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.

Slashdot » Google Working To Remove MINIX-Based ME From Intel Platforms

Thursday 9 November 23:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Hardware: Intel's Management Engine (ME) technology is built into almost all modern Intel CPUs. At the Embedded Linux Conference, a Google engineer named Ronald Minnich revealed that the ME is actually running its own entire MINIX OS and that Google is working on removing it. Due to MINIX's presence on every Intel … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube is now taking further measures to moderate content that will affect its kids app

Thursday 9 November 23:39:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYouTube is finally taking bigger steps to combat inappropriate videos targeted toward children. In October, Mashable first reported that weird, creepy, and downright inappropriate videos were slipping through filters on YouTube Kids, an app geared toward children that allows virtually anyone with a YouTube account to create content that could be seen by millions of children. Those findings were reignited this … [Link]

Mashable » You can now use Facebook Marketplace to look for an apartment

Thursday 9 November 23:37:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're in the market for a new apartment, you might be able to find the perfect match using the world's largest social network. Starting today, Facebook users can browse housing rental units on Marketplace.  SEE ALSO: Are you a ‘multicultural millennial’? Tag yourself in Facebook’s insane political ad document The listings come from Apartment List and Zumper, two websites that … [Link]

Mashable » 'Mad Men' creator accused of sexual harassment by writer on the show

Thursday 9 November 23:28:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMan Men creator Matthew Weiner has been accused of harassment by a former writer on the hit AMC drama.  Kater Gordon, who joined the show as Weiner's personal assistant before working her way up to writers assistant and staff writer, told The Information of an incident eight years ago in which Weiner allegedly told her she owed it to him to … [Link]

Mashable » Kindles and quinoa: Amazon to sell more gadgets in Whole Foods stores

Thursday 9 November 23:18:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhole Foods shoppers will soon be able to pick up Kindles and Fire TVs with their kale and Fiji water. Amazon said Thursday it will sell its full line of electronics at more than 100 supermarkets this holiday season, including tablets, e-readers, home assistants, and televisions.  SEE ALSO: Whole Foods now makes less money, but Amazon doesn't care It also plans … [Link]

Mashable » ESPN goes ‘plus’ with new sports streaming service

Thursday 9 November 23:09:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWalt Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed few — but telling — details about a long-awaited ESPN sports streaming service.  ESPN+, or ESPN Plus, is the name of the sport channel's standalone streaming platform, Iger said in a Thursday earnings call. (Disney owns ESPN.) SEE ALSO: ESPN's 'multi-sport' streaming service is coming We also now know that the platform will be … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2466: Home button angst!

Thursday 9 November 23:07:25 UTC 2017

JoT thumbWe shall not press upon his like again? [Link]

Slashdot » Monopoly Critics Decry 'Amazon Amendment'

Thursday 9 November 23:00:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 shares a report from The Hill: The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government acquisitions market, experts say. The provision, dubbed the "Amazon amendment" by experts, according to an article in The Intercept, would allow for the creation of an online portal that … [Link]

Mashable » Ford launches a new company to make electric cars in China

Thursday 9 November 22:59:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFord is pushing to electrify its vehicles going forward, and the company just made another big move to enter the largest market in the burgeoning EV landscape: China.  The automaker signed a definitive joint venture agreement with China's Zotye to invest a combined $756 million to build electric cars within the country's borders. The deal creates a new entity, Zotye Ford … [Link]

Mashable » La Niña is officially here to shape U.S. winter weather, along with global climate

Thursday 9 November 22:35:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLa Niña is back, ya'll. And it may have major implications for your winter weather, depending on where you live.  La Niña conditions were formally declared present in the tropical Pacific Ocean on Thursday, in a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The agency's scientists found a large expanse of the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean to feature cooler … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook reveals more info on its plan to stop revenge porn using your nudes

Thursday 9 November 22:28:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook wants your nude photos.  We're not kidding. It's part of an effort by the social network to prevent revenge porn from spreading via its network. But the idea of sending nude photos to one of the world's most profitable companies frightened people.  Facebook asks people to send them their nudes so they can prevent them from being posted as revenge … [Link]

Mashable » IRS targets Coinbase users in an attempt to thwart tax fraud

Thursday 9 November 22:27:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Internal Revenue Service is heading to court today with the goal of forcing Coinbase, a U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, to hand over data on a host of its users. Why? According to the government agency, all is not right in the land of blockchains — and it's past time the company play ball.  The beef spans back to 2016, reports Bloomberg, … [Link]

Mashable » Julia Louis-Dreyfus' 'Veep' costars 'psyche' her up for her third chemo treatment

Thursday 9 November 22:21:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues treatment for breast cancer following her September diagnosis, her Veep costars have made major public displays of support for their Emmy-award winning colleague. On Thursday, Veep stars Sam Richardson and Matt Walsh stepped up to "psyche" Dreyfus up ahead of her third chemotherapy treatment.  SEE ALSO: Here are Julia Louis-Dreyfus' 'Veep' co-stars rooting her on, because we … [Link]

Slashdot » Self-Driving Shuttle Involved In Crash Two Hours After Debut

Thursday 9 November 22:20:00 UTC 2017

New submitter Northern Pike writes: Las Vegas roll out of new driver-less shuttle spoiled by human error. It sounds like the shuttle did what it was designed to do but the human semi driver wasn't as careful. "The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's (sic) sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid … [Link]

Mashable » Walmart has deals on PS4 and Xbox One consoles this Black Friday

Thursday 9 November 22:16:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith the souped-up PS4 Pro and Xbox One X officially on the market, the lower-tiered versions of the consoles are getting big discounts this Black Friday. Walmart's 2017 Black Friday catalog popped up online today and it has quite a few great deals for people interested in jumping into the PS4 or Xbox One. We picked out some of the best … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' initiative is going global

Thursday 9 November 22:14:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple wants to teach people all around the world to code, so the company is making the move to colleges worldwide. In a Tuesday announcement Apple announced it's introducing its Everyone Can Code initiative — which works to teach coding and app-building skills with the help of its programming language called Swift — to over 20 colleges and universities outside of … [Link]

Mashable » Don't miss this deal on an HDTV digital antenna

Thursday 9 November 22:11:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Cable is expensive, and with streaming services rising in popularity, more and more people are saying goodbye to their pricey cable boxes. Live TV events are still a thing, though, and streaming on your computer just isn't the same when you're watching something big … [Link]

Mashable » There's going to be a brand new, non-Skywalker Star Wars trilogy

Thursday 9 November 22:09:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven before The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, director Rian Johnson has a new Star Wars gig.  He'll be producing the first ever Star Wars trilogy of movies that isn't part of the Skywalker saga, Lucasfilm announced Thursday — alongside a simultaneous announcement of a new TV show.  SEE ALSO: A TV show! 3 new movies! Disney is giving … [Link]

Mashable » Walmart Black Friday Deals just dropped and suddenly Nov. 23rd is too far away

Thursday 9 November 22:05:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you've been itching to get your hands on Black Friday deals for 2017, you're not alone. And Walmart just released their ad today. Yep, it finally happened —Walmart dropped their Black Friday deals and they do not disappoint. While the real Black Friday … [Link]

Mashable » KFC sent a painting to that guy who discovered the secret hidden in its Twitter account

Thursday 9 November 22:04:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you want to be immortalized by your favorite fast food restaurant, you just need to decode their social media presence.  KFC recently sent a gift to Mike Edgette, the man who recently discovered something clever about the fast food chain's twitter account.  Remember this special tweet from last month?  .@KFC follows 11 people.Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 … [Link]

Mashable » Meet 'Lucas the Spider,' an unexpectedly adorable animated character

Thursday 9 November 21:48:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook I think we all can agree that spiders are nowhere near "cute" or "lovable," but this tiny talking fella may change your mind.  Animator, Joshua Slice, cured our arachnophobia by turning his adorable nephew Lucas into a precious eight-legged arthropod.  The 20-second short was only a 'test of a character' Slice has created but it certainly has crawled right into … [Link]

Mashable » Google: Project Loon has provided internet access to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico

Thursday 9 November 21:42:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 4c4b 2b31%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ lofty idea becomes reality.","image":&q~ Rico is recovering cell service… with balloons","sources":~ relief,puerto rico,real-time,real-time video,x,real time,project loon,real-time-video,real time video,hurricane maria,hurricane maria recovery,company x,x company","sec0":null~ relief,puerto rico,real-time,real-time video,x,real time,project loon,real-time-video,real time video,hurricane maria,hurricane maria recovery,company x,x company","videoSeriesName~ More about Google, Science, Alphabet, Project Loon, and Tech [Link]

Slashdot » WikiLeaks Starts Releasing Source Code For Alleged CIA Spying Tools

Thursday 9 November 21:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: WikiLeaks published new alleged material from the CIA on Thursday, releasing source code from a tool called Hive, which allows its operators to control malware it installed on different devices. WikiLeaks previously released documentation pertaining to the tool, but this is the first time WikiLeaks has released extensive source code for any … [Link]

Mashable » A new nonprofit aims to put music back into schools

Thursday 9 November 21:38:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen a child picks up an instrument — whether it’s a guitar, trombone, flute, or cello — they’re receiving a unique brand of education that cannot be taught from a textbook.  However, there more than 3.8 million pre-K through grade 12 students in the United States who have zero access to music education. Whether this stems from a lack of funding … [Link]

Mashable » Readers are not OK with the 'Newsweek’ balloon penis cover

Thursday 9 November 21:16:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNewsweek’s new cover story is about sexual harassment, power, and women fighting back from a long history of systemic abuse. What better way to show this than with a woman's manicured hand poking a needle into an orange penis-shaped balloon on the cover of a national magazine? SEE ALSO: #MeToo hashtag has spread to #YoTambien, أنا_ك&#1605~ #QuellaVoltaChe Yes, that's the actual … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Says Hackers Steal Almost 250,000 Logins Each Week

Thursday 9 November 21:07:00 UTC 2017

Google is digging into the dark corners of the web to better secure people's accounts. From a report: For one year, Google researchers investigated the different ways hackers steal personal information and take over Google accounts. Google published its research, conducted between March 2016 and March 2017, on Thursday. Focusing exclusively on Google accounts and in partnership with the University … [Link]

Mashable » Doug the Pug is more than happy to take on any role in 'Stranger Things 2'

Thursday 9 November 20:52:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you're a fan of the Stranger Things series and have a weak spot for pugs, you're going to love what's coming to Netflix next Fall.   OK, not really, but Doug the Pug would be an excellent addition to the Netflix original drama. You know, if Millie Bobby Brown ever needed a break from controlling objects and people with … [Link]

Slashdot » Qualcomm Eyes Intel With Centriq 2400 Arm Server Chip

Thursday 9 November 20:45:00 UTC 2017

Qualcomm is now challenging rival Intel in the rapidly changing data center market. From a report: The company is now selling its long-awaited Centriq 2400 Arm-based server processor that is aimed at the fast-growing cloud market and that Qualcomm officials say beats Intel in such crucial areas as power efficiency and cost. Officials from Arm and its manufacturing partners have … [Link]

Mashable » Elevator technician reveals the truth about elevator scenes in movies

Thursday 9 November 20:43:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookElevator Technician John Holzer (@JohnHolzer) joins us to crack open some elevator doors and reveal the truth about some lift movie myths. You'll be shocked by what Hollywood got right! Is there space to hide beneath an elevator? Can you slide down the elevator cables? Can an elevator chop of your head? Is there a hatch at the top that you … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2467: A stream of letdowns

Thursday 9 November 20:43:19 UTC 2017

JoT thumbIt’s getting so that I'm afraid to look! [Link]

Mashable » This artist is breathing life into his Lego toys, turning them into kinetic sculptures

Thursday 9 November 20:41:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLego artist, Jason Allemann, creates mechanic and robotic kinetic sculptures made entirely out of the famous plastic bricks. You can find detailed instructions on how to make your own versions on his website or YouTube channel. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Lego, Sculpture, Artist, and Sculptures [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Fannie Mae's New APIs Are Designed to Modernize the Mortgage Lending Industry

Thursday 9 November 20:41:44 UTC 2017

The Federal National Mortgage Association, or Fannie Mae, is currently beta testing an API platform that it says will “level the playing field” for lenders in the multi-trillion dollar market for mortgages in the U.S. [Link]

Mashable » Humble dog smiles from ear to ear after seeing himself on TV

Thursday 9 November 20:37:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis pooch is definitely going places.  One-year-old Pete couldn't contain his excitement after watching himself in all of his golden retriever glory on the small screen.  SEE ALSO: Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard According to his owner, Jade Westhoff, the tail wagger was featured in a segment on the local news in Oklahoma called "Stacia's Pet Pics" … [Link]

Mashable » Louis C.K. accused of sexual misconduct by five women in New York Times story

Thursday 9 November 20:29:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFive women have accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, including multiple instances in which they say he exposed himself and masturbated in front of them, corroborating rumors that have been swirling for years, according to the latest report in The New York Times. The comedian declined to comment on the allegations to the Times, but abruptly canceled the premiere of his … [Link]

Mashable » These organizers just won big in Virginia. They're coming for your state next.

Thursday 9 November 20:28:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSince 2008, Democrats nationwide have been hemorrhaging state legislature seats, and dressing their open wounds with tiny Hello Kitty bandaids. It was bad. After Trump's election, a group of former Clinton organizers decided to form a new startup, Flippable, dedicated to breaking Republican supermajorities and winning some of these states back. State politics isn't exactly romantic  — think of how many … [Link]

Slashdot » iPhone X Costs Apple $370 in Materials: IHS Markit

Thursday 9 November 20:05:00 UTC 2017

Engineers at marketing research firm IHS Markit cracked open the base version iPhone X, which Apple is selling at $999, this week. After preliminary physical dissection, the firm estimated that the iPhone X carries a bill of materials of $370. From their findings: With a starting price of $999, the iPhone X is $50 more than the previous most expensive … [Link]

Mashable » This Flux Capacitor watch tells time, won't help you travel through it

Thursday 9 November 19:55:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Flux Capacitor from the Back to the Future films was the key component in Doc's time travel technology that allowed he and Marty to make their way across several different eras and alternate timelines. Now, ThinkGeek's turned it into a watch that tells … [Link]

Mashable » Oh my god, April the giraffe might be pregnant again

Thursday 9 November 19:43:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother high-profile giraffe pregnancy might be in our future, internet. You, of course, remember April – the giraffe whose pregnancy became a livestream phenomenon earlier this year. For what felt like 50 years, we watched a pregnant April lounge around her pen at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. Finally, one fateful spring day April gave birth to a … [Link]

Mashable » This device tells you if you forgot to turn the stove off so you can stop obsessing

Thursday 9 November 19:39:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Are you the type of person who needs to check that the stove is off five times before leaving the house? Or do you leave the oven on so often that you're amazed you haven't yet burned the house down? SEE ALSO: These Star … [Link]

Mashable » Apple has finally released a patch for that annoying iOS keyboard bug

Thursday 9 November 19:36:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook f41a afb5%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ they're amazing.","image":&q~ of new emoji are coming with iOS 11.1","sources":[{&q~ 7,update,real-time,emoticon,real-ti~ video,real-time-video,iphone 8,ios 11,iphone x,ios11.1,gender neutral,new emoji","sec0":null,&~ 7,update,real-time,emoticon,real-ti~ video,real-time-video,iphone 8,ios 11,iphone x,ios11.1,gender neutral,new emoji","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Apple, Software Update, Glitch, Ios 11, and Ios 11.1 [Link]

Mashable » The Freakiest iPhone Pranks

Thursday 9 November 19:28:32 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » YouTuber spends $90 in 'Star Wars: Battlefront 2' and proves that it's still basically pay-to-win

Thursday 9 November 19:26:02 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook After buying $90 worth of loot boxes in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, a YouTuber proved that the game is still pay-to-win, despite EA's updates after the community's complaints. YouTuber XfactorGaming tested Star Wars: Battlefront 2's new progression and loot crate systems by purchasing $90 worth of loot boxes, allowing him to unlock and upgrade different abilities and weapons for multiplayer. … [Link]

Slashdot » IBM's Quest To Design The 'New Helvetica'

Thursday 9 November 19:22:00 UTC 2017

IBM released its new bespoke typeface IBM Plex in beta this week. The company is hoping that the new typeface would become just as iconic as Helvetica in the years to come. From a Fast Co Design story: "When I came to IBM, it was a big discussion: Why does IBM not have a bespoke typeface? Why are we still … [Link]

Mashable » If 'learn to code' is your New Year's resolution, get a jump start here

Thursday 9 November 19:18:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There’s never been a better time to learn to code. Even if you were best friends with Steve Jobs and had a time machine that could make you one of the co-founders of Apple, today is still a better time. The barriers to entry … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter must fix verification, but there are no easy solutions

Thursday 9 November 19:09:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“The system is broken."  That's how Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey described the current verification system in the wake of the social media service adding the coveted blue checkmark to Jason Kessler. Twitter's tone-deaf decision to acknowledge Kessler's account as one that is "of public interest" stunned the Twitter population, since most were well aware of his role in organizing the disastrous … [Link]

Mashable » Kim Kardashian's new app Screenshop might ruin your self-esteem

Thursday 9 November 19:05:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInstagram is, for many, a fantasy world. As we scroll through, the people that surround us are skinny, made up, denizens of exotic locations and, above all, better-dressed than we are.  Kim Kardashian's new app, Screenshop, aims to help Instagram users dress like their favorite celebrities, stars, and rich acquaintances. In reality, it's just a stark reminder of how unlike them … [Link]

Mashable » Please enjoy these tweets about the horrors of Twitter

Thursday 9 November 19:04:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIs Twitter a useful way to read breaking news and stay plugged into the zeitgeist? Sure, whatever. Is it a terrible cesspool full of harassment, nihilism, and infighting? Absolutely! Still, a lot of people just can't stay away (myself included). And so they are left to do one thing: use the Twitter platform to tweet about how much Twitter sucks — … [Link]

Mashable » Humvee maker is suing Activision for using the cars in 'Call of Duty'

Thursday 9 November 18:59:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe manufacturer of the Humvee is not cool with all the references to its vehicles in Call of Duty games, according to a lawsuit it filed against developer Activision.  AM General, the company that makes Humvees, filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for referencing and replicating its vehicles in the Call of Duty series without permission, Reuters reported Wednesday. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Louis C.K.'s movie premiere was just canceled. Guess why.

Thursday 9 November 18:56:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLouis C.K.'s upcoming film premiere in New York has been canceled, Mashable confirmed, reportedly in anticipation of a damning New York Times exposé not unlike the one which took down Harvey Weinstein just a few weeks ago. In September, the comedian dismissed the Times' interview questions about sexual misconduct, calling them "rumors," and equating acknowledgement with admission. Some speculated he wouldn't … [Link]

Mashable » The day my fan fiction foretold of has come: Khal Drogo and Tormund met IRL and are now best friends

Thursday 9 November 18:50:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe prophecy of my 2013 Tumblr entry "Khal Drogo and Tormund go to bar and become friends" has at last come true. While briefly in Belfast promoting Justice League, Jason Momoa had a night out with the cast of Game of Thones, who are filming in the area. Momoa wrote about it on Instagram, revealing that it was the first time … [Link]

Mashable » Powerful videos show 'Dreamers' storming Senate office building

Thursday 9 November 18:41:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s been a year since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and people are still gathering in massive protests. On Thursday, individuals stormed the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., to shout their pleas for members of Congress to pass a new Dream Act to replace the DACA immigration program Trump ended in September, which impacts nearly … [Link]

Slashdot » Cities Are Scolding Countries at UN Climate Conference To Cut Emissions

Thursday 9 November 18:40:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: An alliance of major cities including New York, Toronto, and London challenged nation states attending the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany this week "to kick dirty carbon to the curb" and immediately "commit and work straightaway towards carbon neutrality, 100 percent renewable energy, zero-waste and zero-carbon." The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance is a … [Link]

Mashable » Ditch Twitter's annoying new character-count circle with this Chrome extension

Thursday 9 November 18:35:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe only constant is change … unless you've got a handy Chrome extension fighting the tides of time, that is.  And thankfully for anybody who dislikes the recent changes to Twitter, "tiny-tweets" is just such an extension.  SEE ALSO: What 280 characters means for Twitter's future To the consternation of many, Twitter announced on Nov. 8 that all its users would … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Cuban is heavily invested in these two tech companies

Thursday 9 November 18:32:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark Cuban's two biggest bets on Wall Street are tech rivals Amazon and Netflix. The billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank judge confirmed at a conference on Thursday that the online shopping giant constitutes his largest investment followed by the streaming service. SEE ALSO: Mark Cuban let J.J. Barea use his plane to bring supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico Cuban, … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Black Panther' cast comes out in full force with a series of stunning character posters

Thursday 9 November 18:31:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust when you thought Thor: Ragnarok had the coolest cast ever, here comes the Black Panther team to show them how it's done. SEE ALSO: New 'Black Panther' trailer has more Michael B. Jordan, god bless us all Chadwick Boseman and his co-stars have unveiled a series of beautiful character posters for Black Panther, each with a three-word tagline that elegantly … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's Clips app gets a boatload of new AR and 'Star Wars' effects for iPhone X

Thursday 9 November 18:18:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou can now add Clips to the growing list of apps that are ready for the iPhone X. Apple just announced its biggest update yet since it first released the social video app in April. The Clips app now features a redesigned iPhone X-ready interface, including new augmented reality effects, and Star Wars-themed stickers and effects. SEE ALSO: 9 apps that … [Link]

Mashable » The first Arctic blast of the year is here, and it's about to get ass-cold, folks

Thursday 9 November 18:13:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmong New Yorkers, there's a dark hypothesis about fall weather in the city, which is that there's only one "perfect" fall day with crisp sunshine and cool temperatures. For that single day, the city's harsh climate, with torrid heat in the summer and frigid cold and wintry mix events in the winter, is forgiven.  But after that day, which typically occurs … [Link]

Mashable » The Force is strong with this 'Star Wars' controller

Thursday 9 November 18:03:04 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 3327 7016%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ you want to control Sphero's BB-8 with your wrist, buy this incredible Force Band.","image":&quot~ Force is strong with this 'Star Wars' controller","sources&quot~ wars,bb-8,sphero,the force,mashable-shopping,shopping-am~ wars,bb-8,sphero,the force,mashable-shopping,shopping-am~ More about Tech, Star Wars, Bb 8, Sphero, and The Force [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is trying to make a pullout ottoman bed happen and TBH we're into it

Thursday 9 November 17:59:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Forget the Echo Show and the Cloud Cam—this is the Amazon innovation we're here for.  SEE ALSO: Amazon's new furniture line Rivet is here to compete with Ikea and West Elm Amazon's new furniture line Rivet debuted last week and while all of it … [Link]

Mashable » Kanye West's latest sneaker, the Yeezy Mud Rat 500s, are kind of terrible

Thursday 9 November 17:55:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUgly sneakers (or Air Grandads as I like to call them) are kind of having a moment right now.  First Steph Curry released his dad shoes last year. Then, Balenciaga is selling the Triple S trainer monstrosity’s for about $850. And earlier this summer Kanye West released a pair of chunky running shoes called, the Yeezy Wave Runner 700 priced at … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' fans crashed a museum's website trying to buy Dustin's sweatshirt

Thursday 9 November 17:51:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you know just one Stranger Things fan, then you won't be surprised to hear that thousands of them crashed a science museum's website in an attempt to buy replicas of a sweatshirt worn by Gaten Matarazzo on the show. Per a report from Newsweek, folks at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul were delighted to see Matarazzo's character … [Link]

Slashdot » Indian Capital Declares Emergency as Toxic Smog Thickens By the Hour

Thursday 9 November 17:48:19 UTC 2017

New Delhi, the Indian capital declared a pollution emergency on Thursday as toxic smog hung over the city for a third day and air quality worsened by the hour. From a report: Illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi, vehicle exhaust emissions in a city with limited public transport and swirling construction dust have caused the crisis, … [Link]

Mashable » Here is yet another sign the iPhone 8 might be failing

Thursday 9 November 17:38:33 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook 39ae 5519%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ for the glass back, stay for the A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging.","image":&~ iPhone 8 is excellent, but not for everyone","sources":~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","sec0":null,&q~ choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus","videoSeriesName&qu~ More about Apple, Iphone 7, Iphone 8, Iphone X, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Which phone takes the best portrait photos: iPhone X, Pixel 2, or Note 8?

Thursday 9 November 17:31:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou no longer need to buy a big and expensive DSLR with a insanely large lens to get "professional-quality" photos with shallow depth of field. If you have an iPhone (7 Plus, 8 Plus, or X), Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL, or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you can already get great pro-level shots with minimal effort thanks to their "portrait … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is launching a 30-city tour to connect with small businesses

Thursday 9 November 17:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark Zuckerberg will no longer be the only Facebook employee touring America.  Facebook is launching a 30-stop U.S. tour in 2018 to educate small business owners on how to use the product, Zuckerberg announced Thursday while visiting St. Louis. Called Facebook Community Boost, the program will include IRL training on how to get started or further take advantage of digital tools … [Link]

Mashable » Russia's best troll 'Jenna Abrams' is back with an incredible blog post about AI and the Matrix

Thursday 9 November 17:23:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRemember Jenna Abrams? The fake Twitter account that fooled pretty much every news outlet in America (including Mashable) on behalf of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian propaganda farm?  SEE ALSO: That moment you learn you've been yelling at a Russian troll Well, despite being banned from Twitter, Jenna Abrams lives in a blog — you guessed it, it's The … [Link]

Mashable » Become a better communicator by improving these essential skills

Thursday 9 November 17:22:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Ever since Twitter made 280 characters available to everyone, it seems like the site has become a wall of text. If you find yourself saying TL;DR one too many times, then taking a course in speed reading might be the way to go — … [Link]

Mashable » As a powerful male CEO, I didn’t believe in the gender pay gap. Then I got stuck in a well.

Thursday 9 November 17:11:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs a powerful male CEO, for a long time I had trouble believing in the gender pay gap.  Women make less than men to do the same job? Or, men are more likely to hold higher positions of power than women? How about more like pigs can fly now? Man, did I just come up with that myself? I am so … [Link]

Slashdot » Sean Parker Unloads on Facebook 'Exploiting' Human Psychology

Thursday 9 November 17:10:00 UTC 2017

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, spoke to news outlet Axios about the ways social networks have made hundreds of millions of users addicted to their platforms. He said, from the interview: When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and they would say, 'I'm not on social media.' And I would … [Link]

Mashable » This sausage baby is a tribute to Andy Murray's big news and it's horrifying people

Thursday 9 November 17:08:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSome artists work in watercolours, some in clay, others in sausage meat. SEE ALSO: Roger Federer wore a kilt to a tennis match and it's cooler than you'll ever be A butchers in Andy Murray's hometown of Dunblane have honoured the arrival of Andy Murray's newborn daughter with a sausage homage to the baby. This meaty tribute is causing quite a … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Giant coconut crab sneaks up on a sleeping bird and kills it

Thursday 9 November 17:03:00 UTC 2017

Coconut crabs were thought to be purely opportunistic scavengers, but these huge arthropods are actually active predators that may dominate their island homes [Link]

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

Thursday 9 November 17:02:57 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 » What we’re doing now will make the ocean completely unliveable

Thursday 9 November 17:02:47 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]

Mashable » Online reviews are a mess

Thursday 9 November 16:58:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYelp doesn’t get the best reviews these days. Check the company’s own business page on its website, and you’ll find a laundry list of single-star reasons why people have come to mistrust the reviews hub: high-profile scandals, accusations of censorship, conspiracy theories. “They suppress real customer reviews that don't fit into their utopian view of what a review should be,” said … [Link]

Mashable » Hey fitness fans, get these sweatproof wireless headphones for 88% off

Thursday 9 November 16:56:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Wired headphones always get in the way of a good workout, so why not go wireless with these headphones and make your exercise a little more seamless? SEE ALSO: Stay hands-free with this sleek, Bluetooth headset (that's 85% off) This pair of headphones can … [Link]

Mashable » Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley brilliantly trolled Donald Trump at the CMAs

Thursday 9 November 16:56:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It seems like trolling POTUS is a trendy celebrity activity to do these days. Last night at the Country Music Association 2017 Awards, hosts and country singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley used their platform to poke fun at Trump. SEE ALSO: Trump has changed dating forever. Ugh. Underwood and Paisley began the night by recognizing the country's recent tragedies … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Meet the winners of the biggest ever face-recognition challenge

Thursday 9 November 16:45:00 UTC 2017

Everyone from Apple to the security services is scrambling to improve their face-recognition software – just how good is it? [Link]

Mashable » HBO is getting all the 'Harry Potter' movies and you're never leaving your home again

Thursday 9 November 16:40:42 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f21%2ff4b1d929 75c8 449e ad29 3894b612667d Read more… {"player":{"descript~ at Hogwarts has long been a dream for millions of Harry Potter fans. Now, for those willing to pay up, the dream could (sort of) become a reality.","image":&q~ Potter' in Two Minutes","sources":[~ potter","sec0":null,~ potter","videoSeriesName&~ More about Entertainment, Movies, Hbo, Streaming, and Harry Potter [Link]

Mashable » These innovative solutions to climate change are making serious waves

Thursday 9 November 16:36:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookClimate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing our global community. Though the jury is still out on whether the planet's warming climate is to blame for recent events like Hurricane Irma or the devastating flooding in South Asia, the scientific community agrees: if we continue on the same path of energy consumption, natural disasters will only become … [Link]

Mashable » Chance the Rapper spoke at a Chicago City Council meeting to protest a new $95 million police facility

Thursday 9 November 16:36:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo matter how big Chance the Rapper gets, he remains a Chicagoan through and through. The rapper has used his ever expanding platform in support of Chicago Public Schools and communities he grew up in. Now, he's using it to oppose $95 million spending proposal on a new police training facility, joining the #NoCopAcademy movement in the Windy City.  The City … [Link]

Slashdot » Philippine Outsourcing Industry Braces For AI

Thursday 9 November 16:30:00 UTC 2017

The outsourcing industry in the Philippines, which has dethroned India as the country with the most call centers in the world, is worried that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will eat into the $23 billion sector. From a report: AI-powered translators could dilute the biggest advantage the Philippines has, the wide use of English, an industry meeting was told … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter pauses verification requests after verifying a white supremacist

Thursday 9 November 16:28:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHoping to get verified on Twitter? Don't bother trying right now. Twitter is pausing all general verification requests, the company announced Thursday. The decision comes days after Twitter verified Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.  SEE ALSO: Twitter’s 280-character limit is exactly what tweets didn’t need … [Link]

Mashable » See the Northern Lights shimmer over Michigan in hypnotic time-lapse

Thursday 9 November 16:23:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's that time of year again: the leaves are falling, your breath frosts on the air, and, in some parts of the country, the Northern Lights shimmer in corners of the night sky. SEE ALSO: Auroras dance above Earth in gorgeous new 4K video from space On Tuesday night, a solar storm affected Earth after hot plasma was ejected from … [Link]

Mashable » How to make your iPhone X look completely see-through for free

Thursday 9 November 16:15:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe hardest part of buying a shiny new iPhone X isn't paying it off, but picking a wallpaper to plaster all over its gigantic display. Now, you can make your iPhone X stand out from the crowd with one of these teardown wallpapers by iFixit that expose all of the phone's inside components. SEE ALSO: How to charge your iPhone X … [Link]

Mashable » Apple (!) lands Jennifer Aniston/Reese Witherspoon show and we need to binge it now, pls

Thursday 9 November 16:15:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApples quest for world domination continues, and it has its eyes on TV next. The tech company secured a highly-sought new drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon that networks have been eyeing for some time. The series is based on Brian Stelter's Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV and will explore – you guessed it … [Link]

Mashable » Your star sign actually determines how you use your iPhone, trust us

Thursday 9 November 16:12:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour Zodiac sign doesn't just affect your IRL personality.  SEE ALSO: Put down the glitter. This app adds sparkles to your Instagrams. It also shapes the way you use your iPhone—right down to your number of unread texts, the apps you're into and even your folder system.  Astrologers Margaret Hodge and Carrie Eddins give us the low-down on our star signs … [Link]

Mashable » Best Buy's early Black Friday deals include a sale on that Instant Pot you all loved

Thursday 9 November 16:08:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Best Buy has been unveiling their Black Friday deals on big electronics over the last few days, but one you may have missed is a sale on the Instant Pot that was a big hit on Amazon Prime Day. SEE ALSO: A Kickstarter project … [Link]

Mashable » In both whisky and business, it pays to play the long game

Thursday 9 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE is blessed with more than a great nose and palate, he operates with what appears to be a sixth sense. The longest serving malt master in the industry, Stewart’s ability to plan 40 or even 50 years in advance is nothing short of extraordinary. From choice of oak to the careful selection … [Link]

Mashable » Second actress accuses 'Gossip Girl' star Ed Westwick of rape

Thursday 9 November 15:54:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother sexual assault allegation has come out against former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick, this time from actress Aurélie Wynn. A few days after Kristina Cohen spoke out against Westwick, claiming he raped her three years ago, Wynn — who went by the stage name Aurelie Marie Cao before retiring from her acting career —  wrote a Facebook post explaining she … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft To Integrate 3rd-party Security Info Into Its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Service

Thursday 9 November 15:52:00 UTC 2017

Microsoft is partnering with other security vendors to integrate their macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android security wares with its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service From a report: Microsoft has announced the first three such partners: Bitdefender, Lookoutm and Ziften. These companies will feed any threats detected into the single Windows Defender ATP console. With Defender ATP, every device … [Link]

Mashable » Vortx is a device that lets you experience the elements as they happen on screen

Thursday 9 November 15:46:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Imagine feeling the heat of a flamethrower when you pull one out in Battlefield, or the wind against you when you ride on your horse in Breath of the Wild, or the taste of salt when Bastion whittles away your health and kills you … [Link]

Mashable » Portia de Rossi says Steven Seagal sexually harassed her during audition

Thursday 9 November 15:42:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother woman has come forward to accuse Steven Seagal of sexual harassment.  SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein reportedly hired private investigators to discredit accusers Portia de Rossi tweeted that the actor unzipped his pants during an audition for one of his movies. She ran out and called her agent who replied: "Well, I didn't know if he was your type." My final … [Link]

Mashable » Armed mosquitoes to battle invasive, disease-carrying mosquitoes in the U.S.

Thursday 9 November 15:39:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleared the mosquito control startup MosquitoMate this week to unleash its lab-bred insects upon an aggressively biting mosquito species in the U.S. MosquitoMate can now deploy its genetically modified male Asian tiger mosquitoes in 20 U.S. states ridden with the same invasive, disease-carrying species.  The males won't actually kill the female mosquitoes. Instead, they play a … [Link]

Mashable » Sean Parker made billions off of Facebook. Today he basically called it evil.

Thursday 9 November 15:37:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou always hurt the ones you love, right? That's the only way we can explain Facebook's founding president Sean Parker's damning words about the world's largest social media platform. Speaking to Axios at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Parker selected the angry reaction and unloaded on Facebook, describing it as "exactly the kind of thing a hacker like … [Link]

Mashable » Stay hands-free with this sleek, Bluetooth headset (that's 85% off)

Thursday 9 November 15:32:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Who doesn't love a hands-free experience using their smartphones? It's convenient and makes you look like a cool business person on your way to a very important meeting — or like you're part of the secret service. Hop on the Bluetooth train with this … [Link]

Mashable » These ingenious in-ear buds are the Rolls Royce of headphones

Thursday 9 November 15:22:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. One would think that in the near-century since headphones were first invented in the kitchen of a guy named Nathaniel Baldwin, humanity would have perfected the technology by now. Alas, one would be wrong: Your average headphones — say, those white Apple earbuds that everyone … [Link]

Mashable » Samantha Bee thinks we'll get a female president, but it's no one you expect

Thursday 9 November 15:19:45 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Americans: We may still get a female president but Samantha Bee says it's not who you think.  "I think maybe our first female president might be Ivanka Trump," Bee told Ana Gasteyer at the New York Comedy Festival. “I’m not joking,” added Bee after the crowd audibly cringed. “I’m so sorry that I said that.”  SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee: Ivanka … [Link]

Slashdot » Windows 10's Version of AirDrop Lets You Quickly Share Files Between PCs

Thursday 9 November 15:17:34 UTC 2017

Microsoft is testing its "Near Share" feature of Windows 10 in the latest Insider build (17035) today, which will let Windows 10 PCs share documents or photos to PCs nearby via Bluetooth. The Verge reports: A new Near Share option will be available in the notification center, and the feature can be accessed through the main share function in Windows … [Link]

Mashable » PornHub launches new sex toy line for couples to spice up holiday shopping season

Thursday 9 November 15:07:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI don't care what the calendar says, it's the holiday season and that means it's time to start thinking about presents — even the sexy kind. PornHub has rolled out a new line of sex toys just in time. SEE ALSO: Can artificial intelligence revolutionize porn? The new line is produced in conjunction with famed sex toy retailer Ann Summers and … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo Switch gets its first streaming service this week: Hulu

Thursday 9 November 15:04:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou’ll finally be able to stream TV shows and movies on your Nintendo Switch starting this week. Hulu is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop sometime in the week, Nintendo revealed today in its Nintendo Download email, buried among a list of new games releasing between today and Nov. 14. SEE ALSO: In less than a year, the Nintendo Switch is … [Link]

Mashable » BBC shares first photo of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and we're screaming

Thursday 9 November 14:52:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCan we speed up time, please? BBC shared a first look of Jodie Whittaker as the new star of Doctor Who, and we could not be more ready to see how this series grows. Whittaker is the thirteenth Doctor, taking over from Peter Capaldi.  SEE ALSO: 'Doctor Who' star Peter Capaldi predicts that you'll enjoy the first female Time Lord Whittaker … [Link]

Slashdot » NASA: We're Not Building Flying Taxi Software For Uber

Thursday 9 November 14:50:00 UTC 2017

News outlets reported on Wednesday that Uber had signed a contract with NASA to develop software for the ride-hailing company's autonomous "flying taxis." A day later, the space agency has clarified its involvement in the project and the specifics of the contract. From the report: Uber's chief product officer Jeff Holden spoke at the Web Summit in Lisbon yesterday where … [Link]

Mashable » This mirror can become your personal makeup consultant

Thursday 9 November 14:49:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHiMirror is the perfect device for makeup lovers. The mirror analyzes and keeps track of how you're taking care of your skin, as well as gives you tips and trips for not only makeup looks, but for washing your face and keeping your skin healthy. It also updates you on fashion trends and lets you play music.  Read more…More about Mashable … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Facebook can make your profile pic wink and scowl

Thursday 9 November 14:35:00 UTC 2017

Like portraits and pictures in Harry Potter, your Facebook image will soon react to visitors’ actions with happiness, sadness, or anger [Link]

Mashable » Make collaboration easier with this screen capture tool

Thursday 9 November 14:29:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You don't need a fancy camcorder and tripod to make a beautiful, seamlessly edited video. You don't even need the newest smartphone on the market. All you really need is a computer – any computer. From creating step-by-step tutorials for YouTube to sharing an important … [Link]

Mashable » That $1,000 iPhone X actually costs about $370 to make, report claims

Thursday 9 November 14:15:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSaving for an iPhone X? Perhaps you've sold a car or taken an extra job to finance the ultra-expensive new Apple phone? Well, you'll probably be disappointed to know that the $999+ iPhone X actually costs around $370 to produce, according to IHS Markit.  SEE ALSO: Let's take a trip down iPhone memory lane The business intelligence company's engineers have torn … [Link]

Slashdot » The Bitcoin Bubble

Thursday 9 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares an Economist article: More people will trade in Bitcoin and that means more demand, and thus the price should go up. But what is the appeal of Bitcoin? There are really three strands; the limited nature of supply; fears about the long-term value of fiat currencies in an era of quantitative easing; and the appeal of anonymity. … [Link]

Mashable » UberEats is going to let you order food from 'virtual restaurants' that don't exist IRL

Thursday 9 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCraving something, but UberEats doesn't list it in your vicinity? The company has launched a novel way to tackle that issue. Uber will soon serve up dishes from "virtual restaurants," it announced Thursday. SEE ALSO: McDonald's hitches a ride on UberEats in Southeast Asia, starting with Singapore That means you might end up ordering a meal from a restaurant that doesn't … [Link]

Mashable » Reddit bans board where men posted misogynistic content and even advocated rape

Thursday 9 November 13:49:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookReddit’s crackdown on violent content continues with the ban of a board called "Involuntary Celibates" /r/Incels in which people posted misogynistic content and even incited rape.  SEE ALSO: Reddit bans Nazi pages as it cracks down on violent vitriol In its description, the community said it was a "support group for people who lack romantic relationships and sex." But a quick … [Link]

Mashable » Women pose naked, covered in glitter for body positive Instagram project

Thursday 9 November 13:08:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA group of women are covering themselves in glitter and posing naked for an Instagram project which aims to show "real people with real bodies" and encourage body positivity.  SEE ALSO: Edible glitter lattes are the latest travesty to happen to coffee The #positivelyglittered project is, according to its founder Roseanna Mae, "basically a bunch of normal, everyday girls" who get … [Link]

Slashdot » America's 'Retail Apocalypse' Is Really Just Beginning

Thursday 9 November 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The so-called retail apocalypse has become so ingrained in the U.S. that it now has the distinction of its own Wikipedia entry. The industry's response to that kind of doomsday description has included blaming the media for hyping the troubles of a few well-known chains as proof of a systemic meltdown. There … [Link]

Mashable » Real-life 'Iron Man' sets Guinness World Record because of course he does

Thursday 9 November 12:16:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook He's nicknamed the real-life Iron Man for his impressive jet engine flight suit which has a very close resemblance to the Tony Stark's one.  But now Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, can pride himself on setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest-ever flight in a flight suit.  During the third and final attempt over Lagoona Park in … [Link]

Mashable » This K-Pop star is a much bigger deal than Melania Trump

Thursday 9 November 12:01:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTouring around Asia with your megalomaniac husband sure is fun, but if you stand next to a huge K-Pop star, prepare to be ignored. SEE ALSO: Does Melania Trump use a body double? We investigate. Melania was just casually hanging out with some teens in South Korea on Tuesday, when suddenly the girls spotted Minho, a member of the South Korean … [Link]

Mashable » Sean Astin didn't know anything about LOTR when he took the role of Samwise Gamgee

Thursday 9 November 11:22:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook From the Shire to Hawkins, Sean Astin steals our hearts every time. SEE ALSO: All the '80s references you might've missed in 'Stranger Things 2' Sean Astin (a.k.a. Samwise Gamgee) went on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' and met the man who is quite possibly his number one fan… Stephen Colbert. Turns out when Astin's agent called him about … [Link]

Mashable » John Legend pens tribute to English teacher who shaped his career

Thursday 9 November 11:15:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJohn Legend has written about his own high school education in a powerful op-ed about empowering teachers for HuffPost.  SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen slams iPhone X feature because, well, somebody had to say it In the post—entitled "By Empowering Teachers, We Can Level The Playing Field For Every Student"—the singer urged greater support for teachers to "ensure that future generations" will … [Link]

Mashable » Bill Clinton says America needs more immigration and an "inclusive culture"

Thursday 9 November 10:55:13 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Things sure have changed since 1993. SEE ALSO: Watch George W. Bush make Obama laugh about …wait, what? Bill Clinton went on Conan on Wednesday night. When asked whether America had changed a lot since his presidency, Clinton's answer was "yes and no." Clinton went on to speak very eloquently about the state of America, its need for immigration to … [Link]

Mashable » Finn Wolfhard hits back at 'Stranger Things' trolls with a powerful statement

Thursday 9 November 10:48:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEnough is enough.  SEE ALSO: The 'Stranger Things' cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending Despite the fact that the Stranger Things protagonists are kids, they've been receiving all sorts of criticism and harassment, and Finn Wolfhard a.k.a. Mike Wheeler, 14, has something important to say about it.  "Hey everybody! I don't wanna ex-communicate anyone from this fandom, … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Stranger Things' kids just did a Motown medley with James Corden and they killed it

Thursday 9 November 10:15:25 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Damn, Dustin can sing. SEE ALSO: The 'Stranger Things' cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending Those kids from Stranger Things are still going strong, and they were guests on The Late Late Show on Wednesday night.  They did a sketch with the host James Corden, detailing their pre-Stranger Things career as a Motown cover band. At … [Link]

Slashdot » Windows 10's Version ofd AirDrop Lets You Quickly Share Files Between PCs

Thursday 9 November 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Microsoft is testing its "Near Share" feature of Windows 10 in the latest Insider build (17035) today, which will let Windows 10 PCs share documents or photos to PCs nearby via Bluetooth. The Verge reports: A new Near Share option will be available in the notification center, and the feature can be accessed through the main share function in Windows … [Link]

Mashable » TripAdvisor will warn users about hotels with sexual assault incidents, but only for a while

Thursday 9 November 9:27:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTripAdvisor is naming and shaming hotels where cases of sexual assault have been reported — but the black mark is only temporary. The travel platform has begun placing digital warning badges on the pages of hotels where people have reported sexual assault. SEE ALSO: TripAdvisor scrutinized for deleting warnings of rape at Mexico resorts The badges will identify "health, safety and … [Link]

Mashable » Ford the river with kombucha and craft beer in the millennial version of 'The Oregon Trail'

Thursday 9 November 8:55:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPlayed The Oregon Trail in school? The classic classroom frontier game has had a modern day makeover. An ambitious promotional tool from Travel Oregon, a "semi-independent" agency created by the Oregon Legislature, Travel Oregon: The Game is an homage to the educational staple, allowing you to explore all seven regions of the state.  SEE ALSO: The iOS game that lets you … [Link]

Mashable » 6-year-old Arabella is still Trump's greatest diplomat in China

Thursday 9 November 8:06:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookShe’s only six years old, but she might be Donald Trump's greatest diplomatic tool for China. The U.S. president took a video of his granddaughter, Arabella Kushner, along to China this week, specially made for Chinese president Xi Jinping. SEE ALSO: Ivanka Trump posts another video of her daughter singing in Chinese and it worked The video, which was later released … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Recruits AMD RTG Exec Raja Koduri To Head New Visual Computing Group

Thursday 9 November 7:00:00 UTC 2017

MojoKid writes: Intel just announced that former AMD Radeon Technologies Group SVP, Raja Koduri, would be joining its team to head up a newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group, and as a general manager of a new initiative to drive edge and client visual computing solutions. With Koduri's help, Intel plans to unify and expand its IP across multiple … [Link]

Mashable » Carrie Underwood pays tribute to Las Vegas victims at the Country Music Awards

Thursday 9 November 6:22:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Carrie Underwood delivered a moving tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting at this year's Country Music Awards. Underwood was co-hosting the awards on Wednesday night, and took to the stage to perform the song, "Come Home," while images of those killed in the Oct. 1 shooting were shown on screens. The performance followed a few mentions of … [Link]

Mashable » Some poor guy had to sit between Trump and South Korea's president for a 'casual' meal

Thursday 9 November 5:13:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOh man, imagine having to be this guy. On Tuesday, U.S. president Donald Trump stopped by military base Camp Humphreys for lunch, during his official visit to South Korea. For some reason, they sat one single soldier between Trump and South Korean president, Moon Jae-in. So that guy sat awkwardly while Trump and Moon talked across him. SEE ALSO: Trump’s transgender … [Link]

Mashable » Man feeds kangaroos toast, still gets attacked by one

Thursday 9 November 4:58:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother reminder that despite their somewhat cute appearance, kangaroos are yes, still wild animals. An 80-year-old man has been injured after being attacked by a kangaroo on Thursday morning at Bendalong, located in New South Wales, Australia.  SEE ALSO: Buff kangaroo probably has a very particular set of skills, and will find you He suffered multiple cuts to his lower legs … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen King thinks 'Stranger Things 2' is 'balls to the wall entertainment'

Thursday 9 November 4:24:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStephen King is the most iconic name in horror.  Do I even need to list his novels? The Shining, It, Misery, Cujo, and on and on into infinity.  SEE ALSO: The 'Stranger Things' cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending So if you impress him, you've done something right. And boy, did Stranger Things 2 impress Stephen King.  … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Save Child's Life By Growing Him New Skin

Thursday 9 November 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: The German doctors realized they had to do something drastic or their seven-year-old patient would die. The boy had escaped war-ravaged Syria with his parents, and a rare genetic disease had left him with raw, blistering sores over 80 percent of his body. His doctors in a children's burn unit tried … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter verified another white supremacist

Thursday 9 November 3:07:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother white supremacist received the blue checkmark on Twitter indicating that this is an account that's verified and legit. This time Twitter rubber-stamped the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally organizer Jason Kessler. He last made headlines for getting punched in the face during an attempted press conference about the racist rally that resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Feed your enemies to Dart from 'Stranger Things' with this oddly satisfying generator

Thursday 9 November 2:45:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've watched Stranger Things 2, you'll know what happens if you feed a wee baby Demogorgon. And while Dustin's pet food of choice was nougat, Netflix's new website is letting you feed your worst enemies to D'Artagnan, or Dart. SEE ALSO: Here's what that creepy 'Stranger Things 2' ending means for Season 3 Built to promote the second season of … [Link]

Mashable » Louis Theroux is still a delight, even when trying to figure out Australian slang

Thursday 9 November 2:24:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Nope, Louis Theroux can do no wrong. Even while he haphazardly tries to figure out Australian slang, as part of a video to help promote local cinema screenings of his latest documentary Heroin Town and new shows airing on BBC Knowledge in the country.  Here he tries his hand at guessing the meaning of words like arvo, dinki-di, cozzie, and … [Link]

Mashable » Roku's big strategy change paid off

Thursday 9 November 2:23:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRoku stocks are soaring after the company nailed its first earnings report since going public earlier this fall. While the set-top box maker is not quite profitable, it managed to post a smaller loss ($7.9 million) than Wall Street had expected ($12.7 million) thanks to especially strong revenue growth in ads and licensing its software. The company’s overall revenue grew to … [Link]

Mashable » Kevin Spacey completely cut from his next movie

Thursday 9 November 2:19:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe are swiftly learning that "isolated incident" is not a part of the narrative of sexual misconduct accusations gripping Hollywood – where there is one allegation, more are likely soon to follow. This is not lost on Sony Pictures, which on Wednesday – the same day new groping allegations surfaced against Kevin Spacey – reportedly decided that the Oscar winner will … [Link]

Mashable » Capri Sun-style pouches of whisky are the best thing to happen since whisky

Thursday 9 November 2:15:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookForget wine of the month clubs — what we truly need are whisky of the month clubs. A new subscription service called Whisky Me recently launched in the U.K., and while the idea of subscription boxes with booze is nothing new, the company's packaging is pretty neat. SEE ALSO: Weed beer could become a thing, thanks to the company that owns … [Link]

Mashable » Hey ‘Stranger Things’ fans, maybe don’t sexualize kids

Thursday 9 November 1:49:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Nov. 8, 2017, 8:24 p.m. PST This story has been updated to include Mike Sington's statement and apology about his tweet featuring Millie Bobby Brown.  Millie Bobbie Brown, the 13-year-old actress who plays Eleven on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, has been on a weeks-long press tour promoting the show's new season.  Everywhere she turns up, whether it's Good … [Link]

Mashable » Equifax is making an app, because apparently screwing 143 million people wasn’t enough

Thursday 9 November 1:29:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs America's corporate embodiment of negligence and greed, Equifax has gone to great lengths to solidify its place as one of the world's most hated companies. But that's all about to change, dear friends and neighbors, because the corporation that lost the personal information of potentially 143 million individuals to hackers are about to be here for you in a big … [Link]

Slashdot » Chrome Update Kills Annoying Redirects and Trick-To-Click Popups

Thursday 9 November 1:25:00 UTC 2017

Google is releasing updates to Chrome 64 and Chrome 65 to put a halt to page redirects and trick-to-click popups. The update is coming to both the desktop and Android apps. Android Central reports: With Chrome 64, every redirect from a third-party iframe will show an info bar instead of sending you off to some other page. This way we … [Link]

Mashable » Politician calmly handles confrontation with far-right 'racists'

Thursday 9 November 1:16:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAgain, some people are unkind. Australian politician Sam Dastyari, who is of Iranian descent, was confronted by men at a Melbourne pub on Wednesday. The men claimed to be from a far-right group called Patriot Blue, and continually harassed Dastyari, all while captured on camera. SEE ALSO: Papa John's politely asks racists to stop buying its pizzas, please "You terrorist. You … [Link]

Mashable » Porg babies from 'The Last Jedi' are here and, uh, what are we looking at exactly

Thursday 9 November 1:09:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs with all babies, we knew they were coming — but it's still a shock when they arrived.  Porgs, those beloved `puffin-like creatures in The Last Jedi, will also be seen on screen in a baby version — and as of Wednesday we have our first look at them, above, thanks to a Japanese toy website.  SEE ALSO: Porgs may be … [Link]

Slashdot » Federal Prosecutors Charge Man With Hiring Hackers To Sabotage Former Employer

Thursday 9 November 1:05:00 UTC 2017

According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors have charged a man with paying computer hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employer. From the report: The FBI says the case represents a growing form of cybercrime in which professional hackers are paid to inflict damage on individuals, businesses and others who rely on digital devices connected to the web. … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX Rocket Engine Explodes During Test

Thursday 9 November 0:45:00 UTC 2017

According to The Washington Post, a SpaceX rocket engine exploded Sunday (Nov. 5) at the company's test facility in McGregor, Texas. The explosion reportedly occurred during a "qualification test" of a Merlin engine, the type that powers SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket. reports: SpaceX has suspended engine testing while it investigates what caused the incident, which didn't injure anyone, … [Link]

Mashable » Chris Hemsworth posts touching tribute to the true victim of 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Thursday 9 November 0:41:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSpoiler alert: This post contains plot details for Thor: Ragnarok. There were plenty of casualties in Thor: Ragnarok (sure, a whole planet exploded and Odin disappeared into a cloud of sparkles, but we're mostly still pissed about the deaths of the Warriors Three), but of all the losses our mighty hero suffered in his latest MCU outing, clearly nothing was more … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat redesign will include algorithmic feed, report says

Thursday 9 November 0:18:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBig changes are headed for Snapchat. Yesterday, speaking during Snap's Q3 earnings call, CEO Evan Spiegel teased a major redesign, saying the company was in the midst of "redesigning our application to make it easier to use."  Now, we know a bit more about what that redesign will look like, thanks to a new report from Business Insider. SEE ALSO: Hundreds … [Link]

Mashable » These pop-up bike racks 'disappear' into the pavement when they're not in use

Thursday 9 November 0:15:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBike racks are pretty damn vital to public spaces, but what if we could put them away them until we needed them? Industrial product designer and Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Milou Berg has created a new pop-up bike rack that "disappears" into the pavement when not in use.  SEE ALSO: Someone built an electric bike for water Shown during Dutch Design … [Link]

Slashdot » Nearly a Third of Millennials Say They'd Rather Own Bitcoin Than Stocks

Thursday 9 November 0:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A survey by venture capital firm Blockchain Capital found that about 30 percent of those in the 18-to-34 age range would rather own $1,000 worth of Bitcoin than $1,000 of government bonds or stocks. The study of more than 2,000 people found that 42 percent of millennials are at least somewhat familiar … [Link]


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