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.

Mashable » Essential keeps letting fans down — now it might have accidentally phished them

Wednesday 30 August 23:33:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBrand-new phone maker Essential frustrated fans with months of silence and delays — but for some preorder customers, those missteps pale in comparison to the company’s latest PR nightmare.   An Essential email account asked some customers to verify their identity by sending back a picture of a photo ID, according to a report from The Verge.   SEE ALSO: The … [Link]

Mashable » Read Tim Cook's letter to employees about how Apple is contributing to Harvey relief

Wednesday 30 August 23:22:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81506%2f40b653ff ea31 46e6 9aa8 bffd81c730c2 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ devastating.","image&quot~ Storm Harvey's mind-blowing stats","sources":[{&~ video,real time,tropical storm,real-time-video,real time video,harvey,tropical storm harvey,hurricane harvey,mind-blowing facts","sec0":null,&~ video,real time,tropical storm,real-time-video,real time video,harvey,tropical storm harvey,hurricane harvey,mind-blowing facts","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Tech, Climate, Tech, and Climate Environment [Link]

Slashdot » Palm Devices Are Coming In 2018 Without WebOS, Says Report

Wednesday 30 August 23:20:00 UTC 2017

According to a new report, TCL will be manufacturing palm-branded devices next year. SlashGear reports: The Palm brand has been in limbo for the past half-decade, moving in and out of HP-connected devices then on into relative obscurity. The Palm operating system was acquired by LG and continues to be used (in some form or another) in LG smart TVs … [Link]

Mashable » These celebrity wax figures are … really something

Wednesday 30 August 22:51:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve seen some pretty awful wax figures in our day, but wow, do the ones at the new Dreamland Wax Museum in Boston take the cake. SEE ALSO: Madame Tussauds reinstates Beyoncé wax figure after lighting adjustments Per a piece from the Associated Press covering the new gallery, most of the figures at Dreamland are constructed using photo references alone, which … [Link]

Mashable » How one female neuroscientist is using VR to understand the brain

Wednesday 30 August 22:47:07 UTC 2017

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Slashdot » China Plans 600 MPH Train To Rival Elon Musk's Hyperloop

Wednesday 30 August 22:40:00 UTC 2017

In addition to relaunching the world's fastest bullet train, China is working on developing technology similar to Elon Musk's Hyperloop, which will allow passengers to travel at speeds up to 4,000 km/h (~2,500 mph). The first stage of the company's plan, however, will be to create a network of these "flying trains" operating at 1,000 km/h (~600 mph). Shanghaiist reports: … [Link]

Popular Science » This is how your brain tells time

Wednesday 30 August 22:30:00 UTC 2017

Brain Science It takes a whole lotta gray matter. No single area of the brain can take responsibility for our perception of time. Instead, multiple regions perform different tasks to help you watch the clock. [Link]

Mashable » How an outlaw's favorite hideout became a famous movie backdrop

Wednesday 30 August 22:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the mid 19th century, notorious bandit Tiburcio Vasquez robbed and killed up and down the coast of California. Join us as we explore his favorite hideout that also happens to be a famous backdrop in countless films and television productions.  Read more…More about Rock, Star Trek, Cowboy, Present History, and Gunslingers [Link]

Mashable » The internet roasts the New York Times Opinion section with memes

Wednesday 30 August 22:29:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe opinion section of a newspaper is expected to ruffle a few feathers, but two recent New York Times opinion pieces are being criticized so much that the internet is busting out the memes.  The Times published a piece from Erik Prince on Wednesday titled "Contractors, Not Troops, Will Save Afghanistan." The problem? Prince, who happens to be Betsy DeVos' brother, … [Link]

Mashable » This neuroscientist is using VR to learn more about the brain

Wednesday 30 August 22:13:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Presented by Coors Light With neuroscience, inspiration struck Nanthia Suthana at the age of 19. She read about a famous case in which a man underwent brain surgery that robbed him of the ability to form new memories, and she sprung into action.  Now, Dr. Suthana is a neuroscientist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and uses … [Link]

Slashdot » Kansas City Was First To Embrace Google Fiber, Now Its Broadband Future Is 'TBD'

Wednesday 30 August 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Five years after the opportunity arose in 2011 for Kansas City to become the first community to pilot Google Fiber, expansion of the gigabit per second service has come to a screeching halt. Kaleigh Rogers from Motherboard writes about how Kansas City's broadband future is "to be determined." From the report: Thousands of customers in KC who had pre-registered for … [Link]

Mashable » The Ugly Truth About Giraffes

Wednesday 30 August 21:59:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Giraffes, Mashable Reels, Giraffe Facts, Culture, and Animals [Link]

Mashable » Giant picture of your face on your luggage is horrifying, but practical

Wednesday 30 August 21:40:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet’s face it — most suitcases look the same, which makes keeping track of them while traveling quite the hassle. Forget investing in those pesky luggage tags that easily fall off or trying to set your boring black suitcases apart from the crowd with colorful ribbon. Head Case — a new travel case that literally puts a giant picture of your … [Link]

Mashable » Beloved author Terry Pratchett's dying wish to steamroll his hard drive fulfilled

Wednesday 30 August 21:20:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are plenty of people out there who would prefer their hard drive be destroyed by a steamroller after their death. Late author Terry Pratchett wished the same, but probably for different reasons than most. Pratchett sadly passed away in 2015 at the age of 66, leaving behind a hard drive, allegedly filled with 10 incomplete novels. But Pratchett had a … [Link]

Slashdot » Best Buy Will Now Send a Salesperson To Your House To Sell You Things

Wednesday 30 August 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Starting next month, Best Buy will launch a free service where salespeople will come to your house to make recommendations about gadgets and services to try and sell you stuff. The service has been in testing in five markets and will be expanded to more cities around the U.S., according to the Associated Press. The Verge … [Link]

Popular Science » FedEx has some pretty intense plans to get through any potential disaster

Wednesday 30 August 21:15:24 UTC 2017

fedex truck Entertainment Excerpt: Quakeland Natural hazards could happen at any time. The master of disaster is ready for them all. [Link]

Mashable » A major scene that was cut from 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 could've changed everything

Wednesday 30 August 21:08:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBran’s transformation into the Three-Eyed Raven has been a blessing and a curse for Game of Thrones fans; on the one hand, his abilities allow us to explore previously uncharted corners of Westeros, like Rhaegar Targaryen's wedding to Lyanna Stark; on the other, he's kind of a downer at reunions.  We spoke to the man behind the Raven, Isaac Hempstead Wright, … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2448: Elon Musk VS the AI!

Wednesday 30 August 21:02:55 UTC 2017

JoT thumbWho is the snitch? [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google's ARCore Aims to Bring Augmented Reality to Most Androids

Wednesday 30 August 21:02:37 UTC 2017

Google isn't going to let Apple steal its augmented reality thunder. The search giant this week announced ARCore, a new software development kit that will bestow augmented reality powers upon the majority of existing and future Android smartphones, with no special hardware required. [Link]

Mashable » Want to see your match's face? This dating app makes you work for it.

Wednesday 30 August 20:59:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFalling for a person whose face you've never seen might sound like a fairytale or a nightmare, but either way a new app wants to make it a reality.  Taffy is a dating and friendship app that operates on the premise that getting to know someone through text can sometimes be better than judging solely on how they look. It's launching … [Link]

Slashdot » Official Blade Runner 2036 Short Film Bridges the Gap Between the Sequel and the Original

Wednesday 30 August 20:45:00 UTC 2017

Between the events of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, much has happened in the dystopian, neo-Los Angeles future, including the era of replicant prohibition. To help bridge the first Blade Runner, which was released in 1982, with Blade Runner 2049, director Luke Scott has created a short film (YouTube) that examines Niander Wallace's role in the decision to overturn … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla's most expensive cars just got a price cut

Wednesday 30 August 20:24:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81053%2f4b8cbe7f 500a 46cf b043 c77043c5fbc3 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ pricey.","image":&qu~ is how much a fully loaded Tesla Model 3 costs","sources":[{&~ time video","sec0":null,&~ time video","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Tesla, Electric Cars, Model X, Model S, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Comedian Jim Gaffigan's chatbot is here and it demands snacks

Wednesday 30 August 20:20:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChatbots for news, sports updates, and even government resources keep popping up as AI-powered conversations become all the rage, and now comedian Jim Gaffigan says he has the first comedy chatbot experience. You know, so you can laugh with a robot pretending to be a celebrity. Aptly named JimBot, Gaffigan's chatbot is available starting Wednesday through Facebook Messenger.  SEE ALSO: Microsoft's … [Link]

Mashable » That viral 'Game of Thrones' photo is totally fake news

Wednesday 30 August 20:13:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Night King has a badass ice dragon, hordes of zombies, and a … sensible pick-up truck?  After the penultimate Game of Thrones episode, fans started spreading a very curious screenshot on social media.  SEE ALSO: How 'Game of Thrones' created the epic wight scene in the season finale Reddit told me of a beast called 'White Truck' that has appeared … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Sunlight Congress API Sunset Date Extended to September 30

Wednesday 30 August 20:07:49 UTC 2017

The sunset date for the Sunlight Congress API has been extended to September 30, 2017 to accommodate users who need more time to move their applications to the ProPublica Congress API. The Sunlight Congress API will be maintained by ProPublica until the sunset date. [Link]

Slashdot » PayPal Debuts a Credit Card That Offers 2% Cash Back

Wednesday 30 August 20:05:00 UTC 2017

PayPal is turning to its old nemesis, plastic, to help it expand beyond the digital realm. From a report: The online payments venture is introducing a credit card that offers customers 2 percent cash back on purchases — one of the industry's highest rebate rates — with no annual fee. The rewards will appear in users' online wallets and can … [Link]

Mashable » Where does the distrust in 'big food' stem from?

Wednesday 30 August 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn this episode of StarTalk on Mashable, Neil deGrasse Tyson asks documentary filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, who directed Food Evolution, where he thinks the anxiety and distrust about the food industry stems from. Check out the full StarTalk podcast about GMOs here. StarTalk on Mashable is a video series produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and … [Link]

Mashable » Mr. Robot goes to war with Elliot in ominous Season 3 trailer

Wednesday 30 August 19:54:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMr. Robot Season 2 ended with Tyrell shooting Elliot on the orders of Mr. Robot, and things are only going to get crazier from there, judging by the newly released trailer for Season 3.  In the new footage, Tyrell is shaken from his encounter with Elliot, and it looks like he's about to learn the truth about Mr. Robot — who … [Link]

Popular Science » The scientific community is mobilizing to save research hit by Harvey

Wednesday 30 August 19:50:50 UTC 2017

science lab Science Tweet storm. Scientists across the country are offering lab space and resources to Houston area researchers. [Link]

Mashable » How a bandit's hideout became an iconic Hollywood backdrop

Wednesday 30 August 19:31:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In the mid 19th century, notorious bandit Tiburcio Vasquez robbed and killed up and down the coast of California. Join us as we explore how a bandit's favorite hideout became a famous backdrop in countless Hollywood films and television productions. Read more… More about Rock, Star Trek, Present History, Gunslingers, and Damsel In Distress [Link]

Mashable » Get this rugged 4K action cam for a fraction of the cost of a GoPro

Wednesday 30 August 19:30:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It’s about time you showed the world your extreme activities and daring world travels just as you see them — every muddy trail you tear through, every flurry of powder you leave in your wake, every bead of sweat that drips from your brow. … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Lego-like vacuum robot climbs walls and sorts your Tupperware

Wednesday 30 August 19:30:00 UTC 2017

The first robots in your home probably won’t look like Terminator, instead they’ll be little odd-job loving plug-and-play suckers like these ones [Link]

Slashdot » Coders In Wealthy and Developing Countries Lean on Different Programming Languages

Wednesday 30 August 19:25:00 UTC 2017

Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson published an interesting observation: There exists a small but meaningful divide between the programming technologies used in wealthy countries and those used in developing countries. From a report: To be sure, programmers everywhere tend to build things with the same tools, which makes sense because software is a global industry. The first is in … [Link]

Mashable » There's a shoplifting subreddit. Morals not welcome.

Wednesday 30 August 19:23:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a subreddit for everything, the old internet adage goes, and it's proven true once again. There are "subs" dedicated to nude photo sharing, dragon sex, and as we recently discovered, stealing.  Welcome to r/shoplifting, an eight-year-old online community of over 35,000 people that is exactly what it sounds like. And then some. SEE ALSO: Reddit, Twitter offer an oasis of … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Safaricom Announces Increased API Efficiency within M-PESA Ecommerce Portfolio

Wednesday 30 August 19:18:24 UTC 2017

Safaricom, a mobile and wireless provider in Kenya, announced more efficient APIs for its M-PESA ecommerce platform. The APIs will be available through the company's developer portal. The company anticipates the new APIs will cut down on the time needed to integrate Safaricom APIs with third party applications. [Link]

Mashable » Uber investor Shervin Pishevar knows, like, all the best words

Wednesday 30 August 19:17:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are moments in life that demand greatness. Times when we, as definitely not mescaline-abusing right-thinking individuals, are forced to rise above the petty disagreements of our day and strike a definitive blow for justice.  For Uber investor Shervin Pishevar, a Benchmark lawsuit against former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is just such a moment. And like Don Quixote squaring off against … [Link]

Mashable » 'GTA Online' is finally getting its very own battle royale game mode

Wednesday 30 August 19:15:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The free "Smuggler's Run" update came to GTA Online on Tuesday, and with it was a new way to play that should be exciting for Playerunknown's Battlegrounds fans. "Motor Wars" is a competitive mode in the vein of PUBG and other so-called "battle royale" games. At the start of a match, up to four teams of players parachute into the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hidden pockets of turbulent gas fuel stars in far-off galaxies

Wednesday 30 August 19:14:29 UTC 2017

Galactic winds once thought to slow star formation may be driving the creation of new stars in distant galaxies, challenging long held beliefs about galaxy evolution [Link]

Mashable » Tropical Storm Harvey's mind-blowing stats

Wednesday 30 August 19:04:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTropical Storm Harvey devastated Texas, dumping nearly 50 inches of rain in certain parts of the state. The storm broke many records for the state—here's a breakdown of the numbers. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Texas, Storm, Flood, and Flooding [Link]

Mashable » This flameless plasma lighter would make a caveman's brain literally burst

Wednesday 30 August 19:02:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Mankind’s methods for conjuring and harnessing fire have remained largely the same since the caveman days—rub two things together to make a spark, ignite flammable material, enjoy fire. From flint & steel to Zippo lighters, we’ve pretty much always used that basic formula. Isn’t … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Is donating your DNA to the NHS worth the privacy risks?

Wednesday 30 August 19:00:00 UTC 2017

NHS England's national DNA database could improve the health of millions of people, but concerns over privacy could easily scupper the project's success [Link]

New Scientist – News » Human blood and skin cells used to treat Parkinson’s in monkeys

Wednesday 30 August 19:00:00 UTC 2017

For the first time, stem cells from adults rather than embryos have relieved Parkinson’s symptoms in monkeys. A trial is now being prepared for people [Link]

New Scientist – News » Weird ancient burst of light in the sky turns out to be a nova

Wednesday 30 August 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Six centuries ago, Korean astronomers recorded a bright spot in the night sky. A 25-year hunt for that star has settled a debate about how classical novae behave [Link]

Mashable » Sorry, but millennials just aren't worried about robots taking their jobs

Wednesday 30 August 18:57:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMillennials, amiright?  They're out here killing things left and right already, content to keep twirling their fidget-spinners and listening to their Zune-killers. But there is one thing millennials aren't doing: worrying about the robots that will take jobs. SEE ALSO: Robot from Boston Dynamics totally eats it during demo In the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers 2017 survey, thousands of young … [Link]

Mashable » Japanese Twitter users figured out a polite way to mansplain

Wednesday 30 August 18:54:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt is a truth universally acknowledged that men on Twitter are sacks of garbage. Tweets are painfully conducive to "mansplaining," where a dude condescends and explains something obvious to someone, usually a woman. (Basically, I just mansplained mansplaining.) Thankfully, Japan has a handy phrase we could learn a thing or two from. SEE ALSO: Twitter Bots That Actually Don't Suck As … [Link]

Mashable » Can 'Game of Thrones' truly come to a satisfying end?

Wednesday 30 August 18:52:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs of this week, we've got just six episodes left in Game of Thrones, to air sometime next year or the year after that. The story we've been following for seven years now – more, really, if you're a book reader – will finally be complete. Secrets will be revealed, questions will be answered, prophecies will be fulfilled. But will any … [Link]

Mashable » 7 Nintendo Switch indie games that will get you hyped

Wednesday 30 August 18:49:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNintendo on Wednesday dug into a handful of amazing-looking indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch over the next year, and it looks like this is going to be a year packed with fun and innovative new titles. SEE ALSO: Transparent Nintendo Switch case is a nod to the '90s We selected a few of the best-looking indie games to get … [Link]

Mashable » The internet goes in on right-wing blogger's bad tweet about Harvey and the results are hilariously perfect

Wednesday 30 August 18:45:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s a bad day on Twitter when you find yourself getting owned by an actual gender studies professor and, less importantly, getting schooled by an image of a pregnant SpongeBob SquarePants. But Matt Walsh, a conservative writer who calls himself "one of the religious Right's most influential young voices," brought it on himself Monday when he decided to use a heart-wrenching … [Link]

Popular Science » Checking yourself for melanomas? You might not be looking for the right thing.

Wednesday 30 August 18:45:00 UTC 2017

melanoma check Health Skin cancer is easy to prevent as long as you know what to look for. Melanoma is easy to spot, on yourself and others. Here's what you need to know. [Link]

Slashdot » Mathematicians Race To Debunk German Man Who Claimed To Solve The 'P Versus NP' Problem

Wednesday 30 August 18:45:00 UTC 2017

A German man — Norbert Blum — who claimed to have solved the P vs NP problem is seeing several challenges to his solution. From a report: Numerous mathematicians have begun to raise questions about whether the German mathematician solved it at all. Since Blum's paper was published, mathematicians and computer scientists worldwide have been racking their brains as to … [Link]

Mashable » Asus has a VR headset that actually looks good

Wednesday 30 August 18:43:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet’s face it: VR headset are pretty damn clunky. And by clunky, I mean ugly.  But Asus' new VR headset — which the company positions as a "mixed reality" headset — is actually quite snazzy. It'll still make you look like a dork, but at least you'll be a dork with refined taste.  SEE ALSO: Acer Predator Orion 9000 is a … [Link]

Mashable » Dramatic before and after photos show the scale and scope of Harvey's devastating floods

Wednesday 30 August 18:41:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe terms"catastrophic" and "unprecedented" have taken on a new, grim meaning for residents of Texas and Louisiana.  Tropical Storm Harvey, which came ashore between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, Texas, on August 25 as a hurricane, dumped so much rain on the Houston area that it is now considered the most extreme rainstorm on record to strike any U.S. city, dropping … [Link]

Mashable » 'No More Heroes' is coming back! The Wii classic gets a Switch sequel

Wednesday 30 August 18:31:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook That was definitely unexpected. Nintendo capped off its latest look-at-all-our-upcoming-games live stream with a nuclear reveal: a new Suda51 game. SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals 20-plus indie games coming to Switch Not just any game, eitherTravis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is the third game in a very bizarre and very excellent series. If you already know what I'm talking about, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Fatal AI mistakes could be prevented by having human teachers

Wednesday 30 August 18:28:00 UTC 2017

Artificial intelligences make many mistakes as they learn, which could be dangerous in driving or healthcare. Now human teachers could help them avoid errors [Link]

Mashable » Reporters call out Trump’s claim that he saw Harvey ‘horror & devastation’

Wednesday 30 August 18:27:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump traveled to Texas on Tuesday to assess the damage and rescue efforts from Hurricane Harvey. But he didn't actually visit the most storm-ravaged areas in Houston or talk to any storm survivors. But that didn't stop the president from talking like he had.  SEE ALSO: Very good businessman President Trump uses Texas tragedy to show off his crappy merch … [Link]

Mashable » Brave new world of biofuels: How E10 makes your car go

Wednesday 30 August 18:27:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPop quiz: You pull up to the bowser to fill your tank, and on the menu of petrol options is E10.    What do you do?    Answer: Fill it up, mate!    Available in more than 64 countries, E10 is a biofuel made up of regular unleaded petrol and up to 10% ethanol. Compatible with most petrol cars on the … [Link]

Mashable » Magic Leap patent drawings reveal what might be its mysterious AR glasses

Wednesday 30 August 18:26:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe latest twist in the hype-laden mystery around Magic Leap now includes a new set of patent drawings that offer a brand new look at what may be the company's augmented reality glasses.  In a patent issued August 29, 2017 (but originally filed in 2015), we see a series of eight drawings that detail a pair of bulky glasses that appear … [Link]

Slashdot » China Regulator To Review Apple Antitrust Complaint

Wednesday 30 August 18:05:00 UTC 2017

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce is reviewing an antitrust complaint accusing Apple of abusing its dominant position in smartphone applications, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. From the report: The regulator is studying the information following a complaint filed on behalf of developers before deciding if a formal investigation is necessary, said the people, who asked not … [Link]

Mashable » One 'Game of Thrones' finale scene made your heart race, and it wasn't Jon and Dany hooking up

Wednesday 30 August 18:01:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat do you think would happen if you took 300 Game of Thrones viewers and hooked them up to cardiogram machines during Sunday's season finale?  Well, first of all, they'd probably say "what the hell, man, I'm trying to watch Thrones." But after that, you'd expect their heart rate to increase the most at that moment many viewers have been longing … [Link]

Mashable » This ridiculous 'Fallout 4' horse armor costs real life money, and now I wanna shout into the void

Wednesday 30 August 18:01:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBethesda’s new paid mod service Creation Club is now live, and includes an interesting piece of armor for Fallout 4. It's called Horse Power Armor. It costs roughly $3 of real human money dollars. It's ridiculous. SEE ALSO: Unexpected video game horses, ranked Fallout 4's Horse Power Armor is a reference to Bethesda's first attempt at paid downloadable content for The … [Link]

Mashable » Mini's all-electric car brings a new charge to an old classic

Wednesday 30 August 18:01:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMini is making big moves in the electric car world and is introducing a fully-electric concept vehicle sporting the automaker's signature look with a few next-gen flourishes.  The new EV design, which is called the Mini Electric Concept (at least for the time being), was unveiled at the IAA Cars 2017 event in Munich. The small car is designed for short … [Link]

Popular Science » Found: A star that last dazzled astronomers in 1437

Wednesday 30 August 18:00:05 UTC 2017

classical nova Space It’s an explosive detective story. History, astronomy, and huge nuclear explosions all wrapped up in one. [Link]

Mashable » The state of salaries in 2017: Tech is still at the top

Wednesday 30 August 17:48:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you want to make money, major in computer science.  Common wisdom is yet again proven in LinkedIn's latest salary report. The study, examining salary trends for 2017 based on data from 2 million LinkedIn members, found that the educational field is the one with the highest-earning graduates.  The findings were interesting, since tech didn't take the top slots for highest-paying … [Link]

Slashdot » FDA Issues Recall of 465,000 St. Jude Pacemakers To Patch Security Holes

Wednesday 30 August 17:25:00 UTC 2017

In what may be a first, patients with heart conditions that are using particular pacemaker brands will have to visit their doctors for firmware updates to keep their embedded devices safe from tampering. From a report: It seems such an odd concept at first, but with many kinds of pacemakers now "smarter," with connections to mobile devices and diagnostic systems, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We’ve just seen 15 new mysterious cosmic radio bursts from space

Wednesday 30 August 17:16:35 UTC 2017

Breakthrough Listen detected more radio pulses from the famous repeating source FRB 121102. They’re higher frequency than previous ones but we still don’t know what causes them [Link]

New Scientist – News » Brazil rejects bid to drill for oil near unique Amazon reef

Wednesday 30 August 17:16:34 UTC 2017

Total has had its drilling licence turned down, with Brazil’s environment agency saying the French oil giant has failed to address the environmental risk of oil spills [Link]

New Scientist – News » We’ve seen how our brains file away memories for the first time

Wednesday 30 August 17:16:33 UTC 2017

You may be daydreaming, but your brain is hard at work. When we rest, our brains’ hippocampi regions replay new memories, filing them away for long-term storage [Link]

New Scientist – News » Nobody knows how these baby stars got so close to our black hole

Wednesday 30 August 17:16:32 UTC 2017

A group of stars orbits so close to the Milky Way’s black hole that they could have never formed there. But they’re too young to have been born further away [Link]

Mashable » Meet 9-year-old Sienna, the world's first child Lego designer

Wednesday 30 August 17:12:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81505%2f05cae476 8d4e 4d93 9429 a0d9ad8a8231 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ designed a Lego set for other kids to play with. ","image":"http~ 9-year-old Sienna, the world's first child Lego designer","sources":~ toy,lego blocks","sec0":null,~ toy,lego blocks","videoSeriesName&~ More about Uk, Design, Kids, Lego, and Designer [Link]

Mashable » Islands, a new messaging app, is taking over college campuses

Wednesday 30 August 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGreg Isenberg has seen how other apps grow. That's why he's at the University of Alabama with his new app, Islands. It's already the hot new thing as students start classes for the fall 2017 semester. "Who wants to meet people the most? It’s people at college. College is the single greatest time for self-discovery. You’re deciding if you like X … [Link]

Mashable » Gospel singers offer musical comfort to Harvey shelter residents

Wednesday 30 August 16:57:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmidst news of Tropical Storm Harvey's wide-reaching, catastrophic impact on much of the southwestern U.S., the people of Texas are offering comfort to one another in whatever ways they're able.  In just under 24 hours, this clip of a gospel performance inside the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center north of Houston has been viewed more than 8.2 million times.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » 8 young people on the value of Afropunk and black-centric spaces

Wednesday 30 August 16:54:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRacism sucks. Oppression's exhausting. And navigating the world as a young, black person at times feels like swimming against a never-ending, upstream current—but that doesn't mean there aren't things to celebrate.  In a time of political turmoil, amid a fraught racial climate, this year's Afropunk Festival (which has been thriving in New York for 15 years now, and expanded globally in … [Link]

Mashable » How Apple's ARKit will change the way you use iPhone apps

Wednesday 30 August 16:49:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAugmented reality is becoming easier than ever thanks to Apple's ARKit and developers are already incorporating the tool into their apps.  Read more…More about Tech, Apple, Iphone, Technology, and Mashable Video [Link]

Slashdot » Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant

Wednesday 30 August 16:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: A researcher at a high-profile Washington, D.C.-think tank, which receives funding from Google, was pushed out after criticizing the company. In June, Barry Lynn, who was a scholar at New America, posted a statement praising the European Union's record $2.7 billion fine against the company. Lynn ran a team, Open Markets, that researched competition policy and … [Link]

Mashable » A new crowdsourced project tracks Harvey-flooded roads in Houston and other areas

Wednesday 30 August 16:40:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs rescue crews field thousands of calls from Texas residents asking for help as flood waters rise in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey, people are looking to help in whatever ways they can.  Residents of Houston and surrounding areas have been taking their boats out to assist in rescues, and businesses are opening their doors to people displaced by flooding. … [Link]

Mashable » Behold: Kermit the Frog's new voice

Wednesday 30 August 16:40:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's not easy being green or switching voices, but Kermit's making it work. Muppet veteran Matt Vogel made his vocal debut as the iconic frog on Monday's episode of "Muppets Thought of the Week," allowing fans to hear the new Kermit for the very first time — and luckily not much seems to have changed. Back in July it was … [Link]

Mashable » No, Conor McGregor wasn't homeless before his UFC career

Wednesday 30 August 16:37:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome fake stories depict an alternate reality that is close enough to the truth to be plausible. That's the case of a tale about UFC fighter Conor McGregor that has gone viral.  SEE ALSO: Why the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight is so gross McGregor's journey from humble beginnings in Crumlin (a working class part of the northside of Dublin) to MMA … [Link]

Mashable » As Texas flooded, meteorologists felt helpless as dire forecasts were realized

Wednesday 30 August 16:34:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWeather forecasters have a difficult enough time convincing people of the forecast on a typical day. But what happens when an event like Tropical Storm Harvey comes along, bringing hazards well beyond anyone's experience? Meteorologists expressed a sense of queasiness and helplessness as their worst fears about Harvey were realized. Yes, they accurately communicated the potential for epic amounts of rain … [Link]

Popular Science » Even more evidence that we’re eating all wrong

Wednesday 30 August 16:29:23 UTC 2017

Health Forget fat, it’s carbs that might stick it to your ticker. A new study backs up a growing body of evidence that carbs—not fat—may be the true heart breaker. [Link]

Mashable » Couple finally completes 40-year-long quest to eat at every Cracker Barrel in the United States

Wednesday 30 August 16:23:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s called "batting the cycle" in the Cracker Barrel community and few, if any, have ever done it. Ray and Wilma Yoder, a couple from Indiana, have done the unthinkable. After forty long years, they have finally accomplished their goal of visiting every Cracker Barrel location in the United States.  It is an unprecedented feat, and one of humanity's greatest achievements.  … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Snow leopards aren’t as rare as we thought – but aren’t safe yet

Wednesday 30 August 16:22:00 UTC 2017

Snow leopards could soon come off the "endangered" list, but while that looks like a win the move could make it harder to drum up support for protective measures [Link]

Mashable » 'Overwatch' League's London team needs your help to figure out their name

Wednesday 30 August 16:17:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe start of Blizzard's premiere Overwatch esports league is just around the corner, and the owners of London team need help coming up with a name. SEE ALSO: 'Overwatch' League pros guaranteed at least $50,000 a year plus benefits The Overwatch League's London franchise, owned by Jack Etienne, CEO and co-founder of esports team organization Cloud9, reached out to the world … [Link]

Mashable » Lisa Frank and Reebok have just created the the '90s sneaker of your dreams

Wednesday 30 August 16:12:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've been feeling like something is missing with your sneakers—something like neon flowers, animals and rainbows—you're in luck.  Two pairs of the Reebok Classic Leather shoes have been totally revamped with a '90s Lisa Frank aesthetic, thanks to a new collaboration between the two companies. Finally, some footwear to match those Lisa Frank pajamas.  SEE ALSO: This unicorn tape dispenser … [Link]

Slashdot » What We Get Wrong About Technology

Wednesday 30 August 16:05:00 UTC 2017

Tim Harford, a columnist for the Financial Times, uses the example of Rachael and Rick Deckard from Blade Runner to explain how we humans, when asked about how new inventions might shape the future, often tend to leap to technologies that are sophisticated beyond comprehension. Also spoiler of the Blade Runner plot is ahead. He writes: So sophisticated is Rachael … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung is attacking the Apple Watch with two new fitness wearables

Wednesday 30 August 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 8850 3fc1%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ out, Apple.","image":&quo~ is attacking the Apple Watch with two new fitness wearables","sources"~ earbuds,ifa,ifa 2017,gear sport,gear fit2 pro,fitness bands,gear iconx 2018","sec0":null,&q~ earbuds,ifa,ifa 2017,gear sport,gear fit2 pro,fitness bands,gear iconx 2018","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Samsung, Wearables, Fitness, Smartwatches, and Wireless Earbuds [Link]

Mashable » Your Dog Is Smarter Than You Realize

Wednesday 30 August 15:57:52 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Dogs, Animals, Mashable Reels, Culture, and Animals [Link]

Mashable » Trump was presidential for 15 entire minutes, and then ruined it

Wednesday 30 August 15:54:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith flood waters ravaging parts of Houston, first responders, local police, the National Guard, reporters, and citizens have shown their true colors.  The images coming out of southeast Texas have been dramatic. Weekend warriors on recreational fishing boats have been rescuing people from rooftops of houses filled with water. Journalists have pulled people from flooded cars. Police officers have been shown … [Link]

Mashable » Tomi Lahren lands new job as Fox News contributor

Wednesday 30 August 15:52:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs a story breaking news if it's felt inevitable for months? Tomi Lahren is headed to Fox News as a contributor, where she will now get to shout various right-wing things to a much larger (and largely friendly) audience, reports Variety.  SEE ALSO: A giant inflatable 'Trump Rat' has invaded Manhattan Lahren will make her Fox debut on Wednesday on anchor … [Link]

Mashable » 2 women entrepreneurs created a fake male cofounder to deal with sexism and, depressingly, it worked

Wednesday 30 August 15:51:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s easy to understand on a theoretical level that female founders face more hurdles launching successful startups. It's less common to see the often insidious sexism they face blatantly illustrated.  Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer a year ago launched a successful art marketplace, Witchsy. The site, which has sold $200,000 worth of art, needed contributions from developers and designers to get … [Link]

Mashable » Woman's nasty tweet about an engagement ring sparks a debate about whether size really matters

Wednesday 30 August 15:35:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDoes size matter? It's an age-old question, and now we finally have a meme that has answered it. A few weeks back, Twitter user @Daymjina posted a photo of an engagement ring with the caption, "Imagine finally being proposed to & this is the ring you're given," complete with some crying emojis. The diamond in question is petite, but lovely nonetheless.  … [Link]

Mashable » Joel Osteen saga continues, says Houston didn't ask church to become a shelter

Wednesday 30 August 15:33:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPastor Joel Osteen is mastering the art of self defense this week after getting dragged online for his delayed Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts. Osteen received loads of backlash after neglecting to open Lakewood Church — his literal megachurch that seats 16,000 people — as a shelter for victims of Harvey's flooding. And as the wealthy pastor's latest defense, he told … [Link]

Mashable » Cummins is set to battle Tesla with its new all-electric semi truck

Wednesday 30 August 15:29:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTesla will reportedly introduce a new line of all-electric semi trucks in September — but another major player in the big rig game just beat Tesla to the punch by showing off its own alternative energy freight truck first.  Cummins, a company that is synonymous with diesel engines, just unveiled a vehicle called the AEOS that's an electric-powered Class 7 semi … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook To Open New Office in Kendall Square, Adding Hundreds of Jobs

Wednesday 30 August 15:25:00 UTC 2017

Facebook has a status update: The social network will open a new office in Cambridge next year and plans to hire more than 500 employees, bringing the Boston-based staff to 650. From a report: The company, which founder Mark Zuckerberg launched at Harvard before decamping for the West Coast, established its first Boston-based team nearly four years ago with a … [Link]

Mashable » Two artists hid KKK hoods and Putin postcards in the Trump Tower gift shop

Wednesday 30 August 15:11:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A couple of artists recently left some unofficial merchandise in the gift shop of Trump Tower in New York City. Amid a slew of "Trump" t-shirts, two artists dropped off unauthorized items like Ku Klux Klan hoods, rubber sheets (presumably so the pee doesn't stain), and a Russian flag. They also left postcards which call Vladimir Putin the 45th President … [Link]

Mashable » This cat-ception kitty will make you do a double take

Wednesday 30 August 15:10:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou’ve probably never seen a cat with a tattoo… until now. This little kitty looks like it got a badass tattoo of it's shadow on it's very own back. — ねこやん (@tatuya01) August 29, 2017 It's extremely meta. But it isn't the first time we've seen a kitty with an unusual marking like this, if you can believe it. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Personalize your belongings with this compact laser engraver

Wednesday 30 August 15:05:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Cubiio’ is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build portable laser engravers that can engrave multiple surfaces at the push of a button.  Read more…More about Food, Kickstarter, Mashable Video, Wood, and Laser [Link]

Mashable » Are GMOs safe?

Wednesday 30 August 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn this episode of StarTalk on Mashable, Neil deGrasse Tyson asks Plant Geneticist Pamela Ronald if we need to be concerned about the safety of GMOs. Check out the full StarTalk podcast about GMOs here. StarTalk on Mashable is a video series produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse … [Link]

Mashable » There is now pumpkin spice latte deodorant so you can smell even worse than you already do

Wednesday 30 August 14:54:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf there is one thing in life we can count on, it's that brands will milk the pumpkin spice trend for all it's worth.  And boy are they delivering this year. You can now  live your most spicy, fall life is with PSL-scented pits. The all-natural deodorant brand Native has just announced a new pumpkin spice latte scent, because why not? … [Link]

Slashdot » APFS Is Not Optional

Wednesday 30 August 14:45:00 UTC 2017

From a new Apple knowledge base article: When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won't be converted to APFS. You can't opt-out of the transition to APFS. Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Mashable » Amazing 'Game of Thrones' clue from finale gives more evidence to those "Bran = Night King" theories

Wednesday 30 August 14:43:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWarning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. Proceed at your own risk. Okay, while many of us probably spent the closing moments of the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale thinking "GROSS, DANY IS JON'S AUNT" or "HOLY CRAP THE ICE DRAGON DESTROYED THE WALL," those sneaky, sneaky writers slapped us in the face with a pretty big hint that there's … [Link]

Mashable » Pete Souza's latest Instagram reminds Donald Trump how presidents should act during disasters

Wednesday 30 August 14:32:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPete Souza wants to remind the world that not all leaders respond to natural disasters by bragging about crowd size and ratings. Sure, Donald Trump talked about those stats when he visited Texas to get briefed on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts, but as Souza highlights in a new Instagram post, the focus should on helping others. SEE ALSO: Trump is … [Link]

Mashable » Uber's CEO is already offering up perfect sound bites

Wednesday 30 August 14:31:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDara Khosrowshahi has accepted the position as Uber's new CEO, and with the official announcement, he's already taken on the role of Mr. Nice Guy. "I have to tell you I am scared. I've been here at Expedia for so long that I've forgotten what life is like outside this place," Khosrowshahi wrote in a staff memo to Expedia employee, Recode … [Link]

Mashable » A look back at the auditions that transformed these actors into 'Game of Thrones' legends

Wednesday 30 August 14:14:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooking back at these audition tapes, it's pretty clear just how natural a fit some of these actors were for their now-legendary Game of Thrones roles.  With only one season left, the tapes offer a blissful hint at what makes the show so irresistible. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Hbo, Game Of Thrones, Got, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » Alexa and Cortana will now be able to talk to each other to control your smart home

Wednesday 30 August 14:10:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwo of the biggest tech companies on the planet, Microsoft and Amazon, have decided to allow their digital assistants to speak to each other, and it could be the beginning of a great new relationship.  On Wednesday, in the surprising turn, the companies released a joint statement announcing that you will now be able to issue commands like "Alexa, open Cortana," … [Link]

Mashable » Trevor Noah defends Melania Trump for traveling to Harvey disaster area in heels

Wednesday 30 August 14:07:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlthough there are many, many more serious problems plaguing the world, everyone can't stop talking about Melania Trump's shoes. The Trumps made their way to Texas on Tuesday morning to assess the damage left by Hurricane Harvey. While Donald Trump donned a rain jacket and boots, Melanie wore high-heeled, black stilettos.  SEE ALSO: Melania Trump's new hat helpfully reminds us that … [Link]

Mashable » Is Cersei lying about her pregnancy? 'Game of Thrones' finale director addresses the fan theories

Wednesday 30 August 14:06:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are few things more dangerous than a woman scorned, which makes Cersei Lannister one of the most dangerous players left on the board in Game of Thrones. How dangerous? Well, she's prepared to risk the fate of the world and sit out the battle against the White Walkers in the hope that the Army of the Dead will murder her … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana Are Going To Work Together

Wednesday 30 August 14:05:00 UTC 2017

Amazon and Microsoft announced on Wednesday that they've been working on a partnership to allow their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, to speak to one another. From a report: Starting later this year, owners of Amazon Echos and other Alexa-powered devices will be able to say: "Alexa, open Cortana" to start querying Microsoft's voice assistant. Owners of devices running … [Link]

Mashable » A CNN reporter just rescued a man stuck in his truck on live TV

Wednesday 30 August 14:01:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes a few seconds can mark the difference between life and death. But what if that moment is broadcast live on CNN?  SEE ALSO: Tropical Storm Harvey is the strongest to hit the US in 12 years That's exactly what happened to Jerry Sumrall, who accidentally drove his truck into a ravine in Beaumont, Texas, before being rescued by CNN's Drew … [Link]

Mashable » Acer Predator Orion 9000 is a gaming behemoth with 18 cores and 4 graphics cards

Wednesday 30 August 13:48:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 36ca c7de%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Predator Orion 9000 is a gaming behemoth with 18 cores and 4 graphics cards","sources":[{&~ More about Gaming, Computer, Computing, Acer, and Hardware [Link]

Mashable » People are using social media to offer food, shelter and Netflix to flood victims in Mumbai

Wednesday 30 August 13:13:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs rain continues to fall across India, roads have been closed, houses destroyed and thousands affected by rising floodwaters. But in the Indian city of Mumbai, many are opening up their homes and extending a helping hand to all those affected by the floods, the worst the city has seen in a decade — using social media.  SEE ALSO: The moment … [Link]

Mashable » Jon and Dany have been beaten in our final 'Game of Thrones' power rankings

Wednesday 30 August 13:11:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Game of Thrones power rankings determines which character is currently most likely to sit on the Iron Throne at the end of the entire series: not the power behind it, but actually ruling as King or Queen of Westeros.  We're making these predictions based on what the showrunners are likely to think the best possible story. You can see the … [Link]

Slashdot » Large-Scale Dietary Study: Fats Good, Carbs Bad

Wednesday 30 August 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes CBS: New research suggests that it's not the fat in your diet that's raising your risk of premature death, it's too many carbohydrates — especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs — that may be the real killer… People with a high fat intake — about 35 percent of their daily diet — had a 23 … [Link]

Mashable » How Brand New’s new album subverted the music industry in plain view—and won

Wednesday 30 August 12:54:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI was sitting at my work desk just like any other day, when I opened up Instagram and saw something that blew my mind: My favorite band, Brand New, unexpectedly announced an album release after eight long years of rumors and build up. But this announcement wasn't like other surprise albums by superstars like Beyoncé or Taylor Swift. There were no … [Link]

Mashable » Big iPhone 8 reveal: How the virtual home button will probably work

Wednesday 30 August 12:36:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHow could an iPhone work without a home button? We now have some idea. Apple is widely suspected to unveil three new iPhones at a September event: the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and the highly anticipated iPhone 8. All rumors point to the latter being a radical redesign of the device—one that includes and edge-to-edge screen with very thin bezels, … [Link]

Popular Science » Hurricane Harvey’s putting bats at risk—but help is on the way

Wednesday 30 August 12:30:00 UTC 2017

person holding a bat Science Leave wildlife rescue to the people with rabies vaccinations. Waugh Bridge bridge is home to a colony of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. Volunteers from the Bat World Sanctuary are headed to save them. [Link]

Mashable » This translation fail may be the greatest of all time

Wednesday 30 August 12:29:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTranslating languages can be a tricky business. SEE ALSO: Here’s how to learn a new language during your daily commute Misspellings can happen, subtle meanings can get lost — or, as in the case of the translation below, the whole thing can just come out totally, brilliantly wrong. Best translation fail. The arabic spells out a transliteration of 'meat ball' in … [Link]

Mashable » Fox News stopped broadcasting in the UK and frankly nobody will miss it anyway

Wednesday 30 August 11:50:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFox News is no more — at least in the UK. And it doesn't look like there are many people who will miss it. SEE ALSO: No Fox News, Houston is nothing like 'Sharknado' The Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel has been turned off across the pond because its viewership was low. Like, astonishingly low.  U.S. media group 21st Century Fox said … [Link]

Mashable » Miss UK says she handed back her crown because she was told to lose weight

Wednesday 30 August 11:38:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMiss United Kingdom has handed back her crown and withdrawn from an international beauty pageant after being told to lose weight by competition organisers, she says.  SEE ALSO: Miss Iceland drops mic after being told she's 'too fat' for beauty pageant Zoiey Smale from Nottinghamshire was due to compete in the Miss United Continents pageant, which will take place in Guayaquil, … [Link]

Mashable » Jon Snow's letter to Sansa in the 'Game of Thrones' finale holds some Season 8 clues

Wednesday 30 August 10:59:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWarning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 7. Sansa and Arya may be best buds again, but that's not to say the whole Stark family is going to be tension-free from now on. Just take Sansa and Jon Snow. SEE ALSO: When will 'Game of Thrones' return for its final season: Our prediction Despite the fact a lot … [Link]

Mashable » Asia's newest mobile wallet may actually get the region to go cashless, finally

Wednesday 30 August 10:51:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFinally, people in Singapore are about to get an easier and quicker way to send money to a friend, via a mobile wallet app. But surprisingly, it's not coming from a bank or payment company — it's coming from ride-hailing app, Grab. SEE ALSO: You can now pay for public transport in China's capital with Android phones Grab, Uber's biggest competition … [Link]

Mashable » A guy's Twitter account got suspended after he made a death threat—against a mosquito

Wednesday 30 August 10:46:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter wants you to know it's taking online abuse very seriously. So much so that it's blocked a user who made death threats against a mosquito. SEE ALSO: Let's all take a deep breath and stop freaking out about Facebook's bots 'inventing' a new language A Japanese user sent out a furious tweet after he was bitten by a mosquito, saying … [Link]

Mashable » The story behind that inspiring picture of a human chain in Houston

Wednesday 30 August 10:39:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn times of crisis, human beings get together and help each other the best way they can.  That's one of the uplifting takeaways from the "catastrophic" Tropical Storm Harvey that poured 19 trillion gallons of rain on Texas, bringing floods and devastation on the southern state. The storm produced the most rain of any tropical storm or hurricane in the history … [Link]

Mashable » Acer Aspire S24 is so thin you can't tell there's a computer inside

Wednesday 30 August 10:22:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAcer has an absolute onslaught of new devices at IFA Berlin this year, and one of the highlights is the company's Acer Aspire S24 all-in-one desktop computer.  The Aspire S24 is a 23.8-inch computer that's just 0.23 inches (5.97mm) thick, and essentially looks like a regular computer monitor. You can barely tell that a computer is hiding in there, as the … [Link]

Mashable » Dramatic video shows ocean waves on a Texas highway after Harvey

Wednesday 30 August 10:16:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Tropical Storm Harvey has made a second landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border after dumping 19 trillion gallons of rain in Texas, bringing flood and devastation. The storm produced the most rain of any tropical storm or hurricane in the history of the lower 48 states.  SEE ALSO: Tropical Storm Harvey is the strongest to hit the US in 12 years … [Link]

Slashdot » Dealership Remotely Disables A Car Over A $200 Fee

Wednesday 30 August 10:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes the CBC: A car dealership in Sherbrooke, Quebec, may have broken the law when it used a GPS device to disable the car of a client who was refusing to pay an extra $200 fee, say consumer advocates consulted by CBC News. Bury, Quebec resident Daniel Lallier signed a four-year lease for a Kia Forte LX … [Link]

Mashable » J.K. Rowling's latest Donald Trump burn is brutally effective

Wednesday 30 August 9:46:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother day, another J.K. Rowling Twitter burn. The Harry Potter author has always been handy with the one-tweet comeback, but since Donald Trump became president her numbers have really gone through the roof. SEE ALSO: JK Rowling just roasted Donald Trump again with one incredibly ironic observation The latest in this ongoing series came after President Trump was briefed on Hurricane … [Link]

Mashable » The trailer for Miley Cyrus' 'Carpool Karaoke' looks like total chaos

Wednesday 30 August 8:53:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Carpool Karaoke with the Cyrus family looks set to be every bit as chaotic as you'd imagine. In the preview above, a full seven members of the Cyrus clan — including Miley in the passenger seat — don matching headgear for a sing along of Billy Ray's "Achy Breaky Heart". SEE ALSO: John Legend sings about erections in hilarious 'Carpool … [Link]

Slashdot » South Korea Moves Towards The World's First 'Robot Tax'

Wednesday 30 August 7:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: It's being called the world's first robot tax. If it goes into effect, South Korea will be the first country to change its tax laws in recognition of the coming burden of mass robotic automation on low and middle-skill workers. The change proposed by the Moon Jae-in administration isn't a direct tax on robots. Rather, … [Link]

Mashable » Woman creates board game about arranged marriages based on her experience getting out of one

Wednesday 30 August 5:57:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNashra Balagamwala was only 18 when she first faced pressure to enter into an arranged marriage. More than five years later, she's back with something that has helped her get out of an arranged marriage — a board game. SEE ALSO: These girls are saving the world better than any superheroes could Arranged! is a board game that follows three women. … [Link]

Mashable » People are outraged over this new Australian anti-marriage equality ad

Wednesday 30 August 5:16:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Australia's marriage equality debate has a new talking point with a controversial new 'vote no' television advertisement causing strong reactions across Twitter and other social media. Aired on Australian television networks on Tuesday, the Coalition for Marriage-commissioned advertisement depicts three Australian mothers divulging concerns about school programming, especially in relation to LGBTQI inclusive programs like Australia's Safe Schools, if marriage … [Link]

Slashdot » Is Slashdot Blocked In Parts Of India?

Wednesday 30 August 3:30:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader davesag writes: I'm a regular long-term Slashdot reader and have been living in Delhi for the last 9 months. As of last Friday 25th August the only way I can access Slashdot at all is via a VPN. It appears that Slashdot has joined the growing list of websites the Indian Government finds threatening. The Indian Government … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's White House nixes Obama effort to collect data on pay by gender and race

Wednesday 30 August 3:28:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe White House says it will halt a rule that would make businesses report how much they pay workers of different genders and races. The announcement takes aim at a major plank of President Barack Obama's equal pay legacy. His administration expanded the scope of the equal employment opportunity survey to include the requirements through an executive action last year. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Travis Kalanick welcomes Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's official new CEO

Wednesday 30 August 3:05:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs expected, Dara Khosrowshahi has officially been named Uber's CEO.  The announcement happened Tuesday, several days after Bloomberg confirmed Khosrowshahi had accepted the job.  SEE ALSO: Uber's new CEO is Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia The former CEO of Expedia has been described as "fair and nice," which isn't exactly how embattled Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick was known.  Speaking of Kalanick, he … [Link]

Mashable » Google Wifi has come to Asia, 6 months after its debut in the U.S.

Wednesday 30 August 2:58:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Aug. 30, 2017, 4:29 p.m. SGT Google has launched Hong Kong availability, in addition to Singapore. Google Wifi has launched in Asia, making mesh Wi-Fi easier for the average man on the street — but there's a catch. The Wi-Fi router package is now available in Singapore and Hong Kong. But for its Asian debut, Google Wifi is going to … [Link]

Slashdot » Domino's Market Tests A Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Car

Wednesday 30 August 2:10:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Someday soon your Domino's Pizza could be delivered to you — without an actual delivery person. Ford and Domino's are testing out a specially-equipped Ford Fusion that comes not only with self-driving technology but also an oven. It sounds cool but there is a catch — there's no one to walk the pizza to your … [Link]

Mashable » Teen saves horse trapped by Harvey's rising floodwaters with dad's help

Wednesday 30 August 2:08:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor days, Chance Ward and his son have been wading through deep water on horseback to save animals trapped by Tropical Storm Harvey's torrential rain.  Ward, of Cleveland, Texas, shared pictures and videos of their rescue efforts on Facebook, highlighting just how devastated the region has become. One video that shows his 17-year-old son, Rowdy, letting loose a horse locked inside … [Link]

Mashable » Watch the dramatic helicopter rescue of a mother and her tiny baby

Wednesday 30 August 2:01:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s absolutely no doubt that members of the U.S. Coast Guard are heroes. Since Sunday, they've rescued more than 4,322 people affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.  And some of those rescues are pretty dramatic. Here's a video the Coast Guard’s 8th District posted on Tuesday evening of an aircrew lifting a mother and her tiny baby from rising waters.  Amazing.  There … [Link]

Mashable » Obama-Biden bromance inspires animated series

Wednesday 30 August 1:55:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBarack Obama and Joe Biden have been out of office for just over 200 days, but writer and filmmaker Adam Reid isn't ready to let them go. SEE ALSO: Obama-Biden bromance reaches zenith with surprise Presidential Medal of Freedom He's created an animated sci-fi story featuring the former president and vice president. Together the two travel back in time with astrophysicist … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon will finally let you sync music from multiple Echo speakers

Wednesday 30 August 1:39:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon’s Echo speakers are about to get a lot more useful. The company just introduced an update that allows people to play music over multiple Echos at once, making Amazon's speakers much more practical for home audio.  SEE ALSO: Amazon made a freaky algorithm that designs clothes based on popular styles Now, you can use the Alexa app to create "groups" … [Link]

Slashdot » Massive New Spambot Ensnares 711,000,000 Email Addresses

Wednesday 30 August 1:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: A huge spambot ensnaring 711 million email accounts has been uncovered. A Paris-based security researcher, who goes by the pseudonymous handle Benkow, discovered an open and accessible web server hosted in the Netherlands, which stores dozens of text files containing a huge batch of email addresses, passwords, and email servers used to send spam. Those … [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Find a Way To Disable Intel ME Component Courtesy of the NSA

Wednesday 30 August 0:50:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes:Researchers from Positive Technologies — a provider of enterprise security solutions — have found a way to disable the Intel Management Engine (ME), a much-hated component of Intel CPUs that many have called a secret backdoor, even if Intel advertised it as a "remote PC management" solution. People have been trying for years to find a way … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's already winning the augmented reality wars against Google

Wednesday 30 August 0:20:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe augmented reality wars have begun. Google unveiled its challenger to Apple's ARKit on Tuesday. It's called ARCore, an AR platform built to work with the massive number of Android devices already in use.   For Google, there's one fairly major problem: Apple's iPhone 8 and the public release of iOS 11 (the system ARKit developers are creating apps for) is … [Link]

Mashable » 'Metroid: Samus Returns' pays homage to its inspiration in the best way

Wednesday 30 August 0:17:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Metroid: Samus Returns, based on 1991's Metroid II: Return of Samus, is kicking it old school with its special edition reversible cover. SEE ALSO: The new 'Metroid' game on 3DS feels super modern in the best way GameXplain did an unboxing of Metroid: Samus Returns Special Edition, showing off the game's reversible cover for the first … [Link]

Mashable » Brooklyn's unluckiest man gets leg stuck in world's smallest sinkhole

Wednesday 30 August 0:17:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA man crossing the street in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn got his leg stuck in a small sinkhole on Tuesday morning. According to local New York City outlet DNA Info, a man who works with the victim at a nearby auto repair shop says that the street collapsed under his foot, leaving him trapped. SEE ALSO: Send help. An … [Link]

Slashdot » The IRS Decides Who To Audit By Data Mining Social Media

Wednesday 30 August 0:10:00 UTC 2017

In America the Internal Revenue Service used to pick who got audited based on math mistakes or discrepancies with W-2 forms — but not any more. schwit1 shares an article from the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law describing their new technique: The IRS is now engaging in data mining of public and commercial data pools (including social media) … [Link]

Mashable » Trump Rat pops up close to the White House

Wednesday 30 August 0:06:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Trump Rat is back. The infamous inflatable first made an appearance in New York when Trump was in town earlier this month. This time, the rodent, which is reminiscent of the labor union protest rat but customized in Trump's likeness, is just a mile from the White House in Washington, D.C. SEE ALSO: A giant inflatable 'Trump Rat' has invaded … [Link]


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