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 » If Google buys HTC, it could finally have the firepower to destroy the iPhone

Wednesday 20 September 23:59:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith Android, Google has already won the mobile war… at least, when it comes to software. Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system and is installed on 64.76 percent of phones and tablets worldwide, twice the size of iOS, according to NetMarketShare. Google's next mission is way more challenging, though, and it will probably take a long time — … [Link]

Mashable » There are many ways that companies can do good in this world, and now is the time to do it

Wednesday 20 September 23:42:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLast year, 64 percent of CEOs increased their business' investment in corporate social responsibility. Thanks to new technology and the internet, along with advancements in science and medicine, companies have become more informed about their social and environmental impact. Armed with the evidence needed to change business practices for the greater good of employees, consumers, and the environment, there has never … [Link]

Mashable » Melania Trump spoke out against bullying and Twitter can't take the irony

Wednesday 20 September 23:32:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The internet just can’t with Melania Trump.  The first lady hosted a luncheon at the UN General Assembly Wednesday where she spoke about protecting our children and teaching them about empathy and kindness. People on Twitter quickly reminded her about her husband and his cyberbullying ways. SEE ALSO: Trump loved to bully Obama about vacations, so of course he's off … [Link]

Slashdot » Bill Gates Says He's Sorry About Control-Alt-Delete

Wednesday 20 September 23:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum today, Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to account for one of the most baffling questions of the digital era: Why does it take three fingers to lock or log in to a PC, and why did Gates ever think … [Link]

Popular Science » China's showing off its new helicopters

Wednesday 20 September 23:15:00 UTC 2017

China Z-10 attack helicopter From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal A peek into the China Helicopter Expo. The 4th Biennial China Helo Expo in Tianjin shows off China's latest in helicopter technology, plus future plans. [Link]

Mashable » Weaponized sound is nothing new, but the attacks in Cuba are a mystery

Wednesday 20 September 23:07:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe story goes that, during the Battle of Jericho, God directed seven priests to blast notes from their ram's horns as they circled the city, and the sound from those horns wobbled the walls of Jericho until they crumbled.  This, almost certainly, did not happen. But sound has long been used in war and other battles to, as one expert put … [Link]

Popular Science » Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit: A smarter way to a dimmer home

Wednesday 20 September 23:00:10 UTC 2017

Lutron Caseta kit review Gadgets Smarten up your lights without changing your bulbs. You'll have to install this smart lighting system, but its reliability is worth the effort. [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Is Reportedly Working On Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses

Wednesday 20 September 22:40:00 UTC 2017

According to the Financial Times (Warning: source paywalled), Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant. The report also mentions a home security camera that is in the works, capable of linking up to Amazon's existing Echo connected devices. TechCrunch reports: According to the FT, the smart glasses are intended to be … [Link]

Mashable » Medical delivery drones are coming to Switzerland

Wednesday 20 September 22:27:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNext month, Switzerland's hospitals will be equipped with a potentially revolutionary autonomous drone delivery network.  Healthcare providers and a Menlo Park, California company called Matternet have teamed up to implement the system across the country. And on Wednesday, Matternet announced that they had completed "the third and final technology component" to make their drone and information system a reality.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » BlackBerry to work with Delphi to protect self-driving cars from cyber threats

Wednesday 20 September 22:17:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlackBerry will team up with automotive company Delphi to provide some much needed support for self-driving cars — but the project won't have anything to do with old-school smartphone service.  The two companies signed a commercial working partnership that will bring BlackBerry's QNX operating system to Delphi's self-driving car platform. BlackBerry's auto OS is already found in infotainment centers from several … [Link]

Mashable » How to control every light in your house with Philips Hue’s voice commands

Wednesday 20 September 22:13:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook   In an age where voice assistants can play music, give directions, and define words, it’s no surprise that home lighting is becoming a leading use for this new category.  Philips Hue takes your lighting setup to the next level. By using your voice to ask Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant, you now have the means to control every … [Link]

Mashable » Hate Having Friends? Try These Savage iPhone Pranks

Wednesday 20 September 22:02:32 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » PSA: Turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Control Center doesn't actually do that

Wednesday 20 September 22:01:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember how we told you to turn off your Bluetooth? Well, iOS 11 just made that a lot harder.  Turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth used to be as simple as swiping upwards and pressing two buttons on your control panel. Those buttons still exist in your new and improved (but slightly more confusing), Control Center, but pressing them doesn't fully turn … [Link]

Slashdot » AMD Opteron Vs EPYC: How AMD Server Performance Evolved Over 10 Years

Wednesday 20 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

New submitter fstack writes: Phoronix has carried out tests comparing AMD's high-end EPYC 7601 CPU to AMD Opteron CPUs from about ten years ago, looking at the EPYC/Opteron Linux performance and power efficiency. Both on the raw performance and performance-per-Watt, the numbers are quite staggering though the single-threaded performance hasn't evolved quite as much. The EPYC 7601 is a $4,200 … [Link]

Mashable » The latest surveillance robot is designed to patrol rough terrain (and fight crime)

Wednesday 20 September 21:41:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook  Knightscope, the robot security company famous for the R2-D2-like machine that recently drowned itself in a mall’s pool, has just unveiled an off-roading robot.  The Silicon Valley company calls this model the K7. With its four wheels and high clearance, the K7 — which measures in at more than five feet tall and nearly seven feet long — is intended for … [Link]

Mashable » Attention, human monsters: You can now purchase a Border Patrol Agent costume for Halloween

Wednesday 20 September 21:37:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery day is a horror show in 2017 — no need to wait until actual Halloween. It's depressingly fitting, then, that people can now not only purchase Border Patrol Agent costumes for Halloween. They can think: that's a good idea. The costume was first spotted in New York City's Halloween stores by Gothamist a few days ago. Now, they're popping up … [Link]

Mashable » Torturing Sims is never not hilarious, as Reddit demonstrates

Wednesday 20 September 21:35:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDo you ever feel a moment of sorrow for that poor, unsuspecting Sim you just locked in a house with no bathroom, no exit door, and 50 toddlers to take care of? I sure don't. That shit is so funny. I'm not a sadistic person in real life (honest!), but there's something about the dumb, Simlish-speaking automatons from Electronic Arts' hit … [Link]

Mashable » 58% of men in tech say there are enough women in leadership roles, but women don't agree

Wednesday 20 September 21:25:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe know the research: when women make up 17 percent of the room, men think it's 50-50. And when women take up 33 percent of the space, men think they're outnumbered.  That extends to the C-suite, too. According to a new survey from the jobs site Comparably, 58 percent of men in tech think there are enough women in leadership roles … [Link]

Slashdot » Seismologist Explains Mexico's Back-To-Back Earthquakes

Wednesday 20 September 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The second major earthquake to strike Mexico in less than two weeks has caused catastrophic damage in the country's capital. The magnitude 7.1 temblor started at around 1:15PM — cracking highways, collapsing buildings, and, so far, killing more than 200 people. Less than two weeks ago on September 7th (local time), … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hurricane Maria confirms dire warnings for 2017 hurricane season

Wednesday 20 September 21:12:52 UTC 2017

As Hurricane Maria continues to cause destruction, predictions that 2017 could be the worst hurricane season since 2010 are being borne out [Link]

New Scientist – News » Robots can hitch-hike on sharks thanks to ultrastrong sucker

Wednesday 20 September 21:12:51 UTC 2017

A suction cup modelled on how a strange faeces-eater attaches to other fish can withstand a pull of 340 times its weight, letting robots ride sharks and whales [Link]

New Scientist – News » Infamous three-body problem has over a thousand new solutions

Wednesday 20 September 21:12:46 UTC 2017

A long-standing maths puzzle has 1223 new solutions, more than doubling the number of possible paths three objects can take as they orbit one another [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hundreds of UK women are seeking illegal abortions online

Wednesday 20 September 21:12:45 UTC 2017

Women legally entitled to abortions are attempting to buy pills online because they cannot access clinics due to distance, waiting times and domestic abuse [Link]

New Scientist – News » Our closest star system may be home to a stolen star and planet

Wednesday 20 September 21:12:44 UTC 2017

Proxima b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth, may have been captured along with its star instead of born in the dangerous three-star system where it now lives [Link]

New Scientist – News » Gravity may be created by strange flashes in the quantum realm

Wednesday 20 September 21:12:43 UTC 2017

A model of how wave forms of quantum systems collapse reveals a way they could create gravitational fields, and perhaps even reconcile two pillars of physics [Link]

New Scientist – News » Kids everywhere have damaging gender stereotyping set by age 10

Wednesday 20 September 21:12:42 UTC 2017

Global study reveals that gender stereotypes become ingrained in "tween" years, leading to life-long health consequences – particularly for girls [Link]

Mashable » Blimping ain't easy: YouTuber works his way up to getting an actual blimp to honk at him

Wednesday 20 September 21:04:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook There’s a new internet challenge sweeping YouTube and it’s just as confusing as you’d think.  Blimping, coined by YouTuber Joshua De Laurentiis, is the act of pumping your fist into the air and waiting for a car, bus, or even a blimp to honk.  The real question here is: who knew blimps had horns?  This is a true example that … [Link]

Mashable » Chelsea Clinton had the best response when Trump blocked a cancer patient on Twitter

Wednesday 20 September 21:01:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChelsea Clinton shot back after Donald Trump tweeted out a violent, bullying GIF of Hillary Clinton and then blocked a woman critical of his health care policy goals who happens to be a cancer patient. SEE ALSO: Joe Biden slams Trump's classless retweet of Hillary GIF The former first daughter posted Tuesday about Trump's latest Twitter behavior with a witty response … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Handheld scanner divines how nutritious your food really is

Wednesday 20 September 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Climate change and soil degradation are depleting the nutrients in crops, but now a scanner can analyse grain to help farmers mitigate problems as it grows [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why has a UK team genetically edited human embryos?

Wednesday 20 September 21:00:00 UTC 2017

The aim of the work is to better understand embryonic development, rather than to see if genome editing could prevent diseases in children [Link]

New Scientist – News » Old fathers pass on more mutations to kids than old mothers

Wednesday 20 September 21:00:00 UTC 2017

A huge study of Icelanders suggests that older men pass on four times as many new mutations to their kids than women   [Link]

New Scientist – News » 3D-printed alloys could lead to lighter planes that fly further

Wednesday 20 September 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Modern aeroplanes are held together with thousands of rivets and fasteners. That could change soon, thanks to 3D-printed weldable alloys [Link]

Slashdot » Mathematical Formula Predicts Global Mass Extinction Event in 2100

Wednesday 20 September 20:45:00 UTC 2017

Kate Lunau, writing for Motherboard: A new paper in Science Advances finds that a mass extinction period mirroring ones from our planet's ancient past could be triggered when humanity adds a certain amount of carbon to the oceans, which are home to the majority of all plants and animals on our planet. The paper pegs that amount at 310 gigatons. … [Link]

Mashable » Google taps the Moto X4 as its first Android One phone for Project Fi

Wednesday 20 September 20:34:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle will bring its Android One program to the U.S. for the first time with Motorola's new Moto X4. The phone, which runs the "pure Android experience" without any carrier or manufacturer bloatware, will be available for Google's Project Fi service. The Moto X4 will be the first non-Google device available on the network — before now, only the Google's Pixel … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon customers can now return things for free at Kohl's or Whole Foods

Wednesday 20 September 20:30:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon customers now have a growing list of options when it comes to returning their online purchases in person. In addition to any of the hundreds of Whole Foods supermarkets across the country, certain Kohl's stores will now accept returns of "eligible items" as part of a retail partnership between the two companies that began earlier this summer. SEE ALSO: Amazon's … [Link]

Mashable » Chris Cillizza's Twitter Ratio is so bad, we're not sure his account can survive

Wednesday 20 September 20:24:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s the most powerful, questionably scientific tool the internet has ever developed. It can make or break a person's entire career on Weird Twitter and small areas of the internet only dorks care about.   They call it the Ratio, and it's coming for CNN political pundit Chris Cillizza. The term, which became popular in early 2017, measures a tweet's success … [Link]

Mashable » Sheryl Sandberg 'disgusted' by anti-Semitic ad buys, wants to end them

Wednesday 20 September 20:22:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA week after it was revealed that Facebook allowed ad buys targeted to anti-Semitic causes, including "Jew haters," Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has responded to the controversy and offered some potential solutions for the social media platform. SEE ALSO: Facebook just stole one of Myspace’s worst features Sandberg's response came in the form of — what else? — a lengthy Facebook … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax has been directing victims to a fake phishing site for weeks

Wednesday 20 September 20:10:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn failing to correctly patch a known vulnerability and exposing the personal data of potentially 143 million Americans to hackers, Equifax made a security blunder of epic proportions — however, it appears the company is just getting started. Leaving its digital doors wide open to criminals apparently wasn't enough for the credit reporting agency, as it's now sending hack victims directly … [Link]

Mashable » For better paying jobs and career potential, digital skills are key

Wednesday 20 September 20:09:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lot of attention is paid to the growing need for engineering jobs and STEM degrees, but even simple digital skills can make a big difference. Knowing how to do things like tackle an online spreadsheet or word processing document can open career doors and salary potential in today’s technology-driven age – even for workers without a college degree.  Proficiency in … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Has Been Sending Consumers To a Fake Phishing Site for Almost Two Weeks

Wednesday 20 September 20:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report (condensed for space): For nearly two weeks, the company's official Twitter account has been directing users to a fake lookalike website. After announcing the breach, Equifax directed its customers to, a website where they can enroll in identity theft protection services and find updates about how Equifax is handing the "cybersecurity incident." … [Link]

Mashable » This DIY set will turn used liquor bottles into legitimate gifts

Wednesday 20 September 19:59:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Real talk: you choose the wine by the label, then promptly toss it into the recycling bin after the goods are consumed. Seems like kind of a waste, doesn't it? After all, the bottles can be serious works of art (not looking at you … [Link]

Mashable » When Celebrity Worship Goes Too Far

Wednesday 20 September 19:53:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Mashable Reels, Celebrity Worship, Culture, and Celebrities [Link]

Mashable » All eight seasons of 'Will & Grace' are about to stream on demand for the first time ever

Wednesday 20 September 19:49:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWill & Grace fans, let's get ready to binge-watch! Just in time to pre-game the show's upcoming revival, all 194 episodes of the iconic sitcom will be at your fingertips — as long as you have Hulu or the NBC app on mobile and, that is. SEE ALSO: Shake Shack created new boozy milkshakes in honor of 'Will & Grace' … [Link]

Slashdot » Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Power To Entire Island of Puerto Rico

Wednesday 20 September 19:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Hurricane Maria's eye has left Puerto Rico, but the mammoth storm is still lashing the island with devastating winds. Maria weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday afternoon, hurling winds of 115 mph. But hurricane-force gusts topping 74 mph still extend over much of Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center said. Maria's brute force wiped out … [Link]

Mashable » Yes, of course Justin Trudeau owns a pair of Chewbacca socks

Wednesday 20 September 19:28:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook  Justin Trudeau. Prime Minister of Canada. Leader of the Liberal Party. Wearer of Chewbacca socks.   The PR train of Canada's leader continued full steam ahead this week as the man sneakily wore yet another pair of socks that align him with the nerdier parts of his electorate.  Big ol' Star Wars wookies were peeking out under his pants during … [Link]

Slashdot » Ransomware Hack Targeting 2 Million an Hour

Wednesday 20 September 19:25:00 UTC 2017

New submitter Zorro writes: A ransomware attack sweeping the globe right now is launching about 8,000 different versions of the virus script at Barracuda's customers, Eugene Weiss, lead platform architect at Barracuda, told Axios, and it's hitting at a steady rate of about 2 million attacks per hour. What to watch out for: An incoming email spoofing the destination host, … [Link]

Mashable » What would be weirder than a bear sitting in traffic? One playing a horn.

Wednesday 20 September 19:14:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The chances of seeing a bear chilling in traffic are pretty low considering they’re wild animals and all.  Well this video from Russia has a bear casually sitting in a motorcycle sidecar playing the horn.  Image: Via GiphyI’m not sure what's more bizarre, the fact that it seems so calm, the fact that it's playing the horn, or the fact … [Link]

Mashable » Drake's 'Degrassi' meme appeared in a NYC Parks Department proposal for some reason

Wednesday 20 September 19:07:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBefore big hits like "Hotline Bling" and "Controlla," Drake was just a Canadian actor and a viral meme waiting to land in public park documents and city proposals. Hmmm, maybe not, but that happened anyway.  The More Life rapper cut his teeth on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi as Jimmy Brooks. And Jimmy made a very unexpected cameo in a New … [Link]

Mashable » Goodbye, diesel: Proterra claims its electric bus just drove over 1,000 miles on one charge

Wednesday 20 September 18:57:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSmelly, loud, gas-guzzling busses might not be around for much longer — not with all-electric busses that can drive for over one thousand miles on a single charge already on the road.  Electric bus maker Proterra claims that its heavy-duty, battery-powered Catalyst E2 max bus set a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an EV on a single … [Link]

Mashable » This gadget makes sure you stay connected in remote areas

Wednesday 20 September 18:47:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Sonnet uses Wi-Fi and long range radio to keep service on your phone when your out of range or off the grid. It also has some life saving features that could come in handy. Read more…More about Tech, Technology, Cell Phone, Cellular, and Hiking [Link]

Mashable » WhatsApp and the UK are battling over the future of encryption

Wednesday 20 September 18:47:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhatsApp and the government of the United Kingdom are in a battle over the future of encryption, and there doesn't seem to be a clean resolution in sight. WhatsApp refused a UK government request to create some kind of limited access for officials to read requested messages, Sky News reported on Tuesday. But the UK could soon try to force WhatsApp … [Link]

Slashdot » Waymo Wants Uber to Pay $2.6 Billion Over Alleged Trade Secret Theft

Wednesday 20 September 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Alphabet's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday. From a report: Uber attorney Bill Carmody disclosed the figure in a hearing in federal court in San Francisco, where both companies are discussing whether a trial … [Link]

Mashable » Apple admits Apple Watch LTE glitch, but is there really a problem?

Wednesday 20 September 18:38:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook ffa8 40e4%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ the new smartwatch lifestyle.","image":~ everything you need to know about the new Apple Watch","sources":[{&~ watch,smart watches,fitness tracking,workout,standalone-feature~ video,real time,lte,smart watch,apple watch series 2,real-time-video,heart rate,heart rate monitor,real time video,heartrate,apple watch series 3,series 3,lance ulanoff","sec0":null~ watch,smart watches,fitness tracking,workout,standalone-feature~ video,real time,lte,smart watch,apple watch series 2,real-time-video,heart rate,heart rate monitor,real time video,heartrate,apple watch series 3,series 3,lance ulanoff","videoSeriesName~ More about Apple, Wearables, Apple … [Link]

Mashable » Nest launches a home security system and connected doorbell

Wednesday 20 September 18:27:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNest just expanded its product lineup in a big way. The company's offerings now include a home security system, a connected doorbell, and an outdoor security camera. Nest introduced the new products at a press event in San Francisco Wednesday. SEE ALSO: New rumors about Google's Echo Dot slayer revealed Nest Secure, the company's take a on a home security system, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » W3C Payment Request API is Being Implemented in All Major Browsers

Wednesday 20 September 18:22:33 UTC 2017

The W3C Web Payments Working Group has announced that the Payment Request API is now being implemented in all major browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and WebKit. Facebook and Samsung have also introduced support for the W3C Payment Request API. [Link]

Mashable » 'Overwatch' League to launch in December with 12 teams

Wednesday 20 September 18:16:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlizzard Entertainment revealed today the final three franchises competing in its premiere Overwatch esports league and pegged the kick-off date for its first pre-season matches: Dec. 6. Overwatch League franchises are coming to Philadelphia, Dallas, and Houston, bringing the total team count for the inaugural season of Overwatch League to 12 — nine in the U.S., one in England, and two … [Link]

Mashable » A dark 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' TV show is in the works at The CW

Wednesday 20 September 18:12:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSabrina the teenage witch is about to get the sexy noir CW treatment.  The network that brought you Riverdale and Greg Berlanti's D.C. universe superhero shows will develop The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a horror drama set in the Archie Comics universe. SEE ALSO: 'Riverdale' Season 2 trailer will have you on the edge of your seat The Chilling Adventures of … [Link]

Slashdot » Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn't Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Wednesday 20 September 18:04:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them on your smartphone has long been standard, common sense, advice. Unfortunately, with the iPhone's new operating system iOS 11 – which was released to the general public yesterday – turning them off is not as easy as it used to be. Now, when … [Link]

Mashable » Reports: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico entirely without power

Wednesday 20 September 18:00:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMultiple reports on Wednesday afternoon claimed the entire island of Puerto Rico was without power after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria may be the most destructive storm in Puerto Rico's history Local Spanish language publication El Nuevo Dia reported the outage, citing Abner Gomez, managing director of … [Link]

Mashable » Lara Croft is back and more badass than ever

Wednesday 20 September 17:44:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe popular video game character Lara Croft is back on the big screen. The new Tomb Raider film is to be released in 2018 starring Alicia Vikander. Read more…More about Gaming, Movies, Movie, Paramount Pictures, and Angelina Jolie [Link]

Mashable » Harry Styles kicked off his world tour with a pride flag tied to his microphone

Wednesday 20 September 17:35:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHarry Styles is showing up for his LGBTQ fans.  While kicking off his world tour in San Francisco Tuesday night, the musician proudly displayed a pride flag on his microphone stand, showing solidarity for his fans in the LGBTQ community.  SEE ALSO: 6 awesome-looking LGBTQ comics worth adding to your Kindle right now @Harry_Styles with the flag from the @sfmasonic #HarryStylesLiveOnTourSanFrancisco … [Link]

Popular Science » 20 percent off a smart car charger and other good deals happening today

Wednesday 20 September 17:30:00 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]

Slashdot » GNOME Partners With Purism On Librem 5 Linux-based Privacy-focused Smartphone

Wednesday 20 September 17:25:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli writes: The Librem 5 smartphone by Purism has a long and difficult road ahead of it. Competing against the likes of Apple and Google on the mobile market has proven to be a death sentence for many platforms — including Microsoft with its failed Windows 10 Mobile. Luckily, Purism has found itself a new partner on this project — … [Link]

Mashable » Team of 8-year-old football players kneel in protest during National Anthem

Wednesday 20 September 17:16:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInspired by unsigned NFL player Colin Kaepernick, a team of 8-year-old football players knelt in protest of police violence against black people during the National Anthem ahead of a game held Sunday in Belleville, Illinois. Their demonstration comes in the wake of the Friday acquittal of a Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer who shot and killed a … [Link]

Mashable » Someone added Carl Johnson from 'GTA' to 'Zelda' and this is what art looks like

Wednesday 20 September 17:13:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook An important thing to note up front: There's no legal way to mod The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. What you see here is PC-only emulation of the Wii U version of Zelda that's been modified by an inventive fan creator. Fortunately for you, there's no crime in looking. This tweaked version of Nintendo's latest Zelda game replaces … [Link]

Mashable » PSA: Anyone can record and save your snaps forever on iOS 11

Wednesday 20 September 17:09:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCreepers will have a field day with iOS 11, the just-launched update for iPhone and iPad that includes a brand new "screen recording" feature. SEE ALSO: iOS 11 review: Great on iPhone, extraordinary on iPad Yeah, that means exactly what you think it does. Pop that recorder open, and you can easily save a video of any "disappearing" Snapchat or Instagram … [Link]

Mashable » Why 'The Good Place' should be your next TV binge

Wednesday 20 September 17:05:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Good things come to those who wait. After NBC closed out a second era of brilliant primetime comedy (underwatched, yes, but beloved nonetheless) with The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Community, it seemed unlikely the network would match its own established standard of greatness (remember Animal Practice? Cause I sure do). Truthfully, it hasn't. NBC is now known … [Link]

Popular Science » Scientists want to use your cell phone data and pee to track drug use

Wednesday 20 September 17:00:00 UTC 2017

woman on toilet Health Cellular data could be the key to flushing out wastewater's valuable secrets. The trouble with sewage is you never know how many pees and poos are really in there—amiright? [Link]

Mashable » Apple's iOS 11 finally turns the iPad into a 'real' computer… mostly

Wednesday 20 September 16:50:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery new version of iOS in the last decade has always put the iPhone first. Not this year: iOS 11 is the iPad's time to shine. Read more…More about Tech, Apple, Iphone, Ipad, and Ios [Link]

Slashdot » CEO Catches Stranger After Hours, Prompting Espionage Charges

Wednesday 20 September 16:46:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Samuel Straface thought he was the last one out the door one recent evening at the medical-technology startup he leads in suburban Boston. But as he passed a glass-walled conference room on the second floor, Dr. Straface says he saw a man he didn't recognize, sitting by himself in front of two open laptops … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix's new Adam Sandler movie looks … good?

Wednesday 20 September 16:45:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Netflix has another Adam Sandler movie coming out, but it's not what you thinkThis one actually looks good. SEE ALSO: Adam Sandler and Bob Barker come to blows during 'Happy Gilmore' reunion OK, to be sure, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) isn't really an "Adam Sandler movie" in the sense that Ridiculous 6 and Sandy Wexler are "Adam Sandler … [Link]

Mashable » Looks like Damon Lindelof is full steam ahead on that 'Watchmen' show for HBO

Wednesday 20 September 16:38:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou hear that? That collective groan of apprehension echoing across the internet in the last day or so?  That's the sound of Watchmen fans reacting to an Instagram post by Damon Lindelof (of LOST/ The Leftovers fame) that indicates he's hard at work on an adaptation of the popular graphic novel for HBO. Day One. A post shared by Damon (@damonlindelof) … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook just stole one of Myspace’s worst features

Wednesday 20 September 16:33:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook may have just taken a page out of MySpace's playbook: It's now testing a creepy feature that broadcasts your friends online activity status right on their profile page.  Mashable Business reporter Kerry Flynn first noticed the feature and snapped a few shots of the activity status for us. The feature popped up even when she checked out her own profile. … [Link]

Mashable » This motor can be attached to any skateboard, turning it into an electric hybrid

Wednesday 20 September 16:33:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA German startup, called Mellow Boards, designed an electric drive that can fit any skateboard, turning it into an electric hybrid. Just replace your board's rear track with "Mellow Drive" and use the remote control to switch between riding modes. Read more…More about Transportation, Mashable Video, Mobility, Skateboard, and Skateboarding [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo's hidden NES 'Golf' game on Switch is likely a tribute to Iwata

Wednesday 20 September 16:23:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooks like that copy of the NES game Golf discovered on the Nintendo Switch earlier this week could be a tribute to Satoru Iwata, the late president of Nintendo. The hidden copy of Golf found on every Switch console appears to reference Iwata in several ways, which is appropriate considering Iwata was the programmer on the original 1984 game. According to … [Link]

Mashable » Pumpkin spice food spray is a thing, and we're not the least bit surprised

Wednesday 20 September 16:22:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt was only a matter of time before pumpkin spice trend got even weirder.  Well, now you can make whatever you shove into your face taste like it.  Simply Beyond created the Pumpkin Spice Organic Spray-On Spice back in 2016 and now that product is out so you can ruin just everything. This "substitute to holiday spice powders" can be used … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Dropbox Launches DBX Platform and New APIs

Wednesday 20 September 16:14:44 UTC 2017

Dropbox has announced the launch of the DBX Platform, a suite of APIs and developer tools for building new capabilities on top of Dropbox. The company also announced the release of two new APIs; Metadata API and File Requests API. These new APIs are built on Dropbox API V2, the revamped API released in 2015 that replaces Dropbox API V1. … [Link]

Mashable » Leonardo DiCaprio calls out the Trump administration for their horrendous climate track record

Wednesday 20 September 16:10:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf even the stretch of devastating hurricanes do not elicit a shred of doubt in climate change deniers heads, Leonardo DiCaprio has some words for you. Yeah, you Donald Trump.  On Tuesday night, the actor and activist took the stage at the Yale Climate Conference to deliver a rousing speech discussing the string of natural disasters we've seen over recent years—and … [Link]

Mashable » Hulu snags Sean Penn to star in upcoming series about Mars

Wednesday 20 September 16:09:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSean Penn is making the move to streaming. The Academy Award winning actor is set to star in Hulu's upcoming original drama series, The First, which will follow the first human mission to Mars. SEE ALSO: Hulu's big win proves the Emmys are more important than ever The series — by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon — will depict the challenges … [Link]

Slashdot » Slashdot Asks: Why Does Google Want To Purchase HTC?

Wednesday 20 September 16:08:00 UTC 2017

Rumor has it Google is planning to purchase HTC — or at least a portion of it. The speculation of this has been doing rounds for weeks now, and it reached a new high today after HTC said its stock will stop trading from Thursday, as it prepares to make a "major announcement" tomorrow. Bloomberg reported today: Alphabet's Google is … [Link]

Mashable » Now there's a Porsche superyacht because regular yachts are for suckers

Wednesday 20 September 16:00:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a whole world of luxury carmakers who also design superyachts out there, a world you rarely see because, well, you probably aren't loaded enough to afford one. As simple as that.  SEE ALSO: 377-Foot Migaloo Submarine Yacht Is Perfect for James Bond Villains But that didn't stop you from admiring the 20-metre Niniette 66 from Bugatti, which came out in … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' vet Bryan Cogman developing prequel series

Wednesday 20 September 15:55:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones producer Bryan Cogman will write one of the series' five upcoming spinoffs, a prequel to our current era of ice and fire, Mashable has confirmed.  Cogman joined Game of Thrones in its first season and has written various episodes over the years, including standouts like "The Laws of Gods and Men" and "Kissed by Fire." SEE ALSO: 'Game … [Link]

Mashable » 13 hidden features in iOS 11

Wednesday 20 September 15:49:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou don't need to buy an iPhone 8 (or an iPhone X for that matter) to get that shiny, new-iPhone feeling. All you need to do is upgrade to iOS 11, which Apple dropped yesterday, to get in on tons of new features, access to the brand-new App Store, and a fresh coat of paint for the whole experience. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Trump still can't let the Emmys go, tweets again about ratings

Wednesday 20 September 15:46:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday, Trump's obsession with crowd size and ratings was on display yet again when he tweeted about the 2017 Emmy Awards.  After spending a day at the office/UN General Assembly, mingling with world leaders, name-calling volatile dictators and using adjectives, Trump treated himself to some Twitter time pillorying the awards show that denied him the top honors in 2012.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Kim Kardashian admits that, yes, she cheated on her high school exams

Wednesday 20 September 15:45:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Before she got super famous, Kim Kardashian was normal like the rest of us. Well, sort of. On the premiere of Ellen DeGeneres’ new YouTube show, Ellen's Show Me More, Kardashian revealed a few juicy tidbits. She talked about how she used to cheat on her exams in high school, her first celebrity crush, and her favorite Kanye West song. … [Link]

Mashable » Nikolaj Coster-Waldau AKA Jaime Lannister believes in the goodness of people

Wednesday 20 September 15:38:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMashable spoke with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau AKA Jaime Lannister about the importance of being kind and why most people in the world don't actually suck. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Social Good, Celebrity, Game Of Thrones, and Dragons [Link]

Mashable » Instagram is rolling out a 'follows you' feature to make your friend culls much, much easier

Wednesday 20 September 15:35:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFiguring out whether your boss, crush or—let's be honest—ex is still following you can be a bit of a faff. But, Instagram is rolling out a new feature that could tell you instantly whether a person has unfollowed you.  SEE ALSO: I can't be basic on Instagram anymore and it's all because of Stories Some Android users are reporting seeing a … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon might invade your face with Alexa-powered smart glasses

Wednesday 20 September 15:31:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour face could be the next place for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to invade. Amazon's is reportedly working on a pair of Alexa-powered smart glasses that could be announced at an upcoming product launch event, the Financial Times reports. The glasses would be strictly operated with voice controls and wouldn't have a built-in camera like Google Glass or Snapchat Spectacles. SEE … [Link]

Popular Science » All the stuff you can do with iPhone 8 that you couldn’t with iPhone 7

Wednesday 20 September 15:30:52 UTC 2017

iPhone 8 Gadgets Here's what that upgrade will get you. Dig into what upgrading to the iPhone 8 actually gets you. [Link]

Slashdot » Oracle's Larry Ellison Pokes Amazon Again With New Cloud Pricing Plan

Wednesday 20 September 15:22:00 UTC 2017

Oracle went on the offensive again versus this week with a new cloud pricing plan that gives discounts to Oracle database customers who move their databases to the cloud. From a report: Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison said during an event at its Redwood City, California headquarters that while Oracle has matched Amazon Web Services for base-level … [Link]

Mashable » YaDoggie wants to stop you from overfeeding your dog

Wednesday 20 September 15:05:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI don't own a dog, but if I did, I bet I would accidentally overfeed it. That's because every time it would look at me with those big brown eyes, begging for another meal, I'd go ahead and feed it. Again. And again.  I hear real dog owners also get played by their pets. Fido looks at one owner with hungry … [Link]

Mashable » Jon Bernthal gets his hands dirty in first full 'Punisher' trailer

Wednesday 20 September 15:03:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook One of the forgiving things about Daredevil Season 2 was Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher. In his upcoming standalone series, we dive deep into Castle's haunting past. His family was killed, ostensibly to get to him, and now he's on a mission to destroy everyone who was part of the plot — to punish them, brutally. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » As 'Minecraft' Better Together rolls out, PlayStation is still a no-show. Here's why.

Wednesday 20 September 15:00:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe process of unifying all most Minecraft players under a single version of the game has officially begun. The "Better Together" update is now rolling out to Windows 10, Gear/Oculus VR, Xbox One, and Android/iOS versions of the game. Nintendo's Switch will join that lineup before the end of 2017. Earlier Mac/Windows-friendly Java versions of the game and the newer 3DS … [Link]

Mashable » Why deleting terrorist content within 2 hours off social networks isn't the solution we need

Wednesday 20 September 14:59:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter denouncing end-to-end encryption, trying to control the online porn you watch and drafting one of the most invasive surveillance laws ever passed in a democracy, the UK prime minister is after big internet companies. SEE ALSO: Activists say ethnic cleansing in Myanmar is being erased from Facebook Along with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Theresa … [Link]

Mashable » This super strong artificial muscle may bring us closer to lifelike robots

Wednesday 20 September 14:45:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookResearchers at Columbia University have created an artificial active tissue that, when 3D printed to imitate a muscle, can withstand great strain and lift 1,000 times its own weight. The breakthrough could lead to a future where strong humanoid robots become commonplace, but scientists must first configure these muscles to be controlled through AI. Read more…More about Science, Design, Robots, Future, … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon 'Reviewing' Its Website After It Suggested Bomb-Making Items

Wednesday 20 September 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon said on Wednesday that it was reviewing its website after a British television report said the online retail giant's algorithms were automatically suggesting bomb-making ingredients that were "Frequently bought together." The news is particularly timely in Britain, where the authorities are investigating a terrorist attack last week on London's Underground subway system. The … [Link]

Mashable » Russell Brand speaks about recovery from addiction in a funny but serious way

Wednesday 20 September 14:37:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot many celebrities would talk as candidly about their personal struggles as Russell Brand has. The film and TV star has already published two memoirs, and he'll soon be adding a self-help guide (Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions) to his growing list. SEE ALSO: 16 British podcasts you should be listening to "I reckon the thing that I used to get … [Link]

Mashable » Master the art of making money on Amazon

Wednesday 20 September 14:21:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Amazon. Heard of it? It's no secret that the giant is basically gobbling up the entire retail industry like a tasty treat, but luckily, there are multiple ways you can join the dark side instead of fighting against it. Got a home business that … [Link]

Mashable » Nick Jonas is basically auditioning for 'Top Gun' in new 'Jumanji' trailer

Wednesday 20 September 14:21:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A year ago, a Jumanji reboot wasn't an obvious choice, but the rebooted film is shaping up to be a wild ride nothing like the original. In the newest trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Nick Jonas joins Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black as Alex, a pilot in aviators who looks one flight away from … [Link]

Mashable » The rise of RuPaul and drag in mainstream culture

Wednesday 20 September 14:20:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not always easy being the foremost purveyors of gay entertainment, but it sure is fun.  That's how Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey feel. The executive producers of RuPaul's Drag Race and co-founders of World of Wonder Productions have dedicated their lives to celebrating counterculture via content, with a specific focus on the LGBTQ community.  And now that they have multiple … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mexico hit by second huge quake caused by same tectonic strain

Wednesday 20 September 14:15:00 UTC 2017

The country has been struck by its second big earthquake in less than two weeks, causing dozens of buildings to collapse [Link]

Mashable » The 'Lego Movie' franchise takes a step back with 'Ninjago'

Wednesday 20 September 14:07:38 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2014’s The Lego Movie was shockingly great, combining heart and humor into an adventure so winning, it was possible to forget the entire thing was a massive toy tie-in.  This year's The Lego Batman movie was a worthy follow-up, taking advantage of the silly-sweet tone established in The Lego Movie to tell a story about the Caped Crusader that his gritty … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Admits To Apple Watch LTE Problems Just Before It Ships

Wednesday 20 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Lauren Goode, reporting for The Verge: Apple's new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday, and the biggest feature change between last year's model and this new Watch is that it has built-in cellular capabilities. Except, that cell service isn't entirely reliable. While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues. … [Link]

Popular Science » When growing their penises for the season, ducks bend to social pressure

Wednesday 20 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Female ruddy duck Animals Nothing to quack about. Male ducks can grow their penises to different lengths depending on how many female ducks are around. [Link]

Mashable » Here's everything you need to know about the new Apple Watch

Wednesday 20 September 13:34:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple Watch Series 3 offers a slew of new features such as in-watch data, a hidden antenna, an electronic SIM, a new dual core processor, and even more storage. Read more…More about Tech, Apple, Mashable Video, Data, and Siri [Link]

Slashdot » Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You Think

Wednesday 20 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a post from Scientific American, written by Bernardo Kastrup: An article on the neuroscience of infant consciousness, which attracted some interest a few years ago, asked: "When does your baby become conscious?" The premise, of course, was that babies aren't born conscious but, instead, develop consciousness at some point. Yet, it is hard to think that … [Link]

Popular Science » These frogs might change color to avoid confusion during orgies

Wednesday 20 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

A frog couple has sex. The male is yellow. Animals Yellow means go (away). Some frog species gather in a huge group to breed. In the pandemonium, they can have difficulty distinguishing between males, females, and tennis balls. [Link]

Mashable » Jeez, even 'mother!' is talking about how so many people hate 'mother!'

Wednesday 20 September 12:53:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook With self-awareness in such short supply in Hollywood, isn't it nice to know that some studios are willing to just finally 'fess up and own it when something goes haywire? Darren Aronofsky's mother! clearly isn't for everybody — maybe even for nobody, as its rare 'F' Cinemascore would indicate, though critics kinda dug it — and at first, Paramount Pictures … [Link]

Mashable » Has Google acquired HTC? We'll find out soon

Wednesday 20 September 12:27:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe rumors that Google is looking to buy part of stumbling Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC might be confirmed or denied very soon. On Wednesday, the Taiwanese Stock Exchange (TWSE) said it will halt trading in HTC shares, starting Sept. 2017, pending an important announcement.  This does not necessarily confirm an acquisition by Google or anyone else—the trading of company stock can … [Link]

Popular Science » The best cameras for filming in slow motion

Wednesday 20 September 12:15:00 UTC 2017

Gadgets Catch all the action—not just what you can see with your naked eye. Video running at the speed of molasses reveals hidden movements our feeble peepers can't typically see. [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Maria rocks Puerto Rico as island's strongest storm in modern history

Wednesday 20 September 12:09:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook(Note: This story will be updated throughout the day as the storm moves across Puerto Rico.) Hurricane Maria, one of the 10 most intense storms on record in the Atlantic Ocean basin, roared ashore in southeastern Puerto Rico, near Yabucoa, at 6:15 a.m. ET.  It hit the island as a powerful Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles … [Link]

Mashable » John Cleese says he's not bothered by the prospect of death

Wednesday 20 September 11:51:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "Most of the best people are dead."  That kind of goes for most of the worst people too, seeing as most of whoever's existed has died, but it's still catchy. It's also typical John Cleese. SEE ALSO: Girl casually finds 'Excalibur' at the bottom of the same lake where it was hurled Cleese went on Fallon last night and talked … [Link]

Mashable » Face ID or Touch ID? According to this report, even Apple isn't sure yet

Wednesday 20 September 11:10:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs Apple still working, as once rumored, on integrating a fingerprint scanner into the screens of its phones, or does the company plan to put Face ID in all future iPhones? According to a report from usually accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via 9to5Mac, Apple hasn't really decided yet.  SEE ALSO: We got our hands on the iPhone 8 – here's everything … [Link]

Mashable » Hotel puts proper gaming rigs in all its rooms, perfect for gamer couples on vacation

Wednesday 20 September 11:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSerious gamers on holiday shouldn't need to suffer. A hotel in Taiwan is offering more than just a bed and TV in its rooms. SEE ALSO: New luxury internet cafes in China are ensuring gamers won't ever want to leave Rooms at the i hotel come equipped with two computers, complete with DXRacer gaming chairs that look pretty plush. The computers … [Link]

Mashable » Apple Watch Series 3 review: The smartest smartwatch yet

Wednesday 20 September 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook ffa8 40e4%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ the new smartwatch lifestyle.","image":~ everything you need to know about the new Apple Watch","sources":[{&~ watch,smart watches,fitness tracking,workout,standalone-feature~ video,real time,lte,smart watch,apple watch series 2,real-time-video,heart rate,heart rate monitor,real time video,heartrate,apple watch series 3,series 3,lance ulanoff","sec0":null~ watch,smart watches,fitness tracking,workout,standalone-feature~ video,real time,lte,smart watch,apple watch series 2,real-time-video,heart rate,heart rate monitor,real time video,heartrate,apple watch series 3,series 3,lance ulanoff","videoSeriesName~ More about Apple, Review, Mashable … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Terminator' movies may be getting their original hero back

Wednesday 20 September 10:58:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been a solid 33 years since Linda Hamilton first blasted her way onto our screens as the supremely badass Sarah Connor. She was in the original Terminator movie, and then in the 1991 sequel, but by the time of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines her character was no more. Arnie was still going strong, but there was no sign … [Link]

Mashable » This Honest Trailer for 'Wonder Woman' is hilariously on point

Wednesday 20 September 10:51:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In the world of Honest Trailers, nobody is safe. Not even Wonder Woman. In the above video, Screen Junkies pick apart the most amusing moments from DC's super-successful summer blockbuster — everything from Gal Gadot's accent to Chris Pine's rampant march up the leaderboard of "bankable Hollywood Chris'". SEE ALSO: 'Fantastic Beasts' gets the Honest Trailers skewering that (let's be … [Link]

Mashable » Emma Stone talks tennis, sexism, and anxiety on Colbert

Wednesday 20 September 10:21:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Hillary Clinton is a hard act to follow, but Emma Stone managed it with panache.  SEE ALSO: 'Battle of the Sexes' is a reminder of how far we've come – and how far we haven't Stone came on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to promote her upcoming movie Battle of the Sexes, the story of the 1973 … [Link]

Slashdot » Popular Steam Extension 'Inventory Helper' Spies On Users, Says Report

Wednesday 20 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

SmartAboutThings shares a report from Windows Report: If you installed the "Steam Inventory Helper" on your computer, you may want to uninstall it as soon as possible. Recent reports suggest that this extension used to buy and sell digital goods on Steam is spying on its users. Redditor Wartab made a thorough analysis of the tool and reached the following … [Link]

Mashable » Terrifying faceless illusion makeup is straight out of a Salvador Dali painting

Wednesday 20 September 9:44:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSquiggle brows and penis-shaped eyeliner might not be your kinda scene when it comes to daring makeup looks. But, this, err, bold makeup look by Vancouver-based makeup artist Mim Choi is one that'll turn heads wherever you go.  SEE ALSO: The new eyebrow trend you hope will die quickly Choi's terrifying makeup look takes its inspiration from the work of surrealist … [Link]

Mashable » Hillary Clinton hilariously demonstrates Putin's 'manspreading'

Wednesday 20 September 9:40:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Hillary Clinton is finally back in the public eye with the book tour for What Happened, a candid look at the 2016 presidential election.  In her appearance on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, Clinton talked a lot about Russian meddling in American democracy, but the host had very specific questions on Vladimir Putin.  "Our intelligence community and others have said … [Link]

Mashable » J.K. Rowling totally annihilates Fox News interviewer in less than 140 characters

Wednesday 20 September 9:13:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes J.K. Rowling uses a whole series of tweets to take someone down. Sometimes she only needs a couple of tweets. And sometimes, as in this case, she doesn't even need to use the full 140 characters. SEE ALSO: JK Rowling just roasted Donald Trump again with one incredibly ironic observation On Tuesday evening, journalist Natasha Bertrand shared the following image, … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert gives Hillary Clinton pictures of naked men as consolation prize

Wednesday 20 September 9:05:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A great many people felt a sinking feeling when Donald J. Trump won the race for president of the United States last November. For a select few, it meant they didn't get to strip on TV. Lose-lose situation. SEE ALSO: Yes, Hillary Clinton compared herself to Cersei in 'Game of Thrones' Hillary Clinton went on Stephen Colbert last night (does … [Link]

Mashable » The sand hostel is here for all your sand-related accommodation needs

Wednesday 20 September 8:50:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt this place, the last thing you can do is complain about the sand in your shoes. The world's first sand hostel has opened up on the beaches of the Gold Coast, Australia, allowing guests to stay over and admire the sand beneath their toes.  SEE ALSO: Hotel has an incredibly strange offer for lonely customers Uh, did we mention there's … [Link]

Mashable » Shakira and Trevor Noah rock out hard in new 'Carpool Karaoke' clip

Wednesday 20 September 8:40:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Shakira may be known for her pop music, but she still likes to rock out now and again. In the clip above from Carpool Karaoke: The Series, the Colombian singer joins Trevor Noah for some serious headbanging to "Zombie" by The Cranberries, before the pair switch it up with some of Noah's favourite music: a good old bit of Wu-Tang. … [Link]

Mashable » Collector finds treasure after developing hundreds of thousands of film negatives found in the trash

Wednesday 20 September 7:36:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThomas Sauvin has spent nearly a decade trawling through film negatives people have thrown away. The French photography collector buys photographic negatives that are destined for the scrapyard, and brings them back to his studio where he selects, classifies and digitises them. SEE ALSO: Sticker photos that come to life might just be cooler than instant film He has so far … [Link]

Slashdot » NASA's Hubble Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet

Wednesday 20 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 writes: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called … [Link]

Mashable » Goldfish, released into the wild, are somehow surviving in saltwater

Wednesday 20 September 6:34:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn case you didn't know, goldfish aren't meant to survive in saltwater. Yet that's what James Tweedley and researchers from the Centre of Fish and Fisheries at Murdoch University discovered in the Vasse and Wonnerup estuaries, located in south-western Australia.  They've been surveying the invasion of goldfish in these waterways, the results of which have been published in an article in … [Link]

Mashable » So, Australia just had its warmest winter on record

Wednesday 20 September 6:13:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAustralians have just wrapped up the warmest winter on record, according to a new report. The Climate Council's report, titled Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter, found that Australia's winter had the highest maximum temperatures on record — reaching nearly 2ºC above average. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' star on climate change: 'A threat maybe even graver than the White Walkers' … [Link]

Mashable » Alicia Vikander's neck looks just fine in the first 'Tomb Raider' trailer

Wednesday 20 September 5:21:04 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Lara Croft is back — and hey, her neck seems pretty normal! In this first trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider film, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) takes on the video game heroine's role as she explores her father's disappearance on a sinister island. (And, this being a Hollywood action-adventure blockbuster, of course "the fate of humanity something-something" … [Link]

Mashable » Thank you Jimmy Kimmel for slamming the GOP's new health care bill

Wednesday 20 September 3:50:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Once again, Jimmy Kimmel is slamming Republican lawmakers over healthcare.  This time he's attacking the Graham-Cassidy bill, proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Cassidy actually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May after the talk show host's emotional speech about his son's heart surgery.  The senator promised that he'd only support a bill that passed the "Jimmy Kimmel … [Link]

Slashdot » Is the World Ready For Flying Cars?

Wednesday 20 September 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report from TechCrunch, adding: "Is the world ready for flying cars? Sebastian Thrun, the supposed godfather of autonomous driving, and several other tech investors seem to think so." From the report: At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, Thrun talked a lot about flying cars and how that was the future of transportation. So did GGV's Jenny … [Link]

Mashable » 'Moana' is helping young New Zealanders keep in touch with the Maori language

Wednesday 20 September 2:35:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMoana broke the mold with its portrayal of Polynesian culture on the big screen.  In New Zealand, this celebration of heritage is having a real impact, where a translated version of the movie is helping make the Māori language appealing to young people, according to a report in The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Visit homes around the world with Google … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to help Mexico after another deadly earthquake

Wednesday 20 September 2:10:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people. With power and phone lines down, people are having trouble getting in touch with loved ones. To make matters more stressful, the country was already recovering from an earthquake that hit less than two weeks ago. SEE ALSO: Horrific videos capture terror of Mexico's latest earthquake … [Link]

Slashdot » Electric Bus Sets Record With 1,101-Mile Trip On a Single Charge

Wednesday 20 September 2:05:00 UTC 2017

A startup called Proterra has set the world record for the furthest distance any electric vehicle has managed before recharging. The Catalyst E2 Max electric bus drove 1,101.2 miles on a single charge, beating the previous record-holder, a one-seat experimental car nicknamed "Boozer." Engadget reports: Not surprisingly, a bus can hold a much larger battery than just about any regular … [Link]

Mashable » Gael García Bernal took to Twitter to find his father after the Mexico earthquake

Wednesday 20 September 1:37:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople are looking for their loved ones in Mexico City and nearby areas after they were shaken by a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. More than 100 people have died as a result of the quake, according to the Associated Press, and many are missing. So naturally, people have turned to social media to either look for their loved ones … [Link]

Slashdot » Twitter Suspends 300,000 Accounts Tied To Terrorism In 2017

Wednesday 20 September 1:25:00 UTC 2017

According to a new transparency report, Twitter said it suspended nearly 300,000 accounts globally linked to terrorism in the first half of the year. The company is improving automation tools used to help block accounts that promote terrorism and violence. Bloomberg reports: Of [the nearly 300,000 accounts that were suspended], roughly 95 percent were identified by the company's spam-fighting automation … [Link]

Slashdot » Google, Bing, Yahoo Data Retention Doesn't Improve Search Quality, Study Claims

Wednesday 20 September 0:45:00 UTC 2017

A new paper released on Monday via the National Bureau of Economic Research claims that retaining search log data doesn't do much for search quality. "Data retention has implications in the debate over Europe's right to be forgotten, the authors suggest, because retained data undermines that right," reports The Register. "It's also relevant to U.S. policy discussions about privacy regulations." … [Link]

Mashable » Woman shuts down dude who used her picture in a sexist meme

Wednesday 20 September 0:44:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMemes are great, but maybe don't use them to be a total jerk. Twitter user Leyton Mokgerepi‏ tried his best attempt at a popular meme format on Tuesday, but failed miserably and publicly in his attempt.  The comparative format's pretty simple and can be applied to a variety of situations, however, this version is pretty gross and exists only to body … [Link]

Mashable » The City of Tomorrow: The future of urban transportation is being built today

Wednesday 20 September 0:20:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInnovation happens when people come together. Nowhere is that more obvious than in our bustling cities around the world. And as resident numbers continue to climb, some of the most populated locations across the globe are faced with the opportunity to not only shape the future — but to design it.According to a 2014 United Nations report, 54 percent of the … [Link]

Mashable » Teen praised after returning lost wallet with $1,500 inside

Wednesday 20 September 0:19:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A teen is receiving praise on the internet after returning a wallet he found with $1,500 cash inside. Melissa Vang posted a short clip to Facebook on Friday showing a young man waving a wallet at the security camera pointed at her front porch. After a few moments, the teen leaves the wallet on the home's welcome mat, and slowly … [Link]

Slashdot » Pepe the Frog's Creator Is Sending Takedown Notices To Far-Right Sites

Wednesday 20 September 0:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has made good on his threat to "aggressively enforce his intellectual property." The artist's lawyers have taken legal action against the alt-right. They have served cease and desist orders to several alt-right personalities and websites including Richard Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and the r/the_Donald subreddit. In addition, … [Link]

Mashable » Women in STEM get prime real estate on Grand Central's ceiling for an inspiring reason

Wednesday 20 September 0:01:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are plenty of ways to recognize the pioneering women who've made unique contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math.  But GE chose an unorthodox strategy by creating custom-designed animations of 12 influential women in STEM and projecting them onto the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal in New York City.  SEE ALSO: MIT scientists created a dance party kit to get … [Link]


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