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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 » Finally, a male voice for Google Assistant

Wednesday 4 October 23:46:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s finally a male voice option for Google Assistant. Still, the female voice we know and love retains her top spot. Google's male voice is referred to as "Voice II."  SEE ALSO: Bose launches new flagship headphones with Google Assistant You can change to Voice II under Preferences > Assistant Voice in the Assistant or Google Home apps.  Image: screenshot/google Image: … [Link]

Mashable » Grandma accidentally buys a super NSFW book for her granddaughter and it's hilarious

Wednesday 4 October 23:43:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA grandmother with the best intentions almost corrupted her innocent 6-year-old granddaughter. Tiffany, who goes by Tiffany1985B on Twitter, recently shared a hilarious story about a book her mother had purchased for her daughter. The book, titled If Animals Could Talk, seemed innocent enough, but when the family opened it up they discovered it was definitely not intended for children.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Mayor of San Juan wears a 'NASTY' T-shirt in a TV interview after Trump's visit to Puerto Rico

Wednesday 4 October 23:22:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhoever is responsible for the Mayor of San Juan's T-shirt collection, we'd like to take this time to thank you. Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, not one to mince her words or protest T-shirts, wore a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words "NASTY" on it to a Univision interview Wednesday morning. Yulín Cruz's T-shirt appears to have been in response to Trump's … [Link]

Slashdot » Expert Says You're Deluding Yourself If You Think You're Productive On Six Hours of Sleep

Wednesday 4 October 23:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Chicago Tribune: Getting through the workday on little sleep is a point of pride for some. But skimping on shuteye could be shortening your life and making you a less than stellar employee, according to Matthew Walker, founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. … [Link]

Mashable » Cam Newton just took sexism to the next level and female sports reporters aren't having it

Wednesday 4 October 23:16:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCan Newton, the Super Bowl-losing quarterback of the Carolina Panthers, dropped a shockingly smug, sexist comment on Wednesday after a female journalist asked him a question.  Here's the exchange between Newton and Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. After being asked whether he enjoyed the fact that his wide receiver "really seemed to embrace the physicality of his routes," Newton responded … [Link]

Mashable » Google can't build a hardware universe around Google Assistant

Wednesday 4 October 23:06:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs Google making a big mistake? The company is swapping its "mobile first" strategy for an "AI first" one, and it did so in such a public way. It's a bold move and probably necessary for a software company that wants to drive millions of hardware sales on the back of its Google Assistant.  Going forward, Google’s equation for new products … [Link]

Mashable » Normal people Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey go grocery shopping in LA

Wednesday 4 October 23:04:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If someone asked us if we'd rather win a million dollars or go grocery shopping with Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, it'd be a difficult choice. On Wednesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the queens of daytime TV had the time of their lives taking a shopping trip to a grocery store in Los Angeles. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus … [Link]

Mashable » Google's Pixel Buds are like Apple's AirPods but smarter

Wednesday 4 October 22:51:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite the onslaught of leaks in the days and weeks leading up to Google's big Pixel launch, the company managed to fit in a few surprises. One of the biggest was the new Pixel Buds, bluetooth wireless earbuds optimized for Google's new Pixel phones. But the Pixel Buds are much more than just wireless earbuds, they're essentially Google's answer to Apple's … [Link]

Mashable » How to get the new Microsoft and Samsung 'mixed reality' headset

Wednesday 4 October 22:44:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. VR uses are endless, whether you're proposing to your girlfriend or terrifying your new employees, but its most tried and true application is definitely gaming. Gamers were some of the first adopters of VR and now Samsung has unveiled a "mixed reality" headset, which … [Link]

Slashdot » US Congress Investigates Patent 'Gifts' That Evade Inter Partes Review

Wednesday 4 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

AnalogDiehard writes: Congress created the Inter Partes Review (IPR) in 2012 within the U.S. Patent Office Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB) as a faster and cheaper way to challenge and invalidate bad patents. The IPR expense is a fraction of the cost of a multimillion dollar patent court trial; it is loved by patent challengers and hated by patent … [Link]

Mashable » Danez Smith's 'Don't Call Us Dead' contains one of the most breathtaking poems you'll read all year

Wednesday 4 October 22:38:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Midway through their poem, "summer, somewhere," Danez Smith offers a vision of utopia: "Paradise is a world where everything/ is sanctuary & nothing is a gun." The poem, the opening of Smith's National Book Award-nominated collection Don't Call Us Dead, is a 25-page long elegy to the boys who were killed, in which the narrator envisions an afterlife in which … [Link]

Mashable » Obama, Bush, and Clinton continue their Trump-free tour with Texas concert

Wednesday 4 October 22:26:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThey’ve become quite the posse. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George Bush, the ex-president crew that have been seen golfing together and promising Harvey relief with no Trump in sight, are set to continue their benevolent bromance with a headline appearance at a Texas benefit concert. SEE ALSO: Obama, Bush, and Clinton enjoy a nice, relaxing game of golf without Trump … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Best Practices for Building a Secure and Scalable API

Wednesday 4 October 22:22:00 UTC 2017

APIs are the core mechanism for decoupling front ends from back ends and for decomposing monolithic infrastructures into composable enterprises in the spirit of what's known as digital transformation. They're currently the most significant enablers of innovation, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT). APIs enable teams to focus on their core value proposition while allowing customers to achieve bigger … [Link]

Mashable » Remember that 'alien megastructure'? It's probably not aliens, and that's OK.

Wednesday 4 October 22:11:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDust is pesky for astronomers. It's hard to see through in visible light, and it can obscure the true nature of all kinds of objects.  And now, it looks like dust may have been masquerading as an "alien megastructure."  A new study published this week in the Astrophysical Journal has found that an uneven ring of dust is probably to blame … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Debuts Its $400 Google Home Max Speaker To Rival Apple's HomePod

Wednesday 4 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

In addition to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google debuted a $400 speaker, called Home Max, that looks to compete directly with Apple's recently announced HomePod. The Home Max is a larger Google Home that features stereo speakers and more premium looks and materials. It's expected to go on sale in December in the U.S. TechCrunch reports: It … [Link]

Mashable » You should watch Bernie Sanders find out Larry David is his cousin

Wednesday 4 October 21:47:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOf course, Larry David and Bernie Sanders are actually distant cousins, we learned that this summer. But we never actually saw them find out. Until now.  Finding Your Roots, a series on PBS, posted a video Tuesday of Sanders and David’s actually finding out this pretty unsurprising news. And now we can see the lack of shock on their faces as … [Link]

Mashable » Unlock Jeff Koons' art installations around the world with Snapchat's new AR feature

Wednesday 4 October 21:44:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnapchat and artist Jeff Koons collaborated in an augmented reality project. You can now unlock Koons' installations in specific locations around the world. We went to Central Park and saw his balloon dog sculpture in AR. Despite it only being viewable on your phone, the art pieces will appear to be 3 stories tall. Talk about handy. Read more…More about Iphone, … [Link]

Mashable » Apple pushes out a new watchOS update to fix the Series 3's LTE fails

Wednesday 4 October 21:29:37 UTC 2017

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Mashable » The lack of save backup on the Switch is pushing Nintendo fans to endorse hacking

Wednesday 4 October 21:22:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNintendo might be exacerbating a problem it's trying to avoid with the decision to not let players back up their Switch save data. It might seem inconceivable that a new piece of gaming hardware in 2017 wouldn't allow for save backups, but here we are. And now, more than eight months after the Switch launched, a growing number of fans are … [Link]

Slashdot » US Senate Panel Approves Self-Driving Car Legislation

Wednesday 4 October 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill to speed self-driving cars to market without human controls and bar states from imposing regulatory road blocks. The bill still must be approved by the full Senate. The U.S. House passed a similar version last month unanimously. General Motors Co, Alphabet … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' is now a retro-style 8-bit mobile game

Wednesday 4 October 21:19:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookExplore the town of Hawkins and solve puzzles with your favorite characters in this retro-style video game. It's available for both Apple and Android and it's totally free! Read more…More about Videos, Apple, Video, Iphone, and Gaming [Link]

Mashable » 'Bob's Burgers' serves up a Hollywood dish by announcing a feature-length film

Wednesday 4 October 21:11:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSet your grills to medium-high, Bob's Burgers fans, because the Belcher family's lovable antics are officially coming to the big screen. Are your palms as slick with sweat as Tina's while gazing longingly at Jimmy Jr.'s butt? Well they should be, because the Fox animated show not only boasts an enviable cast of comedians, but also a heart of gold — … [Link]

Mashable » Costco is selling a year's worth of emergency food because the end is clearly near

Wednesday 4 October 21:06:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPrepping for the end of the world just got way easier. Beloved bulk retailer Costco is now offering a "1 Year Emergency Food Kit" for anyone who's getting ready to hunker down at the possibility of disaster. It seems like a pretty simple and smart move for the store, which already sells items in bulk.  The kit will run you $999.99, … [Link]

Mashable » Hands on with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Wednesday 4 October 21:03:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you were impressed with last year's Pixels, prepare to be blown away by this year's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The new flagship handsets build on everything that was great about the original Pixels and then some. After a few short demos following Google's event today, it's already clear the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are more than … [Link]

Mashable » Driver gets the perfect revenge on car that blocked their driveway

Wednesday 4 October 21:01:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Coming home after a long day only to find your precious driveway has been blocked is frustrating. And unless you want to involve the cops or know who's car it is, there's not really much you can do. Instead of calling in backup, this dude decided to take care of things himself. After scoping out the car, the man managed … [Link]

Mashable » How politicians have made it easier for men like Stephen Paddock to own 42 guns

Wednesday 4 October 21:00:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter an attack in Las Vegas left 59 dead and 520 injured on Monday, Congressional leadership responded with a resounding chorus of "thoughts and prayers" and pretty much nothing else. Their passivity speaks volumes.  There have been more mass shootings in the United States this year than there have been days in the calendar. Sunday's Las Vegas attack was the largest … [Link]

Mashable » Sorry Kris, but Lebron James is not a fan of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'

Wednesday 4 October 20:56:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile Lebron James may be friendly with the Kardashian-Jenner clan, he definitely has no interest in keeping up with them.  The basketball star was less than excited when the TV crew from Keeping Up With the Kardashians received access into the Cavalier's training facility.  James recorded his sour welcome to the crew and posted it to his Snapchat.  #PressPlay: Looks like … [Link]

Mashable » The Breeders are back, right when we need them more than ever

Wednesday 4 October 20:51:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAll of our anger sounds the same. It oozes from Twitter and the mouths of late show hosts, but how can we hear anything when everyone is yelling? Anger strikes one ineffectual note. But once there was a female-fronted rock band that made rage sound romantic and exciting, giving us energy instead of fatigue. And now, at at time when our … [Link]

Mashable » Teaching kids to code might be a little easier thanks to this robot

Wednesday 4 October 20:46:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘ROBOPAL’ is a fun, interactive way to learn coding and programming. It features 3 types of magnetic coding blocks — action, logic, and function— to create commands for the robot. The company claims kids can learn if-then logic, sequential logic, and problem solving skills. 'ROBOPAL' comes with 10 USB ports to add additional sensors like lights and fans. Read more…More about … [Link]

Mashable » Yogurt lovers will probably fawn over this device

Wednesday 4 October 20:40:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKeurig meets yogurt with this new device. The 'Yomee' allows all you yogurt lovers to make your own yogurt right in the comfort of your own home. It's also a fifth of the price. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Diy, Homemade, Keurig, and Real Time [Link]

Slashdot » Artificial Intelligence Has 'Great Potential, But We Need To Steer Carefully,' LinkedIn Co-founder Says

Wednesday 4 October 20:40:00 UTC 2017

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman joined other tech moguls in voicing concern about artificial intelligence on Wednesday. From a report: "It has great potential, but we need to steer carefully," Hoffman said on Halftime Report. Hoffman stressed corporate transparency when asked what happens if companies use AI to attack nation-states. The possibility of manipulating how people consume information remains an unanswered … [Link]

Mashable » Never forget these weird-as-hell commercials Nintendo used to put out

Wednesday 4 October 20:23:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The strangest thing about Nintendo is how it decides to advertise its products to the world: namely, with weird-ass commercials. YouTuber CleanPrinceGaming put together an analytical romp through the history of Nintendo's bizarre history with commercials, going through a handful of them featuring exploding diners and cross-dressing parents who bribe their kids with video games to keep quiet. The best … [Link]

Mashable » The smartest thing about the Sonos One is how it handles sound

Wednesday 4 October 20:10:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSonos just launched its new smart speaker, the Sonos One. The device has Amazon's Alexa smart assistant built-in, marking the first time a Sonos speaker has voice control.   I had a chance to hear a little of what the Sonos One is capable of at its grand unveiling in New York City. I listened to some tunes, then saw how … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon just bought a startup that models people's bodies in 3D

Wednesday 4 October 20:01:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon is about to get a little bit more familiar with the shapes of its customers' bodies. The online shopping giant just acquired a startup called Body Labs that makes three-dimensional body-imaging software that can be used for everything from virtually trying on clothes to custom gaming avatars.  Body Labs claims it can extrapolate a 3D graphic of anyone's body from … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Your ‘risk intelligence’ decides how much of a daredevil you are

Wednesday 4 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

The most comprehensive study yet into how people respond to risk has found that there is a common factor that drives all types of risk-taking [Link]

New Scientist – News » Different meditation types train distinct parts of your brain

Wednesday 4 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Just like physical exercise, the kind of improvements you get with meditation depend on exactly how you train [Link]

Slashdot » EU Takes Ireland To Court For Not Claiming Apple Tax Windfall

Wednesday 4 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Philip Blenkinsop, reporting for Reuters: The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) of tax due from Apple, a move labeled as "regrettable" by Dublin. The Commission ordered the U.S. tech giant in August 2016 to pay the unpaid taxes … [Link]

Mashable » Tear-jerker trailer for the new Pokémon movie is a nostalgic trip

Wednesday 4 October 19:50:25 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is re-imagining the beginning of the classic Pokémon adventure starring Ash Ketchum and his iconic pal Pikachu. This latest trailer may make you produce a tear or two. The movie is coming to select movie theaters Nov. 5 and 6 as a part of a special Fathom Events weekend celebrating the 20th anniversary of … [Link]

Mashable » Here's everything Google revealed at its Pixel 2 event

Wednesday 4 October 19:45:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is back in the game. At the company's highly anticipated hardware event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google revealed a trove of new devices, from phones and laptops to snazzy new speakers. SEE ALSO: How to watch Google's Pixel 2 event If you didn't get a chance to watch the event, have no fear: You can still check out the … [Link]

Mashable » The hysterical nods to video games you missed on 'Rick and Morty'

Wednesday 4 October 19:45:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRick and Morty and video games go together like Tammy and Birdperson. Only without the blood-soaked betrayal and stuff. The show is chock full of gaming references. But it's more than just cheap gags to entice a millennial audienceRick and Morty has proven to be one of the most gaming-literate shows on TV right now.  These jokes not only intimately understand … [Link]

Mashable » 5 ways to build genuine connections as an entrepreneur

Wednesday 4 October 19:34:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82020%2f477f0661 56af 48e1 a941 700f78f095de Read more… {"player":{"descript~ entrepreneurs know that your network is your net worth, so why haven't you utilized yours yet? ","image":"http~ the magic behind building meaningful connections","sources&quo~ business,entrepreneur businessman","sec0":~ business,entrepreneur businessman","videoSeries~ More about Business, Startups, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Networking [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Oracle Announces Blockchain Cloud Service

Wednesday 4 October 19:30:25 UTC 2017

This week, Oracle announced its new Blockchain Cloud Service. The new offering looks to empower customers to leverage one of the most disruptive technologies currently emerging. By including the new service as part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle provides access to Blockchain services through straightforward REST APIs and SDKs. [Link]

Mashable » 10 great resources for women entrepreneurs

Wednesday 4 October 19:26:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis year’s headlines are full of stories on technology’s “bro culture” and the gender imbalance in entrepreneurship and the tech world. For all the strides that women have made in starting businesses, a massive divide still exists between male and women founders: only 18 percent of startups have at least one female founder and only 16 percent of small business loans … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Wants Its New Pixelbook to Win the Laptop and Tablet Battle

Wednesday 4 October 19:20:00 UTC 2017

Google is once again trying to make a big splash with laptop computers, this time with its new Pixelbook. From a report: Google debuted its Pixelbook, a new laptop-tablet hybrid during its Pixel 2 event in San Francisco on Wednesday, a high-end version of its barebones Chromebook laptops that rely on Google's Chrome operating system (OS). Google hopes its new … [Link]

Mashable » Gal Gadot channels Wonder Woman in her awesome 'Saturday Night Live' promos

Wednesday 4 October 19:12:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Most of us know her as Wonder Woman now, but is Gal Gadot anything like her character? Well, yes, as we learned at San Diego Comic Con and the film's spring success, but in her Saturday Night Live promos Gadot channels her superhero alter ego by busting through a wall to enter the studio. SEE ALSO: Gal Gadot shares the … [Link]

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

Wednesday 4 October 19:00:00 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]

New Scientist – News » DNA testing firms are cashing in our genes. Should we get a cut?

Wednesday 4 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Companies like 23andMe that offer to reveal your genetic secrets from a spit test can also sell your data to drug developers for big sums [Link]

Mashable » Google Clips was the big surprise of the Pixel event

Wednesday 4 October 18:55:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle saved a surprise for the finale of its Pixel event: Google Clips, a small AI-infused camera that "thoughtfully" captures images of what's happening in its view.  Google designed the $249 device to allow someone using a Pixel (or Samsung Galaxy S7 or S8 and iPhone 6 and up) to be "part of the moment" rather than holding the phone and … [Link]

Mashable » A smart breast pump that was made with moms in mind

Wednesday 4 October 18:51:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMost moms realize that breast pumping isn’t the easiest part of taking care of a newborn. From shopping for the right device to finding the time to pump in peace, breast pumps are one of those devices that haven’t grown enough with the way women live their lives — until now.  From Medela, a trusted leader in breast pumps, comes Sonata®, … [Link]

Mashable » How Trump’s four hours in Puerto Rico revealed his Achilles' heel

Wednesday 4 October 18:50:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou have to hand it to President Trump. The man knows how to take advantage of a crisis: by making it all about him.  When he traveled to the heavily damaged U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, he could've spent time listening to the needs of local officials and empathizing with storm survivors, many of whom have endured at least … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Share Your Security Review Tales

Wednesday 4 October 18:40:00 UTC 2017

New submitter TreZ writes: If you write software, you are most likely subject to a "security review" at some point. A large portion of this is common sense like don't put plain text credentials into github, don't write your own encryption algorithms, etc. Once you get past that there is a "subjective" nature to these reviews. What is the worst … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL With No Headphone Jack

Wednesday 4 October 18:00:00 UTC 2017

From a report: Google product chief Mario Queiroz today unveiled two new Android 8.1 Oreo smartphones at the company's annual hardware event: the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The smaller Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch, 1080p display, with a 16:9 aspect ratio that was until this year the standard on Android flagships. The larger Pixel 2 XL, meanwhile, … [Link]

Mashable » Invite all your friends over to play PS4 party games

Wednesday 4 October 17:57:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Now that Dungeons & Dragons is officially mainstream thanks to Stranger Things, even your coolest friends are down for game nights. But when the Cards Against Humanity jokes have all been played out and you’re tired of settling Catan, things can get monotonous. Thankfully … [Link]

Mashable » Google unveils the new Daydream View

Wednesday 4 October 17:55:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is taking another stab at affordable virtual reality with an upgraded Daydream View headset.  It has a new lineup of colors, "upgraded lenses," and a new fabric. Google unveiled the device at its Pixel event Wednesday in San Francisco. SEE ALSO: Leaked images show a new Google Daydream View headset priced at $99 The new Daydream view will be compatible … [Link]

Mashable » The City of Tomorrow

Wednesday 4 October 17:52:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Ford, Mashable Reels, City Of Tomorrow, Tech, and Innovations [Link]

Mashable » Artist created dolls with vitiligo skin condition to promote beauty in every day life

Wednesday 4 October 17:44:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToys are moving into the right direction with the expansion of products catered to represent all backgrounds and more creators are taking a step further in providing representation beyond race/ethnicity.  Kay Black created a custom design boutique called Kay Customz and started creating custom-made dolls just eight months ago. Her newest creations feature dolls with the rare skin condition vitiligo. Vitiligo … [Link]

Mashable » Of course there's a Trump tweet for the 'moron' fiasco

Wednesday 4 October 17:40:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLong before he was president, Donald Trump tweeted an "interesting cartoon." Today that tweet has come back to haunt him after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was forced to hold a press conference denying he called Trump a moron. SEE ALSO: Rex Tillerson calls a press conference just so he can refuse to deny he called Trump a moron Tillerson refused … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hoovering up immigrants’ social media data won’t make US safer

Wednesday 4 October 17:38:28 UTC 2017

A plan to grab immigrants' digital profiles in the US is just another case of the misguided idea that mass surveillance is effective, says Ray Corrigan [Link]

New Scientist – News » The US will not ban guns so must learn how to live with them

Wednesday 4 October 17:38:27 UTC 2017

The political reality is that the US will never be rid of its weapons. The country must realise its gun epidemic is a public health crisis, and treat it as such [Link]

New Scientist – News » Early farmers may have polluted the sea 4000 years ago

Wednesday 4 October 17:38:26 UTC 2017

Heavy metals including cadmium and lead are unusually common in sediments from the South China Sea, hinting that run-off from farms was spilling into the ocean 4000 years ago [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat is coming to the Google Pixelbook. Wait, what?

Wednesday 4 October 17:34:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDuring its event to announce a new set of hardware products, Google snuck in a little surprise. In the announcement for the Pixelbook, a new high-end Chromebook, Google Director of Product Management Matt Vokoun said the company was working with Snap to bring a version of Snapchat to the device. It didn't specify a date. "The Snap team is working with … [Link]

Mashable » Nothing like a good troll to liven up a briefing on Russian election meddling

Wednesday 4 October 17:23:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee held a briefing to unveil the latest findings in their probe on Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.  SEE ALSO: Donald Trump called the Facebook Russian ad scandal a hoax so we know it's true But the committee had an interesting way of communicating the, erm, breadth of the investigation. Senate intel committee comes … [Link]

Slashdot » Spies Hack. But the Best Spies Hack Other Spies.

Wednesday 4 October 17:20:00 UTC 2017

Andrada Fiscutean, writing for BleepingComputer: When cyber spies known as NetTraveler were busy snooping on hundreds of government and military victims in 40 countries a few years ago, little did they know that another hacking group was probably watching them. During their investigation of NetTraveler, Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered an unusual backdoor that could have helped another attacker access one … [Link]

Mashable » Say hello to Google Home Max, a giant, super-powered smart speaker

Wednesday 4 October 17:10:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is introducing a new member to the Home family: Google Home Max. At the company's hardware event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google revealed the high-end new speakers that will fill entire rooms with personalized sound. SEE ALSO: How to watch Google's Pixel 2 event Max is comprised of two 4.5 inch high-excursion woofers, which  spread sound throughout large spaces.  … [Link]

Mashable » Survival tips for your weekend at New York Comic Con

Wednesday 4 October 17:10:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Take it from someone who’s been to the past seven New York Comic Cons. When you’re hyped up to attend one of the biggest pop culture events on the east coast, it pays to be prepared.  Whether you’re navigating all of the booths on … [Link]

Mashable » Google Pixelbook is the Chromebook that will make your MacBook jealous

Wednesday 4 October 17:06:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Google Chromebook just went to the next level. In a hardware-filled event, Google announced Wednesday a new high-end Chromebook called the Pixelbook (just as was rumored). Similar to the two generations of Chromebook Pixel laptops that Google began shipping in 2013, the Pixelbook defies Chromebook orthodoxy by boasting serious specs… and an even more serious price tag, starting at $999. … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook will testify before Congress on Russian interference in 2016 election

Wednesday 4 October 17:04:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook will testify before Congress about its influence on the 2016 election.  The news, confirmed via a source at Facebook, arrived just as Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner held a press conference Wednesday to provide updates on what their team has done since launching the investigation on Russia's interference—and to warn that Russian meddling had not stopped. Twitter also … [Link]

Mashable » Google announces Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, its cheaper, squeezable alternatives to iPhone

Wednesday 4 October 17:03:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThey’re finally here. Google just announced the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones today at a special media event in San Francisco.  The new smartphones are set to compete directly against the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, in addition to other premium Android phones like the Note 8 and OnePlus 5.  Google announced the Pixel 2 today at a special media event. Google announced the Pixel 2 today at … [Link]

Mashable » Play as nature's biggest jerk, the conniving goose, in this hilarious upcoming game

Wednesday 4 October 16:50:46 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook I am so very here for a game that lets you commandeer a goose whose only purpose in life is to be a total shit. That's what you're getting in "Untitled Goose Game," which is coming in 2018 from House House. An extended trailer highlights the various ways your plucky, little waterfowl can cause trouble. Your goose appears to be … [Link]

Mashable » Cryptocurrency investing can make you rich — as long as you know what you’re doing

Wednesday 4 October 16:47:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You may think you’re too late to invest in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and wear suits made of money — but you’re actually just in time. SEE ALSO: A beginner's guide to investing in the stock market like a non-beginner Cryptocurrency has been growing in … [Link]

Mashable » Driver decided to skateboard his dead car down a hill and it's the ultimate face palm

Wednesday 4 October 16:46:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This is the wrong time to channel your inner Tony Hawk.  The driver's car broke down in the middle of a road and he decided to use his skateboard to move it down the hill. What can possibly go wrong? Absolutely everything. He realized, while the car picked up speed, that it was probably wasn't a good idea. He somehow … [Link]

Mashable » Here are the 20 books nominated for the 2017 National Book Awards

Wednesday 4 October 16:43:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe race to the National Book Awards is heating up. On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation revealed the finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards, narrowing down its list of nominated books from 40 to 20 titles. Each year, the National Book Award honors the best and brightest new literature in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. SEE ALSO: Barbershop … [Link]

Slashdot » Steemit Is a Social Network That Pays You For Your Posts In Cryptocurrency

Wednesday 4 October 16:40:00 UTC 2017

New submitter mirandakatz writes: Our relationships with most social media are sneakily transactional: We log onto Facebook or Instagram and wind up paying the platforms with our attention and ad clicks. A new social network aims to turn that on its head by paying users for their posts. Steemit runs on Steem, a cryptocurrency that currently has a market cap … [Link]

Mashable » Google just unveiled a tiny smart speaker called the Home Mini

Wednesday 4 October 16:31:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle announced a brand new tiny smart speaker called Google Home Mini today at a special media event in San Francisco. The mini smart speaker retails for $49 (the same price as Amazon's Echo Dot), and it can be hooked up to any traditional speaker system to add an artificially intelligent assistant. The Google Home Mini can also connect wirelessly to … [Link]

Mashable » 'Road Redemption' lets you live out your road rage dreams

Wednesday 4 October 16:29:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In an appropriately violent homage to the classic Road Rash series, Road Redemption pits you against the world with nothing but a motorcycle between your legs and a myriad of weapons in your hands. Road Redemption, out today on Steam, has been four years in the making and comes 14 years after the last entry in the Road Rash series … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Phone calls can be beamed right into your central nervous system

Wednesday 4 October 16:25:32 UTC 2017

Apple has upgraded next-generation cochlear implants to work with iPhones, allowing users to stream audio directly into the device [Link]

New Scientist – News » Our braininess may have evolved thanks to less sticky neurons

Wednesday 4 October 16:25:31 UTC 2017

We don’t know much about the genetic evolution of the human brain. Now experiments suggest genes involved in cell stickiness may have given our brain its folds [Link]

New Scientist – News » We’ve finally seen how the sleeping brain stores memories

Wednesday 4 October 16:25:30 UTC 2017

For the first time, scans of sleeping people have shown how memories are moved in the brain, and suggest that the first hours of shut-eye are key for memory [Link]

Mashable » TV host wants to know when we can talk about 'how to deal with gun violence'

Wednesday 4 October 16:16:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChuck Todd, like many folks around the United States, is tired of not talking about how to solve America's mass-shooting virus. The Meet the Press host spent part of Tuesday asking why, when it comes to gun violence, the right time to talk about it always seems to be never, including now, days after a man killed 59 and injured hundreds … [Link]

Mashable » Get ready for another storm: Tropical Storm Nate is forming, to target Gulf Coast

Wednesday 4 October 16:12:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter the most energetic September on record in the Atlantic Ocean basin, with three monster storms making landfall in the U.S. or its territories, it's clear that the hurricane season is by no means over.  In fact, things are heating up again. A tropical depression has formed in the southern Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. The system is … [Link]

Mashable » The prime minister's 'British dream' got savaged on Twitter and it's genius

Wednesday 4 October 16:07:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve all heard of the American dream. The phrase conjures an image of an idyllic ranch somewhere, laden with blue skies and opportunity (and rabbits, sorry Lenny). But the British dream? Is that even a thing? SEE ALSO: The British Prime Minister's speech was one enormous, flaming dumpster fire and we're cringing British Prime Minister Theresa May's disastrous speech at the … [Link]

Mashable » 5-foot robotic snake is designed to find the source of pollution in contaminated water

Wednesday 4 October 16:07:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookResearchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EFPL) have designed a robotic snake that is capable of pinpointing the source of pollution in contaminated water. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Robot, Water, Swimming, and Switzerland [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus sings her soulful ballad 'Week Without You' on 'Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon'

Wednesday 4 October 16:06:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook We just can't get enough of Miley Cyrus this week.  The "Malibu" singer performed "Week Without You" and continued her week-long guest appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  The ballad is her second single off her new album Younger Now. The mix of classical instruments and her all-white gown gave us some serious soulful vibes.  Read more… More … [Link]

Mashable » Someone dressed as the Monopoly mascot and photobombed the Equifax senate hearing

Wednesday 4 October 16:06:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEquifax’s former CEO Richard Smith is currently testifying before the Senate Finance Committee about the company's massive data breach… but it's kind of hard to concentrate on him when someone is photobombing him while dressed like the Monopoly mascot. 2017, everyone. SEE ALSO: Turns out the Equifax hack was even more gigantic At the Equifax hearing on Wednesday, while discussing the … [Link]

Mashable » I love watching the Kardashians because they remind me of the closeness of my own family

Wednesday 4 October 16:04:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCall it sacrilege, but there's only one royal family worth caring about and they sure as hell don't live at Buckingham Palace. I'm talking about the Kardashians, the family that has—for some 10 years now—ruled my heart, and my screens.  SEE ALSO: The secret code of personal gain lurking in the Kardashians' Instagram comments For 14 seasons, I have been glued … [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon photobombed unsuspecting fans to everyone's delight

Wednesday 4 October 16:01:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Imagine you're casually getting your picture taken with friends, only to realize you're getting photobombed. But wait, this isn't just any old photobomb. This is your favorite celebrity — or in this case, celebrities. That's what The Tonight Show did last night to some unsuspecting fans. Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon surprised fans while they posed in the chair from … [Link]

Slashdot » Unselfish People Are More Likely to Wind Up With Depression

Wednesday 4 October 16:00:00 UTC 2017

People with depression are more likely to feel bad in response to perceived inequality, according to a study published this week in Nature Human Behaviour. From a report: Simply, in experiments where participants were tasked with playing a game with a strong element of unfairness, those participants with higher levels of brain activity in depression-linked brain regions — as recorded … [Link]

Mashable » 17 Halloween costumes that people need to stop wearing

Wednesday 4 October 15:58:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, Halloween, the time of year when drunk adults can dress like anything they want, but most choose the same boring and overdone costumes. Obviously, be whatever you want, but Halloween is a weird occurrence where you should show off your creativity. So stick away from these costumes if you want to avoid the eye rolls of your coworkers and friends. … [Link]

Mashable » Rex Tillerson calls a press conference just so he can refuse to deny he called Trump a moron

Wednesday 4 October 15:50:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOh, America, you continue to find small ways to delight us — even as this ship goes down in flames. SEE ALSO: The 5 most inappropriate things Donald Trump said at a Puerto Rico disaster briefing On Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called a press conference to address an NBC News story that claimed he had called President Trump … [Link]

Mashable » Honda's humanoid disaster robot is designed to search through crumbled buildings

Wednesday 4 October 15:48:54 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In its secretive R&D department, Honda has been developing a bipedal disaster robot designed to climb through crumbled buildings. Honda unveiled the prototypical E2-DR robot last week at the 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Vancouver, reports IEEE Spectrum. As the Honda video shows, the E2-DR robot can climb ladders, ascend stairs, crawl through tight spaces, and … [Link]

Mashable » Watch a Disney cruise ship crash into a dock, and enjoy the man narrating the whole dumb thing

Wednesday 4 October 15:41:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Disney Dream cruise ship had a collision with a pier last week while attempting to dock in Nassau, Bahamas.   Scott Lewitt uploaded a video of the Disney Dream cruise ship slowly scraping the side of the pier, and gives narration which is just better than the video itself. Most of the damaged occurred by the ship’s stern, which … [Link]

Mashable » Could internet slang abbreviations like 'AF' make it into the dictionary?

Wednesday 4 October 15:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“AF”—known on social media as the abbreviation of "As F*ck," became a huge trend in the world of internet slang. Acronyms and abbreviations are used on social media all the time, mostly to get a point across in fewer characters.  We wanted to find out if it should be considered a word all on its own, so we asked someone who … [Link]

Mashable » FDA tells bakery they can't list 'love' as an ingredient

Wednesday 4 October 15:32:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWatch out, Nanna — according to the FDA, that chicken soup was definitely not made with "love." At least, not if you're selling it for mass consumption. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Massachusetts company Nashoba Brook Bakery on Sept. 22, rebuking them for, amongst other things, including "love" on the ingredient list for the company's granola. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Qoobo, the weird cat robot, is just a wagging tail

Wednesday 4 October 15:23:54 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Qoobo may be the perfect cat.  It's soft, responsive, and will never scratch, dismiss, or leave you. It's also a robot. SEE ALSO: This super strong artificial muscle may bring us closer to lifelike robots Qoobo, which was unveiled this week by Yukai Engineering Co., Ltd. at the CEATAC trade show in Japan is only marginally a cat. Its wagging … [Link]

Mashable » Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling can't keep it together in their funniest interview yet

Wednesday 4 October 15:23:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling have been doing a lot of interviews lately to promote their new film Blade Runner 2049 but this might be the best one yet. SEE ALSO: Harrison Ford sips scotch and out-jokes Jimmy Fallon The pair went on the British morning show This Morning and the interviewer Alison Hammond had them in stitches. Mind you, … [Link]

Mashable » Georgia city plans to rename itself 'Amazon' if it gets new headquarters

Wednesday 4 October 15:21:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon is currently choosing a location to base its second headquarters in, and as biz-hungry cities across North America hope and pray to be the the chosen one a city in Georgia has proven particularly thirsty. Stonecrest, Georgia wants that HQ (along with the promised 50,000 "high-paying jobs") so badly that it's prepared to rename a part of its city "Amazon, … [Link]

Slashdot » HP's Spectre x360 13 Promises Up To 16 Hours of Battery Life in a Faster, Cooler Design

Wednesday 4 October 15:20:00 UTC 2017

From a report: The HP Spectre x360 13 is already one of the most popular 360-degree convertible laptops, and it's about to get faster and cooler, thanks in part to Intel's latest 8th-generation Core CPUs. Announced Wednesday, the refreshed Spectre x360 13 also offers greatly improved thermals and other nice tweaks. The Spectre x360 13 will ship on October 29 … [Link]

Mashable » 3 win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for finding a way to peer deep into the molecules of life

Wednesday 4 October 15:19:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThree researchers who developed a way to see the basic molecules of life in three dimensions won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday. Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland’s University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank of Columbia University in New York City, and Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in England were … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' actor teases that Season 8 episodes will be 'monumental'

Wednesday 4 October 14:46:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones is going out with a bang (much like the Sept of Baelor, zing), and as Season 8 prepares for production, HBO is assembling its finest for the sendoff. In an interview with The Huffington Post, John Bradley a.k.a. Westerosi hero Sam Tarly, described the final six episodes as "monumental." "Clearly every single episode of the six you’ve got … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Game of Thrones' concert series is back

Wednesday 4 October 14:43:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLast year, 'Game of Thrones' composer Ramin Djawadi toured the U.S. and Canada, bringing his music to life. Djawadi annouced via Facebook that the tour will be making its return in 2018, helping fans needing their 'Game of Thrones' fix between season 7 and 8.  Tour dates have been announced, starting in Europe in May.  Read more…More about Music, Gaming, Mashable … [Link]

Slashdot » Dawn of Solar Age Declared as PV Beats All Other Forms of Power

Wednesday 4 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

Solar power blossomed faster than for any other fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead. From a report: The institution established after the first major oil crisis in 1973 said 165 gigawatts of renewables were completed last year, which was two-thirds of … [Link]

Mashable » How to watch Google's Pixel 2 event

Wednesday 4 October 14:20:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Google's big hardware event is only a few hours away, and the company is expected to announce a bunch of new gadgets including a new Pixel phone, Pixelbook laptop, and Google Home smart speaker. The show takes place in San Francisco is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PT (12pm ET). The event itself is mostly restricted to members of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » WHO launches bold plan to slash cholera deaths by 90 per cent

Wednesday 4 October 14:14:00 UTC 2017

The global health agency pledged to reduce the death toll – now running at 95,000 a year – by improving sanitation and strategically deploying an oral vaccine [Link]

New Scientist – News » New York City mice may be evolving to eat fast food like pizza

Wednesday 4 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

White-footed mice from New York City are genetically distinct from their country-dwelling cousins, and their urban diets may be responsible [Link]

Slashdot » The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

Wednesday 4 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares an article: Every year, when Nobel Prizes are awarded in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine, critics note that they are an absurd and anachronistic way of recognizing scientists for their work. Instead of honoring science, they distort its nature, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its important contributors. There are assuredly good things about … [Link]

Mashable » Halloween decorations are way freakier when you project them on your window

Wednesday 4 October 13:45:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Cobwebs on your lawn and a green cardboard witch hanging on your door are definitely not going to leave an impression this Halloween. Moving ghosts and lumbering zombies are where it's at.  You want decorations that'll really scare the pants off of trick-or-treaters who … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Chemistry Nobel for ice microscopes that show molecules of life

Wednesday 4 October 13:25:52 UTC 2017

The award has gone to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy, which brings down substances to liquid nitrogen temperatures. [Link]

Mashable » That viral quote about gun control and abortion is not from Gloria Steinem

Wednesday 4 October 13:15:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the wake of Sunday's horrific attack in Las Vegas, people are calling—once again—for the United States to finally adopt reasonable gun control measures. On social media, one of the most powerful quotes going around highlights the disparity between how a man purchasing a firearm is treated versus a woman seeking an abortion. There are a few versions going around, but … [Link]

Mashable » This app wants to be the easiest, fastest way to book travel

Wednesday 4 October 13:14:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour own personal travel assistant in your pocket all the time—that's what Paul English thinks is possible with the newest iteration of his travel app, Lola. SEE ALSO: Uber's new CEO is Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia But it's not for everyone. English, a cofounder and former CTO of travel booking giant Kayak, believes there's an important audience for just such an … [Link]

Mashable » Tinder now has animated reactions to make shutting down douchebags a little more fun

Wednesday 4 October 13:08:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour Tinder messages are about to get a lot more animated.  No, the dummies of Tinder aren’t simultaneously going to stop opening with “hey,” but you are getting a few more ways to express yourself. Today the app is launching Tinder Reactions, which are little animations that take the place of certain basic text replies.  Image: tinderNow you can reward good … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things: The Game' is just as adorably retro as the show

Wednesday 4 October 13:04:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Stranger Things has gone full retro.  While we wait for the Season 2 of the series to begin — that's Oct. 27, everyone — Netflix has launched an official, '80s-style Stranger Things game on the iPhone and iPad.  SEE ALSO: Here's what 'Stranger Things' would look like if it were a romantic comedy The game, which launched Wednesday, appears to … [Link]

Slashdot » IRS Awards $7 Million Fraud Prevention Contract To Equifax

Wednesday 4 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmakers lash the embattled company about a massive security breach that exposed personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans. A contract award for Equifax's data services … [Link]

Mashable » The British Prime Minister's speech was one enormous, flaming dumpster fire and we're cringing

Wednesday 4 October 12:36:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt all started so well for British Prime Minister Theresa May.  SEE ALSO: Don't laugh at this British politician — his views aren't funny, they're dangerous She was giving the speech of her life at her party conference in Manchester. May laid out her party's future, announced new policies and responses to hot issues like the Grenfell Tower fire and Brexit. … [Link]

Mashable » 'District 9' director's stunning new project brings cinema and gaming closer together

Wednesday 4 October 11:33:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhether it's depicting prawn aliens in giant mech-suits or creepy heavy-breathing robots, it's fair to say Neill Blomkamp has a penchant for cutting-edge CGI. SEE ALSO: 'Rick and Morty' fans won: McDonald's will offer Szechuan sauce Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, has teamed up with the video game engine Unity to bring us his new short film ADAM: … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon owes $300 million in taxes, says EU

Wednesday 4 October 11:15:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEU vs Big U.S. Tech Companies, part 2.  SEE ALSO: Amazon's new Echo Spot is here to replace your alarm clock In a ruling that echoes the Apple one of last year, European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has told Amazon that it has to pay around €250 million ($290 million) in back taxes.  That's after an in-depth, three-year-long aid investigation from … [Link]

Mashable » Apple trapped me on iOS — perhaps forever

Wednesday 4 October 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMy iPhone may as well be lodged in my brainstem, right between the pons and medulla oblongata. I don't like to admit it, but Lord Tim Cook above me, it's true: This electronic slab is connected to my mental being more than any other object on this planet, save my wedding band. And last week, it made me crazy. If you've … [Link]

Mashable » The true story of how Macy’s built its first black-and-white Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon

Wednesday 4 October 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook e14a 629f%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ not adjust your television.","image"~ true story of how Macy’s built its first black-and-white Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon","sources":[~ on 34th street,macys thanksgiving day parade","sec0":null,~ on 34th street,macys thanksgiving day parade","videoSeriesName&~ More about Macy S, Miracle On 34th Street, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Mashable » Kim Kardashian just posted the greatest Instagram caption of all time

Wednesday 4 October 10:43:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKim Kardashian might have just posted the greatest Instagram caption of all time.  SEE ALSO: The secret code of personal gain lurking in the Kardashians' Instagram comments True to form, Kim posted an important update on the status of her hair colour. It's now blonde FYI, in case you missed the memo.  But, alongside this pretty standard Kardashian Instagram are the … [Link]

Mashable » Neil DeGrasse Tyson busts out a #puberme photo live on Colbert and it's perfect levels of awkward

Wednesday 4 October 10:31:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The #puberme saga continues with a live appearance. SEE ALSO: Celebs are sharing embarrassing puberty throwback pics for a good cause Colbert's #puberme fundraising campaign continued last night with more roundups of Colbert's favourite awkward teen celebrity pics. Highlights included tiny Tony Hale, an adorable young Jack Black, and a spectacularly gawky John Oliver. If you look closely you can … [Link]

Mashable » Very good doggo called Mochi has the longest dog tongue in the world

Wednesday 4 October 10:23:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Mochi Rickert is a very, very good dog. She also happens to have the Guinness World Record for the "longest dog tongue" in the world. Woah.  Mochi's tongue measures a whopping 7.3 inches from "snout to tip," or "the equivalent of two-and-a-half Jenga blocks in a row." When she's not dribbling, eating peanut butter, or licking her own face, Mochi … [Link]

Mashable » Ryan Gosling ends up interviewing Jimmy Kimmel about his childhood in Las Vegas

Wednesday 4 October 10:16:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Going on a chat show must be nerve-racking. You've got to go on, smile for the cameras, and field questions about your work and private life. OR… you can Freaky Friday the interviewer and ask them about their childhood. Genius. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel tears up talking about his hometown Las Vegas Ryan Gosling went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last … [Link]

Slashdot » According To Star Trek: Discovery, Starfleet Still Runs Microsoft Windows

Wednesday 4 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

AmiMoJo shares a report from The Verge: The third episode of Star Trek: Discovery aired this week, and at one point in the episode, Sonequa Martin-Green's Michael Burnham is tasked with reconciling two suites of code. In the show, Burnham claims the code is confusing because it deals with quantum astrophysics, biochemistry, and gene expression. And while the episode later … [Link]

Mashable » Kid struggling with cat on his homework is every cat owner trying to get some work done

Wednesday 4 October 9:55:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook People say cats come and sit on your laptop while you're getting work done because they like the warmth of the machine. So what do you say about cats that insist on sitting on your analog, very room temperature books? This kid trying to get his homework done over multiple nights faces the same struggle every time — getting his … [Link]

Mashable » Barack Obama crashes Michelle's talk with super sweet tribute for their 25th anniversary

Wednesday 4 October 9:47:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Obamas celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Tuesday and everyone on social media was like, "awwww, so cute!" SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama shares the cutest throwback wedding photo to celebrate 25 years with Barack We already knew the former president enjoys making grand sentimental gestures and this special occasion was no exception. He dropped a surprise video dedicated to Michelle at … [Link]

Mashable » Woman works out while wearing fake tan, lives to deeply regret it

Wednesday 4 October 9:28:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes, there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done—like working out, grooming, not to mention sleeping.  SEE ALSO: There's a sexy 'Fake News' costume and Halloween isn't even real anymore One shrewd multi-tasker decided to have a go at combining two things. Twitter user @Evemallonxx from Falkirk, Scotland, decided to fake tan before hitting the gym. A decision … [Link]

Mashable » Eminem's producer casually mentions they've finished the next album

Wednesday 4 October 9:23:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome musicians like to make a big deal out of a new album. PR teams need to get involved. Heck, if you're Miley Cyrus you even get a whole week of exposure on Fallon.  SEE ALSO: Lose yourself and $2 million in Eminem’s outdated Michigan mansion Not Eminem apparently. Or, more accurately, not Eminem's producer. On an Instagram live stream, producer … [Link]

Mashable » Nicolas Cage is now a snack called the Nicolastick

Wednesday 4 October 9:19:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNicolas Cage has become the "Nicolastick" in Japan, thanks to some creative marketing. Ahead of December's release of his 2016 movie, Army of One, in Japanese cinemas, some theatres are offering a limited edition Nicolas Cage corn puff snack that only comes with an advance ticket purchase. SEE ALSO: The 1982 'Blade Runner' film vs. the 1968 novel 'Do Androids Dream … [Link]

Mashable » It's official: Your old password is totally worthless

Wednesday 4 October 8:24:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOld habits die hard, and old passwords die harder.  But if you ever needed extra motivation to forget that ancient password you've been reusing for years, you'll find it in Yahoo's recent admittance that a 2013 security breach affected all 3 billion user accounts on the site.  SEE ALSO: Lawyer up: You can now sue Yahoo over its massive data breaches … [Link]

Mashable » Uber's driver waiting time charges start rolling out to more countries

Wednesday 4 October 8:12:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber is starting to charge riders if they keep their drivers waiting too long. The new charge, which started on Wednesday in Singapore, will start the clock three minutes after the driver arrives, if the rider isn't there yet. And during a surge, the wait time will be inflated accordingly. In Singapore, tardy UberX riders will be charged S$0.20 ($0.15) per … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel hits back at critics who say it's too soon to discuss gun control

Wednesday 4 October 8:01:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Jimmy Kimmel has already said what he needs to say about the events in Las Vegas.  But on Tuesday night, Kimmel dedicated a small part of his opening monologue to take aim the "nuts" who spent time criticising him and others for wanting to do something about gun control, following what happened on Sunday. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel tears up … [Link]

Mashable » Growth in solar power beat all other energy sources in 2016, but Trump still wants more coal

Wednesday 4 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookListening to the Trump administration advocate for reviving coal, one might get the impression that a fossil fuel resurgence is taking place in the U.S. and abroad.  However, the global statistics tell a far different story about where the world is getting its energy, with unprecedented thresholds crossed by renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power.  A major new report … [Link]

Slashdot » Skipping Breakfast May Be Linked To Poor Heart Health, Study Says

Wednesday 4 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

A new study says that skipping breakfast could be linked to poorer cardiovascular health. The findings reveal that, compared with those who wolfed down an energy-dense breakfast, those who missed the meal had a greater extent of the early stages of atherosclerosis — a buildup of fatty material inside the arteries. The Guardian reports: The research is part of a … [Link]

Mashable » China's bike-sharing heavyweight Ofo has expanded again with a plan to stop vandalism

Wednesday 4 October 5:50:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s a cheap, sustainable and fitness-building means of public transport — what could go wrong? Dockless bike-sharing has come under fire of late, thanks to unrelenting jerks users dumping the bikes in random places, vandalising and stripping the bikes for parts. Now, one of China's most aggressive bike-sharing companies, Ofo, has launched in the Australian market, picking Adelaide for its debut … [Link]

Mashable » Freight train with no driver is one step closer to a fully-autonomous rail system

Wednesday 4 October 4:49:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLook, it's just a hunch, but careering down long stretches of Australia's desert would be quite fatiguing. On the flipside, it'd make an ideal location to operate a driverless train system.  It's something mining company Rio Tinto are betting on in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with its AutoHaul system — which the company claims to be world's first fully-autonomous … [Link]

Mashable » OUCH. Yankees pitcher can't believe what happened to his teammate.

Wednesday 4 October 4:18:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOooooooooooff. Nope. Not cool.  Gary Sanchez was trying to help his New York Yankees win its wildcard game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.  SEE ALSO: Esports events are taking over huge stadiums—and for good reason And boy, did he take one for the team.  "2 Balls, 1 Strike: The Gary Sanchez Story" #ALWildCard — Andrew Hockridge (@drewhockridge) October … [Link]

Slashdot » Judge Blasts Waymo V. Uber Lawyers, Delays Trial Until December

Wednesday 4 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The federal judge presiding in the Waymo v. Uber lawsuit has delayed trial for another two months after castigating lawyers on both sides of the case for being dishonest and telling "half-truths." "I'm going to give you a schedule, and we're not going to argue about it," U.S. District Judge William … [Link]

Mashable » The Louvre rejects giant sculpture that looks like 2 buildings having, um, well you know

Wednesday 4 October 3:06:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA sculpture was interpreted as too sexually explicit for the Louvre. The Fiac international art fair in Paris later this month was set to include the “Domestikator” sculpture in the Louvre's Tuileries Gardens. The large-scale installation by the art collective Atelier Van Lieshout happens to look like a building caught in the middle of the act. OH MON DIEU il l'ont … [Link]

Mashable » In Australia, its most recent national firearms amnesty saw 26,000 guns removed

Wednesday 4 October 2:58:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the aftermath of recent events, the spotlight has recently been locked on gun control, especially in countries where it has been most successful. Arguably, the place that's made the most headlines is Australia. The country severely restricted gun ownership over 20 years ago, following the country's deadliest mass murder in Port Arthur, which claimed 35 lives.  SEE ALSO: Empire State … [Link]

Mashable » A modern art playground for adults has taken over the Tate Modern

Wednesday 4 October 2:41:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMiss running around a playground? The art world has your back. Unveiled at London's Tate Modern on Tuesday, One Two Three Swing! is a new large-scale installation from Danish collective SUPERFLEX. It's currently taking over the Turbine Hall, and resembles a rather large, colourful adult playground. SEE ALSO: Artist constructs massive playground using only sticky tape and scaffolding A partnership between … [Link]

Mashable » Russia-linked Facebook ads reportedly targeted tight battleground states

Wednesday 4 October 2:29:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs the drip, drip, drip of the Facebook-Russia scandal that rocked the 2016 presidential election continues, another damning revelation has emerged: some of the ads were targeted at residents in key battleground states.  Two states in particular, Michigan and Wisconsin, where the race was won by 10,704 votes and 22,748 votes, respectively, were mentioned in a CNN report breaking the news … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft's 'mixed reality' headsets aren't ready for primetime

Wednesday 4 October 2:26:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s the promise of mixed reality. And then there's, well, the reality. Microsoft's mystery Oct. 3 event proved to be an unveiling of sorts. A new $500 Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset was announced, and the company revealed it had bought Altspace, a struggling virtual social network of dead-eyed avatars with disembodied hands.  SEE ALSO: Microsoft and Samsung join forces on … [Link]

Mashable » Band uses delay from Facebook Live to loop a song and it's incredible

Wednesday 4 October 1:50:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Any time there's a live streaming video, there will always be a little bit of delay in the feed. If you've ever been on a conference call, the short delay is noticeable enough to make things slightly awkward, but on services like Facebook Live, the delay can be multiple seconds. Most people live with it, the band The Academic decided … [Link]

Mashable » Trump spent as much time on Puerto Rico as it takes to play a round of golf

Wednesday 4 October 1:43:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, long after a Category 4 hurricane wrecked much of the U.S. territory.  Critics have said the White House's response to Hurricane Maria has been anemic as Puerto Ricans try to survive without water and electricity, and Trump has done all he can to shout down his detractors. The vast majority of people in … [Link]

Slashdot » US Studying Ways To End Use of Social Security Numbers For ID

Wednesday 4 October 1:25:00 UTC 2017

wiredmikey quotes a report from Security Week: U.S. officials are studying ways to end the use of social security numbers for identification following a series of data breaches compromising the data for millions of Americans, Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, said Tuesday. Joyce told a forum at the Washington Post that officials were studying ways to use "modern … [Link]

Mashable » Dangerous fall activity: Catching apples in your mouth

Wednesday 4 October 1:00:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEveryone’s got that weird talent, and Daniel Hartman's just so happens to be catching apples with his teeth, sort of like a dog catches a tennis ball. "IT'S APPLE SEASON BOYS,"  Hartman yelled on Twitter. SEE ALSO: The Mind-Boggling World of Teeny, Tiny Food Wayyy better quality… IT’S APPLE SEASON BOYS🍎‼️ — 🍎Daniel Hartman (@hartmand45) September 30, 2017 In the … [Link]

Slashdot » More Than 80 Percent of All Net Neutrality Comments Were Sent By Bots, Researchers Say

Wednesday 4 October 0:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Trump administration and its embattled FCC commissioner are on a mission to roll back the pro-net neutrality rules approved during the Obama years, despite the fact that most Americans support those safeguards. But there is a large number of entities that do not: telecom companies, their lobbyists, and hordes of bots. … [Link]

Mashable » Cop rolls up on movie crew shooting armed robbery scene, and GULP

Wednesday 4 October 0:41:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "We're doin' a movie!" Those would be the first words of the rest of Jeff Duff's life — after the policeman's bullet whizzed by. Duff was playing an armed robber during a film shoot in Crawfordsville, Indiana, last week when a local cop, responding to a call of a masked man with a gun, walked up on the set, gun … [Link]

Mashable » Fascinating photos of American festivals in Europe, and vice versa

Wednesday 4 October 0:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNaomi Harris' project EUSA brings us into a surreal cultural phenomena: hyper American-themed places in Europe and hyper European-themed places in America. She is running a Kickstarter campaign to help offset costs for publishing the book. It will feature 134 beautifully printed images and is designed by award-winning Dutch designer Teun van der Heijden.The project features images of Civil War reenactments … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Is Latest Company To Ditch Headphone Jack In Its Newest Smartphones

Wednesday 4 October 0:05:00 UTC 2017

When launching its original Pixel smartphone, Google mocked the iPhone 7's missing headphone jack in its marketing material. According to Cult of Mac, Google won't be doing the same for the Pixel 2. "The company has decided to remove the aging port from its latest handsets," reports Cult of Mac. "A new leak reveals that the lineup will rely solely … [Link]


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