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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 » The Academy has expelled Harvey Weinstein. That's a start.

Monday 16 October 23:59:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNow that Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the obvious question presents itself: What now? While Weinstein is an unusually high-profile figure whose identity was closely tied with the Oscars, he certainly wasn't the only person accused of predatory behavior within the Academy's ranks. Bill Cosby remains a member of the Academy, … [Link]

Slashdot » Every Patch For 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now

Monday 16 October 23:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed "KRACK" — which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack — is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates. According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt … [Link]

Mashable » 5 crucial ways men can help end sexual assault

Monday 16 October 23:32:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've paid any attention to social media in the past 24 hours, you've seen #MeToo, the viral hashtag that women have used to acknowledge, even in two simple words, that they've experienced sexual harassment and assault.  SEE ALSO: Women endure a lifetime of sexual harassment even before they enter the workplace The number of people who've shared or discussed a … [Link]

Mashable » The 'First of all' meme is the sass the world needs right now

Monday 16 October 23:17:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNothing good happens when someone starts with the phrase, "First of all." You know some major sass is about to come at you. And that's basically the premise of the best new meme on Twitter. The first sentence starts with a premise said to one person, and the followup is a salty and funny response. SEE ALSO: Child president tries to … [Link]

Mashable » A futurist and innovations expert explains what is and isn’t real about AI in movies

Monday 16 October 23:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJay Iorio, futurist and Innovations Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, joins us to talk about artificial intelligence on screen. Could we really fall in love with Her? Are Westworld's 'reveries' within reach? How does a Terminator know what's funny? Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…More about Hbo, Artificial Intelligence, Anthony Hopkins, … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?

Monday 16 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

snydeq writes: "The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches — IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks," writes Dan Tynan in an article on six hard truths IT must learn to accept. "It can be hard to admit that you've lost control over how your organization deploys … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla reportedly shipped Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

Monday 16 October 22:53:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookElon Musk tweeted last week that Tesla would shift its attentions to help with the aid and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Now, it appears that the company is making good on his word: Tesla has reportedly begun to ship its Powerpack batteries, which can be used to store large amounts of energy generated by … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss

Monday 16 October 22:20:00 UTC 2017

Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling — continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in … [Link]

Mashable » Former Swedish prime minister has the best time videobombing a live interview

Monday 16 October 22:19:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhatever Carl Bildt is drinking, we want a double. With a mysterious white cup in hand, the former Swedish prime minister gracefully videobombed a live news interview. SEE ALSO: Actual prime ministers trolled President Trump's orb and I am so embarrassed to be alive According to The Local, while the interviewee, Benjamin Dousa, a leader of the conservative Moderate Party's youth … [Link]

Mashable » These wild animals worry way too much and here’s what they would say to us

Monday 16 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDo animals also have to deal with horrible traffic, a boss that hates them, and finding time to just… breathe? Yep, pretty much. Introducing our new series 'Talk Like The Animals'!    Ever wonder what it’d sound like if animals could talk? We were so curious we made it happen with sarcastic, silly and even sassy personalities.  Read more…More about Animals, … [Link]

Slashdot » Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word

Monday 16 October 21:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has found a previously unknown bug in Adobe Flash that was apparently exploited by a hacker group on October 10. Adobe issued a patch to fix the … [Link]

Mashable » The world looks different after today's big neutron star collision discovery

Monday 16 October 21:37:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMy grandmother died in 2013.  She was a stubborn, brilliant woman who ardently believed in the value of science. She came of age in Brooklyn, but I knew her as my Nana in Los Angeles who worked with dinosaur bones.  When she died, my grandfather gave me one of Nana's necklaces: A jade stone with a gold chain. I wear it … [Link]

Mashable » Maisie Williams' response to Sophie Turner's engagement is exactly what you'd expect it to be

Monday 16 October 21:36:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones has given us all more than enough to talk about over the years, and one of the surprising best parts about the series is the relationship between Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner that's developed on set. It's a friendship so deep that even an engagement with Joe Jonas can't break it up.  With a cute Instagram post, Williams … [Link]

Mashable » These wireless blocks are your kid's newest coding teacher

Monday 16 October 21:17:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Coding isn't always easy to learn, and some of the products that are designed to teach coding can be equally as difficult to figure out. These new building blocks on Kickstarter, however, are aiming to make coding lessons a snap. SEE ALSO: Get access … [Link]

Mashable » 'Angry Birds' gets metal with Iron Maiden tribute

Monday 16 October 21:08:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Apparently the team behind Angry Birds are big metalheads. A new character is coming to the mobile game Angry Birds Evolution: a bird version of Iron Maiden's undead mascot, Eddie. For a limited time, Angry Birds Evolution players have a chance to unlock Eddie the Bird and wreak heavy metal havoc. Players can unlock Eddie the Bird starting Oct. 18. … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Verdigris Launches APIs to Manage Energy for Smart Buildings

Monday 16 October 21:07:54 UTC 2017

Verdigris, a company that provides an AI-powered energy management and IoT platform for commercial facilities, has announced the launch of a new set of APIs to power smart buildings. This new set of Verdigris APIs includes an Energy API, Forecasting API, and Disaggregation API. [Link]

Mashable » If you love animals watch this video

Monday 16 October 21:05:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMashable visited an animal shelter in New York City that's helping thousands of cats and dogs find forever homes. The volunteers play a crucial role in helping to care for these animals and show them the love they deserve.  We took a walk in the shoes of a volunteer to see what it takes to help run a shelter for these … [Link]

Mashable » Why Twitter's 30 million bots are here to stay

Monday 16 October 21:04:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBots are a thriving part of Twitter's user base, and it's likely they'll continue showing up alongside our own human tweets.  Twitter bots can be thought of as autonomous programs or entities that generate social content. Some of this content is harmless, like sports updates, and some of it intentionally malicious and polarizing — like the over 1,600 known bots that … [Link]

Mashable » Chelsea Clinton again calls out Trump for an offensive joke (this one's about killing people)

Monday 16 October 20:58:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt would be that in an exposé of Vice President Mike Pence, it's a reported comment from President Donald Trump about his veep's views that's putting the president right back in the hot seat. SEE ALSO: Chelsea Clinton had the best response when Trump blocked a cancer patient on Twitter A new New Yorker story, "The Danger of President Pence," dug … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix now plans to spend $8 billion to keep you glued on your couch

Monday 16 October 20:53:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNetflix just keeps raising the ceiling on its content aspirations.  The company officially announced that it could spend up to $8 billion on original video in 2018—a cool billion dollars more than it had previously planned.  Ted Sarandos, head of content at Netflix, recently said publicly that the company could hit the $8 billion mark, but Monday's quarterly earnings report made … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk unveils his plans to build cities in space

Monday 16 October 20:49:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookElon Musk wants his Big F'ing Rocket (yes, that's really what it's called) spacecraft to start transporting people to Mars as soon as 2024. Read more…More about Nasa, Mashable Video, Mars, Elon Musk, and Spaceflight [Link]

Mashable » When will Hillary Clinton break her silence on 'Rick and Morty's Szechuan sauce?

Monday 16 October 20:45:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been almost two weeks since McDonalds revealed they hadn't produced enough promotional Szechuan sauce to satisfy the rabid Rick and Morty fanbase. Fans everywhere are mildly disappointed. Desperate for sauce packets, a vocal population has made their demands known. Nearly everyone, it seems, has an opinion on the matter. So where is Hillary Clinton? SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton calls Trump … [Link]

Mashable » Now the Producers Guild of America is also looking to boot Harvey Weinstein

Monday 16 October 20:41:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe dominoes keep falling for Harvey Weinstein. Days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts voted to expel the alleged rapist, the Producers Guild of America has also begun the process of kicking him out. SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy The guild has voted to "institute termination proceedings," per the official statement obtained by Mashable. Weinstein will … [Link]

Mashable » Hidden data suggests new Pokémon and a Halloween event are coming to 'Pokémon Go'

Monday 16 October 20:39:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready for the next generation of Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Video game sleuths from the group known as the Silph Road uncovered a whole bunch of hidden data added to Pokémon Go in its latest update. The intel suggests that the third generation of Pokémon may be coming to the game soon, along with some Halloween content. SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon … [Link]

Mashable » Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Monday 16 October 20:31:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTypos are a fact of life. Today's example: Newt Gingrich, tweeting his steadfast support for "Presideent Trtump." In the words of the former speaker of the House, "Trtump was rermarkably stgroing in hius joint press event with" Senator Mitch McConnell held earlier Monday at the White House.  A glowing review! SEE ALSO: Trump and Mitch McConnell formally announce bromance in weird … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung taps the Internet of Things to track your stuff

Monday 16 October 20:31:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSamsung wants to make sure you never lose your stuff again. And is tapping the Internet of Things to do it.  The consumer electronics giant has introduced the Samsung Connect Tag, which can clip on to any object, and accurately relay the object's location to your smartphone.  Connect Tag will, as its name indicates, help you keep track of your stuff. … [Link]

Mashable » The Hamburger Helper has finally confirmed what its skeleton looks like

Monday 16 October 20:28:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRiddle me this: What has four arms, but also none? Reader, it is the Hamburger Helper. SEE ALSO: Hamburger Helper's April Fool's rap album is actually excellent In a tweet Monday, the famous glove, rapper, and corporate feminist confirmed the anatomy of its skeletal system — solving a mystery that internet denizens have been trying to solve for days. If I … [Link]

Mashable » Security camera catches dog peeing on man's back

Monday 16 October 20:21:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sure, he's still a good dog, but he's also kind of a jerk. A man sitting on a curb using his phone in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had an unexpected run-in with a local stray. The dog sneaks up behind the man, smells him, and then takes a piss right on his back. The man is rightfully upset, and as … [Link]

Slashdot » eBay Launches Authentication Service To Combat Counterfeit High-End Goods

Monday 16 October 20:20:00 UTC 2017

Ecommerce giant eBay has launched a previously announced service designed to combat the scourge of fake goods on the platform. From a report: eBay has proven popular with fake goods' sellers for some time, with fashion accessories and jewelry featuring highly on counterfeiters' agenda. The company announced eBay Authenticate way back in January with a broad focus on giving "high-end" … [Link]

Mashable » Google Photos will now automatically recognize pics of your pets

Monday 16 October 20:19:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle knows that your phone holds untold gigabytes of snapshots of your favorite animal friends. So the search giant is making it even easier to group those pics all together. SEE ALSO: Why the iPhone 8 Plus is a better camera than a real camera The algorithm behind Google Photos will now be able to recognize your Very Good dogs and … [Link]

Mashable » 100 people attempt to eat durian, the stinkiest fruit in the world

Monday 16 October 20:18:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Durian is a spiny Asian fruit that emits a distinct odor, which many people find offensive. Some say it smells like rotting trash, others say it smells like "dick cheese." The fruit isn't very common in America, so many people are completely unfamiliar with the its reputation. Using this to their advantage, Cut Video decided to give the fruit to … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook just acquired tbh and its 5 million teen users

Monday 16 October 20:17:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook just scored a huge win its quest to win over teens. The company has acquired tbh, the anonymous app that's been going viral with teens. The app, which is targeted toward middle school and high school students, is a network that allows users to swap compliments by participating in anonymous "quizzes." SEE ALSO: Download this: the new anonymous app that's … [Link]

Mashable » Kevin Hart responded to The Rock's workout bragging and well, he tried

Monday 16 October 20:14:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s never a dull moment with these two.  Last week Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted a video of himself working out with heavy chains around his neck. No big deal or anything.  He explained in the video, "Putting in work. Big dogs eat. Little crying puppies stay on the porch."  In his caption, he gave a shoutout to "all my big … [Link]

Mashable » What the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability means for you and your devices

Monday 16 October 20:14:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSo it turns out your Wi-Fi is vulnerable to hackers. A newly released research paper dropped a pretty sizable security bomb: The security protocol protecting most Wi-Fi devices can essentially be bypassed, potentially allowing an attacker to intercept every password, credit-card number, or super-secret cat pic you send over the airwaves. So what, if anything, can you do about all this … [Link]

Mashable » The shocking similarities of artificial intelligence on and off the movie screens

Monday 16 October 20:05:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Jay Iorio, futurist and Innovations Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, joins us to talk about Artificial Intelligence on screen. Could we really fall in love with Her? Are Westworld's 'reveries' within reach? How does a Terminator know what's funny?  Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content.  Read more… More about Hbo, Artificial Intelligence, … [Link]

Mashable » All the most badass Hillary Clinton quotes from her interviews abroad

Monday 16 October 20:00:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHillary Clinton has taken her What Happened book tour abroad, and the former Secretary of State had some pretty biting things to say about life, politics, and the Tweeter-In-Chief over the weekend.  During her stints in the United Kingdom and Australia, she appeared on Australia Broadcasting Corp.'s Four Corners and Britain’s The Andrew Marr Show, and she made a speech in … [Link]

Mashable » Flight crew accused of 'screaming' as plane plummets 20,000 feet in minutes

Monday 16 October 19:59:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA scary moment up in the air turned even more horrific as passengers aboard a plummeting plane claimed the flight crew started freaking out. AirAsia flight QZ535 left from Perth, Australia Sunday  and headed to Bali, Indonesia. However,  shortly after takeoff the plane dropped almost 23,800 feet in nine minutes, according to the Associated Press. SEE ALSO: Scared of flying? For … [Link]

Mashable » Find Your Spark

Monday 16 October 19:56:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Mashable Reels, Dji Spark, Dji Drones, Tech, and Drones [Link]

Mashable » Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner revealed their engagement through matching Instagram posts

Monday 16 October 19:52:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are engaged. Their relationship was rumored to have begun in November of 2016. The couple made their engagement official in January after posting matching photos on Instagram, with Turner captioning 'I said yes' and Jonas captioning it 'She said yes.'  Read more…More about Instagram, Couples, Celebrity, Wedding, and Love [Link]

Mashable » These AI learn by competing against each other, and it looks ridiculous

Monday 16 October 19:51:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookResearchers at Elon Musk's startup, OpenAI, think they have discovered the most efficient way to train artificial neural networks: have them compete against each other. The researchers have created simulations of human sports, like sumo wrestling and soccer, and pitted the AI players against each other. Winning techniques are rewarded through behavioral reinforcement, while the losing AI is encouraged to try … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla unveils a brand new dual-charging port for Chinese vehicles

Monday 16 October 19:44:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f1cc124c4 6d37 87e2%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ humans necessary.","image":~ is what the manufacturing of a Tesla Model 3 looks like","sources":[{&q~ musk,model 3,electric cars,model s,battery case,battery,electric car,battery life,real-time,battery pack,real-time video,real time,real time video,battery power,furture","sec0&quot~ musk,model 3,electric cars,model s,battery case,battery,electric car,battery life,real-time,battery pack,real-time video,real time,real time video,battery power,furture","videoSeri~ More about China, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Charging Port, and Electric Charging Stations [Link]

Mashable » If you can't handle the heat, this watch might help

Monday 16 October 19:41:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 'Aircon' watch might just be the solution to the age-old office argument on what the ideal temperature should be. This smart watch claims to cool you down or warm you up without touching the thermostat.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Watch, Smart Home, Real Time, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » F-bombs on the starboard bow! 'Star Trek' swears for the first time ever

Monday 16 October 19:40:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt may still be seeking out strange new worlds, but it seems the ongoing mission of Star Trek now also includes strange new words. Star Trek Discovery has warped out of FCC-controlled network space and into the neutral zone of the CBS All-Access streaming service. That allowed the writers to fire the famously strait-laced franchise's first ever F-bombs in Sunday night's … [Link]

Slashdot » EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose 'No Harmful Health Effect'

Monday 16 October 19:40:00 UTC 2017

Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The EPA's determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features

Monday 16 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it. Google's Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How Cost Analysis Tools Can Prevent Cloud Computing Calamity

Monday 16 October 18:26:57 UTC 2017

AWS and other cloud computing giants have been enjoying bumper profits in recent years, which means startups must be spending more on cloud computing. Indeed cloud costs can jump massively if you don’t keep an eye on your budget. Casey Benko over at SearchCloudComputing recommends investing in cloud cost analysis tools to keep costs down. [Link]

Slashdot » Leave It To the Heat to Dull Autumn's Glory

Monday 16 October 18:17:00 UTC 2017

It's autumn. Somebody tell the trees. From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it's time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn's yellows, oranges and reds. First, the days begin to grow shorter. Second, the temperature begins to drop. But this year, unseasonably warm weather across most of the U.S. has tricked trees … [Link]

Slashdot » Millions of High-Security Crypto Keys Crippled by Newly Discovered Flaw

Monday 16 October 17:37:00 UTC 2017

Slovak and Czech researchers have found a vulnerability that leaves government and corporate encryption cards vulnerable to hackers to impersonate key owners, inject malicious code into digitally signed software, and decrypt sensitive data, reports ArsTechnica. From the report: The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public portion. Hackers … [Link]

Mashable » Carrie Fisher once sent a cow tongue to a sexually inappropriate Hollywood producer

Monday 16 October 17:22:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven after her death Carrie Fisher is having none of your bullshit.  Heather Ross, a friend of Fisher's, spoke to a local radio station in Tucson, AZ. about her experience with sexual assault in Hollywood. On the 94.9 Morning Mix, Ross recalled inappropriate advances from a big name producer and how Fisher made clear she had a zero-tolerance policy for that … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Trump’s U-turn may see Iran join North Korea as a nuclear state

Monday 16 October 17:06:00 UTC 2017

In refusing to recertify the Iran nuclear deal, US president Donald Trump risks creating another North Korea – as another Republican president did before him [Link]

Mashable » Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotify before it's too late

Monday 16 October 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTuhin Roy is hoping to find the next big thing in music—before it's too late.  "Not only are we looking for the next Spotify or Pandora or consumer music service, but a lot of the startups we interact with are helping in less visible ways," said Roy, vice president of new digital business at Universal Music Group, one of the three … [Link]

Mashable » Grow your loved one's remains into a tree

Monday 16 October 16:50:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPut your Bios Urn in a Bios Incube to grow your loved one's remains into a tree… all by itself. There is a built-in watering system and a sensor that does all the work for you. Plus, the urn's material is 100 percent biodegradable. Bios Incube starts at $450. Read more…More about Water, Plant, Death, Tree, and Planting [Link]

Mashable » There's a red sun over Britain and Londoners are loving it

Monday 16 October 16:48:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Monday, Brits noticed that the sun had unexpectedly changed colour, which prompted everyone to start googling. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Ophelia smashes an Atlantic intensity record, heads for Ireland Monday What colour are you seeing? #redsun #yellowsky pic.twitter.com/KcgOK4xBxd — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) October 16, 2017 It turns out this was a side-effect of Storm OpheliaThe storm whipped up lots of Saharan dust … [Link]

Slashdot » Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Monday 16 October 16:47:00 UTC 2017

For the first time, scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding, revealing that these strange smash-ups are the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum. From a report: The discovery, announced today at a news conference and in scientific reports written by some 3,500 researchers, solves a long-standing mystery about the origin of these … [Link]

Mashable » You know you want to watch a 1,300-pound pumpkin absolutely crush a car

Monday 16 October 16:44:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNearly 2,000 spectators gathered in the Canadian city of Saskatoon last weekend to watch one of life's simplest pleasures: giant fruit crushing stuff. Per CBC News, the city's first-ever Operation Pumpkin Drop was held to raise money for a local pediatric fund. The event featured three gargantuan pumpkins being dropped from a 40-foot crane, which is obviously perfect fodder for the … [Link]

Mashable » Apple has finally shipped the first batch of iPhone X devices from China, says report

Monday 16 October 16:43:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f81674%2fce8df591 585b 4d93 9c40 2a9a818d4226 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ really do come true.","image":&quot~ iPhone X is here—and we are drooling","sources":~ event,wireless charging,augmented reality,facial recognition,real-time,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,iphone x,apple event 2017","sec0":null,&q~ event,wireless charging,augmented reality,facial recognition,real-time,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,iphone x,apple event 2017","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Apple, Foxconn, Iphone X, Shipments, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Watch this badass runner master leaping across 7 treadmills

Monday 16 October 16:42:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAthlete Maggi Thorne posted an amazing video of her leaping across 7 treadmills showing off her speed and agility. She is training for several competitions including NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Read more…More about Viral, Mashable Video, Fitness, Viral Videos, and Exercise [Link]

Mashable » 'Rick and Morty' fans rejoice, you can now make your own McDonald’s Szechuan sauce

Monday 16 October 16:34:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The infamous McDonald's Szechuan sauce that was brought back to life by Rick and Morty this year is causing people to do some ridiculous things.   A horde of rude fans berated fast food workers for a chance to taste a limited run of the sauce and one person even traded an actual car to get some. SEE ALSO: 'Rick … [Link]

Mashable » Rihanna will soon have a street named after her

Monday 16 October 16:29:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWell, at least Rihanna's having a good year. Per Barbados publisher Nation News, Westbury New Road in the pop star's hometown of St. Michael will soon bear the name Rihanna Drive. Congrats, girl! SEE ALSO: Here's Rihanna riding a motocross bike around some glittery pink sand dunes A statement sent to Nation News from the Barbados Ministry of Tourism says the … [Link]

Mashable » Cool guy Dave Grohl gives a fan one of his shoes

Monday 16 October 16:28:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you are, for some reason, ever in need of an extra shoe, Dave Grohl has your back. Or, more accurately, foot.  At a recent concert, the Foo Fighters frontman helped out a fan suffering from a broken ankle and in need of a little foot protection. SEE ALSO: Dave Grohl trolled Christopher Walken and no one ever noticed, until now … [Link]

Mashable » In love with your pajamas? Learn how to work from home effectively

Monday 16 October 16:21:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor the past several years, remote work seemed to be the holy grail of the 21st-century workforce. The opportunity to work from anywhere in the world provides employees with increased work-life flexibility and broadens the talent pool from which employers can draw. Yet, it seems there's a backlash brewing. IBM announced in September that it was calling 5,000 remote workers back … [Link]

Mashable » Ex-Hurricane Ophelia slams Ireland as one of country's strongest storms in decades

Monday 16 October 16:21:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe post-tropical incarnation of Hurricane Ophelia slammed Ireland and the northern parts of the U.K., including Scotland, on Monday with damaging wind gusts, towering waves, coastal flooding, and a bizarre phenomenon related to wildfires burning in Portugal and Spain.  As a hurricane, Ophelia set records for being the strongest storm ever observed so far to the north and east in the … [Link]

Mashable » Gabriel Tallent knows his book 'My Absolute Darling' is painful to read. For him, that's the point.

Monday 16 October 16:12:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Author Gabriel Tallent has a theory about literature: "I think good books ask us to be courageous readers." It's an apt suggestion, especially with his debut novel My Absolute Darling. The book follows a 14-year-old girl, Turtle Alveston, who lives in northern California as she struggles to escape the abuse she suffers at the hand of her father. But if … [Link]

Mashable » Fight hunger while you play mobile games this week

Monday 16 October 16:10:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou can help get food to children in need this week, and maybe even have fun at the same time. In honor of World Food Day, which raises awareness every Oct. 16 about global hunger and the fight to end it, Google Play is joining forces with the World Food Programme (WFP), the food assistance branch of the United Nations. SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Has Already Fixed the Wi-Fi Attack Vulnerability; Android Will Be Patched Within Weeks

Monday 16 October 16:07:00 UTC 2017

Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. From a report: "We have released a security update to address this issue," says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. "Customers who apply the update, or have automatic updates enabled, will be protected. We continue to encourage customers to turn on automatic … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook will train British teens to stand up to online bullying

Monday 16 October 16:05:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe already knew that Facebook was no longer the worst social media platform for cyberbullying, but now the company is taking a big step to actually eradicate it from its roots.  SEE ALSO: After cyberbullying suicides, Ask.fm gets cold shoulder in Ireland Acknowledging that students are more likely to open up with their peers rather than with adults about online bullying, … [Link]

Mashable » Women endure a lifetime of sexual harassment even before they enter the workplace

Monday 16 October 15:59:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMe too. The sound of these two words is reverberating around the world today as women everywhere use them to share their experiences of harassment and assault.  SEE ALSO: It's not just Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood: Women in nearly every industry have experienced sexual abuse In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano posted a call to arms … [Link]

Mashable » Couples costumes for you and your dog (AKA your real bae)

Monday 16 October 15:57:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Couples costumes are serious business. They signify the depth of your bond, your sense of humor about the relationship, and which pop culture touchstones you share. Instead of putting all that pressure on your significant other, you can dress up with your ride-or-die instead … [Link]

Mashable » Macklemore leads a crowd in chanting 'F*ck Donald Trump,' just in case you didn't know where he stood

Monday 16 October 15:50:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Macklemore maybe feeling glorious after this performance.  The rapper known for hits like "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love" led his fans to chant the most notable lyrics from the famous "F—k Donald Trump" song at a show in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday night. You can probably guess what the those three words are. After the chant, he continued his verse … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Gravitational waves have let us see huge neutron stars colliding

Monday 16 October 15:30:00 UTC 2017

We’ve taken the first pictures of neutron stars colliding 130 million light years away. The resulting gravitational waves may solve some big cosmic mysteries [Link]

Slashdot » Voice Assistants Will Be Difficult To Fire

Monday 16 October 15:30:00 UTC 2017

mirandakatz writes: As voice assistants crop up left and right, consumers are facing a decision: Are you an Alexa? A Google Assistant? A Siri? Choose wisely — because once you pick one voice assistant, it'll be difficult to switch. As Scott Rosenberg writes at Backchannel, "If I want to switch assistants down the line, sure, I can just go out … [Link]

Mashable » Kate Winslet refused to thank Harvey Weinstein in her 2009 Oscars speech

Monday 16 October 15:24:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs more and more damning allegations come out against Harvey Weinstein, actress Kate Winslet shared her thoughts on the Hollywood producer, explaining why she purposefully decided not to thank him in her 2009 Oscars acceptance speech. On Saturday Winslet told The Los Angeles Times that despite being pressured to thank Weinstein — who dozens of women alleged sexually harassed and assaulted … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is reportedly testing a new resume / CV feature

Monday 16 October 15:24:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook may be testing a new Resume / CV feature, according to The Next Web. The update could indicate a larger interest in the job searching and recruiting space, putting Facebook in direct competition with LinkedIn. SEE ALSO: Download this: Why Facebook's app looks so different Of course, Facebook already lets people share their professional experience with their friends in its … [Link]

Mashable » How this handy tool could help double website conversion rates

Monday 16 October 15:20:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You’d never leave a party without saying goodbye, but people do it all the time online. In fact, 90 percent of website visitors leave a website without taking any action at all. If you’re running a website and this sounds like a huge missed … [Link]

Mashable » This robot could save lives by improving breast cancer screenings

Monday 16 October 15:20:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA team at The University of Twente is working to make an MRI-compatible, biopsy-performing robot in an effort to expedite the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Cancer, Breasts, Medicine, and Hospital [Link]

Mashable » The British TV Shows You Should Be Watching

Monday 16 October 15:17:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Mashable Reels, British Tv Shows, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Mashable » 13 Halloween sitcom episodes that will have you screaming with laughter

Monday 16 October 15:16:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe all know Halloween is a time to dress up like your favorite television character (even though you should probably stop) and buy a ton of discounted candy the next day.  But, while you wait for Oct. 31 to roll around, don't forget to take some time to watch a few Halloween-themed episodes that will make your October more about laughs … [Link]

Mashable » If you want to grow your business, start by increasing your social media following

Monday 16 October 15:11:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You've seen the job listings: "we're looking for a social media rockstar…"  Social media is driving huge amounts of revenue for companies across industries, and the job market is reflecting that value. This Social Media Rockstar Bundle is one way to learn the skills that check … [Link]

Mashable » Fully autonomous vehicles could be coming to California roads

Monday 16 October 15:09:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCalifornia is aiming to take the next step in making autonomous cars the norm. New regulations have been drafted by the DMV to allow the vehicles on public roads for testing, without standby drivers.  Read more…More about Technology, Mashable Video, Tesla, Elon Musk, and Autonomous Cars [Link]

Mashable » This serial entrepreneur is ready to answer your business questions on Facebook Live this week

Monday 16 October 14:57:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEntrepreneurship is no small feat. Between securing funding, finalising business plans, creating a strong team, and actually remembering to sleep every once in awhile, there’s barely time to take a breather. How about serial entrepreneurship, then?  Those unicorn-like beings that hold the key to launching and leading multiple businesses are invaluable resources for any prospective entrepreneur. They know the game inside … [Link]

Mashable » Unlock your computer simply by being near it, with the help of this device

Monday 16 October 14:52:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Sometimes passwords, no matter how strong you think they are, just aren't enough to protect all of the sensitive information stored on your devices. The GateKeeper 2.5 Wireless Bluetooth PC Lock is here to make sure you don't leave yourself accidentally exposed.  This PC lock … [Link]

Mashable » A scary flock of birds freaked out as Hurricane Ophelia approached Ireland

Monday 16 October 14:52:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis flock of ominous birds in Cork, Ireland, would be able to give Alfred Hitchcock nightmares. As Hurricane Ophelia, which may now be designated as a tropical storm, approached Ireland, twitter user Sltlk, posted a video on Monday of the birds squawking in a frenzy around some houses. SEE ALSO: Birds are flying around in Hurricane Irma's eye Ummmm… think they … [Link]

Mashable » Crafted from paper, these puppets literally pop into shape when touched

Monday 16 October 14:51:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJapanese designer, Haruki Nakamura, creates paper puppets that can pop into life just by being touched.  He uses a technique called "kirigami," which is a variation of origami where instead of just folding the paper you can also cut it and assemble it. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Kids, Japan, Toys, and Shape [Link]

Slashdot » US Supreme Court To Decide Microsoft Email Privacy Dispute

Monday 16 October 14:50:00 UTC 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. From a report: The justices will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft … [Link]

Slashdot » WPA2 Security Flaw Puts Almost Every Wi-Fi Device at Risk of Hijack, Eavesdropping

Monday 16 October 14:10:00 UTC 2017

A security protocol at the heart of most modern Wi-Fi devices, including computers, phones, and routers, has been broken, putting almost every wireless-enabled device at risk of attack. From a report: The bug, known as "KRACK" for Key Reinstallation Attack, exposes a fundamental flaw in WPA2, a common protocol used in securing most modern wireless networks. Mathy Vanhoef, a computer … [Link]

Mashable » New 'Black Panther' trailer has more Michael B. Jordan, god bless us all

Monday 16 October 13:21:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In the full trailer for Marvel's Black Panther, our titular hero has some choices to make: After witnessing the showdown between Captain America and Iron Man, what kind of leader will be T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) be? SEE ALSO: 'Ant-Man' review: Earth's tiniest hero is also Marvel's funniest movie In a pulse-pounding trailer that contains the phrase "Wakanda forever!" and Vince … [Link]

Mashable » Huawei Mate 10 Pro is an AI-powered phone with a unique design

Monday 16 October 13:08:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChina’s top smartphone maker, Huawei, has recently overtaken Apple in global smartphone sales and it's second just behind Samsung.  SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 10 Pro is looking pretty in new leak But with their new, most ambitious smartphone yet — the Mate 10 — the Chinese company is finally ready to take on the competition from all sides.  The first thing … [Link]

Mashable » Pranksters turn city street into frozen nightmare

Monday 16 October 13:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Baby, it's really, incredibly cold outside. At least that what some unsuspecting taxi passengers thought when they stumbled upon sub-zero street, complete with frozen traffic cops and delivery men, snow-blown surfaces, and icicles hanging from every surface. It was like a scene from a disaster movie. Which is, of course, the idea. SEE ALSO: Spider-Man just pranked a bunch of … [Link]

Mashable » Huge security flaw leaves Wi-Fi devices wide open to hackers

Monday 16 October 12:25:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a hole in Wi-Fi security, and it affects the vast majority of Wi-Fi devices and networks. That very likely means your phone, your home wireless network, your wireless network at work — everything.  Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef from the imec-DistriNet research group at the KU Leuven university has discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, used by nearly … [Link]

Mashable » Ed Sheeran shares Instagram post of his bicycle accident injury

Monday 16 October 11:51:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're a hardcore Ed Sheeran fan, we have bad news for you.  SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran thinks his character died on 'Game of Thrones' which…yeah, probably Our beloved singer-turned-Game-of-Thrones-actor had a bad bicycle accident in London and that could affect his upcoming Asia tour.  Sheeran posted a picture of himself with his plastered right arm and wrote: "Ive had a … [Link]

Mashable » Michael Fassbender and James Corden almost defeated by an inanimate door

Monday 16 October 11:34:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook To be fair, doors are tricky things to kick down. SEE ALSO: James Corden gets slammed over distasteful Harvey Weinstein jokes On Friday night's Late Late Show Michael Fassbender and James Corden got to play badass SWAT-team officers. Well, for a couple of seconds anyway. The pair came up against some heavy resistance in the form of a door. They … [Link]

New Scientist – News » How to beat the bookies by turning their odds against them

Monday 16 October 11:30:00 UTC 2017

Bookmakers use complex prediction models to set the odds of sporting outcomes in their favour – but a simple analysis of available odds can still give good returns [Link]

Slashdot » PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Blocks 322,000 Cheaters

Monday 16 October 11:30:00 UTC 2017

The new anti-cheating system installed in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banning more than 6,000 suspected cheaters every day. An anonymous reader quotes PC Gamer: That's according to BattlEye, which polices the game's servers. Its official account tweeted yesterday that between 6,000 and 13,000 players are getting their marching orders daily. On Saturday morning, it had cracked down on nearly 20,000 … [Link]

Mashable » Colin Farrell talks about getting awkwardly mistaken for Colin Firth at the gym

Monday 16 October 11:22:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You might not expect famous people to get mistaken for other famous people, but it does happen. Just ask Colin Farrell. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the actor explained that the person he's most often confused with is Colin Firth. SEE ALSO: Bryan Cranston had sex on a train and it did not go to plan "Yeah, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

Monday 16 October 11:12:00 UTC 2017

If the sun spews “superflares” as often as other stars, one could take down power systems, damage the ozone layer and destroy satellites in the next century [Link]

Mashable » Björk shares her experience of sexual harassment by a 'Danish director'

Monday 16 October 11:10:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCompelled by the bravery of those who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein, women from all industries are coming forward to recount episodes of sexual harassment. Such as Icelandic pop star Björk.  SEE ALSO: Chilling 'Time' cover labels Harvey Weinstein a 'predator' and 'pariah' She has written about her experience with a "Danish director".  As she herself acknowledges, she comes from a … [Link]

New Scientist – News » It looks like an oxymoron, but Earth optimism is worth a try

Monday 16 October 10:48:06 UTC 2017

Decades of environmental doom-mongering have fallen on deaf ears. Maybe a new environmental campaign with a message of hope is just what we need [Link]

Mashable » This fire safety video about smoke alarms is so gloriously odd

Monday 16 October 10:31:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are few better ways to get your point across than through the medium of dance. SEE ALSO: Firefighters spent 3 hours rescuing man that got his penis stuck in a barbell Just look at the clip below, from the Fire and Rescue team in Kent, UK: That video was designed to get people to test their smoke alarms more regularly … [Link]

Mashable » Dad's tweet about daughter's reaction to a female referee is what we need right now

Monday 16 October 10:07:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnce again an adorable child has reminded us that people are capable of anything.  SEE ALSO: Transgender footballer could be the first to play in women's Australian rules league Twitter user Hullablue took his daughter to a semi-professional football game near Leeds, UK on Saturday, and got this snap of the little bean being inspired by an assistant referee. Daughter was … [Link]

Mashable » Here are 36 cuddly baby pandas making their public debut, to make Monday better

Monday 16 October 10:02:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBad day? Here are a load of new baby panda cubs to rectify that. Last Friday, a total of 36 brand new cubs were taken out for the first public appearance. SEE ALSO: Feast your eyes on this butter sculpture of Justin Trudeau holding 2 pandas One batch of 19 come from the Shenshuping breeding centre in the Wolong National Nature … [Link]

Mashable » 80kg python is family's pet, as toddler rides it like a horse

Monday 16 October 9:58:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA video has emerged showing a three year old boy riding a 20-foot-long python in floodwaters. According to the Daily Mail, the snake is a family pet, kept in their home in Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam. SEE ALSO: Frightened teens had to watch a giant snake slithering up the side of their moving car window Footage shows the boy … [Link]

Mashable » British actor Lysette Anthony recounts rape allegedly committed by Harvey Weinstein

Monday 16 October 9:56:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWarning: This story contains details of alleged rape that may be upsetting to some. The Harvey Weinstein scandal has reached the UK, with Scotland Yard investigating five allegations of sexual assault made by three women against the embattled movie mogul.   SEE ALSO: Seth MacFarlane explains his Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013 It comes as Hollyoaks star Lysette Anthony … [Link]

Mashable » Here's a brand new, gory clip from 'Stranger Things' Season 2

Monday 16 October 9:30:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSplendid news, Stranger Things fans: it may only have been a few days since the latest trailer for Season 2 launched, but we already have some gloriously gory new footage to sink our teeth into. SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things' reveals intriguing episode titles, including a gaming deep cut The following clip, which is introduced by Millie Bobby Brown, was launched at … [Link]

Mashable » Bryan Cranston had sex on a train and it did not go to plan

Monday 16 October 9:15:53 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Bryan Cranston has shared the secrets of a successful marriage. Turns out the answer is train sex. SEE ALSO: 'Breaking Bad' fans have been throwing so much pizza on Walter White's house the owner is putting up a fence Cranston appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night, and recounted the story of his honeymoon in Europe.  The newlywed … [Link]

Mashable » Nicole Kidman gets hilariously ruffled talking about Alexander Skarsgård

Monday 16 October 9:08:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In fairness, who wouldn't get a bit flustered when talking about Alexander Skarsgård?  As Nicole Kidman puts it in the clip above, the guy is a "mannequin". SEE ALSO: Nicole Kidman's powerful Emmy speech sheds light on domestic violence OK, so it's also worth noting that the only reason she gets slightly ruffled is because of the photo Graham Norton … [Link]

Mashable » Wi-Fi security may be cracked, and it's a very, very bad thing

Monday 16 October 8:46:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWi-Fi, the wireless data transfer technology practically all of us use on a daily basis, is in trouble.  The WPA2 security protocol, a widespread standard for Wi-Fi security that's used on nearly every Wi-Fi router, has apparently been cracked.  SEE ALSO: PSA: Turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Control Center doesn't actually do that The details on the security exploit, which … [Link]

Mashable » This guy flew 7,000 miles to watch a soccer match, only for it to be postponed

Monday 16 October 8:41:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis guy has the worst luck. A Filipino fan of Newcastle United flew 6,795 miles to watch his favourite soccer club play, before finding out the match was postponed. Kendrick Mon De Leon, from the Philippines, "blew his savings" to watch Newcastle play against Southampton on Oct. 14.  However, he found out after a couple of weeks that the match had … [Link]

Mashable » Asics is going to bake your next custom sneaker in a microwave

Monday 16 October 7:57:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCustom sneakers can usually take weeks, if not months, to be made, but Asics is going to make you one the same way you make instant ramen. The sportswear giant says it'll soon introduce microwaves in its stores that can "bake" soles in just around 15 seconds. SEE ALSO: Adidas releases puke and beer repellent shoes ahead of Oktoberfest It's still … [Link]

Mashable » Transgender footballer could be the first to play in women's Australian rules league

Monday 16 October 7:34:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLast year's debut of the AFLW, the women's iteration of Australia's national Australian rules football league, was a huge breakthrough for the country's male-dominated sporting landscape. But another barrier could be broken in the case of 27-year-old transgender woman Hannah Mouncey, who on Friday announced her intention enter the 2018 AFLW draft. SEE ALSO: 8 things Trump has done to hurt … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Should Users Uninstall Kaspersky's Antivirus Software?

Monday 16 October 7:34:00 UTC 2017

First, here's the opinion of two former NSA cybersecurity analysts (via Consumer Reports): "It's a big deal," says Blake Darche, a former NSA cybersecurity analyst and the founder of the cybersecurity firm Area 1. "For any consumers or small businesses that are concerned about privacy or have sensitive information, I wouldn't recommend running Kaspersky." By its very nature antivirus software … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2460: Social media guilt!

Monday 16 October 6:21:50 UTC 2017

JoT thumbWhat might have been! [Link]

Mashable » Larry Flynt offers $10 million if you have information that'll impeach Trump

Monday 16 October 6:15:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNeed some cash and have some dirt on Donald Trump? You might want to talk to Hustler founder Larry Flynt. The adult magazine mogul is offering $10 million "for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office" of the president. SEE ALSO: Sports teams are deserting Trump’s hotels, and it’s hitting his wallet hard The full-page ad was published in … [Link]

Mashable » McDonald's introduces phone lockers to get people to put their mobiles away

Monday 16 October 6:14:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen was the last time you had a meal with someone without spending time texting someone else? McDonald's has introduced mobile phone lockers, in a bid to get customers to put their phones away, and start talking to each other again.  SEE ALSO: 21-year-old woman loses her eyesight after staring at her smartphone game for days One of its outlets in … [Link]

Mashable » These carbon fibre chairs are designed to be used on Mars

Monday 16 October 5:40:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf Elon Musk wants to get a human crew to Mars by 2024, they'll need chairs, right? That's the priority for Switzerland-based designer Thomas Missé, who has designed the "Mars Chair" with interplanetary colonisation in mind. SEE ALSO: Dubai is building a massive Mars prototype city in the desert "Before industries get set up in this new home all products will … [Link]

Slashdot » Munich Plans New Vote on Dumping Linux For Windows 10

Monday 16 October 3:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic: The city of Munich has suggested it will cost too much to carry on using Linux alongside Windows, despite having spent millions of euros switching PCs to open-source software… "Today, with a Linux client-centric environment, we are often confronted with major difficulties and additional costs when it comes to acquiring and operating professional application software," … [Link]

Mashable » Hillary Clinton: WikiLeaks is a 'tool of Russian intelligence'

Monday 16 October 2:59:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYeah, so we all know Hillary Clinton and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange aren't the best of friends. Well, now it's heating up. In an excerpt of an interview set to air on Australian TV program 4 Corners on Monday night, Clinton accused Assange of colluding with Russia to harm her presidential campaign. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton calls Trump the most dangerous president … [Link]

Mashable » #MeToo: Hashtag shared by Alyssa Milano encourages personal stories of sexual assault and harassment

Monday 16 October 2:52:33 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Me too." It's a simple, powerful call to arms, and the latest hashtag collating stories of sexual harassment and assault, posted by Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano. Milano was one of the early responders to fellow Charmed co-star Rose McGowan's #WomenBoycottTwitter protest on Friday. The protest took place after McGowan was temporarily suspended from the platform amidst the Harvey Weinstein shitstorm. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Librarians recreate a classic Kardashian family photoshoot

Monday 16 October 2:50:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBack in August, the Kardashians graced the cover of The Hollywood Reporter to celebrate 10 years of being in the spotlight. So, in honour of the megastars, a couple of folks from Invercargill City Libraries and Archives in New Zealand decided to have "a totally impromptu, definitely not planned, photo-shoot," according to its Facebook post.  SEE ALSO: Students email professor with … [Link]

Slashdot » Nobel Prize Winner Argues Tech Companies Should Be Changing The World

Monday 16 October 1:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Tech companies are competing to serve the wealthy, argues the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, complaining there's no "global vision," with big innovations instead "designed and dedicated mostly for commercial successes… while trillions of dollars are invested in developing robotics and artificial intelligence for military and commercial purposes, there is little interest in applying … [Link]

Mashable » Koala hitches a free ride with farmer on his quad bike

Monday 16 October 0:36:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook While it's better to leave them alone, sometimes our animal friends could use a helping hand. Like this koala, who hitched a ride with a farmer on his quad bike after nearly ending up in a pond, frightened by some dogs, according to 7 News. "I'm just giving him a ride back to the dairy, so he can dry off," … [Link]

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