John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » This airline tried to improve long international flights with live theater

Monday 18 September 23:57:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPut down the in-flight magazine, Icelandair has invented a new way to stave off traveling boredom: live theater starring your some of flight's crew (and a few professional actors).  Earlier this month the curtain raised on a show that took place on a transatlantic trip. The three-act play, Ahead of Time, was performed by some of the crew who studied with … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax was allegedly hacked months before the massive breach — by the same criminals

Monday 18 September 23:57:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEquifax was hacked this past summer. You already know this. However, according to a new report, the company's computer systems were also allegedly broken into in March. And here's the kicker: The same crew might be responsible for both incidents.  That's right, the same culprits behind the theft of personal information on potentially 143 million Americans might have been poking around … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone's Waze app is getting a big Spotify update

Monday 18 September 23:30:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDrivers will soon be able to blast Spotify directly from Waze on their iPhones.  This new iOS app integration was announced Monday. It lets users control Spotify directly from  Waze, so they don't have to switch between apps. SEE ALSO: BMW and other carmakers team up to take on Waze and Google Maps "No setup required—and no more annoying, app-switching interruptions … [Link]

Mashable » Sean Spicer’s apology tour deserves a big fat eye roll

Monday 18 September 23:28:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSean Spicer is trying to rehabilitate his image after resigning as President Trump's press secretary, but we shouldn't let him off that easily. He's already appeared on talk shows, showed up at the Emmys where he mocked himself and his lies told on behalf of the president, and Monday even gave an apologetic interview to the New York Times. Except he … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Suffered a Hack Almost Five Months Earlier Than the Date It Disclosed

Monday 18 September 23:20:00 UTC 2017

Bloomberg is reporting that Equifax, the credit reporting company that recently reported a cybersecurity incident impacting roughly 143 million U.S. consumers, learned about a breach of its computer systems in March — almost five months before the date it has publicly disclosed. The company said the March breach was unrelated to the recent hack involving millions of U.S. consumers, but … [Link]

Mashable » Emily Ratajkowski would like magazines to lay off the Photoshop, thank you

Monday 18 September 23:17:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother celebrity is calling out the use of photo editing in magazines — this time in French publication Madame Figaro.  Emily Ratajkowski, the magazine's latest cover star, says she's disappointed that her lips and breasts appear edited in the final photo. To illustrate her point, the model and actress shared what she says is the un-retouched original photo alongside Madame Figaro's … [Link]

Mashable » Porsche's gorgeous electric sports car looks to knock off Tesla's Model S in 2019

Monday 18 September 23:17:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPorsche is coming for Tesla's grip on the high-end electric car market with its own battery-powered sportster, and it's hitting the streets even sooner than expected.  The Mission E concept was unveiled and confirmed for a full production run back in 2015, but now Porsche is ready to share some more concrete details about the fully-electric, four-door sports car, which will … [Link]

Mashable » 8 things you probably didn't know about 'DuckTales'

Monday 18 September 23:04:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you remember watching the original DuckTales, congratulations, you're old! (JK, we're right there with you.) Sept. 18 marks the 30th anniversary of the animated favorite, which introduced us to the world's most addictive theme song (woo-oo!), and followed the adventures of the crotchety trillionaire Scrooge McDuck and his trio of troublesome grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie.  Disney XD has revived … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's version of Venmo won't be available until later this year

Monday 18 September 22:45:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s big iOS 11 update is about to drop, but one of its most exciting new features won't be available right away. The company's new peer-to-peer payments feature, which lets you exchange money through Apple's Messages app, won't launch until later this year, Apple confirmed in a statement on Monday.  SEE ALSO: The next iPhone has a hidden security feature that … [Link]

Slashdot » Slashdot Asks: Which IT Hiring Trends Are Hot, and Which Ones Are Going Cold?

Monday 18 September 22:40:00 UTC 2017

snydeq writes: Recruiting and retaining tech talent remains IT's biggest challenge today, writes Paul Heltzel, in an article on what trends are heating up and what's cooling off when it comes to IT staffing. "One thing hasn't changed this year: Recruiting top talent is still difficult for most firms, and demand greatly outstrips supply," writes Heltzel. "That's influencing many of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Secrets of butterfly wing patterns revealed by gene hacking

Monday 18 September 22:30:00 UTC 2017

Butterflies' wings have extraordinary patterns and colours, and it turns out they are controlled by a single "master gene" that performs many roles [Link]

Mashable » Waymo and Intel are officially teaming up to build self-driving cars

Monday 18 September 22:29:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWaymo and Intel just announced a blockbuster new partnership in the self-driving space — but it's a collaboration that's actually been going on for years.  The two companies, which are among the leaders in the race to develop driverless car technology, officially announced their partnership in a blog post penned by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. There were no financial terms revealed, … [Link]

Mashable » Cities are getting thirsty for that new Amazon headquarters

Monday 18 September 22:02:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been nearly two weeks since Amazon announced that it's looking for the perfect place to build its second American headquarters and in that time, there's been a frenzy of cities hoping to catch Jeff Bezos' eye so he can choo-choo-choose them.  SEE ALSO: Donald Trump's threats won't stop Amazon's mega-acquisition of Whole Foods Amazon has put out some parameters for … [Link]

Mashable » Snap faces its first censorship challenge, removes Al Jazeera's Discover channel in Saudi Arabia

Monday 18 September 22:00:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnap’s found itself entangled for the first time in a politically-motivated censorship issue, one that legacy social media companies like Facebook have seen before. And it's never ended well, optically, for its competitors.   Snap, the tech company behind the popular app, removed news outlet Al Jazeera's curated content from its Discover Publisher Channels in Saudi Arabia at the request of … [Link]

Slashdot » Samsung Finally Lets You Disable the Bixby Button Without a Third-Party App

Monday 18 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Samsung has released an update to allow you to disable Bixby on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The only problem is you can only disable the button and can't point it to another app. Android Police reports: As you're probably aware, there are two parts to Bixby — Bixby Home and Bixby Voice. The main change here is … [Link]

Popular Science » What the Pop Sci folks are reading right now

Monday 18 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

PopSci Books Gadgets The books on our end-of-summer reading list. "It's one of the best classical fantasy series ever." From sci-fi to biographies, these are the books we're reading now. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » OCBC Expands Banking API Portfolio

Monday 18 September 21:50:19 UTC 2017

The Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC) announced its latest API: the GIRO API. According to the Singapore-based bank, the latest release brings its open API portfolio to 43. [Link]

Mashable » The Wildest Video Game Mash-ups Ever

Monday 18 September 21:40:04 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Gaming, Nintendo, Video Games, Mario, and Mashable Reels [Link]

Mashable » This app lets you add an iPhone X 'notch' to any Android phone

Monday 18 September 21:39:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt turns out you don't need to spend $999 to get the iPhone X's most noticeable features. No, not the talking Animoji or slightly creepy face scanning, but the notch. A clever developer has created an Android app that brings the iPhone X's distinctive camera cutout to Android handsets. SEE ALSO: Why Apple is risking everything with the iPhone X Called … [Link]

Mashable » Firefighters spent 3 hours rescuing man that got his penis stuck in a barbell

Monday 18 September 21:35:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s nothing quite like cozying up to a nice cold chunk of metal.  Firefighters in Worms, Germany, shared a fun story to its Facebook page on Friday in an attempt at showing how delicate the team of first responders can be during a sensitive rescue mission.  SEE ALSO: 'Great British Bake Off' contestant accidentally makes NSFW bread "The professional fire brigade … [Link]

Mashable » Elf on the Shelf has become a rhyming, ridiculous meme

Monday 18 September 21:31:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMost memes are simple and easy to understand. Some other memes demand a bit more. The newest meme just wants you to rhyme stuff.  SEE ALSO: Adorable grandma gently caresses George Clooney's face at TIFF Elf on the Shelf started as a Christmas tradition where people placed an elf on a shelf and promote paranoia in their kids by saying the … [Link]

Mashable » 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is the cinematic equivalent of a cotton candy sugar rush

Monday 18 September 21:29:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf the Kingsman franchise is a one-trick pony, at least its one trick is a pretty good one. The Golden Circle – once again starring Taron Egerton and directed by Matthew Vaughn – is the kind of sequel that seems unlikely to win over anyone who hated the first one.  If, on the other hand, you were a big fan of … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Stock Sales Are the Focus of US Criminal Probe

Monday 18 September 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax Inc. violated insider trading laws when they sold stock before the company disclosed that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. prosecutors in Atlanta, who the people said are looking into the … [Link]

Mashable » 'Cuphead' behind-the-scenes clip speaks to my inner jazz geek

Monday 18 September 21:15:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Cuphead draws much of its inspiration from early "Silly Symphony" shorts from Disney, and other musically-inclined cartoons from the medium's youngest days (looking at you, Looney Tunes). And, as we see in this new behind the scenes clip, that extends to the music. This was a Thing with classic cartoon shorts: Music was central to the experience. Big band jazz … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat's newest feature is the best thing it has ever done and here's proof

Monday 18 September 21:15:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor many, Bitmoji is a hard sell. Scarred by annoying BitStrips years ago, the concept of creating an emoji of yourself seemed juvenile, and kind of cheesy.  Even after Snap bought the company last year, it still didn't bring much to the table. Then, Snapchat rolled out an update last week, where users could make their own 3D Bitmoji, and animate … [Link]

Mashable » How one charity is using skateboarding to changing lives across the world

Monday 18 September 21:08:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSkatePal is a non-profit in Palestine that provides support to young people through skateboarding. Cultural, educational, and sporting opportunities are limited for many children in the region. Volunteers gather from all over the world to teach classes and help build skate parks for the organization.  Read more…More about Sports, Uk, Kids, Charity, and Children [Link]

Mashable » You've never seen anything quite as extra as these high school students and their ID photos

Monday 18 September 20:59:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNever underestimate the capacity of teenagers to go all out when the opportunity arises. North Farmington High School in Michigan has a longstanding tradition of recreating iconic characters for senior photo IDs.  Nearly every year students turn themselves into some of their favorite characters, memes, or just whatever they're feeling to craft the ultimate in school identification. And this year was … [Link]

Mashable » This camera could keep you safe at your next protest

Monday 18 September 20:57:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 'Shonin Streamcam' wants to help you document your next march, social activation or eventIt acts as a watchdog camera, streaming straight to social media or to an SD card.  Read more…More about Tech, Mashable Video, Social Good, Protection, and Activism [Link]

Popular Science » Cassini is gone. What comes next?

Monday 18 September 20:55:54 UTC 2017

Solar System Space Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions. Cassini is no more, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop exploring. [Link]

Mashable » This adorable girl discovered the famous 'Excalibur' sword

Monday 18 September 20:54:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMalinda Jones was swimming in Dozymary Pool in Cornwall when she spotted a sword through the water. The lake is the same place in which one myth says King Arthur's famous "Excalibur" blade was lost. The family believes the sword may just be an old movie prop, but at least Malinda had her fun wielding it. Read more…More about Entertainment, Movies, … [Link]

Mashable » Love is blind, or something like that, in Blake Lively trailer for 'All I See Is You'

Monday 18 September 20:52:49 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook What movies in 2017 needed was more Blake Lively, and apparently also more creepy children's choir covers of Beach Boys' songs (fact-check: we didn't need that last one!) In All I See Is You, directed by Marc Forster,  Lively plays a blind woman, Gina, whose sight is restored via cornea surgery. It's supposed to be the last piece of her … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Offers To Treat Rivals Equally Via Auction

Monday 18 September 20:40:00 UTC 2017

Google has offered to display rival comparison shopping sites via an auction, as it aims to stave off further EU antitrust fines, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. From a report: Google is under pressure to come up with a big initiative to level the playing field in comparison shopping, but its proposal was roundly criticized by competitors … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mysterious flashing star seems destined for an explosive end

Monday 18 September 20:28:31 UTC 2017

A detective story that began in the 1950s when a star seemed to go supernova but survived ended this month when someone figured out what was going on [Link]

New Scientist – News » Blind people repurpose the brain’s visual areas for language

Monday 18 September 20:28:30 UTC 2017

For the first time, language processing has been detected in areas of the brain that usually process vision, highlighting the organ’s extraordinary flexibility [Link]

Popular Science » 62 percent off iPhone 8 cases and other good deals happening today

Monday 18 September 20:15:00 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 » It looks like Jewish identity is a big piece of the 'Call of Duty: WWII' story

Monday 18 September 20:14:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Red Daniels, the soldier you control in Call of Duty: WWII, isn't Jewish. But his best friend is. The latest Call of Duty brings the series back to 1940s Europe, and — as we learned in April — it doesn't sidestep Nazi persecution of Jews the way past games have. In fact, the WWII story mode appears to directly address … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Thousands likely to be killed by Hurricane Irma’s deadly legacy

Monday 18 September 20:02:00 UTC 2017

Toxic chemicals released by floodwaters, stress, infection and dangerous working conditions will all contribute to hurricane death toll years after winds die [Link]

Slashdot » Chrome To Force Domains Ending With Dev and Foo To HTTPS Via Preloaded HSTS

Monday 18 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Developer Mattias Geniar writes (condensed and edited for clarity): One of the next versions of Chrome is going to force all domains ending with .dev and .foo to be redirected to HTTPs via a preloaded HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) header. This very interesting commit just landed in Chromium: Preload HSTS for the .dev gTLD: This adds the following line … [Link]

Popular Science » All the ways hurricanes can harm—and help—the ecosystems they hit

Monday 18 September 19:26:55 UTC 2017

Environment What Harvey and Irma left behind. Hurricanes alter every ecosystem they pass through on both land and sea. [Link]

Slashdot » HTML5 DRM Standard Is a Go

Monday 18 September 19:20:00 UTC 2017

Artem Tashkinov writes: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the industry body that oversees development of HTML and related Web standards, has today published the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) specification as a Recommendation, marking its final blessing as an official Web standard. Final approval came after the W3C's members voted 58.4 percent to approve the spec, 30.8 percent to oppose, … [Link]

Mashable » One LA-based DJ uses this custom lighting setup to enthrall his audience

Monday 18 September 19:13:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook aa00 3546%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ this DJ sets the mood","sources":[{&q~ More about Entertainment, Supported, Mashable Video, Tech, and Consumer Tech [Link]

Mashable » When video games do Lara Croft better than Hollywood can

Monday 18 September 19:10:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVideo games get a lot of flack — particularly from "higher" forms of media, like film — for their treatment of women. These criticisms aren't unfounded. As an industry, games have a long way to go and a unique set of challenges before it fixes all the deep-rooted issues with portraying women as tantalizing slabs of meat for men to gawk … [Link]

Mashable » Okay, but what does director Darren Aronofsky think 'mother!' is really about?

Monday 18 September 19:01:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt feels like everyone comes out of mother! with a different takeaway, and that's one of the most intriguing things about it. This is a film that sparks discussion by opening itself up to all sorts of interpretations. SEE ALSO: So … what is Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' really about? But if you're curious what its own creator, writer-director Darren Aronofsky, thinks … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft sends invites to mysterious 'mixed reality' event

Monday 18 September 18:59:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Microsoft is ready to reveal its next big move in mixed reality. The company invited a handful of journalists to a intimate and rather mysterious San Francisco event on Oct. 3. On the agenda: A reveal of Microsoft's full mixed-reality strategy and, perhaps, the next big steps. SEE ALSO: Microsoft Paint is getting evicted from Windows The announcement comes as … [Link]

Mashable » The internet is convinced Kevin Durant is arguing with trolls on secret social media accounts

Monday 18 September 18:57:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnly in a news climate so ludicrous as 2017's could a storyline this farfetched seem so incredible: The internet thinks Kevin Durant is arguing with trolls on a secret Twitter account.  Yes, you heard it right the first time. The cyber sleuths of the internet are whole-heartedly convinced the NBA champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant is wading into the annals … [Link]

Mashable » What to do if you downloaded the malware-infected CCleaner app

Monday 18 September 18:50:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAll you wanted was a faster computer. You thought that by downloading CCleaner, a popular and free app for optimizing PC performance, you'd sweep out those digital cobwebs and be zipping around your trusty Windows machine at lightening speeds in no time.  But then CCleaner was compromised by hackers, and you learned that by installing it, you may have actually loaded … [Link]

Slashdot » Flush With Cash: Swiss Toilets Mysteriously Stuffed With 500-Euro Bills

Monday 18 September 18:40:00 UTC 2017

Someone in the Swiss city of Geneva has been trying to flush tens of thousands of euros down toilets. From a report: The bathrooms at a branch of the UBS bank in Geneva, as well as in three nearby restaurants, had pipes stuffed with 500-euro bills that had apparently been cut up with scissors and flushed down the toilets. The … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Could we store carbon dioxide as liquid lakes under the sea?

Monday 18 September 18:32:00 UTC 2017

We need to get carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to slow down climate change, and perhaps deep-sea trenches would be a good place to put it [Link]

Mashable » Hulu's big win proves the Emmys are more important than ever

Monday 18 September 18:31:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis is exactly the sentiment that Hulu wants to see after its big win at the Emmys: Ok I REALLY need to get Hulu so I can watch Handmaid's Tale. — Mark Buchanan (@therealmarkb) September 18, 2017 The morning after Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale won the Emmy for best drama—a first for a streaming show—it's easy to find people having a … [Link]

Mashable » J.K. Rowling has a fear of utterly gigantic spiders and honestly, who doesn't?

Monday 18 September 18:27:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNow we know where the inspiration for Ron Weasley's fear of spiders came from.  J.K. Rowling tweeted a picture of an enormous spider Monday morning. She reiterated that she is a strong woman before thanking her husband for trapping the beast so she could walk through a door. It'll send shivers down your spine. Where did this long-legged creature come from?! … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sex and aggression linked in male mouse brains but not in female

Monday 18 September 18:00:00 UTC 2017

In male mice, the same brain cells influence both aggressive and sexual behaviours, but for the first time we now know that's not the case for females [Link]

New Scientist – News » How much carbon dioxide can we emit before global warming chaos?

Monday 18 September 18:00:00 UTC 2017

A study suggests we can emit three times more carbon than we thought and still avoid 1.5°C of global warming – but the results are not as straightforward as they seem [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Confirms Outlook Issues

Monday 18 September 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Microsoft has confirmed that some users of its email service Outlook are unable to send email or access their accounts. From a report: Hundreds from around Europe have commented on the website Downdetector that they have been affected by the problem — many since Monday morning. One common issue seems to be that sent emails remain in the drafts folder … [Link]

Mashable » Add this video to the list of why you should never propose over a body of water

Monday 18 September 17:55:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen Seth Dixon went to propose to the love of his life, it took an unexpected turn. Instead of putting a ring on her finger, they went swimming. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Engagement, Proposal, Fail, and Marriage [Link]

Mashable » Donald Glover is getting bullied into finishing his mixtape with Chance the Rappers

Monday 18 September 17:53:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlessings to all the 14 year olds of the world. Thanks to them, we might finally get our hands on a whole mixtape from Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper after years of teases from the two artists. During the 2017 Emmy awards, big winner Donald Glover addressed his work as Childish Gambino and whether or not music made under that … [Link]

Popular Science » Last week in tech: The iPhone X is real and Polaroid is back from the dead

Monday 18 September 17:37:34 UTC 2017

Friends forever Technology Catch up on the stuff you missed while Apple rolled out its new products. Polaroid has a new camera and film, Kickstarter has a tea robot, oh, and Apple announced a bunch of new iPhones. [Link]

Mashable » Dude crashes his parachute in a packed stadium of football fans

Monday 18 September 17:30:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Yep, everyone saw that. A display of human skill and courage went awry on Saturday during a college football match when a Navy parachuter missed the field and crashed right into the side of the stands.  Wisconsin was facing off against BYU in Provo, Utah, but a little pregame entertainment stole the show. Multiple Navy SEALs with gold and blue … [Link]

Mashable » Bose's Google Assistant headphones reportedly appear in the wild (but you can't buy them yet)

Monday 18 September 17:30:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is expected to bring its voice assistant directly to headphones — and the first pair of cans with the AI helper might have accidentally hit store shelves before an official announcement could even be made.    Multiple pairs of Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones have been spotted at Best Buy stores, according to 9to5Google. The headphones aren't even listed … [Link]

Popular Science » Is there a single food that you can survive on forever?

Monday 18 September 17:30:00 UTC 2017

Potatoes falling out of a sack Ask Us Anything Potatoes are close, but not close enough. A combination of sweet and white potatoes hypothetically has all the major nutrients you need to survive for awhile, though you may have to eat a lot of spuds. [Link]

Slashdot » Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery

Monday 18 September 17:20:00 UTC 2017

New submitter rgh02 writes: Earlier this year, the former prime minister of Pakistan and his family came under scrutiny thanks to revelations in the Panama Papers. The smoking gun in the case of a forged document was none other than a font — Calibri, which, as it turned out, wasn't even available until after the document had allegedly been signed … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Powerpuff Girls' now have a big sister named Bliss

Monday 18 September 17:16:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter a little bit of teasing, it's official: the rebooted Powerpuff Girls now number four thanks to the introduction of older teenage sister, Bliss. SEE ALSO: The original cast of 'Powerpuff Girls' is powerfully PO'd Bliss was introduced on Sunday night during the special Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four event on the Cartoon Network.  Welcome to the family Bliss! ❤️💚💙&~ #PowerpuffGirls … [Link]

Mashable » Paramount is #sorrynotsorry about Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!'

Monday 18 September 17:08:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookReactions to Jennifer Lawrence's mother! have been … mixed, to put it nicely. While critics generally liked it, audiences mostly revolted, making mother! the rare movie to earn an F Cinemascore. SEE ALSO: So … what is Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' really about? Paramount Pictures, though, would like you to know that it's very much standing by its oddball release. Megan Colligan, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Liquid cats and arousing crocs bag Ig Nobel prizes

Monday 18 September 17:00:00 UTC 2017

The Ig Nobels honor the most hilarious of serious scientific work. This year prizes went to cats that flow, clueless twins, and emotionally manipulative crocodiles [Link]

Mashable » Andy Murray continues to speak up about women's equality in tennis

Monday 18 September 16:51:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAndy Murray made headlines this year for his remarks about women tennis players off court.  Now he's taking things one step further in an essay written for BBC News, published Monday, where he discusses the future of tennis and the barriers to gender equality that the sport must overcome to get there.   "People often underestimate the amount of work that … [Link]

Mashable » Every tech CEO needs this personal lighting system in their lives

Monday 18 September 16:47:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 88ba aacf%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ this CEO","sources":[{&qu~ More about Tech, Supported, Mashable Video, Tech, and Work Life [Link]

Slashdot » Google's New Payment App For India Transfers Money Via Ultrasound

Monday 18 September 16:40:00 UTC 2017

Pranav Dixit, writing for BuzzFeed News: Google's goal for the brand-new payments app it launched in India on Monday is simple yet ambitious: to get in on the action each time someone sends or receives money in its largest market outside the United States. The app is called Tez — Hindi for "fast" — and it lets users do three … [Link]

Mashable » Monday's Google Doodle is an ode to English lexicographer Samuel Johnson

Monday 18 September 16:32:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLight the candles, word nerds: It's lexicographer Samuel Johnson's 308th birthday. In celebration, Monday's Google Doodle honors Johnson, known best as writer of A Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1755. Image: googleAccording to Humanities, Johnson was not the first lexicographer, nor the first to record definitions, but he was the first to craft a dictionary that sought to standardize … [Link]

Popular Science » It's actually really dangerous to go down a slide with your kid

Monday 18 September 16:30:00 UTC 2017

little boy on slide Health Children sliding on laps are liable to break their legs. Parents may place kids on lap for safety, paradoxically bringing the child closer to harm. [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Maria rapidly intensifies, aims for a rare direct hit on Puerto Rico

Monday 18 September 16:24:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIslands known for their idyllic beach resorts have been reduced to rubble so far this hurricane season, after Hurricane Irma tore across the northern Leeward Islands and into the Caribbean earlier this month. Now a new storm is menacing the same region: Hurricane Maria.  This new storm rapidly intensified on Monday morning, and and was upgraded to a Category 3 storm … [Link]

Popular Science » Take these steps to secure your phone before letting anyone—even your friends—borrow it

Monday 18 September 15:58:36 UTC 2017

Phone security DIY Keep your secrets safe. So your friend wants to borrow your phone. With these tips for Android and iOS, you can protect your privacy when you hand your pocket computer to someone else. [Link]

Mashable » Linkin Park release emotional video tribute and announce concert for Chester Bennington

Monday 18 September 15:55:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook After the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington in July, the band will come together for a one-night tribute performance on Oct. 27.  Proceeds from the concert will go to the One More Light Fund in Bennington's honor. SEE ALSO: Two new tributes to Chester Bennington show how much he meant to the world In addition to the concert … [Link]

Mashable » Glittery bejeweled nails are actually tiny pens you can write with

Monday 18 September 15:54:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhy is it that the moment you need a pen, it's nigh-on impossible to find one.  Behold, an ingenious solution to your pen-hunting woes: pen nails. Or, in layman's terms, false nails with tiny pens attached to them.  SEE ALSO: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you Instagram nail artist @TonysNail is the genius behind the … [Link]

Mashable » Are we in for the most sex-positive Oscar race ever?

Monday 18 September 15:47:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSex may sell, but it hasn't tended to win Oscars in recent years. There are exceptions, course – your Carols, your Anomalisas. More often, though, sex in awards pictures tends to be small and subtle, if it exists at all. SEE ALSO: Fall movie preview: What to watch if the Oscars are your Super Bowl Think, for instance, of that tentative … [Link]

Mashable » Frank Castle kicks ass and takes names in the latest teaser for Marvel's 'The Punisher'

Monday 18 September 15:42:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFrank Castle is coming for you – yes, you! Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on whether you're a fictional baddie existing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or a real-life Marvel fan who lives in our universe. SEE ALSO: 'The Punisher' drops first look teaser trailer during 'The Defenders' credits In a new teaser for The Punisher, … [Link]

Mashable » Huawei isn't impressed with the new iPhone's facial recognition

Monday 18 September 15:41:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacial recognition was perhaps the most talked-about feature of the new iPhone, but the folks at Huawei aren't impressed.  The company laughed at Apple in a Facebook video that served as a reminder that Huawei, too, has a new phone coming.  SEE ALSO: Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 might copy a feature the iPhone's had since 2015 In the video, Huawei dubs … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax's pretty basic fail means the data of 400,000 Britons are at risk

Monday 18 September 15:40:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe already knew that Americans weren't the only ones to be rightly concerned about the Equifax hack, but the latest statement from the company's UK branch is quite something.  SEE ALSO: This chatbot could help you sue Equifax Equifax Ltd has confirmed to Mashable that a file containing personal data of "fewer than 400,000 UK consumers" was stolen in the 7 … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg talked baby names with the president of China during Facebook's charm campaign

Monday 18 September 15:40:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook founder and all-around bossman Mark Zuckerberg was apparently so eager to get Facebook accessible in China, where it has been blocked since 2009, that he tried to chat up Chinese president Xi Jinping on baby names. SEE ALSO: Facebook let advertisers buy ads targeting 'Jew haters' The little tidbit on Zuck's thirst for global domination comes from a thorough look … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla patent reveals new plans for a battery-swapping machine

Monday 18 September 15:27:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 0c42 e9ef%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ 3's base model will cost $35,000.","image":&q~ first sleek Model 3s are on the road","sources":[{&q~ musk,future,future tech,standalone-featured,real-time,~ video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,elon musk tesla,real time news","sec0":null,&q~ musk,future,future tech,standalone-featured,real-time,~ video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,elon musk tesla,real time news","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Battery Station, Tesla Semi, and Tech [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Officially Bans Scammy Antivirus Apps From iOS App Store

Monday 18 September 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Fake "virus scanning" apps have plagued the iOS App Store for a while, and Apple seems to finally be banning them once and for all in updated developer guidelines it published last week. From a report: The updated developer guidelines, compiled by Paul Hudson over at Hacking With Swift, now includes a ban on apps that claim to "including content … [Link]

Mashable » Chance the Rapper was the best part of the Emmys opening number—and he doesn't even have a TV show

Monday 18 September 15:16:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStephen Colbert's Donald Trump jokes at the 69th Emmys might have been undercut by the presence of one Sean Spicer, but someone else was around to really stick it to the administration in a subtle, clever way.  During the monologue, Colbert unexpectedly handed things off to Chance the Rapper, who expertly mixed political commentary with pop culture in a subversive way … [Link]

Mashable » You can thank Stephen Colbert for Sean Spicer at the Emmys

Monday 18 September 15:10:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81755%2fc7169031 c22b 44d0 8231 376aae07a048 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ McCarthy's reaction to Sean Spicer crashing the Emmys is all of us","sources":[{&quo~ trump,awards ceremony,white house,awards,stephen colbert,emmy awards,saturday night live,melissa mccarthy,emmys,real-time,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,sean spicer,emmys 2017,cameo","sec0":n~ trump,awards ceremony,white house,awards,stephen colbert,emmy awards,saturday night live,melissa mccarthy,emmys,real-time,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,sean spicer,emmys 2017,cameo","videoSeriesN~ More about Entertainment, Television, Stephen Colbert, Emmys, and Sean Spicer [Link]

Mashable » Hackers hid malware in official CCleaner app and millions are at risk

Monday 18 September 14:42:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCCleaner, a popular Windows app for system optimization and maintenance, has at some point been hijacked by hackers, potentially tricking millions of people into installing malware on their personal computers.  The threat was discovered by security researchers at Cisco Talos, who noticed that CCleaner was triggering their malware protection systems on Sept. 13. After looking into the problem, they realized that … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Would Happen If a Hyperloop Train Failed?

Monday 18 September 14:40:00 UTC 2017

dryriver writes: I've been following Elon Musk's Hyperloop initiative with great interest. The idea of getting from one city to another at 700 MPH without having to suffer through an airport and all that jazz is revolutionary. I'm glad that somebody is trying to innovate in the area of land travel. My question though: When conventional trains going at much … [Link]

Mashable » We've shortened the height of these attractive celebrities so you can scroll through them before your boss sees

Monday 18 September 14:37:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou know what this is. We have precious little time, so it's best to keep the explanation short: you need to look at hot celebs, you're at work. This is the only option we've got. SEE ALSO: Even more ideas for 'Kevin Can Wait' season 2 by me, a genius TV executive Alright, we have to do this quickly. Don’t worry, … [Link]

Mashable » Sean Spicer isn't a joke, he's a disgrace. Stop applauding.

Monday 18 September 14:25:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter wantonly lying to the American public for six straight months, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has already been forgiven. And he didn't even have to say I'm sorry. Spicer made a surprise cameo appearance at last night Emmys, much to the delight of the audience's supposedly anti-Trump elites and the chagrin of everyone who had to watch this … [Link]

Mashable » Shanghai's newest theater looks hypnotic with its kinetic facade

Monday 18 September 14:14:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookShanghai’s Fosun Foundation is inspired by traditional Chinese theaters and was designed by Foster+Partners and Heatherwick Studio. The 4,000-square-meter theater is covered by a curtain-like facade, made from three layers of constantly shifting tubes. Read more…More about Architecture, Theater, Shanghai, Real Time Video, and Kinetic [Link]

Slashdot » Avast's CCleaner Free Windows Application Infected With Malware

Monday 18 September 14:01:00 UTC 2017

Reader Tinfoil writes: Cisco Talos announces that malware cleaning app, CCleaner, has been infected with malware for the past month. Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware, according to a report published by Cisco Talos a few minutes ago. Cisco Talos believes that a threat … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A rushed response to Hurricane Irma could cause bigger disasters

Monday 18 September 13:32:25 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]

New Scientist – News » Plastic cubes injected into the body could replace booster shots

Monday 18 September 13:32:22 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]

Mashable » Bing launches Google-like fact-checking label

Monday 18 September 13:13:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBing is taking action against fake news, in a similar fashion to what Google has already done.  SEE ALSO: Google's news-bringing Feed is now available globally Microsoft's search engine is adding a "Fact Check" label to the search results "to help users find fact checking information on news, and with major stories and webpages within the Bing search results," it said … [Link]

New Scientist – News » End-of-life chatbot can help you with difficult final decisions

Monday 18 September 13:09:00 UTC 2017

A virtual assistant helps people who are terminally ill feel less anxious about death and more ready to complete their last will and testament [Link]

Mashable » TV actress Shailene Woodley questions watching TV on Emmys red carpet, internet understandably puzzled

Monday 18 September 12:59:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBig Little Lies actress Shailene Woodley expressed her confusion about how people find the time to watch so much TV while being interviewed on the Emmys red carpet. Social media found the remarks odd and joked about her interesting timing to voice the conundrum. Read more…More about Entertainment, Celebrities, Hbo, Red Carpet, and Awards Ceremony [Link]

Mashable » An origami-inspired lantern, powered by the sun

Monday 18 September 12:40:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. What if you could light up whatever space you chose, and do a little bit of good at the same time?  Meet the Solarpuff. Inspired by origami, the puff is a solar-powered lantern that collapses down to a paper-thin square. Give it several hours … [Link]

Mashable » Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett superfans, prepare to be unbelievably excited

Monday 18 September 12:25:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil Gaiman has given us many good screen adaptations of his booksStardust, Coraline and American Gods are all the progeny of his frankly obscenely rich imagination, but the upcoming Good Omens will be the first adaptation for screen of his and the late Sir Terry Pratchett's cult hit (although there is a cracking BBC radio version). SEE ALSO: Beloved author Terry … [Link]

Mashable » You need this smart watch if you’re always the cold one in the office

Monday 18 September 12:23:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There are two groups in any office: team "we need the air conditioning on even in winter" and team "it's the middle of summer but we're still cold." Office temperature battles are pretty endless — and somehow impossible to solve so that everyone winds … [Link]

Mashable » Build your utility belt of coding skills without going back to school

Monday 18 September 12:17:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Being a coder is kind of like being a doctor (without the whole saving lives part). You can eventually specialize in one particular field, but you still need solid training in multiple disciplines to excel at your job. Most employers hiring for developer roles … [Link]

Popular Science » What Earth looks like to far-out celestial bodies

Monday 18 September 12:15:00 UTC 2017

earths past timeline Space Glance at the stars, glance back in time. When we look at stars in the night sky, we're actually looking back in time. But what if those stars looked back at our pale-blue dot? [Link]

Mashable » Finally, there's a smartwatch that actually looks like a watch

Monday 18 September 12:10:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Wearables: a good idea once upon a time, but now most smartwatches are like having an overpriced, notification-blaring hunk of steel on your wrist. Whatever happened to the smartwatches that actually look like…well, a timepiece? SEE ALSO: Never freak about losing your luggage again with … [Link]

Mashable » You can now disable Samsung's Bixby button

Monday 18 September 11:42:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSamsung’s latest crop of flagship phones — Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 — have a dedicated button that can only be used to launch the company's smart assistant, Bixby.  Not everyone cared for Bixby (especially since it took forever for Samsung to actually enable it on its phones), so third-party hacks appeared shortly after the launch of S8, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Science after Brexit will be weaker all round

Monday 18 September 11:30:00 UTC 2017

The UK government’s position paper is long on lofty ambitions for future collaboration, but the gory details suggest they will be extremely difficult to achieve [Link]

Slashdot » Americans Plan Massive 'Net Neutrality' Protest Next Week

Monday 18 September 11:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: A coalition of activists, consumer groups and writers are calling on supporters to attend the next meeting of the Federal Communications Commission on September 26 in Washington DC. The next day, the protest will move to Capitol Hill, where people will meet legislators to express their concerns about an FCC proposal to rewrite the … [Link]

Mashable » Benedict Cumberbatch busts out seriously impressive magic trick

Monday 18 September 11:21:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If Benedict Cumberbatch ever fancies a break from the whole acting thing, we reckon he definitely has a future as a magician. Just look at the trick he does in the clip above from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, using nothing other than a plain old water bottle. SEE ALSO: Benedict Cumberbatch just landed his dream role by giving … [Link]

Mashable » Firefighters resuscitate unconscious puppy with special animal O2 mask

Monday 18 September 11:14:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou’ve heard of firefighters saving kittens from trees, but have you ever heard of them saving a puppy from a kitchen fire? SEE ALSO: Teeny shelter puppies get an adorable newborn photoshoot Billesley Community Fire Station released footage on their official account of firefighters using an oxygen mask designed for use on animals to revive a puppy who was unconscious after … [Link]

Mashable » GE's Alexa-powered smart lamp opens the floodgates for voice-controlled everything

Monday 18 September 11:04:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook  Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can no longer be contained to the company's Echo devices. From smartwatches to Echo clones like the Eufy Genie, device makers are eager to integrate Alexa voice controls into everything imaginable. Late last year, GE announced the C by GE Sol, the world's first Alexa-powered smart LED lamp that requires no additional hardware or setup, and … [Link]

Mashable » The internet had some strong feelings about Sofia Vergara's son at the Emmys

Monday 18 September 10:36:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've seen the Emmys red carpet photos but don't happen to be familiar with the Vergara family tree, you may be wondering who the chiselled young man accompanying Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara was. SEE ALSO: Alec Baldwin wins Emmy for 'SNL' Trump impression, jokingly offers Emmy to Trump Seriously, just look at his gleaming white teeth: #emmys2017 @manologonzalezvergara ❤️ … [Link]

Mashable » Banksy is back with artwork that expertly skewers how institutions treat street art

Monday 18 September 10:28:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBanksy’s artworks are a perfect commentary not only on the socio-political situation — Brexit or the refugee crisis, for example — but also on the way institutions are trying to control the revolutionary power of street art.  SEE ALSO: 'French Banksy' portrait on the U.S.-Mexico border is a heartbreaking comment on DACA His latest murals, which have appeared at the Barbican … [Link]

Mashable » App offers to rent a person to stand in line for you, because even that's too hard now

Monday 18 September 10:08:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeads up Apple fans, we have a feeling this service could soon come in handy. A new startup aptly named iQueue, is offering to stand in line for you, at a cost. SEE ALSO: A burger place decided to run a 15-cent meal deal, and people went absolutely ballistic Founded in Singapore, the service currently has 10 professional "queuers" on its … [Link]

Mashable » These 'double jeans' are basically an optical illusion that'll cost you $695

Monday 18 September 10:02:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDear denim designers: can u not.  Seriously though, what on earth is going on with jeans lately? First they tried to sell us fake mud jeans for $425. Then they tried to make detachable cut-out jeans happen. And, now they want us to get on board with the "double jeans" look.  SEE ALSO: Detachable cut-out jeans are genuinely the worst thing we've … [Link]

Mashable » Can everyone please back off Alexander Skarsgård's moustache?

Monday 18 September 9:52:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOkay yes, being a celebrity means being in the public eye. Also yes, the advent of social media and Twitter means that public scrutiny is no longer limited to the tabloids.  But does that mean we all have to pile in when someone's moustache is less than resplendent? SEE ALSO: Alexander Skarsgård trolled his brother at the 'It' premiere and the … [Link]

Mashable » After 50 years of history, Rolling Stone is up for sale

Monday 18 September 9:37:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter 50 years of independent history, legendary music and pop culture mag Rolling Stone is now up for sale.  SEE ALSO: The Hound From 'Game of Thrones' Sings the Rolling Stones Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone founder Jan and president and chief operating officer of Wenner Media, said in a statement that the company wanted to "explore strategic options for … [Link]

Mashable » QR code made out of 130,000 carefully trimmed trees needs to be scanned from the sky

Monday 18 September 9:23:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople in China are really, really into QR codes. A village in northern China has created a giant QR code made of intricately trimmed trees, in an effort to boost local tourism. SEE ALSO: PayPal ties up with one of China's biggest tech firms, to court China's ravenous shoppers The Xilinshui village in Hebei used 130,000 Chinese juniper trees to create … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sacrificial virgin spiders let their nieces eat them alive

Monday 18 September 9:16:55 UTC 2017

In one species of spider, unmated females not only care for other spiders’ offspring, they allow the tiny spiderlings to devour their insides [Link]

Mashable » Lady Gaga reveals why she's cancelling Europe tour in emotional Instagram post

Monday 18 September 9:14:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLady Gaga is rescheduling the European leg of her Joanne World Tour as she is living with "severe pain" that is impacting "her ability to perform."  Gaga shared an emotional note to fans on her Instagram explaining her condition, alongside an official statement on the postponement of the tour.  SEE ALSO: Lady Gaga threw an impromptu pizza party for fans after … [Link]

Mashable » A high-speed Formula 1 crash from the driver's point of view is truly terrifying

Monday 18 September 9:07:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A crash during an ultra high-speed race like the Formula 1 can be extremely dramatic and dangerous, with sparks flying and smoke covering the drivers.  On Sunday's night race on the streets of rain-soaked Singapore, three drivers crashed out in large part due to the slick conditions. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's Hyperloop pusher pod hit an impressive 220 mph in … [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence actually fought a guy after he asked her for a selfie

Monday 18 September 9:04:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you happen to see Jennifer Lawrence in public, you might want to think twice before you ask her for a selfie. Or rather, you can ask her for a selfie — but it's probably best to just accept it quietly if she says no. SEE ALSO: The reviews for 'mother!' are in and WTF?! During a recent appearance on … [Link]

Mashable » Finally an explanation for all those weird 'Netflix is a joke' billboards

Monday 18 September 9:02:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou may recall a few weeks ago billboards such as this one mysteriously popping up in New York and Los Angeles. Who's behind this billboard??? — Claudia Eller (@Variety_Claudia) September 5, 2017 At the time Netflix's only comment was…. ??? — Netflix US (@netflix) September 6, 2017 Ruddy mysterious. SEE ALSO: Netflix's prices are insanely low—enjoy it while you … [Link]

Mashable » Google goes big in Asia with mobile payment app for hundreds of millions of people

Monday 18 September 9:02:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is going big into Asia's mobile payment scene. The tech giant has launched a new mobile money app called Tez in India — a country with a smartphone user base of over 300 million, which has been named the world's fastest growing smartphone market. SEE ALSO: Asia's newest mobile wallet may actually get the region to go cashless, finally "Tez" … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The NHS is using a chatbot to do tedious corporate team-building

Monday 18 September 9:00:00 UTC 2017

The UK's National Health Service and 10 big firms are experimenting with CoachBot, which replaces "coaching and development" staff with an automated chatbot [Link]

Slashdot » Illinois Tests A Blockchain-Based Birth Registry/ID System

Monday 18 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes Government Technology: The state of Illinois, which has six blockchain pilots underway, will partner with Utah-based Evernym for a birth registry pilot meant to individualize and secure identities… The endeavor, one of six distinct blockchain explorations Illinois began last summer with a working group, is expected to utilize the Sovrin Foundation's publicly available distributed identity ledger … [Link]

Mashable » 'See' sounds around you with these eyeglasses for the hard of hearing

Monday 18 September 7:26:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor the hard of hearing, getting around without audio cues can be a challenge. Sudden noises can alert you to things happening in that direction, and allow you to react faster to them. A new design idea translates these audio cues to visual ones, via a set of eyeglasses. The Peri prototype, worn by one of the team members. The Peri prototype, worn by one of the team members.Image: peri/suppliedSEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Sterling K. Brown's excellent Emmys speech was completed backstage, after it was cut off

Monday 18 September 6:59:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt the 2017 Emmys on Sunday night, Sterling K. Brown had his mic cut mid-speech.  The 41-year-old actor was thanking the writers for This Is Us, for which he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, after opening his speech with a tribute to the actors who had won the award previously.  SEE ALSO: Lena Waithe takes home historic Emmy … [Link]

Mashable » Nicole Kidman's powerful Emmy speech sheds light on domestic violence

Monday 18 September 5:52:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s a long time coming, but Nicole Kidman took home her first ever Emmy on Sunday night. The actress won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a limited series or movie for her role as Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies, and Kidman made sure to use the spotlight for an important issue. SEE ALSO: Emmys 2017: Here's the full winners … [Link]

Mashable » Tap Nike's new app-connected NBA jerseys with your smartphone

Monday 18 September 5:14:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe only way to access Nike's new app? Tap your phone on an NBA jersey. Nike has announced a new stage for its eight-year NBA partnership, in the form of a jersey-connected app. SEE ALSO: How Nike turned the shoe drop into a high-tech treasure hunt Officially announced on Sept. 16 at an event in Los Angeles attended by players from … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' gave us the best moment of the Emmys and you didn't even see it

Monday 18 September 3:58:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStranger Things may not have exactly swept the Emmy Awards, but it did give us one of the most memorable moments of the 2017 ceremony — it just wasn't one you saw on your screen. During a commercial break, after Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown lost the outstanding supporting actress award to The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd, Brown's costar David … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2453: In a better world…

Monday 18 September 3:41:19 UTC 2017

JoT thumbShould tech companies like Google and Facebook be more socially responsible? [Link]

Slashdot » Can An Individual Still Resist The Spread of Technology?

Monday 18 September 3:34:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 shares a column from the Chicago Tribune: When cellphones first appeared, they gave people one more means of communication, which they could accept or reject. But before long, most of us began to feel naked and panicky anytime we left home without one. To do without a cellphone — and soon, if not already, a smartphone — means estranging … [Link]

Mashable » All 21 times the Emmys threw shade at Donald Trump

Monday 18 September 3:24:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe first time the Hollywood glitterati had a chance to sling barbs at Donald Trump as a sitting President, it was the Screen Actors Guild Awards — just a few weeks after his inauguration. By our count, they seized their opportunity to throw shade a total of 13 times. Well, after another eight or nine months of this administration, the gloves … [Link]

Mashable » From Donald Glover to Spicey, the best and worst moments of the 2017 Emmys

Monday 18 September 3:23:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Primetime Emmy Awards are a TV fan's Super Bowl, and the politically charged 2017 awards ceremony was no exception. And like the real Super Bowl, Sunday's show had highs and lows throughout the telecast, hosted by Stephen Colbert and broadcast on CBS. SEE ALSO: Emmys 2017: Here's the full winners list Between Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies, some of … [Link]

Mashable » ABBA, of all people, are planning to tour as holograms

Monday 18 September 3:18:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou’re probably guilty of knowing all the words to "Dancing Queen." It's why the Swedish pop group is planning a global tour, more than three decades after their last official tour before disbanding in 1982. But they won't be there in person, despite reuniting for a performance in 2016 that no one managed to record. SEE ALSO: Meet the Kickstarter campaign … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Handmaid's Tale' is the first streaming show to win Best Drama at the Emmys

Monday 18 September 3:02:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlessed be the fruit: The Handmaid's Tale has won the top award at the 2017 Emmys, taking home the gold for best drama in one of the most competitive fields of the past decade. With reigning champ Game of Thrones ineligible to compete for this year's Outstanding Drama prize, the competition was wide open, with the freshman Handmaid's Tale triumphing over … [Link]

Mashable » Melissa McCarthy's reaction to Sean Spicer crashing the Emmys is all of us

Monday 18 September 2:48:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFormer White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the Primetime Emmy Awards, poking fun at his past comments about the television ratings of President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. Melissa McCarthy, who portrayed Spicer on Saturday Night Live, may have been the most amused by the cameo. Read more…More about Politics, Television, Mashable Video, Snl, and Donald Trump … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why #DCPublicSchools was trending during the 2017 Emmys

Monday 18 September 2:21:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDuring the 69th Emmy Awards, an unexpected hashtag began trending thanks to comedians Dave Chappelle and John Oliver.  Chappelle, a former student of the Washington D.C. public school district, gave a shoutout to the schools in the district during his moment on stage with Melissa McCarthy.  “We’re dancing, Melissa. Now we’re going to read this teleprompter. Shoutout to DC Public Schools,” … [Link]

Mashable » There are 3 named storms in the Atlantic, but Hurricane Maria is the one to watch

Monday 18 September 2:18:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Atlantic hurricane season continues at a brisk pace, with three named storms — Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Maria, and Tropical Depression Lee — all spinning as of Sunday evening.  While Hurricane Jose will produce heavy rains, high winds, and dangerous waves for some immediate coastal areas of southeastern New England and the Mid-Atlantic, the storm with the potential to do the … [Link]

Mashable » Lorde sticks it to school bullies with ultimate revenge: a 'Vogue' cover

Monday 18 September 2:09:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNothing sticks it to the jerks who teased you in school better than a Vogue cover shoot. Monarch of hater-shaming, Lorde has landed a new Vogue cover, appearing on the October 2017 issue of Vogue Australia, out Sept. 25.  SEE ALSO: Lorde has fans hunting high and low for easter eggs in the 'Perfect Places' music video Ever the no-bullshit artist, … [Link]

Mashable » Lena Waithe takes home historic Emmy win for 'Master of None' and her speech will make you cry

Monday 18 September 2:00:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMaster of None "Thanksgiving" was more than just one of the best television episodes of 2017. The episode, co-written by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, was a triple threat — a complex and beautiful story about women, people of color, and a fully-formed LGBTQ+ protagonist. Which made its Emmy win Sunday night that much sweeter. SEE ALSO: Emmys 2017: Here's the … [Link]

Mashable » Alec Baldwin wins Emmy for 'SNL' Trump impression, jokingly offers Emmy to Trump

Monday 18 September 1:40:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOur president can rest easy tonight, knowing he finally got a big Emmy win — only in the form of Alec Balwdin accepting his award for impersonating him on Saturday Night Live. "I suppose I should say at long last Mr. President, here is your Emmy," he said, addressing the leader of the free world through his preferred manner of communication: … [Link]

Slashdot » Kids Praised for Being Smart are More Likely to Cheat

Monday 18 September 1:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes the University of California: An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of obstacles, they are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Kids as young as age 3 appear to behave differently when told "You are so … [Link]

Mashable » 'Outlander' episode 2 finally gives us sex, but not the way we were expecting

Monday 18 September 1:06:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 2, titled "Surrender." If the Outlander Season 3 premiere focused on the isolation that Claire and Jamie felt following their separation, episode 2 reminds us of the connections that keep them tethered to their new lives — albeit reluctantly, in Jamie's case.  After returning to Lallybroch in the final minutes of episode … [Link]

Mashable » Sean Spicer showed up at the Emmys and no one knew what to do

Monday 18 September 0:43:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStephen Colbert's predictable Donald Trump jokes at the 69th Emmy Awards didn't stop Sean Spicer from stepping into enemy territory Sunday night.  The Trump administration's former press secretary wheeled out a podium during Colbert's opening monologue for a surprise cameo, and everyone pretty much had the same reaction—including Melissa McCarthy.  SEE ALSO: Sean Spicer tells Jimmy Kimmel he's never seen Donald … [Link]

Mashable » Shailene Woodley shames people who watch TV while on Emmys TV awards show

Monday 18 September 0:31:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookShailene Woodley has an important PSA for everyone watching the Emmys tonight: she's smarter than you. The actress revealed her disdain for people who watch television while on the red carpet for television's greatest awards show, the Emmys.  Irony isn't dead, it's just become more annoying. SEE ALSO: Shailene Woodley hints that she may have a future as a politician "Friends … [Link]

Mashable » OBVIOUSLY Stephen Colbert slams Donald Trump during Emmys opener

Monday 18 September 0:23:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDon’t ask Stephen Colbert to host your party unless you're ready for a little roast. The Late Show host hosted Sunday's Emmys, and he wasted no time in calling out the current state of American politics with his monologue and a musical number. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' is rewriting the rules of late night TV for a digital audience … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' star on climate change: 'A threat maybe even graver than the White Walkers'

Monday 18 September 0:17:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWinter is coming and Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau really wants people to start taking climate change seriously. Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in the addictive HBO series, also happens to be a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador and passionate advocate for climate action.  The 47-year-old spoke at Mashable's 2017 Social Good Summit on Sunday to discuss the … [Link]


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