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 » Steve Bannon made a lot of money working with Harvey Weinstein

Wednesday 11 October 23:52:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYet ANOTHER political figure has ties to Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault.  Several Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, have disowned the man after attending several of his fundraisers. Now it looks like another big name has connections to him: Steve Bannon.  SEE ALSO: It's not just Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood: … [Link]

Slashdot » Qualcomm Fined Record $773 Million In Taiwan Antitrust Probe

Wednesday 11 October 23:20:00 UTC 2017

According to Bloomberg, Qualcomm was fined a record NT$23.4 billion ($773 million) by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission in the latest blow from regulators over the way the U.S. company prices mobile phone chips and patents. From the report: The company has been violating antitrust rules for at least 7 years and Qualcomm collected NT$400 billion in licensing fees from local … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX just launched and landed a rocket — but this isn't your average mission

Wednesday 11 October 23:05:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook d2b3 9fe8%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ just launched and landed a rocket — but this isn't your average mission","sources":[~ More about Space, Nasa, Science, Rocket Launch, and Elon Musk [Link]

Mashable » This couple experienced an Airbnb nightmare involving a hidden camera

Wednesday 11 October 22:58:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookImagine settling into a vacation at an Airbnb rental with your partner — only to learn that your host is secretly watching or even recording you. ICK. And also, probably call the cops? That scenario is exactly what happened to an Indiana couple renting a condo through Airbnb in Longboat Key, Florida. Derek Starnes and his wife discovered two hidden cameras … [Link]

Mashable » USMNT fails to qualify for World Cup, internet reminds everyone we have a badass women's team

Wednesday 11 October 22:56:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday night, the unthinkable happened for American soccer: The men's national team lost its chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. It'll be the first time the U.S. failed to compete in the tournament since 1986.  SEE ALSO: Pete Souza reminds us of when our president wasn't feuding with every pro sports league The primal screams reverberated on social … [Link]

Slashdot » Is the Chromebook the New Android Tablet?

Wednesday 11 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report from Computerworld, where JR Raphael makes the case for why it's time to call the Chromebook the new Android tablet: What does a traditional Android tablet do that a convertible Chromebook doesn't? No matter how long you mull, it's tough to come up with much. Nowadays, a Chromebook runs the same apps from the … [Link]

Mashable » Truly driverless cars could soon be allowed on California's roads

Wednesday 11 October 22:32:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe California DMV is almost ready to allow autonomous vehicles on the state's public roads without a human test driver behind the wheel.  The state's regulators released a set of proposed revisions to its policies that, once passed, will also grant the public permission to use self-driving cars. The new rules are now subject to a 15-day public comment period, which … [Link]

Mashable » It's not just Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood: Women in nearly every industry have experienced sexual abuse

Wednesday 11 October 22:06:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSexual harassment isn't just about Hollywood, not by a long shot — it's an insidious and wide-reaching problem.  Over the last few years, women have come forward in the sciences, trucking, retail, tech, and many other industries to tell their stories of harassment and assault on the job or at school. These stories go far beyond Harvey Weinstein, the high-powered Hollywood … [Link]

Mashable » A man learns how to apply make up in a day

Wednesday 11 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis week Derrick tackles online makeup tutorials, and tries to teach himself everything he needs to know about the art of makeup application in a day. For more fun videos visit Watercooler!  Read more…More about Watercooler, Beauty, Makeup, Foundation, and Challenge [Link]

Slashdot » PornHub Uses Computer Vision To ID Actors, Acts In Its Videos

Wednesday 11 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Baron_Yam shares a report from TechCrunch, which details PornHub's use of machine learning to ID actors and acts in its videos: The computer vision system can identify specific actors in scenes and even identifies various positions and attributes. While it is obviously very difficult to describe the feature set for a family audience, the system can identify individual performers in … [Link]

Mashable » After the 'Rick and Morty' sauce fiasco, Redditors share other stories of fan freak-outs

Wednesday 11 October 21:59:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes fans get a little overzealous about their favorite TV shows, and sometimes they freak out when their local McDonald's doesn't have the limited-edition sauce referenced in those TV shows. McDonald's Rick and Morty-inspired Szechuan Sauce Disaster of 2017 — in which McDonald's failed to live up to the demands of Rick and Morty fans — sparked a lot of outrage … [Link]

Mashable » The heartwarming signs giving hope to those devastated by California's fires

Wednesday 11 October 21:49:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s the little things that can mean the most.  Whether it's a sign thanking first responders or a reminder to treat each other kindly, posters going up throughout Northern California's wine country are giving a small dose of support to those reeling from the firestorm. SEE ALSO: How California's firestorm spread so mind-bogglingly fast: From 'Diablo' winds to climate trends The … [Link]

Mashable » How we made our Demogorgon in our behind the scenes of our homemade 'Stranger Things'

Wednesday 11 October 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ll take you behind the scenes to reveal how we made our shot-for-shot version of the ‘Stranger Things’ scene where Eleven and the gang take out the Demogorgon, Homemade-style! Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…More about Diy, Homemade, Strange, Side By Side, and Scary [Link]

Mashable » Oculus Go solves VR's two biggest problems

Wednesday 11 October 21:32:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOculus finally figured out how to get consumers excited about virtually reality: It just had to take a little bit of advice from the late Steve Jobs. The company introduced its first standalone virtual reality headset, the Oculus Go, during its developers conference on Wednesday, pricing it at $199.  Jobs, the founder and former CEO of Apple, identified $199 as the … [Link]

Mashable » Watch as these kids battle the Demogorgon in our homemade scene of 'Stranger Things'

Wednesday 11 October 21:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA DIY shot-for-shot remake of a ‘Stranger Things’ scene with gender-swapped roles? Does it get any stanger than that?! Find out what happens when Eleven and the gang take out the Demogorgon, Homemade-style! Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…More about Diy, Strange, Side By Side, Scary, and Monster [Link]

Mashable » 'Rugrats' Reptar bars are back and it's a '90s dream come true

Wednesday 11 October 21:27:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDunkaroos may still be discontinued (unless you're looking on Ebay), but there's another favorite treat returning.  Reptar bars, just out of a Rugrats episode, is back and retail brand FYE is selling them. It's like stepping back into the '90s. Quick, bring back Doritos 3D and Scooby Doo fruit snacks, as well. The chocolate bar first appeared in 1991 as an … [Link]

Mashable » If you want to include a good dog in your next Airbnb rental, we have the place for you

Wednesday 11 October 21:25:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA vacation getaway is always a welcome relief after a long, stressful year, and nothing says relaxation like a cuddle with an adorable little dachshund in need. Joe and Kelly Landgraf of Marcellus, Michigan, are making the world a cuter place by offering a combination dog rescue/vacation home for dog lovers and dogs in need of homes. The couple's cabins — … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Breach Included 10 Million US Driving Licenses

Wednesday 11 October 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: 10.9 million U.S. driver's licenses were stolen in the massive breach that Equifax suffered in mid-May, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. In addition, WSJ has revealed that the attackers got a hold of 15.2 million UK customers' records, though only 693,665 among them had enough info in … [Link]

Mashable » Dude throws a paper airplane from his high-rise apartment and it's just great

Wednesday 11 October 21:15:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Some classic forms of entertainment just never get old, like watching a paper airplane that you made take flight. Redditor 1likeeggs is fortunate enough to live in an apartment high in the San Diego sky with access to a balcony, making it the perfect spot to launch paper airplanes. Apparently, every day when he wakes up, he makes a plane, … [Link]

Mashable » I pretended to be the 'Rick and Morty' creator and accidentally went viral

Wednesday 11 October 21:13:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Sunday morning, Twitter was aflame with sauce controversy. Fans of the Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty wanted their sauce. McDonald's didn't have enough. The fans were mad at everyone and everyone was mad at the fans. I was lying in bed slightly hungover from spending the previous night carving a Stephen A. Smith tweet into a pumpkin. Still half … [Link]

Mashable » Oculus Dash is the VR workspace we've been craving since 'Minority Report'

Wednesday 11 October 21:07:42 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you own an Oculus Rift, you're going to love the new software update rolling out to your VR console starting in December 2017. Oculus announced today at its annual developer conference the "biggest software update yet" to its Rift headset. The update, known formally as "Rift Core 2.0," will make it easier to multitask and perform traditional computer tasks … [Link]

Mashable » Hulu has partnered with ESL to debut four new esports shows

Wednesday 11 October 21:04:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEsports continues to invade mainstream media platforms, including linear television channels like TBS and ESPN. The latest move comes from streaming service Hulu, which ordered four esports shows from esports company ESL. The new shows will add about 15 hours of content to Hulu's lineup of original programming, which includes the critically-acclaimed 'The Handmaid's Tale.' Read more…More about Gaming, Mashable Video, … [Link]

Mashable » How Much Pain Can the iPhone 8 Take?

Wednesday 11 October 21:04:00 UTC 2017

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

ProgrammableWeb » NovoPayment Launches Developer Hub for LATAM Focused Fintech Innovation

Wednesday 11 October 21:00:57 UTC 2017

NovoPayment, fintech service provider specifically targeting the Americas, has launched its Developer Hub. Within the Developer Hub, NovoPayment currently offers 37 APIs that serve a number of fintech related operations specifically targeted for the Latin America market. [Link]

Mashable » Hey board game hoarders, it's time to get your sh*t together

Wednesday 11 October 20:48:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Tabletop gamers tend to be an obsessive lot. We hoard games like a dragon hoards treasure. There's no reason you have to be as haphazard when it comes to storage though.  SEE ALSO: The creators of Exploding Kittens are back, and now they're fighting … [Link]

Mashable » Woman uses makeup to make herself into spooky creatures all October long

Wednesday 11 October 20:46:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween doesn't have to only be on Oct. 31.  Lorelei Baroldy (@fallenlore) decided to transform herself into different creatures everyday for the whole month of October, because in her mind, Halloween is just a state of mind.  She started her mythical creatures theme by sharing her first look on Facebook. The theme stemmed from a suggestion from a friend and so … [Link]

Mashable » A police officer recorded this dash footage as he drove through the California wildfire

Wednesday 11 October 20:42:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDramatic footage of the wildfire in Northern California was posted by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, after one officer caught the treacherous scene on his dash cam. The California governor has declared states of emergency in Sonoma and six other counties. Read more…More about Police, California, Rescue, Fire, and Firefighters [Link]

Slashdot » FCC's Claim That One ISP Counts As 'Competition' Faces Scrutiny In Court

Wednesday 11 October 20:40:00 UTC 2017

Jon Brodkin reports via Ars Technica: A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps imposed on some business broadband providers should be struck down, advocacy groups told federal judges last week. The FCC failed to justify its claim that a market can be competitive even when there is only one Internet provider, the groups said. Led by Chairman Ajit … [Link]

Mashable » BuzzFeed drops 'all the news too lit for print' slogan after New York Times lawyers step in

Wednesday 11 October 20:33:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApparently, BuzzFeed needs to cool it down.  The New York Times' lawyers reached out last week to BuzzFeed with legal concerns over the choice of slogan for the digital media company's new Twitter Live show AM to DM. In response, BuzzFeed removed it Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Twitter is making some legitimately great video—and it's impossible to find For those who may … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Caesarean sections cause obesity and microbiome changes in mice

Wednesday 11 October 20:30:00 UTC 2017

For the first time, researchers have shown that being born by C-section can contribute to obesity in mice. The effect seems to be stronger in females [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Ophelia is on course to strike Ireland and the UK early next week

Wednesday 11 October 20:21:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWell, this is weird.  Hurricane Ophelia is churning the waters of the northeastern Atlantic, headed for Europe. It's far from land right now, but it's noteworthy for its location, intensity, and direction of movement.  The storm is the 10th straight tropical cyclone to reach hurricane intensity in the Atlantic Ocean. Which means this year has tied the all-time record set in … [Link]

Mashable » 16 tweets about Halloween to get you spooky excited

Wednesday 11 October 20:19:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween is quickly approaching, which means those obsessed with all things spooky are in full-blown freakout mode. While it's a loved time of year for most, the Halloween season can pass you quick, so we decided to round up some great tweets about Halloween so that you can fully immerse yourself in the holiday. SEE ALSO: Here’s our picks for 5 … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Finally Makes a Waterproof Kindle

Wednesday 11 October 20:15:00 UTC 2017

After 10 years of Kindles, Amazon has finally made a kindle e-reader with an IPX8 waterproof rating. The new Kindle Oasis features a 7-inch display and aluminum back. The Verge reports: Unlike last year's Kindle Oasis, which used a magnetic case you attached to the e-reader to extend its battery life, the new Oasis relies entirely on its built-in battery. … [Link]

Mashable » Since Donald Trump's victory, the political bar for performances (like Eminem's freestyle) has been raised

Wednesday 11 October 20:13:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the weird era we're living in today—the one in which Donald Trump is the president, Flint, Michigan still doesn't have clean water, and the likes of Colin Kaepernick and Jemele Hill are being attacked by the White House—art somehow manages to continue on.  But because of the platform many artists, particularly musicians, are afforded these days, it's becoming harder and … [Link]

Mashable » Seth MacFarlane explains his Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013

Wednesday 11 October 20:12:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Back in 2013, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane made a Harvey Weinstein joke while announcing the supporting actress nominations for the Oscars.  Then, it felt weird and uncomfortable. Now, with the recent sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, it all seems a bit darker.  SEE ALSO: This New York Times comment perfectly explains why women didn't speak up about Harvey … [Link]

Mashable » Google just mysteriously bought a podcast app

Wednesday 11 October 20:06:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle looks to be making its first foray into the world of audio storytelling.  Business Insider reports that Google has acquired 60dB, a short-form audio platform.  The app featured over 700 podcast-style stories. It debuted in January 2016 and will shut down, in its current incarnation, on Nov. 10. The app's original content will continue to be available on its Medium … [Link]

Mashable » Here are all the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse so far

Wednesday 11 October 20:01:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith each new report about Harvey Weinstein's alleged crimes and abuses of power, the list of his accusers continues to grow.  As of today, dozens of women have shared their stories with The New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, and other outlets, including over twenty who have gone on the record. Many more who spoke to the press chose … [Link]

Mashable » Dude mansplains Indiana Jones clothing to its costume designer, and it ends in such a fail

Wednesday 11 October 20:00:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople online love to give their opinions and sometimes they aren't so nice about it. But it's a completely different thing when they begin to troll someone who's an expert on the subject. SEE ALSO: Here are 10 of Hollywood's best movie props of all time Twitter user, @Uptomyknees uploaded a picture of a Facebook conversation of a guy mansplaining Indiana … [Link]

Mashable » 6 tips on how to cope with tragic issues

Wednesday 11 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen we experience trauma or witnessed the aftermath, our bodies may feel threatened. It's important to learn techniques to help our bodies resume to feeling safeDeena Goodman Druck, LCSW, CPCC, a Psychotherapist and Executive Coach, offers 6 tips on how to cope with trauma. Read more…More about News, Science, Community, Feel Good, and Optimism [Link]

Mashable » Megyn Kelly is having trouble connecting with her audience post-Fox News

Wednesday 11 October 19:53:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA few weeks into her new daytime talk show for NBC, Megyn Kelly is still struggling to find her voice and traction with her audience, a battle that's reflected by some lukewarm ratings.  SEE ALSO: Jane Fonda wasn't even the worst part of Megyn Kelly's terrible first week The New York Times reported that Kelly's first week averaged around 2.5 million … [Link]

Mashable » A Virginia donut shop made Harry Potter Butterbeer doughnuts for all the poor muggles out there

Wednesday 11 October 19:36:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGood news Harry Potter fans, there's a chance to catch the Golden Snitch…and eat it, too.  Sugar Shack Donuts made Butterbeer doughnuts with a doughnut hole shaped like a Golden Snitch in the middle. 100 points for creativity! Unfortunately, most of their locations are in Virginia, Florida, and Washington. So, catch the next Hogwarts train out or a ride on a … [Link]

Mashable » Star Wars VR attraction at Disney resort revealed: It's a little like 'Rogue One'

Wednesday 11 October 19:32:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt may not be a Star Wars Land-style actual reality theme park. But we now have a clearer idea of the virtual reality experience one Disney resort plans to offer this December.  Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a collaboration between Lucasfilm's ILMxLab and a VR company called The Void, just released its first promotional video — showing how visitors will … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The stock market is run by wild robots we don’t fully control

Wednesday 11 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

Most stock market trades are made by algorithms, not humans, and they've already caused crashes. We need to understand their group behaviour to avoid disaster [Link]

New Scientist – News » Google’s new earbuds act as two-way translators in your ear

Wednesday 11 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

If you have a Google Pixel phone, you’ll soon be able to speak 40 languages thanks to the new earbuds the firm announced last week [Link]

New Scientist – News » A house has been bought on the blockchain for the first time

Wednesday 11 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

The governments of Ukraine, Dubai and Vermont are all trying to move real estate using blockchain, but getting estate agents out of the equation won’t be easy [Link]

New Scientist – News » Most versatile stem cell ever may help us understand miscarriage

Wednesday 11 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

The first stem cells capable of making placenta could enable researchers to better understand the biological mechanisms behind many failed early pregnancies [Link]

New Scientist – News » Distant dwarf planet near Pluto has a ring that no one expected

Wednesday 11 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

The tiny world Haumea has a ring, the most distant we’ve found in our solar system. This may mean rings encircle other far-off worlds in the solar system [Link]

Slashdot » Pirate Bay is Mining Cryptocurrency Again, No Opt Out

Wednesday 11 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

The Pirate Bay is mining cryptocurrency again, causing a spike in CPU usage among many visitors. From a report: For now, the notorious torrent site provides no option to disable it. The new mining expedition is not without risk. CDN provider Cloudflare previously suspended the account of a site that used a similar miner, which means that The Pirate Bay … [Link]

Mashable » In Season: A food blogger in search of his city’s spice

Wednesday 11 October 18:54:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPaid Content By SamsoniteIf you were to step inside Nik Sharma’s pristinely decorated Oakland home, you might not want to leave. The talented cook and founder of the blog A Brown Table obviously has an eye for design. His carefully curated home matches the kinds you see on TV — plush sofas, delicately designed rugs in every room (even the hallway), … [Link]

Slashdot » Failed Palo Alto Startup Pivots From Trying To Be an 'Android Killer' To Self-driving Tech

Wednesday 11 October 18:52:00 UTC 2017

A Palo Alto startup that stopped trying to be an "Android killer" last year after raising $185 million has apparently pivoted to developing autonomous vehicle technology. From a report: The company now known as Cyngn has changed its name from Cyanogen and recently got a permit to test its self-driving tech on California roads, according to a report Wednesday on … [Link]

Mashable » This man learns how to give himself a beauty make over in a day

Wednesday 11 October 18:51:49 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This week Derrick tackles online makeup tutorials, and tries to teach himself everything he needs to know about the art of makeup application in a day. For more fun videos visit watercooler!  Read more… More about Watercooler, Makeup, Foundation, Challenge, and Lipstick [Link]

Mashable » Here's a side-by-side comparison of our homemade 'Stranger Things' Demogorgon scene

Wednesday 11 October 18:49:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA DIY side-by-side remake of a ‘Stranger Things’ scene with gender-swapped roles? Does it get any stranger than that? Find out what happens when Eleven and the gang take out the Demogorgon, Homemade-style!   Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…More about Diy, Strange, Scary, Monster, and Stranger Things [Link]

Mashable » If Mario is supposed to be a human (and not an abomination), how do you explain this music video?

Wednesday 11 October 18:47:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook With the upcoming release of Super Mario Odyssey, a debate has grown over whether Mario is a human being or notNintendo insists he is human, despite the fact that he looks nothing like the other humans walking around in Odyssey. Now Nintendo is adding more fuel to the "but is Mario a real human" fire with a newly released music … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook '3D Posts' will let you interact with virtual objects in your News Feed

Wednesday 11 October 18:47:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTired of being limited to just text, photos, and videos when you're posting to Facebook? Good news! The social media giant just announced "3D Posts," a new type of News Feed post that lets people create 3D objects, then post them directly to Facebook. All Facebook users will be able to view and interact with the 3D objects — even without … [Link]

Mashable » On top of everything else, Equifax hackers got 10 million driver's licenses

Wednesday 11 October 18:45:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt turns out, we're still not done talking about Equifax.  Sources told the Wall Street Journal that last month's breach compromised the driver's license data of around 10.9 million Americans.  The breach, which was announced Sept. 7, gave anonymous hackers access to personal information, including the social security numbers, of 145.5 million Americans. At the time, the credit reporting agency noted … [Link]

Mashable » The U.S. men will miss the World Cup because of course we can't have a unifying moment right now

Wednesday 11 October 18:41:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere is one silver lining to the U.S. men's national soccer team missing the World Cup—all eyes will now be on the far-superior women's team.  That's the only upside to take from Tuesday night's crushing loss to Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. team has now officially missed qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  It is, in a word, tragic. … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how Gal Gadot got ripped for 'Wonder Woman'

Wednesday 11 October 18:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe cast of 'Wonder Woman' had to train for months to get in shape for the highly-anticipated film. By sticking to an intense daily regimen and diet, the cast was able to successfully look like fierce Amazonians.  Read more…More about Entertainment, Celebrities, Amazon, Health, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » Watch Mike and his gang battle the Demogorgon in our homemade movies edition of 'Stranger Things'

Wednesday 11 October 18:22:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook  A DIY shot-for-shot remake of a ‘Stranger Things’ scene with gender-swapped roles? Does it get any stranger than that?! Find out what happens when Eleven and the gang take out the Demogorgon, Homemade-style! Be sure to check out our side-by-side comparison and our behind the scenes videos!  Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more… More about Diy, … [Link]

Mashable » The Oculus 'Santa Cruz' headset will be the realization of a VR dream

Wednesday 11 October 18:16:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOculus gave more details about its its next-generation VR headset today at the Oculus Connect 4 developer conference. It also said the headset would become available "in the next year." The catch: The headset is still a prototype, and it will only be made available to developers. SEE ALSO: Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset The new headset, codenamed … [Link]

Mashable » Get your fluffy cat snuggles without the cat

Wednesday 11 October 18:12:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookQoobo is a therapeutic toy that is basically a pillow with a wagging tail. Different strokes or pats will activate various tail wags and vibrations that look and feel fairly realistic. It might look strange, but it's a great alternative if you're allergic to cats. Read more…More about Tech, Animals, Kids, Japan, and Robot [Link]

Slashdot » Moscow Has Turned Kaspersky Antivirus Software Into a Global Spy Tool, Using It To Scan Computers For Secret US Data

Wednesday 11 October 18:11:00 UTC 2017

WSJ has a major scoop today. From a report: The Russian government used a popular antivirus software to secretly scan computers around the world for classified U.S. government documents and top-secret information, modifying the program to turn it into an espionage tool (could be paywalled), according to current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. The software, made … [Link]

Mashable » Get access to 3,000+ coding training courses for less than $60

Wednesday 11 October 18:05:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Web development is the 21st-century career to beat. And with high salaries and even higher demand, there’s never been a better time to become a web developer. Whether you’re an experienced coder or have never written a line, a coding boot camp like this one … [Link]

Mashable » Oculus is bringing VR to businesses

Wednesday 11 October 18:05:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook’s Oculus is hoping that VR will catch on in the business world. The company just announced a new corporate initiative for the Oculus Rift, Oculus for Business, onstage at the Oculus Connect Conference.  Of course Oculus for Business is now a thing #Oculus #OC4 — Karissa Bell (@karissabe) October 11, 2017 The package will look to give corporate clients … [Link]

Mashable » Cara Delevingne shares Weinstein story: 'I felt very powerless'

Wednesday 11 October 18:04:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActress and model Cara Delevingne released a statement Wednesday detailing how powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein harassed her about her sexuality and behaved inappropriately with her before casting her in a film.  Dozens of women have come forward recently about sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein — in the wake of damning reports in the New York Times and the … [Link]

Mashable » Why you should never consume colloidal silver

Wednesday 11 October 18:04:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeter Karason's skin famously turned blue after drinking decades worth of colloidal silver. The supplement is still sold in drug stores and used by people all over the world.  According to Mayo Clinic, "Colloidal silver isn't considered safe or effective for any of the health claims manufacturers make." However, many people still believe that colloidal silver has had a positive impact … [Link]

Mashable » Oculus is working on an app for experiencing concerts and sports in VR

Wednesday 11 October 17:59:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOculus has set its sights on live events. At the annual Oculus Connect developers conference, the Facebook-owned company announced Oculus Venues, an upcoming feature that will allow you to experience performances and other events in virtual reality.  The ideas is users will be able to visit concerts, movie premieres, and sports events, with their friends, from the comfort of their homes.  … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Lemonade Announces New API to Enable Integration with Its Insurance Platform

Wednesday 11 October 17:53:06 UTC 2017

Lemonade, a property and casualty insurance company, has announced the launch of the Lemonade API allowing developers and businesses to offer Lemonade insurance products from within web and mobile applications. The API will initially provide access to the company’s renters, condo, and homeowners insurance products. [Link]

Mashable » The Oculus Rift and Touch controllers just got another big price drop

Wednesday 11 October 17:52:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Touch controllers now cost $399, Oculus announced during the Oculus Connect keynote today. Just announced at OC4: Rift is $399 from here on out. Spread the word! — Oculus Rift (@OculusRift) October 11, 2017 The Oculus Rift launched in 2016 for $599 with the Touch controllers launching months later for an extra … [Link]

Mashable » How to end that never-ending email chain without being rude

Wednesday 11 October 17:50:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou can see it coming from a mile away. A co-worker sends an email to a dozen people with an open-ended question that doesn’t have any real consequences on anyone’s life. And that snowballs into two responses, which turns into three more replies, and so on. And of course, rarely do any of those emails actually resolve anything. Even though you … [Link]

Mashable » Dramatic footage shows sheriff driving straight through blazing California fire

Wednesday 11 October 17:49:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 772f cb33%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Napa and Sonoma county fires have called upon responders in a big way.","image":"~ footage shows sheriff driving straight through blazing California fire","sources":[{&q~ county,first responder","sec0":nu~ county,first responder","videoSeriesNa~ More about Wildfire, Sonoma County, First Responder, Science, and Climate Environment [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg sets a new goal: 1 billion people using virtual reality

Wednesday 11 October 17:49:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants 1 billion people to use virtual reality.  That's about 13 percent of the world's population. SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for that awkward VR tour of Puerto Rico Zuckerberg threw out that goal as he opened the Oculus developers conference on Wednesday.  He talked about using virtual reality to create jobs for people who live in … [Link]

Mashable » This video of Armie Hammer dancing won't fix everything wrong in the world, but it'll help

Wednesday 11 October 17:46:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When life and the endless misery of the 24-hour news cycle get you down, sometimes you just need to watch a dreamy actor dancing to '80s electropop. Enter: Armie Hammer, who is definitely going to become the internet's new favorite boyfriend when Call Me By Your Name is released on November 24.  SEE ALSO: Sundance hit 'Call Me By Your … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Announces $199 Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset

Wednesday 11 October 17:35:00 UTC 2017

Facebook is going to ship a standalone VR headset called Oculus Go next year. The headset, which won't require a PC or phone to run, will be available early next year for $199. From a report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg officially announced the new product during his keynote speech at Facebook's fourth Oculus Connect virtual reality (VR) developer conference in … [Link]

Mashable » Trump allegedly asked for 10 times more nukes before Tillerson called him a 'moron'

Wednesday 11 October 17:23:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe now know one of the reasons Rex Tillerson reportedly called the president a "moron": President Donald Trump reportedly asked the military to multiply its stockpile of nuclear weapons by a factor of about 10 at a meeting this past Summer, according to NBC.  Increasing the United States's nuclear arms would run contrary to what the nation's nuclear policy has been … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Wednesday 11 October 17:23:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people to live and play in VR. But the company won't get there with premium VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, which require expensive gaming PCs. Mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR are nice, but they don't offer the same immersion. Facebook's solution? Oculus Go, an all-in-one standalone VR headset that … [Link]

Mashable » Boy Scouts will finally allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank

Wednesday 11 October 17:23:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that girls will be allowed to join the organization. According to NBC News, which broke the story, girls will be permitted to join single-gender Cub Scout "dens" beginning in the 2018 program year. Eventually, they will also be able to attain the rank of Eagle Scout — another program focused on older girls is … [Link]

Mashable » Street artist turns 'Rick and Morty' into commentary on the Isreali-Palestinian conflict

Wednesday 11 October 17:21:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSeason 3 of Rick and Morty came and went, but some of its memes just refuse to die. Pickle Rick swept the globe before the season even really started, catapulting into its own category of Reddit post tags on r/RickandMortyReportedly, one Australian street artist named Lushsux took the new pop culture icon into the real world by applying the conceit of … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Dow Jones, ClickBank, Vidme

Wednesday 11 October 17:13:55 UTC 2017

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Box Introduces Box Skills and Box Skills Kit Machine Learning Tools

Wednesday 11 October 17:12:32 UTC 2017

Box, a cloud content management platform provider, has introduced Box Skills, a framework that makes it possible to take applications of machine learning such as computer vision, natural language processing, and sentiment analysis and apply them to content stored within the Box platform. At BoxWorks 2017, the company previewed three initial Box Skills currently in development; Audio Intelligence, Video Intelligence, … [Link]

Mashable » Oops, Mark Ruffalo accidentally livestreamed his pocket to thousands of people

Wednesday 11 October 17:02:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark Ruffalo: Actor, activist, accidental audio pirate. As the Hollywood Reporter explains, despite studio efforts to prevent leaks from the Tuesday night premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, more than 2,600 people got an illegal sneak peek thanks to Ruffalo's limitations with Instagram Live. SEE ALSO: Mark Ruffalo, Olivia Wilde, and more celebs led a powerful protest at Trump Tower The actor accidentally … [Link]

Mashable » California's deadly wildfires may get worse before they get better, as 'Diablo winds' return

Wednesday 11 October 17:00:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWildfires continue to burn up and down the state of California, with the most damaging blazes located in the picturesque Napa and Sonoma Valley region, about 60 miles north of San Francisco. This area has seen at least 3,500 homes and businesses destroyed, including entire wineries, since the fires exploded in size amid a fierce windstorm on Sunday night and Monday. … [Link]

Slashdot » California DMV Changes Rules To Allow Testing and Use of Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Wednesday 11 October 16:50:00 UTC 2017

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is changing its rules to allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel — and to let the public use autonomous vehicles. From a report: The DMV released a revised version of its regulations and has started a 15-day public comment period, ending October 25, 2017. California law requires the … [Link]

Mashable » Jeff Goldblum improvises all the answers to the meaning behind 'Ragnarok' in the latest Thor movie

Wednesday 11 October 16:45:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople are rightfully confused by the title of the new Thor: Ragnarok film. But Jeff Goldblum might set them straight. On Tuesday, fans were able to tweet the cast and director of the new Thor film their guesses for the meaning of Ragnarok by using #WhatsRagnarok on Twitter. Instead, their questions were answered by Goldblum himself.  SEE ALSO: Here's our mighty … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has a new cheap Prime deal for U.S. college students

Wednesday 11 October 16:16:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCommitment-phobic millennials now have a new way to have their digital cake and eat it too.  Amazon has released a new Prime subscription deal for college students in the United States. "Prime Student" includes a free six month trial and a subsequent monthly fee of just $5.49, which students can cancel at any time. It also comes with all the same … [Link]

Slashdot » Unsent Text On Mobile Counts As a Will, Australian Court Finds

Wednesday 11 October 16:11:00 UTC 2017

A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man's mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave "all that I have" to his brother and nephew. From a report: The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard the 55-year-old took his own … [Link]

Mashable » 7 things we learned about Daisy Ridley from her 'Vogue' cover debut

Wednesday 11 October 16:03:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou might not know Daisy Ridley beyond her role in the Star Wars universe but that has, and will most definitely continue, to change—especially if a Vogue appearance has anything to do with it. The young English actress makes her debut on the magazine's cover this month, and while she stays pretty mum about anything regarding The Last Jedi, she does … [Link]

Mashable » Volkswagen just gave electric trucks a huge jolt

Wednesday 11 October 16:00:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVolkswagen’s commitment to electric vehicles just got even larger, both in its scope and the size of the vehicles. Volkswagen Group, the parent company of big-name automakers like VW, Audi, and Porsche, just outlined plans to electrify bigger vehicles like trucks and busses. VW Truck & Bus division head Andreas Renschler told Bloomberg the Group will commit 1.4 billion euros (about … [Link]

Mashable » Want to stop men like Harvey Weinstein from ruining women's lives? The solution is simple.

Wednesday 11 October 16:00:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother week, another incredibly powerful man outed as a serial sexual predator.  That's what I thought last Thursday when The New York Times published an investigative story alleging that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed and assaulted women for years.  SEE ALSO: Terry Crews had a very personal response to Harvey Weinstein's victims As I contemplated how to cover the … [Link]

Mashable » It's not just you: Facebook and Instagram are having problems

Wednesday 11 October 15:53:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBad news, friends: Facebook appears to be down for a large number of users. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is reportedly struggling too.  Image: screenshot/mashableUsers of the social media platform began reporting issues around 11:11 a.m. EST, and it appears the outage has spread.  Multiple services, like Down Detector and Outage Report, have high numbers of users reporting the issues. … [Link]

Mashable » Everyone seems to forget about that time Trump endorsed Eminem for President

Wednesday 11 October 15:47:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA long time ago, in a much simpler time, Eminem ruled the early 2000's, Trump wasn't president, and the two were good friends.  Now the tables have turned. Last night at 2017 BET Hip Hop awards, Slim Shady slammed President Donald Trump in a freestyle, "The Storm." However, Eminem didn't always feel this way about Trump.  SEE ALSO: Eminem's producer casually … [Link]

Mashable » Want to become an animator? Start with these tools.

Wednesday 11 October 15:41:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. So you want to become an animator. Maybe you're looking to make the next Steven Universe or become a Hayao Miyazaki-type (or a Makoto Shinkai-type if your interests are a little more nuanced). But animation isn't always an easy industry and it can challenging … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook launches profile picture frame to celebrate International Day of the Girl

Wednesday 11 October 15:41:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s high time girls around the world got some extra recognition, and Facebook is working to help make that happen. Facebook has created a special profile picture frame in honor of Oct. 11, which marks International Day of the Girl — a day meant to inspire people to work toward advancing the rights and future opportunities of young women while celebrating … [Link]

New Scientist – News » California’s wildfires powered by perfect storm of fire hazards

Wednesday 11 October 15:41:00 UTC 2017

Low humidity, parched vegetation and warm winds have led to fires that have killed at least 17, left over 150 people missing and destroyed over 2000 homes [Link]

Mashable » Why bone-conduction might be the headphone technology of the future

Wednesday 11 October 15:38:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. When you’re choosing a pair of headphones for long runs or outdoor adventuring, Bluetooth is a no-brainer — no annoying wires that get in the way, and all the controls you need are usually right on the headphones themselves. That said, not all Bluetooth … [Link]

Mashable » Colin Kaepernick, Snoop Dogg, and more react to Eminem's heated anti-Trump freestyle

Wednesday 11 October 15:38:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEminem left the internet shook during a heated cypher at the BET Awards Tuesday night.  Performing in a Detroit parking garage, the rapper ripped President Donald Trump to shreds in a politically-charged freestyle which lasted just under five minutes.  SEE ALSO: Lose yourself and $2 million in Eminem’s outdated Michigan mansion Every profound line he spit was filled with frustration with … [Link]

Slashdot » Despite Sanctions, Russian Organisations Acquire Microsoft Software

Wednesday 11 October 15:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Software produced by Microsoft has been acquired by state organizations and firms in Russia and Crimea despite sanctions barring U.S-based companies from doing business with them, official documents show. The acquisitions, registered on the Russian state procurement database, show the limitations in the way foreign governments and firms enforce the U.S. sanctions, imposed on … [Link]

Mashable » How SoundCloud Lost Its Way

Wednesday 11 October 15:25:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Soundcloud, Mashable Reels, Business, Consumer Tech, and Music [Link]

Mashable » This zero-waste shop has no packaging and uses no plastic

Wednesday 11 October 15:21:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBulk Market is the first store in London that is zero-waste and zero-packaging. Its founder, Ingrid, wanted to reduce her own waste to the absolute minimum and her shift towards sustainability inspired her to open her first store. Read more…More about Uk, London, Organic, Plastic Waste, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » T-Mobile exposed private customer data to hackers who used only a phone number

Wednesday 11 October 15:00:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHackers discovered a flaw on the T-Mobile website that let them hijack customers' personal information simply by plugging in phone numbers, according to Motherboard.  Last week, security researcher Karan Saini, of the security information site Secure7, found the vulnerability and informed T-Mobile of the glitch. T-mobile removed the flaw and offered Saini $1,000 as part of the company's Bug Bounty program.  … [Link]

Mashable » 19 iconic fictional friendship costumes that you and your bestie can recreate this Halloween

Wednesday 11 October 15:00:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrue friendship is getting in someone's personal space, looking them in the eye, and asking them to dress up as the red M&M this year instead of you.  Halloween is just around the corner and finding the perfect costume for you and your partner-in-crime can be tricky.  SEE ALSO: Scrambling for a Halloween costume? ThinkGeek’s got you covered with these adorable … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo just filed a trademark for the Game Boy, and we're hyped

Wednesday 11 October 15:00:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNintendo appears to be toying with everyone's emotions yet again, filing a trademark application that included an image of the original Game Boy and igniting a handful of rumors, speculations, and general confusion about what exactly this company is up to. SEE ALSO: After little more than a week, hackers cracked the SNES Classic Last week, a Twitter account that posts … [Link]

Mashable » This poop pad will clean up your dog's mess for you

Wednesday 11 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘BrilliantPad’ is an automatic dog potty that wraps and seals waste automatically. The pad roll can last up to several weeks and doesn't make a mess when throwing away.  Read more…More about Dogs, Animals, Mashable Video, Pets, and Dog [Link]

Mashable » Former TRL host calls out Ben Affleck for Harvey Weinstein comments, alleges Affleck groped her

Wednesday 11 October 14:57:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe decades of failure in Hollywood to publicly denounce Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and assault has many outside the industry stunned. As Weinstein's accusers continue to step forward, celebrities tweeted their disgust with his behavior and support of the women affected — but not all celebrities, particularly men, are getting off with just an apology. Ben Affleck's statement following the … [Link]

Slashdot » This Company Is Crowdsourcing Maps For Self-Driving Cars

Wednesday 11 October 14:50:00 UTC 2017

mirandakatz writes: If we want self-driving cars to become mainstream, we need maps — and not just any maps. We need ridiculously detailed and constantly updated maps of the world's roads. And there's a mad race among startups to become the definitive provider of those maps. At Backchannel, Steven Levy takes a deep look at Mapper, a startup that just … [Link]

Mashable » 15 fantastic horror films on Netflix that you probably haven't seen (2017 edition)

Wednesday 11 October 14:49:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSmell that air? Feel that brisk breeze? Wearing a jacket? That's right, dummy. It's October. And since it's October, you want to watch horror movies, don't you? You know Netflix has a ton of random-ass horror movies just leaking out of its pores, but you've already seen the great notable ones like The Babadook and It Follows. You want something new, … [Link]

Mashable » Here's your first look at the Taylor Swift social network

Wednesday 11 October 14:49:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Wildest dreams come true. There's a new social network, and it's just about Taylor Swift.  Called The Swift Life, the new app is all things Taylor featuring Taylor.  SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift's reputation now includes a fifth No. 1 thanks to 'Look What You Made Me Do' App users will receive exclusive pics and videos from the country-artist-turned-pop star. Taylor … [Link]

Mashable » Uber's major rival in India just raised $1.1 billion

Wednesday 11 October 14:43:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile Uber faces five criminal investigations, its rival in India is ready to fight.  Ola, the six-year-old ride-hailing company that operates in over 100 cities throughout India, just raked in $1.1 billion from major investors. And another billion could be on the way.  Chinese internet giant Tencent led the funding round, which included participation from SoftBank, which has been on its … [Link]

Mashable » Google is forced to shut down Home Mini feature that quietly records everything

Wednesday 11 October 14:43:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLast week, Google launched Home Mini, a $49 voice-enabled speaker that turned out to have the interesting habit of recording every damn sound in your house, and sending them to Google servers. Funny, isn't it?  SEE ALSO: The Google Home Mini and Max are here to take on the Amazon Echo This is what happened to journalist Artem Russakovskii at Android … [Link]

Mashable » Tim Cook admits Apple AR glasses won't happen anytime soon

Wednesday 11 October 14:41:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnxious for Apple to show Google how it's done with augmented reality glasses? We've got bad news for you: It's not happening soon.  In an interview with Vogue on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple currently doesn't see a way to do AR glasses right.  SEE ALSO: Sticker photos that come to life might just be cooler than instant film … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube uses its massive platform to help every girl get an education

Wednesday 11 October 14:19:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s something staggering about the fact that 130 million girls around the world don't receive an education.  It's enough to make some people feel skeptical or cynical about efforts to solve the problem. But The ONE Campaign, an international advocacy campaign dedicated to ending poverty around the world, sees a glimmer of hope in social media and digital technology.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » Israeli Spies 'Watched Russian Agents Breach Kaspersky Software'

Wednesday 11 October 14:10:00 UTC 2017

Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, according to reports. From a report: The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor … [Link]

Mashable » TV hosts totally lose it trying to pronounce a weatherman's name

Wednesday 11 October 14:09:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat on earth could be funny about the word "Shafernacker"?  SEE ALSO: 18-hour orgasming couple goes on morning TV and presenters can't hold it together Morning TV hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby often find themselves struggling to keep a straight face on This Morning, but yesterday they succumbed to a fit of the giggles when Holly botched announcing the name … [Link]

Mashable » Uber is under fire in *five* criminal investigations

Wednesday 11 October 13:56:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLife for Uber hasn't gotten easierBloomberg revealed Monday that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating five cases against the ride-hailing giant, two of which were previously unreported.  SEE ALSO: Meet the woman washing the grime off Uber In the two previously unknown cases, authorities are looking at whether Uber violated price transparency laws and determining how the company may have stolen … [Link]

Mashable » This is what the manufacturing of a Tesla Model 3 looks like

Wednesday 11 October 13:50:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter allegations that the Tesla Model 3 is being manufactured by hand, Elon Musk took it upon himself to post a video on his Instagram showing the process of a Model 3 being made.  You proved your point, Elon.   Read more…More about Technology, Mashable Video, Tesla, Elon Musk, and Model 3 [Link]

Mashable » This is how words get into the dictionary

Wednesday 11 October 13:50:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe interviewed someone who compiles dictionaries and found out that there may be a lot more than you think when it comes to how a word makes its way into the dictionary. Read more…More about Books, Mashable Video, Culture, Mashable Video, and Language [Link]

Mashable » Pizza Hut's new 'pizza parka' will insulate you like a fresh pie

Wednesday 11 October 13:26:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Pizza Hut has updated its delivery pouch in hopes of solving the ubiquitous "lukewarm pie" problem. They've also made a parka from the same material, because, you know, why not? The pizza parka, like the new delivery system, is made from three types of insulation, including one used to warm ski jackets. The coat also comes with a splash guard … [Link]

Slashdot » Justice Department To Be More Aggressive In Seeking Encrypted Data From Tech Companies

Wednesday 11 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The Justice Department signaled Tuesday it intends to take a more aggressive posture in seeking access to encrypted information from technology companies, setting the stage for another round of clashes in the tug of war between privacy and public safety. Deputy Attorney … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's Kindle Oasis gets big and waterproof

Wednesday 11 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 2f41 4f70%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ commitment to the Kindle remains strong.","image":&qu~ on with the all new Amazon Kindle Oasis","sources":[{&~ More about Amazon, Kindle, Ereader, Oasis, and Ereaders [Link]

Mashable » This New York Times comment perfectly explains why women didn't speak up about Harvey Weinstein

Wednesday 11 October 11:26:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne of the counter-arguments in the whole Harvey Weinstein saga that keeps seeping through social media as more celebrities speak up against the disgraced Hollywood producer is: why didn't these women come forward years ago? Why not before the New York Times investigation and the public outcry that followed?  SEE ALSO: Georgina Chapman leaves husband Harvey Weinstein with a strong statement … [Link]

Mashable » Matt Damon makes the most strange appearance on 'Kimmel'

Wednesday 11 October 10:30:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Going on Kimmel to promote a movie is par for the course for famous actors. But having your interview hijacked by a roaming Matt Damon is less commonplace. SEE ALSO: Hey Donald Trump Jr., Jimmy Kimmel's got a Harvey Weinstein joke for you Chris Hemsworth was on Jimmy Kimmel Live talking about the new film Thor: Ragnarok. He'd brought along … [Link]

Mashable » Kimmel asks people about the first time they looked at porg, they hilariously misunderstand

Wednesday 11 October 10:29:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Be honest, do you look at porg? SEE ALSO: Hey Donald Trump Jr., Jimmy Kimmel's got a Harvey Weinstein joke for you Jimmy Kimmel is the latest to address the porgmania sweeping the planet following the new Star Wars trailer. According to Jimmy Kimmel, Disney released them a translation of the porg's mighty roar. It is in fact screaming "yeah … [Link]

Mashable » Seth MacFarlane's awkward joke about Harvey Weinstein in 2013 makes total sense now

Wednesday 11 October 10:01:33 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Harvey Weinstein's allegations of sexual harassment and assault were an open secret in Hollywood.  But in a few occasions, comedians seemed to use the disguise of a joke to tell a much deeper and uncomfortable truth. Tina Fey alluded to it in a 30 Rock episode. And Seth MacFarlane did the same during the 2013 Oscar Nominations announcement, with Emma … [Link]

Slashdot » A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up In Antarctica

Wednesday 11 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Scientists are perplexed over a giant hole that has opened up in Antarctica. According to Motherboard, the "gigantic, mysterious hole" is as large as Lake Superior or the state of Maine. From the report: The gigantic, mysterious hole "is quite remarkable," atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, told me over the phone. "It … [Link]

Mashable » The Rock inspires a life hack for men who can't stop sexually harassing female colleagues

Wednesday 11 October 9:54:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome men seem to find it pretty hard to work alongside women without sexually harassing them. But, one woman has devised a pretty foolproof test to lend a hand to men who don't know how to behave appropriately around the women they work with.  SEE ALSO: What to do if someone AirDrops you an unsolicited dick pic on public transport Medium … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert showed us Trump's IQ result and it's absolutely brutal

Wednesday 11 October 9:49:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Spoiler alert: they're not his real IQ results. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert made Jon Stewart say nice things about Trump and he just couldn't hack it Following Trump's Forbes interview in which he responded to the recent scandal of Rex Tillerson allegedly calling him a moron, "I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have … [Link]

Mashable » Soon you'll be able to charge your electric car at a Shell station in Manila

Wednesday 11 October 9:32:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGood news for electric vehicles in the Philippines. Shell will be installing 100 electric vehicle fast-charging stations across its service stations in the capital city of Manila. SEE ALSO: China makes plans to ban gasoline cars According to Shell's local arm, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, the first installations will take place in December this year.  The move was prompted by the … [Link]

Mashable » Georgina Chapman leaves husband Harvey Weinstein with a strong statement

Wednesday 11 October 9:24:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe avalanche of sexual harassment, assault and rape allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein are also starting to affect his personal life.  SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, has announced she's leaving him because of his "unforgivable actions".  “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of … [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus didn't get to hotbox in 'Carpool Karaoke' but it was still fun

Wednesday 11 October 9:08:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook No Miley, you may not hotbox a car on TV. Or in real life. Just no. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus tells Howard Stern why she can't tour at the moment, and much more In between belting out classic Miley hits like like "The Climb" and "Party in the USA," she and Corden chat about her terrible driving, and how high … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for that awkward VR tour of Puerto Rico

Wednesday 11 October 8:57:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark Zuckerberg has apologized, in a Facebook comment, for his recent virtual reality tour of Puerto Rico.  The Facebook CEO used the VR session to discuss Facebook's relief efforts for Puerto Rico, which is recovering from Hurricane Maria, but his smiling avatar superimposed over the island's ravaged streets did not sit well with everyone.  SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump … [Link]

Mashable » Australian court rules an unsent text message on phone counts as a will

Wednesday 11 October 7:19:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn unsent message of a deceased man in Australia has been ruled as a valid will.  It means he will leave his estate to his brother and nephew as opposed to his son and wife, who he apparently had a difficult relationship with.  SEE ALSO: Bauer Media appeals against Rebel Wilson's $3.6 million defamation payout The decision was handed down by … [Link]

Mashable » In Australia, sometimes you've got to pick a shark out of a pool

Wednesday 11 October 7:08:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAustralia might have a lot of sharks, but we try not to mess with them. Not so for Melissa Hatheier from Sydney, Australia, who picked up a one-metre shark from a rock pool and placed it back into the ocean. SEE ALSO: Save animals from drowning in your pool with the help of this tiny ramp The video was posted to … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite William Gibson Novel?

Wednesday 11 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

dryriver writes: When I first read William Gibson's Neuromancer and then his other novels as a young man back in the 1990s, I was blown away by Gibson's work. Everything was so fresh and out of the ordinary in his books. The writing style. The technologies. The characters and character names. The plotlines. The locations. The future world he imagined. … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's new sensor will bring 'portrait mode' to cheaper phones

Wednesday 11 October 5:55:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're a fan of the blurred background "portrait mode" shots taken on phones like the Apple iPhone or Samsung Note 8, get ready for way more smartphones to be capable of this in the near future. And the good news is, a lot of them are likely to be a lot more affordable than Apple and Samsung's pricey flagships. On … [Link]

Mashable » Most Australians don't care about being on a mass facial recognition database

Wednesday 11 October 5:44:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLast week, the Australian government unveiled its plan for driver's license photos to be included on a national facial recognition database. While there's concern from experts about the erosion of people's privacy and civil liberties, polling by research company Roy Morgan shows that most Australians don't seem to care. SEE ALSO: Apple's facial recognition tech could be coming to iPads next … [Link]

Mashable » Police helicopter video shows the extent of California wildfire burning near Santa Rosa

Wednesday 11 October 5:41:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Fast moving, deadly wildfires are raging across California's Sonoma, Napa and Yuba counties, with over 100,000 acres burned as of Tuesday night. A portion of the sprawling reach of the fire was captured by a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office helicopter on Monday. The video footage shows wildfire burning near Santa Rosa, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, at least … [Link]

Mashable » Lindsay Lohan steps in to defend Harvey Weinstein on Instagram

Wednesday 11 October 4:16:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Harvey Weinstein faces mounting condemnation from accusations of disturbing sexual assault and harassment, for some reason, Lindsay Lohan stepped in to defend the Hollywood producer. Lohan, currently in Dubai, posted a video of herself defending Weinstein in an Instagram story on Tuesday. The post was deleted soon afterwards. SEE ALSO: Horrifying New Yorker exposé sheds more light on disturbing Harvey … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Female dolphins have weaponised their vaginas to fend off males

Wednesday 11 October 3:52:22 UTC 2017

Bottlenose dolphins have evolved complicated, folded vaginas that make it difficult for unwanted males to fertilise their eggs [Link]

Mashable » Giant red lightsaber flies by Sydney Opera House, thrilling 'Star Wars' fans

Wednesday 11 October 3:49:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe force was strong with Sydney on Tuesday. In a one-off moment that'd make a porg… roar?, a giant red lightsaber flew past the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night, to promote the Dec. 14 release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  SEE ALSO: Who is 'The Last Jedi'? Director Rian Johnson gives another cryptic, mysterious non-answer Disney representatives told Punkee … [Link]

Slashdot » OxygenOS Telemetry Lets OnePlus Tie Phones To Individual Users

Wednesday 11 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: OxygenOS, a custom version of the Android operating system that comes installed on all OnePlus smartphones, is tracking users actions without anonymizing data, allowing OnePlus to connect each phone to its customer. A security researcher going by the pseudonym of Tux discovered the abusive tracking in July 2016, but his tweet … [Link]

Mashable » There's a super fancy Vegemite to be delighted or disgusted by now

Wednesday 11 October 3:15:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVegemite, the bitter Australian yeast spread that strikes fear into the heart of non-Aussies, is seemingly going upmarket. It's debuting a concoction called Vegemite Blend 17, apparently an ode to the preferred recipe put together by the spread's inventor, Cyril Callister, back in 1923. SEE ALSO: Nutella pasta is the fusion dessert you'll probably have an opinion about According to the … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook's targeted ads on Google want to talk about Russia's targeted ads on Facebook

Wednesday 11 October 2:47:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSearch anything related to Facebook and Russia on Google, and the top result will be an ad from the social network. Facebook seems to have taken out search ads on Google targeted at those terms in an bid to shape the narrative around the ongoing controversy over its platform's role in Russian political subversion campaigns. SEE ALSO: Facebook execs (somewhat) embrace … [Link]

Mashable » Eminem just delivered an emotionally charged anti-Trump freestyle takedown

Wednesday 11 October 2:35:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookShady’s back, and angry as hell at President Donald Trump.  Eminem just dropped one heck of a freestyle at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, aimed at Trump. SEE ALSO: Eminem would like to be the biggest asshole in the USA again, Trump Playing off Trump's "calm before the storm" tweet, "The Storm" is four and a half minutes of emotionally … [Link]

Slashdot » Symantec CEO: Source Code Reviews Pose Unacceptable Risk

Wednesday 11 October 1:30:00 UTC 2017

In an exclusive report from Reuters, Symantec's CEO says it is no longer allowing governments to review the source code of its software because of fears the agreements would compromise the security of its products. From the report: Tech companies have been under increasing pressure to allow the Russian government to examine source code, the closely guarded inner workings of … [Link]

Mashable » Aminé's new 'Spice Girl' video has an actual Spice Girl in it

Wednesday 11 October 1:23:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "Caroline" rapper Aminé is back with a brand new single "Spice Girl," a genuine, highly catchy tribute to the iconic British girl band who dominated Discmans, Chupa Chups and Impulse cans in the '90s. In the video, the rapper gets a big ol' serve from a real Spice Girl, Mel B, aka Scary Spice, who turns up for a cheeky … [Link]

Mashable » The Harvey Weinstein saga proves yet again why women don't come forward about sexual abuse

Wednesday 11 October 0:58:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf Harvey Weinstein's downfall is a chilling reminder of the ways in which men can and do abuse their powers, it's an equally effective demonstration of why their victims find it so difficult to come forward. That these women are speaking out at all is remarkable, given that the system – heck, our culture as a whole – is stacked against … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Increases Number of Britons Affected By Data Breach To 700,000

Wednesday 11 October 0:50:00 UTC 2017

phalse phace writes: You know those 400,000 Britons that were exposed in Equifax's data breach? Well, it turns out the number is actually closer to 700,000. The Telegraph reports: "Equifax has just admitted that almost double the number of UK customers had their information stolen in a major data breach earlier this year than it originally thought, and that millions … [Link]

Mashable » Man goes too hard and his fake tooth flies out of his mouth while ziplining

Wednesday 11 October 0:25:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you're going to lose something incredibly valuable, you may as well do it while you're having fun.  A man ziplining in Koloa, Hawaii with a false tooth learned the hard way to keep his mouth shut while moving at high speeds. Midway through the ride the man started to yell obscenities in excitement, which caused what looks like a … [Link]

Slashdot » Security, Privacy Focused Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Successfully Crowdfunded

Wednesday 11 October 0:10:00 UTC 2017

prisoninmate shares a report from Softpedia: Believe it or not, Purism's Librem 5 security and privacy-focused smartphone has been successfully crowdfunded a few hours ago when it reached and even passed its goal of $1.5 million, with 13 days left. Librem 5 wants to be an open source and truly free mobile phone designed with security and privacy in mind, … [Link]


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