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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 » Trump has changed dating forever. Ugh.

Wednesday 8 November 23:48:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been a year since Trump got elected, and a lot has, umm, changed in that time — especially our need for love. From the get-go, Trump’s chaotic reign has forced us all to think about politics morning and night — there's no escape, even when we’re just trying to find someone to watch Netflix with. How you see this upheaval … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Amazon is Testing an API for Amazon Marketing Services

Wednesday 8 November 23:30:44 UTC 2017

Amazon is testing a self-serve advertising API for Amazon Marketing Services that will allow brands to automate and manage their Amazon advertising campaigns. [Link]

Mashable » The Las Vegas self-driving shuttle bus crashed in the first hour of operation

Wednesday 8 November 23:23:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82887%2f5b38d4b1 5d9a 4f53 8915 9100e61565b8 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ City is also a hub of innovation.","image"~ shuttle to offer rides down the Vegas strip","sources":[{&~ driving cars,innovation,gambling,nevada,las vegas,bus,autonomous vehicles,autonomous,self-driving cars,real-time,real-time video,real time,autonomous driving,real-time-video,real time video,aaa,shuttle","sec0&~ driving cars,innovation,gambling,nevada,las vegas,bus,autonomous vehicles,autonomous,self-driving cars,real-time,real-time video,real time,autonomous driving,real-time-video,real time video,aaa,shuttle","video~ More about Las Vegas, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving, Navya, and Shuttle [Link]

Mashable » Smog is so bad in New Delhi, air quality is beyond the 'hazardous' level

Wednesday 8 November 23:20:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPollution in India's capital is at obscenely dangerous levels. Last year, smog in New Delhi covered the region similarly because of winter weather patterns, and it's back with a vengeance. It doesn't help that India's energy habits, from burning trash to using coal-fired power plants, produce a lot of pollution. The smoggy conditions are visible from space, covering the northern part … [Link]

Slashdot » Logitech To Shut Down 'Service and Support' For Harmony Link Devices In 2018

Wednesday 8 November 23:20:00 UTC 2017

Logitech recently informed customers that it will be discontinuing service for its popular Harmony Link remote system, which allows users to control home theater and sound equipment from a mobile app. "Customers received an email explaining that Logitech will 'discontinue service and support' for the Harmony Link as of March 16, 2018, adding that Harmony Link devices 'will no longer … [Link]

Mashable » Joel Osteen impersonator shows up at a Joel Osteen event and trolls everyone

Wednesday 8 November 23:08:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Extremely rich and famous pastor Joel Osteen (you know, the one who shut down his megachurch during hurricane Harvey) had an event at the Forum in Inglewood, California in late October, so actor Michael Klimkowski decided to jump at the opportunity to do some A+ trolling. Klimkowski happens to look a hell of a lot like Osteen, so he decided … [Link]

Mashable » If Only the 'Stranger Things' Kids Had an iPhone

Wednesday 8 November 23:07:56 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » The PC version of 'Doom' absolutely wrecks the competition

Wednesday 8 November 22:55:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Everyone knows how much better games can look on PC compared to even the beefiest of home consoles out there, but… damn. Popular YouTube channel ElAnalistaDeBits just dropped a video that compares the graphics from Bethesda's Doom between all three major consoles and PC, showcasing the Switch's capabilities and the PC's continued dominance over the graphics department.  Doom came out … [Link]

Mashable » 'Call of Duty: WWII' takes one step forward, many steps back in its handling of the Holocaust

Wednesday 8 November 22:49:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook SPOILER ALERT: This post contains plot details from the ending and epilogue in Call of Duty: WWII. Maybe there are places that certain games should never really go. I've been struggling to gather my thoughts on Call of Duty: WWII and its handling of the Holocaust since I completed the campaign last week. It's a tough topic, and one that … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Announces TensorFlow Release 1.4

Wednesday 8 November 22:46:32 UTC 2017

Google has announced the availability of TensorFlow release 1.4 which includes a number of new features and enhancements. One of the key enhancements included in this latest release is the graduation of Keras from a contribution package (tf.contrib.keras) to a core package (tf.keras). [Link]

Slashdot » Nearly Half of Colorado Counties Have Rejected a Comcast-Backed Law Restricting City-Run Internet

Wednesday 8 November 22:40:00 UTC 2017

bumblebaetuna shares a report from Motherboard: In Tuesday's Coordinated Election, two Colorado counties voted on ballot measures to exempt themselves from a state law prohibiting city-run internet services. Both Eagle County and Boulder County voters approved the measures, bringing the total number of Colorado counties that have rejected the state law to 31 — nearly half of the state's 64 … [Link]

Mashable » 'There's Someone Inside Your House' is what you get if you turned 'Scream' into a YA novel

Wednesday 8 November 22:33:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This week on the MashReads Podcast, we read and discuss Stephanie Perkins' new book There's Someone Inside Your House, a YA homage to classic slasher movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The novel follows a teenager, Makani, who has moved from Hawaii to a small town in Nebraska to escape a secret from her past. … [Link]

Mashable » Sheep trained to recognize Jake Gyllenhaal, for science

Wednesday 8 November 22:28:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Sheep can be trained to recognize celebrities like Barack Obama and Jake Gyllenhaal, new research shows.  A University of Cambridge study found that sheep can learn to recognize human faces. The results were published Wednesday in the Royal Society's Open Science journal as part of research looking into cognitive ability and neurodegenerative disorders, like Huntington's disease, which can impair people's … [Link]

Mashable » More than a dozen Democratic Socialists won last night in a wave of rose emojis

Wednesday 8 November 22:25:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn 2017 — in some parts of the country, at least  — socialism is no longer a dirty word. For months, the number of takes about the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) greatly outpaced the number of elected offices they held. While that's still entirely true, Tuesday's election night gains for the group were fairly substantial. The Democratic Socialists picked up a … [Link]

Mashable » Incredible treatment heals a young boy’s lethal skin disease with stem cells

Wednesday 8 November 22:19:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe complications of the little boy’s genetic skin disease grew as he did. Tiny blisters had covered his back as a newborn. Then came the chronic skin wounds that extended from his buttocks down to his legs. By June 2015, at age 7, the boy had lost nearly two-thirds of his skin due to an infection related to the genetic disorder … [Link]

Mashable » Apple Pay Cash review: I think Apple just killed Venmo

Wednesday 8 November 22:09:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f11%2fe2366a09 f94b 1897%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Pay Cash is so simple, you are gonna get paid.","image":&quot~ Pay Cash Hands On","sources":[{&quo~ pay,mashable choice,ios 11,apple pay cash","sec0":null,&q~ pay,mashable choice,ios 11,apple pay cash","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Apple, Iphone, Highlights, Reviews, and Review [Link]

Slashdot » Justice Department Tells Time Warner It Must Sell CNN Or DirecTV To Approve Its AT&T Merger

Wednesday 8 November 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The Justice Department has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell Turner Broadcasting, the group of cable channels that includes CNN, as a potential requirement for approving the companies' pending $85.4 billion deal, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. … [Link]

Mashable » Harry Potter is getting its own AR mobile game from the 'Pokémon Go' developers

Wednesday 8 November 21:55:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready to finally become the witch or wizard you've always wanted to be. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a new augmented reality mobile game created in partnership between Warner Bros. and Niantic  —  the creators of the hit mobile game Pokémon Go. SEE ALSO: Russia reportedly using 'Pokémon Go' for election meddling is meme gold Not much is known about … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon investigating Jeffrey Tambor over sexual harassment allegation

Wednesday 8 November 21:53:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter a nasty spate of harassment allegations including former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, Mashable has confirmed that Amazon is investigating actor Jeffrey Tambor for allegations of sexual harassment. Tambor's former assistant accused him of harassment in a private Facebook post, per Deadline. SEE ALSO: Amazon just lost two more executives in the wake of Roy Price's sexual harassment scandal Tambor … [Link]

Mashable » Wonderful Labrador completely delighted by massive pile of leaves

Wednesday 8 November 21:39:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Stella is back, better than ever,  and ready to conquer the world.  After two years of resting from a knee surgery, the 4-year-old yellow lab is ready to put her best paw forward and finally enjoy her favorite leisure activity: jumping in huge piles of fallen leaves. Finally she can bounce her way into some much-needed fall fun.   Read … [Link]

Mashable » Vespa's first electric scooter will hit the streets in 2018

Wednesday 8 November 21:38:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVespa is going green.   The Piaggio Group, the parent company behind the iconic motor scooter brand, just announced at the Milan Motorcycle Show that Vespa will produce its first all-electric model in 2018. The Electtrica first debuted as a concept vehicle at last year's show, but now, as more automakers embrace electrification and release all-electric and hybrid vehicles, the company … [Link]

Mashable » New weed dispensary has a brewery-style tour to show how cannabis is grown

Wednesday 8 November 21:32:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMove over, craft beer.  Vineyard and brewery tours are big business for large and small operations, and now that cannabis is become more accepted across the United States, companies are starting to capitalize more on their farm to table approach. Seed & Smith just opened a new venture in Denver, turning an old forklift manufacturing facility into a full-blown weed grow. … [Link]

Mashable » The astounding climate denial of a top Trump environmental pick was just on display before senators

Wednesday 8 November 21:27:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSo far, President Donald Trump has shown a propensity to surround himself with climate deniers. There's Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rick Perry at the Energy Department, and Ryan Zinke over at Interior, for example.  Each of these cabinet officials dispute central findings produced by decades to centuries of climate science research. But Trump saved the best for … [Link]

Slashdot » Chrome Will Whack Website Bait-and-Switch Tactics

Wednesday 8 November 21:20:00 UTC 2017

Starting next year, Google's Chrome browser will stamp out some shenanigans that send you to a website you didn't expect. From a report: You probably don't like it when you navigate to a particular web page and then your browser unexpectedly jumps to another page — an action called a redirect and something the website publisher didn't even want to … [Link]

Mashable » You can now add way older photos to your Instagram story

Wednesday 8 November 21:13:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt long last, the 24-hour limit is no more. You can now upload photos to your Instagram Story that are up to a week old.  When uploading a story, you can now swipe up on the screen and be shown a reel of all the photos you've taken in the past week (as opposed to those taken in the past 24 … [Link]

Mashable » Matthew McConaughey teamed up with Wild Turkey to hand out free… frozen turkeys

Wednesday 8 November 21:06:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe didn't think the McConaissance would include so much poultry.  Matthew McConaughey teamed up with the bourbon distillery Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, on Monday to pass out frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving. SEE ALSO: A pressure cooker oven is definitely a thing and you need one A group of 250 volunteers along with McConaughey were able to pass out 4,500 frozen … [Link]

Mashable » Uber now has a super secret customer support club

Wednesday 8 November 21:05:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber has big plans to reward its most loyal customers.  The ridesharing company has invited a select few users to a mysterious "priority support" program.  SEE ALSO: McDonald's hitches a ride on UberEats in Southeast Asia, starting with Singapore A spokesperson for Uber said priority members will have access to an exclusive 24/7 support hotline. They will also, when using in-app … [Link]

Mashable » Is social media getting in the way of our happiness?

Wednesday 8 November 21:04:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHappiness expert and researcher Shawn Achor breaks down happiness and how it relates to social media.  Read more…More about Facebook, Mashable Video, Happiness, Mental Health, and Happy [Link]

Mashable » Move over, Sarah Jessica Parker: Jeff Goldblum has the chops to be the new Carrie Bradshaw

Wednesday 8 November 21:03:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMr. Big better hold onto his cufflinks because there's a new Carrie Bradshaw shopping around town and her name is Jeff Goldblum.  Gennefer Gross, known as @gennefer on Twitter, reimagined the popular HBO series, Sex and the City with an unexpected new cast member that actually would replace all of the main four ladies. SEE ALSO: Jeff Goldblum's story about his … [Link]

Mashable » This tactile tech is helping the blind experience the magic of fireworks

Wednesday 8 November 21:02:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDisney’s Feeling Fireworks project is here to help the blind or those with low or limited vision to experience fireworks. This technology is still in the demo phase.  Read more…More about Tech, Technology, Disney, Hand, and Happy [Link]

New Scientist – News » Daytime injuries heal twice as fast as wounds sustained at night

Wednesday 8 November 20:55:15 UTC 2017

Burn injuries sustained during the day take an average of 11 days less to heal than night-time burns [Link]

New Scientist – News » Letting robots kill without human supervision could save lives

Wednesday 8 November 20:55:14 UTC 2017

Calls to ban killer robots ignore the fact that human soldiers can make lethal mistakes. If driverless cars will save lives, perhaps armed machines can as well [Link]

New Scientist – News » Boy with a genetic disease has had almost all his skin replaced

Wednesday 8 November 20:55:13 UTC 2017

Gene therapy has saved the life of a boy with a rare skin-peeling disease. The boy received grafts of sheets of genetically-altered skin grown in the lab [Link]

New Scientist – News » A bizarre supernova keeps exploding over and over again

Wednesday 8 November 20:55:12 UTC 2017

The weirdest supernova ever seen is a zombie star that keeps collapsing and coming back to life. It’s so strange, it may be a whole new kind of celestial object [Link]

New Scientist – News » When it comes to climate, Donald Trump is in a club by himself

Wednesday 8 November 20:55:11 UTC 2017

With pariah state Syria now backing the UN pact to curb global warming, the US stands against the other 195 nations of the world. What a disgrace, says Owen Gaffney [Link]

New Scientist – News » AI binges on CSI crime shows and learns to guess whodunnit

Wednesday 8 November 20:55:09 UTC 2017

Predicting the twists and turns of a crime drama are hard enough for us – teaching computers to do it will make them better at understanding complex scenarios [Link]

Mashable » This multi-lens kit will make your selfies very lit

Wednesday 8 November 20:48:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Let's face it. Nothing helps us feel great about ourselves more than a quality selfie. We all know a lit selfie goes a long way. But sometimes you just can't get that perfect background or angle and your selfie-game goes way, way down. Now, … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone X takes incredibly sharp selfies — and it's Freaking. People. Out.

Wednesday 8 November 20:45:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSo, the iPhone X is in people's hands now, and with it, the uber-high-resolution and incredible detail of its very good selfie camera.  So good, in fact, that some of the people using it are slightly horrified. SEE ALSO: A hands-on review of the iPhone X The iPhone X comes with Apple's brand new TrueDepth camera on the front, which shoots … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how you can become fluent in JavaScript for less than $30

Wednesday 8 November 20:43:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you want to become articulate in reactive web design and cutting-edge programming languages like Angular, Javascript, React, and Node without serious student debt, the Reactive JavaScript Course & eBook Bundle might be the answer.  This collection of five courses and three ebooks will help you … [Link]

Slashdot » The Inside Story of Venture Capital's Messiest Breakup

Wednesday 8 November 20:40:00 UTC 2017

mirandakatz writes: The Xfund started with a bold idea and ended with one of its founders banished from the country. At Backchannel, Jessi Hempel has the definitive story of what really happened after Patrick Chung and Hugo Van Vuuren went into business together, and how a promising venture went so wrong. It's an incredibly complex story, and no one agrees … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's next iPad could have Face ID and no home button

Wednesday 8 November 20:33:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt looks like the iPad could be the next Apple product to get the Face ID treatment. The company's next iPad Pro is expected to ditch its home button in favor if Face ID, much like the iPhone X, according to a new Bloomberg report. SEE ALSO: 13 hidden features in iOS 11 The tablet will reportedly launch in 2018 and … [Link]

Mashable » Man shows off impressive dad reflexes and saves his kid from disaster

Wednesday 8 November 20:27:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Built inside every human is an impressive reflex that can only be accessed when saving your young. For fathers, it's lovingly referred to as the dad reflex. This dad and his daughter were posing for a cute picture on a bridge at Yosemite National Park last year when things almost went terribly wrong. The little girl stepped back, and tripped … [Link]

Mashable » The Faroe Islands are now on Google Street View, thanks to a little help from some sheep

Wednesday 8 November 20:27:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Faroe Islands are home to around 50,000 people. Being hilly and separated from mainland Europe by the Norwegian Sea, they aren't exactly the most car-friendly place. This made Durita Dahl Andreassen's task a bit complicated. She wanted to get her home on Google Street View, which Google largely puts together by riding around in cars equipped with cameras. That … [Link]

Mashable » On National STEM Day, there's still a lot of work to do for women

Wednesday 8 November 20:26:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s National STEM day, and that means yet another reminder that women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math.  As educators mark their field's national holiday, LinkedIn isn't letting us forget one of the core problems facing STEM students and professionals.  The jobs site looked at gender representation across college degrees and across software and IT, healthcare, and finance—all STEM-heavy … [Link]

Mashable » Sick of 280-character tweets already? Here's how to go back

Wednesday 8 November 20:14:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter’s maximum tweet length has finally been raised to 280 characters. For some users, this is super exciting. For others, it's the worst thing ever to hit the Internet.  SEE ALSO: Twitter’s 280-character limit is exactly what tweets didn’t need If you're in the latter category, you're in luck. Our friends over at Slate have developed a new Chrome extension called … [Link]

Mashable » Crucial Arctic monitoring satellites are blinking out just when we need them most

Wednesday 8 November 20:09:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor 18 years, a fully-built, ready-to-launch weather satellite sat inside a Lockheed Martin facility near Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California. Scientists were waiting for the spacecraft to be called into active duty since it was completed during the Clinton administration.  A different order from Washington arrived instead.  Because of resistance in Congress — particularly from Rep. Michael Rogers of Alabama, who … [Link]

Mashable » Drake admits that he's been investing in Birkin bags for his future lady

Wednesday 8 November 20:08:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDrake has officially hit peak-Drake.  In the middle of deflecting love life questions and Hollywood domination plans, the Toronto rapper shared something…interesting.  "He reveals that he has been collecting Birkin bags for years, a gift for 'the woman I end up with,'" Tatiana Siegel wrote in The Hollywood Reporter.  SEE ALSO: Drake tests out new untitled song during his world tour … [Link]

Mashable » Trump Twitter notifications have completely ruined my year

Wednesday 8 November 20:07:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Nov. 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States and I made the horrible mistake of turning on mobile notifications for his Twitter account.  It seemed like a logical decision for any human that works in media, or simply wants to stay up-to-date on American politics for that matter, but little did I know it would ruin … [Link]

Slashdot » Linux Has a USB Driver Security Problem

Wednesday 8 November 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: USB drivers included in the Linux kernel are rife with security flaws that in some cases can be exploited to run untrusted code and take over users' computers. The vast majority of these vulnerabilities came to light on Monday, when Google security expert Andrey Konovalov informed the Linux community of 14 vulnerabilities he found in … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Plans To Start Selling Its AR Headset By 2020, Bloomberg Says

Wednesday 8 November 19:20:00 UTC 2017

Apple plans to have an augmented-reality headset complete by 2019, and begin selling it by 2020, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. The report claims that Apple has assembled a team called "T288" with hundreds of engineers to work on an AR headset that doesn't require an iPhone to work. The team is reportedly testing … [Link]

Mashable » 12 important things you probably missed while Trump was tweeting

Wednesday 8 November 19:18:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwelve months after Trump was elected president, one thing is clear: the 140-character whims of the Tweeter-in-Chief have dominated national attention and dialogue.  That has big implications. Trump's Twitter presence often effectively directs our attention away from what his administration and allies are actually doing.  SEE ALSO: This one chart shows the 8-month nightmare that is the Donald Trump presidency Back … [Link]

Mashable » An imminent Bitcoin fork was just postponed indefinitely

Wednesday 8 November 19:01:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt ain't easy being Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has undergone several forks in the course of the last year while simultaneously skyrocketing in value and was on course for potentially another fork set to take place in mid-November. It's that last part which has run into a pretty serious speed bump.  Known as Segwit2x, the plan was to both double the Bitcoin … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft Word's new 'Resume Assistant' uses LinkedIn to make your resume better

Wednesday 8 November 19:00:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMicrosoft and LinkedIn are teaming up to make one of the most important parts of job-hunting easier: writing your resume. The companies introduced a new Resume Assistant feature that puts LinkedIn data directly in Microsoft Word to help users write better resumes. SEE ALSO: Facebook is reportedly testing a new resume / CV feature The feature, which will begin rolling out … [Link]

Mashable » CNN fiasco reveals heated battle between AT&T and Trump

Wednesday 8 November 18:57:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Nov. 8, 2017, 3:56 p.m. EST This piece has been thoroughly updated with the DOJ's claim that AT&T offered to sell CNN, and the AT&T CEO's denial of any offer to sell CNN. When AT&T agreed to buy Time Warner for $85 billion, the deal immediately encountered skepticism. These kinds of mega mergers tend to face a lot of government … [Link]

Mashable » LGBTQ election victories finally give progressives something to celebrate

Wednesday 8 November 18:46:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA glimmer of progressive hope has risen out of the Trump-inspired darkness. In Tuesday's off-year elections, LGBTQ candidates — particularly transgender candidates — received historic victories across the country.  "The biggest story out of last night is that 2017 is the year of the transgender candidate," said Elliot Imse, director of communications for the Victory Fund, an organization promoting LGBTQ representation … [Link]

Slashdot » China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform it Bans at Home

Wednesday 8 November 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Paul Mozur, reporting for the New York Times: China does not allow its people to gain access to Facebook, a powerful tool for disseminating information and influencing opinion. As if to demonstrate the platform's effectiveness, outside its borders China uses it to spread state-produced propaganda around the world, including the United States (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative … [Link]

Mashable » Politician who made fun of Women's March defeated by fed-up woman he insulted

Wednesday 8 November 18:42:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTuesday night was a historic night if you're the type of person who likes to watch politicians eat sh*t. One such dirt-eater was John Carman, a soon-to-be-former Republican member on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In January, Carman posted a meme on his Facebook page that read: "Will the woman's protest be over in time for them to cook … [Link]

Mashable » Election night? Not if you watched Fox News.

Wednesday 8 November 18:37:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRepublican strategist Rick Wilson summed it up on Tuesday night, as elections in Virginia, Maine, and other states went broadly for Democrats. Seriously. Fox is pretending this election isn't happening. — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) November 8, 2017 As Republicans suffered a variety of electoral setbacks—including a historic turn in the Virginia statehouse—Fox News chose to insulate its viewers, barely mentioning the … [Link]

Mashable » Turns out Barack Obama can make even jury duty look fun

Wednesday 8 November 18:25:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBarack Obama has done the unthinkable: given millions of people FOMO over not serving jury duty. Former President Barack Obama was at Chicago's Richard J. Daley Center on Wednesday to perform his civic responsibility and show up for jury duty. And even though everything about jury duty — from the boring AF intro video to the hours of waiting in uncomfortable … [Link]

Mashable » Best Buy's Black Friday deals are here, so plan your holiday accordingly

Wednesday 8 November 18:16:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBest Buy might not have the same clout as e-retailers like Amazon, but the brick and mortar holdout still brings the deals when it comes time for the biggest shopping event of the year: Black Friday.  The retailer just released its 2017 Black Friday sales ad weeks ahead of the annual consumerist frenzy, giving everyone a chance to plan out purchases … [Link]

Mashable » 4 reasons why you should start your day with yoga

Wednesday 8 November 18:09:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlthough yoga has been around for thousands of years, it has become increasingly popular in modern culture. As a form of exercise, yoga is a great way to get your body moving, but the practice also provides plenty of mental and physical benefits. Speaking with yoga enthusiast Angie Yeo, Mashable discovered how yoga can enhance our everyday life. Yeo started doing … [Link]

Slashdot » 2x Called Off: Bitcoin Hard Fork Suspended for Lack of Consensus

Wednesday 8 November 18:01:00 UTC 2017

Alyssa Hertig, writing for CoinDesk: The organizers of a controversial bitcoin scaling proposal are suspending an attempt to increase the block size by way of a software upgrade. Known for its strong early support from bitcoin startups and mining pools, the plan, called Segwit2x, or simply 2x, was to trigger a block size increase at block 494784, expected to occur … [Link]

Mashable » Apparently Drake is just as obsessed with 'Harry Potter' as you are

Wednesday 8 November 17:56:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the midst of Drake discussing his plans for a film and television takeover in The Hollywood Reporter, an interesting nugget of information was dropped: Drake is apparently a huge Harry Potter fanatic. He's such a stan, he might (or might have already) treat himself to a $160,000 first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone—a copy he's been trying … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's still tweeting from China even through the country's Twitter ban

Wednesday 8 November 17:55:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter is never out of reach for President Donald Trump.  The president is in China right now, one stop on a multi-part tour through Asia. And even though mainland China has blacked out Twitter since 2009, Trump is somehow still tweeting. SEE ALSO: Trump's tweets since he was elected president: A complete breakdown Two of his three tweets were just him … [Link]

Mashable » These Weird Beauty Trends Must Be Stopped

Wednesday 8 November 17:55:27 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » This octopus-inspired skin could one day camouflage objects

Wednesday 8 November 17:52:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEngineers at Cornell University created ‘CCOARSE’, a method to control the shape of an inflated object. They were inspired by the octopus, which can quickly change color and shape. The process involves pouring silicone on a 3D mold and placing a rigid mesh onto it, which is then set using a simple algorithm. Read more…More about Science, Robots, Mashable Video, Octopus, … [Link]

Mashable » Shocking no one, the EPA's Scott Pruitt denies findings of new climate science report

Wednesday 8 November 17:50:56 UTC 2017

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Mashable » Pick up this power drill bundle for your DIY fanatic for the holidays

Wednesday 8 November 17:46:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. With the holidays around the corner, you're probably trying to shop for someone with a penchant for big DIY projects. Well you're in luck because you can pick up this special power tool bundle from DeWalt today on Amazon and save $66. The bundle … [Link]

Mashable » Britney Spears sold an original watercolor painting for $10,000

Wednesday 8 November 17:44:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite her short but thrilling career as a watercolor artist, Britney Spears is already using her talents to raise money for charitable causes. Per Entertainment Weekly, one of the pop star's original paintings brought in $10,000 for Vegas Cares, a charitable organization looking to fund a memorial in honor of victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting in October. The auction … [Link]

Mashable » 14 thoughts we had while watching Harry Styles' weird, new 'Kiwi' music video

Wednesday 8 November 17:35:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Harry Styles just released his new music video for "Kiwi" Wednesday, and I have a lot of thoughts. And by thoughts, I mean questions. The video takes place in a school with children, custom Gucci suits, pastries, puppies, and a very dramatic food fight scene. That all sounds great, but it doesn't go with the song—at all.  SEE ALSO: The … [Link]

Mashable » Save more than $140 on this turntable and put that record collection to good use

Wednesday 8 November 17:32:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Put that vinyl collection to good use and lay them down on this turntable that's 47% off. SEE ALSO: This online course can teach you how to make your own music streaming site This Pioneer turntable comes with a built-in phono equalizer, which enriches … [Link]

Mashable » Has the word 'hipster' run its course?

Wednesday 8 November 17:30:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe spoke with a woman who compiles dictionaries about whether the word hipster has reached its peak. We also learned some surprising information about where the word came from and how it's changed.   Read more…More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Mashable Video, Cool, and Word [Link]

Mashable » How to charge your iPhone X twice as fast

Wednesday 8 November 17:24:11 UTC 2017

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

Slashdot » Google Wants Google Doodles Taught In Public School, Warns Kids They Best Behave

Wednesday 8 November 17:20:00 UTC 2017

theodp writes: Well, this year's Hour of Code is almost upon us, and if Google has its way, K-12 schoolchildren across the nation will be learning computer science by creating Google Doodles with Scratch (lesson plan). Curiously, the introductory video for the Create Your Own Google Logo Hour of Code activity from the Google Computer Science Education Department sternly warns … [Link]

Mashable » Weed beer could become a thing, thanks to the company that owns Corona

Wednesday 8 November 17:17:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookConstellation Brands, who's been serving up some of America's favorite cervezas, is investing in the cannabis company Canopy Growth Corporation. With this new partnership, they plan to develop pot-infused beverages for the Canadian market. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Marijuana, Beer, Investing, and Alcohol [Link]

Mashable » The Hoover Linx vacuum is 40% off on Amazon right now

Wednesday 8 November 17:15:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Messes don't always come with a warning, and you don't want to have to lug around a huge vacuum with a long cord every time they do. That's where the Hoover Linx vacuum comes in, and it's 40% off right now on Amazon. This … [Link]

Mashable » 'Top Chef's' Tom Colicchio wants you to help end hunger for millions of veterans

Wednesday 8 November 17:04:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTom Colicchio has a long and impressive résumé. He's a working chef, has founded some of New York City's most celebrated restaurants, and is easily recognizable as the lead judge on the Bravo reality TV series Top Chef. Over the past several years, however, the famed restaurateur has used his platform for his other role: "food activist." And this week, he's … [Link]

Mashable » Google Chrome update makes it harder for shady sites to hijack your browser

Wednesday 8 November 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle Chrome will now do more to prevent some of the most annoying ways unscrupulous websites try to take advantage of you A new update aims to prevent shady websites from automatically launching new tabs and windows you never intended on opening. SEE ALSO: Google Chrome is definitely not judging you and your 100 incognito tabs "One piece of feedback we … [Link]

Mashable » Alexa switches on and decides to have a party so loud the police came

Wednesday 8 November 16:56:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe future belongs to AI-powered devices that will play music and party on their own when we're not there.  SEE ALSO: Amazon celebrates Alexa's third birthday with these deals At least that's the takeaway from a curious/disturbing incident involving a German guy in Hamburg.  While home assistant devices like Alexa need a hotword in order to switch on, the one belonging … [Link]

Slashdot » NASA Is Working With Uber on Its Flying Taxi Project

Wednesday 8 November 16:40:00 UTC 2017

Ride-hailing service Uber on Wednesday took a step forward in its plan to make autonomous "flying taxis" a reality, signing a contract with NASA to develop the software to manage them. From a report: Uber said at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon that it signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the development of "unmanned traffic management." … [Link]

Mashable » Lebron James gives a cryptic explanation behind his probably petty Instagram posts

Wednesday 8 November 16:35:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s nothing the Cleveland Cavaliers' Lebron James can't do that isn't scrutinized from every single angle—that's ultimately the price of being the G.O.A.T.  But when James posted the meme of Arthur's infamous clenched fist this week with the caption "mood" after a long-awaited win on the court, it sparked so much speculation from folks trying to read between the lines of … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk met with controversial Turkish President to discuss potential 'cooperation'

Wednesday 8 November 16:31:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Nov. 8, 2017, 1:16 p.m. EST Reuters reports that Elon Musk and Turkish President Erdogan met to explore potential "cooperation" between Tesla, SpaceX, and Turkish companies. The two discussed Turkey's plans to launch satellites in 2020 and 2021, according to Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, and also talked about the country's efforts to develop an electric car.   The original story … [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda to reprise 'Hamilton' role…in Puerto Rico

Wednesday 8 November 16:08:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will reprise his iconic role. In 2019, Miranda will return to the award-winning musical in the title role when it opens in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to Playbill.  Miranda is loud and proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, and of the diverse, color-blind Hamilton cast as it reflects his American upbringing. His last performance as Alexander … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's own version of Google Glass could launch as early as 2020

Wednesday 8 November 16:05:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f8%2ff7ff1713 8f69 aafb%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ new app reality will be an augmented one.","image":"~ ARKit is about to transform the App Store in the most awesome way","sources":[{&qu~ reality,arkit","sec0&quot~ reality,arkit","videoSeri~ More about Apple, Rumors, Augmented Reality, Ar, and Ar Headset [Link]

Mashable » 8 ways actual Ragnarok is much scarier than 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Wednesday 8 November 16:00:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok. Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. For the Norse it meant the end of days, for us it's a fun new addition to the Marvel cinematic universe. SEE ALSO: The new 'Thor' movie has beaten all other superhero movies on Rotten Tomatoes Let's get one thing straight right away, this article is … [Link]

New Scientist – News » How YouTube Kids can solve its Peppa Pig cannibalism problem

Wednesday 8 November 16:00:42 UTC 2017

When a flesh-eating Peppa Pig ends up on a channel for young viewers, it means YouTube must put its house in order, say Charlie Beckett and Sonia Livingstone [Link]

Mashable » Trump's pick for NASA chief faces an unusually tough confirmation fight

Wednesday 8 November 16:00:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine's bid to become President Donald Trump's NASA chief lives to see another day… barely.  The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to advance Bridenstine's nomination to the full Senate on Wednesday, however, it wasn't smooth sailing for the Republican congressman.  While 14 Republicans voted to advance Bridenstine's nomination, all 13 of the committee's Democrats opposed … [Link]

Slashdot » Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Apologizes For Data Breach, Blames Russians

Wednesday 8 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Former Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer apologized today for a pair of massive data breaches at Yahoo and blamed Russian agents on the growing number of incidents involving major U.S. companies. A reader shares a report: "As CEO, these thefts occurred during my tenure, and I want to sincerely apologize to each and every one of our users," she … [Link]

Mashable » Hillary Clinton guest-edited an issue of Teen Vogue

Wednesday 8 November 15:59:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBefore ending its print edition, Teen Vogue got in one last dream editor under the wire.  Hillary Clinton guest-edited the latest issue of the magazine, set to hit newsstands Dec. 5.  Today, we're announcing a very special issue of Teen Vogue, guest-edited by @HillaryClinton — the first-ever female Presidential candidate nominated by a major party, a woman who sits at the … [Link]

Mashable » House that can be built in a day is 30 times more affordable than a Beijing apartment

Wednesday 8 November 15:54:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“People’s Architecture Office" (PAO) was commissioned by a young Chinese newlywed, Mrs. Fan, to renovate her family home in a historic Hutong neighborhood of Beijing. This was not a common renovation, but rather a complete re-invention of the traditional courtyard house where Fan used to live. Built using PAO's proprietary panels that come with integrated wiring, this plugin house can be … [Link]

Mashable » Video shows what Uber's flying taxis will look like

Wednesday 8 November 15:33:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber is about to take off.  The ride-sharing company made a number of announcements at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, including an agreement with NASA to lay down the groundwork for a self-driving aerial vehicle taxi service. Uber also shared a video that shows how the experience might look from the perspective of a user.  SEE ALSO: This startup wants … [Link]

Mashable » Lorde's fans sang to her during her 21st birthday concert

Wednesday 8 November 15:33:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Your 21st birthday may have been the best you've ever had (so far), but it probably doesn't compare to Lorde's. The singer celebrated one of the most important years of her life with thousands of the most important people in her life — her devoted fans. During a break between songs, the crowd joined together for a round of "Happy … [Link]

Mashable » This domestic abuse survivor receives a new smile, for free

Wednesday 8 November 15:33:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDr. Kenny Wilstead, a dentist in Marshall, Texas, fixed a domestic abuse survivor's tooth for free. Kyleigh Scott came in for a wisdom tooth extraction, when Dr. Wilstead noticed a broken tooth from an incident where her ex head-butted her. She didn't have the money to get it fixed, but Dr. Wilstead insisted on fixing if for free.  Read more…More about … [Link]

Mashable » Self-driving shuttle to offer rides down the Vegas strip

Wednesday 8 November 15:25:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe city of Las Vegas has partnered with AAA and Keolis to offer rides in an all-electric, autonomous driving shuttle bus. The pilot program will test operation in real world traffic conditions and is hoping to change negative perceptions of autonomous vehicles nationwide. Read more…More about Technology, Transportation, Mashable Video, Self Driving Cars, and Innovation [Link]

Mashable » Dining will never be the same with these shapeshifting plates

Wednesday 8 November 15:21:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLina Saleh is a product designer who developed her experimental idea for silicone plates that can morph intro different shapes when she was a student in London.  Read more…More about Uk, Instagram, Food, Design, and Dessert [Link]

Slashdot » 'How Chrome Broke the Web'

Wednesday 8 November 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Reader Tablizer writes (edited and condensed): The Chrome team "broke the web" to make Chrome perform better, according to Nikita Prokopov, a software engineer. So the story goes like this: there's a widely-used piece of DOM API called "addEventListener." Almost every web site or web app that does anything dynamic with JS probably depends on this method in some way. … [Link]

Mashable » David Harbour has a perfect idea for a Hopper/Steve team-up in 'Stranger Things 3'

Wednesday 8 November 15:16:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStranger Things MVP Jim Hopper is many things — Police chief, chain-smoker, Jim Croce enthusiast, goofy dancer, dad/daddy, one half of TV's hottest ship, our unabashed fave — but however you choose to define him, the root of our obsession can be traced back to the man who plays him, David Harbour, who is, if anything, even more entertaining than his … [Link]

Mashable » Everyone can just go home now because British police have won at 280-character tweets

Wednesday 8 November 15:11:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSo yesterday Twitter doubled the character limit, upgrading it to 280 and causing a collective nervous breakdown, hot takes, anger, and daring experiments. Hate it or love it, the feature has certainly its silver linings. And British people, with their deadpan humour, know how to make the best of it. SEE ALSO: Twitter’s 280-character limit is exactly what tweets didn’t need … [Link]

Mashable » It really sounds like this Christmas advert contains a NSFW insult to Paddington bear

Wednesday 8 November 15:01:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChristmas adverts are a weirdly big deal in the UK. They're supposed to be nice and sentimental so as to make cold British hearts grow three sizes, and then go out and buy stuff. But this year, the supermarket chain M&S's advert has hit an unfortunate snag. SEE ALSO: Starbucks ends 'War on Christmas' with new holiday cup The advert features … [Link]

Slashdot » Raja Koduri, AMD's Radeon Tech Group Leader, Resigns

Wednesday 8 November 14:40:00 UTC 2017

Ryan Smith, writing for AnandTech: On the day following what's perhaps one of the greatest (and oddest) product design wins for AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, a second bit of surprising news is coming out of AMD. Raja Koduri, the Senior VP and Chief Architect of the group, who has been its leader since the RTG was formed two years ago, … [Link]

Mashable » Coffee Meets Bagel adds video to help you find your match

Wednesday 8 November 14:39:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you want to find love on Coffee Meets Bagel, you'd better get your game face on.  The popular dating app is launching a video feature today that aims to make your search for companionship a little easier. They're joining a host of other love-related apps that have added video in recent months. Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f11%2f772571cb ac58 fb47%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Meets Bagel video","sources":[{&~ More about … [Link]

Mashable » Can artificial intelligence revolutionize porn?

Wednesday 8 November 14:16:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPorn platforms offer many enjoyable things, but an easy-to-navigate user experience isn't one of them. Now they’re hoping that artificial intelligence could change all that.  In recent weeks, several major players in the adult entertainment space have announced plans to roll out AI-led features. Pornhub debuted theirs earlier this month, xHamster says it has a system in the works, and today … [Link]

Mashable » Asgard's bloody history refuses to stay buried in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Wednesday 8 November 14:01:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAsgard is a realm removed from Midgard (or as we know it, Earth), but make no mistake: Thor: Ragnarok is as much about us as it is about them. Specifically, it's about the bloody history of colonialism, and that history's refusal to stay buried, no matter how eager we are to whitewash our sins. SEE ALSO: Who Is Valkyrie, the Best … [Link]

Slashdot » Nearly All of Wikipedia Is Written By Just 1 Percent of Its Editors

Wednesday 8 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

From a report on Motherboard: According to the results of a recent study that looked at the 250 million edits made on Wikipedia during its first ten years, only about 1 percent of Wikipedia's editors have generated 77 percent of the site's content. "Wikipedia is both an organization and a social movement," Sorin Matei, the director of the Purdue University … [Link]

Mashable » The sequel to 'Words With Friends' allows you to play without friends

Wednesday 8 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWords With Friends 2 is out now and it brings a few new features that set it apart from its Scrabble-inspired predecessor. Words With Friends 2 takes the head-to-head, word-building competition of 2009's Words With Friends and adds a solo challenge mode, a team-based lightning round mode, strategy-improving boosts, and an updated social dictionary that adds 50,000 words. SEE ALSO: 'Stranger … [Link]

Mashable » What the Trump administration really wants you to read

Wednesday 8 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump is constantly accusing the media of spreading "fake news," but the content his White House wants you to read is more opinion than fact. In honor of Trump's one-year election anniversary, we analyzed "West Wing Reads," a newsletter that highlights "the best stories the West Wing is reading," and found that nearly 60 percent of the content over … [Link]

Mashable » Journalists race to expose government lies in the first trailer for Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'

Wednesday 8 November 13:49:27 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Well, this all feels chillingly familiar. Steven Spielberg's The Post centers on a team of journalists working to expose the U.S. government for lying to the American people. But it's not a story about our current situation – it's about The Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. SEE ALSO: 16 Films Everyone Should See This Fall Meryl … [Link]

Mashable » Liam Gallagher asked someone to peel a potato live at his show

Wednesday 8 November 13:31:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMere days after his brother Noel featured a scissor player at one of his concerts, Liam Gallagher has one-upped him with something even weirder.  Oh, it's … uh … it's just a guy peeling a potato. Okay! SEE ALSO: Liam Gallagher getting mad about tea is absolute perfection It all began on Tuesday, when Gallagher announced that he was "looking for … [Link]

Slashdot » iOS 11 Passes 50 Percent Adoption In Under 2 Months

Wednesday 8 November 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: After a longer wait than usual, Apple today finally released the first official numbers for iOS 11. The various figures and estimates released by marketing and research firms are no longer relevant, as we now know for certain that iOS 11 has passed the 50 percent mark in less than two months. … [Link]

Mashable » Jibo is a cute home robot, but it's not as smart as Alexa

Wednesday 8 November 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f11%2fe999cad5 2e4d 071a%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ your family need this robot?","image":&quo~ Review","sources":[{~ intelligence,robotics,jibo",&q~ intelligence,robotics,jibo",&q~ More about Reviews, Review, Robot, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics [Link]

Mashable » A whole country is tracking a minister's flight back to the UK to maybe get fired

Wednesday 8 November 12:44:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBritain is a strange place, at least in its post-Brexit form.  SEE ALSO: Britain's health service uses long Twitter thread to explain why it needs more black people to donate blood The latest in political madness is about a cabinet minister who's been recalled to London from Uganda by Prime Minister Theresa May, who will probably fire her.  Priti Patel, international … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sheep learn to recognise celebrity faces from different angles

Wednesday 8 November 12:17:06 UTC 2017

The animals were as good as humans at recognising mugshots of the same celebs from different angles, showing sophisticated brain processing of imagery [Link]

Mashable » How to have a Trump-free election anniversary

Wednesday 8 November 12:07:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSorry, Christmas. November 8th, not you, is now the most trauma-laden holiday of the year. Today marks the anniversary of Donald Trump's election, aka the day we all came to fear our push notifications. At least 65 million voters remember November 8th as the day our lives officially became crappy. We were forced to knit heinous pussy hats, call Paul Ryan … [Link]

Mashable » Roger Federer wore a kilt to a tennis match and it's cooler than you'll ever be

Wednesday 8 November 11:57:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere is no nobler pursuit than tennis in kilts. SEE ALSO: Federer and Nadal turned their rivalry into the world's ultimate tennis bromance Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Andy Murray played each other at a charity match in Glasgow on Tuesday, and things got pretty darn Scottish. First up, Federer received a warm welcome from his Caledonian opponent. Can’t get a … [Link]

Mashable » Colbert got to rinse Donald Jr. once again for telling people to vote on the wrong day

Wednesday 8 November 11:46:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook That's right, Donald Trump Jr. messed up on Twitter again and Colbert got to lampoon him… again. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert has a powerful message about the Sutherland Springs shooting On Tuesday night Stephen Colbert ripped into "spare Trump and man who reads Maxim on his Kindle Donald Trump Jr." for telling people to go to the polls on the … [Link]

Mashable » Wallet bug freezes more than $150 million worth of Ethereum

Wednesday 8 November 11:40:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA bug in Parity, a popular wallet for the cryptocurrency and decentralized application platform Ethereum, may have resulted in more than $150 million worth of ether being permanently frozen.  The bug affects Parity multi-sig (multi signature) wallets, which require more than one owner to "sign" a transaction before it can go through. An unknown attacker (or a careless developer) has exploited … [Link]

Mashable » Britain's health service uses long Twitter thread to explain why it needs more black people to donate blood

Wednesday 8 November 11:16:42 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The NHS, Britain's national health service, has launched into a long Twitter thread to explain why it's calling for more black people to donate blood.  SEE ALSO: There's one major way to help the shooting victims if you're near Las Vegas right now Using celebrity GIFs and millennial slang, the Blood and Transplant social media team seemed to be trying … [Link]

Mashable » Novak Djokovic and Dwight Schrute pelted tennis balls at James Corden and it should be an Olympic sport

Wednesday 8 November 10:49:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook When the person hitting a tennis ball at you can serve a ball at 130mph, you might start to regret everything. SEE ALSO: James Corden made Anna Wintour eat bacon-wrapped pizza James Corden had three-time Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic on The Late Late Show on Tuesday night, along with Rainn Wilson and Jack Whitehall. The three took turns pelting tennis … [Link]

Mashable » Chris Evans' dog has the voice of an angel, a very good angel

Wednesday 8 November 10:27:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChris Evans' dog Dodger has stolen our hearts plenty of times before, but now it turns out he can do so through the power of song. SEE ALSO: The evolution of Chris Hemsworth, comedy star On Tuesday, the Captain America star posted a video of Dodger with his little toy lion, which plays 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' if pressed. Just watch … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel tricks people into thinking the iPhone 4 is the iPhone X

Wednesday 8 November 10:06:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "Revolutionary," "different," "futuristic" — these were all words used to describe the iPhone… 4. SEE ALSO: Shaq replaced Kimmel and had an awesome interview with Mila Kunis On Tuesday night Jimmy Kimmel Live took to the street to ask people about their first impressions of the new iPhone X. The only catch — they didn't give them an iPhone X, … [Link]

Slashdot » Google To Add Restaurant Wait Times To Google Search, Maps

Wednesday 8 November 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Google Search and Maps already show you the peak traffic times for your favorite restaurants, but it will soon show you the wait times as well. Google says the feature begins rolling out today, and will eventually expand to include grocery stores. TechCrunch reports: Google's new restaurant wait times also comes from the aggregated and anonymized data from users who … [Link]

Mashable » Man gets arrested after he dresses up as 'suicide bomber' for Halloween

Wednesday 8 November 9:51:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne man's ill-advised Halloween outfit idea has landed him in trouble with the authorities in Malaysia. Police said they arrested the unnamed man on Tuesday, after a startled resident ran into the man in an apartment building's elevator, while the latter was dressed as a "suicide bomber." SEE ALSO: We asked an expert about the worst (and grossest) movie viruses His … [Link]

Mashable » Warby Parker uses the iPhone X to fit your face for glasses

Wednesday 8 November 9:39:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHipster glasses company Warby Parker has always been early to embrace new technology.  On Tuesday, the company rolled out an update to its iPhone app just for iPhone X users, that will use the new phone's front-facing infrared camera to map the user's face and get them fitted for a new set of frames. SEE ALSO: Apple's facial recognition tech could … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift will not let 'Reputation' stream online for a week

Wednesday 8 November 9:36:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTaylor Swift is once again struggling in negotiations with streaming services. The pop star will be keeping her new album off streaming services for at least a week after it going on sale, according to Bloomberg. SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift, look what you made the ACLU do Her team is reportedly still "negotiating" with streaming providers, to determine when her sixth … [Link]

Slashdot » NASA Astronaut Dick Gordon, Pilot of Gemini and Apollo 12, Dies At 88

Wednesday 8 November 8:30:00 UTC 2017

sconeu writes: Dick Gordon, pilot of Gemini 11 and command module pilot of Apollo 12, has died at the age of 88. Gordon was also slated to command the cancelled Apollo 18 mission. "Dick Gordon is an American hero, and a true renaissance man by any measure. He was an American naval officer and aviator, chemist, test pilot, NASA astronaut, … [Link]

Slashdot » EPA Approves Release of Bacteria-Carrying Mosquitoes To 20 States

Wednesday 8 November 7:00:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 writes: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika, Nature's news team has learned. On November 3rd, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a tool against the … [Link]

Mashable » This 'Harry Potter' sock advent calendar could free 24 house elves this Christmas

Wednesday 8 November 6:41:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFree a house elf every day this Christmas, with this Harry Potter advent calendar filled with socks. Perfect for wrenching poor ol' Dobby from the Malfoys, Target's new festive calendar contains 12 pairs of Harry Potter themed socks — that's 24 freed house elves, people. SEE ALSO: Grab your boots and broomsticks Harry Potter fans, LeakyCon is headed to Texas It's … [Link]

Mashable » Snap loses its head of the engineering amid plans to overhaul Snapchat app

Wednesday 8 November 6:36:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSnap’s senior vice president of engineering is the latest, and one of its highest paid executives that will leave the company.  Tim Sehn is expected to announce his departure on Wednesday, according to The Information. SEE ALSO: Snapchat just teased a major redesign He's been the head of the company's engineering team since he joined in 2013, and is one of … [Link]

Mashable » This 'poop machine' could assist in the fight against bowel cancer

Wednesday 8 November 5:20:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne of Tasmania's most talked-about artworks, Wim Delvoye's Cloaca Professional, ends with a pile of shit. Literally. The Belgian artist's "poo machine," part of the permanent collection at Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), replicates a human digestive system. You "feed" it actual food, which makes its way through the system and, uh, comes out the other end as… … [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen swears she'll never use Twitter's new 280-character limit

Wednesday 8 November 4:18:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter just doubled its upper character limit, and not everyone's psyched.  Especially hardcore tweeter Chrissy Teigen, who posted a "fight song" refusal to ever use, favorite, or retweet any 280-character tweets. SEE ALSO: What 280 characters means for Twitter's future The American model, TV host and cookbook author tweeted this to her 8.3 million followers on Tuesday: I will NEVER use … [Link]

Slashdot » Flaw Crippling Millions of Crypto Keys Is Worse Than First Disclosed

Wednesday 8 November 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A crippling flaw affecting millions — and possibly hundreds of millions — of encryption keys used in some of the highest-stakes security settings is considerably easier to exploit than originally reported, cryptographers declared over the weekend. The assessment came as Estonia abruptly suspended 760,000 national ID cards used for voting, filing … [Link]

Mashable » Trans woman beats 'chief homophobe' in historic Virginia race

Wednesday 8 November 2:50:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHistory was made in Virginia on Tuesday when a 33-year-old woman became the state's first openly transgender elected official. And to top off the momentous win, Democrat Danica Roem unseated a Republican incumbent who calls himself the state's "chief homophobe." SEE ALSO: Trump’s transgender military ban just got shut down Roem, a journalist and metal-loving mom, beat out 26-year incumbent Robert … [Link]

Mashable » Welp, Trump has embraced Twitter's new 280-character limit

Wednesday 8 November 2:39:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump took advantage of Twitter's expanded character count on Tuesday — but the excess words didn't really add much. SEE ALSO: Twitter makes 280 characters the new normal He used 216 characters to let everyone know he was about to make a speech in South Korea and then travel to China. Riveting stuff. Getting ready to make a major … [Link]

New Scientist – News » What we’re doing now will make the ocean completely unlivable

Wednesday 8 November 2:26:53 UTC 2017

Climate change could reduce oxygen levels in the oceans by 40 per cent over the next 8000 years, leading to dramatic changes in marine life [Link]

New Scientist – News » UK is right to worry that tech takeovers may let hackers in

Wednesday 8 November 2:26:52 UTC 2017

Electronic chips made abroad can be altered to allow foreign powers to disrupt critical infrastructure. Nations are right to fret about it, says Paul Marks [Link]

New Scientist – News » Planting trees could mop up ten years’ worth of greenhouse gases

Wednesday 8 November 2:26:49 UTC 2017

The planet is still warming inexorably, with 2017 set to be one of the three hottest years on record, but a major programme of tree-planting could help cool the world [Link]

Mashable » Drake tests out new untitled song during his world tour

Wednesday 8 November 2:12:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDrake is busy doing the world tour thing, but that doesn't stop him from trying out some new material. The Canadian R&B artist was in Auckland, New Zealand in the last week as part of his "Boy Meets World" tour, and tested out a previously unheard song on the crowd of screaming fans. SEE ALSO: A timeline of whatever the hell … [Link]

Mashable » Kim Kardashian West on apps, social media, and her most-used Kimoji

Wednesday 8 November 2:04:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKim Kardashian West is a business, first and foremost. From her humble Keeping Up With The Kardashians roots – now in its tenth season on E! – she's has built a career featuring all the trappings of a lifestyle mogul success story.  There are Kim K. fragrances, Kim K. contour kits, Kim K. Kimojis. There's also her wildly successful mobile game (in … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter replaced its character counter with a circle and everyone's really confused

Wednesday 8 November 1:49:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter may have just upped its character limit to 280, but you wouldn't know it just by looking at its tweet composer. As part of the update, which doubled the amount of characters you can cram into a single tweet, the company replaced its character counter with a weird circle icon that changes colors as you type. SEE ALSO: Twitter makes … [Link]

Mashable » What 280 characters means for Twitter's future

Wednesday 8 November 1:45:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAt its core, the internet as we know it exists in a state of permanent contradiction where everything both simultaneously lasts forever and is constantly in flux.  It's perhaps fitting then that Twitter, the social media service most identified with brevity, has doubled the upper character limit its users can tweet, while at the same time insisting the fundamental change in … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Quark Fusion' Produces Eight Times More Energy Than Nuclear Fusion

Wednesday 8 November 1:45:00 UTC 2017

walterbyrd shares a report from Futurism: This new source of energy, according to researchers Marek Karliner and Jonathan Rosner, comes from the fusion of subatomic particles known as quarks. These particles are usually produced as a result of colliding atoms that move at high speeds within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where these component parts split from their parent atoms. … [Link]

Mashable » Cops respond to calls for help, but it was just a dramatic parrot

Wednesday 8 November 1:25:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDiego the parrot somehow learned to yell the word "help," and his cry caused quite the confusion this week. SEE ALSO: Dad tells cops he was speeding home to, um, well you know @UPS driver heard someone yelling "help" inside house. Deputies responded and found the culprit. Thankfully Diego the Parrot was unharmed pic.twitter.com/e5BVG5B5AO — Clackamas Sheriff (@ClackCoSheriff) November 7, 2017 … [Link]

Mashable » Haven't upgraded to iOS 11? You're not alone.

Wednesday 8 November 0:51:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not just you: iOS 11 isn't as popular as previous updates. People are updating to iOS 11 at a slower rate compared to other recent updates, according to new stats released by Apple. SEE ALSO: How to downgrade your iPhone from iOS 11 Just 52 percent of devices have made the upgrade as of Nov. 6, according to Apple's developer … [Link]

Slashdot » A Huge Redesign Is Coming To Snapchat

Wednesday 8 November 0:45:00 UTC 2017

One of the more interesting tidbits from today's earnings letter to Snap investors is the development of a new user-interface for Snapchat. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said: "One thing we have heard over the years is that Snapchat is difficult to understand or hard to use, and our team has been working on responding to this feedback." He confirms that … [Link]

Mashable » Battle all the best Wes Anderson characters in the most twee card game ever

Wednesday 8 November 0:41:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWes Anderson is responsible for creating some of the most beloved characters in all of cinema. With all their quirks, specificities, and perfectly produced personas, you can't help but imagine who would win in a battle to the death between, say, Margot Tenenbaum and M. Gustave. SEE ALSO: Machine learns to analyse Wes Anderson films and the results are appropriately mesmerising … [Link]

Mashable » TV reporter doesn't take any crap from random stranger hurling abuse at her

Wednesday 8 November 0:30:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhy are people so unkind? Maggie Raworth, a journalist with 9 News in Ballarat, Australia, was confronted by a stranger who stopped his car and walked out to harass her. And it was all caught on camera. SEE ALSO: Women go online to anonymously share stories of abuse—but that anonymity is never guaranteed "I make ten times the amount of money … [Link]

Mashable » 16 best uses of 280 characters on Twitter

Wednesday 8 November 0:11:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter weeks of testing, Twitter rolled out a major update to its platform, doubling each tweet's character count from 140 to 280.  Exhilarating, right?  SEE ALSO: Twitter makes 280 characters the new normal While the update may seem small to some, it is a pretty drastic change that will affect how users interact on the app. Though the feature is still … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Polar, DarkMindFX, Capital One

Wednesday 8 November 0:07:40 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]

ProgrammableWeb » Mobius API Network Connects Apps to the Entire Blockchain Ecosystem

Wednesday 8 November 0:06:58 UTC 2017

The Mobius API enables third party apps to accept blockchain payments and functions. Through the API, developers gain access to the Mobius App Store and all blockchain-based cryptocurrencies. The Mobius App Store is a developer-centric platform designed to deliver next generation apps utilizing blockchain technology and Mobius tools. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Mobius API Network Connects Apps to the Blockchain Ecosystem

Wednesday 8 November 0:06:58 UTC 2017

The Mobius API enables third party apps to accept blockchain payments and functions. Through the API, developers gain access to the Mobius App Store and all blockchain-based cryptocurrencies.The Mobius App Store is a developer-centric platform designed to deliver next generation apps utilizing blockchain technology and Mobius tools. [Link]

Slashdot » Israeli Company Sues Apple Over Dual-Lens Cameras In iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus

Wednesday 8 November 0:05:00 UTC 2017

Corephotonics, an Israeli maker of dual-lens camera technologies for smartphones, has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week alleging that the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus infringe upon four of its patents. Mac Rumors reports: The patents, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office between November 2013 and June 2016, relate to dual-lens camera technologies appropriate for … [Link]

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