John Gordon Ross

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

Slashdot » Google Permanently Disables Touch Function On All Home Minis Due To Privacy Concerns

Thursday 12 October 23:40:00 UTC 2017

Big Hairy Ian shares a report from BBC: Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors primed to spot a finger tap were too sensitive. Early users found that the touch sensors were registering "phantom" touches that turned them on. This meant the … [Link]

Mashable » Bogus math question that infuriates the internet was just a troll

Thursday 12 October 23:07:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmong the many internet trends people tend to gravitate towards, difficult, nonsensical, or ridiculous math problems receive a load of attention. But sometimes, things aren't what they appear to be.  An absurd math problem grabbed the attention of the internet earlier this week, causing a mini uproar among very smart people who yearned to criticize those who educate our youth. The … [Link]

Mashable » The giant robot battle of your dreams is actually happening

Thursday 12 October 23:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Yes, this is real. Two gigantic robots will battle each other Gundam-style for our amusement — and it will be streamed. On Oct. 17, the colossal robots Eagle Prime and Kuratas will meet in a violent duel.  At least, that's when you can watch a stream of their battle that will last for days. The robots, which are piloted by … [Link]

Slashdot » DJI Unveils Technology To Identify and Track Airborne Drones

Thursday 12 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

garymortimer shares a report from sUAS News: DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones with existing technology that can address safety, security and privacy concerns. AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as … [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Ophelia reaches Category 2 intensity, to make rare run at Ireland and UK

Thursday 12 October 22:26:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 2017 hurricane season appears likely to make its mark on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, as Category 2 Hurricane Ophelia takes aim at … wait for it … Ireland and the UK.  The storm, which had sustained winds of 100 miles per hour as of 5 p.m. ET, is a rarity for being so intense, and so far to … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump didn't want to share a name with Donnie Jr. in case he was a 'loser'

Thursday 12 October 22:25:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOh, to be the spawn of Donald Trump. His son Donnie Jr. has been rightly slammed for meeting with Russian lawyers, posing with a dead elephant, and just generally being the worst.  Well, his mother, Ivana Trump, dropped some clues as to why Lil' Don is such a turd with her new book, Raising Trump.  SEE ALSO: Hey Donald Trump Jr., … [Link]

Slashdot » Hyatt Hotels Discovers Card Data Breach At 41 Properties Across 11 Countries

Thursday 12 October 22:20:00 UTC 2017

Hyatt Hotels has suffered a second card data breach in two years. In the first breach, hackers had gained access to credit card systems at 250 properties in 50 different countries. This time, the breach appears to have impacted 41 properties across 11 countries. Krebs on Security reports: Hyatt said its cyber security team discovered signs of unauthorized access to … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla recalls 11,000 Model Xs because the second-row seats have a problem

Thursday 12 October 22:13:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTesla instituted another Model X recall Thursday, this time for a safety issue with its second-row seats, which could move forward during a crash.  The voluntary recall covers some 11,000 cars built between Oct. 28, 2016 and Aug. 16, 2017, a Tesla spokesperson said. SEE ALSO: Tesla recalls 53,000 Model X and Model S cars over parking brakes During testing, Tesla … [Link]

Mashable » Huh, we've got low-fat avocados now

Thursday 12 October 22:06:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFatty avocados are the perfect fruit: a healthy fat, ready to adorn your salad/toast/insert food here with a dose of creamy, green goodness.  Yet the marketing powers that be want you to consider an alternative: The low-fat avocado.  SEE ALSO: Using avocado in your mac and cheese is a sure way to make the internet angry Per Fresh Plaza, Spanish produce … [Link]

Mashable » Raging California wildfires burned 80 cell towers, hampering evacuation alerts

Thursday 12 October 22:02:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSurging California wildfires spread so quickly into some neighborhoods that emergency texts, phone calls, and tweets could not be sent to alert people of the approaching flames. These unprecedented fires, fueled by dry vegetation after a wet winter and scorchingly hot summer and unrelenting "Diablo" winds, have so far killed 26, left nearly 300 missing, and are barely contained. "The winds … [Link]

Mashable » Tell time the way you say it with this text-based clock

Thursday 12 October 21:51:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Look, telling time on an analog clock is hard. We're all digital now, and the skill of reading clocks is one that we're totally fine letting die. Still, there's something quaint about saying, "it's half past two" that precise digital clocks aren't built for. … [Link]

Mashable » Mac 'n' cheese-stuffed fried chicken is all that's right in this world

Thursday 12 October 21:44:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "Why not stuff mac 'n' cheese inside of fried chicken?" Honestly, why not? YouTube power couple Hellthy Junkfood are well known for their ridiculous and sometimes unnecessary food mashups. It's hard to not love their most recent concoction, which looks and sounds magnificent. Sure, it'll leave you in a food coma, but that's a risk we're willing to take.  Read … [Link]

Slashdot » US Weapons Data Stolen During Raid of Australian Defense Contractor's Computers

Thursday 12 October 21:40:00 UTC 2017

phalse phace writes: Another day, another report of a major breach of sensitive U.S. military and intelligence data. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source), "A cyberattacker nicknamed 'Alf' gained access to an Australian defense contractor's computers and began a four-month raid that snared data on sophisticated U.S. weapons systems. Using … [Link]

Mashable » Amateur podcasters — this device will make your setup run more smoothly for only $10

Thursday 12 October 21:22:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Apple is cruelly trying to rip the headphone jack from us, but we're not buying it.  In addition to all the reasons that have already been brought up ad nauseam, one problem with the missing headphone jack is the inability to easily use a … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Four Ways Developers Can Grow Users and Revenue

Thursday 12 October 21:19:11 UTC 2017

As mobile technology spreads across the globe, digital app markets are following. For global success, app developers must now monitor this trend and react accordingly. [Link]

Mashable » Sorry, but you just can't erase yourself from the internet

Thursday 12 October 21:16:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOur data is being collected constantly, and unfortunately, many people don't know exactly what is being tracked our how its being used. Cybersecurity expert Ondrej Krehel explains how escaping the grasps of giant tech companies is a little more complicated that simply deleting your social media accounts.  Read more…More about Facebook, Twitter, Google, Mashable Video, and Cybersecurity [Link]

Slashdot » Google Announces $1 Billion Job Training and Education Program

Thursday 12 October 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in Pittsburgh Wednesday to announce a new five-year, $1 billion program to help close the global education gap. From a report: Part of the program was a new "Grow with Google" program to work with U.S. cities as well as a $10 million grant to Goodwill that will see Google employees working with the nonprofit … [Link]

Mashable » Kansas City mayor spams Amazon with 1,000 reviews to secure HQ2

Thursday 12 October 20:54:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs states across America continue in their bids to host Amazon's second headquarters, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, is taking the competition to the next level. In a desperate attempt to win Jeff Bezos' heart, Mayor Sly James took the time to buy and review 1,000 items on Amazon, throwing out 5 stars like his life depended on it and … [Link]

Mashable » Thirteen years in, Facebook says it will appoint its first black board member

Thursday 12 October 20:32:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook has committed to appointing a black person to its board of directors, signaling they are  making moves to increase diversity within the company.  The news came out of a meeting between Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and lawmakers in Washington D.C. Thursday, reportedly after members of the Congressional Black Caucus asked her about the company's lack of diversity. Facebook's … [Link]

Mashable » A Halloween prank brings out this kid's, uh, colorful vocabulary

Thursday 12 October 20:27:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo matter how old you are, children cursing will never not be funny.  Big sister and Twitter user @elonahelen played a Halloween trick on her younger brother Sam by high-fiving him with a noticeably fake Halloween hand and his reaction was positively priceless. SEE ALSO: 21 Halloween costumes ideas for all you book worms out there Sam sure has a colorful … [Link]

Mashable » 27 Halloween costume ideas Generation Z just won't understand

Thursday 12 October 20:25:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMillennials may be one of the biggest generations (and most scrutinized), but there's a large demographic rising behind them – Generation Z.   The iGeneration, sounds straight out of a War of the Worlds movie, are generally not talked about, but are ahead of the game in technology and new lingo to fast to catch up on. There are plenty of … [Link]

Mashable » Election-meddling Russian troll farms tried to use Pokémon Go to stir racial tensions

Thursday 12 October 20:20:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven Russian troll farms couldn't help but get in on the Pokémon Go fad that swept the country last year.  In one of the most absurd twists yet in the investigation into Russia-aligned election meddling, CNN reports that Kremlin-linked actors may have tried to use the hype around the augmented-reality app to inflame racial divisions. If you're having trouble imagining how … [Link]

Slashdot » Learn To Code, It's More Important Than English as a Second Language, Says Apple CEO

Thursday 12 October 20:20:00 UTC 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook says it is more important to learn how to code than it is to learn English as a second language. From a report: The tech executive made the remarks to French outlet Konbini while in the country for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has called for tech companies to pay higher taxes in … [Link]

Mashable » Last night's 'South Park' episode set up the new 'Fractured But Whole' game

Thursday 12 October 20:19:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWednesday night's episode of South Park acted as prequel to the upcoming game South Park: The Fractured But Whole, setting the stage for the absurdity that's to come on Oct. 17. In the episode, titled "Franchise Prequel," the South Park gang dons their superhero costumes in order to cash-in on the superhero movie/TV craze brought on by Marvel (and followed up … [Link]

Mashable » Chester Bennington and Linkin Park join Ken Jeong for a posthumous 'Carpool Karaoke'

Thursday 12 October 20:16:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been almost three months since the news that Linkin Park's Chester Bennington died by suicide, and the tributes and comments about the lead singer are still pouring in.  Before his death, Bennington, along with two members of the band, filmed an episode of Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke.  That video was finally shared on Thursday with the blessings of Bennington's family … [Link]

Mashable » An asteroid came super close to Earth but NASA wasn't worried

Thursday 12 October 20:03:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn asteroid passed 26,000 miles from Earth early Thursday morning, but NASA scientists weren't alarmed: They had been waiting for this space rock, named 2012 TC4, to cruise by for around five years. The asteroid is estimated to be about 45 to 100 feet in diameter, so it never had the potential to catastrophically harm the Earth. However, it still got … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We can finally map the spiral arm on the far side of the galaxy

Thursday 12 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Using a jet of radio waves, astronomers have begun to map the other side of the Milky Way. Within 10 years we could have a complete map of the entire galaxy [Link]

New Scientist – News » Gene study shows human skin tone has varied for 900,000 years

Thursday 12 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

An analysis of genetic variation and skin pigmentation suggests that some particularly dark skin tones evolved relatively recently from paler genetic variants [Link]

Mashable » Women go online to anonymously share stories of abuse—but that anonymity is never guaranteed

Thursday 12 October 19:56:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 7777 72ce%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ go online to anonymously share stories of abuse—but that anonymity is never guaranteed","sources&quot~ More about Google, Anonymous, Apps And Software, Google Docs, and Blind [Link]

Mashable » Sports teams are deserting Trump’s hotels, and it’s hitting his wallet hard

Thursday 12 October 19:52:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Trump has been riling up pro athletes with disinvitations to the White House and attacks on police brutality protests. Now some teams are hitting back where it hurts: his wallet. Pro sports teams from the NBA, MLB, and NHL have stopped staying at Trump-owned hotelsThe Washington Post reached out to all teams in those three leagues and the NFL (that's … [Link]

Mashable » This Kickstarter project is like a thermostat for your body

Thursday 12 October 19:42:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Finding the right outfit to be comfortable temperature-wise all day is nearly impossible — you dress in layers for the morning chill, yet you're sweating by the end of the day. Ugh, life. Engineers are catching on to this annoying dilemma — the idea … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Hanks calls out Harvey Weinstein for saying he came up in the '60s and '70s: 'I did too'

Thursday 12 October 19:40:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs celebrities continue to express their disapproval and distance from Harvey Weinstien, known Hollywood Good Guy™ Tom Hanks spoke about the ongoing scandal with The New York Times. Hanks called out Weinstein's statement directly. “Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there," he said. "You can’t buy, ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Maybe Wikipedia Readers Shouldn't Need Science Degrees To Digest Articles About Basic Topics'

Thursday 12 October 19:40:00 UTC 2017

Wikipedia articles about "hard science" (physics, biology, chemistry) topics are really mostly written for other scientists, writes Michael Byrne, a reporter on Science beat at Vice's Motherboard news outlet. From the article: This particular class of Wikipedia article tends to take the high-level form of a scientific paper. There's a brief intro (an abstract) that is kinda-sorta comprehensible, but then … [Link]

Mashable » Rose McGowan took a shot at Twitter after her account was restored

Thursday 12 October 19:38:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRose McGowan has a question for Twitter.  The platform suspended the actress on Thursday, allegedly because "one of her tweets included a private phone number," which they said violated Twitter's terms of service.  McGowan has quickly become one of the most prominent voices denouncing sexual violence and the men who do nothing to stop it after an outpouring of allegations that … [Link]

Mashable » Stay in the country, Harvey Weinstein — the police may want to have a word

Thursday 12 October 19:35:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAuthorities in New York and London are looking into possible criminal sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. They're going through old records, asking for anyone with information to come forward, and examining at least one new allegation, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Though dozens of women have told stories of sexual predation by the Hollywood mogul in the past week, beginning … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Propeller Launches Open Asthma Conditions Forecast API

Thursday 12 October 19:30:25 UTC 2017

Propeller Health, respiratory health digital platform, announced the release of an open API that provides local asthma conditions information: Air. The Air API is free to use, and provides asthma forecasts based on various data. Data points include humidity, wind direction, temperature, and pollutants gathered for specified geographic locations. The data is pulled from a number of sources including the … [Link]

Mashable » Personal training just got really personal

Thursday 12 October 19:22:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFitness trainer Fabio Figueiredo and his partner train together in a synchronized workout. No gym equipment is needed because they use each other's bodies for support.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Fitness, Relationships, Couple, and Weight Loss [Link]

Mashable » Trump's nominee to lead nation's top science agency has no science degree

Thursday 12 October 19:18:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKathryn Sullivan, the most recent administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), spent 22 days in space as a NASA astronaut. She had a bachelor of science degree in Earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a geology doctorate from Dalhousie University in Canada.  President Trump's nominee to head the nation's premiere weather forecasting and … [Link]

Mashable » Gina Rodriguez dances her way into Ellen DeGeneres' heart, and we kind of like it, too

Thursday 12 October 19:18:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Gina Rodriguez is a dream to start with, but Gina Rodriguez dancing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to raise money for breast cancer awareness and Puerto Rico relief? It doesn't get much better than that.  The Jane the Virgin actress visited the set Wednesday to chat about the new season of her show, teach salsa dancing to a producer, and … [Link]

Mashable » Striking drone footage shows a postal worker delivering mail to homes destroyed by the California wildfires

Thursday 12 October 19:11:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In the midst of a destructive firestorm that's torn across parts of northern California this week, destroying homes and leaving at least 26 dead, photos and videos of flattened communities continue to emerge.  Douglas Thron, an aerial videographer and photographer, shared distressing footage taken October 10th of a U.S. Postal Service worker delivering mail in a Santa Rosa neighborhood almost … [Link]

Mashable » I’m the guy who runs the computer simulation of your life and, oh shit, I spilled my whole drink on it

Thursday 12 October 19:01:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHi. In case you didn’t know: surprise! Your life is a simulation.  Listen though, the reason I'm reaching out to you through this is because I accidentally spilled a drink on my computer and now your shit is alllllllll fucked up. I mean, this thing is really glitching out.  This is not right at all. Yikes! My bad! SEE ALSO: I … [Link]

Slashdot » We're Too Wise For Robots To Take Our Jobs, Alibaba's Jack Ma Says

Thursday 12 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Have confidence in yourself — technology will never replace human beings, insisted self-made billionaire Jack Ma in a keynote speech at Alibaba Cloud's Computing Conference in Hangzhou. From a report: There's one simple reason for that, the Alibaba founder said – we possess wisdom. "People are getting more worried about the future, about technology replacing humans, eliminating jobs and widening … [Link]

Mashable » Target gets turned Upside Down with 'Stranger Things' exclusives

Thursday 12 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHawkins is a town like any other on Stranger Things, except for the, you know, strange things. Netflix will bring the Upside Down to your hometown this fall with a series of exclusive Stranger Things products. SEE ALSO: Here's what 'Stranger Things' would look like if it were a romantic comedy Image: target“Netflix and the wildly popular programs they create have … [Link]

Mashable » LunaR launches solar-powered smartwatch via Kickstarter

Thursday 12 October 18:59:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Though the smartwatch phenomenon exploded a number of years ago, it seems as if the "new and improved" features have come to a slight halt: we've seen alarm clocks, phone notifications, activity tracking, etc., but what come next?  The answer may very well be … [Link]

Mashable » Girl Scouts community has mixed reactions to Boy Scouts' new policy

Thursday 12 October 18:49:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that, after 107 years, it would welcome girls to its packs—even allowing them to attain the coveted Eagle Scout rank. Now, many people, including some in the Girl Scout community, are lauding the BSA's decision. Some, though, worry that it will undermine girl-centric spaces. The Girl Scouts of America, for its part, has made … [Link]

Mashable » Michelle Pfeiffer actually put a real bird in her mouth in the 'Batman Returns' scene

Thursday 12 October 18:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMichelle Pfeiffer told Variety that she couldn't believe that she put the bird in her mouth and admits she could've gotten a disease from it. This was post-CGI era and her role required Catwoman to perform with a live animal. Don't worry, nothing bad happened. And Pfeiffer is now going to make an appearance in Marvel's latest movie Ant-Man and the … [Link]

Mashable » This tool will help you find the perfect social good boost for your startup

Thursday 12 October 18:31:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIncorporating social good into your business model is no longer just a nice idea. Consumers have come to expect it and are even willing to pay more for a product from a company that has impact, accountability, and ethics at its core. But launching a successful social impact startup, like any new business, requires financial support and guidance. Now, a new … [Link]

Mashable » We've got all the T: Drag terminology, explained

Thursday 12 October 18:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen your drag "mother" gives you the "T" are you ever left "gagging?" Do you even know what we just said? There's a whole other language that exists within the drag community. We asked some of our favorite queens during RuPaul's Drag Con to define the most essential terminology. Read more…More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Drag Queen, Rupaul, and Rupaul S … [Link]

Mashable » These are the grossest celebrity responses to the Harvey Weinstein allegations

Thursday 12 October 18:28:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs we ride out yet another nauseating wave of revelations about sexual predators in Hollywood, we're also getting outrage from the very industry that enabled their abuse. Many of the predictable, strongly-worded, flack-approved condemnations from Hollywood elites about their shock, dismay, and (alleged) ignorance of Harvey Weinstein's behavior sounds well-meaning. But look more closely—at the subtle hedging in their language, at … [Link]

Mashable » Why Six Sigma is one of the most employable skills today

Thursday 12 October 18:23:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Does project management give you a secret thrill? You should get certified in Six Sigma with the Six Sigma Green & Black Belt Certification Bundle. SEE ALSO: Become a master of professional social encounters in 5.5 hours For the uninitiated, Six Sigma is a … [Link]

Slashdot » Hollywood Studios Join Disney To Launch Movies Anywhere Digital Locker Service

Thursday 12 October 18:20:00 UTC 2017

There may be a grand unifying service to make accumulating a large digital cinematic library feasible, or so is the hope anyway. From a report: For several years now, Disney has been the only Hollywood studio with a digital movie locker worth using, but a host of other industry heavyweights have now jumped on board to launch an expanded version … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' reveals intriguing episode titles, including a gaming deep cut

Thursday 12 October 18:08:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready to theorize, Stranger Things fans – not that we ever stopped. Netflix casually released six episode titles from Season 2 on Thursday. The sophomore outing was originally announced with a list of titles, but as you'll see, some of them have changed – and some are still as big of a secret as Eleven's past. SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things: … [Link]

Mashable » Judge chastises DOJ attempt to collect info on Inauguration Day protesters

Thursday 12 October 17:55:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Superior Court of Washington, D.C. handed another win to digital privacy advocates earlier this week, chiding the Department of Justice along the way. Chief Judge Robert Morin set more limitations on the DOJ's attempt to vacuum up a trove of information about visitors to, a site used to plan protests on the day President Donald Trump was inaugurated. The … [Link]

Mashable » Seth Rogen continues to slide into Donald Trump Jr.'s DMs—but this time it's about sexual assault

Thursday 12 October 17:55:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith great power on Twitter comes great responsibility, and no one understands that more than Seth Rogen.  The comedian has taken it upon himself to bombard Donald Trump Jr. with direct messages ever since he discovered the president's son followed him on the platform. Rogen has previously requested Trump Jr. look into Michael Flynn's ties to Russia and even tried to … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Skin-tight exoskeleton is worn like Spanx and lets you turn left

Thursday 12 October 17:55:00 UTC 2017

Suit that uses soft robotics to mimic muscle architecture and let wearers change direction could lead to take-home exoskeletons for people recovering after stroke [Link]

Mashable » Steve Bannon warned Trump about the 25th Amendment, and Trump didn't know what it was

Thursday 12 October 17:40:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt this point, nine months into the Donald Trump presidency, we shouldn't really be surprised by anything that happens. And, yet, stories like Trump being completely unaware of the 25th Amendment still manage to instill us with shock and awe. This latest revelation about Donald Trump comes from Gabriel Sherman's latest dispatch for Vanity Fair in which it sounds like every … [Link]

Slashdot » Comcast Pressures Local Cable Firms to Curb Low-Cost TV Packages

Thursday 12 October 17:40:00 UTC 2017

Gerry Smith, reporting for Bloomberg: Comcast is trying to restrict cable operators' sales of low-cost TV service to ensure its regional sports networks don't lose too many subscribers, according to a trade group of about 750 smaller companies that have taken their complaint to regulators. Comcast has tried to limit the availability of sports-free offerings in contract talks with pay-TV … [Link]

Mashable » Mayor of San Juan tells Trump that he is leaving Puerto Rico to die

Thursday 12 October 17:34:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNinety percent of Puerto Rico lacks electricity, and only 63% of residents have access to potable water, but President Trump is ready to close up shop on the U.S. territory.  His job here — which mostly involved throwing paper towels — is done. After Trump suggested on Twitter this morning that he might pull FEMA from the island, Mayor of San … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is opening up its most annoying feature to thirsty brands

Thursday 12 October 17:33:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready to see a lot more Facebook Stories. Yes… really. The social network is finally completing the last step of its Facebook Stories rollout: letting brands participate. Facebook announced today that it will begin opening up its Stories feature to Pages (or accounts that are run by businesses). SEE ALSO: Facebook is testing a way for you to share your … [Link]

Slashdot » Down the Rabbit Hole With a BLU Phone Infection

Thursday 12 October 17:10:00 UTC 2017

msm1267 writes: BLU phones, marketed as affordable Android devices, have recently been pulled from Amazon and other retailers after allegations the devices were infected with spyware and posed a privacy threat to users. This is the tale of one such victim who purchased 11 devices that instantaneously began serving pop-up ads and downloading unwanted applications. The phones were analyzed and … [Link]

Mashable » ESRB says video game loot boxes don't qualify as 'gambling,' despite similarities

Thursday 12 October 17:06:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLoot boxes seem to be grabbing hold as the big new monetization trend in video games and people are pushing back, claiming they're just a thinly veiled gambling system used to exploit players.  The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the organization that gives games their age and content ratings in North America, disagrees. SEE ALSO: People are pissed about 'Star Wars … [Link]

Mashable » Spike Lee takes us back into Nola Darling's world with 'She's Gotta Have It' series

Thursday 12 October 17:03:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "As a sex positive polyamorous pansexual, monogamy never even seemed like a remote possibility," Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) says in the first trailer for Netflix's She's Gotta Have It. The 10-part series returns to director Spike Lee's roots just over 30 years after his black-and-white drama of the same name premiered in theaters. SEE ALSO: Seeing Solange Knowles live might … [Link]

Mashable » Finally, an entire Instagram account devoted to the removal of ingrown hairs

Thursday 12 October 17:02:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you enjoy pimple-popper videos in theory, but find yourself too disgusted to make it through more than one, consider the ingrown hair. Though videos of ingrown hair removal are nothing new, a newly popular Instagram account – boasting more than 15,800 followers – really embodies the art of the tweezer. Dubbed @Tweezist, this account is the Dr. Pimple Popper of … [Link]

Mashable » This machine prints paved roads like a carpet.

Thursday 12 October 17:00:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA semi-automatic robot, called 'Tiger-Stone,' can lay prearranged bricks into a continuous layer of road.  The bricks are pattered by human beings as the robot slowly makes its way back, weaving a road like a carpet. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Building, Industry, Netherlands, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » Someone has reinvented the cheese grater

Thursday 12 October 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis titanium cheese grater is the ultimate tool for cheese lovers out there. It comes in two versions, one for lefties and another for righters.  The tool looks easy to clean, safe, and also simple to use. While it's not just useful cheese, let's be honest… it's all about the cheese.  Read more…More about Tech, Mashable Video, Consumer, Real Time Video, … [Link]

Mashable » NBC News looks pretty awful right now

Thursday 12 October 16:59:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNBC is facing serious accusations that its news division turned down a major story over pressure from top-level executives… again. That story, of course, was MSNBC contributor Ronan Farrow's exposé on Harvey Weinstein, which wasn't published by MSNBC, but by The New Yorker. And details started to emerge on Wednesday as to why. They're not pretty.  Both The Huffington Post and … [Link]

Mashable » Student's door sensor makes dorm life a lot like a 'Seinfeld' episode

Thursday 12 October 16:57:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile we're all living in 2017, this dude's still living in the early '90s.  A Northern Arizona University student named Evan made huge strides in the advancement of door technology by creating a goofy door sensor for his dorm. He tweeted it out on Oct. 3, and the world hasn't been the same since.  SEE ALSO: We unboxed a tiny 'Seinfeld' … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Takes Web Page Offline After Reports of New Cyber Attack

Thursday 12 October 16:39:00 UTC 2017

Equifax said on Thursday it was taking one of its web pages offline as its security team looks into reports of another potential cyber breach. From a report: The move came after an independent security analyst on Wednesday found Equifax's website was under the control of attackers trying to trick visitors into installing fraudulent Adobe Flash updates that could infected … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter explains why Rose McGowan's account got suspended

Thursday 12 October 16:37:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter is finally breaking its silence on why Rose McGowan was temporarily suspended from its platform. The actress — who has been vocal about Harvey Weinstein amid dozens of other women alleging he sexual harassed and assaulted them — announced on Instagram Wednesday night that Twitter suspended her account for 12 hours for violating the platform's rules. Though it was unclear … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Did blind cavefish evolve by breaking the laws of evolution?

Thursday 12 October 16:18:38 UTC 2017

The discovery that a cavefish lost its sight because key eye genes were switched off via epigenetics, rather than mutation, will fuel an evolutionary debate [Link]

New Scientist – News » Perfectly preserved fossil salamander even has last meal in gut

Thursday 12 October 16:18:37 UTC 2017

A fossil salamander that lived at least 34 million years ago is in such good condition that the remains of a frog it ate are still in its digestive tract [Link]

Mashable » Desk lamp transforms from notepad into a modern, stylish lamp

Thursday 12 October 16:16:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Harsh overhead lighting in your cubicle got you down? Same. If you're always looking for ways to improve your 9-to-5 environment, you're not alone. Being comfortable in your space helps you focus and keeps you feeling positive even when the boss has got it … [Link]

Mashable » Kate Beckinsale shares her experience with Harvey Weinstein in heartbreaking Instagram post

Thursday 12 October 16:15:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKate Beckinsale has joined the dozens of women accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment since The New York Times broke news of his history a week ago. In an Instagram post with a photo of her in her teens, Beckinsale explained she was just 17 when Weinstein appeared in his bathrobe in a hotel room and offered her alcohol. … [Link]

Slashdot » Legal Online Gambling Could Return To the US

Thursday 12 October 16:01:00 UTC 2017

A new report says legal online gambling may be coming back to the U.S., not from an casino magnate such as Steve Wynn or Sheldon Adelson, but rather a headphone industry executive. From a report: Now Monster, the same company that turned the headphone industry upside down with Dr. Dre, plans to revive online gambling in America by enlisting someone … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Air pollution blamed for 500,000 early deaths in Europe in 2014

Thursday 12 October 15:59:00 UTC 2017

The biggest source of harm was particulate matter from domestic stoves, but nitrogen dioxide from cars is also linked to many premature deaths [Link]

Mashable » Tim Hortons launches the Buffalo Latte, which is exactly what you think it is

Thursday 12 October 15:48:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCraving wings for breakfast? Now you can get them in coffee form. Kind of. Fast food chain Tim Hortons announced Thursday that two stores in Buffalo, New York, will offer the Buffalo Latte, a devilish brew of espresso, steamed milk, mocha, and "bold Buffalo sauce flavor."  SEE ALSO: Which is better: Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte or Ingrit the Wood Witch's boiled … [Link]

Mashable » 'Pokémon Snap' lives on through 'Pokémon Go' photography contest

Thursday 12 October 15:46:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPokémon Go players with a knack for photography have a chance to show off their talents in the new Pokémon Go AR Photography Contest, which kicks off today. The Pokémon Go AR Photography Contest tasks players with taking fantastic pictures of Pokémon out in the wild and posting those photos on Instagram with the hashtag #PokemonGOContest. On Oct. 25, the 10 … [Link]

Mashable » The Top 10 Movie Props of All Time

Thursday 12 October 15:41:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Cinefix, Mashable Reels, Best Movie Props, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Mashable » Frightened teens had to watch a giant snake slithering up the side of their moving car window

Thursday 12 October 15:26:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnakes on a Plane? Well now, snakes have discovered cars.  Two startled teens from Raleigh, North Carolina, managed to capture a video Monday of a large snake slithering up the passenger side window. Oh and the car was speeding along.  SEE ALSO: Watch an enormous snake make the biggest plot twist when it decides to rescue itself Two high school students … [Link]

Mashable » Alexa will finally be able to tell people apart

Thursday 12 October 15:21:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite being first to market, Amazon's Alexa-enabled lineup of smart speakers has until now had a major disadvantage compared to Google's Home products: It couldn't tell voices apart.  Now, as TechCrunch first noticed, this has been rectified. Echo users can finally create voice profiles. SEE ALSO: You can now use Alexa with Amazon's music app Once you set up the new … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Website Hacked Again, this Time To Redirect To Fake Flash Update

Thursday 12 October 15:21:00 UTC 2017

For several hours on Wednesday Equifax's website was compromised again, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors' computers with adware that was detected by only three of 65 antivirus providers, reports Dan Goodin at Ars Technica. From the report: Randy Abrams, an independent security analyst by day, happened to visit the site Wednesday evening … [Link]

Mashable » Future iPhones could have screens that fold in half

Thursday 12 October 15:12:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 2dbb 83fc%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ we're loving it.","image":"h~ impressions of the iPhone X","sources":[{&quot~ 7,iphone 6s,real,iphone 6,iphone 7 plus,real-time,iphones,iphone case,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,iphone 8,real time video,iphone x,smartphone camera,iphone 5,iphone 8 plus,faceid","sec0":~ 7,iphone 6s,real,iphone 6,iphone 7 plus,real-time,iphones,iphone case,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,iphone 8,real time video,iphone x,smartphone camera,iphone 5,iphone 8 plus,faceid","videoSeries~ More about Apple, Iphone, Rumors, Displays, and Foldable Display [Link]

Mashable » EPA warns Puerto Ricans to stop drinking from Superfund sites (but everything's fine!)

Thursday 12 October 15:10:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been three weeks since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and conditions are deteriorating due to a pervasive lack of access to food, water, and electricity. The governor of the territory has reported several deaths from leptospirosis, a treatable bacterial illness contracted from consuming contaminated water.  Despite the presence of 19,000 U.S. personnel responding to the disaster in Puerto Rico and … [Link]

Mashable » Seth Meyers is inspired by Eminem and raps his own verse against Trump supporters

Thursday 12 October 15:01:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It seems like Donald Trump is gaining more and more anti-supporters each day.  Inspired by Eminem's "The Storm" freestyle, Seth Meyers decided to present fans of his show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, with an ultimatum on Wednesday night.  In a direct and short rap he says, "My name is Seth and I'm here to say, if you like Trump … [Link]

Mashable » People are livid at Twitter for banning Rose McGowan after her Weinstein-related tweets

Thursday 12 October 14:56:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRose McGowan's 12-hour long Twitter suspension has left people scratching their heads and shaking their fists at Twitter.  The actress has been critical this week of Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck amidst sexual assault and harassment allegations, and McGowan expressed her frustration with Hollywood, and those like Weinstein, through tweeting.  While it's not clear which tweet specifically got her suspended, McGowan's … [Link]

Mashable » Sheryl Sandberg to U.S. government: Release the Russian ads

Thursday 12 October 14:53:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook wants U.S. lawmakers to let the public see ads linked to Russian accounts and promoted during the 2016 election — and they're willing to explain the ad targeting too. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, shared her company's willingness for transparency in an interview with Axios's Mike Allen on Thursday. It was the first public interview of a Facebook executive since … [Link]

Mashable » The ping pong table just got a tech upgrade, turning it into a giant interactive surface

Thursday 12 October 14:51:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBounce Ping Pong, a social table tennis venue in London, has just launched a new high-tech ping pong table that uses state of art projection mapping technology to create an immersive experience. "Wonderball" is actually turning the ping pong table into a giant computer game surface that is able to track the ball's motion and count scores. This experience is only … [Link]

Slashdot » How Facebook Outs Sex Workers

Thursday 12 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed to know about one of them. Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep separate identities for ordinary life and for sex work, to avoid stigma, arrest, professional blowback, or clients who might be stalkers (or worse). Her "real identity" … [Link]

Mashable » Samantha Bee goes in on 'White Cosby' Harvey Weinstein

Thursday 12 October 14:16:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In the week since The New York Times published its initial investigation into Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual assault (yes, it's only been a week), Samantha Bee was squarely between tapings of Full Frontal on TBS. Her team was watching, tweeting support and posting articles teasing a Bee-brand evisceration of Weinstein on cable. Bee ran through the Weinstein scandal quickly … [Link]

Slashdot » Richard Branson's Virgin Group Invests in Super-fast Hyperloop One Transport System

Thursday 12 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Richard Branson's Virgin Group is investing in Hyperloop One, a company developing the super-fast transport system originally conceptualized up by Elon Musk. Hypleroop One is re-branding itself as Virgin Hyperloop One, and Branson is joining the board, the billionaire British investor and entrepreneur announced Thursday on CNBC from London. Virgin Hyperloop One will focus … [Link]

Mashable » The 747 Supertanker is a firefighters dream

Thursday 12 October 13:53:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 747 Supertanker is an impressive chunk of fire fighting metal. It's literally 6 times more powerful than your average bomber. It hold's a massive amount of fire retardant and is ready to go at a moments notice. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Flight, Hot, Plane, and Flying [Link]

Mashable » Online privacy and security device InvizBox is getting an upgrade with help from Kickstarter

Thursday 12 October 13:53:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. In a time where everything from your phone to your fridge has an internet connection, InvizBox emerged to protect you from the vulnerability that can come with being connected all the time. The InvizBox was a simple subscription-based device that you plugged into your … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump threatens to take aid from Puerto Rico and, seriously, WTF

Thursday 12 October 13:25:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust when you think Donald Trump could not make more plain how much he doesn't care about Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which hit 3 weeks ago, he threatened to pull aid from the island territory in a Thursday morning tweet spasm. SEE ALSO: The 5 most inappropriate things Donald Trump said at a Puerto Rico disaster briefing … [Link]

Mashable » Richard Branson is betting big on Elon Musk's Hyperloop

Thursday 12 October 13:10:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRichard Branson is betting on the Hyperloop. Branson's Virgin Group has invested in Hyperloop One, the company that is attempting to build the ultra-fast transportation system championed by Elon Musk.  And it's not just an investment. The company will now go by Virgin Hyperloop One. Branson is also joining the company's board.  Introducing @Virgin @HyperloopOne – the world's most revolutionary train … [Link]

Slashdot » Evidence Suggests Updated Timeline Towards Yellowstone's Supervolcano Eruption

Thursday 12 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Camel Pilot writes: Geologist have been aware of fresh magma moving in the Yellowstone's super volcano system. Previously this was thought to precede an eruption by thousands of years. Recent evidence by Hannah Shamloo, a graduate student at Arizona State University, demonstrates that perhaps the timeline from the underground basin filling to eruption is more on the scale of decades. … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Women don’t need to ‘switch off’ to climax, orgasm study shows

Thursday 12 October 12:34:00 UTC 2017

The most detailed study yet of orgasm brain activity has discovered why climaxing makes women feel less pain, and shown that ‘switching off’ isn’t necessary. [Link]

Mashable » Why the iPhone 8 Plus is a better camera than a real camera

Thursday 12 October 12:17:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI never thought that it would happen. And then it did. On a recent two-week vacation to Japan (my first time, and, yes, it was amazing if you must know), I finally ditched my "real" camera, a Sony A6300 interchangeable lens camera I bought about two years ago, a replaced it with the iPhone 8 Plus. And my trip was infinitely … [Link]

Mashable » Here's exactly how much faster the iPhone 8 charges versus the iPhone 7

Thursday 12 October 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn a first for iPhones, Apple says the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can "fast charge" from 0 to 50 percent in 30 minutes. That is, as long as you have a specific kind of Apple power adapter (29-, 61-, or 87-watt) and a USB-C to Lightning charging cable — both of which are not included. Still, it's a nice bonus if … [Link]

Mashable » Why global partnerships are the foundation for a sustainable future

Thursday 12 October 11:56:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn 2015, the United Nations unveiled a list of 17 goals intended to make the planet a more sustainable, more unified, and generally more peaceful place for humanity to grow and thrive. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are wide-sweeping: They include objectives such as ending hunger, reducing global inequality, and improving access to healthcare and education.  One of the SDGs — … [Link]

Mashable » Colbert mocks Trump for failing to understand the US constitution

Thursday 12 October 11:33:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook For such a fierce patriot, Trump appears to be pretty unfamiliar with his country's constitution. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert made Jon Stewart say nice things about Trump and he just couldn't hack it Following a couple of jibes at Trump's plans to increasing the nuclear program on Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert had a lot to say about Trump's grasp of … [Link]

Mashable » Kimmel's idea for a 'Trump-translator' app is kind of genius

Thursday 12 October 10:53:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "The president's mood is good and his outlook on the agenda is very positive." Reassuring. SEE ALSO: Hey Donald Trump Jr., Jimmy Kimmel's got a Harvey Weinstein joke for you Following the Vanity Fair article in which Donald Trump allegedly told his long-time security chief Keith Schiller "I hate everyone in the white house," Jimmy Kimmel had great fun probing … [Link]

Mashable » Margot Robbie and Jimmy Fallon play a game to find out who's the better liar

Thursday 12 October 10:44:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A plastic lobster, a hot dog made with doll feet instead of buns, and an egg adorned with the face of Nicholas Cage. Just your classic Wednesday night line-up. SEE ALSO: Gal Gadot and Miley Cyrus played charades on Fallon and it wasn't easy Margot Robbie went on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday and was challenged to … [Link]

Mashable » Weinstein saga leads James Van Der Beek to share personal story of sexual harassment

Thursday 12 October 10:28:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe revelations of dozens of women who were allegedly sexually harassed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have also pushed male celebrities to come forward.  SEE ALSO: Terry Crews had a very personal response to Harvey Weinstein's victims After actor Terry Crews shared his personal story about being groped by a powerful studio executive, James Van Der Beek, a.k.a. Dawson in Dawson's … [Link]

Mashable » Woman's thank you letter to her local bellringers leads to the loveliest gesture

Thursday 12 October 10:11:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, the dulcet tones of bellringing. Sometimes there's nothing better than cracking open your window and listening to the chimes of an evening.  A woman in Staffordshire loves listening to the distant peals of her local bellringers so much that she decided to write them a letter professing her appreciation.  SEE ALSO: Toddler steals Prince Harry's popcorn because she doesn't care … [Link]

Mashable » Deadmau5 stokes the 'Rick and Morty' fire by giving out free Szechuan sauce

Thursday 12 October 10:08:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDeadmau5 already yielded to the feverish lust for Szechuan sauce when he put getting married on pause to buy 64 oz. of the stuff, and it turns out the Rick and Morty love still burns bright within him. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk just fanboyed the science on 'Rick and Morty' and it got too real Deadmau5 was performing at Rebel nightclub … [Link]

Mashable » People are petitioning for Apple to take down games glorifying Duterte's war on drugs

Thursday 12 October 10:04:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOver a hundred organisations in the Philippines are calling on Apple to take down gaming apps associated with President Duterte's war on drugs. SEE ALSO: The Philippines places the value of human rights at $20 The letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook was signed by 131 organisations, including human rights groups, and drug rehabilitation centres. In it, they ask for … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Discover Ring Around Dwarf Planet Haumea Beyond Neptune

Thursday 12 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

A ring has been discovered around one of the dwarf planets that orbits the outer reaches of the solar system. Until now, ring-like structures had only been found around the four outer planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The Guardian reports: "In 2014 we discovered that a very small body in the Centaurs region [an area of small celestial … [Link]

Mashable » 'Breaking Bad' fans have been throwing so much pizza on Walter White's house the owner is putting up a fence

Thursday 12 October 9:30:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnd you thought the Rick and Morty fandom were bad. SEE ALSO: Why 'Rick and Morty' is the realest show on TV right now You may recall from the halcyon days of Breaking Bad that Walter White, seized by familial frustration, threw a pizza onto the roof of his house. Image: AMc/giphyThis happened in episode 2 of Season 3, and went … [Link]

Mashable » Harvey Weinstein goes from defensive to contrite with his latest statement

Thursday 12 October 9:28:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOver 20 women have now publicly spoken out against Harvey Weinstein, detailing episodes of sexual harassment, assault and rape.  SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company After these harrowing stories were reported by the New York Times, New Yorker and other outlets, the wife of the embattled Hollywood producer, Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him with … [Link]

Mashable » Subway stations could soon allow you to walk through without needing to tap your card

Thursday 12 October 9:16:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor all of us who have to put up with people fumbling for their train passes, holding up the line at the gantry, this technology upgrade is set to save you a few frustrated seconds. Singapore plans to trial a new system at rail stations that will let commuters walk straight through a station gantry, without having to stop and tap a … [Link]

Mashable » One Bitcoin is now worth more than $5,000

Thursday 12 October 8:51:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt has happened: A single Bitcoin, the same digital cryptocoin that you could've bought for a couple of cents less than a decade ago, is now worth more than $5,000.  This isn't the first time Bitcoin crossed this milestone — at some exchanges, it was briefly over $5,000 on Sept. 2 before sharply pulling back that same day. But this time, … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax may have been hacked again and it's not even funny anymore

Thursday 12 October 8:20:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEquifax, the credit rating reporting agency that exposed personal data of nearly 150 million people, appears to have been hacked — again. The (probable) hack was noticed by security researcher Randy Abrams and first covered by Ars Technica. While visiting Equifax's website, Abrams noticed that some pages redirect to a site offering a fake, malware-bearing Flash update.  SEE ALSO: Turns out … [Link]

Mashable » Move over blue/black dress, we demand to know what colour these shoes are

Thursday 12 October 7:46:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s the "blue dress" debate from 2015 all over again. A picture of a pair of Vans sneakers is buzzing throughout social media, because people can't decide if they're grey with teal laces, or pink with white laces. SEE ALSO: These 'double jeans' are basically an optical illusion that'll cost you $695 What colour is this — Julia (@TFILDOLANS) October … [Link]

Mashable » Razer's first ever smartphone could be coming next month

Thursday 12 October 7:35:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRazer is branching out of the gaming market. The gaming hardware company launched a teaser on Wednesday, showing a man holding a phone-sized device.  SEE ALSO: Razer's Smart Band Hides Notifications From Prying Eyes According to the teaser on the company's website, the product will be launched on Nov. 1, with a tagline that reads "Watch for our biggest unveiling…" Image: … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX Successfully Landed the 12th Falcon 9 Rocket of 2017

Thursday 12 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Shortly after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on one of the company's drone ships in the ocean. "It marks the 12th time SpaceX has successfully landed the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket this year, the 18th overall, and the second this week," reports The Verge. "It was also the third time that … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2459: If Ancient Greece had social networks…

Thursday 12 October 6:48:50 UTC 2017

JoT thumbwould they have made democracy? [Link]

Mashable » Rose McGowan has been suspended from Twitter

Thursday 12 October 6:22:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter temporarily suspended Rose McGowan on Wednesday night, according to an Instagram post from the actress.  McGowan has been in the news this week as a vocal critic of both Harvey Weinstein and, subsequently, Ben Affleck, whom she labeled a liar and told him to "fuck off" following his own condemnation of Weinstein. Detailed in an email screenshot posted on McGowan's … [Link]

Mashable » Sam Smith just donated a huge chunk of money to the Australian marriage equality campaign

Thursday 12 October 6:21:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNow that's putting money where your mouth is. UK singer Sam Smith has made a considerable donation to the Australian pro-marriage equality campaign, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.  The Grammy-winning artist has pledged a third of the expected profits from his January 2018 show at the Sydney Opera House to lobby group Australian Marriage Equality. SEE ALSO: Elton John posts heartfelt … [Link]

Mashable » Somehow this guy accidentally kept his neighbour's cat hostage for five days

Thursday 12 October 5:48:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes it can be hard to distinguish your pet from others that look like it. It's something that happened to one New Zealander, although it took them five days to realise they had accidentally kept their neighbour's cat hostage. Oops. SEE ALSO: Get your fluffy cat snuggles without the cat The debacle was chronicled by Clarke Gayford on Twitter, posting two … [Link]

Mashable » Disney's new Movies Anywhere brings all your movies together—not just Disney ones

Thursday 12 October 4:01:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne platform to rule them all, one platform to bind them. Wait — isn't that a reference from the Warner Bros. property The Lord of the Rings, you ask? Isn't this an item about the new "Disney Movies Anywhere?" And so it is. Because Disney Movies Anywhere is now "Movies Anywhere." Which means it isn't just for Disney movies anymore. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Pixar's first-ever VR experience lets you explore the Land of the Dead

Thursday 12 October 3:38:45 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Pixar's finally letting us play in VR. The animation studio has announced its first-ever VR experience, dropping a trailer at Facebook's Oculus Connect conference on Wednesday.  Based on the studio's upcoming Day of the Dead-themed film, the highly colorful Coco VR experience is coming to Oculus Rift on Nov. 15 and Gear VR Nov. 22, when Coco will be released … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Will Hit 100 Percent Renewable Energy This Year

Thursday 12 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Google has announced that after 10 years a carbon-neutral company, it will be able to brag running on entirely renewable energy at the end of 2017. That means that all of the electricity the company consumes in both its data centers and offices are provided by wind and solar energy. Announced in … [Link]

Mashable » 'Mr. Robot' Season 3: Elliot is back in control, but Angela's the one to watch

Thursday 12 October 3:07:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTV isn't quite the escape it used to be these daysThe Handmaid's Tale unflinchingly taps the vein of misogyny seething just beneath America's surface; Black Mirror makes us question every piece of technology around us; the nightly news generally sends us into a rage spiral; but Season 3 of Mr. Robot is perhaps the purest distillation of our current anxieties, a … [Link]

Mashable » Samantha Bee has sage advice for dudes worried about being accused of sexual harassment

Thursday 12 October 3:05:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook As the whole Harvey Weinstein affair gets even more gross, it's another sage reminder that yes, sexual harassment is bad.  But for the dudes out there struggling with how they can avoid being accused of harassment, Samantha Bee is here to help with some handy advice. It's really simple: "Everyday, I wake up, get dressed, take the subway to work, … [Link]

Mashable » 747 SuperTanker takes on California wildfires

Thursday 12 October 2:34:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A firefighting aircraft helped tackle the massive fires burning Northern California's wine country.  SEE ALSO: The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California Earlier this week, the 747 SuperTanker dropped fire retardant on the deadly flames north of San Francisco. The craft can hold up to about 20,000 gallons of water or retardant. The large, modified Boeing plane … [Link]

Mashable » The wildfires have made air quality in San Francisco scary bad

Thursday 12 October 1:59:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs California's wine country burns, the surrounding area in the San Francisco Bay Area is filling with smoke.  Even 60 miles south of the deadly fires, San Francisco and nearby cities are dealing with terrible air quality. The polluted air is more than noticeable with the hazy views, orange-filtered sunlight, and a gauzy layer of opaque air hovering on the horizon. … [Link]

Mashable » Nissan drove a GT-R around a racetrack using a PS4 controller

Thursday 12 October 1:51:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMightier with the controller than you are with the steering wheel? Well, you might fancy Nissan's modified GT-R/C, which can be driven with a PlayStation 4 controller, and was created for the release of Gran Turismo Sport. The car was given a spin around Silverstone's National Circuit, with driver Jann Mardenborough steering the GT-R from a helicopter above the circuit.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Oculus' Santa Cruz VR headset proves the future of VR is wireless

Thursday 12 October 1:23:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe future of VR is wireless. Today, Oculus announced that its standalone VR headset prototype, the Santa Cruz, will be available to developers in the next year. The company didn't provide further details of when exactly that would be, but they were giving demos of its latest prototype at its Oculus Connect conference and I was able to take the latest … [Link]

Mashable » 8 things Trump has done to hurt girls and women since taking office

Thursday 12 October 0:58:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou’d be forgiven if you read President Donald Trump's statement on the International Day of the Girl and thought you'd been transported into an alternate reality.  He, or let's be honest the White House press team that slapped his name on this thing, says that his administration is "ensuring that every female, young and old, is empowered to pursue her dreams" … [Link]

Mashable » Beyonce drops fierce video of girls dancing to 'Freedom'—just in case you forgot who run the world

Thursday 12 October 0:48:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho run the world? Come on, you know who. Almighty monarch of surprise social media storms, Beyonce, has dropped an almighty special video in honor of the International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11. SEE ALSO: Beyoncé created an army of Beyoncés on Instagram and everyone's freaking out Produced in conjunction with Chime for Change and Global Goals, the clip … [Link]

Mashable » Pot company donates $40,000 of weed and opens doors to those displaced by wildfire

Thursday 12 October 0:06:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA medical cannabis dispensary is opening its doors and donating medicine to those displaced by the wildfires that have ravaged northern California over the last few days. CannaCraft's AbsoluteXtracts and Be Kind Flower will donate $40,000 of medical cannabis to patients that have been evacuated or displaced by the wildfires, which has since claimed the lives of 21 people, and destroyed … [Link]

Slashdot » US Government Has 'No Right To Rummage' Through Anti-Trump Protest Website Logs, Says Judge

Thursday 12 October 0:05:00 UTC 2017

A Washington D.C. judge has told the U.S. Department of Justice it "does not have the right to rummage" through the files of an anti-Trump protest website — and has ordered the dot-org site's hosting company to protect the identities of its users. The Register reports: Chief Judge Robert E. Morin issued the revised order [PDF] Tuesday following a high-profile … [Link]


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