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Teen girl in South Sudan auctioned off for marriage on Facebook


A 16-year-old South Sudanese girl was sold for marriage via Facebook in a disturbing case that's been described as "reminiscent of latter-day slave markets."

The winning bid in the auction was for 500 cows, three cars and $10,000, and the girl was married off at a ceremony on Nov. 3 in the country’s Eastern Lakes State, according to Plan International, a humanitarian organisation focused on children's rights.

SEE ALSO: Facebook's board says Zuckerberg was too slow to spot Russian interference

"This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets. That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site in this day and age is beyond belief,"  country director of Plan International South Sudan, George Otim, said in a statement.  Read more...

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Posted on 21 November 2018 | 2:35 am

App Store goes down, joins the rest of the internet


UPDATE: Nov. 21, 2018, 1:05 p.m. AEDT Apple has updated its system status to mark both the App Store and Apple Music as a "resolved issue." Both platforms seem to be back up and running, after having been experiencing an "issue" from 12:20 p.m. to 12.52 p.m.

Seems like the whole damn internet is down today.

Following outages on Facebook and Instagram earlier on Tuesday, Apple's App Store is down.

SEE ALSO: Facebook and Instagram struggle with major outage

When trying to connect to the App Store, some users were met with a blank screen.

Cannot connect.

Cannot connect.

Image: mashable screenshot

Can't connect here either.

Can't connect here either.

Image: mashable screenshot

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Posted on 21 November 2018 | 1:58 am

Driving apps pulled from Google Play for reportedly installing Android malware over 560,000 times


As many as 13 games available to download in the Google Play Store were actually Android malware and downloaded more than 560,000 times, a security researcher said this week.

SEE ALSO: Here’s how malicious Android apps are sneaking malware onto your phone

The apps, listed as car and truck simulators and racing games, are no longer on the storeTechCrunch reports that an Android security researcher found that the games were just a cover to download malware in the background.

Don't install these apps from Google Play - it's malware.

-13 apps
-all together 560,000+ installs
-after launch, hide itself icon
-downloads additional APK and makes user install it (unavailable now)
-2 apps are #Trending
-no legitimate functionality

— Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) November 19, 2018

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Posted on 21 November 2018 | 12:16 am

Black Friday VPN deal: Save 72% on 2 years of IPVanish through Cyber Monday


Browsing the internet these days can be dangerous thanks to hackers and scammers trying to steal your info, like credit card numbers and bank statements. However, there is a way to surf the web safely and securely, while saving a bit of cash in the process. 

Enter IPVanish, one of the best VPNs (virtual private network) out there. This trusted service is currently on sale for only $3.33 a month, making it just $79.99 for a two-year subscription during Cyber Week.

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

IPVanish is one of the smartest ways to hide your internet browsing history, keep your IP address a secret, and gain the peace of mind that you're not being tracked by shifty scammers or corrupt companies wanting to get ads in front of your eyeballs. Read more...

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Posted on 21 November 2018 | 12:01 am

Black Friday will kick off a four-day Apple shopping event


Why should Black Friday be limited to just one day? In 2018, Apple is holding a four-day shopping event from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26. 

It's a change of pace for Apple. Typically, it holds a one-day sale at retail locations, online, and through the Apple Store App, and the discounts aren't that generous. 

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

In the past, Apple has done things like make the 10 percent student discount available to all shoppers, and offer gift cards, like a $150 credit for a Mac purchase. But iPhones usually aren't part of the deal. 

Apple could go in an entirely new direction for 2018. At a minimum, the gift-card-with-a-purchase promotion might extend through Cyber Monday. Still, third-party retailers like BestBuy,, Target, B&H Photo, and eBay are your best bets for good deals.  Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 11:56 pm

LinkedIn is beginning to look a lot like Snapchat


It was only a matter of time: the Stories trend has officially made it to LinkedIn. Yes, that somebody-would-like-to-connect-with-you LinkedIn.

The professional networking service, never one to dive into a social media trend too quickly, is finally dipping its toe into the Stories format.

SEE ALSO: The best gifts for your friend who just landed a new job

LinkedIn is testing its own Stories feature with some of its student users in the United States, the company has confirmed. The feature puts short video clips at the top of users' feeds in the main app to show students about the activities of their classmates as well as those at nearby schools. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 11:20 pm, a major hub for hate speech and misogyny, suspended by .ME registry

TwitterFacebook, the toxic misogynistic community of self-proclaimed involuntary celibates, is no more — at least at that web address.

On Tuesday, the .ME registry, which controls the entire .ME domain database, published a post explaining that they — and not a domain registrar like GoDaddy — had suspended the domain. The registry says the domain was suspended over anti-abuse policy infractions based on the promotion of acts of violence and hate speech on the website. has been inaccessible since Oct. 15. acted as the main online hub for involuntary celibates, or “incels” for short, who congregated in its forums. The incel community is known for its toxic misogynistic views, identifying themselves as "single without choosing to be so,” and blaming women as well as men in relationships for their own sexual failures. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 11:17 pm

Amazon Echo Sub review: Exactly what you need for Alexa-powered music

Amazon Echo Sub
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The Good
Easy setup • Adds good bass to music • Relatively light
The Bad
Can't produce deep bass (<30Hz) notes • Won't work with external sources
The Bottom Line
There are more powerful and versatile subwoofers out there, but the Amazon Echo Sub is the fastest, easiest way to give Alexa-powered music some oomph.
Mashable Score3.75
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve4.0
Bang for the Buck4.0

If you regularly listen to music on an Amazon Echo device — specifically the Echo, new Echo Dot, or Echo Plus — then I can’t recommend the Echo Sub enough. With minimal setup, it greatly improves the musical experience, delivering bass notes that you’ll otherwise miss out on. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 10:23 pm

Keep your eyes peeled for Black Friday discounts on these tech products


Black Friday is nearly here. And yes, that means we're going into the deep end of the holiday season.

You probably have a list of people to buy gifts for, and you might be on the hunt for something special for yourself, too. Chances are your eye on a product or two, and you're eagerly awaiting the price to drop.

SEE ALSO: One of the best early Black Friday gaming deals: Get an Xbox One S Minecraft bundle for $199 at Walmart

Black Friday is often your best bet for saving big on those products. Big-ticket items like 4K TVs will get some deep cuts along with more affordable options.

Here's a list of top tech that you should snag immediately if a sale presents itself this Black Friday. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 9:57 pm

Save $100 when you buy 2 Echo Spots at Amazon before Black Friday


This is not a drill: You can save $100 on Amazon when you buy two Echo Spots.

Smart devices are so great, right? You can control your lights, music, and TV with just the sound of your voice. But while they are becoming more ubiquitous every day, most smart devices are a bit impersonal. The Echo Spot is not like the others though: it's a smart device that has personality to fit every need. So much in fact, that we're giving these as gifts to everyone on our list this year — which is why we're so excited about this deal.

The Echo Spot can do everything you've come to expect from Amazon devices, like show you the news, give you weather updates, play your music, and control your other smart devices via Alexa. The best part through is that you can pick and choose your own interface and display from a wide range of options. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 9:23 pm

Why major brands are heading to crowdfunding sites for product development insights &#8212; MashTalk


Ten years ago, Indiegogo launched the modern era of crowdfunding by creating a place where anyone could pitch their idea, product, or creative endeavor to the entire world, asking for the funds to make it reality. Today there are no shortage of crowdfunding sites, and even though Indiegogo isn’t as large as rival Kickstarter, it’s still tremendously influential, offering entrepreneurs not just a funding platform, but also support beyond their campaigns, with tools to ease the transition from concept to launch.

Indiegogo has always had a more worldwide audience than its peers, and now current CEO David Mandelbrot wants to take things further with more outreach to inventors in China as he leads the venture-funded company to profitability. Mandelbrot joined Mashable’s MashTalk podcast to talk about how crowdfunding has evolved since in the past decade, how the company approaches quality control, and what he thinks of Indiegogo’s “anything goes” reputation. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 9:05 pm

Apple's holiday ad is inspirational, but barely includes any Apple products


This year's Apple holiday ad is an animated story meant to inspire you to "Share Your Gifts," meaning your creativity, skills, and art. 

It's also meant to inspire you to buy someone you love a creativity-inspiring device like the new iPad Pro or MacBook. 

Without any dialogue, an original song from young artist Billie Eilish matches the storyline of a woman who suppresses her creative spirit as she prints and boxes away her creations from her MacBook. The main character also makes funny shapes in the dough at the bakery where she works and draws similar ones in the fogged-up windows on her bus ride home. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 8:05 pm

11 Perfect 'Fortnite' Gifts

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 7:46 pm

Turn any surface into a touch screen with this device &#8212; Future Blink


The Puppy Cube mirrors what is playing on mobile, and projects it onto a larger surface. There is even a horizontal mode for big screen viewings. The device looks ideal for creative work, presentations, or just sitting back and taking in some entertainment

While it might come with a bit of a price tag, it is pretty versatile.   Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 7:23 pm

Save $60 on the Amazon Fire TV Cube ahead of Black Friday


With all the devices on sale for Black Friday, now is a great time to turn your house into a smart home — or help a loved one do the same. There are many things on sale this year that every smart home will be happy to have, but one of our favorite deals is on the Amazon Fire TV Cube.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is currently on sale for $59.99, which is a whopping $60 off the original price of $119.99. At it's core, the Fire TV Cube takes the best of the Echo Dot with the Fire TV 4K and rolls them into one. 

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

As a home assistant, the Cube offers all the features you'd expect out of an Alexa device. Whether it's checking the news and weather or just listening to music, if you've had an Echo in the past, you'll feel right at home. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 6:54 pm

Save up to $200 on Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9 smartphones for Black Friday


Samsung is getting in on the Black Friday festivities early with an amazing sale on its Galaxy smartphone line. You can save up to $200 on the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, and Samsung Galaxy Note9 devices starting now, so if you know someone who is looking to upgrade (maybe that's you?), now's the time to save big.

All three unlocked models are available on Amazon and Walmart, which means you can take them to just about any mobile carrier (like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint) for activation without signing up for a two-year contract.

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 6:26 pm

Get the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $34.99, just in time for Black Friday


The Amazon Fire Stick was in need of an upgrade and it got one just in time for Black Friday.

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

Not that it was a bad device — quite the opposite, in fact. A streaming device you could take anywhere that just needed to plug into an HDMI port and connect to Wi-Fi is great. But if you can watch something in 4K, why would you chose not to?

Well, that upgrade is here, and better yet, it's on sale.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is $34.99, $15 off the original price of $49.99.

According to Amazon, the device is 80% more powerful than its first iteration, can support Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and has a new quad core, 1.7GHz processor. All that for less than $35? We're sold. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 5:55 pm

Enjoy access to over 1 million books with 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for just &#163;1.99


Some book worms are so prolific that they can easily smash through multiple titles in a week. It can therefore become quite an expensive habit to keep.

A solution to this problem is a subscription to a service like Kindle Unlimited, where you can enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books, explore a rotating selection of popular magazines, and listen to thousands of books with Audible narration. Subscribers can read anytime, on any device, with the Kindle app. So it's safe to say there is plenty of material to keep you busy, even if you absolutely fly through books on a daily basis.

For a limited time, customers can get three months of Kindle Unlimited membership for only £1.99. This would normally cost you £7.99 per month, or £23.97 for three months, so it's a pretty impressive deal. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 4:51 pm

Amazon has the Dyson V7 motorhead cordless stick vacuum on sale for $179 off ahead of Black Friday


You never know where (or when) an accident could happen, which is why it pays to have a versatile cordless vacuum at your fingertips. One of the best things about using a cordless vacuum is taking it anywhere and everywhere in your home, no need to maneuver an awkward cord at your tail. 

Before your next mishap, pick up the Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, which is on sale for $219.99 — or $179.01 off its list price — on Amazon ahead of Black Friday. 

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

With a running time of up to 30 minutes, this cord-free stick vacuum from Dyson is multifaceted and lightweight, so you can easily take it to any mess in your home. Powered with the company's V7 digital motor, this stick vacuum can pick up dirt, dust, pet hair, and more on hardwood and carpeted floors with 75% more brush power than any of Dyson's previous models.  Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 4:46 pm

Google Pixel phones will now save transcripts of screened calls


It's dark out, and you're home alone, making popcorn and getting ready to start a movie.

Suddenly, the phone rings. 

It's a number you don't recognize. Could it be an admirer? Or, your mom, out for the night, calling from a borrowed cell phone to say her tire blew, she's stranded, and needs a ride? Potentially, a murdering neighborhood menace calling to tell you he's stopping by?

SEE ALSO: Treat people like the burden they are with Google's 'call screen' feature

Or, could it possibly be... a robot?

By now, your mouth is full of popcorn, your fingers covered with butter. Rather than take the chance of speaking with someone with whom you'd... rather not... you remember that you have something useful at your disposal: Google Call ScreenRead more...

More about Google, Spam, Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3, and Tech

Posted on 20 November 2018 | 4:24 pm

Casper's Black Friday UK sale has begun with 15% off all products with this code


The great thing about Black Friday and Cyber Monday is that you can do the bulk of your shopping from the comfort of your bed. Who are we kidding you can do it all from your bed. Why would you ever want to leave?

Well you might be comfy in that bed of yours, but you could always be more snuggled. What could be more comfortable than online shopping from your bed, for a bed? That's the ultimate in comfort, particularly if you are shopping for a Casper mattress or bed-based product

SEE ALSO: Best online mattresses in the UK, ranked: Casper, Nectar, Leesa, and more

The Casper mattress treats your shoulders and hips differently, meaning you recieve a deeper level of comfort and better alignment. There is also four layers of premium foam that make up the Casper mattress, creating a simply lovely balance of support, breathability, comfort, and alignment. If you don't believe us, then check out the reviews. There's over 40,000 to trawl through, and let's just say, people like the product. Read more...

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 4:24 pm

Best Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Amazon Echo, Roomba, Google Home, Apple HomePod


Smart home devices were the hot, gift-worthy items during last year's holiday season and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. A big part of the reason for this is because these smart home devices tend to see great discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making now the ideal time to shop for loved ones — or snag a gift for yourself. Trust us, we won't tell anyone. We promise.  

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

Although some of the deals are not official yet, a large number of them are active right now, so you can take advantage of these fantastic sales from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target before the Black Friday shopping holiday even begins.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 November 2018 | 7:48 pm

Where to get the PlayStation 4 'Spider-Man' bundle on sale for Black Friday


Black Friday is an ideal time to pick up a new gaming console thanks to the sheer variety of bundles that are on sale. One of our favorites this year is the Spider-Man bundle for PlayStation 4, which is discounted to $199 at a bunch of different stores. Just where will this gaming bundle be on sale, you ask? Keep reading.

SEE ALSO: Gaming deals: Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, Nintendo, Alienware

We've seen the deal cycle in and out of stock all day, but it's obvious that stores are holding inventory and will keep releasing more in the lead up to Black Friday. So whether you're a wannabe web-head or just want a good system, the PlayStation 4 1TB Spider-Man bundle for $199.99 is a deal you'll want to get your hands on. Read more...

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Posted on 19 November 2018 | 7:01 pm

Get the Apple iPad on sale for $79 off at Walmart ahead of Black Friday


After all these years, the Apple iPad is the best tablet experience and the gold standard for just about anyone. Believe it or not, even some Android smartphone users seem to gravitate to the ease-of-use of the iPad. Luckily, Walmart has the Apple device now on sale for just $349.99, a $79 savings ahead of Black Friday.

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

Released in 2017, this model is the fifth generation Apple iPad with the tablet's 9.7 Retina touchscreen display and 128GB of storage. Powered by Apple's A9 chip, this iPad features an 8-megapixel rear shooter, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID, Apple's suite of productivity and entertainment apps, and Wi-Fi compatibility with up to 10 hours of battery life from just a single charge. The tablet is lightweight at just under a pound, while its aluminum design makes the iPad durable and powerful, yet thin and portable.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 November 2018 | 4:25 pm

Best Black Friday deals at Walmart: Xbox One S, Instant Pot, iPad, PlayStation 4, Samsung TVs


It's the most wonderful time of the year — for deals!

Black Friday is upon us, and ya'll knew Walmart was gonna give us reason to hold onto our turkey leg hats as we dive after some of the best deals.    

Feeding right into our gadget-loving hearts, we see plenty of worthwhile snags in the tech department (hint: now's definitely a good time to be in the market for a gaming system or TV.) There are also some great steals on everything from home goods and appliances, to kids toys and so much more.  

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

To make sure you don't miss a thing, we're rounding up the best of the best bargains Walmart is throwing at us this year.  Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 1:35 pm

Amazon Black Friday 2018 deals on Fire tablets, Fire TV Cube, Echo Spot, TVs, and more


Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday Amazon deals we've found just for you.

With Black Friday only a week away, Amazon isn't waiting for the shopping holiday to officially begin. The online retailer is throwing caution to the wind and announcing deals really early, so you can save on great products for the holidays. 

We've rounded up the best deals we're loving right now on Amazon, and are even giving you a sneak peek at what's going to be on sale before the deals are actually live. So all you have to do is skim through this roundup and pick the products that would make the perfect gift for your friends and family — or for yourself because you totally deserve it. (Hot tip: Add what you're coveting to your shopping cart now, then once the deals go live just check out!) Read more...

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 10:18 pm

Best Black Friday TV sales: Shop OLED and 4K at Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart


Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday TV deals we've found just for you.

If you're shopping for a new 4K TV on Black Friday this year, you're in luck.

With Black Friday quickly approaching (it's on Nov. 23 this year), there's going to be a mad race to find the best TV deals from across the internet, with people feverishly refreshing their web browsers during Thanksgiving dinner just to find something great at a low price. 

SEE ALSO: Full coverage of Black Friday 2018 sales

While a lot of TV deals have yet to be officially released, we've been sorting through all the Black Friday ads to determine what will be on sale and have assembled what we've learned. Read more...

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 7:29 pm

Black Friday 2018: Shop early laptop sales from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more


Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday laptop deals we've found just for you.

Looking for a laptop on sale? You're in luckBlack Friday is almost here, and so are all those deals you've been anxiously waiting for all year. And though Black Friday doesn't officially start until Nov. 23, there are already lots of laptop sales trickling in. 

Whether you need a 2-in-1, a Chromebook, a gaming laptop, or something else, there are plenty of laptops on sale from from the likes of Dell, HP, Asus, and Alienware on sale at places like Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and more.

SEE ALSO: Best Black Friday gaming deals already live right now Read more...

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Posted on 14 November 2018 | 10:00 am

Best Black Friday gaming deals: PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, and more on sale


Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday gaming deals we've found just for you.

Black Friday officially launches in the U.S. on Nov. 23, which means all the deals you could hope for are soon to be splayed across the internet. But we're here to give you a sneak peek of what's going on sale. 

If you're a gamer — or need to shop for one — there are going to be tons of deals on systems, games, and everything in between from top retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more. Think big brand names like Alienware, Nintendo, Xbox, Razer, and Logitech. It's a lot to sift through, but don't worry — that's our job. Read more...

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Posted on 13 November 2018 | 7:49 pm

The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals


If you are based in the US, please visit this page for the best Amazon Black Friday deals from across the pond. 

We will keep posting a selection of the very best deals on this page, but if you are specifically looking to pick up a TV, laptop, or gaming product, please follow these links:

Rather than trawling through page after page of deals, you can visit this page for all the very best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from Amazon. Read more...

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Posted on 5 November 2018 | 2:20 pm