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

Mashable » Ever wonder what it’d sound like if animals could talk?

Monday 9 October 23:39:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDo animals also complain about dating apps? Yep, pretty much. Introducing our new series 'Talk Like The Animals'!    Ever wonder what it’d sound like if animals could talk? We were so curious we made it happen with sarcastic, silly and even sassy personalities.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Animals, Mashable Video, Cute, and Cute Animals [Link]

Slashdot » EPA Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule

Monday 9 October 23:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source: The Trump administration announced Monday that it would take formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama's signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of America's efforts to tackle global warming. At … [Link]

Mashable » Waymo is launching a campaign to teach people about self-driving cars

Monday 9 October 23:15:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot everyone is ready to trust self-driving cars with their lives, and Waymo is here to change that. The self-driving car company, which is a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, announced today it's launching the "Let's Talk Self-Driving" campaign to teach the public about basic self-driving car technology and convince them that autonomous vehicles are safe to ride in. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » LeBron James and Intel want to convince you autonomous cars are safe

Monday 9 October 23:12:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook LeBron James isn't scared of the formidable Golden State Warriors, but like most of us, he probably has a healthy distrust of fully autonomous vehicles. In a new Intel advertisement, however, the innovative microchip company wants us to believe that the NBA's top player isn't daunted by self-driving cars. Intel hopes to ease the masses into accepting autonomous vehicles, because … [Link]

Mashable » With this bio-sensitive tattoo ink, you might no longer need a glucose meter

Monday 9 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookResearchers at Harvard and MIT are trying to make it easier for people to monitor their health. Wouldn't it be cool if all you needed to do to measure your blood sugar was to look down at your arm? Read more…More about Science, Health, Mashable Video, Tattoo, and Medicine [Link]

Mashable » Apple's facial recognition tech could be coming to iPads next

Monday 9 October 22:53:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s face-scanning tech could be coming to a new product in the near future. The company will add its TrueDepth camera, which enables the iPhone X's Face ID and talking emoji tech, to next year's iPad Pro, according to an industry insider. SEE ALSO: This app lets you add an iPhone X 'notch' to any Android phone The prediction comes from … [Link]

Slashdot » Hulu Lowers Prices After Netflix Raises Theirs

Monday 9 October 22:50:00 UTC 2017

Coincidentally, as Netflix raised their prices last week, Hulu decided to lower theirs. The streaming service is now offering a plan, which includes commercials, for $5.99 per month for the first year — a short-term promotion aimed at luring new subs with the kickoff of the fall television and Hulu's expanded TV library lineup. Variety reports: Hulu's special offer for … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Align Your Team Around Microservices

Monday 9 October 22:25:18 UTC 2017

For a profession that stresses the importance of naming things well, we've done ourselves a disservice with microservices. The problem is that that there is nothing inherently "micro" about microservices. Some can be small, but size is relative and there's no standard of unit of measure across organizations. A "small" service at one company might be one million lines of … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube has no patience for DIY 'bump stock' gun demos, bans them

Monday 9 October 22:22:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYoutube has banned "how to" bump stock gun modification demos from the site after a Las Vegas gunman employed the device to rapidly fire upon thousands of country music fans, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more. Although the ownership of automatically-firing machine guns has been banned in the U.S. since 1986, a bump stock is a device you can add to … [Link]

Slashdot » OpenBSD 6.2 Released

Monday 9 October 22:10:00 UTC 2017

basscomm writes: OpenBSD 6.2 has now been released. Check out the release notes if you're into that kind of thing. Some of the new features and systems include improved hardware support, vmm(4)/ vmd(8) improvements, IEEE 802.11 wireless stack improvements, generic network stack improvements, installer improvements, routing daemons and other userland network improvements, security improvements and more. Here is the full … [Link]

Mashable » Kathie Lee Gifford comes forward about sexual harassment from unnamed Hollywood producer

Monday 9 October 22:03:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Harvey Weinstein is officially ousted from The Weinstein Company and more and more people come forward to condemn his actions over the years, Kathie Lee Gifford has something to say. On Tuesday morning, the Today Show host revealed to co-host Hoda Kotb that she, too, has been on the receiving end of sexual harassment from an unnamed producer.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » The Best Queer Lady Couples on Television

Monday 9 October 22:00:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about The Wire, Mashable Reels, Best Queer Couples On Tv, Culture, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Mashable » This isn't the first time Dove rolled out a racist ad

Monday 9 October 21:53:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter became outraged after a makeup artist screen-shotted Dove's recent ad on Facebook, and called it out for being racially insensitive. The ad features a black woman with a brown shirt on, taking off her shirt to reveal a white woman with a white shirt on. That woman then takes off her shirt to reveal a brown woman with a beige … [Link]

Mashable » Precious little superfan gets a unique Batman doll made just for her

Monday 9 October 21:50:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s nothing more precious than a young girl and her love for Batman.  Reddit user and mom,  tas253, shared an adorable photo Monday of her daughter, Daisy, holding a new stuffed friend inspired by one of DC's most admirable superheroes.  SEE ALSO: Dad bod Batman drawn by an 11-year-old girl is the hero this city needs Image: via reddit user tas253The … [Link]

Mashable » Artist creates a flawless sculpture of Freddie Mercury and it will blow your mind

Monday 9 October 21:40:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This video shows the internet just how humans are made. OK, not really, but it's unbelievable nonetheless.  YouTuber and impeccable artist, Juliana LePine, creates intricately detailed sculptures that are absolutely mind-blowing.  Her latest sculpture, posted in the video above of Queen frontman, Freddy Mercury, will have your jaw to the floor.  LePine creates Mercury from just a toy skeleton to … [Link]

Mashable » Skies around Disneyland turn orange as Anaheim Hills fire rages

Monday 9 October 21:39:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not looking like the happiest place on earth today. As historic wildfires rage across the state of California, guests at Disneyland in Anaheim are some of the latest to experience a pre-Halloween fright. SEE ALSO: Insane wildfire photo perfectly sums up America in 2017 14 fires in northern California laid waste to some 1,500 structures over Sunday and Monday while … [Link]

Mashable » 'Rick and Morty' fans are now selling PICTURES of the Szechuan sauce online

Monday 9 October 21:33:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStep aside Rick and Morty watchers, the "real" Rick and Morty fans once again have no chill. After a Season 3 episode in which Rick goes to excessive lengths—having a multidimensional battle with all the other Ricks which leads the show to fold over itself—just to get some throwback Szechuan dipping sauce from McDonald's, the fast food chain decided to take … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Uncovers Russia-Bought Ads On YouTube, Gmail and Other Platforms

Monday 9 October 21:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a person briefed on the company's probe told Reuters on Monday. The ads do not appear to be from the … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft just buried Windows Phone… on Twitter

Monday 9 October 21:17:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWindows Phone is dead.  You know thisMicrosoft has told you in not so many words that they wouldn't be updating the platform, but some factions held out hope for a reprieve. After all, Microsoft has yet to clarify their position on the rumored Surface Phone, which could be a radical update path for the Windows Phone, and it technically still supports … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter removes anti-abortion political ad, proving it can crack down on speech if it wants to

Monday 9 October 21:13:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter just proved it can and it will crack down on political ads. Twitter banned a campaign ad on Monday from Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in which she claimed to have helped stop the "sale of baby body parts" from abortions by defunding Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reported.  SEE ALSO: Twitter's 'LasVagas' hashtag fail shows the worst part of algorithms … [Link]

Mashable » People are pissed about 'Star Wars Battlefront II' loot boxes

Monday 9 October 21:11:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Star Wars Battlefront II beta kicked off this weekend and players discovered a problem: the loot box system is horrible. Loot boxes in Battlefront II are how players obtain new abilities and crafting materials to make and improve weapons, although it takes hours of playing to get a single loot box and the items inside are completely random. Of course, … [Link]

Mashable » A man with muscular dystrophy traveled the world with a little help from his friends

Monday 9 October 21:05:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKevan Chandler has muscular dystrophy. He recently went from a prognosis of being permanently pinned to his wheelchair to traveling the world with his friends. What made this possible is a special backpack seat, allowing Kevan's friends to carry him on their backs. 'We Cary Kevan' is the NGO the group founded upon their return and they are developing the backpack … [Link]

Mashable » Here are the best costumes from this year's New York Comic Con

Monday 9 October 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt wouldn't be Comic Con without some epic cosplay. This year, people came from all over the world to show off their costumes. Here are our favorites from New York Comic Con 2017. Read more…More about Gaming, Comics, Games, Mashable Video, and Comic [Link]

Mashable » A totally bizarre interview just started a feud between Ivana and Melania Trump

Monday 9 October 20:52:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIvana Trump — Donald Trump's first ex-wife and mother of Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric Trump — is now feuding with Melania Trump over which of them is the real first lady. Yes, really. In a recent interview with ABC News, the 68-year-old told Amy Robach all about her upcoming memoir, Raising Trump — which details her experiences as a child, wife, … [Link]

Mashable » First impressions of the iPhone X

Monday 9 October 20:36:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X is the probably the most anticipated device. And while it's set to launch next month, and if you're looking to get your hands on one, might be best to get your pre-order in as soon as you can.  There will be a limited supply—The FaceID feature is causing some issues on the production side. You may not be … [Link]

Mashable » Here's one birthday cake Pinterest fail that will give you nightmares

Monday 9 October 20:35:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBaking a cake that looks like an iconic character most of the world knows and loves is not a good idea unless you are really great at baking. That said, a cake is still a cake, and you can't really be truly upset when there is cake around.  Redditor ehsan decided to buy their niece a nice Minnie Mouse cake for … [Link]

Mashable » Mike Pence's NFL walkout came with a hefty price tag for taxpayers

Monday 9 October 20:14:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVice President Mike Pence's walkout on Sunday from the Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers game — which was rumored to have been a publicity stunt — left members of congress and the public alike with one big question: How much exactly did Pence's counter-protest cost taxpayers? After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money … [Link]

Mashable » Han Solo movie 'almost' done shooting, has 'premature' wrap party anyway

Monday 9 October 20:11:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNow we finally have The Last Jedi trailer, which screens Monday night, the most important "when" question remaining in the Star Wars movie universe is: When will the untitled Han Solo movie finally be in the can?  Whatever else you may say about the legendary director Ron Howard, who is pinch-hitting on this project, it's hard to claim that his refurbished … [Link]

Slashdot » Half the Universe's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found

Monday 9 October 20:10:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe — protons, neutrons and electrons — unaccounted for by previous observations of stars, galaxies and other bright objects in space. You have probably heard about the hunt for dark … [Link]

Mashable » A Batman video game showed a real image of a murdered Russian ambassador

Monday 9 October 19:53:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPlenty of video games feature plenty of dead folks, but I think we can all agree that most of the dead "people" we see on video games were never alive on the other side of the screen.  Not so with Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within. SEE ALSO: Facebook says 10 million people saw Russia's 'divisive' political ads The video game vlogging … [Link]

Mashable » ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for tweeting about NFL advertiser boycott

Monday 9 October 19:52:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookESPN has suspended anchor Jemele Hill after she tweeted that the most effective way to hurt NFL owners would be for people to boycott certain advertisers. The move to suspend Hill comes after she entered into a public feud with President Donald Trump last month. Hill later apologized and ESPN said that the situation had been addressed internally.  Hill has been … [Link]

Mashable » Kit Harington surprised his fiancé with a severed head

Monday 9 October 19:41:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKit Harington AKA Jon Snow from 'GoT' is apparently a master of April Fools' pranks. He decided to surprise Rose Leslie with prank in the fridge. Her reaction was priceless. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Love, Wife, Engagement, and Game Of Thrones [Link]

Slashdot » Windows 10 Update Removes Windows Media Player

Monday 9 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

Recently made available Windows 10 update KB4046355 for the Fall Creators Update disables Windows Media Player from the operating system. BetaNews reports: While it could be argued that Windows Media Player is no longer an essential addition to Windows — there are plenty of quality third-party alternatives, such as VLC Media Player, not to mention the Films & TV app … [Link]

Mashable » If animals could talk, they'd just complain about dating apps of course

Monday 9 October 19:23:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Do animals also complain about dating apps? Yep, pretty much. Introducing our new series 'Talk Like The Animals'! Subscribe for new episodes weekly: http://on.mash.to/SubscribeWatercoo~ Ever wonder what it’d sound like if animals could talk? We were so curious we made it happen with sarcastic, silly and even sassy personalities. Watch all episodes right here: http://on.mash.to/TLTA Read more… More about Animals, … [Link]

Mashable » Incredible video shows a wild wolf chasing a family car

Monday 9 October 19:10:52 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A family driving near the Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia, Canada, got an up close look at some of the local wildlife. Maybe too close of a look, actually. The family noticed a grey wolf on the side of the road, so they began filming. But when the family drove off, the wolf decided to chase their car. The … [Link]

Mashable » Why understanding the political influence of social media extends beyond Russia

Monday 9 October 19:08:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlmost a year after the election, we are just beginning to wrap our heads around the role of social media in American politics. Last week, Facebook turned over 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congress. But Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election is just the tip of the iceberg – surfacing a level of divisive discourse that increases with each new tweet and … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why you should care about Richard Thaler, the rockstar economist who just won the Nobel Prize

Monday 9 October 19:01:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEconomists have, for a long time, thought of themselves as scientists. They work in hard data and numbers—why wouldn't they?  But one of them proved there was so, so much more art to economics than anyone in that field ever wanted to admit. And that was the kind of thinking that just won him the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economic Science—and … [Link]

Mashable » Chance The Rapper gets pulled over by police and livestreamed the whole thing on Instagram

Monday 9 October 18:52:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Chance The Rapper didn't want to take a chance on things going "sideways." The Chicago rapper launched a livestream on Instagram during a police traffic stop on Sunday. He was in the passenger seat when the car was pulled over, expressing to his fans, "Just want y'all to be here in case it gets out of hand."  Both his child … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Blade Runner 2049' Isn't the Movie Denis Villeneuve Wanted to Make

Monday 9 October 18:50:00 UTC 2017

Readers share a Motherboard article: There are seemingly two inescapable realities for big-budget filmmakers in 2017: you have to use existing intellectual property and you must provide spectacle that can lure massive domestic and foreign audiences to the the theater. It seemed that Denis Villeneuve chose wisely when he selected the IP that he would ride into the mainstream. […] … [Link]

Mashable » All the places celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day

Monday 9 October 18:46:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOver the decades, as Americans have reexamined the founding of the nation, the second Monday in October came to be the source of great controversy. Though many still celebrate Columbus Day — a holiday to remember the month in 1492 when Italian explorer Christopher Columbus was said to have "discovered" America — an increasing number of people have abandoned the tradition … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Choose the Best Background Check API

Monday 9 October 18:46:17 UTC 2017

Not all background checks are the same; while the government court data is universal, the mechanisms to access that data vary wildly from automated searches to manual court-runners. This means the speed, cost, and accuracy of reports vary from provider to provider. I should be clear that I’m not unbiased, as an engineer at GoodHire, but after managing dozens of … [Link]

Mashable » A letter from the front lines of the 'Rick and Morty' McDonald's sauce war

Monday 9 October 18:43:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMy Dearest Abigail,  It has been long since I had an opportunity of writing to you, and I gladly avail myself of the present opportunity. As I sit and toil in the wick'd heat at the local McDonald’s waiting for my precious Ricky and Morty sauce, I find joy in the mem’ries of you. I am on the front lines of … [Link]

Mashable » Malala starts classes at Oxford, five years after she was shot for speaking out about women's education

Monday 9 October 18:41:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt just 20 years old, Malala Yousafzai is already a Nobel Prize laureate, United Nations Messenger of Peace, and world-renowned human rights activist.  Today she begins the pursuit of her next prestigious title: Oxford University graduate. SEE ALSO: Malala is off to college and needs your packing advice In 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in … [Link]

Mashable » The dinosaurs of 'Jurassic World Evolution' sure do look majestic

Monday 9 October 18:25:53 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Let's clear something up real quick: our first proper glimpse at Jurassic World Evolution — a game that lets you build your own dinosaur zoo — happened already, with the debut trailer. It might have been an aspirational look at what the eventual game will look like, but it at least gave a sense of how the finished thing will … [Link]

Mashable » Walmart tries to undercut Amazon with 30-second returns

Monday 9 October 18:19:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWalmart’s trying to make its return process as speedy as possible. The big-box giant plans to roll out a program next month called Mobile Express Returns that will let customers refund online orders in seconds by scanning auto-generated QR codes in any of Walmart's nearly 5,000 stores. The company claims the streamlined new approach will slash the time it takes to … [Link]

Mashable » Radio host Delilah posts heartbreaking note about her son's death

Monday 9 October 18:13:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDelilah Rene, known as simply Delilah to most, has been there for folks for over 30 years as a radio host, expert conversationalist, and Queen of Sappy Love Songs.  On Sunday, she announced in a heartbreaking social media post that she was taking a break from the job, revealing that her son, Zachariah, had died by suicide.  SEE ALSO: Tough guy … [Link]

Slashdot » Slashdot Asks: Does the World Need a Third Mobile OS?

Monday 9 October 18:10:00 UTC 2017

Now that it is evident that Microsoft doesn't see any future with Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile), it has become clear that there is no real, or potential competitor left to fight Android and iOS for a slice of the mobile operating system market. Mozilla tried Firefox OS, but that didn't work out either. BlackBerry's BBOS also couldn't find … [Link]

Mashable » Should you watch the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer tonight? Well …

Monday 9 October 18:06:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s the moment we've been waiting for since April 14, 2017: the unveiling of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. But should you actually watch it?  SEE ALSO: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' gets a new trailer during Monday Night Football this week Director Rian Johnson isn't so sure.  I a legitimately torn. If you want to come in … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Father of ‘nudge’ psychology wins economics Nobel

Monday 9 October 17:57:00 UTC 2017

Richard Thaler has won this year's Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the limits to human rationality and how to subtly influence people's behaviour [Link]

Mashable » Russian ads on the internet are all connected, man

Monday 9 October 17:55:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust like any internet-minded person looking to build their #PersonalBrand, it seems Russia-linked groups targeted multiple platforms in their bid to influence the 2016 presidential election. You might say that Russian-linked actors seem to have built their own "web" of influence. Haha.  SEE ALSO: Nobody asked for these vending machine things that two ex-Googlers want to replace bodegas A Washington Post … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Cold climate may have driven ancient humans’ move out of Africa

Monday 9 October 17:55:00 UTC 2017

East Africa became colder and drier around 75,000 years ago, just when modern humans were apparently migrating out of Africa [Link]

New Scientist – News » Most science papers turn out to be wrong. It’s time to fix that

Monday 9 October 17:49:00 UTC 2017

Research findings often crumble under the microscope. Rows over the best way to fix this must end so we can stop trust in science crumbling too, says Robert Matthews [Link]

New Scientist – News » Evolution’s rules mean life on Earth isn’t that varied after all

Monday 9 October 17:48:00 UTC 2017

While there are millions of species on Earth, many of them have almost identical lifestyles, suggesting nature is more regular and rule-based than we thought [Link]

Mashable » We swipe right on this dude's super creative Tinder photo stunt

Monday 9 October 17:45:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the crowded world of online dating, it can be hard to stand out. But one genius has cracked the code. A 23-year-old named Jesse shared his clever profile pic strategy on Reddit Sunday, and we must say we're impressed. Click through the gallery below to get the full effect.  In the photo series, Jesse presents himself as an average guy … [Link]

Mashable » Startling images from space show smoke plume and heat from California wildfires

Monday 9 October 17:44:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFast-moving, destructive wildfires raced across parts of Napa and Sonoma County on Sunday night and Monday, fanned by strong winds and dry conditions. The fires exploded in size, with one, known as the Tubbs Fire, jumping from 200 acres on Sunday to 20,000 by Monday.  According to the Associated Press, 1,500 structures have been destroyed by the blazes so far. According … [Link]

Slashdot » Office Depot, Best Buy Pull Kaspersky Products From Shelves

Monday 9 October 17:25:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Both Office Depot and Best Buy have removed Kaspersky Lab products from shelves. The ban has been in effect since mid-September, and the two chains are offering existing Kaspersky customers replacement security software. The first store to remove Kaspersky products from shelves was Best Buy, on around September 8. At the time, the FBI was … [Link]

Mashable » Print on anything, anywhere with this portable printer

Monday 9 October 17:23:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Artists, designers, and cosplayers rejoice. This new Kickstarter project is looking to make printing leap off of the page and bring it to just about everywhere you need it to be.  SPoE is an open source printer that can print from any of your … [Link]

Mashable » 'Street Fighter' pro's latest strategy involves… a tape measurer

Monday 9 October 17:20:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt the uppermost levels of esports, players will try any marginally advantageous thing they can think of to give them an edge over opponents. For one Street Fighter player, that involved a tape measurer. SEE ALSO: Capcom is rereleasing 'Street Fighter II' (but it may literally set your SNES on fire) During the TWFighter Street Fighter V Major in Taiwan this … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' reveals why creating one wight is more complicated than ten thousand

Monday 9 October 17:17:04 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Game of Thrones had plenty of spectacular moments in its Season 7 finale, but in the final installment of HBO's behind-the-scenes "Game Revealed" series, director Jeremy Podeswa explains that one of the episode's most complicated stunts probably seemed pretty simple to viewers. When Jon and Daenerys bring a wight to King's Landing to try and convince Cersei and Jaime to … [Link]

Mashable » These edible wrappers could help keep plastic out of the ocean

Monday 9 October 17:12:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Evoware’ is cooking up edible versions of common plastic items like spice packets, food wrappers, and cups in hopes to reduce waste. Read more…More about Food, Mashable Video, Environment, Ocean, and Conservation [Link]

Mashable » Improve your phone's camera flash by slapping on an iBlazr

Monday 9 October 17:08:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Regular camera flashes on your phone are so last-gen. The iBlazr 2 will really shed some light on the subject. This phone add-on fits on all models and works with camera apps on iOS and Android via Bluetooth. Simply snap it onto your phone … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Kuwait’s plans for mandatory DNA database have been cancelled

Monday 9 October 16:52:00 UTC 2017

Kuwait has revoked the world’s first law requiring everyone to submit samples of their DNA, after a court found it would violate personal liberty [Link]

Mashable » Why Square commissioned this stunning short film about Native American youth

Monday 9 October 16:46:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGenevieve Iron Lightning has seen hardship. When the young Lakota dancer was just 11 or 12 years old, her mother began battling depression and alcoholism, causing her to treat her children differently and compromise their safety. So Iron Lightning made a brave decision, and took her two younger brothers to live with their grandmother in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, on the … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX's Mars Vision Puts Pressure on NASA's Manned Exploration Programs

Monday 9 October 16:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Entrepreneur Elon Musk's announcement late last month accelerating plans for manned flights to Mars ratchets up political and public relations pressure on NASA's efforts to reach the same goal. With Musk publicly laying out a much faster schedule than NASA — while contending his vision is less expensive and could be financed primarily with … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Nanoflares in the sun’s plasma may cause its scalding atmosphere

Monday 9 October 16:17:10 UTC 2017

Tiny explosions in the atmosphere may explain why the solar corona is a million degrees hotter than the sun’s surface [Link]

Mashable » Nostril hair extensions are now happening because we don't deserve nice things

Monday 9 October 16:10:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs it just us or are beauty trends becoming increasingly…bizarre? Gone are the infamous squiggle eyebrows, reversed eyeliner and holographic everything because there seems to be a new, peculiar movement in the vast world of makeup.  SEE ALSO: The new eyebrow trend you hope will die quickly We regret to inform you that nostril hair extensions are now a thing and … [Link]

Mashable » Mike Pence put the NFL controversy back in the headlines—right where Donald Trump wants it

Monday 9 October 16:09:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs far as dumb stunts go, this one was pretty smart: Vice President Mike Pence put the ball through the uprights, and got the NFL protest controversy back into U.S. headlines over the weekend for his boss. Pence, as you've probably already read, went to ostensibly watch an Indianapolis Colts game, but left after some players on the visiting San Francisco … [Link]

Mashable » How to get the Google Pixel 2 XL (and then some) for free

Monday 9 October 16:09:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you’ve always been a Google phone fan or the iPhone X facial recognition is just really, really freaking you out, there are plenty of reasons to consider making the switch. Not least of which is that we’re giving away a Pixel 2 XL … [Link]

Mashable » Guy really shouldn't have trusted a spider about whether a tornado was on its way

Monday 9 October 16:07:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you ever needed a reason not to trust a spider, check out this video. According to this courageous man, putting all of your confidence into a spider's instincts to stay outdoors during a tornado will apparently keep you safe. Unfortunately (and hilariously), his plan completely backfired. Kids, if they tell you a tornado is coming, get inside. Read more… … [Link]

Slashdot » Mondays Are the Worst, Data Science Proves

Monday 9 October 16:06:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous shares a report: People who are miserable on Monday have lots of company. It's the worst day of the week for millions, according to researchers at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center who analyze Twitter messages for happiness sentiment. Mood tends to improve during the rest of the week, peaking on Saturday, before beginning to crash again, … [Link]

Mashable » Premium esports shows are heading to Hulu

Monday 9 October 16:01:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEsports are coming to Hulu for the first time this fall with four new series developed by the largest esports company in the world, ESL. Hulu and ESL announced a new partnership Monday shepherding four new esports series coming exclusively to Hulu, which marks the first time esports-related shows will be on premium streaming services. SEE ALSO: Disney brings esports to … [Link]

Mashable » Hundreds of new emoji are coming with iOS 11.1

Monday 9 October 15:56:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple iOS 11.1 update is coming, and with it, hundreds of new emojis. These emojis seem to be Apple's most diverse yet, with more skin tones, professions, and even gender neutral characters.  Read more…More about Apple, Iphone, Mashable Video, Emoji, and Texting [Link]

Mashable » Of course Colonel Sanders (yes, the KFC guy) is a 'WWE 2K18' wrestler

Monday 9 October 15:52:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook I don't know or understand anything about wrestling, but I do know fast food. And Colonel Sanders, KFC's official mascot, is going to be a wrestler in WWE 2K18. The game is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Oct. 17, with a Switch release arriving closer to the end of 2017. I was already weirdly jazzed for … [Link]

Mashable » Dutch parody video thinks it's found the reason behind America's gun problem

Monday 9 October 15:39:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook One Dutch TV show has cut right to the heart of the matter with a satirical new video about America's NRA problem. Only they dub it as our "nonsensical rifle addiction." This charity appeal was made by Sunday with Lubach, and it nails our very serious problems with gun deaths in a surprisingly funny way — like saying people who … [Link]

Mashable » Safelite has seen that 'SNL' sketch, and they are not happy about it

Monday 9 October 15:37:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Yes, Safelite has seen that Saturday Night Live sketch. And no, they're not exactly thrilled about it.  SEE ALSO: 'SNL' creeps on O.J. Simpson's hilarious first post-prison date In the clip that aired Saturday, Beck Bennett plays a Safelite AutoGlass technician who's always available help a mom (Aidy Bryant) and her teenage daughter (Melissa Villaseñor) replace a broken windshield.  A … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump Jr. tried to come for Jimmy Kimmel this weekend—and it didn't work out too well

Monday 9 October 15:31:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. had nothing better to do than come for Jimmy Kimmel this weekend, 140 characters at a time. It backfired spectacularly.  Kimmel called for Trump to quit on Sunday morning after the president tweeted his displeasure with late night hosts who he believes are "dealing with the Democrats" due to their anti-Trump material. Trump Jr. took … [Link]

Mashable » Here's a first look at Claire and Jamie's steamy 'Outlander' reunion, if you can handle it

Monday 9 October 15:28:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOutlander episode 5 ended on the cruelest cliffhanger imaginable, with Claire and Jamie finally laying eyes on each other again after 20 years apart — before Jamie faints and the episode cuts to black.  Even more cruel? We have to wait until Oct. 22 to see what happens next (although we've got a pretty good idea 😏), since Starz will be … [Link]

Mashable » Behold: the world's largest and fastest desktop hard drive with 12TB of storage

Monday 9 October 15:26:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo matter what anyone tells you, there's no such thing as too much PC storage — more is always better. Whether you're a creative professional, gamer, or just a digital hoarder, if you want the world's largest and fastest desktop hard drive, look no further than Seagate's new BarraCuda Pro. The 3.5-inch hard drive comes with a whopping 12 terabytes of … [Link]

Slashdot » How Comcast is Shortchanging Customers In Vermont

Monday 9 October 15:20:00 UTC 2017

New submitter mirandakatz writes: Comcast is suing Vermont's Public Utility Commission, claiming — among many other things — that its First Amendment rights have been violated. But as Susan Crawford argues at Backchannel, there are far too many holes in that argument. Crawford writes that 'Comcast, which Wall Street knows is essentially an unregulated public utility for high-speed internet access … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Anti-doping agency to ban all gene editing in sport from 2018

Monday 9 October 15:14:00 UTC 2017

The World Anti-Doping Agency has extended its ban on “gene doping” to include all forms of gene editing – but it’s not clear if WADA will be able to enforce it [Link]

Mashable » After little more than a week, hackers cracked the SNES Classic

Monday 9 October 15:12:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSuper NES Classic owners are no longer forced to live in a world in which the original Shaq Fu is out of reach. In the roughly one week since Nintendo's '90s-nostalgia-in-a-box launched, hackers have delved into its depths and returned with some unsurprising news. The SNES Classic can be hacked, and it's actually pretty dang easy to do. SEE ALSO: Never … [Link]

Mashable » Watch the Tesla Model 3 assembly line in slow motion

Monday 9 October 15:09:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f7%2f8362dad2 0c42 e9ef%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ 3's base model will cost $35,000.","image":&q~ first sleek Model 3s are on the road","sources":[{&q~ musk,future,future tech,standalone-featured,real-time,~ video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,elon musk tesla,real time news","sec0":null,&q~ musk,future,future tech,standalone-featured,real-time,~ video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,elon musk tesla,real time news","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Model 3, Manufacturing, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » A 24-year-old man just climbed the world's hardest cliff in just 20 minutes

Monday 9 October 14:59:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAdam Ondra, a 24-year-old professional climber, managed to climb what is considered by many climbers the wold's hardest cliff, the granite cave in Flatanger, Norway. Ondra taught himself how to climb at a very young age and has since won three World Championship gold medals. His next goal is to prepare himself for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Read more…More about … [Link]

Mashable » Meryl Streep encourages women to call out sexual harassment in Hollywood

Monday 9 October 14:59:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHollywood is in the midst of a sexual harassment maelstrom, the latest wave beginning with Thursday's exposure of years of allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Meryl Streep issued a statement to The Huffington Post Monday calling Weinstein's behavior "disgraceful" and the women who exposed him "heroes." SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein's harassment was an open secret in Hollywood. He's far from alone. Streep's … [Link]

Mashable » These Apps Will Make You a Better Person

Monday 9 October 14:57:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Iphone, Mashable Reels, Sn Reels, Best Apps, and Productivity Apps [Link]

New Scientist – News » Exploding stars could have kick-started our ancestors’ evolution

Monday 9 October 14:52:00 UTC 2017

The savannahs early hominins occupied might have appeared thanks to a spate of wildfires 8 million years ago – which might in turn be linked to a nearby supernova [Link]

Mashable » Fast-moving wildfires roar across Napa and Sonoma Valleys, forcing residents to flee

Monday 9 October 14:47:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWildfires ignited on Sunday night and Monday morning in California's prized wine country, advancing with stunning, and potentially deadly, speed across the dry and gusty Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Dy air and offshore winds gusting to 55 miles per hour fanned the flames. CalFire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox told KTVU on Monday that the Tubbs Fire, located between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, … [Link]

Slashdot » Latest TVs Are Ready for Their Close-Ups

Monday 9 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous share a WSJ article: The latest televisions have more pixels than ever. But can your eyes detect the difference? The answer is yes — if you sit close enough. Old TVs had 349,920 pixels. High-definition flat screens bumped up the total to 2 million. Ultrahigh-definition sets inflated it to 8 million. And manufacturers are now experimenting with 8K … [Link]

Mashable » The first 'Thor: Ragnarok' reactions are in, and they're worthy of a golden god

Monday 9 October 14:22:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMarvel’s winning streak is still going strong, at least if the first Thor: Ragnarok reactions are to be believed. Though the film isn't due out for another few weeks, the studio's given the go-ahead for critics to share their thoughts on social media – always a promising sign that they're anticipating rave reviews. And that gamble seems to be paying off. … [Link]

Mashable » Halloween costume ideas for couples who are about to break up

Monday 9 October 14:21:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne of the hardest parts of ending a longterm relationship is the slow, painful spread of information to your shared friends. That's why couple-centric holidays like Halloween can be such a blessing! If you and your partner know your relationship is a mockery of the love and support, why not agree on one last thing and do a couples costume that … [Link]

Mashable » John Oliver has a solution to people still defending confederate statues

Monday 9 October 14:17:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook On Sunday's Last Week Tonight John Oliver took a closer look at the on-going debate surrounding southern monuments and the confederate flag.  In the past couple of months, many confederate statues were taken down which led to violent protests in Charlottesville and other southern states.  Oliver dismantled the pro-statue stances with historical facts and offers his very own solution…better (possibly … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Exec Says Windows 10 Mobile is No Longer a 'Focus'

Monday 9 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

From a report: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore informed Twitter users that new features and hardware for Windows 10 Mobile "aren't the focus" any more. There will be fixes and security patches, of course, but you shouldn't expect more than that. As for why the platform has been all but dropped? The executive boils it down to one main reason: the difficulty … [Link]

Mashable » These dogs traveled from all over the U.S. to bring some much needed comfort to Las Vegas

Monday 9 October 13:52:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLutheran Church Charities sent a group of therapy dogs to Las Vegas to comfort those affected by the mass shooting. They visited churches and schools, comforting victims and their families.  Read more…More about Dogs, Mashable Video, Cute Animals, Real Time, and Real Time Video [Link]

New Scientist – News » Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

Monday 9 October 13:18:00 UTC 2017

About half the normal matter in our universe had never been observed – until now. Two teams have finally seen it by combining millions of faint images into one [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX just stuck another rocket landing at sea, this time before dawn

Monday 9 October 13:11:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f02274f75 6a7c fe39%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Launches 10 Satellites and Recovers Falcon 9 Booster","sources":[~ More about Space, Science, Spaceflight, Rocket Launch, and Elon Musk [Link]

Mashable » Wanted man taunts police on Facebook, it backfires big time

Monday 9 October 13:10:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCheeky criminals have taunted law enforcement since the dawn of time. So it's no surprise that in the era of social media, spats between suspects and police have found a new platform.  SEE ALSO: Wanted man taunts police on Facebook, gets a chilling response A Michigan man, known on Facebook as Champagne Torino, is wanted on "existing warrants" and is a … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Light-filtering paint cools your home when exposed to hot sun

Monday 9 October 13:06:00 UTC 2017

Laser cooling has been applied to paint, which could mitigate urban heat islands and solve the problem of how to cool objects in space [Link]

Mashable » In the wake of the Equifax hack, consumers have a new take on their online security: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Monday 9 October 12:55:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMassive corporate data breaches now happen so often and are so big that consumers are starting to have a very understandable reaction: Who cares? “I don’t feel like knowing either way makes a difference,” said one Los Angeles-area Equifax customer who asked that their name be kept private. “I know there’s ID protection steps I should take, but it all feels … [Link]

Mashable » 'Rick and Morty' co-creator loved his 'Simpsons' cameo because they made him sexier

Monday 9 October 12:22:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHallowed be their names that are immortalised in yellow, four-fingered form. The list of Simpsons cameos is as close as a list can get to endless. And now co-creator of Rick and Morty Dan Harmon can count himself among Johnny Cash, Liz Taylor and James Earl Jones. SEE ALSO: The hysterical nods to video games you missed on 'Rick and Morty' … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Nobel prizes would be better without all the fame and fortune

Monday 9 October 11:45:00 UTC 2017

A Nobel prize brings big money and celebrity status for a few, but that's at odds with modern, collaborative science done for the greater good, says Geraint Lewis [Link]

Mashable » The BlackBerry Motion has no physical keyboard and its battery life is enormous

Monday 9 October 11:43:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s official: The BlackBerry KEYone has a followup. BlackBerry Motion, launched Sunday at the GITEX event in Dubai, is a mid-range, 5.5-inch smartphone with no physical keyboard, a large 4,000mAh battery and IP67 water and dust resistance.  SEE ALSO: Kim Kardashian now has no excuse not to use a BlackBerry KEYone We've already seen what the phone looks like thanks to … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft 'Was Sick', CEO Satya Nadella Says In New Book

Monday 9 October 11:34:00 UTC 2017

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just published a new book called Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone. An anonymous reader quotes India Today: Nadella's push for cultural shift — and hiring "learn-it-alls" instead of "know-it-alls" — is largely meant to jolt enthusiasm for a new era of innovation at the company. … [Link]

Mashable » Kit Harington played an incredibly cruel April Fools' prank on Rose Leslie

Monday 9 October 11:23:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook April Fools' Day is still a while away but if you're already planning your next prank, listen and learn.   Kit Harington — aka Jon Snow a.k.a soon-to-be husband of Rose Leslie a.k.a Ygritte in Game of Thrones (R.I.P.) — told the Jonathan Ross Show about a particularly cruel April Fools' prank that backfired on him big time.   “My … [Link]

Mashable » Photographer dangles models off a 30-storey skyscraper for a Nike shoot

Monday 9 October 11:11:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis is one photoshoot where the behind-the-scenes shots are as dramatic as the final pictures. In July, Nike commissioned a photoshoot to show off its VaporMax shoes, and got San Francisco-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong to come up with a dramatic series. So to capture the idea of the air-filled shoes, Wong decided he'd dangle his models off the side of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We urgently need to broaden the conversation on AI

Monday 9 October 11:00:00 UTC 2017

It’s time to get past the scare stories and start discussing the real uses and abuses of machine learning [Link]

Mashable » Bauer Media appeals against Rebel Wilson's $3.6 million defamation payout

Monday 9 October 10:29:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe battle is not over for Rebel Wilson. SEE ALSO: Rebel Wilson speaks out after winning $3.6 million defamation lawsuit The Pitch Perfect star has to face another legal challenge as Bauer Media is appealing against the multi-million dollar settlement she received on a defamation case.  Wilson brought Bauer Media to court over a series of defamatory articles that appeared in … [Link]

Mashable » Sony's bringing back an old favorite to get back into AI

Monday 9 October 10:06:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember the Aibo? It was Sony's robot pet dog, and for years in the early 2000s, captured imaginations for being one of the most advanced robot pets on the market. SEE ALSO: You can now use Alexa with Amazon's music app The Aibo was first released in 1999, but was sadly halted in 2006 as part of cost cutbacks by the … [Link]

Mashable » Liam Gallagher says he likes winding people up on Twitter

Monday 9 October 9:28:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Well Oasis may never be getting back together, but at least Liam Gallagher can always get work as a wind-up merchant. SEE ALSO: Liam Gallagher getting mad about tea is absolute perfection Liam Gallagher went on The Graham Norton Show on Friday and Norton asked him "why do you stay on Twitter?" The answer was simple, to wind people up. … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump claims he came up with the term 'fake news'

Monday 9 October 9:23:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt is no mystery that Donald Trump has a high opinion of himself.  SEE ALSO: How Trump’s four hours in Puerto Rico revealed his Achilles' heel In May this year, for instance, he took credit for coining the famed economic phrase 'prime the pump'.  And now, Trump maintains he invented the word 'fake'.  In an interview with former Republican candidate Mike … [Link]

Mashable » Jared Leto was so deranged in 'Suicide Squad' he got offered all the evilest parts imaginable

Monday 9 October 9:05:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When you keep getting offers to play the most evil men imaginable, there's gotta be a point where you pause and think, "maybe it's me?" SEE ALSO: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Blade Runner’ Fortunately for Jared Leto, there's a simpler explanation. Leto went on Conan to promote his new film Blade Runner 2049 (in which he also plays … [Link]

Mashable » 21-year-old woman loses her eyesight after staring at her smartphone game for days

Monday 9 October 7:43:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA woman from China has gone partially blind, after spending an entire day playing a game on her smartphone. The 21-year-old, who goes under the pseudonym Wu Xiaojing, was a hardcore fan of popular multiplayer smartphone game Honour of Kings. SEE ALSO: China's most popular game restricts kids to playing for just an hour a day, to curb mobile addiction Wu, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Simpsons' writer reveals an alternate, cut plot line for Lionel Hutz

Monday 9 October 7:40:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn an alternate reality, The Simpsons' Lionel Hutz would've had his very own scene in one of the series' best episodes. Except he got cut. Our favourite television lawyer (sorry Jack McCoy, Ally McBeal, et al) played by the late Phil Hartman, would've made an appearance in "22 Short Films About Springfield" — if the show's writers kept it at the … [Link]

Slashdot » Carbon-Emitting Soil Could Speed Global Warming, Warns 26-Year Study

Monday 9 October 7:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quote the Guardian: Warming soil releases more carbon into the atmosphere than previously thought, suggesting a potentially disastrous feedback mechanism whereby increases in global temperatures will trigger massive new carbon releases in a cycle that may be impossible to break… The 26-year study is one of the biggest of its kind, and is a groundbreaking addition to … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' star Nathalie Emmanuel posts anti-misogyny rap on Instagram

Monday 9 October 7:25:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrust Missandei to unearth the powerful feminist potential of a trivial exercise. British Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel, who's been royally slaying it as Daenerys Targaryen's personal advisor, Missandei, posted an Instagram video as part of the trending #ForThePussyChallenge or #ForThatDChallenge — folks creating comedic freestyle clips detailing what they'd do for sex. SEE ALSO: Kim Kardashian just posted the … [Link]

Mashable » Someone thought it was funny to make a glass bridge look like it was cracking under people's weight

Monday 9 October 7:10:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFile this one under bad marketing ideas, I guess. A video of a glass walkway cracking under a man's weight went viral in China over the weekend. In the video, the man, who appears to be a tour guide, stumbles over and falls to his knees in fear as hairline cracks spider out from under his feet, and more appear as … [Link]

Mashable » Stern little Stormtrooper robot uses AR and facial recognition to help you deal with rebel scum

Monday 9 October 5:07:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWant to uphold the First Order and deal with some rebel scum from your own room? In the same week we've seen the new trailer for The Last Jedi, AI and humanoid robotic company UBTECH has released a new Star Wars Stormtrooper robot. It'll come with an augmented reality app, and can take voice commands, do facial recognition and even sentry … [Link]

Mashable » Koala found more than 300 yards offshore rescued by coast guard

Monday 9 October 4:57:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKoalas aren't really that well known for their swimming abilities. Yet they sometimes find themselves off land, as the folks from the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard discovered. They found the marsupial on mooring 300 metres (328 yards) off the coast of Warneet in Victoria, according to the Herald Sun.  SEE ALSO: Inquisitive koala somehow gets itself stuck on top of a … [Link]

Mashable » New Zealand police's inappropriate tweet is really quite something

Monday 9 October 3:47:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPolice and memes are often a clumsy mixture at best. While we'll admit our appreciation for their animal posts, New Zealand Police have really outdone themselves with an errant tweet on Monday.  SEE ALSO: 'Phantom labeller' causes mischief at New Zealand museum The tweet is titled, "When we have to tell someone their family member has died in a crash," and … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Is Deliberately Misleading People On the Internet Free Speech?

Monday 9 October 3:34:00 UTC 2017

Slashdot reader dryriver writes: Before anyone cries "free speech must always be free," let me qualify the question. Under a myriad of different internet sites and blogs are these click-through adverts that promise quick "miracle cures" for everything from toenail fungus to hair loss to tinnitus to age-related skin wrinkles to cancer. A lot of the ads begin with copy … [Link]

Mashable » Trump is feeling really, really under-appreciated for his Puerto Rico efforts, you guys

Monday 9 October 2:06:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrump’s latest tweet about Puerto Rico is certainly on-brand, to say the least. The U.S. president uploaded a supercut video of the relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, a 1984-esque piece of propaganda that's more about receiving the credit for helping, rather than well, actually helping. SEE ALSO: FEMA omits statistics on Puerto Rico hurricane response from website Titled … [Link]

Slashdot » Linux Now Has its First Open Source RISC-V Processor

Monday 9 October 1:34:00 UTC 2017

"SiFive has declared that 2018 will be the year of RISC V Linux processors," writes Design News. An anonymous reader quotes their report: When it released its first open-source system on a chip, the Freeform Everywhere 310, last year, Silicon Valley startup SiFive was aiming to push the RISC-V architecture to transform the hardware industry in the way that Linux … [Link]

Mashable » 'Outlander' episode 5 finally gives us the moment we've been waiting for… with a twist

Monday 9 October 1:00:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 5, titled "Freedom and Whisky." If you need to refresh your memory with where we left off, check out our recap of episode 4. After five episodes of build-up, the moment is finally here — Claire and Jamie have reunited!  Okay, so Jamie's unconscious, but nobody's perfect. The emotional hour culminates in … [Link]

Mashable » McDonald's relents to rabid 'Rick and Morty' fans, promises more Szechuan sauce

Monday 9 October 0:35:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI hope you're proud of yourselves. The Great Szechuan Sauce Revolt of 2017 took a new turn on Sunday evening when McDonald's, its powers-that-be no doubt terrified at the scenes of chaos at participating locations, relentedRick and Morty fans will get their wish. SEE ALSO: 'Rick and Morty' fans at McDonald's prove that we can't have nice things You're getting more … [Link]

Mashable » Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company

Monday 9 October 0:26:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThree days after a New York Times exposé detailed his decades-long history of sexual harassment, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company. SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein's harassment was an open secret in Hollywood. He's far from alone. Said the studio in a statement (via TheWrap):  Weinstein co-founded The Weinstein Company with his brother, Bob Weinstein, in 2005. But he'd … [Link]

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