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.

Slashdot » Intel's Just Launched 8th Gen 'Coffee Lake' Processors Bring the Heat To AMD's Ryzen

Thursday 5 October 23:20:00 UTC 2017

bigwophh writes: The upheaval of the high-end desktop processor segment continues today with the official release of Intel's latest Coffee Lake-based 8th Generation Core processors. The flagship in the new lineup is the Core i7-8700K. It is a 6C/12T beast, with a base clock of 3.7GHz, a boost clock of 4.7GHz, and 12MB of Intel Smart Cache. The Core i5-8400 … [Link]

Mashable » Apple gave Uber the keys to your iPhone screen, and it was all super shady

Thursday 5 October 22:51:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStop us if you've heard this one: Uber is a shady company.  The ride-hailing giant's iOS app has the ability to record a user's iPhone screen, Gizmodo reported Thursday. An Uber spokesperson told Mashable that the company is working with Apple to remove the feature from the app ASAP. Uber only used it to render maps, and not actually copy your … [Link]

Mashable » Harvey Weinstein made up Jay-Z lyrics in worst sexual harassment response ever

Thursday 5 October 22:42:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMemo to powerful men: If you're caught in the crosshairs of a major news story filled with years of sexual harassment claims, don't even consider responding the way Harvey Weinstein just did.  In a bizarre statement released in response to a New York Times article Thursday morning, the Hollywood mogul veered from citing his childhood in the 1960s as a mitigating … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber's iOS App Had Secret Permissions That Allowed It to Copy Your Phone Screen, Researchers Say

Thursday 5 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

To improve functionality between Uber's app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record a user's iPhone screen, even if Uber's app was only running in the background, security researchers told news outlet Gizmodo. From a report: After the researchers discovered the tool, Uber said it is no longer in use and will … [Link]

Mashable » Russian hackers reportedly used popular antivirus software to steal NSA data

Thursday 5 October 22:28:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRussian hackers stole "highly classified" NSA files laying out how the agency combats cyberattacks and spies on other countries' networks, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. The hackers reportedly found the files via Kaspersky's antivirus software after an National Security Agency contractor put the files on his home computer.  SEE ALSO: FBI interns held a Twitter chat, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Graphcool Adds Resolver Function to Graphcool API

Thursday 5 October 22:24:43 UTC 2017

Graphcool, a GraphQL backend for mobile and web developers, has introduced a new function to extend the Graphcool API: resolvers. Resolver functions enable developers to extend Graphcool's auto-generated CRUD API with custom queries. [Link]

Mashable » 7 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Blade Runner’

Thursday 5 October 22:23:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Blade Runner, Cinefix, Mashable Reels, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Mashable » 'Brain pills' marketed to gamers embody the worst things about video game culture

Thursday 5 October 22:23:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA new "brain boosting" supplement called GodMode hit the internet on Tuesday and it's specifically advertising itself at gamers who want to be better at playing video games. GodMode is the flagship product by Boss Level Labs, a company that's weirdly spearheaded by Scott Miller, who co-founded the game studios Apogee and 3D Realms, known for such games as Duke Nukem, … [Link]

Mashable » Harvey Weinstein's harassment was an open secret in Hollywood. He's far from alone.

Thursday 5 October 22:23:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookShocking, disturbing, heartbreaking, dispiriting — yes, yes, yes, and ughhhh, yes. Surprising? Not at all. The New York Times published an impeccably sourced, thoroughly reported account Thursday detailing decades of systematic sexual harassment at the hands of independent film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The 65-year-old producer, financier, infamous holy terror with a trophy case full of Oscars — six for Best Picture … [Link]

Mashable » Terry Crews tried to answer questions while eating the hottest of wings and bless him for trying

Thursday 5 October 22:15:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Wings bring out the fire (and hallucinations) in Terry Crews.  The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor starred on the Youtube channel First We Feast's Hot Ones. The series interviews people while feeding them the hottest wings they can find. Crews answered personal questions, analyzed his Instagram account, and was doing well with the level of hotness of the wings until he reached … [Link]

Mashable » Electric-hybrid planes could be in the air by 2022

Thursday 5 October 22:12:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookZunum Aero, the Boeing and JetBlue-backed hybrid-electric aviation startup, just set a delivery date for its first next-gen airplanes: 2022.  The company released the design specs for its debut 12-seat production aircraft, its first major announcement since emerging from stealth mode back in April with big plans to revolutionize the aviation industry.   The company introduced the hybrid-electric planes with a … [Link]

Mashable » Bored driver takes playing with a yo-yo to a new level

Thursday 5 October 22:11:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs there anything more relaxing that taking a nice, long drive, playing with a new yo-yo, and bumping Kendrick Lamar? Our guess is no. SEE ALSO: Driver gets the perfect revenge on car that blocked their driveway One such motorist was having the time of his life, but really didn't want to be filmed. While it's probable not the safest thing … [Link]

Mashable » Unafraid of emotion, Paramore delivers the therapeutic pop-rock show 2017 needs

Thursday 5 October 22:03:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwo magical entities ruled Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday night: Hayley Williams and feelings. Not only has the 28-year-old singer always fronted Paramore, she's always been Paramore—at least the embodiment of it, anyway—her clear, formidable voice and delightfully fizzy stage presence always rising above the band's rotating cast and remarkably bold genre switches over the years. It's largely thanks to … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Race To Create Synthetic Blood in the Wake of Mass Tragedies

Thursday 5 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Scientists have been working on creating synthetic blood for years now. The hope is that this substance will have a longer shelf life than human blood — which can only be refrigerated for 42 days — and eventually can be packaged and stored for use in emergencies. If this works, thousands of lives could … [Link]

Mashable » This couple started dating thanks to a tweet and now they're engaged

Thursday 5 October 21:57:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou know what they say: first comes the DM, then comes marriage … That's what happened to Madison O’Neill, 20, and Charlie Dohrmann, 21. The couple, who are both from Des Moines, Iowa, knew each other from high school, but not on a personal level.  That all changed the day O’Neill tweeted asking if anyone was interested in being her date … [Link]

Mashable » Google's 'Pixel Buds' may be the key to breaking the language barrier

Thursday 5 October 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle’s new Pixel Buds are the most impressive (wireless) headphones of 2017. They have the Google Assistant built-in and ready to go. Google claims an impressive battery life, and real-time language translation. All for the price of your AirPods. Read more…More about Google, Mashable Video, Google Maps, Google Play, and Google Doodle [Link]

Mashable » Cryptocurrency rules everything around Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah

Thursday 5 October 21:39:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lot has changed since the '90s — just ask Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, whose world is now ruled by cryptocurrency instead of dollar dollar bills y'all. For the rapper's latest venture, Ghostface casually left the mic to co-found a new cryptocurrency firm called Cream Capitol. Cream — which stands for "Crypto Rules Everything Around Me" in celebration of Wu Tang's hit … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Launches Cloud Firestore NoSQL Document Database

Thursday 5 October 21:35:59 UTC 2017

Google has launched Cloud Firestore, a NoSQL document database that is fully-managed and now available in beta. Cloud Firestore is a multi-region replicated database designed to ensure that data remains intact despite unforeseen disasters. Developers can use Google’s new NoSQL document database to build data-driven mobile and web apps at global scale. [Link]

Mashable » Amber Rose posted an important Instagram message about Cam Newton's sexist remarks

Thursday 5 October 21:35:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmber Rose — host of the annual Slutwalk, which celebrates women's rights and works to put an end to rape culture — is all about female empowerment. So it should come as no surprise that she had quite a few thoughts about Cam Newton's recent sexist remarks to a female sports journalist. On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback told Jourdan Rodrigue, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Friends' called that 'Black Mirror' episode years before it happened

Thursday 5 October 21:27:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "San Junipero" is a revelation in more ways than one; the episode recently won multiple Emmys, and it already stood out as the singular feel-good episode of the bleak and existential Black Mirror. But it turns out the episode idea came decades ago, from one Dr. Ross Gellar (David Schwimmer) on Friends. SEE ALSO: 'Orange is the New Black' did … [Link]

Mashable » Dear Weather Channel, you're bad at naming things

Thursday 5 October 21:25:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Weather Channel has just made it a little bit easier for us to break the ice  withtotal strangers.  The next time you're at an uncomfortable gathering and don't exactly know what to say, you're conversation starter can include the new list of winter storm names that have been introduced to the world, once again, for the 2017-2018 year.  Because they're … [Link]

Slashdot » Nearly 4 Million People In US Still Subscribe To Netflix DVDs By Mail

Thursday 5 October 21:20:00 UTC 2017

The biggest Netflix-related news today is that the company is raising its streaming videos prices, from $9.99 a month to $10.99. But there is another interesting nugget of information to consider: Netflix still has 3.7 million DVD subscribers in the U.S. who get their discs delivered through the mail for the same $7.99 a month it had previously cost. Recode … [Link]

Mashable » Watch the haunting true story of a cursed doll in this 'Lore' sneak peek

Thursday 5 October 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you miss the days of hearing ghost stories  around the campfire, you're in for a treat (and a few tricks.)  The popular Lore podcast is a weekly dive into history's most haunting folktales, each story striking an eerie balance somewhere between "true" and "imagined." Now, Amazon is bringing the concept to TV, adding a mixture of historical photos, creepy … [Link]

Mashable » You have to see these iPhone 8 Plus Portrait Lighting cosplay photos

Thursday 5 October 20:54:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNew York Comic Con is perhaps the only place where you can see Batman and Deadpool standing side by side or a half-a-dozen Harley Quinns purposefully ignoring each other. It's basically like the cosplay Olympics on the floor of New York's comics, pop-culture, sci-fi and gaming convention. It's also the perfect place to capture indelible images of many of these home-grown, … [Link]

Mashable » Online video stars need to get paid—this startup thinks cryptocurrency is the answer

Thursday 5 October 20:50:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook, Google, Amazon, and Twitter are dominating live-streaming video. With their platforms Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitch, and Periscope anyone can reach billions of people. So, why would people bother with anything else?  SEE ALSO: Mark Cuban-backed Unikrn to launch cryptocurrency for esports betting The team behind YouNow thinks it has the answer: pay creators with cryptocurrency. Yes, really. "This is asymmetric … [Link]

Mashable » Pass the popcorn: The 'Fast and Furious' dudes are feuding again

Thursday 5 October 20:49:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDisappointed that Fast 9 isn't coming 'til 2020? Yeah, so is Tyrese Gibson.  Unlike you, though, Gibson is willing to publicly call out Dwayne Johnson over it. SEE ALSO: 'Fast and Furious 9' is coming out a whole lot slower than fans expected In an Instagram post, Gibson accused his Fate of the Furious (and Furious 7, and Fast & Furious … [Link]

Mashable » Mother Nature can't stop won't stop with the hurricanes, as Tropical Storm Nate targets Gulf Coast

Thursday 5 October 20:43:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe extraordinarily destructive and deadly 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues, now with Tropical Storm Nate, currently a tiny storm causing flooding in Nicaragua and Honduras, poised to become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. There are many uncertainties with this storm, primarily concerning its structure and intensification, but computer models are coming into agreement that residents from coastal Louisiana to … [Link]

Slashdot » Boeing-Backed, Hybrid-Electric Commuter Plane To Hit Market In 2022

Thursday 5 October 20:43:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A Seattle-area startup, backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing and JetBlue announced plans on Thursday to bring a small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market by 2022. The small airliner is the first of several planes planned by Zunum Aero, which said it would seat up to 12 passengers and be … [Link]

Mashable » Hover cars aren't as far off as you think—meet the Renault Float concept

Thursday 5 October 20:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Float is a concept car by Yunchen Chai. It won the design competition hosted by Renault and Central Saint Martins. The participants of the competition had to design a car that emphasized electric power, autonomous driving, and connected technology.  This car uses Meglev technology, is non-directional, and a magnetic belt to attach multiple pods. The Float would even come with … [Link]

Mashable » Hell freezes over as NRA supports a gun control measure

Thursday 5 October 20:26:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe NRA has been particularly quiet in the days following the deadly Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured. Its Twitter account hasn't posted anything since Sept. 29 and the organization has refrained from any public comment. Until now. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel tears up talking about his hometown Las Vegas In a brief statement issued Thursday, … [Link]

Mashable » This is how cheaters are dealt with in esports

Thursday 5 October 20:20:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmong the many challenges facing the esports industry, combatting cheaters is one of the most intricate and important. The digital nature of gaming creates unprecedented threats to integrity and fair play, unlike those seen in traditional sports. Add game publishers to the mix, who often (but not always) take justice into their own hands, and things get even more complicated.  Read … [Link]

Slashdot » Another Thing Amazon Is Disrupting: Business-School Recruiting

Thursday 5 October 20:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon, disrupter of industries from book selling to grocery shopping, has found its latest sector to upend — recruiting at the nation's elite business schools. The Seattle-based retail giant is now the top recruiter at the business schools of Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University and University of California, Berkeley. It is the biggest internship … [Link]

Slashdot » Toymaker Mattel Cancels AI Babysitter After Privacy Complaints

Thursday 5 October 19:35:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Toymaker Mattel has shelved plans to build an "all-in-one voice-controlled smart baby monitor," after complaints about the device were raised by privacy advocates and child psychologists. According to a report from The Washington Post, the company said in a statement that the device, named Aristotle, did not "fully align with Mattel's new technology strategy" … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View': You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll sigh

Thursday 5 October 19:32:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou watch the original 40-year-old Star Wars again and still, after all this time, you have new questions. Why in the Force did that Imperial Officer tell his gunner not to fire on the escape pod containing Threepio and R2-D2? What was on the mind of the red astromech with the bad motivator, or the mouse droid that skittered away from … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Side effects are worse when we think medication looks expensive

Thursday 5 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

People have been found to experience stronger side effects when a treatment looks more expensive, according to a study of the nocebo effect [Link]

New Scientist – News » The most precise atomic clock ever made is a cube of quantum gas

Thursday 5 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

The best atomic clock will only be out of sync 3.5 times in every 10 quintillion ticks. It could help test general relativity and hunt for gravitational waves [Link]

New Scientist – News » Neonicotinoid pesticides found in honey from every continent

Thursday 5 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

The discovery of neonicotinoid pesticides in honey means pollinating insects like bees regularly eat dangerous amounts of the pesticides [Link]

Mashable » Connecticut is the first state to officially welcome esports into high schools

Thursday 5 October 19:26:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookConnecticut high schoolers are going to get a chance to prove themselves on the digital battleground thanks to a new interscholastic esports program. Connecticut became the first state to partner with the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF), EGF announced last week. This means high school-level esports competitors will start competing against each other in regular seasons starting this spring. SEE ALSO: Dad … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to plan and outline your novel in less than 3 hours

Thursday 5 October 19:21:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Your high school english teacher was right — outlining is one of the most important steps in the writing process. It's also one of the most tedious and frustrating. Find out how to streamline the planning stage and get right to the good stuff … [Link]

Mashable » This Kickstarter campaign wants to help keep your Mac charger organized

Thursday 5 October 19:02:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. MacBook users everywhere have the same complaint: its charger kind of sucks. The wires are too chunky to wrap up, making it difficult to pack up alongside your laptop. And if it breaks (and it probably will), that's almost $80 out of your pocket. … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk just fanboyed the science on 'Rick and Morty' and it got too real

Thursday 5 October 19:00:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat a lovely day to carry out the meaningless of existence in this simulated reality. The birds are chirping, sun is shinning, and there's only a couple hundred glitches happening in the Matrix right now. Oh, and Tony Stark-wannabe Elon Musk just straight up fanboyed Rick and Morty on Twitter — until it got weird. Wubbalubbadubdub, to all my birdpeople in … [Link]

Mashable » A wireless mouse that only needs to be charged once every three months, for under $10

Thursday 5 October 18:55:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. We all love our devices dearly but can probably agree on one thing: using a touchpad or screen just isn't comfortable. You can get a wireless mouse, but the batteries need to be replaced regularly. Why can't things just be easy? A wireless, rechargeable … [Link]

Slashdot » Hundreds of Printers Expose Backend Panels and Password Reset Functions Online

Thursday 5 October 18:55:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A security researcher has found nearly 700 Brother printers left exposed online, allowing access to the password reset function to anyone who knows what to look for. Discovered by Ankit Anubhav, Principal Researcher at NewSky Security, the printers offer full access to their administration panel over the Internet. Anubhav has provided Bleeping Computer with a … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is spending $1 billion for a building that basically no one will work in

Thursday 5 October 18:50:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Commonwealth of Virginia celebrated on Thursday with the announcement that Facebook would be investing $1 billion to build a massive, new facility in the state.  There's a catch. Facebook's building will be a data center—and it will require almost no people to operate.  The project will mean plenty of money spent on construction and then 100 jobs in the data … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We just found nineteen new species of gecko in one tiny area

Thursday 5 October 18:40:00 UTC 2017

The discovery of so many closely-related vertebrate species within such a small area is unprecedented [Link]

Mashable » This adorable stuffed animal robot helps your kid stay curious

Thursday 5 October 18:39:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Parenting and AI aren't usually something you think of as going hand in hand, but the people behind this Kickstarter campaign have created a robot that both parents and kids will love. Parents, you know that kids ask a lot of questions. Well, get … [Link]

Mashable » Trump is sending us back to the moon… Yay?

Thursday 5 October 18:32:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe worst-kept secret in space policy is finally out: The Trump administration wants to send astronauts back to the moon.  On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the administration is directing NASA back to the moon instead of continuing on with the Obama administration's plans to send people to Mars, bypassing the moon in the coming decades.  "We will return … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft launches preview mobile app for Edge, the browser almost no one uses

Thursday 5 October 18:24:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMicrosoft just announced that it will bring its Edge browser to iOS and Android, starting with new preview apps on both platforms. The software giant, which hasn't had the best track record with its own mobile projects, is finally introducing Edge to the two dominant smartphone ecosystems after launching for Windows PCs back in 2015. The main appeal of an Edge … [Link]

Mashable » Yes, it is necessary to carry your cat in this backpack everywhere you go

Thursday 5 October 18:22:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. In an ideal world, we would be able to comfortably take our fur babies with us wherever we go. Great news: we are now in that ideal world. Meet the U-pet Bubble Window Pet Carrier, the future of dog and cat transportation. This isn’t … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Addresses a Bug That Caused Disk Utility in macOS High Sierra To Expose Passwords of Encrypted APFS Volumes

Thursday 5 October 18:15:00 UTC 2017

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumours: Brazilian software developer Matheus Mariano appears to have discovered a significant Disk Utility bug that exposes the passwords of encrypted Apple File System volumes in plain text on macOS High Sierra. Mariano added a new encrypted APFS volume to a container, set a password and hint, and unmounted and remounted the container in order to … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat's next trick could be adding facial recognition to Bitmoji

Thursday 5 October 18:08:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt looks like Snapchat is working on a new feature that uses facial recognition to automatically create Bitmoji. A new patent application made public Thursday, but filed by the company last March, describes a process that uses facial recognition tech for "automated avatar generation."  SEE ALSO: Snapchat's next trick: More dancing hot dogs, but as ads The patent details a process … [Link]

Mashable » Artist digitally vandalizes Snapchat's AR balloon dog in protest

Thursday 5 October 18:07:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnapchat recently launched a collaboration with Jeff Koons to showcase his iconic sculptures across the world using the platform's augmented reality feature. But not all artists are thrilled with the idea. On Wednesday New York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz and his studio Cross Lab protested Snapchat's latest attempt to woo users by vandalizing Koons' Balloon Dog installation, which appears on the app … [Link]

Mashable » Ikea is taking on the indoor farming industry

Thursday 5 October 18:00:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSpace10, Ikea's innovation lab, is developing a prototype for an indoor farm. It uses a system called hydroponic gardening, which allows the plants to grow under an LED light. This process allows plants to grow in significantly less time, and with less water, than they would outdoors. While the lab uses smart sensors to control and measure the growth of the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » TRX Systems' 3D "Indoor GPS" Solutions Guide First Responders In Lethal Situations (includes podcast)

Thursday 5 October 17:59:55 UTC 2017

The scenario is becoming increasingly familiar to anyone who pays attention to the news or social media: a unpredictable lethal incident of some sort is underway. It could involve bombs, guns or other weapons. It could be terrorists, lone wolves, protestors or anti-protestors. Between news helicopters and smartphone users in the vicinity, a deadly incident gets livestreamed to the Internet … [Link]

Mashable » This bro made a sexist joke on Twitter and got burned by … Hamburger Helper?

Thursday 5 October 17:53:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the age of woke brands cracking jokes and making memes on Twitter, the last brand you want to be owned by is a "food" that can't even be described. Random dude CBEV_3 on Twitter decided to make a sexist joke on Twitter the other day, and it's safe to say that things did not go as planned. "PSA: Knowing how … [Link]

Mashable » Woman Instagrams her catcallers to prove an important point

Thursday 5 October 17:41:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnyone who's experienced catcalling knows how uncomfortable the experience can be — but one woman has found a way to bring more attention to it.  Last month, Noa Jansma, a 20 year old from Amsterdam, ran a social experiment where she takes selfies with her catcallers and exposes them on an Instagram account she created, @dearcatcallers. SEE ALSO: What Ellen Pao's … [Link]

Slashdot » Russian Hackers Exploited Kaspersky Antivirus To Steal NSA Data on US Cyber Defense: WSJ

Thursday 5 October 17:35:00 UTC 2017

An NSA contractor brought home highly classified documents that detailed how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks. The contractor used Kaspersky antivirus on his home computer, which hackers working for the Russian government exploited to steal the documents, the WSJ reported on Thursday (the link could be paywalled; alternative source), citing multiple people with knowledge of … [Link]

Mashable » Full cast audiobooks are like a movie in your head

Thursday 5 October 17:29:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you've ever listened to a podcast, taken public transportation, or watched a commercial, you've probably heard about Audible. Most audiobooks are narrated by one person reading a book to you, but most people don't know that Audible also offers full cast recordings. Usually … [Link]

Mashable » Just when you thought fidget spinners were done, someone made a freaking DIY lightsaber out of them

Thursday 5 October 17:29:53 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The fidget spinner trend might have died down a while ago but Youtube user Riku, uploaded a video last Friday that has us all wanting to revive it.  In the video Riku creates an insane DIY fidget spinner sword that actually has compressed air attached to spin the spinners.  Imagine a weapon that could destroy things simply by brushing against … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to invest in the stock market and make your money grow

Thursday 5 October 17:24:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Big Short didn't exactly help me learn any more about the stock market and no amount of Anthony Bourdain or Ryan Gosling could have changed that. The stock market can be intimidating, especially when we're trying to make some money off of our … [Link]

New Scientist – News » This AI can tell true hate speech from harmless banter

Thursday 5 October 17:20:00 UTC 2017

The algorithm can figure out when the word “moron” is used in good fun, and when a seemingly innocuous word like "animal" is being used to demonise people [Link]

Slashdot »  Cloudflare Ditches Sites That Use Coinhive Mining "malware"

Thursday 5 October 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Mark Wilson writes: Bitcoin has been in the news for some time now as its value climbs and drops, but most recently interest turned to mining code embedded in websites. The Pirate Bay was one of the first sites to be seen using Coinhive code to secretly mine using visitors' CPU time, and then we saw similar activity from the … [Link]

Mashable » Modder recreates an entire Zelda game in a single 'Super Mario 64' level

Thursday 5 October 16:44:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook No, that isn't Mario transported into The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The world of Majora's Mask has been inserted into Super Mario 64. YouTuber and modder Skelux recreated the entire Majora's Mask world (minus the dungeons) in a single level of Super Mario 64. Watching Mario run around Clock Town and the rest of the dark, scary world of … [Link]

Mashable » How to Make Your Own Internet-Friendly Slime

Thursday 5 October 16:39:38 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Mashable Reels, Slime, Sn Reels, Make Your Own Slime, and How To Make Slime [Link]

Slashdot » The ThinkPad At 25

Thursday 5 October 16:20:00 UTC 2017

harrymcc writes: On October 5 1992, IBM released a laptop called the ThinkPad 700C. It sported an unusually good color screen, a pointing device called the TrackPoint II, and a distinctive black case. It was an immediate hit. And remarkably, many of the things that made that ThinkPad a ThinkPad remain true of today's models. I talked to some of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The sun’s energy could speed up dark matter so we can detect it

Thursday 5 October 16:07:00 UTC 2017

If dark matter is made of ultra-light particles with very little energy, one way to find them is to catch them after they ricochet off the sun [Link]

Mashable » Scientists are 'troubled' by new car technology that distracts drivers

Thursday 5 October 15:59:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe bright touchscreens and other technology being squeezed into the dashboards of new cars certainly look cool, but scientists have found that it also takes drivers' eyes off the road for dangerously long periods of time. Researchers at the University of Utah stepped into over 30 new cars to measure how much time a driver spends looking at their screens, not … [Link]

Mashable » Melania Trump keeps wearing sunglasses at night and apparently it's a big deal

Thursday 5 October 15:56:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMelania Trump's future is just too bright. The First Lady was mocked on social media for wearing sunglasses…in the dark. What a catastrophe, someone needs to get Fashion Police on the case.  This isn't the first time her attire was questioned. She was criticized for wearing high heels while visiting Texas and Florida after the hurricane disasters. People also mocked her … [Link]

Mashable » Author told his book 'The Madonna of Bolton' is 'too gay' to publish, turns to crowdfunding

Thursday 5 October 15:49:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeing told your novel about growing up gay in the 1980s is "too gay" isn't particularly constructive criticism. SEE ALSO: Anti-homophobia ad shows why people should stop using the word "gay" as an expletive Matt Cain is editor-in-chief at Attitude magazine, a leading online magazine for gay men in the UK. He's already penned two novels, and he's written a third … [Link]

Mashable » Bill Clinton also shared a pretty awkward puberty photo for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Thursday 5 October 15:43:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo one, and we mean no one, can sport a black velvet buttoned down shirt and dark blue jeans better than Bill Clinton.  The former president posted a snapshot from his younger years on Twitter Wednesday in honor of the #puberme campaign to aid those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  .@StephenAtHome: the awkward years—big dreams & even bigger hair. … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Brings Edge To Android and IOS

Thursday 5 October 15:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: If you want more proof that Microsoft is embracing Android and iOS, boy, do we have it for you today. The company has launched Edge for iOS in preview, promised Edge for Android is coming soon, and launched Microsoft Launcher for Android in public preview. Edge for iOS preview is available via Apple's TestFlight and is … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's latest 'fake news' tweet is his wildest yet

Thursday 5 October 15:26:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump tweets about "fake news" a hell of a lot, but the most recent rendition of this trope broke through his general drone.  Early Thursday morning he screamed about the issue onto Twitter. Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made … [Link]

Mashable » This desk learns your habits, helping you become more efficient

Thursday 5 October 15:25:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve all heard the phrase work smarter, not harder. Smart desks are now making it easy. Created by technology company Autonomous, the 'Smart Desk 3' can organize your tasks and learn your habits to help streamline the menial tasks that clog up your workday. Read more…More about Tech, Video, Tech Innovators, Technology, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » Airbus is working on a self-flying taxi, and the prototype could fly as early as 2018

Thursday 5 October 15:24:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f3087%2f87ffa204 9828 4b62 87e1 3f3093307134 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ a city without traffic jams.","image":&quot~ new flying car concept looks like it's straight out of ‘The Jetsons'","sources&qu~ cars,airbus,traffic jam,flying machine,flying cars,standalone-featured,concept cars,real-time,real-time video,real-time-video,the jetsons,italdesign,flying car concept","sec0":null~ cars,airbus,traffic jam,flying machine,flying cars,standalone-featured,concept cars,real-time,real-time video,real-time-video,the jetsons,italdesign,flying car concept","videoSeriesName~ More about Airbus, Autonomous Vehicles, Flying Cars, Vtol, and Evtol [Link]

Mashable » Watch out, Apple—Google's new lineup is here and it's pretty amazing

Thursday 5 October 15:09:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle upgraded their line of products starting with the Google Pixel, two new versions of the Google Home, a wearable camera, headphones that translate language, and a new Chromebook laptop. And the one thing these products all have in common is Google Assistant—and it's pretty incredible.  Read more…More about Google, Apple, Mashable Video, Live, and Live Event [Link]

Mashable » Santa Claus is dead as hell

Thursday 5 October 15:09:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHere are two important pieces of news. Santa Claus is real; however, Santa Claus is also dead. Archaeologists may have come upon the tomb of Saint Nicholas underneath a church in the province of Antalya, Turkey, recentlyPer The Guardian, the previous prevailing theory was that Santa's body had been smuggled to Bari, Italy, so this was a real jingle-bell bombshell. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » You'll soon be able to post Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories

Thursday 5 October 15:06:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven when you think it's failed miserably, Facebook always has a way to win.  When the gargantuan social network launched Facebook Stories — essentially the same feature as Instagram Stories, which is essentially the same feature as Snapchat Stories — everyone said "meh." But those empty bubbles at the top of your mobile feed might suddenly get a lot busier. The … [Link]

Mashable » Fox Sports' Shannon Sharpe celebrating with a Black & Mild just got a brilliant remix treatment

Thursday 5 October 15:06:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're a television personality, there's one of two things bound to happen during your career: a spot on an annual news bloopers compilations or a remix. Fortunately, Shannon Sharpe of Fox Sports's Undisputed got the remix treatment this week after he whipped out a cheap Black & Mild cigar on television in celebration of his former team, the Denver Broncos, … [Link]

Slashdot » Netflix is Raising Its Prices, Again

Thursday 5 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Jason Abbruzzese, writing for Mashable: Get ready to pay just a bit more for your Netflix subscription. The streaming video service will be raising prices on its middle and top tier plans in the U.S. starting in November. Subscribers who currently pay for the standard $9.99 service will be charged $10.99. The price of the premium tier will rise from … [Link]

Mashable » These tubes bring natural light indoors and help reduce energy costs

Thursday 5 October 14:50:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSolarTube International developed light tubes that can harness the light of the sun and illuminate window-less rooms, bringing natural light to otherwise dim indoor areas.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Solar Energy, Tube, Natural Light, and Lighting [Link]

Mashable » Have Alexa make your tea as soon as you wake up in the morning

Thursday 5 October 14:49:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Thanks to the iKettle 3rd Gen, Alexa just became your own personal barista. The newest version of the iKettle is now compatible with Amazon Echo. You can now have Alexa start making your own morning tea with the sound of your voice, however groggy … [Link]

Mashable » Google quietly removed smartwatches from its online store

Thursday 5 October 14:49:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt its big event Wednesday, Google launched a ton of new hardware: Two phones, a laptop, two new smart speakers, and wireless headphones.  But new smartwatches were suspiciously absent from the event, even though the latest major version of Google's wearables platform, Android Wear 2, is still relatively new. Not only that, but, as noticed by 9to5Google, Google actually removed the … [Link]

Mashable » Marco Rubio thinks he'd be president if he'd only watched 'Game of Thrones' sooner

Thursday 5 October 14:47:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDo you ever find yourself wishing you'd started watching Game of Thrones a couple of years ago, so you could have become president of the United States? Marco Rubio sure does. Yes, the Florida senator who gives awkward hugs and implied Trump has a small penis is confident that if he'd only watched the popular HBO show sooner he would be … [Link]

Mashable » Sit up straighter with the help of this posture correcting cushion on Kickstarter

Thursday 5 October 14:43:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you're at an eight-hour desk job for five days a week, you might have trouble getting comfortable in your seat. That could be a sign of poor posture, and it can take forever to get even a little comfortable if you do at … [Link]

Mashable » How well do you really know Microsoft Office?

Thursday 5 October 14:32:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Nowadays, it’s easy to take Microsoft Office for granted — plenty of us have been using it as long as we’ve been using computers. And putting it as a skill on a resume seems as silly as saying you’re skilled at "using an iPhone." … [Link]

New Scientist – News » This snake knows how toxic it is and fights only when armed

Thursday 5 October 14:28:37 UTC 2017

Tiger keelback snakes get toxins from their food and always know how much poison they’re carrying – if they don’t have much, they opt for flight instead of fighting [Link]

Mashable » The indie film community has a sexual harassment problem and women are fighting back.

Thursday 5 October 14:26:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn the first night of Fantastic Fest, about two dozen press and industry attendees, all of them female and/or non-binary, huddled inside an Airbnb in Austin to do some urgent soul-searching. The fest's famously rowdy screenings and parties getting underway all around town could wait. They gathered to speak candidly about the enormously complex issue tormenting this community, a loosely defined … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook outsources its fake news problem to Wikipedia—and an army of human moderators

Thursday 5 October 14:19:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook made nearly $27 billion last year, but the tech giant can't seem to figure out how to fix its fake news problem on its own.  Their solution: enlist a nonprofit that has successfully done so—with the help of 133,540 moderators. In its latest move to prove it's no longer a threat to democracy, Facebook is tapping Wikipedia. Now, when Facebook … [Link]

Mashable » When to take a bathroom break during the 2 hour, 44-minute 'Blade Runner 2049'

Thursday 5 October 14:14:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf there's one problem with Blade Runner 2049, it's that human kidneys are too unpredictable, and the bladder too insistent, to guarantee you won't be the one doing the running during a critical scene. And trust me, they're almost all critical. That's not to say Blade Runner 2049 is too long — even at an eonic 2 hours, 44 minutes (including … [Link]

Slashdot » 20 Years of Stuff That Matters

Thursday 5 October 14:12:00 UTC 2017

Today we're marking Slashdot's 20th birthday. 20 years is a long time on the internet. Many websites have come and gone over that time, and many that stuck around haven't had any interest in preserving their older content. Fortunately, as Slashdot approaches its 163,000th story, we've managed to keep track of almost all our old postings – all but the … [Link]

Mashable » This scratch-off map is the perfect gift for wanderlusts

Thursday 5 October 14:03:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you caught the travel bug years ago or you have an impossible-to-shop-for wanderlust buddy, this Scratch-Off Map is the answer. Did you own one of those collectible quarter maps when the U.S. released all the new state quarters back in the day? This … [Link]

Mashable » 'Fast and Furious 9' is coming out a whole lot slower than fans expected

Thursday 5 October 13:54:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAre you ready for Vin Diesel speeding into five-millionth gear for the ninth time? Well hold on to that feeling, because it won't be happening for a while. SEE ALSO: Vin Diesel looks like he just cried or is crying over Paul Walker-inspired custom Xbox The next and ninth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise was originally set to come … [Link]

Mashable » Julia Roberts reprises her greatest roles in a hilarious video with James Corden

Thursday 5 October 13:28:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't enjoyed at least one Julia Roberts movie.  The legend's films were celebrated on The Late Late Show in a hilarious segment that saw her taking on all her former roles alongside James Corden. In under 10 minutes, the duo manage to successfully remake the majority of her classics—everything from Notting Hill to … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon wants to make more products available for two-day delivery, so it's launching a FedEx competitor

Thursday 5 October 13:21:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBad news for FedEx and UPS—Amazon is coming to eat their lunch. Amazon is testing a new delivery service with the intention of making more products available for free two-day delivery, according to a Bloomberg report. The service would also help take pressure off of overcrowding issues at its warehouses. The plan would put Amazon in direct competition with its longtime … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » TRX Systems' 3D "Indoor GPS" Solutions Guides First Responders In Lethal Situations (includes podcast)

Thursday 5 October 13:06:49 UTC 2017

The scenario is becoming increasingly familiar to anyone who pays attention to the news or social media: a unpredictable lethal incident of some sort is underway. It could involve bombs, guns or other weapons. It could be terrorists, lone wolves, protestors or anti-protestors. Between news helicopters and smartphone users in the vicinity, a deadly incident gets livestreamed to the Internet … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix is raising its prices, again

Thursday 5 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready to pay just a bit more for your Netflix subscription. The streaming video service will be raising prices on its middle and top tier plans in the U.S. starting in November. Subscribers who currently pay for the standard $9.99 service will be charged $10.99. The price of the premium tier will rise from $11.99 to $13.99.  Good news for … [Link]

Slashdot » Mattel's New Baby Monitor Uses AI To Soothe Babies and Lawmakers Aren't Happy About It

Thursday 5 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Mattel has a new kid-focused smart hub called Aristotle, which can switch on a night light if it hears a baby crying to soothe the child (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The device is also designed to keep changing its activities, even to the point where it can help a preteen with homework, learning about the child along … [Link]

Mashable » 10 TV shows we're hyped about at New York Comic Con 2017

Thursday 5 October 12:47:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNew York Comic Con kicks off Thursday, and while the TV lineup isn't quite as expansive as San Diego's annual fan fest, there are still plenty of high-profile shows making an appearance during the convention — and broadcast better watch out, because most of these heavy-hitters come from the streaming networks. Here are 10 shows that get our Spidey senses tingling … [Link]

Mashable » Theresa May used a Florence + The Machine song and they were not happy

Thursday 5 October 12:43:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPoliticians love a good rock ballad to accompany otherwise long and boring conference sessions.  SEE ALSO: The British Prime Minister's speech was one enormous, flaming dumpster fire and we're cringing But sometimes they forget one small but crucial detail: ask the song's author/performer for permission.  That's what happened last year when Donald Trump, then still a candidate, used The Rolling Stones' … [Link]

Mashable » Radiohead, Depeche Mode nominated for 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Thursday 5 October 12:05:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhether you're more into contemporary supergroups like Radiohead or retro-indie darlings like Kate Bush, this year's well-rounded list of nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame should have you dancing for joy. On Thursday, the music organization announced the 19 artists nominated to join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year. SEE ALSO: 45 Essential Classic Rock … [Link]

Mashable » Star Wars evil droid, R2-Q5, finally gets its due

Thursday 5 October 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Star Wars Sphero droid universe just expanded by one. R2-Q5, an Imperial Astromech droid that appeared in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Star Wars: Return of the Jedi scene (and for a little bit longer in a deleted scene found only in the Blu-ray edition), but has somehow become a fan favorite, is getting his own toy robot. Yes, yes, we know there's … [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus tells Howard Stern why she can't tour at the moment, and much more

Thursday 5 October 11:36:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready for Hannah Montana to drop a tonne of F-bombs. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus sings her soulful ballad 'Week Without You' on 'Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' Miley Cyrus went on Sirius XM with shock-jock Howard Stern for a long, in-depth discussion of her life from Hannah Montana right up to her newest album "Younger Now." The full interview is … [Link]

Mashable » Algorithms are screwing us over with fake news but could also fix the problem

Thursday 5 October 11:33:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’re living in an era of "new proximity" where information is readily available to make us feel more connected to each other and the world around us. In theory, this should also instantaneously make us more informed, right? Not so. The way we get news and information through the prism of algorithms in places like Facebook, Twitter, and Google is an … [Link]

Mashable » The YouTube algorithm is promoting Las Vegas conspiracy theories

Thursday 5 October 11:00:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Google's algorithm was under fire for purportedly promoting conspiracy theories that flourished on 4chan's controversial /pol/ channel.  SEE ALSO: Google algorithm fail puts 4chan's wrongly named Las Vegas gunman on top of search But now Google has another headache from what is arguably the biggest thorn in its side as far as conspiracy … [Link]

Mashable » David Miliband wants you to know that the refugee crisis is still happening

Thursday 5 October 10:43:33 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82034%2f2c450b34 0de4 4d19 a42c d38378625186 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ of International Rescue Committee also slammed Trump's crackdown on refuges. ","image":"http~ Miliband wants you to know that the refugee crisis is still happening","sources"~ good,refugee crisis,refugees,donald trump,david miliband","sec0":nul~ good,refugee crisis,refugees,donald trump,david miliband","videoSeriesNam~ More about Us, Uk, Social Good, Refugee Crisis, and Refugees [Link]

Mashable » Woman drops her iPhone onto stranger's balcony, resorts to desperate measures to get it back

Thursday 5 October 10:10:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMany of us live in fear of dropping our phone from a great height. But, for one very unfortunate individual, this fear became a painful reality when her phone slipped from her hand and fell onto the balcony of a stranger.  SEE ALSO: Woman works out while wearing fake tan, lives to deeply regret it Liz Bertorelli tweeted the entire ordeal, … [Link]

Slashdot » The Google Clips Camera Puts AI Behind the Lens

Thursday 5 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

The Verge's Dieter Bohn reviews Google's AI camera, dubbed "Clips," which was announced alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Here's an excerpt: You know what a digital camera is. It's a lens and a sensor, with a display to see what you're looking at, and a button to take the picture. Google Clips is a camera, but it … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel thinks Rex Tillerson definitely called President Trump a 'moron'

Thursday 5 October 9:50:31 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You can say this about Rex Tillerson — he's managed a full nine months in the Trump administration, that's like a decade in Trump years.  SEE ALSO: Rex Tillerson calls a press conference just so he can refuse to deny he called Trump a moron Jimmy Kimmel revved up the jokemobile last night following Rex Tillerson's press conference, which he … [Link]

Mashable » The most important Pixel 2 upgrade is, hopefully, availability

Thursday 5 October 9:25:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle’s new Pixel 2 phones are nice. In fact, with their all-around solid specs, Google's software smarts and a camera that has the potential to be amazing, these (especially the larger Pixel 2 XL) could turn out to be the best Android phones around.  But in order to make these phones relevant in the market, Google needs to fix a key … [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus' emotional thank-you note to Hillary Clinton was lovely and no we're not crying it's just allergies

Thursday 5 October 9:07:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's always nice to get a thank you note, it's like a little validation of good that you've done in the world that someone has taken the time to formally thank you. The little warm and fuzzy feeling may not entirely offset the disappointment of losing an election to Donald Trump, but it's better than nothing! SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton … [Link]

Mashable » Humans ruined bike-sharing in Singapore so now bikes need parking zones

Thursday 5 October 8:57:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, the freedom of a dockless bike. So much more convenient than something like Citi Bike, where you have to park your rental bike back at a set location. See, the whole point of bike rentals from the likes Ofo, Mobike, oBike (and so on) is that you can pick a bike, ride it, leave it by the side of the … [Link]

Mashable » Whitewashing backlash shuts down Australian production of Lin-Manuel Miranda play

Thursday 5 October 7:43:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn Australian production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical In the Heights has been cancelled, after severe backlash over the company's whitewashing of a cast of Latinx characters. The Hamilton creator's Tony Award-winning musical celebrates Latin-American culture in Miranda’s own New York neighbourhood of Washington Heights, with a full cast of characters for Latinx performers. SEE ALSO: Lin-Manuel Miranda teases a new … [Link]

Mashable » Please watch a man valiantly try to fill a balloon with the power of a giant fan

Thursday 5 October 7:09:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Turns out, you can fill a balloon with wind, if you have a powerful enough fan. Japanese YouTuber Riku got himself a 7,500cc fan, equivalent to about 450 horsepower. Filling the balloon seemed simple enough, but holding onto it without blowing away yourself was the main problem. Eventually, with the help of several ingenious filling methods, he successfully inflated the … [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla To End All Firefox Support For XP, Vista In June 2018

Thursday 5 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Mozilla announced today plans to stop all support for the Firefox browser on Windows XP and Vista in June 2018. Earlier this year, Mozilla already moved Firefox users on XP and Vista machines to the Firefox 52 ESR (Extended Support Release). The move of XP and Vista users to Firefox ESR … [Link]

Mashable » Discovery of World War II shipwreck ends a 74-year mystery

Thursday 5 October 6:22:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor 74 years, the merchant ship SS Macumba lay lost beneath the depths of the Arafura Sea, off the coast of Australia's Northern Territory. It was attacked back in August 1943 by two Japanese aircraft, who scored a direct hit on the ship's engine room. Three seamen were killed, and survivors were taken aboard an escort.  SEE ALSO: Eerie first images … [Link]

Slashdot » Rice University Adds Asphalt To Speed Lithium Metal Battery Charging By 20 Times

Thursday 5 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 writes: The Rice lab of chemist James Tour developed anodes comprising porous carbon made from asphalt that showed exceptional stability after more than 500 charge-discharge cycles. A high-current density of 20 milliamps per square centimeter demonstrated the material's promise for use in rapid charge and discharge devices that require high-power density. The Tour lab previously used a derivative of … [Link]

Mashable » Dude's plan to go get some chicken nuggets goes viral

Thursday 5 October 3:28:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe chicken nugget may be simple, but boy, it attracts plenty of fanfare. Corey Dunkin, 30, a web developer and illustrator from Sydney, Australia created a Facebook event back in August called I'm going to go get some Chicken McNuggets®, taking place at the McDonald's store on George St on Oct. 6. That's it. SEE ALSO: Someone fed his girlfriend chicken … [Link]

Mashable » Most people worry robots will replace human jobs, just not their own

Thursday 5 October 2:46:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRobots may be driving cars, appealing tickets, and working construction, but they don’t have a whole lot of popular support. That’s according to a new Pew Research study Wednesday that found around twice as many people were worried rather than enthusiastic about the prospect of more automation and artificial intelligence. Around a third of people surveyed welcomed these potential job killers, … [Link]

Mashable » The Google Home Mini and Max are here to take on the Amazon Echo

Thursday 5 October 1:49:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle Home is growing up… and shrinking down. Google surprised us all by launching not one, but two new Google Homes to round out its lineup of voice-enabled speakers: the Google Home Mini, a $49 hockey puck-sized speaker, and Google Home Max, a bassy $399 "premium" speaker. SEE ALSO: Google's Pixel Buds are like Apple's AirPods but smarter The smaller cloth-covered … [Link]

Slashdot »  Nobel Prize In Chemistry Shared By 3 For Cryo-Electron Microscopy

Thursday 5 October 1:25:00 UTC 2017

Dave Knott writes: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to researchers who developed cryo-electron microscopy, which is described as a way to create detailed images of the molecules that drive life — a technology that allows scientists to visualize molecular processes they had never previously seen. This is decisive for both the basic understanding of life's chemistry … [Link]

Mashable » Siri got soooo confused about 'Despacito' and Bulgaria

Thursday 5 October 0:56:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE 6:40 p.m. PT: Siri slowly got her shit together and is now listing the correct song as Bulgaria's national anthem. — Original story: Oh, Siri. Poor, confused Siri.  Apple's digital assistant is living in a fantasy world where the song of the summer is now the national anthem of Bulgaria. At least she doesn't think Justin Bieber is the Balkan … [Link]

Mashable » Google's new Pixelbook is a $1000 Chromebook you'll actually want

Thursday 5 October 0:46:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf ever there was any doubt about Google's commitment to Chromebooks, we can now say once and for all that it was misplaced.  Google's new Pixelbook, the first premium, feature-packed Chromebook ever, will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about Chromebooks.  SEE ALSO: Google's Pixel Buds are like Apple's AirPods but smarter With a starting price of $999 and … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Fought Rules That Could Have Exposed Fake Russian Ads

Thursday 5 October 0:45:00 UTC 2017

According to Bloomberg, Facebook has for years fought to avoid being transparent about who's behind election-related ads online. "Since 2011, Facebook has asked the Federal Election Commission for blanket exemptions from political advertising disclosure rules — transparency that could have helped it avoid the current crisis over Russia ad spending ahead of the 2016 U.S. election," reports Bloomberg. From the … [Link]

Mashable » New Zealand's adorable cat cop not strong in the field, but 'good at admin'

Thursday 5 October 0:39:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCats aren't the first animals you'd think to join a police beat, but in New Zealand, things are a bit different. Tia the cat works at Wellington District Police, helping out senior constable Kerry Morrell at its scene of crime office, as per a video posted on its Facebook page. SEE ALSO: Dogs and cats are the only ones welcome inside … [Link]

Mashable » San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz didn't ask to become Trump's target. She's going all in anyway.

Thursday 5 October 0:30:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you don't yet know Carmen Yulín Cruz by name, you probably know her instead as the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and as the outspoken woman Donald Trump recently targeted on social media.   When her hurricane-ravaged city struggled to get aid days after Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, she didn't hold back about the crisis.  SEE ALSO: 'The Simpsons' … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk lands himself an emotional tribute song from Weezer's former bassist

Thursday 5 October 0:26:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not William Shatner's spoken word cover of "Rocket Man," but it's pretty catchy. Tesla founder Elon Musk has found himself the muse for a crestfallen new tribute song, dubbed "Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad." Posted on Soundcloud and first spotted by Wired, the track comes from Matt Sharp, former bassist for Weezer and current frontman for The Rentals. A … [Link]

Mashable » Google Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8, iPhone X, and Samsung Galaxy S8

Thursday 5 October 0:13:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched Wednesday against a brutal field of competitors, including Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8.  SEE ALSO: New Google Pixel 2 XL leak shows the phone's front display Below, we've compiled a handy chart of everything you could possibly want to know about each of the market's top models. … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2457: Puppy for sale!

Thursday 5 October 0:05:41 UTC 2017

JoT thumbIt’s the latest model! [Link]

Slashdot » Google Pixel Buds Are Wireless Earbuds That Translate Conversations In Real Time

Thursday 5 October 0:05:00 UTC 2017

At its hardware event today, Google debuted new wireless earbuds, dubbed "Pixel Buds." These are Google's first wireless earbuds that give users access to Google Translate so they can have conversations with people who speak a different language. Ars Technica reports: Unlike Apple's AirPods, the Pixel Buds have a wire connecting the two earpieces. However, that wire doesn't connect to … [Link]


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