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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 » If you own a Ford pickup truck, it probably just got recalled

Wednesday 18 October 23:46:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFord has issued a recall of approximately 1.3 million of its vehicles.  The recall concerns pickup trucks, specifically the full-sized F-150 and the heavy-duty Super Duty vehicles.  SEE ALSO: A futurist and innovations expert explains what is and isn’t real about AI in movies Ford announced today that the recalled models lack a shield to protect their side doors' latches from … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's tweets just might forever prevent his 'Muslim travel ban'

Wednesday 18 October 23:39:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPerhaps no politician is as compelled to cram his foot into his own mouth as President Donald Trump.  Two judges recently issued temporary blocks of the White House's third attempt to ban travel from several majority-Muslim nations, and one cited Trump's tweets as part of the reason the ban should not go forward. SEE ALSO: How Trump’s four hours in Puerto … [Link]

Mashable » Alphabet will build a futuristic city within the city of Toronto

Wednesday 18 October 23:32:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlphabet’s Sidewalk Labs will develop a futuristic, billion-dollar community along a sizable swathe of Toronto's waterfront. On Wednesday, the City of Toronto and Sidewalk Labs  — which is the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company Alphabet — announced a partnership to radically re-imagine 800 acres of the city's largely vacant, post-industrial Eastern Waterfront, and turn it into a tech-integrated neighborhood … [Link]

Mashable » If you use a non-Gmail email account, you can finally use the Gmail app

Wednesday 18 October 23:26:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDoes anyone out there still use an email other than Gmail?  Google announced today that it's testing a new feature that will allow select users to check their emails on the Gmail iOS app. It's compatible with email addresses from services such as Yahoo, Live, and Outlook (yes, that's still a thing).  SEE ALSO: Google adds stronger security features for hacking … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's Star Wars vacuum is the robot you need in your life

Wednesday 18 October 23:22:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor anyone who's ever dreamed about using The Force to clean their house, here's some exciting news. Samsung has just released a pair of Star WarsPOWERbot™ vacuums that are available for pre-order starting Oct. 10. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Star Wars, Darth Vader, Roomba, and Stormtroopers [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Are Ways To Get Companies To Actually Focus On Security?

Wednesday 18 October 23:20:00 UTC 2017

New submitter ctilsie242 writes: Many years ago, it was said that we would have a "cyber 9/11," a security event so drastic that it fundamentally would change how companies and people thought about security. However, this has not happened yet (mainly because the bad guys know that this would get organizations to shut their barn doors, stopping the gravy train.) … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The 5 biggest discoveries from the hunt for gravitational waves

Wednesday 18 October 23:18:00 UTC 2017

Detecting gravitational waves has given us a new way to observe the universe by listening to ripples in space-time. Here are five of the biggest finds from LIGO [Link]

Mashable » People aren't cool with the LAPD getting drones

Wednesday 18 October 23:12:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookForget 2049. Los Angeles' Blade Runner-esque future of a world watched by robots is here.  On Tuesday, a civilian oversight panel gave the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) the OK to begin a year-long drone trial, primarily for reconnaissance in "tactical missions" conducted by SWAT. The decision came after a contentious meeting and protest by privacy advocates who oppose the use … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon was secretly developing a horribly misogynistic show under Roy Price

Wednesday 18 October 23:10:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApparently, allegations of sexual harassment weren't the only misdeeds of the recently ousted Amazon Studios head Roy Price.  According to a Hollywood Reporter article, Price seemed all too eager to pass on noteworthy female-led shows, while greenlighting his own script idea called Shanghai Snow. Sources tell THR the project, already two years in development, told the story of a woman sold … [Link]

Mashable » A 'Star Wars' fan in Congress wants us to know that porgs are 'dope'

Wednesday 18 October 23:01:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 115th Congress of the United States may not have passed any meaningful legislation (apart from that whole forcing Trump to impose sanctions on Russia thing).  But at least someone in the House of Representatives is taking a strong stand on the Star Wars universe — starting with the puffin-like porgs from The Last Jedi.  SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' full … [Link]

Slashdot » CNN Gets a First-Of-Its-Kind Waiver To Fly Drones Over Crowds

Wednesday 18 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

The FAA has granted CNN a waiver that allows it to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet. "This is a new precedent in this kind of waiver: Previous exemptions allowed flight of drones over people in closed set operations (like for filmmaking purposes) and only when tethered, with … [Link]

Mashable » Trumps offends family of another fallen soldier, and this time a $25,000 check was involved

Wednesday 18 October 22:39:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter the mother of a fallen solider claimed President Donald Trump disrespected her family, the father of another solider says the commander-in-chief promised him $25,000 after his son died — but he never got the money.  Chris Baldridge told The Washington Post that Trump called him a few weeks after his son, Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, died in Afghanistan in June.  … [Link]

Mac For Translators » Applescript everywhere

Wednesday 18 October 22:38:00 UTC 2017

Artificial languages are no different from natural languages. Either you're fluent and you will have fewer problems doing what you want to do, or you're not, and you're going to spend a lot of time on trivial issues that don't seem to make much sense. I was in the middle of writing a very optimistic article on how automating your … [Link]

Mashable » The art of talking trash in esports

Wednesday 18 October 22:35:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrash talking isn't unique to esports, but trash-talking in esports is unique. It's a psychological tactic used at crucial moments in the game to demoralize opponents and motivate teammates. And it can be very, very funny. Read more…More about Gaming, Mashable Video, Video Games, Esports, and Halo [Link]

Mashable » CNN plans to fly drones over crowds to capture news from above

Wednesday 18 October 22:20:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCNN will soon be the flying news network.  The company announced Wednesday that it had received a waiver form the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly a drone over crowds of people. SEE ALSO: Police warn people on Facebook not to fly their drones near wildfires The Part 107 waiver the company was granted means CNN will be able to fly … [Link]

Mashable » This app scans your dick pics, but for, you know, good reasons

Wednesday 18 October 22:19:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s hard out there for a sexter. Living life fast, easy, and one poorly lit pic at a time sure sounds like fun, but what happens when the hackers come a' knocking? Your unmentionables end up on the deep web, that's what.  Unless, if headline-grabbing ad copy is to be believed, you just so happen to be using the latest in … [Link]

Mashable » Here's the math that Intel claims proves self-driving cars are safe

Wednesday 18 October 22:17:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe auto industry believes self-driving cars are the future of transportation and could be a key factor in preventing accidents, but the public is wary of autonomous vehicles (AVs). So companies are looking to find new ways to convince consumers that driverless cars are a good idea. Now, Intel says it can actually demonstrate exactly how safe AVs can be — … [Link]

Mashable » This self-heating winter jacket claims to stay warm for 14 hours and charge your phone at the same time

Wednesday 18 October 22:03:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Winter is coming, which means most people are breaking out their winter coats that are so bulky, they're borderline ridiculous. A Kickstarter project (that's closing soon) aims to de-bulk you this winter with the Greenhouse Jacket, a self-warming coat that uses heat technology to … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's NOAA nominee signed 20-year weather deal with China … which is suspected of hacking NOAA

Wednesday 18 October 22:02:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump's nominee to lead the nation's oceans and atmosphere agency is already facing political headwinds.  While environmental groups and some senators have expressed skepticism about the nomination of Barry Lee Myers, the CEO of AccuWeather, to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the criticism to date has focused on possible conflicts of interest that could arise from … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Teases Multi-Day Battery Life For Upcoming ARM-Powered Windows Devices

Wednesday 18 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechSpot: Microsoft late last year announced a partnership with Qualcomm to bring the full Windows 10 experience to ARM-powered devices. Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, promised at the time that Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 devices would be efficient in the power consumption department. We're still waiting for the … [Link]

Mashable » 5 tips to transforming your career with Jean Case

Wednesday 18 October 21:49:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82375%2f33539a79 0353 4a13 bda5 c9984cd106a1 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ principles to help you conquer fear and move your career forward","sources":[~ More about Business, Entrepreneurship, Fear, Career Advice, and Small Business [Link]

Mashable » This decked-out wallet includes a notebook, pen, and RFID-blocking technology

Wednesday 18 October 21:28:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The P01 Pioneer Wallet & Pen on Kickstarter from Dango Products holds a lot more than just your money. It's got just about anything you need in one nice little package. For notes and impromptu landscape sketches. For notes and impromptu landscape sketches.Image: Charlie CarrollThis sturdy leather wallet contains a … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Online game will spot if you have hidden cybersecurity talents

Wednesday 18 October 21:27:15 UTC 2017

A music major or law student might have native cybersecurity skills a trained IT student doesn’t – and this online game will identify you [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Faces Lawsuit For Racial Harassment In Its Factories

Wednesday 18 October 21:20:00 UTC 2017

Three former Tesla factory workers have filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming they were subject to constant racial discrimination and harassment in the electric car company's factories. "The men, who are African-American, claim in a new complaint filed Monday in state court that Tesla supervisors and workers used racial epithets and drew racist graffiti on cardboard boxes," reports The … [Link]

Mashable » Does Melania Trump use a body double? We investigate.

Wednesday 18 October 21:12:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery once in a while, a conspiracy theory comes along that's so emotionally satisfying I have no choice but to present it as fact. Consider the latest Twitter conspiracy theory making the rounds: that Melania Trump is using a body double and has been doing it for months.  Melania, the theory goes, scorns Washington as well as her husband and has … [Link]

Mashable » Channing Tatum realizes now is not the time for a film about sexual abuse from The Weinstein Company

Wednesday 18 October 21:10:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHarvey Weinstein may be out, but The Weinstein Company is still feeling the consequences of his crimes. As of today, Channing Tatum has become the latest talent to cut ties, announcing that he and partner Reid Carolin will no longer develop Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock at the studio.  SEE ALSO: The Academy has expelled Harvey Weinstein. That's a start. Tatum made … [Link]

Mashable » The internet is very confused by Ariana Grande's album cover

Wednesday 18 October 20:49:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter is hilariously attempting to recreate Ariana Grande's album cover for 'My Everything.' The challenge started when @McJesse on Twitter questioned just how Grande balanced her entire body on a small stool. Other people followed after, posting photos of them trying the same pose. Read more…More about Twitter, Internet, Mashable Video, Chair, and Twitter Reactions [Link]

Slashdot » Activision Patents Pay-To-Win Matchmaker

Wednesday 18 October 20:40:00 UTC 2017

New submitter EndlessNameless writes: If you like fair play, you might not like future Activision games. They will cross the line to encourage microtransactions, specifically matching players to both encourage and reward purchase. Rewarding the purchase, in particular, is an explicit and egregious elimination of any claim to fair play. "For example, if the player purchased a particular weapon, the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Microsoft Makes Two More Cognitive APIs Generally Available

Wednesday 18 October 20:39:26 UTC 2017

Microsoft has announced the general availability of two of its cognitive services APIs: the Bing Custom Search API and Bing Search API v7. Microsoft originally introduced the two APIs last month at its Ignite conference. Both are currently available through the Azure Portal. [Link]

Mashable » Now we know how the EPA's Scott Pruitt will replace science advisors with industry

Wednesday 18 October 20:35:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt is about to take a major step toward reshaping the agency's scientific advisory committees. This action, to come in the form of a directive next week, will effectively replace scientists on scientific advisory committees with representatives of the industries the EPA regulates.  Apparently conflict of interest means different things to different people. Typically staffed … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat just released a $80 dancing hot dog costume

Wednesday 18 October 20:32:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you still don't know what you're going to be for Halloween, don't worry. We've found just the thing. SEE ALSO: Here’s our picks for 5 best horror tropes of all time Snap Inc. has released a Dancing Hot Dog Costume  today through its online Amazon store. The costume sells for $80 and is even available for two-day shipping — making … [Link]

Geek Culture » The Princess Bride Book!

Wednesday 18 October 20:24:40 UTC 2017

Time for another giveaway! This time it is the gorgeous and deluxe edition of The Princess Bride! You love the movie, now you can super love the book! THE PRINCESS BRIDE DELUXE EDITION, with its aged page treatment and embossed cover; the 50 full page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul, vividly illustrated chapter openers and gorgeous, colorful Florin-Guilder map endpapers … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook's Explore feed is finally rolling out to everyone

Wednesday 18 October 20:11:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCongratulations, Facebook users! There's a new Facebook News Feed coming your way.  Facebook's "Explore" feed is now rolling out to all users after months of testing in the mobile app, TechCrunch reported Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Facebook outsources its fake news problem to Wikipedia—and an army of human moderators The tab will show posts from Facebook Pages the user does not follow … [Link]

Mashable » Diana Ross is adding another illustrious award to her long list

Wednesday 18 October 20:08:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe legendary Diana Ross has seven American Music Awards to her name but this year, she'll be adding one very important one to the shelf. Ross will be receiving the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement as announced by ABC on Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Seeing Solange Knowles live might just be the healing experience we all need these days “I have … [Link]

Mashable » Huh, Ted Cruz just tweeted about the Zodiac Killer meme

Wednesday 18 October 20:04:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs you know, Ted Cruz is the butt of a long-running joke that suggests he's the Zodiac Killer. This is obviously not a compliment, nor is it something the Cruz family seems to find very funny. And yet, it appears on Wednesday Cruz decided (about a year and a half too late, we might add) to get in on the joke:  … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung is launching a 17-lens 360-camera for VR

Wednesday 18 October 20:02:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSamsung may now have the VR camera to beat. The company just unveiled a new 17-lens 360-degree camera for VR that can live-stream in 4K. Called the 360 Round, it will be available in the U.S. later this month. SEE ALSO: 'Neko Atsume' for PlayStation VR lets you live out your wildest cat hoarding dreams Samsung hasn't yet revealed how much … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hunger-blocking injection lets fat monkeys quickly lose weight

Wednesday 18 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

A protein injection that decreases appetite has been found to help obese monkeys slim down fast, and to cut their risk of developing diabetes [Link]

New Scientist – News » A common herbal medicine may cause liver cancer mutations

Wednesday 18 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

A compound found in some plants used in traditional medicine has been linked to a 78 per cent of cases of liver cancer in hospitals in Taiwan [Link]

Slashdot » DeepMind's Go-Playing AI Doesn't Need Human Help To Beat Us Anymore

Wednesday 18 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its Go-playing software, AlphaGo Zero. The new program is a significantly better player than the version that beat the game's world champion earlier this year, but, more importantly, it's also entirely self-taught. DeepMind says this means the company is one step … [Link]

Mashable » After Trump furor, donations flood in to family scholarship fund for sergeant killed in Niger

Wednesday 18 October 19:59:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmid all the tweets and denials about what President Trump did or didn't say to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger, donations are pouring in for Sgt. La David T. Johnson's family's education. An online crowdfunding campaign was launched Tuesday night and has already raised more than $400,000 for Johnson's two children — a six-year-old daughter and a … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's version of Chromecast will make your dumb home smarter

Wednesday 18 October 19:29:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSamsung wants Bixby to power your smart home, and it has a Chromecast-like dongle to make it happen. The company unveiled an experimental dongle prototype called Project Ambience that turns "dumb" appliances and gadgets into Bixby-enabled smart home accessories. SEE ALSO: Samsung's Bixby assistant's next stop is… your refrigerator During a demo onstage at Samsung's Developer Conference in San Francisco, Samsung … [Link]

Mashable » Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' trailer could not come at a more awkward time

Wednesday 18 October 19:26:25 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Ah, yes, nothing like a quaint dramedy about a fictional Hollywood sexual predator to get our minds off of all those real Hollywood sexual predators. Especially when it's made by someone who is, himself, an alleged Hollywood sexual predator. Insert upside-down smiley face emoji here. SEE ALSO: Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' feels like a dare Louis C.K. directed, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Police body cams were meant to keep us safer. Are they working?

Wednesday 18 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Equipping police officers with body-worn cameras was intended to defuse tense situations, but footage of brutal incidents keeps going viral [Link]

New Scientist – News » Huge Piccadilly Circus screen will target ads at certain cars

Wednesday 18 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

A vast electronic display in London's Piccadilly Circus will use cameras to watch nearby cars and target certain models with certain ads [Link]

New Scientist – News » AlphaGo’s AI upgrade gets round the need for human input

Wednesday 18 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

AlphaGo Zero, Google DeepMind's artificially intelligent Go player, dominates humans and other AIs by learning itself – without any human training [Link]

Mashable » Activision's new patent makes it easy to exploit online gamers for their cash

Wednesday 18 October 18:49:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“This was an exploratory patent filed in 2015 by an R&D team working independently from our game studios. It has not been implemented in-game." That's all Activision has to say for itself after word surfaced of a patent for a system designed to push players toward buying things like loot boxes when they play online games. It's not a great response … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift, Pop's Capitalist Mastermind

Wednesday 18 October 18:36:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Taylor Swift, Mashable Reels, Business, Celebrities, and Music [Link]

Mashable » Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's gym routine is crazy

Wednesday 18 October 18:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDwayne "The Rock" Johnson is renowned for his physique and his starring roles in action movies. He has a consistent regimen that involves working out twice a day and eating at least 5 meals a day. Read more…More about Movies, Celebrities, Mashable Video, Fitness, and Celebrity [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla To Document Cross-Browser Web Dev Standards with Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and W3C

Wednesday 18 October 18:30:00 UTC 2017

Mozilla has announced deeper partnerships with Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and web standards body W3C to create cross-browser documentation on MDN Web Docs, a web development documentation portal created by Mozilla. From a report: MDN Web Docs first came to fruition in 2005, and it has since been known under various names, including the Mozilla Developer Network and Mozilla Developer Center. … [Link]

Mashable » This app will help you speak up—or shut up—during meetings

Wednesday 18 October 18:08:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen men and women collaborate to solve a problem—say, in a meeting—women speak at least 25 percent less than men do.  That's why a team at BBC's 100 Women Challenge developed an app called All.ai to help women boost themselves at work—and to help everyone else quiet down and listen. The iOS and Android app isn't available to download quite yet, … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's new, improved self-driving car rig reportedly spotted in the wild

Wednesday 18 October 18:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s secretive automotive project has flown under the radar over the past several months after news leaked that the company was granted permission to test a self-driving car platform and entered the race to develop autonomous cars — but that doesn't mean that the cars stopped roving the roads to gather data.  SEE ALSO: The 'Google of China' is working on … [Link]

Mashable » Want to know how to increase your LSAT score? This online course could help.

Wednesday 18 October 17:57:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Taking the LSAT can be stressful. LSAT prep is even more stressful. But the best way to prepare for the LSAT exam is to practice. SEE ALSO: This mechanical pencil is made entirely out of metal The pros over at Velocity Test Prep have … [Link]

Mashable » South Park team explains why it's so damn hard to nail comedy in games

Wednesday 18 October 17:55:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite being a medium often defined by "fun," video games are notoriously bad at being funny. Granted, there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, with their numbers growing every year. But the team behind the newly released South Park: Fractured But Whole set out to push the boundaries of humor in games in the same way the show set out … [Link]

Mashable » Gymnast McKayla Maroney reveals relentless sexual abuse from Olympic doctor

Wednesday 18 October 17:38:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you thought the stories regarding sexual abuse and harassment were done—or only limited to Hollywood—you have grossly misunderstood the scope of this pervasive problem. In a heart-wrenching and personal note Wednesday, Olympic gold medalist and member of the Fierce Five McKayla Maroney addresses sexual harassment and abuse in the competitive sports world. The 21-year-old gymnast revealed that since the age … [Link]

Mashable » Incredible microscopic footage captures the invisible movement of life itself

Wednesday 18 October 17:25:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA team of scientists in Austria filmed a single tree root tip growing over a 17-hour period. The footage shows how organisms respond to gravity and it can help us figure out how to grow plants in space. The video is this year's winner in Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition, an annual celebration of videos opening the door to the … [Link]

Mashable » New dad straps on his baby to sing her to sleep with some multi-instrumental smooth jams

Wednesday 18 October 17:23:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Finally, I have something in common with 2-month-old babies: we both love falling asleep to the sweet sounds of early '80s soft rock. One new dad won't let his newborn stop him from playing music, only now, he'd rather she were strapped to him while he does. Relatively new YouTube channel Songs With My Daughter shows what it's like to … [Link]

Mashable » This pocket-sized speaker will let you take your soundtrack everywhere

Wednesday 18 October 17:11:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Bluetooth speakers are one of the most convenient technological breakthroughs of the last decade, but they can also be clunky, difficult to transport, and annoying to charge. That's apparently not the case with the DASH A. At only 3/4" high and weighing 6.9 oz, the DASH A … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's Bixby assistant's next stop is… your refrigerator

Wednesday 18 October 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt was only a matter of time: Samsung's Bixby assistant isn't confined to just phones anymore. The company will soon bring its digital assistant to appliances, starting with its own refrigerators and smart TVs. Samsung is also working with third-party developers to open up Bixby to non-Samsung products "in the near future." SEE ALSO: Samsung promises foldable phones by 2018 The … [Link]

Mashable » Mother of fallen soldier says Trump was disrespectful, despite his denial

Wednesday 18 October 16:39:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe latest controversy surrounding Donald Trump is ridiculously low, even for him. After Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson described extremely insensitive comments she claimed to have heard Trump made while speaking to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson — a soldier who was killed in Niger — Trump said the recollection of the incident was "totally fabricated." Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated … [Link]

Mashable » How the 'casting couch' joke helped Hollywood cover up sexual abuse

Wednesday 18 October 16:29:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTime to throw this old couch to the curb.  After two weeks of horrific revelations about predatory producer Harvey Weinstein — and now his brother Bob — it's hard to imagine we'll see another "casting couch" joke in movies or TV for some time – if ever.  But as the industry examines the parts of its system that let Weinstein act … [Link]

Mashable » Someone turned 'Super Smash Bros.' into a 3D game and it's amazing

Wednesday 18 October 16:28:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook By combining the ground-breaking 3D world design of Super Mario 64 with the addicting combat mechanics of Super Smash Bros., game modder Skelux has birthed an amazing new mod called Super Smash Bros. 3D. This early version of Super Smash Bros. 3D only has a handful of stages, including what appears to be Super Smash Bros. Melee's Final Destination stage … [Link]

Slashdot » The Internet Is Ripe With In-Browser Miners and It's Getting Worse Each Day

Wednesday 18 October 16:18:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Ever since mid-September, when Coinhive launched and the whole cryptojacking frenzy started, the Internet has gone crazy with in-browser cryptocurrency miners, and new sites that offer similar services are popping up on a weekly basis. While one might argue that mining Monero in a site's background is an acceptable alternative to viewing intrusive ads, almost … [Link]

Mashable » Don't wanna wait for water to boil? Try this clever hack, ya lazy doofus.

Wednesday 18 October 16:03:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lot of science fiction writers had theories about the future but sadly most of those things aren’t happening anytime soon, but at least we have FaceTime technology. We may not have flying cars, teleportation, or meals in pill form, but we sure don't have to stand and wait for water to boil like a bunch of peasants.  One visionary figured … [Link]

Mashable » Trump blasts NFL on Twitter for not banning national anthem protests

Wednesday 18 October 15:53:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump is whining about the NFL again.  Trump blasted the league in a tweet on Wednesday morning after the NFL decided not to punish players who protest during the national anthem. The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country! — Donald J. … [Link]

Mashable » Baidu plans to put a driverless bus on Chinese roads next year and cars by 2021

Wednesday 18 October 15:50:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChinese search giant Baidu has some bold new targets for its self-driving auto plans.  Baidu CEO Robin Li outlined company's self-driving vehicle goals for the next few years onstage at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live technology conference, touting a plan to roll out driverless busses in China next year, semi-autonomous vehicles by 2019, and fully autonomous cars by 2021.  Li also … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Run Functional API Tests with SmartBear Ready API

Wednesday 18 October 15:47:16 UTC 2017

This installment of the API Testing series will focus on using SmartBear's Ready API testing solution to test an API. If you follow these steps, you'll create an actual API test suite running against the Trello API, a real API with formal authentication tokens. Trello is a virtual kanban tool whose service is available through a web front-end, a mobile … [Link]

Mashable » Wanted man loses Facebook bet with police, turns himself in, brings doughnuts

Wednesday 18 October 15:46:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou might remember the story of Champagne Torino a.k.a. Michael Zaydel, a wanted man in Michigan who said on Facebook that he'd turn himself in if Redford Police Department's next post got a thousand shares.  SEE ALSO: Wanted man taunts police on Facebook, it backfires big time Well, that post got more than 4,000 shares. And lo and behold, Zaydel kept … [Link]

Mashable » Dad introduces baby to the art of playing piano with your feet

Wednesday 18 October 15:36:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sure, you can probably bang out "Chopsticks" on the piano – but can you do it with your feet? In this sweet video from dad and YouTuber Viva Frei, his son proudly shows off his "Chopsticks" skills – but with a little help, of course.  We'd give this little guy two big toes up. Encore!  Read more… More about Parenting, … [Link]

Mashable » Illana Glazer opens up about firing people because of sexual harassment

Wednesday 18 October 15:32:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s only been two days since the hashtag #MeToo began spreading, but since then it's inspired thousands of women (and some men) to take to their social media accounts and discuss the sexual harassment or assault they have encountered in their lifetime.  Among the thousands who have been vulnerable are celebrities who have shared their stories online regarding directors, producers and … [Link]

Slashdot » "Maybe It's a Piece of Dust"

Wednesday 18 October 15:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer's black screen as my Genius multi-tasked helping another customer with her iPad. My computer was getting its third diagnostic test in 45 minutes. The problem was not that its … [Link]

Mashable » Topic is First Look Media's big online video effort. But don't call it a pivot

Wednesday 18 October 15:28:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWyatt Cenac's most recent project is weird. It's not really a TV show, but it's also not a film. It's kind of a web series. It's about a regular dude who works as a vigilante crime fighter — albeit a relatively low-level one who deals with the same daily minutiae as everyone else. It's good, though, and it's the kind of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Jeopardy!' contestant somehow wins with just $1

Wednesday 18 October 15:28:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook On the third game of his Jeopardy! run, Manny Abell scrawled down the incorrect answer to Tuesday night's "Final Jeopardy" question. Still, through sheer luck, he managed to secure an unlikely win. With $1,000 on his board and a bet of $999, he was left with just $1 – a risky bet, but one that wound up saving him in the … [Link]

Mashable » Photographer creates a 'dudeoir' photoshoot to perfectly capture the essence of autumn

Wednesday 18 October 15:16:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStep aside apple-picking photos and #PumpkinButt babies, there's a new photoshoot that sums up the true meaning of the fall season. Photographer Gayla Thompson composed a "dudeoir" photoshoot of her husband Ryan Thompson and well, you won't look at pumpkins the same way again. "We've done a couple more 'dudeoir' shoots in the past and they blew up on Facebook so … [Link]

Mashable » This easter egg on 'Game of Thrones' adds a whole new layer to this tragic death

Wednesday 18 October 15:07:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember Shireen? Well, the sound of Stannis Baratheon's late, innocent daughter's screams as she burned in one of Melisendre's safrifices might jog your memory. Or still haunt you in your sleep. But a new Reddit post discovered a subtle easter egg left behind by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss all the way back in Season 3 that adds even more … [Link]

Mashable » This cutting-edge, customisable footwear factory is a step forward for fast fashion

Wednesday 18 October 15:04:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen it comes to peak performance, speed is everything — and athletes know better than most that every second counts. In 2017, athletics is more closely tied to technology than ever before, and data provides the necessary insights for shaving those precious seconds off everything from personal records to the time it takes to design and build a new pair of … [Link]

Mashable » The nuns of Snapchat: the sisters offering teens a glimpse of convent life

Wednesday 18 October 15:00:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Kardashians are undoubtedly the most famous Snapchatting sisters in the world. But a community of sisters of a different kind are currently blowing up Snapchat in a whole other way.  They call themselves #MediaNuns; an international ministry of social media-loving Catholic nuns who go by the official name of "The Daughters of St Paul." SEE ALSO: Devastated Snapchatters talk about … [Link]

Mashable » Health tracking for dogs is the wearable tech we didn't know we were waiting for

Wednesday 18 October 15:00:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. As if you needed another reason to feel guilty for not walking your dog enough. SEE ALSO: Make sure pet gets fed, even when your stupid boss makes you stay late at work This Kickstarter campaign is bringing wearable fitness trackers to man's best … [Link]

Mashable » Adobe Lightroom gets a major overhaul

Wednesday 18 October 15:00:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAdobe Lightroom CC is either the best and most elegantly designed photo-management and workflow tool in existence, or it’s a terrifying collection of powerful photo-editing and control options in search of an interface. Who’s right? Perhaps everyone. Adobe is, for one, willing to let both camps coexist as it unveils the redesigned, cloud-focused Lightroom CC and continues to develop and support … [Link]

Mashable » The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has passed away

Wednesday 18 October 14:53:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeloved Canadian rock star Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip passed away Tuesday night at the age of 53. He had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December of 2015. SEE ALSO: All of Canada turned out to attend The Tragically Hip's last concert The band has issued a statement on social media from the Downie family emphasizing how Downie … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon's Next Big Bet is Letting You Communicate Without a Smartphone, Says Alexa's Chief Scientist

Wednesday 18 October 14:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: The next big function to take off on Amazon's Echo devices will be voice or video calling — which is a way Alexa can reduce the need to have your smartphone on your at all times, said Rohit Prasad, VP and Head Scientist at Alexa Machine Learning. "If you have not played with calling … [Link]

Mashable » The world's first giant combat robot battle just happened and it involved a massive chainsaw

Wednesday 18 October 14:37:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe world's first giant combat robot duel just happened on Tuesday, Oct. 17, pitting America and Japan against each other in a Twitch-livestreamed battle for the ages. Representing the United States were two epic robots from MegaBots Inc., founded by Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti. Pilot Kogoro Kurata from Suidobashi Heavy Industry represented Japan. The challenge was issued two years ago, … [Link]

Mashable » How to throw an awesome divorce party, 'You're the Worst' style

Wednesday 18 October 14:26:53 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When you're getting divorced from the man of your nightmares, the only logical course of action is to celebrate with your besties — and when your besties are the dysfunctional deviants of You're the Worst, there's a 90 percent chance that said celebration will be a total trainwreck (albeit a trainwreck with great booze and decorations). The Oct. 18 episode … [Link]

Mashable » Trump says he has proof congresswoman 'fabricated' his insensitive fallen soldier comments

Wednesday 18 October 14:22:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said she overheard grossly insensitive comments Donald Trump made while speaking to the widow of a solider killed in Niger, the world awaited a response from the president. After sleeping on it, Trump woke up early to set the record straight for his Twitter followers, claiming he has "proof" that Rep. Wilson "totally fabricated" what he said … [Link]

Mashable » The world's first floating wind farm is here

Wednesday 18 October 14:12:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHywind is a trial project that includes five wind turbines floating off the coast of Scotland. The energy they produce could power up to 20,000 homes.  If Hywind proves successful, it would mean that larger wind farms could be installed in much deeper waters, opening up a new frontier for renewable energy production. Read more…More about Uk, Mashable Video, Scotland, Renewable … [Link]

Slashdot » Chrome 62 Released With OpenType Variable Fonts, HTTP Warnings In Incognito Mode

Wednesday 18 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, Google released version 62 of its Chrome browser that comes with quite a few new features but also fixes for 35 security issues. The most interesting new features are support for OpenType variable fonts, the Network Quality Estimator API, the ability to capture and stream DOM elements, and HTTP warnings for the browser's Normal … [Link]

Mashable » This is the worst emerging word in the English language

Wednesday 18 October 13:50:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMashable spoke with a woman who compiles dictionaries for a living. She discussed the word that bothers her most in the English language.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Video, Books, Mashable Video, and Culture [Link]

Mashable » 11 TEDx talks on failure (that you probably haven’t seen)

Wednesday 18 October 13:29:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHide. Run. Bury. Welcome to the 21st century’s default approach to failure. Sure, we enshrine motivational mottos like “Fail fast, fail often,” but moving those sentiments into our hearts is anything but easy. Pride dogs us. Ego protests. And the pain of disappointment — not to mention the pain of embarrassment — can be overwhelming. While a few brave souls confide … [Link]

Mashable » Eggo gets in the 'Stranger Things' spirit with mouthwatering waffle recipes

Wednesday 18 October 13:27:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sometimes there's absolutely no reason for a brand to get involved with a pop-culture juggernaut, but that can't be said of Stranger Things partnering with Eggo for Season 2. The waffle-makers geared up for Season 2 by providing custom waffle recipes, Halloween costume ideas, and even a handy Chrome extension designed to block Stranger Things spoilers. SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things' … [Link]

Slashdot » Tribal 'Sovereign Immunity' Patent Protection Could Be Outlawed

Wednesday 18 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

AnalogDiehard writes: The recent — and questionable — practice of technological and pharmaceutical companies selling their patents to U.S. native Indian tribes (where they enjoy "sovereign immunity" from the inter partes review (IPR) process of the PTO) and then the tribes licensing them back to the companies is drawing scrutiny from a federal court and has inspired a new U.S. … [Link]

Mashable » World's strongest man casually bends frying pan, lifts BBC presenter over his head

Wednesday 18 October 12:48:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe imagine the world's strongest man must get asked to lift quite a lot of things. It's probably not every day he gets to lift a BBC presenter above his head, though. SEE ALSO: The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' carries fridges like you carry shopping bags In case you don't know who the world's strongest man is, his name is … [Link]

Mashable » Newspapers 'slut-shamed' Asia Argento so badly over the Weinstein saga that she's leaving Italy

Wednesday 18 October 12:35:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Italian actress and director Asia Argento was one of the first women to speak up out about an alleged rape by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But now she's leaving Italy because she's been "slut-shamed" by the Italian press.  SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood Argento's story, published in the New Yorker, detailed how … [Link]

Mashable » Depressing calculator shows how fast the Kardashians make your yearly salary

Wednesday 18 October 12:33:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s no secret that the Kardashians are rich as hell. But just how rich-as-hell are they? And, more importantly, how can you make their paychecks about yourself? Well, thanks to a new calculator created by UK clothing website Missy Empire, you can compare your salary directly to that of each Kardashian/Jenner. SEE ALSO: Librarians recreate a classic Kardashian family photoshoot Simply … [Link]

Mashable » David Letterman gleefully explains why he gave Conan O'Brien a horse

Wednesday 18 October 11:52:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Not only does David Letterman look sort of like Santa Claus these days, but he's also handing out random presents to people. Just ask Conan O'Brien. After Letterman retired from The Late Show, he sent the man an actual real-life horse. SEE ALSO: David Letterman comes out of retirement to roast Donald Trump The thing is, as Letterman explains to … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Google and Apple yet to fix Wi-Fi hole in a billion devices

Wednesday 18 October 11:20:00 UTC 2017

The KRACK vulnerability is bad news for Android and Apple now, but long-term consequences are in store for the internet of things [Link]

Mashable » IoT will forever be in trouble, but there's hope

Wednesday 18 October 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour coffee pot, refrigerator, thermostat, and in-home security system are all connected to the internet. Or, if they're not now, they will be one day. Sadly, as the forgotten stepchildren of internet security, these Internet of Things devices are likely doomed to a future teeming with botnets and hackers.  But that doesn't mean there isn't hope for the ever-expanding IoT universe … [Link]

Mashable » We just got our first look at Lego's rad Women of NASA set

Wednesday 18 October 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNext month, you'll be able to buy a little bit of space history in Lego form.  Starting on Nov. 1, space fans of all ages will be able to buy Lego's Women of NASA set featuring four essential women who made space science history. SEE ALSO: Lego's next release screams girl power and we're totally here for it The new set … [Link]

Mashable » Bodyform's latest ad shows a menstruating woman and it's about bloody time

Wednesday 18 October 10:39:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sanitary towel and tampon ads don't exactly portray periods in the most realistic way. If it's not strange-looking blue liquid being poured on pads, it's women jumping around splashing each other for reasons that remain unknown to us.  Bodyform's latest ad shows something refreshingly different. An actual period.  The ad opens with red liquid being poured onto a pad. Not … [Link]

Mashable » Tiny hedgehog in a canoe gets the world's cutest Photoshop battle

Wednesday 18 October 10:30:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s only one way to make a picture of a tiny hedgehog in an equally tiny canoe cuter than it already is, and that's with a well-time Photoshop Battle. SEE ALSO: Flower girl who's totally over it inspires the most relatable of Photoshop battles This particular battle started with a series of recent posts on the ever-popular hedgehog_azuki Instagram account, which … [Link]

Slashdot » Over 30,000 Published Studies Could Be Wrong Due To Contaminated Cells

Wednesday 18 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going back decades. A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells … [Link]

Mashable » This handheld projector also has a built-in tablet and battery pack

Wednesday 18 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Projectors are like something out of Hogwarts: just when it seems like there are no TVs to be found, they can take any random blank wall and turn them into instant viewing screens. But most projectors feel like rejected prototypes that never should have … [Link]

Mashable » American woman becomes princess after meeting a real prince in a nightclub

Wednesday 18 October 9:57:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMost of us can but dream of rocking up to the club and casually meeting a member of a royal family. But, that's what happened to Ariana Austin on the dance floor of Washington D.C. nightclub Pearl back in December 2005 when she met Joel Makonnen, a.k.a. Prince Yoel.  The story didn't end there for Austin and Makonnen. Twelve years on … [Link]

Mashable » Björk reveals more details about alleged sexual harassment by a 'Danish director'

Wednesday 18 October 9:29:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIcelandic pop star Björk was one of the women who publicly denounced episodes of sexual harassment by a "Danish director" in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein saga.  Now, inspired by the global success of #metoo hashtag, through which women are sharing on social media their personal experiences of sexual harassment and assault, Björk gave a more "detailed description" of the … [Link]

Mashable » Rose Leslie forced Kit Harington to wear a spectacularly embarrassing Halloween costume

Wednesday 18 October 9:16:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you happen to be Kit Harington, what's the most embarrassing outfit you could wear to a Halloween party? Well, there are probably a whole bunch of possibilities, but there's one costume idea in particular that blows all the others out of the water — and it's something Harington actually has dressed up as. SEE ALSO: Kit Harington played an incredibly … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX's Reusable Rockets Win US Air Force General's Endorsement

Wednesday 18 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

As the military looks to drive down costs, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said he's "completely committed" to launching future missions with recycled rockets like those championed by SpaceX's Elon Musk. "It would be 'absolutely foolish' not to begin using pre-flown rockets, which brings such significant savings that they'll soon be commonplace for the entire industry, General … [Link]

Mashable » Sonos One and Alexa is an audio marriage made in heaven

Wednesday 18 October 6:38:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis sounds amazing. That’s what I thought when I got all my Sonos speakers playing the late Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down and the first floor of my home filled with his distinct, Gainesville, Florida, twang.  I chose that song with my voice and not by speaking to the first-generation Amazon Echo I have in my home, but by speaking directly … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Astronaut wee could show us how the plumes on Enceladus work

Wednesday 18 October 6:17:06 UTC 2017

The way spaceships vent urine and water may be a good stand-in for studying how jets of vapour escape the hidden ocean on one of Saturn’s icy moons [Link]

Mashable » While you were doing, whatever, the world's first giant robot duel happened

Wednesday 18 October 6:12:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhere were you on the day of the world's first giant robot duel?  Maybe you were working at your desk, brushing your teeth, labouring over your tax return, ironing the perfect pleat in tomorrow's pants. Meanwhile, giant robots were chainsawing other to shreds in a Japanese shed. SEE ALSO: Robotics expert Dr. Ross Mead reveals the truth about your favorite movie … [Link]

Mashable » Not everyone is laughing at a satirical Facebook page that describes how 'sh*t' their town is

Wednesday 18 October 5:40:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEveryone loves to hear how shit a place is. Not everyone is into the humour though. Take the kerfuffle brewing recently around a Facebook page called "Shit Towns of New Zealand." SEE ALSO: Librarians recreate a classic Kardashian family photoshoot The owner of the page has received 20 death threats in the past two years, as well as criticism from mayors … [Link]

Slashdot » Peer Pressure Forced Whales and Dolphins To Evolve Big Brains Like Humans, Says Study

Wednesday 18 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The human brain has evolved and expanded over millennia to accommodate our ever-more-complex needs and those of our societies. This process is known as "encephalization" and has given us the big brain we need to communicate, cooperate, reach consensus, empathize, and socialize. The same is true for cetaceans, like whales and dolphins, … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk's Boring Company hat is on sale now

Wednesday 18 October 3:26:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s the most anticipated piece of headwear this year. Back in March, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk teased a hat for the Boring Company, his new whimsically named tunnel digging firm that hopes to alleviate bad traffic and also make Hyperloop adoption viable. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk unveils his plans to build cities in space Well, now you can buy … [Link]

Mashable » Congressperson shocked by what she claims Trump said to widow of fallen solider

Wednesday 18 October 3:26:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump already has been criticized for falsely claiming that former President Barack Obama never called the families of fallen soldiers.  Now he's being slammed by Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson after he talked on the phone with the widow of a solider killed in Niger.  SEE ALSO: Sports teams are deserting Trump’s hotels, and it’s hitting his wallet hard Trump … [Link]

Mashable » LeBron James’ ‘equality’ shoes are the NBA’s best peaceful protest

Wednesday 18 October 2:11:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe NBA opening basketball game between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday evening had many intrigued about how the league would handle the ongoing protests from the NFL over police brutality and racial injustice. Just before tip-off, we saw how the two teams handled the national anthem and other peaceful protests. One strong statement was made with footwear. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Somehow this dude allegedly stole $1.2 million dollars of fajitas

Wednesday 18 October 1:49:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStealing a million dollars worth of any food seems like a difficult task in itself. Yet somehow, an employee by the name of Gilberto Escamilla, who works for the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in Texas, was alleged to have stolen $1.2 million of fajitas over a nine year period, as reported by the Brownsville Herald.  SEE ALSO: These edible wrappers … [Link]

Mashable » It took Harvey Weinstein to bring down Amazon's Roy Price. That's just sad.

Wednesday 18 October 1:36:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon Studios is no hero for pushing out its chief, Roy Price, after he was accused of sexually harassing a producer. It's still a villain in this tale, clearly seeking goodwill for doing the right thing, when it only punished Price after being scalded by the spotlight of public ire.  Yes, Amazon Studios quickly put Price on a leave of absence, … [Link]

Slashdot » Russian Troll Factory Paid US Activists To Fund Protests During Election

Wednesday 18 October 1:30:00 UTC 2017

bestweasel writes: The Guardian reports on another story about Russian meddling, but interestingly, this one comes from a respected Russian news source, the RBC. From the report: "Russian trolls posing as Americans made payments to genuine activists in the U.S. to help fund protest movements on socially divisive issues. On Tuesday, the newspaper RBC published a major investigation into the … [Link]

Slashdot » EA Shuts Down Visceral Games, Shifting Development On Its Star Wars Game

Wednesday 18 October 0:50:00 UTC 2017

Visceral Games, the studio behind games like Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space, is being shut down by EA. The Star Wars game in development at Visceral will be revamped and moved to a different studio. Kotaku reports: "Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe," EA's Patrick Soderlund said in a blog post. … [Link]

Mashable » Billy Corgan says he saw a person transform into something other than human

Wednesday 18 October 0:12:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlien-lookalike and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan (now known as William Patrick Corgan) says he witnessed a human being transform into "something other than human." So naturally, aliens … or human shapeshifters?  Corgan was on the Howard Stern Show on Monday when the subject of Corgan's appearance on the The Alex Jones Show came into the conversation. For those not in … [Link]

Slashdot » ZTE Launches Axon M, a Foldable, Dual-Screened Smartphone

Wednesday 18 October 0:10:00 UTC 2017

ZTE's new Axon M is a full-featured smartphone with a hinge that connects two full-size displays, making the Axon M a flip phone of sorts. "Its front screen is a 5.2-inch, 1080p panel, it has last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera," reports The Verge. "But flip the phone over and there's an identical … [Link]

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