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.

Slashdot » ISPs Claim a Privacy Law Would Weaken Online Security, Increase Pop-Ups

Thursday 14 September 23:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The country's biggest Internet service providers and advertising industry lobby groups are fighting to stop a proposed California law that would protect the privacy of broadband customers. AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Frontier, Sprint, Verizon, and some broadband lobby groups urged California state senators to vote against the proposed law in a letter … [Link]

Mashable » Here are 10 of Hollywood's best movie props of all time

Thursday 14 September 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith all the attention actors, directors, and cinematography get, sometimes it's easy to forget about the little things. Props can be tools, weapons, character builders, or maguffins and these are the 10 best of all time.  Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Indiana Jones, Candle, Tools, and Weapons [Link]

Mashable » Being rejected by robots makes people sad

Thursday 14 September 22:55:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRejection hurts, even if it's rejection from a robot.  Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand recently published a study that shows being rejected by a robot can make people feel down, or, in the case of one study participant, angry enough to tell the robot to "get f*cked." SEE ALSO: This 3D-printed robotic arm could be the most … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Affectiva Announces Emotion API for Speech

Thursday 14 September 22:52:22 UTC 2017

Affectiva, a company that specializes in Artificial Emotional Intelligence (Emotion AI), has announced that the new Emotion API for Speech is now available to select beta users. The Affectiva Emotion API for Speech (beta) analyzes recorded speech identifying emotion events and gender. [Link]

Mashable » Latest season of 'Game of Thrones' on DVD promises never-before-seen moments

Thursday 14 September 22:51:42 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook For those anxiously awaiting the eighth and final season of Games of Thrones, but can't sit still until 2019, the digital download and Blu-ray and DVD releases of Season 7 should hold you over. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' will shoot many endings for Season 8 because the true enemy is spoilers Starting Dec. 12, the season that just ended … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Autofill API Vulnerability Reported for Android 8.0 Oreo

Thursday 14 September 22:43:25 UTC 2017

A vulnerability within Android 8.0 Oreo's Autofill API was recently reported in a white paper published on GitHub. The Autofill API was one of the highly anticipated features within the Oreo release, because the move to API access to autofill functionality greatly increased the speed in comparison to the legacy autofill method (i.e. via Accessibility Services). [Link]

Slashdot » Apple's A11 Bionic Chip In iPhone 8 and iPhone X Smokes Android Handsets In Early Benchmarks

Thursday 14 September 22:40:00 UTC 2017

MojoKid writes: Many of the new releases of Apple's iPhone bring with it a new A-series SoC (System on Chip) and Apple is keeping that tradition with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Each of those handsets sports a custom ARM-based A11 Bionic processor with six cores — four high performance cores and two power efficiency … [Link]

Mashable » Trump calls Hurricanes Harvey and Irma the biggest storms ever, until climate change comes up

Thursday 14 September 22:36:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump told Texans bailing themselves out from Hurricane Harvey's floods that the storm, which caused the most extreme rainstorm on record, was an unprecedented event.  And when Hurricane Irma ramped up to a Category 5 monster in the Atlantic, Trump tweeted that the storm "Looks like the largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!"  In fact, Hurricane Irma did set … [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Irma again demonstrated the inferiority of the top U.S. weather model

Thursday 14 September 22:16:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe National Hurricane Center accurately predicted the path of Hurricane Irma, which struck southwest Florida on Sept. 8. This was not an easy storm to forecast, though, as computer models disagreed with one another on important details right up until landfall. But in general, the European model, which is run by the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), performed far … [Link]

Mashable » This Jon/Daenerys 'Game of Thrones' theory has finally gone too far

Thursday 14 September 22:12:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones fans, we have outdone ourselves. A new fan theory says that Jon and Daenerys, fresh from consummating their tepid love, may actually be not only aunt and nephew, but brother and sister. SEE ALSO: The best solution on 'Game of Thrones' is for Daenerys to adopt Jon Snow Now before you go gag and spit up your coffee, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tears for Cassini: why it’s OK to well up over a lump of metal

Thursday 14 September 22:10:57 UTC 2017

Expect more of the modern phenomenon of mass mourning for a machine when the space probe Cassini makes its death dive into Saturn, says Joelle Renstrom [Link]

New Scientist – News » It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research

Thursday 14 September 22:10:56 UTC 2017

The systems designed to stop potentially risky research being published and used to make weapons of terror have “multiple shortcomings”, warns US report [Link]

New Scientist – News » New £10 note suggests that a cashless society is a long way off

Thursday 14 September 22:10:55 UTC 2017

Even though cashless payments are more popular than ever, we probably won’t be saying bye to cash for a long time – and that’s a good thing [Link]

New Scientist – News » Thousands of new lifeforms discovered that redraw tree of life

Thursday 14 September 22:10:32 UTC 2017

Over 90 per cent of microorganisms are unknown to science, but DNA analysis has unmasked thousands of them and made life's story far more complex [Link]

Slashdot » PSA: Google Will Delete Your Android Backups If Your Device Is Inactive For Two Months

Thursday 14 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

New submitter Vernon Chan writes: It was discovered that Google will automatically schedule to delete your Android device backups if it is inactive for more than two months. The issue was discovered by a Reddit user after his Nexus 6P was sent for a refund claim. He was using an old iPhone while he waited for an Android replacement device. … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung will challenge Tesla with its own electric car batteries

Thursday 14 September 21:56:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSamsung has chosen a wise time to start building long-range car batteries: China plans to ban gas-powered cars and automobile giant Volkswagen will offer electric versions of all their vehicles by 2030.  These millions of forthcoming vehicles will need powerful batteries, and Samsung just introduced its “multifunctional battery packs” at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, which it claims can power electric … [Link]

Mashable » We won't know about Cassini's death at Saturn until 83 minutes after it happens

Thursday 14 September 21:50:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne minute after the Cassini spacecraft plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere, it will die, but we won't know it until 83 minutes later. NASA will declare Cassini dead at 7:55 a.m. ET Friday morning, however, the intrepid spacecraft would have actually tumbled through Saturn’s churning clouds and incinerated like a meteor more than an hour and a half before that.  The final … [Link]

Mashable » Women face pay inequality and have no path for advancement at Google, lawsuit claims

Thursday 14 September 21:49:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThree women who say they faced discrimination in salary and promotions at Google are hoping to turn their experiences into a class-action lawsuit.  A trio of former Google employees filed a lawsuit against the tech giant on Thursday that alleges that the company systematically paid women less for the same work and denied them opportunities for advancement, the Guardian reported.  “Google … [Link]

Mashable » Carrie Fisher's Star Wars scripts reveal Princess Leia's private thoughts

Thursday 14 September 21:42:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPrincess Leia was thinking things she never said about Han Solo — and we're only just finding out about it. An auction of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds' property, set for next month, includes Fisher's personal shooting scripts for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The leather-bound scripts, signed by George Lucas, are expected … [Link]

Mashable » An Apple executive just revealed tasty new details about Face ID we didn’t know

Thursday 14 September 21:36:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s iPhone X is here, and with it comes a new controversial features: Face ID. While the Sept. 12 keynote at the Steve Jobs Theater touched on all the basics — like how users will unlock an iPhone without Touch ID — it still left a lot of questions unanswered about the facial-recognition technology. Like, couldn't a thief (or a police … [Link]

Slashdot » Hyperloop One Reveals 10 Strongest Potential Hyperloop Routes In the World

Thursday 14 September 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Hyperloop One wants to build a real, working Hyperloop — but it'll need strong partners to make it a reality, across both industry and government. That's why, in part, it held a global competition requesting proposals for routes around the world. The winners of that competition have now been announced, and the … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook let advertisers buy ads targeting 'Jew haters'

Thursday 14 September 21:16:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook is again finding itself in hot water over its ads. The social network allowed advertisers to buy ads specifically targeting "Jew haters" and people who were "interested in" other anti-Semitic topics, according to a new report from ProPublica. SEE ALSO: Everything we know about how Facebook helped Trump win: A timeline The publication found that Facebook's advertising portal contained a … [Link]

Popular Science » Watch the end of Cassini's epic trip around Saturn here

Thursday 14 September 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Space What a way to start the day. What better way to start your Friday than by bearing witness to the ends of one of the greatest space missions ever launched? [Link]

Mashable » Cheeky flip flops mock Donald Trump's very public contradictions

Thursday 14 September 20:45:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMost politicians flip flop on issues, but when it's documented on Twitter, it makes things a little more obvious. Notorious tweeter and President of the United States, Donald Trump, is pretty infamous for criticizing an issue in the past, then doing that exact same thing as president. Now you can proudly display your favorite Trump flip flop exactly where they belong: … [Link]

Slashdot » You Are Already Living Inside a Computer

Thursday 14 September 20:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Think about the computing systems you use every day. All of them represent attempts to simulate something else. Like how Turing's original thinking machine (PDF) strived to pass as a man or woman, a computer tries to pass, in a way, as another thing. As a calculator, for example, or a ledger, or a … [Link]

Mashable » The internet thinks Arya Stark could bust iPhone's Face ID wide open

Thursday 14 September 20:35:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter Apple announced unlocking on the new iPhone X using facial recognition, social media users couldn't help but think of the one character who might be able to trick it. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones is a master of deception, switching between identities and faces. Read more…More about Apple, Iphone, Technology, Smartphones, and Game Of Thrones [Link]

Mashable » MoviePass cuts prices to get subscribers, is then overwhelmed by too many subscribers

Thursday 14 September 20:32:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen MoviePass drastically dropped its prices in August, the company expected some growing numbers. What it didn't expect was jumping quickly from 20,000 subscribers to 150,000—and in a matter of days, to 400,000. That dramatic increase was more than anyone at MoviePass bargained for, and led to a spectacular backlog keeping new users from getting their subscription cards and getting to … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tumour bacteria sabotage chemotherapy by destroying cancer drugs

Thursday 14 September 20:30:00 UTC 2017

Giving antibiotics to people with cancer could improve treatment by stopping bacteria from degrading anticancer drugs [Link]

New Scientist – News » Vaccine and booster shot delivered together in degradable cubes

Thursday 14 September 20:30:00 UTC 2017

Microscopic degradable polymer cubes stuffed with vaccines could spell the end of booster jabs, and lead to a single vaccine that protects against all diseases [Link]

New Scientist – News » Robot made from a DNA strand could deliver cargo in your blood

Thursday 14 September 20:30:00 UTC 2017

Micromachine with two feet and two arms could pick up and deliver drugs in the bloodstream or build chemical compounds, one tiny step at a time [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ultrafast lasers catch electrons relaxing after brief excitement

Thursday 14 September 20:30:00 UTC 2017

Pulses of light that last billionths of a billionth of a second have helped unravel a mystery inside solid objects and could help us build better X-ray lasers [Link]

Mashable » Dog and kitten are the epitome of friendship goals

Thursday 14 September 20:25:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBest friends furr-ever!   Ava the kitten and Barney the dog have the sweetest friendship ever. Just take a gander at the two incredibly adorable faces that Battersea Dogs & Cats posted on their Twitter account Tuesday. Found abandoned in a London garden, just days old, Ava was brought into #Battersea and this is where she met her new best friend … [Link]

Mashable » Fergie and Josh Duhamel have called it quits

Thursday 14 September 20:20:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlmost exactly a year after Brangelina called it quits, yet another celebrity couple has quietly falllen.  While they don't necessarily have a cool portmanteau, Fergie and Josh Duhamel have unfortunately announced their divorce in a joint statement provided to People. SEE ALSO: Nicki Minaj dropped Seth Rogen’s name in a verse and he lost his mind The singer and actor, have … [Link]

Mashable » Shake Shack created new boozy milkshakes in honor of 'Will & Grace'

Thursday 14 September 20:16:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAttention all Will & Grace fans: Shake Shack has a surprise for you. The fast casual burger joint recently introduced the "Will & Grace" and "Jack & Karen" milkshakes to its menus, named in honor of the NBC show's lovable characters. The show's revival premieres Sept. 28. Image: SHAKE SHACKPer a company statement, the "Jack & Grace" is one for the … [Link]

Mashable » No, Donald Trump did not save cats from Hurricane Harvey flooding

Thursday 14 September 20:14:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother day, another debunk. The latest fake photograph to spread online like wildfire is an image of President Trump saving several cats from a flood. But just in case you somehow couldn't already tell from the horrible Photoshop job — the image is fake. Turns out fake shark photos aren't the only fabrications coming out of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Candice Bergen had a rough time on her single date with Donald Trump

Thursday 14 September 20:08:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Dressed in an embroidered "Free Melania" sweater, actress Candice Bergen appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Wednesday night, where she revealed a fun fact for the audience: She once went on a date with Donald Trump during her college years. To hear Bergen tell it, their single date was exactly what you might expect from a man such as … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Exchange BTCChina Says To Stop Trading, Sparking Further Slide

Thursday 14 September 20:05:00 UTC 2017

Several Slashdot readers have shared this Reuters story: Chinese bitcoin exchange BTCChina said on Thursday that it would stop all trading from Sept. 30, setting off a further slide in the value of the cryptocurrency that left it over 30 percent away from the record highs it hit earlier in the month. China has boomed as a cryptocurrency trading location … [Link]

Mashable » Discover why these objects made top 10 for best movie props of all time

Thursday 14 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook With all the attention actors, directors, and cinematography get sometimes, it's easy to forget about the little things. Props can be tools, weapons, character builders, or maguffins and these are the 10 best of all time. Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content Read more… More about Mashable Video, Indiana Jones, Origami, Candle, and Tools [Link]

Popular Science » SpaceX rockets crash and burn in this spectacular blooper reel

Thursday 14 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

spacex eutelsat launch Space It actually is rocket science. Well, this is surprisingly delightful. [Link]

Mashable » Here's what happened to all the 1-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book

Thursday 14 September 19:54:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHillary Clinton's book came out on Tuesday, but within a day more than 1,500 reviews had come in on Amazon — which feels like an awful lot of speed reading.  The online critiques for What Happened were either really bad or really good. It was clear very few people were actually reading the book or reviewing it based on its substance. … [Link]

Mashable » The inside story of the iPhone X 'brain,' the A11 Bionic chip

Thursday 14 September 19:47:14 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 1afb f9e9%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ hard to believe, but the iPhone X is finally here. ","image":"http~ unveils iPhone X, and you'll never look at phones the same again","sources":[{&~ 8,iphone x","sec0":null,&quot~ 8,iphone x","videoSeriesName"~ More about Apple, Iphone 8, Cpu, Iphone X, and Iphone 8 Plus [Link]

Mashable » Facebook wants you to check its new 'Crisis Response' feature when disaster hits

Thursday 14 September 19:44:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook’s emergency response features now include much more than just Safety Check. The social network introduced a new "Crisis Response" hub that helps Facebook users learn about natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other events affecting people around the world.  SEE ALSO: Download this: Why Facebook's app looks so different Think of the new Crisis Response sections as a sort of upgraded … [Link]

Mashable » Bono, Jared Leto, and other celebs are gonna get PAID from the Blue Bottle deal

Thursday 14 September 19:31:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFinally, Bono caught a break. SEE ALSO: I am the empress of fall and if you drink hot coffee before the equinox you are dead to me The U2 frontman is one of several noteworthy investors who are going to pocket some nice change after it was announced corporate food giant Nestlé is spending half a billion dollars to buy a … [Link]

Mashable » The Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn to save its moons

Thursday 14 September 19:22:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere is poetry in the fact that when the Cassini spacecraft burns up in Saturn's atmosphere on Friday, ending its mission, the bus-sized spacecraft will become a part of the planet it has admired from close range for 13 years. But as with all things involving spaceflight, the reason for Cassini's collision course with Saturn is nothing if not practical.  SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » We're Eating Plastics From Our Own Dirty Laundry

Thursday 14 September 19:22:00 UTC 2017

Every time you wash your fleece jacket or other synthetic clothing, microscopic synthetic fibres are released and end up in our food supply and drinking water. From a report: These microfibres are so small — visible only under a microscope — that they bypass municipal filtration systems and are consumed by fish and other marine life. A team of women … [Link]

Mashable » Even Jennifer Lawrence thought 'mother!' maybe took things 'too far'

Thursday 14 September 19:20:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookReactions to Jennifer Lawrence's new movie, mother!, seem to be all over the map, and no one quite seems to know what it's even about.  But there's one thing everyone seems to agree on, and it's that this film is bananas. SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' is designed to get people talking, that's for sure No, seriously. It's so off-the-wall bonkers … [Link]

Mashable » Kickstarter addict reflects on backing $16,000 worth of board games, regrets everything

Thursday 14 September 19:19:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOver the past two-and-a-half years, Reddit user Ranker2 has spent more than $16,000 backing more than 150 board game projects on Kickstarter. It turns out it wasn't worth it. In a Reddit post titled "An epiphany after 2.5 years backing board games on Kickstarter," Ranker2 wrote about their habit of backing board games on Kickstarter, how it became a sort of … [Link]

Popular Science » Tropical Storm Jose may leave the U.S. alone—but it's too soon to know for sure

Thursday 14 September 19:15:00 UTC 2017

Satellite image of tropical storm jose Environment The storm's future is still uncertain. It’s tough on the nerves to deal with one major hurricane, let alone two intense storms making landfall within a few weeks of each other. [Link]

Mashable » Why every big tech company wants a 'Game of Thrones'

Thursday 14 September 18:53:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen Apple and Amazon talk about making shows, there's one title that keeps coming up. "The mandate from [Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos is clear: Bring me 'Game of Thrones.'" Roy Price, Amazon's head of Prime video global content and Amazon Studios, said about his company's plans in a recent report from Variety. Game of Thrones is now shorthand for the growing … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Create a Laravel-Based LAMP Stack on Ubuntu

Thursday 14 September 18:49:44 UTC 2017

Laravel, has become the most used PHP framework for projects of all scopes (there are other PHP frameworks too like CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii, and Zend). Whether you're working on a simple web app or a huge corporate portal, Laravel is up for the task. [Link]

Mashable » Researchers dismayed after YouTube blocks North Korea channels

Thursday 14 September 18:46:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNorth Korea researchers don't have many windows into the nation known as "the hermit kingdom," so a lot of information they glean comes from the internet.  North Korea's internet presence is more robust than many people assume, and the nation as well as its affiliates have kept up several YouTube channels run by or linked to the government until they were … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Hit With Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Thursday 14 September 18:43:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Three female former Google employees have filed a lawsuit against the search giant alleging gender-based pay discrimination, as the Associated Press reported. The former employees, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri, all left the company after being put on career paths within the company that they say would pay them less than their … [Link]

Mashable » A delirious Jennifer Garner can't stop crying about 'Hamilton' after a trip to the dentist

Thursday 14 September 18:38:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember the glory that was David After Dentist? While there are not that many people that beat classic internet video, but Jennifer Garner's recent #TBT comes damn close. In an undated video of herself shared on Instagram, Garner is seriously feeling all the feels when it comes to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton—and while that musical alone can invoke the deepest of feelings, … [Link]

Geek Culture » How not to land a rocket booster!

Thursday 14 September 18:35:36 UTC 2017


Popular Science » 65 percent off Bluetooth speakers and other good deals happening today

Thursday 14 September 18:33:00 UTC 2017

Gadgets A quick guide to getting the goods for cheaper. PopSci is always on the lookout for today's best deals. Our lists will be updated throughout the day, so check back to see if stumbled upon any awesome new discounts. [Link]

Mashable » Weirdo dog pees while balancing on its front legs

Thursday 14 September 18:31:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Augie is not like most dogs, he's got a special skill. While some pet owners like to show off their pup's impressive tricks such as playing dead and rolling over, Augie the beagle is an expert when it comes to handstands (pawstands?). This is an impressive feat considering Augie is a beagle, a long boi indeed. But Augie doesn't do … [Link]

Mashable » Zach Braff's face is being illegally used in erectile dysfunction ads and he doesn't seem to mind

Thursday 14 September 18:14:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s important to have a sense of humor about yourself and when people use you to sell erectile dysfunction medicine.  Zach Braff, also known as as J.D. from Scrubs, informed his twitter followers Wednesday that his lovely face is being used in Ukraine to advertise male enhancement pills. Except, he never really gave his permission.  But who cares? Sex drugs should … [Link]

Popular Science » Squirrels are so organized it’s nuts

Thursday 14 September 18:02:06 UTC 2017

a squirrel in a tree Science They use complex memory strategies to organize their stash. To keep track of their nuts Squirrels use the same memory trick, known as chunking, that humans do. [Link]

Mashable » Can you spot Kevin Spacey in the 'All the Money in the World' trailer?

Thursday 14 September 18:00:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook I'm telling you right now that Kevin Spacey is in this trailer, but I don't blame you if you don't believe me. Even once you know which character he's playing, he's practically unrecognizable in the role. SEE ALSO: A 5-step guide to having a great time at 'Alien: Covenant' All the Money in the World is the second film this … [Link]

Slashdot » Every Major Advertising Group Is Blasting Apple for Blocking Cookies in the Safari Browser

Thursday 14 September 18:00:00 UTC 2017

The biggest advertising organizations say Apple will "sabotage" the current economic model of the internet with plans to integrate cookie-blocking technology into the new version of Safari. Marty Swant, reporting for AdWeek: Six trade groups — the Interactive Advertising Bureau, American Advertising Federation, the Association of National Advertisers, the 4A's and two others — say they're "deeply concerned" with Apple's … [Link]

Mashable » A camel with hyper mobile joints learns to walk with his new brace

Thursday 14 September 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBogart the camel was born with hyper-mobile joints in his forelimbs which prevent him from standing straight and walking. We met with Dr. Derrick Campana to see how he approached building Bogart’s orthotic to help him get on his feet.  'Pawsthetics' is a dive into the world of animal prosthetics where technological innovations give our favorite furry animals a second chance … [Link]

Mashable » MashReads Podcast: Marie Lu says her new book 'Warcross' is a love letter to all of her favorite things

Thursday 14 September 17:58:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor YA novelist Marie Lu, Warcross, her latest novel, is more than a book. "It's basically a love letter to all of my favorite things," says Lu. The novel follows a young hacker and bounty hunter, Emika Chen, tasked with finding petty criminals in 'Warcross,' an internationally loved virtual reality video game. Looking to make more cash, Emika hacks into the … [Link]

Mashable » Maymo the beagle's reaction to a giant rubber duck is just another reason why dogs are amazing

Thursday 14 September 17:54:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook What do you get when you put a photogenic beagle and his favorite toy together? Ultimate, ultimate joy.   Internet famous pup Maymo was excited to see one rubber duck, but he was in for a surprise when over 100 little rubber duckies flowed into his bed.  However, the love for the small toys didn't compare to the inflatable giant … [Link]

Mashable » Activists hang 'Racism is as American as baseball' banner at Red Sox game

Thursday 14 September 17:54:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnce again, sports and politics collided after activists hung a giant anti-racism banner from the stands during a Boston Red Sox game. With ESPN host Jemele Hill recently calling Donald Trump a "white supremacist” on Twitter – not to mention the controversy surrounding NFL player Colin Kaepernick — it's certainly not the first time the two have become intertwined this year. According to … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Alexa is the worst at guessing games and we're not surprised

Thursday 14 September 17:51:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When it comes to guessing games, you might want to stick to playing with a toddler.  Norm Krumpe decided to play a game with Alexa called 'Guess My Number,' which essentially has you guessing the number Alexa is thinking within a range. She'll begin to tell you to guess a number higher or lower from your choices. Sounds simple right? … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump just slammed Hillary Clinton again but she had the perfect comeback

Thursday 14 September 17:40:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHillary Clinton just @'d Donald Trump on Twitter and it's about to go down. On Wednesday night, over ten months after winning the Presidential Election, Donald Trump decided to bash his former opponent Hillary Clinton on Twitter.  But ohhhhh boy was she prepared to fire back. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton confirms she coped after her election loss with yoga, hiking, and … [Link]

Mashable » Things got ugly when a cheesecake was stolen in the BBC

Thursday 14 September 17:31:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHistorically the BBC does not shy away from a serious story. But this one literally takes the biscuit.  SEE ALSO: 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' documentary with J.K. Rowling heading to BBC If you've ever had your food stolen at work, you'll know some office spats go beyond vitriol.  Case in point, this tweet by BBC news editor Rachel Kennedy: … [Link]

Mashable » There is a genius workaround to getting a Nintendo Switch before they sell out (again)

Thursday 14 September 17:20:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Oh, Nintendo, why do you insist on under-producing all of your cool products? We wish we knew how to quit you.    SEE ALSO: Remember blowing into Mario cartridges? Now you can drink from one. If you’re one of the many people who have … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Explains Face ID On-stage Failure

Thursday 14 September 17:20:00 UTC 2017

Apple has explained why its new facial recognition feature failed to unlock a handset at an on-stage demo (see around the 1:35:58 mark here) at the iPhone X's launch on Tuesday. From a report: The company blamed the Face ID glitch on a lockout mechanism triggered by staff members moving the device ahead of its unveil. Apple's software chief dealt … [Link]

Mashable » Bella Hadid won't let anyone get away with pushing a woman

Thursday 14 September 17:19:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDon’t mess with anyone around Bella Hadid. After heading out of the Michael Kors fashion show Wednesday, the model stepped into action when a security guard became a little too rough with a female photographer.  The 20-year-old model shouted, “Can you please, don’t touch her?” She then turned to the photographer who was visibly pushed and asked, “Are you OK?”    … [Link]

Mashable » One clown is trying to change your mind about creepy clowns but he could do a MUCH better job

Thursday 14 September 17:16:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Stephen King adapted horror movie It has clowns everywhere in shambles.    It’s probably hard to find work when people think of clowns and picture a creepy smile waiting for them in a sewer drain. But luckily Conan O'Brien found one clown who's willing to stand up for his profession and he made his thoughts known during Wednesday's show.  SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Cassini's Best Discoveries of Saturn and Its Moons

Thursday 14 September 16:40:00 UTC 2017

Loren Grush, writing for The Verge: Early tomorrow morning, NASA scientists will say goodbye to their Cassini spacecraft — a hardy probe the size of a school bus that has been orbiting the Saturn system for the last 13 years. Launched in 1997, Cassini has spent a whopping 20 years in space, lasting through two mission extensions while going above … [Link]

Mashable » Student asks to bring dog to class before Hurricane Irma, professor has the best response

Thursday 14 September 16:34:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJessica Lewis is a student at Georgia Southern who, just like everyone at her university last week, was preparing to leave Statesboro ahead of Hurricane Irma.  SEE ALSO: Extremely organized flamingos show how orderly evacuation is done On Thursday afternoon, she had just one class left, (a Political Science seminar) and already had her stuff packed and in her car, so … [Link]

Popular Science » This scientist did something truly shocking in his quest to understand eels

Thursday 14 September 16:30:00 UTC 2017

Eel shocks scientist Animals He took a hit for science. Kenneth Catania wanted to know the exact current in the electric eel’s dramatic offensive. The resistance of human flesh was the only variable he was missing. [Link]

Slashdot » Union Power Is Putting Pressure on Silicon Valley's Tech Giants

Thursday 14 September 16:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Organized labor doesn't rack up a lot of wins these days, and Silicon Valley isn't most people's idea of a union hotbed. Nonetheless, in the past three years unions have organized 5,000 people who work on Valley campuses. Among others, they've unionized shuttle drivers at Apple, Tesla, Twitter, LinkedIn, EBay,, Yahoo!, Cisco, and Facebook; security … [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda sang show tunes on Congress trains to lobby lawmakers and, we're set for the next week

Thursday 14 September 15:58:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYesterday, Hamilton-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda went to Capitol Hill to convince lawmakers to preserve funding for federal arts and humanities, and sang a few show tunes in between.  To drive it home, he also met with senators like Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), making it probably the most exciting day in Congress this year. SEE ALSO: Watch the trailer for … [Link]

Mashable » Jude Law accidentally spooks cinema security staff, sends delightful email afterwards

Thursday 14 September 15:58:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeing a celebrity sure has its perks, but it can definitely be tough. The pressure, the paparazzi — you get the picture. SEE ALSO: 10 years ago was supposed to be the end of Harry Potter and LOL The intensity of celebrity scrutiny was the reason Jude Law visited a cinema in Bath, UK, yesterday dressed in a dark hoodie. He … [Link]

Mashable » Beautiful pair of white, ghostlike giraffes were found in the wild

Thursday 14 September 15:51:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMagical creatures may not exist, but at least we all have the chance to see the next best thing: a pair of white giraffes.  The mother and calf were spotted in Garissa County, Kenya, where a visitor at the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservatory captured video when they noticed the beautiful animals casually strolling through the area.    SEE ALSO: Poor raccoon gets … [Link]

Mashable » Mum hits out after Instagram deletes photo of child with disability

Thursday 14 September 15:51:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA mother has criticised Instagram after a photo of her son, who has a physical disability, was deleted after it was reported for breaching the platform's guidelines.  SEE ALSO: Autistic child gets surprise gift after shop runs out of his favourite shoes Charlie Beswick, from Stoke-on-Trent, UK, posted a photo of her 12-year-old son Harry's face on Instagram on Sunday. But, … [Link]

Mashable » Mount your phone literally anywhere with the help of a suction cup tentacle

Thursday 14 September 15:45:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Lately, it seems like the versatile, grip-anything capabilities of octopus tentacles are popping up all over the tech world, from this robotic gripper to surgical tools modeled after cephalopods. Tenikle is a useful — albeit slightly humorous — take on tech accessories, an adaptable … [Link]

Mashable » Give your Apple Watch a makeover with this retro charging port

Thursday 14 September 15:34:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Take a trip with me back to 1998. These were simpler times, when there were only three Star Wars movies and Brandy and Monica were duking it out over a dude. Sorry, you can’t stay here forever, but your Apple Watch can — at … [Link]

Mashable » The history behind that fake photo of a shark swimming on a highway

Thursday 14 September 15:31:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe internet has always been filled with hoaxes, fakes, liars, and cheats, long before the term "fake news" became a household phrase. But no matter how many times a fake image of a shark swimming on a flooded highway shows up, the internet continues to fall for it.  Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had major impacts on the U.S. in the last … [Link]

Mashable » Intriguing new video gives us a peek inside 'Game of Thrones' touring exhibit

Thursday 14 September 15:23:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you're suffering through Game of Thrones withdrawal, we have just the solution: Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' will shoot many endings for Season 8 because the true enemy is spoilers Announced earlier this summer, HBO is finally giving us a quick video peek inside the 10,000 square-foot exhibit which they promise will feature … [Link]

Slashdot » Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete

Thursday 14 September 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Elizabeth Segran, writing for FastCompany: While it sometimes feels like we do all of our shopping on the internet, government data shows that actually less than 10% of all retail transactions happen online. In a world where we get our groceries delivered in just two hours through Instacart or Amazon Fresh, the humble corner store — or bodega, as they … [Link]

Popular Science » See Cassini’s last glimpses of the Saturn system

Thursday 14 September 15:19:55 UTC 2017

Space Momentous images from the spacecraft’s grand finale. As Cassini moved towards it's final plunge, it snapped images of its experience, like pictures taken with distant friends just before you say farewell. [Link]

Mashable » Why everyone should ditch Beats for these headphones

Thursday 14 September 15:09:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There are a lot of headphones out there, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and settle on spending hundreds on Beats. If everyone's doing it, it's got to be cool, right? But if you’re looking for Bluetooth headphones that are in line with some … [Link]

Mashable » Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lawrence might be best friends now

Thursday 14 September 15:03:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJennifer Lawrence, your favorite relatable actress, is a big fan of the Kardashians, and it looks like that may go both ways.  In many an interview, Lawrence has discussed how she has cried for them, texts with Kris Jenner and has even been known to snuggle in bed with the momager before.  During her press tour in support of mother!, Lawrence … [Link]

Mashable » Eerie 'Stranger Things' poster compares the demogorgon to shark from 'Jaws'

Thursday 14 September 15:00:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDid you know Stranger Things is set in and inspired by the 1980s? Well didja?? Perhaps Season 2's creepy homage posters are giving us a hint, though; the latest is inspired by the 1975 film Jaws, and an earlier design drew from 1979's Alien. Are the '70s the new '80s in Hawkins? SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things' invokes 'Alien' in chilling Season … [Link]

Mashable » Google teases Oct. 4 launch date for the Pixel 2

Thursday 14 September 15:00:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s Google's turn to announce its new flagship phones now that its rival Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 8 and other rival Apple just unveiled the new iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Google will announce the Pixel 2 on Oct. 4, according to its "Made By Google" website. SEE ALSO: Everything we know so far about Google's Pixel … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to not suck at photography

Thursday 14 September 14:57:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Back in 2013, The Guardian pondered the "death of photography" as an art form as smartphone cameras became ubiquitous. A little dramatic? Maybe — but to be fair, those Instagram filters can only get you so far. SEE ALSO: Get all the GoPro gear you'll ever … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Rocket League' universe is populated by weird egg people

Thursday 14 September 14:55:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThose aren't humans inside the rocket-powered cars of Rocket League. Those are weird egg people. SEE ALSO: We obviously need these Nintendo-themed 'Rocket League' cars in 'Mario Kart' A new autumn-themed arena is coming to Rocket League later this month, and it includes an interesting detail that confirms the Rocket League universe is populated by egg people. Here's a screenshot of … [Link]

Mashable » Little girl proves that anyone can handle post Irma clean-up

Thursday 14 September 14:52:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEmergency Responders in Florida worked hard to cleanup post-Hurricane Irma. They received help from residents, including an adorable little girl.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Florida, Girl, Cleanup, and Hurricane Irma [Link]

Mashable » 'New Yorker' released the cover it planned to publish had Hillary Clinton won the election

Thursday 14 September 14:51:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe New Yorker is giving readers a glimpse of what would have been, had Donald Trump not won the 2016 Presidential Election back in November.  On Wednesday, The New Yorker made a bold move and released the post-election cover the publication planned to run if Hillary Clinton had won the Presidency.  SEE ALSO: A German news magazine just gave us the … [Link]

Mashable » A designer has created cabinets that can change shape

Thursday 14 September 14:50:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSebastian Errazuriz Studio is creating a series of kinetic sculptures that focus on interactive furniture.  With his functional sculpture projects, Errazuriz is rethinking the everyday and "breaking open the box." Read more…More about Design, Mashable Video, Furniture, Wooden, and Designer [Link]

Popular Science » The best camera gear for making hyperlapse video

Thursday 14 September 14:50:00 UTC 2017

hyperlapse camera Gadgets Spin an hours-long story into a seconds-long sequence. A single image can capture a discreet moment, but stringing dozens together can tell a spectacular story. [Link]

Mashable » Here's the name of that underwhelming new Crayola crayon

Thursday 14 September 14:40:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter more than five months of excruciatingly unnecessary hype and emotional torture, Crayola has finally revealed the name of the new blue crayon that will replace the now-retired Dandelion yellow color in boxes around the world. Crafty colorers everywhere — get ready to grip: Bluetiful. Awful, we know. SEE ALSO: Behold Crayola's new, thoroughly underwhelming crayon On Thursday morning at 9 … [Link]

Slashdot » In a Highly Unusual Move, FTC Confirms It Is Investigating Equifax

Thursday 14 September 14:40:00 UTC 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday confirmed it is investigating Equifax's handling of a data breach affecting 143m Americans. "The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations. However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach," said Peter Kaplan, the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Christmas Island’s only echolocating bat has gone extinct

Thursday 14 September 14:35:51 UTC 2017

The Christmas Island pipistrelle is no more, and the world's largest antelope is at risk, according to the latest update to the Red List of Threatened Species [Link]

New Scientist – News » AI spots Alzheimer’s brain changes years before symptoms emerge

Thursday 14 September 14:35:50 UTC 2017

A machine-learning algorithm that examines MRI scans can identify alterations in how different regions of the brain are connected that indicate future disease [Link]

New Scientist – News » History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text

Thursday 14 September 14:35:49 UTC 2017

Carbon dating has revealed that the Bakshali manuscript housed in Oxford contains the earliest known version of our modern zero symbol — and it is nearly 2000 years old [Link]

New Scientist – News » Wolves and bears to be slaughtered in Romania once again

Thursday 14 September 14:35:48 UTC 2017

In 2016, Romania banned trophy hunting of wolves and bears, but now the government has angered conservationists by permitting hunters to target nuisance animals [Link]

Mashable » Shirtless Mario is here to ruin all of your happy childhood video game memories

Thursday 14 September 14:33:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNintendo has kicked off an era of revelations for our favourite videogame plumber character.  SEE ALSO: Finally Nintendo acknowledges that Mario is no longer a plumber First, the (non-)announcement: Mario is not a plumber anymore. (Not that he'd being doing a lot of pipe repairs recently anyway. Who's ever seen the moustachioed little guy doing any plumbing in its 32-year-old history.) … [Link]

Mashable » An elderly man's words about his late wife reduced a shop full of people to tears

Thursday 14 September 14:31:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen someone you love passes away, many of us think about our final words and moments with that person.  One elderly gentleman proffered some words of wisdom after his wife passed away, and subsequently reduced a group of listeners to tears.  SEE ALSO: Woman loses engagement ring, finds it on a carrot 13 years later A pharmacy employee recounted an interaction … [Link]

Mashable » Wanted man taunts police on Facebook, gets a chilling response

Thursday 14 September 14:24:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPolice appealing to the public on Facebook for help tracking down a wanted man isn't particularly uncommon. Getting a response from the suspect, though — that doesn't happen every day. SEE ALSO: Man gives jail cell 3 out of 5 stars in a TripAdvisor style review On Tuesday, North Wales Police shared the following photograph of 31-year-old Martin Tate from Caernarfon, … [Link]

Mashable » This kid dressed as Pennywise is pure nightmare fuel

Thursday 14 September 14:22:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA Mississippi kid has gone viral after his older brother decided to dress him up as Pennywise from Stephen King's It. Read more…More about Entertainment, Halloween, Mashable Video, Kids, and Family [Link]

Mashable » Samantha Bee investigates domestic terrorism in powerful 'Full Frontal' segment

Thursday 14 September 14:20:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "White pride, it's back! …Because it never left," Samantha Bee declared in Wednesday's episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. "Emboldened racists are even wearing their white pride after Labor Day, which is just wrong." In a segment edited to look like the best conspiracy theory videos, Bee investigates the country's biggest threat (according to a former homeland security analyst): … [Link]

Mashable » Frances McDormand delivers a 'Fargo'-level performance in 'Three Billboards'

Thursday 14 September 14:15:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDuring a screening of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, the public audience broke out into applause after Frances McDormand finished a blistering speech about culpability. And why were viewers were moved to show rare mid-showing affection? If one had to guess, it was in part the power of McDormand's perfectly composed delivery, a … [Link]

Mashable » Girl meets mer-boy in the new 'The Shape of Water' trailer

Thursday 14 September 14:12:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's a tale as old as time: Girl meets mer-boy, girl falls in love with mer-boy, girl has to save mer-boy from a sadistic Michael Shannon. … Okay, on second thought, maybe this story isn't such a familiar one after all. SEE ALSO: The most romantic movie of 2017 is about a woman who loves a merman The Shape of … [Link]

Slashdot » FTP Resources Will Be Marked Not Secure in Chrome Starting Later This Year

Thursday 14 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Google engineer Mike West writes: As part of our ongoing effort to accurately communicate the transport security status of a given page, we're planning to label resources delivered over the FTP protocol as "Not secure", beginning in Chrome 63 (sometime around December, 2017). We didn't include FTP in our original plan, but unfortunately its security properties are actually marginally worse … [Link]

Mashable » Meet Bogart, the first-ever bionic camel

Thursday 14 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Bogart the camel was born with hyper-mobile joints in his forelimbs, which prevent him from standing straight and walking. We met with Dr. Derrick Campana to see how he approached building Bogart’s orthotic to help him get on his feet. Pawsthetics is a dive into the world of animal prosthetics where technological innovations give our favorite furry animals a second … [Link]

Mashable » This British TV channel has something of utmost importance to tell you about Twitter

Thursday 14 September 13:44:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs a broadcaster, Channel 4 is no stranger to spirited debate.  SEE ALSO: Rami Malek channels Freddie Mercury playing 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' Brian May approves Which is why it's a little surprising that their official account tweeted this bombshell yesterday. BREAKING: The world's problems will not be solved by arguing with strangers on Twitter. We'll update you when we have more on … [Link]

Mashable » Selena Gomez opens up about her recent kidney transplant

Thursday 14 September 13:27:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSelena Gomez has often taken a candid approach to discussing her struggles with lupus. On Thursday, she shared another part of her personal life, revealing that she underwent a kidney transplant this summer. The actress and musician told her story though an Instagram post thanking her family, her team of doctors, and fellow actress Francia Raisa (of The Secret Life of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Red Sparrow' trailer: Jennifer Lawrence basically gets her own Black Widow movie

Thursday 14 September 13:18:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Red Sparrow isn't a Black Widow movie per se, but it kinda feels like one, doesn't it? SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' is designed to get people talking, that's for sure Jennifer Lawrence stars as a young Russian ballerina who enters the Sparrow spy program. After a harrowing training period, she emerges as one of the agency's top recruits.  Then … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Killing thousands more badgers won’t eradicate TB in cattle

Thursday 14 September 13:13:00 UTC 2017

An extended badger cull in England to try to curb bovine TB is a poor decision. It's time to call off the guns, says ecologist Rosie Woodroffe [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat's new feature takes Bitmoji to the next level

Thursday 14 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnapchat’s latest Bitmoji update is about much more than dancing animations. Snapchat is updating its Bitmoji-enabled "World Lenses," the feature that lets you overlay your Bitmoji characters onto your surroundings, to make the animations look more realistic. SEE ALSO: Snapchat's newest feature is a game changer for concerts Bitmoji, Snapchat users' emoji-like alter-egos, have appeared in Snapchat's "World Lenses" since the … [Link]

Slashdot » Silicon Valley Bosses Are Globalists, Not Libertarians

Thursday 14 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

From a report via The Economist: In a recently published survey of 600 entrepreneurs and executives in Silicon Valley, conducted by David Broockman and Neil Malhotra of Stanford University and Gregory Ferenstein, a journalist, three-quarters of respondents said they supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. But although technology-firm leaders hold views that in general hew much closer to … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk says the Tesla truck is coming on Oct. 26, and it will be 'unreal'

Thursday 14 September 12:51:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTesla hasn't forgotten about its electric semi-truck. Originally slated for a September launch, Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced that the truck will finally be revealed on Oct. 26 in Hawthorne. On Twitter, Musk called the truck "unreal" and a "beast," that's worth seeing in person.  Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne. Worth … [Link]

Mashable » Behold, Elon Musk's spectacular SpaceX blooper reel

Thursday 14 September 12:49:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When you've piled up as many successes as Elon Musk has, you can afford to take a little time to laugh at yourself and the failures that led to all the good stuff. Such is the case with SpaceX, as Musk has made good on his promise to drop a "blooper reel" of SpaceX failures and, hoo boy, it does … [Link]

Mashable » A vision for the future: Essential insights from British influencers at dmexco

Thursday 14 September 12:43:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInnovation is in the air in Cologne, Germany this week. September is getting off to a remarkably innovative start — dmexco is in town. A conference dedicated to “Lightening the age of Transformation”, dmexco sees innovative businesses, future thinkers, and those who are crafting the future, come from far and wide to further the conversation about our future world. Across September … [Link]

Mashable » The incredible architectural secrets of Steve Jobs Theater

Thursday 14 September 12:25:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 233f 2aa9%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ still much you do not know about this iconic theater at Apple Park.","image":&quot~ of the Steve Jobs Theater","sources":[~ jobs,iphone x,apple park,steve jobs theater","sec0":null~ jobs,iphone x,apple park,steve jobs theater","videoSeriesName~ More about Apple, Steve Jobs, Iphone X, Apple Park, and Steve Jobs Theater [Link]

Mashable » It’s happening: One of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in China is shutting down

Thursday 14 September 12:21:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBTCChina, one of the leading Bitcoin exchanges in China, is permanently shutting down, the company announced on Twitter.  The news come after a few weeks of rumors that China will ban all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The rumors were never officially confirmed, and major exchanges in the country—including BTCChina—initially said they hadn't received any official directives from the authorities.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » 'South Park' is triggering people's Amazon Alexas and it's seriously NSFW

Thursday 14 September 11:56:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookComedy Central's satirical and politically incorrect series "South Park" is back, and this time it's messing with people IRL.  SEE ALSO: South Park game's difficulty will be based on your skin color in a bold-ass move Fans watching the premiere of Season 21 of the animated series got a surprise when on-screen commands to Amazon's Alexa and Google Home set off … [Link]

Mashable » Little boy walks dog in astronaut costume, becomes instant Photoshop battle star

Thursday 14 September 10:57:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are some images that seem destined for Photoshop battle greatness. Adorable children and dogs both work well, but when you combine the two and add in an astronaut costume you're positively golden. SEE ALSO: Happy pig getting rescued from a flood inspires hilarious Photoshop battle Just look at this image shared by Redditor kchitownp in the r/photoshopbattles subreddit recently: Immediately, … [Link]

Mashable » Sean Spicer tells Jimmy Kimmel he's never seen Donald Trump naked

Thursday 14 September 10:19:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Everyone's favourite former US Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he was so much more chilled out than the high octane, frowning Spicey we've all grown to know (and love?).  Kimmel turned back the clock to revisit that infamous first White House press conference:  "So right off the bat, your first ever press conference, you get … [Link]

Mashable » This cuddly little guy washed up on a beach in Texas and it's literally the absolute cutest

Thursday 14 September 10:13:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEveryone loves a stroll on the beach, why else would people mention it so much in dating profiles? Walking hand-in-hand with a loved one, the sea air ruffling your hair, the gentle lapping of the waves — what could be nicer? Oh, and don't forget the desiccated sea-monster lying on the sand. SEE ALSO: This white moose is real and it … [Link]

Mashable » This laser-equipped helmet can help a blind person 'see'

Thursday 14 September 10:05:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThese college students could be onto something big. Five students from China have developed a smart helmet that could aid the visually impaired in their everyday activities. Called the "Eye See", the laser-equipped helmet is capable of detecting obstacles, as well as identifying text and describing people you meet. Image: screenshot/cctv+/youtubeThe helmet is equipped with a camera and laser radar, which … [Link]

Slashdot » GNOME 3.26 Released

Thursday 14 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Today, GNOME 3.26 codenamed "Manchester" sees release. It is chock full of improvements, such as a much-needed refreshed settings menu, enhanced search, and color emoji! Yes, Linux users like using the silly symbols too! "System search has been improved for GNOME 3.26. Results have an updated layout which makes them easier to read and … [Link]

Mashable » Robot dog will sniff your feet, and keel over if they stink

Thursday 14 September 9:57:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis little robot pooch may be adorable, but it doesn't mince its words when telling you how much your feet smell. The Japanese made robot has an odour sensor built into its nose, and will trot over to greet you, bending down to sniff your feet. SEE ALSO: These adorable Fingerlings robo-monkeys are the latest must-have affordable gadget If your feet … [Link]

Mashable » This woman's pet pug needed a tuxedo, so she used public money to pay for it

Thursday 14 September 9:39:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUsing public money to buy your own personal items is a serious crime but that didn't stop this dog-owner from using a public credit card to buy her pet pug a brand-new tuxedo.  SEE ALSO: Katy Perry's 'Swish Swish' video is a celeb-filled 'Space Jam' knockoff Kristi Goss, a former administrative assistant to Garland County judge Rick Davis, was due to … [Link]

Mashable » James Corden scares his co-workers in this hilarious 'IT' parody

Thursday 14 September 9:11:38 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook James Corden may not be quite as scary as the actual Pennywise, but he still does a pretty convincing job. In the sketch above, an office worker named Tim calls the "IT department" when his computer breaks, only to be greeted by Corden in full clown getup. SEE ALSO: This thread about finding the clown from 'IT' in your kitchen … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' will shoot many endings for Season 8 because the true enemy is spoilers

Thursday 14 September 8:42:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho can be trusted on a Game of Thrones set? No one. The answer is no one. Not the cast, not the crew, and certainly not the locals. And so as production of the final season approaches, let it be known that Game of Thrones will shoot many endings, maybe three, maybe five, probably more — upholding a Hollywood tradition of … [Link]

Mashable » Apple explains what went wrong with Face ID at the iPhone X event

Thursday 14 September 7:46:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDuring Apple's big event Tuesday, Craig Federighi tried to unlock an iPhone X using Apple's new face recognition system, Face ID, but something went wrong: The phone asked for a passcode, and Federighi quickly replaced it with another iPhone X, which worked as advertised.  Now, in a statement to Yahoo, Apple has explained what happened during the presentation.  SEE ALSO: Why … [Link]

Slashdot » Japan Trials Driverless Cars In Bid To Keep Rural Elderly On the Move

Thursday 14 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

According to Reuters, Japan is starting to experiment with self-driving buses in rural communities such as Nishikata, 71 miles (115 km) north of the capital, Tokyo, where elderly residents struggle with fewer bus and taxi services as the population ages and shrinks. From the report: The swift advance of autonomous driving technology is prompting cities such as Paris and Singapore … [Link]

Mashable » 'Conan' addresses your pressing questions about the iPhone X's facial recognition system

Thursday 14 September 6:08:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You'll probably have plenty of queries (or you'll be making the same joke) around the iPhone X's new and slightly creepy facial recognition feature, Face ID. While you're not going to get your own answered by this Conan video, at least it poses some questions you might have wanted to ask Apple about Face ID, like if it "works with … [Link]

Mashable » Retired couple that cosplays together is the very definition of relationship goals

Thursday 14 September 5:25:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou’re never too old to start doing what you love.  Retired couple Steven and Millie Tani first stumbled onto cosplaying three years ago, when they were in need of a costume for a Halloween event. The couple, who have been married for 27 years, haven't stopped since. SEE ALSO: Cosplayer nails the Night King's piercing eyes in his amazing homemade costume … [Link]

Mashable » Another council is stopping its Australia Day celebrations

Thursday 14 September 5:23:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne more Australian council is taking a stand on Australia Day celebrations. Following the lead of the city of Fremantle and two other Melbourne councils, Yarra and Darebin, Moreland City Council has decided to stop festivities on Jan. 26. It will, however, keep citizenship ceremonies on the date. SEE ALSO: These are the best signs from Australia's pro-marriage equality rallies The … [Link]

Mashable » #TheyGetToVote: Hashtag uncovers LGBTQ stories of bullying and abuse

Thursday 14 September 4:10:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAustralians have just received something truly important in their mailboxes. It's a government-facilitated, non-binding, no-compulsory survey asking one question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" Australians will have until Nov. 7 to mail it back to the Australian Bureau of StatisticsCampaigning has been fierce on both sides of the debate, with an estimated 30,000 people marching … [Link]

Slashdot » Climate Change Could Wipe Out a Third of Parasite Species, Study Finds

Thursday 14 September 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source): Recently, scientists carried out the first large-scale study of what climate change may do to the world's much-loathed parasites. The team came to a startling conclusion: as many as one in three parasite species may face extinction in the next century. As … [Link]

Mashable » Find serenity in this video of a baby wombat having an oatmeal bath

Thursday 14 September 2:51:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Having a bit of a stressful day? Hit play on Enya's "Orinoco Flow" and enjoy this delightfully calming bathtime video with a baby wombat. The starring wombat, named Nugget, was suffering from a persistent dry cough and mad allergic itching, according to ACT Wildlife Australia, who posted the video. The remedy? A steam bath, of course, followed by an oatmeal … [Link]

Mashable » Bodega backlash shows how fed up people are with Silicon Valley's hype machine

Thursday 14 September 2:38:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Silicon Valley just invented a racist glorified vending machine designed to kill your friendly neighborhood convenience store." That was the narrative to which the startup Bodega debuted on Wednesday, thanks in part to a well-played Fast Company headline.  SEE ALSO: Nobody asked for these vending machine things that two ex-Googlers want to replace bodegas Two ex-Googlers are out to disrupt the … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's millionaire treasury secretary asked to use a military jet for his honeymoon

Thursday 14 September 1:38:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHow do the rich stay rich? They don't use their own money, they use yours.  Just a few weeks after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton caused drama on Instagram over their use of a government plane, it appears as if the couple asked to use a U.S. Air Force jet to escort the ridiculously rich couple on … [Link]

Slashdot » Target's Sales Floors Are Switching From Apple To Android Devices

Thursday 14 September 1:30:00 UTC 2017

After three years of Apple products, Target is moving to Android devices for stocking, pulling items, and other essential sales floor duties. Target first outfitted its employees with Apple products in 2014, replacing PDAs with iPod Touches. Gizmodo reports: In Fall of 2016, Target stores began testing the Zebra TC51, which runs Android 6.0 Mashmallow and was confirmed to Gizmodo … [Link]

Mashable » Sen. Al Franken is worried about iPhone X's Face ID

Thursday 14 September 1:29:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X is finally here, and with it comes a host of new features that Apple promises herald the arrival of "the future."  But could that future be rife with privacy violations and potential for abuse? It's a question that Sen. Al Franken intends to get to the bottom of, and on Wednesday, he fired off a letter to the … [Link]

Mashable » Rolls-Royce hopes its self-piloting ship concept will be the naval vessel of the future

Thursday 14 September 1:06:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen ships are autonomous, the navy and other shipping industries won't need a crew onboard. That's what Rolls-Royce is working on with their autonomous naval vessel concept that plans to have a 3,500 nautical-mile range.  SEE ALSO: Tesla's autonomous trucks will move in platoons, report says Earlier this week, the British company known for its cars unveiled plans for the nearly … [Link]

Mashable » Give your morning commute a boost with these 5 helpful products

Thursday 14 September 0:53:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhose sick joke was it to make mornings a thing? If you manage to make it through the process of getting out of bed, putting on your clothes, and walking out the door, you’ve still got a number of obstacles in the way before you make it into work.     Whether you drive, bike, run, or take the train to the … [Link]

Slashdot » Backdoor Found In WordPress Plugin With More Than 200,000 Installations

Thursday 14 September 0:50:00 UTC 2017

According to Bleeping Computer, a WordPress plug that goes by the name Display Widgets has been used to install a backdoor on WordPress sites across the internet for the past two and a half months. While the team removed the plugin from the official WordPress Plugins repository, the plugin managed to be installed on more than 200,000 sites at … [Link]

Mashable » How Apple's iPhone X is using the old 'happy Mac' icon to make Face ID less creepy

Thursday 14 September 0:42:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFollowing Apple's big day on Tuesday, some people seem to be pretty damn skeptical about the iPhone X and its next-level intrusive biometric Face ID system.  From concerns about the police being able to arrest you and simply point the smartphone at your face to get your data, to the notion that thieves might use brutal measures to get you to … [Link]

Mashable » The ACLU is calling out Motel 6 for reportedly giving guest lists to ICE

Thursday 14 September 0:38:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe ACLU is publicly questioning Motel 6 after a Phoenix New Times report found that at least two of the motel chain's locations sent guest information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  One Motel 6 clerk told the Phoenix New Times that employees at that location "push a button" to send ICE guest information every morning at 5 a.m. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Dude tries to catch a rat with his cat and it does not go well

Thursday 14 September 0:33:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Extracting a rat from a bathroom when you've got a cat seems like a pretty reasonable solution. Cats are natural predators, and they often catch small rodents.  Turns out, though, rats are probably a little too big for a house cat.  Shortly after using a broom to scare the rat out from behind the sink, this dude realizes that he … [Link]

Slashdot » iPhone 8 and iPhone X Will Support Fast Charging, But Only If You Buy a New USB-C Charger

Thursday 14 September 0:10:00 UTC 2017

One little detail Apple didn't mention at its event in Cupertino, California yesterday was the fact that the new iPhones will support fast charging. According to the official tech specs page, the new iPhones can recharge up to 50 percent of their battery life in a 30-minute charge. The catch? You have to use a USB-C charger and Lightning cable … [Link]


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