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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 » Hey Nikon, here are 32 female photographers who kick ass

Friday 15 September 23:23:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLast week, Nikon Asia released a list of 32 brand ambassadors spanning Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. People quickly noticed a glaring problem: it was all men. Apparently, in its search across multiple continents to find photographers to promote its new D850 camera, Nikon couldn’t find a single woman.  Nikon is far from the only camera brand that’s guilty … [Link]

Slashdot » Warning: 'MetalKettle' Repository For Kodi Becomes Vulnerable After GitHub Takeover

Friday 15 September 23:20:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Unfortunately, there can apparently be security issues with repositories when they shut down. For example, when the metalkettle repo ended, the developer deleted its entry on GitHub. This in itself is not a cause for concern, but unfortunately, GitHub's allowance of project names to be recycled is. You see, someone re-registered the metalkettle name, … [Link]

Mashable » Can you learn to solve a Rubik's Cube in just 24 hours?

Friday 15 September 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI gave myself 24 hours using nothing but online tutorials with the hopes of solving a Rubik's cube. Comment below and let us know what you want us to learn on the next episode of In A Day! Subscribe to watch more watercooler videos here! Read more…More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Magic, Rubiks Cube, and In A Day [Link]

Mashable » 'Rick and Morty's' song about terryfolds is actually charting on Billboard

Friday 15 September 22:58:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFinally, some PROPER RECOGNITION in the music industry! The Rick and Morty song "Terryfold"— an ode to, well, terryfolds — is charting on Billboard as a "Hot" rock song. Hot damn right it is. "'Rick and Morty" song "Terryfold" debuts on Hot Rock Songs Chart https://t.co/8mQL1WdAY9 — billboard (@billboard) September 15, 2017 The recent Season 3 episode "Rest and Ricklaxation," which … [Link]

Mashable » The future of obnoxiously loud autoplay videos is in doubt

Friday 15 September 22:42:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBrowsing the web is an integral part of most people's VROOM VROOM I'M A CAR COMMERCIAL AND NOW I'M IN YOUR BRAIN GOOD LUCK FINDING MY TINY MUTE BUTTON lives, but that process is frequently a jarring one complete with loud autoplay ads and video making it difficult to focus on what's in front of you.  Google, however, has decided to … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Says Almost 400,000 Britons Hit In Data Breach

Friday 15 September 22:40:00 UTC 2017

MalachiK shares a report from the BBC: Data about British people "may potentially have been accessed" during the data breach at the U.S. credit rating firm Equifax. The UK arm of the organization said files containing information on "fewer than 400,000" UK consumers was accessed in the breach. In a statement, the UK office of Equifax said an internal investigation … [Link]

Mashable » 2 top Equifax execs just stepped down

Friday 15 September 22:25:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwo of Equifax's top executives are leaving the company a week after a massive data hack compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. The credit reporting agency announced Friday evening that chief information officer David Webb and chief security officer Susan Mauldin would be "retiring" effective immediately. SEE ALSO: This chatbot could help you sue Equifax Notably, neither of the … [Link]

Mashable » This pitch-black 'hot Jupiter' orbits an alien star and is darker than asphalt

Friday 15 September 22:16:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA planet orbiting a star 1,400 light-years from Earth is darker than asphalt.  New data from the Hubble Space Telescope shows that WASP-12b, which has a radius twice as large as Jupiter's, is an incredibly hot planet with a very low albedo—meaning that it's incredibly dark. WASP-12b is known as a "hot Jupiter" because it's about the size of our solar … [Link]

Mashable » Why Silicon Valley Is Failing at Diversity—And How to Fix It

Friday 15 September 22:14:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Silicon Valley, Diversity, Mashable Reels, James Damore, and Business [Link]

Popular Science » Here’s all the new Apple stuff you can order right now

Friday 15 September 22:04:56 UTC 2017

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Technology Two iPhone models are available for pre-order, and so are other shiny gadgets. Want a new iPhone now, and feel like saving a couple hundred bucks and by not purchasing the iPhone X? [Link]

Mashable » Fox Sports bro goes on CNN and says he believes in 'boobs'

Friday 15 September 22:01:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat. Just. Happened.  In what may be the most unnecessary statement of the day, Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis used a sexist joke in an attempt to decry the state of the nation and criticize ESPN. He's a troll, and he's not even good at it. SEE ALSO: Eric Trump doubts CNN will cover his dad's donation after CNN repeatedly … [Link]

Mashable » Like the WiFi you have, only faster, easier, and prettier

Friday 15 September 22:00:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Eero is a startup with a fun origin story: CEO Nick Weaver got sick of his parents calling him all the time because their WiFi was broken. So, he set out to create something easy enough for even them to useThe result was Eero, … [Link]

Slashdot » 8,500 Verizon Customers Disconnected Because of 'Substantial' Data Use

Friday 15 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon is disconnecting another 8,500 rural customers from its wireless network, saying that roaming charges have made certain customer accounts unprofitable for the carrier. The 8,500 customers have 19,000 lines and live in 13 states (Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin), a … [Link]

Mashable » Child president tries to talk to little boy who mowed White House lawn, gets memed instead

Friday 15 September 21:59:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFrank Giacco, 11, absolutely loves the White House lawn. The president of the United States though? Frankly, he just DGAF. At least that's how it appeared to observers who watched Giacco mow the White House lawn this Friday. Giacco had previously written to the White House asking if he could mow the lawn free of charge because "I would like to … [Link]

Mashable » Make sure pet gets fed, even when your stupid boss makes you stay late at work

Friday 15 September 21:45:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Getting stuck at work sucks. But getting stuck at work when you’re a pet owner is even worse: not only are you missing dinner, but you have to imagine your hungry little pal waiting for you at homeWhile we can’t do anything about your … [Link]

Mashable » One billion people don’t have access to electricity and this map shows you who

Friday 15 September 21:30:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot all energy is consumed equally across the worldAn estimated 16 percent of the world’s population — 1.2 billion people — have little or no access to electricity.  One shocking similarity in this large number is the urban-rural divide: Upwards of 80 percent of sufferers of energy-poverty live in rural areas.  Because of lack of access to electricity and modern energy … [Link]

Mashable » Jemele Hill supporters take up the #NaziBucketChallenge

Friday 15 September 21:28:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs the fervor over anti-Trump comments made by ESPN's Jemele Hill continuing to grow, her supporters are taking to social media armed with an incendiary hashtag to show solidarity. SEE ALSO: ESPN is now the frontline of the American political-culture war Borrowing from the charitable "Ice Bucket Challenge" meme of a few years back, Hill's supporters are standing by her Trump … [Link]

Mashable » Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic 'Halloween' role, 40 years later

Friday 15 September 21:17:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJamie Lee Curtis is back to reclaim her crown as the scream queen of the silver screen.  The actress will reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the Halloween franchise in 2018.  SEE ALSO: This kid dressed as Pennywise is pure nightmare fuel Curtis tweeted a photo of herself with masked murderer Michael Myers on Friday with an ominous message … [Link]

Mashable » 'Virus-scanning' iOS apps have always been a scam. Now Apple is finally cracking down

Friday 15 September 21:10:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMisleading iOS "security" apps are about to be a thing of the past. Apple has updated its developer guidelines with a new policy that bans deceptive "virus-scanning" apps for the first time. SEE ALSO: Apple’s biggest announcement won’t be the iPhone 8, but HOW you use it From the latest App Store guidelines: A quick search of the App Store also … [Link]

Mashable » Milkshake Duck: We need to stop idolizing unremarkable people on the internet

Friday 15 September 21:03:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoing viral sucks.  We're not talking about influencers and celebrities who make their careers off the attention of the general public, we're talking about those random, people who are suddenly thrust into the national spotlight for doing something remarkably unremarkable. The most recent example is that Florida Hot Cop who turned out to be an anti-semite. Surprise, surprise. But he's not … [Link]

Mashable » This restaurant is literally in a waterfall

Friday 15 September 20:46:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Labassin Waterfall Restaurant is hosted by the Villa Escudero Resort located in Tiaong, Philippines. Guests can order a one-day package for $100 to dine at this waterfall restaurant. They serve Filipino food in a buffet style while soaking their feet in the water and watching the waterfall. Afterwards, they can ride in a cart pulled by a water buffalo. Read … [Link]

Popular Science » Stuck in a hurricane? Don't forget to look out for tornadoes.

Friday 15 September 20:45:30 UTC 2017

A visible satellite image of Hurricane Irma as it nears landfall in southern Florida on September 10, 2017. Science A serious hidden hazard. The threat of small and quick—yet dangerous—tornadoes can be a hidden hazard when a tropical storm or hurricane makes landfall. [Link]

Slashdot » HP Users Complain About 10-Minute Login Lag During 'Win 10 Update'

Friday 15 September 20:45:00 UTC 2017

A number of HP device owners are complaining of seeing black screens for around five to 10 minutes after entering their Windows login information. From a report: They appear to be pointing the finger of blame at Windows 10 updates released September 12 for x64-based systems. One, a quality update called KB4038788, offered a whopping 27 bullet points for general … [Link]

Mashable » A farmer's reunion with his animals after Hurricane Harvey will leave you needing tissues

Friday 15 September 20:37:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the wake of Hurricane Harvey, one farmer had to leave his animals behind. He filmed his return and his reaction will bring you to tears.  Grab your tissues!  Read more…More about Video, Animals, Mashable Video, Weather, and Newsy [Link]

Mashable » Google quietly added a new video feature to Google Maps

Friday 15 September 20:31:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour destination will now come to life when you search on Google Maps. Google has added a new video feature to accompany its mapping service, the company announced. Now, when you search a destination, you'll be able to find video footage of the location in the section of the map where you usually see user-submitted photos. SEE ALSO: Google Maps just … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » In Other API Economy News: Real Estate Coding Competition, GDAX Streaming API and More

Friday 15 September 20:23:35 UTC 2017

As we inch closer to the end of the week it’s time to bring you a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. For those yearning for a little competition, the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) announced the 2017 RESO DataComp, its first-ever data competition will begin … [Link]

Mashable » Only Rihanna can raise millions of dollars for a good cause and have Beyoncé dance like no one is watching

Friday 15 September 20:21:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt was a wonderful night. Jay-Z mingled with fellow tuxedo-clad guests. Beyoncé delicately dabbed her face with the finest of cloth napkins. Leonardo DiCaprio looked off in the distance as someone conversed with him. Kendrick Lamar handed me a microphone (yes, you read that right) and Cardi B's four assistants gathered her dress to help the "Bodak Yellow" queen make her … [Link]

Mashable » 5 ways to bring your school’s community together for the greater good

Friday 15 September 20:19:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook   It might not be obvious to those working through mountains of homework each night, but the years spent throughout the K-12 school system are some of the most important years in life.  Not only are kids accruing skills necessary for adulthood, but they’re forging the kinds of friendships that will turn into the type of meaningful relationships that last forever.  … [Link]

Mashable » Visit homes around the world with Google Earth

Friday 15 September 20:12:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle Earth's new project called 'This is Home' lets you learn about different cultures by visiting different homes across the globe. Read more…More about World, Home, China, Mashable Video, and Community [Link]

Slashdot » Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Says We Need To Start Over

Friday 15 September 20:05:00 UTC 2017

Steve LeVine, writing for Axios: In 1986, Geoffrey Hinton co-authored a paper that, four decades later, is central to the explosion of artificial intelligence. But Hinton says his breakthrough method should be dispensed with, and a new path to AI found. Speaking with Axios on the sidelines of an AI conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Hinton, a professor emeritus at … [Link]

Mashable » Gabriel Tallent joins MashReads with his brutal yet unforgettable debut novel 'My Absolute Darling'

Friday 15 September 20:00:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s hard to describe Gabriel Tallent's debut novel My Absolute Darling without using a ton of "buts" and "ands." It's a breathtaking debut novel, but it's absolutely brutal and one of the most painful stories you'll read this year. But despite that, it's almost impossible to put down once you've started reading. SEE ALSO: Your reading list just got longer—the 2017 … [Link]

Mashable » Dancing bananas have infiltrated office life and there's no going back

Friday 15 September 20:00:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe happy dance is alive and well — It's playing out in delightful loops on our work computer screens. We're talking about the bouncing creatures improving your Slack conversations with their sick moves. Someone finishes a project: Throw in the dancing banana! Sales numbers are thisclose to goal: Enter a bopping Mario and Luigi. SEE ALSO: Cult of the party parrot: … [Link]

Popular Science » The iPhone X's face unlock and the fifth amendment don't mix

Friday 15 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Technology The new iPhone X is shining a light on a Fifth Amendment debate. Biometric locks, like iPhone X's facial recognition, resides in a legally gray area when it comes to digital security. [Link]

Popular Science » Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells

Friday 15 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Solar panels From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News All it takes is a humid day. It’s possible to remove defects from next-generation solar cells using things found outside on a nice day: light, oxygen and a modest amount of humidity. [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' seems to have inspired the Sacramento Kings' new alternate court design

Friday 15 September 19:59:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApparently, House Lannister has expanded its reach beyond Westeros and decided to stake its claim in the NBA. Image: via GiphySEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' will shoot many endings for Season 8 because the true enemy is spoilers The Sacremento Kings' new alternative court colorway sure looks similar to House Lannister’s classic lion family crest. Pretty uncanny, huh? ⚫️⚫️&#989~ NEW COURT … [Link]

Mashable » Watch as this man attempts to solve a Rubik's cube in one day

Friday 15 September 19:52:52 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook I gave myself 24 hours using nothing but online tutorials with the hopes of solving a Rubik's cube. Comment below and let us know what you want us to learn on the next episode of In A Day! Subscribe to Watercool and watch more videos here. Read more… More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Puzzle, Rubiks Cube, and 1974 [Link]

Mashable » Toddler has adorable reaction when hearing his dad play guitar for the first time

Friday 15 September 19:49:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When you're a kid you think your father is basically the coolest person in the entire world. Imagine also discovering your dad can play the guitar. Well, just like this young boy, it just might put a smile on your face.  Read more… More about Funny, Parenting, Kids, Cute, and Viral Videos [Link]

Mashable » This Forever 21 shirt looks just like another shirt designed to benefit Planned Parenthood

Friday 15 September 19:46:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve got another case of Forever 21 graphic tee outrage on our hands.  This week shoppers noticed that the retailer's "The Woman" T-shirt bears an extremely similar design to a different tee created by the L.A.-based PR agency WORD to benefit Planned Parenthood.  SEE ALSO: OkCupid is now making it easier to figure out who's a feminist, sort of The agency … [Link]

Mashable » How M&M’S is taking a stand against climate change with wind power

Friday 15 September 19:39:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe threat of climate change looms large these days. From changing rainfall patterns to super storms and extreme temperatures, climate change puts communities everywhere at risk — and it has the potential to get even worse. In fact, research presented at the Paris Climate Agreement suggests that even a two degree rise in temperatures could permanently affect life on earth.     … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax CEO Hired a Music Major as the Company's Chief Security Officer

Friday 15 September 19:25:00 UTC 2017

Susan Mauldin, the person in charge of the Equifax's data security, has a bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia, according to her LinkedIn profile. Mauldin's LinkedIn profile lists no education related to technology or security. If that wasn't enough, news outlet MarketWatch reported on Friday that Susan Mauldin's LinkedIn … [Link]

Mashable » 'Outlander' says a heartbreaking goodbye to the Highlanders in our Cry of the Week

Friday 15 September 19:13:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere were so many tear-jerking scenes in the Outlander Season 3 premiere, we were pretty dehydrated by the end of the hour — but one specific moment perfectly captured the sense of heartbreak and loss that permeated the episode.  After opening the installment in the bloody aftermath of Culloden, with bodies piled high on the battlefield, showrunner and episode writer Ron … [Link]

Popular Science » This pretty blue fog only happens in warm champagne

Friday 15 September 18:54:45 UTC 2017

champagne fog up close Science And illustrates some fundamentals of physics. Not many people are into room-temperature champagne. Most of us like our bubbly chilled, but if we weren’t so invested in refrigeration, we might have seen the blue fog… [Link]

Mashable » ESPN is now the frontline of the American political-culture war

Friday 15 September 18:53:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSports have always been political—but ESPN hasn't. That tension, which has existed quietly for years at the sports-media giant, has turned into an outright controversy that reached a new height on Friday when President Donald Trump targeted the company via his Twitter account. ESPN, long a neutral space for sports, now finds itself the frontline for America's politico-culture war. ESPN is … [Link]

Slashdot » South Park's Season Premier Sets Off Everyone's Amazon Echo

Friday 15 September 18:46:00 UTC 2017

SonicSpike writes: It's hard to believe that Trey Parker and Matt Stone didn't know exactly what they were doing with Wednesday night's season premiere of South Park. This episode marked the beginning of the show's 21st season and as usual, South Park took on current issues like tiki torch-wielding white supremacists and… home digital assistants. The latter meant lots of … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Facebook Adds Automated Encoder Configuration and Frame-Accurate Start Times to Live API

Friday 15 September 18:37:59 UTC 2017

Facebook announced two feature updates to the Facebook Live API. Facebook introduced an automated encoder configuration and frame-accurate start times as a direct result of user feedback. The automated encoder configuration should cutdown on the fine tuning required by publishers during a live stream. [Link]

Mashable » Get an Amazon Echo for cheap

Friday 15 September 18:29:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You want an Echo. They’re nifty! But, maybe you don’t want to shell out $165 to get one. Well, here’s an idea: why don’t you get a certified refurbished Amazon Echo? It’s a previously owned Echo that Amazon has tested, spiffed up, and guarantees … [Link]

Mashable » Ask for 'Rick and Morty' merch and you shall receive: We're Mr. Meeseeks, look at us

Friday 15 September 18:25:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you missed the Rick and Morty merch truck on its cross-country tour and are dying for some sick show related goodies, don’t freak — it’s all taken care of. We know our fellow fans want unique merch as much as Rick wants that Mulan Szechuan McNugget Sauce, so we went on a mission to compile a list of the best … [Link]

Mashable » Google let advertisers target people who search for hateful terms like 'Jewish parasite,' report says

Friday 15 September 18:19:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook isn't the only advertising giant enabling ad targeting around hateful terms and phrases. Google, the world's biggest advertising company, lets ad buyers target messages around antisemitic and racist search terms like "Jewish parasite" and "Black people ruin everything," BuzzFeed discovered  this week. SEE ALSO: Facebook let advertisers buy ads targeting 'Jew haters' The revelations come as Facebook and Google have … [Link]

Slashdot » Social Media Site Gab Sues Google For Antitrust Violations Following Ban From Play Store

Friday 15 September 18:05:00 UTC 2017

The social media site Gab.ai is accusing Google of violating federal antitrust laws when the tech giant booted Gab from the Google Play Store, according to lawsuit filed this week. From a report: The legal action is the latest salvo in an escalating battle between right-leaning technologists and leaders against Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Google. Gab alleges … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Crown' star Claire Foy will be new 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Friday 15 September 17:58:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAll hail the new girl with the dragon tattoo. Claire Foy – best known as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's The Crown – has officially been cast as lead Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web, to be directed by Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe). SEE ALSO: With 'Game of Thrones' out of the running, who'll rule the Emmys? She … [Link]

Mashable » A Nintendo-branded case is a way better place to put your Switch games than your mouth

Friday 15 September 17:56:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your mouth is not the place for your Nintendo Switch cards. There are better ways to carry them around.    These handy albums store up to twelve Switch game cards in snug little compartments to … [Link]

Popular Science » This land is (still) their land. Meet the Nebraskan farmers fighting Keystone XL

Friday 15 September 17:51:35 UTC 2017

aerial crop art keystone pipeline Environment These unlikely environmental activists are running out of time. A decade ago, Carlson didn’t even believe in climate change. But that was before he’d been forced to become a self-taught scholar of all things petroleum—before the… [Link]

Mashable » Pennywise terrorizes the citizens of 'Grand Theft Auto'

Friday 15 September 17:49:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The movie It has made its way into the digital world of Grand Theft Auto V, and the horrible clown Pennywise is just as murderous. Final Flame Productions recreated a scene from It in GTA V, replacing It's Georgie and his paper boat with GTA's Jimmy De Santa and his cellphone. Sure, a cellphone may not actually float into a … [Link]

Mashable » The best subscription boxes on the internet, covering everything from food and booze to entertainment

Friday 15 September 17:45:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you ever listen to podcasts (and don’t skip the ads), you’ve heard about the magic of subscription boxes. I’m a big fan — not only do they make life so much easier and more convenient, they also merge the excitement of getting a … [Link]

Mashable » Meet Britain's first digital device detective dogs

Friday 15 September 17:36:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou may think your phone doesn't smell, but the newest additions to the Devon and Cornwall Police force would beg to differ. They might also beg for table scraps. SEE ALSO: Are pit bulls really harder to train? The UK police force is trialling its first pair of digital storage detection dogs. In layman's terms, they're sniffer dogs trained to detect … [Link]

Mashable » Alt-right supporters are burning MAGA hats after reports of Trump's alleged DACA deal

Friday 15 September 17:29:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNews of Donald Trump reaching a possible DACA deal with Democratic congressional leaders has infuriated members of the alt-right.  And, as we've learned from the hashtag #burnmyMAGAhat, those alt-right supporters are taking their anger with the president out on his hats. Sad! SEE ALSO: 5 ways you can help 'Dreamers' in the wake of Trump's DACA decision Politico and other outlets … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Allowed Advertisers To Target 'Jewish Parasite,' 'Black People Ruin Everything'

Friday 15 September 17:25:00 UTC 2017

Alex Kantrowitz, reporting for BuzzFeed News: Google, the world's biggest advertising platform, allows advertisers to specifically target ads to people typing racist and bigoted terms into its search bar, BuzzFeed News has discovered. Not only that, Google will suggest additional racist and bigoted terms once you type some into its ad buying tool. Type "White people ruin," as a potential … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Final pictures from Cassini as probe smashes into Saturn

Friday 15 September 17:23:53 UTC 2017

Say goodbye to humanity’s outpost at Saturn with a look at Cassini’s final images before it was swallowed by Saturn’s atmosphere [Link]

Mashable » Find out who’s stealing your packages with an HD outdoor camera

Friday 15 September 17:21:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Have you ever been home alone watching crime documentaries when suddenly there’s an unexpected knock on the door? You could crawl over to the door, make yourself as small as possible, and peer through the peephole, or you could check who’s there right from … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Cassini takes last look at the ring patterns made by mini moons

Friday 15 September 17:19:00 UTC 2017

These unusual patterns in Saturn's rings give us clues to what happens when planets are born, and may help us understand how our solar system formed [Link]

Mashable » So, that viral 'hot cop' seems to have a soft spot for anti-Semitic jokes

Friday 15 September 17:11:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI don't know how many times I need to tell you all: the only cop you can ever fully trust is Detective Olivia Benson. Take 28-year-old Gainseville Police Officer Michael HammillA photo of the cop with two of his fellow attractive cop buddies went around a lot during Hurricane Irma, so much that the department had to request the people stop … [Link]

Mashable » Jon Hamm plays Boba Fett? Shut up and take our money, Star Wars

Friday 15 September 17:09:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBoba Fett, the most famous bounty hunter in the galaxy, is a man of minimal conversation. He says just 28 words in the original Star Wars trilogy, and one of them is "Aaaargh" as he slides to his 1,000 year-long doom in the Sarlaac pit on Tatooine.  But now the guy in the battered helmet gets to add more words to … [Link]

Mashable » 11 Things the iPhone Totally Killed

Friday 15 September 17:09:10 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Blizzard Entertainment wouldn't exist without its founder's grandma

Friday 15 September 17:04:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlizzard Entertainment owes a lot to co-founder Mike Morhaime's grandmother. During a pre-BlizzCon live stream on Wednesday, Morhaime revealed that his own grandmother Mildred Miller loaned him $15,000 to help get the company started. Even better, she let him pay her back with no interest. SEE ALSO: 'World of Warcraft' supports disaster relief with an adorable pet fox you can adopt … [Link]

Mashable » Marilyn Manson doesn't mince his words when it comes to Justin Bieber

Friday 15 September 17:03:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJustin Bieber is in hot water, but not for the same shenanigans that we've come to know and forgive of the Canadian singer.  This time, he's pissed off Marilyn Manson, who opened up to Consequence of Sound about his feelings on Bieber selling Manson's face on a shirt and much more.  SEE ALSO: Justin Bieber now has 100 million Twitter followers. … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Hanks' David S. Pumpkins sure seems like he's coming back for Halloween this year

Friday 15 September 16:54:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook By mid-September, it's no longer too soon to think about Halloween, and you know who's ready? Tom Hanks. The Academy Award-winning actor debuted the character David S. Pumpkins on Saturday Night Live last year, and he shared a photo to Twitter that hints he may be reprising it soon. SEE ALSO: Tom Hanks is dressing up as David Pumpkins for … [Link]

Mashable » Busy Philipps gets mistaken for Sarah Huckabee Sanders and she's not happy about it

Friday 15 September 16:49:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve all been mistaken for someone, but a high-ranking White House staffer? That doesn't happen every day. Busy Philipps, known for her roles in Freaks and Geeks, Dawson's Creek and White Chicks, was somehow mistaken for White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Democratic Coalition Chairman Jon Cooper wrote about Sanders on Thursday in a now deleted tweet—and featured a photo … [Link]

Slashdot » The Father of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed

Friday 15 September 16:45:00 UTC 2017

harrymcc writes: Starting in the late 1960s, Alan Kay envisioned a powerful portable computer that would be a revolutionary learning device, then built some of the necessary tech at Xerox PARC and elsewhere. Today, his ideas are all around us — but Kay is distinctly unimpressed with the iPhone, iPad, and other modern devices, which he says encourage passivity rather … [Link]

Mashable » A startup just sued Google for censoring its 'free speech' social network

Friday 15 September 16:36:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGab just sued Google for employing anticompetitive practices after banning the app from the Google Play Store, The Washington Post reported.  SEE ALSO: From 4chan to Gab: Where hate speech is thriving online Launched by former ad tech founder Andrew Torba last year, Gab has gained significant traction as an alternative social network. Gab promotes itself as a free speech platform … [Link]

Mashable » 8 reasons why buying an iPhone 8 makes more sense than the iPhone X

Friday 15 September 16:24:34 UTC 2017

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Mashable » A beginner's guide to investing in the stock market like a non-beginner

Friday 15 September 16:04:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Most people who abstain from investing in the stock market do so because they believe it’s too confusing and risky to ever pay off for them. But while these people are sitting on the sidelines, millions of regular folks are diving into the world … [Link]

Mashable » Apple is accepting job applications to make Siri a better therapist

Friday 15 September 16:04:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple is seeking programmers with psychology and counseling backgrounds to make Siri a better emotional assistant after recognizing that people frequently talk to Siri about their problems. The position, “Siri Software Engineer, Health and Wellness,” is currently posted on Apple’s job board. Apple encourages interested applicants to join the Siri team and “Play a part in the next revolution in human-computer … [Link]

Slashdot » Many Machine Learning Studies Don't Actually Show Anything Meaningful, But They Spread Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

Friday 15 September 16:02:00 UTC 2017

Michael Byrne, writing for the Outline: Here's what you need to know about every way-cool and-or way-creepy machine learning study that has ever been or will ever be published: Anything that can be represented in some fashion by patterns within data — any abstract-able thing that exists in the objective world, from online restaurant reviews to geopolitics — can be … [Link]

Mashable » After Irma, Barbuda's 300-year-old civilization 'extinguished'

Friday 15 September 15:57:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmbassador Ronald Sanders, the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the United States, delivered a chilling report on the status of his country in the wake of Hurricane Irma. "The damage is complete," Sanders told PRI's The Takeaway. "For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Blacklist' Season 5 has all the father-daughter drama we've been waiting for

Friday 15 September 15:54:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f9%2fad0455c8 df48 a87f%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ More about Nbc, The Blacklist, James Spader, Megan Boone, and Entertainment [Link]

Mashable » A former Instagram exec wants you to download *another* app

Friday 15 September 15:51:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApps, there are too many.  James Quarles would know. The 41-year-old watched Snapchat rise to popularity as he ran Instagram's business from 2014 to 2017. And yet, he decided to leave his job at Facebook earlier this year and move to Strava in the hopes of growing a new social network.  SEE ALSO: This office chair can actually give you a … [Link]

Mashable » Here we go again: Another hurricane, Jose, threatens the East Coast of the U.S.

Friday 15 September 15:51:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Texas and Florida work to repair damage left from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a new tropical weather threat is emerging from the Atlantic Ocean. This time, it's the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern states that are threatened with either a grazing, or possibly even a direct hit by a powerful storm midweek next week.   Tropical Storm Jose, which is forecast to … [Link]

Mashable » Cassini's final image of Saturn shows the spot where it was doomed to die

Friday 15 September 15:49:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust before Cassini was vaporized while falling through the extreme pressure of Saturn's clouds, the bus-sized spacecraft beamed home an image of the spot where it would meet its fate.  The photo is by no means the best ever taken by Cassini — that's an incredibly tall order given the gorgeous photos the spacecraft has produced over the years — but … [Link]

Popular Science » This year's Ig Nobel prizes for unusual research honored old man ears and the fluidity of cats

Friday 15 September 15:47:14 UTC 2017

cat squished into a glass bowl Entertainment And didgeridoos appeared twice. The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony honors scientists who have pursued, well, unusual research. Here are some of the best awards. [Link]

Mashable » OurMine hacks Vevo, releases staggering 3.12TB of internal files

Friday 15 September 15:39:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis past summer was basically hunting season for hackers (as HBO well knows), but just because fall is now upon us doesn't mean the hacking spree has stopped.  Vevo — the joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Abu Dhabi Media, Warner Music Group, and Google parent company Alphabet Inc. — has confirmed to Mashable that it's the last … [Link]

Mashable » How to not fail the GMAT (without giving your entire paycheck to a tutor)

Friday 15 September 15:30:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The GMAT may be a bit easier than the GRE for mathematically-minded MBA hopefuls, but no rational person should ever underestimate its rigors. In fact, much of the GMAT is designed to confuse you, catch you off guard, and stretch your math and verbal … [Link]

Mashable » The Doppler effect explained using only skis and a trombone

Friday 15 September 15:27:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook So long as skiing and a trombone is involved, there is no such thing as a dull science lesson. For all of us who fell asleep during science class (I see you), the Doppler effect is the change in frequency or wavelength for a person who is moving relative to the wave source.  Mmm….what? Don't worry, the video gives a … [Link]

Slashdot » Canada's Challenge Is Keeping Techies, BlackBerry Inventor Says

Friday 15 September 15:21:00 UTC 2017

The former chief executive officer of BlackBerry added his voice to the chorus of people saying that Canada's main economic hurdle is keeping technology talent. From a report: "The biggest challenge as a country is retaining and recruiting the best people to build industries in Canada and not lose them to other jurisdictions," Mike Lazaridis, who left BlackBerry in 2013, … [Link]

Mashable » Hungry elephant has no worries about invading personal space

Friday 15 September 15:20:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A curious elephant in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, decided to conduct a routine traffic stop after smelling some snacks in the back of a pickup truck.   After nudging the truck a few times, the elephant swiped off the truck bed topper with his trunk. He then casually reached into the back of the vehicle to confiscate some delicious snacks. … [Link]

Mashable » 20 years later, they're resurrecting the original 'Age of Empires'

Friday 15 September 15:16:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen Age of Empires came out in 1997, it marked the dawn of a dynasty, weaving 20 years of real-time strategy sequels and spin-offs. Now, 20 years later, it's being rereleased for the first time. Age of Empires Definitive Edition is coming out Oct. 19, bringing the original Age of Empires out from the unplayable depths of archaic computer requirements with … [Link]

Mashable » Why you should turn off your Bluetooth right now

Friday 15 September 15:13:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn case you needed another reason to fear for your phone's security: Your phone, computer, smartwatch, and smart home devices are at risk of being hacked whenever bluetooth is on.  The vulnerability, known as BlueBorne, was discovered by security research firm Armis. The researchers were able to infiltrate a Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy phones, an LG Sports Watch, and a car … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix's prices are insanely low—enjoy it while you can

Friday 15 September 15:03:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNetflix is going to raise prices. The only question is when.  The good news is that it's not necessarily happening anytime soon. "I wouldn't expect any near-term price increases. Over the course of the next 18 months, I  wouldn't be surprised to see it rise as it has over the last 18 months," said BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield. It's been … [Link]

Mashable » Pelosi raised a very important question at White House DACA discussion: ‘Do the women get to talk around here?’

Friday 15 September 14:59:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes, politicians ask the right questions. During a White House dinner Wednesday night over discussion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a protective act put in place by President Obama to keep "Dreamers" safe from immigration agents, the conversation apparently was flying back and forth between 10 male officials and the only woman invited.  According to The Washington Post, House … [Link]

Mashable » Chainsaw wielding nun helps clean-up after Irma

Friday 15 September 14:57:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSister Margaret Ann of Miami, Fl. decided to join the Irma clean-up with a chainsaw. She began cutting branches off of a fallen tree to clear a roadway. Read more…More about Hurricane, Disaster, Disasters, Disaster Relief, and Nun [Link]

Mashable » Earth sends Cassini a whole lot of love after the mission comes to a bittersweet end

Friday 15 September 14:57:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter 13 years of exploration, the Cassini spacecraft finally met its demise, hurtling itself into Saturn's atmosphere and burning up early Friday morning.  And as was expected, people everywhere are mourning the loss of the iconic mission. WELL, I'm literally bawling my eyes out now.Sleep well, beautiful CassiniHow very moving and how incredibly grand for humanity. — Jennifer Scheurle (@Gaohmee) September … [Link]

Mashable » This is how hurricanes are named

Friday 15 September 14:55:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen you see or hear the name of a hurricane, like Sandy or Harvey, you may think it's a random name created by a scientist. However, there's a strict rule of naming tropical storms and hurricanes established by the World Meteorological Organization.  Read more…More about Science, Mashable Video, Hurricane, Name, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » People are now selling masks as iPhone X security

Friday 15 September 14:54:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen we heard that the iPhone X would open with Face ID, we predicted that people might get a little bit nervous. As it turns out, "a little" was a massive understatement.  As was revealed at Tuesday's Apple event, the iPhone X will be unlocked by facial recognition, rather than the fingerprint sensors of iPhones past. In the wake of the … [Link]

Mashable » This finger is for the Tinder super users out there

Friday 15 September 14:53:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTinda Finger is a device that can plug into your phone to constantly swipe right for you on dating apps like Tinder. It's no surprise that such a device has been created… This device claims to give you 6,000 swipes per hour but with swipe limitations, it could be a fun gift to troll your friends. Read more…More about Iphone, Apps, … [Link]

Mashable » Why Jon Snow is doomed to kill Daenerys on 'Game of Thrones'

Friday 15 September 14:49:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor years now Game of Thrones fans have been theorizing about the "bittersweet" ending that George R. R. Martin promised them. But one fan theory predicts the most perfectly sorrowful — yet satisfying — conclusion to the story, with Jon and Daenerys' tragic romance at the center of it all. A recent Reddit essay makes a convincing argument for an interpretation … [Link]

Mashable » Drones carried blood samples over the Arizona desert, and it could change the future of medicine

Friday 15 September 14:44:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookResearchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine used drones to transfer human blood samples, traveling over 160 miles across the Arizona desert. This is a new distance record for unmanned aircraft transportation of medical samples and it could improve the speed of the diagnoses for remote patients.  Read more…More about Tech, Mashable Video, Drones, Medicine, and Medical [Link]

Slashdot » Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Friday 15 September 14:41:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final command Friday morning to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Not long after, accounting for the vast distance the message traveled, the order was received, putting the craft into a suicidal swan dive, plummeting into the ringed planet's atmosphere. Flight Director Julie Webster called "loss of … [Link]

Mashable » Family surprises their dad with color vision glasses and his reaction is priceless

Friday 15 September 14:33:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook  What better gift to give to someone on their birthday than the gift of sight? On his 66th birthday, a grateful father received one of the best surprises of his life. The touching moment was recorded of the patriarch, Bill Reed, opening his gift to find a new pair of glasses. But these weren’t any ordinary frames.  SEE ALSO: Mattel … [Link]

Mashable » Audiences are all WTF about 'mother!' and we're here for it

Friday 15 September 14:32:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Whether you waited with bated breath or it just kind of snuck up on you, the theatrical release of Darren Aronofsky's mother! has arrived. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple who brings strangers into their homes, mother! is hard to describe, hard to watch, and hard to process. At least, that's what preliminary audiences felt…but they … [Link]

Mashable » Remarkable is the paper lover's tablet

Friday 15 September 14:28:57 UTC 2017

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Mashable » Apple is introducing fast charging for the iPhone X … but you'll have to pay extra for it

Friday 15 September 14:21:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X supports fast charging. According to Apple's official specs, it only takes 30 minutes to charge its battery up to 50%. Pretty neat, huh? But there's a problem, as noticed by Cnet: When you buy an iPhone X — or iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which support the same feature — you don't get fast charging out of … [Link]

Mashable » PSA: You can get $300 off the iPhone 8 with Verizon

Friday 15 September 14:10:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The iPhone 8 is here and avid Apple fans across the globe are preparing to shell out a few hundred dollars for the newest generation. But wouldn't it be nice if there was some sort of killer coupon available? Boy, do we have news … [Link]

Mashable » With 'Game of Thrones' out of the running, who'll rule the Emmys?

Friday 15 September 14:07:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter a record-breaking number of wins last year, the Iron Throne sits vacant at the 2017 Emmys, with Season 7 of Game of Thrones ineligible for awards recognition until next year.  In its absence, the drama race is wide open — but there's plenty of drama to be found elsewhere on the ballot, with the limited series field stuffed with A-list … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Plummets Below $3,000 on Rising China Worries

Friday 15 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Bitcoin dropped below $3,000 on Friday as the cryptocurrency extended a brutal eight-day sell-off that has reduced its value against the dollar by a third. Financial Times reports: The currency traded as low as $2,972, marking a 36 per cent fall from bitcoin's close on September 7, and a collapse of 40 per cent from the highs struck earlier this … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Facebook allowed adverts to be targeted at ‘Jew haters’

Friday 15 September 13:48:50 UTC 2017

Facebook's ad-placing software allowed an investigative news site to target advertising at users who declared an interest in anti-Semitic topics [Link]

Popular Science » Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls

Friday 15 September 13:30:00 UTC 2017

Health Diversify your (sports) portfolio. High school-aged girls who only play soccer had lower sleep quality, higher stress and more fatigue than teammates who also play other sports. [Link]

Mashable » What the iPhone X means for the iPhone 11

Friday 15 September 13:17:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This is no ordinary iPhone year. After three years of dual-release events — where Apple would launch two phones with generally the same abilities but different sizes — we finally got something new. On Sept. 12, 2017, Apple announced three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the forward-looking iPhone X (pronounced "ten"). SEE ALSO: How the iPhone … [Link]

New Scientist – News » World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and war

Friday 15 September 13:15:00 UTC 2017

After falling for over a decade, the number of people going hungry has risen again – and climate change and war are to blame [Link]

New Scientist – News » There are hardly any old fish left in the ocean – and that’s bad

Friday 15 September 13:12:00 UTC 2017

Industrial fishing has disproportionately removed older fish, which tend to be the most adaptable individuals that can best survive environmental change [Link]

Mashable » Mission controllers reacting to the end of the Cassini mission at Saturn will make you emotional

Friday 15 September 13:09:08 UTC 2017

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Slashdot » Trump Blocks China-Backed Takeover of US Chip Maker 'Lattice Semi'

Friday 15 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

MountainLogic shares a report from CNN: President Trump has stopped the takeover of an American chip maker by a private equity firm with ties to China. The deal, which would have seen China-backed Canyon Bridge Capital Partners acquire Lattice Semiconductors, was blocked over national security concerns. "Today, consistent with the administration's commitment to take all actions necessary to ensure the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why the response to Harvey and Irma could cause bigger disasters

Friday 15 September 12:44:00 UTC 2017

We must prepare for the bigger storms to come, but if planners get it wrong, their efforts to protect people could make future mega-disasters even worse [Link]

Popular Science » How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

Friday 15 September 12:15:00 UTC 2017

head trip Head Trip Our brains have some pretty inaccurate maps of our body. Everyone hates awkward pauses, and your brain is no exception. [Link]

Mashable » China orders all Bitcoin exchanges to close

Friday 15 September 12:14:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChina’s cryptocurrency trading ban is very close to reality. The country's regulators have reportedly issued an order to all local cryptocurrency exchanges to halt new user registration by midnight on Sept. 15 and publicly notify users when they'll formally close.  China's state-owned Caixin broke the news on Friday, ending weeks of rumors and speculation about the country-wide crypto trading ban. While … [Link]

Popular Science » Eulogy for Cassini

Friday 15 September 12:11:51 UTC 2017

Space Farewell to a faithful explorer. Cassini, we hardly knew ye. [Link]

Mashable » Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn

Friday 15 September 11:59:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo one can ever say that Cassini went quietly into its good night.  At about 7:55 a.m. ET on Friday, mission controllers on Earth got official word that the Cassini spacecraft — a joint operation of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency — had burned up in Saturn's atmosphere, vaporizing in about one minute.  SEE ALSO: Cassini … [Link]

Mashable » Woman covers entire face with pink glittery poster paint and you know what happens next

Friday 15 September 11:48:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCall me a killjoy, but there are some things in life that are just generally not good ideas. Like, painting your whole face fluorescent, glittery pink.  SEE ALSO: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you Twitter user Leah, aka @LeleTill, posted four images which told a rather unfortunate story. A play in four acts, if you … [Link]

Mashable » Watch this robot conduct Andrea Bocelli and an entire symphonic orchestra in Italy

Friday 15 September 11:22:31 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You might have heard someone say that "one day robots will replace humans, they'll even be able to conduct an orchestra!". Well, that day has arrived.  Enter YuMi, a dual-arm robot created by ABB, who made a stunning conducting debut in the historical Teatro Verdi, in Pisa, Italy. He directed Andrea Bocelli, the popular Italian tenor, as he sang “La … [Link]

Mashable » Google Chrome will turn off autoplay videos with sound to improve your browsing experience

Friday 15 September 10:32:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not a secret that nowadays our browsing experience can be extremely frustrating due to those autoplay videos which suddenly pop up on the page and don't want to go away, even if you try to scroll down.  SEE ALSO: Adorable Tamagotchi copycat is here to save you from Chrome tab clutter The worst part of the experience, perhaps, is the … [Link]

Mashable » Tommy Wiseau is surprisingly chill with James Franco's bizarre portrayal of him in 'The Disaster Artist'

Friday 15 September 10:21:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Some people would rue being portrayed as the worst filmmaker of all time. Not Tommy Wiseau. James and Dave Franco's new movie The Disaster Artist tells the story of the so-called worst movie ever made, The Room (2003). In it James Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, who wrote, directed and starred in the infamous original. Dave Franco, meanwhile, plays Greg Sestero, … [Link]

Slashdot » First Ever Malvertising Campaign Uses JavaScript To Mine Cryptocurrencies In Your Browser

Friday 15 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: Malware authors are using JavaScript code delivered via malvertising campaigns to mine different cryptocurrencies inside people's browsers (mostly Monero), without their knowledge. The way crooks pulled this off was by using an online advertising company that allows them to deploy ads with custom JavaScript code. The JavaScript code is a … [Link]

Mashable » 'Dear Evan Hansen' star literally conjured Beyoncé in his dressing room because magic is real y'all

Friday 15 September 9:43:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho among us hasn't pictured themselves becoming best friends with Beyoncé?  The friendship begins with you being the most dedicated superfan on the planet, playing her songs all day, and singing at the top of your voice. And, then one day, she shows up and you instantly become BFFs.  SEE ALSO: Royal baby news announced on Beyoncé's birthday: A conspiracy theory … [Link]

Mashable » History professor livetweets reality TV show set in ancient Rome and it's hilariously instructive

Friday 15 September 9:38:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a new reality TV show in the UK which combines Love Island and…ancient Rome. SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted a naked British dating show and it was glorious It features eight handsome, well-built lads who, dressed with sandals, togas, leather loin cloths and golden lame pants, will fight each other almost just like Roman gladiators used to do 2,000 years … [Link]

Mashable » Lomography's new instant camera looks like it's straight outta the '80s

Friday 15 September 9:25:42 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's a really great time to fall in love with instant cameras. Lomography, best known for its "toy film cameras," has a new instant camera called the Lomo'Instant Square that shoots Fujfilm's new Instax Square format film, and it's just perfect if you're sick of Instagram and Snapchat. SEE ALSO: Exclusive: Polaroid’s new OneStep 2 is so fun you'll totally … [Link]

Mashable » These UK-based "techtrepreneurs" are building an empire right under our noses

Friday 15 September 9:21:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile the media has a tendency to fawn over San Francisco's "disruptive" startup darlings, Silicon Valley is far from the end-all, be-all of global tech startup hot spots. In recent years, the United Kingdom has stepped up to become a major player in the tech startup scene. From London to Leeds to Wales, there are some pretty incredible companies emerging from … [Link]

Mashable » 48 hours of innovation: What we learned at dmexco

Friday 15 September 9:13:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs dmexco comes to an end, attendees are leaving with new insights and ideas around the digiconomy and how to stay innovative in the ever changing tech landscape.  After two days of discussions around the latest trends and innovations, these are our key takeaways. Brands need to be content creators  Living in the digital world takes a toll on our ability … [Link]

Mashable » Webcomic 'Cyanide and Happiness' is releasing its first video game

Friday 15 September 7:51:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f9%2fdbe2e240 33d3 8286%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Kickstarter-funded game lets you play as a high school student in the apocalypse.","image"~ 'Cyanide and Happiness' is releasing its first video game","sources":[{&q~ game,cyanide and happiness,explosm","sec0&~ game,cyanide and happiness,explosm","video~ More about Gaming, Kickstarter, Crowdfunding, Game, and Video Game [Link]

Mashable » Hampers for new mums contain all the treats that were off limits while pregnant

Friday 15 September 7:51:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen Sally Bunkham was pregnant with her first child, she really missed a lot of her favourite foods—not to mention her best-loved alcoholic tipples—that weren't allowed.  SEE ALSO: This subscription box for single women is everything that's wrong with tech bro culture Bunkham's longing for these items grew even stronger when she became pregnant again a few months after giving birth. … [Link]

Mashable » Oh nothing, just this cute subantarctic fur seal having a nap on the beach

Friday 15 September 7:37:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho doesn't love a snooze on the beach? Park rangers at Wilson's Promontory in Victoria, Australia were greeted with the rare sight of a subantarctic fur seal just having a bit of a kip on its shores last weekend. SEE ALSO: Save animals from drowning in your pool with the help of this tiny ramp While fur seals are found widespread … [Link]

Mashable » 7 key differences between the 'IT' movie and Stephen King's novel

Friday 15 September 7:36:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWarning: Contains spoilers for Stephen King's novel, and potential spoilers for IT: Chapter Two. As far as film adaptations go, the IT movie is pretty faithful to Stephen King's 1986 novel. There are some deviations, though. A few characters have been tweaked slightly, and the storylines of others have been altered. SEE ALSO: The 2 tiny, crucial moments in 'IT' only … [Link]

Mashable » Sellers are advertising full face masks as 'anti iPhone X identity theft' accessories

Friday 15 September 7:20:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookQuick, what's everyone afraid of with the new iPhone X? That your loving partner will steal your information while you're asleep, apparently. The new iPhone X will leave out the traditional fingerprint scanner in favour of its new facial recognition system, Face ID, to unlock the phone. Apple says the phone's infrared camera will map about 30,000 dots onto your face … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available for pre-order

Friday 15 September 7:08:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe moment has arrived: You can now pre-order Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.  If you haven't been paying attention, those are not very close relatives with the radically new, huge-screened iPhone X; instead, they have a lot more in common with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  SEE ALSO: If you own an iPhone 7, you absolutely should not … [Link]

Slashdot »  Researchers Find Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death

Friday 15 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Artem Tashkinov shares a report from Medical Xpress: Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a McMaster-led team of researchers. It's widely known that brain serotonin affects mood, and that most commonly used antidepressant treatment for depression blocks the absorption of serotonin by neurons. It is less … [Link]

Mashable » Restaurant right by a waterfall looks like the perfect getaway spot

Friday 15 September 6:08:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis is one restaurant that definitely has a no-shoes policy. The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines, is as the name suggests, actually sits at the base of a waterfall. SEE ALSO: Filipinos are confused about Ivanka Trump's party snack choice Guests are able to have their meals on bamboo tables at the foot of the majestic water feature, while soaking … [Link]

Mashable » Love your pet? Why not get their face printed on a swimsuit

Friday 15 September 6:01:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFolks who've plastered pictures of your pooch everywhere, now you can get one on your butt. Petflair is a company out of Sydney, Australia which aims to specialise in creating custom swimwear and accessories, but only featuring your furry best friend. SEE ALSO: Dog and kitten are the epitome of friendship goals Behind the startup is Tyler Martin, Charlie Gearside and … [Link]

Mashable » Nikon promotes new camera with 32 male photographers, claims no women could make the time

Friday 15 September 5:38:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThings are not looking good for Nikon.  The Japanese camera maker has come under fire after it launched a campaign featuring 32 professional photographers across the Asia-Pacific testing its new D850 camera. SEE ALSO: This sexist column is proof that misogyny is very much alive in the media The only problem? All 32 photographers were men. To demonstrate the versatility of … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Enabled Advertisers To Reach 'Jew Haters'

Friday 15 September 3:30:00 UTC 2017

ProPublica is reporting that Facebook "enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of 'Jew hater,' 'How to burn jews,' or, 'History of why jews ruin the world.'" The organization even went so far as to test these ad categories by paying $30 to target those groups with … [Link]

Mashable » Gucci Mane's new sneakers have a big shiny metal ice-cream cone on it

Friday 15 September 2:34:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother day, another rap star with their own sneaker line. Gucci Mane has unveiled sneakers created in collaboration with Reebok, complete with numerous stamps of his famous ice-cream logo — which was once etched on his face up until about a year ago. SEE ALSO: Malcolm Gladwell and Gucci Mane's new friendship is so pure and wonderful Dubbed the Reebok Guwops, … [Link]

Mashable » You'll never guess what Equifax used as a password (because it's way worse than you think)

Friday 15 September 2:25:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOh, Equifax. Things just keep getting worse. Equifax protected some accounts connected to an internal portal in Argentina with the password "admin," in a move that was either incredibly amateur or hubristic (or both).  SEE ALSO: This chatbot could help you sue Equifax The screwup was discovered by Milwaukee-based cybersecurity firm Hold Security, which was able to gain access to a … [Link]

Mashable » Google's parent company might invest $1 billion in Lyft, report says

Friday 15 September 2:09:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn case we needed more proof that Google and Uber really are done with each other, Google parent company Alphabet is reportedly considering a major investment in Lyft.  The investment, which hasn't been finalized, could be as much as $1 billion, according to Bloomberg. SEE ALSO: Lyft will finally develop its own self-driving cars Needless to say, if Google were now … [Link]

Mashable » Cassini says goodbye with its final photos from Saturn

Friday 15 September 2:06:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs with all good things, they must come to an end, and space exploration is no different. The Cassini spacecraft is now feeling the inexorable tug of Saturn's gravity as the bus-sized spacecraft is being pulled down into the giant planet's cloud tops.  Even though the probe — which has been exploring Saturn and its many moons since 2004 — is … [Link]

Mashable » These makeup kits look just like '90s Polly Pocket cases

Friday 15 September 2:06:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnce a pretty solid potential choking hazard, now an inspiration for a grown-up makeup case, Polly Pocket is back in your … pocket. Los Angeles-based vegan makeup brand Lime Crime has taken cues from the '90s version of the toy for their new Pocket Candy eyeshadow range.  Something awesome this way comes… 🌼🍦🎀&#127752~ #pocketcandypalette A post shared by Lime Crime (@limecrimemakeup) … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs

Friday 15 September 2:01:00 UTC 2017

Exposure to smoke residue increases rodents’ stress hormones and puts them at higher risk of diabetes, as well as harming their livers and brains [Link]

Mashable » Incredible photos from the best space photographers of 2017

Friday 15 September 1:53:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInterstellar dust shines in starlight light-years away from Earth. Green curtains of the auroras shimmer over a ghostly landscape in Iceland. A famous crater stands out in relief against the surface of the moon.These are just a few of the winning photos chosen as part of the annual Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest in 2017.The images speak for themselves, … [Link]

Mashable » So how worried should we be about Apple's Face ID?

Friday 15 September 1:49:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe eyes may be the window to the soul, but your face is almost certainly the door to your wallet. Oh, and also the last vestiges of your privacy.  Apple's Sept. 12 unveiling of the iPhone X brought with it the official reveal of Face ID: face-scanning tech that will be used in lieu of Touch ID to both unlock smartphones … [Link]

Slashdot » Wisconsin State Legislature Signs Off On $3 Billion Foxconn Incentive Package

Friday 15 September 1:25:00 UTC 2017

On Thursday, legislators in the state of Wisconsin approved a nearly $3 billion incentive package for the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, Foxconn, in exchange for it investing approximately $10 billion in the state and building a factory that could employ up to 13,000 workers. The legislation is now headed to Republican Governor Scott Walker's desk, where he is expected to give … [Link]

Slashdot » Spain Fines Facebook Over Tracking Users Without Consent

Friday 15 September 0:45:00 UTC 2017

Spain's Data Protection Authority has issued a 1.2 million euro fine against Facebook after it found three instances when the company collected data without informing users, as required by European Union privacy laws. Tom's Hardware reports: The AEPD found multiple issues with how Facebook gathered data on Spanish users. One of the issues was that Facebook collects data on ideology, … [Link]

Mashable » This 'Harry Potter' home collection will make your house feel like Hogwarts

Friday 15 September 0:16:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’d just like to remind everyone that's it's completely acceptable to buy something from the children or teen section, even if you're a full-grown adult. No one will ever know or care.  Harry Potter fandom continues to show no sign of stopping, and the franchise is now basically considered a timeless classic that people of all ages will enjoy for generations. … [Link]

Slashdot » KDE Plasma 5.11 Beta Released

Friday 15 September 0:05:00 UTC 2017

JRiddell writes: The original and best linux desktop has a new version, KDE Plasma 5.11 beta is out. UI improvements include a redesigned System Settings and notification history. Privacy improvements include Plasma Vault, which helps you store your files securely. Progress on Wayland support continues with many people now using it as their daily setup. The full changelog can be … [Link]

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