John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » Snapchat has a new section for Stories from verified accounts

Tuesday 10 October 23:57:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt looks like Snapchat is again stepping up its efforts to win over celebrities and other influential users. The company is testing a dedicated section of its app to "Official Stories" from verified accounts. The test comes just weeks after Snap was reported to be deepening its efforts to verify more accounts, including popular influencers. SEE ALSO: Snapchat adds restaurant reservations, … [Link]

Mashable » Baby elephant adorably nosedives while crossing the street

Tuesday 10 October 23:35:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A newborn elephant taking some of its first steps at the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa had an adorably embarrassing moment in front of some tourists checking out the wildlife.  Thankfully, mama was there to make sure everything was OK.  Read more… More about Animals, Culture, Viral Videos, Elephants, and Culture [Link]

Mashable » Obamas say they're 'disgusted' by reports Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted several women

Tuesday 10 October 23:35:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Obamas have denounced Harvey Weinstein.  “Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," former President Barack Obama wrote in a statement.  SEE ALSO: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow also say they were sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of … [Link]

Slashdot » Dutch Government Confirms Plan To Ban New Petrol, Diesel Cars By 2030

Tuesday 10 October 23:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Today, the new Dutch government presented its detailed plan for the coming years and it includes making all new cars emission-free by 2030 — virtually banning petrol- and diesel-powered cars in favor of battery-powered vehicles. The four coalition parties have been negotiating their plans since the election in March and now after … [Link]

Mashable » Matt Damon on helping Harvey Weinstein squash allegations: 'I just wouldn’t do that'

Tuesday 10 October 23:18:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs the dominoes surrounding Harvey Weinstein's years of sexual misconduct continue to fall, Hollywood's leading men are under sharp scrutiny for their responses. Matt Damon, who essentially owes his career to Weinstein for bringing his feature debut Good Will Hunting to life — and then the Oscar stage — responded Tuesday to a report that he helped the producer kill a … [Link]

Mashable » Ikea is launching a pet furniture collection and it's purrfect

Tuesday 10 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIkea has released a line of furniture for your pets. The new collection, called 'Lurvig,' (which means "furry" in Swedish) launched in 5 countries, including the U.S.  It features mini bed frames, cushions, and couches for your cat or dog. It's also relatively affordable, with the most expensive item priced at $54.  Read more…More about Dogs, Cats, Mashable Video, Pets, and … [Link]

Mashable » Your future Apple Watch could have a self-adjusting band

Tuesday 10 October 22:54:41 UTC 2017

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Mashable » 9 Classic Games You Need on Your iPhone

Tuesday 10 October 22:51:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Iphone, Mashable Reels, Iphone Games, Sn Reels, and Tech [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Is Reportedly Building a Doorbell That Lets Drivers Into Your House

Tuesday 10 October 22:50:00 UTC 2017

According to CNBC, Amazon is working with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates that allow items to be delivered to a car's trunk, to build a smart doorbell that would give delivery drivers one-time access to a person's home to drop off items. From the report: Phrame's product fits around a license plate and contains a secure box that … [Link]

Mashable » This kitchen thermometer on Kickstarter is a great gift for foodies

Tuesday 10 October 22:44:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Temperature is everything when you're preparing food. Not only does it affect the taste, but it's also a big part of food safety. For example, did you know that chicken and poultry should hit 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving? Or that pork needs to … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Microsoft: Apps Killed Windows Phone

Tuesday 10 October 22:42:29 UTC 2017

Windows Phone, or Windows Mobile if you prefer, is well and truly dead. Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore recently shared the news through his personal Twitter account. Microsoft is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, which has been retired. Here's how the news (finally!) came to light. [Link]

Mashable » Apple revives Steven Spielberg's '80s sci-fi series in its first big original content push

Tuesday 10 October 22:34:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple is tapping Steven Spielberg in its first big push into original television. The acclaimed director is set to reprise his 1980s sci-fi anthology series Amazing Stories in a 10-episode deal between the tech giant and  NBCUniversal. SEE ALSO: 'Black Mirror' creator: 'We should be billing Apple and Google for this stuff' The long-anticipated entrance comes as Silicon Valley titans like … [Link]

Mashable » This cyberstalker's takedown proves no one stays anonymous on the web

Tuesday 10 October 22:22:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe twisted exploits of a Massachusetts' cyberstalker have ended, but his failed attempts at anonymity show that it's nearly impossible to traverse the web as a nameless, incognito figure. On Oct. 6, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it arrested Ryan Lin, 24, for directing a lengthy cyberstalking campaign against his former roommate, her family, and friendsCourt documents reveal that … [Link]

Slashdot » KDE Plasma 5.11 Released

Tuesday 10 October 22:10:00 UTC 2017

jrepin writes: KDE publishes this autumn's Plasma feature release, KDE Plasma 5.11. Plasma 5.11 desktop environment brings a redesigned settings app, improved notifications, a more powerful task manager. Plasma 5.11 is the first release to contain the new "Vault," a system to allow the user to encrypt and open sets of documents in a secure and user-friendly way, making Plasma … [Link]

Mashable » Seth Rogen learned the hard way that you don't ignore Mom

Tuesday 10 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlways return your mom's missed calls, even if you're famous. This is the lesson we can take from actor Seth Rogen, who apparently forgot to return his mother Sandy Rogen's phone calls on Monday. Her next move: sending out a concerned tweet, asking where he was.  SEE ALSO: Seth Rogen expertly trolls fervent Trump supporter on Twitter @Sethrogen where are you … [Link]

Mashable » Here’s our picks for 5 best horror tropes of all time

Tuesday 10 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPut down your costume making kit for a few minutes and join us as we dive into what makes horror films tick. Of all the tropes that scary movies employ, these are the 5 best! Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…More about Halloween, Zombies, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Psychology, and Scream [Link]

Mashable » Ashley Judd gets the praise she deserves for being first to speak publicly against Weinstein

Tuesday 10 October 21:58:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs more and more damning sexual harassment and assault allegations pile up against Harvey Weinstein, people who make their living in Hollywood are praising the bravery of the women who came forward — in particular Ashley Judd, who was the first celebrity to speak on the record in last week's New York Times report. SEE ALSO: Lin-Manuel Miranda tweets out about … [Link]

Mashable » The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California

Tuesday 10 October 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFast-moving wildfires are devastating parts of California, killing at least 11 people and injuring hundreds more. Vegetation that grew during the record wet season this year has dried, after the state’s hottest summer on record, providing the perfect fuel for the fires. Fanned by strong winds and dry conditions, wildfires blazed through parts of wine country, as well as parts of … [Link]

Mashable » Lola Ogunyemi, the model in Dove's 'racist' ad, speaks out

Tuesday 10 October 21:43:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Saturday, Dove apologized for a body wash advertisement that many on social media perceived as racist. Now, the model featured in the ad has weighed in with a more complicated perspective on the story. SEE ALSO: Oh look, another insensitive, wannabe 'woke' ad campaign. Here's how to stop f*cking up. In an op-ed in The Guardian, model Lola Ogunyemi expressed … [Link]

Slashdot » How Does Microsoft Avoid Being the Next IBM?

Tuesday 10 October 21:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For fans of the platform, the official confirmation that Windows on phones isn't under active development any longer — security bugs will be fixed, but new features and new hardware aren't on the cards — isn't a big surprise. This is merely a sad acknowledgement of what we already knew. Last … [Link]

Mashable » The adorable 'Star Wars' porg—do not argue with me on this—has inspired a Photoshop battle

Tuesday 10 October 21:25:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe porg, which is by far the cutest new addition to the Star Wars universe, made a nice little cameo in the new trailer for The Last Jedi. And now, less than 24 hours later, its moment in the spotlight has become a Photoshop battle. Now, people are pretty divided on porgs, which seems insane because they are so cute. But … [Link]

Mashable » One of gaming's most beloved villains was only created to solve a design problem

Tuesday 10 October 21:19:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCan you imagine Portal without GladOS? Well, according to an interview with PC Gamer with Valve's Robin Walker, after almost a full year of development work, GladOS didn't even exist yet. At that point, the game was partially playable, with 14 fully functional levels. But the deceptively evil AI, voiced by Ellen McLain, that forms the beating heart and soul of … [Link]

Mashable » Watch these hilarious over the top Halloween fails

Tuesday 10 October 21:17:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Most might say Halloween is the scariest time of year but it can also be the funniest, according to these news bloopers. This hilarious completion consists of some pretty epic Halloween fails that will surely make you laugh, some awkward encounters between news reporters and interviewees, amazing costumes, puns, and some floating heads.  You definitely must watch until the end.  … [Link]

Mashable » The future of checking your blood sugar without needles is here

Tuesday 10 October 21:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDiabetics who have been pricking their fingers for years finally have another option. Freestyle Libre is a small patch that can be easily applied to the upper-arm. With a simple scan, the sensor can read your glucose levels, no needles or blood necessary. The device keeps readings for up to ten days, making it much easier to see any patterns or … [Link]

Mashable » Behold, Donald Trump's completed IQ test (your move Tillerson)

Tuesday 10 October 21:11:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe president challenged the secretary of state to an IQ test today. : ) SEE ALSO: I have drawn the Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog and I am ready to answer for it President Trump, hot under the collar about recent news that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a moron in front of several cabinet members, has decided … [Link]

Mashable » Our top 5 'Last Jedi' burning questions are all about Rey

Tuesday 10 October 21:07:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Who is Rey?" is a question Star Wars fans started asking each other after The Force Awakens in 2015. Since then, we've been assuming that the question is synonymous with "who are her parents?" But in the wake of last night's shocking full trailer for The Last Jedi, which ended with the mic drop of Dark Side devotee Kylo Ren offering … [Link]

Mashable » Terry Crews had a very personal response to Harvey Weinstein's victims

Tuesday 10 October 20:53:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRecent information coming to light about Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood's problem with sexual harassment isn't shocking, but as celebrities continue to share their statements it's clear that this goes far further than one man, his company, or the women he abused.  Actor Terry Crews shared a personal story on Twitter Tuesday about being groped inappropriately by a powerful studio executive – … [Link]

Slashdot » North Korean Hackers Stole U.S.-South Korean Military Plans, Lawmaker Says

Tuesday 10 October 20:50:00 UTC 2017

North Korean hackers stole a vast cache of data, including classified wartime contingency plans jointly drawn by the United States and South Korea, when they breached the computer network of the South Korean military last year, a South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday (alternative source). From a report: One of the plans included the South Korean military's plan to remove the … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how a band used Facebook Live's delay to create a one-of-a-kind song

Tuesday 10 October 20:30:31 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Technology has changed the music industry (for better or worse) at its core. But along with the rise of digital audio and innovations like livestreaming, there came some challenges. With livestreaming, it's delay. There are always a few brief moments of nothingness when you decide to go live on Facebook, and the band The Academic decided to use that delay … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat makes it biggest move yet in becoming America's WeChat

Tuesday 10 October 20:27:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn China, one app rules them all. WeChat is integrated into nearly every part of the daily lives of smartphone owners: chatting with friends, booking a doctor's appointment, paying utility bills, and plenty more. SEE ALSO: Snapchat adds restaurant reservations, reviews, and ride-hailing to Stories It's the kind of role that Snapchat would love to play in the U.S. On Tuesday, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Salesforce Launches Graphical Console to Program, Flow and Monitor IoT Devices (includes video)

Tuesday 10 October 20:27:02 UTC 2017

For the last couple of years, Salesforce has been making moves in the Internet of Things (IoT) market by activating a variety of functionality that allows the company’s cloud-based infrastructure to collect, organize, and custom develop software that taps into data and functionality from the “things" — sensors, devices, etc. — that are a part of the Internet of Things. … [Link]

Mashable » Oprah once deposited $2 million at the bank just because she could

Tuesday 10 October 20:26:46 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In a series of adorable back-and-forth questioning, talk show legends Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres got candid about their success after Ellen asked Oprah for her ATM pin number.  Oprah admitted to having not known it, explaining that she had gone to the bank recently for the first time since 1988—to deposit $1 million. "I just wanted to go there … [Link]

Mashable » Intense footage shows a wolf and a moose battling for survival

Tuesday 10 October 20:24:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIntense drone footage from Northern Ontario captured a rare view of a wolf attempting to hunt a moose. YouTuber Dan Nystedt was filming a moose that was near the shore of a lake using a Phantom 4 Pro. He says he was excited to see the moose, but just as he was leaving, he captured something very exciting. SEE ALSO: This … [Link]

Slashdot » It's Illegal to Pirate Films in Iran, Unless You're the Government

Tuesday 10 October 20:10:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: While legal "pirating" exists in Iran, six administrators of the Iranian pirate movie site TinyMoviez have been arrested by Iranian authorities. This was a website the Iranian national broadcaster had used to download and nationally air movies in the past. The exact date of the arrests are unknown, but Tehran's Prosecutor General announced the … [Link]

Mashable » Mensa wants to host the IQ test President Trump is asking for, so what's the hold up?

Tuesday 10 October 20:08:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf President Trump wants to turn his "jokes" into reality, he just might get the chance. ICYMI, Trump challenged Tillerson in an interview with Forbes on Tuesday after allegations that Secretary of State called the President a "moron" in July.  He told the publication, "I think it's fake news," he stated of the remark. "but if he did that, I guess … [Link]

Mashable » Your next bonfire doesn't have to leave you smelling like smoke thanks to this fire pit

Tuesday 10 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 'BioLite Firepit' is the bonfire of the future. Adjust the strength of the flames through an app on your phone, it is smokeless and easy to transport.  It even comes with a grill top that makes cooking super easy.  Read more…More about Lifestyle, Mashable Video, Outdoors, Outdoor, and Fire [Link]

Mashable » Twitter adds a new feature that puts sports updates at the top of your timeline

Tuesday 10 October 19:58:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter is adding a new feature to help users figure out what's "happening now." The company introduced a new feature today that will highlight sports games, breaking news, and other topics at the top of its users' timelines.  SEE ALSO: Here's a pretty compelling argument against Twitter's new character limit The feature, which is now rolling out now to Twitter's apps, … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Sooty Birds' Reveal Hidden US Air Pollution

Tuesday 10 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

Soot trapped in the feathers of songbirds over the past 100 years is causing scientists to revise their records of air pollution. From a report: US researchers measured the black carbon found on 1,300 larks, woodpeckers and sparrows over the past century. They've produced the most complete picture to date of historic air quality over industrial parts of the US. … [Link]

Mashable » Valve is producing new lenses to improve existing VR headsets

Tuesday 10 October 19:29:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookValve is here to make virtual reality better with new lenses that will work with a handful of virtual reality headsets. Valve, the developers of Steam and partners that helped make the HTC Vive VR headset a reality, revealed new lenses for SteamVR-compatible headsets in a press release obtained by Upload VR Monday.  The lenses improve VR experiences on both OLED … [Link]

Mashable » Google got duped by a fake ad blocker, and 37,000 people accidentally downloaded adware

Tuesday 10 October 19:26:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome 37,000 people downloaded a spam version of the "AdBlock Plus" extension from Google after a fraudulent ad blocking extension snuck through Google Chrome's verification process and appeared in the Chrome Web Store yesterday. It's easy to see why Google (and some 37,000 people) were tricked — the developer who packaged the adware into an extension used the name of an … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » MessageBird Adds Voice API to its Cloud Communications API Portfolio

Tuesday 10 October 19:14:30 UTC 2017

MessageBird, self-proclaimed "enterprise carrier in the cloud", has officially launched its MessageBird Voice API. The new API utilizes VoIP features to programmatically add phone calls to third party apps and services. [Link]

Mashable » Justin Trudeau, Ricky Gervais among many raising awareness on World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10 October 19:05:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn honor of World Mental Health Day celebrities around the world are using their platforms to help raise awareness and support for those living with mental health issues. The day — which falls annually on Oct.10 — encourages a global conversation surrounding mental health and the importance of caring for yourself, while also mobilizing efforts that will help break down the … [Link]

Mashable » Bill Gates is determined to keep low-income students in school

Tuesday 10 October 19:04:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe U.S. has a dropout problem, and Bill Gates isn't having it.  In a blog post published last week, the Microsoft co-founder referred to America's 45.2 percent college dropout rate as "tragic."  SEE ALSO: If Bill Gates could go back in time, he'd fix 'Control+Alt+Delete' Bill Gates is, of course, a college dropout himself, having left Harvard to found Microsoft in … [Link]

Mashable » It's been 3 months and the FAA still hasn't refunded my $5 drone registration fee

Tuesday 10 October 19:04:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 950e 7ce7%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ tiny and potentially awesome.","image":&q~ Spark First Test Flight","sources":[{~ More about Drones, Faa, Tech, Consumer Tech, and Drones [Link]

Mashable » Take a peek at our top five horror flicks of all time… if you dare!

Tuesday 10 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Put down your costume making kit for a few minutes and join us as we dive into what makes horror films tick. Of all the tropes that scary movies employ, these are the 5 best! Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more… More about Halloween, Zombies, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Ring, and The Grudge [Link]

Mashable » This video proves that wasps eat meat and yeah, no thanks

Tuesday 10 October 18:57:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe all know that wasps eat small insects in addition to their sweet tooth. But did you know they are attracted to meat in general? Like the meat you get from the grocery store? Yeah, they're into that, too and it's kinda terrifying. Read more…More about Science, Animals, Mashable Video, Insects, and Bees [Link]

Slashdot » T-Mobile Website Allowed Hackers to Access Your Account Data With Just Your Phone Number

Tuesday 10 October 18:50:00 UTC 2017

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Until last week, a bug on a T-Mobile website let hackers access personal data such as email address, a customer's T-Mobile account number, and the phone's IMSI, a standardized unique number that identifies subscribers. On Friday, a day after Motherboard asked T-Mobile about the issue, the company fixed the bug. The flaw, which was discovered … [Link]

Mashable » How California's firestorm spread so mind-bogglingly fast: From 'Diablo' winds to climate trends

Tuesday 10 October 18:43:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 45b5 bcab%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ killing people and destroying homes.","image":&quo~ science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California","sources&quot~ drought,fire,death,disneyland,napa valley,wildfire,wildfires,real-time~ video,real time,california fire,california wildfires,real-time-video,real time video,sonoma,california fires,tubbs fire","sec0":null,&q~ drought,fire,death,disneyland,napa valley,wildfire,wildfires,real-time~ video,real time,california fire,california wildfires,real-time-video,real time video,sonoma,california fires,tubbs fire","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Climate, Science, California, Extreme Weather, and Fire [Link]

Mashable » Dubai International Airport will replace ID checks with a facial recognition aquarium

Tuesday 10 October 18:34:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn a world in which people are increasingly willing to trade privacy for convenience, facial recognition seems to be a new frontier. And the foremost pioneers on that frontier now appear to be the folks at Dubai International Airport. Airport officials plan to install a virtual tunnel-shaped aquarium equipped with 80 supposedly invisible cameras that will identify passengers as they walk … [Link]

Mashable » Before and after: Women finally get their due in STEM stock photos

Tuesday 10 October 18:26:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile some people bizarrely debate whether women belong in science, tech, engineering, and math careers, Getty Images is busy replacing outdated stereotypes with stock images of women in STEM as they actually are: driven, talented, curious, and skilled.  To mark Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration to honor the achievements of women in STEM, Getty shared with Mashable contemporary and archival … [Link]

Mashable » Where do you want to be in 6 months? Richard Branson wants to be in space

Tuesday 10 October 18:24:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRichard Branson wants to be in space, and he thinks he'll get there soon.  According to an interview with Branson by Business Insider Nordic, the Virgin Galactic founder hopes that his spaceflight company will be in space in 3 months, and that Branson himself will fly in about 6 months.  “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space, … [Link]

Mashable » California wildfires hit wine country, burning hotels and threatening vineyards

Tuesday 10 October 18:21:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs a perfect storm of dry vegetation and gusty, strong winds continue to fuel the inferno raging through California, the vineyards of Northern California's famed wine country are feeling the devastating affects of wildfire – and the wine industry may be impacted by fire damage for years to come.  SEE ALSO: Terrifying photos show deadly wildfires rampaging across California, fed by … [Link]

Mashable » Gruesome horror game fights the horrors of the world in a charity drive

Tuesday 10 October 18:13:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis Friday, The Evil Within 2 injects another dose of horror into an already terrifying 2017, but it's at least bringing some positivity along for the ride as well. "The Good Within" is a fundraising campaign that was put together to support the American Red Cross. It's already underway and running through the end of October, and Evil Within 2 publisher … [Link]

Mashable » Hillary Clinton breaks her silence on Harvey Weinstein

Tuesday 10 October 18:12:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter a damning report in The New York Times last week unearthed sexual assault allegations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, everyone was looking for Hillary Clinton.  Weinstein has been a prominent Democratic donor and fundraiser, including for the Clinton campaign. On Tuesday, after The New Yorker published yet another damning story about the producer, Clinton finally released a public statement, calling … [Link]

Slashdot » Virtual Zuck Fails To Connect

Tuesday 10 October 18:10:00 UTC 2017

Rory Cellan-Jones, writing for BBC: It must have seemed like a good idea. As a taster for a big announcement about Oculus VR on Wednesday, send Mark Zuckerberg on a little virtual reality trip, including a stop in Puerto Rico. But the reviews are in — and they are not good. The sight of Mr Zuckerberg using VR to survey … [Link]

Mashable » Dow Jones accidentally published a fake news story about Google buying Apple

Tuesday 10 October 17:45:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor two very surreal minutes, mountains moved, tides changed, and the natural order of everything in the tech world was thrown totally out of whack: The Dow Jones newswire falsely reported that Google had purchased Apple for a measly $9 billion. $GOOG $AAPL by Dow Jones… I guess you guys have some explaining to do — Trader 53 (@trader_53) October … [Link]

Mashable » The insane true story of 'Dirty John' is your next podcast obsession

Tuesday 10 October 17:43:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Love. Family. BetrayalThe L.A. Times and Wondery's Dirty John has it all, pieced together in a riveting six-part podcast series. It's the twisted story of Debra Newell Stewart, a divorceé in Los Angeles who meets the too-good-to-be-true John Meehan on a dating site. They hit it off and things move at warp speed, but something is amiss from the start. … [Link]

Mashable » Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow also say they were sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein

Tuesday 10 October 17:34:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have both added their names to the long list of women that allege movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them over the years. The latest New York Times report — which follows Ronan Farrow's explosive New Yorker story published on Tuesday morning — is full of new, horrifying details, recounted by new accusers. SEE ALSO: Lin-Manuel … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft May Have Price Increases in Store For Windows 10 Pro Workstation, Win 10 Downgrade Customers

Tuesday 10 October 17:30:00 UTC 2017

Mary Jo Foley, reporting for ZDNet: Microsoft soon will be adding a new edition of Windows 10 to its lineup. That edition, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, may include more than just a new name and feature set. It also may come with a change to the way Microsoft licenses and prices Windows 10 for its PC maker partners — … [Link]

Mashable » 7 tips to bounce back from a bad performance review

Tuesday 10 October 17:21:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSo, you just got out of your performance review and it was not good. Whether you were anticipating the bad news or it was a total surprise, it stings. You might currently be feeling some combination of embarrassment, disappointment, shock, fear, and anger, or you’re worried that your job may be on shaky ground. But know that all is not lost! … [Link]

Geek Culture » Always a good time to listen to Nick Lowe…

Tuesday 10 October 17:19:59 UTC 2017


Mashable » This toy car is traveling around a paper city powered by a battery and electric ink

Tuesday 10 October 17:05:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAudi Norway commissioned Swedish renowned artist, Anne-li Karlsson, to illustrate a 3D town that depicts the manufacturer's vision on the future of urban mobility. The paper town is powered by "e-tron," a proprietary battery that will be used in Audi's homonymous future electric cars. Everything has been drawn using electric ink, so this imaginary city brightens up as the toy car … [Link]

Mashable » Comic Con cosplayers give their best tips for getting into tight costumes

Tuesday 10 October 16:58:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lot of work can go into making your favorite fictional character's costume in real life—from crafting the props to sewing full gowns, sometimes just getting into these costumes is a feat all on its own.  We asked some New York Comic Con 2017 cosplayers for some tips and tricks on how they fit into their intricately crafted costumes.  Read more…More … [Link]

Mashable » OnePlus 5T with an edge-to-edge screen could be coming real soon

Tuesday 10 October 16:58:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInventory for the OnePlus 5, the best value for a premium Android phone, have reportedly dried up. All models of the phone are listed as out of stock on the company's website, which could mean a revamped model is on its way. According to a report from GizmoChina, OnePlus might be preparing to launch the OnePlus 5T, a redesigned version of … [Link]

Mashable » Nvidia's new supercomputer is designed to drive fully autonomous vehicles

Tuesday 10 October 16:52:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNvidia wants to make it easier for automotive companies to build self-driving cars, so it's releasing  a brand new supercomputer designed to drive them. The chipmaker claims its new supercomputer is the world's first artificial intelligence computer designed for "Level 5" autonomy, which means vehicles that can operate themselves without any human intervention.  Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the new automotive … [Link]

Slashdot » Nvidia Introduces a Computer For Level 5 Autonomous Cars

Tuesday 10 October 16:50:00 UTC 2017

From a report: At the center of many of the semi-autonomous cars currently on the road is NVIDIA hardware. Once automakers realized that GPUs could power their latest features, the chipmaker, best known for the graphics cards that make your games look outstanding, became the darling of the car world. But while automakers are still dropping level 2 and sometimes … [Link]

Mashable » My fidget spinner and I have just been informed that fidget spinners are over

Tuesday 10 October 16:49:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTerrible news. Mere weeks after obtaining my beloved fidget spinner, I have been told that not only are they "over," but they have been over for months. The first murmurs of the spinner's demise came as early as May. Financial analyst Bradley Thomas, who hates when I have fun, noticed that fidget spinners had declined in both Amazon rankings and Google … [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda tweets out about Harvey Weinstein allegations

Tuesday 10 October 16:41:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMany people have spoken up against producer Harvey Weinstein, the majority of those voices have been from women in Hollywood.  Like many publications, The Guardian wrote about how many men have been silent during this ordeal—naming dozens of actors who are professionally affiliated with Weinstein. They reached out to and heard nothing from many of them, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, In an … [Link]

Mashable » Get your 'Breath of the Wild' costume ready for Halloween

Tuesday 10 October 16:37:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you're looking for a Halloween costume that's instantly recognizable but not totally played out, I'd like to humbly suggest looking to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The best video game of the year (don't @ me, Destiny fans) is popular enough … [Link]

Mashable » Instagram is the new Tinder—whether you want it to be or not

Tuesday 10 October 16:37:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookForget about Tinder, Grindr, Her, Bumble, or whatever other apps you're hitting up for all your dating needs. There's another app that's rapidly becoming a hotspot for digital flirting, whether you want it to be or not: Instagram.  SEE ALSO: Tindstagramming is the newest way to be a huge creep In the past few months alone, my Instagram DMs have transformed … [Link]

Mashable » In crisis, Facebook's shady press relations remain shady

Tuesday 10 October 16:26:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook has said it wants to be more transparent. As usual with the social media giant, it's two steps forward, one step back. The latest development: Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday and shared more about his appreciation for Facebook and its employees. He referred to Facebook employees as "embeds," a term commonly delegated to reporters … [Link]

New Scientist – News » It was always crazy to shoot for Mars before colonising the moon

Tuesday 10 October 16:25:00 UTC 2017

Common sense is prevailing in human space exploration, and the moon is back as the place we need to colonise before a riskier trip to Mars, says Paul Marks [Link]

Mashable » Infamously toxic gamer gets a second chance after controversy

Tuesday 10 October 16:22:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVideo game streamer Tyler1, known as "the most toxic League of Legends player in North America," was indefinitely banned from playing League of Legends on any account in April 2016. In January 2018, he may get a shot at redemption. SEE ALSO: 'League of Legends' developer called out for implying he hopes a streamer dies Tyler1 revealed during a stream Monday … [Link]

Mashable » Clinton and Trump were both offered data from Facebook. Only one jumped at the chance.

Tuesday 10 October 16:19:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhy did Hillary Clinton lose the election? There are numerous reasons fair game for finger-pointing, but to truly leverage any of those elements required data and know-how. Russia clearly used both to help influence an election. They and others may have used that knowledge to spread fake news.  SEE ALSO: Facebook reportedly omitted Russia references from a public report on the … [Link]

Mashable » Andela rakes in $40 million to connect tech companies with more African engineers

Tuesday 10 October 16:16:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAndela got some major attention just over a year ago, when the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative led a $24 million investment in the startup that connects African tech talent with top companies.  Now, Andela's secured a second major investment. The startup raised $40 million in a Series C round led by the pan-African venture firm CRE Venture Capital. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative—Mark … [Link]

Mashable » Of course guys think their companies are doing fine on gender diversity

Tuesday 10 October 16:12:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen it comes to gender-based discrimination and equal opportunities at work, men see their companies through rose-colored glasses.  This year's Women in the Workplace report found that men think things at their own employers are a lot better than they actually are.  "Men are more likely to think the workplace is equitable; women see a workplace that is less fair and … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Giant black hole seen flickering on and off after galaxy snack

Tuesday 10 October 16:07:44 UTC 2017

Active Galactic Nuclei occur when a black hole devours a cloud of gas and dust and shines really brightly. Now one has been seen doing it twice [Link]

Mashable » The Truth About Kombucha

Tuesday 10 October 16:01:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Mashable Reels, Kombucha, Science, and Health [Link]

Slashdot » Why Is 'Blade Runner' the Title of 'Blade Runner'?

Tuesday 10 October 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Why is Blade Runner called Blade Runner? Though the viewer is told in the opening text of Ridley Scott's 1982 original that "special Blade Runner units" hunt renegade replicants — and though the term "Blade Runner" is applied to Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard a few times in the film — we're never given an explanation of where the proper noun … [Link]

Mashable » Machine learns to analyse Wes Anderson films and the results are appropriately mesmerising

Tuesday 10 October 15:48:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf there's one thing that distinguishes all Wes Anderson movies from the competition is that they are so purely… Andersonian, meaning immediately recognisable.  SEE ALSO: Wes Anderson goes to Japan in the 'Isle of Dogs' trailer But what are the visual structures, colours, themes, and motives that make you scream "oh, but that's definitely Wes Anderson" when you see an individual … [Link]

Mashable » Hillary Clinton calls Trump the most dangerous president in U.S. history

Tuesday 10 October 15:27:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHillary Clinton just wrote a 469 page book about her experiences in life, the 2016 election, and her thoughts about Donald Trump … but she still has much more to say. Clinton stopped by the Australia Broadcasting Corp.’s Four Corners to give the world another extremely blunt warning about the 70-year-old businessman who's currently sitting in the Oval Office. In a … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Paid $7.2 Billion Last Year To Partners, Including Apple, To Prominently Showcase Its Search Engine and Apps on Smartphones

Tuesday 10 October 15:24:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a Bloomberg report: There's a $19 billion black box inside Google. That's the yearly amount Google pays to companies that help generate its advertising sales, from the websites lined with Google-served ads to Apple and others that plant Google's search box or apps in prominent spots. Investors are obsessed with this money, called traffic acquisition costs, and … [Link]

Mashable » Wasp named after Lucius Malfoy just needs your love and understanding

Tuesday 10 October 15:15:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA Potterhead/wasp enthusiast has managed to combine his two passions. Wow, don't get to say that very often. SEE ALSO: 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' documentary with J.K. Rowling heading to BBC In a recent paper Thomas E. Saunders (PhD candidate at the University of Auckland) discovered and described a new species of stingless wasp, and he named it Lusius … [Link]

Mashable » Kit Harrington will pause 'Game of Thrones' filming so the cast can go to his wedding

Tuesday 10 October 15:08:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Game of Thrones cast will finally get a wedding that (hopefully) doesn't end in bloodshed. SEE ALSO: Jon Snow and Ygritte announce their engagement the old-fashioned way IndieWire reports that, on the UK's Jonathan Ross Show, Kit Harrington revealed that he and fiancé/wildling badass Rose Leslie will tie the knot during the filming period of Game Of Thrones' final season.  … [Link]

Mashable » Bella Hadid goes sneaker shopping spree and it's one hell of a ride

Tuesday 10 October 15:06:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWords of advice: never take sneakers tips from supermodel Bella Hadid.  In a cringe-worthy sneaker shopping trip with Complex's Joe La Puma, Hadid explained the dos and don'ts of wearing kicks. It was, predictably, pretty awkward— almost as if she googled "slang words" ahead of her interview. SEE ALSO: Bella Hadid won't let anyone get away with pushing a woman A … [Link]

Mashable » Trump, continuing to showcase his inner 14-year-old, just challenged Rex Tillerson to an IQ test

Tuesday 10 October 15:02:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne time, I was playing Halo one-on-one with some random internet person, and I was beating the hell out of him, because I played a lot of Halo when I was 14, and I was pretty good, and at some point this internet person says he can bench like 200 pounds, and I was like "oh yeah, well I can bench … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer showed off Kylo Ren's new scar and fans can't handle it

Tuesday 10 October 15:01:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI’m sorry, the old Kylo Ren can't come into the light right now, oh why? Because he's sporting a new look for the dark side.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer came out on Monday night and the movie begins right where The Force Awakens ended. The trailer features familiar faces like Rey, Leia Organa and even Luke Skywalker himself.  But … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat adds restaurant reservations, reviews, and ride-hailing to Stories

Tuesday 10 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnapchat is taking a move straight out of Google's playbook with a new feature that adds restaurant reviews, reservation booking, and ride-hailing directly to snaps. The feature is called context cards, and it allows Snapchat to surface information related to a particular restaurant or business when someone views a publicly-viewable Snap related to that place.  SEE ALSO: Snapchat's next trick could … [Link]

Mashable » Cenk Uyguy explains how Donald Trump could be a two-term president.

Tuesday 10 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCenk Uygur, the co-founder of online news network The Young Turks, breaks down the only possible way Donald Trump can win another term as president. Read more…More about Donald Trump, Us World, Other, and Politics [Link]

Mashable » Is this $20 phone a fidget spinner or is it fidget spinner that's also phone?

Tuesday 10 October 14:50:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook So, fidget spinners are apparently not quite over yet. Ugh. From $17,000 gold-plated ones to ridiculous iPhones that have been converted into spinners, we've seen them all. But now there's a working phone that's a also a fidget spinner. Or is it a fidget spinner that doubles as a working phone?  SEE ALSO: Just when you thought fidget spinners were … [Link]

Mashable » 21 Halloween costumes ideas for all you book worms out there

Tuesday 10 October 14:50:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere will be a lot of popular costumes flooding the streets this Halloween. Between Pennywise to Donald Trump (don't do it), everyone will look to pop culture for their inspiration. But, don't forget some of the most notable movies and televisions stemmed from books. From Les Miserables to Romeo & Juliet, these films started as novels.  SEE ALSO: 25 'Game of … [Link]

Mashable » We've been underestimating Kesha for way too long

Tuesday 10 October 14:49:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKesha rocks the house. I mean that literally. When she takes the stage, the floor moves to such a degree that your balance is imperiled.  She's playing to a sold-out theater in NYC that's filled with the weird and the be-glittered and they know every word. The Animals are loose.  SEE ALSO: Kesha is the voice of her own comeback Kesha … [Link]

Slashdot » Russian Central Bank To Ban Websites Offering Crypto-currencies

Tuesday 10 October 14:44:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Russia will block access to websites of exchanges that offer crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, Russian Central Bank First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov said on Tuesday. He called them "dubious." Russian financial authorities initially treated any sort of money issued by non-state approved institutions as illegal, saying they could be used to launder money. Later … [Link]

Mashable » 2017 is terrible. I need cute porgs and I need them now.

Tuesday 10 October 14:15:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember when we reached the end of 2016 and hoped that 2017 would be better? Yeah, joke was on us – this year has, if anything, been worse than the last.  SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' full trailer is finally here, and the Force is with it But if this calendar year has one saving grace, it's gotta be porgs. 2017 … [Link]

Slashdot » Security Researcher Finds a Fundamental Flaw in iOS

Tuesday 10 October 14:04:00 UTC 2017

Felix Krause writes: Do you want a user's Apple ID password to get access to their Apple account or to try the same email/password combination on different web services? Just ask your users politely, they'll probably just hand over their credentials, as they're trained to do so. This is just a proof of concept, phishing attacks are illegal! Don't use … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The dearth of women in tech is nothing to do with testosterone

Tuesday 10 October 14:01:00 UTC 2017

Arguments over the causes of the gender gap in STEM jobs rage on. It's not due to hormones or innate brain differences, says Lise Eliot on Ada Lovelace Day [Link]

Mac For Translators » Adventures in Kernel Panic Land

Tuesday 10 October 13:20:00 UTC 2017

Jimmy McGill chose "Saul Goodman" as his pseudo for a new venture to sell his now useless TV commercial slots, because "it's all good, man!" That's exactly what your Mac tells you every day. Everything works fine, and everything will work out fine tomorrow, until it doesn't, but then, it's a Mac, so you're all good. You never know that … [Link]

Mashable » Hollywood heavy hitters lower the boom on 'indefensible' Harvey Weinstein

Tuesday 10 October 13:02:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome are saying they definitely knew. Others are pleading total ignorance. Hey, at least they're saying something. SEE ALSO: The Harvey Weinstein story has only begun to unravel. Bigger names and uglier tales await. Several days after sickening revelations about decades of sexual misconduct on the part of Hollywood power producer Harvey Weinstein, several major industry players — George Clooney, Jennifer … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Staying Longer At Home' Was Key To Stone Age Technology Change 60,000 Years Ago

Tuesday 10 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

A new study by scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand suggests that at about 58,000 years ago, Stone Age humans began to settle down, staying in one area for longer periods. The research also provides a potential answer to a long-held mystery: why older, Howiesons Poort complex technological tradition in South Africa, suddenly disappear at that time. Phys.Org reports: … [Link]

Mashable » The original Tamagotchi is coming back to the U.S. in November

Tuesday 10 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEveryone’s favorite virtual pet (to murder) from the '90s is back. Bandai Namco revived Tamagotchi earlier this year as a Japan-only thing, but now it's coming to the U.S. on Nov. 5.  The experience has been simplified somewhat and the device itself has slimmed down considerably, but the gist is still the same: care for your digital friend. SEE ALSO: Adorable … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Will Alphabet’s internet balloons really help Puerto Rico?

Tuesday 10 October 12:53:41 UTC 2017

Google’s parent company wants to use its Project Loon tech to help restore the island’s hurricane-damaged mobile networks. But is it charity or business strategy? [Link]

New Scientist – News » Drone designers accidentally explain colour of albatross wings

Tuesday 10 October 12:53:40 UTC 2017

Why are some birds' wings darker on top? Engineers may have found the answer while trying to design a biomimetic drone that goes further on less fuel [Link]

Mashable » The energy at the Grace Hopper Celebration is enough to make you less cynical about tech

Tuesday 10 October 12:28:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the kind of event where the line to see the team of software developers from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign snakes around a ballroom more than once.  Among this group of 18,000 people, the technical women who tried to elect the country’s first female president might as well be rock stars.  "There’s nothing … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Human hearts kept ‘asleep’ in a box can survive outside the body

Tuesday 10 October 11:55:00 UTC 2017

A new way of storing hearts outside the body for a day or more could bring an end to people dying while awaiting an organ for a heart transplant [Link]

Mashable » How to become a legitimate photographer for less than $30

Tuesday 10 October 11:54:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Photography’s not just a side hustle or hobby. For plenty of people, it’s a lucrative career. So what — besides talent — helps someone succeed in the competitive industry? The right tools, for one. And the know-how to wield them correctly. If you can … [Link]

Mashable » You're one certification away from a solid AWS career

Tuesday 10 October 11:44:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Amazon isn’t just a long river and the world’s largest online merchant. Amazon also makes Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest and most important cloud services platform. This platform powers everything from database storage to content delivery systems, and you can get certified … [Link]

Mashable » Why Microsoft's new deal to purchase electricity from an Irish wind farm makes sense

Tuesday 10 October 11:41:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen big tech companies team up with governments it can be good for the environment, as well as a PR win.  SEE ALSO: Robotics expert Dr. Ross Mead reveals the truth about your favorite movie robots Microsoft just signed a deal with GE in Ireland to buy 100% of the electricity from its new 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm in Ireland for … [Link]

Mashable » Cara Delevingne hopes her new book will get more people talking about mental health

Tuesday 10 October 11:36:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Cara Delevingne has been candid about her own struggles with mental health, now she hopes to help the next generation. SEE ALSO: Kate Middleton explains in simple terms what mental health means in candid video In an interview on This Morning, Delevingne told hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about her upcoming book Mirror Mirror, which she says was inspired … [Link]

Mashable » Self-driving cars still need to earn the public's trust

Tuesday 10 October 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFord CEO Jim Hackett made a surprising public admission earlier this month: He's not yet comfortable with the self-driving car technology his company or any other company has built. "The trust isn't real high," he told an audience in Michigan after asking if they'd take a ride in a driverless car that morning if given the chance. "I wouldn't yet, either." … [Link]

Mashable » Liam Gallagher's Reddit AMA was everything we hoped for and more

Tuesday 10 October 11:06:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLove him or hate him, Liam Gallagher has definitely got character. SEE ALSO: Liam Gallagher says he likes winding people up on Twitter Gallagher spent four hours answering reddit's questions in an AMA yesterday, and all with oodles of that classic Gallagher style. And just to reassure the nosy bastards that it really was him answering their questions, he posted this … [Link]

Mashable » Review: These Star Wars robot vacuums ARE the droids you're looking for

Tuesday 10 October 10:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Samsung has just released a pair of limited edition Star Wars POWERbot™ vacuums that pay homage to the iconic franchise in a pretty awesome way. Available for pre-order starting Oct. 10, these Darth Vader and Stormtrooper robotic vacuums are poised to be the next … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert made Jon Stewart say nice things about Trump and he just couldn't hack it

Tuesday 10 October 10:21:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "Donald Trump… is not… a cannibal." Great start Jon! SEE ALSO: Morgan Freeman recorded a bunch of random phrases for Stephen Colbert and they all sound incredible After Trump complained that he wasn't getting equal airtime on talk shows, Stephen Colbert granted his wish. All in the interest of fairness, of course. Needful Things style. Colbert got comedy veteran Jon … [Link]

Mashable » Kim Jong-un's sister is now one of the most powerful people in North Korea, thanks to a huge promotion

Tuesday 10 October 10:17:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith a huge promotion, Kim Yo-jong is one of the most powerful people in North Korea right now. The younger sister of reigning leader Kim Jong-un is often seen in the background accompanying her brother at various functions and tours, but she's now a member of the Worker's Party's Politburo, the nation's most important political body. SEE ALSO: Rare flyover video … [Link]

Mashable » If penne is your bae, wear this silver pasta pendant around your neck

Tuesday 10 October 10:15:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen you love something with every fibre of your being, you want to scream it from the rooftops.  For the pasta lovers among us—a.k.a. literally everyone—our affection for these delightful drops of deliciousness is all-consuming, and naturally we want to share it with the world.  And, these silver pasta pendants are a truly romantic way to tell the world: "me and … [Link]

Mashable » Stop giving Jackie Chan police roles, he wants to sing!

Tuesday 10 October 10:08:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Jackie Chan went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new film The Foreigner. He discussed his extraordinary career, and also shared stories from his equally extraordinary childhood.  SEE ALSO: Jackie Chan seems to confirm 'Rush Hour 4', but it's not that simple… From age 7 Chan was enrolled at the incredibly rigorous China Drama Academy, part … [Link]

Mashable » The internet's sleeping giant of news has awoken

Tuesday 10 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA sleeping giant for news distribution has awoken.  Flipboard is now making it easier for any publisher to join the platform. On Tuesday, Flipboard released a new site that helps publishers sign up and manage their feeds on the app. It's a way for any publisher to reach Flipboard's audience of 100 million monthly active users. SEE ALSO: Medium will try … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Buyer beware: Should genomic firms resell your data?

Tuesday 10 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Think carefully before you get your DNA tested: you’re selling as well as buying [Link]

Slashdot » PSA: Microsoft Is Using Cortana To Read Your Private Skype Conversations

Tuesday 10 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: With Cortana's in-context assistance, it's easier to keep your conversations going by having Cortana suggest useful information based on your chat, like restaurant options or movie reviews. And if you're in a time crunch? Cortana also suggests smart replies, allowing you to respond to any message quickly and easily — without typing a thing," … [Link]

Mashable » The female writers on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' weren't shocked at the news about Harvey Weinstein

Tuesday 10 October 9:23:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Seth Meyers says of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, "I was disgusted and shocked." A fair response to the news that a man allegedly spent decades sexually harrassing women — but his female writers were not so shocked. SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company Three writers on Late Night with Seth Meyers tore into Weinstein's … [Link]

Mashable » Carrie Fisher's dog watched his mom in 'The Last Jedi' trailer and I'm not crying, you're crying

Tuesday 10 October 8:58:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs every true Star Wars fan knows, the official trailer for The Last Jedi dropped Monday night — and a very good boy was watching it.  SEE ALSO: Who is 'The Last Jedi'? Director Rian Johnson gives another cryptic, mysterious non-answer A picture of Gary, Carrie Fisher's beloved French bulldog, was posted on his "official" Instagram account with the following, heartbreaking … [Link]

Mashable » Soon, you'll be able to bookmark tweets to read later

Tuesday 10 October 8:33:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter, the social network that redefined the term "information overload," is working on a feature that'll make it easier to bookmark those cool tweets that deserve a second look.  Announced by several key Twitter employees, including product VP Keith Coleman, the new feature could be called "save for later." SEE ALSO: Here's a pretty compelling argument against Twitter's new character limit … [Link]

Mashable » Ikea has launched a new furniture collection just for your pets

Tuesday 10 October 8:16:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven dogs and cats need to relax in style. Ikea has just dropped a new collection designed exclusively for pets. SEE ALSO: Ikea is roasting Apple for overpriced charging mats The new Lurvig collection, which means "hairy" in Swedish, made its pilot launch in five countries — Japan, France, Canada, U.S and Portugal (Algarve) at the start of October, an Ikea … [Link]

Mashable » You can get cakes with actual poppable pimples, and it's horrifyingly realistic

Tuesday 10 October 7:01:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe pimple popping craze is in full bloom, and now it's on birthday cakes. Cakes with zit heads you can actually squeeze out with your thumbs. The Cakescape is a Malaysian bakery who's been consistently pumping out these zit cakes for months. Its version has a face, with red, blotchy pimples on it.  SEE ALSO: Why people can't stop watching pimples … [Link]

Slashdot » Tokyo Preparing For Floods 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'

Tuesday 10 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

In the face of an era of extreme weather brought on by climate change, global cities are working to improve their defenses. The New York Times reports (Warning: may be paywalled; alternative source) of Tokyo's $2 billion underground anti-flood system that consists of tunnels that divert water away from the region's most vulnerable floodplains. The city is "preparing for flooding … [Link]

Mashable » This delightful labrador has been hired as this hotel's dog concierge

Tuesday 10 October 6:51:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMr Walker will take your bags. Melbourne's Park Hyatt has recruited its first ever canine ambassador, a friendly blonde labrador called Mr Walker.  The 18-month-old former guide dog joined the team in July 2017. His "official duties" include greeting guests at the lobby and attending client meetings, according to the Park Hyatt's press release. Guests can take their morning walks with … [Link]

Mashable » Hey Donald Trump Jr., Jimmy Kimmel's got a Harvey Weinstein joke for you

Tuesday 10 October 6:17:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Jimmy Kimmel has really laid it on Donald Trump in recent weeks, with good reason.  It's something that's irked the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., resulting a bit of Twitter war over the weekend.  Trump Jr. asked Kimmel for thoughts on disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, insinuating that he was avoiding the topic because Weinstein is a Democrat.  If only … [Link]

Mashable » 'Rick and Morty' fans: Szechuan sauce turned us into a 'Rick and Morty' joke

Tuesday 10 October 6:11:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe started out wanting to do nothing more than in-depth taste test of Rick and Morty's infamous, discontinued McDonald's Sezchuan sauce.  And, to paraphrase Pickle Rick's therapist Dr. Wong, we got the impression that Rick and Morty fans valued science. So we conducted the most scientifically rigorous experiment possible. Our comparative analysis of all the other McNugget sauces came complete with … [Link]

Mashable » Who is 'The Last Jedi'? Director Rian Johnson gives another cryptic, mysterious non-answer

Tuesday 10 October 5:54:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWill we ever know who the Last Jedi really is? The day may yet come when Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally clears up the question that has plagued us for 259 days: Who is this "last" Jedi? Or Jedis? Oh wait — is "Jedi" the plural? Well in that case who are THEY, etc. and so on. If we ever … [Link]

Mashable » Nutella pasta is the fusion dessert you'll probably have an opinion about

Tuesday 10 October 5:54:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat a time to be alive. Smothering Nutella over your pasta is a meal no longer relegated to the realms of hedonistic late night munchie jaunts in the privacy of my own kitchen (don't look at me). An Australian restaurant has decided this is a delicacy the world needs, nay, deserves, so they're serving up Nutella pasta in celebration of World … [Link]

Mashable » Leave cleaning to the Dark Side with the help of these Star Wars vacuums

Tuesday 10 October 4:04:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. For anyone who's ever dreamed about using The Force to clean their house, here's some exciting news. Samsung has just released a pair of Star Wars POWERbot™ vacuums that are available for pre-order starting Oct. 10. SEE ALSO: This $10 wireless mouse only needs … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Last Jedi' full trailer revealed: What it all means

Tuesday 10 October 3:47:45 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You've probably watched the Last Jedi trailer a good half-dozen times already since it dropped Monday night.  You have questions. That's good! So do we. Not surprisingly, the trailer seems tailor-made to provoke them, and we're not going to get all of them answered until the movie arrives on December 15. SEE ALSO: New 'Star Wars' poster gets unexpected reveal … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Made Salary, Work History Available To Anyone With Your SSN and DOB

Tuesday 10 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from KrebsOnSecurity: In May, KrebsOnSecurity broke a story about lax security at a payroll division of big-three credit bureau Equifax that let identity thieves access personal and financial data on an unknown number of Americans. Incredibly, this same division makes it simple to access detailed salary and employment history on a large portion of … [Link]

Mashable » Ex-Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott denies climate change, then praises it in confusing speech

Tuesday 10 October 3:28:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFormer Australian prime minister and current MP Tony Abbott has said no "big change" in our climate has resulted from increasing carbon dioxide levels in the past century, and called global warming "beneficial" in the same speech. Will give you a minute to process that … OK, ready? Let's dive in.  On Monday, Abbott was invited to speak at the Global … [Link]

Mashable » Oh, if only the 10 year reunion for Australian party boy Corey Worthington was real

Tuesday 10 October 3:14:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, 2008: Where MySpace still reigned supreme, people were doing that Soulja Boy dance, and an Australian teenager with yellow sunglasses named Corey Worthington had the wild house party of your dreams. That was nearly 10 years ago, and such a milestone calls for a celebration. Well, now there's a Facebook event worth looking forward to called "Corey's Party: 10 Year … [Link]

Mashable » Gay man hits back at politician for calling pro-marriage equality campaigners 'little flowers'

Tuesday 10 October 2:10:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAustralia is still in the grips of a debate over marriage equality, and it's often been a toxic affair. In September, the country's National Mental Health Commission issued a statement concerned about the negative impacts brought on LGBTQ people by the continuing marriage equality debate.  SEE ALSO: Anti-homophobia ad shows why people should stop using the word "gay" as an expletive … [Link]

Mashable » Jemele Hill is suspended from ESPN, and people have ~theories~

Tuesday 10 October 2:01:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookESPN has a lot of people saying "something is up" after it suspended SportsCenter host Jemele Hill for two weeks. Specifically, they're calling out the network for kowtowing to the NFL.  The suspension came after Hill sent out a series of tweets beginning on Sunday night responding to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' statement that  he would bench any player that … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Last Jedi' full trailer is finally here, and the Force is with it

Tuesday 10 October 2:00:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBreathe. Just breathe. The first, full, official trailer for The Last Jedi arrived Monday night — and it's full of the same kind of drop-dead gorgeous visuals we saw in the teaser trailer back in April.  The movie picks up exactly where The Force Awakens left off — with Rey (Daisy Ridley) presenting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with his lightsaber. In … [Link]

Mashable » Terrifying photos show deadly wildfires rampaging across California, fed by wicked winds

Tuesday 10 October 1:49:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe fires moved faster than many people could escape. Sweeping across the hills and valleys of California's wine country, and eventually extending up and down the state, at least 14 large fires advanced with deadly speed amid powerful "Diablo" and "Santa Ana" offshore winds. The fires in northern California proved especially deadly, with the death toll standing at 10 as of … [Link]

Mashable » The Harvey Weinstein story has only begun to unravel. Bigger names and uglier tales await.

Tuesday 10 October 1:38:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf the high-profile sexual harassment and assault cases of recent history have taught us anything, it's that there are no isolated incidents. More accusers emerge. Individual accounts escalate. Patterns form in the modus operandi. This much is certain: The Harvey Weinstein story will darken. Then more dominoes will fall. It's already starting. SEE ALSO: The indie film community has a sexual … [Link]

Mashable » New 'Star Wars' poster gets unexpected reveal ahead of trailer

Tuesday 10 October 1:31:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile you wait for that new Star Wars trailer to drop, Lucasfilm is happy to whet your appetite with a new poster.  SEE ALSO: Should you watch the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer tonight? Well … Red is clearly the order of the day, as once again, all our heroes and villains are drenched in that bloody shade. Check it … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Giant black hole seen flickering on and off after galaxy snack

Tuesday 10 October 1:27:58 UTC 2017

Active Galactic Nuclei occur when a black hole devours a cloud of gas and dust and shines really brightly. Now one has been seen doing it twice [Link]

New Scientist – News » Smartphone lets you see round corners by light flicker on floor

Tuesday 10 October 1:27:57 UTC 2017

Tracking tiny variations in light reflected at the base of a wall can let you count people in a room and see where they are moving [Link]

Mashable » Starbucks launches new season of short films about ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things

Tuesday 10 October 1:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHoward Schultz wants to introduce you to a better side of America. The Starbucks executive chairman (and former CEO) believes the country isn't just the one you see on TV or in your social feeds. It's not just the dark times we've treaded since the 2016 presidential election, or the hate churning in and out of Washington. It's also the ordinary … [Link]

Slashdot » Alphabet's Waymo and Intel Are Launching Public Campaigns To Build Trust In Self-Driving Cars

Tuesday 10 October 0:50:00 UTC 2017

Alphabet's Waymo and Intel announced plans today to sponsor ads about self-driving cars. "Alphabet's Waymo is launching a public education campaign today called "Let's Talk Self-Driving" aimed at addressing the skepticism many people have about autonomous technology," reports The Verge. Meanwhile, "Intel said it would be airing its commercial starring LeBron James in the run-up to the NBA season opener … [Link]

Slashdot » Face ID Is Coming To the iPad Pro Next Year, Says Report

Tuesday 10 October 0:10:00 UTC 2017

According to MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said iPad Pro models set to be released in 2018 will come equipped with a TrueDepth Camera and will support Face ID. Apple is believed to be adding TrueDepth cameras to the iPad Pro to introduce a user experience that's consistent with the iPhone X and boost competitiveness. From the report: According … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg took his VR avatar to Puerto Rico, and it was just so awkward

Tuesday 10 October 0:05:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor all the good Facebook has done in the wake of Hurricane Maria, CEO Mark Zuckerberg sending his cartoon avatar to the ravaged streets of Puerto Rico on Monday afternoon stands out as a tone-deaf misstep. He capitalized on a natural disaster to promote his company's new tech, and the whole thing just felt … awkward.  Zuck sent his curly-haired, smiling … [Link]


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