John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » Donald Trump had a very awkward encounter with a T. rex

Monday 30 October 23:51:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump already celebrated Halloween by bodyshaming children and insulting their parents. Now he's blanked a kid dressed up as a Tyrannosaurus rex. Happy Halloween! Trump awkwardly avoided a child dressed up as a T. rex while handing out candy to costumed kids before the White House's Halloween event on the South Lawn on Monday. SEE ALSO: NASA's Halloween playlist … [Link]

Slashdot » A Surge of Sites and Apps Are Exhausting Your CPU To Mine Cryptocurrency

Monday 30 October 23:30:00 UTC 2017

Dan Goodin, writing for ArsTechnica: The Internet is awash with covert crypto currency miners that bog down computers and even smartphones with computationally intensive math problems called by hacked or ethically questionable sites. The latest examples came on Monday with the revelation from antivirus provider Trend Micro that at least two Android apps with as many as 50,000 downloads from … [Link]

Mashable » Forget pineapple. Twitter might have found an even more heinous pizza topping.

Monday 30 October 23:00:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSince the beginning of this exasperating year, there have been many, many debates on social media. From politics to social justice, none have been more demanding than the infamous controversy on whether or not pineapples belong on pizza.  SEE ALSO: Iceland's president clarifies he likes pineapples, just not on pizza Now, a new contender has surfaced sending Twitter users into an … [Link]

Slashdot » Seagate's New 'SkyHawk AI' Disk Drive Is Just a Slightly Higher Speced Version of Its Predecessor

Monday 30 October 22:50:00 UTC 2017

ourlovecanlastforeve shares a report from The Register, where Chris Mellor takes a look at Seagate's recently launched "SkyHawk" and "SkyHawk AI" HDDs. After closer inspection, Mellor concludes that the "AI" variant has a more buzz-worthy name and "slightly higher numbers on the specs" than its "SkyHawk" brethren. From the report: Seagate has bolted "AI" to its SkyHawk disk drive brand, … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook says Russia trolls reached nearly half the U.S. population

Monday 30 October 22:46:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook accounts linked to Russia had a far greater reach than what was previously known, reaching nearly half the U.S. population. Russia-linked Facebook accounts reached as many as 126 million users, according to prepared testimony from General Counsel Colin Stretch. Stretch's disclosure comes before a Congressional hearing on Russia's use of Facebook and other social media platforms during the election.  SEE … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Access Polar User Data with the New Polar Open AccessLink API

Monday 30 October 22:28:26 UTC 2017

Polar, a Finland-based sports training and health electronics manufacturer, has introduced the Polar Open AccessLink API which developers can use to build applications that leverage Polar data. The API allows developers to access and query user data stored in the company’s cloud service Polar Flow. [Link]

Mashable » Earth is seeing an unprecedented surge in carbon dioxide levels, with disturbing implications

Monday 30 October 22:19:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlthough many countries are making progress in slowing their emissions of carbon dioxide, a global warming pollutant, the amount of the gas in the air surged at a record pace in 2016, a new report found.  The amount of carbon dioxide in the air increased at an extreme rate last year to reach the highest amount in at least 800,000 years, … [Link]

Slashdot » BlackBerry CEO Promises To Try To Break Customers' Encryption If the US Government Asks Him To

Monday 30 October 22:10:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Techdirt that claims the company has "chosen to proclaim its willingness to hack into its own customers' devices if the government asks." From the report: From a Forbes article: "[CEO John] Chen, speaking at a press Q&A during the BlackBerry Security Summit in London on Tuesday, claimed that it wasn't so simple … [Link]

Mashable » Toyota will test its self-driving cars in California on a closed obstacle course

Monday 30 October 21:56:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToyota is ready to expand work on its self-driving platform. Next up: The automaker will run its cars through the ringer on a private AV test course known for tough conditions.  The Japanese company's autonomous R&D wing, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), just signed an agreement to conduct research testing at GoMentum Station. The 5,000-acre "autonomous vehicle proving ground" in California will … [Link]

Mashable » An aspiring Eagle Scout wants to help kids in the foster care system

Monday 30 October 21:43:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn order to become an Eagle Scout you have to complete an extensive project that shows leadership skills—usually things like building bookshelves or organizing a blood drive. Malachi Saint, a 15 year old from Jefferson City, Missouri, set his sights even higher for his project. Saint wanted to help children in the foster care system in his local community by raising … [Link]

Slashdot » GameStop Is Launching An Unlimited Used Game Rental Subscription, Says Report

Monday 30 October 21:30:00 UTC 2017

According to a leaked advertisement, GameStop is rolling out a used game rental subscription service. Subscribers will be able to pick any used game, play it, return it and get another as often as they like. The service will reportedly cost $60 for six months, and players get to keep the last game they borrow. Polygon reports: The advertisement was … [Link]

Mashable » How Nintendo bounced back from the awful 'Super Mario' movie

Monday 30 October 21:21:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“I got a feeling we're not in Brooklyn no more." What a line, right? The Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993 was and is exceptionally bad. Released at a moment when Nintendo was at the top of its game with the wildly successful Super NES console, the movie came across as a shallow, half-baked tie-in. SEE ALSO: Nintendo's 'Animal Crossing: Pocket … [Link]

Mashable » NASA's Halloween playlist features the eerie sounds of space

Monday 30 October 21:16:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs your classic Halloween music sounding a little stale? Maybe it's time to spice it up with some truly scary tracks: horrifying sounds from the void of space. In honor of Halloween, NASA has released its own playlist filled with converted sound files showing off the interplanetary music of our cosmos. It's pretty spooky stuff. SEE ALSO: An asteroid came super … [Link]

Mashable » Volunteers are helping the earth by reusing industrial waste

Monday 30 October 21:13:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMillions of tons of industrial waste in New York City wind up in landfills every year. But there's an organization called Big Reuse in Brooklyn, New York that's taking some of that waste and making sure it finds a new home. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Environment, Social Good, Activism, and Volunteering [Link]

Mashable » Plane caught in gust of wind makes intense 'touch and go' landing

Monday 30 October 21:12:13 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A windstorm in central Europe made for a scary situation for a plane attempting to land in Salzburg, Austria, on Sunday. SEE ALSO: Scared of flying? For the love of God, don't watch this video. The Enter Air plane from Frankfurt, Germany, made a "touch and go" landing as seen in the passenger video above. Here's the windy landing from … [Link]

Mashable » Invest in this device that brushes your kid's teeth for them

Monday 30 October 21:06:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Getting kids excited about brushing their teeth can be a struggle. They completely overdo it on the toothpaste and often think that a quick scrub is enough. Spoiler alert: it's not. Still, you don't want your little ones to have a mouthful of cavities … [Link]

Mashable » What Those Weird Symbols on the Back of Your iPhone Mean

Monday 30 October 20:53:55 UTC 2017

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

Slashdot » SpaceX Lands the 13th Falcon 9 Rocket of the Year In Flames

Monday 30 October 20:50:00 UTC 2017

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida this afternoon and, while the rocket successfully delivered the Koreasat-5A to its designated orbit, it managed to catch fire after landing on one of SpaceX's autonomous barges. The Verge reports: That rocket's mission [was] to send a satellite known as Koreasat-5A into space, where it will hang above Earth for 15 years … [Link]

Mashable » When jokes tell stories journalists can't

Monday 30 October 20:41:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe first person to technically break the Kevin Spacey sexual misconduct story was a 1-year-old animated boy named Stewie. In a 2005 episode of Family Guy, Stewie runs through a giant crowd crying, "Help! I've escaped from Kevin Spacey's basement! Help me!" As a diaper-wearing fictional child, Stewie doesn't have enough credibility to say, publish his story in Buzzfeed like Anthony … [Link]

Mashable » This levitating 360 camera is straight out of Tony Stark's lab

Monday 30 October 20:26:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis little levitating camera will do way more than impress your friends. With tons of built-in features like environment sensors, two-way communication and smart-home controls, the Moon by 1-Ring might just be the most useful camera ever designed. Read more…More about Tech, Mashable Video, Moon, Camera, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » Gawker founder Nick Denton: Gossip helped take down Harvey Weinstein and many more

Monday 30 October 20:23:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHardly a day has gone by in the past week in which another major figure in media, politics, or entertainment has not become the subject of a sexual harassment scandal.  And almost all of those stories were on Gawker years ago.  "Gossip, though it draws those motivated by envy and resentment, is also a tool of the powerless. It’s a mechanism … [Link]

Mashable » Walmart is testing self-scanning robots

Monday 30 October 20:17:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWalmart announced that they're testing self-scanning robots in 50 stores across the U.S. The machines are meant to locate out-of-stock items, as well as find missing price changes and labels. Walmart's CTO, Jeremy King, insisted that the robots will not be replacing any employees, and the number of hired employees will remain the same. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Robot, Test, … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone 8 has been majorly discounted in China after low demand: report

Monday 30 October 20:12:36 UTC 2017

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

Slashdot » Indiana Is Purging Voters Using Software That's 99 Percent Inaccurate, Lawsuit Alleges

Monday 30 October 20:12:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: More than 99 percent of voter fraud identified by a GOP-backed program is false, a study by Harvard, Yale, and Microsoft researchers found. Now Indiana is using the faulty program to de-register voters without warning. In July, Indiana rolled out a new law allowing county officials to purge voter registrations … [Link]

Mashable » Horror fans can't stop talking about this mind blowing cyberpunk game

Monday 30 October 20:07:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It seems like all we hear about these days are hacks: the Democratic National Committee, Equifax, Sony, and a slew of other major groups have dealt with data theft in recent years. As technology becomes a more integral part of our daily routines, how … [Link]

Mashable » Selena Gomez and The Weeknd have allegedly ended their relationship after 10 months

Monday 30 October 20:00:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother celebrity couple bites the dust, and we didn't feel it coming.  Selena Gomez and The Weeknd (née Abel Tesfaye) have called it quits according to People.  The two had been dating since January 2017, when a photo of them canoodling outside of a restaurant surfaced. Throughout their relationship, they made several public appearances together, including the 2017 Met Gala.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX rocket comes in for a fiery but successful landing after launching satellite

Monday 30 October 19:59:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 8808 e5df%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ rocket comes in for a fiery but successful landing after launching satellite","sources"~ More about Science, Elon Musk, Rockets, Spacex, and Falcon 9 [Link]

Mashable » Paul Manafort's favorite password is even dumber than you'd think

Monday 30 October 19:58:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTrumpland spun into a frenzy early October 30 as former campaign chief Paul Manafort was charged with money laundering and tax fraud. The indictment contained several juicy tidbits about Manafort's alleged transgressions, but perhaps the most ridiculous addition to the hubristic tale was to be found elsewhere. Specifically, on Twitter.  You see, it turns out that Paul Manafort's email password was … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix cancels 'House of Cards' after Kevin Spacey allegations

Monday 30 October 19:53:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNetflix has confirmed the final season of House of Cards, per Variety and other outlets.  Following allegations of sexual misconduct against star Kevin Spacey from actor Anthony Rapp, the streaming platform revealed Monday that the show's upcoming sixth season — currently in production — would be its last. It's unclear if this is a direct response from Netflix to the heated … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We may have found 20 habitable worlds hiding in plain sight

Monday 30 October 19:49:07 UTC 2017

After taking another look at data from the Kepler space telescope’s original mission we have spotted 20 possible Earth-like worlds that could host life [Link]

Mashable » The 3 wildest things we learned about Trump's former campaign advisor and Russia

Monday 30 October 19:43:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lot of folks anticipated the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Monday. But very few, if any, publicly predicted the (newly revealed) arrest of Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos has pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with people close to the Russian government. He was arrested in July and has … [Link]

Mashable » Trump’s transgender military ban just got shut down

Monday 30 October 19:38:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn what is being hailed as a victory for the transgender community, a federal judge on Monday blocked part of President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military.  The president made his ban, which first came to light in three surprise tweets, official in August. His directive also prevented those serving from receiving gender-confirmation surgery paid for by their … [Link]

Slashdot » How Kodi Took Over Piracy

Monday 30 October 19:31:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: For years, piracy persisted mainly in the realm of torrents, with sites like The Pirate Bay and Demonoid connecting internet denizens to premium content gratis. But a confluence of factors have sent torrent usage plummeting from 23 percent of all North American daily internet traffic in 2011 to under 5 percent last year. Legal crackdowns … [Link]

Mashable » Read Zachary Quinto's note in response to Kevin Spacey's coming out

Monday 30 October 19:22:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActor Zachary Quinto perfectly captured why Kevin Spacey's controversially timed decision to come out as gay was so problematic. After a Buzzfeed News report revealed Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was just 14 years old, Spacey released a statement apologizing and announcing that he chooses to "live as a gay … [Link]

Mashable » Beyonce and Jay-Z dressed as rap's iconic couple to one-up your Halloween game

Monday 30 October 19:17:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeyonce and Jay-Z are no rookies when it comes to dressing up for Halloween and they proved it again this year.  The couple dressed up as one of rap's iconic duo, Lil' Kim and Notorious B.I.G for Kelly Rowland's Halloween party on Sunday and the looks are practically identical to the real deals.  SEE ALSO: Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Seven' themed Halloween costume … [Link]

Mashable » So, uh, why was Bryan Singer's name trending after the Kevin Spacey allegations?

Monday 30 October 19:05:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe dominos continue to fall as powerful men in Hollywood are called out for allegedly using their positions to take sexual advantage of young people. Kevin Spacey was the latest. But why was X-Men and The Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer trending on Twitter as Spacey's allegations went down? Following published allegations Sunday night by Star Trek: Discovery and Rent actor … [Link]

Slashdot » Sprint Owner SoftBank Calls Off T-Mobile Merger Talks, Reports Say

Monday 30 October 18:50:00 UTC 2017

Japan's conglomerate SoftBank, which owns Sprint, has pulled the plug on a proposed merger between the two carriers, several news outlets reported on Monday. From a report: SoftBank will reportedly propose ending merger talks with T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom as soon as Tuesday, October 31st. That's according to Nikkei, which says that SoftBank wants to end merger talks due … [Link]

Mashable » The slug-like creature that Will Byers threw up in 'Stranger Things' could happen for real

Monday 30 October 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe spoke with a doctor from Rice University who specializes in parasites about the chances of someone actually throwing up a slug-like monster in real life. Spoiler alert: it's possible… and pretty gross.  Read more…More about Netflix, Mashable Video, Scary, Stranger Things, and Stranger [Link]

Mashable » Nvidia's AI machine generates fake faces from celebrity images

Monday 30 October 18:44:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A new artificial intelligence created by Nvidia recently spat out a wild diversity of fake faces after researchers fed it thousands of real celebrity photos. The graphics chip company is currently experimenting with a new method of training AI to generate novel faces using real photos. Nvidia researchers published their somewhat creepy results online and submitted them to the International … [Link]

Mashable » Seven things you didn't know about the indie zombie film '28 Days Later'

Monday 30 October 18:36:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHappy (almost) Halloween! '28 Days Later' was a groundbreaking zombie thriller, and it's the perfect time of year to give it the TYDK treatment. Hit the thumbs up, if you want to see a part 2! Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content. Read more…More about Zombies, Walking Dead, Mysterious, Corpse, and Cillian Murphy [Link]

Mashable » Are you a ‘multicultural millennial’? Tag yourself in Facebook’s insane political ad document

Monday 30 October 18:19:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are 14 political ideologies in Facebook's world. Like the Kardashians and cannabis reform? You could be one of 20.1 million "Multicultural Millennials" on Facebook. Are you a suburban mom who supported Mitt Romney? You may be within "Small Town America."  SEE ALSO: Facebook's targeted ads on Google want to talk about Russia's targeted ads on Facebook Facebook created 14 categories … [Link]

Slashdot » 2017: The Year That Horror Saved Hollywood

Monday 30 October 18:12:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: If there's a silver lining in any of that for America's film industry, it's that the horror genre is still plugging merrily along, seemingly immune to the financial troubles that have befallen most studios. As the rest of Hollywood flounders in 2017, horror is in the midst of its highest-grossing year ever. On the backs … [Link]

Mashable » This mysterious feature of Android 8.1 might change the way you text

Monday 30 October 17:51:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you have a Chromebook, you may no longer have an excuse to ignore your friends' texts. Android 8.1 (which is still in developer preview) includes a new "SMS Connect" feature that could allow you to send and receive text messages on your computer.  The feature is currently being shown as an APK file in the developer preview. You might be … [Link]

Mashable » How to use social media to grow your business

Monday 30 October 17:41:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you don't know who Cameron Dallas is, go ahead and Google him. We'll wait.  Yeah, he's kind of a big deal these days. The Vine and YouTube star/model has morphed his internet presence into a wildly lucrative brand, building a zealous fanbase and … [Link]

Mashable » These animals are angry and not holding back

Monday 30 October 17:33:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Do animals get frustrated, yell, and stamp their feet/hooves when they don't get what they want? Yep, pretty much. Watch the fourth installment of our new series Talk Like The Animals! Ever wonder what it’d sound like if animals could talk? We were so curious we made it happen with sarcastic, silly, and even sassy personalities To see more videos … [Link]

Mashable » Osiris is coming to 'Destiny 2,' and he looks like a freaking badass

Monday 30 October 17:32:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The first Destiny 2 expansion is out on Dec. 5 and it's called — as rumors have long since made clear — Curse of Osiris.  The premise is that this Osiris fellow, the so-called "most notorious Guardian in Vanguard history" who was banished for unclear reasons, is back. Why he's back and what his intentions are is anyone's guess. The … [Link]

Mashable » Get 76% off this outdoor camera accessories bundle on Amazon

Monday 30 October 17:30:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Your vacation videos are about to get so much cooler.  SEE ALSO: Charge your smartphone in 2 hours with this paper-thin solar panel This outdoor camera bundle comes with a whopping 51 pieces of equipment that will help you take your GoPro footage to … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft is Killing Premium

Monday 30 October 17:30:00 UTC 2017

Paul Thurrott, writing for A support document describing new premium features for Office 365 subscribers hides the real story today: Microsoft just killed Premium. I wrote earlier about how Microsoft was bringing some Premium features, like an ad-free inbox, to Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers. That's great news, of course. But a related support document … [Link]

Mashable » Weather 'bomb' slams New England, knocking out power to more than 1 million

Monday 30 October 17:21:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMore than 1.3 million residents of the Northeast U.S. were in the dark on Monday morning after an unusually fierce coastal storm rapidly intensified and slammed into New York State overnight. The storm knocked out power to more people across the region than any other storm since Hurricane Sandy hit exactly 5 years ago.  Winds gusted higher than hurricane force from … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone X beefs up security by automatically hiding notification previews on your lock screen

Monday 30 October 17:08:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs the iPhone X nears its official Nov. 3 delivery date, we're still somehow learning more about the device and how it will actually operate.  One of newest details to emerge comes from a Wired report about the device. According to the story, Apple is now turning off notification previews on the iPhone X's locked home screen by default.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » A new way to make hard decisions (that'll make it easier to sleep at night)

Monday 30 October 17:04:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDo you consider yourself a decisive person? Or, do you struggle to make choices for yourself—whether they’re big or small? Many of us (myself included!) fall into that second category, and there’s no doubt that it can be somewhat paralyzing. Fortunately, science is here to help. According to research published inPsychological Science, there’s one super easy trick that can help you … [Link]

Mashable » Give it up for 'Stranger Things' hero Jim Hopper

Monday 30 October 17:03:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStranger Things may be your nostalgia fix, your sci-fi lite, your less-scary horror TV show, but for many of us, Season 2 was an awakening – specifically, to the realization that Jim Hopper can get it. SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things 2': Meet the new Barb We already know Hopper is a standup guy. He was introduced in Season 1 as someone … [Link]

Mashable » Alexa now offers kids spooky Halloween fun and tips for giving back

Monday 30 October 16:58:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlexa’s got a new skill, and it's spooky and impactful at the same time. To get into the seasonal spirit, UNICEF USA and digital marketing group FRSH have launched a new Halloween skill for Amazon's personal assistant. Kids and their families can ask Alexa about Halloween fun facts, play games, and learn how they can help other kids in need — … [Link]

Mashable » Wannabe furniture-makers would love this robotic carpenter

Monday 30 October 16:51:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis portable robot makes it easy to cut building materials wherever you want. Read more…More about Kickstarter, Robots, Mashable Video, Robot, and Furniture [Link]

Slashdot » Bug in Google's Bug Tracker Lets Researcher Access List of Company's Vulnerabilities

Monday 30 October 16:51:00 UTC 2017

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: Google's platform to deal with bugs and unpatched vulnerabilities had a bug that allowed a security researcher to see a full list of known, unpatched vulnerabilities within Google, creating a kind of bug inception that could have led to more damaging hacks. Alex Birsan, a security researcher, found three vulnerabilities inside the Google Issue Tracker, … [Link]

Mashable » Your next pair of shoes could be made of synthetic spider silk

Monday 30 October 16:47:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA German biotechnology company, AMSilk, is using fermenting techniques on E. coli bacteria to replicate spider silk. This bioengineered raw silk material is at least 15 percent lighter than conventional silk and can be tougher than steel.  "Biosteel" is already being produced at a large scale supplying companies across various industries. Companies such as the Adidas Group have used it to … [Link]

Mashable » 'Spelunky' is one of the greatest games ever made and now it's getting a sequel

Monday 30 October 16:46:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Spelunky is the real deal. Don't be fooled by the cartoon aesthetic and seemingly simple 2D platforming. Beneath all of that lies an infernally challenging, ever-changing game that screws you over more than it rewards you… but still has you begging for more every damn time. You should definitely try the HD remake if you've never known the joys of … [Link]

Mashable » I am 100% on board with Jose Canseco's compelling 'Stranger Things' theory

Monday 30 October 16:25:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt was Oct. 30, 2017; 12:52 a.m. EST. The Los Angeles Dodgers had just begun their three-run rally in the top of the ninth inning in World Series Game 5 with a thrilling two-run home run to left by outfielder Yasiel Puig. The score was 12-11 Astros, and in within 10 minutes the Dodgers would send the game into extra innings. … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk essentially predicts 'Mad Max' IRL if Australia doesn't embrace renewable energy

Monday 30 October 16:20:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 9243 7def%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ and energy efficient.","image":~ Solar Roof tiles are out… and OMG","sources":[{&qu~ musk,solar energy,tesla model 3,tesla motors,tesla model s,solar power,tesla autopilot,tesla model x,solar panels,real-time,solar power station,real-time video,tesla powerwall,real time,real-time-video,real time video,solar city,tesla solarcity acquisition,ecofriendly,solar power generation,solar power plant,solar powered car,tesla semi","sec0":null,&q~ musk,solar energy,tesla model 3,tesla motors,tesla model s,solar power,tesla autopilot,tesla model x,solar panels,real-time,solar power station,real-time video,tesla powerwall,real time,real-time-video,real time … [Link]

Mashable » 'Super Mario Odyssey' players are coming up with next-level tricks in their hunt for Moons

Monday 30 October 16:19:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSuper Mario Odyssey is a revelatory Nintendo game. Like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it's bigger than any prior game in the series and reinvents core ideas in new and unexpected ways. There's so much that's immediately familiar, but wrapped around it all is a newfound focus on freedom and creative problem-solving. SEE ALSO: Forget his nipples, Mario's … [Link]

Mashable » Britain's finally getting its very own version of a cronut—the mince pie croissant

Monday 30 October 16:19:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe Brits have, for too long, looked to our cronut-wielding American friends in envy. But, we're about to get our very own British version of a cronut—a mince pie croissant.  SEE ALSO: World's first mincemeat and custard pasty is your new favourite food UK bakery Paul is launching a hybrid of the French pastry and the iconic British pie in time … [Link]

Mashable » Rugs, landscaping, and Range Rovers: How Trump's former campaign head spent his allegedly laundered cash

Monday 30 October 16:17:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat to do with a shitload of allegedly laundered cash? If you are Paul Manafort and his buddy, you spend it on cars and rugs and a home entertainment system.  Manafort — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager — and his sidekick Rick Gates were indicted on Monday for allegedly laundering a lot of money through shell companies. Manafort laundered more … [Link]

Mashable » YouTubers put a gigantic DIY spin on a beloved chocolate bar

Monday 30 October 16:16:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Why bother buying individual packs of Kit Kat bars from your local grocery store, when you could just spend a couple hours making a giant one at home?  D.I.Y. YouTubers J.P. Lambiase and Julia Goolia took chocolate-covered candy to the next level by baking a colossal Kit Kat bar in under two hours. Although their first attempt wasn't so successful, … [Link]

Mashable » Kiss cords goodbye and get this wireless charging pad for just $11

Monday 30 October 16:11:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. This fall, Apple finally introduced Qi inductive charging, or wireless charging, to its iPhone 8 and X devices — and not a moment too soon, considering most manufacturers adopted the technology about five years ago.  But Apple is Apple, after all, so even though the … [Link]

Slashdot » Carbon Pollution Touched 800,000 Year Record in 2016, WMO Says

Monday 30 October 16:10:00 UTC 2017

Carbon dioxide levels surged to their highest level in at least 800,000 years because of pollution caused by humans and a strong El Nino event, according to the World Meteorological Organization. From a report: Concentrations of the greenhouse gas increased at a record speed in 2016 to reach an average of 403.3 parts per million, up from 400 parts per … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Mastercard Blockchain, Pricefy, Outreach

Monday 30 October 16:08:32 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]

Mashable » YouTube's TV streaming service just took an important step forward

Monday 30 October 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s about to be a lot easier to use YouTube's TV streaming service. Six months after launching its YouTube TV service as a mobile app, the company is now launching a dedicated app for TVs and set-top boxes, including the Apple TV.  SEE ALSO: Hate sports? There's about to be an internet TV bundle for that The TV app marks the … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' finally solved its biggest mystery

Monday 30 October 15:59:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWarning: The following contains mild spoilers for Stranger Things 2 episodes 5 and 6. Since the dawn of time, or perhaps since August 2016, humanity has pondered one question: How the heck does Steve (Joe Keery) on Stranger Things get his hair like that? In Season 2, we finally get our answer, and we can sleep peacefully (with a few Upside … [Link]

Mashable » The Ghost Buildings Powering the Internet

Monday 30 October 15:58:38 UTC 2017

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Mashable » Newspaper turns students learning about the workforce into a very NSFW story

Monday 30 October 15:57:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s 2017, people. When is everyone else going to jump on board with the idea that grammar is important? SEE ALSO: Pretend you don't suck at writing with this grammar app If you don't see the the importance, you will now. And if you're like me, who incorrect grammar drives you crazy, beware of the following. A tweet went viral Sunday … [Link]

Mashable » In less than a year, the Nintendo Switch is set to surpass the Wii U's lifetime sales

Monday 30 October 15:55:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUnsurprisingly, Nintendo Switch sales are expected to pass those of Nintendo's previous console, the Wii U, and it's happening a lot faster than even Nintendo thought it would. In its most recent earnings report, Nintendo revealed that it has sold 7.6 million Switch units worldwide since its release in March, and set a new sales forecast for the end of the … [Link]

Mashable » Chance the Rapper is hosting 'SNL,' so get ready for some fun

Monday 30 October 15:53:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Saturday Night Live's next batch of hosts are here: Larry David, Tiffany Haddish, and Chance the Rapper. Chance, who performed on SNL in 2016, will not double as musical guest while hosting. David will be joined by musical guest Miley Cyrus, Haddish by Taylor Swift, and Chance by Eminem. SEE ALSO: Kellyanne Conway as Pennywise is everything you’ve ever wanted … [Link]

Mashable » Exploding can of foam that looks like a piece of modern art goes viral on Twitter

Monday 30 October 15:52:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou don't need to actively make art to be an artist. Hell, you don't even need to actually do anything to make art.  SEE ALSO: This artist is broadening beauty standards with her custom painted dolls All you need to do is one day leave your can of expandable foam in the shed for a long, long time, in the hopes … [Link]

Mashable » Creative woman brings 'Ratatouille' to life with her Halloween costume

Monday 30 October 15:49:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTo channel Pixar's Ratatouille on Halloween, you could don a chef's hat and carry around a fake rat, but truthfully, that's just kinda lazy.  But if you're looking to up your game this year, take a page from Twitter user @masters96 who turned an ordinary chef's costume into a glow-in-the-dark Ratatouille-inspired ensemble.  SEE ALSO: Cinema frat trolls member who hates 'Ratatouille' … [Link]

Mashable » Poor deer stuck in a plastic pumpkin was saved by some dedicated people

Monday 30 October 15:47:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen you think of worst case Halloween scenarios, getting trapped in a weird place would be somewhere at the top of your list.  Also, being a deer would make that a lot more uncomfortable.  SEE ALSO: 13 animals with unlikely best friends So imagine being a deer and how frustrating and terrifying it must be to get your head stuck inside … [Link]

Geek Culture » Jack O'-Lantern in space!

Monday 30 October 15:46:33 UTC 2017

Students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a pumpkin to the edge of space. The Jack O'Lantern flew to a record-setting altitude of 107,284 feet before parachuting back to Earth, landing on the verge of Death Valley National Park. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Kitchen counter bio-lab lets you make edible gloop from cells

Monday 30 October 15:44:00 UTC 2017

A coffee machine pod-like system can synthesise food from packaged pods of plant cells. The system could let us make our own jam from weird and exotic plants [Link]

Mashable » You loved this kitchen gadget on Amazon Prime day—and it's back on sale

Monday 30 October 15:41:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. One of Mashable readers' favorite Amazon Prime Day deals is back on sale so if you didn't grab one then, now's your chance. SEE ALSO: Stop measuring things while baking and let this smart scale do it for you The Instant Pot Duo Mini … [Link]

Mashable » Digital nurse appointed to fight the 'fake news' people get when they Google their cancer diagnosis

Monday 30 October 15:39:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook and Google are not the only ones who are taking serious measures against the proliferation of "fake news".  SEE ALSO: Experts don't know if the fake news problem will get more or less awful The UK's leading cancer charity, Macmillan, has appointed a digital nurse who will answer questions from patients on social media and help dispel myths around cancer, … [Link]

Slashdot » The Meaning of AMP

Monday 30 October 15:30:00 UTC 2017

Last week, Ethan Marcotte, an independent web designer, shared how Google describes AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages). People at Google says AMP "isn't a 'proprietary format'; it's an open standard that anyone can contribute to." But that definition, Marcotte argues, isn't necessarily an honest one. He writes: On the face of it, this statement's true. AMP's markup isn't proprietary as such: … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's tweet defending himself against Manafort indictment is predictably childish

Monday 30 October 15:24:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen the news hit early Monday morning that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Manafort associate Robert Gates had been indicted in connection with Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, we all knew it was a matter of time before the POTUS himself responded via Twitter. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling shuts down Donald Trump's rant about Clinton in 1 perfect tweet And … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Denies Demoting the Pirate Bay In Some Countries

Monday 30 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Google and The Pirate Bay have had an interesting relationship over the years, to say the least. This week, users pointed out that The Pirate Bay can appear significantly lower down in search results (and definitely not on the first page), depending on which country you are searching in. We reached out to Google, and it … [Link]

Slashdot » Firefox To Get a Better Password Manager

Monday 30 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Mozilla engineers have started work on a project named Lockbox that they describe as "a work-in-progress extension […] to improve upon Firefox's built-in password management." Mozilla released the new extension for employee-use only at first, but users can install it by going to this or this links. Lockbox revamps Firefox's antiquated password management utility with … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Bitcoin mining uses more energy than Ecuador – but there’s a fix

Monday 30 October 13:54:00 UTC 2017

Cryptocurrencies and the blockchain they run on already slurp as much energy as some countries, and as they go mainstream, something needs to be done [Link]

Mashable » Kevin Spacey's statement on sexual misconduct is deeply problematic for the LGBTQ community

Monday 30 October 13:23:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a huge problem with Kevin Spacey's statement in response to the allegation that he made sexual advances toward a 14-year-old boy.  SEE ALSO: Rose McGowan leads backlash against Kevin Spacey amid allegations of sexual misconduct Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged in a BuzzFeed News report that, in 1986, Spacey—then aged 26—"placed him [Rapp] on his bed, climbed on top … [Link]

Mashable » Fitbit is toast because smartwatches like Samsung's Gear Sport now exist

Monday 30 October 13:00:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 8850 3fc1%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ out, Apple.","image":&quo~ is attacking the Apple Watch with two new fitness wearables","sources"~ earbuds,ifa,shopping-skimlinks,shop~ 2017,gear sport,gear fit2 pro,fitness bands,gear iconx 2018","sec0":null,&q~ earbuds,ifa,shopping-skimlinks,shop~ 2017,gear sport,gear fit2 pro,fitness bands,gear iconx 2018","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Tech, Samsung, Reviews, Fitness, and Mashable Choice [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's new wireless earbuds are good, but they're no AirPods

Monday 30 October 13:00:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven if you still have a phone with a headphone jack, chances are you’re interested in true wireless earbuds — they’re the ones without a cable connecting the two nubs that go into your ears — because who actually likes wires? There’s a ton of wireless earbuds flooding the market this holiday season. Most are aimed at Apple’s AirPods, like Samsung’s … [Link]

Mashable » Benedict Cumberbatch spotted filming his new TV series 'Melrose' in Glasgow

Monday 30 October 12:57:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA wild Cumberbatch appeared on the streets of Glasgow. SEE ALSO: Benedict Cumberbatch busts out seriously impressive magic trick On Sunday more than a few Glaswegians spotted Benedict Cumberbatch filming for the new TV show Melrose, a series inspired by Edward St Aubyn's novels. I spy with my little eye Benedict Cumberbatch filming in Glasgow — Jo-Anne Rowney (@JoAnne_Rowney) October … [Link]

Mashable » Bruce Willis' Halloween costume is the stuff nightmares are made of

Monday 30 October 12:50:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother Halloween, another deluge of celebrities flaunting their most terrifying costume efforts on social media. A whole bunch of famous people got dressed up last weekend, but there was one effort in particular that captured the internet's heart. Enter Bruce Willis and his assistant, Stephen J. Eads. Come play with us Danny. Forever & ever & ever! — Samuel L. … [Link]

Mashable » Elijah Wood's 'Stranger Things' Halloween costume was spot-on

Monday 30 October 12:37:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Elijah Wood went on Conan on Friday night, and it turns out he takes Halloween pretty seriously.  SEE ALSO: These 'Stranger Things' waffles are super easy to make He showed a picture of his costume from last year, when he went as Eleven from Stranger Things. He shaved his head and dyed a dress pink for it, which is some … [Link]

Mashable » In 2018, Saudi women will be able to watch sports in stadiums

Monday 30 October 12:18:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSaudi Arabia is renovating its stadiums so that women will be allowed to enter them to watch sports for the first time. SEE ALSO: People are outraged that Sophia the robot has more rights than most women in Saudi Arabia Following the historic announcement that starting from June 2018 women will be allowed to drive, the conservative kingdom now said next … [Link]

Mashable » The inevitable 'distracted boyfriend' Halloween costumes are here

Monday 30 October 12:03:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe all knew they were coming, and sure enough the inevitable meme costumes were busted out this All Hallow's Eve. SEE ALSO: If you're into eyes that are dripping blood, consider this eyeliner trend The apparent winner for this year is the "distracted boyfriend" meme. The example below racked up over 7000 retweets and was made into a Twitter moment. Meme … [Link]

Mashable » Police accidentally retweeted an illegal live stream featuring porn

Monday 30 October 11:48:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Saturday night, Avon and Somerset police in the UK had something of a nightmare. SEE ALSO: New Zealand police's inappropriate tweet is really quite something One of the police department's official accounts retweeted an illegal stream of the boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam. This was brought to their attention by a concerned Twitizen. Hey @ASPoliceOST … Do … [Link]

Mashable » This guy ruins people's Instagram food photos and it's the best thing ever

Monday 30 October 11:35:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFed up of your friends getting their phones out while you're eating? Sick of those artsy Instagram shots of food on a plate? Social media star Kevin Freshwater may have a solution. SEE ALSO: It's impossible not to be impressed by this British comedian's 'skills' He shared the following video on his Instagram page last week. It's a montage of him … [Link]

Slashdot » Thousands of Videogame-Playing Soldiers Could Shape the Future of War

Monday 30 October 11:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes the Atlantic: As far as video games go, Operation Overmatch is rather unremarkable. Players command military vehicles in eight-on-eight matches against the backdrop of rendered cityscapes — a common setup of games that sometimes have the added advantage of hundreds of millions of dollars in development budgets. Overmatch does have something unique, though: its mission. The … [Link]

Mashable » J.K. Rowling shuts down Donald Trump's rant about Clinton in 1 perfect tweet

Monday 30 October 11:06:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOften, Donald Trump gets so angry on Twitter that he needs at least four tweets to adequately express the sheer levels of rage that he's feeling. Luckily, J.K. Rowling only needs one tweet to shut him right back down again. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling totally annihilates Fox News interviewer in less than 140 characters On Sunday, the subject of the president's … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Head transplant mavericks must be scrutinised, not ignored

Monday 30 October 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Whether or not you believe neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero and his claims about head transplants, journalism has a democratic duty to hold public figures up to the light [Link]

Mashable » There's a major problem with both Apple and Google's burger emoji

Monday 30 October 10:57:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAre you team Apple or team Google? And we're asking about your choice of smartphone, laptop or tablet.  We're talking about burger ingredients. Specifically, those featured in Apple and Google's differing burger emoji.  SEE ALSO: All women's shoe emoji have high heels. This striking campaign wants to change that A full-scale debate has broken out after someone tweeted an image comparing … [Link]

Mashable » Cara Delevingne was just being a great pal when she stared at Rihanna's boobs and here's why

Monday 30 October 10:52:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The camera certainly didn't lie in this case. SEE ALSO: Cara Delevingne 'felt powerless' when Harvey Weinstein invited her to his hotel room Cara Delevingne went on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night and was shown a picture of herself taking a pretty obvious gander at Rihanna's breasts on the red carpet.  According to Delevingne, Rihanna (who has "magnificent … [Link]

Mashable » Rose McGowan leads backlash against Kevin Spacey amid allegations of sexual misconduct

Monday 30 October 10:50:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCelebrities are criticising Kevin Spacey after he came out as gay amid allegations that he made "sexual advances" to actor Anthony Rapp when he was just 14 years old.  SEE ALSO: Kevin Spacey officially comes out amid allegations of sexual misconduct Spacey, 58 released a statement saying that he has had "romantic encounters with men throughout [his] life," and has chosen … [Link]

Mashable » Claire Foy responds to Adam Sandler touching her leg during talk show

Monday 30 October 10:24:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookClaire Foy has issued a statement saying "no offence" was caused by Adam Sandler placing his hand on her leg during Friday's episode of The Graham Norton Show. SEE ALSO: Kevin Spacey officially comes out amid allegations of sexual misconduct The Crown actress appeared alongside Sandler, Emma Thompson, and Cara Delevingne in the show, which was broadcast on Friday. While telling … [Link]

Mashable » Filipinos on Twitter are speaking up to end the obsession with light skin

Monday 30 October 10:14:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe colour of your skin does not dictate how beautiful you are. Filipinos are taking to social media to post photos of themselves, along with the hashtag #MagandangMorenx. SEE ALSO: Every single Philippines representative votes against LGBTQ discrimination, in a huge win for equality The hashtag, which in Tagalog translates to "beautiful brown skin," was first started by actress Asia Jackson. … [Link]

Mashable » Intel's AI helped create cool Snapchat-like effects on a singer's face for her music video

Monday 30 October 10:02:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookArtificial intelligence is quickly getting adopted in the entertainment industry. So to show off its AI tech, Intel has debuted a music video, where it helped create some nifty face animation effects. The new video, featuring Chinese singer Chris Lee (Li Yuchun), shows multiple special effects dancing across her face. SEE ALSO: Download this: Spilly's AR app is like Snapchat filters … [Link]

Mashable » Baby pandas trying to climb out of plastic tubs will lift your mood this crappy morning

Monday 30 October 8:44:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook So this is how baby pandas are kept apart before bedtime. These babies are at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, in Sichuan. The center posted this now-viral video to social media, showing them waiting in plastic tubs for their keepers. A few of them clumsily try to escape, and if you pay attention, you'll see … [Link]

Slashdot » Interviews: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Answers Your Questions

Monday 30 October 7:34:00 UTC 2017

You asked, he answered! For Slashdot's 20th anniversary — and the 23rd anniversary of the first release of Red Hat Linux — here's a special treat. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers… Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Dashlane and Google's OpenYOLO Password Manager Reaches Beta

Monday 30 October 7:04:30 UTC 2017

Dashlane and Google have (finally!) brought their OpenYOLO password manager to Android. Developers can grab the code from GitHub and integrate the You Only Login Once tool with their mobile apps. [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2464: The new tabloid!

Monday 30 October 6:30:46 UTC 2017

JoT thumb… try not to look! [Link]

Mashable » Seth MacFarlane seemed to hint about the Kevin Spacey allegations back in 2005

Monday 30 October 6:22:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFamily Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to know a lot more than he gives off. Following the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein, a clip from the best supporting actress Oscar nominations in 2013 went viral. SEE ALSO: 'Star Trek: Discovery' actor alleges Kevin Spacey made an 'advance' toward him as a teenager MacFarlane made an awkward joke … [Link]

Mashable » Popular sports video game allows for characters to come out as gay

Monday 30 October 5:54:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHomophobia is still an issue in modern soccer. It's why some players who are gay choose to come out after their careers, such as German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger or U.S. winger Robbie Rogers, who has since returned to the game. SEE ALSO: Goalkeeper celebrates waaay too early, regrets it in 2 seconds Games like Football Manager 2018 is tackling the issue. … [Link]

Mashable » Kevin Spacey officially comes out amid allegations of sexual misconduct

Monday 30 October 4:48:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter years of public speculation, Kevin Spacey is out of the closet. The actor officially came out as gay after he was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making a "sexual advance" towards him when Rapp was only 14 years of age. SEE ALSO: 'Star Trek: Discovery' actor alleges Kevin Spacey made an 'advance' toward him as a teenager The 58-year-old … [Link]

Slashdot » Virtual Singer Uses Crowdsourced Songs To Become a Star In Japan

Monday 30 October 3:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg. [Alternate version here]: During her 10-year career, she's released more than 100,000 songs in a variety of languages and opened shows for Lady Gaga. And yet Hatsune Miku, who boasts 2.5 million Facebook followers, doesn't actually exist — at least not in the typical way we think of a flesh-and-blood diva. Miku is a computer-simulated … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Trek: Discovery' actor alleges Kevin Spacey made an 'advance' toward him as a teenager

Monday 30 October 2:24:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Oct. 30, 2017, 12:52 p.m. GMT +8 Kevin Spacey has come out as gay officially, and addressed Anthony Rapp's allegations in a statementStory here. Star Trek: Discovery and Rent actor Anthony Rapp has publicly accused House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey of making what Rapp alleges is a sexual advance toward him as a teenager, reports BuzzFeed.  According to the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Apple Wants Devs to Update Apps For iPhone X

Monday 30 October 2:01:19 UTC 2017

Apple will release the iPhone X on November 3 and Apple wants apps to be ready. The refreshed iPhone makes a number of significant changes to the hardware that will dramatically impact app performance. If iOS is your bread and butter, it's time to get slathering a new layer of top your app. [Link]

Mashable » 'The Walking Dead' episode 2 brings back someone we never thought we'd see again

Monday 30 October 2:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSpoiler alert: This recap contains plot details for The Walking Dead Season 8, episode 2, titled "The Damned." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our recap of the Season 8 premiere. Well, we definitely didn't see that coming. If it took you a second to recognize the guy holding Rick at gunpoint at the end of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Outlander' episode 7 proves that it takes more than love to make a marriage work

Monday 30 October 1:45:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSpoiler warning: This recap contains plot details for Outlander Season 3, episode 7, titled "Créme de Menthe." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our recap of episode 6. Well, that didn't last long.  If episode 6 was a parallel to Claire and Jamie's wedding night, all breathless anticipation, nerves and lust, episode 7 signals that the … [Link]

Slashdot » How Data Science Powered the Search for MH370

Monday 30 October 1:34:00 UTC 2017

"In the absence of physical evidence, scientists are employing powerful computational tools to attempt to solve the greatest aviation mystery of our time: the disappearance of flight MH370." Slashdot reader Esther Schindler shared this article from HPE Insights: Satellite communications provider Inmarsat announced it had found recorded signals in its archives that MH370 had sent for another six hours after … [Link]

Mashable » More than half this country apparently uses Facebook's Messenger

Monday 30 October 1:08:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMessenger sure is popular Down Under. Facebook revealed its first country-specific stats for the instant messaging platform, claiming 13 million Australians use Messenger each month.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's data-saving Messenger Lite finally rolls out to the rest of the world That's more than half the country's population, and 80 percent of smartphone users, according to data from Statista. The popularity of … [Link]

Mashable » GameStop basically just turned itself into a Blockbuster for video games

Monday 30 October 0:36:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGameStop has launched an in-store rental service called PowerPass. Remember Blockbuster Video? It's like that, except instead of VHS tapes, you're renting used video games. The only difference here is, you pay up front. A six-month subscription costs $60, and allows you to swap games anytime you want, at no additional cost. However, you can only have one game checked out … [Link]


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