Weighted blankets are essential.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better.  From Twitter to Reddit to Instagram, tons of internet folks are raving about a glorified tarp.  Weighted blankets, also known as gravity or anxiety blankets, gained the attention of the self-care community…

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China may be in the middle of a tech battle with the United States, but that hasn’t stopped some of its biggest companies from expanding their presence in Silicon Valley. “Not to say Chinese companies aren’t strong in innovation, but it’s still the case that if you want the best stuff, you…

There are understood to be tensions among government ministers over the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, and the impact it might have on the economy. Travel freely Last week it was confirmed that while UK travellers will not need a visa to visit the EU, Britons will need to apply for and buy another document…

Washington (CNN)There were a lot of things that happened this year in American politics, some of which you may have already completely forgotten about. Here are 110 of them: 4. The Wall Street Journal reports Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 hush money payment to Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with…

B-Social, a London fintech that currently offers a “social finance” app and beta debit Mastercard, has raised £3.2 million in seed-round funding from undisclosed high-net-worth individuals. However, the fundraise is just the first step in a journey in which B-Social wants to eventually become a fully licensed bank that reimagines banking around everyday social interactions.…

New York (CNN)Boeing on Saturday delivered its first 737 airliner from its new factory in China — a debut that comes amid a 90-day truce in the US-China trade war. “This is a significant milestone of Boeing’s efforts to deepen its footprint in China, as well as to support the growth of China’s airline industry,…

Airbnb’s emailed statement said the plan would “devastate” some New Orleans property owners who depend on short-term rental revenue. AMSTERDAM REMOVES ICONIC SCULPTURE FROM CITY CENTER OVER TOURISM CONCERNS HomeAway spokesman Philip Minardi said the proposal was an “extreme” measure that would penalize property owners who have invested in the community. “This framework would jeopardize…