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 » Police kindly request people stop calling 911 over this decapitated body

Thursday 21 September 23:45:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApparently it's a little too early for Halloween decorations.  The sheriff's department in Greene County, Tennessee, posted an informative PSA to its Facebook page Wednesday, informing residents that the headless body located under the bloody garage on Chuckey Pike is not actually a dead body. SEE ALSO: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you "THIS IS … [Link]

Mashable » Hand washing is no longer enough – we're out here washing our phones in 2017

Thursday 21 September 23:23:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Have you ever been more disturbed than when you take the case off of your phone and see dust, gunk, and who knows what else packed along the sides? Yeah, we’ve all been there — and we’ve all been carrying around 18 times more … [Link]

Slashdot » DC Court Rules Tracking Phones Without a Warrant Is Unconstitutional

Thursday 21 September 23:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Law enforcement use of one tracking tool, the cell-site simulator, to track a suspect's phone without a warrant violates the Constitution, the D.C. Court of Appeals said Thursday in a landmark ruling for privacy and Fourth Amendment rights as they pertain to policing tactics. The ruling could have broad implications for law enforcement's use of cell-site … [Link]

Mashable » These special grips let you finally play with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons like normal freakin’ controllers

Thursday 21 September 23:13:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Nintendo Switch users, it’s time to face facts. Using the Joy-Cons as separate horizontal controllers can be super frustrating. The layout is wonky and the things are just too damn small to navigate well. Luckily, there’s a solution out there for the Joy-Con impaired. … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to hide iMessage apps in iOS 11

Thursday 21 September 23:12:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s always the smallest features that end up being the most annoying. With Apple's big iOS 11 update now rolling out, many users are discovering one of the update's more pesky features: a persistent app bar in the Messages app that seemingly doesn't go away. SEE ALSO: 13 hidden features in iOS 11 While iMessage apps have been a thing since … [Link]

Mashable » Learn the songs to aid your quest to save Hyrule on your own Ocarina of Time

Thursday 21 September 23:09:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Take a ride on the Nintendo nostalgia hype train while jamming on your very own Ocarina of Time from the N64 classic, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.    Unlike the one Link gets from Princess Zelda, this ocarina is fully electronic and … [Link]

Mashable » Videos about the 'logical' ways we excuse sex assault will make you want to rage scream

Thursday 21 September 22:51:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are countless ways to explain the concept of sexual consent.  A new trio of videos released in partnership with the It's On Us campaign uses a less obvious strategy: humor.  SEE ALSO: Melania Trump gave a good speech on bullying. The only problem? Her husband is a bully. In each of the videos, a woman has an urge she can't … [Link]

Slashdot » EU Paid For Report That Said Piracy Isn't Harmful — And Tried To Hide Findings

Thursday 21 September 22:40:00 UTC 2017

According to Julia Reda's blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament, the European Commission in 2014 paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but was never published because the report concluded that piracy isn't harmful. The Next … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Facebook Patent Uncertainty Means It's Time to Stop All GraphQL Development

Thursday 21 September 22:36:16 UTC 2017

With various open source circles barely having a second to catch their breath now that any Web apps developed with React.js could put those developers at risk of running afoul of Facebook’s licensing terms (Facebook controls the patent to React), various legal experts are apparently wondering what else of Facebook’s inventions might be too hot of a legal potato for … [Link]

Mashable » This dude is the only person who's truly celebrating Earth, Wind & Fire Day

Thursday 21 September 22:32:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBa-dee-ya-dee-ya-dee-ya.   If you’ve been to a wedding reception in the last 30 years, you know there's one song that always delights on the dance floor. SEE ALSO: Brace for it. Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte will crowd your Insta feed this Fall. In 1978, the band Earth, Wind & Fire blessed the world with their iconic hit "September." Who could really … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to make Russia-linked Facebook ads public is a disgrace

Thursday 21 September 22:28:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookForever tainting the otherwise inoffensive gray-to-beige color palette, billionaire Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook Live today to address his company's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  Perched behind a pretend Oval Office desk in a room straight out of an Ikea-meets-Twilight-Zone mashup, he spoke directly to the American people about the approximately 3,000 Russia-linked ads — which possibly helped Donald … [Link]

Mashable » Train conductor with no chill speeds through flooded station and soaks commuters

Thursday 21 September 22:20:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook One jerk train conductor managed to ruin the day of dozens of commuters. People were waiting on the platform of the Nala Sopara railway station near Mumbai, India, on Wednesday when a train sped through the station. This would typically be a very normal occurrence, but recent heavy rains meant the station was flooded.  Instead of slowing the train to … [Link]

Slashdot » Distrustful US Allies Force Spy Agency To Back Down In Encryption Fight

Thursday 21 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 shares a report from Reuters: An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel worried … [Link]

Mashable » Piers Morgan just sunk to a new low, and Twitter can't take it any more

Thursday 21 September 21:57:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn case you were wondering how Piers Morgan is spending his Thursday, he's doing what he does best — being a troll. On what seemed to be a relatively quiet day for social media platforms, Morgan decided to shake things up in the Twitter universe by posing a ridiculously controversial question related to race. Should white girls be allowed to sing … [Link]

Mashable » This spray will make all your pumpkin spice dreams come true

Thursday 21 September 21:48:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSimply Beyond is selling a pumpkin spice spray. They extracted the essential aromatic oils from the actual spice and turned it into a spray. One bottle costs $10.99, but being basic is priceless.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Autumn, Organic, Cooking, and Spice [Link]

Mashable » Wonder Woman is going to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Thursday 21 September 21:44:38 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Saturday Night Live makes its anxiously awaited return Sept. 30, and the season's first three hosts have been announced. The official SNL Twitter account posted Thursday that Ryan Gosling would host the season premiere, followed by Gal Gadot and then Kumail Nanjiani. SEE ALSO: Melissa McCarthy's reaction to Sean Spicer crashing the Emmys is all of us Gosling, who will … [Link]

Popular Science » These hermit crabs shack up inside living coral instead of mere shells

Thursday 21 September 21:42:22 UTC 2017

hermit crab Animals When your roommate is also your room. A new hermit crab species makes its home inside another animal. It's an arrangement that works for them. [Link]

Mashable » Roku may undercut the new Apple TV with a cheap 4K streaming stick

Thursday 21 September 21:29:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStreaming trailblazer Roku will reportedly challenge Apple, Google, and Amazon's streaming products with its forthcoming 4K Roku Streaming Stick+.  The site Zats Not Funny reports Roku will unveil a new line of streaming products this fall, including an updated version of its traditional stick design. Roku's current streaming stick, which sells for about $40, can carry a maximum resolution of 1080p. … [Link]

Mashable » iOS 11 glitches prove early adoption isn't all it's cracked up to be

Thursday 21 September 21:21:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s iOS 11 is finally here, and like with every major iPhone and iPad update, it brings with it a host of exciting new features and capabilities. However, according to some early adopters, a few of the changes aren't exactly welcome — or apparently all that intentional.  We speak, of course, of glitches. The OS has been out as a public … [Link]

Slashdot » Firefox For iOS Gets Tracking Protection, Firefox Focus For Android Gets Tabs

Thursday 21 September 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today released Firefox 9.0 for iOS and updated Firefox Focus for Android. The iOS browser is getting tracking protection, improved sync, and iOS 11 compatibility. The Android privacy browser is getting tabs. You can download the former from Apple's App Store and the latter from Google Play. This is the first … [Link]

Mashable » Account data for more than half a million car tracking devices was leaked online

Thursday 21 September 21:08:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLogin data for more than half a million records tied to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking have leaked online, potentially exposing the personal and vehicle data of drivers and businesses using its service.   The leaked repository was first spotted by the Kromtech Security Center, which blamed a misconfigured Amazon AWS S3 bucket that was left publicly accessible for an unknown … [Link]

Mashable » Chili's can apparently answer your healthcare questions better than any politician

Thursday 21 September 20:58:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookForget Chili's dinner for two special—the bar and grill just served us a hot fresh plate of healthcare knowledge in just under 140 characters.  Twitter user Colin Gray (@subtlerbutler) went on a tweetstorm on Wednesday about why people should start asking each other information outside of the internet.  SEE ALSO: Denny's craptastic new mascot has inspired some pretty good poop jokes … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Far-off galaxies are firing rare high-energy cosmic rays at us

Thursday 21 September 20:56:12 UTC 2017

The highest energy particles in the universe hit Earth very rarely, so it took 10 years of data to pinpoint their origin. They’re coming from galaxies far, far away [Link]

New Scientist – News » There is no way to spot big earthquakes ahead of time

Thursday 21 September 20:56:11 UTC 2017

Large earthquakes look just like small ones when they start out, so early warning systems have no clues to help figure out if a quake is going to be huge [Link]

Mashable » When Chrissy Teigen puts out the call for ripe bananas, Twitter is ready to help

Thursday 21 September 20:52:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLeave it to Chrissy Teigen to use her fame to crowdsource for….bananas. The model/cookbook author used her Twitter to find very ripe bananas in Los Angeles for some reason. No, she's not offering up money for it.  Instead, underwear from her husband, John Legend, was enough compensation for folks to offer up their mushy fruit to the queen of Cravings.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what's coming to Netflix in October

Thursday 21 September 20:50:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook October means marathoning scary movies — or pretending to and then secretly bingeing a lot of Chef's Table in the wee hours of the morning. It's okay — you do you! Netflix is here for all your October bingeing needs, and while it's losing some heavy hitters (*weeps for FNL and 30 Rock*) it's bringing in new original movies and … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » New Research: Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts

Thursday 21 September 20:42:23 UTC 2017

Mind Commerce, a digital technologies and telecommunications research organization, published a new API-centric study: Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 – 2022. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Star nicknamed Kronos after eating its own planetary children

Thursday 21 September 20:41:00 UTC 2017

A pair of binary stars are less alike than any pair we’ve seen, possibly because one gobbled its own orbiting planets, winning it the nickname Kronos [Link]

Mashable » Ridiculous inventor turns car into a drivable hot tub

Thursday 21 September 20:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sadly, this is not an episode of Pimp My Ride.  Colin Furze is well known for creating ridiculous, mostly unnecessary creations. He's made his own hoverbike, a jet-powered bicycle, and automatic Wolverine claws. Now, he's back with a car that also doubles as a hot tub, complete with a grill in the trunk and astroturf all over the exterior of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why UK court ruling on ending life support is the right decision

Thursday 21 September 20:32:00 UTC 2017

It is much kinder for all involved if someone kept alive in a vegetative state is allowed to die with only their doctor’s and family’s approval, not a judge’s say-so [Link]

Popular Science » Your photos just underwent a massive change with iOS 11. Here's what you need to know.

Thursday 21 September 20:30:28 UTC 2017

Tomatoes HEIF Technology If you've updated your phone, you're already shooting HEIF files instead of JPEGs. The HEIF file format is already storing photos in iOS 11. It has some advantages as well as some compatibility hurdles to overcome. [Link]

Slashdot » Security Researchers Warn that Third-Party GO Keyboard App is Spying on Millions of Android Users

Thursday 21 September 20:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Security researchers from Adguard have issued a warning that the popular GO Keyboard app is spying on users. Produced by Chinese developers GOMO Dev Team, GO Keyboard was found to be transmitting personal information about users back to remote servers, as well as "using a prohibited technique to download dangerous executable code." Adguard made … [Link]

Mashable » iOS 11 adoption is off to a strong start

Thursday 21 September 20:29:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 847a 894b%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ 11 is available now.","image":"~ iOS 11 finally turns the iPad into a 'real' computer… mostly","sources":[{~ utility,operating system,real-time,real-time video,real time,apple iphone,real-time-video,real time video,ios 11,tech news,ios update","sec0":null,~ utility,operating system,real-time,real-time video,real time,apple iphone,real-time-video,real time video,ios 11,tech news,ios update","videoSeriesName&~ More about Apple, Iphone, Ipad, Software Update, and Ios10 [Link]

New Scientist – News » Using new study to back high-fat, low-carb diets is flawed logic

Thursday 21 September 20:17:00 UTC 2017

Fans of high-fat, low-carb diets grasped at a recent study to declare their fringe view proven. They were wrong, say Anthony Warner and Katie Heath [Link]

Mashable » Bose takes on Apple AirPods with 'true wireless' headphones

Thursday 21 September 20:15:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhether or not you think Apple AirPods look silly, you can't question their popularity. Demand has outpaced supply for much of their nine-month existence, fueling both Apple's bottom line and the market for "true wireless" earphones — models where there's no wire connecting the two earbuds. Competition in that market is heating up, though, and the latest entrant is Bose. The … [Link]

Mashable » Frida the Mexican Labrador retriever helps rescue people during natural disasters

Thursday 21 September 20:11:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the wake of two harrowing earthquakes in Mexico, the story of local rescuer — a Labrador retriever named Frida — serves as a small comfort.  A canine rescuer belonging to the Mexican navy (SEMAR), Frida recently made headlines for her recent contributions to search and rescue missions following natural disasters in her country.  SEE ALSO: Here's how to help Mexico … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel's baby may save healthcare for 30 million people

Thursday 21 September 20:03:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWelcome to 2017, where the American government has ceded its already crumbling moral authority to the former host of The Man Show. Don't you miss the 2016 election now? Still, the last few days have produced some of the best material late night television has ever had to offer, and all it's because of former Man Show star, Win Ben Stein's … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Even jellyfish get sluggish if they don’t have enough sleep

Thursday 21 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Jellyfish show all the signs of going to sleep, even though they do not have brains – which were thought to be an essential requirement for slumber [Link]

Mashable » Meet the Ferrari of portable chargers

Thursday 21 September 19:59:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Your portable charger is a Toyota Camry. And that’s cool, no disrespect—we’re sure it gets the job done.  This portable charger, on the other hand, is a Ferrari. Alas, it leaves your Camry in the dust. The Anker PowerCore Portable Charger is one of … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Will Share Copies of Political Ads Purchased by Russian Sources With the US Congress

Thursday 21 September 19:50:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook will turn over copies of political ads purchased by Russian sources to congressional lawmakers, who are investigating the country's potential interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Initially, Facebook had only released those ads — 3,000 of them, valued at about $100,000 — to Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is spearheading … [Link]

Popular Science » Giant ancient frogs might have snacked on baby dinosaurs

Thursday 21 September 19:37:00 UTC 2017

beelzebufo illustration Animals The frog from hell had a powerful bite. Beelzebufo ampinga had some mighty powerful jaws. [Link]

Mashable » Facebook to hand more than 3,000 Russian ads to Congress

Thursday 21 September 19:33:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark Zuckerberg wants to make Facebook advertising great again, as in not just be associated with Russian propaganda influencing the 2016 election.  On his first day back from a month of parental leave, Zuckerberg held a "press conference" via Facebook Live to discuss "our next steps protecting election integrity," he wrote.  SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg talked baby names with the president … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' gang gets its 'Goonies' characters in new poster

Thursday 21 September 19:32:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNever say die if you're from Hawkins, Indiana.  The Stranger Things crew gets another throwback Thursday revamp, this time with a Season 2 poster inspired by another gang of lovable misfits — and one of the Netflix hit's biggest inspirations, obviously — The Goonies. SEE ALSO: Never Say Die to These 7 'Goonies' Facts The Stranger Things poster positions our characters … [Link]

Mashable » The internet can't make sense of 'mother!' and it's hilarious

Thursday 21 September 19:31:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA new film from writer and director Darren Aronofsky, mother!, is confusing audiences expecting a typical horror flick with a heavily symbolic biblical allegory. Read more…More about Entertainment, Movies, Mashable Video, Social Media, and Horror [Link]

Mashable » These ‘Game of Thrones’ products won’t make the final season come any faster, but they're still pretty cool

Thursday 21 September 19:29:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. (EDITOR'S NOTE: MAJOR GOT SPOILERS AHEAD) The White Walkers have broken past the wall, Daenerys made her mark on Westeros, and Sansa and Arya are back together. Now with the final battles on the horizon and a few loose ends left to tie up, … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump is, sadly, not the first person to make up an African country

Thursday 21 September 19:27:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTry to imagine a leader of a nation so unprepared for a speech at the United Nations that he or she stood before a podium and said, "I am so happy to be here in the United States of Amerca."  President Donald Trump did something close to the equivalent of this on Wednesday when, in a speech before leaders of African … [Link]

Mashable » For the mainland U.S., Hurricane Maria's path is now a waiting game

Thursday 21 September 19:17:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHurricane Maria is the strongest and most devastating storm to hit the island of Puerto Rico in modern memory.  The storm roared ashore, making landfall on the U.S. territory on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, bringing extreme flooding to the island that is home to 3.4 million people. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria seen swirling from space in new video Communications … [Link]

Mashable » 5 ways Amazon Prime Student has your back this semester

Thursday 21 September 19:07:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Back-to-school time is stressful, whether you’re a bright-eyed incoming freshman or a veteran student with a bad case of senioritis. Look, we’ve been there — and so have the folks at Amazon. They’re currently offering 50 percent off Amazon Prime when you sign up … [Link]

Mashable » Communication in Puerto Rico paralyzed after mobile networks knocked out by Hurricane Maria

Thursday 21 September 19:07:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe mobile phone network in Puerto Rico is either mostly unavailable or has entirely failed, according to numerous reports from people trying to get in touch with relatives and loved ones.  Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, the most intense in nearly a century. Power is out on the entire island, and cellphone towers were … [Link]

Mashable » The original, massive Xbox controller is coming back… with a mysterious screen in the center

Thursday 21 September 19:04:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The most gigantic controller ever made is making a comeback. This holiday season, the original Xbox controller — a.k.a. The Duke — is going to be revived by third-party manufacturer Hyperkin. The design has been officially approved by Microsoft, according to a tweet from Seamus Blackley, who helped write the proposal for the controller. SEE ALSO: Enhanced 'Rise of the … [Link]

Mashable » The disturbing truth about vitamins

Thursday 21 September 18:58:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAccording to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, vitamins and dietary supplements are an $122 billion industry. However, most people don't know that the FDA doesn't regulate supplements as strictly as prescription medications.  In fact, supplement companies don't even need to prove that the actual ingredients match the label. Most of the time, if you have a balanced diet, supplements are at … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter to testify on Russian bots as politicians take aim at big tech

Thursday 21 September 18:57:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter is playing nice with the U.S. government. President Donald Trump's favorite social network now has a meeting scheduled with the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions on Russian interference in the 2016 election.  SEE ALSO: Twitter's crackdown on terrorism appears to be working This move comes after Facebook met two weeks ago with House and Senate investigative staffers. Facebook representatives … [Link]

Mashable » Pornhub: 'Talk Like a Pirate' day inspired some very X-rated searches

Thursday 21 September 18:53:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHow did you celebrate international “Talk Like a Pirate” Day? Did it involve pirate porn? If so, you ARRRR not alone, matey. Pornhub reports that thanks to the unofficial holiday, which happens every year on Sept. 19, searches for for pirate-related videos skyrocketed.  SEE ALSO: Blowjobs are back, but new porn data shows we suck at searching for them According to … [Link]

Mashable » A water flosser is a lot more fun than regular flossing, just saying

Thursday 21 September 18:52:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You’ve been hearing the merits of flossing from your dentist since you can remember, and lying about your habits for just as long. But let’s face it, flossing is not a pleasant process. It’s awkward, it’s uncomfortable, and can even get downright painful. SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Corporations Just Quietly Changed How the Web Works

Thursday 21 September 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Adrianne Jeffries, a reporter at The Outline, writes on W3C's announcement from earlier this week: The trouble with DRM is that it's sort of ineffective. It tends to make things inconvenient for people who legitimately bought a song or movie while failing to stop piracy. Some rights holders, like Ubisoft, have come around to the idea that DRM is counterproductive. … [Link]

Popular Science » Earthquakes are even harder to predict than we thought

Thursday 21 September 18:30:00 UTC 2017

seismograph Science Like it was ever easy. Large earthquakes seem to follow a pattern. [Link]

Mashable » Tracee Ellis Ross might have just delivered the best '73 Questions' yet

Thursday 21 September 18:25:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Room temperature water in glass bottles, hot baths, kisses, Game of Thrones—and the hours between 3-6:30 p.m. What do these random things have in common? They all are adored by Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross, who you know from sitcoms black-ish and early 2000's Girlfriends.  In the latest installment of "73 Questions" from Vogue—and possibly the first one that … [Link]

Mashable » How to ‘kill’ your marketing and profit from its demise

Thursday 21 September 18:16:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe authors of "Killing Marketing" say if you don’t evolve, you’ll die “Marketing and innovation produce results,” wrote Peter Drucker, “all the rest are costs.”  Sadly, in a world where over half of all digital advertising—an industry expected to hit $75.6 billion by the close of 2017—won’t be seen by an actual human… that assessment no longer stands. At least not … [Link]

Mashable » iOS 11 finally forces Uber off your tail

Thursday 21 September 18:11:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 847a 894b%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ 11 is available now.","image":"~ iOS 11 finally turns the iPad into a 'real' computer… mostly","sources":[{~ utility,operating system,real-time,real-time video,real time,apple iphone,real-time-video,real time video,ios 11,tech news,ios update","sec0":null,~ utility,operating system,real-time,real-time video,real time,apple iphone,real-time-video,real time video,ios 11,tech news,ios update","videoSeriesName&~ More about Apple, Uber, Tracking, Ios 11, and Tech [Link]

Slashdot » Judge Kills FTC Lawsuit Against D-Link for Flimsy Security

Thursday 21 September 18:05:00 UTC 2017

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against network equipment vendor D-Link saying inadequate security in the company's wireless routers and internet cameras left consumers open to hackers and privacy violations. The FTC, in a complaint filed in the Northern District of California charged that "D-Link failed to take reasonable steps to secure its routers and Internet … [Link]

Mashable » JK Rowling and Mark Zuckerberg among those donating to Mexican earthquake relief

Thursday 21 September 18:03:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Mexico City continues to recover from the huge earthquake that struck the city earlier this week, celebrities, companies and popular figures, both in the U.S. and Mexico, are stepping up with donations and fundraising. SEE ALSO: Here's how to help Mexico after another deadly earthquake Most notable was Facebook, which pledged $1 million to the Mexican Red Cross' recovery efforts … [Link]

Mashable » Photos from Puerto Rico reveal the devastating power of Hurricane Maria

Thursday 21 September 17:48:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis year has been a historic one for hurricanes, with major storm after major storm churning through the Atlantic. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria all reached "major hurricane" (Category 3 or above) status as they spun through those warm waters.  And as these storms have lashed not only the U.S. mainland but many of the smaller islands that populate the … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla might have a new partner to develop self-driving car 'brains'

Thursday 21 September 17:38:06 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, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving Cars, Amd, and Chipmaker [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's 'Hunger Games' for a new HQ puts cities in a race to the bottom

Thursday 21 September 17:33:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWelcome to The Hunger Games, Amazon HQ edition. Almost every major city in North America has publicly stated that it will submit a proposal to become the home of Amazon's second headquarters, which the company claims will include 50,000 high-quality jobsToronto Mayor John Tory has already called it "the Olympics of bidding," a fun comparison since cities also tend to bid … [Link]

Mashable » Nice guy gets played by troll for way longer than anyone deserves

Thursday 21 September 17:30:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Some people are just too good for this world. A couple years ago, YouTuber DanielFromSL took his tried-and-true trolling to the multiplayer survival game Rust, where he found a very helpful and very trusting player that was willing to teach him the ropes. Daniel played up his faux cluelessness way longer than anyone deserves, and the poor player who was … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Futures-Based ETF Likely To Be Approved in the US

Thursday 21 September 17:25:00 UTC 2017

The race is on: who will be the first to launch a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund in the United States? From a report, shared by a reader: In Europe, there is already a Bitcoin exchange traded note (ETN) available to investors. In the U.S., it is widely anticipated a Bitcoin ETF will be be approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange … [Link]

Mashable » These people have earned a sweet reward by making the world a more welcoming place

Thursday 21 September 17:16:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook (function() { var s = document.createElement('script&~ s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = !0; s.src = '// var d = document.getElementsByTagName(&quot~ d.parentNode.insertBefore(s, d); })(); People do wonderful things for each other on a daily basis, but it's not every day that they're acknowledged for it.    DoubleTree by Hilton wants to change that. Inspired by the signature chocolate chip cookie that every … [Link]

Mashable » Why Nintendo doesn't just do business as outlined by its fans

Thursday 21 September 17:03:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNintendo has one of the most dedicated fan followings out there.  While that often means there's a whole community of gamers singing its praises, it also often results in crowds of those same gamers angrily rallying together to decry some of its more questionable business decisions.  SEE ALSO: Why you still can't back up your saves on Nintendo Switch Go on … [Link]

Mashable » This student built the world's largest Game Boy in his school lab

Thursday 21 September 16:58:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been 28 years since Nintendo gave us the classic Game Boy. Now, a student in Belgium has super-sized it, building the largest Game Boy in the world, which has earned him a Guinness World Record award. Read more…More about Gaming, Nintendo, Guinness World Records, Guinness Book, and Gameboy [Link]

New Scientist – News » Dinosaurs that seemed veggie also ate the odd bit of shellfish

Thursday 21 September 16:56:53 UTC 2017

Many dinosaurs are thought to have been exclusive plant-eaters, but their fossilised faeces suggest that some of these species also ate seafood [Link]

Mashable » Surreal astronaut photos show the danger and beauty of Hurricane Maria

Thursday 21 September 16:46:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA hurricane seen from space has a certain kind of beauty.  On the one hand, you objectively understand that the huge storm is wreaking havoc on the ground below it, yet on the other, you can't help but marvel at the extreme display of nature's ability to create something incredible.  SEE ALSO: Terrifying Hurricane Maria videos shared from Puerto Rico and … [Link]

Slashdot » PC Gaming Is Back in Focus at Tokyo Game Show

Thursday 21 September 16:45:00 UTC 2017

After taking a back seat to consoles for the past few years, personal computers are enjoying a resurgence in gaming, thanks to the popularity of e-sports, customizable machines and faster software releases. From a report: This week's Tokyo Game Show will feature a main-stage tournament for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a hit online survival PC game that's been downloaded more than 10 … [Link]

Popular Science » These jellyfish don’t have brains, but still somehow seem to sleep

Thursday 21 September 16:30:00 UTC 2017

jellyfish Science Their strange ways could tell us about the evolution of snoozing. Upside-down jellyfish show sleep-like behavior, which might mean sleep doesn't require a central nervous system. [Link]

Mashable » An online workout program that could actually be fun

Thursday 21 September 16:09:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Your best-laid plans to hit the gym after work keep getting derailed? It happens: commitments pop up, plans fall through, and mostly, Netflix beckons. SEE ALSO: The audio jack is officially dead — invest in some wireless headphones Some days you only have 15 minutes … [Link]

Slashdot » John McAfee Said Top Executives From the Major Bitcoin Exchanges Weren't Allowed To Leave China

Thursday 21 September 16:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: China's widening crackdown on bitcoin trading resulted in a travel ban of sorts for two executives from the country's largest commercial bitcoin exchanges, which regulators are closing down. From a report: On Thursday, top executives of two Chinese digital currency exchanges who were scheduled to speak at an industry conference in Hong Kong didn't … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix has pulled this children's show after a very NSFW discovery

Thursday 21 September 16:04:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not every day you're forced to shield your child's eyes while watching children's television show.  Maya the Bee, a show on Netflix created by Studio 100 Animation and based on a German children's book, came under fire this week after concerned mothers noticed a crude drawing of a penis in one of the scenes. Nope, this isn't a debunk-able Disney … [Link]

Popular Science » To save the planet, scientists figured out how to fix cow farts

Thursday 21 September 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Cow love From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News The secret to climate-friendly cattle. An award-winning study explains how to breed cows that produce significantly less methane when they burp and fart. [Link]

Mashable » Face filters come to Instagram Live

Thursday 21 September 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe next time you go live for your Instagram followers, you'll be able to spice it up with some face filters.  The fun filters, stickers, and effects with which you bedeck your Instagram photos are now available for live video, Instagram has announced.  All you need to do is tap the face icon in the bottom right corner of your screen … [Link]

Mashable » iOS 11 makes sexting on Snapchat riskier than ever. That's why you need the next update.

Thursday 21 September 15:52:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookiOS 11 has just blessed us with a cavalcade of newfangled, super useful features. But, with every blessing comes a curse. One that Snapchat sexters need to know about.  The new update for iPhone and iPad which dropped this week has a swanky "Screen Recording" feature that makes it easy-breezy for you to record disappearing photo and video snaps with a … [Link]

Mashable » This pigeon is way more religious than you'll ever be

Thursday 21 September 15:39:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnimals are many, many things, but religious isn't a word you'd normally associate with them. There are exceptions, though. SEE ALSO: This very polite pigeon is the London Underground hero we all need On Wednesday, James McVey captured a video of a pigeon that appeared to be deep in prayer: The caption was simple, but effective. Religious — James McVey … [Link]

Mashable » Wes Anderson goes to Japan in the 'Isle of Dogs' trailer

Thursday 21 September 15:30:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Eight years after Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is once again diving into stop-motion animation – and the results look just as good as you'd expect. SEE ALSO: Dog and kitten are the epitome of friendship goals The story follows a young boy who sets out to find his dog – who, like all dogs following the spread of dog … [Link]

Mashable » Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why racetracks have weird angles

Thursday 21 September 15:30:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O'Reilly discuss the reason racetracks have such high banks, and how math can be used to determine the maximum speed in a turn. Check out all the full StarTalk podcast here. StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio. StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by … [Link]

Slashdot » NVIDIA Drops the Basic Shield TV's Price To $180

Thursday 21 September 15:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: NVIDIA's Shield TV promised to be an Android set-top box for gamers, and in that sense, it delivered. The company first released it in 2015, but its updated version cut down on price by bundling the $50 remote in to make the base-tier $200 version more cost-efficient. Now they're dropping that price down to … [Link]

Mashable » Big fat Stratolaunch plane tests all six of its engines

Thursday 21 September 15:16:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember the "Roc"? The awe-inspiring, gigantic carrier aircraft from Stratolaunch, the company owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen? SEE ALSO: Microsoft cofounder tweets a picture of his ginormous rocket-launching plane Back in June, it was ready to make its first rollout for a series of tests, starting with fuel testing.  Well, this week the six-engine mothership completed its first round of … [Link]

Mashable » Toddler can't help but tear up while watching a dinosaur fall down

Thursday 21 September 15:13:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPixar movies are known for their impeccable animation and unparalleled storytelling, sure. But, they're also known for their ability to turn adults and children alike into blubbering messes.  For example: Poor 2-year-old Jentree just couldn't keep it together during an emotional scene from The Good Dinosaur.   SEE ALSO: Toddler has adorable reaction when hearing his dad play guitar for the … [Link]

Mashable » There’s another Louvre museum, and it’s floating on an artificial island

Thursday 21 September 15:11:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDid you know there's more than one Louvre? That's right – the world famous Paris museum has loaned its name and some of its art to a new structure in Abu Dhabi, which floats on an artificial island. Ooh la la! After a series of delays, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is officially opening its doors to the public on Nov. 11. … [Link]

Mashable » Police close road to investigate a grizzly find… sort of

Thursday 21 September 15:09:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLane closures on the road sure are annoying, but imagine your road-rage if you found out the traffic jam you'd been stuck in had been caused by… a Halloween toy. SEE ALSO: Policeman stops traffic to rescue a tiny kitten trying to cross the road The Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (UK) were called out to the A19 and shut … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is sending Jewish New Year messages to people who aren't Jewish

Thursday 21 September 15:06:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs much as Facebook ostensibly wants to be your friend, it mostly just wants to be a growing, massive data cache of your life, filled with loads of information about you—some true, some false.  The latest comic evidence: some Facebook users were greeted with a "Happy New Year" message on the top of their News Feeds Wednesday and Thursday in celebration … [Link]

Mashable » What unites the right and the left? Hating Google, of course.

Thursday 21 September 15:05:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle can’t seem to please anyone these days. In a fiercely divided political climate, the search giant has unwittingly aligned a growing chorus of politically diverse voices who all agree on one thing: that Google has way too much power. On one front, Google is a prime target of a growing progressive movement to tighten anti-monopoly laws they argue aren’t equipped … [Link]

Mashable » Charlie Brooker announces the authors for the 'Black Mirror' book and we're ready to be terrified

Thursday 21 September 15:02:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve known for a while that Charlie Brooker's dystopian brain-baby was coming out in all new dead-tree format in February next year, but beyond that we didn't have many details. Except of course that it will be the stuff of Facebook-scrolling-induced nightmares. SEE ALSO: 'Black Mirror' predicted this iPhone X feature and it's really creepy Now meet the puppeteers of your … [Link]

Mashable » If Bill Gates could go back in time, he'd fix 'Control+Alt+Delete'

Thursday 21 September 14:59:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBill Gates has one regret: The two-handed maneuver "Control+Alt+Delete" shortcut that was once required to reboot any Windows computer. He publicly conceded this Wednesday while on stage at Bloomberg's Global Business Forum, in New York City, CNNMoney reported. "If I could make one small edit, I'd make that a single key," said Gates.  Previously, Gate explained that IBM programmers in the … [Link]

Mashable » You know you want to watch a barrel of wine explode in slow motion

Thursday 21 September 14:57:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Imagine a whale's blowhole was capable of pushing out red wine instead of air and you'll have a pretty good idea about what's going on in this video.   A sealed barrel of wine built up waaaaayyyyy too much pressure from gas created during fermentation. Then, when the clamp on the barrel was released, the red wine gushed into the … [Link]

Mashable » In one day, we saw two very different sides of esports

Thursday 21 September 14:57:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a team of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players stands behind a giant stage, going over last-minute strategies before heading up on stage to play a semifinals match inside one of the biggest arenas in New York City.  Behind them sits a row of computers for practice, $400 gaming chairs, and a table stocked with bananas, granola … [Link]

Mashable » Bose launches new flagship headphones with Google Assistant

Thursday 21 September 14:57:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBose’s new premium, noise-cancelling headphones, QC35 II, come with Google Assistant support, the company announced Thursday.  The news is not exactly new, as these new cans leaked all over the internet a few days ago, but it's still notable. Bose's QC35, which precede this model, were widely praised as one of the best wireless, noise-cancelling headphones around. And Google Assistant on … [Link]

Mashable » Small dog's reaction to being pet will speak deeply to your soul

Thursday 21 September 14:54:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery now and then, a dog comes along that makes our very guts, the deepest depths of our souls, scream "same." Here is that dog. SEE ALSO: Cats, ranked Writer and voiceover actor Paul Rugg (you might remember him as Mr. Director on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain) tweeted a delightfully tongue-in-cheek video Tuesday extolling the benefits of petting one's … [Link]

Mashable » Frightened baby tries her best to hide from her mother in a face mask

Thursday 21 September 14:50:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Mom…is that you?  In an adorable viral video, a frightened baby Jaimes doesn't recognize her mom in a charcoal blackhead peel off mask and starts crying every time she looks at her, probably thinking "who are you and what have you done to my mother?!" Jaimes does her best to hide in her mother's arms despite the overwhelming conflict, and … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Another lost tribe feared massacred – how can we save the rest?

Thursday 21 September 14:42:00 UTC 2017

Should we leave uncontacted tribes alone or try to usher them into the modern world to protect them from violence and disease, wonders Curtis Abraham [Link]

Slashdot » SEC Discloses Hackers Penetrated EDGAR, Profited in Trading

Thursday 21 September 14:40:00 UTC 2017

Chris Woodyard, writing for USA Today: Hackers made their way into the Security and Exchange Commission's EDGAR electronic filing system last year, retrieving private data that appear to have resulted in "an illicit gain through trading," the agency said. It was only in August that the commission learned that hackers may have been able to use their illegal activities to … [Link]

Mashable » Celebrities are taking to Twitter to share their reactions to the Mexico earthquake

Thursday 21 September 14:37:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico, killing and injuring hundreds. Hollywood stars used their voices on Twitter to share their condolences.  If you wish to help, Mexican Red Cross is accepting donations online and has set up an Amazon Wish List for necessary items. Read more…More about Twitter, Celebrities, Mexico, Stars, and Earthquake [Link]

Mashable » How to Pet a Cat So It Actually Likes You

Thursday 21 September 14:00:54 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Cats, Mashable Reels, How To Pet A Cat, Culture, and Animals [Link]

Slashdot » The CCleaner Malware Fiasco Targeted at Least 20 Specific Tech Firms

Thursday 21 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Hundreds of thousands of computers getting penetrated by a corrupted version of an ultra-common piece of security software was never going to end well. But now it's becoming clear exactly how bad the results of the recent CCleaner malware outbreak may be. Researchers now believe that the hackers behind it were bent not only … [Link]

Mashable » Silicon Valley's resident nice guy is ready to try venture capital

Thursday 21 September 13:31:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSilicon Valley venture capitalists are often associated with three commas, cars with butterfly doors, and hot tubs by Lake Tahoe. But none of that comes to mind when people think about Ryan Hoover. His name is frequently followed by "so nice" and "humble."  SEE ALSO: How the tech elite's addiction to fancy coffee turned Blue Bottle into a tech startup He's … [Link]

Mashable » Fireball, the unofficial beverage of regret, is now available in bagel form

Thursday 21 September 13:23:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEver wake up regretting that last shot of Fireball? Well, now you can extend that regret all the way through breakfast. The Fireball bagel is the latest bizarre offering from The Bagel Nook, a bagel shop in Freehold, New JerseyPer Delish, the semi-boozy treats are made by pouring a bit of Fireball into the bagel dough itself, then dunking the finished … [Link]

Mashable » Google and Facebook don't just dominate online ads—they're pushing everyone else out, too

Thursday 21 September 13:13:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAdvertising was once a huge but varied industry. Newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, billboards, and plenty of other media competed for their own piece of the pie. The digital world could not be more different. Online ads are dominated by Google and Facebook—and they're only getting bigger. Google and Facebook are projected to take up 63.1 percent of U.S. digital ad spending … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Is Working With AMD To Develop Its Own AI Chip For Self-Driving Cars

Thursday 21 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla is getting closer to having its own chip for handling autonomous driving tasks in its cars. The carmaker has received back samples of the first implementation of its processor and is now running tests on it, said a source familiar with the matter. The effort to build its own chip is … [Link]

Mashable » 'Dungeons & Dragons' now has a Kindle-like app to ease the book burdens

Thursday 21 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis would have been so freaking handy when I was in high school. Dungeons & Dragons isn't the easiest game to lug around, thanks largely to its reliance on heavy hardcover books. D&D Reader, a new app from Wizards of the Coast, endeavors to fix that by letting you access all of it from your smart device. SEE ALSO: Netflix shuts … [Link]

Mashable » The 12 best so-bad-they're-good episodes of 'Star Trek'

Thursday 21 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are a lot of great Star Trek episodes.  I still watch the show all the time — the original series, The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine. (Let's not talk about Enterprise.)  SEE ALSO: Use the Warp Core to charge your devices, ‘Star Trek’-style So when I heard about Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres Sept. 24 on CBS, I … [Link]

Mashable » The Apple Watch Series 3 is a bad sign for a 5G world

Thursday 21 September 12:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Apple Watch Series 3 finally completes the picture of what a wearable device should be, thanks to the addition of a cellular LTE radio. Now the smartwatch can stay connected on its own, letting you stream music, send texts, or share heartbeats wherever you are, iPhone or no iPhone. Constant connectivity, after all, is the dream for any "smart" device. … [Link]

Popular Science » Is there a way to be productive while I sleep?

Thursday 21 September 12:15:00 UTC 2017

Technology And other amazing stuff we wish someone would invent. It would be the ultimate life hack: instead of wasting one third of your days staring at the back of your eyelids, make use of those lost hours. [Link]

Mashable » Cringe-worthy Twitter story about a plumber could shatter your world-view

Thursday 21 September 12:10:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen someone begins a story with "So. Twitter. I've just had the plumber round," it doesn't sound particularly scintillating.  SEE ALSO: Twitter's crackdown on terrorism appears to be working And it isn't, it's the cringiest story perhaps ever documented. Nonetheless Prof Brian Sexhorn's (a.k.a Guy Kelly, a British comedian) encounter with a plumber, which reads like a liberal's anxiety dream, has … [Link]

Mashable » Bran Stark has started university in the UK and no one can handle it

Thursday 21 September 12:07:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWinter may be coming and the White Walker invasion may be well underway, but getting a good education is important too, you guys. SEE ALSO: Amazing 'Game of Thrones' clue from finale gives more evidence to those "Bran = Night King" theories Over the last few days, Isaac Hempstead Wright (a.k.a. the Three-Eyed Raven himself, Bran Stark) has been spotted attending … [Link]

Mashable » French chef wants to be stripped of his Michelin stars for a very relatable reason

Thursday 21 September 11:27:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGetting a Michelin star is a lifetime accomplishment for most restaurants, but it can also cause performance anxiety for the prestige and pressure associated with it.  SEE ALSO: Just 6 local chefs make it into Singapore's inaugural Michelin Guide For this reason, French three-Michelin star chef Sébastien Bras has demanded to be excluded from the next Michelin food guide in what … [Link]

Mashable » A close friend of Jake Gyllenhaal gave me crucial advice on how to become BFFs with him

Thursday 21 September 11:11:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBack in May, I wrote a long and waffling account of my tragic attempt to befriend Jake Gyllenhaal at the Cannes film festival.  I'm not sure it was exactly what my editors had in mind when they sent me to cover the world's most prestigious cinematic event, but — presumably motivated by large amounts of pity — they somehow allowed me … [Link]

Mashable » Apple TV 4K review: A solid update that costs too much

Thursday 21 September 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple products are designed so that the newest one is almost always the best one. It doesn't always work out that way, of course, but the Apple TV 4K is not one of those exceptions. With support for 4K and HDR, a speedy new processor, and refreshed tvOS update, it's no stretch at all to say it's the best Apple TV … [Link]

Mashable » Man asks Twitter for birthday drinks, gets way more than he bargained for

Thursday 21 September 10:20:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you ask the internet for help, sometimes — just sometimes — it will deliver in a big way. It just might not be quite the way you were expecting. SEE ALSO: This may be the greatest interaction with a delivery man of all time On Wednesday, a man called Rory went for a birthday drink with his friend Nick in … [Link]

Slashdot » How Flying Seriously Messes With Your Mind and Body

Thursday 21 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

dryriver writes: BBC Future has an interesting piece about how traveling in an airliner does strange things to people's minds and bodies, such as far more people starting to cry while watching even mildly emotional movies on airplanes than what is normal, some passengers experiencing decreases in acuity of sight, taste and smell (airline meals are over-seasoned to compensate for … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert responds to Trump's weird tweet about the Emmys

Thursday 21 September 9:57:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook So it turns out Trump's recent snarky Tweet aimed at the Emmys was not entirely accurate. Stunner. On The Late Show Stephen Colbert dissected Trump's most recent Twitter activity. He seems to praise the President's online responses to the earthquake in Mexico and Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. He's less impressed with Trump's Emmy tweet, though. SEE ALSO: 'Trumping' is … [Link]

Mashable » Ron Howard drops biggest hint yet that the Han Solo movie could answer an infamous question

Thursday 21 September 9:56:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn accomplished director like Ron Howard knows very well how to build suspense among fans. Even more so now that he's directing the yet-untitled Star Wars Han Solo spinoff.  SEE ALSO: Either the Death Star is in the Han Solo movie or Ron Howard is messing with us After teasing Lando's costume and the Death Star, Howard tweeted a mysterious, dark-toned … [Link]

Mashable » This Swedish punk band has released their own font made from urine

Thursday 21 September 9:34:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWriting your own name in piss has become a lot less disgusting. Or has it? Swedish punk band Pissjar have released their own typeface, designed by the band in their very own urine. The font was dreamt up for their debut album Apathy and Cheap Thrills. "[We] decided to go for a record cover that suits the music, with a logo … [Link]

Mashable » Every single Philippines representative votes against LGBTQ discrimination, in a huge win for equality

Thursday 21 September 9:29:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s rare when every legislator in congress agrees on one thing, but the Philippines is clearly united behind one cause. On Wednesday, congress approved a bill that aims to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. Lawmakers voted 197-0 in favour of the bill, marking a landslide win for equality in the country. SEE ALSO: #TheyGetToVote: Hashtag uncovers LGBTQ stories of bullying … [Link]

Mashable » How Amazon pulled off its biggest Prime Now launch ever

Thursday 21 September 9:27:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople were surprised when Amazon launched its two-hour delivery service, Prime Now, in Singapore last month. Unlike other countries where it launched Prime Now, the e-commerce giant didn't have a retail presence here to begin. So going from no Amazon at all to the ultra high pressure two-hour Prime Now delivery service certainly raised eyebrows. SEE ALSO: Amazon's new Prime Now … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » Tummy Tabby!

Thursday 21 September 9:20:33 UTC 2017

JoT thumbAnother excuse to paws before dieting. [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen has found her Halloween costume for this year and it's definitely original

Thursday 21 September 9:18:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAre you thinking about your Halloween costume already? Of course you are, you're not some kind of inhuman monster! Although in forty days time you might well look like one. SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen uses Twitter to get John Legend to pick up the phone It seems Chrissy Teigen is thinking about this most significant of holidays as well. So what … [Link]

Mashable » Report claims iPhone X production hasn't even started yet

Thursday 21 September 9:11:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X is slated to start shipping to customers on Nov. 3. Reports say it'll be in short supply, with most customers not being able to get it this year at all.  But according to a report from Christopher Caso, a chip analyst at Raymond James, things may be even worse than we thought.  SEE ALSO: What the iPhone X … [Link]

Mashable » Foo Fighters 'Carpool Karaoke' is here and it's 13 minutes of total epicness

Thursday 21 September 8:44:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's here, people: earlier in the week we had some sweet, delicious hints that the Foo Fighters would be starring in a surprise episode of Carpool Karaoke, and we have not been disappointed. The 13-minute adventure starts out with some vigorous air-drumming to "All My Life," carries on with even more vigorous air-drumming during "Best Of You,"then warms down with … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel tears apart his critics on health care bill

Thursday 21 September 8:04:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Jimmy Kimmel isn't taking your shit lying down. On Tuesday night, Kimmel went to town on the Graham-Cassidy bill — proposed by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy — for failing the "Jimmy Kimmel test."  In the monologue, Kimmel said Cassidy "lied right to my face" when he appeared on the show in May, where the senator promised coverage … [Link]

Mashable » Clever backyard water tank looks like a giant raindrop

Thursday 21 September 7:04:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHome rain catching is a pretty slick affair these days, no longer relegated to the realms of industrial water towers. This new Dutch design is the newest backyard version of a trusty ol' water tank, a water-saving device dubbed the Raindrop. SEE ALSO: How your morning cup of coffee can help save the world The Raindrop is essentially an enhanced rain … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Create World's First 'Molecular Robot' Capable of Building Molecules

Thursday 21 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

New submitter re385 shares a report from Science Magazine: Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first "molecular robot" that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimeter in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm. Each … [Link]

Mashable » Terrifying Hurricane Maria videos shared from Puerto Rico and Dominica

Thursday 21 September 5:37:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Hurricane Maria continues to rampage through the Caribbean, images of the destruction are starting to surface.  The island of Dominica was completely devastated by the storm. Puerto Rico was hit by "catastrophic" flooding, as the National Weather Service put it, and its capital could be without power for four to six months.  SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria seen swirling from space … [Link]

Slashdot »  Google Buys Part of HTC's Smartphone Team For $1.1 Billion

Thursday 21 September 5:00:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Today, a deal finally happens, but Google didn't buy HTC outright. Strangely, as the deal is laid out, the search giant has seemingly bought HTC employees. Yes, for $1.1 billion, the search giant has sort of purchased human beings — plus it gets access to some intellectual property. HTC gets a much-needed big influx … [Link]

Mashable » Aronofsky's 'mother!' and the psychological horror of women's domesticity

Thursday 21 September 3:44:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Warning: Spoilers for mother! ahead. mother! isn't just the name of the most WTF movie in theaters right now — it's also what critics are cursing under their breath (followed by a modifier rhyming with "trucker") trying to understand what the hell Darren Aronofsky's even saying with his latest film. The most popular theories suggest: – It's actually just a … [Link]

Slashdot » E-Cigarettes With Nicotine Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease, Says Study

Thursday 21 September 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Even after puffing on just one electronic cigarette with nicotine, healthy non-smokers were found to have a biological marker known to increase the risk of heart disease in tobacco users, according to a new study. The research, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, shows that nicotine is not harmless, … [Link]

Mashable » These baby meerkats are here to steal your jaded, jaded heart

Thursday 21 September 3:14:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDang meerkat pups, why you so cute. A trio of baby meerkats have just made their public debut at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, Australia, the first pups ever to be on display at the zoo. SEE ALSO: Tiny baby hedgehogs resemble something a little NSFW and people are loving it These tiny little guys are only four weeks … [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico, Caribbean — here's how to help

Thursday 21 September 3:03:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning, destroying homes as rain, powerful winds, and floods devastated the island.  SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria rocks Puerto Rico as island's strongest storm in modern history The storm is moving northwest tonight, but Puerto Rico has been badly battered. The mayor of San Juan, the country's capital, said the city could go "four … [Link]

Mashable » Google buys a big chunk of HTC's smartphone business

Thursday 21 September 2:44:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe rumors are (mostly) true: Google is buying a part of HTC to beef up its hardware business. Google announced the agreement late Wednesday. Senior Vice President of Hardware Rick Osterloh wrote in a blog post that a "team of HTC talent" would join Google's hardware team, along with a non-exclusive license for some of HTC's intellectual property. SEE ALSO: Leaked … [Link]

Mashable » Emma Stone and Hillary Clinton are pretty happy with their Billie Jean King T-shirts

Thursday 21 September 2:42:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs far as high-powered female Twitter trifectas go, this one is an ace. Tennis legend Billie Jean King posted a photo of actor Emma Stone and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, featuring the pair holding up their own copies of a vintage-inspired T-shirt with King's face on it. The pair were both guests on Wednesday night's The Late Show … [Link]

Slashdot » Democrats Ask FEC To Create New Rules To Keep Foreign Influence Off Social Media Ads

Thursday 21 September 2:20:00 UTC 2017

Cristina Marcos reports via The Hill: Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to establish new guidelines for online advertising platforms that would prevent foreign spending to influence U.S. elections. The move comes after Facebook provided information to Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the FBI's investigation into Russia's election interference, about Russian ad … [Link]

Mashable » Nicaragua joins Paris Agreement, leaving just U.S. and Syria behind

Thursday 21 September 1:54:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNicaragua was one of the final holdouts on signing the Paris Agreement on climate change, but after seeing other countries deal with devastating natural disasters, the country is joining the deal.  That leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries not participating. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. vowed to pull out earlier this year after Obama signed the … [Link]

Slashdot » China Arms Upgraded Tianhe-2A Hybrid Supercomputer

Thursday 21 September 1:40:00 UTC 2017

New submitter kipperstem77 shares an excerpt from a report via The Next Platform: The National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has, according to James Lin, vice director for the Center of High Performance Computing (HPC) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, who divulged the plans last year, is building one of the three pre-exascale machines [that China is currently investing in], … [Link]

Mashable » Liam Gallagher getting mad about tea is absolute perfection

Thursday 21 September 1:20:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRock stars like Liam Gallagher are certainly a rare breed these days. Maybe that's a good thing, but you'd miss moments like the former Oasis band member kicking an almighty fuss about tea, as per a clip from a recent episode of BBC Backstage Music Pass. SEE ALSO: Who knew 'Despacito' played on 2 calculators could sound this good? To be … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Customers Can Now Return Things For Free At Kohl's Or Whole Foods

Thursday 21 September 1:10:00 UTC 2017

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. Mashable reports: Starting next month, more than 80 Kohl's locations in the Chicago and Los Angeles area will begin packing and … [Link]

Slashdot » Computer Science Degrees Aren't Returning On Investment For Coders, Research Finds

Thursday 21 September 0:43:00 UTC 2017

According to a new survey, coders with a bachelor's degree in computer science only earn 3,000 British Pounds (BP) more a year than those who don't have one. The survey of 4,700 developers in the UK was conducted by Stack Overflow, a community site frequented by developers for answers to technical questions. The Register reports the findings: This is despite … [Link]

Mashable » Melania Trump gave a good speech on bullying. The only problem? Her husband is a bully.

Thursday 21 September 0:26:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen Melania Trump speaks out against bullying, people listen. As first lady, she wields considerable influence and naturally commands an audience. But there's another reason why her public statements about harassment go viral. His name is Donald Trump.  SEE ALSO: Barack Obama's post-election letter to Donald Trump is filled with unheeded advice On Wednesday, the first lady spoke passionately about how … [Link]

Slashdot » More Are Paying To Stream Music, But YouTube Still Holds the Value Gap

Thursday 21 September 0:01:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: With Google's user-generated content loophole firmly in lawmaker's sights, global music trade body IFPI has published new research looking at demand for music streaming. The research confirms YouTube's pre-eminence as the world's de facto jukebox. 46 percent of on-demand music streaming is from Google's video website. 75 percent of internet users use video streaming … [Link]


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