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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 » Whole Foods now makes less money, but Amazon doesn't care

Thursday 26 October 23:29:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhole Foods is making much less money since Amazon bought it and slashed prices across the board, but the online shopping giant doesn't really care. Amazon revealed in an earnings call on Thursday that the supermarket chain made around two thirds less profit in the month since the acquisition than the same period last year (part of the difference can be … [Link]

Slashdot » Walmart Tests Shelf-Scanning Robots In Over 50 Stores

Thursday 26 October 23:20:00 UTC 2017

Walmart is expanding a shelf-scanning robot trial to 50 additional stores, including some in its home state of Arkansas. "Machines from Bossa Nova Robotics will roam the aisles to check for stock levels, pricing and misplaced items, saving human staffers the hassle of checking everything themselves," reports Engadget. The robots will be fully autonomous, though technicians will be available in … [Link]

Mashable » Researchers may have found an interstellar comet in our solar system

Thursday 26 October 22:57:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhatever it is, it doesn't look like it's from around here. Researchers think they've just spotted the first known comet or asteroid that may have come from outside our solar system. Astronomer Rob Weryk first spotted the object, called A/2017 U1 on October 19 while using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, according to NASA. SEE ALSO: An asteroid came super … [Link]

Mashable » Russian cyber firm blames NSA contractor for (accidentally) leaking U.S. hacking tools

Thursday 26 October 22:49:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA Moscow-based cybersecurity firm called Kaspersky Lab has admitted it got a hold of hacking tools linked to the NSA. But it insists the tools were obtained without malicious intent and not provided to the Russian government. The Russian government did, however, wind up in possession of those tools, which include information about how the U.S. defends against cyberattacks, as well as … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Hit With Labor Complaint On Behalf of Fired Factory Workers

Thursday 26 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

On behalf of the hundreds of Tesla workers that were fired last week from the company's assembly plant, the United Auto Workers filed a complaint today to the National Relations Board. The UAW posted a copy of the complaint on its website, which alleges that pro-union workers were unfairly targeted. The Verge reports: The UAW says the complaint was made … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Scalable Press, Wakanda, SalesLoft

Thursday 26 October 22:33:44 UTC 2017

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

Slashdot » Twitter Says It Overstated Monthly-User Figures For 3 Years

Thursday 26 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Twitter said on Thursday that it had overstated its monthly-user figures since 2014 after mistakenly including data from third-party applications in its counting. The revelation came as the company reported that its net loss had narrowed in the third quarter and that … [Link]

Mashable » Starbucks' Zombie Frappuccino is straight out of an episode of 'The Walking Dead'

Thursday 26 October 21:56:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPut away the Pumpkin Spice Latte. There's a far scarier seasonal beverage to drink for Halloween. For a limited time, Starbucks is offering up Zombie Frappuccinos, the absolute perfect way to channel your own "Thriller" music video. The frap has crème infused with flavors of tart apple and caramel, and it's topped with red mocha drizzle and pink whipped cream. The … [Link]

Mashable » Nissan's new concept car is unbelievable

Thursday 26 October 21:50:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNissan unveiled its new concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Nissan IMX is an all-electric, zero-emission concept car. The interior is built to compliment the vehicle's transition between driving and autonomous modes. The steering wheel also retracts into the dashboard when not in use, giving passengers more room to recline. The Nissan IMx aims to transform the everyday life of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' is strange, but the real world is much stranger

Thursday 26 October 21:47:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s no doubt, Stranger Things has some strange things. But while we're anxiously counting down the minutes until Season 2 launches on Oct. 27, there are a lot of other strange things for you to enjoy in our very real, non-upsidedown world. And they are all just as strange — if not stranger — than the worst Demogorgon slime slug Netflix … [Link]

Mashable » Rex Tillerson looked at a statue and can't anymore as secretary of state

Thursday 26 October 21:47:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not easy being President Donald Trump's secretary of state. Rex Tillerson let it slip how burnt out he is while walking through a park in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. SEE ALSO: Trump allegedly asked for 10 times more nukes before Tillerson called him a 'moron' As he passed a statue in the Parc Mon Repos of a person curled up … [Link]

Mashable » Honda's Gold Wing is the world's first motorcycle with Apple CarPlay

Thursday 26 October 21:41:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s CarPlay infotainment system is finally coming to vehicles with two wheels.  Honda's new 2018 Gold Wing will be the first motorcycle in the world to have Apple CarPlay integration, according to CNET. The bike has a 7-inch LED screen on its handlebar dashboard, giving bikers a platform to control Maps, music, and more for an onscreen Apple experience that's been … [Link]

Mashable » Pope Francis talks to astronauts on the International Space Station

Thursday 26 October 21:37:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSpace Pope is definitely cooler than Young Pope.  Look at him, just casually talking to astronauts in a goddamn (forgive me father) gold chair. And that TV stand. He could be watching Trailer Park Boys on that thing and still look like the most sophisticated guy on the planet.  SEE ALSO: Pope Francis goes after Trump on DACA and slams climate … [Link]

Slashdot » PCIe 4.0 Specs Revealed: 16GTps Rate and Not Just For Graphics Cards Anymore

Thursday 26 October 21:25:00 UTC 2017

Freshly Exhumed writes: PCI-SIG has released the specifications for version 4.0 of the PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) bus, which, according to Chairman Al Yanes, promises data transfer rates of 16GTps, extended tags and credits for service devices, reduced system latency, lane margining, superior RAS capabilities, scalability for added lanes and bandwidth, improved I/O virtualization and platform integration. Tom's Hardware … [Link]

Mashable » Sorry pet owners, Amazon Key isn't for you

Thursday 26 October 21:24:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThese days practically everyone wants a piece of that smart-tech powered future, and if Amazon gets its way, everyone probably will. Well, with the possible exception of some pet owners, that is. That's because the latest offering from the Seattle-based retail juggernaut isn't exactly dog friendly.  On Oct. 25, Amazon proudly announced Amazon Key — a service in which participating Prime … [Link]

Mashable » Frustrated driver gets road rage when couple stops their car to make out

Thursday 26 October 21:22:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAll drivers know how frustrating it is when you're stuck behind a slow car, and even more so when you see why they act like they have all the time in the world.  Imagine if it were because they felt the need to make out.  SEE ALSO: It's official: fedoras and puppy face are ruining your love life It seems like … [Link]

Mashable » It might be time to get paranoid about your webcams and microphones

Thursday 26 October 21:18:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCybersecurity expert Ondrej Krehel explains how the webcams and microphones on phones and computers could potentially spy on you. Read more…More about Iphone, Mashable Video, Cybersecurity, Mashable Video, and Macbook Pro [Link]

Mashable » Last minute Halloween costumes courtesy of Amazon Prime

Thursday 26 October 21:13:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Halloween weekend is practically upon us. For all you procrastinators out there, we've hunted down a pretty wide selection of fun and cool costumes that you can get just in time for your big party. Amazon Prime members may want to take note, because … [Link]

Mashable » Google continues to make a ton of money on search and lose money on everything else

Thursday 26 October 21:12:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWall Street is really happy after Google's latest earning report.  The tech company brought in $27.77 billion in revenue over the past three months, up 24 percent from what the company earned this time last year. That's compared to the $27.2 billion analysts expected Google to bring in before its report today, Business Insider reported.  "We had a terrific quarter, with … [Link]

Mashable » Apparently Barack Obama once gave Chrissy Teigen and John Legend baby naming advice

Thursday 26 October 21:02:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's hard to believe that there are things about Chrissy Teigen we don't already know/haven't already seen, but the successful model and cookbook star shares a bit more about her self in Vogue's latest video installment of their 73 questions series For example, she and John Legend (along with little Luna, who makes a cameo!) live in Rihanna's old house … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Escrow.com Announces Public Beta of Platform API

Thursday 26 October 20:58:48 UTC 2017

Online escrow provider, Escrow.com, announced that its Escrow.com Platform API is available in public beta. Escrow.com provides an escrow service that allows funds transacted between two parties be kept in trust. Through the Platform API, third parties (e.g. websites, marketplaces, classified sites, shopping carts, etc.) can directly integrate Escrow.com functionality. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Brain-zap therapy may throw people with depression into a rage

Thursday 26 October 20:52:06 UTC 2017

Stimulating the brain to treat depression can spark a fit of fury in a small number of people, psychiatrists warn [Link]

Slashdot » This Machine Kills Captchas

Thursday 26 October 20:45:00 UTC 2017

New submitter dmoberhaus writes: It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an artificial intelligence has finally cracked a widely used tool that was literally made to differentiate humans from robots: the CAPTCHA. CAPTCHAs are the annoying puzzles that might ask you to rewrite a piece of distorted text or click on all the automobiles in … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft might be making a new mobile device that no one asked for

Thursday 26 October 20:41:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMicrosoft may be reviving one of its original tablet projects. The company is working on a new foldable tablet device that's designed for note-taking, according to a new report in Windows Central. Details are still scarce but the current description sounds like a weird mashup between a smartphone and an old-school PDA. SEE ALSO: Microsoft has finally killed Kinect The blog … [Link]

Mashable » Puerto Rico is recovering cell service… with balloons

Thursday 26 October 20:32:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA few weeks ago, the FCC granted Project Loon a temporary license to operate in Puerto Rico. This gave them a chance to provide rudimentary cell service to the most ravaged areas of the island, though they still had to find a service provider to partner with. Well, now they have teamed up with AT&T to provide texting and internet access … [Link]

Mashable » John Lewis' birthday gift for Hillary Clinton was a glimpse of what could have been

Thursday 26 October 20:23:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s Hillary Clinton's 70th birthday today. To celebrate, U.S. Rep. John Lewis gave the gift of an alternate reality, one in which the Democratic presidential candidate had made it into the White House as the first female American president. After wishing "Madame President Hillary Clinton" a happy birthday, the responses came in strong. Happy Birthday, Madame President @HillaryClinton — John Lewis … [Link]

Mashable » Chris Pratt and Anna Faris' seperation didn't stop him from penning a hilarious foreword in her book

Thursday 26 October 20:20:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s one thing dealing with a breakup in the public eye, but having to write about your former partner in a very public way can be even more painful.  Chris Pratt managed to avoid this fate. According to excerpts of the foreword in Slate, Pratt's penned foreword for Anna Faris' new book (which is dedicated to Pratt) is just as interesting … [Link]

Mashable » This comment from the New York Times deserves a journalism award

Thursday 26 October 20:16:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEveryone knows that comments sections are bad. Everyone also knows that the New York Times comment section can be incredibly, incredibly good.  On Thursday, nerds on Twitter had a much-needed RT after a screenshot from the Times' comments section went viral. It appears that someone might have been composing a comment using Autospeak and forgotten to turn it off. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Showtime's looking for its own 'Game of Thrones' with Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Kingkiller Chronicle'

Thursday 26 October 20:11:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery network seems to be looking for the next Game of Thrones — including the network behind Game of Thrones — and HBO rival Showtime isn't messing around. The premium cable network is developing Patrick Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicle with Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has been working on the project with production studio Lionsgate since last November. According to Showtime, … [Link]

Slashdot » Many Junior Scientists Need To Take a Hard Look at Their Job Prospects

Thursday 26 October 20:05:00 UTC 2017

In its careers section this week, science journal Nature surveyed more than 5,700 early-career scientists worldwide who are working on PhDs. Three-quarters of them, they told the journal, think it's likely that they will pursue an academic career when they graduate. How many of them will succeed? The editorial board of the journal wrote in a column published on Wednesday. … [Link]

Mashable » The Interior Department left 'climate change' off its new strategic plan, but we're sure that's just a typo

Thursday 26 October 20:01:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Interior Department — which manages the country's 417 national parks and governs hundreds of millions of acres of other public lands — made a striking omission from a draft version of its new five-year strategic plan. The Sept. 24 version of the document, which was first reported by The Nation, contains precisely zero references to "climate change" in its 48 pages.  This … [Link]

Mashable » How much it'll cost to buy the iPhone X at Apple vs. the carriers

Thursday 26 October 19:59:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2ff81422d6 2dbb 83fc%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ we're loving it.","image":"h~ impressions of the iPhone X","sources":[{&quot~ 7,iphone 6s,real,iphone 6,iphone 7 plus,real-time,iphones,iphone case,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,iphone 8,real time video,iphone x,smartphone camera,iphone 5,iphone 8 plus,faceid","sec0":~ 7,iphone 6s,real,iphone 6,iphone 7 plus,real-time,iphones,iphone case,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,iphone 8,real time video,iphone x,smartphone camera,iphone 5,iphone 8 plus,faceid","videoSeries~ More about Apple, Iphone, Verizon, T Mobile, and Sprint [Link]

Mashable » Last-minute geeky costumes that will still be a hit at your Halloween party

Thursday 26 October 19:51:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Ok, you waited until the last minute to buy a Halloween costume and there's nothing cool at Party City left and you don't know what to do. Don't panic. Take a deep breath. There's still time to get a costume that will stand out … [Link]

Mashable » The most and least appreciated Halloween candy in every state

Thursday 26 October 19:50:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith just a few days left until Halloween, you'll need to stock up on the right candy if you want to be the best house on the block. But before you shop, it's important to know that not all candy is created equal. How would we know? Just ask the experts at Halloween Express. They surveyed 2,000 Americans on their tastes … [Link]

Mashable » Former Soviet translator Viktor Bout became a black market king

Thursday 26 October 19:50:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookViktor Bout was once a Russian arms dealer dubbed 'Merchant of Death' for his criminal trafficking of guns, money, and people. In 2012, he was convicted of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, and providing aid to a terrorist organization. Presented with Startup on Crackle Read more…More about Terrorism, Thailand, Civil War, Terrorist, and Crackle [Link]

Mashable » Here's why Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is skeptical of Tesla's Autopilot system

Thursday 26 October 19:49:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple co-founder Steve Wozniak is super keen on futuristic electric cars, but doesn't yet trust Tesla's autonomous driving technology. "The Woz," who drives a Tesla Model S, is concerned some people are mistaking Tesla's current Autopilot system as a completely capable self-driving program. In reality, Tesla's Autopilot feature is classified by the federal government as a "level two" autonomous driving system, … [Link]

Mashable » Little girl stops laughing about slime because she pooped

Thursday 26 October 19:48:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A wonderful time with some pink slime between a young girl and her mom went south when the girl revealed a little secret. "I'm pooping in my pants," the girl says, all nonchalant.  Well, at least the slime was fun. Hey, we've all been there. Read more… More about Funny, Parenting, Kids, Viral Videos, and Bathroom [Link]

Mashable » Forget his nipples, Mario's penis was revealed decades ago

Thursday 26 October 19:47:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen Mario's nipples made their debut appearance in a Super Mario Odyssey trailer in September, the world lost its goddam mind. But this parcel of partial nudity was actually pretty tame compared to reveal of Mario's more private region in the late '80s. SEE ALSO: Mario trades his overalls in for Peach's wedding dress in 'Super Mario Odyssey' Warning: A crude … [Link]

Mashable » Couple avoids 'Stranger Things' spoilers by signing a contract

Thursday 26 October 19:43:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBefore Stranger Things premieres, this couple is preparing for the worst….spoilers. Harry Moore decided to create a contract with his girlfriend that states no one can watch an episode without the other.  This takes binge-watching with your significant other to a whole new level. SEE ALSO: Netflix is making a 'Stranger Things' after-show to feed the obsession Image: harry_moore_/twitter"I decided to … [Link]

Mashable » Surprise surprise, 'Super Mario Odyssey' for the Nintendo Switch is getting rave reviews

Thursday 26 October 19:32:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Super Mario Odyssey reviews are in and almost every single critic is in love. Odyssey is the first open world-style Mario game since 2002's Super Mario Sunshine. It's also the first big Mario game on Nintendo's still-new Switch.  In Odyssey, Mario traverses around the world with a new companion: Cappy, the sentient hat that allows Mario to capture and control … [Link]

Mashable » People are stoked about the iPhone X, but might not actually buy one

Thursday 26 October 19:28:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s hard not to be intrigued by the gleaming iPhone X, but that doesn't mean folks are going to cough up a grand for Apple's most advanced handset yet. According to Reuters, a survey of 1,112 iPhone users by the brokerage firm Bernstein demonstrated that although the public will likely still buy a "substantial" number of iPhones, that number won't match … [Link]

Mashable » Women are sending Donald Trump bills for their birth control in protest

Thursday 26 October 19:28:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump's administration recently rolled back federal rules that keep contraception co-pay free for 62.4 million women, so a coalition of reproductive rights organizations are taking their fight straight to the president.  SEE ALSO: Want to prevent sexual violence? Teach kids everything they need to know about sex. This week, the Keep Birth Control Copay Free campaign launched an online tool … [Link]

Slashdot » 'The Second Gilded Age Is Upon Us'

Thursday 26 October 19:26:00 UTC 2017

Robotron23 writes: Wealth inequality is at its highest since the turn of the 20th century — the so-called 'Gilded Age' — as the proportion of capital held by the world's 1,542 dollar billionaires swells further. The report, commissioned by the Swiss banking giant UBS and UK accounting company PwC, discusses the impacts of technology and globalization on the situation, and … [Link]

Mashable » Motion sensor lights could keep you from stubbing your toes in the dark

Thursday 26 October 19:19:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Unless your bed is right next to your light switch, you'll understand the struggle of trying to get up in the dark and tripping over everything in the room until you can get the light on. This makes getting up for a midnight snack … [Link]

Mashable » Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams open up about their own horrifying sexual harassment experiences

Thursday 26 October 19:14:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHollywood’s disgusting revelations of sexual assault and harassment continue, this week with the staggering number of women who have spoken out about director James TobackOver 200 women have now accused Toback of harassment or assault, beginning with 38 in an exposé from the Los Angeles Times. As with the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the accusations against Toback have empowered his victims … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Loads Android 8.1 With New APIs

Thursday 26 October 19:11:36 UTC 2017

Android 8 Oreo has hardly had a chance to gain a toehold in the market and yet Google has already brought forth an API-laden developer preview of Android 8.1. Here's what's buried inside. [Link]

Mashable » Bulldog tries so so hard to save Leonardo DiCaprio from the bear in 'The Revenant'

Thursday 26 October 18:51:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Spoiler alert: Leonardo DiCaprio's character gets brutally attacked by a bear in the 2015 Oscar-winning Best Picture The Revenant. Well, this bulldog named Khaleesi was recently watching along with her human when the big scene came on. And she tried her very best to protect poor Leo. Despite the bear's size. And the fact that it's on a TV. We … [Link]

Slashdot » New Science Suggests the Ocean Could Rise More — and Faster — Than We Thought

Thursday 26 October 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Chris Mooney, writing for the Washington Post: Climate change could lead to sea level rises that are larger, and happen more rapidly, than previously thought, according to a trio of new studies that reflect mounting concerns about the stability of polar ice. In one case, the research suggests that previous high end projections (PDF) for sea level rise by the … [Link]

Mashable » George H.W. Bush may be elderly. That doesn't make what he did OK.

Thursday 26 October 18:42:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday, on a very bad day in a very bad week during a very, very bad year, another sad story came to light: actress Heather Lind came forward and alleged that former President George H.W. Bush had groped her. Soon after, New York actress Jordan Grolnick came forward with a similar story. Last night, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath released a … [Link]

Mashable » Will robots steal your job? No, but you still have to adapt.

Thursday 26 October 18:39:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve all heard that the robots are coming to take our jobs—especially considering the imagined futures in movies like "I, Robot" and TV shows like "Westworld" and "Humans." While that’s not entirely true—life does not imitate art in this instance—automation will dramatically change the job landscape. To navigate this unfamiliar terrain, the workers of the future will need to adapt to … [Link]

Mashable » Alicia Silverstone served us that '90s nostalgia by resurrecting her Cher costume

Thursday 26 October 18:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnly Cher Horowitz of 'Clueless' can pull off a yellow plaid skirt suit. Read more…More about Twitter, Instagram, Mashable Video, Celebrity, and 1990s [Link]

Mashable » We asked an expert about epidemic outbreaks onscreen

Thursday 26 October 18:07:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEpidemiologist Dr. Anne Rimoin joins us this week to debate movie outbreaks. How realistic is the 'Walking Dead'? Is the Rage Virus in '28 Days Later' even possible? Can we catch superhero powers from spiders and toxic waste?!? Probably not, but check this episode out just in case. Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content. Read more…More about Halloween, Airplane, Zombies, … [Link]

Slashdot » McAfee Says It No Longer Will Permit Government Source Code Reviews

Thursday 26 October 18:06:00 UTC 2017

Dustin Volz, Joel Schectman, and Jack Stubbs, reporting for Reuters: U.S.-based cyber firm McAfee said it will no longer permit foreign governments to scrutinize the source code of its products, halting a practice some security experts have warned could be leveraged by nation-states to carry out cyber attacks. Reuters reported in June that McAfee was among several Western technology companies … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ban on weedkiller glyphosate won’t save anyone from cancer

Thursday 26 October 18:06:00 UTC 2017

Unfounded health fears mean Europe is on the brink of banning the herbicide, risking greater soil damage and higher carbon emissions [Link]

Mashable » With the release of the JFK assassination files, everyone's making the same Ted Cruz joke

Thursday 26 October 18:04:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThursday is a big day for history buffs and conspiracy theorists as the federal government will finally unleash thousands of previously unreleased documents relating to the JFK assassination, all in part of the deadline set in 1992 by the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. One person who probably isn't looking forward to the release of the records, though, is U.S. Senator … [Link]

Mashable » Dude on Tinder uses inappropriate shark pickup line and ends up getting schooled in the best way

Thursday 26 October 17:51:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen matching with someone on Tinder, be prepared to receive all sorts of different pick-up lines. Some are funny, some are straight to the point, and some are just inappropriate resulting in fails. This is a story of the latter.  Redditor bovinespecies used a mediocre shark pickup line as his icebreaker with Natalie, his Tinder match. Natalie replied with nothing but … [Link]

Mashable » Why this Houston Astros player has an inspiring mission beyond baseball

Thursday 26 October 17:37:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGeorge Springer stepped up to the plate in the 11th inning of Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night. Fans of both teams may not have been expecting much — throughout Game 1, the Houston Astros outfielder struck out four times against the Los Angeles Dodgers' talented pitchers. But as he got up to bat last night, the score was … [Link]

Slashdot » Saudi Arabia Becomes First Nation To Grant Citizenship To Humanoid Robot

Thursday 26 October 17:25:00 UTC 2017

Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to offer citizenship to a humanoid robot, but Brad Keywell, CEO of Uptake, a predictive analytics technology company, told FOX Business on Thursday artificial intelligence (AI) will not replace humans anytime soon. From a report: "Humans are made super-human through the intelligence that can be derived from these sensors and there … [Link]

Mashable » This rotating glass will stop you spilling wine all over yourself

Thursday 26 October 17:22:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis rotating glass will totally change your wine drinking experience. Buy yours here: http://on.mash.to/2guUSGn Read more…More about Wine, Wine Glass, Product, Mashable Shopping, and Rotating Wine Glass [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's new foldable phone patent looks completely insane

Thursday 26 October 17:20:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSamsung’s next flagship phone might actually fit in your pocket.  The Korean electronics conglomerate recently submitted sketches of a foldable smartphone, rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy X, to the Korean Intellectual Property Office. The sketches were spotted by LetsGoDigital, which has been dredging up additional documentation for the mysterious device including a trademark application, and a license from Korea's … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Good news: A robot has been hired to care for our old folk

Thursday 26 October 17:16:00 UTC 2017

A care bot's deployment in the UK has come under fire, but I would have welcomed robotic help for my elderly mother, says author Paul Kitcatt [Link]

Mashable » Marvel's 'Runaways' trailer is full of nods to the comics

Thursday 26 October 16:57:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Hulu has debuted the first full trailer for Runaways, their upcoming Marvel superhero drama, and eagle-eyed fans should find plenty of nods to the source material hidden in this two minute preview, including some of the team's signature weaponry and a few nods to the romantic pairings that might end up developing.  Know what else the trailer reveals? Old Lace, … [Link]

Mashable » Instagram's 3-second 'Superzoom' videos are the new Boomerang

Thursday 26 October 16:50:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLeave it to Instagram to come up with a new three-second video format that changes everything. It's called Superzoom, and it's rolling out to Instagram's apps today. The feature lets you record three-second clips with a dramatic zoom effect perfect for memes and dramatic Story posts. SEE ALSO: How I broke Instagram Stories Located alongside Boomerang, live video, and rewind videos … [Link]

Mashable » Calling all wannabe filmmakers, this camera mount is for you

Thursday 26 October 16:50:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Remember that hallway scene in Daredevil where Matt had that whole big fight in one super long take? This camera on Kickstarter might be able to help you achieve that level of hype action shots.  The Wiral Lite cable cam is a new camera … [Link]

Slashdot » AMD Unveils Ryzen Mobile Processors Combining Zen Cores and Vega Graphics

Thursday 26 October 16:45:00 UTC 2017

MojoKid writes: AMD is officially launching a processor family today known by the code name Raven Ridge, but now referred to as Ryzen Mobile. The architecture combines AMD's new Zen CPU core architecture, along with its RX Vega GPU integrated into a single chip for laptops. There are two initial chips in the mobile processor family that AMD is announcing … [Link]

Mashable » Can you death drop? 'RuPaul's Drag Race' queens taught us how

Thursday 26 October 16:40:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDrag may not be a contact sport, but these queens are not afraid to put their bodies on the line. If you've ever been to a drag show, you know gender-bending is just one aspect of the performance. Elaborate lip-syncing plays a pivotal role during a queen's set on stage, and throughout these performances, one particular dance move has been known … [Link]

Mashable » Montcler is selling a dog parka and boy is it expensive

Thursday 26 October 16:33:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWould you spend $450 on a puffer jacket? Sorry, let us clarify: would you spend $450 on a puffer jacket for your dog? Quite a few people would, as it turns out. Moncler's canine puffers, which come in a variety of colors and range in price from $370 to $450, are completely sold out. SEE ALSO: Thong jeans exist now and … [Link]

Mashable » Eminem might have just given us the best album rollout of 2017

Thursday 26 October 16:32:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome artists, like Beyoncé, just drop albums unexpectedly on us. Most artists though, have your typical rollout, with singles and press releases and well-timed television appearances.  Not Eminem.  Fans are speculating that the Detroit rapper has totally upended what it means to release a new album in this day and age with one of the most elaborate marketing schemes we've seen … [Link]

Mashable » The internet is a good place to start: Why working with a financial advisor can make more sense

Thursday 26 October 16:28:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPaid Content by Royal Bank of CanadaYou can find pretty much anything on the internet. From quick and easy recipes to learning an entirely new language or instrument, there’s no shortage of information at your disposal. But with all of this information, you may come across conflicting points of view—one website telling you one piece of advice while another suggesting the … [Link]

Mashable » The utter stupidity of the Equifax breach is something to behold

Thursday 26 October 16:18:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEquifax operated an unsecured, public-facing website that allowed anyone to steal sensitive data on more than 145 million Americans—and didn't do anything when warned about it by a security researcher, according to a report from Motherboard. The revelation is yet another piece of embarrassing news for Equifax, which has taken a series of missteps since the breach first came to light. … [Link]

Mashable » Terrify your conservative neighbors with Sarah Silverman's liberal Halloween costumes

Thursday 26 October 16:18:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Or should that be "Drew Nostume's" Halloween costumes?  In our exclusive clip from Sarah Silverman's new weekly Hulu talk show, I Love You, America, you can find the perfect costumes to "spook your conservative neighbors" or make your liberal friends "demo-crap their pants," if you're short on ideas this Halloween.  Believe it or not, the skit is both hilarious and … [Link]

Mashable » 6 Aquatic Creatures with Freaky Human-Like Teeth

Thursday 26 October 16:16:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Fish, Mashable Reels, Scary Animals, Culture, and Animals [Link]

Mashable » There's a water bottle for dogs that you can share

Thursday 26 October 16:10:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Dogs are our best friends and we obviously want to take our doggos with us everywhere — but carrying around their water bowl and having to dump it every time isn't exactly convenient.  This Kickstarter project feels you and has created a genius solution … [Link]

Mashable » This AI robot has finally had enough of Elon Musk

Thursday 26 October 16:02:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookElon Musk has been fighting against AI for years, and it's finally fighting back.  Sophia, an artificial intelligence created by roboticist David Hanson threw some serious shade on the Tesla and SpaceX CEO in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times columnist and co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box.  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk unveils his plans to build cities in … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Was Warned

Thursday 26 October 15:56:00 UTC 2017

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Months before its catastrophic data breach, a security researcher warned Equifax that it was vulnerable to the kind of attack that later compromised the personal data of more than 145 million Americans, Motherboard has learned. Six months after the researcher first notified the company about the vulnerability, Equifax patched it — but only after the … [Link]

Mashable » Pre-order 'Assassin's Creed Origins' for 20% off with Amazon Prime

Thursday 26 October 15:54:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Super Mario Odyssey fever is overshadowing another highly anticipated video game releaseAssassin's Creed Origins is also dropping Friday but you can get it for 20% off when you pre-order with your Amazon Prime membership. (If you don't have Prime yet you can sign up … [Link]

Mashable » It's official: fedoras and puppy face are ruining your love life

Thursday 26 October 15:49:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooking for love? You might want to put away your Romphim and skip that Snapchat filter. The dating app Hater, which pairs you with people based on the things you both hate, has figured out which fashion trends are the biggest turn off for their users — and this news may not be good for you. The app, which asks you … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix is making a 'Stranger Things' after-show to feed the obsession

Thursday 26 October 15:41:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBetter make some extra Eggo waffles — Netflix is about have Stranger Things fans attached to their couch cushions for even longer. As we eagerly anticipate the Stranger Things 2 release on Oct. 27, Netflix announced that it's also launching an after-show called Beyond Stranger Things. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the seven-episode after-show series will be available the same day … [Link]

Mashable » This R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker is a great gift for Star Wars fans

Thursday 26 October 15:40:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Everyone's favorite Star Wars droid, R2-D2, has been presented to us in many forms, be it an app-enabled drone or a DIY toy. Now, he's rocking out to your music as a Bluetooth speaker from ThinkGeek, which is currently 80% off. SEE ALSO: Samsung's … [Link]

Mashable » Extreme heat may have led to record number of home runs in Game 2 of the World Series

Thursday 26 October 15:38:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRecord heat may partly be to blame for the bizarre, historic, and exciting second game of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.  A record-setting 8 home runs were hit during the course of 11 innings of play. Games with higher temperatures tend to, but don't always result in, a greater number of … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert imagines a world where Obama acted like Donald Trump and it's terrifying

Thursday 26 October 15:34:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Stephen Colbert went over Donald Trump's press conference yesterday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and didn't hold back on highlighting some newsworthy moments.  Donald Trump addressed reports about the fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson.  President Trump was criticized for the way he handled the situation and how he didn't remember Johnson's name.  The late night host mocked … [Link]

Slashdot » San Francisco Just Took a Huge Step Toward Internet Utopia

Thursday 26 October 15:27:00 UTC 2017

Susan Crawford, writing for Backchannel: Last week, San Francisco became the first major city in America to pledge to connect all of its homes and businesses to a fiber optic network. I urge you to read that sentence again. It's a ray of light. In an era of short-term, deeply partisan do-nothing-ism, the city's straightforward, deeply practical determination shines. Americans, … [Link]

Mashable » The U.S. Air Force doesn't believe in Santa

Thursday 26 October 15:24:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe know who's getting coal in their stockings this year: the United States Air Force. In an attempt to mediate an Twitter spat between two military bases about which of them is better (yes, really), the Air Force account tweeted that, if the bases did not make amends, Santa Claus would "bring [them] nothing this year…becuase [sic] he isn't real!" SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Underwater farms could change the future of agriculture

Thursday 26 October 15:15:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust 300 feet off the coast of northern Italy, a cluster of tiny pods anchored to the seabed are growing a variety of fresh produce.  The underwater farm, launched in 2012 by the Ocean Reef Group, is an experiment into finding alternative ways to grow food. Read more…More about Food, Italy, Agriculture, Production, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » This portable filter could put an end to discarded plastic bottles

Thursday 26 October 15:15:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSawyer Products has a portable water filter that allows you to purify virtually any kind of water. Screw it onto a water bottle, or the included pouch, and drink straight from the filter. It claims to remove 99.9% of bacteria and viruses— making it an ideal device for hiking, camping, or drinking water in underdeveloped countries.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Mashable … [Link]

Mashable » Trump really, really, really wants you to believe he came up with 'fake news'

Thursday 26 October 15:14:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe president wants you to believe he came up with the term, "fake news." But, of course, that's fake news, too.  Wednesday night, Donald Trump sat down with Fox News's lump-filled suit of a human, Lou Dobbs, to sundown on broadcast television, as he's wont to do. This time, it was largely on the matter of the very bad and fake … [Link]

Mashable » Wooden bicycles are not as crazy as they sound

Thursday 26 October 15:04:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCompanies that use wood as a core material for bike frames are popping up everywhere. According to Nikolas Panagis, one of the crafters of GP Bicycles, wood has the natural ability to absorb vibrations throughout the ride. Sometimes a suspension system is not even necessary. That makes the riding experience more pleasant and gentler on your body. Wooden bicycles can be … [Link]

Mashable » The Neatmaster pest repeller uses no chemicals or traps and it's on sale for 70% off

Thursday 26 October 15:03:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Everyone hates mice and roaches in their homes, and everyone really hates having to get rid of them. If you're looking for a chemical-free option to pest control, this well-reviewed device could be the key — and it's currently 70% off.  SEE ALSO: PhoneSoap … [Link]

Mashable » The bank that's apparently so cool it has become a chat up line in London's bars

Thursday 26 October 15:02:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBanking doesn't usually inspire chat-up lines in pubs, or nightclub-style virtual queues of young people looking for a quick way in. But one London-based startup has managed to become quite the conversation starter in London's pubs and beyond.  Monzo lives entirely on your phone and is geared toward a generation accustomed to doing everything with that device. Unlike many other apps, … [Link]

Mashable » 'RuPaul's Drag Race' contestants talk about their janky first cell phones

Thursday 26 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook We asked queens from 'RuPaul's Drag Race' about their first cell phones, AIM screen names, and what their Myspace looked like back in the day.  Subscribe to our channel for more watercooler videos! Read more… More about Blackberry, Cell Phone, Drag Queen, Rupaul, and Rupaul S Drag Race [Link]

Mashable » Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how NASCAR races rely on physics

Thursday 26 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Gary O'Reilly and Chuck Nice join Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the physics of NASCAR, including track banking, spoilers, and drafting. Check out the full StarTalk's Playing with Science podcast on NASCAR here. StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  … [Link]

Mashable » An artist's timelapse carving Wonder Woman onto a pumpkin is breathtakingly good

Thursday 26 October 14:59:14 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Be ready to be impressed by this timelapse pumpkin carving of Wonder Woman. It's a super-powered detailed masterpiece.  Andy Manoloff, the artist, begins by stenciling the super hero's upper body in all her glory. Then he begins the carving process with a special focus on Diana Prince's arm band, headpiece, and bits of hair to give the illusion of her … [Link]

Mashable » Your favorite 'Stranger Things' police officer has inspired a line of beer called Chief Hopper

Thursday 26 October 14:52:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou know your pop culture faves have gotten really popular when you can drink them. Chief Jim Hopper is Stranger Things' grumpy but incredibly resourceful police chief and now the character has inspired a line of beers. You can't get drunk with Hopper, but you can get drunk with the help of Hopper's hops.  SEE ALSO: Here's what critics think of … [Link]

Mashable » Waymo expands to Michigan to test self-driving cars in the snow

Thursday 26 October 14:51:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWaymo is heading east for the winter to embrace the slick, snowy roads of the Midwest. The Google self-driving spinoff announced it will expand its autonomous testing to Michigan in order to train its platform in cold weather conditions, calling the state its "winter wonderland." The company's CEO John Krafcik says it has piloted its cars in cold weather since 2012, … [Link]

Slashdot » Chipmaker Nvidia's CEO Sees Fully Autonomous Cars Within 4 Years

Thursday 26 October 14:48:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Nvidia chief executive Jensen Huang said on Thursday artificial intelligence would enable fully automated cars within 4 years, but sought to tamp down expectations for a surge in demand for its chips from cryptocurrency miners. Nvidia came to prominence in the gaming industry for designing graphics-processing chips, but in recent years has been expanding … [Link]

Mashable » Gutsy grandma celebrates her 94th birthday with a skydive

Thursday 26 October 14:47:45 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook What better way to celebrate your birthday than jumping out of a plane and plunging through the air?  Take a look at Ella Campbell, who soared through the skies in celebration of her 94th year on Earth, thanks to the help of the Above the Poconos Skydivers.   The elderly yet adventurous grandma didn't look back, fearlessly jumping from 10,000 … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook launches Halloween-themed camera features, backgrounds, game

Thursday 26 October 14:47:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're not in the Halloween spirit, Facebook is here to help.  The social network is unveiling several features to spook up your news feed, camera, and Messenger.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's video could finally catch up to YouTube Starting today, Facebook is sending notifications to inform people of Halloween events near them. There are more than 500,000 of these parties and … [Link]

Mashable » 'Time' found the perfect visual representation for Trump's destruction

Thursday 26 October 14:43:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrump came into the White House like a wrecking ball, and now, Time is bluntly calling him and his cabinet out for it. The magazine's upcoming Nov. 6 cover visually depicts "The Wrecking Crew" that is Trump and his cabinet members, featuring three terrifying Trump-esque wrecking balls with orange skin, golden hair, and big, open mouths. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton has … [Link]

Mashable » Balenciaga is trying to make car mat skirts happen for more than $2,000

Thursday 26 October 14:37:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHave you ever been in a car and thought to yourself, "damn, I'd really love to wear this car mat as a skirt?" No? Didn't think so.  SEE ALSO: If penne is your bae, wear this silver pasta pendant around your neck The folks at Balenciaga beg to differ, it seems. They're selling a "car design skirt" that looks like it's … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter bans two Russian media outlets from advertising on its platform

Thursday 26 October 14:34:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter is cracking down on Russian media advertising via its platform.  The company revealed Thursday it has banned news outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from advertising with any of their accounts, effective immediately. The decision comes after an internal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Twitter discovered RT spent $274,100 in U.S. ads in 2016 and promoted 1,823 … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is having a crazy sale on these Bluetooth headphones

Thursday 26 October 14:33:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There's really no reason for your headphones to have wires anymore. Case in point: this sleek-looking over-the-ear set that are 87% off on Amazon. SEE ALSO: There's about to be a new fidget spinner on the block, courtesy of Kickstarter According to the product … [Link]

Mashable » 3 women of color sue Uber over gender and race-based wage discrimination

Thursday 26 October 14:32:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber discriminated based on race and gender in compensation and promotions, three women of color have alleged in a lawsuit filed in California.  Three Uber engineers—two former and one still employed at the ride-hailing giant—filed a lawsuit Tuesday after bringing complaints to the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency this summer. Women and people of color at Uber are paid lower … [Link]

Mashable » Samantha Bee calls for immediate climate change awareness with the help of a catchy, horrifying song

Thursday 26 October 14:11:52 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Climate change is here and Ingrid Michaelson has a song to sing about it. Last night on Full Frontal, Samantha Bee addressed the need for government action to combat climate change, which she argues arrived this summer in the form of constant natural disasters across the country. "If we had a hurricane made of guns, maybe we could have both … [Link]

Slashdot » CERN Scientists Conclude that the Universe Should Not Exist

Thursday 26 October 14:09:00 UTC 2017

Scientists at CERN are bemused as to why the universe exists, according to a new study. From a report, shared by a reader: Recent discoveries suggest that there's a perfect symmetry between matter and antimatter – meaning it's not clear why they didn't annihilate each other upon the birth of the universe. CERN's latest study sought to find out whether … [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen accidentally showed her nipple on Snapchat and handled it like a champ

Thursday 26 October 14:01:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChrissy Teigen finally revealed the terrible, terrible shame of her anatomy. Teigen went on Snapchat yesterday to show off her spray tan process. However, her viewers got a little more than the new bronze.  As soon as the three-second snap was posted, people were quick to tweet Teigen about a nip slip that showed up in the post. Though most of … [Link]

Mashable » 10 'Bob's Burgers' costumes that don't look like everyone else's

Thursday 26 October 13:46:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe characters from Bob's Burgers make for great Halloween costumes — too great, really, since everyone and their mom wants to dress like the Belchers. But that doesn't mean you should shirk your passion for butts and burger puns, as some may suggest, this Halloween. Go ahead and don that Bob's Burgers costume with pride, but, please, add a twist so … [Link]

Mashable » 'Broad City' explored the surprising side effects of being a woman in Trump's America

Thursday 26 October 13:19:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2017 has been — to put it mildly — a rough year, and even after 10 months of practice, pop culture is still struggling with how to tackle the political turmoil.  Some shows, like This Is Us, offer the TV equivalent of chicken soup for the soul — a warm, fuzzy, apolitical hug that allows us an hour of escapism — … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber Faces Engineers' Lawsuit Alleging Gender, Race Bias

Thursday 26 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Uber was sued by three Latina engineers who claim the company pays women and people of color less than their peers and doesn't promote them as frequently as males, whites and Asians. The three women from the ride-hailing company, one of whom still works there, accused Uber of violating California's Equal Pay … [Link]

Mashable » How to tell if your boss is spying on your Slack DMs

Thursday 26 October 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSlack, like office gossip, is a part of modern day work life. And so it's only natural to wonder just who, exactly, is privy to all the juicy tidbits you and your coworkers share over direct message. Could your boss be reading those comments about his ugly tie — or, much more seriously, your plans to unionize? While some will argue … [Link]

Mashable » Models transform into famous paintings for stunning 'Harper's Bazaar' shoot

Thursday 26 October 11:57:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookModels Winnie Harlow, Halima Aden and Candice Huffine were transformed into IRL versions of famous works of art for a stunning Harper's Bazaar shoot.  SEE ALSO: This app is like Shazam, but for works of art The Art Of Beauty story—shot by photographer Pari Duvoric—featured modern-day recreations of paintings by Vermeer, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. The shoot featured five "trailblazing" … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Gaming addiction probably isn’t a real condition, study suggests

Thursday 26 October 11:50:00 UTC 2017

Very few gamers really meet the proposed criteria for internet gaming disorder – instead they may play excessively to fill gaps in other areas of their life [Link]

Mashable » Twitter admitted to a big mistake

Thursday 26 October 11:40:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter just admitted a mistake with its user count, an area of the business that constantly frustrates the company's worst enemy — Wall Street. Turns out Twitter had been overstating its number of users for the past three years by erroneously counting users of third-party apps into its total monthly actives. Twitter adjusted its numbers for the past three quarters as … [Link]

Mashable » James Corden made Anna Wintour eat bacon-wrapped pizza

Thursday 26 October 11:32:31 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This is what happens when the woman who inspired the character Miranda Priestly is forced to munch on the greasiest junk-food imaginable. SEE ALSO: James Corden challenges Usain Bolt to every game in 'Late Late Show' sketch On Wednesday night James Corden challenged famous Vogue editor Anna Wintour to a game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts," which … [Link]

Slashdot » Linux Mint Is Killing the KDE Edition

Thursday 26 October 11:30:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: While both the Cinnamon and Mate versions of Linux Mint are decent choices for computer users, there was one version that was always utterly bizarre — the KDE Edition. Don't get me wrong, KDE is a fine environment, but Kubuntu already exists. Having a version of Mint using KDE was redundant and confusing. Thankfully, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » What drove the WHO to make Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador?

Thursday 26 October 11:27:53 UTC 2017

The new head of the World Health Organization caused a backlash by handing Zimbabwe's despotic leader a role. Why did he make such a misstep, wonders Luke Allen [Link]

Mashable » Another actress describes in horrific detail alleged rape committed by Harvey Weinstein

Thursday 26 October 11:20:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother actress has come forward to accuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.  SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood Natassia Malthe, a Norwegian model and actress who has appeared in Elektra, said Weinstein raped her after the Bafta ceremony in London in February 2008.  During a press conference in New York, Malthe described … [Link]

Mashable » Foldable phones are dead before they've even arrived

Thursday 26 October 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDecades of sci-fi movies have conditioned us to lust after devices that are pure screen with no bezels. Communicators that are paper-thin and transparent. Devices with screens that fold in half so that they actually fit in your damn pocket. I want these futuristic devices as much as anyone, especially phones that fold in half, and companies like Samsung and ZTE … [Link]

Mashable » 'Eleven's Breakfast Jams': Spotify has made playlists for each 'Stranger Things' character

Thursday 26 October 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFolks are turning the place Upside Down for an opportunity to ride the Stranger Things Season 2 hype, but here's one you can listen to. Ahead of the season premiere on Friday, Oct. 27, Netflix has teamed up with Spotify to create playlists for 13 lead characters from the show. SEE ALSO: These retro Ghostbusters sneakers prove we've reached peak Stranger … [Link]

Mashable » Megyn Kelly explains why she's speaking out about Bill O'Reilly and Fox News

Thursday 26 October 10:42:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Earlier in the week, Megyn Kelly responded to Bill O'Reilly's claims that he's never had a complaint filed against him by a co-worker — by confirming that she herself had complained about him to the presidents of Fox News. On Wednesday night, she appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and explained why she decided to speak out. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Echo (2017) review: The best Alexa device yet

Thursday 26 October 10:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf only every guest could slide into your life as smoothly as an Amazon Echo.  Amazon’s smart speaker, home to its digital assistant, Alexa, found a place in my home years ago. The 9.25-inch-tall black cylinder sits on my hutch, answering questions about the weather, sports, news, adjusting the climate on the first and second floor of my home, setting alarms, … [Link]

Mashable » George H.W. Bush apologises, again, after 2 women accuse him of sexual assault

Thursday 26 October 10:14:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGeorge H.W. Bush was forced to apologise for a second time after another actress said he sexually assaulted her at a photo op.  SEE ALSO: Matt Damon admits to knowing about Weinstein's sexual harassment for decades Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that the incident happened in August 2016, while she was working at a Maine production of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the … [Link]

Mashable » Kellogg's apologises for 'racist' cereal box cartoon

Thursday 26 October 10:07:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKellogg’s has apologised after a Twitter user complained that the cartoon art found on one of its cereal boxes was 'racist'. Saladin Ahmed, a Marvel comic writer, accused the cereal company of teaching racism, pointing out an illustration on a Corn Pop cereal box. SEE ALSO: Lola Ogunyemi, the model in Dove's 'racist' ad, speaks out "Hey @KelloggsUS why is literally … [Link]

Mashable » College installs facial recognition to make sure students don't get friends to sign in for them

Thursday 26 October 10:00:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTime to start hauling ass to class. One university in China is using facial recognition technology to keep track of students' attendance. SEE ALSO: Dad embarks on a 20,000 mile epic road trip to send his daughter to her college door in Seattle According to news outlet the China Daily, more than 300 students in the Communications University of China now … [Link]

Slashdot » The Geometry of Islamic Art Becomes a Treasure of a Game

Thursday 26 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica reviews the game Engare, describing it as a "clever, deceptively simple, and beautiful rumination on geometry and Islamic art-making traditions." The game consists of relatively simple puzzles and a freeform art toy that unlocks its puzzles' tools to allow you to make whatever patterns you please. From the report: The game, made almost entirely by … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to use Facebook Ads effectively for just $15

Thursday 26 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Facebook isn’t just a place for getting into political arguments with your uncle and liking pictures of your ex at 3 a.m. It’s also a place for business. Everyone from your dentist to your local Olive Garden uses Facebook Ads to communicate with hyper-targeted … [Link]

Mashable » If launching a career in AI is your thing, this online course can get you started

Thursday 26 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. From self-driving cars and a cucumber sorter to disaster-prediction programs and cancer-detection systems, current applications of artificial intelligence technology would have The Jetsons blushing and Asimov deeply shook. According to one survey of industry experts at an AI conference, intelligent machines will be able … [Link]

Mashable » How Shea Serrano went from schoolteacher to leader of a Twitter army

Thursday 26 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA growing hoard of at least 100 jersey-toting urbanites wrapped around a New York City block outside the Strand Bookstore as passersby rubbernecked and gawked.“What’s this line for?” a 20-something dude asked, incredulously scanning the mass of humans.“Shea Serrano, the basketball writer,” a bystander replied.“Oh! Yeah! YEAH! YEAH!” he said in return, increasing in pitch as the realization continued to dawn … [Link]

Mashable » Snag a lens-shaped mug that will stir your coffee for you

Thursday 26 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. We know that nothing puts a smile on your face like a novelty mug. You don't need to hide that you're the kind of person who loves scoping out mugs in gift shops and chuckling to yourself about all the funny one-liners. But if you … [Link]

Mashable » There's about to be a new fidget spinner on the block, courtesy of Kickstarter

Thursday 26 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you're clicking buttons on a cube, spinning the hell out of that three-pronged doodad, or are incredibly annoyed by people doing either of these things, it's impossible not to notice that fidget toy craze has seized the attention of just about everyone. Capitalizing … [Link]

Mashable » Hugh Laurie had to apologise to Stephen Colbert for not sending him a thank you note on TV

Thursday 26 October 9:46:52 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook You always send a note. SEE ALSO: George Clooney gets Kimmel back for showing him his penis Hugh Laurie appeared on The Late Night with Stephen Colbert to talk about his show Chance, but he was in for an embarrassing reminder. After Laurie's appearance on the show, Stephen Colbert sent him a Christmas gift of a segway. But, horror of … [Link]

Mashable » Joe Biden and Lady Gaga made a powerful statement about sexual assault

Thursday 26 October 9:41:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Joe Biden teamed up with Lady Gaga to deliver a powerful message about sexual assault: that the responsibility is "on everyone to intervene" when we see or hear about sexual violence.  "It's on everyone to intervene to stop abuse when they see it, when they hear about it," said Biden.  Lady Gaga added that it's important for survivors of sexual … [Link]

Mashable » BBC weather presenter can't stop giggling after massive live blooper

Thursday 26 October 9:38:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople will tell you that when it rains, it pours, and the same goes for live TV fails. When one things goes a little bit wrong, everything goes wrong. SEE ALSO: BBC newsman is so done reporting on breaking news that is not news BBC Scotland weather presenter Kawser Quamer knows this better than most people.  During her lunchtime report on … [Link]

Mashable » Karen Page wasn't planned for 'The Punisher', but showrunner wanted her

Thursday 26 October 8:58:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCORRECTION: Oct. 26, 2017, 4:49 p.m. SG A previous version of this story erroneously named the character as Jessica Jones. This was incorrect, and has been updated to reflect that Lightfoot was referring to Karen Page. Some may have been surprised when Marvel character Karen Page was announced to be part of the upcoming Netflix series The Punisher. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook's Slack competitor is getting a standalone messaging app

Thursday 26 October 8:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook may be the last company you'd ever expect to make software for serious businesses, but the social network is quickly proving the haters wrong. A year after officially launching Workplace, the business-focused version of Facebook, the service now counts more than 30,000 businesses and organizations using the software, Facebook announced Thursday.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's data-saving Messenger Lite finally rolls out … [Link]

Mashable » Australian police use a secret algorithm and blacklist to target children suspected of future offending

Thursday 26 October 7:03:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPredictive policing may be the future of law enforcement (thanks, Minority Report), but one implementation in Australia is causing plenty of concern. A new report by the Youth Justice Coalition examined the use of New South Wales Police's Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP), which is being used to mark people as young as 11. SEE ALSO: People aren't cool with the … [Link]

Slashdot » Roku Wants To Start Streaming To Third-Party Devices

Thursday 26 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

According to Variety, Roku is looking to start streaming videos on devices made or controlled by competitors like Apple and Google. The company's first foray into streaming on third-party hardware will likely involve mobile devices. From the report: The move could further accelerate Roku's efforts to transition from a hardware-revenue-based to a services-based business model — a transition that has … [Link]

Mashable » Jessica Jones wasn't supposed to be in 'The Punisher', but showrunner wanted her

Thursday 26 October 5:34:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome may have been surprised when Marvel character Jessica Jones was announced to be part of the upcoming Netflix series The Punisher. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot revealed that Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, wasn't initially planned to cross over into the series, but he requested to write her in, because of the chemistry between the two characters. "I asked to have her, … [Link]

Mashable » Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt to release his own clothing line, Deathworld

Thursday 26 October 5:17:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEveryone wants their own fashion line. Next up, it's Odd Future artist Earl Sweatshirt, who has announced the release of his own clothing brand, dubbed Deathworld. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's Boring Company hat is on sale now Posting on Twitter on Wednesday, the LA-based rapper announced his new collection, which will be available at Odd Future bud, Tyler the Creator's festival, … [Link]

Mashable » This bug-filled Halloween burger is the stuff of nightmares

Thursday 26 October 3:56:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you think there's a bug in your food, that's nothing compared to this monstrosity. Halloween's almost here, so Melbourne burger group Huxtaburger has cooked up a limited-edition burger that's worthy of a "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons. The Bugstaburger is full of exactly that: bugs. SEE ALSO: Burger King expertly trolls McDonald's and its creepy clown mascot This … [Link]

Mashable » Tell Trump's White House exactly how you feel about paying $70 to enter a national park

Thursday 26 October 3:34:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLove the great outdoors? Better get out your wallet.  The National Park Service has proposed a fee increase to $70 per car to enter 17 "highly visited national parks" during peak seasons.  SEE ALSO: FAA just banned drones from flying near national landmarks That's right: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and 14 other parks would could cost $70 to enter, up from … [Link]

Slashdot » Electric Cars Emit 50 Percent Less Greenhouse Gas Than Diesel, Study Finds

Thursday 26 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

entirely_fluffy shares a report from The Guardian: Electric cars emit significantly less greenhouse gases over their lifetimes than diesel engines even when they are powered by the most carbon intensive energy, a new report has found. In Poland, which uses high volumes of coal, electric vehicles produced a quarter less emissions than diesels when put through a full lifecycle modeling … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2463: A self driving car goes to a shrink…

Thursday 26 October 2:51:50 UTC 2017

JoT thumb… better tweak that AI! [Link]

Mashable » Ex-employee sues Tesla for allegedly firing hundreds of employees without notice

Thursday 26 October 2:15:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA recently terminated Tesla employee claims the company broke California law when it let hundreds of workers go in what it claims were performance-related firings.  In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Abraham Duarte alleges that employees were not given the proper forewarning required by state law, Jalopnik first reported. California's WARN act compels businesses to provide at least 60 days notice before … [Link]

Mashable » People are their scratching heads over this city's inclusion on a 'Lonely Planet' list

Thursday 26 October 1:48:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMany would consider being on a top ten Lonely Planet list an honour, but not all are thrilled. The travel guide released its top ten list of the best cities in the world to visit in 2018 on Wednesday. It tends to feature up-and-coming or overlooked destinations by tourists, scoring each destination on topicality, excitement and so-called "x factor." SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

Thursday 26 October 1:25:00 UTC 2017

Elon Musk took to Instagram yesterday to announce the "first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico." Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan's Hospital del Nino (Children's Hospital) after the country was devastated by two powerful hurricanes in September. NPR reports: Musk's company announced its success in getting … [Link]

Mashable » 3-year-old asks for Target-themed birthday party, mom delivers

Thursday 26 October 1:06:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookListen, we're gonna let you finish, but this 3-year-old had one of the best birthday parties of all time.  Turns out Target – yes, the big box store where you buy all your snacks – makes a great theme for a child's soirée. Just ask little Charlie. SEE ALSO: This mom is getting heat for her viral Target workouts, but the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Early menopause is more likely if you’ve ever been underweight

Thursday 26 October 1:05:00 UTC 2017

Women who’ve been underweight are 30 per cent more likely to undergo menopause before the age of 45, putting them at risk of heart disease and other conditions [Link]

Slashdot » Google's Sentiment Analyzer Thinks Being Gay Is Bad

Thursday 26 October 0:45:00 UTC 2017

gooddogsgotoheaven shares a report from Motherboard: In July 2016, Google announced the public beta launch of a new machine learning application program interface (API), called the Cloud Natural Language API. It allows developers to incorporate Google's deep learning models into their own applications. As the company said in its announcement of the API, it lets you "easily reveal the structure … [Link]

Mashable » Baz Luhrmann directs a characteristically lavish new ad for H&M-Erdem collection

Thursday 26 October 0:17:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Academy Award-nominated director Baz Lurhmann created an opulent ad for H&M's new collection with London-based fashion label Erdem, out Nov. 2. Dubbed The Secret Life of Flowers, the short film is set in a grand old country mansion home to folks enjoying an eternal spring.  Throw in a love triangle and you've got The Great Gatsby in a high-end florist, … [Link]

Slashdot » FCC To Loosen TV, Newspaper Ownership Rules

Thursday 26 October 0:05:00 UTC 2017

The FCC is planning to vote on rolling back landmark media ownership regulations that prohibit owning a television station and newspaper in the same market and making it easier to acquire additional TV or radio stations. Reuters reports: If approved at the FCC's November meeting, the move would be a win for newspapers and broadcasters that have pushed for the … [Link]

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