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.

ProgrammableWeb » Capital One Puts Machine Learning To Work In New Merchant Insights API

Wednesday 1 November 23:58:45 UTC 2017

At this week’s API Strategy & Practice conference in Portland, OR, Capital One announced the latest addition to its DevExchange portfolio of public APIs; the Merchant Insights API. [Link]

Mashable » All the '80s references you might've missed in 'Stranger Things 2'

Wednesday 1 November 23:55:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWarning: This post contains spoilers for Stranger Things 2.   It was the 1980s – you kinda had to be there. But thanks to a deep reservoir of references and Easter eggs in the second season of Stranger Things, it’s almost like you were. Since its first season, Netflix’s spooky series has taken a healthy dose of John Carpenter-style horror (channeling … [Link]

Mashable » The new Amazon Oasis is big and waterproof, but it doesn't feel like progress

Wednesday 1 November 23:49:05 UTC 2017

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Mashable » Here's how the iPhone X Face ID handles contouring

Wednesday 1 November 23:26:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82720%2f1311c945 89d0 44f4 852a 38dc31caa160 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ makeup trick the iPhone X's facial recognition?","sources&qu~ More about Make Up, Iphone X, Contouring, Tech, and Iphone [Link]

Slashdot » Ambitious Augmented Reality Startup Doppler Labs Shuts Down

Wednesday 1 November 23:20:00 UTC 2017

Wired reports that Doppler Labs, the company behind Here One smart earbuds, has announced that it's shutting down all operations today. The Verge reports: Founded in 2013, Doppler Labs debuted the prototype of its Here Active Listening System two years later in 2015. The battery-powered earbuds, according to Doppler Labs founder and CEO Noah Kraft, were built to enhance sound … [Link]

Mashable » Watch a couple zoom through NYC on their Star Wars speeder bike

Wednesday 1 November 23:11:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Having a prop with costumes automatically earns you some bonus points. Now, if that prop can transport you around New York City while making heads turn, you definitely made a great costume.  YouTuber Jesse Wellens from PrankvsPrank and his partner dressed up as Luke and Leia from Star Wars this Halloween, complete with a working Speeder bike made from a … [Link]

Mashable » Learn about dinosaurs in this online class because education is forever, yo

Wednesday 1 November 23:01:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If Jurassic Park is your idea of a fun vacation and Ross Geller is your hero, this class will be your dream come true. SEE ALSO: How to become a legitimate photographer for less than $30 Coursera offers a course in Dinosaur Paleobiology, amazingly … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Lion King' just cast its lion queen and she's basically royalty already

Wednesday 1 November 23:01:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLook, we know the movie's called The Lion King, but is it too late to relabel it The Lion Queen? Asking for a friend. And by "friend," we mean the Queen Bee. Because, it turns out, the rumors are true: Beyoncé Knowles is joining the Disney remake in the role of Nala. She'll star opposite Donald Glover as Simba and James … [Link]

Slashdot » CIA Releases 321GB of Bin Laden's Digital Library

Wednesday 1 November 22:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, the Central Intelligence Agency posted a cache of files obtained from Osama Bin Laden's personal computer and other devices recovered from his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan by Navy SEALs during the raid in which he was killed on May 2, 2011. The 470,000 files, 321 gigabytes in all, include documents, … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk rips the press for 'ridiculous' coverage of Tesla firings

Wednesday 1 November 22:33:27 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Osama bin Laden had that ‘Charlie bit my finger’ video in his compound

Wednesday 1 November 22:31:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOsama bin Laden — yes, that Osama bin Laden — had a lot of strange, terrifying, and depressing stuff on the electronic devices in his compound when they were seized by Navy SEALs during the 2011 raid that left him dead. Now, thanks to a CIA Nov. 1 release, the general public is free to browse at its leisure the contents … [Link]

Mashable » Here's everything that's exclusive to the iPhone X

Wednesday 1 November 22:23:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X is finally available for pre-order, and we couldn't be more excited.  Apple has, of course, been slammed by demand for the phone since preorders started six days ago. The estimated delivery time has already jumped from 2-3 weeks to 5-6 weeks, and rumors of its limited supply are still swirling. Basically, if you ordered one, it's going to … [Link]

Mashable » Prominent scientist sues critic of his work for $10 million

Wednesday 1 November 22:20:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATED Nov. 1, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. PT with a statement from Christopher Clack. In a rare move that is likely to spark an intense debate in the climate science community, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, has filed suit in D.C. Superior Court against the author and publisher of a peer reviewed study … [Link]

Mashable » Your Essential Watchlist to Survive This Political Cesspool

Wednesday 1 November 22:18:52 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » 'Super Mario Odyssey' fans can't stop putting Mario in sexually compromising positions

Wednesday 1 November 22:15:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe pretense that Nintendo's games exist in this pure, innocent, sexless vacuum is collapsing all around us.  Last week's shocking(ly small) reveal of Mario's Nintendo Official(TM) penis was just the tip (pun intended) of the iceberg. Even before its release, a Nintendo Direct on Super Mario Odyssey definitively proved the existence of the hard-working plumber's nipples. But the screenshots now being … [Link]

Mashable » Here you go, the silliest 'Stranger Things' fan theory we've seen yet

Wednesday 1 November 22:07:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPerhaps you just completed season 2 of Stranger Things, and now you've got questions. Welp, that's not why we're posting this right now.  Rather, we just want to point you to this really great tweet from actor Avery Monsen drawing a parallel between Dustin, the show's most lovable character, and an internet icon: I HAVE MADE A TERRIBLE DISCOVERY — … [Link]

Slashdot » Government Won't Pursue Talking Car Mandate

Wednesday 1 November 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares an AP report: The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths. The Obama administration proposed last December that all new cars and light trucks come equipped with technology … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Announces Improvements to Firebase

Wednesday 1 November 21:59:45 UTC 2017

At the 2017 Firebase Dev Summit held yesterday in Amsterdam, Google announced a number of improvements to Firebase, an application development platform acquired by Google in 2014. New improvements made to Firebase include (but not limited to) the addition of Crashlytics to the Firebase Console, updates to the Cloud Messaging API, a new A/B testing framework, and a new product … [Link]

Mashable » In an extremely mature move, Tyrese won't participate in 'Fast & Furious 9' if The Rock does

Wednesday 1 November 21:41:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe ~crucial~ Fast & Furious actor Tyrese Gibson (aka Tyrese) just took the nuclear option in his seemingly one-sided feud with FF costar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. SEE ALSO: Tyrese on Paul Walker's Death: God Emailed Me About How to Heal Tyrese said on Instagram Wednesday that he would not reprise his role as Roman Pearce in the 9th Fast & … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla has bad news if you're waiting for a Model 3

Wednesday 1 November 21:41:28 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Let's take a trip down iPhone memory lane

Wednesday 1 November 21:40:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lot has changed since the first iPhone was released: from design, to features, and don't even get us started on the camera. Let's take a look at some of our favorite upgrades. Read more…More about Apple, Iphone, Smartphone, Mashable Video, and Iphone 7 [Link]

Mashable » This fleece pullover is actually a rain jacket and it looks super cool, y'all

Wednesday 1 November 21:32:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. With the possible exception of hardboiled detectives in black and white movies, nobody looks cool in a raincoat. Plus, they're usually pretty stiff and uncomfortable. SEE ALSO: This HD adventure camera is everything your smartphone camera isn't This Kickstarter campaign is making raincoats that … [Link]

Mashable » The Rock surprised three Make-A-Wish children with Xbox One X consoles and damn do we love him

Wednesday 1 November 21:30:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock a.k.a. Dwanta Claus, took some time out of his day Tuesday to do what The People's Champ does best: make people happy. Johnson surprised three Make-A-Wish children with a memorable day on Tuesday, hanging out with them on the set of his upcoming movie and giving them all custom, Rock-inspired Xbox One X consoles, Xbox shared … [Link]

Mashable » The Razer Phone is for diehard gamers only

Wednesday 1 November 21:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRazer has conquered PC accessories and even sells some of the sleekest and best gaming laptops ever created. And now it's finally ready to take on the smartphone world with the Razer Phone, a flagship Android phone designed specifically to be high-end mobile gaming and entertainment powerhouse. Read the full review here. Read more…More about Tech, Gaming, Technology, Games, and Smartphone … [Link]

Slashdot » CBS Sues Man For Copyright Over Screenshots of 59-year-old TV Show

Wednesday 1 November 21:20:00 UTC 2017

CBS has sued a photographer for copyright infringement for publishing a still image from a 59-year-old television show. From a report: The lawsuit against New York photojournalist Jon Tannen, filed on Friday, is essentially a retaliatory strike. Tannen sued CBS Interactive in February, claiming that the online division of CBS had used two of his photographs without permission. Now, CBS … [Link]

Mashable » Act fast, it’s your last chance to send your name to Mars

Wednesday 1 November 21:15:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe clock is ticking to have your name launched into space. The InSight Mars lander is scheduled to head to the red planet in May, but the end of the day Wednesday marks the deadline to get an official boarding pass. That means that even if you can't get to Mars next year, your name can. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's SpaceX … [Link]

Mashable » Tech-enhanced clothing and accessories to keep you warm this winter

Wednesday 1 November 21:04:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Winter is on its way, which means layers, wind-stung skin, and crying because it's so cold. It's true friends, the polar vortex will be here before you know it. If you're anything like us, you're constantly looking for the latest and greatest supplies to … [Link]

Mashable » Want to know what your vagina's rights are? This site can help.

Wednesday 1 November 21:01:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHaving a vagina doesn’t feel like it comes with great perks these days, but there are still a few benefits available to those of us who have them, believe it or not. Thankfully there’s a new website to help us navigate what exactly theses benefits are. The helpfully named is put together by TIA, an app that provides women's health … [Link]

Mashable » The Razer Phone might have the loudest sound on any smartphone

Wednesday 1 November 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82677%2f9e0b996b d8ad 49c0 a228 282fb9d446d2 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ this is your new phone to worship.","image":&q~ first phone is for gamers who want the fastest screen and loud sound","sources":[{&~ on,razer","sec0":nul~ on,razer","videoSeriesNam~ More about Gadgets, Gaming, Android, Smartphones, and Hands On [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift proves she's a perfectionist in a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how 'Gorgeous' was written

Wednesday 1 November 20:52:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's not often these days that we get an unpolished look at Taylor Swift, but in preparation for her album Reputation, she's switching things up and letting us in.  The singer is sharing a fascinating look at how the album came together, starting with the latest single, "Gorgeous." In the video, made in partnership with AT&T, Swift strums on a … [Link]

Mashable » Reese's has a brand new candy bar and it's stuffed full of Reese's Pieces

Wednesday 1 November 20:47:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFirst, the bad news: Reese's newest candy bar won't be available until May 2018. A bummer, we know. That said, the brand's new Outrageous bar is a dream invention for peanut butter fans with a soft spot for Reese's Pieces.  SEE ALSO: YouTubers put a gigantic DIY spin on a beloved chocolate bar These new candy bars feature a peanut butter … [Link]

Mashable » This legally blind man finally sees his wedding, 15 years later

Wednesday 1 November 20:46:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAndrew Airey lives with Stargardt's disease, which has deteriorated his eyesight over the past 20 years'eSight' smart glasses has given Airey the chance to have almost perfect vision. He and his wife recreated their wedding, 15 years later, so that Airey could finally see it.  Read more…More about Health, Mashable Video, Relationships, Disease, and Real People [Link]

Mashable » For 8 months running, Nintendo Switch users have had to worry about losing everything

Wednesday 1 November 20:43:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou still can't do anything to protect your Switch save data. Nintendo's latest console celebrates its eight-month birthday on Friday. That means for the past eight months, fans have had to keep a nagging fear at bay every time they power the machine on: Will this be the day my 100-plus hours of Zelda progress disappears? SEE ALSO: The coolest Nintendo … [Link]

Slashdot » A Japanese Company Is Giving Nonsmokers Longer Vacations

Wednesday 1 November 20:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Marketing firm Piala introduced the new policy in September after nonsmokers complained that they were working more than their colleagues who smoked. The company's offices are reportedly on the 29th floor, meaning that popping out for a smoke break meant a solid 15 minutes away from work. Multiply that by several smoke breaks a … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook's quarterly earnings were amazing. But Mark Zuckerberg isn't cheering

Wednesday 1 November 20:33:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook just had an incredible past three months for making money, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg's tone isn't that celebratory.  "Our community continues to grow and our business is doing well," Zuckerberg said in a prepared statement. "But none of that matters if our services are used in ways that don't bring people closer together." SEE ALSO: Are you a ‘multicultural millennial’? … [Link]

Mashable » People think Facebook is listening to them. Here's how they're fighting back.

Wednesday 1 November 20:16:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThese days, Facebook seems to know more about you than you do. From eerily accurate "people you may know" suggestions to the creepily perfect ads populating your News Feed, the company undeniably has a Big Brother-like finger on the pulse of its 2 billion monthly active users.  But how does it do this? Could it be, perhaps, that when the boy … [Link]

Mashable » Make espresso on the go with help from this Kickstarter project

Wednesday 1 November 20:16:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There's no reason you have to wait on a barista, or some complicated machine, to make your expresso. The Leverpresso is a Kickstarter project that's here to help you prepare your own café-style espresso, no matter where you are. Check out the Kickstarter video: … [Link]

Mashable » Did Black Friday come early? Because this Samsung POWERbot is $100 off right now

Wednesday 1 November 20:07:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Tired of doing your own cleaning? Same. Good thing the Samsung POWERbot R9000 is $100 off right now. SEE ALSO: Samsung's new Star Wars robot vacuums talk and play music If you have trouble keeping your floors dirt and hair free, the R9000 could … [Link]

Slashdot » LastPass Reveals the Threats Posed By Passwords in the Workplace

Wednesday 1 November 20:00:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a BetaNews report: A new report by LastPass — The Password Expose — reveals the threats posed, and the opportunities presented, by employee passwords. The report starts by pointing out that while nearly everyone (91 percent) knows that it is dangerous to reuse passwords — with 81 percent of data breaches attributable to "weak, reused, or stolen … [Link]

Mashable » Leaf blowers are on sale on Amazon today to ease your fall chore sorrows

Wednesday 1 November 19:57:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Fall is officially upon us, with colder weather, pumpkin spice, and most importantly, leaves. Leaves, everywhere. So if getting rid of the leaves that are smothering your lawn is on your to-do list, then Amazon's got a sale on leaf blowers today to help … [Link]

Mashable » Little girl dressed up as the family dog for Halloween and it's hard to tell them apart

Wednesday 1 November 19:33:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween is the perfect opportunity for owners to look just like their dogs…literally.  Reddit user JustBeSimple posted an image of his daughter dressed in a sheepdog costume to match the family dog for Halloween and the resemblance is uncanny. SEE ALSO: This amputee and Halloween enthusiast has some of the most inventive costumes Image: justbesimple/redditOn Reddit, the user mentioned his wife … [Link]

Mashable » Google is shutting down an airfare search API in a setback for travel booking competitors

Wednesday 1 November 19:31:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle announced on Wednesday that it's shutting down an automated airfare data feed in a move that could kneecap third-party travel booking sites as the search giant pushes its own competing tools.  The platform, which is set to close in April of next year, has been used to power pricing features on major travel services and airline sites like Orbitz and … [Link]

Mashable » Horror short about connected devices will make you regret bringing Amazon Alexa in your home

Wednesday 1 November 19:27:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Bye, Alexa.  Millions of people have opened their homes up to smart devices that is always listening, and always ready to help. While that's creepy enough for some, this horror short, Whisper, from director Julian Terry may make you rethink your decision to keep a Google Home or Amazon Alexa in your kitchen. Read more… More about Short Film, Amazon … [Link]

Mashable » Crap I forgot to be furious about the Starbucks holiday cup this year, hold on give me a minute to look at this thing

Wednesday 1 November 19:25:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, hell, I've been so busy this year I forgot to get red, stinking mad about the Starbucks holiday cup and then write a long, deranged thing about it. Damn! Okay sorry, this is 100 percent on me, give me a second to get a good look at this freaking thing and I'll get right on it. Again, I'm really sorry, … [Link]

Mashable » 63 percent of Americans agree: We're screwed

Wednesday 1 November 19:21:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFeeling stressed? There's good news: everyone around you is also reeling in pain. A new report by the American Psychological Association found that — surprise, surprise — Americans are freaking out about the state of their country. Whether you're a liberal worrying about immigration bans or a conservative fretting about Starbucks cups or something, you're likely to be panicked. Sixty three … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A third of animals are vanishing as roads spread through forests

Wednesday 1 November 19:20:50 UTC 2017

The world’s forests are being criss-crossed by roads and clearings, and as a result many backboned animals are becoming less abundant [Link]

New Scientist – News » People who illegally kill birds of prey are getting away with it

Wednesday 1 November 19:20:42 UTC 2017

There were 81 confirmed cases of protected birds of prey being attacked or killed in Britain in 2016, yet the authorities didn’t take a single person to court [Link]

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

Wednesday 1 November 19:20:33 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 » Bitcoin mining uses more energy than Ecuador – but there’s a fix

Wednesday 1 November 19:20:28 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]

Slashdot » Facebook, Twitter and Google Berated by Senators on Russia

Wednesday 1 November 19:20:00 UTC 2017

From a BBC report: Russian operatives, likely working from St Petersburg, provoked angry Americans to take to the streets, a US Senate committee heard on Wednesday. The May 2016 protest, arranged by a group named Heart of Texas, was one example of Kremlin-backed efforts to destabilise the American electoral process. Lawyers for three technology companies — Facebook, Twitter and Google … [Link]

Mashable » Google Home error shows why digital assistants still have a long way to go

Wednesday 1 November 19:17:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo, none of Google's Home products have a built-in thermometer. But if you ask Google to tell you the temperature "inside," you might get a surprising answer. Some Redditors made this discovery this week when one user posted a question to the Google Home subreddit asking if the new Google Home Mini had a thermometer built-in to the speaker. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Is modern life making today’s teenagers more depressed?

Wednesday 1 November 19:00:00 UTC 2017

The media is full of stories about a teenage mental health crisis, but the reality is more complex. The real problem is we don't do enough to help those who need it [Link]

Slashdot » Google Shuts Off Airline Booking Tool in Search

Wednesday 1 November 18:40:00 UTC 2017

Google is pulling a software tool that let small companies access search information on airfares, a potential blow to online travel newcomers. From a report: Google's tool was opened in 2011 after its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software, an online airfare broker. In approving the deal, a federal judge required that Google keep an ITA flight search and pricing … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Malaria parasite makes mosquitoes more likely to suck your blood

Wednesday 1 November 18:35:00 UTC 2017

The malaria parasite appears to alter mosquitoes’ feeding behaviour to steer the vector towards a human host [Link]

Mashable » Chris Hemsworth's 'Thor' workout will put yours to shame

Wednesday 1 November 18:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe 34-year-old Hemsworth returned for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and definitely got into shape. With the help of his trainer, Hemsworth did weightlifting, boxing, cardio, interval training, and resistance training. Read more…More about Celebrities, Mashable Video, Fitness, Marvel, and Celebrity [Link]

Mashable » 'The Last Jedi' Disney contract is squeezing theaters more than ever

Wednesday 1 November 18:27:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“This deal is getting worse all the time." Lando Calrissian's statement about his arrangement with Darth Vader could well be on the minds of theater owners, given that they reportedly have to hand over a record 65 percent of the ticket take from The Last Jedi to Disney.  SEE ALSO: 'Last Jedi' director teases Leia's final scenes in Star Wars: 'emotional, … [Link]

Mashable » This scene from 'Stranger Things' is straight out of 'X-Men: First Class'

Wednesday 1 November 18:27:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSuper fans might have noticed something very familiar during episode 7 of 'Stranger Things 2'… watch this video in case you missed the connection.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Stranger Things, Real Time Video, Stranger Things Season 2, and Xmen [Link]

Mashable » Michelle Obama shades Trump with advice on how to tweet

Wednesday 1 November 18:06:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs a former first lady Michelle Obama knows how much weight words can carry. She gets it. But she wants to make sure everyone else does, too. Everyone. Queen Michelle sat down with poet Elizabeth Alexander to speak at the second day of The Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. She spoke on the importance of sharing your voice intelligently and hmmmmm … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » GitLab Changes its Contributor Licensing to Better Serve Open-Source Projects

Wednesday 1 November 18:05:52 UTC 2017

Self-hosted Git repository management tool GitLab today announced that it is abandoning its Contributor Licensing Agreement (CLA) and adopting a Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO) and license. According to the company, which claims 67% market share in the self-hosted Git market, "the DCO gives developers greater flexibility and portability for their contributions." [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Integrating Google QPX With Mule

Wednesday 1 November 18:04:51 UTC 2017

Editor's note: This article was submitted by one of our readers under our Contributed Content program. It originally appeared on DZone and is being published here with the author's permission. With the recent announcement that Google plans to retire the QPX Express API, it may be worth looking into alternatives. [Link]

Slashdot » Student Charged By FBI For Hacking His Grades More Than 90 times

Wednesday 1 November 18:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: In college, you can use your time to study. Or then again, you could perhaps rely on the Hand of God. And when I say "Hand of God," what I really mean is "keylogger." Think of it like the "Nimble Fingers of God." "Hand of God" (that makes sense) and "pineapple" (???) are two … [Link]

Mashable » The NFL protest debate is a great example of Russia using Twitter to manipulate Americans

Wednesday 1 November 17:55:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 5ede 4a0c%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ a knee. ","image":"http~ NFL protest debate is a great example of Russia using Twitter to manipulate Americans","sources"~ trump,2016 election,colin kaepernick,russia hacks,take a knee,nfl protest,tech hearings,russian interference","sec0"~ trump,2016 election,colin kaepernick,russia hacks,take a knee,nfl protest,tech hearings,russian interference","videoSerie~ More about Facebook, Twitter, Google, Donald Trump, and 2016 Election [Link]

Mashable » Audible now lets you skip to the good parts of romance novels

Wednesday 1 November 17:52:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLook alive, romance novel addicts. Audible is now letting readers of erotic fiction get right to the action with a "Take Me To The Good Part" feature. It's part of a new Audible Romance package, which is designed to let connoisseurs dig deep into the massively popular genre. They're using machine learning to scan keywords and groups of words for certain … [Link]

Mashable » How high-tech crosswalks can prevent accidents

Wednesday 1 November 17:51:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUmbrellium, a UK team of urban technologists, was commissioned by Direct Line, Saatchi & Saatchi London, and Mischief PR to create a responsive pedestrian crossing. Powered by computer vision and LEDs, this smart crosswalk is able to track everything that is happening on the road and adapt its LED surface accordingly. It has the potential to even warn people distracted by … [Link]

Mashable » Every sweater Nancy wears on 'Stranger Things', ranked

Wednesday 1 November 17:50:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis post contains spoilers for Season 2 of Stranger Things. Proceed with caution. Stranger Things's Nancy Wheeler is the queen of sweaters. The pastels, the stripes, the audacity of wearing white to a Halloween party where the punch is bright red! Even when she's hard at work exposing a government cover-up, Nancy's sweater game is always on point. SEE ALSO: The … [Link]

Mashable » Creative South Asian 'Wonder Woman' costume is the message you should take away from this Halloween

Wednesday 1 November 17:44:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis Halloween costume takes the holiday to a new and meaningful level. SEE ALSO: Celebrities who nailed it this Halloween Deepica Mutyala used the spooky holiday to create an original take on Wonder Woman, combining her culture with an inspiring and strong female character and encouraging others to "find parts of your identity, your culture, your personality and fuse them with … [Link]

Mashable » Apple Throws Shade in an Odd iOS Update

Wednesday 1 November 17:32:15 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » It's no surprise the internet had a ball with Trump's official portrait

Wednesday 1 November 17:32:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween may be over but these two photos will continue to haunt us for the next three years: The @WhiteHouse Releases the Official Portraits of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike — Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) October 31, 2017 On Tuesday the White House released official portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. As the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Rivers and forests need the same legal rights we grant to people

Wednesday 1 November 17:23:00 UTC 2017

Environmental campaigners want the Colorado river to get the right to sue in US courts. It's not as crazy as it sounds, says Richard Schiffman [Link]

Mashable » Seattle dad created Harry Potter's Diagon Alley for all the community wizards on Halloween

Wednesday 1 November 17:23:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe only secret ingredient of wizardy used in the making of this project was community.  For Halloween, Jonathan Chambers of Seattle, Washington, created his very own Diagon Alley – a famous location in the Harry Potter franchise – and now American wizards can visit.    The father of two got the inspiration from one of his daughters, who suggested the enchanted … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Freeloading mites are squatting on spider webs and stealing food

Wednesday 1 November 17:20:00 UTC 2017

A newly-discovered species of mite sets up home on a spider’s web and nibbles away at any insects the spider catches – and the spider doesn’t seem to mind [Link]

Slashdot » Fewer Than 1 in 100,000 New Surface Devices Go Wrong, Microsoft Says

Wednesday 1 November 17:20:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a ZDNet report: Microsoft has shaken off claims that its Surface range is unreliable and said that fewer than 1 in 100,000 of new Surface devices have gone wrong. The ratings service Consumer Reports raised a question mark over the reliability of the Surface line as a whole earlier this year. At the time, Consumer Reports surveyed … [Link]

Mashable » Forget burgers, Ukrainians want an emoji for Borscht

Wednesday 1 November 17:13:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCan we pause on the burger emoji debate for a second? People in Ukraine want a different dish to get some emoji love.  SEE ALSO: There's a major problem with both Apple and Google's burger emoji The people behind Ukraine's official Twitter account want to create an emoji for borscht—a traditional sour soup made from beetroot, carrot, celery, potato, onion and … [Link]

Mashable » Pharrell's band N.E.R.D has finally released a new single with Rihanna called 'Lemon'

Wednesday 1 November 17:13:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWell that took long enough.  N.E.R.D, the hip-hop/ funk-rock group fronted by Pharrell, has finally made their return with a new single called "Lemon" featuring none other than Rihanna.  The song premiered Wednesday on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. It's their first official single since their last album Nothing came out in 2010, and the first new music from the … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's pick to lead NASA reveals controversial global warming views

Wednesday 1 November 17:03:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt happened again.  Another Trump administration nominee to lead a major science agency danced around the topic of human-caused global warming, going just far enough to avoid seeming like a rabid climate denier, while remaining out of step with mainstream climate research findings.  This time the nominee was Oklahoma Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, nominated to lead NASA. In addition to its … [Link]

Mashable » Star Wars fans will geek out over this AT-AT cable organizer

Wednesday 1 November 17:02:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The days of hiding your nerdiness are over. From T-shirts to tattoos to setting your Facebook status to “in a relationship with Princess Leia,” it’s a great time to let your geek flag fly high and proud. But sometimes, you want a souvenir that’s … [Link]

Mashable » A Butterball turkey expert is here to dispel 5 myths about your Thanksgiving turkey

Wednesday 1 November 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs roasting a turkey hard? Are basting and brining necessary? How long does thawing really take? Carol Miller, a Butterball Talk-Line expert, gives us a few tips on how to prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving. Read more…More about Food, Mashable Video, Turkey, Thanksgiving, and Family [Link]

Mashable » Become a project manager with this online training course

Wednesday 1 November 16:51:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. These days, everyone’s looking to slim down and get more efficient – even major corporations. Project Managers like yourself accomplish this by overseeing projects and ensuring that they’re finished quickly yet cost-effectively. What’s that, you say? You're not a Project Manager? Well, have no … [Link]

Slashdot » Rise of the Machines Must Be Monitored, Say Global Finance Regulators

Wednesday 1 November 16:40:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: Replacing bank and insurance workers with machines risks creating a dependency on outside technology companies beyond the reach of regulators, the global Financial Stability Board (FSB) said on Wednesday. The FSB, which coordinates financial regulation across the Group of 20 Economies (G20), said in its first report on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump Jr. loves his dad so much that he dressed as him for Halloween

Wednesday 1 November 16:26:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s Halloween spirit, and then, there's a little too on the nose. Trump Jr. appears to have dressed up as his dad for Halloween, maybe hoping his father would wander from Twitter to Instagram, call up his son, and tell him how much he loved his costume, and maybe, throw in a pardon promise for good measure. SEE ALSO: How Trump’s … [Link]

Mashable » Why data and analytics matter to today's marketers

Wednesday 1 November 16:24:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. What is the key to a successful business? It’s not just about having a good product, working hard, or getting lucky – although those all help. It’s marketing. You need to be familiar with data and marketing tools so you can maintain a complete … [Link]

Mashable » You can now stream music right on your Apple Watch

Wednesday 1 November 16:08:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook ffa8 40e4%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ the new smartwatch lifestyle.","image":~ everything you need to know about the new Apple Watch","sources":[{&~ watch,smart watches,fitness tracking,workout,standalone-feature~ video,real time,lte,smart watch,apple watch series 2,real-time-video,heart rate,heart rate monitor,real time video,heartrate,apple watch series 3,series 3,lance ulanoff","sec0":null~ watch,smart watches,fitness tracking,workout,standalone-feature~ video,real time,lte,smart watch,apple watch series 2,real-time-video,heart rate,heart rate monitor,real time video,heartrate,apple watch series 3,series 3,lance ulanoff","videoSeriesName~ More about Apple, Apple Watch, … [Link]

Mashable » Don't miss Amazon's first 'Countdown to Black Friday' deals

Wednesday 1 November 16:06:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon is dominating the hardware, delivery, and infrastructure scenes right now, and it looks like it's going to dominate Black Friday too. Today, the commerce giant is kicking off the Black Friday lead-up season with 10 pretty unbelievable deals.  The selection is reasonably diverse, spanning consumer electronics, kitchenware, toys, clothing, and so much more.  SEE ALSO: Nintendo's Black Friday deals are … [Link]

Mashable » If Facebook, Twitter, and Google thought the Russia investigation would blow over, they are sadly mistaken

Wednesday 1 November 16:05:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 7c09 2646%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ we're talking about is a cataclysmic change," said Sen. Feinstein.","image":~ Facebook, Twitter, and Google thought the Russia investigation would blow over, they are sadly mistaken","sources":~ 2016,donald trump,hillary clinton,russia hacks,mark warner,honest ads act,russia interference,tech hearings","sec0":nul~ 2016,donald trump,hillary clinton,russia hacks,mark warner,honest ads act,russia interference,tech hearings","videoSeriesNam~ More about Facebook, Twitter, Google, Election 2016, and Donald Trump [Link]

Mashable » Tiny micro-robot that is able to swim and fly could be the future of rescue missions

Wednesday 1 November 16:03:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookResearchers at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University developed a hybrid micro-robot capable of guiding itself into complex environments like water and air.  Although the "Robobee" is still at an early testing stage, the technology that powers it is thought to have the potential of various applications in the future, including undertaking search-and-rescue missions and environmental monitoring. The … [Link]

Mashable » Get $50 off the Roomba at Target and let a robot do your holiday cleaning

Wednesday 1 November 16:00:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. PSA: You can get an iRobot Roomba for $324.99 right now. The Roomba 690 is $50 off at Target right now, which means there's never been a better time to invest in robotic home cleaning service. SEE ALSO: This robotic cleaning ball is also … [Link]

Slashdot » Android Oreo Bug Sends Thousands of Phones Into Infinite Boot Loops

Wednesday 1 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: A bug in the new "Adaptive Icons" feature introduced in Android Oreo has sent thousands of phones into infinite boot loops, forcing some users to reset their devices to factory settings, causing users to lose data along the way. The bug was discovered by Jcbsera, the developer of the Swipe for Facebook Android app (energy-efficient Facebook … [Link]

Mashable » Google just made it a lot easier for developers to create apps for AR and VR

Wednesday 1 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s no secret that one of the biggest issues holding back virtual and augmented reality is the lack of content.  Even as bigger studios and companies are sinking more and more money into VR and AR development, it's still difficult for smaller, independent, developers to get started. A big part of the problem is that AR and VR apps require developers … [Link]

Mashable » Prepare for 'Thor: Ragnarok' with the most adorable Loki fight scene

Wednesday 1 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Adorable isn't necessarily a word you'd associate with Thor and Loki, who have been battling it out across the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the past six years, but that's pretty much the only acceptable description for this new animated short from Marvel and Funko.  Mashable has an exclusive first look at Marvel Funko's "Mjolnir Mischief," the latest in a series … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Loudr, Patreon,,

Wednesday 1 November 15:54:09 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 » All Marvel Cinematic Universe movies ranked worst to best

Wednesday 1 November 15:53:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve grown used to a lot of things in 2017, with one of the best being big-budget, high-quality superhero movies. Marvel started it's multi-phase movie takeover in 2008, and in the decade since has shelled out 17 movies about Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.  With so much to choose … [Link]

Mashable » Joyce and Hopper seriously need to hook up in 'Stranger Things 3'

Wednesday 1 November 15:52:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis article contains literally SO many 'Stranger Things 2' spoilers. Seriously. Don't say we didn't warn you.  Of all the Stranger Things romances, the hottest 'ship of all has to be Hopper and Joyce. But, they haven't even so much as kissed yet. And, I'm not sure I can handle much more sexual tension. SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things 2' revealed that … [Link]

Mashable » Dyson's famous ball vacuum is currently 50% off on Amazon

Wednesday 1 November 15:48:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Dyson has always been known for changing the way we clean, so a refurbished Dyson Ball Vacuum for 50% off is pretty amazing. This certified, refurbished model has got everything you expect from a Dyson vacuum. Its self-adjusting cleaner head is good for all … [Link]

Mashable » Dad can't help but point out the similarity between toddlers and drunk people

Wednesday 1 November 15:42:49 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook   Toddlers are essentially drunk 24 hours out the day. They're still getting a hang of their motor skills, it's difficult to tell what they're saying most of the time, and they're constantly having their minds blown by life’s many wonders. Brad Cook, uploaded a video yesterday on youtube of a toddler stumbling around after Halloween, that perfectly illustrates the … [Link]

Mashable » Improve your baking game with this olive oil spray bottle dispenser that's on sale for $12

Wednesday 1 November 15:38:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Greasing up your pan with vegetable oil or olive oil can be one of the most tedious chores involved in baking. You have to pay meticulous attention to how much you're using so that you don't accidentally fry your concoction in the oven. Luckily, … [Link]

Mashable » Nostalgic couple nailed their 'Home Alone'-themed Halloween costume

Wednesday 1 November 15:30:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith Halloween on its way out and the holiday season creeping in, one creative couple used their costume to celebrate both of them. SEE ALSO: Celebrities who nailed it this Halloween If you're anything like me, you're a die-hard holiday movie fan, and Home Alone is always at the top of that list.  And if you're also like me, you're internally … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Cake-cutting game theory trick could stop gerrymandering

Wednesday 1 November 15:30:00 UTC 2017

The “I-Cut-You-Choose” method results in provably fair slices of cake. The same game theory approach can produce fairer voting districts in US states, too [Link]

Slashdot » 'We Can't Compete': Universities Are Losing Their Best AI Scientists

Wednesday 1 November 15:20:00 UTC 2017

The Guardian shares the story of a PhD student at Imperial College London who abruptly stopped coming to the facility, even as he had one-year of studies left. From the story: Eventually, the professor called him. He had left for a six-figure salary at Apple. "He was offered such a huge amount of money that he simply stopped everything and … [Link]

Mashable » Barack Obama just explained why he hates taking selfies

Wednesday 1 November 15:14:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBarack Obama is a good sport, so naturally he's spent years putting up with fans who wanted to take selfies with him. He smiled that gorgeous smile and stared into the many phone screens held up in the air by strangers' arms … but he doesn't really like selfies, okay? As the former POTUS kicked off the first day of The … [Link]

Mashable » 'Overwatch' players settle absurdly long overtime in the most hilarious way

Wednesday 1 November 15:00:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter 10 minutes of overtime and no end in sight, two opposing teams of Overwatch players devised a way to settle the score using different, rather unconventional method. SEE ALSO: Blizzard is suing a company for blatantly ripping off 'Overwatch' Overwatch player TheBeginS shared a clip on Reddit Tuesday of an Overwatch match that had stagnated in overtime for more than … [Link]

Mashable » This student's hilariously British costume definitely wins Halloween

Wednesday 1 November 14:58:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are plenty of people who've done an excellent job on costumes this Halloween — just take this splendid reaction of the "distracted boyfriend" meme , for instance — but there are few costumes that have managed to be more gloriously British than this one. SEE ALSO: Celebrities who nailed it this Halloween Introducing Anna Lynas, a student at Scotland's University … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's app will use AR to convince you to buy all the things

Wednesday 1 November 14:48:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon wants to give you even more reason to buy everything you could possibly want online just in time for the holiday season — so the e-retail behemoth is branching out into another state of reality.   The company just announced a new augmented reality (AR) functionality for the Amazon App that will give shoppers a chance to envision real-world products … [Link]

Mashable » Soon we may be saying 'au revoir' to croissants

Wednesday 1 November 14:41:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the 1980s, farmers in Europe were given a quota of how much milk they could produce. Up until 2015, the supply and demand for dairy was fairly stable. However, in 2015, the quota was lifted and farmers could produce as much milk as they wanted.  The result? Milk is more difficult for farmers to sell. Most of the milk is … [Link]

Slashdot » Estonia Is Enhancing the Security of Its Digital Identities

Wednesday 1 November 14:40:00 UTC 2017

Estonia is upgrading the security of ID cards and digital IDs used by citizens, residents and e-residents. A new certificates update has been developed based on advanced elliptic-curve cryptography, which is more secure and faster than the SSL certificates previously used. From a report: This certificate update will protect users from a potential security vulnerability that the Estonian government announced … [Link]

Mashable » These are the ads that Russia promoted on Facebook to fuel division during the 2016 election

Wednesday 1 November 14:39:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCongress just gave the world its best look yet at the ads purchased on Facebook by Russia-connected accounts during the contentious 2016 election season. Sen. Richard Burr provided the first images from Wednesday's hearing, the second in as many days to center on Russia's use of social media to manipulate the 2016 election. They included a "Heart of Texas" post pushing … [Link]

Mashable » Get your Starfleet squad geared up with these 'Star Trek: TNG' varsity hoodies

Wednesday 1 November 14:39:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. When standard Starfleet uniforms aren't the most comfortable, you can always slip into one of these geeky varsity hoodies to prove your love for Star Trek: The Next Generation. SEE ALSO: Star Trek fans will love this Borg cube mini-fridge As winter starts to … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things 2' review: Binge-watching can't disguise how bad this is

Wednesday 1 November 14:34:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe afterglow of binge watching Stranger Things 2 is very, very strong — believe us, we know.  Unless you're a heartless, unfeeling demodog, you're probably still feeling the warm fuzzies from Steve Harrington and Chief Hopper dadding all over our strange things. But let's put our feels to the side for a moment, and consider the ugly, upside down truth about … [Link]

Mashable » The NYC terror suspect was an Uber driver

Wednesday 1 November 14:33:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber has confirmed with Mashable that the New York City terror suspect, who killed eight people and injured at least 11 by driving a truck through a bike lane on Tuesday, was an active Uber driver who passed the company's background check. Uber says it has banned the driver, Sayfullo Saipov, from using the Uber app and is now  "aggressively and … [Link]

Mashable » Dog owner tweets her terminally ill dog's best moments in tribute to his life

Wednesday 1 November 14:29:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLosing a pet is a painful thing, and many of us can empathise with that pain. SEE ALSO: Last known 9/11 rescue dog honored with best birthday ever One Twitter user has chosen to celebrate her dog's life by sharing some of his best moments in memoriam. (Hope you have tissues at the ready…) Hello everyone my dog has cancer and … [Link]

Mashable » A surge protector and power strip with rotating outlets is on sale

Wednesday 1 November 14:28:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. So many devices, so few outlets. It's a common problem, but it doesn't have to be. If you've got a power strip, then chances are that your plugs have butted heads before to try and get a little extra room. This rotating outlet power … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Australia to cut cervical cancer risk with less regular tests

Wednesday 1 November 14:25:00 UTC 2017

From 1 December, instead of the 2-yearly Pap smear – also known as a Pap test or smear test – Australian women will have a 5-yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test instead [Link]

Slashdot » Perl is the Most Hated Programming Language, Developers Say

Wednesday 1 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Thomas Claburn, writing for The Register: Developers really dislike Perl, and projects associated with Microsoft, at least among those who volunteer their views through Stack Overflow. The community coding site offers programmers a way to document their technical affinities on their developer story profile pages. Included therein is an input box for tech they'd prefer to avoid. For developers who … [Link]

Slashdot » Russia's Anti-VPN Law Goes Into Effect

Wednesday 1 November 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A Russian law that bans the use or provision of virtual private networks (VPNs) will come into effect Wednesday. The legislation will require ISPs to block websites that offer VPNs and similar proxy services that are used by millions of Russians to circumvent state-imposed internet censorship. It was signed by President … [Link]

Mashable » Pimple popper nail art is a thing now, and we're sure you'll all want to try it

Wednesday 1 November 12:51:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Natasha Lee, the nail artist who blessed us with fidget spinner nail art, has returned with a decidedly grosser creation: pimple nails. And yes, Dr. Pimple Popper fans — they even involve a "popping" special effect, which Lee creates by layering products over a glob of hand cream to fashion a squeezable, pimple-esque bump. In the tutorial, Lee uses banana … [Link]

Mashable » The scariest retail trend this Halloween is the Christmas creep

Wednesday 1 November 12:39:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween’s over, and Christmas is right around the corner. At least that’s how the retail gatekeepers of America’s ever-elongating holiday shopping season now see it. Ebay and Walmart are already breaking out the tinsel this week with yuletide promotions. Meanwhile, Target has outdone them both by vowing to keep festivities within a respectable window (*at a small number of stores) and … [Link]

Mashable » These fake Halloween costumes are almost too close to the bone

Wednesday 1 November 12:27:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother year, another bunch of weird Halloween outfits — but none quite like this. Forget your "sexy" fake news costumes and your various examples of outfits based on popular memes — this year it's all about the "Absent Father" (complete with "the pack of cigarettes he went out for") and "Milkshake Duck". SEE ALSO: Celebrities who nailed it this Halloween The … [Link]

Mashable » Another actor accuses Kevin Spacey of sexual harassment

Wednesday 1 November 12:01:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother actor has come forward to accuse Kevin Spacey of sexual harassment.  SEE ALSO: Read Zachary Quinto's note in response to Kevin Spacey's coming out It comes after Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp said Spacey had made a sexual advance on him when he was only 14.  Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos detailed in a Facebook post how the House of … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo has two big 'Legend of Zelda' bundle deals for Black Friday

Wednesday 1 November 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNintendo is getting in the Black Friday spirit this year with deals on Legend of Zelda goodies, including a new 2DS and a Breath of the Wild bundle. For the biggest sales day of the year on Nov. 24, Nintendo is doing two big Black Friday deals: a Zelda-inspired 2DS packed with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at … [Link]

Mashable » The real reason you want an iPhone X

Wednesday 1 November 11:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI never planned to get the iPhone. When the original iPhone went on sale on June 29, 2007, I was rocking a Samsung A900 "Blade" flip phone, the company's actually-pretty-decent copy of the storied Motorola RAZR phone. I was editor of a tech blog for NBCUniversal at the time, and my reporter, Stewart Wolpin, was at New York City's flagship Apple … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel won at being adorable parents this Halloween

Wednesday 1 November 11:13:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooks like Neil Patrick Harris has competition in the adorable-celebrity-family-costumes department. SEE ALSO: Celebrities who nailed it this Halloween Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel took their kid trick-or-treating for Halloween, and they committed fully to the bit. If you see us in these streets then have your candy ready! Trick-Or-Treat, little homies! —Woody, Jesse, and Buzz! #HappyHalloween — Justin Timberlake … [Link]

New Scientist – News » First results from young blood Alzheimer’s trial are criticised

Wednesday 1 November 11:12:03 UTC 2017

The results from the first trial of young blood as a treatment for Alzheimer’s have been announced, but how the study was done is coming under criticism [Link]

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

Wednesday 1 November 11:11:50 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]

Mashable » New Yorkers attend Halloween Parade after attack in lower Manhattan

Wednesday 1 November 10:52:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe incident in lower Manhattan where a truck rammed into pedestrians and cyclists, leaving eight killed and 11 wounded, didn't stop New Yorkers from taking part in the annual Halloween parade. Halloween Parade is still on! Getting ready to start!!#NY1Boo #ImaginaryMenagerie #NYCHalloween — NYC Halloween Parade (@NYCHalloween) October 31, 2017 Thousands of people descended in Manhattan's West Village wearing scary, … [Link]

Mashable » Grandson is preserving his grandma's 120-year-old craft through Airbnb

Wednesday 1 November 10:49:53 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook b327 9a66%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ can sit and learn with the 87-year-old grand dame.","image":&quot~ is preserving his grandma's 120-year-old craft through Airbnb","sources":[{~ deity shop,taoism,singapore taoist deity shop,say tian hng,singapore say tian hng,say tian hng airbnb,airbnb experiences,airbnb experiences singapore,airbnb trips","sec0":null,&~ deity shop,taoism,singapore taoist deity shop,say tian hng,singapore say tian hng,say tian hng airbnb,airbnb experiences,airbnb experiences singapore,airbnb trips","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Airbnb, Singapore, Taoist, Taoist … [Link]

Mashable » Professor helps student apply philosophical theory when asking out his crush, and it actually worked

Wednesday 1 November 10:26:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDating’s not a science. But, by the looks of this student's experience, it might well be an art.  Student Jake—who goes by the handle @squidslippers on Twitter—went to his English professor for advice about asking out his crush, Hannah.  SEE ALSO: Professor gives an explosive rant against pomegranates, but there's a good reason "Yooo I have about 0 skills when it comes … [Link]

Mashable » Ice Cube casually pops up in LeBron James' 'Carpool Karaoke'

Wednesday 1 November 10:22:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Even champion basketball players need a lift sometimes. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus didn't get to hotbox in 'Carpool Karaoke' but it was still fun A preview for Carpool Karaoke with LeBron James has gone out and it looks pretty cool. Corden talks to James about being included in hip-hop songs and what it's like to text Jay-Z, before the two … [Link]

Mashable » Millie Bobby Brown busted out a 'Stranger Things' rap and it was so perfect

Wednesday 1 November 10:17:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook We all know that Millie Bobby Brown can move objects with her mind and stuff, but not everyone knows she's also a pretty badass rapper. On Halloween night she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and busted out a full-on rap recap of Stranger Things Season 1. It's genuinely really good, too. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump as the … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Ruffalo told everyone how he managed to accidentally stream 'Thor: Ragnarok' and it's kind of fair dos

Wednesday 1 November 10:02:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook All hail the king of accidental spoilers. Mark Ruffalo was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, and he addressed his now legendary snafu — when he live streamed the first ten minutes of Thor: Ragnarok via Instagram. SEE ALSO: Billy Eichner and Stephen Colbert help get puppies adopted by dressing them up for Halloween … [Link]

Slashdot » NVIDIA-Powered Neural Network Produces Freakishly Natural Fake Human Photos

Wednesday 1 November 10:00:00 UTC 2017

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA released a paper recently detailing a new machine learning methodology for generating unique and realistic looking faces using a generative adversarial network (GAN). The result is the ability to artificially render photorealistic human faces of "unprecedented quality." NVIDIA achieves this by using an algorithm that pairs two neural networks — a generator and a discriminator — that … [Link]

Mashable » J.K. Rowling just tore apart Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet about socialism

Wednesday 1 November 9:57:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf your name's Donald Trump Jr. and you start tweeting about socialism, it's not going to go unnoticed. SEE ALSO: Born-rich person Donald Trump Jr. uses his kid's Halloween candy to talk about socialism On Halloween night, the president's eldest son decided to use his daughter to make a political point. Here's the original, now widely-mocked tweet: I’m going to take … [Link]

Mashable » Androids will pair with Bluetooth headsets with just a tap, no more fussing with settings

Wednesday 1 November 9:36:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe seamless pairing process that Apple's AirPods can do with iPhones is coming to Android. On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that it's bringing a feature called Fast Pair to Androids, that'll allow devices to easily discover and pair with compatible devices nearby. SEE ALSO: Google's Pixel Buds are like Apple's AirPods but smarter That means eventually, you won't … [Link]

Mashable » Fuller Razer phone specs have leaked, and it's time to get excited

Wednesday 1 November 9:35:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRazer’s smartphone is looking pretty impressive.  New leaks show that the Razer Phone could be the gaming powerhouse it's been hyped up to be. SEE ALSO: Razer's first ever smartphone could be coming next month The leaks were posted on a UK mobile plan reseller's website, 3G, and has since been deleted, though an archived version is available to access. According … [Link]

Mashable » Starbucks ends 'War on Christmas' with new holiday cup

Wednesday 1 November 9:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStarbucks’ years-long war on Christmas is over. The coffee giant wasted no time getting into the Christmas spirit this year, releasing its new holiday-themed cups and holiday beverages on Wednesday. Goodbye, Halloween. Forget Thanksgiving. It's Christmas time at Starbucks. The new line of festive liquid holders celebrates the 20th anniversary of the holiday cup, and while the company has broken away … [Link]

Mashable » Hello Aibo, goodbye Alexa: Sony turns robot dog into AI assistant

Wednesday 1 November 8:15:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThat robotic dog you wanted as a kid is back. And sadly, it's just as expensive. Sony had announced that after more than a decade since retiring its robot dog product, the Aibo will be coming back for real. SEE ALSO: Sony's bringing back an old favorite to get back into AI Image: aibo/sony/screenshotThe new Aibo has also learnt some new … [Link]

New Scientist – News » People who illegally kill birds of prey are getting away with it

Wednesday 1 November 7:35:27 UTC 2017

There were 81 confirmed cases of protected birds of prey being attacked or killed in Britain in 2016, yet the authorities didn’t take a single person to court [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sharks now protected no matter whose waters they swim in

Wednesday 1 November 7:35:26 UTC 2017

126 countries have signed up to cross-border protection measures to conserve whale sharks and many other endangered migratory species [Link]

New Scientist – News » Disney water jets let visually impaired people ‘feel’ fireworks

Wednesday 1 November 7:35:25 UTC 2017

Disney Research has developed a flexible screen that uses water jets to let visually impaired people trace the arc of rockets and Catherine wheels as they explode [Link]

Mashable » All-avocado café is here to fulfill your avocado eating dreams

Wednesday 1 November 7:17:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s seemingly no end to the craze over the avocado, despite all those fears of not being able to afford houses because of them, or something. Good Fat is a pop-up café in Sydney, Australia that only serves dishes that feature the green-fleshed fruit for breakfast, lunch and dinner. SEE ALSO: 9 mind-blowing facts about the avocado Opening on Thursday for … [Link]

Slashdot » Entrepreneurial Space Age Began In 2009, Says Report

Wednesday 1 November 7:00:00 UTC 2017

"In July 2009, SpaceX launched its first commercial payload — a 50kg Earth observation satellite for Malaysia — which flew into space aboard a privately developed rocket," reports Ars Technica. "According to a new space investment report that will be published Tuesday by the Space Angels, an angel fund and a venture capital fund focused on space, which marked a … [Link]

Mashable » Kristen Bell and Dave Grohl mashed up Metallica and 'Frozen' and it kind of worked

Wednesday 1 November 5:38:29 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Do you want to build a… Sandman? Taking over for Jimmy Kimmel on Halloween night, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, dressed as a beardy David Letterman, was chatting with Frozen star Kristen Bell, dressed as Tom Selleck. After asking Bell to "jam," she dedicated the Disney film's song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" to Grohl's kids, Violet, Harper and … [Link]

Mashable » These stunning aerial photos of Australia's outback look like paintings

Wednesday 1 November 5:00:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWestern Australia has a particularly flabbergasting landscape, one photographer Martine Perret felt she needed to get a little higher to capture. Born in Bordeaux, Perret is a former UN photographer and desk editor at The Australian Financial Review, who covered peacekeeping missions in conflict zones such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, as well as Ebola-affected areas of … [Link]

Mashable » Tourists will no longer be able to climb Australia's Uluru in 2019

Wednesday 1 November 4:39:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLocated in Australia's desert centre, Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is one of the country's most popular, yet sacred tourist destinations.  Since the 1930s, the spectacular monolith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has been climbable for tourists, despite staunch opposition from the land's traditional owners.  But in two years' time, climbing Uluru will be no more. SEE ALSO: 7 apps … [Link]

Mashable » On Halloween, parents face impossible choice between their kids and the World Series

Wednesday 1 November 3:49:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCruel fate put Game 6 of an incredibly exciting World Series on the same night as Halloween.  If you were a sports fan with kids — or lived in a neighborhood full of trick-or-treaters — this was pretty much torture. Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, and just baseball in general were faced with some tough choices.  TRICK OR … [Link]

Slashdot » MIT Researchers Trained AI To Write Horror Stories Based On 140,000 Reddit Posts

Wednesday 1 November 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Shelley is an AI program that generates the beginnings of horror stories, and it's trained by original horror fiction posted to Reddit. Designed by researchers from MIT Media Lab, Shelley launched on Twitter on Oct. 21. Shelley, named after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, is interactive. After the program tweets a few opening … [Link]

Mashable » All eyez on Chance the Rapper's Halloween costume

Wednesday 1 November 2:47:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween’s in full swing, with celebrities dropping costume snaps on Twitter and Instagram with gusto. From Gwyneth Paltrow's slam dunk of a Seven spoiler to Beyonce and Jay-Z's get-up as iconic duo Lil' Kim and Notorious B.I.G., Halloween's been a fruitful venture for celebrity costumes, and here's another humdinger for you. SEE ALSO: Celebrities who nailed it this Halloween Chance the … [Link]

Mashable » NASA's jack-o'-lanterns are next level

Wednesday 1 November 1:55:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Watching the annual NASA Jet Propulsion Lab pumpkin-carving contest is a great way to feel insecure in your own skills.  The scientists pulled out all the stops and created science-inspired masterpieces out of the seasonal gourd. The video above shows the seventh annual contest in action. Other notable entries were posted on social media.  SEE ALSO: NASA's Halloween playlist features … [Link]

Mashable » Gavin Newsom: How I found strength in my dyslexia diagnosis

Wednesday 1 November 1:34:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEditor’s note: Gavin Newsom is the lieutenant governor of California.  My day of reckoning arrived during Mr. Morris's class in middle school. I strategically sat in the last desk in the last row of every one of my classes, my eyes cast down, listening as the clock ticked one notch closer to the time the bell would ring and dispel my … [Link]

Mashable » Born-rich person Donald Trump Jr. uses his kid's Halloween candy to talk about socialism

Wednesday 1 November 1:24:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVery rich person Donald Trump Jr., who inherited his wealth from his father, would like to make a point about socialism. To do it he's going to use his innocent child, Chloe.  The president's son tweeted a photo of his daughter Chloe looking sad on Tuesday holding up a bucket filled with Halloween candy. "I’m going to take half of Chloe’s … [Link]

Slashdot » We May Not Have Enough Minerals To Even Meet Electric Car Demand

Wednesday 1 November 0:45:00 UTC 2017

Citing two reports from Reuters and Bloomberg, Jalopnik reports on the scarcity of metals necessary for electric cars. From the report: [W]hile demand for nickel keeps increasing, half the world's nickel supply is too low in quality to use for car batteries. All of which is going to have seismic effect on the world's suppliers. In short: There will be … [Link]

Slashdot » Colorado Taking Steps To Get Its Own Hyperloop

Wednesday 1 November 0:05:00 UTC 2017

According to USA Today, Colorado's transportation department is looking at the possibility of a Rocky Mountain hyperloop to curb traffic woes. You could travel from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, a distance of about 125 miles with Denver in the middle, in less than 20 minutes. From the report: After partnering with Virgin Hyperloop One, one of the companies racing … [Link]


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