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.

ProgrammableWeb » Why To Treat and Manage Your APIs as Products

Wednesday 27 September 23:58:31 UTC 2017

So far in this series on getting the most ROI out of your API we've focused on setting up the business side of managing an API, including: [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How To Pick the Best Business Models for Your APIs

Wednesday 27 September 23:56:47 UTC 2017

APIs are not just a technical concern, but a business concern as well. APIs assist an organization (whether that be an enterprise, startup, nonprofit, or government) to continue growing and to speed up product development, expose datasets and functionalities, and work more programmatically with external partners and third-party providers. As an organization embarks on an API strategy, it needs to … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » What Data and Services Should Your API Expose First?

Wednesday 27 September 23:55:14 UTC 2017

When a business embarks on an API Strategy, it needs to make a number of decisions. These can be business-oriented, technical, or product-centered. This ProgrammableWeb series on getting the most ROI out of your API walks you through all the major decisions that you need to make when building a successful API strategy for a business, government agency, not-for-profit, or … [Link]

Mashable » Hands on with Echo Spot, Amazon's alarm clock killer

Wednesday 27 September 23:48:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt didn't take long for Amazon to get bolder with its screen-sporting Echo devices. The company's new 2.5-inch touchscreen Echo Spot, $129.99, follows the boxy, 7-inch-screen Echo Show by just a few months. It's a much more attractive, smaller and, maybe more approachable,  nightstand-friendly version of that device. Where the Show is all edges and angles, the Spot is a ball … [Link]

Mashable » Google might bring the noise with a bigger, louder Home speaker

Wednesday 27 September 23:35:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle could enter the high-end audio market with a new version of its Home speaker to compete with Apple and Amazon, just as the next generation of smart speakers begins to emphasize sound quality.   The search giant is working on a large new smart speaker internally called the "Home Max," according to a report from 9to5Google. The working prototype has … [Link]

Mashable » Zuckerberg's non-statement on Trump and fake news is a total cop out

Wednesday 27 September 23:27:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement Wednesday addressing President Donald Trump, fake news, and his company's controversial role in the 2016 presidential election. And, perhaps unsurprisingly coming from a man whose idea of connecting with reality is a carefully managed 50-state photo op, his words were polished to the point of meaninglessness.  Zuck was responding to a rambling presidential tweet … [Link]

Mashable » Dave Grohl trolled Christopher Walken and no one ever noticed, until now

Wednesday 27 September 23:12:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Chistopher Walken is well known for his distinct delivery, and musician Dave Grohl is well known for being a jokester. During an interview with Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters on Radio X, the subject of the band's name came up. That's when Grohl revealed a little trick he played on Christopher Walken back in 2003, when he introduced … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Lab-grown cells make doping agent EPO and cure anaemia in mice

Wednesday 27 September 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Lab-grown stem cells can make the hormone EPO, which has notoriously been used in sports doping. Transplants of the cells might help some major types of anaemia [Link]

New Scientist – News » Shape-shifting origami robot swaps bodies to roll, swim or walk

Wednesday 27 September 23:00:00 UTC 2017

A transforming robot can fold a suite of different exoskeletons around itself to roll, glide or walk to its destinations [Link]

Mashable » EasyJet wants to fly electric planes in 10 years

Wednesday 27 September 22:56:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe electric dream is closer to taking flight.  Wright Electric and European budget airline EasyJet have partnered with the goal of flying an all-electric passenger plane in the next decade. SEE ALSO: This startup wants to send electric planes from London to Paris within 10 years Before the announcement, Wright presented its idea for an electric plane at the Y Combinator … [Link]

Geek Culture » Eclipse compilation (by Celestron)

Wednesday 27 September 22:47:07 UTC 2017


ProgrammableWeb » How To Get the Team and Support in Place for Your API Strategy

Wednesday 27 September 22:43:47 UTC 2017

This ProgrammableWeb series on getting the most ROI out of your API walks you through all the major decisions that you need to make when building a successful API strategy for a business, government agency, not-for-profit, or enterprise. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Making API Decisions: Are You Connecting Business and Technical Interests?

Wednesday 27 September 22:41:38 UTC 2017

Welcome to the series on Maximizing the ROI on Your API. When a business or enterprise commences its API journey, it has a number of key decisions that need to be made. Not surprisingly, at each decision point, multiple options branch out and those employees new to API strategy and design can become confused and cautious quickly. How do you … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon embraces the internet's worst impulses and brings Alexa to Big Mouth Billy Bass

Wednesday 27 September 22:36:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon will bring Alexa functionality to Big Mouth Billy Bass toys starting next year.   You read that right: Amazon allowed Alexa, one of the most sophisticated AI assistants on the market, to be compatible with an 18-year-old fad novelty toy whose main appeal is that it's an animatronic fish. That sings.  Amazon announced the new Alexa-fish onstage at its big … [Link]

Mashable » Dating app maps where people love and hate the 'take a knee' protests the most

Wednesday 27 September 22:28:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThese days, it's hard not to choose a side on every political issue—and that's especially true for the recent #TakeAKnee protests. If you feel strongly about it — either for or against — you're not alone. Thanks to the dating app Hater, which helps people find love based on their mutual hatred of things, we now know which states — or … [Link]

Mashable » Puerto Rico hurricane crisis worsens: Here's why this could be Trump's Katrina

Wednesday 27 September 22:22:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been one week since Category 4 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, destroying the entire island's communications infrastructure, power grid, and leaving thousands homeless. The humanitarian crisis in the storm's wake is growing by the hour.  Local officials on the island have been pleading for more help from the Trump administration, with San Juan's mayor calling for layers of red tape … [Link]

Mashable » Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election

Wednesday 27 September 22:10:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't seem too happy that President Donald Trump bashed his company in a tweet Wednesday morning.  The CEO responded with a defensive post about Facebook's role in the election, and why he feels both conservatives and liberals are "upset" with his company. But he also expressed a bit of regret. SEE ALSO: Reporters call out Trump’s claim … [Link]

Mashable » 'Avatar' sequels add a group of kids because that's how you make a hit in 2017

Wednesday 27 September 21:59:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat do Stranger Things, It, and James Cameron's forthcoming Avatar sequels have in common?  As of Wednesday morning, the answer is: A group of pre-teen characters. And with the success Hollywood's had reviving that old Goonies, E.T. and Stand By Me vibe, we'd best get used to seeing this. SEE ALSO: On Skynet's 20th birthday, it's time to admit AI isn't … [Link]

Mashable » There's a 'Resident Evil 2' board game on Kickstarter. You know what to do.

Wednesday 27 September 21:45:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This was unexpected. A tabletop game reimagining of the Capcom classic, Resident Evil 2, is up on Kickstarter and has already shattered its funding goal. With 25 days to go as of this writing, the game already has $521,694 pledged on a $201,584 goal. SEE ALSO: The odd case of a Vietnamese skin clinic's run-in with 'Resident Evil' (That goal … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Bieber shares that he wants to be as cool as Jaden Smith — and we don't blame him

Wednesday 27 September 21:32:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMost people want to be as cool as Justin Bieber, except Bieber. He let us all know on Wednesday afternoon that he wants to be as cool as Jaden Smith.  The singer posted an Instagram post with an adorably earnest caption, revealing to the world that he aspires to reach the levels of effortless swag that Smith has embodied on the … [Link]

Mashable » Why Twitter expanded to 280 characters

Wednesday 27 September 21:25:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat can you say in 280 characters that you couldn't in 140? The world's going to have to figure that out now that Twitter has signaled it will expand its infamous limit to just how many letters, numbers, spaces, punctuation, and emoji you're allowed to fit into a tweet. Technically, the change is just a test at this point, seeded to … [Link]

Mashable » The future of NASA and space exploration with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wednesday 27 September 21:24:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice sit down with NASA's former chief scientist, Ellen Stofan, to discuss the future of NASA and space exploration. Check out 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 Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Follow StarTalk Radio … [Link]

Mashable » Get in the spooky fall mood with these horror movies streaming on Amazon Prime

Wednesday 27 September 21:23:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The air is getting crisper, leaves are starting to turn, and pumpkin-flavored foods are taking over. We’re all counting down to our favorite holiday — Halloween. SEE ALSO: 5 ways Amazon Prime Student has your back … [Link]

Mashable » Jared Kushner is registered to vote as a woman. Good thing Trump is going after voter fraud.

Wednesday 27 September 21:21:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToday’s surreal revelation surrounding the Trump family is that Jared Kushner — you know, the husband of Ivanka who used his private email account to conduct White House business — is apparently registered to vote in New York as a woman. First reported by Wired, Mashable obtained public records that confirm Jared Corey Kushner's gender is listed as female on his … [Link]

Mashable » U.S. Senate to Mark Zuckerberg: Come in and chat on Russia

Wednesday 27 September 21:15:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHey Mark Zuckerberg, the Senate is calling. The Senate Intelligence Committee invited Facebook to testify in an open hearing about how foreign actors (cough, Russia, cough) may have leveraged the social network to influence the 2016 presidential election, The Hill reported Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Facebook to hand more than 3,000 Russian ads to Congress The committee set the hearing for November … [Link]

Mashable » Heroic groom saves a boy from drowning during his wedding's photoshoot

Wednesday 27 September 21:11:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour wedding day is one of those days you will never forget, but this couple's special day was unforgettable for an entirely different reason. On Sept. 22, Clay and Brittany Cook were being photographed by Darren Hatt, in Kitchener, Canada. In between posing for photos, the groom noticed something unusual.  Some children were playing by a ledge near water about 40 … [Link]

Mashable » This tiny, shape-shifter robot can shed its exoskeleton to become whatever you need

Wednesday 27 September 21:09:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile humans need the right tools for the right job, some robots simply need the right outfit to roll, carry, push, and even glide. Primer, a tiny magnetic bot developed by researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL), can don specially-treated sheets of plastic that form purpose-built shapes when heated. Each sheet essentially changes the shape of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Plandids,' the Instagram Trend That's Suddenly Everywhere

Wednesday 27 September 20:44:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Instagram, Mashable Reels, Plandids, Culture, and Social Media Companies [Link]

Mashable » Apple opens up about Face ID's security

Wednesday 27 September 20:36:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSince Apple first officially announced Face ID on September 12, security researchers and privacy experts have pressed the company to reveal more details about just how the face-scanning technology works. Well, the tech giant finally obliged — releasing a six-page overview detailing the ins and outs of the system set to replace Touch ID on the forthcoming iPhone X.  The document … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's Fire TV bundles massively undercut the Apple TV 4K

Wednesday 27 September 20:22:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt looks like Amazon is going to have a very good holiday shopping season. The company announced it will be selling its new Fire TV in a very competitively-priced bundle that throws in an Echo Dot for just a few extra bucks. SEE ALSO: Amazon's new Fire TV is tiny and HDR-ready The  $79.99 deal includes its new 4K and HDR-ready … [Link]

Mashable » Getty promotes body positivity with a ban on Photoshopped images of models

Wednesday 27 September 20:17:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAltering models' bodies is easy enough with editing software like Photoshop. But a new French law makes such retouching — without disclosure — illegal. As a result of that law, Getty Images released a stern announcement, effective October 1, requiring users not to submit to the company "any creative content depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them … [Link]

Mashable » Neil deGrasse Tyson says this is the absolute fastest a car can accelerate

Wednesday 27 September 19:59:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O'Reilly talk about how tires are designed to maximize grip, and how that affects a car's acceleration and turning. Check out the full StarTalk podcast with Neil's NASCAR here StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by Astrophysicist Neil … [Link]

Mashable » Move over, ghosting. Submarining is the hot new way to be a jerk.

Wednesday 27 September 19:57:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust when you think navigating the muddy waters of modern dating can't get any more complicated, a terrible new trend rears its ugly head. Enter "submarining," the latest, nautically-themed way to mess with someone's head. First uncovered by Marie Claire, submarining is the thing where someone you've been seeing disappears for an extended period but then randomly resurfaces with some version … [Link]

Mashable » 'Assassin's Creed Origins' has a mode that turns ancient Egypt into your virtual museum

Wednesday 27 September 19:51:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUbisoft finally came up with a way to brag about all the research that goes into Assassin's Creed games in a constructive way. Assassin's Creed Origins introduces a brand-new "Discovery Tour" mode, which will be added to the game in a free update in early 2018. It's a completely different way to experience the Ubisoft's worlds, with a focus — in … [Link]

Mashable » Cop with no chill struggles to apprehend small snake

Wednesday 27 September 19:47:33 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's safe to say this police officer has a healthy fear of snakes. The University of Central Florida police department posted a clip to its Facebook page last week showing one of its brave officers at his most vulnerable. Wielding a baton and a trash can, the officer did his very best at helping some students and faculty remove a … [Link]

Mashable » After destroying Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria turned into even more of a dick

Wednesday 27 September 19:43:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTurns out, Hurricane Maria is an even bigger dick than we thought.  After ravaging the island of Puerto Rico, recent projections from the NOAA estimate that the powerful storm will head east into the Atlantic ocean, turning into one of the largest weather boners we have seen in quite some time. Yes, it's true. The path of Hurricane Maria looks like … [Link]

Mashable » There are lots of theories about the Kardashian/Jenner babies, and here are our favorites

Wednesday 27 September 19:40:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKeeping up with the Kardashians has never been more challenging than now.  In the past few months—while we've reconciled with the fact that the famous family has been in homes/screens/timelines for 10 years now—we've been bombarded with more personal news from the messy siblings than ever.  The fact that Kim, Khloé, and Kylie are reportedly expecting children has sparked countless conspiracy … [Link]

Mashable » MashReads Podcast: 'New People' is a sharp novel about race, disguised as a suspense thriller

Wednesday 27 September 19:21:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Danzy Senna knows what kind of novels you think she and other black writers will deliver: "We're expected to write that long overdue slave novel. We're supposed to write in a state of seriousness and sadness and out of respect of history. And we're supposed to write only autobiography. We have to have the blues or the Bible … With … [Link]

Mashable » Loyal to Google Chrome? Firefox Quantum might change that.

Wednesday 27 September 19:20:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter almost a year of development, Mozilla has launched what it claims is the fastest Firefox ever.  The new browser, called Firefox Quantum, will be released and automatically update on Nov. 14, but it's available today in beta and developer editions. You can get the desktop, Android, and iOS versions from Mozilla's website.  SEE ALSO: The future of obnoxiously loud autoplay … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Open Source Pioneer Bruce Perens: Facebook's New GraphQL License Too Restrictive

Wednesday 27 September 19:11:35 UTC 2017

Less than a week ago, I published an opinion that the uncertainty around Facebook's plans for licensing the GraphQL API specfication meant it was time to halt all GraphQL API development until Facebook was more forthcoming about its intentions. [Link]

Mashable » The physics behind NASCAR, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wednesday 27 September 19:04:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGary O'Reilly and Chuck Nice join Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the physics of NASCAR, including track banking, spoilers, and drafting. Check out the full StarTalk podcast with Neil's NASCAR here StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Follow StarTalk Radio … [Link]

Mashable » Everything you need to know about the cartoon villain who is Roy Moore

Wednesday 27 September 19:04:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf I were a movie director and some intern passed a script to me that featured a candidate like Roy Moore, I would send them back to Oberlin immediately.  Audiences simply wouldn't believe that a caricature like this existed IRL.   Alas, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is just as bad as every post you've been too depressed to read … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Cruise shuts down theory that he wore a fake butt in 'Valkyrie'

Wednesday 27 September 18:57:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt was August of 2017, almost 10 years since the release of Tom Cruise's Valkyrie, when Twitter proposed that the actor — for at least one brief moment — wore a fake butt. The rumors finally made their way to Cruise himself who confirmed: The butt is real. SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise's fake butt is the internet's newest conspiracy theory It … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Editing ‘bad’ gluten out of wheat makes it safer for coeliacs

Wednesday 27 September 18:55:12 UTC 2017

The genetically modified wheat can still be used to make bread because only the bad forms of gluten have been removed [Link]

New Scientist – News » EU plan to erase digital borders will further isolate Brexit UK

Wednesday 27 September 18:55:11 UTC 2017

Estonia wants the European Union to adopt free movement of data as a fundamental principle, letting half a billion people's personal info cross borders freely [Link]

New Scientist – News » Blockchain-like ID may mean end of paper birth certificates

Wednesday 27 September 18:55:10 UTC 2017

Data could be put back into people’s hands by a digital ledger system like the blockchain behind bitcoin, and it could push governments to the sidelines [Link]

New Scientist – News » Common antidepressant found to reduce belly fat in older mice

Wednesday 27 September 18:55:09 UTC 2017

Belly fat becomes much harder to lose when you get older. Inflamed immune cells may be to blame, and an antidepressant seems to help in mice [Link]

New Scientist – News » Latest gravitational wave isn’t from neutron stars after all

Wednesday 27 September 18:55:08 UTC 2017

Recent speculation about the latest gravitational wave experiments suggested they may have seen a neutron star merger, but it’s another black hole smashup [Link]

New Scientist – News » A few cold drops falling through a cloud could create a downpour

Wednesday 27 September 18:55:07 UTC 2017

One raindrop that is less than 4°C cooler than the surrounding cloud can trigger a rapid burst of microdroplets, which can spawn a sudden rainstorm [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mexico City quake: A few seconds’ warning can still save lives

Wednesday 27 September 18:55:06 UTC 2017

The recent earthquake in Mexico City shows even the best tremor alarms sometimes only go off seconds before – but clever planning can mean those few seconds save many people [Link]

Mashable » Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why racecar spoilers aren't just for show

Wednesday 27 September 18:54:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O'Reilly discuss the importance of spoilers and drafting during NASCAR races, and Neil explains how he has been doing physics experiments on the freeway. Check out the full StarTalk podcast with Neil's NASCAR here StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's new Fire TV is tiny and HDR-ready

Wednesday 27 September 18:54:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon’s new Fire TV is so small it can hang off your TV, but it's packed with more technology than any of Amazon's previous set-top boxes. In addition to 4K video, the all-new Fire TV supports HDR video, Dolby Atmos audio technology, and can support 2160p video at 60 fps, which may add a level of ultra-realism to your TV-viewing experience. … [Link]

Mashable » There’s a voice-activated Thor hammer and it’s peak cosplay perfection

Wednesday 27 September 18:50:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. By Odin’s beard, this Mjölnir replica is exactly what your Thor cosplay needs to be complete. Loki cosplayers, beware. Loki cosplayers, beware.Image: thinkgeekThis hammer is more than just a foam imitation that you’ll find in a toy store. It’s an exact 1:1 recreation of the hammer featured … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon will bring Alexa to BMWs starting next year

Wednesday 27 September 18:47:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlexa is coming to BMW cars to give drivers AI assistant support starting next year.  Amazon announced the new automotive integration at a special Alexa-themed event in Seattle today, where it also debuted the second version of its full-sized Echo speaker and other smart products. The AI will come built-in to select BMW and MINI car models, giving users the ability … [Link]

Mashable » Saudi women celebrate lifting of driving ban on social media, and call for more action

Wednesday 27 September 18:40:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSaudi Arabia announced Tuesday through a royal decree that it would finally allow women to drive, eventually ending a ban that has long been considered an abuse of human rights and inspired protests in the country for decades. In the 24 hours since the announcement was made on state TV and picked up by news outlets around the world, Saudi women … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Echo Spot is coming for your alarm clock

Wednesday 27 September 18:40:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon is officially ready to push aside your classic alarm clock with with Echo Spot. The round, roughly 5-inch device sits on a desktop with an angled 2.5-screen and defaults to showing a clock. Amazon unveiled it along with a host of new Echo devices on Wednesday at it Seattle headquarters. It has virtually all the functionality of an Echo Show. … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook just pulled back the curtain on how it influences elections

Wednesday 27 September 18:39:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week preached his company's commitment to election integrity. This week, he showed it off.  Facebook on Wednesday revealed the four main ways it believed it played a role prior to, during, and after the federal election in Germany last weekend. In a blog post, the company provided an unprecedented level of transparency in what the company … [Link]

Mashable » Is the iPhone 8 the Best iPhone Ever?

Wednesday 27 September 18:38:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Iphone, Iphone 8, Mashable Reels, Sn Reels, and Iphone 8 Review [Link]

Mashable » If you ever needed a flying robot in your home, well, you're in luck

Wednesday 27 September 18:33:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAire is a new type of home security. Instead of multiple cameras covering different rooms, it's one camera flying throughout your home. Read more…More about Tech, Technology, Security, Motion, and Flying [Link]

Mashable » The Duffers insist we call it 'Stranger Things 2' like it's a movie sequel

Wednesday 27 September 18:31:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook With the concept of what's TV and what's film utterly upside-down and Stranger Things' second season just a month away, Matt and Ross Duffer are making it painfully clear that they're equating their creation to a movie sequel — and want us to call it Stranger Things 2. Not Stranger Things. Not Stranger Things, Season 2. Not the second season … [Link]

Mashable » This French sci-fi series could be your new horror obsession

Wednesday 27 September 18:29:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Decades of films have proven that few things are as terrifying as the infinite vastness of space, but TV has generally been more concerned with the final frontier's more optimistic possibilities — until now. This Thursday, Missions is hitting AMC's Shudder — a streaming service devoted to thriller, suspense and horror projects — and we've got an exclusive first look … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon unveils Echo Plus, its first true smart home hub

Wednesday 27 September 18:25:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon’s new Echo is its smartest Echo yet. This is the first Echo to include its own smarthome hub. According to Amazon, which unveiled the new Echo Plus on Wednesday at its Seattle headquarters, the company wants to reduce the steps necessary to install smarthome devices. Instead of 15 steps, it could take just one step.  SEE ALSO: Amazon's out of … [Link]

Mashable » Ford and Lyft team up to deploy self-driving cars

Wednesday 27 September 18:23:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFord Motors announced today it's partnering with Lyft to put self-driving taxis on the road.  There's no cash changing hands in this specific deal, and the companies won't work together on autonomous hardware.  Instead, Ford will be putting its driverless cars on Lyft's open autonomous platform, which gives auto companies access to Lyft's logistical software and data from its network of … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Dexcom, Mackerel, Peristocks, Dynamsoft

Wednesday 27 September 18:17:46 UTC 2017

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples. [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's Echo Connect lets you make phone calls with your Echo

Wednesday 27 September 18:17:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon’s Echo speakers are about to get a new superpower: phone calls. The company just unveiled a new gadget, the Echo Connect, which allows you to make landline phone calls via your Echo.  SEE ALSO: Amazon is showing off a lot of new Alexa-powered products today The $34.99 box connects to your existing phone line and allows your Echo speaker to … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is gamifying Echo with Buttons

Wednesday 27 September 18:13:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon unveiled new gadget and game-friendly devices called Amazon Buttons today at a special media event. Together with a new Alexa Gadget API, they turn your Echo into a gaming hub. Each button is roughly the size of an Amazon Echo Dot and have built in lights that can change colors. The devices themselves are actually giant buttons — yes like … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Serving shark fin soup in the US can actually be good for sharks

Wednesday 27 September 18:13:00 UTC 2017

A proposed US ban on the sale of shark fins could backfire and make life worse for some of the planet's most imperilled species, says Lesley Evans Ogden [Link]

Mashable » Google removes YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show

Wednesday 27 September 17:58:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust three months after the release of Amazon's Echo Show, it looks like the device won't be able to fulfill one of its key value propositions. On Tuesday, The Verge reported that the Amazon Echo Show no longer has access YouTube. When the Echo Show first debuted as basically Amazon's Alexa with a screen, "Chief Evangelist" of Alexa and Echo David … [Link]

Mashable » Trump, Sanders and Stein got love from Facebook ads linked to Russia. Clinton did not.

Wednesday 27 September 17:57:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome of Facebook's Russia-linked ads supported President Donald Trump, some boosted Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and others touted Sen. Bernie Sanders, but the world has yet to see or hear of one that was in favor of Hillary Clinton.  That information comes courtesy of Politico, which reports that one pro-Stein ad featured the hashtag, #GrowaSpineVoteJillStein. SEE ALSO: Facebook to hand … [Link]

Mashable » Say 'Alexa' to the Amazon Echo 2

Wednesday 27 September 17:48:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon is ready to take its Echo smart speaker to the next level with an all new, smaller Echo.  The new model has an even stronger focus on audio, including Dolby Digital support and new far-field microphone technology for picking up voice commands accurately. The company announced the new device at its headquarters in Seattle today. Amazon unveils the all new … [Link]

Mashable » A mug of Oreo-flavored hot cocoa could be in your future

Wednesday 27 September 17:37:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSearch Pinterest for "Oreo hot chocolate" and you'll find pages of recipes calling for food processors or artfully crushed cookies or homemade whipped cream no one really has time for.  Now Oreo's cutting out the hard work and offering its own brand of cookie-infused hot cocoa mix. The product — spotted at Walmart — first appeared on The Impulsive Buy, a … [Link]

Mashable » Here's a pretty compelling argument against Twitter's new character limit

Wednesday 27 September 17:32:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the platform's new 280-character limit for tweets just as you'd expect—in a 280-character tweet.  But could he have made the same announcement in 140?  SEE ALSO: Twitter increases character limit to 280, internet erupts into flames From the looks of Twitter right now, a lot of people think so. In fact, a few users … [Link]

Mashable » The ultimate investing program for the investing-shy

Wednesday 27 September 17:31:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You know investing is the way to go when it comes to getting rich outside of the 9-to-5 grind—so what’s your cash still dong in your checking account?!  It's okay, you're definitely not alone. Taking the plunge and jumping into investing in the stock … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift gave Cardi B a huge bouquet of flowers after losing Billboard's No. 1 spot

Wednesday 27 September 17:24:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere doesn't seem to be any bad blood between themCardi B and Taylor Swift. When the Bronx rapper's single "Bodak Yellow" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Monday, the song became the first solo song by a female rapper to hit number one in almost 20 years. It also knocked Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" off the … [Link]

Mashable » We detected ripples in space and time again, confirming a new era in astrophysics has begun

Wednesday 27 September 17:23:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn August 14, the after-effects of an extreme cosmic blast rippled through you, me, and everyone we know. But you didn't feel it.  The only instruments on Earth that knew the fabric of space and time was stretching around and through us were located in Washington, Louisiana, and Italy. On Wednesday, we learned what they saw, and, in fact, heard. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Michelle Obama on Trump, Beyoncé, and life after the White House

Wednesday 27 September 17:19:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTen times out of nine Michelle Obama has proven to be one of the most inspiring, straight-up coolest women to ever enter the White House — and she's still got it. The former FLOTUS came back into our lives on Wednesday to speak at the 2017 Inbound marketing conference about everything from successful managing to her favorite song off Beyoncé's iconic … [Link]

Mashable » Vin Diesel looks like he just cried or is crying over Paul Walker-inspired custom Xbox

Wednesday 27 September 17:19:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA Paul Walker-operated car from the Fast and Furious series was the inspiration for a new custom Xbox One S. The green-and-blue Xbox is a nod to Walker's car from The Fast and the Furious, the one he used in his first race against Vin Diesel. It will be raffled off on Oct. 1 as part of Game4Paul, a now-annual charity … [Link]

Mashable » Volvo’s Senior Director of Design is changing the way people drive

Wednesday 27 September 17:13:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81881%2fc82e0719 49ab 4aa3 9dd4 9e59c166b8ec Read more… {"player":{"descript~ This Woman is Changing the Auto Industry","sources":~ More about Supported, Volvo, Coors Light, Tech, and Transportation [Link]

New Scientist – News » ‘Invasive’ snake is really a new species and should be protected

Wednesday 27 September 17:05:00 UTC 2017

DNA analysis reveals that the cobra-preta snake, which was threatened with extermination as a pest, is actually unique to the West African island of São Tomé [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is showing off a lot of new Alexa-powered products today

Wednesday 27 September 16:40:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready for a bunch of new Amazon hardware. The company is holding a special media event at its Seattle headquarters today where it's expected to show off a new lineup of Alexa-enabled products. SEE ALSO: Amazon's out of the original Amazon Echo right now, and they won't say why Among the new devices we're expecting is a new, smaller Echo … [Link]

Mashable » '30 Rock' is leaving Netflix but coming to Hulu thankfully

Wednesday 27 September 16:31:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Let this be a lesson, of sorts: A TV show's streaming life is never guaranteed, but there are some the internet just can't do without. A few weeks after it was announced that Netflix would lose fan favorite 30 Rock in October (along with Friday Night Lights, which has yet to spoken for, ahem), Hulu inked a deal to become … [Link]

Mashable » A flying taxi has taken to the skies for the first time

Wednesday 27 September 16:30:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVolocopter, the German company which is manufacturing Dubai's future flying-taxis, just had a successful first test flight.The two-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle flew for about five minutes at heights of around 200 meters, according to Reuters. There were no passengers in the craft for the trial flight, which was attended by the city's transportation authorities and the Crown … [Link]

New Scientist – News » See-through brains reveal how stroke damages vital blood vessels

Wednesday 27 September 16:30:00 UTC 2017

A technique that turns mouse brains transparent like glass has given the first-ever 3D view of how stroke cuts off blood supply in the brain [Link]

Mashable » Comcast is launching a live TV streaming service for cord-cutters

Wednesday 27 September 16:16:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookComcast is launching yet another video streaming service for you to consider purchasing. The cable giant announced today it's launching Xfinity Instant TV, what is essentially a bundle of local broadcast networks, for $18 per month. The service will only be available to Comcast broadband subscribers. SEE ALSO: Apple TV 4K review: A solid update that costs too much The company … [Link]

Mashable » Pitbull lends his private plane to help cancer patients in Puerto Rico get treatment they need

Wednesday 27 September 16:10:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThey don't call him Mr. Worldwide for nothing. Pitbull is sending his private plane to Puerto Rico for cancer patients to be brought into the mainland United States for treatment. The U.S. territory is still in dire straits from Hurricane Maria, which has left the entire island without power and upwards of 60 percent of the population without access to potable … [Link]

Mashable » After almost a year, the video game voice actors strike is over

Wednesday 27 September 16:09:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe video game voice actors strike is over, and — as is often the case with compromises — it seems like neither party really got what it wanted in the end. The 340-day work stoppage came to an end on Saturday with a "tentative" agreement between the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and 11 video game … [Link]

Mashable » Watch Captain Planet and Kwame help save the day in their bonkers 'OK K.O.' cameo

Wednesday 27 September 16:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In these troubled times, when climate change is considered fake news and we seem to be constantly teetering on the brink of nuclear war, you might find yourself yearning for simpler days, back when a generation of optimistic kids believed we could "take pollution down to zero" under the tutelage of a green-skinned, underoo-wearing eco-warrior with a mullet.  Luckily for … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to give yourself 280 characters on Twitter right now

Wednesday 27 September 16:00:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhether or not you think Twitter's decision to expand tweets to 280 characters is "wow, great evolution of a useful tool!" or "actually, this is bad because Twitter is bad," one thing is certain: not everyone has it yet.  But thanks to some eagle-eyed users, if you're still one of the (un)lucky Tweeters with a measly 140 characters with which to … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter actually has a pretty good reason for its new character limit

Wednesday 27 September 15:51:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople across the world love Twitter. But the Twitter experience isn't quite the same in English, Spanish, Arabic, or Japanese.  English-speaking Twitter users are used to being able to say a certain amount in a 140-character limit. Since the beginning of Twitter, that 140-character limit has gotten others on Twitter a different amount to say—usually more—depending on the language they're speaking.  … [Link]

Mashable » Millions of credit and debit cards may have been hacked in Sonic Drive-In security breach

Wednesday 27 September 15:48:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeware, late-night snackers and fast food connoisseurs: Millions of credit and debit cards used at Sonic restaurants may have been compromised and put up for sale in "underground cybercrime stores." SEE ALSO: Here’s what your identity sells for on the dark web Security expert and investigative journalist Brian Krebs first reported the possible breach after he learned of multiple instances of … [Link]

Mashable » Getting paid to drink beer could be your new job

Wednesday 27 September 15:47:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you’ve ever dreamed of drinking beer for a living like the cast of Always Sunny in Philadelphia this may be the position for you. SEE ALSO: Beer company fills their cans with water for Mexico's earthquake victims Meantime Brewing Company, in London, is searching for a part time beer taster.  Yes, yes, a brewing company needs someone with a diverse … [Link]

Mashable » Why 'Outlander's' Lord John Grey is the hero TV needs

Wednesday 27 September 15:47:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEpisode 3 of Outlander Season 3 may have taken away Tobias Menzies' Frank Randall, but it gave us back two pivotal characters in return: Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), and Lord John William Grey, who has grown up into the dashing form of Australian actor David Berry. SEE ALSO: 'Outlander' episode 3 makes one huge change from the books; showrunner Ron Moore explains … [Link]

Mashable » Conan invented his own 'Carpool Karoake'-type segment with Tom Cruise as the first, really uncomfortable guest

Wednesday 27 September 15:12:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Never expect to see Tom Cruise on a late night show again. The action star went on Conan yesterday in the hopes of doing something like The Late Late Show's James Corden's carpool karaoke or Seinfeld's "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," but Conan surprised him with his own version of car fun — hours of uninterrupted driving. It's as cringeworthy … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter can keep its extra characters, I want to edit tweets

Wednesday 27 September 15:11:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGeez, Twitter, have you not been listening? Yesterday, in an unsolicited act of largess, Twitter doubled the number of tweet characters from 140 to 280 characters for unspecified number of Twitter users. The change was announced by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. This is exactly what we don’t need. Forget brevity. I’ve spent a decade perfecting concise, 140-character tweets, even … [Link]

Mashable » Looks like Trump hasn't gotten upgraded to 280 characters on Twitter yet. Bless.

Wednesday 27 September 15:05:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe may all be able to take a temporary sigh of relief. When Twitter announced on Tuesday that the platform would be adding an additional 140 characters to tweets — giving users the option to compose 280-character messages in the future — everyone had the same fear: What will Donald Trump say with more characters? But if the president's Wednesday morning … [Link]

Mashable » Coca-Cola coffee is a thing now and we really need to talk about your caffeine addiction

Wednesday 27 September 15:04:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCoca-Cola just released another coffee flavored item called 'Coca-Cola Coffee Plus No Sugar.' In 2006, they released a similar product called 'Coca-Cola Blak' but it only lasted 2 years. This new item can be found in vending machines in Japan and is slowly rolling out in Australia, too. People say it taste like Vanilla Coca-Cola. Read more…More about Australia, Mashable Video, … [Link]

Mashable » New 'Star Trek: Discovery' promo puts us in the midst of war

Wednesday 27 September 15:04:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Something is amiss on the U.S.S. Discovery. Michael Burnham finally catches up with the Starfleet ship in a new teaser for CBS's Star Trek Discovery, and if it lives up to this trailer, the first season could change the game for Star Trek fans. SEE ALSO: Here's what critics thought of 'Star Trek: Discovery' We catch up with Burnham aboard … [Link]

Mashable » This new party game will definitely confuse your mom

Wednesday 27 September 14:57:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. When you think of Ludacris, the first thing that comes to your mind probably isn’t card games, but that may change after this Kickstarter campaign. Thanks to Luda, this project wants to put the “party” back in party games.  SEE ALSO: The creators of … [Link]

Mashable » Stop with the 'sleeping selfie' Instagram pose. We know you're not actually asleep.

Wednesday 27 September 14:51:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMake way, make way. There's a new hot Instagram pose in town.  And it goes by the name #sleepingselfie.  Now, instead of nonchalantly posing with a downward gaze as if you had no idea a photo was being taken of you—a.k.a. the plandid—the new trendy pose is to straight-up pretend you're fast asleep as you take a selfie.  But, like, how … [Link]

Mashable » If the iPhone X arrives late, blame 'Romeo and Juliet'

Wednesday 27 September 14:50:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple is apparently having lots of trouble assembling and manufacturing the iPhone X. A new Wall Street Journal report essentially confirms information first reported by the Nikkei Asian Review and adds more detail about what, exactly, has gone wrong. Apparently two key components of the iPhone X's face-scanner, dubbed Romeo and Juliet, are the main issue.  SEE ALSO: How the iPhone … [Link]

Mashable » Don't fall for this Netflix phishing scam

Wednesday 27 September 14:47:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToday’s big phishing scam: Netflix accounts. In the past 24 hours, customers have been receiving emails purporting to be from Netflix soliciting their account information.  WGN reports the scam emails inform users their accounts have been disabled, and it recommends they update their payment details.  SEE ALSO: Netflix's prices are insanely low—enjoy it while you can "We're having some trouble with … [Link]

Mashable » A woman married herself and the best part was the watermelon

Wednesday 27 September 14:43:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe institution of marriage is a thorny issue. While some love the idea of the big fairy-tale wedding, others view the contract as historically based in misogynistic ideals of sexuality and ownership. Heavy stuff. One way around this is to subvert the ideal entirely, and marry yourself. SEE ALSO: This couple had a tech-themed wedding that was super Instagram-worthy Laura Mesi, … [Link]

Mashable » Delta will offer free messaging on flights, but never, never phone calls

Wednesday 27 September 14:41:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDelta Airlines has a plan that'll totally change the U.S. flying experience. The airline will offer free in-flight mobile messaging on most of its flights starting Oct. 1.  But phone calls?  "Never in my lifetime," said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.  Bastian talked about his airline's plan on CBS This Morning Wednesday. The move makes Delta the first U.S. global carrier—aka the … [Link]

Mashable » Apple promises to fix annoying iPhone 8 'crackling' issue

Wednesday 27 September 14:33:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple says that it intends to fix the static-like "crackling" sound that some iPhone 8 users are hearing during calls. Apparently the problem stems from a software issue, affecting the earpiece, that can be corrected by a forthcoming update.  “We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. … [Link]

Mashable » Trump says 'Facebook was always anti-Trump' despite, you know, those friendly Russia-linked ads

Wednesday 27 September 14:32:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump wants the world to believe he won the 2016 presidential election on his own perhaps even more than he wants to be praised on the TV,  so all this stuff about Facebook ads boosting his shot at the White House obviously doesn't sit well with him.  Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Facebook is, in fact, the enemy, and … [Link]

Mashable » Terrifying 'It' nail art is popping up all over Instagram

Wednesday 27 September 14:26:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTo those who are faint of heart: avert your eyes now. These nails are straight out of a horror movie. Literally.  SEE ALSO: The striking differences between Stephen King's 'It' and the '90s mini series People are paying homage to  It, a.k.a. the creepy-ass movie of the moment, by creating Pennywise-themed nail art. Question is: Will these nails float too?  Some … [Link]

Mashable » Words cannot truly describe this spectacularly gorgeous 'Blue Planet II' preview

Wednesday 27 September 13:54:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you liked the feast for the senses that was Planet Earth II then it's a fair prediction that this preview for Blue Planet II is going to blow your socks clean into the atmosphere. SEE ALSO: Why the Earth is the only planet that has total solar eclipses This preview for the series (confusingly called the "prequel") features a … [Link]

Mashable » The hype around this part drone, part light show is legit

Wednesday 27 September 13:53:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, it’s hard to deny that toys that light up are just more fun. Drones that light up? Even better. You can 100 percent try this at home with the Odyssey Toys X-7 Microlite Microdrone. It’s … [Link]

Mashable » Try to keep up: Khloe Kardashian is reportedly pregnant, too

Wednesday 27 September 13:31:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYet another Kardashian-Jenner baby is reportedly on the way. According to TMZ, which first broke the story, Khloe Kardashian and her boyfriend, NBA star Tristan Thompson, are expecting a baby early next year. This puts her due date at around the same time as the due dates of her sisters Kylie and Kim. Neither Khloe nor Thompson has confirmed the reports, … [Link]

Mashable » Team Jamaica supporters make a blistering comeback to Trump's remarks about Usain Bolt

Wednesday 27 September 13:24:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrump is going to learn the hard way what happens when you attempt to throw a country's favourite idol into the political arena for your personal gains. SEE ALSO: The first NFL game of Sept. 24 started with a powerful, unprecedented protest The U.S. president is embroiled in a bitter fight with NFL players over their #TakeAKnee protest during pre-matches national … [Link]

Slashdot » Russia Threatens To Shut Down Facebook Over Local Data Storage Laws

Wednesday 27 September 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook Inc. will be shut down in Russia next year if it fails to comply with requirements to store user data locally, according to the head of Russia's state communications watchdog. "The law is mandatory for everyone," Alexander Zharov told reporters Tuesday. Roskomnadzor will be forcing foreign internet companies to comply or … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter is testing a 280-character expansion and everyone is making the same joke

Wednesday 27 September 12:03:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter tests a new feature, Twitter users respond with sass.  SEE ALSO: Twitter's #280characters is the new verified blue tick, because people are super jelly they don't have it That's a general rule of our favourite microblogging platform. But now that with the 280-character experiment for a few chosen ones the platform wants to become less "micro" and more "blogging", the … [Link]

Mashable » How Apple CarPlay made me hate my iPhone

Wednesday 27 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe day I bought my Chevy Bolt EV, I was excited to plug in my iPhone and use Apple CarPlay to run my favorite apps on the dashboard's huge infotainment screen. My enthusiasm quickly disappeared, though, when CarPlay forced me to use Apple Maps for navigation. Nooooooooo! I took a deep breath and thought to myself, "Surely Apple Maps can’t be … [Link]

Mashable » After a death in my family, I now understand why we use social media to mourn

Wednesday 27 September 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis month, after 102 years of approaching every day with a spitfire personality and sticking out her tongue for every picture, my beloved great-grandmother passed away. She was the matriarch of my mother's family, and her absence was felt immediately. I was talking to her on the phone one day, and the next she was gone. It was a quick and … [Link]

Mashable » Google adds a new search easter egg and it's super addictive

Wednesday 27 September 11:13:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle, it's just the gift that keeps on giving. SEE ALSO: New rumors about Google's Echo Dot slayer revealed Not only has Google introduced a surprise birthday game wheel to celebrate their 19th birthday, they've also given us Snake! In a new search Easter egg that Google announced in their birthday blogpost, as of today if you type "snake" into the … [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla's 'Firefox Quantum' Browser Challenges Chrome In Speed

Wednesday 27 September 11:00:00 UTC 2017

The next version of Firefox, aptly named Firefox Quantum, is getting a big speed boost. "The idea, of course, is that the upcoming version 57 is a quantum leap over predecessors — or, in the words of Mozilla CEO Chris Beard, a 'big bang,'" reports CNET. While Mozilla stopped short of declaring victory over Chrome, Nick Nguyen, vice president of … [Link]

Mashable » Today's Google Doodle features 19 games to celebrate Google's 19th birthday

Wednesday 27 September 10:13:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNormally on a birthday people like to receive gifts, but Google decided to give something back. Also Google isn't a person, so not a perfect analogy… but who cares! SEE ALSO: Leaked pics show Google's new high-end Chromebook 'Pixelbook' and stylus Google is celebrating its 19th birthday with 19 mini-games from their past.  To play them, simply click on today's Google … [Link]

Mashable » Now you'll know exactly why your Uber driver rated you one star

Wednesday 27 September 9:56:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFirst, Uber allowed you to open the Pandora's box of finding out your rider rating, denoted by a 1-5 star score drivers give you after the ride. Now, it's letting you find out exactly what you're doing wrong. Uber has enabled a new feature allowing drivers to choose a preset reason, if they've given anyone less than four stars, The Verge … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel rejoices over the healthcare bill being no more

Wednesday 27 September 9:46:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's an strange world where a chat show host famous for making celebrities read mean tweets about themselves has an impact on healthcare policy, but that's 2017 for ya. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel's baby may save healthcare for 30 million people Spurred on by his son's congenital heart condition, Jimmy Kimmel has been encouraging his viewers to call their representatives … [Link]

Mashable » Uh oh, Trump has deleted tweets supporting the losing Alabama candidate

Wednesday 27 September 9:23:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust like every human being on earth, Donald J. Trump has regrets. Or so it seems.  SEE ALSO: John McCain just body-slammed Trumpcare and the bill's sponsor tweeted a surprising response After his candidate for the Alabama's Senate race, Luther Strange, lost the state's Republican primary to Roy Moore — this guy if you don't know him — Trump proceeded to … [Link]

Mashable » Colbert gets audience to contest Trump's NFL claim with booing

Wednesday 27 September 9:05:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Spotting contradictions in Trump's political discourse is easy, probably only marginally easier than getting a late night chat show audience to boo the president. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' is rewriting the rules of late night TV for a digital audience The saga of President Trump's spat with the NFL continued last night on The Late Show with Stephen … [Link]

Slashdot » Twitter Tests Doubling Character Limit For Tweets To 280

Wednesday 27 September 9:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter announced today that it has started testing 280-character tweets for select users. The new limit doubles the current 140-character limit, and is said to help users be more expressive. The Verge reports: "Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English," the company said in a blog post. "When … [Link]

Mashable » Rihanna shows solidarity with Saudi women in touching Instagram post

Wednesday 27 September 8:56:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRihanna has shown her solidarity with women in Saudi Arabia following the announcement that women there will be allowed to drive.  SEE ALSO: Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women driving The longstanding driving ban on women has become a symbol of the oppression women face in the ultra-conservative country. It was announced Tuesday on state TV in Saudi Arabia that … [Link]

Mashable » Electric car-sharing service begins in Singapore

Wednesday 27 September 8:34:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn just three years' time, you'll see a lot more electric cars on Singapore's roads — and at least 1,000 of those will be under BlueSG, the country's first car-sharing service. Work is about to begin on building the first 30 of 500 BlueSG charging stations on the island. SEE ALSO: BMW produces giant wireless charging pad for your car BlueSG … [Link]

Mashable » Australia's bikesharing economy has a big dumping problem—but it's not unique

Wednesday 27 September 8:22:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDockless bikesharing should be a highly effective way of getting folks active, providing cheap transport, reducing emissions and unclogging high traffic CBDs. But people can't stop dumping the damn things in rivers, can they? Because we can't have nice things, bikesharing services have been plagued by vandals across the globe for months. This week, Australia's problem has hit boiling point, with … [Link]

Mashable » Jon Snow and Ygritte announce their engagement the old-fashioned way

Wednesday 27 September 8:07:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s official, guys.  SEE ALSO: Dolce & Gabbana bends the knee for House Targaryen with Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke ads After months of speculation, rumours, and reports, we have confirmation that Game of Thrones lovebirds Kit Harington (a.k.a. Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (a.k.a. Ygritte) are tying the knot.  While People reported the news on Tuesday, everybody took it with … [Link]

Mashable » Reports of bad iPhone 8 sales have been greatly exaggerated, analyst claims

Wednesday 27 September 7:53:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAre Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus selling poorly? It depends how you look at it.  According to often-accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via MacRumors, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales are less than stellar simply because a lot of potential buyers are holding out for the iPhone X.  SEE ALSO: Report claims iPhone X production hasn't even started yet … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax CEO Steps Down Amid Hacking Scandal

Wednesday 27 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Richard Smith, CEO and chairman of Equifax, abruptly retired Tuesday following a data breach at the credit-reporting service that affected the personal information of 143 million people. Smith, who was 57 as of the company's proxy statement in March, became CEO and chairman in 2005 after 22 years at General Electric in … [Link]

Mashable » 'This Is Us' Season 2 premiere reveals how Jack dies, but there's a twist

Wednesday 27 September 6:08:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis post contains spoilers for the Season 2 premiere of This Is Us, titled "A Father's Advice." The Season 2 premiere of This Is Us finally revealed how Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) died, but of course, there was a twist. In a case of be careful what you wish for, the new episode, titled "A Father's Advice," showed us the manner … [Link]

Mashable » Marine biologist captures 'blue hole' in the Great Barrier Reef

Wednesday 27 September 5:31:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAustralia’s Great Barrier Reef already offers plenty of wonder, but dang, this blue hole is pretty cool. It was apparently found by marine biologist Johnny Gaskell, who said he spotted the blue hole on Google Maps. He went to check it out with a team, despite it being far offshore, "further than our normal Reef trips." SEE ALSO: This restaurant is … [Link]

Mashable » Stunning 15-minute 'Blade Runner 2049' prequel comes from 'Cowboy Bebop' director

Wednesday 27 September 4:58:13 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The new Blade Runner's buzz ain't done. In the lead-up to the release of the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049, a sneaky prequel has landed courtesy of Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe and experimental producer Flying Lotus, reports Pitchfork. SEE ALSO: Ryan Gosling reveals more of 'Blade Runner 2049' on Twitter The short, titled Blade Runner Black Out 2022, arrives … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter's #280characters is the new verified blue tick, because people are super jelly they don't have it

Wednesday 27 September 4:56:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter has started allowing a handful of its users to post tweets of 280 characters — double its longstanding 140 character length. But because only a "small group" of users is part of the trial, everyone else left out of the party is jealous as heck. SEE ALSO: 6 reasons Trump should stay away from longer tweets After the announcement, Ellen … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Packs of killer penguins herd fish into balls then pick them off

Wednesday 27 September 3:37:29 UTC 2017

Cameras strapped to African penguins reveal that the birds team up to hunt shoals of fish, suggesting they are both smart and highly cooperative [Link]

Mashable » So about that 'firebrand' Roy Moore …

Wednesday 27 September 2:56:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNewspapers settled on an interesting word to describe Roy Moore on Tuesday night after he beat Donald Trump-backed Luther Strange in Alabama's Republican primary. That word is "firebrand." Which sounds fun! Who wouldn't want to be a firebrand?  Well, let's just see what that incorrigible rabble-rouser has been up to over the years: Referring to people of Native American and Asian … [Link]

Mashable » Fishermen get a dose of surprise sea lion after reeling in a fish

Wednesday 27 September 2:34:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSurely the only thing better than a sea lion is a surprise sea lion. Although we're not too sure if this sea lion was particularly happy with these fishermen reeling in its lunch, as witnessed in a video by Alycia Giglio and uploaded to the 7 News Adelaide Facebook page on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: Oh nothing, just this cute subantarctic fur … [Link]

Mashable » Whoops, a hacker found a way to steal your passwords from macOS High Sierra

Wednesday 27 September 1:19:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s latest and greatest operating system, macOS High Sierra, hit the digital airwaves on September 25 — promising a free upgrade to Macs around the world with at least 2GB of memory. And while the OS is chock-full of exciting new features, it's the vulnerabilities that have at least one security researcher excited.  That's because it turns out that, with just … [Link]

Mashable » Sly dog makes a very chill escape through a gate

Wednesday 27 September 1:01:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook We already know dogs are super smart, but this one in Thailand is a particularly sly little fella.  At first glance, the dog looks like he's just taking a super casual walk. But then, without hesitation, he leaps through a very small opening in a gate, and succeeds in making a break for it.  Alas, if only the rest of … [Link]

Mashable » Google now lets you mute an ad because it 'knew too much'

Wednesday 27 September 0:49:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is in the business of knowing all it can about you, and sometimes, it can come off as a bit creepy. The search giant now lets you tell it as much through a muting tool built into each of its third-party display ads. As one Reddit user pointed out, the feature includes an option to report that a given "ad … [Link]

Mashable » Kind man pulls a 6-foot snake out of his elderly neighbor's toilet with his bare hands

Wednesday 27 September 0:49:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook What the world needs is more people willing to stick their bare hands in their neighbor's toilet to extract a snake like this good man from Lattimore, North Carolina.  Mike Greene's 88-year old neighbor asked for a bit of help in August, and like any good neighbor, Greene answered the call. Unfortunately, the neighbor needed a bit more than a … [Link]

Mashable » NFL fans who can't handle protests are canceling their DirecTV sports packages

Wednesday 27 September 0:36:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIgnorance is bliss, especially when it comes to free speech at football games.  That's what Trump supporters and other football fans who can't handle sports activism seem to think. For the football fans who claim they are bothered seeing athletes standing up (or rather, kneeling) for the right to protest, DirecTV is caving with refunds to their sports package, the Wall … [Link]

Mashable » Data, Riker, and, yes, Wesley get Honest Trailers treatment for 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

Wednesday 27 September 0:23:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Red alert! Star Trek nostalgia has hit maximum warp with the premiere of a new series, Star Trek: Discovery, over the weekend.  So Honest Trailers decided to pay homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation, which hit the airwaves 30 years ago.  SEE ALSO: These terrible episodes of 'Star Trek' are everything we love about 'Star Trek' Relive the adventures … [Link]

Mashable » Apple pushes out the first bug-fixing iOS 11 update

Wednesday 27 September 0:12:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookiOS 11 has only been out a week but Apple has already released its first update. The company rolled out the 11.0.1 update Tuesday, which includes an important fix for a bug that was causing some users a major headache. SEE ALSO: 13 hidden features in iOS 11 The update fixes a bug that prevented some people who used Microsoft email … [Link]


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