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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 » Melisandre's cryptic exit could hold a big clue to 'Game of Thrones' Season 8

Friday 8 September 23:55:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones is populated by more than its fair share of shady characters, but there's no figure quite as enigmatic as the Red Priestess Melisandre, who showed up at Dragonstone in Season 7 for just long enough to engineer a meeting between Daenerys and Jon, before promptly getting the hell out of dodge.  She told Varys she intended to sail … [Link]

Mashable » Warner Bros. pulling 'Geostorm' posters from theaters because that's just the right call

Friday 8 September 23:52:38 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Brave the storm" may be a totally OK tagline for inspirational cards and promotional movie posters most of the time but maybe … just … not … right … now. While Florida scrambles ahead of Hurricane Irma to effect what may be the largest evacuation in U.S. history, Warner Bros. is pulling its movie posters for Geostorm, the Oct. 20 weather … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter is *not having* Equifax's response to that massive hack

Friday 8 September 23:29:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEquifax is oh so sorry that it allowed the personal information of potentially 143 million Americans to be stolen by hackers. So, so sorry. But, being the benevolent credit reporting agency that it is, the company has gone out of its way to ensure you can easily check if you're affected. Except, yeah, the entire process is shitty, confusing, and possibly … [Link]

Slashdot » Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Sets New Pre-Order Record For Samsung Despite Last Year's Disaster

Friday 8 September 23:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Note brand is still going strong despite Samsung recalling and discontinuing Note 7 devices last year for battery explosions. The company today announced that more customers in the U.S. have preordered the Note 8 than any other Notes it has ever sold in previous years during the same time period. … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How Not to be the Next Equifax

Friday 8 September 23:19:09 UTC 2017

When I last checked, very little in the way of technical detail was known about the breach at Equifax that resulted in the exposure of the personally identifiable information (PII) of over 143 million people. [Link]

Mashable » Will the U.S. help after Mexico's most powerful earthquake in a century?

Friday 8 September 23:16:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the short time between the immense flooding in Texas wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the destruction to come in Florida wrought by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful earthquakes in Mexico's history rocked the country.  Mexico City, more than 600 miles away, shook amid the tremors. The death toll has surpassed 30 and continues to climb as Mexico, too, … [Link]

Mashable » Grubhub claims it's not a food delivery company to avoid paying drivers more

Friday 8 September 23:15:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGrubhub, which describes itself in regulatory filings and marketing copy as the leading platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders, is trying its best to convince a courtroom that's not what it is. In the face of a groundbreaking lawsuit from two former delivery drivers, Grubhub chief operations officer Stan Chia took the stand on Friday to say that actually Grubhub … [Link]

Mashable » Insane wildfire photo perfectly sums up America in 2017

Friday 8 September 23:15:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn amateur photographer in Oregon just captured what some might call a portrait of America's current state. SEE ALSO: Summer 2017 feels like it's on steroids – and it's only going to get worse Kristi McCluer's depiction of a bunch of men casually golfing while a wildfire raged behind them went viral after it was tweeted out by David Simon, creator … [Link]

Popular Science » Your social security number probably got leaked and that’s very, very bad

Friday 8 September 23:15:00 UTC 2017

Social Security Number Hack Technology The Equifax hack exposed more than 100 million people to the worst kind of identity theft. You can change your stolen credit card and reclaim a bank account, but a stolen social security number is a big problem. [Link]

Mashable » Florida air space fills with planes trying to leave before Hurricane Irma hits

Friday 8 September 22:59:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Hurricane Irma bore down on southern Florida Friday and the local weather service warned of an "extreme" threat to life and property, there was a mad scramble to get out of the area. Flight patterns out of Florida airports Friday clearly showed the panic as thousands tried to evacuate in time. SEE ALSO: With Hurricane Irma, Miami could be facing … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple and Google Fix Browser Bug. Microsoft Does Not.

Friday 8 September 22:40:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Microsoft has declined to patch a security bug Cisco Talos researchers discovered in the Edge browser, claiming the reported issue is by design. Apple and Google patched a similar flaw in Safari (CVE-2017-2419) and Chrome (CVE-2017-5033), respectively. According to Cisco Talos researcher Nicolai Grodum, the vulnerability can be classified as a bypass of the Content … [Link]

Mashable » Apple iPhone 8 event: How to watch and what to expect

Friday 8 September 22:35:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe big reveal is almost here. Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on Sept. 12, where he's expected to reveal a bunch of new hardware including the next iPhone. The usually secretive company, however, couldn't contain leaks about the forthcoming iPhone this time around. In July, an Apple employee inadvertently uploaded a … [Link]

Mashable » Why wouldn't 2 people casually walk a gigantic refrigerator across a busy highway?

Friday 8 September 22:34:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Imagine this: You're driving on the highway, at a rather high rate of speed, and all of a sudden you see two people on foot carrying a large refrigerator as if it's the most normal activity to do on an interstate. That is exactly what happened on a highway in Russia. Is it any surprise that's where this happened?  You … [Link]

Mashable » These Malaysian firefighters are having a hard time catching a massive crocodile

Friday 8 September 22:27:06 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A group of firefighters in Malaysia were having a little bit of trouble catching a giant crocodile Sept. 3.  The hulk sized croc had his mouth agape, meanwhile the firefighters scrambled to figure out the best way to get control of the flailing reptile while still holding on to their limbs. At one point the brave wranglers manage to get … [Link]

Mashable » THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS: National Weather Service tweets apocalyptic Irma warning

Friday 8 September 22:26:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn case anyone was in any doubt as to the severity of Hurricane Irma and its devastating potential for Florida, the Key West National Weather Service (NWS) laid it out in simple, all caps terms Friday afternoon. SEE ALSO: National Hurricane Center's headquarters is in Irma's path—but it's built to take a hit "THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS," a … [Link]

Mashable » Florida Publix bakeries are selling Hurricane Irma cakes and the internet is divided

Friday 8 September 22:23:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn extremely Florida news, several outposts of the grocery store chain Publix are selling hurricane-themed cakes (why aren't they called Hurri-cakes?) as Hurricane Irma nears the state's coast. The internet, of course, is divided. Some people think the cakes are a classic bit of Floridian gallows humor. Others actually appreciate the message — one cake, after all, says "Go Away, Irma."  … [Link]

Mashable » What do the Duck of Justice and a red 'It' balloon have in common? Stephen King.

Friday 8 September 22:14:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Duck of Justice might need some more protection after it's been found with the infamous red balloon from Stephen King's movie It. Especially since its so close to the writer's home.  The Bangor Maine Police Department posted a funny Facebook message Thursday, explaining the incident. SEE ALSO: Red floating 'It' balloons are appearing near drains and we're fine, you're fine, … [Link]

Mashable » With Irma about to slam their office, National Hurricane Center employees stay to work

Friday 8 September 22:14:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen a record-shattering hurricane is headed toward your city, you listen to local officials and weather experts to prepare for the worst.  SEE ALSO: National Hurricane Center's headquarters is in Irma's path—but it's built to take a hit But what if you are the people behind the warnings and advice? That's what the more than 60 scientists, meteorologists, specialists, forecasters, and … [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Irma: A weather geek's live updates

Friday 8 September 22:10:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust two weeks after Hurricane Harvey brought the most extreme rainstorm in U.S. history to the Houston area, another record-setting beast of a storm called Hurricane Irma is bearing down on the U.S., this time hitting Florida. Hurricane Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean and northern Leeward Islands, and prompted one of Miami's largest-ever evacuations.Hurricane Irma has set numerous … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax should be the breach that broke the camel’s back

Friday 8 September 22:06:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Equifax data breach disaster is the last straw. This can't go on.  We can’t let companies flout cyber security best practices and common sense, and we can no longer rely on Social Security numbers as a secure and discrete form of identification. Equifax hasn't shared its own cybersecurity practices, but it's fair to say even if they were indeed subpar, … [Link]

Popular Science » Our pollution might actually be causing thunderstorms

Friday 8 September 22:04:29 UTC 2017

Lightning strikes water near ship Environment Ships could seed clouds for lightning. Exhaust pollution from ships is creating lighting storms over the ocean. [Link]

Mashable » Kirk Cameron believes that these hurricanes are intended to make us more humble???

Friday 8 September 22:03:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKirk Cameron apparently understands hurricanes more than you do, and he's here to fill in any gaps of knowledge you may have about Hurricane Irma. In a Facebook video that has gone viral, the former Growing Pains actor took a moment while in the Orlando airport to talk about the wrath of Hurricane Irma which has already destroyed the many islands … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber Faces FBI Probe Over Program Targeting Rival Lyft

Friday 8 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

cdreimer writes: According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source), Uber is under investigation by federal law-enforcement authorities for using a program called "Hell" to illegally interfere with the competition by creating fake Lyft accounts, initiating phony ride requests for Lyft drivers, and offering cash bonuses for drivers who drive for both … [Link]

Mashable » Even Disney World is closing (for the 5th time ever) because of Hurricane Irma

Friday 8 September 21:55:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Magic Kingdom can only generate so much magic. On Friday, Walt Disney World resort in Orlando announced that they'd be closing their doors this weekend because of Hurricane Irma. The theme park will close early on Saturday and remain closed until Monday as Hurricane Irma barrels its way through. SEE ALSO: Summer 2017 feels like it's on steroids – and … [Link]

Mashable » Pets deserve to be played with even when you're not home

Friday 8 September 21:40:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Just thinking about your pets sitting at home alone is enough to make you want to quit your job and run home to them. Fortunately, some tech-savvy animal lovers have discovered the next best thing to being able to text your pet: playing with … [Link]

Slashdot » UN Aviation Agency To Call For Global Drone Registry

Friday 8 September 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The United Nations' aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft. While the International Civil Aviation Organization cannot impose regulations on countries, ICAO has proposed formation of the registry during a … [Link]

Mashable » Small islands ravaged by Irma prepare to get hit by Jose

Friday 8 September 21:11:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookReeling from the devastation Irma wrought just days ago, a series of islands in the Caribbean are now preparing for their second major hurricane this week as Jose is forecast to side-swipe the area before curling northward into the open Atlantic ocean. SEE ALSO: With Hurricane Irma, Miami could be facing its nightmare storm scenario As of 2 p.m. ET Friday, … [Link]

Mashable » British Airways really believes Lupita Nyong'o is from the fictional African country Wakanda

Friday 8 September 21:10:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet us start this off very clearly—Wakanda is not a real place. Wakanda is the fictional country within Africa where the characters in Marvel's Black Panther exist.  Unfortunately British Airways (a company that flies people to real countries, hopefully) didn't get the memo about this, and someone reading the in-flight magazine recently noticed that they totally did think Wakanda was a … [Link]

Mashable » Confessions from monstrous gamers are both hilarious and disturbing

Friday 8 September 21:05:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookProving Nietzsche right once and for all that "man is the cruelest animal," gamers confessed on Reddit that they’ve done some disturbing stuff in video games.  In the subreddit, r/askreddit, user “Couch_Licker” (of course) asked its denizens: “What’s the most fucked up thing you’ve seen or done in a Video Game?” It prompted replies that range from the profoundly silly to … [Link]

Popular Science » China's stealth fighter may be getting a new engine

Friday 8 September 20:45:00 UTC 2017

PLA China 90th Anniversary Parade Zhurihe J-20 From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal Relying on Russian engines has put China at the mercy of a single, foreign supplier. That could be changing. China's J-20 stealth fighter is going to be powered by homemade turbofan engines. [Link]

Slashdot » Why It's So Hard To Trust Facebook

Friday 8 September 20:40:00 UTC 2017

Brian Stelter, writing for CNN: Why won't Facebook show the public the propagandistic ads that a so-called Russian troll farm bought last year to target American voters? That lack of transparency is troubling to many observers. "Show us the ads Zuck!" Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jason Calacanis wrote on Twitter when The Washington Post reported on the surreptitious ad buys on … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Gel-like ice is the lightest form of water ever discovered

Friday 8 September 20:28:26 UTC 2017

A type of simulated water ice has a molecular structure so sparse it’s like frozen candy floss, making it the lightest type of ice we’ve ever seen [Link]

Mashable » Hermit crab wears horrific doll's head as a shell due to a lack of affordable housing

Friday 8 September 20:23:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHermit crabs are just like us: they need a safe place to hide from terrible humans. A crab believed to be found in the Pacific's Pitcairn Islands was recently spotted with a rather unusual shell: a baby doll's head. Typically, hermit crabs use abandoned sea snail shells as their protective shell. SEE ALSO: The Ugly Truth About Giraffes The crab involved … [Link]

Slashdot » Could 'Re-Engineering' Earth Help Ease the Hurricane Threat?

Friday 8 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

As hurricanes continue to increase in frequency and intensity, a $10-billion-a-year project proposes injecting sulfate into the atmosphere to cool down the Earth and reduce the number of hurricanes by 50% for a staggering 50 years. From a report: In an attempt to combat climate change, a multinational team of scientists are working on a plan to literally re-engineer the … [Link]

Mashable » Sorry: Here's a bunch of 'Game of Thrones' characters singing 'Look What You Made Me Do'

Friday 8 September 19:59:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Well, would you look at that. It's just what you wanted! Footage from Game of Thrones edited so it seems like the characters are singing Taylor Swift's celebrity feud anthem "Look What You Made Me Do." Somehow, Arya isn't the one saying "I've got a list of names," but that's okay. There are enough GoT favorites — from Jon Snow … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Low-oxygen dwarf galaxy shows us how the early universe looked

Friday 8 September 19:49:00 UTC 2017

A star factory with the lowest oxygen level ever seen in such a galaxy could help us understand how the elements were distributed after the big bang [Link]

Mashable » Fyre Festival genius reportedly scammed himself by selling Kanye West, Hamliton tickets

Friday 8 September 19:45:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat’s the opposite of ticket scalping?  The business visionary behind the Fyre Festival reportedly bought up pricy concert and theater tickets to sell on members of his other business, racking up thousands of dollars in losses along the way, according to a report from Vice News. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter nonsense, and Fyre Fest proves it Billy McFarland, the … [Link]

Mashable » Rihanna gives the best explanation to Laverne Cox about that iconic diamond dress

Friday 8 September 19:43:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRihanna isn't known for being shy—in interviews or with her wardrobe options on red carpets.  For her cover story in October's upcoming Elle, the magazine invited the singer's famous pals to conduct the interview. Everyone from Pharrell Williams to Eminem had a shot to ask Rihanna anything—and Laverne Cox did us all a huge favor by whipping out a very important … [Link]

Mashable » Use the Warp Core to charge your devices, ‘Star Trek’-style

Friday 8 September 19:40:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Having this warp core in your car won’t let you zip past your work commute, but it can charge your devices efficiently.    The Star Trek: The Next Generation Warp Core USB Car Charger is the perfect addition to any fan’s Starfleet essentials. Plug … [Link]

Mashable » Save animals from drowning in your pool with the help of this tiny ramp

Friday 8 September 19:39:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis miniature raft and ladder combo is called 'The Frog Log.' It was invented by Rich Mason, a biologist that wanted a solution for small animals that got stuck in pools. Read more…More about Science, Animals, Mashable Video, Water, and Wildlife [Link]

Popular Science » A chemical meant to save plants is actually killing them—and it's spreading

Friday 8 September 19:26:37 UTC 2017

Environment Dicamba drift blues. New formulations of dicamba, an herbicide, seem to be causing havoc in America's soybean fields… [Link]

Mashable » The striking differences between Stephen King's 'It' and the '90s mini series

Friday 8 September 19:21:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith the latest film version of IT in theaters, it's time to take a look back at the original Stephen King novel and the 1990 ABC miniseries. Does the adaptation fall short or does it float? Spoilers, of course it floats. They all float down here… Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Stephen King, … [Link]

Mashable » Drone fleets are set to scour Houston devastation for insurance companies

Friday 8 September 19:21:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBuzzing drones are hovering above hurricane-ravaged Houston, and they’re being piloted by newly trained insurance agents.  After Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas with some 19 trillion tons of water — the greatest rainfall event in the history of the continental U.S. — many homes are inaccessible or too dangerous for insurance agents to inspect directly. Now, insurance companies are enlisting the help … [Link]

Slashdot » Mexican Tax Refund Site Left 400GB of Sensitive Customer Info Wide Open

Friday 8 September 19:20:00 UTC 2017

Mexican VAT refund site MoneyBack exposed sensitive customer information online as a result of a misconfigured database. From a report: A CouchDB database featuring half a million customers' passport details, credit card numbers, travel tickets and more was left publicly accessible, security firm Kromtech reports. More than 400GB of sensitive information could be either downloaded or viewed because of a … [Link]

Mashable » Southwest Airlines helps animals orphaned by Hurricane Harvey find new forever homes

Friday 8 September 19:19:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSouthwest Airlines recently became a hero to some pretty grateful furry victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The adorable cats and dogs were rescued and flown from Austin, Texas, to San Diego, California, by the airline who wanted to help the helpless.  According to the Boston Herald, one of the airlines' main cabin interiors took in four-legged cuties in search of new and … [Link]

Mashable » Everything you need to know about the massive Equifax data breach

Friday 8 September 19:18:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe credit score provider Equifax announced Thursday that the personal information of more than 143 million U.S. customers were accessed by hackers between May and July.  Hackers reportedly gained access to the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers, and other private information of millions of Equifax customers. The company also admitted it exposed credit card numbers of … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax hit with $70 billion class-action lawsuit after massive hack

Friday 8 September 19:18:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThat didn't take long. Two Oregon women filed a class action lawsuit against Equifax Thursday evening, just hours after the credit reporting agency revealed a massive data breach that may have compromised personal information belonging to 143 million Americans. SEE ALSO: Bad news for literally anyone with a credit card: there's a good chance you just got hacked The complaint accuses … [Link]

Mashable » The one stark difference between Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Andrew

Friday 8 September 19:01:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt first glance, you might think that Hurricane Irma, which is forecast to hit Florida as a Category 4 storm, is weaker than 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which was a Category 5 beast. However, the two storms have one all-important difference. Hurricane Irma is far larger than Andrew was, and has far more destructive potential. It will also drive a bigger storm … [Link]

Mashable » DIY Your Own Beautiful iPhone Stand

Friday 8 September 18:54:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Iphone, Mashable Reels, Sn Reels, Iphone Stand, and Tech [Link]

Popular Science » What finding boron on Mars actually means in the hunt for alien life

Friday 8 September 18:50:23 UTC 2017

gale crater view curiosity Space We're getting closer. You probably don’t think of boron as an essential ingredient to life, because it’s not essential for humans. But on Mars, it might have been crucial. [Link]

Mashable » Everything we know about how Facebook helped Trump win: A timeline

Friday 8 September 18:49:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook played a vital role in the outcome of the 2016 election—ask any digital director on one of the presidential campaigns, or maybe some Russian propagandists. News that Facebook took at least $100,000 from Russian troll farms to promote socially and politically divisive content reignited discussion around just how much of an impact Facebook had in getting Donald Trump elected.  It … [Link]

Mashable » Here’s how big coffee moments are fueling the Mashable workforce

Friday 8 September 18:41:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYAWN. You know the feeling: you’re half asleep at your desk, peeking out through bleary eyes at your crowded inbox and wondering just how many minutes you have to survive through before you can get some more sleep. And then it hits – you forgot your morning coffee. There’s a mantra that rings true around the global universe of Mashable, and … [Link]

Mashable » National Hurricane Center's headquarters is in Irma's path—but it's built to take a hit

Friday 8 September 18:41:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne of the overlooked storylines of the Hurricane Irma preparation is the very startling revelation that the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the organization that monitors hurricanes and puts out those prediction maps, is in Irma's path this weekend. But if there's any good news to be gleaned from Irma, it's that at least the NHC has a — literally — strong … [Link]

Slashdot » Are We Being Watched? Tens of Other Worlds Could Spot the Earth

Friday 8 September 18:40:00 UTC 2017

A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how an alien observer might be able to detect Earth using our own methods. From a report: They find that at least nine exoplanets are ideally placed to … [Link]

Mashable » Churchill, Manitoba is a land of beluga whales, polar bears, and beauty

Friday 8 September 18:39:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You’ve probably never heard of Churchill, Manitoba.   With a population of just 899, this little Manitoba town is best known for the number of polar bears that congregate there during the fall — an event that's earned the town the nickname "The Polar Bear Capital of the World."  Located just 68 miles from the Manitoba–Nunavut border on the northern tip … [Link]

Mashable » Scandal prompts FTC to crack down on social media influencers

Friday 8 September 18:07:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges against individual social media influencers for the first time Thursday, setting a new precedent: influencers need to unambiguously disclose their connections to brands and companies they are promoting. Thursday's settlement specifically requires two YouTubers — Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Thomas "Syndicate" Cassell — to clearly disclose relationships with brands they promote in the future. … [Link]

Mashable » Alleged Equifax hackers demand $2.6 million Bitcoin ransom — or else…

Friday 8 September 18:06:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBy now you know that credit reporting agency Equifax was hacked, and with it, potentially 143 million Americans social security numbers, birth dates, and then some. Unless, according to the criminals who supposedly hacked them, Equifax pays up.  SEE ALSO: How to tell if you're one of the 143 million Americans affected by the Equifax hack That's according to an onion … [Link]

Mashable » 'It' the 1990 miniseries is basically the sanitized version of Stephen King's gory novel

Friday 8 September 18:04:42 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook With the latest film version of IT in theaters, it's time to take a look back at the original Stephen King novel and the 1990 ABC miniseries. Does the adaptation fall short or does it float? Spoilers, of course it floats. They all float down here… Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content.  Read more… More about Stephen King, … [Link]

Slashdot » VR's Tough Demand: Your Undivided Attention

Friday 8 September 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Ina Fried, writing for Axios: If you want to know why virtual reality hasn't taken off, you might want to blame our addiction to smartphones. Why? While the power of VR is to be transported into an immersive experience, consumers will demand a lot out of something that makes them give up Twitter and Facebook, even for a few minutes. … [Link]

Popular Science » If everyone became vegetarian, would the planet actually be better off?

Friday 8 September 17:51:00 UTC 2017

Ask Us Anything Cutting back on red meat is probably the best place to start, but eating the right types of veggies is important, too. Losing our dependence on meat is a good start to making sure our food choices are environmentally-friendly, but looking at our food system as a whole isn't a bad idea… [Link]

Mashable » Harry Potter jackets will almost make you forget you didn’t get a Hogwarts letter this year

Friday 8 September 17:50:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Game of Thrones" is officially over for at least a year and it’s time for Harry Potter fans to regain their rightful place as the most obsessive fandom around. “Winter is coming” all right but this time we’re going back to Hogwarts. SEE ALSO: Bake 'Game of Thrones' cookies and bring meaning back into your life You may not be going … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Yelp Adds Event Data to Fusion and GraphQL APIs

Friday 8 September 17:47:45 UTC 2017

This week, Yelp announced that it will make Yelp Events data available through its Yelp Fusion API and Yelp GraphQL API. Yelp Events is a collaborative space where users can create, share and discover events around the world. [Link]

Mashable » Transform your next cookout into a pizza party with this portable oven

Friday 8 September 17:39:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Making pizza at home typically means either heating up a frozen pizza in the oven or, if you’re feeling especially fancy, heating up ingredients you got from the grocery store in the oven. True connoisseurs may even have a pizza stone. Either way, oven … [Link]

Mashable » What's the big Rush? Limbaugh flees Hurricane Irma after he chalked it up to climate change conspiracy

Friday 8 September 17:37:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat’s the big Rush? In a move that should shock absolutely nobody, Rush Limbaugh is leaving Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma—a storm he recently chalked up to a liberal media climate change conspiracy.  Limbaugh told his listeners earlier in the week that he had taken a close look at the storm and come to the conclusion that people were overreacting—even decrying … [Link]

Mashable » Why some people can't handle coffee

Friday 8 September 17:31:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile java love is widespread, some people can't handle the jittery effects of coffee. Why is it that some people can chug coffee like water while others can't have a single sip without feeling like their hearts are going to pop out of their chest? Dr. Marilyn Cornelis from Northwestern University explains the genetic reason behind this phenomena. Read more…More about … [Link]

Popular Science » 8.1 magnitude earthquake is one of the strongest to ever hit Mexico

Friday 8 September 17:23:22 UTC 2017

Shake map Science And a hurricane may be on the way. A massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico just before midnight on Thursday. [Link]

Mashable » New astronaut photo shows Hurricane Irma's true scale from space

Friday 8 September 17:21:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt must be a strange kind of feeling to be up in space and looking down at a hurricane swirling far below.  While astronauts on the International Space Station obviously aren't in any danger from hurricanes on our planet, they're inexorably affected by them, with family and friends possibly in the path of the raging storm. Yet, it's hard not to … [Link]

Slashdot » A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening To Topple Taxonomy

Friday 8 September 17:20:00 UTC 2017

From a report: To study life on Earth, you need a system. Ours is Linnaean taxonomy, the model started by Swedish biologist Carl Linnaeus in 1735. Linnaeus's two-part species names, often Latin-based, consist of both a genus name and a species name, i.e. Homo sapiens. Like a library's Dewey Decimal system for books, this biological classification system has allowed scientists … [Link]

Mashable » We don't really have to talk you into watching a skiing video of a stabilized nipple do we?

Friday 8 September 17:07:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Have you ever wanted to watch a nipple ski? Probably not, but trust me you should see this. At first, you may think this is an ordinary video of a shirtless man skiing while recording himself on his GoPro, but no. As the video progresses, you learn that the temperature isn't the only thing freezing; his nipple is frozen on … [Link]

Mashable » Princess Leia was a rebel at 16: What we learned from her new YA novel

Friday 8 September 17:00:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookShe may not have received a space PhD, but teenage Princess Leia Organa was an all-round humanitarian and rebellion-saving badass.  That's what we learned from Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray — a YA novel that also counts as official Star Wars canon on the backstory of one of our favorite characters.  The book gives you pretty much everything you … [Link]

Mashable » Google search on mobile is getting tabs for better results for movies and TV

Friday 8 September 17:00:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle just made search results a lot more useful. The company is giving its mobile search results a new look, with a new set of tabs that show more information about television shows, movies, stocks, and books. The update's available now for mobile search results in the U.S. SEE ALSO: Google's new Google Maps feature will make parking less of a … [Link]

Mashable » How Uber Created a Universe of Startups

Friday 8 September 16:46:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Uber, Uber Drivers, Mashable Reels, Business, and Sharing Economy [Link]

Mashable » Did Trump get $17 million for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago that never happened?

Friday 8 September 16:41:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump once said he got $17 million in a hurricane damage insurance payout for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, but an Associated Press investigation couldn't find much evidence of the supposed damage.  The 2016 AP investigation is newly relevant as a massively powerful Hurricane Irma swirls toward Florida. The storm is expected to engulf much of the state, and … [Link]

Slashdot » Fake Facebook 'Like' Networks Exploited Code Flaw To Create Millions of Bogus 'Likes'

Friday 8 September 16:40:00 UTC 2017

A thriving ecosystem of websites that allow users to automatically generate millions of fake "likes" and comments on Facebook has been documented by researchers at the University of Iowa. From a report: Working with a computer scientist at Facebook and one in Lahore, Pakistan, the team found more than 50 sites offering free, fake "likes" for users' posts in exchange … [Link]

Mashable » Drivers face a traffic nightmare as they flee before Hurricane Irma

Friday 8 September 16:33:49 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81571%2f423be0d3 1c7e 4460 b77e 53bf38382c0d Read more… {"player":{"descript~ predicted to make landfall in Florida over the weekend.","image":&q~ Irma is the most powerful storm to slam the Atlantic Ocean. Here's what you need to know.","sources":[{&~ ocean,hurricane,climate change,puerto rico,caribbean islands,real-time video,real-time-video,real time video,carribean sea,hurricane irma,irma","sec0":nu~ ocean,hurricane,climate change,puerto rico,caribbean islands,real-time video,real-time-video,real time video,carribean sea,hurricane irma,irma","videoSeriesNa~ More about Florida, Twitter Reactions, Traffic, Hurricane Irma, and Culture [Link]

Mashable » Are you beautiful or not? Tinder hires James Blunt to critique your profile

Friday 8 September 16:24:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook James Blunt is a self-declared expert on beauty, but can he help others find their best selves? That’s what Tinder is banking on. They’ve given the British songwriter the very fitting title of Chief Blunt Officer at the company. In a series of new videos released Friday, he's reviewing people’s profiles and giving them feedback. Some of the commentary he … [Link]

Mashable » Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ is a midlife crisis drama for the pre-apocalypse

Friday 8 September 16:21:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn post-apocalyptic stories, the end of the world has usually come about suddenly and dramatically – a nuclear war, perhaps, or a zombie plague, or a robot uprising.  Turn on the news any day of the week, though, and it can start to feel like we've already begun our slow, inexorable decline. Like we're in a pre-apocalyptic age, even if we … [Link]

Mashable » One of Michael Jordan's most iconic sneakers just got turned into a paintbrush

Friday 8 September 16:09:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou can create art with many things, but if you want to be the most meta, make it out of the thing you're painting. Artist gc911 decided to take Michael Jordan's classic Air Jordan 1, the original Jordan sneakers, and turn them into a paintbrush to create a portrait of the man himself.  #AJ1 #sneaker #aj #airjordan #jumpman23 #Jordans #soletoday #sneakerlab … [Link]

Mashable » Drake is just as big of a Beyoncé fan as we all are, and his studio decor proves it

Friday 8 September 16:02:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s no secret Drake stans hard when it comes to women in music.  The man has a pair of Rihanna socks and had portraits of Sade and Aaliyah tattooed on his body for crying out loud, so we shouldn't be too surprised by what's in his studio.  When the Canadian musician posted an innocent photo of himself working hard to deliver … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat's newest media partners: college newspapers

Friday 8 September 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCollege students are getting more Snap in their lives this fall.  Snapchat is releasing Campus Publisher Stories, where college newspapers will be creating content exclusively for the messaging app that was popularized by students back in 2013. These weekly editions will only be available on Snapchat Discover within the school's district and will feature ads.  SEE ALSO: The video chat app … [Link]

Slashdot » At Burning Man While Your Startup Burns

Friday 8 September 16:00:00 UTC 2017

There's a difference between clearing your head, and ditching your dying startup to do drugs in the desert. From a report: Whether you're going to Burning Man, Ibiza, SXSW, or some big international tech conference, the message you send is the same. If your startup isn't succeeding, you're skipping out on the dirty work while hoping some miracle revelation or … [Link]

Mashable » Time runs out for Florida: Hurricane Irma to bring devastating winds, storm surge

Friday 8 September 15:52:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook(Note: This story will be updated throughout the day Friday.) Barely two weeks after Hurricane Harvey brought the sprawling, flood-prone city of Houston to a halt, Hurricane Irma promises to deliver a knockout blow to another region experiencing rapid growth, and plagued by what experts call hurricane amnesia.  It has been 13 years since a Category 4 hurricane hit the U.S., … [Link]

Mashable » Corgi with 'Receiving Gifts' love language attempts to give its reflection a bone

Friday 8 September 15:48:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet us bow our heads and pray to Reflection Corgi, the patron saint of selfless gifts and confusing mirrors. If you didn't know about the deep altruism of the noble corgi — dogs known for having both the purest hearts and funniest butts — you know now. SEE ALSO: 8 Dogs Who Accomplished More Than You Ever Will In this video, … [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus tries very hard to explain millennial behavior to Ellen Degeneres

Friday 8 September 15:45:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook   She’s talking about her g-g-g-generation!  Singer-songwriter, Miley Cyrus, gave a much needed lesson on The Ellen Show in a segment called “Mileyennials and Me.” Ellen DeGeneres wanted to try to understand millennials and who better to school her about generation Y than the "Wrecking Ball" singer?  During the segment, DeGeneres asked why exactly do millennials post pictures of food … [Link]

Mashable » Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan preview the love and loss of 'Outlander' Season 3

Friday 8 September 15:42:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been more than a year since Outlander last graced our screens, but it's clear that the time-traveling drama intends to make up for lost time in its action-packed third season, which will explore the two decades that our star-crossed couple, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan), spent apart following the Battle of Culloden, as well as their journey back … [Link]

Mashable » A flock of 70 turkeys that poop on trucks has driven a small Oregon town to the brink

Friday 8 September 15:40:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of turkeys and also the people who are trying to get the turkeys out of their town. The small city of Pilot Rock, Oregon (1,500 residents), has reached out to the state for solutions to their wild turkey problem — a problem in which a flock of … [Link]

Mashable » 4-year-old Australian girl channels her inner Katniss Everdeen with a front tooth removal

Friday 8 September 15:36:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook We all had the displeasure of having a tooth removed as a kid. But what if there was a way to make it fun? Four-year-old Kora, with the help from her dad, decided to use a bow and arrow to pull out her front tooth. Ya know, like you do.  It took a few tries, before her dad took over … [Link]

Popular Science » Premature babies get worse healthcare if they're not white

Friday 8 September 15:33:11 UTC 2017

Health Something's wrong in the NICU. Race and ethnicity might play a role in the quality of attention very low birth weight babies receive in NICUs. [Link]

Mashable » Mattel introduces new colorblind accessible version of 'Uno'

Friday 8 September 15:24:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the game of Uno, knowing the color of a card is just as important as knowing its number, which means some colorblind players can be at a serious disadvantage. But now Mattel is fixing that — the company just announced a new accessible version of Uno, made with ColorADD cards. SEE ALSO: Woman creates board game about arranged marriages based … [Link]

Slashdot » Seoul Is Reinventing Itself As a Techno-Utopia

Friday 8 September 15:20:00 UTC 2017

mirandakatz writes: Seoul is struggling: Its birth rate is at an all-time low, college graduates are having enormous trouble finding jobs, and trust in government is not high. But South Korea is also, in many ways, cutting edge — and it wants to use that future-thinking power to build its capital into a techno-utopia. As Susan Crawford details at Backchannel, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hurricane Irma tears across Caribbean leaving chaos in its wake

Friday 8 September 15:17:21 UTC 2017

The tropical storm has left a trail of devastation across the region, reducing islands to wreckage and leaving at least 14 people dead [Link]

New Scientist – News » Equifax data breach hits nearly half of US – and isn’t over yet

Friday 8 September 15:09:00 UTC 2017

“Horrendous” hack of Equifax, a US firm responsible for millions of people’s credit ratings, is not the biggest in US history, but the data is the most sensitive [Link]

Mashable » Two new tributes to Chester Bennington show how much he meant to the world

Friday 8 September 15:06:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwo months after Chester Bennington's death, his family, bandmates, and fans around the world are continuing to pay tribute to the late Linkin Park frontman. Bennington's wife, Talinda Bennington, posted a family photo of the singer on Twitter yesterday. She wrote that the picture — which depicts a smiling Bennington on vacation with his wife and kids — was taken just "days" … [Link]

Mashable » The store of the future has no checkout lines

Friday 8 September 15:03:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA startup called Standard Cognition is experimenting with using machine learning and cameras to create an automated checkout experience.  Read more…More about Startups, Amazon, Shopping, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning [Link]

Mashable » 'Will & Grace' finally has the epic GIF collection it deserves, just in time for the revival

Friday 8 September 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA picture may be worth a thousand words, but Will & Grace fans know that these faces are priceless, honey.  Back when Will & Grace was first on the air, Twitter and Facebook didn't exist, and GIFs were generally reserved for your slow-loading Geocities shrine to Star Trek Voyager.  In hindsight, the NBC comedy was one of the most quotable, GIF-able … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We seem to be getting stupider and population ageing may be why

Friday 8 September 14:59:00 UTC 2017

Average IQ may be falling, a trend some think is due to smarter people having fewer children. Now evidence suggests longer lifespans may be to blame instead [Link]

Mashable » Here's how the RED Hydrogen phone's 'holographic' display will work

Friday 8 September 14:56:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe now know a little more about the "holographic display" in RED's much-hyped Hydrogen Android phone. The digital camera maker has announced it's partnering up with Leia Inc., a company that specializes in making holographic displays for mobile devices, to provide the Hydrogen phone with its special eye-popping screens. SEE ALSO: YouTube star gives us a look at RED's mysterious holographic … [Link]

Slashdot » Mexico's Strongest Quake in Century Strikes Off Southern Coast

Friday 8 September 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least 33 people. From a report: The quake, which President Enrique Pena Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan. Severe damage has been reported in Oaxaca and Chiapas states. A tsunami … [Link]

Mashable » George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' is a race relations movie that'll make you facepalm

Friday 8 September 14:34:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGeorge Clooney's Suburbicon is an acidic crime drama about a middle-class everyman (Matt Damon) who gets in over his head with a twisted criminal scheme. It's also a sobering race relations drama based on the true story of the Myers, the first black family to move into the white suburb of Levittown, Pennsylvania in the 1950s. If you're having trouble imagining … [Link]

Mashable » Get all the GoPro gear you'll ever need—for less than twenty bucks

Friday 8 September 14:29:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. GoPros are great, but to really get the most use out of them, you need some accessories—since what's the point of having a little, go-anywhere action camera without having a ton of different ways to strap it to stuff?  Well, allow us to solve … [Link]

Mashable » Bake 'Game of Thrones' cookies, because you have to do something to keep meaning in your life

Friday 8 September 14:26:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Another season of Game of Thrones has come and gone—leaving a giant dragon-shaped hole in our hearts (and images of Jon Snow’s butt burned into our eyelids). As we eagerly anticipate its return, it’s important to do everything you can to keep the spirit … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' is rewriting the rules of late night TV for a digital audience

Friday 8 September 14:07:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2017 hasn't been a great year for America, but it's certainly been good for late night TV.  Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, John Oliver and Seth Meyers have all gotten a boost from observing the surrealism of life in the Age of Trump, but no host has managed to spin society's straw into ratings gold quite like Late Show host Stephen Colbert. … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Breach is Very Possibly the Worst Leak of Personal Info Ever

Friday 8 September 14:05:00 UTC 2017

The breach Equifax reported Thursday is very possibly is the most severe of all for a simple reason: the breath-taking amount of highly sensitive data it handed over to criminals. Dan Goodin of ArsTechnica writes: By providing full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver license numbers, it provided most of the information banks, insurance … [Link]

Mashable » Martin Shkreli could go to jail for offering people $5,000 to grab Hillary Clinton's hair

Friday 8 September 14:03:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMartin Shkreli may have gone too far posting a $5,000 bounty on Facebook for someone to "grab" hair from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Federal prosecutors now say the former pharmaceutical executive once dubbed "the most hated man in America" should be locked up immediately. Shkreli, who was found guilty by a jury last month of defrauding investors in two … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is dropping $1 billion on video, and that's pretty great news

Friday 8 September 13:51:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor years now, media companies have hoped and prayed that Facebook would get serious about shelling out cash to partners. Looks like that time has come. Facebook is reportedly prepared to spend up to $1 billion on video as part of its big move into original content, exemplified by its recent launch of Watch (Mashable is a Watch partner).  The news, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mexico on tsunami alert after biggest earthquake in 85 years

Friday 8 September 13:39:00 UTC 2017

The US Geological Survey reported the earthquake's magnitude as 8.1, making it the biggest earthquake in Mexico since 1932 [Link]

Mashable » Cry of the week: Existentially depressing comedy 'You're The Worst' returns

Friday 8 September 13:11:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Welcome to our weekly series "Cry of the Week," in which we highlight whatever moment made us ugly cry on our couches the most in the past seven days.  FXX's twisted comedy lovechild You're The Worst made its Season 4 debut on Wednesday, and while it's biting, witty, and sexy as ever, it's still in an exceedingly dark place. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Uber wants all its cars in London to be electric by 2025 … and you're going to pay for it

Friday 8 September 13:09:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber announced on Friday that it wants all its cars in London to be electric by 2025. It's an ambitious goal, one that will take some serious investment. But Uber has a plan for that—add a little extra charge to every single ride. Riders will soon see an extra 35 pence tacked onto their London jaunts. UberPool Trips, however, won't have … [Link]

Mashable » Fall movie preview: What to watch if you just want to see the best of the best

Friday 8 September 13:03:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve come to the final chapter in our 2017 fall movie preview. Click through for our earlier installments: superhero flicks, prestige pics, feel-good movies, and feel-bad movies. The fall movie season is unofficially underway as of this weekend, and that means it's time for us to wrap up our fall movie preview. All week, we've been sharing our top picks across … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube's Robert Kyncl on vlogging and big tech jumping into high-end video

Friday 8 September 13:00:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYouTube isn't just for cat videos. People have built empires by "vlogging," sharing parts of their real lives or taking on different personalities in online videos.  As YouTube's chief business officer, Robert Kyncl is tasked with supporting these creators. He helps make sure they have the right tools to cater to their subscribers and earn revenue, and, hopefully do not abandon … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Is Apparently Ready To Buy Smartphone Maker HTC

Friday 8 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

According to a Taiwanese news outlet called Commercial Times, Google is in the final stages of acquiring all or part of smartphone maker HTC. CNBC reports: The report seems fishy, since Google has already been down this road, but there's a reason why Google might be interested in HTC. The Taiwanese company builds the Google Pixel, which means it could … [Link]

Popular Science » Three animals inspiring the armor of the future

Friday 8 September 12:30:00 UTC 2017

conch shell Animals Seashells, fish, and spiders may hold the key to better bulletproof vests. Animals sport some pretty impressive body armor, and now we’re trying to mimic it for ourselves. [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel interviews the Irish family that hilariously tried to catch a bat in their kitchen

Friday 8 September 12:05:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The family from this week's best viral bat-based video appeared live on Jimmy Kimmel last night.  SEE ALSO: Watch this Irish family's hilarious attempt to catch a bat in their home Kimmel manages to upstage himself, not only because he manages to confuse Ireland and Scotland with a Braveheart joke, but because the Fleming family are miles more entertaining, even … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Bats crash into windows because of a glitch with their ‘sonar’

Friday 8 September 11:30:40 UTC 2017

Until bats get very close, their echolocation makes them “see” smooth surfaces like windows as gaps rather than as a solid material – with impactful results [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' kids go on an awards show scavenger hunt and can we come next time?

Friday 8 September 11:13:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's not often the GQ Men of the Year Award invites a bunch of 15-year-old boys to attend, but based on this video maybe they should do it more often. Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo — better known as Stranger Things' Will, Lucas, and Dustin — took part in a competitive scavenger hunt at the event. They encounter … [Link]

Mashable » Why I'm in no rush to buy the iPhone 8

Friday 8 September 11:10:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHave you heard? Apple is about to unveil the iPhone 8, and experts believe it will hit stores later this fall. The smartphone is expected to be a radical departure from past iPhones, and I'm in exactly zero rush to buy one.  And maybe you shouldn't be either.  SEE ALSO: The Apple event invite TOTALLY contains hidden iPhone 8 secrets Sure, … [Link]

Mashable » Fully modular desk is every computer geek's dream come true

Friday 8 September 10:48:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMatej Grozdanovic had a dream. His dream was to build the best computer desk in the world. Even better, he wanted to build a desk that can be used in every scenario — small rooms, big rooms, cramped rooms. One that will fit even if you move to a new office.  Three years later, the dream is alive, in the form … [Link]

Mashable » What's it like to hold the iPhone 8? This man knows.

Friday 8 September 10:31:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When Apple throws its annual iPhone bash on Tuesday, everyone will finally get their first look at the most awaited gadget of the year, the new "premium" iPhone, the so-called iPhone 8. Everyone except Mark Gurman, that is. The Bloomberg reporter has already held a prototype of the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X, or iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro, or … [Link]

Mashable » You can learn literally anything on this site (for life) for under $80

Friday 8 September 10:13:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You know how Apple promises "there's an app for that"? With the Virtual Training Company, there's a course for that — whatever "that" may be. Give yourself a leg up in your field (or jumpstart a career in an entirely new one) with lifetime access … [Link]

Mashable » These are the lightbulbs that Don Draper would put in his penthouse

Friday 8 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. "Midcentury modern" is the term buzzing around the interior design world right now, but you don't have to go all Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to bring the retro, Mad Men-esque style to your own abode. By upgrading your existing light fixtures with the Edison Bulb, you can … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Box jellyfish will destroy future oceans by gobbling up the food

Friday 8 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

As the oceans become more acidic thanks to greenhouse gas emissions, box jellyfish will eat far more copepods – the foundations of marine food webs [Link]

Slashdot » IBM To Invest $240 Million To Develop AI Research Lab With MIT

Friday 8 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

IBM will spend $240 million over 10 years to develop an artificial intelligence research lab with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pooling the organizations' resources as competition intensifies to produce breakthroughs in the field. Bloomberg reports: The MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab will fund projects in four broad areas, including creating better hardware to handle complex computations and figuring out applications … [Link]

Mashable » Now's your chance to own Banksy artwork for cheap with his new Gift Shop

Friday 8 September 9:58:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBanksy is a pretty bankable name in street art. His works are unique and highly sought after — but he hasn't sold any directly since 2013. Until now. This autumn Banksy will be opening a new gift shop (I wonder if you exit through it?) adjacent to his Walled Off Hotel in West Bank, Palestine.  SEE ALSO: 'French Banksy' portrait on … [Link]

Mashable » Uber rival lands in London, halts operations after 3 days

Friday 8 September 9:23:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWell, it was good while it lasted.  SEE ALSO: Uber beware: Didi-backed Taxify is coming after you in London Estonian company Taxify— backed by Uber's arch-enemy, China's Didi Chuxing — has halted operations in London just three days after launching.  The company began operating in London with the outright aim of snatching thousands of drivers and passengers away from Uber, but … [Link]

Mashable » Google's news-bringing Feed is now available globally

Friday 8 September 9:14:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle Feed — a feature that brings news depending on your search history and other online habits, right there in Google's search app — is now available internationally.  The feature originally launched in the U.S. in July, but users around the globe will now see it as well, provided they have an Android phone. It should arrive on iOS and desktop, … [Link]

Mashable » Bernie Sanders reveals his message for Hillary Clinton on Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show'

Friday 8 September 8:54:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Bernie and Hillary, Hillary and Bernie, just like the old days. But this time the feud is taking an unexpected turn.  SEE ALSO: Hillary hits the road to explain what the hell happened The Vermont senator appeared on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show days after CNN revealed a few excerpts from Clinton's new book, What Happened, in which she accuses … [Link]

Mashable » Rare flyover video of North Korea shows a virtually empty ghost town

Friday 8 September 8:45:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne photographer has been given the chance of a lifetime: to shoot North Korea from the air, unrestricted. In a full 6-and-a-half minute video of the capital Pyongyang, we can see the stark contrast between the colourful high-rise buildings, green fields yet complete lack of people. SEE ALSO: North Korea just released a bizarre propaganda video… of people dancing? Singaporean photographer … [Link]

Mashable » Jesus battles the Buddha in fighting game hellbent on offending

Friday 8 September 8:29:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOh boy. There's a new Street Fighter-style fighting game out on Steam, and it's pitting deities from different world religions against each other. In Fight of Gods, players can get Jesus to battle the Buddha, or Zeus to fight it out with Viking god Odin. SEE ALSO: How to get the secret, unlockable character in 'Street Fighter II' for Nintendo Switch … [Link]

Mashable » 7-year-old with 3D-printed hand could soon throw first pitch at every MLB stadium

Friday 8 September 8:02:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTurns out, Twitter can be used for the powers of good. That's sure the case with Hailey Dawson, a 7-year-old with a penchant for tossing fastballs. She was born with a disease called Poland Syndrome, according to reports, and is missing three fingers on her right hand. But thanks to a specially designed, 3D-printed hand controlled by fishing line, she's never … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX Rocket Launches X-37B Space Plane On Secret Mission, Aces Landing

Friday 8 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: The fifth mystery mission of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane is now underway. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the robotic X-37B lifted off today (Sept. 7) at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. About 2.5 minutes into … [Link]

Mashable » Listen to the 14-year-old Australian singer who just made Elton John 'give up'

Friday 8 September 5:46:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookImagine you just did something, anything, heck, walked in a straight line, and Elton John was so impressed that he said, "I give up." There's a 14-year-old singer in Australia brushing hefty amounts of dirt off his shoulder, after receiving that high praise and airplay from Rocket Man himself. SEE ALSO: Zayn is unfortunately not bald in his new music video … [Link]

Popular Science » A brief history of origin theories

Friday 8 September 3:50:00 UTC 2017

Rocky ground Science From spontaneous materializing to a "warm little pond." Our thoughts on the origin of life range from spontaneous materializing (like maggots seamingly on a corpse) to creation in a "warm little pond."… [Link]

Slashdot » Bug In Windows Kernel Could Prevent Security Software From Identifying Malware

Friday 8 September 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: "Malware developers can abuse a programming error in the Windows kernel to prevent security software from identifying if, and when, malicious modules have been loaded at runtime," reports Bleeping Computer. "The bug affects PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, one of the low-level mechanisms some security solutions use to identify when code has been loaded into the kernel or user space. … [Link]

Popular Science » A new finding raises an old question: Where and when did life begin?

Friday 8 September 3:25:00 UTC 2017

Where it began Science Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story. A geological finding stirs questions—and controversy—about where and when earliest life emerged. [Link]

Mashable » Why the latest Google rumor makes total sense

Friday 8 September 1:41:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHere’s a rumor that will blow your mind: Google is apparently "in the final stage of negotiations" to acquire HTC's smartphone division. The rumor comes from the Chinese-language site Commercial Times and suggests that Google will acquire only the mobile arm of HTC, not the entire company. The financial news outlet based in Taiwan doesn't specify how much the deal would … [Link]

Slashdot » Spinning Metal Sails Could Slash Fuel Consumption, Emissions On Cargo Ships

Friday 8 September 1:25:00 UTC 2017

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: U.K. soccer star David Beckham was known for "bending" his free kicks over walls of defenders and around sprawling goal tenders, thanks to a physical force called the Magnus effect. Now, the physics behind such curving kicks is set to be used to propel ocean ships more efficiently. Early next year, a tanker … [Link]

Popular Science » The massive, record-breaking Hurricane Irma is on its way to Florida

Friday 8 September 1:20:20 UTC 2017

Satellite image of hurricane irma Environment Here's the latest forecast for the formidable storm. Here's the latest forecast for the formidable storm. [Link]

Mashable » How one nonprofit is empowering people with disabilities in Hurricane Irma's path

Friday 8 September 1:18:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLike many of us, Marcie Roth has spent the last 14 days poring over weather data and forecasts.  But instead of feeling dread or anxiety about the monster storms poised to devastate communities across the country, Roth has seen an opportunity to get disaster preparation and response right for those who are often overlooked: people with disabilities.  As the CEO of … [Link]

Mashable » These apps are dominating because of Hurricane Irma

Friday 8 September 1:10:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwo of the most popular apps in the country right now owe their current popularity to an unlikely cause: hurricanes.  The extreme situation faced by people affected by Hurricane Harvey and, now, Irma is causing some lesser-known apps to rise to the top of the App Store.  SEE ALSO: This Snapchat feature can help you keep tabs on Harvey's devastation On … [Link]

Mashable » Five former presidents get together— without Trump — to pledge help for Texas

Friday 8 September 0:48:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook All five former living presidents of the U.S. have banded together to support people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The group launched a joint appeal Thursday, and they're seeking donations for those in need across the Gulf Coast. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Fallon announces $1 million 'Tonight Show' donation to J.J. Watt's Harvey relief fund Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, George … [Link]

Slashdot » The Google Drive App For PC, Mac Is Being Shut Down In March

Friday 8 September 0:45:00 UTC 2017

Google announced in a blog post today that the Google Drive app for desktop will be shut down. The Verge reports: Support will be cut off on December 11th and the app will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. Users who are still running the Drive app will start seeing notifications in October that it's "going away," and the … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax execs sold off nearly $2 million in stock before massive data breach was made public

Friday 8 September 0:35:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThree Equifax execs sold off around $1.8 million of their company's stock in the days after the company had discovered a massive data breach but had not yet made it public, according to regulatory fillings first reported by Bloomberg. The credit reporting agency said Thursday that personal information belonging to 143 million Americans was compromised in a cyberattack it identified on … [Link]

Mashable » Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar will go exclusively to Disney streaming. Do not be alarmed.

Friday 8 September 0:33:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhere else besides Netflix does a basic subscription allow you to stream its hit shows like Stranger Things and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?  Nowhere else. For a very good reason. So shall it be with Disney. With Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and more, Disney's about to build the happiest streaming service on Earth. SEE ALSO: 'Wonder Woman' has done it! Top 5 … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Bats crash into windows because of a glitch with their ‘sonar’

Friday 8 September 0:27:20 UTC 2017

Until bats get very close, their echolocation makes them “see” smooth surfaces like windows as gaps rather than as a solid material – with impactful results [Link]

New Scientist – News » Worrying we are ill when we aren’t is not as bad as it seems

Friday 8 September 0:27:19 UTC 2017

Extreme health anxiety can be crippling but a lot of today's internet-fuelled "cyberchondria" doesn't need formal psychological treatment, says Zara Aziz [Link]

Mashable » Equifax hack reminds everyone how much they hate credit agencies

Friday 8 September 0:10:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet the Equifax hate begin.  Not only did the company expose the personal information of 143 million people, including names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and even some driver's license numbers. It also turns out that three of its executives sold $1.8 million worth of company stock right after the breach was discovered.  SEE ALSO: How to tell if you're … [Link]

Mashable » Fitbit's new partnership will bring diabetes monitoring to the Ionic smartwatch

Friday 8 September 0:05:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFitbit is looking to expand its health monitoring capabilities beyond just fitness tracking, so the company is teaming up with a major medical device maker to help people manage diabetes directly on their wrists.  Fitbit just announced a new partnership with glucose monitoring device company Dexcom. The first initiative to come from the deal will bring Dexcom's data to the upcoming … [Link]

Slashdot » Following Cheating Scandals, Harvard Dean of Undergrad Ed Visits CS50 Class and Tells Students Not To Cheat

Friday 8 September 0:05:00 UTC 2017

theodp writes: After a flood of cheating cases roiled Harvard's Computer Science 50: "Introduction to Computer Science I" last year, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay Harris implored students in the course not to cheat on assignments at an orientation session Wednesday night. Course head David Malan, the Harvard Crimson reports, spent the last five minutes of the orientation session fielding … [Link]

Mashable » What to do if your social security number was stolen in the massive Equifax hack

Friday 8 September 0:03:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCredit reporting agency Equifax said Thursday that hackers have breached personal information belonging to 143 million Americans. That means that roughly 44 percent of the country's population may have had their social security, credit card, or driver's license number compromised along with various other pieces of identifying data. SEE ALSO: Bad news for literally anyone with a credit card: there's a … [Link]

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