John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » Restaurant slammed on Yelp after getting called out for selling Popeyes chicken

Tuesday 17 October 23:45:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYelp is great for checking out what the community thinks of a certain restaurant. It's also great for a healthy helping of drama. Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California is at the center of a controversy after a disappointed customer revealed that its chicken sandwich was created using Popeyes chicken. The drama has since been called Popeyegate. The whole thing … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Significant' Number of Equifax Victims Already Had Info Stolen, Says IRS

Tuesday 17 October 23:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The IRS does not expect the Equifax data breach to have a major effect on the upcoming tax filing season, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday, adding that the agency believes a "significant" number of the victims already had their information stolen by cyber criminals. "We actually think that it won't make … [Link]

Mashable » Not everyone's desperate for Amazon's second headquarters

Tuesday 17 October 23:16:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCities have been desperately trying to attract Amazon’s second North American headquarters — but some groups want to know exactly what kind of jobs "HQ2" will bring.  On Tuesday, 73 civic groups, including unions, nonprofits, religious organizations, and political parties sent an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with a list of "expectations" for the company.  SEE ALSO: Amazon's new … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Recent API Security Incidents Show Perils of Ignoring Best Practices

Tuesday 17 October 22:58:00 UTC 2017

Despite the fact that the costs associated with hacking and data breaches have arguably never been higher, recent API-related security incidents highlight the fact that basic API security best practices are still often not being adhered to. Earlier this month, it was discovered that a vulnerability in the T-Mobile website made it possible for attackers to retrieve customer data, including … [Link]

Slashdot » Android Oreo Helps Google's Pixel 2 Smartphones Outperform Other Android Flagships

Tuesday 17 October 22:50:00 UTC 2017

MojoKid highlights Hot Hardware's review of Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones: Google officially launched it's Pixel 2 phones today, taking the wraps off third-party reviews. Designed by Google but manufactured by HTC (Pixel 2) and LG (Pixel 2 XL), the two new handsets also boast Google's latest Android 8.0 operating system, aka Oreo, an exclusive to … [Link]

Mashable » Volvo's wave of electric cars starts with a new brand: Polestar

Tuesday 17 October 22:17:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVolvo made a big commitment earlier this year to put electric motors in all of its vehicles by 2019 — and now the automaker will double down on electrification with an entirely new luxury car brand.  Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely Holdings, just announced that they'll invest about $755 million together to create Polestar, which will manufacture electrified vehicles … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Maps Ditches Walking Calorie Counter After Backlash

Tuesday 17 October 22:10:00 UTC 2017

Following online backlash, Google is removing a planned feature in Maps that shows you how many calories you'd burn when in walking mode. Google's attempt to promote a healthy lifestyle caused a number of people to lambast the feature on Twitter, claiming it would "shame" and even "trigger" those with eating disorders. Engadget reports: Taking note of the negative reaction, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Tetris' is playable in certain Russian trucks, and for a very specific reason

Tuesday 17 October 22:09:46 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This is basically the car version of the Konami Code, right? There's an incredible Easter egg tucked away in the computer brains of trucks produced by Russia's Gorky Automobile Plant. As the video above demonstrates, performing a specific set of steps unlocks a playable version of Tetris on the tiny dashboard screen. SEE ALSO: The evolution of gaming: From 8-bit … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon patent shows how drones might some day charge your car

Tuesday 17 October 22:01:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour next electric car might be fueled up by drone.  Amazon was granted a new patent earlier this month that was only recently spotted by Green Tech Media. The patent explains how Amazon drones might one day latch onto an electric vehicle and charge it while it's driving — a complicated balancing act between the car and the drone. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Everybody is calling bullsh*t on Ivanka Trump's 'punk phase'

Tuesday 17 October 21:46:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNestled amongst the many useful parenting tips in Ivana Trump's new memoir, Raising Trump, is the revelation that Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka reportedly had a "punk phase" — during which she loved Nirvana and dyed her hair blue (for about five seconds), she writes in her mom's book. One problem, Ivanka dear: Nirvana is grunge, not punk. As in angst and … [Link]

Mashable » Astronauts got to play with fidget spinners in space

Tuesday 17 October 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik posted a video of himself and his fellow astronauts testing Newton's laws of motion by playing with a fidget spinner aboard the International Space Station. Now we can answer the age-old question: would a fidget spinner spin forever in space? Read more…More about Space, Nasa, Mashable Video, International Space Station, and Physics [Link]

Mashable » Twitter is taking a much more aggressive stance on hate speech. Here's what we know:

Tuesday 17 October 21:44:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter has been known for preaching free speech, but that's come to harm the company as trolls and abusers thrive across its network.  Now, in the wake of a movement for women to boycott Twitter, the company is making its biggest sweep of changes yet to address hate speech and abuse.  SEE ALSO: #WomenBoycottTwitter is just another hashtag too late for … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Grafeas, FBI, Mendix, Codemojo

Tuesday 17 October 21:39:16 UTC 2017

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

ProgrammableWeb » Airbnb Officially Launches an API

Tuesday 17 October 21:36:16 UTC 2017

Airbnb has finally launched the official Airbnb API. While the developer community has pushed for an Airbnb API for quite some time, and the company indicated its interest in opening an API, Airbnb’s official integration partners have historically been limited to private, wall-blocked partnerships. Until now. [Link]

Mashable » Google adds stronger security features for hacking targets

Tuesday 17 October 21:34:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle just released its most powerful security feature yet. The search giant announced on its blog Tuesday morning the new Advanced Protection Program, which is intended to protect people who are at a high risk of being hacked. This means high-profile figures like Hillary Clinton, investigative journalists, and even activists. SEE ALSO: Jared and Ivanka used private emails for White House … [Link]

Slashdot » Netflix, Amazon, Movie Studios Sue Over TickBox Streaming Device

Tuesday 17 October 21:30:00 UTC 2017

Movies studios, Netflix, and Amazon have teamed up to file a lawsuit against a streaming media player called TickBox TV. The device in question runs Kodi on top of Android 6.0, and searches the internet for streams that it can make available to users without actually hosting any of the content itself. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigns amid sexual harassment accusation

Tuesday 17 October 21:29:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRoy Price, head of Amazon Studios since its founding, resigned Tuesday according to several media reports — less than a week after his alleged sexual harassment of a female producer resurfaced in the press. Isa Hackett said the incident occurred back in 2015, at a Comic Con Amazon party after their panel for Man on the High Castle. According to Hackett, … [Link]

Mashable » America's sweetheart Molly Ringwald was harassed, and the sickening Hollywood stories just don't end

Tuesday 17 October 21:26:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHarvey Weinstein is far from the only older, powerful man in Hollywood under a spotlight right now. Though many of the rest haven't been named, the onslaught of women in entertainment sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault is indicative of a deeply ingrained and troubling problem.  In a guest column for The New Yorker, actress Molly Ringwald shares her … [Link]

Mashable » Hypnotize friends with this smartphone fidget spinner

Tuesday 17 October 21:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust when you think you've seen it all, fidget spinner technology never fails to keep you on your toes. Behold: the RingSpinner, an attachment that turns your smartphone into a mesmerizing fidget spinner. Read more…More about Videos, Video, Iphone, Mashable Video, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » The Halloween Candy You Should Never Give to Kids

Tuesday 17 October 20:59:31 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Halloween, Halloween Candy, Mashable Reels, Worst Candy, and Culture [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Aims To Take on Nvidia With a Processor Specially Designed for AI

Tuesday 17 October 20:55:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: In what looks like a repeat of its loss to Qualcomm on smartphones, Intel has lagged graphics chip (GPU) maker Nvidia in the artificial intelligence revolution. Today Intel announced that its first AI chip, the Nervana Neural Network Processor, will roll out of factories by year's end. Originally called Lake Crest, the chip gets … [Link]

Mashable » The most secretive startup in tech just raised another $500 million

Tuesday 17 October 20:46:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe know very little of Magic Leap. And yet, it continues to be on a path toward greatness.  The augmented reality company just closed on $502 million in funding, propelling their total venture funding to $1.9 billion. While that's far less than Uber, Slack, and other tech unicorns, Magic Leap is special because it has no product to show for it.  … [Link]

Mashable » Why it's worth taking the leap and meeting your Tinder match IRL

Tuesday 17 October 20:26:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBrought to you by Mashable Brand X, in Paid Partnership with Tinder Read more…More about Supported, Relationships, Online Dating, Tinder, and Swipe Right [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood

Tuesday 17 October 20:17:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActresses Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon revealed their own struggles with sexual assault and harassment during the Elle Women in Hollywood awards. The comments come in the wake of several allegations against Harvey Weinstein for a variety of sexual misconduct. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Women, Sexual Harassment, Actress, and Sexual Assault [Link]

Slashdot » Traditional PC Sales Continue To Slide

Tuesday 17 October 20:15:00 UTC 2017

Sales of traditional PCs continue to decline, although the overall PC market is likely to grow slightly next year. From a report: Traditional PC shipments are forecast to drop by nearly eight percent this year, and another 4.4 percent in 2018, predicts analyst firm Gartner. Which means that, by 2019, 16 million fewer traditional PCs and notebooks will be sold … [Link]

Mashable » The next big Star Wars game is in trouble

Tuesday 17 October 20:03:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGame development studio Visceral Games is being shut down, its publishing parent EA announced today. Visceral's upcoming Star Wars game will change hands within the EA umbrella. Visceral, the team behind such games as Dead Space and Battlefield Hardline, is ramping down and closing after nearly 20 years of making games, EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund announced in a blog … [Link]

Mashable » Here are 9 things you probably didn't know about the classic 'Scream' films

Tuesday 17 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s that time of year, when we turn our attentions to Things about blood, guts and gore. This is our super-sized, 100th episode spectacular of Things You (Probably) Didn't Know, and it's all about Wes Craven's Scream films! Stay tuned all the way to the end for a special "thank you" from the TYDK team! Visit CineFix for more episodes and … [Link]

Mashable » Trump plummets down Forbes 400 list of richest Americans

Tuesday 17 October 19:58:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump was a loser on Forbes' annual 400 richest Americans list. He was 156 on last year’s list, when he was worth $3.7 billion. On this year’s list, released Tuesday, he dropped to 248. Now he’s only worth $3.1 billion. In 2015, his fortune was worth $4.5 billion. SEE ALSO: Trump doesn't come close to these celebs when it … [Link]

Mashable » BBC newsman is so done reporting on breaking news that is not news

Tuesday 17 October 19:54:06 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook BBC newsman Simon McCoy has reached the stage in his career where he no longer has the capacity to put on a fake smile and bullshit his way through a story he knows is not news-worthy.  In the past, McCoy has expressed his disdain for surfing dogs, now, he's got it out for the royal family and their unnecessary press … [Link]

Mashable » California becomes first state to recognize third gender option on birth certificates

Tuesday 17 October 19:52:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCalifornia is now the first state in America to recognize a third gender on driver's licenses and birth certificates. On Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation that will allow residents to identify their gender as female, male, or nonbinary. Senate Bill 179 — the Gender Recognition Act — states that "the binary gender designations of female and male fail … [Link]

Mashable » Google Calendar for web just got a pretty new update

Tuesday 17 October 19:48:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is rolling out new updates for the web version of Google Calendar, finally giving PC users the sleek layout and intuitive controls offered on the mobile app version of the G Suite tool.   SEE ALSO: Google Photos will now automatically recognize pics of your pets The redesigned G Cal has the same bright colors you'll find on mobile, and … [Link]

Mashable » That awkward moment when Trump learns the Greek prime minister called his ideas 'evil'

Tuesday 17 October 19:46:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump said some nice things about Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a joint press conference on Tuesday — right before he learned Tsipras had once called Trump's ideas "evil."  “I wish I knew that before my speech," Trump joked, as everyone watching (I'm just assuming) let out little whimpers or affixed their mouths in tight smiles that said, … [Link]

Mashable » Custom PC mod is basically a dancing hologram

Tuesday 17 October 19:40:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThrowing LED lights into your custom-built gaming PC just doesn't cut it anymore. You gotta outfit it with a see-through screen that makes it look like it has holograms inside of it. SEE ALSO: Hotel puts proper gaming rigs in all its rooms, perfect for gamer couples on vacation That's exactly what somebody did with a custom PC making the rounds … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A gaggle of 7 moons keep Saturn’s rings from breaking apart

Tuesday 17 October 19:38:00 UTC 2017

The gravity from seven of its moons stops Saturn’s bright outer ring from spreading out and dispersing into space, according to Cassini spacecraft measurements [Link]

Slashdot » Toronto To Be Home To Google Parent's Biggest Smart City Project Yet

Tuesday 17 October 19:35:00 UTC 2017

Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with the stated goal of "reimagining cities from the Internet up," now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments. From a report: That's obviously an ambitious project, but some of the groundwork is already being laid: Alphabet's Google will be the flagship … [Link]

Mashable » Here are all the best jokes about the new Star Wars movie title

Tuesday 17 October 19:33:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe know: You love Han Solo. But the generic title of his standalone prequel movie — Solo: A Star Wars Story — left many fans feeling colder than a carbonite freezing chamber.  Still, you can always count on Twitter to smuggle in the jokes. And the fact that director Ron Howard revealed the title in a Twitter video, in which he … [Link]

Mashable » Bob Weinstein is now facing sexual harassment allegations of his own

Tuesday 17 October 19:32:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFirst Harvey, now Bob. The other Weinstein brother is now facing sexual harassment allegations leveled by Amanda Segel, executive producer of The Mist, a Spike TV series.  SEE ALSO: Bob Weinstein on Harvey: 'He should never be allowed back, ever.' Segel alleges that Bob Weinstein pursued her romantically on and off throughout the summer of 2016, while the series was in … [Link]

Mashable » Hedgehog camping is the only camping I care about

Tuesday 17 October 19:28:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmong Instagram's many traveling photographers, it's become a bit cliché to post one's beautiful dog standing tall on a rocky mountain slope before a massive luxury camping tent.  These photos are – forgive me, talented travel shooters – extremely boring.  Here's what I'd rather see: These photos of our friend Azuki the hedgehog perched in a miniature camping chair, donning a … [Link]

Mashable » We got to look inside Google's NYC pop-up store before it opens to the public

Tuesday 17 October 19:26:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle’s New York City pop-up store is conveniently located near Mashable headquarters, so we walked over to get a peek (and share it with you!) before it opens to the public on Thursday, Oct. 19. The store will be open through Dec. 31, with the daily hours of 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. It's located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan … [Link]

Mashable » Trump incites rage from ex-Obama staffers by saying Obama didn't reach out to families of fallen soldiers

Tuesday 17 October 19:25:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump's lies and falsehoods still have the power to incite new levels of rage and disbelief. Trump uttered one such falsehood on Monday, when he claimed that former President Barack Obama never got in touch with the families of United States soldiers who were killed while serving the country. Many of Obama's former staff members defended their ex-boss, calling … [Link]

Mashable » Boss of Facebook's secretive hardware lab out after 18 months

Tuesday 17 October 19:24:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook’s secretive Building 8 hardware lab is losing its boss. Regina Dugan, who left Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group to lead Building 8, announced that she will be leaving the social network at the beginning of 2018 to "focus on building and leading a new endeavor." SEE ALSO: Facebook just acquired tbh and its 5 million teen users The former … [Link]

Mashable » WhatsApp's new feature lets you track your friends in real-time

Tuesday 17 October 19:09:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhatsApp will now let you track your friend's location. The app is getting a new "live location" sharing feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with the friends they're chatting with. SEE ALSO: Facebook is opening up its most annoying feature to thirsty brands Previously, the app had a location-sharing feature, but it only allowed users to share … [Link]

Mashable » Adorable smart alarm clocks are the latest trend in kid tech

Tuesday 17 October 19:09:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Parenting is pretty much synonymous with sleep deprivation. Just when you finally get them to sleep through the night, your kid starts waking up at the crack of dawn ready to play.  SEE ALSO: Fall asleep easier with help from this bedside metronome and … [Link]

Mashable » Jane Goodall still fights for endangered chimps. She needs your help.

Tuesday 17 October 18:56:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen 26-year-old Jane Goodall first set foot in Tanzania in 1960, we knew nearly nothing about how chimpanzees acted in the wild.Her work opened up an entirely new world for researchers, and showed a captivated public just how intelligent and social chimps were. Chimpanzees modified tools, waged primitive wars over territory, and calmed each other with pats, tickles, and hugs. In … [Link]

Slashdot » Companies Overlook Risks in Open Source Software, Survey Finds

Tuesday 17 October 18:55:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Open source code helps software suppliers to be nimble and build products faster, but a new report reveals hidden software supply chain risks of open source that all software suppliers and IoT manufacturers should know about. The recent Equifax breach for example exploited a vulnerability in a widely used open source web framework, Apache … [Link]

Mashable » Erika Sanchez joins MashReads with her lauded debut novel 'I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter'

Tuesday 17 October 18:46:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGrowing up with strict familial expectations is hard, especially with a seemingly "perfect" older sibling. But if that sibling were to suddenly and tragically pass away, that gulf between yourself and your family could seem impassable.  That's the central struggle of Erika Sanchez' powerful new novel,  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.  SEE ALSO: 'Turtles All The Way Down' is … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone 8 is reportedly selling worse than the iPhone 7. Wait, what?

Tuesday 17 October 18:39:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 39ae 5519%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ for the glass back, stay for the A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging.","image":&~ iPhone 8 is excellent, but not for everyone","sources":~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","sec0":null,&q~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Apple, Sales, Iphone 7, Iphone 8, and Iphone X [Link]

Mashable » This portable solar cooker has already destroyed its Kickstarter goal

Tuesday 17 October 18:39:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Over the course of the last few years, GoSun has introduced a new wave of outdoor eating by harnessing solar power to let you cook. This eco-friendly cooking device is getting an upgrade by way of the GoSun Go, an ultra portable solar-powered cooker … [Link]

Mashable » 13 super last minute Halloween costumes inspired by 2017 pop culture

Tuesday 17 October 18:37:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLook, we all want to be something great for Halloween, but life gets in the way and makes it difficult to put together an elaborate costume.  If you want to join in on the fun, but haven't started planning months in advance, this list is made for you. Especially if you keep a close eye on pop culture. SEE ALSO: 19 … [Link]

Mashable » Guy builds massive 'King Kong' Halloween display right in front yard

Tuesday 17 October 18:27:31 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sure, you could spend your time and money going all out for your home's Halloween display. Alternatively, you could put down the plastic skeleton and marvel at true decor mastery.  The Salt Lake City Tribune caught up with local woodworker Ammon Smith, whose commitment to holiday decor led him to build a massive King Kong Halloween display, right in his … [Link]

Mashable » Spider capturing a toad is another reminder that nature is absolutely brutal

Tuesday 17 October 18:24:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Look no further than a brutal video of a spider capturing its prey for a reminder of the intensity of nature. In the clip, a toad gets stuck in a web and the spider starts to make its move. The people filming think the spider is biting the toad, but nope. Instead, the spider manages to wrap the toad entirely … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Employees Detail How They Were Fired, Claim Dismissals Were Not Performance Related

Tuesday 17 October 18:16:00 UTC 2017

New submitter joshtops shares a CNBC report: Tesla is trying to disguise layoffs by calling the widespread terminations performance related, allege several current and former employees. On Friday, the San Jose Mercury News first reported that Tesla had dismissed an estimated 400 to 700 employees. That number represents between 1 and 2 percent of its entire workforce. But one former … [Link]

Mashable » Apple has a lot to say to Al Franken about Face ID on the iPhone X

Tuesday 17 October 18:11:07 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, Privacy, Security, and Smartphones [Link]

New Scientist – News » Online dating may be breaking down society’s racial divisions

Tuesday 17 October 18:10:00 UTC 2017

Racial segregation has eased in the US over the past two decades. Could hooking up online be responsible? [Link]

Mashable » This mechanical pencil is made entirely out of metal

Tuesday 17 October 18:06:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The second version of the Modern Fuel mechanical pencil is up on Kickstarter right now and it's a minimalist designer's dream come true. SEE ALSO: Want to become an animator? Start with these tools. This pencil is made entirely of metal with no plastic … [Link]

Mashable » Venmo is now here for your online shopping payment needs

Tuesday 17 October 18:01:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBust out those jeans and high heel emojis – Venmo is about to change your online shopping game. On Tuesday, PayPal-owned Venmo announced that its users will soon be able to use Venmo to make merchant payments online. The move marks a shift for the app from a primarily peer-to-peer service to a more full-service payment platform.  SEE ALSO: PayPal's Braintree … [Link]

Mashable » There's a $200 Super NES machine and oh god do we want it

Tuesday 17 October 17:58:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWelcome to 2017, where people are excited to spend hundreds of dollars on decades-old gaming hardware. No, I'm not talking about Nintendo's Super NES Classic — but this is real close. Analogue's Super Nt is a console that's built to play all your original Super NES/Super Famicom cartridges, and output them to your TV in 1080p HD. SEE ALSO: After little … [Link]

Mashable » There's a bull on the loose in Brooklyn

Tuesday 17 October 17:57:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've recently misplaced your bull, you may want to check Brooklyn. It's definitely not the first time, but there's now a bull, initially mistaken for a cow, on the loose in Prospect Park. LIVE: Cow on the loose in Prospect Park, Brooklyn — Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) October 17, 2017 According to ABC, the police reportedly tried to capture … [Link]

Mashable » You can now explore moons and planets with Google Maps

Tuesday 17 October 17:49:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet excited, space fans.  Google just rolled out a new Maps feature showing off some of our favorite planetary neighbors.  The new Maps feature label images of our moon, Mercury, Venus, Pluto, the International Space Station, and a number of icy moons that orbit the outer planets like Saturn (as seen by the Cassini spacecraft, which just reached the end of … [Link]

Mashable » This line of smart jewelry is the most stylish Life Alert you've ever seen

Tuesday 17 October 17:47:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Wearable tech is a growing market, with new smart rings and other jewelry being added all the time. The latest to join those ranks is Blinq — a line of smart rings currently seeking funding via Kickstarter. Blinq will apparently alert you to smartphone … [Link]

Mashable » Kerry Washington's next project could be Facebook's first big hit

Tuesday 17 October 17:35:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook just scored a big win in its effort to rule Hollywood.  SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election Kerry Washington, the star of Scandal, is among the executive producers for a new drama series in production for the social networking giant, Variety reported Tuesday. The news comes just a day after Netflix revealed … [Link]

Mashable » ZTE announces a foldable, dual-screen phone that makes no sense at all

Tuesday 17 October 17:34:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you like wasting money on experimental hardware, then you're going to love this new Android phone from China. SEE ALSO: Samsung promises foldable phones by 2018 ZTE announced today a brand new, foldable, dual-screen mutant phone otherwise known as the Axon M. The smartphone is sold exclusively through AT&T in the U.S. and will eventually roll out to China, Europe, … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Begins Rolling Out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Tuesday 17 October 17:30:00 UTC 2017

Microsoft has started to roll out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka, "Redstone 3" to the general public. The company has been testing this new major update to its desktop operating system for over six months. Much like the previous major updates to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update is also free to Windows 10 users. Some of the remarkable … [Link]

Mashable » Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is great… if you're into 3D

Tuesday 17 October 17:21:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook b7aa dc15%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ update in three dimensions.","image"~ on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update","sources":[{~ 10,mashable choice,laptops,desktops,operating system","sec0":null,~ 10,mashable choice,laptops,desktops,operating system","videoSeriesName&~ More about Microsoft, Reviews, Computers, Windows 10, and Mashable Choice [Link]

Mashable » 9 surprising facts about the classic 'Scream' movies

Tuesday 17 October 17:15:46 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's that time of year, when we turn our attentions to Things about blood, guts and gore. This is our super-sized, 100th episode spectacular of Things You (Probably) Didn't Know, and it's all about Wes Craven's Scream films! Stay tuned all the way to the end for a special "thank you" from the TYDK team! Visit CineFix for more episodes … [Link]

Mashable » How Long Should Your iPhone Last?

Tuesday 17 October 17:04:46 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Eminem's anti-Trump freestyle now has a very different purpose

Tuesday 17 October 16:58:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEminem’s scathing BET Hip Hop awards freestyle that condemned Donald Trump and his supporters last week has now been turned into a super useful, and pretty damn funny meme. SEE ALSO: Since Donald Trump's victory, the political bar for performances (like Eminem's freestyle) has been raised People decided to take those moments of silence in between Eminem's freestyle and turn it … [Link]

Mashable » You don’t have to know how to code to make a website

Tuesday 17 October 16:49:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Yeah, yeah, everyone and their grandmother is learning how to code now. But what if you just want instant gratification and none of the hard work? Hey, no judgment. Sometimes you need a professional looking site ASAP, without teaching yourself programming along the way. … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' actress Lena Headey shares her own horrifying Harvey Weinstein experience

Tuesday 17 October 16:41:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHarvey Weinstein's reputation and empire keep unraveling, and the women affected by his decades of alleged sexual harassment and coercion continue to come forward. On Twitter, Lena Headey, best known for her starring role on Game of Thrones, shared her experiences with meeting Weinstein in Hollywood and alleges he tried to take advantage of her using his power and status. SEE … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Roadside barrier that folds like origami blocks traffic noise

Tuesday 17 October 16:40:00 UTC 2017

Traffic noise has many frequencies, making it hard to suppress. A new barrier with movable folds can change its acoustic properties in response to traffic patterns [Link]

Slashdot » 'Google Just Made Gmail the Most Secure Email Provider on the Planet'

Tuesday 17 October 16:40:00 UTC 2017

Google announced on Tuesday that it would offer stronger online security for "high risk" users who may be frequent targets of online attacks. The company said anyone with a personal Google account can enroll in the new "advanced protection," while noting that it will require users to "trade off a bit of convenience" for extra security. Motherboard reports: The main … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Four brain genes help explain obsessive compulsive disorder

Tuesday 17 October 16:30:00 UTC 2017

OCD has been linked to genes active in a brain circuit involved in learning and decisions. The finding may help explain why the condition can run in families [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Build a 3D Airport Experience with the Wrld.js SDK

Tuesday 17 October 16:25:19 UTC 2017

Wrld.js is an SDK built on the Leaflet API that can be used for embedding interactive, 3D, indoor and outdoor maps in a web page. This guide will walk you through the process of using wrld.js to build a 3D airport experience for LAX, including searching, point-of-interest markers, and indoor routing. [Link]

Mashable » It's official: the Han Solo movie is finished and has a name

Tuesday 17 October 16:21:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter an extended, troubled production with a very public change of directors, the untitled Han Solo movie has wrapped — and it's no longer untitled. Director Ron Howard, who took over in June from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, announced the title on Twitter: It's Solo: A Star Wars Story. (I'm not going to say I called it, but I called … [Link]

Slashdot » Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting

Tuesday 17 October 16:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent. In 2016 alone, more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America, the first time the country has passed that grim toll in a decade. Regulators, meanwhile, still have … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Responded Quietly After Detecting Secret Database Hack in 2013

Tuesday 17 October 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Citing five former employees, Reuters reported on Tuesday that Microsoft's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago. From the report: The company did not disclose the extent of the attack to the public or its customers after its discovery in 2013, but the … [Link]

Mashable » This powerful quote about sexual violence will change the way you talk about it

Tuesday 17 October 15:10:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwo words: #MeToo. That's what it took to turn the world's attention to the magnitude of sexual harassment and assault. Now that we're finally talking about it, it's high time we thought about the language we use to talk about sexual assault. A quote about the gendered language we use discuss rape and assault has gone viral, prompting thousands to question … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix is getting serious about making movies: 80 to come in 2018

Tuesday 17 October 14:59:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNetflix turned the TV industry upside down and built itself into a powerhouse on the back of its series. Now, it's turning its attention to the movie industry. Netflix is planning to release around 80 original movies in 2018, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said on Monday's earnings call.  That's a considerable increase on the 50 planned for 2017. The company's … [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence shares her own account of sexual harassment faced in Hollywood

Tuesday 17 October 14:54:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJennifer Lawrence is joining the many voices in Hollywood standing up against inappropriate treatment of women. A week after dozens of women accused big-time producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing and assaulting them, the actress spoke at Elle's 24th annual Women in Hollywood celebration to share a "humiliating" and "degrading" experience she faced early in her career. SEE ALSO: Kate Winslet … [Link]

Mashable » Only in Dubai—police now have hovercrafts

Tuesday 17 October 14:46:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs if a fleet of supercars wasn't enough, now Dubai police have hovercrafts. The police force will be adding this transport to their elaborate arsenal for emergency response whenever traffic is bad. The hovercrafts will give them the ability to bypass traffic effectively, reducing response time.  Read more…More about Transportation, Mashable Video, Dubai, Flight, and Flying [Link]

Mashable » This journal may be the habit-changer you need

Tuesday 17 October 14:42:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Are you the type of person who sets twenty alarms in the morning and then snoozes through all of them? When you wake up, do you lay in bed and scroll mindlessly through Facebook for half an hour? Maybe you just need some inspiration. … [Link]

Slashdot » The Impossible Dream of USB-C

Tuesday 17 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

Marco Arment, a prominent developer best known for co-founding Tumblr, explains things that are still crippling USB-C, despite being around for years and being used in mainstream products. Arment writes: While a wide variety of USB-C dongles are available, most use the same handful of unreliable, mediocre chips inside. Some USB-A dongles make Wi-Fi drop on MacBook Pros. Some USB-A … [Link]

Mashable » Thrill-seekers free falling into Oregon's blue pools will make your stomach drop

Tuesday 17 October 14:35:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDaredevil Graham Merwin filmed himself and friends cliff-jumping into the deep, clear blue pool in Tamolitch Falls in OregonThe pool, which is popular with nature buffs, is surrounded by cliffs that are up to 60 feet high. While the video makes jumping in look effortless, this is still very dangerous and people should proceed with caution… or just live vicariously through … [Link]

Mashable » Mamma Mia! Cher is joining the musical sequel

Tuesday 17 October 14:35:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMamma mia, here she goes again … back to the big screen. Cher has joined the Mamma Mia! sequel, marking her first onscreen film role since 2010's Burlesque. SEE ALSO: The Cher musical has a premiere date so start believing Also on board are most of the cast of the original, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Dominic … [Link]

Mashable » Groundbreaking, farm-loving robots could change the future of agriculture

Tuesday 17 October 14:32:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics are pioneers when it comes to robotic farming. Having developed a series of driverless tractors, they give us a sneak peek of how future farms and orchards will operate in the era of mass automation. These robots can line themselves up and drive over crops, get data that they send to the … [Link]

Mashable » Reese Witherspoon opens up about being sexually assaulted by a director at 16

Tuesday 17 October 14:29:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLast week's stories about Harvey Weinstein were disgusting and unsettling, but the collective wave of nausea surrounding his actions and how many people were complicit in them has started a conversation in Hollywood and beyond.  Reese Witherspoon, while speaking at Monday's Elle Women in Hollywood event, revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a director at the age of 16 and … [Link]

Mashable » Adorable lifeguard puppy saves kids from drowning

Tuesday 17 October 14:27:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCori the puppy used to be afraid of water, but now — at 9 months— she bravely jumps in to save people’s lives. Due to her innate ability to save people in the water, Cori became a canine-assisted swim trainer to kids with disabilities. She's also currently training to be a therapy dog.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Kids, Children, Train, … [Link]

Mashable » The evolution of gaming: From 8-bit to today

Tuesday 17 October 14:25:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe history of gaming is as long and complex as the Lost Levels of Super Mario Bros., and it's filled with its fair share of drama, intrigue, and fierce opinion.  From a technical standpoint, the advancements of the past half-century have been fascinating to witness. Heritage gamers have watched the industry transform from classic hits like Pong and old-school, 8-bit games … [Link]

Mashable » 6 of your neighbor's Halloween costume ideas that will make you say, 'That shirt's from my house'

Tuesday 17 October 14:05:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou ever had that one neighbor who steals your clothes? It's apparently a rare breed, but when you live near one, you really live near one. And your neighbor Kevin is one of those ones, especially around Halloween. SEE ALSO: Halloween costume ideas for couples who are about to break up Here are five of your neighbor's Halloween costume ideas that … [Link]

New Scientist – News » How to clean up the dirty water Puerto Ricans are drinking

Tuesday 17 October 14:05:00 UTC 2017

Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria, many people on Puerto Rico are still without clean drinking water and have resorted to wells on a contaminated site [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Surface Book 2 Puts Desktop Brains in a Laptop Body

Tuesday 17 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

David Pierce, writing for Wired: As Microsoft went to create the Surface Book 2, the company once again tried to bust categories. The result is the most combinatory device Microsoft's made yet. It's a laptop (screens measure 13 or 15 inches; there's a keyboard and trackpad) — and it's also a tablet (the screen detaches, you can use a pen, … [Link]

Mashable » At last, we can all rest easy knowing this iguana has been arrested

Tuesday 17 October 13:56:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTake a deep breath, folks. Feel that? That's relief. The nightmare is over. This one iguana is finally in jail. Florida’s Stuart Police Department has, at long last, captured this one iguana that they've been looking for. SEE ALSO: Iguana, who answers to no man, wreaks havoc at the Miami Open tennis tournament According to their social media channels, Stuart Police … [Link]

Mashable » We can't get enough of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury so here's more

Tuesday 17 October 13:47:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTime was that an entertainment writer would have raised all the eyebrows at Mr. Robot star Rami Malek being cast as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, but luckily that time has passed. Now we can't get enough behind-the-scenes images of Malek, like the one shared to Instagram by director Bryan Singer on Monday night. SEE ALSO: Rami Malek channels Freddie Mercury playing … [Link]

Mashable » Vibing snake dances to 'Proud Mary' and somehow doesn't miss a single beat

Tuesday 17 October 13:34:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This snake might be rollin' on the river…or the next bush.   The Plains Hognose was jamming out to rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" and boy, does it have some moves. Just give this snake a stage, because it's ready to slither into a groundbreaking performance.  Read more… More about Youtube, Animals, Culture, Snakes, and Viv [Link]

Mashable » Why Microsoft turned the Surface Book into a 15-inch 'beast'

Tuesday 17 October 13:02:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 992f 5bab%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ is one powerful laptop.","image":&qu~ on the Microsoft Surface Book 2","sources":[{&quot~ 10,surface book,panos panay","sec0":null,&~ 10,surface book,panos panay","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Microsoft, Tablet, Laptop, Surface, and Windows 10 [Link]

Slashdot » Mobile Phone Companies Appear To Be Selling Your Location To Almost Anyone

Tuesday 17 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: You may remember that last year, Verizon (which owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch) was punished by the FCC for injecting information into its subscribers' traffic that allowed them to be tracked without their consent. That practice appears to be alive and well despite being disallowed in a ruling last March: companies appear … [Link]

Mashable » Google Pixel 2 review: The best boring phones, and that's not so bad

Tuesday 17 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 92e2 9e0b%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ nothing wrong with playing it safe, but where's the fun in that?","image":&quot~ Pixel 2 review: The best boring phones, and that's not so bad","sources":[{&qu~ choice,google assistant,pixel 2,android oreo,google lens,pixel 2 xl","sec0":null,&quo~ choice,google assistant,pixel 2,android oreo,google lens,pixel 2 xl","videoSeriesName&quot~ More about Mobile, Google, Android, Smartphones, and Reviews [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft made the Surface Book bigger and more badass

Tuesday 17 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 992f 5bab%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ is one powerful laptop.","image":&qu~ on the Microsoft Surface Book 2","sources":[{&quot~ 10,surface book,panos panay","sec0":null,&~ 10,surface book,panos panay","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Microsoft, Laptop, Windows 10, Surface Book, and Surface Book 2 [Link]

Mashable » Admit it, you're guilty of 'binge-racing' new TV shows

Tuesday 17 October 12:55:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou know the feeling. There's a new show coming to Netflix on Friday, and you've got to watch it all by Monday to talk to everyone. On second thought, maybe you want to finish in a day so you can post about it. Actually, it might be best to finish on day one so that you don't get spoiled – you … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future

Tuesday 17 October 12:26:00 UTC 2017

Tropical cyclones often get to Europe but normally they have weakened by the time they get there. Not any more, thanks to climate change [Link]

Mashable » Prince George's favourite film proves once and for all he just can't wait to be king

Tuesday 17 October 12:25:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHardened journalists have been trying for years to discover the much sought after title of Prince George's favourite film, but in the end all it took was the cheery questioning of a small boy. SEE ALSO: I'm 23 and dressed as royal baby Prince George for a week Just check out this kid's interview technique. Prince William is totally caught off … [Link]

Mashable » New Google Doodle is a colourful celebration of Selena Quintanilla's life

Tuesday 17 October 11:38:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Google's latest Doodle packs a very musical punch. SEE ALSO: Monday's Google Doodle is an ode to English lexicographer Samuel Johnson The 90 second video, which is viewable in the U.S., Mexico, India and parts of South America, celebrates the life of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla. Selena rocketed to fame in the 80s in her family band Selena y Los … [Link]

Mashable » In the wake of #MeToo, men are pledging to make changes to fight harassment

Tuesday 17 October 11:35:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOver to you, men. As thousands women around the world shout the words "me too" in unison to demonstrate the magnitude of sexual harassment women endure, men are now responding with their own positive hashtag.  The #MeToo hashtag has been used over 100K times following a rallying cry from Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano, who encouraged women to use the hashtag if … [Link]

Mashable » The best way to get cheap data while traveling internationally

Tuesday 17 October 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMy favorite travel gadget isn't my camera or noise-canceling headphones or even my iPhone. It's a SIM card from Google. I'm talking, of course, about Project Fi, Google's wireless service that provides cheap voice and data plans to Nexus and Pixel owners. It's also the perfect way to get data abroad without breaking the bank. SEE ALSO: Pixel Buds are probably … [Link]

Mashable » You're a self-aware vacuum-cleaner robot in this adorable new video game

Tuesday 17 October 11:12:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Smart appliances are becoming more and more part of our lives, but what if one of them becomes self-aware? What if your Roomba develops a consciousness, emotions, feelings and all of that?  That's the concept behind Rumu, the debut adventure game by Robot House, a small Sydney-based team of developers.  As the emotionally packed trailer for the game shows, Rumu … [Link]

Mashable » Amy Schumer reveals the happy, unexpected side effect of Twitter trolls

Tuesday 17 October 10:16:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook For most celebrities, Twitter trolls are a thing to be either ignored or fought back against. Amy Schumer has a different use for them, though. SEE ALSO: This home video of Amy Schumer dancing to Michael Jackson is a thing of beauty During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Schumer spoke about the constant feedback she gets from the internet … [Link]

Mashable » Google removes Maps feature showing calories and mini-cupcakes after huge online backlash

Tuesday 17 October 10:06:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle is constantly testing new features for its Maps app, from the estimated elevation for cyclists to video footage of the searched location.  SEE ALSO: Google Maps error sends tourists looking for Australia's Blue Mountains to a suburban cul-de-sac But this time, a feature for directions that shows you how many calories you'd burn when in walking mode caused quite a … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Your Local Planets and Moons

Tuesday 17 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Google has added three planets and nine moons to Google Maps. "The heavenly bodies include Saturn moons Dione, Enceladus, Iapetus, Mimas, Rhea and Titan, and Jupiter moons Europa, Ganymede and Io," reports CNET. "Google also added dwarf-planets Pluto and Ceres and full-planet Venus." From the report: Once inside Google Maps for planets, you can spin the space objects around, get … [Link]

Mashable » This home video of Amy Schumer dancing to Michael Jackson is a thing of beauty

Tuesday 17 October 9:41:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Childhood photos and tapes are a source of humiliation for many of us. But not Amy Schumer, because the footage of her younger self dancing is pure dynamite. SEE ALSO: Kimmel's idea for a 'Trump-translator' app is kind of genius Amy Schumer was on Jimmy Kimmel Live in Brooklyn on Monday night, and her brother joined her and Kimmel on … [Link]

Mashable » These shots made with a Nokia 3310 are gorgeous, but only if you don't look too closely

Tuesday 17 October 9:39:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, the old new Nokia 3310. It's simple, virtually indestructible, and comes with Snake — but what we really wanna know is, how does its camera hold up? SEE ALSO: Nokia's releasing the iconic 3310 in 3G, and Australia's getting it first Singapore photographer Xavier Lur took the iconic handset out for a try, and the results are pretty stunning: Singapore … [Link]

Mashable » Ariana Grande kneels on very tiny stool, becomes very big meme

Tuesday 17 October 9:36:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a lesson here: If you sit on a very, very tiny stool, the internet is going to take note. Ariana Grande will tell you. SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande's new perfume smells like a doughnut she might lick Here's the cover for her latest album My Everything, on which she can be found kneeling on a minuscule white stool and somehow … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sleeping too little is no badge of honour – it harms our brains

Tuesday 17 October 9:30:00 UTC 2017

Skipping sleep to get more done can have a profound effect. We need to prioritise rest before we sleepwalk into a public health disaster [Link]

Mashable » North Korea hacks UK TV company, in retaliation for fictional show about it

Tuesday 17 October 9:13:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNorth Korean hackers have targeted a fictional British TV show whose plotline centres around the secretive country. The drama, Opposite Number, revolves around a British nuclear scientist kidnapped in Pyongyang. SEE ALSO: Sony Pictures investigating North Korean links to recent hack, report says British broadcaster Channel 4 first announced the show in 2014, adding that it would be written by a … [Link]

Mashable » New Zealanders worry about a 'chipocalypse' as potato supply drops

Tuesday 17 October 7:20:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe don't want to ever live in a world where there is a "chipocalypse." No wonder New Zealanders are concerned at the prospect, as 20 percent of potato crops have been lost due to extended periods of wet weather, according to the New Zealand Herald. SEE ALSO: Shake Shack embraces automation—but claims it won't hurt its famed hospitality Supermarkets have indicated … [Link]

Slashdot » Essential Is Getting Sued For Allegedly Stealing Wireless Connector Technology

Tuesday 17 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

"Keyssa, a wireless technology company backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell, filed a lawsuit against Essential on Monday, alleging that the company stole trade secrets and breached their nondisclosure agreement," reports Gizmodo. Keyssa has proprietary technology that reportedly lets users transfer large files in a matter of seconds by holding two devices side by side. From the … [Link]

Mashable » Australia tries to solve its bike-sharing dumping problem

Tuesday 17 October 4:32:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSingapore-based, dockless bike-sharing service oBike fished 42 bikes out of Melbourne's Yarra River in one day. Suffice it to say, something has to be done about the high instances of bike-share dumping — and slowly but surely, local councils around the world are taking the lead. SEE ALSO: Humans ruined bike-sharing in Singapore so now bikes need parking zones Dockless bike-sharing … [Link]

Mashable » NBA coach lights internet on fire after he calls Donald Trump a 'soulless coward'

Tuesday 17 October 4:14:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe NBA regular season doesn't start until Tuesday, but San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has already dominated an opponent — in this case, President Donald Trump.  After Trump made the outrageously false claim that former President Barack Obama didn't contact the families of fallen troops, "Pop" went off when talking to The Nation's Dave Zirin.  SEE ALSO: Why Gregg Popovich … [Link]

Slashdot » Ophelia Became a Major Hurricane Where No Storm Had Before

Tuesday 17 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The system formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia is moving into Ireland on Monday, bringing "status red" weather throughout the day to the island. The Irish National Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, has warned that, "Violent and destructive gusts of 120 to 150km/h are forecast countrywide, and in excess of these values in … [Link]

Mashable » Australia launches a world-first national reporting tool for revenge porn

Tuesday 17 October 3:22:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTaking steps to reporting and removing revenge porn, a.k.a image-based abuse, can be arduous, both emotionally and regarding the amount of steps required to get it done. Australia's government is aiming to make the process simpler, with the launch of a national portal for reporting instances of image-based abuse. SEE ALSO: 4 things you should do when you're the victim of … [Link]

Mashable » This 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 casting just debunked one of our favorite theories

Tuesday 17 October 2:00:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Golden Company is coming to Game of Thrones in Season 8, and now we know who's leading it — and who isn't.  Cersei ominously namedropped the infamous sellswords in the Season 7 finale while telling Jaime about her evil scheme to defeat Daenerys and Jon — having tricked everyone into thinking Euron Greyjoy had abandoned her and run back to … [Link]

Mashable » Pennywise the pumpkin is haunting doorsteps because 'It' balloon pranks just weren't enough

Tuesday 17 October 1:52:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs It became one of the highest grossing horror movies, red balloons, a signature of villain Pennywise the clown, were popping up all over the place to spook the living hell out of us. As if that trendy prank wasn't enough, people are channeling Pennywise again — this time in the form of creepy jack-o'-lanterns.   SEE ALSO: How to make … [Link]

Mashable » Screenwriter close to Weinstein calls out Hollywood: 'Everybody f**king knew'

Tuesday 17 October 1:51:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've tired of hearing Hollywood A-listers feign shock while sending proverbial "thoughts and prayers" to Harvey Wesintein's sexual assault victims, you're not alone. Scott Rosenberg, a screenwriter (Beautiful Girls, Con Air, High Fidelity) who worked closely with Weinstein and Co. for a little under a decade, has had enough of the bullshit, too. And he's saying something not too many … [Link]

Mashable » Drone-delivered burritos are a real thing, at least for a lucky few

Tuesday 17 October 1:40:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe future is here, and boy is it spicy. Alphabet's Project Wing announced Monday that it will start delivering burritos to hungry customers via drone. That's right, you can soon have heavenly manna slathered in Australian Jack cheese dropped right on your head — that is, if you happen to live in the outskirts of the Australian Capital Territory. Project Wing, … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Photos Now Recognizes Your Pets

Tuesday 17 October 1:40:00 UTC 2017

Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its Photos app — by allowing you to group all your pet's photos in one place, right beside the people Google Photos organized using facial recognition. TechCrunch reports: This is an improvement over typing in "dog," or another generalized term, because the app will now only group … [Link]

Mashable » Fox Sports announcer channels Ron Burgundy in this teleprompter blunder

Tuesday 17 October 1:36:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Sunday night during the Jaguars-Rams game, Fox Sports announcer Dick Stockton made an awkward teleprompter mistake. And the best his co-host could do was ignore it.  SEE ALSO: One omitted letter leads to hilarious live teleprompter error "Look on graphic for the final two bullet points," he read while promoting a halftime report, as a graphic highlighting the top sports … [Link]

Slashdot » Netflix Adds 5.3 Million Subs In Q3, Beating Forecasts

Tuesday 17 October 1:00:00 UTC 2017

Netflix shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced its third quarter results, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. Variety reports: The company gained 850,000 streaming subs in the U.S. and 4.45 million overseas in the period. Analysts had estimated Netflix to add 784,000 net subscribers in the U.S. and 3.62 million internationally for … [Link]

Mashable » The #MeToo hashtag was used in an enormous number of tweets

Tuesday 17 October 0:36:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFollowing a week of more devastating and disturbing news about film producer Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano took to social media to ask women to share their own personal experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault. In a message posted Sunday, she asked Twitter users to reply "me too" to her tweet if they had been sexually harassed or assaulted … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft's Fall Update With Redesigned Xbox Dashboard Is Now Available To All

Tuesday 17 October 0:20:00 UTC 2017

Microsoft has released the next big "Fall" update for the Xbox One, which focuses on speed and simplicity. Engadget reports: The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customization. The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalized suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store) and a horizontal … [Link]

Mashable » Police warn people on Facebook not to fly their drones near wildfires

Tuesday 17 October 0:12:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA drone flying near a wildfire in Northern California forced helicopters to stay grounded — and the California High Patrol (CHP) was not happy about it.  On Sunday, it posted an all-uppercase warning to the public on Facebook: "FIRE FIGHTING PLANES CANNOT FLY IF YOUR DRONE IS IN THE AIR." SEE ALSO: The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating … [Link]


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