John Gordon Ross

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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.


Twilio Announces Proxy API and Suite of Declarative APIs

Posted 2 hours ago

Twilio has introduced the Twilio Proxy API, a new API for building private text and voice conversations between customers and mobile workers. This new API is part of the Twilio Engagement Cloud, a suite of Declarative APIs embedded with communications logic for common types of multi-channel customer engagement use cases. [Link]

Mapbox Unity SDK Brings Pokemon Go-like AR to Gaming Developers

Posted 23 hours ago

Earlier this year, Mapbox launched its Mapbox Unity SDK. With the launch, Mapbox brought a next generation mapping and location platform to their game industry software. In short, Mapbox wants to empower games across the board with the same type of augmented reality maps that led to the smashing success of Pokemon Go. [Link]

Popular Science

We finally have the Juno spacecraft's first results on Jupiter

Posted 2 minutes ago

jupiter storm Space Here are eight surprising things NASA has learned so far. Scientists are still analyzing all the juicy data from Juno's first flyby of Jupiter, but the first results have just been published. [Link]

Scientists are using gene editing to try to slow cancer growth

Posted 2 minutes ago

Health With more research, CRISPR could give us a new cancer treatment. A group of researchers recently used the CRISPR gene editing technique to try to eliminate one of the key proteins that allow cancer cells to proliferate out of control. [Link]


Newly Discovered Vulnerability Raises Fears Of Another WannaCry

Posted 21 minutes ago

A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry, which infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, cybersecurity researchers said on Thursday. From a Reuters report: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced the vulnerability, which could be exploited to take control … [Link]

Cord-Cutters Are Ditching Their Cable Packages At the Fastest Rate Ever

Posted 61 minutes ago

Sara Fischer, writing for Axios: Cord-cutters are ditching their cable packages at the fastest rate ever, opting instead for cheaper, bundled digital TV options, according to the latest Magid Broadcast Study. The trend reflects consumers' preferences to ditch bundled cable packages for more affordable, niche bundled services that can be accessed on TV box tops or on mobile. For consumers, … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary

#Ebook Deal/Day: Hacking the Hacker – $12.49 (Save 50%) Use code DEAL

Posted 8 hours ago

Get "Hacking the Hacker" today using code DEAL and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2017-05-26 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

#Ebook Deal/Day: Head First Android Development – $29.99 (Save 50%) Use code DEAL

Posted 32 hours ago

Get "Head First Android Development" today using code DEAL and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2017-05-25 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Geek Culture

Backblaze Unlimited Backup saves our day!

Posted 8 days ago

Backblaze! We recently lost some files on one of our computers, … they just winked out and were gone! It was rather traumatic! Luckily we were testing out Backblaze, as part of their 15 day free trial, and were able to retrieve backups of them within minutes. I really like the seamless way it backs up all your files, offsite and … [Link]

Forum Tidbits for the middle of May!

Posted 9 days ago

The MoMan says I'm the president and you're not, … Nitrozac wished her non-Net mom Happy Mother's Day, … Snaggy liked SPLIT, is looking for business attire, and wonders Where have all the insects gone? [Link]

The Joy of Tech

JoT #2420: Amazon goes bananas!

Posted 3 days ago

JoT thumbOrange you glad about it? [Link]

JoT #2419: iPhone's hidden magnifying glass

Posted 7 days ago

JoT thumbChildhood pastime thwarted! [Link]


How to Protest Safely and Legally

Posted 4 months ago

Hitting the streets to make your voice heard is a fundamental right in the United States, and it’s part of our country’s lifeblood. Whether you’re headed out in support or dissent, you should know what you’re getting into before you go. Even if you think the event is purely peaceful, someone else, another protest…Read more… [Link]

How to Create an Attractive, Customized Desktop HUD with Rainmeter

Posted 5 months ago

Rainmeter is a powerful tool that lets you create a beautiful, information-rich heads-up display that keeps track of your system status, RSS feeds, and tons of other info. Here’s how to use it to make an awesome, Iron Man-like HUD for your Windows desktop.Read more… [Link]

Mac For Translators

Safari Extensions

Posted 20 months ago

I was trying Omniweb the other day on a very standard page (from the Emacs lisp tutorial by Xah Lee at and I was shocked to see adverts in a box on the right side of the screen. Safari and its extensions had got me used to a web without adverts invasions, without irrelevant contents, and with much less … [Link]

OmegaT small update

Posted 4 years ago

OmegaT 2.0.3_1 was just released, it comes now with a complete Japanese/German/Slovenian UI/tutorial. Mac for Translators, the mailing list… [Link]


Lyft finally gets around to trying out black cars with Lyft Lux

Posted 45 minutes ago

Twitter FacebookFive years later, Lyft is finally competing with Uber's roots.  The No. 2 ride-hailing company on Thursday launched Lyft Lux, its version of premium black car rides — the service that Uber launched with in 2009, but that Lyft never really tried out after it launched in 2012.  "You do it all. Your ride should, too. We’ve added two black car … [Link]

New tool backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Google aims to make prison data more transparent

Posted 45 minutes ago

Twitter FacebookYou can't change what you can't see.  That's the motto of Measures for Justice, a nonprofit that just launched an online data portal to address unanswered questions about the American criminal justice system. Though the prison system is highly critiqued by activists, we know very little about what life looks like for the more than 2 million prisoners currently held in … [Link]

New Scientist – News

Three major UK parties respond to our technology manifesto

Posted 48 minutes ago

Proposals suggest liberals will again be drowned out by the drafters of the most extreme digital policy yet made by any democratic government [Link]

Strange cosmic radio burst pinned down to giant stellar nursery

Posted 105 minutes ago

A young neutron star is probably the source of a strange repeating signal previously tracked to a dwarf galaxy 2.4 billion light years away [Link]

Bad Science

How many epidemiologists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Posted 4 months ago

Robin Ince just asked if I know any epidemiologist lightbulb jokes. I wrote this for him. How many epidemiologists does it take to change a lightbulb? We’ve found 12,000 switches hidden around the house. Some of them turn this lightbulb on, some of them don’t; some of them only work sometimes; and some of them […] [Link]

“Transparency, Beyond Publication Bias”. A video of my super-speedy talk at IJE.

Posted 7 months ago

People often talk about “trials transparency” as if this means “all trials must be published in an academic journal”. In reality, true transparency goes much further than this. We need Clinical Study Reports, and individual patient data, of course. But we also need the consent forms, so we can see what patients were told. We need […] [Link]


The World’s Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on Encryption

Posted 8 weeks ago

The World’s Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on EncryptionNow that Pornhub's going HTTPS, your private browsing will be a lot more private. The post The World's Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on Encryption appeared first on WIRED. [Link]

The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With Opioids

Posted 8 weeks ago

The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With OpioidsResearchers reveal what makes the fang blenny's venom so unique: It's packed with opioid peptides. The post The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With Opioids appeared first on WIRED. [Link]

Pogue's Posts

David Pogue, Times Technology Columnist, Leaves for Yahoo

Posted 4 years ago

After writing about personal technology for The Times for 13 years, David Pogue will start a consumer technology Web site at Yahoo. [Link]

Terrific Sound in a Tiny Package

Posted 4 years ago

The Jambox Mini is small enough to fit in a coat pocket and delivers sound that is richer, crisper and louder than the feeble speakers on your phone, tablet or laptop. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News

Want to Lose Weight? Exercise vs. Diet [Science Video]

Posted 16 months ago

Which gives you the most bang for your buck when it comes to losing weight, exercise or diet? Asapscience breaks it down for you! [AsapSCIENCE] The post Want to Lose Weight? Exercise vs. Diet [Science Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News. [Link]

How to Make a Classic Stormtrooper Action Figure Breakdance [Video]

Posted 16 months ago

Star Wars and hip hop together as they were meant to be. WIRED’s Eric Steuer demonstrates how to get original trilogy figures doing sick headspins. [Wired] The post How to Make a Classic Stormtrooper Action Figure Breakdance [Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News. [Link]


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