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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 » Slack went down, and naturally workers ran to Twitter to vent about it

Tuesday 31 October 23:48:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Nov. 1, 2017, 1:36 p.m. AEDT Slack is up and running again, so go back to work. Slack went down, and workers were left scrambling. The popular workplace collaboration client suffered "connectivity issues" late Tuesday afternoon (PDT), affecting access to the service worldwide. SEE ALSO: This Slack setting tells you if your boss is spying on your DMs Slack responded … [Link]

Slashdot » Verizon Wants To Ban States From Protecting Your Privacy

Tuesday 31 October 23:20:00 UTC 2017

DSLReports that Verizon sent a letter and white paper last week to the FCC, insisting that "the FCC has ample authority to pre-empt state efforts to protect consumer privacy, and should act to prevent states from doing so." Verizon's letter reads in part: "Allowing every State and locality to chart its own course for regulating broadband is a recipe for … [Link]

Mashable » How your brain responds to certain words might predict your suicide risk

Tuesday 31 October 23:01:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen a person becomes suicidal, they don't necessarily rush to tell friends, family, or even their doctor. They might feel ashamed of their thoughts and emotions, and wish instead for them to simply disappear.  The stigma surrounding suicide is partly why it's hard to predict and prevent. But doctors also don't have great tools to diagnose whether someone is suicidal; patients … [Link]

Mashable » Hillary Clinton jokes about going as 'the president' for Halloween

Tuesday 31 October 22:56:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHillary Clinton needs a last-minute Halloween costume, and she's joked that she'll be "the president." SEE ALSO: Sean Hannity had a perfect Freudian slip while talking about Hilary Clinton At a book tour event in Chicago Monday night, moderator Cheryl Strayed asked Clinton about her Halloween plans. Clinton mulled it over before giving this answer: "I'm thinking I will maybe come … [Link]

Mashable » AT&T will open AI marketplace to the public next year

Tuesday 31 October 22:47:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThanks to AT&T, you may soon be able to build your own AI-powered app.  The Acumos "AI Marketplace," launched with open-source nonprofit the Linux Foundation, is currently open for "initial access" to companies who pay a registration fee. The platform will be released to the public, for free, in early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Grab your piece of video gaming nostalgia with … [Link]

Slashdot » AMD, Which Lost Over $2.8 Billion In 5 Years, Takes a Hit After New Report

Tuesday 31 October 22:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, AMD's stock price plunged nearly 9 percent after a report by Morgan Stanley, a major investment bank, which found that "microprocessor momentum" has slowed. According to CNBC, a new report by analyst Joseph Moore found that "cryptocurrency mining driven sales for AMD's graphics chips will decline by 50 percent … [Link]

Mashable » Next year's iPhones won't have the new TrueDepth tech on its rear camera, says analyst

Tuesday 31 October 22:18:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f8d801f1e e0e6 fbca%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ hello again, risk-taking, innovative Apple. ","image":"http~ iPhone X: The Review","sources":[{~ choice,iphone x","sec0":null,&quot~ choice,iphone x","videoSeriesName"~ More about 2018, Iphone 9, Face, Tech, and Big Tech Companies [Link]

Mashable » I finally understand what the iPhone X 'notch' is for

Tuesday 31 October 22:18:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI had an epiphany the other day.  I was finalizing my review of LG V30, which would be my third review of a "bezel-less" phone in a row. And as I struggled to find the words to describe the V30's design, which is so similar to all the other big-screened Android flagships that came out lately, I finally realized that the … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Uses Machine Learning To Chronicle All the Bra Pics On Your iPhone

Tuesday 31 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

New submitter bumblebaetuna shares a report from Motherboard: It's already well known that iOS 11 included some advanced updates to the phone's artificial intelligence, and this includes improving the photo app's ability to identify and categorize what is in each of your photos. There are thousands of objects the phone can identify, ranging from "abacus" to "zucchini." Weirdly, despite not … [Link]

Mashable » Questions I have after moving from New York to LA

Tuesday 31 October 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBoy oh boy, I just moved from New York to LA in order to make it big in Hollywood. And gee am I so excited. But moving to a new city, switching jobs, and generally uprooting yourself from a place you've been in for years can be difficult.  Back in New York, I had built a life for myself, with a … [Link]

Mashable » Instagram just got a needed language update

Tuesday 31 October 21:59:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLanguages written from right to left are having an Instagram moment.  The photo-and-video social app now supports languages read from right to left, including Hebrew, Farsi, and Arabic. The new languages will first be available on Android devices. SEE ALSO: Instagram's 3-second 'Superzoom' videos are the new Boomerang Instagram already has more than two dozen language options including Chinese, Greek, Turkish, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Your power scares me' senator tells Facebook during first hearing on 2016 election

Tuesday 31 October 21:51:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2fdf3f8996 25d5 7f2b%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ power scares me' senator tells Facebook during first hearing on 2016 election","sources":~ More about Facebook, Twitter, Google, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton [Link]

Mashable » Here's how much better Snapchat lenses are on the iPhone X

Tuesday 31 October 21:51:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f8d801f1e e0e6 fbca%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ hello again, risk-taking, innovative Apple. ","image":"http~ iPhone X: The Review","sources":[{~ choice,iphone x","sec0":null,&quot~ choice,iphone x","videoSeriesName"~ More about Apple, Iphone, Snapchat, Iphone X, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Justin Trudeau dressed up for Halloween, and it's a little too self-aware

Tuesday 31 October 21:49:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Canadian prime minister and world leader poster boy, Justin Trudeau, dressed up for Halloween, and well, it's a little bit too self-aware. Trudeau stealthily dressed as Clark Kent, and exposed himself as Superman. That's right, Superman.  Trudeau has become a little darling of American media in the last year, as the country looks north and asks: "Why can't we have … [Link]

Mashable » Astronomers make intriguing discovery thanks to a citizen scientist

Tuesday 31 October 21:46:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCitizen scientists all over the world work to aid in scientific discovery by combing through data and looking to the sky with backyard telescopes.  And today, a discovery detailed in a newly-released study shows how that hard work can pay off.  Thanks to amateur astronomer Thomas Jacobs of Bellevue, Washington, scientists have found evidence of comets circling a star called KIC … [Link]

Mashable » MIT is making furniture that comes to life

Tuesday 31 October 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMIT developed TRANSFORM, a shape-shifting interface that not only looks cool, but also makes your life easier. The surface changes shape for a variety of purposes, revamping the ergonomics and functionality of the surface. Read more…More about Tech, Science, Technology, Mashable Video, and Information [Link]

Mashable » Neil Patrick Harris' family Halloween portrait is here, and it's absolutely perfect

Tuesday 31 October 21:44:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt isn't officially Halloween until Neil Patrick Harris shares with the world what he and his family dressed up as for the holiday. Thankfully, they did not disappoint this year.  NPH, along with his husband David Burtka and their two kids, donned a carnival-themed getup that was equal (and absolutely perfect) amounts adorable and terrifying.  SEE ALSO: Every Time Barney Stinson … [Link]

Mashable » Listen to an exclusive excerpt from the audiobook of Jason Segel's new novel 'Otherworld'

Tuesday 31 October 21:36:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis Halloween, you may be thinking of scares from the supernatural world, but what about the much scarier, and much more real, technological one? Otherworld, a new novel from Kirsten Miller and Jason Segel (yes, that Jason Segel), imagines a world not too far ahead of our own, one where virtual reality can become your only reality.  SEE ALSO: MashReads Podcast: … [Link]

Mashable » NYC's plan to finally kill the MetroCard

Tuesday 31 October 21:33:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNew York City is preparing to join London in the transportation future.  Last week, the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced a $573 million plan to replace its nearly 25-year-old MetroCard swiping system with a modernized payment program modeled after London's. It will allow the city's over 1.7 billion annual riders to waive a phone or card across a sensor, as … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Stranger Things' theme mashed up with Ariana Grande

Tuesday 31 October 21:29:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Only a 2016 song of the summer could warm up the (un)official song of fall 2017.  In this mashup from YouTube musician Kaskobi, the Stranger Things theme song gets a dose of top 40 pop, courtesy of Ariana Grande's "Into You." The combination – that '80s thriller synth paired with Grande's silky vocals – is a little spooky, but a … [Link]

Slashdot » Vendor Tracks LinkedIn Profile Changes To Alert Client Employers

Tuesday 31 October 21:20:00 UTC 2017

dcblogs shares a report from TechTarget: IT managers have long had the ability and right to monitor employee behavior on internal networks. Now, HR managers are getting similar capabilities thanks to cloud-based services — but for tracking employee activity outside of their employer's network. A controversy and court fight is swelling over its potential impact on employee privacy. A San … [Link]

Mashable » Scott Pruitt just destroyed one of the EPA's core safeguards, and we may never get it back

Tuesday 31 October 21:11:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn an unprecedented move, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt just issued a directive that would prohibit individuals from serving on the agency's independent scientific advisory boards if they also receive research grants from the agency. The far-reaching directive will boot many mainstream environmental scientists from the congressionally-mandated panels that work to ensure the EPA administrator receives the best available … [Link]

Mashable » This AI nightmare bot spits out a new horror story every hour

Tuesday 31 October 21:09:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDeep inside an MIT laboratory, an artificially intelligent bot is composing ghastly tales of nightmarish creatures and strange shrieks in the night.  MIT researchers named their bot Shelley (after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley). They endowed her with an artificial mind, called a neural network, an advanced form of machine learning in which a computer learns a task by relying on training … [Link]

Mashable » San Juan's mayor isn't happy Republicans canceled a hearing about Hurricane Maria

Tuesday 31 October 20:56:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSan Juan's mayor has freely criticized the government's response to Hurricane Maria. But now she's been denied the chance to testify before Congress. SEE ALSO: Trump gets a 10 on Puerto Rico response from San Juan mayor — but on a very different scale Carmen Yulín Cruz was set to speak Wednesday in a hearing about FEMA's preparation and response to … [Link]

Mashable » Google is locking people out of documents, and you should be worried

Tuesday 31 October 20:55:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt turns out that even your private documents can be censored online. This morning, a ton of users reported being locked out of completely innocuous Google Docs for "inappropriate content."  SEE ALSO: Why Twitter's 30 million bots are here to stay Google's abuse policy prohibits the posting of serious threats, needlessly graphic or violent content, hate speech, harassment, confidential information, pornography, … [Link]

Mashable » You'll have to relearn how to take a screenshot with the iPhone X . Here's how.

Tuesday 31 October 20:54:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X is finally here. If you've been lucky enough to get your hands on one, then you know that the lack of a home button means you have to relearn quite a few basic tasks, like taking screenshots. SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X review: A bold step into the future While other tasks, like app-switching, have replaced the home … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone X camera vs. every iPhone ever

Tuesday 31 October 20:45:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f8d801f1e e0e6 fbca%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ hello again, risk-taking, innovative Apple. ","image":"http~ iPhone X: The Review","sources":[{~ choice,iphone x","sec0":null,&quot~ choice,iphone x","videoSeriesName"~ More about Apple, Iphone, Photography, Cameras, and Iphone X [Link]

Slashdot » New VibWrite System Uses Finger Vibrations To Authenticate Users

Tuesday 31 October 20:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Rutgers engineers have created a new authentication system called VibWrite. The system relies on placing an inexpensive vibration motor and receiver on a solid surface, such as wood, metal, plastic, glass, etc.. The motor sends vibrations to the receiver. When the user touches the surface with one of his fingers, the … [Link]

Mashable » Your mailman could soon deliver packages on this electric scooter

Tuesday 31 October 20:36:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn electric three-wheel scooter with a compartment for packages could one day become the preferred method for parcel delivery. With the eCommerce industry rapidly expanding, it's never been more crucial to find ways to reduce bulk as well as emissions from large trucks. The "Leo" design and prototype comes from Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) and TUMCREATE. Read more…More about Technology, Design, … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what you need to know about that creepy Apple Photos feature Chrissy Teigen called out

Tuesday 31 October 20:19:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple has used image recognition algorithms to search and organize its Photos app since iOS 10 debuted in 2016 — but a viral tweet put the tool in the spotlight after it appeared to be stockpiling photos of women's bras in a separate storage category within the Photos app. Before going any further, it's important to make a few things clear: … [Link]

Mashable » Senator reveals an anti-Hillary Facebook ad bought by Russia

Tuesday 31 October 20:18:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook said it won't disclose the 3,000 ads Russia-linked accounts bought on the platform during the 2016 election. But U.S. senators have them, and they will.  SEE ALSO: Facebook, Twitter, and Google are testifying on political ads. Here's why you should care During a hearing of a Congressional hearing of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee with the general counsels of Facebook, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » UK’s plan to tackle ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling lacks evidence

Tuesday 31 October 20:07:44 UTC 2017

Fixed-odds betting terminals suck in problem gamblers with the lure of quick wins, but few studies have investigated how to reduce their harm [Link]

New Scientist – News » Trust nobody? No thanks

Tuesday 31 October 20:07:43 UTC 2017

Trust in traditional institutions is in decline, but that doesn’t mean we should believe self-appointed anti-experts [Link]

New Scientist – News » Alzheimer’s may be able to spread through blood transfusions

Tuesday 31 October 20:07:42 UTC 2017

A protein might be capable of spreading Alzheimer’s through blood transfusions and surgical equipment, but we don’t know yet how much of a risk this is [Link]

Mashable » iOS 11.1 is out now, and it's filled with hundreds of new emoji

Tuesday 31 October 19:54:04 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f7a998d10 f41a afb5%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ they're amazing.","image":&q~ of new emoji are coming with iOS 11.1","sources":[{&q~ 7,update,real-time,emoticon,real-ti~ video,real-time-video,iphone 8,ios 11,iphone x,ios11.1,gender neutral,new emoji","sec0":null,&~ 7,update,real-time,emoticon,real-ti~ video,real-time-video,iphone 8,ios 11,iphone x,ios11.1,gender neutral,new emoji","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Iphone, Ios 11, Ios 11.1, Tech, and Iphone [Link]

Mashable » Russian Facebook trolls pushed for race-based violence

Tuesday 31 October 19:40:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis just keeps getting worse. Another messed-up shoe has dropped in the ongoing saga of Facebook's influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This time, it's the revelation that Russian-linked troll accounts called for race-based violence.  Facebook has so far refused to publicly release the Russian-backed ads that ran on its platform, potentially reaching up to 126 million Americans in the … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to become an ethical hacker or pen tester with this course

Tuesday 31 October 19:39:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Ever wonder what it's like to step into a hacker's shoes? A career in web penetration testing might be right up your alley: Also known as "pen testers" and "ethical hackers," these digital professionals get hired by a wide range of companies to comb … [Link]

Mashable » The coolest Nintendo Switch feature is a big reason it's been a major success

Tuesday 31 October 19:39:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSwitch is, as it turns out, working as intended. Nintendo's sorta-console/sorta-handheld has taken off in a big way since its March 2017 launch, and one of the big reasons for that — to no great surprise, really — is the fact that it delivers on its core value proposition. Fans have taken to the hybrid console approach. SEE ALSO: How Nintendo … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » DarkmindFX Introduces Filings API for Access to SEC-based Financial Data

Tuesday 31 October 19:38:14 UTC 2017

DarkmindFX, an economic data provider, has introduced its new Filings API. Through the API, developers for financial software providers, traders, and others gain structured, automated access to regulatory financial data. Currently, filing data is available for S&P 500 companies. The Filings API is currently in beta, and free to beta testers. [Link]

Mashable » Celebrities who nailed it this Halloween

Tuesday 31 October 19:35:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCelebrities went all out this Halloween—dressing up as 'Stranger Things' characters, 'Game of Thrones' characters and, of course, other celebrities.  Read more…More about Entertainment, Celebrities, Halloween, Mashable Video, and Celebrity [Link]

Mashable » Apple and Qualcomm's messy feud could result in iPhones with inferior chips

Tuesday 31 October 19:34:42 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f8d801f1e e0e6 fbca%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ hello again, risk-taking, innovative Apple. ","image":"http~ iPhone X: The Review","sources":[{~ choice,iphone x","sec0":null,&quot~ choice,iphone x","videoSeriesName"~ More about Apple, Lawsuit, Chips, Qualcomm, and Modem [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Limits Lengthy iPhone X Testing for Most Reviewers

Tuesday 31 October 19:20:00 UTC 2017

Tripp Mickle, reporting for the Wall Street Journal: Apple departed from its traditional preview strategy for what it bills as its most important new iPhone in years, prioritizing early access to the iPhone X for YouTube personalities and celebrities over most technology columnists who traditionally review its new products. Apple provided the iPhone X to a small number of traditional … [Link]

Mashable » Enjoy your music without all those wires

Tuesday 31 October 19:14:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The first headphones were invented in 1919 as a way to listen to electrical audio. Since then, headphones have received a serious upgrade. They're no longer essential for listening to music — we now have speakers and amplifiers for that — so it's important … [Link]

Mashable » Adorable kids dressed up as Maxine Waters for Halloween to #ReclaimTheirCandy

Tuesday 31 October 19:10:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDemocratic Congressman Maxine Waters is reaching a severely underrepresented potential pool of voters: the toddler set. None of these kids can vote in 2018. They can however, dress up like the legendary Democratic Congresswoman and fight for their rights/candy on Halloween, as some kids chose to do this year.  SEE ALSO: The outrage about the Women's Convention is missing one key … [Link]

Mashable » The one glaring problem with the iPhone X's poop emoji

Tuesday 31 October 19:02:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPerhaps you're wondering what could possibly convince you to drop more than a grand on the iPhone X. There's more on that here.  Or maybe you're wondering if Apple's Face ID technology is a match for identical twins. If so, we've covered that too. Or perhaps, like us, you are wondering: Why is the inside of the poop emoji's mouth so … [Link]

Mashable » 'PUBG' set to release on Xbox One in December

Tuesday 31 October 19:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to the Xbox One on Dec. 12 through Xbox's Game Preview program, expanding the wildly popular game's audience beyond just PC players. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) came out on Steam early access in March of this year and has seen regular updates with new and improved features, with an expected full release on PC coming later this year. … [Link]

Mashable » Aziz Ansari is not here for award shows anymore

Tuesday 31 October 18:57:52 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sometimes, there's a bit of truth in a joke no matter how funny it may be.  Aziz Ansari proved that last night when he went on a bit that dragged award shows in general—all while he was receiving the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence In Comedy award at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards last night.  "One thing … [Link]

Mashable » This BBC Kid Halloween costume is just too good

Tuesday 31 October 18:56:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The BBC Kid will go down as one of the best viral videos of 2017 — possibly all time. While the magical moment can never be recreated, it sure does makes one hell of a Halloween costume. For those out of the loop, political scientist Robert E. Kelly appeared on BBC in March to discuss some very important adult matters. … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to get the most out of your Mac

Tuesday 31 October 18:56:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Your Mac is a powerful machine, one that can put the entire world at your fingertips. But have you ever wanted what else it can do? Make your Mac work a little harder for you with this Pay What You Want: Fab 5 Mac … [Link]

Mashable » LeBron James is a giant version of 'It' for Halloween and we can't imagine anything scarier

Tuesday 31 October 18:51:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLeBron James deserve a triumphant slow clap for one of the better costumes this Halloween.   The NBA MVP decided to make a scary impression this year and transformed into the sewer dwelling demented clown from the movie It and it looks great.  SEE ALSO: Someone managed to find some humor in this super frightening scene from ‘It’ Georgie!! Georgie!! #HappyHalloweenFolks … [Link]

Slashdot » The Future of Work Might Not Be So Bleak

Tuesday 31 October 18:40:00 UTC 2017

From a report, shared by readers: That said, technology can also favor standard salaried employment. The economists George Baker and Thomas Hubbard, for example, have noted how onboard computers could change U.S. trucking. By monitoring behavior, they would solve a moral hazard problem: Drivers have little incentive to be as careful with company trucks as they would with their own. … [Link]

Mashable » Apple learns to feed the hype for its iPhone X launch—and snubs a lot of important people

Tuesday 31 October 18:35:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven before John Gruber started his one-man Apple-centric media operation, Daring Fireball, he knew he wanted to "be opinionated." Those opinions are often reserved for Apple items and other consumer technology topics, so it'd make sense for devotees of his site to expect even more in that vein during the lead-up to the release of the iPhone X, arguably the most-anticipated … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix suspends 'House of Cards' production before finishing final season

Tuesday 31 October 18:26:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNetflix confirmed Monday that House of Cards' sixth season would be its last, but on Tuesday the company announced that production on Season 6 has been temporarily suspended. The news comes within days of accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against star Kevin Spacey. SEE ALSO: Netflix cancels 'House of Cards' after Kevin Spacey allegations Netflix did not confirm if announcing the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 5 Ways to Build a More Convenient User Experience

Tuesday 31 October 18:17:43 UTC 2017

We all know about the importance of a good user experience and user interface, but what about user convenience? As an internet user, think about your most satisfying online experiences. Most likely it was tied with how easy it was for you to find the information you were looking for. User convenience appears in various forms: [Link]

Mashable » Leave it to Ryan Reynolds to give horrible 'Deadpool' Halloween costume advice

Tuesday 31 October 18:08:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRyan Reynolds is a pure savage on Twitter and he enjoys every minute of it. When a mother asked him how how her son can use the bathroom in his Deadpool costume, Reynolds was all to eager to answer.  Of course, the actor did it in the most Deadpool way possible. SEE ALSO: 69 times Ryan Reynolds was hands down the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Secure your secret messages with printable invisible ink

Tuesday 31 October 18:00:00 UTC 2017

It may seem like a party trick, but invisible ink you can print could actually be useful in sending secret messages that are revealed by a special salt mixture [Link]

Slashdot » Google Docs Is Randomly Flagging Files for Violating Its Terms of Service

Tuesday 31 October 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Louise Matsakis, writing for Motherboard: Google Docs, the collaborative, cloud-based word processing software, appears to be randomly flagging files for supposedly "violating" Google's Terms of Service. A member of Motherboard's team, as well as numerous users on Twitter, report that their documents are being locked for no apparent reason. Once a document is flagged, the owner of that document can … [Link]

Mashable » Mastering how to read minds in one day

Tuesday 31 October 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This week, Derrick examines the art and science of mentalism and tries his best to master the skill in a day. For more videos like this, subscribe to watercooler Read more… More about Watercooler, Psychology, Mashable Video, Telepathy, and In A Day [Link]

Mashable » New clever app lets parents see if their teens are sexting

Tuesday 31 October 17:46:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a fine line between keeping an eye on your teen and invading their privacy — especially when it comes to their phones. Gallery Guardian is an app that wants to help you navigate those murky waters by scanning your kids’ phones for any potentially sexual content. It launched in the UK earlier this year and is available today in the … [Link]

Mashable » 'Wolfenstein 2' got real with the neo-Nazi references and they're spot on

Tuesday 31 October 17:43:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe latest entry into the classic Wolfenstein franchise tells the story of an alternate universe where the Allies lost WWII and America is now governed by Nazis. It is not, however, a documentary on our lives in 2017. To the development team at MachineWorks, this sounded like a great cooky premise for the follow up to their hit 2014 Wolfenstein: New … [Link]

Slashdot » Game Studio CCP Scales Back Virtual Reality Development

Tuesday 31 October 17:20:00 UTC 2017

Developer CCP Games has significantly cut the time and money it is investing in virtual-reality based games. From a report: The Iceland-based studio is best known for sci-fi title Eve Online but has also created several VR-centred games. Spaceship dog-fighting simulator Eve Valkyrie helped launch the Oculus Rift headset and CCP also made the Sparc VR ball-tossing game for the … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Haunting Of Hill House' is a classic horror novel to forever extend your Halloween

Tuesday 31 October 17:13:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you're looking to get in the Halloween spirit, look no further than Shirley Jackson's classic horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House. The book follows a group of people — the scientifically-minded Dr. Montague, the paranormally-vulnerable Eleanor Vance, seemingly telepathic Theodora, and future heir to the house Luke — who spend a few weeks living in Hill House, tasked with … [Link]

Mashable » We're on track to blow past international global warming targets, U.N. warns in blunt assessment

Tuesday 31 October 17:02:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNations around the world still aren’t doing nearly enough to limit greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, a new report warns. While progress is being made, a new United Nations report says that collectively countries aren't on track to contain global warming to the level set by leaders in the Paris Climate Agreement. We are currently on course to see … [Link]

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

Tuesday 31 October 17:00:00 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 » Here's how incognito mode can save you lots of money

Tuesday 31 October 16:44:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Cybersecurity expert Ondrej Krehel explains that your internet browser's incognito mode doesn't really keep you safe, but it does have advantages. For more videos like this, subscribe to Mashable's youtube channel. Read more… More about Internet, Cybersecurity, Google Chrome, Internet Browser, and Vpn [Link]

Slashdot » Three Women Suing Microsoft for Bias Want To Add 8,630 Peers

Tuesday 31 October 16:42:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: A lawsuit accusing Microsoft of discriminating against women in technical and engineering roles is poised to grow a lot bigger if it wins class-action status. With the technology sector awash in challenges to white male dominance, the three women spearheading the case against Microsoft told a Seattle federal judge they want to represent about 8,630 … [Link]

Mashable » Instagram may soon add a sweet new creative tool

Tuesday 31 October 16:36:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGetting tired of the same old Instagram Stories? Get ready for stop motion, the newest feature in Instagram's story camera.  The tool allows you to take a series of photos, string them together into a short stop-motion video and post them to your story.  SEE ALSO: 9 mind-blowing facts about the avocado You can edit the videos with filters, stickers, and … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Witcher' musical adaptation is the kind of thing that needs to be seen to be believed

Tuesday 31 October 16:29:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Witcher is receiving its very own stage adaptation in Poland and this preview makes it look absolutely insane. The Witcher, best known outside of Central and Eastern Europe as an acclaimed fantasy RPG, is based on a popular Polish book series of the same name (a.k.aWiedźmin)The musical, coming to the Teatr Muzyczny im. Danuty Baduszkowej, doesn't appear to shy … [Link]

Mashable » Eleven from 'Stranger Things' was turned into a nose-bleeding candle holder

Tuesday 31 October 16:17:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe world is currently in Stranger Things overdrive.  You may or may not have dedicated your entire weekend to binging the latest season (I hope you did) and now you need to get your hands on some Stranger Things merchandise.   SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things' wants you to turn your Eggo box into creepy DIY costumes Are you really a super … [Link]

Mashable » Wendy Williams passed out during live Halloween special

Tuesday 31 October 16:12:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne Halloween-themed daytime show started off with a real-life scare.  Wendy Williams fainted during a live taping of her talk show today on Tuesday morning, and the moment is hard to watch. Williams was introducing a segment when she froze up and fell to the ground.   SEE ALSO: Claire Foy responds to Adam Sandler touching her leg during talk show … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Alzheimer’s may be able to spread through blood transfusions

Tuesday 31 October 16:03:19 UTC 2017

A protein might be capable of spreading Alzheimer’s through blood transfusions and surgical equipment, but we don’t know yet how much of a risk this is [Link]

New Scientist – News » Climate change will kill millions but you knew that already

Tuesday 31 October 16:03:18 UTC 2017

It’s no surprise, but an analysis has predicted deadly heatwaves, more deaths from starvation, and a boom in mosquito-borne diseases thanks to climate change [Link]

New Scientist – News » Donor organs created by dissolving and rebuilding pig livers

Tuesday 31 October 16:03:17 UTC 2017

A liver grown in a lab by dissolving cells in a pig organ and then reinfusing it with new ones offers hope that we could create transplant organs on demand [Link]

New Scientist – News » We have four years fewer to slash carbon emissions than thought

Tuesday 31 October 16:03:16 UTC 2017

Soils in cold regions may release far more carbon than expected as world warms, and that means our carbon budget is smaller than we thought it is [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hey Trump, the 1970s called and it wants its drug policies back

Tuesday 31 October 16:03:15 UTC 2017

President Trump is right to declare the opioid crisis an emergency but his strategy is a mishmash of failed policies from last century, says Samantha Murphy [Link]

New Scientist – News » A legal trade in rhino horn could be twice as big as illegal one

Tuesday 31 October 16:03:14 UTC 2017

Legalising the trade in rhino horn from South Africa could match black market supply and maybe even double it, with the aim of driving poachers out of business [Link]

Slashdot » Jimmy Wales' WikiTribune is Already Biased

Tuesday 31 October 16:02:00 UTC 2017

Earlier this year, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, said he would be launching a neutral news service with "no other agenda than this: the ultimate arbiter of the truth is the facts of reality." On Monday, a pilot version of WikiTribune went live. Adrianne Jeffries of The Outline argues that WikiTribune is already doing things that it said it … [Link]

Mashable » Betsy DeVos dressed as Ms. Frizzle for Halloween and everyone's thrilled! No just kidding they are very mad.

Tuesday 31 October 15:53:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmidst the indictments of former top Trump campaign officials through Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the president and the first lady hosted the traditional White House Halloween party on Monday evening. While many members of the Trump administration opted not to wear costumes, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attended the party as Ms. Frizzle from The … [Link]

Mashable » We must all bear witness to the country music Halloween costumes on the 'Today' show

Tuesday 31 October 15:49:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs usual, the hosts of the Today show went all out for Halloween this year. Also as usual, the costume rollout was truly something to behold. This year's theme was "country music," so everyone ~transformed~ into a particular country music icon. We understand it might have been difficult to register everyone's ensemble through the sizable morning show chaos, so here's who … [Link]

Mashable » Do you brush your teeth in the shower? You should.

Tuesday 31 October 15:49:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you're embarrassed to admit to your dentist that the last time you flossed was the last time the dentist did it for you, join the club. This Kickstarter project is looking to help you save some time during your morning routine while also … [Link]

Mashable » Khloé Kardashian donned a fantastic 'Game of Thrones' costume for Halloween

Tuesday 31 October 15:47:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKhloé Kardashian may be a expecting a little one next year but she took the opportunity to be a different kind of mother this year for Halloween—the Mother of Dragons.  On Monday night, Khloé and Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristian Thompson celebrated Halloween early with an impressive Khaleesi and Khal Drogo costumes from Game of Thrones. SEE ALSO: Try to keep up: Khloe … [Link]

Mashable » The Insect Ingredients Lurking in Your Favorite Halloween Candies

Tuesday 31 October 15:45:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Mashable Reels, Culture, and Food [Link]

Mashable » Student dressed up as the scariest thing, at least according to her exes

Tuesday 31 October 15:45:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen we think of childhood fears, those typically include things like the dark, ghosts, and scary movies. However, that changes as soon as we become adults. SEE ALSO: If you're into eyes that are dripping blood, consider this eyeliner trend Haleigh Conner, a college student at University of Minnesota Twin Cities has the right idea. She came up with her own … [Link]

Mashable » What can 'Bob's Burgers' teach you about being an entrepreneur?

Tuesday 31 October 15:44:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne of the most entrepreneurial TV families also happens to be an animated one. For seven seasons on the series "Bob’s Burgers," we’ve watched The Belcher family run a restaurant in a small, seaside community. The eatery is named after Bob, the family patriarch and owner, who operates the business alongside his wife Linda and their three children Gene, Tina, and … [Link]

Mashable » Sean Hannity had a perfect Freudian slip while talking about Hilary Clinton

Tuesday 31 October 15:41:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter discounting Manafort's indictment as irrelevant and shrugging off Papadopoulos' guilty plea with an "everybody makes mistakes" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, Fox News host Sean Hannity turned to the person whose crimes he thought investigators should be focusing on: President Hillary Clinton. But his call out of Clinton didn't necessarily go as planned… .@seanhannity on Manafort indictment: "Is this all Mueller has? Because if … [Link]

Mashable » Burger experts weigh in on the Google vs Apple cheeseburger emoji debate

Tuesday 31 October 15:37:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai lit a fire under the internet Sunday when he asked the Twitter-verse to provide its thoughts on the "correct way" to build a cheeseburger, and accordingly a cheeseburger emoji. SEE ALSO: There's a major problem with both Apple and Google's burger emoji Will drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday:) if folks can agree … [Link]

Mashable » New startup takes aim at erectile dysfunction, and they'll even mail your Viagra in a sleek little box

Tuesday 31 October 15:33:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMove over, cheesy Cialis bathtubs. There’s a sleek new startup targeting men with erectile dysfunction. A first of its kind, Roman is an app that will screen you for ED, let you talk one-on-one with doctors, and even get prescriptions delivered to your door — all without ever leaving your house. The service, whose wares are packaged in dignified red and … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat has a hidden Halloween easter egg

Tuesday 31 October 15:31:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn case you hadn't noticed, it's Halloween. And, Snapchat has gone and planted a spooky-ass Easter egg in its snap maps feature.  SEE ALSO: Snapchat maps can figure out what you're doing and it's either cool or creepy Go into the Snapchat app, open the camera and pinch to access your snap map. You'll notice that the map has turned black … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook, Twitter, and Google are testifying on political ads. Here's why you should care

Tuesday 31 October 15:28:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been almost a year since America elected President Donald Trump, and finally, we're about to learn more about how Google, Facebook, and Twitter were used by outside forces to secure that victory. The top lawyers for each of those companies will testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday on the influence of social media in the 2016 election. Lawmakers will … [Link]

Mashable » 'DIY Costume Squad,' our new Facebook Watch show, helps you craft the perfect cosplay outfit

Tuesday 31 October 15:25:59 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's Halloween, and while most of the parties have come and gone, you may still need to whip up a quick costume for any or trick-or-treat action happening in your neighborhood, right? Not to mention upcoming midnight screenings of, say, Thor: Ragnarok or Justice League. That's where DIY Costume Squad can help you out. Whether you're feeling like a superhero … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Engineer Installs Google Chrome During Presentation After Edge Freezes

Tuesday 31 October 15:20:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: We've seen lots of blunders on stage, and still happen occasionally, but this must be the best of all. A Microsoft engineer downloaded, installed, and started using Google Chrome during a live presentation after Microsoft Edge, the default Windows 10 browser, stopped responding in the middle of a demo. In just a few words, Microsoft … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Stranger Things' cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending

Tuesday 31 October 15:15:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe asked the cast of 'Stranger Things' what they thought about the end of Season 2 and what their hopes are for Season 3. Read more…More about Netflix, Mashable Video, Interview, Mashable Video, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » Waymo dumped partial self-driving features after discovering people sleeping while driving

Tuesday 31 October 15:12:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSelf-driving vehicle innovators Waymo revealed the company abandoned partially autonomous features because it found people napping in cars while traveling at high speeds, threatening their ability to grab hold of the wheel — if necessary. During a tour of Waymo's testing facility on Monday, CEO John Krafcik told Reuters the company discovered the snoozing drivers during highway testing in 2013. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Freshen up your workspace with this mini oil diffuser and humidifier

Tuesday 31 October 15:12:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Cold, winter air can dry out your skin. You could lather lotion all over your body about every five minutes to stave this off, or you could opt for a humidifier to put the moisture back into the air. This mini humidifier and oil … [Link]

Mashable » Girl films people constantly tripping over a step at a college football game

Tuesday 31 October 15:11:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe warning "watch your step" seems impossible here. Fans just couldn't get through section 9C's stairs at the Ohio States vs. Penn State college football game without almost falling this weekend. Luckily, Twitter user @abby_grau13 documented people's attempt at walking up the stairs and tripping at that one specific step. Every. Single. Time.  SEE ALSO: Popular sports video game allows for … [Link]

Mashable » Even these rats can't stomach pumpkin spice

Tuesday 31 October 15:03:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe season is so thick with pumpkin spice flavored-everything, you can almost taste it in the air. It's in coffee, tea, Jamba Juice, Cheerios, Cliff bars, Oreos and dozens of other abominations. Where does all that pumpkin spice flavoring end up? We have at least one disgusting idea. Blech!   What's wrong?   Pumpkin spice. Blech!   What's wrong?   Pumpkin spice.Image: Lance Ulanoff/mashable WATCH: This spray will make all … [Link]

Mashable » Yes, Laura Ingraham, Trump loyalists, and everybody else are living on separate planets

Tuesday 31 October 15:01:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou have to hand it to Laura Ingraham. When she's right, she's right.  Ingraham, a longtime conservative commentator who has firmly attached herself to the pro-Trump cause, on Monday offered her perspective on the indictments of former Donald Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort and Manafort's business partner Rick Gates, as well as the surprise guilty plea from a Trump campaign foreign … [Link]

Mashable » Can you learn to read minds in one day?

Tuesday 31 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis week, Derrick examines the art and science of mentalism and tries his best to master the skill in a day. For more videos like this, subscribe to watercooler Read more…More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Psychology, Mashable Video, and Telepathy [Link]

Mashable » Cenk Uygur has some advice for dealing with "fake news"

Tuesday 31 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCenk Uygur, the co-founder of online news network The Young Turks discusses how to handle fake news. Read more…More about News, Politics, Mashable Video, Donald Trump, and Social Media [Link]

Slashdot » 'Daylight Savings' Is Grammatically Incorrect

Tuesday 31 October 14:40:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: We talk about time like it's money, and that may explain why we say "Daylight Savings Time," capitalizing the concept to emphasize its awesomeness. After all, who wouldn't want to be able to save hours like cash? The phrase "Daylight Savings Time," though commonly used in Australia, Canada, and the US, is technically incorrect. Time … [Link]

Slashdot » HTTP 103 – An HTTP Status Code for Indicating Hints

Tuesday 31 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

The Internet Task Engineering Group (IETF) has approved the new HTTP status code 103. The new status code is intended to "minimize perceived latency." From the circular: It is common for HTTP responses to contain links to external resources that need to be fetched prior to their use; for example, rendering HTML by a Web browser. Having such links available … [Link]

Mashable » Seth Meyers slams Fox News for covering emoji cheeseburgers instead of, uh, the greatest scandal of our time

Tuesday 31 October 13:24:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook For the most cutting-edge coverage of the emoji cheeseburger controversy, look no further than Fox News. On Late Night, Seth Meyers slammed the network for choosing to cover the Google emoji crisis while the Mueller indictments were being announced. Watch and let his rage become yours. Read more… More about Watercooler, Fox News, Seth Meyers, Emojis, and Culture [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Is Designing iPhones, iPads That Would Drop Qualcomm Components

Tuesday 31 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Apple, locked in an intensifying legal fight with Qualcomm, is designing iPhones and iPads for next year that would jettison the chipmaker's components, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple is considering building the devices only with modem chips from Intel … [Link]

Mashable » Is the iPhone X's facial recognition twin compatible?

Tuesday 31 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe put Apple's 'Face ID' technology to the test with twins. Facebook, friends, and even relatives get these fraternal twins mixed up all the time. But what about the iPhone X's facial recognition software? Read more…More about Apple, Iphone, Technology, Software, and Test [Link]

Mashable » It's the end of an era for this iconic iPhone feature

Tuesday 31 October 12:55:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s the end of an era for the iPhone. No, I'm not talking about iPhone X's "notch" or even the fact that Apple's most anticipated iPhone ever comes in the most boring color selection in recent memory — I'm talking about the home button. SEE ALSO: How much it'll cost to buy the iPhone X at Apple vs. the carriers The … [Link]

Mashable » Brits are making famous horror movies more British on Twitter

Tuesday 31 October 12:38:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSupercalifragilisticexpiali— holy mother of god why is a guy in a mask attacking Mary Poppins? SEE ALSO: The prime minister's 'British dream' got savaged on Twitter and it's genius A new Halloween hashtag has been doing the rounds on Twitter inspiring people to put a British twist on classic horror titles.  #MakeAHorrorMovieBritish tapped into British people's endless desire to denigrate their … [Link]

Mashable » Ellen dressed up as a Kardashian for Halloween and had Kourtney on her show

Tuesday 31 October 12:20:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember Halloween 2015, when Ellen Degeneres dressed up as a forgotten Kardashian sister? Well, she's at it again — and this time she has company. SEE ALSO: Cool mom Kris Jenner just became a meme thanks to bad daughter Kim Kardashian In an Instagram preview for her Halloween show, Ellen shared the following clip of herself introducing a very special guest: … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter erupts in collective anger as judge accidentally tweets winner of 'Great British Bake Off'

Tuesday 31 October 12:16:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are a few things that Britons treasure above all else. The art of queueing is one of these along with the Queen, naturally, and the gorgeous British countryside.  SEE ALSO: Mary Berry herded a flock of sheep across London Bridge and it's about as British as British gets If there's one show that still magically sums up the British spirit … [Link]

Mashable » Billy Eichner dresses as a banana and rants about Trump and Halloween

Tuesday 31 October 12:01:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook How best to protest the Trump administration? You send the president a fidget spinner, OR dress up as a banana.  SEE ALSO: Billy Eichner and Stephen Colbert help get puppies adopted by dressing them up for Halloween Billy Eichner was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night and he strode on stage in a banana … [Link]

Mashable » Method Man is a better rapper than James Corden and who could have predicted it

Tuesday 31 October 11:48:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook James Corden challenged a Wu-Tang founding member to a rap battle. You get three guesses as to who won. SEE ALSO: James Corden made Anna Wintour eat bacon-wrapped pizza In a segment called "Drop the Mic" on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the host went head-to-head with the rapper Method Man.  Unsurprisingly Method Man is the undisputed winner, … [Link]

Mashable » Shaq replaced Kimmel and had an awesome interview with Mila Kunis

Tuesday 31 October 11:12:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Shaq's got this. Forget Frost/Nixon, it's time for O'Neal/Kunis. SEE ALSO: Watch this silly face-off between Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Fallon Shaq took over as the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night and interviewed celebrity guest Mila Kunis. They talked about Halloween, and Shaq busted out an old photo of him going to Halloween dressed as… a tree.  … [Link]

Mashable » J.K. Rowling receives Donald Trump newsletter and her response was as scathing as you'd expect

Tuesday 31 October 10:52:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome people might be happy with the offer of a limited edition Donald Trump coin, but J.K. Rowling is not one of those people. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling totally annihilates Fox News interviewer in less than 140 characters On Monday afternoon, not long after she'd blasted Trump on Twitter for his use of shouty capital letters, the Harry Potter author received … [Link]

Mashable » This train carriage was transformed into an audiobook library and it's magical

Tuesday 31 October 10:45:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis is one train journey we won't be complaining about. Subway trains in Beijing have been transformed into libraries — though you'll have a hard time checking out a hardcopy of your favourite novel. SEE ALSO: People on Twitter drag reporter who claims nobody goes to libraries anymore The "library" is actually home to audio books. The carriage prominently features pictures … [Link]

Mashable » Billy Eichner and Stephen Colbert help get puppies adopted by dressing them up for Halloween

Tuesday 31 October 10:36:45 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Being a chat show host comes with perks. Doggo perks. SEE ALSO: Hugh Laurie had to apologise to Stephen Colbert for not sending him a thank you note on TV Billy Eichner appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night and helped the host in the ever popular segment "Rescue Dog Rescue," in which they tell lies … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things 2' star speaks out after missing premiere

Tuesday 31 October 10:34:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBritish actor Charlie Heaton, a.k.a. Jonathan Byers in Netflix's Stranger Things, has issued a statement after being reportedly detained and barred entry to the U.S. last week.  Heaton was forced to fly back from Los Angeles, where he was due to attend the Stranger Things 2 premiere, to London after a drug-sniffing dog reportedly detected something on his luggage, which turned … [Link]

Mashable » Apple iPhone X review: A bold step into the future

Tuesday 31 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s iPhone X is the beginning of something new.Holding the iPhone X in my hand triggers a distinct memory of the moment I first cradled the original iPhone. The sensation lingers as I caress the surgical steel band that wraps around the phone and I feel the cool glass back against my palm. Waking the phone snaps me back to the … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone X can't tell the difference between identical twins

Tuesday 31 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f10%2f0d53c801 5d57 0ae0%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ for trouble… and make it double!","image":&qu~ the iPhone X's facial recognition twin compatible? ","sources":[{"~ video,facial recognition,identity,real-time,ipho~ video,real time,personal,apple iphone,real-time-video,real time video,iphone x,facial recognition technology,iphone hacks,iphone tips,face id,fraternal twins","sec0":null,&~ video,facial recognition,identity,real-time,ipho~ video,real time,personal,apple iphone,real-time-video,real time video,iphone x,facial recognition technology,iphone hacks,iphone tips,face id,fraternal twins","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Apple, Iphone, Iphone X, Face, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » This is how Apple built the iPhone X

Tuesday 31 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X is the smartphone Apple always wanted to make.  Sure, the company released three phones this fall, and like a parent who insists they love all of their children equally, Apple claims that the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X are each unique and special in their own way. But it's obvious that the company is bending the … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Has a New Plan for China (and It's Not About Search)

Tuesday 31 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it's not with a search engine. Instead, Google's ingress is centered around artificial intelligence. The internet giant is actively promoting TensorFlow, software that makes it easier to build AI systems, as a way to forge business … [Link]

Mashable » Weather presenter casually carries out forecast while headless

Tuesday 31 October 9:55:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot everyone's able to keep their cool on live TV.  Some people get in front of the camera and just straight up lose their head. SEE ALSO: UK weather presenter busts out 21 Halloween puns in 67-second forecast On Tuesday morning, the UK's Met Office released their forecast for Halloween. See if you can spot all the spooky references they've managed … [Link]

Mashable » Hong Kong becomes the first ever Asian city to host the 2022 Gay Games

Tuesday 31 October 9:50:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe rainbow flag is waving high in Hong Kong today. The city will become the first Asian city in history to host the Gay Games in 2022. SEE ALSO: Her father refused to, so woman's boss walks her down the aisle to marry her bride It beat out Washington, D.C., and Mexico's Guadalajara to host the 11th edition of the games. … [Link]

Mashable » This AR app lets you 'try before you buy' plants for your home

Tuesday 31 October 8:34:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHaving more plants in your home can absorb airborne pollutants and improve your air quality, which can in turn affect your general wellbeingNASA knows it, we all know it. But what'll work in your space, aesthetically? New Australian app Plant Life Balance uses AR to help you "try before you buy," and create a tangible shopping list of plants to take … [Link]

Slashdot » Is the Optical Cable Dying?

Tuesday 31 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Geoffrey Morrison from CNET explains how the optical cable is "dying a very slow death": The official term for optical audio cable is "Toslink," short for Toshiba Link. Developed in the early '80s to connect their CD players to their receivers, it was a red laser optical version of the Sony/Phillips "Digital Interconnect Format" aka S/PDIF standard. You've seen standard … [Link]

Mashable » Behind 'Rumu,' the game where you play a robot vacuum cleaner with feelings

Tuesday 31 October 6:11:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou are a robot vacuum cleaner. That's the premise of Rumu, a point-and-click game developed by Australian indie studio Robot House. Set in an intimate, dollhouse-like smart home, you control RUMU, a robot vacuum cleaner which becomes self-aware. SEE ALSO: Robot ants are here to terrify and impress you Guiding RUMU on its journey is Sabrina, the home's artificial intelligence, a … [Link]

Mashable » Watch the trailer for the second TV series of cult Australian horror 'Wolf Creek'

Tuesday 31 October 5:49:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The cult Australian horror film which we're pretty sure would put any tourist off from visiting the country, Wolf Creek, returned as a television series late last year. Well, it's back again for a six-part second season, set to premiere on December 15 on Australian streaming service Stan. The announcement was made with a trailer, just in time for Halloween. … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's chief of staff went on Fox News and, yeah, this isn't good

Tuesday 31 October 4:20:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump is freaking out over the Russia indictments, so naturally his chief of staff went on Fox News and went into damage control mode. Or he basically defended the Confederacy's position on slavery. One of the two.  John Kelly appeared Monday on the first night of Laura Ingraham's new show, The Ingraham Angle. When asked about taking down Confederate monuments, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Rocket League' is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch in November

Tuesday 31 October 4:06:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark your calendars, folks.  Rocket League will be finally released on the Nintendo Switch on November 14. SEE ALSO: The 'Rocket League' universe is populated by weird egg people According to game developer Psyonix, the Switch version of the football-racing hybrid will have "content, features and modes available in other versions of the game," but will also feature battle cars that … [Link]

Slashdot » Algorithm Can Identify Suicidal People Using Brain Scans

Tuesday 31 October 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from WIRED: In a study published today in Nature Human Behavior, researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh analyzed how suicidal individuals think and feel differently about life and death, by looking at patterns of how their brains light up in an fMRI machine. Then they trained a machine learning algorithm to … [Link]

Mashable » Harvey Weinstein was banned for life by the Producers Guild of America

Tuesday 31 October 2:03:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHarvey Weinstein was banned for life by the Producers Guild of America after a new round of sexual assault allegations. Following weeks of accusations against Weinstein, and his subsequent expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Guild's National Board of Directors "voted unanimously" to begin the process of terminating Weinstein's membership. SEE ALSO: Another actress describes in … [Link]

Mashable » John Oliver knows how much of waste of money Australia's marriage equality survey is

Tuesday 31 October 1:13:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook John Oliver certainly has a lot to say about Australia, which he labelled "the Outback Steakhouse of countries." Oliver has been outspoken on the country's immigration policy, and how its former prime minister Tony Abbott ate raw onions. This time around, he's focused on the country's very expensive, "dispiriting" postal survey on whether it should legalise marriage equality.  The Last … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Says 126 Million Americans May Have Seen Russia-Linked Political Posts

Tuesday 31 October 0:50:00 UTC 2017

Facebook said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two-year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time. Reuters reports: Facebook's latest data on the Russia-linked posts – possibly reaching around half of the U.S. population of voting … [Link]

Mashable » International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences withdraws award it was planning to give Kevin Spacey

Tuesday 31 October 0:20:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has decided to withdraw a forthcoming accolade destined for Kevin Spacey. The organization, which awards Emmys to television programs outside the U.S., said in a statement Tuesday it would no longer honor Spacey at its 2017 event, following accusations of sexual misconduct against him. SEE ALSO: Kevin Spacey officially comes out amid allegations … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Trek: Discovery' throws viewers for a (time) loop, and it's magical

Tuesday 31 October 0:13:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor a show involving cosmic fungus and a giant tardigrade, Star Trek: Discovery has been pretty serious this season.   That's not a bad thing. But Sunday night's episode — called "Magic to Make the Sanest Man go Mad" — marked a glorious return to the campy, cheesy version of Star Trek that made other series so much fun.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » Calgary Police Cellphone Surveillance Device Must Remain Top Secret, Judge Rules

Tuesday 31 October 0:10:00 UTC 2017

Freshly Exhumed writes from a report via CBC.ca: To protect police investigative techniques that may or may not have been used in a Calgary Police Service investigation, their controversial cellphone surveillance device will remain so secretive not even the make and model can be released to the public, according to a court ruling released Monday. The MDI (Mobile Device Identifier) … [Link]

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