will probably also get the king size ones as well.”

This Tesla key fob looks like, you guessed it, a mini Tesla Model 3

Tesla likes to do things differently. 

So when Electrek reported last month that the electric car company was allegedly working on a new key fob for its Model 3, we should have known it wouldn’t be just your standard blob of a BLE device. Thanks to newly released documents filed to the FCC, we now know that’s exactly right. 

According to the filing, the as-of-yet-unreleased fob is actually shaped like a mini Model 3. Basically, it looks like the most expensive Hot Wheels car you never owned. 



Image: tesla / fcc

A photo of the fob’s underside clearly shows that the design is an explicit call out to the Model 3. 

Belly up.

Belly up.

Image: tesla / fcc

As Engadget notes, the Model 3 does not currently come with a fob at all. Instead, car owners rely on their smartphones or a keycard to unlock and start the ride. 

Interestingly, the Model S, unlike the Model 3, does have a key fob. Unfortunately though, that key fob was recently shown to be vulnerable to hackers. Thankfully, Tesla provided owners an easy fix — the ability to set a PIN code on the car — that we imagine could also be used to protect the Model 3 from any potential vulnerabilities in the fob.  

There’s no word yet on when the new key fob will be released, but when it does expect to see lots of annoying people pushing them across their desks while making “vroom” sound effects. 

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