John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » Joe Biden writes Julia Louis-Dreyfus the sweetest tweet ever, from one veep to another

Thursday 28 September 23:57:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter Julia Louis-Dreyfus' breast cancer diagnosis announcement Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden voiced his support to the acclaimed actress who has played a fictional vice president on HBO's Veep. SEE ALSO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis, calls for universal health care Biden assured Louis-Dreyfus that he was there for her during her cancer fight. "We Veeps stick together," he … [Link]

Mashable » What to make of Hugh Hefner's complicated legacy

Thursday 28 September 23:40:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHugh Hefner made a fortune selling sexual freedom for the 20th century in Playboy magazine. Now with his passing at age 91, everyone is trying to make sense of the man's legacy.   He defied repressive social and sexual attitudes in the 1950s by insisting that men could make martinis, talk about jazz, and want women. And women in the pages … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Recommends Children Under 13, Twins and Siblings Do Not Use Face ID On iPhone X

Thursday 28 September 23:20:00 UTC 2017

According to a security guide published Wednesday, Apple recommends that children under the age of 13 do not use Face ID on the iPhone X due to the probability of a false match being significantly higher for young children. The company said this was because "their distinct facial features may not have fully developed." They also recommend that twins and … [Link]

Mashable » Obama, Bush, and Clinton enjoy a nice, relaxing game of golf without Trump

Thursday 28 September 23:10:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all got together on Thursday to watch a nice, relaxing game of golf.  The three were all smiles and sat together during the Presidents Cup golf tournament in Jersey City, New Jersey, snapping selfies and hamming it up with the crowd.  SEE ALSO: Trump’s buddy Tom Brady links arm with … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Extreme gusts of space gas made early black holes enormous

Thursday 28 September 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Some of the earliest black holes in the universe are bigger than our current theories can explain, but gas left over from the big bang could be the solution [Link]

New Scientist – News » Plan to slash farm antibiotic use may stop spread of resistance

Thursday 28 September 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is rising, but a plan to change farming practices and eat less meat could cut use of the drugs and keep them working for us [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hundreds of Japanese species floated to the US on tsunami debris

Thursday 28 September 23:00:00 UTC 2017

The 2011 Tohoku tsunami swept vast amounts of debris out into the Pacific, carrying over 280 species across to America [Link]

Mashable » Hugh Hefner's son feels 'personal embarrassment' that Trump was on Playboy's cover

Thursday 28 September 22:42:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPlayboy founder Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday, placing firm control of the magazine's creative culture in the hands of one of his sons, Cooper. Cooper, just 25, is the chief creative officer. He provided a strong hint about the future of the magazine in the era of President Donald Trump during an interview last month with The Hollywood Reporter. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » Air Force Gives 10-Year-Old Orbiting Satellite To Ham Radio Operators

Thursday 28 September 22:40:00 UTC 2017

Longtime Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: The U.S. Air Force has transferred control of a 10-year-old orbiting satellite to AMSAT, a ham radio organization, which has enabled it for any licensed ham to use on the air, as the satellite's Air Force missions have ended. Falconsat 3's first mission was science: measuring gravity gradient, spectrometry of the plasmasphere, electronic noise … [Link]

Mashable » Army vet who knelt before Trump shares why, you know, protests are important

Thursday 28 September 22:04:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNFL teams and celebrities have been taking a knee all week long, but a military veteran's kneel on Wednesday caught everyone's attention. Marvin Boatright kneeled while carrying a folded American flag and wearing his American Legion cap as President Trump drove by in his motorcade on the way to a speech on tax reform in Indiana. SEE ALSO: 97-year-old WWII veteran … [Link]

Slashdot » Twitter Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Linked To Russian Operatives

Thursday 28 September 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Twitter says it found some 200 accounts linked to the same Russian groups that bought $100,000 worth of ads on Facebook to sow political unrest and manipulate U.S. voters during the presidential election. The Twitter accounts, which were taken down over the last month, were linked to 470 accounts and pages … [Link]

Mashable » Uh, there's a 'Broadway'-style cover of 'Despacito' now

Thursday 28 September 21:56:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Of the many "Despacito" populating YouTube, this one is by far the most…unusual.  The reggaeton summer anthem just became a Broadway number thanks to Hamilton songstress Mandy Gonzalez and musician Tony DeSare.  Gonzalez's spectacular pipes go hand-in-hand with DeSare's smooth voice. If we had to make one suggestion, though, DeSare may need practice rolling his r’s.  Read more… More about … [Link]

Mashable » Why Google's Project Loon can't help fix the internet in Puerto Rico

Thursday 28 September 21:51:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHurricane Maria demolished Puerto Rico’s brittle electrical grid in one slash across the island. In doing so, it also took the broadband infrastructure with it. A fix could soon be high-altitude concepts for beaming internet to disaster-stricken areas from the sky, but innovations such as X's Project Loon (X is an innovation lab within Google's parent company, Alphabet) are still in … [Link]

Mashable » Wait, the iPhone has a radio?

Thursday 28 September 21:51:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATED 4:10 p.m. PT with information from Apple as well as details about iPhone usage.  The federal government is pleading with Apple to activate FM radio chips inside iPhones for the purposes of public safety. But Apple's response may burst the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) bubble: some iPhones don't even have the chips installed.  As the events of Hurricane's Harvey, Irma, … [Link]

Mashable » Robotics expert Dr. Ross Mead reveals the truth about your favorite movie robots

Thursday 28 September 21:46:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Welcome to Reelistic! A new show about how accurate movies really are. This week we talk to robotics expert, Dr. Ross Mead, about the accuracy of all our favorite movie robots. Subscribe to CineFix for and movie-related content. Read more… More about Microsoft, Robots, Internet, Star Wars, and Bb 8 [Link]

Mashable » Every course on this site is on sale right now for $12

Thursday 28 September 21:43:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you're transitioning into a new career, learning a fun skill to impress your friends, or just want to give your resume a boost, online courses are the way to go. They're conveniently digestible on your own time and now, thanks to a massive … [Link]

Mashable » Toyota and Mazda join forces to develop electric vehicles

Thursday 28 September 21:41:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToyota and Mazda have teamed up with automotive components manufacturer Denso to form a brand new company that will develop technologies for electric vehicles.   The three Japanese auto giants announced their plan to create the technological infrastructure needed for electric vehicle systems in light of current policy trends that throttle emissions and increasing EV sales. The new company formed by … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Amazon Effect' Hits Retailers Around the Globe

Thursday 28 September 21:25:00 UTC 2017

From a report: U.S. stores have been closing at a faster rate in 2017 than at any time since the recession, an American phenomenon being dubbed "retail apocalypse." Though this has so-far been largely a worry for U.S. retailers, the Wall Street Journal reports that investors in Europe are worried that it is now spreading abroad. Share on Google+ Read more of this … [Link]

Mashable » The most absurd laws in America get the photo book treatment

Thursday 28 September 21:21:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt all started with one vague conversation.“One winter evening in 2012, a friend told me it was illegal to have an ice-cream cone in your back pocket,” says photographer Oliva Locher. “Our conversation quickly moved on to a new topic but that statement stuck with me. After doing some research and learning of many other strange laws I knew I had … [Link]

Mashable » Scrambling for a Halloween costume? ThinkGeek’s got you covered with these adorable onesies.

Thursday 28 September 21:13:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Can’t find a decent costume for Halloween? Having trouble finding something that fits? Or maybe you’re just feeling lazy and you’re not up to hunting for an elaborate get-up. Whatever your needs are for a quick costume, onesies are always an option. No teeth. Obviously No teeth. … [Link]

Mashable » 'Fake news’ and 'false flag' are being added to, because 2017

Thursday 28 September 21:05:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt wouldn't be 2017 without someone (usually the president) yelling "fake news." So is adding the term and others like it to its online list. Meanwhile, words like "alt-right" are getting expanded definitions. Instead of light-hearted and fun, these added words demonstrate how messed-up our political system has become in the Trump era. It's no "woke" or YOLO situation, that's … [Link]

Mashable » These Clark Kent glasses will keep you connected to all your devices

Thursday 28 September 21:03:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Prolonged exposure to the screens can be dangerous for our eyes. Subjecting them to the blue light waves from our TVs, screens, and computers can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision, and other nasty effects.  Of course, knowing all this doesn't help when we spend … [Link]

Mashable » 'Devil Wears Prada' writer agrees with you that the boyfriend is terrible

Thursday 28 September 21:02:49 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Remember The Devil Wears Prada? That movie about scrappy Anne Hathaway working for tough-but-admirable Meryl Streep? Hathaway learns how to kick ass and take names while wearing 8-inch heels and outgrowing an extremely whiney boyfriend, Nate (Adrian Grenier). In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, the current showrunner of the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, dished about writing … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » GLEIF Launches Legal Entity Identifier Look-Up API

Thursday 28 September 21:01:29 UTC 2017

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) has announced the launch of its Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) Look-Up API which provides programmatic access to the organization’s complete LEI data pool in real time. [Link]

Mashable » A Russian weapons manufacturer built a legit hover bike

Thursday 28 September 20:55:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKalashnikov Concern, the manufacturer of the AK-47 assault rifle and largest defense company in Russia, just tested a flying motorcycle. Read more…More about Russia, Mashable Video, Military, Flying, and Hoverbike [Link]

Slashdot » FCC Chief Tells Apple To Turn on iPhone's FM Radio Chip

Thursday 28 September 20:45:00 UTC 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pushed Apple on Friday to activate the FM radio chips in the iPhone. From a report: In the wake of three major hurricanes that have wiped out communications for millions of people over the past month, Pai issued a statement urging Apple, one of the largest makers of cellphones in the US, to "reconsider its position, … [Link]

Mashable » Here's one way to propose to the love of your life—in VR

Thursday 28 September 20:40:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlex wanted to pop the question to his girlfriend Kelly at her favorite place in the world – the tree outside her grandma's house from when she was a kid. He decided to do it with VR.  She thought she was playing a VR zombie game at Zero Latency. Little did she know that she was about to say yes to … [Link]

Mashable » Dad finds out the hard way to not swear in front of his toddler

Thursday 28 September 20:35:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAttempting to keep a clean mouth when there's little kids around is no easy task if you often use colorful language.  Well, one father just learned his lesson on that front. As a former U.S. Marine, James LaPorta admits that he should really cut some swearing out of his everyday language in front of his soon-to-be 2 year old. But old … [Link]

Mashable » Pitbull sends his private jet to Puerto Rico cancer patients

Thursday 28 September 20:27:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRapper Pitbull is using his private jet to transfer cancer patients from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland after Hurricane Maria left the island without power and many patients without treatment.  What a stand-up guy.  Read more…More about Celebrities, Mashable Video, Cancer, President, and Rapper [Link]

Mashable » David S. Pumpkins is getting his own Halloween special – any questions?

Thursday 28 September 20:23:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBecause TV networks never met a joke they couldn't drive into the ground, David S. Pumpkins — Tom Hanks' breakout Saturday Night Live character — is getting his own animated Halloween special, NBC announced Thursday. Hanks will lend his voice to the half-hour project, which will air on NBC on Oct. 28. His vocal talents will be accompanied by the dulcet … [Link]

Mashable » Singer loses composure after noticing man's interpretive dancing

Thursday 28 September 20:22:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs a professional musician, you see all sorts of people expressing themselves at your shows. But nothing could prepare K-Pop singer Heize for this man's interpretive dancing.   During a recent performance, Heize had a huge screen behind her so that people in the nosebleed section could still see the performance. Well, the camera operator noticed a man in a neon … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2455: Can't take it anymore?

Thursday 28 September 20:17:23 UTC 2017

JoT thumbFocus on what's really important! [Link]

Mashable » Here's a really terrible dad joke that could be your key to Tinder success

Thursday 28 September 20:07:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooking for the perfect Tinder pick up line? Why not try this dad joke? We can't guarantee it will land you a date, but at the very least it will make your match crack up — so that's a start. Just take it from Redditor ojframer, who generously shared his go-to Bumble joke with the massesAccording to another user, it landed … [Link]

Slashdot » More Than Half of American Workers Can't Sue Their Employer

Thursday 28 September 20:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: In the past two years, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Oracle have faced various high-profile lawsuits related to their employment practices. And while those cases generated headlines, workers in almost every sector sue their bosses over emotional abuse, unpaid wages, and discrimination. The ability to sue over wrongful treatment at work is essential to … [Link]

Mashable » How Playboy unexpectedly helped create the JPEG

Thursday 28 September 19:59:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPlayboy founder and cultural icon Hugh Hefner's legacy of provocation and sexual liberality has been steering the online conversation since his death Wednesday night. But no matter how you feel about the company and mindset he built, he left behind a surprising gift, one that had an important impact on our digital world. Namely, a photo from an issue of a … [Link]

Mashable » The EU wants tech giants to automatically remove hate speech and 'terrorist material'

Thursday 28 September 19:57:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe European Union wants companies like Facebook and Twitter to detect and eliminate hate speech and "terrorist material" as soon as those types of messages appear on their social platforms.  The EU's European Commission — a regulatory committee — has long put the onus on tech companies to police videos and other content that pops up on their platforms. On Thursday … [Link]

Mashable » Russians coordinated their election attacks across Twitter and Facebook

Thursday 28 September 19:55:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRussians coordinated across Twitter and Facebook in an effort to influence the 2016 U.S. election, a new revelation that highlights the aggression and complexity of its propaganda campaign.  Twitter revealed in a blog post on Thursday that it had discovered about 200 accounts linked to Russia and that 22 of them appeared to be from the same entities that shared fake … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo settles decades-long debate: Mario’s a jerk who's been punching Yoshi all this time

Thursday 28 September 19:54:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite his status as the unofficial king of video games, it's time Mario got off his damn high horse. Or, um, high… dinosaur-frog-horse creature thing? In an interview to commemorate the release of the mini SNES Classic, Super Mario World's directors finally settled a long-running debate. Apparently, every time you pressed the Y button to use Yoshi's tongue, you were actually … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' premiered 30 years ago, and Trekkies are paying tribute

Thursday 28 September 19:27:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrekkies are marking Sept. 28 as a special day.  It was 30 years ago that the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired. Aboard the starship USS Enterprise, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (the role that introduced worldwide audiences to Patrick Stewart) led the crew through space adventures well into the future.  SEE ALSO: Use the Warp Core to charge your … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Google quantum computer test shows breakthrough is within reach

Thursday 28 September 19:25:24 UTC 2017

The idea that quantum computers can do things that regular ones cannot isn’t proven. But Google thinks it knows a problem only a quantum computer can solve [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ancient ‘sea woodlice’ had surprisingly complicated guts

Thursday 28 September 19:25:23 UTC 2017

Fossil trilobites dating back to the dawn of animal evolution had unexpectedly complex and varied digestive systems, hinting that they ate varied and hard-to-digest food [Link]

Slashdot » Ikea's Stuff is Tough To Assemble, So It Bought a Startup To Do It For You

Thursday 28 September 19:25:00 UTC 2017

One of the most popular jobs on TaskRabbit, a service that lets you hire workers for quick gigs, is assembling Ikea furniture. So perhaps it's no surprise that the Swedish retail giant has acquired the startup for an undisclosed price. From a report: For now, TaskRabbit services — where each worker sets their own rates but the company takes 20 … [Link]

Mashable » Add this waffle maker to your DnD campaign for critical deliciousness

Thursday 28 September 19:20:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. After an all-nighter at your recent Dungeons & Dragons campaign, you deserve a breakfast that’s as critical as the hits you landed during your session. Why not make some fluffy waffles, D20 style? This waffle maker presses and toasts your waffle mix on non-stick … [Link]

Slashdot » System76 Pop!_OS Beta Ubuntu-based Linux Distribution Now Available To Download

Thursday 28 September 19:05:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli writes: Next month, a new era of Ubuntu begins. Unity is dead, and GNOME 3 takes over as the default desktop environment. While this change was for the best, it was still shocking for many. For a company like System76, for instance, that sells computers pre-loaded with Ubuntu, this was problematic. Why? Well, the company essentially lost control of … [Link]

Mashable » is the hot new company on the self-driving car scene

Thursday 28 September 18:45:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery major car company is working on self-driving cars, but leave it to startups to innovate the fastest. is one of those startups, and it's making moves that have quickly cemented it as a player even among the biggest companies in the industry.  SEE ALSO: Ford and Lyft team up to deploy self-driving cars The company announced on Thursday that … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Quietly Discontinues NFC Smart Unlock Without Explanation

Thursday 28 September 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Mark Wilson writes: Android users have been slowly discovering that Google has killed off NFC Smart Unlock. The feature, which makes it possible to unlock a phone with an NFC device such as a ring or bracelet, has been discontinued without explanation. Earlier in the month, Android users started to post messages on Google's Issue Tracker website, indicating that the … [Link]

Mashable » Little girl cannot handle the fact that her new sibling will be a boy

Thursday 28 September 18:28:46 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Not even sweets can make this little girl love her future baby brother. Not even sweets. New siblings can be especially tough for little kids. But when this little girl learns that her mum is expecting a baby boy and not a baby girl, it does not go over so well. Clearly, this girl's poor mother was prepare for disaster, … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert and Nick Roll spark the #PuberMe hashtag to raise awareness for Puerto Rico and show off embarrassing photos

Thursday 28 September 18:26:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStephen Colbert says he never experienced the "awkward" stage as a tween, but photo evidence suggests otherwise. The Late Show host shared an embarrassing yet charming throwback of himself early Thursday morning as a young pubescent, braces included, and all for a good cause.  SEE ALSO: Blame Stephen Colbert for Sean Spicer at the Emmys Nick Kroll asked me to post … [Link]

Mashable » Hugh Hefner's death sparked Twitter praise and criticism from celebrities

Thursday 28 September 18:09:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe announcement of Hugh Hefner's death on Wednesday sparked a wide range of emotions from those who knew the controversial figure personally and those who just read the articles of Playboy magazine.  Hefner was known for being the publishing phenomenon behind Playboy and the sexual revolutionary behind a hedonistic lifestyle. While many celebrated their positive thoughts about Hefner and their times … [Link]

Mashable » 7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Princess Bride

Thursday 28 September 18:08:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Movies, Princess Bride, Mashable Reels, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Slashdot » 'Lost Continent' Rises Again With New Expedition

Thursday 28 September 18:05:00 UTC 2017

Tens of millions of years after it disappeared under the waters of the Pacific Ocean, scientists have completed the first explorations of what some scientists are calling a hidden continent. From a report: During a two-month ocean voyage this summer, a team of more than 30 scientists from 12 countries explored the submerged landmass of Zealandia on an advanced research … [Link]

Mashable » Plastic tsunami debris sent 300 marine species on 'unprecedented' journey across the Pacific

Thursday 28 September 18:00:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA massive tsunami sparked by the huge Tōhoku earthquake in 2011 sent nearly 300 living Japanese coastal marine species on a six-year journey across the Pacific Ocean, leading to a transoceanic migration that has no known historical precedent.  These species, which include mollusks, fish, parasites, and more, have been found residing in Hawaii, Midway Atoll, and parts of the West Coast, … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon still has no idea why Google pulled Youtube from the Echo Show

Thursday 28 September 17:59:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f80544%2f321df983 bf24 421e ac0c b538e49c28f8 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ and Show.","image":&quot~ the Amazon Echo Show","sources":[{&q~ choice,alexa,smarthome,echo",&~ choice,alexa,smarthome,echo",&~ More about Google, Youtube, Amazon, Alexa, and Echo [Link]

Mashable » Equifax apologizes by giving customers the ability to lock their credit for free

Thursday 28 September 17:58:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEquifax really, really doesn't want you to hate them. The company launched an apology tour for its massive data breach on Wednesday with a letter from the interim CEO, published in The Wall Street Journal, weeks after it revealed that a hack had exposed the personal information of 143 million United States consumers.  As part of that apology, Equifax is offering … [Link]

Mashable » Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis, calls for universal health care

Thursday 28 September 17:57:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced Thursday that she has breast cancer, sharing a heartening post on Twitter that also calls for universal health care. "1 in 8 women get breast cancer," her statement begins. "Today, I'm the one."  Just when you — Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017 But ever one to use her platform for good, Dreyfus' statement also called … [Link]

Mashable » 'Flight of the Navigator' reboot moves forward because it's kinda-sorta like 'Stranger Things' and 'It'

Thursday 28 September 17:54:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the year 2017, pop culture is still all about the '80sIt is a box office smash, Stranger Things 2 is still generating all the buzz … and now, even Flight of the Navigator is getting pulled off the shelf and dusted off for a new generation. Lionsgate is moving forward with a reboot of the 1986 adventure, with Joe Henderson … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 budget reportedly reaches $15 million an episode, and honestly, it makes sense

Thursday 28 September 17:35:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTV production costs are at a record high, according to a new piece from Variety, and Game of Thrones leads the direwolf pack with reported costs of $15 million per episode for its final season. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' sets directors for the final season and it's all becoming too real That's a staggering number, especially juxtaposed with Westworld's budget … [Link]

Mashable » Google kills NFC Smart Unlock for Android and users are furious

Thursday 28 September 17:33:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle has discontinued NFC Smart Unlock, a feature that allowed users to unlock their Android phones with NFC smart devices.  And the worst part: The feature was killed without warning or explanation. NFC Unlock is still listed as an active feature in the Nexus and Pixel device manuals, and Google has issued no official statement on the matter.  SEE ALSO: You … [Link]

Slashdot » Not Many People Are Buying Andy Rubin's iPhone-Killer Essential Phone, It Seems

Thursday 28 September 17:25:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Essential Products has sold an estimated 5,000 phones through Sprint since the gadget made its big retail debut in the United States earlier this month, according to estimates from BayStreet Research. That figure would put Essential, whose maker became a unicorn without shipping handset, well below market heavyweights like Apple and Samsung, which typically … [Link]

Mashable » How to break free from a work funk

Thursday 28 September 17:22:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEver experience a listless day where you felt like you couldn’t concentrate or think up any new ideas? Maybe you prepped to get everything done on your to-do list, but discovered that for no particular reason you didn’t feel up to snuff. Speaking of your feelings, how are they doing? Do you find yourself mentally panicked that seemingly nobody else feels … [Link]

Mashable » Even Elon Musk's mom needs to wait for her Tesla Model 3

Thursday 28 September 17:15:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalf a million people have already plunked down $1,000 to reserve a Tesla Model 3 all-electric sedan. They’re so high in demand, in fact, that even Elon Musk’s mother says she’s nowhere near the front of the list to receive one. Maye Musk, who at 69 years old just became the latest CoverGirl, told The New York Times that she will … [Link]

Mashable » Here's where to watch Elon Musk's big Mars speech

Thursday 28 September 17:05:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Friday Elon Musk will lay out his updated plan to bring humans to Mars and beyond.  The SpaceX founder's speech is expected to fill in some holes and change up some details about the company's plans for Mars that were first revealed in 2016 at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk will give a big SpaceX talk … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Workplace robots have had little impact on jobs in Germany

Thursday 28 September 16:57:57 UTC 2017

We’re often told that robots are after our jobs, but an analysis of 20 years of automation in Germany has found that robots can’t be blamed for job losses [Link]

New Scientist – News » Would ‘good gluten’ foods work for people who eat gluten-free?

Thursday 28 September 16:57:56 UTC 2017

Bread made from genetically modified wheat that lacks some glutens has been found safe for people with gluten sensitivity in a very small trial [Link]

New Scientist – News » Banning shark fin soup in the US is bad for shark conservation

Thursday 28 September 16:57:45 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 » This robotic cleaning ball is also probably the best cat toy in history

Thursday 28 September 16:52:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. After a long day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is housework. All you want is to chill, but you can't relax peacefully when you know your floors are dirty and your cats are climbing up the furniture. It's … [Link]

Mashable » Ellen Pao's ‘Reset’ is required reading for anyone in tech

Thursday 28 September 16:52:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo matter how important it is, talking about discrimination and the lack of diversity in tech can feel draining. It’s unusual to read something that’s equal parts infuriating and invigorating, but not at all exhausting.  Ellen Pao’s new book, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, is the rare story that, by going into all the most depressing details about … [Link]

Mashable » Ikea is buying TaskRabbit to help with all that complicated furniture assembly

Thursday 28 September 16:47:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIkea is trying its hand at the gig economy. The Swedish home goods giant just bought on-demand freelance work app TaskRabbit for an undisclosed sum, the companies confirmedRecode first reported the news on Thursday.  The deal will take aim at one of the most frustrating parts of the Ikea shopping experience: all those complicated assembly instructions.  SEE ALSO: Download this: Ikea's … [Link]

Slashdot » Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition to Spy on Citizens in Streets

Thursday 28 September 16:45:00 UTC 2017

Moscow is adding facial-recognition technology to its network of 170,000 surveillance cameras across the city in a move to identify criminals and boost security. From a report: Since 2012, CCTV recordings have been held for five days after they're captured, with about 20 million hours of video stored at any one time. "We soon found it impossible to process such … [Link]

Mashable » Make all your Facebook friends jealous by posting drone videos from your next vacation

Thursday 28 September 16:43:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Personal drone technology is officially mainstream now, with uses ranging from fun to humanitarian. (You still can’t get your weed via drone though.) If you’ve wanted to get your hands on this fun new tech but have no idea where to start, this deluxe … [Link]

Mashable » Congress unites in an all-too-rare display of togetherness to welcome back Rep. Steve Scalise

Thursday 28 September 16:35:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmerica in 2017 is all about division, thanks in large part to President Trump, the long fight over healthcare, and neo-Nazis marching in the streets of Charlottesville, among others. That's why Rep. Steve Scalise's (R-LA) return to the U.S. House chamber Thursday was such a warm moment of unity that we so badly needed. SEE ALSO: Lin-Manuel Miranda sang show tunes … [Link]

Mashable » GoPro’s Fusion 360-degree camera will cost $700

Thursday 28 September 16:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoPro is finally sharing more details about its new Fusion 360-degree camera. The Fusion is the company’s first camera for shooting 360 video, and it could be the future of not just the company, but all cameras. With just two fisheye lenses, the camera can capture 360 footage in 5.2K resolution and potentially replace the work of six regular GoPro action … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Flying and rolling drone will map underground mines on its own

Thursday 28 September 16:31:00 UTC 2017

Underground spaces can be tricky and dangerous for humans to explore, but a new drone is up to the task [Link]

Mashable » GoPro unveils Hero 6 Black action camera with HDR video recording

Thursday 28 September 16:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust like you should never judge a book by its cover, you should never judge a GoPro by its same old design. At a glance GoPro’s new action camera, the Hero 6 Black, looks no different from the Hero 5 Black, which was released only a year ago. But if you think it’s just an incremental update GoPro’s charging $499.99 for, … [Link]

Mashable » Apple could bring the iPhone X's best feature to future models — without the OLED screen

Thursday 28 September 16:09:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 39ae 5519%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ for the glass back, stay for the A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging.","image":&~ iPhone 8 is excellent, but not for everyone","sources":~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","sec0":null,&q~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Apple, Lcd, Oled Display, Tech, and Smartphones [Link]

Mashable » The first story trailer for 'Red Dead Redemption 2' just dropped, and it looks stunning

Thursday 28 September 16:07:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Was anyone surprised? No. No one was surprised that Red Dead Redemption II already looks stunning.  The latest trailer from Rockstar Games is mostly a series of shiny cut scenes, laying out the first few details of the story as we know them.  As Rockstar frames it, it tells "the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linde … [Link]

Mashable » Nendoroids are way cuter than Funko Pops, don't @ me

Thursday 28 September 16:06:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Funko Pops can be relatively cheap and admittedly addicting to collect. (Just ask the nine Steven Universe Pops on my desk). But what if there was a cuter option out there? What if there were display toys that were expressive, poseable, interchangeable, and just … [Link]

Mashable » Somehow, Hugh Hefner's death has brought back together Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton

Thursday 28 September 16:06:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s nothing like the death of a revolutionary and problematic fave to bring back together a friendship. Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton were the it-girls and BFFs of the early 2000s (remember when Paris made Kim clean her closet?), and while they have had a fraught relationship in recent years, Kardashian mentioned on Twitter that the death of Hugh Hefner has … [Link]

Slashdot » Companies Are Once Again Storing Data On Tape, Just in Case

Thursday 28 September 16:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: To stay up to date in the battle against hackers, some companies are turning to a 1950s technology. Storing data on tape seems impossibly inconvenient in an age of easy-access cloud computing. But that is the big security advantage of this vintage technology, since hackers have no way to get at the information. The … [Link]

Mashable » NFL rookie donates his first paycheck to cafeteria workers affected by Hurricane Harvey

Thursday 28 September 15:57:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDuring this week of NFL turmoil, here's one story that will make everyone happy.  Deshaun Watson, a rookie quarterback for the Houston Texans, donated his first NFL game check to three ladies who work at the city's NRG stadium's cafeteria and were especially affected by Hurricane Harvey.  SEE ALSO: Miami Dolphins' Michael Thomas tears up while responding to Trump's NFL insults … [Link]

Mashable » Advanced photographers will obsess over this instant camera

Thursday 28 September 15:42:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLeica has released an instant camera that had pro settings and is compatible with Fujifilm Instax film cartridges.  Read more…More about Photography, Photos, Mashable Video, Photo, and Photograph [Link]

Mashable » This next-level jacket for action lovers will keep your phone secure

Thursday 28 September 15:35:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Runners, hikers, snowboarders, traceurs and other such outdoor adventurers may have heard of JUMPER Threads. They're a performance-wear company founded by a former Army Ranger that focuses on comfy basics that function as activewear but still look good. After a successful Kickstarter campaign launching … [Link]

Mashable » Neil deGrasse Tyson's got a way to make NASCAR more exciting

Thursday 28 September 15:31:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O'Reilly have a plan to make NASCAR races more exciting, and it may or may not involve adding loops and corkscrews. Check out the full StarTalk's Playing with Science podcast on NASCAR here. StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program … [Link]

Mashable » You can buy 3D printing pens at Urban Outfitters because we live in the future now

Thursday 28 September 15:24:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. In past years, the idea of 3D printing seemed like a super hi-tech, almost fictional concept that you could only see in science-fiction TV shows and movies. Though some “user friendly” 3D printing machines are scattered throughout sites like Amazon for the common consumer … [Link]

Slashdot » 5,000 People Are Working On Amazon's Digital Assistant Alexa

Thursday 28 September 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Amazon said this week at an event unveiling the next generation Echo device that it has the equivalent of a small town of people — more than 5,000 — working on the company's digital assistant, Alexa. From a report: And Amazon's not even at full capacity when it comes to Alexa. The company's job site shows close to 1,100 open … [Link]

Mashable » Jaw-dropping beatboxers cover 'Despacito', your song of the summer

Thursday 28 September 15:16:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Okay, so you're probably tired of hearing Luis Fonsi's hit "Despacito"— featuring Justin Bieber's rough, yet catchy, attempt at Spanish singing. And maybe you're tired of hearing covers of overplayed songs. But trust us— this version of the reggaeton ditty is worth it. Korean beatboxers Hiss and Bigman nail the song's insistent beat, singing the lyrics in flawless harmony, before … [Link]

Mashable » Latest 'Terminator' gets release date, will reunite Schwarzenegger/Hamilton

Thursday 28 September 15:15:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Terminator doesn't go down easily, and neither does his franchise.  Paramount Pictures announced this week that a sixth installment of the series is in the works, and will arrive July 26, 2019. And yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back, along with Linda Hamilton. SEE ALSO: On Skynet's 20th birthday, it's time to admit AI isn't a real threat That puts … [Link]

Mashable » Lorde covers Phil Collins' 'In The Air Tonight' and we're not worthy to hear it

Thursday 28 September 15:02:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOh Lorde, we're not worthy of this performance.  The singer stopped by BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge" Thursday to give a performance of "Green Light" and cover Phil Collin's "In The Air Tonight." Although no strange VMAs dancing was involved, she still managed to provide us with dramatic hand gestures.  SEE ALSO: 15 Moments From iHeartRadio Festival: Surprise Duets and Selfie … [Link]

Mashable » Attention, evil overlords: Aston Martin is building a submarine

Thursday 28 September 15:00:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s one utility vehicle no supervillain or famous spy can live without: A submarine.  And soon, James Bond/Lex Luthor wannabes will be able to buy one with Aston Martin's brand name.  SEE ALSO: Everything we know about James Bond's new car, the Aston Martin DB10 The British luxury car maker announced on Thursday that it's collaborating with Triton — an actual … [Link]

Mashable » Does NASA have a future solution to the growing "space junk" problem?

Thursday 28 September 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice sit down with NASA's former chief scientist, Dr. Ellen Stofan, to discuss the growing problem of "space junk." 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]

New Scientist – News » Uber’s major pile-up with London’s regulators is no big surprise

Thursday 28 September 14:58:00 UTC 2017

Obsessed with their technology's disruptive potential, fast-moving outfits like Uber have long been on a collision course with regulation, says Paul Marks [Link]

Mashable » Rihanna bashes Donald Trump's reaction to Puerto Rico's humanitarian crisis

Thursday 28 September 14:56:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThough Puerto Rico, a United States territory, is in the midst of a severe humanitarian crisis brought on by Category 4 storm Hurricane Maria, you might not know it if your primary source of news was President Donald Trump's Twitter account.  Between calls to boycott the NFL and to support repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Trump's few tweets and retweets … [Link]

Mashable » We at Twitter have heard your feedback and are proud to announce: the bird logo now has long legs

Thursday 28 September 14:43:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHello friends and users! As you all know, we at Twitter HQ are so, so truly thankful for all of your thoughtful feedback over the years. We love our users, and we never stop trying our best to make Twitter a safe and fun place for your thoughts. With that in mind, we could not be more thrilled to announce our … [Link]

Mashable » Pretend you don't suck at writing with this grammar app

Thursday 28 September 14:42:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The feeling is torturous. You just sent out a vital work email visible to all the bigwigs at your company, but as soon as you hit ’send,' you notice a glaring typo. You’re already starting to sweat. “Can I Control+Z that email?” you think. … [Link]

Slashdot » Refresh Is Sacred

Thursday 28 September 14:40:00 UTC 2017

Several Slashdot readers share a blog post: There are two kinds of client applications: The first kind has a "refresh" or "reload" button to make sure your app's in sync with its server's view of the world. The second kind is broken. Of late, I have to deal regularly with several apps, notably including an emailer and car-sharing service, that … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what 'Stranger Things' would look like if it were a romantic comedy

Thursday 28 September 14:36:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Netflix has embraced the sweet nostalgia surrounding its monster hit series Stranger Things. First, the company released mash-up movie posters for the upcoming second season of its hit paranormal thriller. Now Netflix is taking it one step further by releasing a romantic comedy re-cut of Stranger Things. SEE ALSO: The Duffers insist we call it 'Stranger Things 2' like it's … [Link]

Mashable » What is the average age and education of a NASA employee?

Thursday 28 September 14:34:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice sit down with NASA's former chief scientist, Dr. Ellen Stofan, to discuss what the average NASA employee's background is like in 2017. Check out the full StarTalk podcast featuring interview clips here.  StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio. StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by … [Link]

Mashable » The Cher musical has a premiere date so start believing

Thursday 28 September 14:27:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn the day of our lord June 12, 2018, The Cher Show makes its debut at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago.  “My life as a musical on Broadway. It seems crazy, exciting and bizarre — but that's probably how my life seems to most people,” Cher said in a press release. SEE ALSO: Cher destroys obnoxious Twitter troll in defense of … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat's next trick: More dancing hot dogs, but as ads

Thursday 28 September 14:26:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnapchat just turned on another money maker.   The app launched sponsored 3D world lenses on Thursday. Now, brands can create augmented reality ads within the popular teen app. These can be characters like Snap's homegrown star "the dancing hot dog" or other objects.  SEE ALSO: Snapchat's new sky-changing filters make even boring snaps look cool For Snap, the move is … [Link]

Mashable » 'Blade Runner 2049' might just be a modern sci-fi masterpiece

Thursday 28 September 14:17:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s something uncanny about the way Warner Bros. is handling critics and press for Blade Runner: 2049. I've seen this weirdness before — and reading the tea leaves, I'd say we may very well have a modern classic on our hands here. But there are also reasons to believe the sequel to the sci-fi touchstone is a replicant of the 1982 … [Link]

Mashable » Samantha Bee: Criticizing black athletes' protests sets us back hundreds of years

Thursday 28 September 14:08:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Football and politics are at loggerheads right now, and Samantha Bee is ready to oblige with weekly sports coverage. Following Trump's tweets over the weekend and a rapid spread of people taking a knee in solidarity with the NFL and rejecting of racial violence, Bee and the Full Frontal team take a closer look at why the right is so … [Link]

Mashable » How to take shockingly rad photos with your smartphone

Thursday 28 September 14:07:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Sometimes it's the small stuff that deserves our attention: whether you're noticing the vibrant color of a flower or zooming in to see the texture of a painting. If you want to capture incredible details in your smartphone photos, get this Blips Smartphone Lens Kit.  … [Link]

Mashable » What's the difference between SpaceX and NASA?

Thursday 28 September 14:07:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice sit down with NASA's former chief scientist, Dr. Ellen Stofan, to discuss the differences between SpaceX and NASA in terms of space exploration plans. 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 … [Link]

Slashdot » Airlines Suffer Worldwide Delays After Global Booking System Fails

Thursday 28 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

rastos1 writes: Airlines worldwide were forced to delay flights Thursday as a global flight-bookings system operated by Amadeus IT Group SA suffered what the company called a "network issue." Major carriers including British Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas Airways were among those reportedly impacted by the outage. Singapore's Changi airport said via Twitter that a technical … [Link]

Mashable » Moscow's facial recognition CCTV network is the biggest example of surveillance society yet

Thursday 28 September 13:01:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe already knew that the city of Moscow is saturated with CCTV cameras, but we've only just learned the extent that the city is able to conduct surveillance on its citizens. NTechLab is a bold Russian company that is at the forefront of the most talked about technology around, facial recognition.  SEE ALSO: This creepy technology can read your emotions as … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Rejects Trump Bias Claims

Thursday 28 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. From a report: The US president accused the social network of "collusion" on Twitter, branding it "anti-Trump". He made the same claim against the New York Times and the Washington Post. Facebook will shortly hand over 3,000 political adverts to congressional … [Link]

Mashable » Maye Musk — yes, Elon's mom — becomes CoverGirl at age 69

Thursday 28 September 11:10:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMaye Musk—a.k.a. Elon's mom—has just become a CoverGirl at the age of 69.  SEE ALSO: Don't expect Elon Musk's mother to leave Earth anytime soon Makeup brand CoverGirl announced that the fashion and beauty model—who's been in the biz for over five decades—is their newest addition to their "lineup of fierce women leading the charge in breaking boundaries in beauty."  Musk … [Link]

Mashable » There's a new 'Skyrim' survival mode because fantasy warriors need food, too

Thursday 28 September 10:51:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBehold the mighty Dovahkiin, hero of Skyrim! There they stand — oh wait no actually they're curled up in a foetal position, shivering due to acute hypothermia and malnutrition… SEE ALSO: 'Skyrim' player's dating life is literally all of us It's been six years since Skyrim first graced our consoles, but yesterday Bethesda announced an official new edition of the gameSkyrim … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel wants to know if you have a condom on you

Thursday 28 September 10:24:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook There are many reactions one can have to the news that reports of STDs in the U.S. have reached record levels. You can launch an independent study, donate to sexual education programmes, or of course you can ask total strangers whether they have a condom on them. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel rejoices over the healthcare bill being no more Jimmy … [Link]

Mashable » No, that viral picture doesn't show Hugh Hefner lighting a cigarette for Marilyn Monroe

Thursday 28 September 10:11:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople are sharing on Twitter tributes to Hugh Hefner, the Playboy founder who just died, aged 91, at his Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.  SEE ALSO: 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91 Many people paid tribute mentioning Marilyn Monroe, who famously appeared on the very first cover of the first issue of Playboy magazine in December 1953.  However, a picture … [Link]

Mashable » 18-hour orgasming couple goes on morning TV and presenters can't hold it together

Thursday 28 September 10:02:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook How do they get anything done? SEE ALSO: A sex robot appears on a British morning TV show and it's as uncomfortable as you'd expect Melanie and Scott McClure appeared on This Morning yesterday. The couple practice tantric sex, and claim to be able to orgasm for hours, even when in separate rooms. The hosts Phillip and Holly find this … [Link]

Mashable » Defining Distraction: A look into how and why we lose focus

Thursday 28 September 10:01:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGot a sec? Go on, let yourself be distracted just one last time before you learn how not to be. Is it easy for you to prioritize everything you need to do, or do you put off important work because people keep asking you for input on their projects?If you’ve ever gotten into a fender bender because you were reading a text … [Link]

Mashable » Spotify's new 'Time Capsule' generates a nostalgic playlist based on your age

Thursday 28 September 10:01:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLike a speaker hog at a house party, everyone loves a solid nostalgia moment when it comes to playlisting. Spotify is capitalising on the inherent human need to dredge up the past and roll around in it with a brand new personalised playlist generated from your birthdate. "Your Time Capsule" gathers tunes from your teens and early twenties, throwing them all … [Link]

Mashable » Jane Fonda has zero time for Megyn Kelly's annoying question about her plastic surgery

Thursday 28 September 9:51:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Hey, Megyn Kelly. Here's an idea: maybe don't ask Jane Fonda about her plastic surgery when she's talking about a movie she worked on.  In an excruciating interview on the Today show, Fonda and Robert Redford chatted to Kelly about upcoming film Our Souls at Night.  Kelly began by talking to Redford about his Hollywood career highlights and his iconic … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is trying to match blood donors with those who need it

Thursday 28 September 9:14:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook is rolling out a new feature to help blood donors, and the people who need it in India find each other. On Oct. 1, India's National Blood Donor Day, Facebook will start prompting users to sign up as blood donors. People will see the prompt in their timelines, and can tag themselves as donors in their profiles, and choose to … [Link]

Mashable » Google Pixel 2 phones specs have leaked online

Thursday 28 September 9:08:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA week ahead of the official announcement, an (almost) complete spec sheet for Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones has leaked.  The news comes via Android Authority, whose staff has seen an internal document listing the specs, and confirmed it with a source with knowledge of Google's plans.  SEE ALSO: Pics of Google's Pixel 2 phones just leaked, and … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Will Offer Free Credit Locks for Life, New CEO Says

Thursday 28 September 9:00:00 UTC 2017

Equifax will debut a new service that will permanently give consumers the ability to lock and unlock their credit for free. From a report: The service will be introduced by Jan. 31, Chief Executive Officer Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, a day after taking the helm. The company will also extend the … [Link]

Mashable » Toddler steals Prince Harry's popcorn because she doesn't care for your royal airs and graces

Thursday 28 September 8:52:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho cares about the royal family? Well, this toddler certainly doesn't. She found herself sitting next to none other than Prince Harry at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, and she seized the opportunity to cosy up to him. SEE ALSO: Everything is garbage but at least Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held hands in public She didn't feel the need to … [Link]

Mashable » Channing Tatum trained James Corden for 'Magic Mike Live' and it's priceless

Thursday 28 September 8:42:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Have you ever wanted to see Gavin and Stacey star James Corden gyrate on stage? Of course you have, who hasn't? SEE ALSO: James Corden scares his co-workers in this hilarious 'IT' parody Channing Tatum went on The Late Late Show with James Corden in advance of his upcoming Magic Mike live show, and in a skit trained the British … [Link]

Mashable » LG is selling a phone that repels mosquitoes

Thursday 28 September 7:49:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s getting tougher and tougher for phone makers to differentiate. So LG's latest bright spark appears to be a phone that integrates an ultrasound mosquito repeller in its back hump, in an effort to appeal to users in India. SEE ALSO: Nokia's releasing the iconic 3310 in 3G, and Australia's getting it first The K7i's sound emitting gadget works on a … [Link]

Mashable » A.R.S.E., the Australian space agency name we could only dream of

Thursday 28 September 7:31:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile there's plenty of talk and excitement over Australia's forthcoming space agency, there are still plenty of unanswered questions over the details. Most important of all details? The name of the agency. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk will give a big SpaceX talk about Mars this week. Here's what we know Fortunately, someone out there has come up with the best possible … [Link]

Slashdot » Bell Canada Wants Pirate Websites Blocked For Canadians

Thursday 28 September 7:00:00 UTC 2017

New submitter wierzpio writes: According to Rob Malcolmson, Bell Canada's VP of regulatory affairs, Canada is a safe haven to internet pirates and the only solution is to create a federally mandated blacklist of pirate websites. Unlike the existing blacklist in the U.K., Bell's plan appears to involve no judicial oversight. "Engaging in extrajudicial attempts to block access to sites, … [Link]

Mashable » Nokia's releasing the iconic 3310 in 3G, and Australia's getting it first

Thursday 28 September 5:11:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDon’t worry folks, you'll get your dose of Snake — the resurrected Nokia 3310 is being released in 3G. Earlier this year, we got a little excited about the rebooting of the Nokia 3310 from Finnish startup HMD. Announcing a smaller, lighter, upgraded version of the classic 2000 phone at the Mobile World Congress in Feb. 2017, HMD rolled out the … [Link]

Slashdot » Homeland Security Plans To Collect Immigrants' Social Media Information

Thursday 28 September 5:09:56 UTC 2017

The Department of Homeland Security plans to expand the files it collects on immigrants, as well as some citizens, by including more online data — most notably search results and social media information — about each individual. The plan is set out in the Federal Register, where the government publishes forthcoming regulations. A final version is set to go into … [Link]

Mashable » NFL fans burning jerseys can learn a lot from 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Thursday 28 September 4:48:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNFL fans burning their jerseys and season tickets amid the #TakeAKnee movement may want to put down the lighter fluid, and turn on Netflix.  They can learn an important lesson from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Burning jerseys is like printing money for the NFL. For every jersey you burn, the NFL makes money. Lots of it.  SEE ALSO: #TakeAKnee protests are about … [Link]

Slashdot » Internet Explorer Bug Leaks Whatever You Type In the Address Bar

Thursday 28 September 4:00:00 UTC 2017

The latest version of Internet Explorer has a bug that leaks the addresses, search terms, or any other text typed into the address bar. The flaw was disclosed Tuesday by security researcher Manual Caballero. Ars Technica reports: The bug allows any currently visited website to view any text entered into the address bar as soon as the user hits enter. … [Link]

Mashable » 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Thursday 28 September 3:38:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine and cultural provocateur who pushed sexuality into the mainstream in the 50s and helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 60s, died at his famed Playboy Mansion home in Los Angeles, Playboy has confirmed. He was 91. On a shoestring budget and an idea, Hefner and his associates in 1953 founded Playboy, which became … [Link]

Slashdot » A Fourth Gravitational Wave Has Been Detected

Thursday 28 September 3:10:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Astronomers have made a new detection of gravitational waves and for the first time have been able to trace the shape of ripples sent through spacetime when black holes collide. The announcement, made at a meeting of the G7 science ministers in Turin, marks the fourth cataclysmic black-hole merger that astronomers … [Link]

Mashable » Macklemore's gonna piss off intolerant rugby fans with this song, and he doesn't care

Thursday 28 September 1:59:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not just America grappling with sports and politics. Macklemore is facing criticism in Australia for his plan to perform his 2013 song "Same Love" at the National Rugby League (NRL) grand final on Saturday. It's the country's largest event, equivalent to the Super Bowl, for Rugby League. SEE ALSO: The rise of RuPaul and drag in mainstream culture The choice … [Link]

Mashable » How an Australian VR gaming studio scored a gig with Boeing to train astronauts

Thursday 28 September 1:08:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor Australian game studio Opaque Space, you could say life has been imitating art recently. The Melbourne-based studio is behind Earthlight, a virtual reality game that is possibly the closest you can get to walking in space without being there, which has gotten plenty of attention from NASA. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk will give a big SpaceX talk about Mars this … [Link]

Mashable » Of course brands are already joking about Twitter's new 280-character limit

Thursday 28 September 1:07:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA few major brands are among the select group of accounts chosen to gain early access to Twitter's new 280-character tweets, and as with anything gripping the Twittersphere's attention, they haven't been quiet about it. Everyone from the Chicago Bears to Durex condoms wasted no time flexing their new character counts with plus-sized versions of their usual corny jokes. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Woman deathly allergic to dogs forcibly pushed off plane, and Twitter has no sympathy

Thursday 28 September 0:54:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Another plane booting video is gaining traction online months after the violent United incident.  A woman was forcibly removed from a Southwest flight Tuesday, but this time around the passenger is getting very little sympathy online.  SEE ALSO: Unsettling video captures United passenger being forcibly removed from overbooked flight The woman, identified as 46-year-old Anila Daulatzai from Baltimore, had complained … [Link]

Slashdot » The World's First Blockchain Smartphone Is In Development

Thursday 28 September 0:49:45 UTC 2017

A company called Sirin Labs is developing an open-source smartphone that runs on a fee-less blockchain. "The Finney — named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney — will be the only smartphone in the world that's fully secure and safe enough to hold cryptographic coins," reports Engadget. The company is launching a crowdsale event this October (date to be … [Link]

Slashdot » Vacuum Company Dyson To Build 'Radically Different' Electric Car

Thursday 28 September 0:49:44 UTC 2017

British inventor Sir James Dyson has announced plans to build an electric car that will be "radically different" from current models and go on sale in 2020. The Guardian reports: The billionaire who revolutionized the vacuum cleaner said 400 engineers in Wiltshire had been working since 2015 on the 2.5 billion British pound project. No prototype has yet been built, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Launches Developer Platform and API

Thursday 28 September 0:30:16 UTC 2017, a company that provides compliance software for the financial industry, has announced the launch of its new developer platform and API. [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Echo and Echo Plus: Hands on with the new Alexa homes

Thursday 28 September 0:18:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith its new line of Echo devices, Amazon is simultaneously refashioning the device most responsible for bringing intelligent voice assistants into the home and cementing the device's iconic look for the foreseeable future. When Amazon unveiled both the smaller and more customizable Echo (not officially called "Echo 2") and the Echo Plus on Wednesday, I was struck by how the more … [Link]

Mashable » FBI interns held a Twitter chat, and it went about as well as you'd expect

Thursday 28 September 0:16:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Albuquerque branch of the FBI held a chat on Twitter with three of their interns. And of course, the internet did not hold back their questions. SEE ALSO: Wikileaks wants you to believe the CIA spies on other agencies with 'software updates,' but doesn't offer examples A few of the ABQ FBI's finest – interns Holly, Gabby, and Kathryn – … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Gauging API Success: Knowing What Metrics to Measure

Thursday 28 September 0:14:10 UTC 2017

Our series on getting the most ROI out of your API has looked at all of the key decisions that need to be made as a business or agency creates APIs, publishes them, and fosters an active community of API developer-consumers. We started by looking at the key customer segments and use cases that would need to be supported by … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » The ABCs of Building API Developer Portals

Thursday 28 September 0:13:02 UTC 2017

So far our series on getting the most ROI out of your API has looked at a range of business and technical decisions that need to be made to align an API strategy with the overall business and to create the technical proficiency to develop and publish an API. Additionally, we have begun to make decisions around how to engage … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Build Great API Developer Communities

Thursday 28 September 0:10:31 UTC 2017

This ProgrammableWeb series on getting the most ROI out of your API tracks all of the major decisions that you make as you build an effective and successful API Strategy. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Best Practices and Tools for Documenting APIs

Thursday 28 September 0:09:14 UTC 2017

Our series on getting the most ROI out of your API walks you through all of the key aspects of building an effective API strategy and discusses the various options you can make at each stage of your journey. So far we have looked at business decisions and aligning with overall business goals, including building a team, treating an API … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Understanding What it Takes to Secure Your API

Thursday 28 September 0:07:49 UTC 2017

In this ProgrammableWeb series on getting the most ROI out of your API, we are looking at all the stages of creating an API journey and the choices that are made along the way. Some of these are business concerns, like building a team and defining the business model, while others are more technical in nature, such as choosing an … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Pick the Right Technology Stack to Provision Your API

Thursday 28 September 0:05:59 UTC 2017

So far our series on getting the most ROI out of your API has looked at how to ensure the creation of your APIs align with an overall business goal and are being implemented with a strategy in mind. With business decisions in place, we've moved on to some more technical issues, such as the reference and API architectures, and … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Choose Architectural Styles and Specification Formats For Your APIs

Thursday 28 September 0:00:53 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. So far, our focus has recognized that APIs are a business concern. APIs enable businesses to optimize internal efficiencies, reach new customers, … [Link]


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