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 » #MeToo hashtag has spread to #YoTambien, أنا_كمان~ #QuellaVoltaChe

Thursday 19 October 23:47:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe social media phenomenon #MeToo has gone global.  People have used the hashtag in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and beyond to talk about sexual abuse. SEE ALSO: #MeToo: Hashtag shared by Alyssa Milano encourages personal stories of sexual assault and harassment The #MeToo posts blew up in the U.S. after actor Alyssa Milano wrote "Me too" on her Twitter feed … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Watch's LTE Suspended In China Possibly Due To Government Security Concerns

Thursday 19 October 23:40:00 UTC 2017

The Apple Watch Series 3's best new feature has been mysteriously blocked in China. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, China has cut off the Apple Watch's LTE connectivity on Sept. 28 after brief availability from China Unicom. Industry analysts claim that the suspension is probably from governmental concerns about not being able to track and confirm … [Link]

Mashable » With new investment, Boeing is trying to make drones a part of your life

Thursday 19 October 23:05:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBoeing has invested in a startup that's trying to make autonomous flight the next big thing.  The company announced today that it has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, which develops technology for unmanned flying vehicles of all shapes and sizes — from drones to flying cars to commercial planes.  The two companies have also announced a long-term product development partnership. Charles … [Link]

Slashdot » Almost Half of Tech Workers Worry About Losing Their Jobs Because of Ageism, Says Survey

Thursday 19 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from SiliconBeat: More than 40 percent of tech workers worry about losing their jobs because of age, a new survey shows. Jobs site Indeed also found that 18 percent of those who work in the tech industry worry "all the time" about losing their jobs because of ageism. The release of the survey Thursday … [Link]

Mashable » ‘The Real McCoy’ is the creator of ‘Rum Row,’ a place of organized crime in the '20s

Thursday 19 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Bill McCoy was a rum runner who never watered down his hooch. So when you're talking about the 100% real deal, you're probably talking about him—‘The Real McCoy.'  Presented by Startup on Crackle Read more… More about Startup, Boats Boat South, Alcohol, Illegal, and Drinks [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Run UI-Driven API Tests with Postman

Thursday 19 October 22:57:17 UTC 2017

Today in our API Testing Series we'll take a look at Postman. Along the way you'll create an API test suite running against the Trello API, which is a real API with formal authentication tokens. [Link]

Mashable » Parents, that children's smartwatch might not be a great idea

Thursday 19 October 22:55:04 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Technology is bad, part 719,533.  Smartwatches designed for kids can be compromised in all kinds of ways, according to a recent report compiled by the Norwegian Consumer Council and published by the European Consumer Organization. SEE ALSO: Huge security flaw leaves Wi-Fi devices wide open to hackers The watches — popular in Norway — are designed with parents in mind. … [Link]

Mashable » Horror stories from Weinstein's employees reveal a much larger problem in Hollywood

Thursday 19 October 22:54:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCondemning a monster like Harvey Weinstein is easy. But in the weeks that followed the floodgates of allegations incited by a New York Times and New Yorker, industry people have been forced to engage in a much more difficult conversation with themselves. What role did they play? None have had to reckon with this haunting question more than the people closest … [Link]

Mashable » Russell Brand compares board games to humanity and sends us into an existential crisis

Thursday 19 October 22:50:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Russell Brand visits the Travelling Man, a game shop in Leeds, and checks out some gems in the board gaming world. Brand and shopkeeper Matt check out Elevenses (a card game about being a 1920s socialite), Pandemic (a mainstay in cooperative board games), and Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu (which adds some Lovecraft flavor to the Pandemic formula). It's cool to … [Link]

Slashdot » Alphabet Invests $1 Billion In Lyft

Thursday 19 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

Lyft announced Thursday that Google-parent Alphabet is leading a $1 billion financing round into the ride-hailing company. This ups Lyft's valuation from $7.5 billion to $11 billion. The funding is coming from CapitalG, one of Alphabet's investment firms. CNET reports: "CapitalG is honored to work with Lyft's compelling founders and strong leadership team," David Lawee, CapitalG partner, said in a … [Link]

Mashable » The butt of every space joke is high in the sky this week

Thursday 19 October 22:28:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis week, you can look to the night sky to see the butt of every planetary joke.  Make your way to a relatively dark, light pollution-free area to see the planet Uranus high in the sky, glowing a blue-ish, green color in the constellation Pisces, according to NASA.  SEE ALSO: Uranus Auroras Spotted by Hubble Telescope Scientists Tonight will likely be … [Link]

Slashdot » Consumer Reports Expects Tesla's Model 3 To Have 'Average Reliability'

Thursday 19 October 22:20:00 UTC 2017

There may be only a few hundred Tesla Model 3s on the street, but Consumer Reports already has an opinion on the new car's dependability. From a report: "We are predicting that the Model 3 should have about average reliability," said Jake Fisher, director of auto testing for Consumer Reports. Average may irritate Tesla fans and the nearly 500,000 people … [Link]

Mashable » Study proves dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are watching

Thursday 19 October 22:06:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWant to see some serious puppy dog eyes? Try spending more time near your pooch. Sure, new toys and food are nice, but research from the University of Portsmouth shows that like most humans, what dogs really crave is attention. In fact, scientists at the university's Dog Cognition Centre recently found that dogs are more likely to show facial expressions if … [Link]

Mashable » Battle Royale-style game is looking rad in VR

Thursday 19 October 22:01:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe future of gaming/military training programs inches ever closer with this week's litany of VR Battle Royale style games.  No doubt inspired by the massive success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, these VR games are working to simulate the experience of camping in decrepit buildings, hanging with friends while getting shot at, and sitting in a constant, uneasy tension that is also somehow … [Link]

Mashable » This smart paper plane just raised close to 2 million dollars on Kickstarter

Thursday 19 October 21:50:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 'POWERUP DART' crushed it on Kickstarter. With an original goal of just $25,000, it raised almost $2 million dollars.  The smart paper airplane is app controlled and can do all sorts of tricks. Looks like people really aren't over how flimsy the paper airplanes of their childhood were.   Read more…More about Business, Kickstarter, Mashable Video, Real Time Video, and … [Link]

Mashable » Neil Gaiman wants to read his books to you and we are totally on board

Thursday 19 October 21:47:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you're a fan of books and somehow haven't read any of Neil Gaiman's work, chances are they've at least been recommended to you at some point. His repertoire of haunting fantasies, chilling dramas, and whimsical characters are never anything short of remarkable. Wouldn't … [Link]

Slashdot » Canada's 'Super Secret Spy Agency' Is Releasing a Malware-Fighting Tool To the Public

Thursday 19 October 21:40:00 UTC 2017

Matthew Braga, reporting for CBC News: Canada's electronic spy agency says it is taking the "unprecedented step" of releasing one of its own cyber defence tools to the public, in a bid to help companies and organizations better defend their computers and networks against malicious threats. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) rarely goes into detail about its activities — both … [Link]

Mashable » The Top 5 Horror Tropes of All Time

Thursday 19 October 21:39:59 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Consumer Reports might rate the Model 3 'average,' so Tesla claps back

Thursday 19 October 21:37:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 6d37 87e2%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ humans necessary.","image":~ is what the manufacturing of a Tesla Model 3 looks like","sources":[{&q~ musk,model 3,electric cars,model s,battery case,battery,electric car,battery life,real-time,battery pack,real-time video,real time,real time video,battery power,furture","sec0&quot~ musk,model 3,electric cars,model s,battery case,battery,electric car,battery life,real-time,battery pack,real-time video,real time,real time video,battery power,furture","videoSeri~ More about Tesla, Model 3, Consumer Reports, Reliability, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Frustrated by Airpods? This Kickstarter campaign might be what you need.

Thursday 19 October 21:27:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The EOZ Air Wireless Headphones are sleek, fashionable, and if their Kickstarter video is to be believed, might even be more functional than those Apple Airpods that keep falling out of your ears. SEE ALSO: These in-sync touch lamps are perfect for people in … [Link]

Mashable » 'Built' is a new startup changing the construction industry

Thursday 19 October 21:17:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBuilt Robotics is a new startup that's bringing autonomy to the construction industry. They added sensors and trackers capable of withstanding the vibrations and shock of moving around earth.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Tesla, Elon Musk, Real People, and Autonomous Cars [Link]

Mashable » Thong jeans exist now and wasn't that one of the signs of the apocalypse?

Thursday 19 October 21:14:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSisqo didn't ask for this when he made his hit song the "Thong Song." Japanese designer Thibaut presented his collection at the Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo this week. But, there was one denim look in particular that caught everyone's attention and we apologize in an advance for what you're about to see. SEE ALSO: Chanel's ridiculous new rain boots will … [Link]

Mashable » Use 'The Force' to mix your coffee with this self-stirring mug

Thursday 19 October 21:00:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. These self-stirring Star Wars mugs are just what any dedicated Jedi needs to start their morning right. SEE ALSO: Samsung's new Star Wars robot vacuums talk and play music while cleaning your floors At the press of a button (located on the handle), you … [Link]

Slashdot » Profile of William H. Alsup, a Judge Who Codes and Decides Tech's Biggest Cases

Thursday 19 October 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Sarah Jeong at The Verge has an interesting profile of William H. Alsup, the judge in Oracle v. Google case, who to many's surprise was able to comment on the technical issues that Oracle and Google were fighting about. Alsup admits that he learned the Java programming language only so that he could better understand the substance of the case. … [Link]

Mashable » Here’s how Bill McCoy became a legendary rum runner during the prohibition

Thursday 19 October 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBill McCoy was a rum runner who never watered down his hooch, so when you're talking about the 100% real deal, you're probably talking about him— ‘The Real McCoy.' Presented by Startup on Crackle Read more…More about Mashable Video, Boats Boat South, Alcohol, Illegal, and Drinks [Link]

Mashable » If you enjoy stuffing your face with pizza, then we found the job for you

Thursday 19 October 20:53:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are a lot of odd jobs out there. Some people are paid to drink beer or even gin, but don't you wish you could get paid to eat your favorite food? Well, now you could have that chance to eat pizza for a living as well.   SEE ALSO: Pizza Hut's new 'pizza parka' will insulate you like a fresh … [Link]

Mashable » How Google's Pixel Buds will kill Apple AirPods

Thursday 19 October 20:46:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82049%2f1120fb4d ccb2 4344 9940 59b3d6e9b3e9 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ might have just won the wireless headset battle.","image":&qu~ 'Pixel Buds' may be the key to breaking the language barrier","sources":[~ maps,google play,google doodle,google chrome,google io,google io 2016,google assistant,google home,wireless headphones,real-time,real-time video,google glass,real time,real-time-video,google pixel,google pixel xl,real time video,google pixel 2,google pixel 2 xl,google event,google keynote,google pixel buds,airpod,voice transaltor","sec0":n~ maps,google play,google doodle,google chrome,google io,google io 2016,google assistant,google home,wireless headphones,real-time,real-time … [Link]

Mashable » Take the guesswork out of your WiFi connection with this touchscreen router

Thursday 19 October 20:44:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Rejoice, websurfers, because the Starry Station is here to relieve all of your WiFi woes. Gone are the days where you impress your parents when you "fix the WiFi" by turning it off and on again and hoping that something happens.  SEE ALSO: These … [Link]

Mashable » Jeff Bezos smashes champagne bottle atop giant wind turbine because Bezos does as he pleases

Thursday 19 October 20:34:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the latest instance of Jeff Bezos doing whatever he wants, the future ruler of Earth Amazon CEO stood brazenly atop a colossal new wind turbine and smashed a perfectly good champagne bottle upon its mighty crown. Bezos tweeted out this video Thursday morning after Amazon announced that its largest wind farm yet, Amazon Wind Farm Texas, went online. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » The Phoenix Suns were secretly replaced by robots. Here's the proof.

Thursday 19 October 20:26:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAre there robots secretly infiltrating the NBA? People have fears about AI and our inability to fully understand its capabilities, but what if it's already made its way into sports?  Well, friends, it is very possible that an entire basketball team has been replaced by robots. SEE ALSO: LeBron James’ ‘equality’ shoes are the NBA’s best peaceful protest Here's the proof: … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla gets testy over story about a new harassment lawsuit

Thursday 19 October 20:21:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTesla has once again found itself facing an onslaught of news stories about discrimination lawsuits filed against the company.  The wave began earlier this week, when The Mercury News reported that three black former Tesla factory employees had filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging racial discrimination. Then, on Thursday, The Guardian reported that another ex-factory employee filed a lawsuit against the company … [Link]

Slashdot » Doctors To Breathalyse Smokers Before Allowing Them NHS Surgery

Thursday 19 October 20:20:00 UTC 2017

Smokers in Hertfordshire, a county in southern England, are to be breathalysed to ensure they have kicked the habit before they are referred for non-urgent surgery. From a report, shared by several readers: Smokers will be breath-tested before they are considered for non-urgent surgery, two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have decided. Patients in Hertfordshire must stop smoking at least eight … [Link]

Mashable » Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise

Thursday 19 October 20:17:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Trump gave the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a 10 out of 10 on Thursday. Yes. Really. He gave himself the highest marks for what has been a well-documented and tragic mess. SEE ALSO: Photos from Puerto Rico reveal the devastating power of Hurricane Maria He said this, and other objectively inaccurate statements about the U.S. territory, … [Link]

Mashable » Anyone can buy online ads and track your location in real time

Thursday 19 October 20:10:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnline advertising has been accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election, maliciously sowing fears about immigrants, and enabling potential ad buyers to single out antisemites. It turns out, however, that the creepiness inherent in an ad targeting system capable of tracking digital movements on an individual level is just getting started. In a recently published paper, researchers at the University … [Link]

Mashable » Today in pettiness: Dude sues airline for not serving authentic Champagne

Thursday 19 October 20:05:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs a man who just adores Edith Piaf has no doubt informed you, the term "Champagne" refers to a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France.  You are probably also aware that people often refer to all sparkling wine as "Champagne" — kind of a Kleenex/tissue scenario. One man, however, took such issue with this colloquialism that he … [Link]

Mashable » Slurp your liquids through the center of this redesigned spoon

Thursday 19 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Spootraw has reinvented an age-old utensil to allow spoon scooping and straw slurping all in one 3D printed plastic. Read more…More about Food, Technology, Design, Tools, and Food And Drink [Link]

Mashable » White nationalist Richard Spencer tried to speak in Florida but protesters weren't having it

Thursday 19 October 19:55:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRichard Spencer definitely did not receive a warm or sunny welcome from the University of Florida. On Thursday, massive crowds gathered to protest the white nationalist and alt-right founder's visit to campus. As he attempted to give a speech on his beliefs, he was overwhelmed by chants condemning white supremacy and neo-Nazism. SEE ALSO: A handful of racists snuck back to … [Link]

Mashable » Chance the Rapper just shared the most adorable unboxing video featuring his Grammys and daughter

Thursday 19 October 19:51:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChance the Rapper's wait is finally over. After convincing the Grammy Awards to recognize independent artists in their ceremony—and winning three awards himself—the rapper finally can throw the tangible recognition of his hard work and free music on his shelves.  In a video posted on Twitter, the Chicago rapper unboxes the awards upon receiving them in the mail with some help … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Battles Google for Renewable Energy Crown

Thursday 19 October 19:40:00 UTC 2017

Readers share a report: Even in the age of coal enthusiast President Donald Trump, clean-energy developers are finding plenty of interest in wind and solar power from businesses with sustainability targets, especially technology companies. That was on display in a video tweeted Thursday by Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, as he christened the 253-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas in … [Link]

Mashable » Creepy Halloween bento boxes might be too delightful to eat

Thursday 19 October 19:37:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the spooky holiday than freaking out your friends at lunch with a creative quick bite? SEE ALSO: Halloween decorations are way freakier when you project them on your window These colorful – and creepy – Halloween-inspired bento boxes are designed to disturb your friends while you enjoy a tasty … [Link]

Mashable » Google takes a page from Apple's playbook, and developers stand to make serious cash

Thursday 19 October 19:32:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle’s developer policies are about to be a lot more competitive with Apple. Google is lowering the amount of money it takes out of app subscriptions, from 30 percent to 15 percent, after the first year a user's been subscribed. That's exactly the same as Apple's policy, which was changed last year. SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 2 review: The best boring … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Wars: Jedi Challenges' AR headset might be the best toy of the year

Thursday 19 October 19:28:14 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82382%2fa9d94cdf 5c9c 4d40 ba33 6bc4af070588 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ lightsaber battles? Yeah, and it's really dope.","image":&quot~ Wars: Jedi Challenges' AR headset might be the best toy of the year","sources":[{&q~ wars,augmented reality,hands on,ar,lightsaber,headsets,jedi challenges,ar headsets","sec0":nul~ wars,augmented reality,hands on,ar,lightsaber,headsets,jedi challenges,ar headsets","videoSeriesNam~ More about Disney, Lenovo, Star Wars, Augmented Reality, and Hands On [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone 8 isn't looking so great

Thursday 19 October 19:24:50 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, Markets, Iphone 8, Iphone X, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Want to make fried food without using tons of oil? Try an air fryer.

Thursday 19 October 19:21:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Raise your hand if you're constantly trying to eat healthy but your addiction to fried food is ruining it.  SEE ALSO: How to become an urban farmer from the comfort of your kitchen You don't have to wait until cheat day to eat your … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Steep decline of wasps and other flying nasties is a bad sign

Thursday 19 October 19:14:00 UTC 2017

Aphids, midges and wasps are being added to the list of rapidly vanishing insects. It’s another alarming sign of a sixth mass extinction, says Olive Heffernan [Link]

Mashable » Earth is having its second-warmest year to date, and it's not over yet

Thursday 19 October 19:13:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPlanet Earth has had its second-warmest year so far, and in the end, 2017 may wind up being the third-warmest year on record, ranking just behind behind 2016 and 2015. This year is also headed for the warmest year to occur without any El Niño or La Niña event in the tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño and La Niña events influence … [Link]

Mashable » 5 things you need to know about New Zealand's next Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Thursday 19 October 19:10:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho is Jacinda Ardern? That's the question running through the minds of many after the 37-year-old was elected the new Prime Minister of New Zealand on Thursday.  Though Ardern has has been active in New Zealand politics for decades, she's definitely not your average politician. SEE ALSO: New Zealand police's inappropriate tweet is really quite something Before she officially takes office … [Link]

Mashable » What the inside of Google's Pixel 2 XL looks like, including those weird squeeze sensors

Thursday 19 October 19:07:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In a time when prying a smartphone open (without destroying it) is about as easy as cracking a safe, Google's Pixel 2 XL is a welcome surprise.  That's the main conclusion I get from iFixit's typically thorough teardown of the phone that's just begun to ship to buyers. SEE ALSO: Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL are perfect if you … [Link]

Slashdot » Discovery of 50km Cave Raises Hopes For Human Colonisation of Moon

Thursday 19 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

New submitter Zorro shares a report: Scientists have fantasised for centuries about humans colonising the moon. That day may have drawn a little closer after Japan's space agency said it had discovered an enormous cave beneath the lunar surface that could be turned into an exploration base for astronauts. The discovery, by Japan's Selenological and Engineering Explorer (Selene) probe, comes … [Link]

Mashable » Dog-loving UPS drivers created a wonderful Facebook page full of the pups they meet at work

Thursday 19 October 18:49:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMeet Sean McCarren: UPS driver, dog lover, and your average American hero.  Per Buzzfeed, he's spent the last 17 years working for UPS, bringing joy to not only humans, but their pets too. So to document his pup encounters, McCarren created a Facebook page for the community of UPS drivers who also just so happen to be dog lovers. He dubbed … [Link]

Mashable » Clear weeds from sidewalks with the aptly-named Weed Snatcher

Thursday 19 October 18:49:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Weed Snatcher is a Kickstarter project that aims to clear your weeds in half the time with half the effort — no crouching or bending over required. This new weeding tool works on the same principle as a mop. Just set it over … [Link]

Mashable » 'Pokémon Go' is finally getting third generation pokémon in Halloween update

Thursday 19 October 18:46:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Pokémon Go is getting extra spooky around Halloween this year with new ghost-type Pokémon and a witch hat for Pikachu. The Pokémon Go Halloween event lasts from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, introducing the first third-generation (gen III) Pokémon to the game, Pikachus wearing witch hats, extra Candy items for leveling up Pokémon, and a creepy Mimikyu hat for player … [Link]

Mashable » California fires spare iconic 'Peanuts' skating rink

Thursday 19 October 18:44:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeanuts fans, THAT ice rink survived. The skating rink that was surely inspiration for a thousand comic strip ideas, everything from Charlie Brown wiping out on the ice to Snoopy's epic bird bath ice rink battles, somehow remained standing even as Schulz's nearby home burned to the ground. That news was devastating to millions of Peanuts fans around the world: Charles … [Link]

Mashable » This new Netflix show looks like a scarier version of 'Stranger Things'

Thursday 19 October 18:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSomething about the trailer for this German-language Netflix series looks familiarDark is scheduled for release on December 1st. Read more…More about Netflix, Mashable Video, Streaming, European, and Dark [Link]

Mashable » Bizarre hybrid of a baby and a lion will give you the creeps

Thursday 19 October 18:34:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Ever wondered what would happen if a human and a lion shacked up? Well, here's your chance. An unknown artist from Pavia, Italy created this incredibly creepy silicone sculpture of a human mixed with a lion, featuring the body of a very hairy baby with gnarly fangs, paws for hands and feet, cat-like ears, and even a tail.  Have fun … [Link]

Mashable » 'Supernatural' is about to introduce a 'game-changer' that could reshape Season 13

Thursday 19 October 18:32:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSupernatural has already introduced the son of Satan in Season 13, but the twists don't stop there. According to Mark Pellegrino, who plays the devil himself, a new addition in episode 2 will dramatically alter the course of the show again — and it's a character we've met before. While Sam and Dean are busy bringing up Lucifer's baby, Jack, on … [Link]

Mashable » 'Ragnarok' is the 'Thor' comedy we've always wanted

Thursday 19 October 18:28:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNearly a decade into its run, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is having its best year yet. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a win. So was Spider-Man: Homecoming. And now Thor: Ragnarok is here to close out the year in style.  And oh, what style. According to the reviews, director Taika Waititi's touch is all over Thor: Ragnarok – from … [Link]

Mashable » Italy has a genius plan to fight fake news

Thursday 19 October 18:20:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're like me, you've seen Facebook friends post links to questionable blogs, people have texted you links to fake stories, and you see fake news articles all over Twitter.  Deciphering what's fake in the digital diaspora is an obvious problem to which immediate solutions haven't exactly been forthcoming, so schools in Italy have trained their focus on fixing the future.  … [Link]

Slashdot » Japanese Metal Manufacturer Faked Specifications To Hundreds of Companies

Thursday 19 October 18:20:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 writes: Kobe Steel, a major Japanese supplier of steel and other metals worldwide, has admitted that it faked the specifications to metals shipped to hundreds of companies over the past decade.Last week, Kobe Steel admitted that staff fudged reports on the strength and durability of products requested by its clients — including those from the airline industry, cars, space … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Build Chatbots and Other Conversational Apps with the Conversational AI Toolkit

Thursday 19 October 18:16:29 UTC 2017, a Netherlands-based chatbot platform startup, has launched the Conversational AI Toolkit which provides tools to create chatbots, intelligent assistants, and other conversational applications. The platform allows users to build chatbots and other conversational interfaces for multiple channels such as Facebook Messenger, CRMs, and web clients. The platform is powered by machine learning and a proprietary natural language … [Link]

Mashable » Stay in touch with your kids without adding screen time

Thursday 19 October 18:14:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Kids these days know how to use iPhones before they're even out of diapers. While it's great that our kids will grow up super tech savvy, (we ❤️  technology) setting boundaries around tech are important in this increasingly digital world. SEE ALSO: Get kids … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how the U.S. government could force Facebook and Google to prevent Russian election meddling

Thursday 19 October 18:07:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNew legislation is officially on the table that could force Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the rest of the internet to do more to combat Russian election meddling. SEE ALSO: Google will testify before Congress with Facebook and Twitter, too Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner, with support from Republican Sen. John McCain, have co-sponsored a bill called the "Honest Ads … [Link]

Mashable » B&W PX headphones will let you enjoy music in total peace

Thursday 19 October 18:07:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOver the past couple of years, British hi-fi company Bowers & Wilkins has become quite serious about headphones. With its latest model, the PX, the company became a serious contender in a hot niche: Wireless, noise-cancelling headphones.  B&W replaced its P7 Wireless model with the new PX in early October. I've had about 10 days to test them out. In many … [Link]

Mashable » Fiona the hippo is the queen of fall

Thursday 19 October 18:05:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFriends, we are now in the throes of fall. And as the leaves begin to fall in Cincinnati, Ohio, a new autumnal queen has emerged: Fiona the hippo. Fiona the hippo has been the queen of many realms: eating lettuce, being cute, taking showers, family reunions. But this might be her most adorable domain of all. SEE ALSO: Fiona the Hippo’s … [Link]

Mashable » The New York Yankees just broke into esports

Thursday 19 October 18:02:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe New York Yankees made a major investment in esports, the team revealed today. They're now stakeholders in one of the most well-known North American esports team organizations: Echo Fox. The New York Yankees announced an investment in Vision Esports today, a company that holds stake in three different esports organizations including Echo Fox. Echo Fox, founded by three-time NBA champion … [Link]

Mashable » The Google Home Mini is here to get you hooked on Google Assistant

Thursday 19 October 17:47:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf last year's Google Home was the speaker that proved Google Assistant is worthy Amazon competitor, the Google Home Mini is the one that will get people hooked. The smaller Google Home has all the same smarts as its larger counterparts, but at less than half the price. It's difficult to see how that doesn't shake out as a win for … [Link]

Slashdot » Turning the Optical Fiber Network Into a Giant Earthquake Sensor

Thursday 19 October 17:40:00 UTC 2017

Tekla Perry writes: Researchers at Stanford have demonstrated that they can use ordinary, underground fiber optic cables to monitor for earthquakes, by using innate impurities in the fiber as virtual sensors. "People didn't believe this would work," said one of the researchers. "They always assumed that an uncoupled optical fiber would generate too much signal noise to be useful." They … [Link]

Slashdot » Targeted Fuzzing Is Improving Linux Security, Linus Torvalds Says

Thursday 19 October 17:01:00 UTC 2017

On the sidelines of announcing the fifth release candidate for the Linux kernel version 4.14, Linus Torvalds said fuzzing, which involves stress testing a system by generating random code to induce errors, is helping the community find and fix a range of security vulnerabilities. He wrote: The other thing perhaps worth mentioning is how much random fuzzing people are doing, … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Engineers Explore Ways To Stop In-Browser Cryptocurrency Miners in Chrome

Thursday 19 October 16:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Google Chrome engineers are considering adding a special browser permission that will thwart the rising trend of in-browser cryptocurrency miners. Discussions on the topic of in-browser miners have been going on the Chromium project's bug tracker since mid-September when Coinhive, the first such service, launched. "Here's my current thinking," Ojan Vafai, a Chrome engineering working on … [Link]

Mashable » Hairy backs have met their match with this giant razor

Thursday 19 October 16:04:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou can finally shave your back hair by yourself thanks to the BaKblade, a giant-sized razor designed to make it easy to shave those 'hard-to-reach' places. No more calling your best bro for help, now you can manscape in complete solitude. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Shaving, Real Time, Razor, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » A startup is taking on Google and Microsoft with a 'Minecraft for docs'

Thursday 19 October 15:59:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA startup came out of three years in stealth Thursday with a simple goal: Make documents better.  Called Coda, the startup has the ambitious goal of making a "doc as powerful as an app," reads the company's Medium post on the launch.  SEE ALSO: Slack has some real competition with this new work chat app Coda starts with a blank canvas … [Link]

Mashable » 'Thor: Ragnarok' has kind of a funny problem

Thursday 19 October 15:58:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI truly believe Thor: Ragnarok will stand as Marvel's most beloved God of Thunder movie. Certainly it will be the best-reviewed, highest grossing at the box office, superior to Thor and The Dark World by any tangible measure — and introduces a vibrant new character in Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) who damn well better get her due screentime in future movies. Indeed, … [Link]

Mashable » Sony announces itty bitty PS4 controller

Thursday 19 October 15:53:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a new, official controller coming for the PlayStation 4, and it looks like a throwback to the controllers of the early '90s. Sony revealed the Mini Wired Gamepad on Tuesday. It's a smaller, grip-less version of the standard PS4 controller — the DualShock 4 — designed for players with smaller hands. Its diminished size means no touchpad, light bar, speaker, … [Link]

Mashable » Here's the $30 billion startup you've probably never heard of

Thursday 19 October 15:44:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChina’s Meituan Dianping just became the world’s fourth-most valuable startup, reaching a $30 billion valuation that puts it ahead of high-fliers like Airbnb Inc. and Space X. Never heard of Meituan? You’re not alone. The Beijing-based company, led by Wang Xing, is almost unknown beyond its home country. It delivers food to people’s homes, sells groceries and movie tickets, provides reviews … [Link]

Slashdot » EU: No Encryption Backdoors But, Let's Help Each Other Crack That Crypto

Thursday 19 October 15:40:00 UTC 2017

The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc. From a report: In an attempt to tackle the rise of citizens using encryption and its effects on solving crimes, the commission decided to sidestep the well-worn, and well-ridiculed, path of demanding decryption backdoors in the stuff we all … [Link]

Mashable » Dennis Quaid and dogs: a delightful combination

Thursday 19 October 15:37:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDennis Quaid, star of The Rookie and A Dog's Purpose and hot dad of The Parent Trap, likes dogs. This we can tell. In fact, a 2003 Architectural Digest feature on Dennis Quaid's Montana ranch is so good not because of the ranch (although the ranch is beautiful), but because it features images of Dennis Quaid with dogs.  SEE ALSO: 5 … [Link]

Mashable » Navigate easier with this smartphone car mount that's on sale for 60% off

Thursday 19 October 15:36:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. What's one thing that your car's dashboard is missing? If you guessed a robot arm for your phone, you'd have read our minds. This magnetic mount is made for you to keep your phone handy while you're on the go. It attaches to your … [Link]

Mashable » Trailer for Tonya Harding biopic 'I, Tonya' is worthy of a perfect score

Thursday 19 October 15:35:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You've never seen ice skater and cultural phenomenon Tonya Harding like this. And you sure as hell have never seen actress Margot Robbie like this either. In a teaser for the upcoming biopic on the U.S. Figure Skating Championship, Robbie explains what it takes to capture America's heart. It's a cynical perspective, and more prescient than ever at a time … [Link]

Mashable » How to Make a Spooky iPhone Pumpkin

Thursday 19 October 15:27:49 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Oh my gosh, Blac Chyna is suing the entire Kardashian-Jenner family

Thursday 19 October 15:25:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlac Chyna and the Kardashians are back in the headlines, but believe it or not, things might be getting even uglier between them.  Chyna is suing the entire Kardashian klan, including former fiancé Rob Kardashian, for intentionally tanking her reality show with Rob, Rob & Chyna. It's just the latest legal mess in a web of messy back and forth lawsuits … [Link]

Mashable » Game-changing gene therapy to treat blood cancer approved by the FDA

Thursday 19 October 15:24:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a promising new treatment for a particularly deadly form of cancer, bringing hope to desperate patients while rekindling a global conversation about the escalating cost of new therapies. The treatment, made by Gilead Sciences, is made by extracting patients’ white blood cells and re-engineering them to home in on tumors. Called a CAR-T, … [Link]

Mashable » These nipples just went for a stroll with the help 3D printing and stop motion animation

Thursday 19 October 15:19:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDBLG, a creative agency based in London, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a cheeky passion project. Teaming up with animation studio Animade, they created a stop motion animation that features 3D printed stamps physically imprinted on real-life bodies.  The project, which they called "Hey Pressto," includes a party bursting out of a leg, a game of tennis over a bare bum … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk is naming his new Boring machine after a verse from a great American poet

Thursday 19 October 15:11:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 38b0 bbc5%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ next, Elon?","image":&quot~ Musk's vision for traffic-skipping underground tunnels looks pretty incredible","sources&quot~ musk,amber heard,real-time,real-time video,real time,the future,us & world,real time video,elon musk tesla,elon,boring company,rea,tunnels,the boring company","sec0":null~ musk,amber heard,real-time,real-time video,real time,the future,us & world,real time video,elon musk tesla,elon,boring company,rea,tunnels,the boring company","videoSeriesName~ More about Boring Company, Tunnels, Boring Machine, The Boring Company, and Tunneling Machine [Link]

Mashable » This artist is broadening beauty standards with her custom painted dolls

Thursday 19 October 15:05:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCrystal Kaye from Kay Customz takes old dolls from thrift stores and turns them into ones that inspire kids to love the skin they're in. She's created dolls that have Vitiligo and ones that are albino, burn survivors, and cancer survivors. Many people request custom dolls and receive their orders in tears. Her motto is to love the skin you're in.  … [Link]

Mashable » Vegans are mad at this nut milk company over its Instagram post supporting dairy

Thursday 19 October 15:02:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVegetarians and vegans in the UK are up in arms against an alternative health food brand after it promoted full-fat milk on Instagram.  SEE ALSO: McDonald's is testing out a McVegan burger in Finland Rude Health is a London-based company that prides itself of selling natural ingredients-only muesli, granola, almond and coconut milks with no artificial ingredients and nothing refined.  For … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Dogs really can smell your fear, and then they get scared too

Thursday 19 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

There is an urban myth that dogs can smell human emotions, now it seems to be true: dogs can sense a person’s emotional state just by sniffing a sample of their sweat [Link]

Slashdot » New Law Bans California Employers From Asking Applicants Their Prior Salary

Thursday 19 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and — if applicants ask — must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking, under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1. AB168, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, applies to all public- and private-sector California … [Link]

Mashable » The Earth is surrounded by human-made bubble

Thursday 19 October 14:59:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVery low frequency radio waves or VLF's, used for communication purposes, have been interacting with particles in space. Changing how and where they move. This can create a barrier around Earth from high energy particle radiation… which is actually a good thing. Read more…More about Space, Nasa, Mashable Video, Communication, and Radiation [Link]

Mashable » Marvel's 'The Punisher' is going up against 'Justice League'

Thursday 19 October 14:56:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Frank Castle is back, and he's ready to take on the Justice League. Wait, what? SEE ALSO: Jon Bernthal gets his hands dirty in first full 'Punisher' trailer Let us explain: Netflix has finally announced the release date for The Punisher, and it's dropping November 17 – the same date as another little superhero shindig called Justice League.  It's hardly … [Link]

Mashable » Get this two-in-one charging stand at 75% off

Thursday 19 October 14:44:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Attention screen addicts: keep all of your devices close by, even when they're charging. This universal charging stand can easily accommodate your smart devices all at once, and you can pick it up right now for up to 75% off. This aluminum desktop stand … [Link]

Mashable » Stop scooping poop and invest in this self-cleaning litter box instead

Thursday 19 October 14:40:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Litter box cleaning is, well, the nastiest. You love your cat and would do anything for them, but let's face it — having to scoop out chunks of poop isn't exactly anyone's idea of a good time. With all of the smart devices popping … [Link]

Mashable » Miley Cyrus surprised a Las Vegas survivor with a loving message and it will warm your heart

Thursday 19 October 14:33:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat better way to continue the road to recovery then with a message from your favorite artist?  Miley Cyrus surprised Katrina Hannah, one of many victims of the Las Vegas shooting, with a sweet video message on Tuesday.  The "Malibu" singer heard about Hannah's story, and how much of a fan she is, and decided to send her positive words. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Google will testify before Congress with Facebook and Twitter, too

Thursday 19 October 14:31:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle will testify before Congress on Nov. 1, joining Facebook and Twitter representatives to answer questions on Russian interference in the 2016 election.  SEE ALSO: Watch out, Apple—Google's new lineup is here and it's pretty amazing Representatives from the tech giants will answer Congress's questions about the 2016 election in a public forum for the first time. The companies have each … [Link]

Mashable » Tell the world you're not over Barb with Topshop's 'Stranger Things' fashion collection

Thursday 19 October 14:23:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe are still not OK after Barb's tragic demise in Stranger Things. But, thankfully Topshop is here to help us express the anguish in our grief-riddled hearts.  SEE ALSO: Barb-ie doll pays tribute to the beloved 'Stranger Things' character Topshop is dropping an official Stranger Things fashion collection in collaboration with Netflix on Oct. 20. And, yes, there is a moving … [Link]

Mashable » Laura Dern would like everyone to remember that she is in the new 'Star Wars', thank you very much

Thursday 19 October 14:22:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Last Jedi brings Laura Dern into the Star Wars universe – but you wouldn't know it from the trailers, which have largely overlooked her character. So Dern is taking matters into her own hands. (With the studio's approval, of course.) SEE ALSO: A 'Star Wars' fan in Congress wants us to know that porgs are 'dope' The actress stopped by … [Link]

Mashable » The only way to be sure Harvey Weinstein isn't getting your money

Thursday 19 October 14:18:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s only one way to be 100% certain you're not putting money in the pocket of Harvey Weinstein: Don't watch his movies. This isn't a call for a boycott — separating art from artist is an individual's choice — but if you're inclined to avoid paying this man, you must steer clear of movies and TV shows produced by The Weinstein … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why our ‘freakish’ galaxy has got cosmologists seriously worried

Thursday 19 October 14:17:00 UTC 2017

In the grand club of galaxies, the Milky Way is increasingly looking like an outlier. This is a looming challenge for cosmology, says Geraint Lewis [Link]

Mashable » Barack Obama's letters to a college girlfriend are finally seeing the light of day

Thursday 19 October 14:13:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Barack Obama that we know is a smooth politician and world leader—but in case you had any doubt, we now have proof that the former president was just as poetic in college as he is today.  Letters Obama wrote to his college girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, have been made public to researchers at Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and … [Link]

Slashdot » Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot

Thursday 19 October 14:02:00 UTC 2017

Slashdot turned 20 this month, which is ancient in internet years. How far have we come? Also, we've set up a page to coordinate user meet-ups around the world to celebrate. Read on for the full 20-year history of Slashdot. Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

New Scientist – News » The mass extinction that might never have happened

Thursday 19 October 13:35:00 UTC 2017

An ecological catastrophe 201 million years ago supposedly paved the way for the rise of giant dinosaurs, but it may not have happened that way after all [Link]

Mashable » Moto X4 review: Motorola's 'basic' phone is a good value for $400

Thursday 19 October 13:00:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI was ready to give the Moto X4 a middling to negative review when a colleague asked me about phone recommendations, specifically non-iPhones. Since the X4 was in my hand, I showed it to her. After showing her everything I liked and didn't like, I surprised myself when I actually ended up recommending it.  The reason I came around is really … [Link]

Slashdot » Samsung To Let Proper Linux Distros Run on Galaxy Smartphones

Thursday 19 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung has announced it will soon become possible to run actual proper Linux on its Note8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones — and even Linux desktops. Yeah, yeah, we know Android is built on Linux, but you know what we mean. Samsung said it's working on an app called "Linux on Galaxy" that will … [Link]

Mashable » Dear Mr. Bezos: Pick Mashable's proposal for Amazon's new headquarters

Thursday 19 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDear Mr. Jeff Bezos,We, the humble city of Gatestown in collaboration with Mashable, are pleased to submit our application to become the home to Amazon's second headquarters. We want this thing. We need this thing. Our city hasn't had any good news since we took on the name of Gatestown in an attempt to woo Microsoft for a Zune factory. That did … [Link]

Mashable » Marriott's Slack extension proves booking corporate travel software doesn't have to suck

Thursday 19 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMarriott is using Slack and emoji to make booking a hotel room as easy as giving a 👍 . The hotel chain introduced a new Slack extension that lets teams browse and book hotel rooms directly in their chats. And, being Slack, of course, there's an emoji feature. SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job — and why there's no … [Link]

Mashable » Here's the badass grime recap of 'The Walking Dead' you never knew you needed

Thursday 19 October 12:28:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When a TV show reaches its eighth season, there's a whole lot of stuff to remember. A reminder of all the key plot points is essential. But ordinary, non-musical recaps are pretty boring, right? Who wants to sit through one of them? SEE ALSO: 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 may be making a big mistake with Negan Well, good news: … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Speaking up against sexual abuse is hard – #MeToo changes that

Thursday 19 October 12:04:21 UTC 2017

Psychology makes us swift to blame those who experience sexual harassment, but the #MeToo movement could be making it easier to speak up, says Nichola Raihani [Link]

Mashable » Someone has created a guide to ghost fashion and it's horrifyingly brilliant

Thursday 19 October 11:36:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust because you're no longer alive and you have to travel around in a white sheet doesn't mean you can't also look your best, right? At the end of the day, ghosts have feelings too. And on a special occasion like Halloween where they're in the spotlight, they're going to want to look as fabulous as possible. SEE ALSO: These illustrations … [Link]

Mashable » This is what happens if you try to cheat in the new South Park game

Thursday 19 October 11:11:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe latest South Park game is here and has no time for cheaters.  SEE ALSO: Last night's 'South Park' episode set up the new 'Fractured But Whole' game In South Park: The Fractured But Whole, you'll soon find yourself trying to get into the basement of Eric Cartman. There's a keycode and you have to break it by finding the password … [Link]

Mashable » 7-year-old asks a news anchor if she's single and it's the most confident play ever

Thursday 19 October 10:40:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lot of people get worked up about asking someone out. It takes a lot of guts to get over that all-too-familiar fear of rejection and humiliation. Not 7-year-old cancer survivor Erin Cross, though. SEE ALSO: Adorable lifeguard puppy saves kids from drowning Erin went on ITV news following her winning a WellChild award. The WellChild Awards are granted to inspirational … [Link]

Mashable » Lenovo's 25th anniversary ThinkPad is a huge throwback to 1992

Thursday 19 October 10:19:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI am literally as old as the ThinkPad. When I was born in 1992, that's when floppy disks seemed high-tech, and when Microsoft Windows 3.1 was latest OS on the market. That's also when the first IBM ThinkPad was introduced.  SEE ALSO: Finally, you can lightsaber duel Darth Vader and Kylo ren in augmented reality For all of the business laptop's … [Link]

Mashable » This trailer mashing up 'Blade Runner 2049' with 'La La Land' is almost too perfect

Thursday 19 October 10:12:06 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You might not think La La Land and Blade Runner 2049 would be particularly compatible in a mashup scenario, but you'd be wrong. The trailer above proves it. SEE ALSO: 'Mean Girls' reimagined as a forbidden lesbian romance feels too right The 70-second teaser, put together by YouTuber TheDoctorOfWill, features Ryan Gosling whistling as he strolls into an abandoned building … [Link]

Mashable » Mayim Bialik apologises for her 'victim blaming' New York Times op-ed on sexual harassment

Thursday 19 October 10:02:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMayim Bialik has apologised for her New York Times op-ed on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which many people felt blamed the victims of sexual assault.  SEE ALSO: Mayim Bialik's thoughts on sexual harassment miss the point: It's men that need to fix this. As women stepped forward with accusations of harassment and assault last week, Bialik weighed in with her personal … [Link]

Mashable » Chelsea Handler won't do another season of her Netflix show so she can focus on activism

Thursday 19 October 9:58:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChelsea, Chelsea Handler's weekly talk show, will not be returning for a third season on Netflix, the comedian has announced with a statement on Twitter.  SEE ALSO: Chelsea Handler calls Instagram sexist for taking down her topless photo Handler said the presidential election and the dramatic events that followed "galvanized" her and persuaded her to scrap the show in favour of … [Link]

Mashable » Miniature versions of real furniture will let you create a tiny version of your house for your cat

Thursday 19 October 9:55:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf only the best will do for your four-legged friend, this furniture collection is for you.  Japanese craft collective Okawa Kagu have produced a line of high quality, miniature furniture just for cats. SEE ALSO: Ikea has launched a new furniture collection just for your pets The pieces produced are also miniature versions of actual pieces for humans that already exist, … [Link]

Slashdot » Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Released

Thursday 19 October 9:43:00 UTC 2017

Canonical has made available the download links for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark". It comes with a range of new features, changes, and improvements including GNOME as the default desktop, Wayland display server by default, Optional server session, Mesa 17.2 or Mesa 17.3, Linux kernel 4.13 or kernel 4.14, new Subiquity server installer, improved hardware support, new Ubuntu Server installer, … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Jones speaks about his own experience of sexual harassment

Thursday 19 October 9:37:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFollowing the onslaught of allegations made against producer Harvey Weinstein, more and more stories about Hollywood have come to light in recent days. It's not the only industry being spoken about, though. SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood On Tuesday, legendary singer Tom Jones spoke to the BBC about his own experiences in the … [Link]

Mashable » Kids get asked if New York or LA is better, things instantly turn brutal

Thursday 19 October 9:33:53 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook From the mouths of babes comes wisdom, but so too do devastating insults. SEE ALSO: Matt Damon makes the most strange appearance on 'Kimmel' On Wednesday night Jimmy Kimmel decided to get a different take on the rivalry between New York and Los Angeles by asking kids which is the better city. The loyalty of some is touching, with one … [Link]

Mashable » New York and Las Vegas cabs start accepting China's biggest mobile payment mode

Thursday 19 October 9:24:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe taxi cabs in two popular U.S. destinations have responded to the millions of Chinese tourists coming in every year. By next month, tens of thousands of cabs in New York City and Las Vegas will accept Alipay, China's nearly ubiquitous mobile payment mode. This will apply to 2,100 taxis in Vegas by the end of October, before another 14,000 in … [Link]

Mashable » In China's biggest viral game, you clap for its president while he gives a speech

Thursday 19 October 7:59:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChina’s biggest viral game this week was an unlikely hit. Released in conjunction with the country's 19th Party Congress on Wednesday, the game gets you to literally clap as hard as you can to Chinese president, Xi Jinping, as he delivers the Communist Party's plan for the future. SEE ALSO: WhatsApp gets blocked behind China's 'Great Firewall,' joining Facebook and Instagram … [Link]

Mashable » Firefighters capture video of 'fire tornado' in Portugal

Thursday 19 October 7:35:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Both wildfires and tornadoes are pretty terrifying things by themselves, but together? Next level. During the most recent deadly wildfire that broke out in central Portugal on Oct. 6, local firefighters managed to capture the natural phenomenon known as a "fire tornado" or "fire whirl." The fires, which started near Pampilhosa da Serra and spread to the city of Arganil, … [Link]

Mashable » So yeah, this dude got a KFC tattoo on his body for some reason

Thursday 19 October 7:24:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTattoos are meant to be reserved for the things you love. For one Australian guy named Tom Fletcher, his one true love appears to be a KFC burger. SEE ALSO: KFC's creepy VR training game is a terrifying way to welcome new employees That's why he's got a tattoo of the name of the Zinger Stacker burger, in a Google Translate … [Link]

Mashable » That classic baseball episode of 'The Simpsons' gets a documentary directed by Morgan Spurlock

Thursday 19 October 7:00:04 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Simpsons has its fair share of classic episodes, and surely "Homer At The Bat" would be up there with the most memorable. With its enviable list of baseball royalty and highly quotable moments, it's the perfect subject for a mockumentary, which has been titled Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson. SEE ALSO: 'Rick and Morty' co-creator loved … [Link]

Slashdot » Dodging Russian Spies, Customers Are Ripping Out Kaspersky

Thursday 19 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

From a report: Multiple U.S. security consultants and other industry sources tell The Daily Beast customers are dropping their use of Kaspersky software all together, particularly in the financial sector, likely concerned that Russian spies can rummage through their files. Some security companies are being told to only provide U.S. products. And former Kaspersky employees describe the firm as reeling, … [Link]

Mashable » Take a peek at Australia's open-air exhibition Sculpture by the Sea

Thursday 19 October 6:05:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBurger bait. A cavalcade of charging horses. A plastic bubble paradise. They're all sitting on the coastline of Australia. Every year, the two-kilometre coastal walk from Sydney's Bondi Beach to Tamarama becomes an open-air gallery for the celebrated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, with selected artists invited to install sculptural works along the shoreline for three weeks in spring. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Meet Lulu, the good dog fired by the CIA because she didn't want to sniff bombs

Thursday 19 October 5:54:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot everyone is up for a life in working for an intelligence agency. Such as a dog named Lulu, who was recently dropped from the CIA's explosive detection canine (a.k.a. bomb dogs) training program.  SEE ALSO: This poop pad will clean up your dog's mess for you A few weeks into training, Lulu was showing signs that she wasn't particularly interested … [Link]

Mashable » Don't settle for buffering —this lil gadget is here to help

Thursday 19 October 4:30:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. This may sound like heresy, but WiFi isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it’s nice not having wires everywhere and it makes you feel like you’re living in the future, but WiFi can also have drawbacks. It can be painfully slow, has … [Link]

Mashable » Make your co-workers jealous with these Star Wars lamps

Thursday 19 October 4:23:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, these Star Wars 3D Mega Lamps were forged out of LEDs. These gorgeous lamps are truly something special and come in seven designs: BB-8, the Millennium Falcon, a Storm Trooper, Darth Vader, the Death … [Link]

Mashable » The world needs more ethical hackers. Are you up for the job?

Thursday 19 October 4:12:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Hackers used to be a small subculture of punk weirdos that messed around with dinky little computers and didn’t really cause much damage. But now, large hacker groups like Anonymous are causing so much damage, that they’re practically an enemy of the state.  SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Bankers Publicly Embracing Robots Are Privately Fearing Job Cuts

Thursday 19 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Within the upper echelons of many financial firms, there's a lot of soul searching as executives prepare to roll out a new generation of technology. Publicly, they're upbeat, predicting machines will perform almost all repetitive tasks, freeing humans to focus on more valuable pursuits. Privately, many confide to peers, consultants and sometimes … [Link]

Mashable » NBA legend Tim Duncan upstaged by his baby daughter

Thursday 19 October 3:10:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTim Duncan is one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. But his baby is the real all-star.  The basketball legend was watching his old team, the San Antonio Spurs, take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night when the cameras caught this adorable scene.  Monty Williams with Tim Duncan & Vanessa, baby is using Tim's shirt for a pacifier … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2461: They don't make 'em like they used to!

Thursday 19 October 2:20:54 UTC 2017

JoT thumbWhen geeks were geeks! [Link]

Mashable » Taika Waititi peppered 'Thor: Ragnarok' with Indigenous Australian and New Zealand references

Thursday 19 October 2:13:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“That spaceship, that's painted with the Aboriginal flag colours. No one else knows that but us." Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok was filmed in Australia's Gold Coast, and stars locals Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett, but that's not what makes it a particularly Aussie film. SEE ALSO: Jeff Goldblum improvises all the answers to the meaning behind 'Ragnarok' in the latest Thor … [Link]

Slashdot » First Floating Wind Farm Delivers Electricity

Thursday 19 October 2:05:00 UTC 2017

The world's first floating offshore wind farm began delivering electricity to the Scottish grid today. "The 30MW installation, situated 25km (15.5mi) from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, will demonstrate that offshore wind energy can be harvested in deep waters, miles away from land, where installing giant turbines was once impractical or impossible," reports Ars Technica. "At peak capacity, the wind farm … [Link]

Mashable » The 'hell' that was the California fires comes alive in gut-wrenching web comic

Thursday 19 October 1:48:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Image: Brian fiesBrian Fies lost everything when his house was consumed by the California wildfires: family heirlooms, photos, ornaments made by his children. He’s taken the painful tragedy and turned it into a gut-wrenching web comic with details that capture the hellish experience. SEE ALSO: California wildfire victims returning to their destroyed homes is absolutely heart-wrenching His account of losing … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon E-Book Buyers Receive Payment From Antitrust Lawsuit Settlement

Thursday 19 October 1:25:00 UTC 2017

If you bought a Kindle e-book between April 2010 and May 2012, you might see some Amazon credit coming your way. The company is reportedly distributing funds from an antitrust lawsuit that it levied at Apple in 2013. From a report: Amazon has set up a website listing the available credits, and it has begun sending out emails this morning … [Link]

Mashable » Radio host discovers she got paid less than her male co-host. So he took a pay cut.

Thursday 19 October 1:01:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTake note, men. Comedians Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek are both hosts on KIIS FM, a radio station in Sydney, Australia. They do the same job, ribbing off each other as you do on an afternoon show, but Langbroek was getting paid significantly less than her male counterpart. SEE ALSO: Women face pay inequality and have no path for advancement at … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Self-harming has risen dramatically among UK teenage girls

Thursday 19 October 1:00:00 UTC 2017

In every 10,000 teenage girls in the UK, more than 37 have self-harmed. The large rise in rates of self-harming may be due to stress or mental health problems [Link]

Mashable » Typhoon Lan will be Earth's next megastorm, with effects rippling across the Pacific

Thursday 19 October 0:50:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s 2017, which means a week cannot go by without a megastorm potentially devastating some part of the planet. As Hurricane Ophelia fades from headlines, now all sharp weather eyes are turning to Typhoon Lan in the western Pacific Ocean.  The storm is currently churning to the east of the Philippines, slowly moving over some of the warmest waters on Earth. … [Link]

Slashdot » Flying Insects Have Been Disappearing Over the Past Few Decades, Study Shows

Thursday 19 October 0:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were … [Link]

Mashable » These new little Tasmanian devil joeys are as clingy as human babies

Thursday 19 October 0:22:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot just a Looney Tune, Tasmanian devils are some of Australia's most unique little creatures, at risk of extinction from disease and dwindling in numbers. But there's adorably good news afoot. Dubbo's Taronga Western Plains Zoo has welcomed the arrival of not one but two litters of Tasmanian devil joeys, the first with three joeys and the second with four. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Here are some of the most stunning nature photographs of 2017

Thursday 19 October 0:07:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother year, another super impressive bunch of photos from the Wildlife Photography Awards.The winners of the competition, which will go on display at London's Natural History Museum later this the month, were announced on Wednesday.The 15 photos below are all winners of their respective categories. Some are dark, some are amusing, and they're all incredibly visually arresting in their own way … [Link]

Mashable » Obsessively checking social media during a crisis might harm your mental health

Thursday 19 October 0:06:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSurvivors of three recent disasters — the northern California fires, the Las Vegas mass shooting, and Hurricane Maria — used social media and texting as lifelines to connect with loved ones, seek aid, and search for the latest developments.  A new study, however, suggests that people who get updates during a major crisis from unofficial channels like random social media accounts … [Link]

Slashdot » Intelligent People More At Risk of Mental Illness, Study Finds

Thursday 19 October 0:05:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 shares a report from The Independent: The stereotype of a tortured genius may have a basis in reality after a new study found that people with higher IQs are more at risk of developing mental illness. A team of U.S. researchers surveyed 3,715 members of American Mensa with an IQ higher than 130. An "average IQ score" or "normal … [Link]

Mashable » These photos from Claire and Jamie's 'Outlander' reunion are everything we've been waiting for

Thursday 19 October 0:02:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe wait is almost over — on Oct. 22, Outlander's Claire and Jamie Fraser will reunite after 20 years (a.k.a. five episodes) apart, and the anticipation is killing us. Starz has already debuted a photo and teaser trailer for the reunion (emphasis on the tease), but we'd all like to see a little more, right?  SEE ALSO: 'Outlander' episode 5 finally … [Link]


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