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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 » Facebook Removed References To Russia From Fake-News Report

Friday 6 October 23:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in April, Facebook published a report called "Information Operations and Facebook" that detailed the company's efforts to combat fake news and other misinformation campaigns on the site. The report was released in the midst of an uproar over potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the report doesn't … [Link]

Mashable » The first 'Doomsday Clock' pages introduce a character as controversial as the event itself

Friday 6 October 23:30:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt is no exaggeration to say that Doomsday Clock,  officially unveiled at New York Comic-Con, is the most daring thing DC Comics has ever attempted.  This series will attempt to do what many fans think is impossible — completely connect the regular DC Comics Universe (Superman, Batman et al) with that of Alan Moore's Watchmen, the most celebrated graphic novel of … [Link]

Mashable » This waterproof hammock transforms into a portable hot tub

Friday 6 October 23:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Blue Hyrdo Hammock could be the thing you've been waiting for. It's built with two layers that are waterproof and insulated. You can use it as a hot tub, waterbed, bath, or normal hammock. The secret to getting hot water is the heating system. The hammock can hold up to 750 lbs including water and people. Read more…More about Climate, … [Link]

Slashdot » Sprint, T-Mobile Could Announce a Merger By Month's End

Friday 6 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Last month, it was reported that T-Mobile is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint. Now, it appears that negotiations between the two companies are almost complete. Android Police reports: The report claims that Sprint and T-Mobile are putting the finishing touches on the merger, which will likely be announced at the quarterly earnings report … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Seal pups get separated from their mums by icebreaker ships

Friday 6 October 22:51:53 UTC 2017

When icebreakers push through the sea ice on which Caspian seals nurse their young, mothers and pups flee and often get separated in the confusion [Link]

Mashable » Tesla's big semi truck reveal delayed again — but Elon Musk has good reasons

Friday 6 October 22:27:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSorry Elon Musk fans: You'll have to wait another month to watch the Tesla CEO finally reveal the company's big semi truck design.  Musk will now unveil Tesla's highly anticipated new vehicle on Nov. 16, rather than Oct. 26 as planned. The pushback marks the second time Elon & Co. have delayed the semi truck's public debut; Musk first slated the … [Link]

Mashable » McDonald's is testing out a McVegan burger in Finland

Friday 6 October 22:23:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMcDonald’s just answered every vegan's wish, so no more ordering only french fries.  The fast food chain is testing out a veggie burger, the McVegan in Tampere, Finland. The new burger will only be available until Nov. 21. So, you might want to catch the next flight out if you're feeling hungry. According to the Finland website, the "McVegan is a … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Our Addiction To Links is Making Good Journalism Harder To Read'

Friday 6 October 22:20:00 UTC 2017

The building blocks of the web have become its intellectual Achilles' heel, Quartz reports. Links have turned against us, and they're making it impossible to read and learn. From a report: I know, you got here via a link. Links are crucial for navigation and seem instinctively useful to journalism. But when they're embedded within an article that should be … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter users helped identify a mysterious blob on weather radar

Friday 6 October 22:19:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen the National Weather Service calls, Twitter answers. The BBC reported Friday that on October 3 the National Weather Service (NWS) spotted what it believed to be a 70-mile-wide swarm of birds on its Doppler radar over the Denver area.  SEE ALSO: Birds are flying around in Hurricane Irma's eye Since they couldn't identify the specific animal mucking up their bird's … [Link]

Mashable » VR has finally found its place: porn

Friday 6 October 22:16:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've gone looking for a virtual reality experience, there's a very good chance you've seen some very adult things.  New statistics gathered by the aptly named VR porn site VRPorn.com show that when it comes to the virtual reality space, a surprising amount of it is occupied by, well, porn. They report that some 60 percent of the top VR … [Link]

Mashable » The truth about detoxes and cleanses

Friday 6 October 22:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn 2015, the pressed-juice industry was estimated at $100 million a year. With the trend seemingly on the rise, the question lingers: do juice cleanses and detoxes work? We asked Doctor Mikhail Varshavski, also known as Doctor Mike, a family medicine physician at Overlook Medical Center, what his take was on the expensive health trend. Read more…More about Instagram, Food, Mashable … [Link]

Mashable » Bus driver gets so into his jam, he gets up and dances while speeding down the road

Friday 6 October 22:11:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’re not sure whether to laugh or be terrified.  This driver becomes so into his jam session that he irresponsibly gets up from his seat, starts singing and dancing to an emotional love song, and continues for over a minute. He appears to be asking his passengers to sing along with him, while he doesn't even look at the road. Meanwhile, … [Link]

Mashable » Cry of the Week: 'Rick and Morty' is over, with only our tears to tide us over until Season 4

Friday 6 October 22:00:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWell, we hope those 10 episodes of Rick and Morty Season 3 were enough to sate your need for nihilism, familial abuse, and absurdist humor. Because now we only have the agonizing wait and our own pool of tears to comfort us until the as-yet-unannounced release of Season 4.  Oh, and of course Mr. Poopybutthole's cheery assurance that he'll "see you … [Link]

Slashdot » Chinese State Media Report Bloated Battery in Apple's iPhone 8

Friday 6 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

A fresh case of Apple's new iPhone popping open due to a swollen battery has been reported in state media in China, the world's biggest smartphone market where the U.S. firm is seeking to revive faltering sales. From a report: The incident comes as Apple investigates similar cases reported in Taiwan and Japan of batteries in its latest iPhone 8 … [Link]

Mashable » News crew attempts to film launch of Super Nintendo Classic, but no one showed up

Friday 6 October 21:53:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The days of standing in line for new technology releases are apparently over, thanks internet. Fox 5 out of San Diego attempted to run an exciting clip on the release of Nintendo's new NES Classic edition at a local Best Buy, but things didn't quite go as planned. There wasn't a big stampede or anything terrible, there was actually just … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is coming for 'Black Mirror' with 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' and our bodies are ready

Friday 6 October 21:52:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Black Mirror may have revitalized the anthology format on TV, but Netflix's hit sci-fi series wouldn't exist without the anxiety-inducing work of Philip K. Dick, whose dystopian yarns have inspired generations of genre writers and seem to take on new relevance with each passing day. So it's kind of a no-brainer that Amazon would turn to the master to inspire … [Link]

Mashable » There's an amazing easter egg inside the special edition Xbox One X

Friday 6 October 21:49:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHidden inside the hardware of the special Scorpio edition of the Xbox One X is an graving of Master Chief. Riding a scorpion. No, that's not a joke. SEE ALSO: Vin Diesel looks like he just cried or is crying over Paul Walker-inspired custom Xbox YouTube channel Unocero broke down the new Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console earlier this … [Link]

Mashable » Never lose sight of your glasses with this nifty device

Friday 6 October 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Look’ is a simple bluetooth tracking device designed to fit on your glasses. You can use the 'Look' app to track your glasses anytime you lose them in the house or car. When you activate the device through the app, 'Look' will begin to beep. The device comes in a variety of sizes and colors to suit every style of glasses. … [Link]

Slashdot » Regulate Facebook Like AIM

Friday 6 October 21:40:00 UTC 2017

New submitter gooddogsgotoheaven shares a report from Motherboard arguing why the U.S. government should regulate Facebook like AIM: Sixteen years ago, the FCC approved a merger between American Online and Time Warner, but with several conditions. As part of the deal, AOL was required to make its web portal compatible with other chat apps. The government stopped AOL from building … [Link]

Mashable » Trump marks one-year anniversary of 'grab 'em by the p*ssy' tape by rolling back birth control access

Friday 6 October 21:11:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInsult, meet injury. One year after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, which featured the president bragging about sexual assault, became public, his administration is making it harder for women to access contraceptives. SEE ALSO: San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz didn't ask to become Trump's target. She's going all in anyway. The Department of Health and Human Services has rolled back … [Link]

Mashable » These premium Star Wars watches are as gorgeous as they are geeky

Friday 6 October 21:11:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Star Wars fans are ride-or-die. We're not casual about our love for George Lucas' epic space fantasy, but sometimes we gotta keep it professional. Just because your dumb boss says you can't wear your Jedi robes to work anymore doesn't mean you can't express … [Link]

Mashable » 'Pacific Rim Uprising' suggests Idris Elba only succeeded in delaying the apocalypse

Friday 6 October 21:11:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook So much for cancelling the apocalypse. As evidenced by the existence of Pacific Rim Uprising, Stacker Pentecost may have only succeeded in delaying the end of the world.  That's okay, though, because it gives us an excuse to see John Boyega strap into a jaeger and fight giant freakin' monsters.  SEE ALSO: John Boyega is here to teach you how … [Link]

Mashable » 8 cliché costumes to avoid this Halloween

Friday 6 October 21:11:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween is a time for creativity to shine. So steer clear of the basic superhero getups and stale film references and create something unique! Here are some of the worst repeat costumes that hopefully won't show up this year. Read more…More about Halloween, Mashable Video, Costume, Costumes, and Disney Princesses [Link]

Mashable » How to use your smartphone to survive and thrive as a student

Friday 6 October 21:11:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe student animal is a curious creature. To thrive in its native habitat, it must learn crucial survival skills: Navigating courting rituals (i.e. perfecting the art of that daunting initial text), hunting for inexpensive dining delicacies (that don't taste of plastic), optimising nap-time, remembering to phone mum and dad, and, you know, actually going to class once in a while. But … [Link]

Mashable » This man smuggles dinosaur bones into the U.S

Friday 6 October 21:10:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This man was a ‘one-man black market’ who illegally smuggled and dealt rare dinosaur bones to the U.S. But fossil smuggling is less rare than you might think. In fact, Nicholas Cage even found himself swept up in it. Click here to watch 'Startup' on Crackle. Read more… More about Startup, Bones, Theft, Museum, and Dinosaurs [Link]

Mashable » a vry sad eulogy 4 aim by me

Friday 6 October 21:05:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebookso lyk aim was so kool n stuff lol it was fun 2. we all remember wen we used 2 come home from skool and talk 2 all ur friends on it n it was fun even tho u just saw all ur friends lyk earlier that day or w/e lol SEE ALSO: AOL Instant Messenger is being laid to rest … [Link]

Mashable » Russia co-opted 'black lives matter' messaging on social media

Friday 6 October 21:04:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPopular 'Blacktivist' social media accounts were reportedly run by a Russia-linked group – not American activists – according to CNN. They used these accounts to spread pro-racial diversity messaging like topics on #BlackLivesMatter and and to promote anti-police brutality eventsCNN reported on Friday that they also used the accounts to manufacture and sell merchandise such as t-shirts with black pride slogans. … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Is Headed For the Prescription-Drug Market, Analysts Say

Friday 6 October 21:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. is almost certain to enter the business of selling prescription drugs by 2019, said two analysts at Leerink Partners, posing a direct threat to the U.S.'s biggest brick-and-mortar drugstore chains. "It's a matter of when, not if," Leerink Partners analyst David Larsen said in a report to clients late Thursday. … [Link]

Mashable » 7-year-old girl had a few words for Cam Newton involving pass routes and a unicorn

Friday 6 October 20:51:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s no age limit to producing a comeback.  Seven-year-old Reese Emanuele decided to give Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton an instructional video about routes in football. Images included just in case.  The quarterback mocked a female reporter at a press conference on Wednesday after she asked a question about routes. There were many reactions to the sexist comment, but this video … [Link]

Mashable » Esports pros will get special privileges in Finland's military

Friday 6 October 20:41:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEsports pros in the Finnish military are going to start getting the same privileges that traditional sports athletes do, the Finnish Esports Federation announced today. In Finland, males are required to enter the military service for roughly six months or a year before they're 30 years old, according to Finnish news site Yle.  Top-level athletes are given special privileges, including extra … [Link]

Mashable » The power of the dark side is actually pretty bright with this LED lightsaber lamp

Friday 6 October 20:19:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Sure, Star Wars t-shirts and other wearable merch is cool. But Star Wars interior décor? Now that is how to get your collection on its A-game. This five and a half foot tall LED lamp  comes in the shape of either Darth Vader or … [Link]

Mashable » Why pedal when this electric bike can do it for you?

Friday 6 October 20:17:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. E-bike technology isn't exactly new — we've seen multiple scattered across the Internet for a few years now, all claiming to be the best. But there's one issue that engineers can't seem to get past: range anxiety. For long-distance travelers, the ability for an … [Link]

Slashdot » The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite is Still in Orbit

Friday 6 October 20:10:00 UTC 2017

walterbyrd writes: Nearly 60 years ago, the US Navy launched Vanguard-1 as a response to the Soviet Sputnik. Six decades on, it's still circling our planet. Conceived by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 1955, Vanguard was to be America's first satellite programme. The Vanguard system consisted of a three-stage rocket designed to launch a civilian scientific spacecraft. The rocket, … [Link]

Mashable » Hang out with the 'Stranger Things' cast — in Funko Pop form

Friday 6 October 20:04:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Stranger Things is (finally) back on October 27th for Season 2, which means obvious preparations are in order.  If you're looking for the perfect piece of merchandise to tide you over until then, look no further: Stranger Things Funko Pops are here. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » In Other API Economy News: Optimizely Event Tracking API and More

Friday 6 October 19:58:57 UTC 2017

As we inch closer to the end of the week it’s time to bring you a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what is going on in the world of APIs. [Link]

Mashable » Never look like a hot mess again

Friday 6 October 19:51:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Effie’ is an automatic iron that will dry, steam, and iron your clothes. It can iron up to 12 items in a cycle and comes with adjustable hangers to make washing all sizes simple. Read more…More about Gadgets, Home, Mashable Video, Smart Home, and Iron [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Almost Like Praying' video is here to inspire you

Friday 6 October 19:51:33 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook On Friday Lin-Manuel Miranda released his Hurricane Maria relief song to benefit Puerto Rico, and now he's giving the world a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process. Miranda released a video to accompany the song, which fosters an even greater feeling of togetherness in wake of the tragic natural disaster.  After opening with a shot of the island the video … [Link]

Mashable » Stay hydrated and organized with this carry-all water bottle

Friday 6 October 19:44:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If Instagram influencers are any indication, it seems like everyone is drinking more water these days. While that's great for our collective health, it's also one more thing we have to lug around every day, since only a monster drinks out of disposable plastic … [Link]

Slashdot » A Small But Growing Group Of Silicon Valley Heretics Are Disconnecting Themselves From the Internet

Friday 6 October 19:40:00 UTC 2017

The Guardian reports: Decades after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an "awesome" button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who complain about the rise of the so-called "attention economy": an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy. These refuseniks are rarely founders or chief … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's 'grab 'em by the p*ssy tape' is being played on a loop outside the White House

Friday 6 October 19:34:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn the first Friday of October 2016, the world heard Donald Trump boast about grabbing women "by the pussy" for the first time.  Just one short year later, the women's advocacy group UltraViolet is playing the tape on repeat, right outside of the ex-reality star's new house.   SEE ALSO: Videos about the 'logical' ways we excuse sex assault will make … [Link]

Mashable » Recharge on-the-go with these power bank backpacks

Friday 6 October 19:21:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. These days, we bring our devices everywhere with us in our bags. You'll never know when you'll need a charge, and it can get really annoying if your phone dies on the go. Avoid the hassle of surviving from outlet to outlet and check … [Link]

Mashable » Heartbreaking 'New Yorker' cover honors victims of Las Vegas shooting

Friday 6 October 19:06:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe New Yorker's cover in response to the tragic Las Vegas shooting shines a heartbreakingly candid light on the problematic gun culture in America. The David Plunkert cover, titled, “October 1, 2017: One Day in a Nation of Guns," honors the 58 victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, which injured 527 others. Plunkert displayed each of the … [Link]

Mashable » More reports of alleged iPhone 8 Plus battery swelling issues have emerged

Friday 6 October 19:03:25 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f9%2ffbdfe2e5 39ae 5519%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ for the glass back, stay for the A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging.","image":&~ iPhone 8 is excellent, but not for everyone","sources":~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","sec0":null,&q~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Apple, Battery, Defects, Iphone 8, and Iphone 8 Plus [Link]

Slashdot » Hello, Mobile Operators? This is Your Age of Disruption Calling

Friday 6 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Analysts at McKinsey & Company write: For the better part of a decade, telecom companies have suffered through declining revenues, cash flow, and return on investment just as tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others have mushroomed by building their businesses on the operators' own infrastructure. While these tech visionaries have enjoyed well over $1 trillion in combined market-cap … [Link]

Mashable » MashReads Podcast: Getting nostalgic over hope and change with former Obama speechwriter David Litt

Friday 6 October 18:36:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen writer David Litt was 21, he fell in love. This wasn't romantic love (at least not as part of this story), but he was seriously smitten with a presidential candidate. Like many people, young and old alike, Litt fell hard and fast for then-candidate Barack Obama. Unlike most people, Litt later worked in the Obama White House, eventually as a … [Link]

Mashable » On the anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder, Jeff Sessions weakens protections for the LGBTQ community

Friday 6 October 18:35:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduced new guidance for federal agencies that advocates fear legalizes discrimination against the LGBTQ community.  The new guidance says that the government cannot place an undue burden on people or businesses because "the free exercise of religion includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs." Religious employers, including … [Link]

Mashable » Mike Pence laments America's lack of space leadership as astronauts risked lives on spacewalk

Friday 6 October 18:25:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Thursday morning, Vice President Mike Pence spoke before spaceflight industry executives and government officials in a cavernous exhibition hall at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. America, Pence said, must regain its place as the leader in spaceflight.  At the same time as the vice president was touting a questionable reboot of America's space program, two Americans were on a … [Link]

Mashable » The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a group that wants to abolish nuclear weapons

Friday 6 October 18:24:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe world has spent more time worrying about the possibility of nuclear war in the last month or so than it has in recent memory, thanks to arguably the two most egotistical leaders in the world. President Donald Trump recently threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, and North Korea's government responded by saying perhaps they would detonate a hydrogen bomb over … [Link]

Slashdot » E-commerce Is Concentrating Jobs, Not Killing Them

Friday 6 October 18:21:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: The growing popularity of online shopping has hit traditional retailers hard, culminating in a spate of retail bankruptcies and store closures in recent years. But according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the retail apocalypse has actually created nearly as many jobs as it has killed. Though e-commerce and … [Link]

Mashable » 13 Halloween costume ideas for your most exotic pets

Friday 6 October 18:17:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDressing your puppy as a hot dog for Halloween is great, but what if you have a lizard or a goat or some other kind of delightfully odd pet? As the spookiest day of the year approaches, the hunt for the perfect pet costume heats up. But depending on how exotic your animal is, you may have trouble finding a winning … [Link]

Mashable » These elven earbuds are fashionable, functional, and cosplay-ready

Friday 6 October 18:16:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you're fixing for a Halloween costume or putting the finishing touches on your New York Comic Con cosplay, costume season is definitely in full gear. For Legend of Zelda or Lord of the Rings enthusiasts, here are the perfect earbuds for you to … [Link]

Mashable » OSU will give every freshman an iPad, which they'll, uh… totally use for schoolwork

Friday 6 October 18:04:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStarting next fall, all new students at Ohio State University will be receiving an iPad Pro, along with an Apple Pencil, a Smart Keyboard, a case, a suite of apps, and Apple Care+.  Ohio State told Mashable that the iPads will be completely free for students — the cost will not be rolled into tuition or fees. Apple is offering the … [Link]

Mashable » Tutoring platform will help kids affected by hurricanes get back on track at school

Friday 6 October 18:03:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor millions of students, August and September were packed with classic back-to-school moments: shopping for supplies, awkwardly meeting new teachers, and figuring out the latest possible wake-up time.  But for students affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the beginning of the academic year has included school closures, relocation, and missed classes.  SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Here's what you … [Link]

Mashable » What happens to your digital video game library after you die

Friday 6 October 18:00:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook After spending tons of hard-earned money on digital video games through services like Steam, you don't even get to leave them to anyone if you pass away. Eurogamer dug into what happens to your Steam games when you die, taking a look at the terms of service, talking to a lawyer, and even contacting Steam support. They found out that, … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo fans bid farewell to the Miiverse in hilarious and touching ways

Friday 6 October 17:52:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Nintendo's social gaming hub, the Miiverse, comes to its end, Nintendo opened up a special board for community members to say goodbye to the Miiverse. The drawings and messages they shared are hilarious, impressive, and touching. The Miiverse has been home to countless drawings, inane messages, tips, and jokes from Wii U and 3DS owners since 2012, but everything is … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Lunar volcanoes and lava lakes gave the early moon an atmosphere

Friday 6 October 17:46:00 UTC 2017

The same volcanic eruptions that made the dark patches we can see on the moon spewed out enough hot gas to create an atmosphere billions of years ago [Link]

Slashdot » Bluetooth Won't Replace the Headphone Jack — Walled Gardens Will

Friday 6 October 17:37:00 UTC 2017

Last year, when it was rumoured that the then upcoming iPhone models — 7 and 7 Plus — won't have the 3.5mm audio jack, The Verge's Nilay Patel wrote that if Apple does do it, it would be a user-hostile and stupid move. When those iPhone models were official announced, they indeed didn't have the audio jack. Earlier this week, … [Link]

Slashdot » RIP AIM: AOL Instant Messenger Dies in December

Friday 6 October 16:50:00 UTC 2017

It's the end of an era: as of December 15, AOL's Instant Messenger will no longer exist. From a report: In a statement from Oath, the new entity formed under Verizon combining AOL with the recently-acquired Yahoo, the service will be discontinued. "AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate … [Link]

Mashable » Shoot dates for 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 give us a big clue about the premiere

Friday 6 October 16:37:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’re counting the days until Game of Thrones returns for Season 8, but judging by these hints from one of the show's stars, we'll be counting a while longer. Actor Liam Cunningham (who plays the show's frequent MVP Ser Davos) recently told TV Guide that the final season's six episodes are "definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is … [Link]

Mashable » A 19-year-old woman dressed like Post Malone for Halloween and honestly, we can't tell them apart

Friday 6 October 16:21:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookForget being Pennywise or Wonder Woman for Halloween. There's a new idea in the running for best costume of 2017. Jessica Meyer tweeted her Halloween costume of rapper Post Malone and social media can't tell the two of them apart. She told Buzzfeed News, her inspiration stemmed from a video of the rapper singing "Tongued Tied" by Grouplove. "I wasn't sure … [Link]

Mashable » AOL Instant Messenger is being laid to rest and the internet is mourning very loudly

Friday 6 October 16:17:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThey say good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, that time has come for everyone's favorite chatting platform of the '90s, AOL Instant Messenger (or AIM).  In an announcement made on Friday, it was revealed that AOL's parent company Oath would be discontinuing one of the internet's first instant messaging platforms on Dec. 15. That leaves you with only … [Link]

Mashable » FEMA deletes statistics on Puerto Rico hurricane response from website

Friday 6 October 16:13:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Trump administration continues to follow the playbook it has used since moving into the White House — delete or otherwise block easy access to unflattering information on government websites. This strategy is evident at the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where climate change pages have disappeared, and many other agencies.  And now, the same thing is happening with … [Link]

Mashable » Cam Newton has apologized for his degrading and sexist comment toward women

Friday 6 October 16:11:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter receiving considerable backlash, Cam Newton has said he's sorry for the sexist comment he made to a female reporter.  On Wednesday, he responded to a question from reporter Jourdan Rodrigue by saying, "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes like — it's funny." Then on Thursday night, he tweeted out a video apologizing for his "extremely degrading and disrespectful" … [Link]

Slashdot » iOS 11's Misleading 'Off-ish' Setting For Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is Bad for User Security

Friday 6 October 16:10:00 UTC 2017

Last month, we covered a story about how turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center doesn't really turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. EFF has called the situation bad for user security. From the report: Instead, what actually happens in iOS 11 when you toggle your quick settings to "off" is that the phone will disconnect from Wi-Fi … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Little-known drug keeps climbers’ minds sharp at high altitude

Friday 6 October 16:08:00 UTC 2017

An obscure drug, oxiracetam, seems to boost the brain's blood supply and reduce cognitive deficits caused by altitude, according to a study at 4000 metres [Link]

Mashable » 'Fantastic Beasts's sequel adds new cast, including Harry Potter superfan Jessica Williams

Friday 6 October 16:05:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Daily Show alum Jessica Williams is about to join a highly exclusive list of massive Harry Potter fans who ended up in the moviesPottermore revealed a whole slate of new Fantastic Beasts cast members on Friday, with Williams joining the team for this magical sequel. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling Confirms the Answer to Cryptic 'Fantastic Beasts' Anagram Williams is a … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook sneakily released a Slack competitor

Friday 6 October 15:46:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour prayers have been answered.  Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. The new messaging service is essentially a competitor to Slack and is part of Facebook's Workplace for Desktop suite. SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election The beta version of the chatting app … [Link]

Mashable » We Are Proud to Announce the Weirdest Bird Names

Friday 6 October 15:37:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Birds, Mashable Reels, Weird Bird Names, Culture, and Animals [Link]

Mashable » 5 serial entrepreneurs who are transforming the UK's startup scene

Friday 6 October 15:36:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs rewarding as entrepreneurship can be, it's also taxing from time to time. Building a company from the ground up requires a willingness (dare we say, a fondness) for occasionally putting in 12-plus-hour workdays, as well as tapping into inner wells of perseverance. At the same time, building a business is undoubtedly a thrill ride — and some people truly seem … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google's New Pixel Phones Are Ugly. It Doesn't Matter.

Friday 6 October 15:27:43 UTC 2017

“Oh my God Dad. The Pixel 2 is ugly!” [Link]

Mashable » How to hold private companies accountable for data breaches

Friday 6 October 15:21:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother day, another data breach. That would definitely be an apt catch phrase for 2017, with major, high-profile hacks or breaches coming with disturbing regularityEquifax and HBO were all hit hard, and the WannaCry ransomware crippled infrastructure around the globe. Even Instagram wasn't spared. SEE ALSO: It's official: Your old password is totally worthless With every breach, another refrain is typically … [Link]

Slashdot » Beijing Startup Offers Engineers $1M Salary Plus Options in Battle For Talent

Friday 6 October 15:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a Financial Post report: Beijing ByteDance Technology is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. The company is best known for a mobile app called Jinri Toutiao, or Today's Headlines, which aggregates news and videos from hundreds of media outlets. In five years, the app has become one of the most popular news services anywhere, with 120 … [Link]

Mashable » How to downgrade your iPhone from iOS 11

Friday 6 October 15:16:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe were all excited for iOS 11, but some of us were disappointed when we finally updated our phones. Specifically, those of us who still have the iPhone 6.  For iPhone 6 users like me, iOS 11 has created more issues than it's actually solved. The new operating system has often slowed down our phones to the point where the novelty … [Link]

Mashable » Meet the woman washing the grime off Uber

Friday 6 October 15:10:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber has a new CEO, but right now, it's the Boz show.  Bozoma Saint John, Uber's new chief brand officer, is on the speaker circuit as the new face of new Uber. In the past month, she's appeared at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Advertising Week in New York, Forbes Under 30 in Boston, and espnW in Newport Beach. Attendees of … [Link]

Mashable » What Google Clips means for privacy and constant surveillance

Friday 6 October 15:06:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle Clips is either the camera that parents and pet owners have waited all their lives for, or the next step in a world in which we spend a growing chunk of our lives being recorded.  Maybe it's both.  SEE ALSO: Google Clips was the big surprise of the Pixel event The wallet-size Clips camera is designed to capture moments you … [Link]

Mashable » 'DuckTales' gives us the Disney crossover of our dreams with a trip to the Haunted Mansion

Friday 6 October 15:00:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's not unusual to see Disney characters wandering around the company's theme parks — that's kind of the whole point, actually — but you don't often get to see our animated heroes enjoying the rides like we do.  Luckily, Disney XD has tapped into the dreams we never knew we had and came up with a delightfully spooky new promotional … [Link]

Mashable » Connie Britton reveals how "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" applies to the real world

Friday 6 October 14:54:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCult-classic Friday Night Lights fans know the iconic motto "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose." Connie Britton told us how she uses that motto in her daily life and who she thinks is a person that exemplifies that quote. Read more…More about Tv, Mashable Video, Football, Social Good, and Show [Link]

Mashable » Man imitates how cats behave at 3 a.m. and the accuracy is uncanny

Friday 6 October 14:53:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Here's an unpopular opinion on the internet: cats are evil.  While some people have a love for felines, others can only tolerate them at a distance. Either way, we all know they can be complete jerks.  YouTuber, Gus Johnson, shows us just how these creatures can go from 0 to 100, specifically at 3 a.m.  His "human-feed-me-now" battle cry is so … [Link]

Mashable » Enthralling time-lapse of Canada and the United States requires your full attention

Friday 6 October 14:43:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A student photographer named, Tyler Lillico, took over 20,000 photos across Canada and the United States to create a breathtaking time-lapse video.   Tyler posted the video Thursday and wrote that the project required “two years of early mornings and late nights.”   There is something completely mesmerizing about rolling clouds and snow covered mountains. And just wait until the … [Link]

Mashable » AOL Instant Messenger will finally, totally die in December

Friday 6 October 14:41:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAOL Instant Messenger (AIM), the beloved messaging service that was the first online experience for an entire generation, will finally reach the end of its life later this year.  SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job — and why there's no going back The remnants of the once popular chat service will be taken off life support (i.e. AOL parent … [Link]

Mashable » Tortoise races hare IRL and you won't believe what happens unless you've read an ancient fable

Friday 6 October 14:40:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnd all this time we thought Aesop was some dumb punk making up BS. As it turns out, the Ancient Greek storyteller credited with the tale of The Tortoise and The Hare had a pretty decent fan theory about what would happen if a tortoise raced a hare: the tortoise would win, slowly and steadily, while the hare would bounce around … [Link]

Slashdot » US Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

Friday 6 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. The September payrolls drop broke a nearly 7-year streak of continuous job gains. But economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, … [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda's benefit song 'Almost Like Praying' pays tribute to Puerto Rico with an all-star lineup

Friday 6 October 14:31:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe impact of music can push forward a need for change and Lin-Manuel Miranda is the man to make it happen. Miranda joined forces with all-star Latin celebrities to release a new song and raise money for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. "Almost Like Praying" pays tribute to the island and highlights what makes Puerto Rico strong despite the destruction the … [Link]

Mashable » This playhouse is a Lego fan's dream

Friday 6 October 14:31:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLego created an incredible playhouse specifically for lovers of the brand. Boasting over 120,000 square feet of Lego fun, the Lego House seeks to create a place to learn while playing Located in Denmark, the company hopes it'll become a must-see tourist attraction.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Lego, Tourism, Denmark, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » Painting roads white cools cities down, improving air quality and reducing energy bills

Friday 6 October 14:19:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn a first step towards tackling overheating, The city of Los Angeles is painting black asphalt roads with a white reflecting coating. After two years of implementation, it has been proven to reduce temperatures significantly. Read more…More about Climate, Mashable Video, Los Angeles, Climate Change, and Road [Link]

Mashable » Apple just fixed a High Sierra bug that's so bad its embarrassing

Friday 6 October 14:11:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple issued an update for its High Sierra desktop operating system on Thursday.  Called the "macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update," the new update fixes two dangerous bugs in High Sierra, both of which exposed user passwords in some way. SEE ALSO: Whoops, a hacker found a way to steal your passwords from macOS High Sierra Naked Security has a great … [Link]

Mashable » The MasterSous is a multipurpose cooking device that will even stir for you

Friday 6 October 14:08:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are those who are cooking purists, the people who want to chop everything by hand, carefully braise a piece of meat, and generally stay hunched over the stove for the whole process. Then there are those who think (ahem know) that tech is here to make our lives better, easier, and more efficientEnter the MasterSous, a Kickstarter project that promises … [Link]

Mashable » Rain, sleet, and hail are no match for this smart umbrella

Friday 6 October 14:02:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. No matter where you are in the world, getting caught in the rain without an umbrella just plain sucks. This season, invest in one that can withstand the elements without becoming a distraction when you're on the go. The SwissTek Double Layer Smart Umbrella … [Link]

Mashable » This new Girl Scouts site is a 'treasure chest' of tips for girls to make a difference

Friday 6 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGirl Scouts of the USA is most commonly known for its signature cookies, but the century-old organization plays a unique role in American politics that often goes unnoticed.  More than half of the women serving in Congress, for example, are former Girl Scouts. And Sylvia Acevedo, the organization's CEO, says she regularly learns of Girl Scouts who see injustice or an … [Link]

Slashdot » Kaspersky Lab Denies Involvement in Russian Hack of NSA Contractor

Friday 6 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has hit back at a report in the Wall Street Journal which accused it of being involved in a Russian government hack of an NSA contractor in 2015. From a report: The paper reported on Thursday that the NSA contractor, a Vietnamese national who was working to create replacements for the hacking tools leaked by … [Link]

Mashable » Say hello to Apple's new iOS 11 emoji

Friday 6 October 13:55:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFinally, iOS 11 is here in all its glory, and in case the software's new features weren't exciting enough, Apple is also releasing hundreds of new emoji. On Friday the company announced a trove of highly-anticipated emoji will be coming to iPhones and iPads, including more beloved food items, animals, smiley faces, and mythical creatures. Apple also announced it's introducing gender-neutral … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We can’t ever know whether or not our universe is a simulation

Friday 6 October 13:51:00 UTC 2017

Despite recent headlines saying we don’t live in a simulation, the answer to a question that’s more science fiction than science remains far out of reach [Link]

Mashable » 21 couples costumes that will turn some heads this Halloween

Friday 6 October 13:34:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven the staunchest of Halloween haters have to crack a smile when they lay their eyes on a great couples costume.   Sure, couple costumes are usually goofy but you have tip your hat for all the effort people put into some great ensembles.  SEE ALSO: Scrambling for a Halloween costume? ThinkGeek’s got you covered with these adorable onesies. All it … [Link]

Mashable » Be your own publicist: How to use your resume to really sell yourself

Friday 6 October 13:22:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookExperience is only part of the many factors that will help you land your dream job. Your resume needs to reflect both the quantity of your work and the quality.  Having a good resume can be the deciding factor between getting a phone interview or never hearing back. Even with the rise of LinkedIn and job search aggregators, a great resume … [Link]

Mashable » New York Comic Con's 'Westworld' activation is too real yet not real enough

Friday 6 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf Westworld were real, we'd all be fucked. That much was clear when I attended New York Comic Con's Westworld: The Experience, an immersive activation that makes guests feel like they're visiting the fictitious park that encourages you to "live without limits." In part of the experience set up to look like the Mariposa Saloon, a "host" asked one of my … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Is There No Nobel Prize In Technology?

Friday 6 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: As the world focuses its attention on this year's recipients of the planet's most prestigious prize, the Nobel, it feels like something's missing from the list: technology. Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes more than century ago with the instruction that his entire estate be used to endow "prizes to those … [Link]

Mashable » Comfort dogs are helping people with the trauma of the Las Vegas shooting

Friday 6 October 12:19:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGrief and trauma are incredibly complex emotions. People who are the victims of attacks such as the one in Las Vegas often need a lot of support to process these emotions. Enter the golden retrievers. SEE ALSO: Very good doggo called Mochi has the longest dog tongue in the world The LCC-K9 comfort dogs, which are backed by the Lutheran Church … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Protein injection could prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Friday 6 October 11:48:00 UTC 2017

A hair-promoting protein can stop mice from losing fur when given chemo, raising the hope that cancer patients will be able to avoid this side effect [Link]

Mashable » Woman reports same dick pic 3 times, gets 3 different responses from Twitter

Friday 6 October 11:35:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSocial media companies say they're taking reports of stalking and abusive behaviour with the utmost seriousness.  SEE ALSO: Twitter's 'LasVagas' hashtag fail shows the worst part of algorithms Well, if this report is to be trusted, Twitter still has a long way to go to make its policy more consistent and efficient for users.  Maura Quint, a contributor for The New … [Link]

Mashable » Pixel Buds are probably the most important gadget Google launched

Friday 6 October 11:33:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOut of all the products Google launched at its big event this week, there's one that should have Apple really worried.  No, it's not the Pixel phones (though they certainly seem like worthy iPhone competitors) or the MacBook-like Pixelbook, it's the Pixel Buds. SEE ALSO: Google's Pixel Buds are like Apple's AirPods but smarter More than any other gadget Google launched, … [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus and her dad pay tribute to Tom Petty with a beautiful cover of 'Wildflowers'

Friday 6 October 11:09:14 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's no surprise that Miley Cyrus decided to cover this song on Fallon after doing such a beautiful rendition of it on Howard Stern. SEE ALSO: Gal Gadot and Miley Cyrus played charades on Fallon and it wasn't easy She performed her cover of 'Wildflowers' with her father Billy Ray Cyrus as a tribute to the recently deceased singer on … [Link]

Mashable » Theresa May's speech was such a train wreck it has become material for U.S. talk shows

Friday 6 October 10:40:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's not often Kimmel can bag on political slip-ups in other countries, but this week was the exception. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel rejoices over the healthcare bill being no more Kimmel took a break from fighting healthcare reform and ripping into Trump to turn his comedy gaze upon the UK. He presented Theresa May's disastrous Conservative party conference speech to … [Link]

Mashable » BlackBerry's next phone appears to counter trends with enormous bezel

Friday 6 October 10:40:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlackBerry is preparing to launch a new mid-range phone, and now, thanks to Evan Blass — a man who often accurately posts information about phones before said information is official — we probably know what it looks like.  It's called the BlackBerry Motion, and boy, is that lower bezel huge. SEE ALSO: BlackBerry to work with Delphi to protect self-driving cars … [Link]

Mashable » The cult of pumpkin spice is so strong that it brought down an entire school in the US

Friday 6 October 10:31:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe cult of pumpkin spice has officially gone too far. So far in fact, that its pungent odour brought about the evacuation of an entire high school in Baltimore, Maryland.  SEE ALSO: America, your love for pumpkin spice lattes is a sign your empire is falling Students and teachers at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Upper Fells Point, Baltimore, were … [Link]

Mashable » Burger King uses 'IT' movie to troll McDonald's in the best way possible

Friday 6 October 10:30:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook People at Burger King are sassy AF, as their epic Twitter trolling of arch-enemy McDonald's shows.  Arguably though, their latest stunt is the most brilliant, ingenious piece of shade to date.  Burger King kind of owned the horror movie of the year, Stephen King's IT, by projecting two spotlights right before the credits at the film premiere in Germany. "The … [Link]

Mashable » It's (finally) the bicycle's turn for a GPS of its own

Friday 6 October 10:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Beeline is exactly the kind of compass that cyclists need. Having your phone out while you're on a bicycle ride is dangerous business, even if you're using it for your GPS. If you have it strapped to your bike and keep looking down … [Link]

Mashable » Give your business a leg-up with expert training from an actual Silicon Valley exec

Friday 6 October 10:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Ditching your 9-to-5 and starting your own company can be daunting, especially if you're going into it completely blind. A stellar business idea is worth nada if you don't know what you're doing, and attempting to get it off the ground all by your … [Link]

Mashable » Boost your antioxidant intake with this automated tea brewer

Friday 6 October 10:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Traditional tea-making is a very nuanced process, and most of us don't have much more knowledge of making our own outside of boiling some water and pouring it into a mug with a teabag inside.  It's not the worst process, but the health benefits … [Link]

Mashable » Morgan Freeman recorded a bunch of random phrases for Stephen Colbert and they all sound incredible

Friday 6 October 10:20:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Be honest, if you could have Morgan Freeman record himself saying random stuff for you, you would. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert rounds up his favorite #puberme celebrity photos and wow they're awkward Morgan Freeman was a guest on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show last night and Colbert seized the opportunity to have Freeman record his smooth, smooth voice saying little … [Link]

Mashable » Gal Gadot and Miley Cyrus played charades on Fallon and it wasn't easy

Friday 6 October 10:14:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Her truth lasso wouldn't have been so useful here. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus' emotional thank-you note to Hillary Clinton was lovely and no we're not crying it's just allergies Last night on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Gal Gadot and Jimmy Fallon competed against Miley Cyrus and Tariq Trotter in a game of charades. Gadot apparently never played charades … [Link]

Slashdot » Elon Musk Says Tesla Could Rebuild Puerto Rico's Power Grid With Batteries, Solar

Friday 6 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

After Puerto Rico was hit by hurricane Maria, Tesla quickly started shipping hundreds of its Powerwall batteries there to try and get power back on to some houses with solar arrays. Now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to say that Tesla could rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with batteries and solar on a bigger scale. Electrek reports: Puerto … [Link]

Mashable » Jackie Chan seems to confirm 'Rush Hour 4', but it's not that simple…

Friday 6 October 9:53:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDon’t get revved up just yet. SEE ALSO: The 'Lego Movie' franchise takes a step back with 'Ninjago' Jackie Chan has Rush Hour fans in a tizzy as he seemed to confirm Rush Hour 4 in the works for next year while a guest on The Cruz Show. He said after seven years of rejecting scripts he'd finally said yes to … [Link]

Mashable » Jackie Chan's daughter comes out on Instagram

Friday 6 October 9:42:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEtta Ng, daughter of Hollywood star Jackie Chan, has come out publicly on Instagram. In a post on Thursday, the 18-year-old shared a picture of herself against a rainbow backdrop with hashtags #lgbt and #lesbian. 🌈 #lgbtqai #lgbt #lesbian #androgynous A post shared by @stolenmilktea on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:43am PDT SEE ALSO: Sorry haters, Macklemore's 'Same Love' just charted … [Link]

Mashable » Huge update should fix most problems of the Essential Phone's camera

Friday 6 October 9:12:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAndy Rubin's the Essential Phone is an interesting phone, but it's not great, and the main reason for that is the crappiness of its camera. A flagship phone today must have a better, faster camera, period.  Essential tried to remedy that with several software updates, and while they did improve this or that aspect of the camera, it still wasn't great.  … [Link]

Slashdot » Vice President Pence Vows US Astronauts Will Return To the Moon

Friday 6 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Before astronauts go to Mars, they will return to the Moon, Vice President Mike Pence said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed yesterday and in a speech at the National Air and Space Museum today. He touts "humans exploration and discovery" as the new focus of America's space program. This "means establishing a renewed American presence on the moon, a … [Link]

Mashable » Conan rips on Kumail Nanjiani's unconvincing orc voice in Xbox game

Friday 6 October 5:41:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook What's better than another episode of Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" segment? Having a hilarious guest who also happens to be in the game, as well. This time, he had The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani as co-pilot while they explored the upcoming Xbox game Middle-earth: Shadow of War. It's all good fun ripping on the characters until Nanjiani reveals, cringing, that … [Link]

Mashable » This connected tabletop gadget can measure the calories on your plate in 10 seconds flat

Friday 6 October 5:07:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCounting calories from an app can be pretty inaccurate, so this kitchen gadget is set to be a godsend for dieters. Japanese electronics conglomerate Panasonic just showed off a prototype of its tabletop calorie counter dubbed CaloRieco. SEE ALSO: A smart thermos promises to keep track of what you drink All you have to do is pop a plate of food … [Link]

Mashable » 'Phantom labeller' causes mischief at New Zealand museum

Friday 6 October 4:46:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome wild things happen in New Zealand, but a "mystery interventionist" has reached a whole new level of reckless. They've been putting vinyl stickers alongside artefacts and artworks at the Canterbury Museum since, emblazoned with comments relating to the specific exhibit. SEE ALSO: Little kid pranks unsuspecting motorists stuck in traffic It all started in late September, when the museum noticed … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook reportedly omitted Russia references from a public report on the election

Friday 6 October 4:12:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook omitted references to Russia from a public report about the 2016 election after recommendations from its lawyers, according to a new report.  Quoting "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal said Facebook decided not to mention Russia in a report published in April 2017. Earlier this month, Facebook disclosed that 10 million people saw 'divisive' political ads purchased … [Link]

Slashdot » Three-Quarters of All Honey On Earth Has Pesticides In It

Friday 6 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: About three quarters of all honey worldwide is contaminated with pesticides known to harm bees, according to a new study. Though the pesticide levels were below the limit deemed safe for human consumption, there was still enough insecticide in there to harm pollinators. The finding suggests that, as one of the … [Link]

Mashable » Think you hate selfies? The Russian military might ban them.

Friday 6 October 3:07:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRussian soldiers may soon be saying goodbye to their Snapchats.  According to the BBC, the Russian Ministry of Defense, which manages and regulates Russia's armed forces, has drafted a law that would ban soldiers and military personnel from posting on social media. The ban is expected to take effect in January 2018.  The ban comes, according to the bill, in the … [Link]

Mashable » Australia's facial recognition database will now include driver's licence photos

Friday 6 October 2:33:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMove over Face ID, the Australian government has eclipsed you on the creepy factor. It'll allow for photos from government I.D.s and licenses to be added to a national facial recognition database, making it easier for the country's law enforcement agencies to identify people in real time. SEE ALSO: Moscow's facial recognition CCTV network is the biggest example of surveillance society … [Link]

Mashable » Google Maps error sends tourists looking for Australia's Blue Mountains to a suburban cul-de-sac

Friday 6 October 2:32:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMapping the world to the minute is a task. And sure, Google Maps can mess up from time to time. But tourists in Australia looking for the country's iconic Blue Mountains have been regularly led astray by the platform. Looking for sweeping Australian bush panoramas, they've instead been landing in a small, quiet cul-de-sac in a suburb called Dargan in New … [Link]

Mashable » OMG, I'm handcuffed to a chair and only Alexa can help me

Friday 6 October 2:31:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2ff95ca454 5ed2 793f%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ York Comic Con has a one-of-a-kind voice-enabled escape room experience.","image"~ Amazon's NYCC Alexa-Powered Escape Room","sources":[{&q~ echo,alexa,nycc,new york comic con,amazon echo show,new york comic con 2017,nycc 2017,escape room","sec0":null,&q~ echo,alexa,nycc,new york comic con,amazon echo show,new york comic con 2017,nycc 2017,escape room","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Amazon, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Nycc, and New York Comic Con [Link]

Mashable » Trump suggests this is the 'calm before the storm,' and no one is laughing but him

Friday 6 October 2:21:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump put his foot in his mouth, spooking the nation, again.  Trump was joined at the White House by military leaders for a dinner on Thursday evening when he suggested the current moment was the "calm before the storm."  SEE ALSO: John Oliver goes after big businesses in hilarious 15-minute rant TRUMP: "Maybe it's the calm before the storm."…REPORTER: … [Link]

Mashable » The dudes exposed by alt-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos' gross emails

Friday 6 October 2:13:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhere do I even startBuzzFeed News got its hands on a bunch of emails and documents from white nationalist troll Milo Yiannopoulos, and they're disgusting.  Yiannopoulos was the tech editor for Breitbart, until he resigned after seemingly condoning pedophilia.  SEE ALSO: Google algorithm fail puts 4chan's wrongly named Las Vegas gunman on top of search It's an epically long read, so … [Link]

Slashdot » Over Half of New Cancer Drugs 'Show No Benefits' For Survival Or Wellbeing

Friday 6 October 2:05:00 UTC 2017

New research published in the British Medical Journal finds that most cancer drugs that have recently arrived on the market have come with little evidence that they boost the survival or wellbeing of patients. The Guardian reports: Forty-eight cancer drugs were approved by the European Medicines Agency between 2009 and 2013 for use as treatments in 68 different situations. But … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service To Rival FedEx, UPS

Friday 6 October 1:25:00 UTC 2017

Longtime package delivery companies UPS and FedEx may have some new competition from Amazon. The company is experimenting with a new delivery service of its own intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses. Bloomberg reports: The service began two years ago in India, and Amazon has been slowly marketing it to … [Link]

Mashable » John Kelly reportedly used a compromised phone for months

Friday 6 October 0:50:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToday in yes-that-really-happened: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly used a compromised personal cellphone for months.  The former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security apparently realized something was up during the summer, according to a new report from Politico citing three government officials, after potentially several months of foreign snooping. SEE ALSO: People are really identifying with John … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook To Build $1 Billion Data Center In Virginia

Friday 6 October 0:45:00 UTC 2017

It's official: Facebook will be investing $1 billion in a new data center in Henrico County, which is just outside Richmond, Virginia. According to CNNMoney, Facebook is putting $750 million into construction and $250 million to multiple solar facilities that will power the data center. From the report: The investment is expected to create 100 full-time jobs. Facebook will receive … [Link]

Mashable » PSA: Instagram polls are NOT anonymous

Friday 6 October 0:30:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the latest update for Instagram, the app rolled out a polling feature in its Snapchat clone, which allows a user to ask their followers to vote between two choices. While polls aren't groundbreaking on social media, (Twitter rolled out polls in 2015), there is one thing different about Instagram polls that you should probably know before you vote your heart … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk's open to rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid, but there's a catch

Friday 6 October 0:07:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f2176%2fcb4144fa 5bda 4367 b9f1 127908819fcd Read more… {"player":{"descript~ again pushing the development of alternative energy intergration","image&quot~ Musk's $2.6 billion bet on a clean energy empire","sources":[{~ musk,solar panels,real time,alternative energy,us & world,real time video","sec0":null,&~ musk,solar panels,real time,alternative energy,us & world,real time video","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Tesla, Powerwall, Solar Power, Puerto Rico, and Power Grid [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Still On Top In US Electric Vehicle Sales, GM Close Behind

Friday 6 October 0:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Americans bought more electric vehicles in September than any other month this year. According to Inside EV's monthly sales report, 21,325 battery EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs found homes last month. That's 20 percent more than this time last year and the second highest number ever. 2017 looks like it will … [Link]

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