John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » Kevin Spacey movie pulled from its prestigious film festival premiere

Monday 6 November 23:27:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs details and still more sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey come to light, yet another of his upcoming projects is suffering the consequences: the Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World. Set to premiere next week as the closing gala at AFI Fest – the Los Angeles festival that has launched many a late Oscar contender – All … [Link]

Slashdot » Twitter Exploit Let Two Pranksters Post 30,000-Character Tweet

Monday 6 November 23:20:00 UTC 2017

sqorbit writes: Two German twitter users were able to post a 30,000-character tweet, blowing way past the 280-character limit it is testing for select users. The accounts were banned for a brief period of time but are now back online after they apologized. The original 30,396-character tweet has been archived and can be viewed here. The two pranksters exploited "a … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift, look what you made the ACLU do

Monday 6 November 23:13:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe ACLU might be busy lately, but that doesn't mean they don't have time for Taylor Swift. The Northern California branch of the non-profit organization came to the defense of a critic for PopFront Magazine after the online publication received a letter demanding retraction and removal of a post that criticized the singer. SEE ALSO: This one lyric from 'Gorgeous' is … [Link]

Mashable » Apple built a tax home on an island you've probably never heard of

Monday 6 November 22:58:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn island nestled between France and the United Kingdom is reportedly connected to an important part of one of the most powerful tech corporations on the planet. Jersey rests in the English Channel, closer to France than the U.K., and, according to information obtained by the German media outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung, distributed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and published … [Link]

Mashable » Kevin Spacey's alleged predatory behavior shows why men rarely report sexual assault

Monday 6 November 22:54:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the week since actor Anthony Rapp said Kevin Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance toward him as a teenager, more than a dozen men have come forward with similar accounts.  Their stories indicate the celebrated actor has spent decades preying on boys and men, using his power and influence to manipulate and sexually harass or assault his victims. Spacey has … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Wins $120 Million From Samsung In Slide-To-Unlock Patent Battle

Monday 6 November 22:40:00 UTC 2017

Apple has finally claimed victory over Samsung to the count of $120 million. "The Supreme Court said today that it wouldn't hear an appeal of the patent infringement case, first decided in 2014, which has been bouncing through appeals courts in the years since," reports The Verge. From the report: The case revolved around Apple's famous slide-to-unlock patent and, among … [Link]

Mashable » The koi that ate America: A lesson in 'fake news'

Monday 6 November 22:34:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're the sort of person who gets news from social media, it's very possible you saw a viral story today about Trump dumping a bunch of fish food into a koi pond. The president met with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and they took a moment to feed a bunch of carp together.  This is straightforward, painfully banal stuff that … [Link]

Mashable » 6 turning points in esports history

Monday 6 November 22:33:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEsports is a modern phenomenon that demonstrates just how fast an idea can become an industry in the digital era. Major League Gaming's Chris Puckett discusses the biggest factors that led to esports' mainstream success. Presented by Xbox One X. Read more…More about Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox, Video Games, and Esports [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone X display can fit 14 original iPhone home screens

Monday 6 November 22:33:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTen years ago, the original iPhone's 3.5-inch touchscreen with 480 x 320 resolution was considered large, spacious, and high-resolution. A decade later and the iPhone X's "Super Retina display" has so many pixels you could fit 14 of the original iPhone's home screens onto its single OLED screen. How's that for mind-blowing? SEE ALSO: If you own an iPhone X, you … [Link]

Mashable » Tiffany & Co. is selling a $9,000 ball of yarn and everything is ridiculous

Monday 6 November 22:29:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s unclear whether Tiffany & Co. is trolling or fishing for press, but they're definitely succeeding with the latter.  The luxury company unleashed a line of needlessly expensive everyday objects, appropriately named Everyday Objects. While ridiculously expensive pants and needlessly flashy objects have become somewhat of a mocking trend on the internet recently, Tiffany & Co. has pushed the envelope with … [Link]

Mashable » The moon will have close encounters with two star clusters this week

Monday 6 November 22:13:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe moon is taking center stage this month in skies around the world.  Earth's only natural satellite will have two impressive encounters with star clusters this week as the moon slides by the far-off stellar objects.  SEE ALSO: Pieces of a famous comet will fall to Earth this weekend On Nov. 7, the moon will pass by the M-35 star cluster, … [Link]

Slashdot » Paradise Papers Leak Reveals Apple's Secret Tax Bolthole

Monday 6 November 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The world's most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show. They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven. It then moved the firm holding … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has some pretty sweet Black Friday discounts for its gadgets

Monday 6 November 21:53:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooking for discounts on Amazon's own family of gadgets during Black Friday? Good, because the online retailer's just pre-announced a bunch of sweet deals that'll save you money on everything from the new Echo Plus to the new Cloud Cam. SEE ALSO: If you own an iPhone X, you absolutely need to know this gesture trick Yeah, we know that Black … [Link]

Mashable » iPhone X's Animoji works amazingly well with your favorite movies

Monday 6 November 21:52:38 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The iPhone X is a great phone with an array of new fantastic features. You have that beautiful OLED screen and the new Face ID unlock technology but the thing you might see popping up around the web more frequently is the new animoji.  People already started recreating classic songs with animoji karaoke and now movies scenes are getting the … [Link]

Mashable » Morrissey bailed on a concert, so disgruntled fans made this setlist

Monday 6 November 21:52:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEnglish singer Morrissey was a last-minute no-show at his Sunday evening concert in California because … it was a bit chilly out. His fans were not impressed. SEE ALSO: Here's why California's musical road sounds so darn weird The show at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California, was abruptly postponed due to a heating issue onstage. With temperatures in … [Link]

Mashable » Hilariously weird game about a trash hole is basically just Twitter

Monday 6 November 21:50:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet’s all just come out and admit it: We’re garbage people. Not in the evil sense, of course. But those of us who take part in the virtual, vacuous hole known as the internet can all agree we're part of the garbage dump.  It's hard to not become garbage, in some capacity, when you contribute to this all-consuming vortex of content, … [Link]

Mashable » Artist turns Trump into a comic book villain and it works too damn well

Monday 6 November 21:43:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump was the first meme to ever be elected president. Now, he's the first comic book villain. Artist Robert Sikoryak transformed the president into a traditional cartoon villain for his latest illustrated series, The Unquotable Trump. To craft the dialogue, Sikoryak pulled from some of Trump's most humiliating, exclamation-point studded, public utterances. There was so much to choose from. Both … [Link]

Mashable » How blockchain will change the future of the freelancer industry

Monday 6 November 21:43:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn recent years, the way work gets done has begun to shift. Our future world is being built by an army of independent consultants and freelancers who allow businesses and employees to enjoy more freedom. Freelancers now make up more than 35% of the American workforce and are responsible for a significant amount of the U.S. GDP. Blockchain is a unique … [Link]

Mashable » Today only get $220 off Beats Studio wireless headphones at Target

Monday 6 November 21:39:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Black Friday is coming early and we're not mad about it. SEE ALSO: Amazon's first Black Friday deals are here, and they're pretty awesome Target unveiled their Black Friday deals today, previewing some pretty sweet doorbusters. You don't have to wait until November 24, … [Link]

Mashable » Target has started to release Black Friday deals and this Hoover vacuum is on super sale

Monday 6 November 21:34:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Target is super pumped about Black Friday, so excited in fact that they've started to debut their deals a few weeks early. One of the best deals we've seen is on the Hoover WindTunnel vacuum, which they've marked down to $69.99 for today (Monday) … [Link]

Mashable » Young bystander offers New York City Marathon runners sound advice about bowel movements

Monday 6 November 21:27:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes it's nice to have a reminder, midway through your 26-mile race, to keep your bowels in check. A young boy won the hearts of the New York City Marathon runners (and the internet) with his bright, neon sign advising that the best way to finish the race is to not crap your pants.  SEE ALSO: An American woman won the … [Link]

Mashable » An Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four reunion is all we want from a Disney/Fox deal

Monday 6 November 21:27:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMuch ink will be spilled about the potential financial and cultural impact of Disney buying out 21st Century Fox – an impossibly complex proposal that's reportedly still in whisper stages – but if you're anything like us, your mind immediately went there. Not to surging stock prices. Nor federal regulatory hurdles. Not even the inevitable implosion of Western popular culture into … [Link]

Slashdot » Popular Firefox Bookmark Syncing Add-On Starts Losing… Bookmarks

Monday 6 November 21:20:00 UTC 2017

A popular Firefox browser add-on that saves and syncs bookmarks has started to lose those bookmarks instead, users are complaining. From a report: According to user reports — and your reporter's own experience — the problems arose when Xmarks updated the add-on to version, the first version to work on the new WebExtensions API, Firefox's new add-on technology. Since … [Link]

Mashable » Horrifying video shows a drone dispensing candy crash into crowd below

Monday 6 November 21:02:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA drone dispensing candy to a crowd in Ogaki, Japan crashed into a crowd of people at the Ogaki Robot Festival on Saturday. Japan Today reports that the drone was dishing out candy to a crowd gathered in a park when abruptly, the drone tilted sideways and fell into the people. Six people, ranging in age from 5 to 48, suffered … [Link]

Mashable » The internet is upset with 'Stranger Things' creators for pushing a teen actor to do an unscripted kiss

Monday 6 November 20:56:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActress Sadie Sink (Max) revealed how uncomfortable she was with an unscripted kiss at the end of 'Stranger Things 2'. Director Ross Duffer defended the decision and people took to Twitter to express their outrage.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Twitter, Netflix, Mashable Video, and Children [Link]

Mashable » Fragile climate talks begin in the wake of Trump's trashing of Paris Climate Agreement

Monday 6 November 20:52:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDuring a year of climate confrontation, the world has closed ranks around the Paris deal struck in 2015. Momentum was “irreversible”, said a statement released by the German, French and Italian leaders in the hours after Donald Trump said he would leave or “renegotiate” the accord. In the lead up to the annual U.N. talks in Bonn, which kick off on Monday, … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Something Is Wrong On the Internet'

Monday 6 November 20:43:00 UTC 2017

"Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatize, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level," writes James Bridle. From the article: To begin: Kid's YouTube is definitely and markedly weird. I've been aware of its weirdness … [Link]

Mashable » 'Last Jedi' posters have fans concerned Luke is going to the Dark Side

Monday 6 November 20:36:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith 38 days to go until The Last Jedi officially opens, Lucasfilm — and Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill — are setting their phasers to "troll."  A new international poster advertising the IMAX 3D version of the movie consists of two giant panels. One has a white background and features characters and objects we think of as light side (Rey, Finn, … [Link]

Mashable » Major internet outage hits the U.S.

Monday 6 November 20:18:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo, it's not just you.  Large swaths of the United States experienced internet connection problems today, with several major ISPs apparently affected. Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T all appeared to have issues, with Comcast blaming the outage on an "external network issue." SEE ALSO: Sites across the internet suffer outage after cyberattack This outage falls just after the one-year anniversary of a … [Link]

Mashable » Get this bestselling waterproof and WiFi enabled action camera for less than $40 right now

Monday 6 November 20:18:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Don't have the money to shill out for a GoPro? Crosstour is about to be your best friend: this HD, WiFi compatible, underwater, action shot camera is $90 off right now. Deep breaths. SEE ALSO: How to take shockingly rad photos with your smartphone … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Factual Launches Engine SDK for iOS and Android

Monday 6 November 19:57:22 UTC 2017

Factual, a location data provider, announced the release of its Engine SDK. Available for both iOS and Android, the Engine SDK enables developers to include exact location data within third party apps. The company finds that location-based features enable personalized experiences which are in high demand. [Link]

Slashdot » Comcast's Xfinity Internet Service Is Down Across the US [Update]

Monday 6 November 19:55:00 UTC 2017

Readers share a report: Comcast's internet service, Xfinity, appears to be suffering an outage across the country. shows it being down around the United States, including in large cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston. So far, online reports don't suggest that TV service or home phones are affected. On Twitter, Comcast confirmed the outage. Adding, "Some customers … [Link]

Mashable » Carrying camera gear is a struggle, and this Kickstarter campaign wants to help

Monday 6 November 19:44:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Peak Design, the team behind six successful Kickstarter campaigns, are currently hard at work at their latest project by revamping their camera-carrying clip into its latest version. Much like its previous iteration, the Capture camera clip is a sturdy hook that you can use … [Link]

Mashable » 'Super Mario Odyssey' easter egg has fans theorizing about future kingdoms

Monday 6 November 19:41:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s an easter egg hidden in plain sight in Super Mario Odyssey and it has some fans theorizing about potential new content coming to the game. SEE ALSO: 'Super Mario Odyssey' fans can't stop putting Mario in sexually compromising positions Hint Toad appears in every single kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey to help Mario find power moons (for a price), and … [Link]

Mashable » How you can become a VR developer for less than $35

Monday 6 November 19:32:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. As our regular reality has gotten weirder and weirder, virtual reality has become more and more interesting. Whether you’re using one of the dedicated headsets like Oculus or a less invasive alternative like Google Cardboard, VR is having a moment. And with good reason: … [Link]

Slashdot » China is Finally Going After Click Farms and Fake Online Sales

Monday 6 November 19:30:00 UTC 2017

China enacted sweeping changes to a business competition law to address fraud in the e-commerce industry, which is plagued by malfeasance ranging from fake positive reviews to merchants goosing sales numbers. From a report: The National People's Congress adopted revisions Saturday to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law intended to address online retailers, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The changes take … [Link]

Mashable » One of NYC's Shake Shack restaurants no longer has cashiers

Monday 6 November 19:18:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookManhattan’s Astor Place Shake Shack saw a major shift this weekend. The cashiers were replaced with iPads, Shake Shack employees can now help you place your order on an electronic menu, giving you the option of talking to a worker, or placing your order quickly on a screen. Employee's roles haven't become obsolete, as they now have the important job of … [Link]

Mashable » French fry motivates toddler to takes her first steps

Monday 6 November 19:18:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Deep-fried food is the great motivator. Little Evie had accomplished a milestone recently when she took her first steps on her own. But to help her achieve this goal, she had a little gift of motivation in the form of a french fry. This kid's going places, but only with the help of heavily salted potatoes, cooked in hot oil. … [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda's 3 year old has finally filed his review of 'Hamilton'

Monday 6 November 19:12:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWatch out Broadway buffs, there's a new theatre critic in town and he has a few problems with the ever-popular Hamilton.  Three-year-old Sebastian spent the beginning of his birthday celebration on Saturday viewing the first act of Hamilton with his dad, playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.  SEE ALSO: Mom uses Halloween costumes to help 3-year-old embrace her arm amputation When you're … [Link]

Mashable » Why would Disney want to buy a big chunk of 21st Century Fox? Netflix.

Monday 6 November 19:03:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe media industry collectively gasped on Monday after CNBC reported that Disney has been in acquisition talks to acquire a large chunk of 21st Century Fox. There's no deal yet, and CNBC reported that specifics like what would be included and how much it would cost haven't been hammered out. But even the prospect of such a deal was enough to … [Link]

Mashable » Launch the WordPress website of your wildest dreams for less than $40

Monday 6 November 19:02:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Once upon a time — the year 2003, to be exact — the discontinuation of the blogging software b2/cafelog forced two web developers to create a new platform for all their site-building needs. Fast forward a good 14 years or so, and their little … [Link]

Mashable » How World Vision uses partnerships to meet ambitious water, sanitation, and hygiene goals around the globe

Monday 6 November 18:56:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookImagine delivering a child in a place where you're required to bring your own water to the delivery room, in a healthcare facility in which there's no viable way for the staff to wash their hands before bringing your baby into the world. This scenario, says Dr. Greg Allgood, the vice president of water at World Vision, is more than simply … [Link]

Slashdot »  One in Four UK Workers Maliciously Leaks Business Data Via Email, Study Says

Monday 6 November 18:53:00 UTC 2017

From a report: New research into insider threats reveals that 24 percent of UK employees have deliberately shared confidential business information outside their company. The study from privacy and risk management specialist Egress Software Technologies also shows that almost half (46 percent) of respondents say they have received a panicked email recall request, which is not surprising given more than … [Link]

Mashable » Keep calm and power on with this portable, solar-powered battery

Monday 6 November 18:39:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There are many wonderful things about being in nature: sunshine, fresh air, the ability to pee in the woods without being judged. But the one thing nature is sorely lacking is wall outlets. If your phone battery dies and you need to plug it … [Link]

Mashable » Camping on water is now possible with this floating tent

Monday 6 November 18:35:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Shoal Tent is an inflatable raft that's made out of waterproof and heavy duty material. It stands 8 feet tall and the bottom is 6 inches thick, giving you enough room to drift along in comfort. But it'll cost you to have a floating campsite, with the kit going for $1,499.  Read more…More about Adventure, Water, Sleep, Camp, and Mashable … [Link]

Mashable » Hey Google, stop using Twitter in search results to spread fake news

Monday 6 November 18:34:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle: Do better. That was among the big takeaways on Sunday afternoon as people scrambled to learn more about the shooter who killed 26 people that day at a church in Texas. Instead of being given legitimate insight and hard news, Google served people a litany of false information and propaganda—the kind meant to inflame people's emotions, and drive them apart. … [Link]

Mashable » Woman in viral photo flipping off Trump's motorcade told her employer and got fired

Monday 6 November 18:34:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJuli Briskman did what a lot of folks have undoubtedly imagined themselves doing.  She was biking in Sterling, Virginia, on Oct. 28, as President Donald Trump's motorcade whisked past her, driving away from one of his golf courses. As the black SUVs rolled by, she raised her left arm and extended her middle finger. SEE ALSO: Trump’s transgender military ban just … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Blood cells in chronic fatigue syndrome are drained of energy

Monday 6 November 18:30:18 UTC 2017

Cells from people with chronic fatigue syndrome fail to meet even modest energy demands, adding to evidence that the disease is physiological, not psychological [Link]

New Scientist – News » Maths can make sense of Trump’s ‘madman’ North Korea strategy

Monday 6 November 18:30:17 UTC 2017

Outlandish threats in the standoff between North Korea and Donald Trump are bluffs whose main aim is to bolster support at home, says game theorist Petros Sekeris [Link]

New Scientist – News » Enceladus’s hot, gritty core may cook up ingredients for life

Monday 6 November 18:30:16 UTC 2017

Saturn’s moon Enceladus seems to have a sandy core that warms water passing between the grains. This heating could help create conditions that are right for life [Link]

New Scientist – News » Dinosaur mass-extinction let mammals come out in the day

Monday 6 November 18:30:15 UTC 2017

The extinction of the dinosaurs allowed our distant mammalian ancestors to start foraging during the day for the first time – and shaped our early evolution [Link]

New Scientist – News » Your brain signals weaken and slow down when you’re really tired

Monday 6 November 18:30:14 UTC 2017

We’ve seen how sleep deprivation disrupts the way neurons communicate with each other, and it may explain why a bad night’s sleep makes it hard to concentrate [Link]

Mashable » WeWork founders want to help children start their own businesses for some reason

Monday 6 November 18:28:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCo-working space provider WeWork is looking towards a new generation of entrepreneurs—many of whom probably don't know what that word means. The $20 billion startup said Monday that it's launching a private elementary school inside one its trendy New York office spaces with a pilot class of seven, including a child of founders Adam and Rebekah Neumann, Bloomberg reported. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Romantic guy takes over a showing of 'Thor: Ragnarok' for a very sweet proposal

Monday 6 November 18:14:05 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you're in need of a unique way to pop the question, this sweet movie theater proposal is a solid bet. Craig Tampin surprised his girlfriend Danielle Shaw last week with not only tickets to one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, but also with a request to spend the rest of their lives together.  SEE ALSO: Here's … [Link]

Slashdot » Most Amazon Prime Subscribers Say They Don't Want To Buy the Amazon Key That Lets Delivery People Into Their Homes

Monday 6 November 18:13:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: Next week, Amazon will start delivering packages straight into Americans' homes, using a smart lock and camera device called Amazon Key. But will anyone bother paying for what seems like an invasive service? Most wouldn't. About 58 percent of people who have Amazon Prime definitely would not buy Amazon Key, according to a SurveyMonkey poll … [Link]

Mashable » Dad of the year recreates Diagon Alley on sleepy Seattle street

Monday 6 November 18:08:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookArtist and father Jonathan Chambers recreated the magical shopping district from Harry Potter on his quiet street in Seattle. After gaining attention, the holiday display is attracting thousands and the neighborhood is now accepting donations for a local charity. Read more…More about Halloween, Mashable Video, Holiday, Harry Potter, and Wizarding World Of Harry Potter [Link]

Mashable » 9 not-so-strange things we want in 'Stranger Things' Season 3

Monday 6 November 18:00:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not too soon to think about Stranger Things Season 3, is it? With Stranger Things 2 still fresh in our minds, we think the timing is ripe. Who will live, who will die, who will become perfect platonic friends and who will finally make out? SEE ALSO: Here's what that creepy 'Stranger Things 2' ending means for Season 3 Here … [Link]

Mashable » This 7-year-old girl used her bionic hand to pitch at the World Series

Monday 6 November 17:52:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHailey Dawson, who was born missing three fingers, threw the first pitch at Game 4 of the World Series with her bionic hand. The prosthetic was designed and 3D printed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. United Airlines also arranged for Hailey to meet one of their pilots, who was born missing his right hand, and he gave her a … [Link]

Mashable » If animals could talk, they'd celebrate wins and struggle with fails

Monday 6 November 17:48:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Do animals experience the same ridiculous highs and devastating lows as you do every day? Oh, you know it! It's our new series 'Talk Like The Animals'!  Subscribe for more episodes on Watercooler Read more… More about Olympics, Mashable Video, Cute, Puns, and Wildlife [Link]

Mashable » Netflix subscribers targeted in yet another email scam

Monday 6 November 17:47:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeware, Netflix subscribers. While you're binging Stranger Things, BoJack Horseman, or any of the Air Bud films, you're also the target of a new email scam.  SEE ALSO: Don't fall for this Netflix phishing scam Flagged late last week by Mailguard, the new email scam comes in a phishing email that's been meticulously designed to look like it came straight from … [Link]

Mashable » Astros fans come together to return a lost hat to its owner

Monday 6 November 17:45:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA massive group of Astros fans pulled off an impressive show of teamwork on Friday when they launched a coordinated effort to return a lost hat to its owner.  Per UPI, it all went down at a massive, multi-story parking garage in downtown Houston where fans gathered to celebrate the Astros and their World Series win.  SEE ALSO: A World Series … [Link]

Mashable » 'Fifty Shades Freed' trailer is here and OMG can we please just get this over with

Monday 6 November 17:44:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Fifty Shades franchise is back after the holidays, and in case you've forgotten that this whole adult-ish mess somehow seems like it was written by children, the first trailer opens with our heroes saying "Good morning, wife" and "Good morning, husband" to one another in greeting. Sigh. But yes, Mr. and Mrs. Grey are married now, that whole dom/sub … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Discounts Other Sellers' Products as Retail Competition Stiffens

Monday 6 November 17:33:00 UTC 2017

Amazon is slashing prices of products from third-party sellers on its website, moving beyond its more typical method of discounts on items it sells directly. From a report: The "discount provided by Amazon" applies to products including board games and technological gadgets offered by other merchants as the holiday season approaches. The retailer has been trying to compete aggressively on … [Link]

Mashable » Animoji Karaoke is the best thing about the iPhone X, and here are our favorites

Monday 6 November 17:30:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSure, the iPhone X has a lot of perks like that beautiful all-glass screen, face ID, portrait mode, and more—but there's nothing quite like what is now dubbed Animoji Karaoke.  Thanks to writer Harry McCracken, there is one more thing to waste time creating and/or watching. There's something about lip-synching emojis belting songs like Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" that is just…perfect. Chrissy … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to be a better AirBnB host with this online course

Monday 6 November 17:24:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Everyone with an apartment and a laptop thinks they can host on AirBnB but there's actually a little more to it than that. Setting up your space, making a listing that stands out, and communicating with guests can be trickier than it sounds.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » You have Netflix to thank for Eleven surviving 'Stranger Things' Season 1

Monday 6 November 17:12:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJustice for … Eleven? It didn't come to that, of course. But it could've, if the Stranger Things creators had gone with their original plan. SEE ALSO: The 'Stranger Things' cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending In an interview with CinemaBlend, Ross Duffer revealed that Eleven was originally supposed to stay dead when she sacrificed herself at … [Link]

Mashable » When chips collide: Broadcom bids $105 billion for Qualcomm in largest tech deal ever

Monday 6 November 17:11:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s an interesting time for the guts of your smartphone: Two of the companies who build big chunks of the devices we use every day may be joining forces. Broadcom, which builds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and wireless charging tech (among other things), just made a bid to buy Qualcomm, the San Diego-based chipmaker that provides wireless modems and processors for many of … [Link]

Mashable » The Eufy Genie is here to grant all of your smart house-related wishes — and it's 58% off

Monday 6 November 17:09:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Eufy Genie smart speaker is basically an Amazon Echo Dot smart clone, wrote Mashable's Ray Wong when the device first debuted. Amazon is currently selling the smart home gadget for 58% off. Eufy works as a smart speaker — just ask Alexa to … [Link]

Mashable » Gigantic 'World of Warcraft' diorama is so big it broke a world record

Monday 6 November 16:57:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Leave it to Blizzard to take one of the most successful and enduring massively multiplayer online games and make a record-breaking diorama out of it. During BlizzCon this past weekend, an impressive World of Warcraft diorama was on display, depicting a battle between the Horde and the Alliance at Lordaeron City to celebrate the reveal of the next World of … [Link]

Mashable » If you own an iPhone X, you absolutely need to know this gesture trick

Monday 6 November 16:56:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 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, Ios, Tech Utility, and Gestures [Link]

Mashable » How breakthrough technology in China is helping care for its aging population

Monday 6 November 16:55:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBy 2050, China's over-65 population is expected to grow to 370 million, up from 138 million in 2014. This presents challenges for the country's basic infrastructure: To handle the sheer size of the elderly population, everyday technologies must adapt to keep pace.  China isn’t the only part of the world where increased life expectancy is a growing trend and challenge: Also … [Link]

Mashable » 3 electric car companies you should know about

Monday 6 November 16:51:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToday’s transportation industry presents some of the most exciting possibilities for the future: Technologies like autonomous vehicles, electric cars, and the Hyperloop promise to liven up even the most mundane morning commute. Around the globe, many companies are making strides toward the futuristic vision of purely electric cars and streamlined traffic patterns. In China in particular, there are a number of … [Link]

Slashdot » Qualcomm Set To Reject $130bn Bid From Broadcom

Monday 6 November 16:51:00 UTC 2017

Tim Bradshaw, reporting for Financial Times: Chipmaker Broadcom officially unveiled a $130bn offer, including net debt, for Qualcomm on Monday, in what could be the largest tech deal in history. Under Broadcom's proposal, Qualcomm shareholders would receive $70 per share — $60 in cash and $10 in shares of its rival. It would value Qualcomm's equity at roughly $103bn. Qualcomm … [Link]

Mashable » Write your freakin' novel already with the help of these productivity hacks

Monday 6 November 16:43:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. All writers know that actually making yourself write is half the battle. Whether you're a full-time writer with a dedicated workspace or pull out your notebook to jot down ideas whenever you can, effectively staying on task without getting distracted is a constant struggle.  … [Link]

Mashable » 4 Ways to Hack Your Life With LEGO

Monday 6 November 16:43:35 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Old 'Rolling Stone' interview reveals Uma Thurman's thoughts on treatment of women in Hollywood

Monday 6 November 16:43:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookActress Uma Thruman, best known for her roles in Harvey Weinstein-produced Quentin Tarantino films like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, is the latest focal point of the Weinstein scandal thanks to a new statement and resurfaced quotes from a Rolling Stone interview from 1989. SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood Speaking to Access Hollywood … [Link]

Mashable » Keep your phone at your fingertips even when you're riding your bike

Monday 6 November 16:32:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you're riding a bicycle anywhere, it can be hard to make a call or check your GPS on your phone without having to stop and pull it out. Luckily, Bicycle Bags from Joy Colorful could make that a bit easier. This bag straps … [Link]

Mashable » Britain faces major change in new trailer for 'The Crown'

Monday 6 November 16:27:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Crown is coming back and it's more diabolically British than ever. "The monarchy is too fragile," Elizabeth tells Philip in a new trailer for Season 2. Philip is still struggling with Elizabeth being in a position of power and with the fact that he now has an 8-year-old son who's closer to the throne. SEE ALSO: Long may she … [Link]

Mashable » There's an official new version of the 'Pokémon' theme song

Monday 6 November 16:22:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Pokémon theme song received a fresh new rendition for the latest movie, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, and the Pokémon Company teased it ahead of the movie's debut in the West this past weekend. The original Pokémon theme song, titled "Gotta Catch 'em All," debuted with the first episode of the anime series in 1997, and has been … [Link]

Mashable » Chill baby rides his surfboard right into a Photoshop battle

Monday 6 November 16:21:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTake a look at this baby chilling with his arms behind his head on a tiny surfboard, with little knitted shorts and sunglasses. That is an unmistakably fresh baby.  Image: via reddit/whatsmyname2uYou have to admire the relaxed baby lifestyle. The internet, likely envious of this baby's unfazed demeanor, decided to Photoshop him into scenarios more suited to his vibe. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Good news: The iPhone X won't bend in your super skinny jeans

Monday 6 November 16:15:49 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 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, Stress Test, Iphone X, and Scratch Test [Link]

Slashdot » Afghanistan Clarifies It Will Not Block WhatsApp, Telegram

Monday 6 November 16:02:00 UTC 2017

The Afghan government will not block the instant messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram, a spokesman told news agency Reuters on Monday, following days of controversy after reports the services would be suspended. From a report: "Government of Afghanistan isn't going to ban any social media platforms. WhatsApp and Telegram to continue operating in Afghanistan," Javid Faisal, deputy spokesman to government … [Link]

Mashable » The greatest wins and fails in the wild

Monday 6 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDo animals experience the same ridiculous highs and devastating lows you do every day? Oh, you know it! It's our new series 'Talk Like The Animals'!  Subscribe for more episodes on watercooler Read more…More about Watercooler, Olympics, Mashable Video, Puns, and Wildlife [Link]

Mashable » Edible glitter lattes are the latest travesty to happen to coffee

Monday 6 November 15:57:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere seems to be no end to the things people want to do with their coffee. If we're not pumpkin-spicing our lattes, we're making our frothy coffees unicorn or horror themed.  But, now people are adding edible glitter into their coffee because … ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  SEE ALSO: America, your love for pumpkin spice lattes is a sign your empire is falling A … [Link]

Mashable » Google algorithm surfaces Twitter conspiracy theories about Texas gunman

Monday 6 November 15:54:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the wake of the Las Vegas attack last month, Google's algorithm was under scrutiny for listing conspiracy theories originated from 4chan that wrongly identified a man named Geary Danley as the gunman.  SEE ALSO: Google algorithm fail puts 4chan's wrongly named Las Vegas gunman on top of search After the recent shooting in a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, … [Link]

Mashable » This wacky course wants to help you better understand your cat or dog

Monday 6 November 15:52:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Pets are seriously like babies that can't talk yet — they're crying (or hissing, or barking, or wagging their tail) and you just don't know what they want. They've already been fed, have already gone to the bathroom, so what gives? Until someone invents … [Link]

Mashable » Why AI provides a fresh opportunity to neutralize bias

Monday 6 November 15:24:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHumans develop biases over time. We aren’t born with them. However, examples of gender, economic, occupational and racial bias exist in communities, industries and social contexts around the world. And while there are people leading initiatives to fundamentally change these phenomena in the physical world, it persists and manifests in new ways in the digital world.  In the tech world, bias … [Link]

Slashdot » Arch-rivals Intel and AMD Team Up on PC Chips To Battle Nvidia

Monday 6 November 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Intel and AMD, arch-rivals for decades, are teaming up to thwart a common competitor, Nvidia. On Monday, the two companies said they are co-designing an Intel Core microprocessor with a custom AMD Radeon graphics core inside the processor package. The chip is intended for laptops that are thin and lightweight but powerful enough to run high-end videogames, the companies said. … [Link]

Mashable » Make your own coffee with this French press that's on sale

Monday 6 November 15:13:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If nothing makes sense until you have caffeine coursing through your veins, then get excited: Amazon has this highly-rated French press is on sale for 45% off. The press uses stainless steel filters and is designed to keep stray grounds at bay — and … [Link]

Mashable » There's a parasite that actually makes some men like the smell of cat urine

Monday 6 November 15:10:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe spoke to a doctor who specializes in parasites about a specific kind of parasite that may be connected to a behavioral change in men if they become infected.  Read more…More about Science, Health, Animals, Cats, and Mashable Video [Link]

Slashdot » A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling

Monday 6 November 14:42:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: Steve Stepp and his team of septuagenarian engineers are using a bag of rust, a kitchen mixer larger than a man and a 62-foot-long contraption that used to make magnetic strips for credit cards to avert a disaster that no one saw coming in the digital-music era. The world is running out of cassette tape … [Link]

New Scientist – News » I went on a data diet and all I got was ads and paranoia

Monday 6 November 14:22:31 UTC 2017

Tired of your dirty data habits? Here's how to regain control over your privacy and stop leaking more than you need to the big tech companies [Link]

Slashdot » The Disappearing American Grad Student

Monday 6 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering. At the undergraduate level, 80 percent of the students are United States residents. But that number, The New York Times reports, falls below the 20 percent mark when you move to the graduate level (Editor's note: the link … [Link]

Mashable » 'Thor: Ragnarok' made a surprising choice with some beloved characters

Monday 6 November 13:34:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSpoiler alert: This post contains plot details for Thor: Ragnarok. Thor: Ragnarok may be the best-reviewed Marvel movie of all time, but fans do have one major complaint. //Honestly I'm like super salty that they just casually killed The Warriors Three and that Lady Sif just wasn't even in the movie?????? — Thor (@GoldThunderGod) November 4, 2017 The third installment in … [Link]

Mashable » This fake WhatsApp app has been downloaded more than a million times

Monday 6 November 13:11:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’re surrounded by hoaxes, fake news, spam, malware and…fake apps.  SEE ALSO: WhatsApp's new feature lets you track your friends in real-time A fake Android app which was disguised as an update to the popular WhatsApp messaging service was downloaded more than a million times from the Google Play Store.  Named "Update WhatsApp Messenger" and developed by "WhatsApp Inc.", the app … [Link]

Mashable » John Oliver slams dumb cities for giving tax breaks to Amazon and big dumb boats

Monday 6 November 13:11:14 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook There are two things you can be sure of in life: death and taxes. Unless you're On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver slammed cities for offering absurd tax breaks to corporations in hopes that jobs will follow. Oliver focused his rage on Kentucky's Ark Encounter, a giant replica of Noah's ark that failed to bring real growth to … [Link]

Slashdot » The US Has Destroyed A Critical Sea Ice-Measuring Satellite

Monday 6 November 12:37:10 UTC 2017

"A key polar satellite used to measure the Arctic ice cap failed a few days ago, leaving the U.S. with only three others, and those have lived well beyond their shelf lives," writes long-time Slashdot reader edibobb. The Guardian reports that all three of the remaining satellites "are all beginning to drift out of their orbits over the poles" and … [Link]

Mashable » People are uncomfortable with 'Stranger Things' creators for pushing a teen actor to do unscripted kiss

Monday 6 November 12:07:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS FULL OF SPOILERS ABOUT STRANGER THINGS 2.  Revelations about the making of one scene in the Stranger Things 2 finale have caused controversy on social media. SEE ALSO: The 'Stranger Things' cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending The ending of Stranger Things 2 sees Max (Sadie Sink) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughilin) exchanging an … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Bitcoin: what a waste of resources

Monday 6 November 12:05:47 UTC 2017

The cryptocurrency’s insistence on meaningless computer tasks is outdated, profligate and holds the technology back [Link]

New Scientist – News » Europe and the US were most responsible for deadly heatwave

Monday 6 November 12:05:40 UTC 2017

A lethal heatwave that struck Argentina in 2013 was made more likely by climate change – and greenhouse gases from Europe and the US played the biggest role [Link]

Mashable » News anchor claps back at body shamers who said she was 'too big' for her on-air clothing

Monday 6 November 11:31:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA Dallas reporter has addressed her haters and supporters in a powerful video after a body shamer said her on-air fashion choices made her look "ridiculous."  SEE ALSO: Woman shuts down dude who used her picture in a sexist meme Thousands of people rallied in support of Demetria Obilor—an anchor for ABC Dallas—after a viewer said she wasn't dressing appropriately for … [Link]

Mashable » This nice young man informed a grandma she was filming herself by accident and it's gone viral

Monday 6 November 11:19:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve all been caught out by a face-cam in the past, but it's not often that it goes viral. SEE ALSO: Grandson is preserving his grandma's 120-year-old craft through Airbnb A video that went out on Saturday has gone viral, with over 51K retweets at time of writing, of a grandma having a minor technical hiccup trying to film a half-time … [Link]

Mashable » Coke's new ad celebrates women being able to drive in Saudi Arabia, but not everyone is happy

Monday 6 November 11:03:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA new Coca-Cola ad is making waves across social media.  The ad, which shows a young female driver being taught how to drive by her father, is meant to be a celebration of Saudi Arabia's recent decision to allow women to drive for the first time. SEE ALSO: People are outraged that Sophia the robot has more rights than most women … [Link]

Mashable » Ikea launches online shopping in Southeast Asia, starting with Singapore

Monday 6 November 10:47:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGood news for late-night compulsive online shoppers in this region: Ikea has launched its e-commerce channel in Singapore, and Malaysia is next. The Swedish furniture giant is officially ready for orders at, and is scrambling to make Malaysia next, in mid-2018. SEE ALSO: Ikea has launched a new furniture collection just for your pets The site has quietly been live … [Link]

Mashable » Texas congressman falls for recurring hoax and names false shooter on CNN

Monday 6 November 10:31:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s happened again, and this time it was even broadcast on a national channel.  SEE ALSO: Never believe any breaking report on Twitter naming this comedian as the attacker Months ago, we warned about a disturbing hoax making the rounds every time there's a shooting or terrorist attack in and outside the U.S. The recurring hoax, which probably originated on 4chan's … [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen slams iPhone X feature because, well, somebody had to say it

Monday 6 November 10:10:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople can't seem to get enough of the iPhone X but Chrissy Teigen's had enough. There's one feature she absolutely cannot stand: Animojis. SEE ALSO: Forget burgers, Ukrainians want an emoji for Borscht In case you missed all the hullaballoo about this particular feature, Animojis are exclusive to the iPhone X and its TrueDepth camera. The 12 Animoji options copy your … [Link]

Mashable » Trump in Japan: A well-done burger for lunch with the Prime Minister

Monday 6 November 9:58:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh Japan, the land of fresh sashimi, delectable sushi and all-American burgers.  Trump enjoyed a hamburger over lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday afternoon, as he kicked off the first part of a 12-day tour across Asia.  SEE ALSO: Chrome extension replaces pictures of Donald Trump with burgers "We sincerely welcome President Trump on his visit to Japan! … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Can Smart TVs Insert Ads Into Your Movies?

Monday 6 November 9:07:00 UTC 2017

dryriver writes: Back in 2015, the owners of some Samsung smart TVs complained about their viewing of films and other content being constantly interrupted by a recurring Pepsi ad. It turned out that yes, the Samsung TV itself was inserting the ad into content. Samsung said at the time that it was a software glitch that caused this. They left … [Link]

Mashable » Entire cast of 'Thor' puts on a budget live play for unsuspecting moviegoers

Monday 6 November 8:46:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Just for laughs, James Corden stuck the entire star-studded cast of Thor in a cardboard budget, school play version of the hit movie. The Late Late Show host sprung the surprise on a bunch of (very lucky) unsuspecting moviegoers, interrupting the movie minutes into the beginning. Corden then brought out each member of the cast in their movie roles, starting … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what it's like to have climate change affect your island home

Monday 6 November 7:29:47 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Of all the places where climate change affects, it's the small island nations of the Pacific Ocean that are being hit the hardest. It's a story that's being presented by Fijians in a VR documentary called Our Home, Our People, which has been put together by the World Bank. SEE ALSO: Earth to overshoot global warming targets, U.N. warns in … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung hid a savage easter egg in its latest anti-Apple ad

Monday 6 November 6:49:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlink and you might just miss this easter egg, but it's a gem. Samsung's latest ad follows an avid iPhone user who eventually decides to switch sides after ten years. SEE ALSO: Let's take a trip down iPhone memory lane The ad, titled "Growing Up," opens with the man queueing up for his first iPhone in 2007, all the way up … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Watches Were Crashing When Asked About the Weather

Monday 6 November 5:07:00 UTC 2017

Yesterday MacRumor reported that "Asking Siri something like 'What's the temperature?' or 'What's the weather?' or 'Is it raining?' causes the Apple Watch to crash." The issue has been documented in several threads on the MacRumors forums and on Reddit, and we've also been able to replicate it on our own devices. Complaints about the problem appear to have started … [Link]

Mashable » Russell Crowe says Australia 'looks like *ssholes' when it comes to refugees

Monday 6 November 4:05:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRussell Crowe is so frustrated at the response to asylum seekers left in the lurch in Australia, that he's putting his money where his mouth is. Last week, the actor made an offer via Twitter to house and find work for six refugees who have been left behind on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, an incident he called "disgraceful." SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » 'Moana' songs finally get translated into the language which inspired the film

Monday 6 November 3:53:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLike many Disney flicks, Moana was very much a musical affair. It's also rich in its appreciation for Polynesian culture, unlike we've seen on the big screen before. In New Zealand, a Māori translated version of the film is making the language attractive to the younger generation, following decades of decline. SEE ALSO: Dwayne Johnson reveals Maui from 'Moana' was inspired … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon (and Netflix) Pursue a 'Lord of The Rings' TV Series

Monday 6 November 3:09:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes The Verge: Amazon Studios has been looking for a way to duplicate HBO's success with Game of Thrones, and the company may have found a solution: adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings into a TV series. Variety reports that the company is currently in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the late author's estate, … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Walking Dead' episode 3 reveals that there may be a monster on Rick's team

Monday 6 November 3:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis recap contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 8, episode 3, "Monsters." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our episode 2 recap. Last week's Walking Dead reintroduced Morales, a survivor we hadn't seen since the early days of Season 1, who has now, much to Rick's horror, joined forces with Negan after losing his family … [Link]

Mashable » Jamie's got two wives on 'Outlander' but we can't stay mad at him

Monday 6 November 2:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis story contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 8, titled "First Wife." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our episode 7 recap. Now we know why Jamie was so hesitant to tell Claire his other big secret.  Okay, if you've read Diana Gabaldon's Voyager, you've known about — and likely been waiting for — this … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Panama Papers' Group Strikes Again with 'Paradise Papers'

Monday 6 November 1:13:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed tipped us off to a new document leak that's just revealed massive tax havens used by the world's most wealthy and powerful people. An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: The material, which has come from two offshore service providers and the company registries of 19 tax havens, was obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung … [Link]

Slashdot » China Plans to Also Launch Reusable Spaceplanes by 2020

Monday 6 November 0:13:00 UTC 2017

Slashdot reader hackingbear writes: According to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China's reusable spaceplane will launch in 2020. The spaceplane will be launched vertically by a winged rocket to orbit and each of them will be returned to the ground horizontally, according to Chinese media reports. The system is designed to be reusable in 24 hours … [Link]


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