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.

Popular Science » How to fix the most common smartphone problems

Tuesday 26 September 22:26:47 UTC 2017

Phone problems DIY Totally debugging. Most smartphone problems fall into just a few categories, like dwindling battery life or random crashes. Here's how to solve the worst phone issues. [Link]

Mashable » Mark Cuban let J.J. Barea use his plane to bring supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Tuesday 26 September 22:24:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea and team owner Mark Cuban stepped up in a big way to help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. According to ESPN, on Monday, Cuban lent Barea the team plane to ferry water, food, and other necessary supplies to the island, which is reeling from the Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Photos from Puerto Rico … [Link]

Mashable » Personalize your credit cards (and support a good cause) with these custom card covers

Tuesday 26 September 22:10:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If millennials are known for one thing (besides killing various industries) it's expressing themselves.  Whether it's via Bitmoji, weird eyebrow trends, or embracing witchcraft, the selfie generation is all about those carefully curated #vibes.  Most of the things we use everyday can been heavily … [Link]

Mashable » A spacecraft on the way to sample an asteroid snapped this remarkable photo of Earth

Tuesday 26 September 22:03:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA spacecraft on a mission to bite off a piece of an asteroid just flew past Earth, snapping a photo of our home planet along the way.  NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to get to the asteroid Bennu next year, but on Friday, about one year after its launch, the spacecraft slingshotted around Earth to get it speeding in the right … [Link]

Mashable » The BDSM underworld of the most disturbing 'World of Warcraft' sex dungeon

Tuesday 26 September 21:55:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUnbeknownst to most, the popular online multiplayer game World of Warcraft isn't just a role-playing game in the traditional sense. There's also a subculture using it for "erotic role-playing" (or ERP) to fulfill kinky fantasies played out through fantastical avatars. But a recent Motherboard article dives into the dark underbelly of the game's most infamous sex dungeon. Reporter Dominik Schott spent … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter increases character limit to 280, internet erupts into flames

Tuesday 26 September 21:45:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn a move seemingly designed to gladden only trolls and sitting U.S. presidents, Twitter announced Tuesday that, for a "small group" of users, it has increased its longtime 140 character limit to 280. Predictably, a bunch of people are freaking out. Although it's unclear when the change will be rolled out to all users, everyone on Twitter can currently see and … [Link]

Mashable » Ron Howard teases Star Wars fans again with a cryptic Han Solo tweet

Tuesday 26 September 21:43:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRon Howard decided to take his Untitled Han Solo Movie teasing game to the next level with a photo containing cryptic symbols. Howard, who really, really loves to share stuff from the set like one extended humblebrag, included the cutesy question, "Can anybody translate for me? #McQuarrie" OH RON, YOU CAD LOL. Can anybody translate for me? #McQuarrie #UntitledHanSoloMovie — … [Link]

Mashable » 6 reasons Trump should stay away from longer tweets

Tuesday 26 September 21:43:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump seems to enjoy the inflammatory 140-character dispatches that he quickly (and too effortlessly) sends on Twitter. But when Twitter expands its limit to 280 characters — starting this week for a small group of users — Trump's relationship to the social media platform may change. And it likely won't be pretty.  SEE ALSO: Twitter's crackdown on terrorism appears … [Link]

Mashable » Think you can invent a personal jetpack? Boeing could give you $2 million for it

Tuesday 26 September 21:37:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBoeing really wants to make personal jetpacks a thing, and they're asking for your help.  Along with airline booking site GoFly, Boeing is sponsoring the GoFly Prize, a two-year competition in which teams compete for $2 million in prizes as they attempt to invent a personal flying device for the mass market.  You don't need to be an aerospace engineer to … [Link]

Mashable » Apple is cleaning up account security in macOS High Sierra

Tuesday 26 September 21:33:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKeeping your smartphone and laptop protected from digital miscreants is no easy task, but Apple is here — albeit belatedly — to lend a hand. Starting with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, the Cupertino-based tech giant is upgrading the options it gives users to secure their accounts.  The coming of the new operating systems signal the future death of what … [Link]

Popular Science » There's a serious shortage of military-style meals because the last month has been just awful

Tuesday 26 September 21:28:31 UTC 2017

MRE Meal Kit Supply Technology Blame Irma. Or Maria. Or… Mother Nature’s one-two punch catalyzed a run on MREs, which is military speak for “Meals, Ready to Eat." Read on. [Link]

Mashable » Philips and ICRC want to change the world — with your help

Tuesday 26 September 21:24:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother year, another chance to improve lives around the world.  This year’s Social Good Summit, held at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York, was a whirlwind of inspiration. A full roster of panelists included changemakers, global citizens, and progressive thought leaders from around the world. Collectively, they inspired a packed audience with ideas on some of the tangible changes … [Link]

Mashable » The definitive guide to Travis Scott, the probable father of Kylie Jenner’s alleged baby

Tuesday 26 September 21:18:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPerhaps you've never heard about Travis Scott. It's plausible, if you're not one for brooding, bass-thumping rap music.  Maybe you just learned about Travis Scott after anonymous sources said last week that he is expecting a baby with teen heartthrob Kylie Jenner. But he has long been a star, a Kanye West protégé who would be easy to miss if you're … [Link]

Mashable » Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women driving

Tuesday 26 September 21:08:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn June 24, 2018, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive.  The announcement came via state TV in Saudi Arabia, but was also announced in Washington, D.C., according to The New York Times. That, as the Times suggested, perhaps shows just how much the  monarchy wants the rest of the world to know they're making a change.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » This clock is an eyeful

Tuesday 26 September 21:06:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBina Biatel design studio created this clock that uses eyelashes instead of numbers and hands to tell you the time.  Read more…More about Art, Technology, Design, Mashable Video, and France [Link]

Mashable » Why Zendaya wants to close the digital divide in classrooms across America

Tuesday 26 September 21:04:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookZendaya is one of the hottest rising talents in Hollywood. Between starring in the Spider-Man franchise, curating the second collection of her clothing line, and appearing in a new Bruno Mars video, the 21-year-old didn't waste a moment this summer.  SEE ALSO: MIT scientists created a dance party kit to get girls interested in STEM But if Zendaya never hit it … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what people actually say when they block you on a dating app

Tuesday 26 September 21:00:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEver wonder what kinds of crazy stuff people say about matches they flag or block on dating apps? Well, The League has a juicy internal Slack channel that’s chock full of this exact type of user feedback. They've shared a selection with Mashable, and it's frighteningly relatable. There's the person who complained their match took “too many selfies even for me,” … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter is actually ditching the 140-character limit (for some)

Tuesday 26 September 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter just changed the rules of tweeting. The company is now testing a change that doubles Twitter's character limit for "a small group" of accounts. It's not clear when the change will roll out more broadly. SEE ALSO: Twitter finally breaks silence on why it's never suspended President Trump Under the test, users will be able to send tweets of up … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » SugarCRM Launches SDK for Sugar Mobile

Tuesday 26 September 20:57:50 UTC 2017

SugarCRM, a cloud-based customer relationship management solution provider, has launched a mobile SDK. Through the SDK, customers can build custom workflows and applications for the Sugar Mobile offering. The mobile SDK provides users with a mobile-based tool similar to what's currently available for the desktop version. [Link]

Mashable » When you make a whole hip hop song as a job application, you'd better get the job

Tuesday 26 September 20:46:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Gary Vaynerchuk, please hire this bright young man.  Applying for jobs can be a taxing, and seemingly impossible task in today's job market. So, in order to stand out from the masses, you need to do something bold. Something maybe a little ridiculous.  So when VaynerMedia's Gary Vaynerchuk announced they were building a "content army" (gag), and needed creators, Dawayne … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why refusing to give up passwords is illegal under UK terror law

Tuesday 26 September 20:26:58 UTC 2017

Muhammad Rabbani, director of controversial advocacy group Cage, has been convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 for not giving police access to his devices [Link]

New Scientist – News » Energy from evaporating water could rival wind and solar

Tuesday 26 September 20:26:57 UTC 2017

Water evaporating from lakes and reservoirs could provide a huge amount of electricity, but scaling up the technology will be tricky [Link]

New Scientist – News » Super-Earths draw asteroids to other worlds, which may seed life

Tuesday 26 September 20:26:52 UTC 2017

Asteroid collisions can be destructive – just ask the dinosaurs – but they also bring key ingredients for life. Super-Earths can draw them to nearby worlds [Link]

New Scientist – News » Kidney donors swap organs for transplant vouchers for loved ones

Tuesday 26 September 20:26:51 UTC 2017

The world’s first voucher system for people who donate kidneys has boosted donations by giving US donors transplant coupons they can give to loved ones in need [Link]

Mashable » Trump boasts about 'amazing' job he's doing in Puerto Rico as island pleads for help

Tuesday 26 September 20:09:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday boasted that officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have praised the White House for its swift response in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Officials on the island, Trump said, are "so thankful for the job we are doing."  During a press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Trump said he has received high marks from Puerto … [Link]

Mashable » Jon Snow and Ygritte are reportedly engaged IRL

Tuesday 26 September 20:06:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter Game of Thrones brought them together, they're now making it official: Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are reportedly engaged. People reported the news on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: Jon Snow and Ygritte's glorious, IRL love: a timeline Harington and Leslie have been publicly dating since 2016, though People notes that they're rumored to have started dating as early as 2012.  The … [Link]

Mashable » Kim Kardashian bashes 'fake' rumors about her reaction to Kylie Jenner's pregnancy

Tuesday 26 September 19:50:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs rumors about Kylie Jenner's alleged pregnancy continue to swirl, the Kardashian-Jenners have stayed relatively mum on the subject.  But on Tuesday, Kim Kardashian broke her silence to call out a bit of gossip she says is untrue. This sounds like a very fake story.. — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 26, 2017 The rumor in question: That Kim initially reacted … [Link]

Mashable » How one healthcare initiative is using tech to train health workers in remote villages

Tuesday 26 September 19:46:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHealthcare is among one of the hottest topics circulating around the world right now. It’s an issue that no single person can solve on their own — a frustrating detail for those in critical need of help. One CEO is tired of the inaction and is fighting back by providing healthcare to those in developing communities by sourcing from within those … [Link]

Mashable » Post Malone's failed crowd surf probably didn't make him feel like much of a rockstar

Tuesday 26 September 19:45:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPost Malone might not have been feeling like a rockstar after his Sunday show in Illinois.  The rapper known for hits like "Congratulations" and "Rockstar" jumped into the crowd at his concert in an attempted crowd surf—and fell straight to the ground. Ouch.  SEE ALSO: Pharrell Williams joins the #TakeAKnee protest during a Charlottesville unity concert All he needed was a … [Link]

Mashable » 12 ways we can get Trump to focus his attention on Puerto Rico

Tuesday 26 September 19:32:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn Puerto Rico right now, 60 percent of people don't have access to potable water. It's only natural that the President has decided to allocate all of his resources to the cause that needs it the most: the Dallas Cowboys.  Trump's attention span is notoriously limited — this is, reportedly, a man who won't read national security briefings unless his name … [Link]

Mashable » Trump repeatedly called the prime minister of Spain 'president,' and everyone is confused

Tuesday 26 September 19:31:25 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook ae65 fc04%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Googles PM of Spain*","image":&quo~ repeatedly called the prime minister of Spain 'president,' and everyone is confused","sources":~ trump,spain,press conference,prime minister,mariano rajoy","sec0":null,&~ trump,spain,press conference,prime minister,mariano rajoy","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Conversations, Politics, Donald Trump, Spain, and Press Conference [Link]

New Scientist – News » Genetically modified wheat used to make coeliac-friendly bread

Tuesday 26 September 19:30:00 UTC 2017

Some glutens are harmful to coeliacs, but others have no effect. A genetically modified wheat lacks only the harmful ones, and can be used to make safer bread [Link]

Mashable » How that epic 'GoT' Arya-Brienne showdown was shot

Tuesday 26 September 19:23:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActresses Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie had to learn some complex choreography and sword skills to achieve this incredible battle. The angles and stunt doubles were also a huge factor. Read more…More about Women, Movie, Scene, Game Of Thrones, and Fight [Link]

Mashable » Dyson really wants to clean everything, so it's developing an electric vehicle

Tuesday 26 September 19:23:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDyson, the company known for high-tech vacuum cleaners and those hand dryers that blast air, is on the road to adding cars to its list of products. SEE ALSO: Porsche's electric car might just give Tesla a run for its money The company announced Tuesday morning that British founder James Dyson told employees about the company's plans to launch a battery … [Link]

Mashable » Terrible pregnant Kylie Jenner Halloween costume will have you fearing for the current state of America

Tuesday 26 September 19:14:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCongratulations world, you’ve officially ruined Halloween.   Due the suspicions surrounding Kylie Jenner's alleged pregnancy with boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, a controversial new costume has emerged. That's right, if one of your New Year's resolutions involves mocking a young celebrity for getting pregnant, your time has come. The costume in question is based around this item of Kylie Klothing that she … [Link]

Mashable » This app will automatically invest your spare change in cryptocurrency

Tuesday 26 September 19:07:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA new app turns your spare change into digital currency. Coinflash, featured on the Product Hunt website this week, will round each of your credit and debit card purchases to the nearest dollar, tally the total difference, and automatically invest that amount into a cryptocurrency of your choice through a Coinbase account. SEE ALSO: It’s happening: One of the largest Bitcoin … [Link]

Popular Science » $2 million competition aims to make jetpacks a reality by 2019

Tuesday 26 September 19:00:20 UTC 2017

Flying Police in the Year 2000, French Postcard from 1899 Aviation GoFly dreams of a personal flying machine with range of 20 miles A new competition funded by Boeing wants to create quite, small, safe, fast flying machines for individuals. [Link]

Mashable » Evan Spiegel's anti-Facebook bet for Snapchat is taking shape—with hard news at its core

Tuesday 26 September 18:59:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnapchat CEO Evan Spiegel cares about the news.  "Evan really cares about editorial judgment and editorial expertise," said Peter Hamby, Snapchat's first head of news and now host of its politics show Good Luck America. "He genuinely cares."  This can be hard to take seriously, especially for an app that grew up as a way to send disappearing texts. And yet, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » DropBuddies Delivery API Brings On-Demand Courier Services to Third Party Apps within Nigeria

Tuesday 26 September 18:54:02 UTC 2017

DropBuddies, a Nigeria-based on-demand delivery provider (think Postmates in Nigeria), has released the DropBuddies Delivery API. Through the API, developers can leverage DropBuddies' courier network for deliveries directly within third party apps. [Link]

Mashable » Leigh Bardugo talks 'The Language of Thorns' and the dark power of folktales

Tuesday 26 September 18:44:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've ever read an original folktale (and not the sanitized Disney adaptations), you can likely relate to the feeling of being unsettled and uneasy. While often conveying a culturally and time-specific moral, those tales lacked the neat bows and happy endings to which we're now accustomed.  But it's that feeling — the darker side of classic stories — that first … [Link]

Mashable » The U.S. will start collecting social and search data on every immigrant soon

Tuesday 26 September 18:37:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're an immigrant in the United States, the government wants to know what you do online.  Starting on Oct. 18, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to collect social and internet search data on U.S. immigrants, including naturalized citizens and those with a green card.  SEE ALSO: A NASA engineer and others are suing Customs for searching their devices … [Link]

Mashable » This party game on Kickstarter teaches STEM elements with an unlikely ally: potatoes

Tuesday 26 September 18:35:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Remember in science class when you used potatoes to turn on light bulbs? Now, those same spuds have leveled up and have gained the ability to introduce you to the scientifically advanced realm of programming in a brand new party game on Kickstarter. Image: … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A cheap pollution sensor will keep you off the dirtiest roads

Tuesday 26 September 18:30:00 UTC 2017

This wearable device reveals exposure to the three worst pollutants, linking it with online maps to help you avoid poor air, a bit like a Fitbit for pollution [Link]

Mashable » 'Fixer Upper' is ending, and shiplap fans are aghast

Tuesday 26 September 18:15:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe home improvement show that had us all lusting to move to Waco, Texas and cheering for unearthed shiplap is coming to an end. HGTV's immensely popular Fixer Upper will end after its fifth season, the designer-contractor couple behind the show announced Tuesday.  Fixer Upper featured homebuyers who purchased scary dumps — some way worse than others, remember when their carpenter … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to build a kickass website on a budget

Tuesday 26 September 18:12:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Forget about snowmen — do you want to build a website? If a beautiful and functional online store, blog, or portfolio is what you're after, read on for a definitive list of the tools you'll need to build the site of your dreams. Dragify Website … [Link]

Mashable » We know what Ataribox will cost now, but the numbers don't add up

Tuesday 26 September 18:07:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNew details have emerged about Atari's mysterious upcoming game console, and as has been the case all along with this "Ataribox," we're once again left with more questions than answers. The crowdfunding-bound gaming hardware will be powered by a chip from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and run on a Linux-based operating system. Pricing is expected to fall into the $250-300 range, … [Link]

Mashable » Littlefinger from 'Game of Thrones' joins Queen movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Tuesday 26 September 18:05:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHe have been booted from Westeros, but Littlefinger a.k.a. Aidan Gillen will be back on screen shortly, this time in the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.  Gillen will play John Reid, per The Hollywood Reporter, the band's manager of three years before Jimmy Beach (to be played by Tom Hollander). SEE ALSO: Rami Malek channels Freddie Mercury playing 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' Brian … [Link]

Mashable » Tindstagramming is the newest way to be a huge creep

Tuesday 26 September 18:04:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHave you gotten an Instagram DM from a guy you weren’t into on Tinder? Congrats, you’ve just been Tindstagrammed. Ugh. Tindstragramming is just one of the many new ways to stalk people online that dating apps have given us. In a recent rundown of this dreadful phenomenon, Select All defines it as “The act of sneaking into someone’s Instagram DMs after … [Link]

Mashable » This Director of Design inspires her team to create the cars of the future

Tuesday 26 September 18:00:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Presented by Coors Light  On this episode of How She Works, Tisha Johnson shows us how her designs are shaping the future of the auto industry.  To watch more episodes of How She Works, head to our YouTube playlist. Read more… More about Design, Car, Automobile, Designer, and Tech [Link]

Popular Science » Liposuction nearly killed this woman—but this dangerous side effect isn’t just from plastic surgery

Tuesday 26 September 18:00:00 UTC 2017

surgeon under lights Health Fat embolisms aren’t even that uncommon. Chunks of fat are something you want in your steak, not your bloodstream. But that’s what happened to a 45-year-old woman after she got liposuction. [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg, you dress like crap

Tuesday 26 September 17:58:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet’s just say it: Mark Zuckerberg dresses horribly, and he should be ashamed every time he appears in public. Here is a man in charge of the world's most important social network — one that probably ended American democracy as we knew it! — and thanks to a general acceptance of his limp-ass techno-bro privilege, he gets away with wearing the … [Link]

Mashable » Barack Obama calls dropping off Malia at Harvard like 'open-heart surgery'

Tuesday 26 September 17:54:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite leading a country for eight years, Barack Obama is surprisingly not immune to expressing human emotions. While at an event for the Beau Biden Foundation Monday, the former president opened up about all the feelings he has experienced on the journey towards becoming an empty nester now that Malia has headed off to Harvard.  SEE ALSO: The Obamas moved Malia … [Link]

Mashable » Star Trek: Discovery is forcing me to make a galactic decision

Tuesday 26 September 17:51:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBroadcast television paywalls: The final frontier. This is my three-day mission, to seek out new entertainment and payment options and to boldly do what I have never done before. You laugh, but this is the Khann!!!-level angst I’ve been going through, trying to justify paying $6 a month just so I can watch Star Trek: Discovery on the new streaming service … [Link]

Mashable » America's Most Wanted Serial Killer Pets

Tuesday 26 September 17:49:06 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Pets, Mashable Reels, Serial Killer Pets, Culture, and Animals [Link]

Popular Science » $58 off a Dewalt tool kit and other good deals happening today

Tuesday 26 September 17:45:23 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Sportscaster Dale Hansen's take on the #TakeAKnee protests is an absolute must-watch

Tuesday 26 September 17:44:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDallas sportscaster Dale Hansen is a fixture of the sports media scene, and his "Unplugged" segment on ABC affiliate WFAA has never shied away from the sometimes-insidious politics of the sports world.  On Monday, Hansen nailed it again, defending the #TakeAKnee protests that swept the NFL last weekend in a clip that's quickly becoming required viewing on Twitter.  Most notably, he … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Thousands of Puerto Ricans evacuated as dam threatens to breach

Tuesday 26 September 17:36:00 UTC 2017

Hurricane Maria has damaged the Guajataca dam in Puerto Rico so much that it has developed a large fissure and could cause lethal flash floods if it breaches [Link]

Mashable » You can now use Alexa with Amazon's music app

Tuesday 26 September 17:34:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Alexa, play 'Rocket Man.'" Thanks to Amazon's latest voice control update — which brings Alexa to the Amazon Music app — next time Donald Trump starts feuding with North Korea, you can simply call on Alexa to properly set the mood. SEE ALSO: Amazon might invade your face with Alexa-powered smart glasses In a Tuesday press release Amazon announced its trusty … [Link]

Mashable » Instagram now lets you choose who can comment on your posts

Tuesday 26 September 17:28:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInstagram is trying to make its app a nicer place. The company is adding a new feature that allows you to control who is able to comment on your posts. It's also adding new mental health resources, better comment filtering, and new "kindness" stickers.  SEE ALSO: Instagram just blew through another important milestone All of the changes are meant to "keep … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Game of Thrones' 2018 concert tour is coming

Tuesday 26 September 17:27:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The immensely successful Game of Thrones concert experience is returning to the stage in 2018 with a massive European and American tour. Composer Ramin Djawadi announced the dates via Facebook Live on the official Game of Thrones page, along with a special bonus for viewers. SEE ALSO: The epic 'Game of Thrones' concert tour is your ticket to Westeros The … [Link]

Mashable » Watch Chance the Rapper perform a new song he wrote two days ago

Tuesday 26 September 17:14:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook On Monday, Chance the Rapper performed a new untitled track on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert — a song, he revealed, that was written only two days before. Chance explained that he'd originally planned to perform the unreleased song “Grown Ass Kids” from his most recent mixtape Coloring Book, but decided at the last minute to try something new … [Link]

Mashable » Sports Illustrated fumbles its 'unity' cover

Tuesday 26 September 17:03:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday morning, Sports Illustrated unveiled the magazine's cover for the week of Oct. 2, 2017. And though the cover professes a focus on unity in sports, it has the internet divided. THIS WEEK'S COVER: In a nation divided, the sports world is coming together — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2017 Under the banner "A Nation Divided, Sports … [Link]

Mashable » Spot the problem at its source with this HD endoscopic camera

Tuesday 26 September 16:52:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Are you the type of person who wants to fix a problem yourself, rather than hire someone? Instead of poking and fumbling into tight corners and dropping the flashlight, pick up this 1080p HD Waterproof WiFi Wireless Endoscopic Camera instead.  This tough, durable little camera … [Link]

Popular Science » Just some cool new pictures of the time Greenland was on fire

Tuesday 26 September 16:45:00 UTC 2017

Environment Ice and fire. Images of the recent Greenland wildfires as captured by a European Space Agency satellite. [Link]

Mashable » Bill Gates has finally switched to an Android phone

Tuesday 26 September 16:40:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt last, Bill Gates has joined us in the present. The Microsoft co-founder announced in an interview with Fox News Sunday that he's now using an Android phone.  The move was probably inevitable. Windows on mobile has effectively been a dead platform ever since Microsoft gutted its phone division two years ago. While Windows 10 technically works on phones, there's been … [Link]

Mashable » Photos reveal dire situation unfolding in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Tuesday 26 September 16:40:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a vicious Category 4 storm, has left the U.S. territory in ruins. The power grid across the island is down, as are communications. Most residents have no access to safe drinking water, necessary medications, or even money, since ATMs don't work.  The storm crossed over the island from southeast to northwest, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' sets directors for the final season and it's all becoming too real

Tuesday 26 September 16:38:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones will turn to veteran directors to helm its final six episodes — including two who are arguably the biggest experts in Westeros outside of George R. R. Martin himself. We've confirmed that David Nutter, Miguel Sapochnik, and showrunners David Benioff & D.B Weiss will be the only four directors on Season 8.  There's no word yet on how … [Link]

Mashable » A little rocket will launch some tiny satellites to space, and isn't that cute

Tuesday 26 September 16:32:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA little rocket will launch a clutch of tiny satellites to space for its next test flight.  Rocket Lab — a U.S. and New Zealand-based company — has been working toward the second test flight of its Electron rocket since its first test in May.  But unlike the first test, this second launch, which is currently slated for sometime next month, … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk rips Mercedes' electric vehicle goals, Mercedes hits back

Tuesday 26 September 16:24:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter Elon Musk expressed disappointment with the electric vehicle investments of Daimler, the parent company of automaker Mercedes-Benz, the company shot back at Musk with its grander electric ambitions.  On Sunday, a USA TODAY Money tweet reported Daimler's commitment of $1 billion dollars to upgrade an existing Mercedes factory and build a new battery plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Mercedes plans … [Link]

Mashable » Steelers player has top-selling NFL jersey after standing for anthem, but his story isn't what you think

Tuesday 26 September 16:20:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not surprising that, as the tense debate about NFL players actions during the national anthem at games continues, some stories are getting a bit fussed up.  Such is the case of Pittsburgh Steelers player Alejandro Villanueva. SEE ALSO: Tom Brady breaks his silence, criticizes 'friend' Donald Trump's NFL comments Before Sunday's game between the Steelers and the Chicago Bears, the … [Link]

Mashable » Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is as confused as you are about Cersei's lies

Tuesday 26 September 16:02:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSiblings always fight, but on Game of Thrones is a tad more complicated. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, is well aware of fans' burning questions, and he too is unsure about Cersei's pregnancy and whether his character will kill his sister/lover. "It makes sense," he said in a new interview with InStyle. "He killed the Mad King and now he’s killing … [Link]

Mashable » 'Kevin Can Wait' killing off its lead actress was the most WTF thing on TV

Tuesday 26 September 15:57:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Now in its second season, CBS's Kevin Can Wait is a massive success, averaging over nine million viewers on Monday nights. But in the Season 2 premiere, the show quickly and coldly killed off Kevin's wife, played by Erinn Hayes, with just a throwaway comment followed by a lukewarm joke.  Fans were shocked; even How I Met Your Mother's contentious … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix wants to team with airline carriers to bring streaming to the sky in 2018

Tuesday 26 September 15:55:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn an attempt to expand streaming access (and make traveling more bearable), Netflix is taking flight in 2018. As Variety reports, the company announced at Monday's 2017 APEX Expo that it's looking to partner with airline carriers in hopes of sharing its low-bandwidth mobile streaming technology with them to improve in-flight wi-fi speeds. That means you could soon be streaming your … [Link]

Mashable » Cenk Uygur on the future of America

Tuesday 26 September 15:51:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCenk Uygur, the co-founder of online news network The Young Turks, speaks out on how he feels about the future of America Read more…More about Business, News, Media, Mashable Video, and Interview [Link]

Popular Science » Evaporating lakes could help power the country

Tuesday 26 September 15:51:01 UTC 2017

From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News Scientists develop new ways to harness energy from evaporation. Researchers discover how to generate power from the natural evaporation of lakes and reservoirs. [Link]

Mashable » Poor MLB fan loses nachos in the most devastating way possible, but there's a happy ending

Tuesday 26 September 14:52:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTheirs nothing more tragic than a perfectly fine plate of nachos tumbling to the ground at a baseball game.   Well that's just what happened Monday night as one St. Louis cardinals fan attended his team's game against the Chicago cubs. Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell, lunged headfirst into the stands while trying to chase down a foul ball, which caused a … [Link]

Mashable » Dubai's autonomous flying taxi has finally taken to the sky

Tuesday 26 September 14:47:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f2976%2fef175cc3 688d 47f3 ada7 b626e954ba79 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ one way to get around.","image":&qu~ taxis; Dubai wants to fly you around in passenger drones","sources":[{~ emirate,helicopter,standalone-featu~ video,real-time-video,passenger drones,roads and transport authority","sec0":nu~ emirate,helicopter,standalone-featu~ video,real-time-video,passenger drones,roads and transport authority","videoSeriesNa~ More about Dubai, Autonomous Vehicles, Flying Cars, Vtol, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence, Gal Gadot, Emma Watson all have quick comebacks for their 'Mean Tweets'

Tuesday 26 September 14:41:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Celebrities are cool and all on the big screen, but they're even better at reading mean tweets about themselves. Jimmy Kimmel Live aired the 11th edition of the hilarious segment featuring A-list celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Lawrence to name a few—and each had the best poker face and great comebacks when it came to tackling the … [Link]

Mashable » iPhone X specs for RAM and battery revealed

Tuesday 26 September 14:37:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe already know the iPhone X will be the most powerful — and the most expensive — iPhone ever.  But now, thanks to an Apple filing with Chinese regulator TENAA , spotted by OnLeaks (Steve Hemmerstoffer), we know its exact specs. SEE ALSO: How the iPhone has evolved over the last decade According to the document, the iPhone X will have … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel wants to pronounce this dumb healthcare bill dead already

Tuesday 26 September 14:35:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Graham-Cassidy is on its death bed, and late night host Jimmy Kimmel couldn't be more excited to attend its funeral. Kimmel has delivered multiple alternately tragic and comic monologues over the past few months about the repeal of Obamacare, very likely helped impact the bill's early death. Last night, he delivered what he hoped would be one of his last … [Link]

Mashable » Watch these precious 'Jeopardy' contestants tank while trying to answer sports questions

Tuesday 26 September 14:31:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe war between jocks and nerds never fully ended and it never should. Take these tender little Jeopardy contestants, who struggled so hard last night to answer questions about the NFL and just … oh god. SEE ALSO: The anxiety you feel about 'Jeopardy' buzzers is real because those things are evil The contestants, who have to be versed in everything … [Link]

Mashable » Bring some light to your chamber of secrets with the Harry Potter lamp of your choice

Tuesday 26 September 14:11:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Every day is Quidditch season with these Harry Potter desk lamps. Perfect for a bit of task lighting, each of these desk lamps feature a Quidditch flag-inspired lampshade in the house of your choice.  Image: thinkgeekSo whether you’re a courageous Gryffindor, a devious Slytherin, … [Link]

Mashable » Finally, a firepit that won't blow smoke in your face

Tuesday 26 September 14:03:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It's a common camper's trouble: It takes forever to get a fire going and once you do, you can't even get comfortable around it when it starts blowing smoke in your face. Worst case scenario, the smoke follows you and sends you shuffling around … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to check if your fast charger works with iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Tuesday 26 September 13:47:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYes, Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus support fast charging. No, you don't get this functionality out of the box — you need to purchase a separate charger.  But it doesn't have to be an original Apple charger. According to Apple's support page on the matter (first spotted by MacRumors), you can use a "comparable" third-party USB-C power adapter, … [Link]

Mashable » Dogs and cats are the only ones welcome inside this interactive art exhibition

Tuesday 26 September 13:40:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHumans, you'll have to stand aside for this one. Singapore will host what is touted as the world's first interactive art exhibition for cats and dogs. Read more…More about Art, Dogs, Animals, Cats, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » Why you probably, definitely shouldn't buy into this beauty trend

Tuesday 26 September 13:33:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGlitter tongue. Because who doesn't want an impractically sparkly mouth? Make-up gurus all over the internet are indulging in this trend.  Read more…More about Twitter, Instagram, Viral, Beauty, and Trends [Link]

Mashable » Equifax CEO 'retires' after massive data breach

Tuesday 26 September 13:09:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEquifax’s CEO is stepping down weeks after a massive data breach at the credit-reporting company was revealed to have leaked sensitive information about more than 140 million people.  SEE ALSO: This chatbot could help you sue Equifax Richard Smith, who has been chief executive of the company since 2005, will "retire." The wording allows Smith to ostensibly leave on his own … [Link]

Slashdot » NSA Targeted 106,000 Foreigners In Spy Program Up For Renewal

Tuesday 26 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. National Security Agency conducted targeted surveillance over the past year against 106,000 foreigners suspected of being involved in terrorism and other crimes, using powers granted in a controversial section of law that's set to expire at the end of this year. The number of foreigners targeted under Section 702 of … [Link]

Mashable » This video of Sean Hannity vaping on camera is mesmerizing

Tuesday 26 September 12:47:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHarry Shearer works in mysterious ways. Last night, the long-time Simpsons voice actor and bassist for heavy metal band Spinal Tap tweeted a mysterious video of Fox News anchor and presidential BFF Sean Hannity. The video in question, which, according to our diligent research has not surfaced anywhere else online, shows Hannity still on air during a cutaway segment. There, he … [Link]

Mashable » Sorry USA, but everyone else gets to watch 'Star Trek: Discovery' with Klingon subtitles on Netflix

Tuesday 26 September 11:54:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKlingon is perhaps one of the most famous examples of a language invented for the screen. It first appeared in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and since then it has become so popular that Duolingo will soon offer lessons in the alien language. SEE ALSO: 'Star Trek: Discovery' announces companion show for fans who can't get enough Well … [Link]

Mashable » Air France launches an 'airline for millennials' and it's beyond cringe

Tuesday 26 September 11:44:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne day a well-meaning Air France operative came up with a brilliant idea: a low-cost subsidiary airline for millennials.  SEE ALSO: Passenger holding a baby gets punched trying to board a plane There's nothing extremely new or groundbreaking in thatAirlines have been targeting millennials since, well, the term millennials was first used to design a specifically global, urban, travel-minded generation that … [Link]

Mashable » I'll never use Apple's Face ID

Tuesday 26 September 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe first batch of shiny new iPhone Xs is slated to ship on November 3, and shortly thereafter the lucky few around the country will excitedly tear into their white Apple-branded boxes. And while many of those early adopters will immediately set up Face ID, they may want to slow their roll just the teeniest of bits.  Since Apple unveiled the … [Link]

Mashable » Competitive 'Pac-Man' is heading to casinos next year

Tuesday 26 September 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you think you're good at Pac-Man, it's time to put your money where your Pac-mouth is. A competitive form of Pac-Man is coming to casinos, pitting two to four players against each other with a cash prize on the line. The game is debuting at the Global Gaming Expo in early October, and it's called Pac-Man Battle Casino. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Lightning bolt eyebrows are here to make you long for the end of absurd beauty trends

Tuesday 26 September 10:53:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are some things the world desperately needs more of. Compassion and kindness, for instance. One thing the world does not need any more of, however, is eyebrow trends.  As we reel from squiggle brows, braided brows, and feather brows, here comes another one! Lightning bolt brows.  SEE ALSO: 'Braided' eyebrows are the latest absurd beauty trend that truly anyone can … [Link]

Mashable » Idris Elba reads romantic fan fiction about himself and it's wonderfully awkward

Tuesday 26 September 10:21:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook How would you feel if you had to read out a stranger's fantasy about sculpting your body out of wet sand? Turns out Idris Elba can just about handle it. SEE ALSO: Idris Elba reacts to 'Dark Tower' haters, confirms he's hugged Stephen King In a promotional video for his upcoming film The Mountain Between Us, Elba reads out genuine … [Link]

Slashdot » Red Cross Asks For 50 Ham Radio Operators To Fly To Puerto Rico

Tuesday 26 September 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Bruce Perens writes: The red cross has asked for 50 ham radio operators to fly to Puerto Rico and be deployed there for up to three weeks. This is unprecedented in the 75-year cooperation between Red Cross and ARRL, the national organization of ham radio operators for the U.S. The operators will relay health-and-welfare messages and provide communications links where … [Link]

Mashable » Everything is garbage but at least Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held hands in public

Tuesday 26 September 9:48:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot since the Victorian era has the general public been so shook at two people holding hands in public.  But, these two star-crossed, hand-holding lovers are no ordinary people. They're Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And, they just made their very first public appearance since word got out about their courtship.  SEE ALSO: Why the royal statement on trolling is unprecedented … [Link]

Mashable » Seth Meyers agrees with NFL player that Trump is an 'asshole'

Tuesday 26 September 9:47:52 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Last night on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the comedian did an in-depth analysis of Trump's recent feud with the #TakeAKnee protests. Funnily enough, the president did not come off well. SEE ALSO: John Legend shows support for #TakeAKnee with beautifully written article Meyers looked at the strange development of this story with the help of comedian Amber Ruffin. The … [Link]

Mashable » 'IT: Chapter Two' gets a release date and it's sooner than you think

Tuesday 26 September 9:28:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready to float again, guys. SEE ALSO: The striking differences between Stephen King's 'It' and the '90s mini series The second part of Stephen King's IT movie adaptation is coming back to theatres on 6 September 2019, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. announced, according to Hollywood Reporter and Variety.  Gary Dauberman is reportedly working on the script and Andy … [Link]

Mashable » 'Jigsaw' film runs blood drive in protest of 'discriminatory' donation rules

Tuesday 26 September 9:18:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne of the world's goriest and most lucrative film franchises returns this October, along with a provocative marketing campaign: a blood drive. To promote the upcoming release of the eighth film in the Saw horror franchise, Jigsaw, Lionsgate is running an actual blood drive, popping up in 25 cities across the U.S., starting with New York on Oct. 5. Image: Jigsaw/LionsgateSEE … [Link]

New Scientist – News » It takes 30 seconds for your fingerprint to grip your smartphone

Tuesday 26 September 8:55:12 UTC 2017

Fingerprints have to soften a bit before they can fully make contact with glass surfaces, which could foil plans for next-generation touchscreens [Link]

Mashable » 'The X-Files' stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny also take a knee

Tuesday 26 September 8:34:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile Donald Trump continues to hammer the NFL and its players over kneeling protests during the national anthem, the people in the entertainment world have stepped in to show their support. The latest comes from The X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, who both tweeted a photo of them kneeling and linking arms on set on Monday night. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Humans not allowed: This interactive art exhibition is for your cats and dogs

Tuesday 26 September 8:24:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81890%2fe57972c1 62f0 4997 b50b d13cbfcfbcc9 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ furry friends only.","image":&quot~ not allowed: This interactive art exhibition is for your cats and dogs","sources":[{&q~ exhibition,interactive art exhibition pets,art exhibition for pets,interactive art exhibition for pets","sec0":null,&q~ exhibition,interactive art exhibition pets,art exhibition for pets,interactive art exhibition for pets","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Dogs, Cats, Pets, Singapore, and Wellness [Link]

Mashable » BMW produces giant wireless charging pad for your car

Tuesday 26 September 7:30:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust when you were getting used to the idea of wirelessly charging your iPhone 8, BMW's jumped on the bandwagon with a giant wireless charging pad for your car. The German auto maker explains in a blog post that it's planning on making a wireless inductive charger available in 2018. SEE ALSO: You'll be able to charge your iPhone 8, 8 … [Link]

Mashable » Velcro puts out music video begging you to stop calling those Velcro fasteners 'Velcro'

Tuesday 26 September 7:01:33 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Velcro's legal team really really needs you to stop calling those Velcro-type fasteners Velcro. Because it's infringing its trademark, and making its lawyers cry. In fact, Velcro is so desperate to get the word out that it's put out a music video explaining that the proper name for "velcro" is hook and loop fasteners. Catchy. It's also got an email … [Link]

Slashdot » Star Trek: Discovery Nearly Cracks Pirate Bay's Top 10 In Less Than 24 Hours

Tuesday 26 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Yesterday was the season premiere of the first new Star Trek TV series in 12 years. While the first episode aired on the CBS broadcast network Sunday night, the second episode — and all the rest to come — was made available exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service for $6 a month. Naturally, this upset Trekkies and led … [Link]

Mashable » Coca-Cola with coffee: Meet the 'Nuts and Gum' of sodas

Tuesday 26 September 6:24:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe humble soda hasn't been getting a lot of good press lately, but you know what everyone still loves? Coffee. It might just be why Coca-Cola has latched onto our favourite caffeinated beverage, combining it into the (not so catchily named) Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar. SEE ALSO: Black market for Coke doomed as BYU lifts caffeine ban The soda is … [Link]

Mashable » Watch Haim's sullen new short film 'Valentine' directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Tuesday 26 September 4:24:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook One of the best sister trios since Charmed, Haim, has released a rare new in-studio video steered by Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson. The new short film, Valentine, was released on Monday, after premiering in New York and Los Angeles in July, reports Rolling Stone. The 14-minute film features rare footage of Este, Danielle … [Link]

Mashable » Google Maps and Lyft could soon be waaay more accurate thanks to this new GPS chip

Tuesday 26 September 3:54:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTired of your Lyft driver not knowing exactly where you are? A new extremely accurate GPS chip could help solve that problem — all while consuming half the power of current chips. Broadcom's BCM47755 chip will allow smartphones to be accurate within 30 centimeters, the company said at a conference in Portland, according to IEEE Spectrum. That's compared to the current … [Link]

Slashdot » If Data Is the New Oil, Are Tech Companies Robbing Us Blind?

Tuesday 26 September 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Data is the new oil, or so the saying goes. So why are we giving it away for nothing more than ostensibly free email, better movie recommendations, and more accurate search results? It's an important question to ask in a world where the accumulation and scraping of data is worth billions … [Link]

Mashable » Dad tells cops he was speeding home to, um, well you know

Tuesday 26 September 3:07:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’re sure drivers cook up all sorts of excuses when they've been pulled over by a cop, but this reason is certainly earnest, to say the least. Dalwallinu Police from Western Australia shared a photo of a speeding ticket via Twitter on Monday, showing a truck driver who had driven 37 kilometres per hour (23 miles) over the speed limit. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Trump basically blamed Puerto Rico for the devastation from Hurricane Maria

Tuesday 26 September 3:00:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been five days since President Donald Trump last tweeted about Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. And his new tone-deaf comments Monday aren't going over well. One would think if it takes that long to further comment after a deadly Category 4 storm wracked a U.S. territory of 3.4 million people with hurricane-force winds and 40 inches of rain, the tweets … [Link]

Slashdot » Russia Reportedly Bought Thousands of Facebook Ads Sought To Stress Racial Divisions

Tuesday 26 September 2:05:00 UTC 2017

According to The Washington Post, Russia government actors bought Facebook advertisements during the 2016 election cycle that sought to exploit and divide based on hot-button racial issues. Some of the ads promoted civil rights groups such as Black Lives Matter, while others criticized them in an effort to sow division. The Hill reports: Facebook is handing over some 3,000 ads … [Link]

Slashdot » Dubai Starts Tests in Bid To Become First City With Flying Taxis

Tuesday 26 September 1:25:00 UTC 2017

Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world's first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation. From a report: The flying taxi developed by German drone firm Volocopter resembles a small, two-seater helicopter cabin topped by a wide hoop … [Link]

Mashable » 'America's Team' kneeled before the national anthem on Monday Night Football

Tuesday 26 September 1:02:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Dallas Cowboys are about as American as American football gets, and even they kneeled before their game Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals.  To be clear, "America's Team" — along with its famous billionaire owner Jerry Jones — kneeled before the national anthem on Monday Night Football.  SEE ALSO: NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests #FootballIsFamily … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Meet the team who ‘woke’ a man from 15 years in vegetative state

Tuesday 26 September 0:54:38 UTC 2017

Angela Sirigu and her team stimulated the brain of a man who fell into a vegetative state after a car crash 2001. Now he can move his eyes and listen to music [Link]

New Scientist – News » Electric zap ‘wakes’ man after 15 years in a vegetative state

Tuesday 26 September 0:54:37 UTC 2017

A man in a vegetative state for 15 years has been able to open his eyes, move his head, and even try to smile, after electrical stimulation of his vagus nerve [Link]

New Scientist – News » What a surprise – the end of the world has been delayed, again

Tuesday 26 September 0:54:36 UTC 2017

The planet Nibiru was meant to wipe us out on Saturday. Undeterred by a no-show, doomsday theorists are already peddling more nonsense, warns Geraint Lewis [Link]

New Scientist – News » Huge space rocks could have helped start Earth’s plate tectonics

Tuesday 26 September 0:54:35 UTC 2017

Nobody knows how or why plate tectonics got started on Earth. But new evidence suggest collisions with space rocks millions of years ago may have something to do with it [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Launches 16 and 18-Core Core i9 Desktop Chips To Take On AMD Threadripper

Tuesday 26 September 0:45:00 UTC 2017

MojoKid writes: Intel has officially launched its Skylake-X processor offering in response to AMD's Ryzen Threadripper series of desktop CPUs. The new Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X are 18 and 16-core configurations respectively, with 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz base clocks and 4.4GHz max boost clocks. Both chips support Intel HyperThreading, with 36 threads of processing for the 7980XE and 32 for … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter finally breaks silence on why it's never suspended President Trump

Tuesday 26 September 0:40:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter finally has an answer for critics who claim that the social network gives President Donald Trump a pass on his inflammatory tweets. A company spokesman said Monday that it takes into account "newsworthiness" and potential public interest when deciding whether or not a particular tweet violates the company's rules for appropriate conduct. SEE ALSO: It’s time for Twitter to ban … [Link]

Slashdot » Instagram Now Has 800 Million Monthly, 500 Million Daily Active Users

Tuesday 26 September 0:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Instagram said Monday that it's added another 100 million monthly users. That brings the photo-sharing app to 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in April, according to Carolyn Everson, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook, who spoke at an Advertising Week event in New York City. Five … [Link]


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