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5 Reasons to Ditch the Plastic & Use Samsung Pay

The following article was not paid for or sponsored by Samsung… but if the electronics giant is reading this, we do accept donations. Wink Wink!

Do you own one of these Samsung devices?









If the answer is yes, then pound it my Samsung brotha ?.

Your device is compatible with Samsung Pay – the middle man you didn’t know you needed in your life.

Samsung Pay is a revolutionary application that allows you to load your debit cards, credit cards, and store rewards cards right onto your Samsung phone. With Samsung Pay, you can purchase items in store without the need of your physical card by simply tapping or scanning one’s phone on the POS pin pad.

Many folks will be hesitant to ditch their tiny rectangular plastic companions in favor of electronic ones, but before you discount the concept completely, check out five reasons why you definitely should try out Samsung Pay!

#5 It’s freeeeeeee!

There are no service charges or annual fees when you use Samsung Pay.

It’s literally freer than a majestic American bald eagle on the Fourth of July.

#4 You won’t need to worry about forgetting your wallet

Our phones have become an extension of our bodies, and for some of us, browsing cat memes on Tumblr is as essential as breathing. So I know, you know, and the whole world knows that a human being in the 21st century is not going to be leaving the house without their cell phone in hand.

It just doesn’t happen.

Forgetting your wallet, though? That happens. And in my case, more often than I care to admit (*cough* almost everyday *cough*)

With Samsung Pay, I have the security of knowing that I always have my debit card with me… even if the physical one is currently in the middle of a laundry wash cycle.

#3 Digital payments are securer than swiping

Your card information is stored in retail stores’ online systems the moment you finish your transaction. Hackers are able to steal your card number (and millions of other card numbers) by installing malware into retail stores’ security and payments systems. These hacks tend to occur during the holiday season, when shoppers are out in record numbers.

Remember that massive Target hack? Yeaaaaahhh.

Samsung Pay keeps your credit card information safe by using tokens to transmit your payment information to the store POS. This means that your card number and other sensitive information will never be shared wirelessly.

Worried about exposing your credit card information in the event that you lose your phone? Don’t be. Your Samsung Pay account is fingerprint secured, so you, and only you, can access and use it.

#2 It’s accepted basically everywhere

Like Android Pay and Apple Pay, Samsung Pay uses NFC (near field communication) technology to wirelessly process payments at terminals.

This technology is a standard feature in many modern POS terminals, but not all stores have switched over to the new technology.

Samsung Pay is the only digital wallet service to accompany NFC with MST (magnetic secure transmission) technology, which, long story short, means the app will work on normal (albeit archaic) magnetic swipe terminals.

Samsung’s patented MST technology doesn’t work 100% of the time (usually in old ma and pop stores where the clerk watches in silent, judgmental confusion as you hit your phone against their swiper like an animal), but it works often enough to make Samsung Pay the most widely accepted digital wallet service in existence.

#1 You shall be rewarded!

Samsung loves to occasionally reward its users with free gift cards (and I love to use them!).

As of this writing, all new users will receive a $10 Visa gift card after their first qualifying purchase (no minimum purchase!), and new and existing users will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card after making three qualified purchases (again, no minimum!).

Make sure to put in a referral code before making your first purchase and you (and the person who referred you) will receive a $5 Visa gift card after your first purchase. Users can earn up to $200 by referring friends and family to Samsung Pay.

Free money? You’d have to be bat-shit crazy to say no to that.

So what are you waiting for? Download Samsung Pay today and get your first $5 reward by using referral code F21F03 !

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Dog Day Sunday: 10 Dogs Who are Ready for Sunday Football

Let’s be honest: your dog doesn’t give a single woof about Sunday Night Football.

While you’re munching down on chicken wings and carefully eyeing the performance of your draft picks, your pup is just hoping for some scraps and a chance to play with that good ol’ pig skin.

Still, it’s incredibly fun to dress our pets up and pretend they care!

Check out 10 pups who look ready for Sunday Night Football, and don’t forget to send your own photos and stories to meg@geekgirlworld.com! We’ll feature your dog(s) on our next Dog Day Sunday and enter you to win a Loot Crate Pets!

Go Chiefs, beat Houston!!!

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Unboxing: NYCC Nerd Block

New York Comic Con is coming up in October, but the NYCC exclusive Nerd Block is already here!

The exclusive box was released in limited circulation by Nerd Block and ReedPop.

A limited-edition curated collection of epic NYCC collectibles and gear for serious convention nerds! The Limited Edition NYCC Block contains 10 amazing collectibles as well as an officially licensed T-shirt designed by ShirtPunch. In total, this block has SIX EXCLUSIVES – including an Infinity Gauntlet exclusive! Retail value of over $90, for only $39.99! – NerdBlock

My box was delivered over the weekend while I was out of town, so I asked my boyfriend to stop by my house and pick it up for me. After all, I couldn’t have $90 worth of NYCC merchandise sitting on my doorstep for an entire weekend!

Had I known what was in the box, I probably would have left it for the thieves on purpose.

Here’s what I got:

NYCC T-Shirt

I was hoping that the provided t-shirt would be a NYCC design, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The design is charmingly plain, and the shirt is soft and of good quality. Women’s graphic tees tend to run small, but I found the size (a women’s small) to be a true fit.

Now do I wear this or my favorite geeky tee to Comic Con? Decisions, decisions.

Rating: 5/5 ripped Hulk shirts.

NYCC Pin

I didn’t expect to see a pin in a box full of NYCC exclusives, but okay. I’ll roll with it.

The pin is designed to look like a New York City sewer grate (aka a Ninja Turtle door), and surprisingly enough, it’s extremely sturdy! The addition of a second clasp provides an extra opportunity to stab yourself. Yass!

Rating: 4/5 Spongebob Squarepants band-aids.

Gryffindor Socks

Master has given Meggy Harry Potter socks… Meggy is free!

I love Harry Potter. I love socks. Mix the two together, and I’m officially enthralled.

These Gryffindor socks are incredible cute, but unless you have a child’s shins and calves, the print will stretch and become distorted. They’re a little snug, as well, which is sure to be a huge issue for anyone with large calves.

Rating: 3.5/5 Quidditch goals

Revolution Issue #1

It wouldn’t be a comic convention box without a comic, now would it?

Revolution is a brand new Transformers comic book series by IDW publishing. The cover art looks incredible, and after a quick browse through the actual comic, I’m pleased to say that the interior artwork is stunning as well.

I haven’t paid much attention to Transformers since Michael Bay butchered the series, but I’m excited to dive into this comic none the less!

I’ll be reviewing this comic at a later time, so stay tuned!

Rating: 4/5 Chevy ad placements and Victoria’s Secret models

Glow-in-the-Dark Slimer Dashboard Spring

This dash accessory has the shape of Slimer down, but the ghoul’s eyes are too small, too red, and way too creepy for my taste. It does glow in the dark very well, and the spring is, well, springy.

I’m too terrified of this Slimer to keep it in my own vehicle, but I definitely know my big brother would get a kick out of it! #regift

Rating: 2/5 crossed streams

The Walking Dead projection key chain flashlight

This key chain light is decorated with The Walking Dead‘s logo and projects the series iconic “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” when flashed onto a surface.

It’s a neat little gimmick that is sure to get old quick, but the light is bright enough to act like an actual flashlight when you’re fumbling for something in the dark.

Kind of lame, kind of cool, kind of going on my lanyard.

…For now

Rating: 3/5 chained walker pets

Ninja Turtle Shoelaces

Never have I ever rocked crazy shoelaces, but I’m totally ready to rock these Ninja Turtle ones!

The pattern is cute, the colors are vibrant, and the material seems sturdy enough for shoe laces.

They’re totally tubular, dude!

Rating: 4/5 pepperoni pizzas

Voltron Wallet

I don’t watch Voltron (sorry – I was a 90s baby) but now that I own a Voltron wallet, I guess I have to.

The design is nice, but the wallet itself is nothing special. It’s a standard canvas wallet that nearly anyone can design online. It’s cheaply made, and since there are no clasps (button, VELCRO, magnet) to keep the wallet closed, it awkwardly flops around and exposes your goodies. No bueno.

I don’t think I’ll ever use this – It may as well be a cheap paperweight.

Rating: 2/5 classic 80s cartoons

Infinity Gauntlet

Speaking of paper weights…

Included in the NYCC Nerd Block was an Infinity Gauntlet paperweight.

The gauntlet is adored with infinity crystals, but annoyingly enough, they are not perfectly centered in their designated spot. Even so, the gauntlet is beautiful and well designed.

I shall gaze upon this gauntlet each time I need to be motivated to take over the universe.

Fun fact: apparently you shouldn’t microwave this collectible. Plans ruined.

Rating: 4/5 guardians of the galaxy

Disco Spiral digital print

What the fuck is this shit?

A terrible and strangely imagined digital print of an X-Men villain nobody cares about…and it’s not even autographed!

Say hello to the recycle bin, Spiral. May you be reborn as a Chipotle catering menu.

Rating: 0/5 mutant dance parties

Overall rating: 2/5 ridiculously long panel lines

Disappointment has a name, and it’s Nerdblock.

I purchased the New York Comic Con Nerd Block in hopes of getting my hands on highly coveted exclusive toys and accessories without waiting in line for hours, but nobody in their right mind would ever wait in line for the items I received.

These are the items you definitely would find in the Comic-Con clearance bin, and I paid 50 fucking dollars for them. Some of the items were neat, don’t get me wrong, but I essential paid $50 for $20 worth of low quality merchandise.

I feel incredibly ripped off and deceived. If I could return it all to Nerdblock for a refund, I would.

Never, ever again.

 

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Blue Apron: An Honest Review

Blue Apron Overview:

What it is: A meal delivery service known for eccentric, easy dishes
Price:
 $59.94 per week ($9.99 per serving) for a 2-person plan (family plan available)
Shipment frequency: Weekly
Shipping: Free!
Meal options: Omnivore, Vegetarian

Blue Apron’s constant bombardment of advertisements finally drew me in.

The popular meal delivery service has been running an excellent promotion where new chefs get their first week of meals for $50 off, so I, being the foodie and penny pincher that I am, decided to see what all the buzz was about!

I received my first Blue Apron shipment a few weeks ago and created the following meals: Neapolitan-Style Stewed Vegetables & Farro, Beef Quesadillas with Creamy Corn & Shishito Pepper Salsa, and Seared Chicken & Fregola Sarda.

Long story short, I will not be receiving subsequent shipments from the company.

I implore all of you to read about my experience (which is categorized! yay!) before deciding to take the Blue Apron plunge:

Produce Quality

My Blue Apron shipment arrived in a large, cardboard box jam packed with ice packs, insulation, and, of course, food!

Meats were separated from the rest of the produce and placed at the bottom with the ice, and though the box was delivered to my door during a particularly nasty heatwave, I was happy to find that all items were delivered cold and dry.

I was, however, unhappy to find that some of my cold vegetables weren’t so fresh.

Blue Apron boasts that their vegetables are farm-sourced and sent at “peak freshness”, but upon close inspection, I noticed that some of the green beans I received were beginning to rot.

Um, ew.

I also wasn’t impressed with the meats, which came packaged in small, super juicy containers. The presentation and quality of said meats weren’t even close to that of the meats I normally purchase at my grocery store or local meat market, which needless to say was extremely disappointing.

Meal Preparation

Prepare for lots of dicing, slicing, and sauteing with Blue Apron.

All of my recipes should have taken me no more than 40 minutes to create (according to Blue Apron, at least), but I found myself in the kitchen for an average of 1.3 hours for each meal.

The recipes provided to me were easy to create and required little effort or talent, but the simple act of meal preparation took what felt like an eternity.

Grate the cheese. Dice the tomatoes. Mince the garlic. Chop the scallions. Cry into your probably-not-blue apron.

I was absolutely starving and exhausted by the time my meals were complete, and to make matters worse, after the last morsel of food was devoured, I was left with the mundane chore of cleanup.

The Deliciousness Factor

The meals weren’t excellent by any means, but they were edible… which counts for something, I guess.

Neapolitan-Style Stewed Vegetables & Farro

Fresh vegetables? Check.

Healthy grains? Check.

Cheese? Check.

Lemon? Check, check, check, check CHECK.

This beautiful dish was ruined by the ridiculous amount of lemon the recipe called for. The citrus flavor took over the entire dish, making it impossible for me to taste the individual vegetables and the delicious mozzarella. Eatable, but blehhk.

Beef Quesadillas with Creamy Corn & Shishito Pepper Salsa:

20160826_225835The quesadillas were simple to make, but they were bland and boring.

The provided Monterey Jack cheese was mild and tasteless (not to mention a pain to shred), offering little to the quesadillas besides added calories and fat. These quesadillas could have been easily redeemed with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, sharp cheddar, or sauteed onion.

The creamy corn and shishito pepper salsa, on the other hand, was flavorful, sweet and easily the best part of the meal.

Seared Chicken & Fregola Sarda

The simplicity of this dish was delightful!

Thanks to my exaggerated cooking skills, the chicken turned out tender and juicy. The fregola sarda was light, tasty and a perfect complement for this summer dish.  The only issue I had with this dish was with the salsa verde, which I found overwhelmed the dish with its distinct flavor.

Nutritional Value

The recipes I received from Blue Apron were full of nutrients and protein while being semi-gentle on the waistline.

My meals had an average 750 calories per serving (there is only one serving per plate), which, at least for me, is the perfect amount to properly fuel my active lifestyle.

I definitely enjoyed the healthy vegetables and grains featured in my recipes, but I was disappointed by the fact that each of my recipes called for an absurd amount of salt. Nearly every step prompted me to add salt, so if you are considering Blue Apron and are trying to cut down on your sodium intake, be gentle with the salt shaker and ignore Blue Apron’s suggestions.

Folks with dietary restrictions may not find Blue Apron to be flexible enough for their needs. Blue Apron offers a vegetarian meal plan, but, unlike some of its competitors, the company does not yet offer Paleo and Vegan meal options.

Final Verdict:

Trying out Blue Apron was a fun experience, no doubt, but I simply could not justify spending $60 a week on three (likely mediocre) meals. I found that I could purchase the exact produce items at my local grocery store for far less than the cost of one Blue Apron meal. I am not willing to pay for the convenience of perfectly portioned ingredients, though I do understand the appeal.

But even more than the cost, the quality of the produce Blue Apron provided me with was not up to my standards (rotting veggies, really?!), and the time needed to create each meal was cumbersome and tiring.

Blue Apron just wasn’t for me, but at the suggestion of GeekGirl Nicole, I’ve decided to try out Green Chef (a competitor of Blue Apron) next week!

Will Green Chef fare any better? Find out in my next review!

What are your experiences with Blue Apron? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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The ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Trailer is Here!

Underworld is back, and by the looks of it, things are about to get bloodier (and warier?) than ever.

Check out the official trailer for Blood Wars and see what we mean:

Um, yes please.

Kate Beckinsale returns as bad-ass vampiress Selene (duh), and joining her this time around is Theo James (Divergent), who portrays David, and Trent Garrett, who replaces Scott Speedman as vampire boy-toy Michael.

Also joining the cast for Blood Wars are Game of Thrones stars Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully).

Blood Wars marks the fifth installment of the 13-year-old Underworld franchise. The film is a direct sequel to Underworld: Awakening, which was released in 2012.

Underworld: Blood Wars hits theaters January 6, 2017.

Are you excited for the latest edition of the Underworld series? Let us know in the comments!

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Dog Day Sunday: Dog Pokemon!

In honor of the continued success of Pokemon Go, this Dog Day Sunday we have decided to feature all of the dog-type Pokemon! Because digital animals are totally more interesting than real-life animals.

Though the original 151 features only two dog-type Pokemon (Arcanine and Growlith), subsequent generations of the Pokemon game and television series have given birth to a plethora of new adorable (and kind of scary) dog-type Pokemon.

Here’s the full list of dog-type Pokemon:

Arcanine

Species: Legendary
Type: Fire
Abilities: Flash Fire, Intimidate
Weakness: Ground, Rock, Water
Height (ft): 6′ 3″
Arcanine will always be the alpha male of the dog Pokemon. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks… trust us.

Electrike

Species: Lightning
Type: Electric
Abilities: Lightning Rod, Static
Weakness: Ground
It’s as if the creator of this Pokemon just said “fuck it.”

Furfrou

Species: Poodle
Type: Normal
Abilities: Fur Coat
Weakness: Fighting
Height (ft): 3′ 11″

 Its ability is fur coat. Really?

Growlith

Species: Puppy
Type: Fire
Abilities: Flash Fire, Intimidate
Weakness: Ground, Rock, Water
Height (ft): 2′ 4″
The O.G. dog Pokemon.

Granbull

Species: Fairy
Type: Fairy
Abilities: Quick Feet, Intimidate
Weakness: Steel, Poison
Height (ft): 4′ 7″
Is this a dog Pokemon or Space Jam villain? The world may never know.

Herdier

Species: Loyal Dog
Type: Normal
Abilities: Sand Rush, Intimidate
Weakness: Fighting
I can’t see this adorable pup intimidating anyone anytime soon.

Houndour

Species: Dark
Type: Dark, Fire
Abilities: Flash Fire, Early Bird
Weakness: Fighting, Ground, Rock, Water
You wouldn’t want to meet this hell hound in a dark alley, that’s for sure.

Houndoom

Species: Dark
Type: Dark, Fire
Abilities: Flash Fire, Early Bird
Weakness: Fighting, Ground, Rock, Water
Height (ft): 4′ 7″
…or this one. Yeah, definitely this one.

Lucario

Species: Aura
Type: Fighting, Steel
Abilities: Inner Focus, Steadfast
Weakness: Fighting, Ground, Fire
Anubis? Is that you?

Lillipup

Species: Puppy
Type: Normal
Abilities: Pickup, Vital Spirit
Weakness: Fighting
Height (ft): 1′ 4″
Bunny? Dog? Deformed stuffed animal? This Pokemon doesn’t know what the hell it is.

Manectric

Species: Discharge
Type: Electric
Abilities: Lightning Rod, Static
Weakness: Ground
A shocking combination of fur and fury. What? Too lame? Okay… :(

Mightyena

Species: Bite
Type: Dark
Abilities: Quick Feet, Intimidate
Weakness: Fighting, Bug, Fairy
Height (ft): 3′ 3″
No bark, all bite.

Poochyena

Species: Bite
Type: Dark
Abilities: Run Away, Quick Feet
Weakness: Fighting, Bug, Fairy
Height (ft): 1′ 8″
We’re willing to face certain death for the chance to snuggle with this adorable dark Pokemon.

Riolu

Species: Emanation
Type: Fighting
Abilities: Inner Focus, Steadfast
Weakness: Psychic, Flying, Fairy
Height (ft): 2′ 4″
This pokemon has two sets of ears! We think…

Smeargle

Species: Painter
Type: Normal
Abilities: Technician, Own Tempo
Weakness: Fighting
Height (ft): 3′ 11″
I’m not saying this Pokemon is useless, but this Pokemon is definitely useless.

Snubbull

Species: Fairy
Type: Fairy
Abilities: Run Away, Intimidate
Weakness: Steel, Poison
Will someone please explain to us wtf this even is?

Stoutland

Species: Big-Hearted
Type: Normal
Abilities: Sand Rush, Intimidate
Weakness: Fighting
Height (ft): 3′ 11
Special attack: leaving fur on its enemies black pants before they leave for work.

Which dog Pokemon is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! Want your dog featured on Dog Day Sunday?

Send your stories and photos to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com and you’ll be entered to win a Loot Crate Pet Edition!

 

 

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Everything We Know

We are absolutely desperate for more Stranger Things, and while we don’t know where the 80s inspired sci-fi thriller falls on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we do know it’s somewhere between safety and self-actualization.

Luckily for all of us, Netflix has confirmed that the series will be renewed for a second season!

Production on the new season has not yet begun, but we now have some semi-juicy details about season 2 to hold us over while we wait for what is sure to be a tiresome eternity.

Here’s everything we know:

Season 2 will continue where season 1 left off

Though Stranger Things has the definite potential to become an anthology like American Horror Story, it has been confirmed that season 2 will more-or-less continue where season 1 left off.

Season 2 will be set in the fall of 1984 – a year after the events of season 1.

“At one point there was this idea of doing ‘80s, ’90s, 2000s, and then Season 5 would be 2020 and it would catch up to present day. But I think at the end of the day there was this world that we really loved and in making it and we didn’t want to move away from these kids,” Stranger Things executive producer Dan Cohen told Yahoo. “There’s so many cool dynamics and mythologies. This world the Duffer Brothers created was so awesome and there’s still so much unanswered that it’s impossible to not want to continue into the next year.”

So it looks like we’ll be in the 80s for the long run. We’re not complaining.

New characters are on the way!

The series is currently looking to cast actors for the roles three new characters: Max, Roman and Billy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Max is a tough tomboy with a complicated past and a complicated relationship with her 17-year-old stepbrother, Billy. Max will be a series regular.

Billy is described as being a muscular and overconfident teenager with a black Camaro, a drinking game skill level of 100, and a tendency to steal peoples’ girlfriends. Billy has a violent and unpredictable nature, and rumor has it that he killed someone in the past. Billy has not been confirmed as a series regular.

Roman’s gender has not yet been revealed, but we know that the character will be a social outcast between the ages of 30 and 38. The character grew up homeless with a drug-addicted mother and is seeking revenge for…something. Roman has also been confirmed as a series regular.

More new characters will be coming as well, but don’t worry, the original squad is coming back and will be front and center in season 2.

… & one won’t be returning

As far as we know, Nancy’s adorably geeky (and very dead) friend Barbara will not be returning for season 2.

“I can’t see it happening,” series creator Matt Duffer told IGN when asked if Barb would be returning from the Upside-Down. “But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.”

Duffer still did not rule out a possible return, but we’re going to grab a spatula and flip our shit if Barb comes back from the dead.

Season 2 will feature 9 episodes

For those of you horrible at math (me), that’s 1 more episode than season 1. Yaaaasssss!

…Which will be released next year!

Season 2 production is scheduled to begin next month and is estimated to wrap up in April of next year.

No official release date has been announced, but it has been confirmed that the second season will stream on Netflix sometime in 2017 (the summer, perhaps?).

We’ll update you with all the latest Stranger Things news as it becomes available!

Are you excited for season 2? Bummed about Barb? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Just for the record, Barb is definitely dead. Otherwise, #plotkai.

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Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 Devices Amid Explosion Concerns

Samsung Electronics is recalling all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after finding that their device’s battery has the potential to catch fire or explode.

Videos and photographs of charred Note 7 devices began surfacing online shortly after the device’s August release, and Samsung has said in an official statement that the company was able to confirm 35 cases where Note 7s have caught fire or even exploded.

“There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,” Samsung Mobile president Dongjin Koh explained during a news conference. “It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety.”

The Note 7 features a 3,500mAh lithium-ion battery, which is designed and manufactured by Samsung. However, due to heavy product demand, Samsung has enlisted third-party companies to help manufacture the battery used in the Note 7. Samsung believes that a faulty battery cell created by one of their third-party suppliers is to blame for the device fires, but the company has refused to name supplier responsible.

“We are currently working with [our battery suppliers] to protect our customers’ safety first and foremost,” noted a Samsung Mobile public relations representative.

Over 2.5 million Note 7s have been sold globally since the device launched 2 weeks ago, and it is estimated that 24 out of 1 million units may include a faulty battery.

No injuries resulting from battery malfunctions have been reported, but the company has decided to pause the sale of all Note 7 devices until the problem is resolved.

Customers who already bought Note 7s will be able to exchange their smartphone for new one in about 2 weeks, Koh estimates.

The recall effects Galaxy Note 7 owners and prospective owners in The United States, South Korea, and 8 other countries. Customers in China will not be effected by the recall and sale suspension, as the company uses a different battery supplier for that market.

GeekGirl World will update this story with Note 7 exchange directions when news of the process becomes available.

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Eevee is Coming to Build-A-Bear!

One of the cutest Pokémon ever is getting the Build-A-Bear treatment!

A 14″ version of Eevee will be available at Build-A-Bear online and in stores on Thursday, September 1.

Build-A-Bear’s Eevee Plush

The standard plush will retail for $28, with accessories available for Eevee at an additional cost. One such accessory is a Pokeball sleep suit, which will be available online and in stores for $12.50.

All Eevees purchased online and in store will come with an exclusive Pokémon Trading Card Game card.

Can’t wait until Thursday to claim your own Eevee? Fear not!

Zealous Pokémon fans can order the exclusive online set right now.

The online-only set retails for $62 and includes the Eevee plush (duh), an Eevee cape, the Pokeball printed sleeper, an Eevee 5-in-1 sound insert, and the exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop Pokémon TCG card.

Eevee’s Adorable Cape

The Eevee cape (which is adorably patterned with Eevee’s many evolution forms) and the 5-in-1 sound insert will be exclusive to the online-only set and will not be available for individual sale.

Eevee isn’t the first Pokémon to get the Build-A-Bear treatment – the stuffed retail giant also offers a Pikachu plush.

Fingers crossed that Build-A-Bear will continue to add more Pokémon to their growing family!

Will you be purchasing your very own Eevee? Let us know in the comments!

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Beauty Review: Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

boscia_exfoliating_peel_gel_1Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

What it is: A peeling gel designed to exfoliate and cleanse skin

The claim: “This peel gel works in three ways: as a physical peel to remove the outer layer of dead skin, as a chemical peel to penetrate deep into skin for in-depth exfoliation, and as a treatment to firm and brighten for a healthy complexion,” – Boscia

Available at: Boscia, Sephora, Amazon

Price: $34 (5 oz)

Review:

I received a 1 oz bottle of Boscia’s Exfoliating Peel Gel for free, so naturally I decided to try it out (because who doesn’t love trying out free products?!)

I used a generous amount of this product on my skin, and, after a few moments of gentle, circular rubbing, I noticed that the “dead skin” was coming off like crazy and pilling on my skin.

Super exciting, right?!

Well that “dead skin” would stick like glue to my eyebrows and any little baby hairs, and once this product latches onto a hair, it doesn’t want to let go. Basically, this product is the ultimate clingy ex… minus the constant texts and creepy Facebook posts, of course. I had to scrub my face until it was red and raw to get rid of the residue, and even then, some remained.

The whole process was a literal mess, but did the Exfoliating Peel Gel deliver on its promise of smooth, bright skin?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Nooooooooooooo.

The “dead skin” sticking to my face provided promising results, but as it turns out, that result was not what it appeared to be.

Use this product on a surface other than your skin (such as a kitchen counter), and you’ll see that Boscia’s formula naturally pills when scrubbed on any surface.

The pills look flesh toned, which leads consumers to believe that the product is stripping unwanted dead skin from their face.

Boscia’s Exfoliating Peel Gel is, therefore, just a disgusting gimmick designed to fool consumers. If you love ingesting placebos for no reason, then you’ll absolutely adore this Boscia product.

For shame, Boscia. For shame.

Have you tried Boscia’s Exfoliating Peel Gel? Let us know your own experiences in the comments!

 

 

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