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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 » Instafamous dog Chloe the Mini Frenchie has died

Wednesday 25 October 23:56:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInstafamous pup and very good dog Chloe the Mini Frenchie has died, Chloe's human, Loni Edwards, announced via Instagram on Wednesday. "She was an incredible pup and we're going to miss her so, so much," she wrote. SEE ALSO: Chloe the Mini Frenchie recreates 8 iconic Oscar looks A post shared by Chloe The Mini Frenchie (@chloetheminifrenchie) on Oct 25, 2017 … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We may have just seen the first comet from another solar system

Wednesday 25 October 23:41:19 UTC 2017

An icy comet just hurtled past the sun on a strange path that suggests it came from outside our solar system, making it the first such interloper we've ever spotted [Link]

Mashable » The U.S. government wants access to data stored in the UK

Wednesday 25 October 23:31:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe administration of President Donald Trump has talked a lot about "securing" U.S. borders, but a potential agreement with the United Kingdom would make them a little more open.  The two nations (along with representatives from the tech world) have been working out a plan for about two years that would force tech companies with data stored in one country to … [Link]

Slashdot » Justice Department Demands Five Twitter Users' Personal Info Over an Emoji

Wednesday 25 October 23:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: Back in May, the Justice Department — apparently lacking anything better to do with its time — sent a subpoena to Twitter, demanding a whole bunch of information on five Twitter users, including a few names that regular Techdirt readers may be familiar with. If you can't see that, it's a subpoena … [Link]

Mashable » If you're into eyes that are dripping blood, consider this eyeliner trend

Wednesday 25 October 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt looks exactly how it sounds: eyeliner with a bloody twist. You can create it by applying red eyeliner, some fake blood, and liquid latex to your lashes. People are actually digging this trend, and while it's pretty creative, it's also pretty creepy. But if "pretty creepy" is what you're looking for, maybe consider this for Halloween. Read more…More about Halloween, … [Link]

Mashable » The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital can't believe this tiny firm's $300 million contract

Wednesday 25 October 22:42:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen the White House awarded a two-person company from Montana a $300 million contract to restore power to Puerto Rico, it obviously raised some red flags. The company, Whitefish Energy Holdings, just so happens to be located in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. It also employed Zinke's son for a summer. So yeah, Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Where Do Old Programmers Go?

Wednesday 25 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

New submitter oort99 writes: Barreling towards my late 40s, I've enjoyed 25+ years of coding for a living, working in telecoms, government, and education. In recent years, it's been typical enterprise Java stuff. Looking around, I'm pretty much always the oldest in the room. So where are the other old guys? I can't imagine they've all moved up the chain … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Mastercard's Consumer Control API Enables Digital Footprint Monitoring

Wednesday 25 October 22:36:41 UTC 2017

Mastercard has announced a new solution to help consumers manage their credit card digital footprint: Mastercard Consumer Control. Consumer Control lets consumers keep track of where credit card credentials are stored across the internet through Consumer Control API integration with online and mobile banking services from banks, credit unions, and other institutions. [Link]

Mashable » Indie game dares to talk about death in a way few others have

Wednesday 25 October 22:34:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’re not allowed to talk about death. In the abstract, sure, people are comfortable addressing the concept of death. Certainly we're allowed to commiserate in public over the loss of a celebrity, or favorite TV character. But as any one who has first-hand experience with death will tell you, there is nothing more deafening than the silence that its stigma forces … [Link]

Mashable » Is Touch ID Dead Forever?

Wednesday 25 October 22:24:44 UTC 2017

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

Slashdot » Oracle Engineer Talks of ZFS File System Possibly Still Being Upstreamed On Linux

Wednesday 25 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

New submitter fstack writes: Senior software architect Mark Maybee who has been working at Oracle/Sun since '98 says maybe we "could" still see ZFS be a first-class upstream Linux file-system. He spoke at the annual OpenZFS Developer Summit about how Oracle's focus has shifted to the cloud and how they have reduced investment in Solaris. He admits that Linux rules … [Link]

Mashable » Daimler rolls out plans for new heavy duty, all-electric trucks ahead of Tesla

Wednesday 25 October 21:54:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAuto giant Daimler has made some big moves recently to expand its electric vehicle programs, even tussling on social media with Elon Musk over its commitment to the new tech. Now one of the conglomerate's companies has unveiled plans for brand new heavy-duty all-electric vehicles, just weeks ahead of Tesla's semi truck reveal event. Daimler Trucks' Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus … [Link]

Mashable » Grab your piece of video gaming nostalgia with one of these awesome console reboots

Wednesday 25 October 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis is the year of the classic '90s tech reboot. Nintendo, Analogue, Atari, and Bandai are all releasing reimagined versions of their classic gaming hardware. Read more…More about Gaming, Mashable Video, Nintendo, Video Games, and Super Nintendo [Link]

Mashable » Burger King expertly trolls McDonald's and its creepy clown mascot

Wednesday 25 October 21:37:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Ronald McDonald has long been the creepy mascot of the mega fast food chain, and, well, it's a gimmick that's not aging very well. The war on clowns has really taken off in recent years, and Burger King is using that to its advantage in a new ad, which portrays Ronald as a spooky clown just in time for Halloween.  … [Link]

Mashable » Everything you need to know about the mystery man in 'The Walking Dead' premiere

Wednesday 25 October 21:21:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeing a fan of both The Walking Dead comics and the TV show can be a wild experience. There are times when the series stays true to its source material, and times when it could not deviate more. And yeah, that can be a little maddening. Every time something even a little reminiscent of the comics happens on the show, questions … [Link]

Slashdot » Verizon Will Stop Throttling Video On Unlimited Plans If You Pay An Extra $10 Per Month

Wednesday 25 October 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Two months ago, Verizon implemented a change to all of its unlimited data plans that placed limits on the quality at which users could stream video. The company split its unlimited plan into two tiers, with the cheaper option restricting video streaming to 480p resolution; a higher-priced $85 "Beyond Unlimited" plan … [Link]

Mashable » Fox News' Greg Gutfeld calls Radiohead 'the poor man's Coldplay'

Wednesday 25 October 21:16:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s a tough time for a lot of groups in America, one being – inexplicably – Radiohead fans. Fox News recently referred to Radiohead as "the poor man's Coldplay" without any apparent provocation to stir this pot. The whole thing began on Oct. 17, when Katherine Timpf described her type of man as "strange, malnourished, and sad." "Those guys always like … [Link]

Mashable » These retro Ghostbusters sneakers prove we've reached peak Stranger Things 2 premiere madness

Wednesday 25 October 21:15:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve officially reached peak Stranger Things 2 promotion madness. But if you're a particularly dorky sneakerhead, this latest stunt from Netflix might be a good thing. SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things' is now a retro-style 8-bit mobile game On Wednesday, two days before the premiere of Stranger Things 2, Sony and Netflix announced in a press release that they'll be releasing a … [Link]

Mashable » Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard

Wednesday 25 October 21:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookShed Defender is a dog onesie that claims to contain your dog’s hair and calm their anxiety by creating a snug fit. Founder Tyson Walters came up with the idea when he couldn’t handle his dog’s shedding. He says the onesie is optimal for keeping your home and car clean, covering wounds or surgical sites, protecting against ticks and insects, or … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Key tries to address the biggest problem with ecommerce

Wednesday 25 October 21:11:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon is a modern marvel. No other company in history has made the complexity of finding, buying, and shipping seem so simple. It can get just about anything in the world to your doorstep, much of it in just a couple days or even hours.  But for all its brilliance, Amazon has had trouble getting past that doorstep. It has perfected … [Link]

Mashable » Reddit bans Nazi pages as it cracks down on violent vitriol

Wednesday 25 October 21:08:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookReddit is booting Nazis.  The site updated its rules regarding violent content and messaging on Wednesday and proceeded to ban the groups where such content most often proliferated, including the likes of r/pol and r/Nazi. SEE ALSO: That Nazi who cried doesn't want to be labeled the 'crying Nazi' According to an administrative post on Reddit, the company felt the "policy … [Link]

Mashable » Barista reveals the worst Starbucks drink requests

Wednesday 25 October 20:54:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe each have our own distinctive preferences when it comes to Starbucks drinks.  For instance, whatever drink I order has to be chocolate based. Though that may sound blasphemous to coffee purists, I don't think it's anything too out there. But some people have specific over-the-top requests when it comes to their Starbucks drinks, like 20 pumps of syrup. I'm not … [Link]

Mashable » Watch a shark scare the crap out of some dude at the museum

Wednesday 25 October 20:43:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Be warned: The International Spy Museum in D.C. is a total troll. If you haven't already seen it, there's a shark exhibit in the museum, which has become well known in the past few years for briefly terrifying those who are easily scared. In the exhibit, there's a screen that's supposed to look like an aquarium, with a sign that … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Key Puts Deliveries — And Delivery People — In Your Home

Wednesday 25 October 20:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Rushing home to sign for a package can be a chore, and nothing craters a day like having a delivery stolen from your doorstep. The question Amazon asks with its new Key app and Cloud security camera: Are those annoyances enough to let a delivery person into your home, unattended, to drop off a … [Link]

Mashable » Robert Scoble doesn't know what sexual harassment is

Wednesday 25 October 20:39:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSexual harassment doesn't just mean a boss harassing his secretary. Any person in the workplace can sexually harass any of his colleagues—even if he doesn't have the power to "make or break" their careers.  That's something that Robert Scoble, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur, blogger, and fixture at tech conferences, doesn't seem to understand.  Scoble responded Wednesday afternoon to sexual harassment allegations … [Link]

Mashable » Joe Biden 2020 could actually happen

Wednesday 25 October 20:39:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJoe Biden is moving forward after the death of his son Beau, but it doesn't sound like he's ready to put the White House behind him just yet. The former vice president caught up with Vanity Fair's David Kamp to chat about his upcoming book,  Promise Me, Dad, in which he writes about his family and life after the White House. … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Key offers package delivery, inside your home

Wednesday 25 October 20:39:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon has announced their new service, Amazon 'Key'. It allows Amazon couriers to unlock your front door and drop a package off inside. Amazon requires you to purchase their kit for the service, which includes a security camera made by Amazon and a handful of 3rd party smart locks. The entire process is extremely transparent, but is it convincing enough to … [Link]

Mashable » Europe is getting its first underwater restaurant and the rest of the world should take note

Wednesday 25 October 20:34:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMove over Seaworld, there's a new attraction in town and you can eat there. A Norwegian architecture firm, Snøhetta, is building Europe's first underwater restaurant called Under, and it hopefully won't be the last.  SEE ALSO: Amazon just added a new feature that could mean big things for restaurants Image: snohetta website Image: snohetta websiteAccording to Snøhetta's website, the restaurant will … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Oysters can ‘hear’ the ocean even though they don’t have ears

Wednesday 25 October 20:30:00 UTC 2017

These seemingly oblivious shellfish are highly sensitive to sounds, which could help them monitor incoming tides, hear thunder and spot approaching predators [Link]

New Scientist – News » Oysters can ‘hear’ the ocean even though they don’t have ears

Wednesday 25 October 20:30:00 UTC 2017

These seemingly oblivious shellfish are highly sensitive to sounds, which could help them monitor incoming tides, hear thunder and spot approaching predators [Link]

New Scientist – News » Light’s quantum weirdness survives after going to space and back

Wednesday 25 October 20:30:00 UTC 2017

Photons act both like waves and particles, and their dual nature has now been seen even after bouncing them off a satellite in low Earth orbit [Link]

Mashable » Honda unveils a new Sports EV concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show

Wednesday 25 October 20:12:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHonda’s latest concept car is an all-electric sportster that aims to bring AI-powered cruising to the highway. The automaker showed off the new Sports EV at the Tokyo Motor show after hyping its unveiling in a press release.  Honda didn't share any real specs about the Sports EV, but the automaker said the car shares the same production platform and AI … [Link]

Mashable » Add a little mindfulness to your daily routine with this notebook that's going crazy on Kickstarter

Wednesday 25 October 20:10:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You take that yoga class twice a week and do your daily meditation practice (when you see the push notification from the app) but mindfulness is really about staying present in every moment, even when you're slammed at work or rushing to pick your … [Link]

Slashdot » With Camera Permission, iPhone Apps Can Surreptitiously Take Pictures and Videos

Wednesday 25 October 20:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Whenever you give iPhone apps permission to access your camera, the app can surreptitiously take pictures and videos of you as long as the app is in the foreground, a security researcher warned on Wednesday. This is not a bug, but keep it in mind when a random app asks you for permission to access your … [Link]

Mashable » Start learning Unity and get on your way to making the next 'Cuphead'

Wednesday 25 October 19:55:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Unity is a great engine for people to get started with game design. Sure, it's not the most advanced engine to work with, but if a breakout hit like Cuphead can be made with Unity, then your own game creation could be just as … [Link]

Mashable » 'Super Mario Odyssey' comes out this Friday and, FYI, it has a two-player mode

Wednesday 25 October 19:51:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook There's a co-op mode in Super Mario Odyssey! This might be old news to some of you. It's a detail that was the subject of an E3 reveal back in June, so it's hardly a secret. But E3 is filled with reveals, and it was news to both myself and Mashable Games Editor Tina Amini when we discovered it today, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Announces Chrome Trusted Web Activity and User Experience Report

Wednesday 25 October 19:48:01 UTC 2017

At the October 2017 Chrome Developer Summit, Google announced two new Chrome browser-related tools; Trusted Web Activity and User Experience Report. Trusted Web Activity is a new technology that allows developers to integrate Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and other web-app content with an Android app using a protocol that is similar to Chrome Custom Tabs. [Link]

Mashable » The surprising history of 'OMG'

Wednesday 25 October 19:40:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Mashable spoke with an expert who compiles dictionaries for a living about where the term 'OMG' came from. Spoiler alert: it's a lot older than you think.  Don't forget to subscribe to watercooler! Read more… More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Culture, English, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » These powerful gene-editing tools might one day treat thousands of diseases

Wednesday 25 October 19:31:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe acronyms might not be quite as catchy as CRISPR — since, really, what is? — but what new genetic tools dubbed REPAIR and ABE lack in whimsy they promise to make up in utility. These advances announced Wednesday solve two of the problems hobbling CRISPR, the revolutionary genome-editing technique: that its idea of “editing” is often like 1,000 monkeys editing … [Link]

Mashable » The Kinect was good. It just wasn't good for gaming.

Wednesday 25 October 19:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMicrosoft discontinued the Kinect today, ending the motion-sensing Xbox peripheral's lifespan after seven long years of gaming mediocrity and wasted potential.  Although the Kinect wasn't exactly a huge success and barely supported any games worth playing for more than a few hours, it managed to leave a lasting mark not just on gaming, but on the technology world at large. SEE … [Link]

New Scientist – News » La Niña forecast may mean even worse Atlantic hurricanes in 2018

Wednesday 25 October 19:28:22 UTC 2017

The Pacific Ocean is likely to enter a La Niña state in the next few months, which could mean a more active Atlantic hurricane season next year [Link]

New Scientist – News » We all get poorer every time a climate disaster strikes

Wednesday 25 October 19:28:21 UTC 2017

Long-term economic effects of global warming could be far greater than thought, making many countries poorer and hurting even those of us spared direct impacts [Link]

New Scientist – News » WHO reverses decision to elect Robert Mugabe as ambassador

Wednesday 25 October 19:28:20 UTC 2017

The decision to rescind the appointment of the Zimbabwe president has raised questions over the leadership of the WHO’s first African director general Tedros Adhanom [Link]

New Scientist – News » Dawn spacecraft approved to spend another year studying Ceres

Wednesday 25 October 19:28:19 UTC 2017

NASA has extended the mission of the Dawn probe around the icy dwarf planet Ceres. It will dip toward Ceres's surface and study its tenuous atmosphere [Link]

New Scientist – News » Twitter is tightening its rules around online sexual harassment

Wednesday 25 October 19:28:18 UTC 2017

The social media company is cracking down on non-consensual upskirt shots and letting the crowd police abuse, but some think the policies are inconsistent [Link]

New Scientist – News » We’ve evolved an even more powerful form of CRISPR gene editing

Wednesday 25 October 19:28:17 UTC 2017

By evolving an entirely new gene editing enzyme, biologists have created a highly precise tool for changing the code of DNA that should also be safer too [Link]

Mashable » A company with just 2 employees is now in charge of restoring electricity in Puerto Rico

Wednesday 25 October 19:25:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAbout five weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, knocking out power to the island's 3.4 million residents, members of Congress and the media are asking tough questions about a contract given out to restore power to the island.  According to reporting in trade publications as well as the Washington Post, a massive $300 million contract to help … [Link]

Slashdot » China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Widespread Pollution Crackdown

Wednesday 25 October 19:20:00 UTC 2017

Buildings in China are shrouded in smog. From a report: China has implemented an unprecedented pollution crackdown in recent months as the country shuts down tens of thousands of factories. The effort is part of a national effort to address China's infamous pollution and has affected wide swaths of China's manufacturing sector. In total, it is estimated that 40 percent … [Link]

Mashable » Airport worker dances on the tarmac like no one's watching to make air travel less painful

Wednesday 25 October 19:14:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's completely necessary to have fun while you're working. An airport worker directing the plane on the tarmac of the Greater Rochester International Airport has found a great way to take the monotony out of his day by practicing some stellar dance moves while he works.  "So this just happened out my window as I was leaving New York headed … [Link]

Mashable » Google's AI has some seriously messed up opinions about homosexuality

Wednesday 25 October 19:07:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle’s code of conduct explicitly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, religion, and a host of other protected categories. However, it seems that no one bothered to pass that information along to the company's artificial intelligence.  The Mountain View-based company developed what it's calling a Cloud Natural Language API, which is just a fancy term for an API that grants … [Link]

Mashable » How one tech initiative helps Syrian refugee kids learn new skills

Wednesday 25 October 19:04:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are common themes in many refugees' journeys: escaping conflict or devastation, migrating unbearably long distances, living in makeshift camps, seeking asylum in countries trying to keep them out, and eventually resettling in communities with completely new cultures and languages. All of that can take an extraordinary toll on anyone, but refugee parents face an especially unique and stressful challenge. On … [Link]

Mashable » Charge your smartphone in 2 hours with this paper-thin solar panel

Wednesday 25 October 18:58:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Portable chargers are a necessity for how often we use our phones these days. Those need to be charged too, though, and vary wildly in how long they last. The solution? Solar power.  SEE ALSO: This portable solar cooker has already destroyed its Kickstarter … [Link]

Mashable » Stop motion artists made a beautiful, spooky masterpiece out of hundreds of jack-o'-lanterns

Wednesday 25 October 18:57:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Pumpkin carving doesn't have to lead to jack-o'-lantern faces. Stop motion artists Sean Ohlenkamp and Rob Popkin took dozens of pumpkins, carved each one into intricate details and brought them to life by using each pumpkin as a 'frame' in an animation. The video looks straight out of the Nightmare Before Christmas movie, and it only took a few years … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft has finally killed Kinect

Wednesday 25 October 18:55:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter years of mercifully letting Kinect continue to exist, Microsoft finally killed the once revolutionary console.  Microsoft told the innovation site Fast Co Design that after seven years of production, it will no longer make the Xbox auxiliary console, which allowed gamers to get off the couch and actively immerse themselves in gaming by jumping, ducking, and punching.  Kinect uses infrared … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla's Mass Firings Spread To SolarCity as Employees Say They Were Blindsided

Wednesday 25 October 18:40:00 UTC 2017

Tesla has laid off over 200 employees from its SolarCity business for performance reasons, just over a week after firing hundreds more from its motor vehicle division. From a report: Employee dismissals at Tesla are continuing, according to six former and current employees, and have spread from its motor division to SolarCity offices across the U.S. Echoing reports from earlier … [Link]

Mashable » Lady Gaga's latest wax figure is straight out of a nightmare

Wednesday 25 October 18:37:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLady Gaga's latest wax figure is a imperfect illusion, and by that I mean it's complete trash. In a hilarious tweet, someone shared with the world the horrendous wax figure of Gaga that was recently displayed in Lima, Peru. The wax Gaga is intended to replicate the singer's infamous meat dress look, but they completely missed the mark.  SEE ALSO: 7 … [Link]

Mashable » The new 'Thor' movie has beaten all other superhero movies on Rotten Tomatoes

Wednesday 25 October 18:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is leaving all other superhero movies in its dust. With a 98% fresh rating and around 50 reviews recorded on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is the best-reviewed superhero movie of all time (so far). Read more…More about Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Mashable Video, and Movie [Link]

Mashable » 'Paul Ryan magazine' is a 192-page periodical dedicated to the most unpopular politician in the country

Wednesday 25 October 18:30:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, Paul Ryan, the athletic, youthful, sharply-dressed former vice presidential candidate and current Speaker of the House. With all on Ryan's plate, it's impressive that the man has time to maintain his status as the most unpopular politician in America. And yet, somehow he does it! It's this impressive feat by Ryan that inspired two writers and comedians to create a … [Link]

Mashable » Comparing Amityville: the book, the films, and the true story

Wednesday 25 October 18:20:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis Halloween we're visiting "America's Most Haunted House." Starting with the bestselling true story account of the Lutz family and their house possessed by demons, then moving to the 1979 film version of the events before concluding at the 2005 remake, it's an extra large, extra spooky, extra spoilery What's the Difference?!?  Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content. Read more…More … [Link]

Slashdot » Honolulu Now Fines People Up To $99 For Texting While Crossing Road

Wednesday 25 October 18:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: The Hawaiian city of Honolulu has resorted to fining people up to $99 for staring at the devices, to try and force people to look up from their phones while crossing the road. The new law gives police the power to fine people up to $35 for their first offence, $75 for their second … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A 300-kilometre space rock has vanished since we saw it in 1995

Wednesday 25 October 17:38:00 UTC 2017

Don’t feel so bad for losing your keys. Astronomers somehow lost a huge space rock first seen 22 years ago – and it’s far from the first cosmic object to go missing [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Reduced Face ID Accuracy To Ease Production, Bloomberg Reports

Wednesday 25 October 17:20:00 UTC 2017

In order to speed up the production of iPhone X, which Apple plans to begin shipping starting November 3, the iPhone-maker told its suppliers that they could reduce the accuracy of the Face ID facial recognition system, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing multiple people familiar with the matter. Earlier reports suggest that suppliers were facing difficulties manufacturing the Face ID … [Link]

Mashable » This new trivia app is the smartphone obsession you never asked for

Wednesday 25 October 17:09:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt 3 P.M. every weekday, thousands of people, no matter whether they're at work or in school, are on their smartphones with fingers poised, ready to answer live trivia questions. Get it right, and move on to the next question. Get it wrong, and you're out. Get enough right, and you could end up with a cash prize. It's that simple.  … [Link]

Mashable » Nissan's all-electric, self-driving concept car could be a glimpse into the (near) future

Wednesday 25 October 16:59:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNissan unveiled its latest concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, and unlike most forward-looking designs trotted out at auto events, the automaker claims that the tech powering the vehicle isn't as far out in the future as you might expect.    The IMx concept is an all-electric, fully autonomous crossover vehicle, embracing the two biggest development trends currently sweeping the … [Link]

Mashable » Buy these Lego-compatible wall tiles and save your soles

Wednesday 25 October 16:57:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Ah, the humble Lego: Your inner child's best friend and your feet's worst enemy. The sharp pain of stepping on one of those interlocking plastic bricks is so widely known that Lego itself teamed up with a French advertising agency in 2015 to create padded slippers … [Link]

Mashable » Discover how learning data science could help boost your career

Wednesday 25 October 16:41:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Opinions used to be all the rage. But now, it’s all about facts. People don’t want to hear unsubstantiated garbage; they want to hear about what's real. That’s where data science comes in.  Data can be a wonderful tool, but modern businesses are generating … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Has Stopped Manufacturing The Kinect

Wednesday 25 October 16:40:00 UTC 2017

Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down, reports FastMagazine: Originally created for the Xbox 360, Microsoft's watershed depth camera and voice recognition microphone sold about 35 million units since its debut in 2010, but Microsoft will no longer produce it when retailers sell off their existing stock. The company will continue to support Kinect for customers on Xbox, but ongoing … [Link]

Mashable » Trump is so petty he wanted to undo Obama's re-naming of a mountain

Wednesday 25 October 16:38:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn March, President Trump attempted to make good on one of his tweeted campaign promises to reverse an executive action by President Obama. The only problem was that two senators from Alaska didn't actually want to pick up what the president was puttin' down. Alaskan Senator Dan Sullivan recently told Alaska Dispatch News (ADN) that in a March meeting between President … [Link]

Mashable » The YA world's newest scream queen Stephanie Perkins on your Halloween must-read

Wednesday 25 October 16:33:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Halloween season is upon us, which means time for some scary stories to distract from the real terrors of the world.  If you're looking for a good horror film or novel, look no further for recommendations than this expert: bestselling YA romance author Stephanie Perkins. SEE ALSO: 15 Netflix hidden-gem horror movies for all you fear addicts out there (2017 … [Link]

Mashable » Protect your home from the Demogorgon with this 'Stranger Things' poster

Wednesday 25 October 16:25:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Are you prepared to take on the Demogorgon alone? Season two of "Stranger Things" is back on Oct. 27, so you can expect to see Eleven, Will, Joyce, and Mike again soon. If you watch the series, you know you need friends by your … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's original content won't have nudity or sex, hmm ok?

Wednesday 25 October 16:22:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple is getting into the TV business, but not the kind of TV that's taking over digital platforms. As the company ventures into original content, Bloomberg reports that Apple's programming will look a lot more like network TV – a.k.a. no violence or nudity. SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted a naked British dating show and it was glorious According to Bloomberg, … [Link]

Mashable » These 7 scary podcasts ensure you'll never sleep again

Wednesday 25 October 16:17:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere is no greater time to fill your earholes with horror than October. As a month that continues to be inextricably tied to our pagan origins (despite the best efforts of capitalism to sanitize it through mass-produced Halloween costumes), it's the opportune moment to return to the tradition of oral storytelling. Hearing a spooky story does something that just watching a … [Link]

Mashable » Queen Elizabeth earned $8.8 million from horse racing prize money

Wednesday 25 October 16:14:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you watched Netflix's enthralling show The Crown, you're probably aware Queen Elizabeth II has had a lifelong passion for horses.  SEE ALSO: 'The Crown' star Claire Foy will be new 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' At the age of 91, she still occasionally enjoys a morning horse ride; the Racing Post is one of her favourite daily newspapers, which she … [Link]

Mashable » Asshole woodpecker is a flight risk after smashing car mirrors

Wednesday 25 October 16:11:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn a Georgia neighborhood outside of Atlanta, car owners have resorted to covering their side mirrors with plastic bags in an attempt to avoid the flagrant acts of vandalism plaguing their community. The perpetrator: an asshole woodpecker who's out for blood. According to this (admittedly delightful) local news segment from Atlanta's WSB-TV, dozens of people in the city of Snellville have … [Link]

Mashable » A Trump-affiliated consultant emailed Wikileaks about a big campaign issue

Wednesday 25 October 16:04:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe head of one of the digital firms working for the Trump campaign reportedly asked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about publishing Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: A timeline of everything we know about how Russia used Facebook, Google, and Twitter to help Trump win According to the story, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix relayed in … [Link]

Slashdot » North Korea Could Be Secretly Mining Cryptocurrency On Your Computer

Wednesday 25 October 16:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: North Korea has a cryptocurrency infatuation. Its government has been accused of unleashing a global ransomware attack to raise bitcoin, mining the cryptocurrency within its borders, and hacking South Korean bitcoin exchanges. Now, research firm Recorded Future says there's a strong chance Kim Jong-un's regime is experimenting with malware that secretly mines currency using … [Link]

Mashable » Lena Waithe explains why she almost didn't write that Thanksgiving episode of 'Master of None'

Wednesday 25 October 15:58:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHistory was made during the 2017 Emmy awards when Lena Waithe took home a trophy, making her the first black woman ever to win in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category.  But it turns out, it almost didn't happen. While at the New York Television Festival, Waithe explained that she turned down writing the Master of None Thanksgiving episode … [Link]

Mashable » Patrick Stewart happily picking apples is ripe for a Photoshop battle

Wednesday 25 October 15:44:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLike most, but not all of us, Patrick Stewart is enjoying apple picking season.  He shared a photo of his joyful experience on Twitter Sunday, claiming he's been partaking in the fall activity before it was a trend. He's cooler than Instagram and we all know it. But he forgot to mention his other very cool activities like hanging out in … [Link]

Mashable » 7 Things You Didn't Know About Monster Squad

Wednesday 25 October 15:25:30 UTC 2017

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

Slashdot » More Than Half of Emails Worldwide Are Now Opened in a Mobile Environment

Wednesday 25 October 15:20:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a research report: The world of email marketing has changed pretty significantly over the past five years. Where desktop clients like Outlook were once a more important delivery medium, readers of email are now in the thrall of mobile clients and webmail services like Gmail. In fact, new research from Return Path found that more than half … [Link]

Mashable » Apple reportedly watered down Face ID to counter iPhone X delays

Wednesday 25 October 15:12:59 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Nothing says 'love' like a pair of custom sneakers with your S.O.'s face on them

Wednesday 25 October 15:08:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s time to ditch those Adidas and Nikes if you really want to show your true feelings.  It turns out that there's a new way to let your significant other know how much you care for them and it involves getting a new pair of custom kicks. SEE ALSO: Asics is going to bake your next custom sneaker in a microwave … [Link]

Mashable » Want to prevent sexual violence? Teach kids everything they need to know about sex.

Wednesday 25 October 14:58:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou may think of sex education like it appears in pop culture: A classroom of teens looking nervously at a banana and a condom.  Amid the giggling and awkward questions, maybe the students get some insight into how sex works or how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.  SEE ALSO: 5 crucial ways men can help end sexual assault While … [Link]

Mashable » This mom is getting heat for her viral Target workouts, but the haters gonna hate

Wednesday 25 October 14:55:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPersonal trainer Sia Cooper is a mother of two who experienced some backlash after posting a video of herself working out at Target. Sia posted the video to show her followers they can work out anywhere, even while shopping with young kids in tow. She didn't let the haters get her down, however, and posted more video workouts at Walmart and … [Link]

Mashable » Someone built an electric bike for water

Wednesday 25 October 14:51:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookManta5, a New Zealand-based company, redefines cycling with a newly invented hydrofoil e-bike, called Hydrofoiler XE-1. This bike is designed to glide across any body of water, including lakes, rivers, and the ocean. The bike is pedal-electric and comes with a 400w motor to amplify pedaling. Its coolest feature is its ability to perform submerged launches, so you don't have to … [Link]

Mashable » 5 essential pieces of advice from a successful serial entrepreneur

Wednesday 25 October 14:49:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat’s the perfect recipe for success? This question has been puzzled over by entrepreneurs since the dawn of trade. What with factors like luck, money, competition, and the ever-evolving customer all set to provide obstacles, the odds are often stacked against potential entrepreneurs. But what about those who choose to undergo this challenge time and again: the unicorn-like serial entrepreneur? What … [Link]

Mashable » The scope of Puerto Rico's devastation is captured in newly-shared video

Wednesday 25 October 14:47:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's been more than a month since Hurricane Maria slammed into the island of Puerto Rico, but the devastation is still widespread. The clean-up and recovery efforts are proceeding slowly, with much of the island still resembling a war zone, as evidenced by startling new aerial footage that the National Weather Service posted to YouTube on Tuesday. Debris, downed and … [Link]

Mashable » Colin Kaepernick just signed a huge new deal, but not with the NFL

Wednesday 25 October 14:40:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNFL teams might not be jumping at the opportunity to sign Colin Kaepernick, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has some deals of his own in the works. The 29-year-old athlete who started a massive cultural movement after refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality in America and unjust treatment of the black community reportedly … [Link]

Slashdot » Dell Lost Control of Key Customer Support Domain for a Month in 2017

Wednesday 25 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

Brian Krebs reports: A web site set up by PC maker Dell to help customers recover from malicious software and other computer maladies may have been hijacked for a few weeks this summer by people who specialize in deploying said malware, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. There is a program installed on virtually all Dell computers called "Dell Backup and Recovery Application." … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Marijuana compounds made in GM yeast could help epilepsy

Wednesday 25 October 14:31:00 UTC 2017

Sneaking cannabis DNA into yeast can create enormous quantities of any marijuana component, from those with medical applications to the ones that get you high [Link]

Mashable » Sam Smith's love of ghosts is put to the test on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Wednesday 25 October 14:30:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If there's one thing Ellen DeGeneres can do well, it's scaring the pants off of celebrities.  Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, British singer Sam Smith never knew what he was in for when he confessed to the talk show host about living in his new house, which he claims to be haunted. DeGeneres put Smith's bravery to the test … [Link]

Mashable » You need this portable makeup mirror with embedded LED lights

Wednesday 25 October 14:23:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Doing your makeup on the go just got a bit easier with this LED travel mirror that's currently 50% off. This handy compact mirror is an Amazon bestseller and features eight LED lights to brighten up your view. The lights switch on and off … [Link]

Mashable » Facial recognition could make your future commute much easier

Wednesday 25 October 14:22:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA 3D recognition system could soon become the preferred way for using the underground. Developed by the Bristol Robotics Lab, the tech imagines a gateless future where your face is the key to everything. Read more…More about Uk, Mashable Video, Artificial Intelligence, London Underground, and Research [Link]

New Scientist – News » UN climate events are a wasted opportunity for public engagement

Wednesday 25 October 14:20:00 UTC 2017

Even in green Germany, the UN Paris climate conference failed to catalyse greater concern among citizens. Smarter strategies are required, says Adam Corner [Link]

Mashable » The fashion industry is finally doing something about its 'own Harvey Weinstein' — Terry Richardson

Wednesday 25 October 14:18:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe fashion industry is finally taking a stand against Terry Richardson—known as the "Harvey Weinstein of fashion" after almost two decades of sexual assault allegations.  Condé Nast International—the publisher of Vogue, GQ, and Glamour—has blacklisted fashion photographer Terry Richardson in response to allegations of sexual harassment and assault on photoshoots. And, fashion houses Valentino, Bulgari and Diesel have followed suit and … [Link]

Mashable » PhoneSoap 2.0 is a sanitizing smartphone case

Wednesday 25 October 14:09:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. We've written about this smartphone sanitizer before — and about how your phone carries 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Well get excited because this super smart case is currently on sale for 17% off on Amazon. The Phonesoap 2.0 uses UV … [Link]

Mashable » 17 Halloween Pinterest projects that failed hilariously

Wednesday 25 October 14:06:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSummer’s over, which means the ramp up to the holiday season is in full-swing, starting with Halloween. As crafty folks and DIY junkies take to Pinterest for the festive new trends this season, there will inevitably be some failure.  OK, there will be a lot of failures. SEE ALSO: Here's one birthday cake Pinterest fail that will give you nightmares If … [Link]

Slashdot » Kaspersky Admits To Reaping Hacking Tools From NSA Employee PC

Wednesday 25 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Kaspersky has acknowledged that code belonging to the US National Security Agency (NSA) was lifted from a PC for analysis but insists the theft was not intentional. From a report: In October, a report from the Wall Street Journal claimed that in 2015, the Russian firm targeted an employee of the NSA known for working on the intelligence agency's hacking … [Link]

Mashable » People on Twitter drag reporter who claims nobody goes to libraries anymore

Wednesday 25 October 13:58:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBook lovers across the world, unite! SEE ALSO: Librarian sends back 'cliche' and 'racist' Dr. Seuss books donated by Melania Trump A New York Observer columnist based in London, Andre Walker, dared to state in a provocative tweet that "nobody goes to libraries anymore".  "Close the public ones and put the books in schools," is his tongue-in-cheek suggestion.  Nobody goes to … [Link]

Mashable » Brooklynn Prince is gonna be your new favorite child actor, and this 'Florida Project' clip shows why

Wednesday 25 October 13:05:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 565e 2137%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ *don't* they make forks out of candy?","image":&quo~ Prince is gonna be your new favorite child actor, and this 'Florida Project' clip shows why","sources":[{&qu~ florida project","sec0":null~ florida project","videoSeriesName~ More about Movies, The Florida Project, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Slashdot » Why We Must Fight For the Right To Repair Our Electronics

Wednesday 25 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Kyle Wiens and Gay Gordon-Byrne explain via IEEE Spectrum how people in the United States can preserve their right to repair electronics, and why people must fight for the right in the first place. Here's an excerpt from their report: So how can people in the United States preserve their right to repair electronics? The answer is now apparent: through … [Link]

Mashable » 10 movies to revisit before watching 'Stranger Things 2'

Wednesday 25 October 12:47:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOkay, so you've already cleared your entire weekend schedule to make room for a Stranger Things Season 2 binge. But what to do with your time between now and Friday at 12:01 AM Pacific time? Well, since you can't look ahead to Season 2 yet, maybe now's a good time to look back – at the films that helped inform the … [Link]

Mashable » There's a spooky 'Stranger Things' surprise hidden inside Spotify

Wednesday 25 October 12:40:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStranger Things is back on Friday, and what better way to celebrate than turning your desktop into the Upside Down? First discovered by The Verge, there's a little Easter egg in the Spotify web browser right now (not the desktop app or on mobile, sorry) that will thoroughly creep-ify your listening experience.  Just play a few seconds of the Stranger Things … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel sends his dad to World Series media day to interview Dodgers players

Wednesday 25 October 12:09:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sending parents and family members along to sporting events is something of a tradition in the world of talk shows. David Letterman used to do it. James Corden has sent his parents along to WWE Raw, and his sisters to the NFL. Well, now it's Jimmy Kimmel's dad's turn. SEE ALSO: George Clooney badmouths Matt Damon's acting live on Jimmy … [Link]

Mashable » How to survive your first ICO

Wednesday 25 October 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooking into investing some of your cash in an ICO (initial coin offering)? The crowdfunding events that let you purchase companies' digital tokens can be lucrative, but they're also incredibly risky.  One risk involved is the very real possibility that the tokens you purchase simply lose value compared to the ICO price. Some projects die; others get stalled for months and … [Link]

Mashable » Watch this silly face-off between Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Fallon

Wednesday 25 October 11:56:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Who could say no to that face? Probably most people. SEE ALSO: Justin Trudeau, Ricky Gervais among many raising awareness on World Mental Health Day Ricky Gervais went on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and engaged in a duel of faces. Given cues, the pair made faces at each other and the last to laugh was the victor.  They … [Link]

Mashable » A man flew across South Africa strapped to balloons in 'Up'-like stunt

Wednesday 25 October 11:13:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Imagine Up but without the heart-gratingly sad beginning.  SEE ALSO: Balloons may be Puerto Rico's best chance for communication British adventurer and founder of 'The Adventurists' Tom Morgan has seen the South African landscape like never before, after he recently flew 15.5 miles across it strapped to 100 helium balloons. Yes, you read that right. The challenge had originally been … [Link]

Mashable » This store with nothing for sale wants to help you take control of your online privacy

Wednesday 25 October 11:05:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook bddc 8117%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Room by Mozilla & TTC in London","sources":[{~ More about Privacy, Data, Ai, Mozilla, and Glass Room [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel asks audience to guess whether random people are wearing shirts or not

Wednesday 25 October 10:24:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Whether or not it's okay to stroll down a busy high street shirtless has long been an issue of contention. Is it perfectly fine on a hot day, or is it just always a bit too much? SEE ALSO: Kids get asked if New York or LA is better, things instantly turn brutal Well the video above doesn't even begin … [Link]

Mashable » R2D2 mysteriously appears in Prague in place of nuclear fall-out bunker

Wednesday 25 October 10:17:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYeah move over BB-8, the original droid is in town. SEE ALSO: Dude goes overboard and creates a massive AT-AT walker for Halloween On Monday Prague TV reported that a disused air vent for a Cold War nuclear fallout shelter in Folimanka park, Prague, had been transformed by an unknown street artist (or perhaps a group of street artists) into everyone's … [Link]

Slashdot » DUHK Crypto Attack Recovers Encryption Keys, Exposes VPN Connections

Wednesday 25 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: After last week we had the KRACK and ROCA cryptographic attacks, this week has gotten off to a similarly "great" start with the publication of a new crypto attack known as DUHK (Don't Use Hard-coded Keys). The issue at the heart of the DUHK attack is a combination of two … [Link]

Mashable » Alicia Silverstone, like, totally wore her 'Clueless' plaid outfit when she met Chrissy Teigen

Wednesday 25 October 9:52:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. Alicia Silverstone—a.k.a. Cher from Clueless—met Chrissy Teigen and she, like, totally wore her iconic yellow plaid outfit.  SEE ALSO: 19 iconic fictional friendship costumes that you and your bestie can recreate this Halloween Turns out even Chrissy isn't too famous to fangirl over everyone's favourite '90s movie. Silverstone was … [Link]

Mashable » has been taken over by the iPhone X

Wednesday 25 October 9:51:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPre-orders for the iPhone X open in two days, on Oct. 27, and Apple wants you to know how huge this is. The company's website has been completely taken over with the iPhone X, and its front page currently lists some of the key feature of the new phone.  The features being highlighted are the new design, Face ID, new TrueDepth … [Link]

Mashable » James Corden challenges Usain Bolt to every game in 'Late Late Show' sketch

Wednesday 25 October 9:40:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you're going to challenge someone to every possible game or competition you can think of, don't let it be Usain Bolt. Just don't do it. SEE ALSO: Watch Usain Bolt drop the mic on James Corden with an epic rap battle James Corden will tell you. In the sketch above, the Late Late Show host attempts to prove he's … [Link]

Mashable » Robert Guillaume, voice of Rafiki in 'The Lion King', dies aged 89

Wednesday 25 October 9:36:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActor Robert Guillaume, the butler of popular TV series Soap and the voice of baboon Rafiki in The Lion King, has died aged 89 at his home in Los Angeles.  SEE ALSO: Prince George's favourite film proves once and for all he just can't wait to be king His wife Donna told The Associated Press the actor died of complications of … [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyles a woman's life into a musical and we're beyond jealous

Wednesday 25 October 9:22:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Ever wanted Lin-Manuel Miranda to write a musical about your life? Well too late sucker, you missed your chance. SEE ALSO: Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Almost Like Praying' video is here to inspire you In a segment on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, the in-house band The Roots freestyled songs about audience members' lives. After some songs inspired by autumn and … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams tweets response to video shared by 'Stranger Things' kid Finn Wolfhard

Wednesday 25 October 9:11:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDeep breaths, everyone: the world's most famous children are interacting on Twitter. OK, so Maisie Williams is very much a 20-year-old adult these days, but she's famous for playing a Stark child so you know what we mean. SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams' response to Sophie Turner's engagement is exactly what you'd expect it to be It all started when Finn Wolfhard … [Link]

Mashable » Stream directly from your iPhone to your cochlear implant sound processor with this new device and app

Wednesday 25 October 8:32:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAustralian company Cochlear has teamed up with Apple to release the world’s first cochlear implant sound processor made for iPhone. The Nucleus 7 sound processor will allow users to stream sounds directly to their Cochlear implant from their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  SEE ALSO: 'See' sounds around you with these eyeglasses for the hard of hearing People living with severe … [Link]

Mashable » 500-year-old astrolabe in shipwreck is our earliest known navigation tool

Wednesday 25 October 8:16:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookArcheologists have found what they believe to be the oldest astrolabe so far, a 500-year-old navigational tool, among a shipwreck led by Vasco da Gama himself. The tool, believed to have been from the years 1495-1500, was recovered from the shipwreck of a Portugese explorer ship, which sank during a storm in the Indian Ocean in 1503. SEE ALSO: Discovery of … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo's 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' is downloadable in Australia early

Wednesday 25 October 7:42:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're in Australia and waiting for the much hyped Animal Crossing mobile release next month, your wait is already over. Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is already available in down under, the same day the game was announced. SEE ALSO: 'Animal Crossing' will be coming to your phones next month We've confirmed that the game is downloadable and fully playable … [Link]

Slashdot » Some Pixel 2 Users Are Complaining About A High-Pitched Whine and Clicking Noises

Wednesday 25 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

After dealing with all sorts of screen issues, another problem with Google's flagship smartphone is popping up. This time it's an audio issue: users on Google's official forums and elsewhere are reporting odd sounds coming from the Pixel 2 speakers. Ars Technica reports: Customers are complaining of "clicking" and a "high-pitched whine" coming from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 … [Link]

Mashable » You'd watch all these documentaries suggested by this Louis Theroux bot

Wednesday 25 October 6:57:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDocumentary maker Louis Theroux certainly loves the weird, and we're fans of his because of it. That signature appreciation for odd, yet intriguing subjects perhaps errs on the predictable side by now, which is why a so-called Twitter bot, the Louis Theroux Bot, is so damn accurate. SEE ALSO: This video Q&A with Louis Theroux is both revealing and hilarious Written … [Link]

Mashable » 'Animal Crossing' will be coming to your phones next month

Wednesday 25 October 6:13:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready to be very unproductive in a month's time. Animal Crossing has announced that its first mobile game will be launching in late November.  In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you're expected to build your own campsite, build new facilities and make friends along the way.  SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' is finally getting third generation pokémon in Halloween update The game … [Link]

Mashable » Qantas will pay for the passports of Americans, if they come to Australia

Wednesday 25 October 5:49:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnly about 40 percent of Americans have a valid passport, according to official statistics. It's why Australian airline Qantas has come up with a nifty marketing campaign to lure Americans Down Under — by paying for their passports. SEE ALSO: The best way to get cheap data while traveling internationally The airline is offering a US$135 discount on its fares to … [Link]

Mashable » Australia's new bubble tent glampsite is for people wanting to get off-grid without actually doing it

Wednesday 25 October 5:37:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’re always told to get out of our bubble, but this new glamping company wants to put you right back in it. Australia's just landed its very first pop-up bubble tent glamping hotel, Bubbletent, a collection of transparent, inflatable accomodation options located on a 1000+ acre working farm between Lithgow and Mudgee, about 200 kilometres from Sydney. SEE ALSO: Airbnb is … [Link]

Mashable » Eminem wins copyright case against New Zealand's National Party for copying 'Lose Yourself'

Wednesday 25 October 4:22:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou own it, you better never let it go. Eminem's lawyers would've been roaring this on Tuesday, after New Zealand's High Court ruled that the country's National Party was in breach of the rapper's copyright for music featured in a 2014 election ad.  New Zealand's National Party had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything they ever wanted: re-election. So, for … [Link]

Slashdot » New York State Bans E-Cigarettes Everywhere Traditional Cigarettes Are Prohibited

Wednesday 25 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: New York state is banning electronic cigarettes indoors everywhere that traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces. The ban goes into effect in 30 days, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Clean Indoor Air Act on Monday. About 70% of the state's cities already ban e-cigarettes, … [Link]

Mashable » The Dodgers just won the hottest World Series game in history

Wednesday 25 October 3:18:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe first game of the 2017 World Series was hot. Literally. It was the hottest World Series game ever.  When the game started, the announcer at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles announced it was 103 degrees Fahrenheit. That beats the previous record-holder, a 2001 World Series game in Phoenix that reached 94 degrees.   SEE ALSO: How to make yourself care … [Link]

Mashable » Xbox's pop-up hotel lets you play games all night long, if you weren't doing that already

Wednesday 25 October 3:05:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStaying up late and playing games is a guilty pleasure for many of us. Xbox are making it a possibility with its Stay N' Play venue, which is basically a pop-up hotel which allows gamers to play all night long, and maybe fit some naps in between. SEE ALSO: Xbox One X preview: is it worth the money? Upon signing in … [Link]

Slashdot » Italy Proposes Phasing Out Coal Power Plants By 2025

Wednesday 25 October 2:05:00 UTC 2017

Italy is the next country to phase out coal. According to Reuters, the country has set its sights on phasing out coal power plants by 2025. From the report: Italy's biggest utility Enel has said it will not invest in new coal-fired power plants. The new energy strategy, still under discussion, aims to reach the goal of 27 percent of … [Link]

Mashable » Apple is working on a 'wireless future', acquires New Zealand charging company to show it

Wednesday 25 October 1:35:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith the introduction of wireless charging for the latest iPhones, it'd make sense for Apple to work on its own hardware. For that, it's acquired New Zealand wireless charging company PowerbyProxi for an undisclosed sum, according to a report by Stuff on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Apple's New Emoji Are Finally Here Apple’s Dan Riccio, senior vice president of hardware engineering, confirmed … [Link]

Slashdot » DirecTV to Launch Android TV-Based OTT Set-Top Box

Wednesday 25 October 1:25:00 UTC 2017

Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: AT&T's DirecTV is getting ready to embrace internet-based content delivery beyond its DirecTV Now service: The company is about to introduce a new TV set-top box that's based on Google's Android TV platform and ditches satellite connectivity for over-the-top streaming, according to a new FCC filing. The new device, which goes by the model number … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter's ad 'Transparency Center' still leaves us with a very big problem

Wednesday 25 October 1:01:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter knows it has an ad problem.  On Tuesday, the company announced a series of reforms aimed at disclosing more information about its ads. This new policy followed reports that the social media behemoth's own tools were used by Russia-linked groups in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election, and represents a good first step toward cleaning up Twitter's ecosystem.  … [Link]

Mashable » Even Dodgers fans have to love these 🔥🔥🔥 Astros cleats

Wednesday 25 October 0:52:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs a lifetime fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I've gotta say: Carlos Correa's cleats are amazing.  The Houston Astros shared this photo of the shortstop's cleats before the first game of the World Series on Tuesday. Take look, and just try not to get a little choked up.  .@TeamCJCorrea’s cleats tonight: 🔥🔥🔥&#128293~ — Houston Astros (@astros) October 24, 2017 … [Link]

Slashdot » FCC Ends Decades-Old Rule Designed To Keep TV, Radio Under Local Control

Wednesday 25 October 0:45:00 UTC 2017

The FCC on Tuesday voted to eliminate a rule that required broadcast station groups to maintain a physical presence in the community of their primary local coverage area, a move that critics say will help media companies further consolidate their operations and even be a boost to the ambitions of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Variety reports: But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai … [Link]

Mashable » NAACP issues travel advisory for American Airlines

Wednesday 25 October 0:22:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe NAACP has issued a national travel advisory warning people about flying with American Airlines. In a press release, the social justice organization said it was "alerting travelers — especially African-Americans — to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them to disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions." The advisory was dated Oct. 24 and stands … [Link]

Slashdot » Oracle, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook Blow Even More Cash on Lobbying

Wednesday 25 October 0:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: American tech giants have ramped up the amount of cash they spend on lobbying US lawmakers to get their own way, yet again. As congressmen consider regulating organizations from Facebook to Google, and mull antitrust crackdowns against Amazon, said corporations have responded by flinging more dosh at the problem. The money is spent on, … [Link]


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