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

ProgrammableWeb » Facebook Announces the Release of Graph API v2.11 and Messenger Platform v2.2

Friday 10 November 23:49:05 UTC 2017

Facebook has announced the release of Graph API v2.11 and the release of Messenger Platform v2.2 which includes the availability of the Messenger Broadcast API (open beta) and the Page Insights API. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Oh, About that API that Yahoo! Killed Without Warning Developers

Friday 10 November 23:37:36 UTC 2017

Across the API economy, deactivating an API without first warning the developers who are using it is regarded as one of the best ways to destroy your reputation as a reliable API provider. So, when reports first surfaced on Hacker News that Yahoo obliterated one of its stock data APIs without warning, you can imagine how surprised we were. After … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A ‘magic number’ of people walking across a bridge makes it sway

Friday 10 November 23:30:00 UTC 2017

We thought walking in lock step made bridges sway, like London’s Millennium Bridge when it opened. But it turns out crowd size matters more than rhythm [Link]

Mashable » This little kid absolutely loves 'Jeopardy'

Friday 10 November 23:26:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook This kid is already well on his way to being a future Jeopardy champion. Redditor HomesteaderWannabe posted a clip of their 13-month-old to the site on Friday, showing off how their little one is in love with the quiz game show Jeopardy. At the beginning of the video, the toddler is just sitting on the kitchen floor, doing baby stuff … [Link]

Slashdot » EA Buys Out a Game Studio After Shutting Another One Down 3 Weeks Ago

Friday 10 November 23:20:00 UTC 2017

EA has acquired the video game studio Respawn Entertainment. "The studio, co-founded by former Infinity Ward chiefs and Call of Duty co-creators in the wake of their departure from Activision, has been bought out in a deal whose total value could reach $455 million," reports Ars Technica. "The news by itself may seem odd, considering that EA shut down one … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook added a 'crisis donate button' to help disaster victims

Friday 10 November 23:17:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFrom natural disasters to terror events, Facebook has been continuously expanding the capabilities of its Crisis Response Hub, which they rolled out in September of 2017.  Now, in addition to following the latest news or checking the status of friends in at-risk areas, Facebook has provided its users with another way to give back. On Friday, the social network unveiled the … [Link]

Mashable » Louis C.K. dropped by FX, manager and publicist amid sexual misconduct revelations

Friday 10 November 22:58:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFX Networks and FX Productions are cutting ties with Louis C.K. following allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the comedian by five women in a New York Times report — allegations that C.K. confirmed in a statement Friday. C.K. will "no longer serve as an executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him," … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone X might have a little green problem

Friday 10 November 22:52:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82653%2f5ca5c9a7 66b6 4e69 a5ec 8ac6d004d317 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ we have a hands on review of the iPhone X. We compare the iPhone X to classic iPhone models.","image":&qu~ Iphone X Review","sources":[{~ apps,emojis,iphone x","sec0":null,&quot~ apps,emojis,iphone x","videoSeriesName"~ More about Flaws, Iphone X, Oled Display, Tech, and Big Tech Companies [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Drops Over $1,000 In Value Over 48 Hours

Friday 10 November 22:40:00 UTC 2017

sqorbit writes: Bitcoin dropped below $7,000 after hitting an all-time high. After the so-called "fork" was suspended, Bitcoin reached a peak of $7,888 around 1800 GMT on Wednesday before dropping down below $7,000. Some investors appear to be selling in order to buy "Bitcoin Cash" which was a split on August 1st. Bitcoin Cash reached $850. Share on Google+ Read more of this … [Link]

Mashable » Hope Solo accuses former FIFA president of sexual assault

Friday 10 November 22:35:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust before decorated American soccer player Hope Solo walked out to give an award, the former head of FIFA allegedly grabbed her bottom. Solo said the incident occurred just as she was about to give her teammate, Abby Wambach, a player of the year trophy at a FIFA awards ceremony in January 2013. She was presenting with the former head of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Super Smash Bros.' tournament organizer sells his own house to keep things running

Friday 10 November 22:33:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNot every business decision turns out to be a success, and sometimes that really, really, really sucks. Michael "FullMetal" Buchheit, the organizer of the Super Smash Bros. tournament series Tipped Off, organized his twelfth Tipped Off set to go down in Georgia this weekend. But unlike previous years, not enough people signed up to cover the costs of hosting the tournament, … [Link]

Mashable » The best tech deals this weekend: Bose headphones, XBox One X, Roku

Friday 10 November 22:27:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Black Friday is coming, but if you're trying to spread out your holiday shopping you can still get some pretty great deals before the madness starts.  SEE ALSO: Best Buy's early Black Friday deals include a sale on that Instant Pot you all loved … [Link]

Mashable » Why You're Attracted to Your iPhone Color

Friday 10 November 22:27:06 UTC 2017

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

New Scientist – News » Human arrivals wiped out the Caribbean’s giant ground sloths

Friday 10 November 22:20:00 UTC 2017

Many giant mammals in the Americas have died out but it has been hard to say whether humans or natural events were responsible. Now, in the Caribbean at least, we know [Link]

Slashdot » Following Equifax Breach, CEO Doesn't Know If Data Is Encrypted

Friday 10 November 21:55:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechTarget: Equifax alerted the public in September 2017 to a massive data breach that exposed the personal and financial information — including names, birthdays, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers — of approximately 145 million customers in the United States to hackers. Following the Equifax breach, the former CEO Richard Smith and … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to produce your own music and you could become the next Timbaland

Friday 10 November 21:53:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. For anyone who's ever dreamt of being a rock star, it's not too late. With the Ultimate Music Production Bundle, a collection of seven courses that's available now at a 96% discount, you can get a crash course in the professional tools needed to … [Link]

Mashable » Y'all, NYC has a real-life 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

Friday 10 November 21:32:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter 56 years, it's finally time to channel your inner Holly Golightly and have a fabulous Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Tiffany & Co. has officially opened up the Blue Box Café located in its NYC flagship story this Friday.  SEE ALSO: Tiffany & Co. is selling a $9,000 ball of yarn and everything is ridiculous While the pretentiously small meals will cost … [Link]

Mashable » Read an exclusive excerpt from upcoming YA thriller 'People Like Us'

Friday 10 November 21:28:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWinter is coming, which means it's time to find some new books to sink your teeth into on cold nights. Luckily, this winter is set be full of binge-worthy books. And even better, MashReads has an exclusive excerpt from one of those upcoming titles: Dana Mele's debut novel, People Like Us. SEE ALSO: The best new horror story of the season … [Link]

Mashable » Sleep like royalty on these bed sheets that are now on sale for $30

Friday 10 November 21:14:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you really want to treat yourself this year, you should invest in a nice set of bed sheets. But it can be difficult to find high-quality sheets, especially ones that don't completely break the bank. SEE ALSO: It's about time the fitted sheet … [Link]

Mashable » A remote-controlled vibrator secretly recorded user's entire sex session. Eek.

Friday 10 November 21:09:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWelp. Here's another scenario to add to your list of terrifying ways a remote-controlled vibrator can turn against you. In a post Wednesday, Redditor tydoctor detailed a deeply disturbing incident related to the Lovense remote-controlled vibrator app:   "I was going through my phone media to prepare it for a factory reset and came across a .3gp file named "tempSoundPlay.3gp" in … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's 10 biggest screw-ups, ranked

Friday 10 November 21:07:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite what you've maybe read, Apple — true story — ain't perfect. Far from it. Even its fanciest and most expensive phone of all time, the iPhone X, is already getting a decent share of flak from its first buyers (especially those in, uh, inclement weather).  SEE ALSO: Apple.com has been taken over by the iPhone X So goes the kinks … [Link]

Mashable » Is your iPhone X unresponsive in the cold? Apple is working on a fix

Friday 10 November 21:03:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter user complaints that the iPhone X's screen becomes unresponsive in very cold weather, Apple has announced it's working on a software update to address the issue. The issue was raised by a Reddit user on Thursday, and several other users chimed in, saying they've experienced something similar.  SEE ALSO: A hands-on review of the iPhone X "I've noticed that my … [Link]

Mashable » An app where teenagers lip synch reportedly got bought for $1 billion

Friday 10 November 21:02:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook$1 billion. That was the price tag for what's cool, according to Justin Timberlake Sean Parker's conversation with Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg. Apparently, it's still true.  Musical.ly just sold to Beijing Bytedance Technology, the companies announced Friday. The price tag was between $800 million to $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. If you haven't heard of Musical.ly, you may be … [Link]

Mashable » Zoolz is a storage solution that automatically backs up data for you

Friday 10 November 20:59:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You know that moment of panic when you realize that you shouldn’t have deleted something? Yeah, it happens to everyone.One time, Pixar accidentally deleted the unfinished Toy Story 2 movie file and nearly lost the entire thing. One of their employees luckily had a … [Link]

Mashable » Woman finds her cats sprawled out on the floor after eating her marijuana plants

Friday 10 November 20:55:13 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Forget catnip, the good stuff is here. A woman in Massachusetts had a little issue with her grow lights for her cannabis plants, so she moved them to her porch in order for them to continue to soak up the sun a bit.  Unfortunately, the woman found out the hard way that her two cats have developed a taste for … [Link]

Slashdot » Here Comes the World's Biggest Shopping Spree — Again

Friday 10 November 20:50:00 UTC 2017

A reader shares a report: On Nov. 11, China celebrates Singles Day, a holiday dedicated to the nation's unattached. It's also the world's largest shopping festival — and a bonanza for internet giant Alibaba Group. Up to 500 million consumers will visit sites run by the company searching for discounts on items including Bordeaux wine, UGG boots, SUVs, and high-end … [Link]

Mashable » UPS has a plan to transform diesel trucks into electric vehicles

Friday 10 November 20:49:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPS is giving some its fossil-fuel powered vehicles a green energy makeover.  The company has over 108,000 delivery vehicles deployed on routes around the world. More than 770 of those are powered by electric or hybrid motors, and UPS wants to add to that number without actually buying any new vehicles.   UPS will team up with the New York State … [Link]

Mashable » Sony is giving a free month of PlayStation Plus to victims of natural disasters

Friday 10 November 20:39:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter a handful of natural disasters caused damage and devastation around the globe these past few months, Sony decided to ease some PlayStation players' woes. In a thoughtful gesture from Sony, a bunch of PlayStation 4 owners in areas affected by recent natural disasters received a free, one-month extension on their PlayStation Plus online memberships.  Reddit users in Texas, Mexico, Puerto … [Link]

Mashable » People are willing to pay $150K for this old Honda Accord thanks to this viral video

Friday 10 November 20:22:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMax Lanman thought it would be funny to make an advertisement to sell his girlfriend's '96 Honda Accord. His spoof's popularity drove the auction price so high that eBay took down the listing. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Ebay, Viral Videos, Mashable Video, and Honda [Link]

Mashable » Salman Rushdie, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari and others call for end to ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

Friday 10 November 20:21:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWorld leaders will do a lot of talking while they're gathered in the Philippines this week for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, but a group of notable writers, actors and others would like them to take a brief moment and listen. Salman Rushdie, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, and many others signed their names to an op-ed in The Guardian … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Changes APIs In Latest Play Services SDK

Friday 10 November 20:19:02 UTC 2017

Google has rolled out Google Play Services SDK 11.6.0, which introduces major changes to how the APIs are structured. The company is deprecating one API while decoupling another. The idea is to reduce the amount of boilerplate code needed to use the APIs — something everyone can be happy about. [Link]

Mashable » Heart-wrenching newspaper feature lists names of 33,000 dead refugees

Friday 10 November 20:13:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s difficult for people to conceptualize quantities in large numbers, such as the tens of thousands of people who have died on their journey to Europe, seeking refuge from conflict and poverty.  On Friday, the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel  turned the mounting death tolls into something that would help readers picture the pain: a list of more than 33,000 names of … [Link]

Mashable » Senators finally required to go through sexual harassment prevention training

Friday 10 November 20:10:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs sexual assault allegations continue to circulate through nearly every industry imaginable, Congress is taking preventative action in attempt to ensure the future safety of senators and staffers. On Thursday, members of the Senate voted to make sexual harassment prevention training a requirement for all "members, officers, employees, interns, and fellows of the Senate." SEE ALSO: Watching Elizabeth Warren tell her … [Link]

Mashable » Dunkin' Donuts combined holiday cookies and doughnuts so that you don't have to choose

Friday 10 November 20:10:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter we've had our fill of pumpkin pie, post-Thanksgiving desserts (or full meals, tbh) consist mainly of colorful, iced holiday cookies.  But while this is good news for your sugar-cookie baking grandma, this is bad news for anyone trying to sell you on literally any other dessert. Still, Dunkin' Donuts has discovered a loophole: holiday cookie doughnuts. SEE ALSO: Bride's doughnut … [Link]

Slashdot » Man Who Sent GIF of Laughing Mouse To Employer After DDoS Attack Is Now Arrested

Friday 10 November 20:10:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has arrested and charged a man for launching DDoS attacks against a wide range of targets, including his former employer, a Minnesota-based PoS repair shop. The man, who bought access to a VPN but didn't use it all the time, was caught after registering email accounts and sending taunting emails to victims, including his … [Link]

Mashable » This hat is designed to save lives on the road by alerting drivers dozing off at the wheel

Friday 10 November 20:09:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis isn’t just another trucker hat. It’s actually a wearable tech product being tested by Ford to alert truck drivers each time it detects them becoming drowsy on the wheel. Read more…More about Wearables, Innovation, Ford, Hat, and Road Accidents [Link]

Mashable » We made a Beyoncé-only version of Eminem's 'Walk On Water' so you don't have to

Friday 10 November 19:41:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI feel a little bad for Eminem. On the day of his epic return, the Detroit rapper pulled out all the stops and dropped his first single in a hot minute—"Walk On Water" with Beyoncé joining him on the track. It quickly became a trending topic (truly anything she does will stop the internet), but Eminem had to know what he … [Link]

Mashable » How 'Stranger Things' actors emotionally prepped for that Demogorgan

Friday 10 November 19:35:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFighting the Demogorgon takes a lot of imagination. 'Stranger Things' actors reveal how they conquer the Upside Down world behind-the-scenes.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Netflix, Mashable Video, and Scene [Link]

Slashdot » Programming Language Go Turns 8

Friday 10 November 19:30:00 UTC 2017

On this day, eight years ago, a group of programmers at Google released Go, a brand-new open-source programming language that they hoped would solve some of the problems they faced with Java, C++ and other programming languages. In the past eight years, Go has gotten a tremendous traction, with Go helping drive several services running inside Google. The company, on … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg's first big investor meeting included 'a lot of staring at the desk'

Friday 10 November 19:28:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark Zuckerberg has grown into a damn fine public speaker, even giving a few talks in Mandarin.  But the Facebook CEO wasn't always like that. In fact, Zuckerberg was almost famously awkward in person.  Reid Hoffman, co-Founder of LinkedIn, partner at Greylock Partners, and a Silicon Valley veteran, recently recounted just how painfully quiet Zuck could be—even during important moments. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Ellen Page says she was harassed by Brett Ratner and other Hollywood men

Friday 10 November 19:27:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEllen Page is the latest actress to add her voice to the chorus of sexual harassment allegations against Brett Ratner, who directed Page in X-Men: The Last Stand when she was 18. Page detailed her experience with Ratner — including alleged homophobic and sexist comments on set — in a powerful Facebook post Friday.  Ratner has denied all allegations. Page's X-Men … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's long-legged teddy bear is not only odd, but will probably creep you out

Friday 10 November 19:08:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s no secret that we've all possessed and cherished a stuffed animal growing up and most of us have probably never seen a cuddly toy we didn't want to squeeze – until now.  Introducing: Amazon's longest-legged teddy bear. And yes, it's as every bit as creepy as it sounds.  SEE ALSO: Introducing WikiBear, the Siri of Stuffed Animals The Amazon posting … [Link]

Mashable » 7 Memes That Belong in a Museum

Friday 10 November 19:00:50 UTC 2017

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

Mashable » Louis C.K. responds to sexual misconduct allegations: 'These stories are true'

Friday 10 November 18:58:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLouis C.K. has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct brought by five women in the New York Times. Their accounts, C.K. confirms, are true. In the lengthy statement, C.K. acknowledges misusing his power in the comedy community, saying he didn't think he did anything wrong at the time – but that he has since come to understand why what he did … [Link]

Mashable » Eminem and Beyoncé's surprising new collaboration brought out the jokes on Twitter

Friday 10 November 18:55:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEminem’s new single "Walk On Water" came as a surprise on Friday—not because it means the Detroit rapper is officially back but because it featured the one and only Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.  Regardless of how you feel about Eminem, you have to admit—the Queen shined bright on this one. Her vocals are the first thing you hear and for a lot … [Link]

Slashdot » Exit Interview: Scott Kelly

Friday 10 November 18:53:00 UTC 2017

An excerpt from a new interview of Scott Kelly, now a retired astronaut, who spent 11 months and three days at the International Space Station in one stretch: Q: What does space smell like? It smells different to different people. Some people say it smells sweet. To me it smells like burnt metal, like if you took a blowtorch to … [Link]

Mashable » Deadly smog smothers New Delhi, posing grave health risks

Friday 10 November 18:51:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPollution in India's capital is stuck at extremely dangerous levels, at a time of year when such events are becoming all too common. At times, just breathing in the outside air is equivalent to smoking 45 cigarettes per day. Smog from stubborn late fall weather patterns, agricultural fires, factories, power plants, and vehicles typically peaks in New Delhi at this time. But … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla's newest driving mode is 'Chill'

Friday 10 November 18:29:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTesla streamed out a new software update to its electric vehicles this week; included is a new acceleration mode called simply "Chill." Earlier this week, the car reviewer DragTimes posted a video in which they stumbled upon the new mellow driving option while testing out the latest update in a Tesla Model S, the company's luxury-class electric vehicle. Here's how Tesla, … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber Drivers Have Rights on Wages and Time Off, UK Panel Rules

Friday 10 November 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Uber suffered a blow on Friday to its operations in its biggest market outside the United States when a British panel ruled in London rejected the company's argument that its drivers were self employed. The decision, which affirmed a ruling made last year, means that Uber will have to ensure its drivers in Britain are paid a minimum wage and … [Link]

Mashable » Are you brave enough for bright brows?

Friday 10 November 17:59:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBright blue eyebrows aren't just for Millhouse anymore. Yes, "rainbow brows" are enjoying some time in the spotlight, thanks in large part to hype for an upcoming brow pomade from Kat Von D. The product, called Super Brow, will allow people with nearly any hair color (even bright, non-natural shades) to match their locks and brows — a win for anyone … [Link]

Mashable » 'Justice League' is more upbeat than its predecessor, and so are its early reactions

Friday 10 November 17:41:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe first reviews are in for the final superhero movie of the year. Yep, the social-media embargo has lifted on Justice League, and the first wave of reactions is … not bad, actually. Mostly. SEE ALSO: Uh oh, looks like that 'Justice League' Rotten Tomatoes score could be bad Your faithful reporters at Mashable had two very different opinions: #JusticeLeague is … [Link]

Mashable » Arctic blast forecast to break dozens of low temperature records in Eastern U.S. this weekend

Friday 10 November 17:30:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Arctic blast sweeping across the Great Lakes and the East Coast on Friday could lead to a remarkably widespread swath of record low temperatures on Saturday morning.  The air mass that will be entrenched over the East Coast, particularly New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, is coming straight from northern Canada, and longstanding records appear poised to tumble.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » The Booming Japanese Rent-a-Friend Business

Friday 10 November 17:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Atlantic which talks about a growing business in Japan wherein you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance. The reporter has interviewed Ishii Yuichi, CEO of a Family Romance, a company that rents such actors. Yuichi believes that Family Romance, and other companies that … [Link]

Mashable » Eminem and Beyoncé team up for new single 'Walk On Water'

Friday 10 November 17:16:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The king and queen of album rollouts have teamed up and oh my goodness we never expected this in a million years.  Beyoncé joins Eminem's first single off of Revival, the forthcoming record for the Detroit rapper. "I walk on water, but I ain't no Jesus," Beyoncé croons, opening the track. Eminem's verse is surprisingly…soothing…over the stripped down piano track. … [Link]

Mashable » Here's the one way to legally stream Taylor Swift's 'reputation' (sort of)

Friday 10 November 17:13:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTaylor Swift has a grudge against streaming services. But there's still one way to listen to reputation online legally without buying a copy.  iHeartRadio is streaming Swift's new album—but only as part of a curated reputation radio station. AKA you can't listen to the full album on demand, but you can listen to a radio station that plays Swift's back catalogue … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Watch a monkey floss its teeth with a bird feather

Friday 10 November 16:55:41 UTC 2017

Nicobar long-tailed macaques have learned to use an array of tools, from wrapping prickly food in leaves to avoid getting hurt, to using bird feathers to floss their teeth [Link]

New Scientist – News » Neptune’s other moons were normal until Triton crashed the party

Friday 10 November 16:55:40 UTC 2017

Neptune’s moons are unlike anything in the solar system, thanks to Triton barrelling in and laying waste to the moons that were there before it [Link]

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

Friday 10 November 16:55:39 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 » Medical cannabis vendors must stop making bogus health claims

Friday 10 November 16:55:38 UTC 2017

There are enough real benefits of medical marijuana, so why are people making them up? It’s time to stop overhyping what weed can do [Link]

New Scientist – News » Charge your phone using ambient light and printed solar cells

Friday 10 November 16:55:37 UTC 2017

Printed plastic solar cells should be able to harvest enough energy from indoor light to power your phone within the next few months [Link]

New Scientist – News » Grow fake versions of rare delicacies like sea urchin at home

Friday 10 November 16:55:36 UTC 2017

Japanese meat culturing project goes beyond hamburger to copy problematic delicacies like sea urchin, foie gras – and someday maybe dinosaur [Link]

Mashable » Netflix drops planned Louis C.K. comedy special after 'disturbing' allegations

Friday 10 November 16:45:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFollowing the accusations pointed at Louis C.K. by five women in the New York Times Thursday, Netflix has now dropped a planned standup special with the comedian that had yet to be produced. SEE ALSO: Louis C.K. seemed like the guy who got it. Who said what we were all thinking. What a waste. “The allegations made by several women in … [Link]

Slashdot » IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

Friday 10 November 16:40:00 UTC 2017

IBM said on Friday it has created a prototype 50 qubit quantum computer as it further increases the pressure on Google in the battle to commercialize quantum computing technology. The company is also making a 20-qubit system available through its cloud computing platform, it said. From a report: The announcement does not mean quantum computing is ready for common use. … [Link]

Mashable » Forget standing desks, biking desks are here to boost your office fitness

Friday 10 November 16:38:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. As the debate over standing vs sitting rages on, a hero emerges. A way to get the recommended variety of position and movement all in one portable machine.  SEE ALSO: Annoy your coworkers with this under-the-desk elliptical machine The FlexiSpot Deskcise PRO combines an … [Link]

Mashable » The wheels on Daimler's new bus go round and round, thanks to electricity

Friday 10 November 16:15:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFleets of school buses shuttle American students to class five days a week, nine months a year, pumping out diesel fumes as they roll along — but now, thanks to one of the biggest automakers in the world, more of those big yellow rigs are going green.  SEE ALSO: 12 cities say after 2025 they'll only buy electric buses German auto … [Link]

Mashable » You can now buy Snap's unsold Spectacles at a hipster pop-up store in London

Friday 10 November 16:07:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThey were supposed to change the snapping game forever, and maybe they did, but Snap's Spectacles caused a staggering $40 million loss on unsold devices to the company.  SEE ALSO: Hundreds of thousands of unsold Snap Spectacles are wasting away in a warehouse To try to get rid of some of those Spectacles — which, according to reports, are sitting in … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: How Many Books Do You Read a Month?

Friday 10 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

joshtops writes: Hi fellow readers. I wanted to ask you how many books do you read in a month on average? Also wanted to understand if that number has changed over the last five years. Also, what are you reading this month? Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Mashable » 3 irrational thoughts you have when co-workers take too long to respond

Friday 10 November 15:52:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI overthink everything. It’s just my thing. And even though I know I do it, I still get caught up in my head. Let’s take “communication at work” as an example. Whenever a co-worker takes too long to get back to me—and too long can really range depending on the situation—my mind starts racing and I assume the worst. If this … [Link]

Mashable » Instagram thinks you might want to follow hashtags just like you do people

Friday 10 November 15:47:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWouldn’t it be nice if you could follow a hashtag on Instagram? It would, wouldn't it? We're glad you think so, because the Facebook-owned app is reportedly testing a new feature that'll let you do just that. SEE ALSO: Which phone takes the best portrait photos: iPhone X, Pixel 2, or Note 8? Twitter user Pippa Akram first spotted the unannounced … [Link]

Mashable » The 2018 Pirelli Calendar is sending RuPaul, Diddy, and Naomi Campbell to Wonderland

Friday 10 November 15:40:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBeheadings. Madness. Afternoon tea.  These heady motifs (no pun intended) are intricately woven throughout the wonderful, whimsical, and age-old tale of Alice in Wonderland. Over the years, Lewis Carroll's classic book has evolved to become far more than a beloved bedtime story. It's taken on multiple identities via innumerable interpretations, each one rich with its own artistic nuance and cultural commentary.  … [Link]

Mashable » This sleek wallet is on sale and is a minimalist's dream come true

Friday 10 November 15:40:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Yeah, we all want to keep our cards and cash handy. But we also want to look cool doing it. This slim wallet from Travelambo could help you do that, and you can get up to 42% off right now. It slips into any … [Link]

Mashable » Hop on the standing desk hype train with this Amazon bestseller that's 30% off

Friday 10 November 15:34:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Stand up desks are the signifier of trendy office spaces everywhere. Join the revolution with this bestselling standing desk for 30% off. According to the product page, this mini-table is easy to assemble and easy to use. The height and angle of the desk … [Link]

Mashable » As a GOP congressman, I'm happy to answer questions about our tax plan. But wouldn't you rather hear about my new puppies!?

Friday 10 November 15:25:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHi! As your Republican representative, part of my job is to inform you about what I'm doing in Washington to represent you: my constituent. One thing I'm currently supporting, for example, is Trump's tax plan: a proposal that has been called "disastrous" and is estimated to send 80 percent of the next decade's tax cuts to the top 1 percent. Hey, … [Link]

Mashable » This neck hammock is supposed to help you feel more relaxed

Friday 10 November 15:24:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Neck Hammock claims to be able to cure your neck pain in 10 minutes or less. It was invented by a licensed physical therapist with hopes of giving people a cheaper alternative to relieve neck pains in their homes.  The Neck Hammock can be used in three different ways: hanging on a door knob, in between a door jam, and … [Link]

Mashable » Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' won't get a release

Friday 10 November 15:22:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAh, consequences.  Following cancelation of the film premiere and a New York Times story in which five women accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, C.K.'s film I Love You, Daddy will no longer be released. SEE ALSO: Louis C.K. seemed like the guy who got it. Who said what we were all thinking. What a waste. The film's distributor, The Orchard, … [Link]

Mashable » 3 reasons why you should start a business in 2018

Friday 10 November 15:20:30 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2018 is rapidly approaching and with the end of the year comes plenty of resolutions for the New Year. For aspiring entrepreneurs, starting a small business is most likely at the top of their to-do list.  However, this resolution is easier said than done. Starting your own business requires investing all of your time, energy, and resources every day to help … [Link]

Slashdot » Security Firm Creates Chatbot To Respond To Scam Emails On Your Behalf

Friday 10 November 15:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Chatbots. They're usually a waste of your time, so why not have them waste someone else's instead? Better yet: why not have them waste an email scammer's time. That's the premise behind Re:scam , an email chatbot operated by New Zealand cybersecurity firm Netsafe. Next time you get a dodgy email in your inbox, … [Link]

Mashable » The UK again says Uber drivers should get minimum wage, time off—next stop is the Supreme Court

Friday 10 November 15:13:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber is already fighting U.K. officials over its ban from London. Now the ride-hailing giant might head to the Supreme Court—for another case entirely.  Uber lost an appeal Friday over a ruling that required the company to categorize its drivers as workers with benefits like minimum wage, overtime, and vacation pay and not as independent, self-employed contractors.  SEE ALSO: Truly driverless … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert acknowledges the Louis C.K. accusations

Friday 10 November 14:54:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook On the same day he was accused of sexual misconduct in the New York Times, comedian Louis C.Kcanceled his movie premiere and an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It's still unclear if and how Colbert and his late-night peers will handle the C.K. story; many of them worked with him closely or at least in the same … [Link]

Mashable » People are decorating their pineapples as Christmas trees

Friday 10 November 14:50:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe trend started last year on Pinterest and is slowly making waves again this year as the holidays approach. It's pretty cute and easy to do, so no wonder people are into it. Read more…More about Christmas, Pinterest, Holiday, Decoration, and Tropical [Link]

Mashable » Seth Meyers can't believe Republican party's post-election tax plan efforts

Friday 10 November 14:40:10 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Despite a rough outcome for Republicans after Tuesday's elections, they're still plowing full speed ahead on a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy.  On Thursday, Late Night host Seth Meyers mocked Republican efforts, including their decision to leave in place a tax break for owners of golf courses.  Hm, who does that sound like? Read more… More about Tv, … [Link]

Slashdot » After Outrage, Logitech Gives Free Upgrade To Owners of Soon To Be Obsolete Device

Friday 10 November 14:40:00 UTC 2017

It looks like Logitech didn't anticipate the barrage of criticism it received after announcing this week that it would be intentionally bricking its Harmony Link hub next March. The company is now reversing course. Its Harmony Link will still die next summer, but if you own one, the company is happy to give you a free upgrade to the more … [Link]

Mashable » Gymnast Aly Raisman reveals she was also sexually abused by Olympic doctor

Friday 10 November 14:39:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother troubling account of sexual harassment has come to light. Aly Raisman, the 23-year-old gold-medal-winning member of the Fierce Five, revealed that she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar. Last month, Raisman's London Olympics teammate McKayla Maroney revealed that Nassar had molested her several times, starting when she was 13. Using the "Me Too" hashtag — … [Link]

Mashable » A giant sculpture translates vibrations of 40,000 live bees into an explosion of light and sound

Friday 10 November 14:29:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the heart of London's Kew Gardens, sitting on a pedestal within the trees, is Wolfgang Buttress's unique sculpture, 'The Hive.'  Connected wirelessly to an actual beehive nearby, the sculptures prerecorded sounds and hundreds of lights respond in real time to the vibrations of the bees.  Read more…More about Climate, London, Sculpture, Bees, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » Get this slick-looking shower speaker for 50% off today on Amazon

Friday 10 November 14:21:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you're shopping for someone who loves singing in the shower, then this Bluetooth shower speaker would make a great gift. It can connect to devices up to 33 feet away and deliver a boombox quality sound, according to the product page. It can … [Link]

Slashdot » How AV Can Open You To Attacks That Otherwise Wouldn't Be Possible

Friday 10 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Antivirus suites expose a user's system to attacks that otherwise wouldn't be possible, a security researcher reported on Friday. From a report: On Friday, a researcher documented a vulnerability he had found in about a dozen name-brand AV programs that allows attackers who already have a toehold on a targeted computer to gain complete system control. AVGater, as the researcher … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook gets local with updated events app

Friday 10 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook is thinking locally with its latest app. The social network is rebranding its standalone events hub app to also include listings for restaurants, entertainment, and other businesses within the general vicinity of a user. SEE ALSO: Facebook wants you to check its new 'Crisis Response' feature when disaster hits Along with invitations to events and listings of nearby happenings, users … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Gluten-sensitive? It may actually be a carb making you ill

Friday 10 November 13:18:48 UTC 2017

Rather than gluten, fructan molecules seem to be to blame for sensitive guts. If true, gluten-free people could eat soy sauce and sourdough bread again [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tracking the first interstellar asteroid back to its home star

Friday 10 November 13:18:45 UTC 2017

Last month, astronomers saw the first asteroid from outside our solar system speed by. Now, they're tracing its orbit back to find out where it came from [Link]

New Scientist – News » Power really can corrupt people. Here’s what to do about it

Friday 10 November 13:18:44 UTC 2017

Sleazy scandals show the link between power and bad behaviour. To stop people at the top getting away with it, we need much more scrutiny, says James Bloodworth [Link]

New Scientist – News » Giant star smash-up may have made the biggest neutron star ever

Friday 10 November 13:18:43 UTC 2017

The collision that produced recent gravitational waves may have left behind the biggest neutron star ever seen. But it might have collapsed into a black hole [Link]

New Scientist – News » Five firms aim to power moon-orbiting way station to deep space

Friday 10 November 13:18:42 UTC 2017

Deep Space Gateway is NASA’s planned outpost at the moon for launches to other worlds. The agency has awarded 5 contracts to start working out how to power it [Link]

Mashable » Millie Bobby Brown and Gwendoline Christie tell Vogue what being British means to them

Friday 10 November 12:17:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook There are some things that are just SO British. Things like: dunking biscuits into tea, apologising for everything, getting excited for the John Lewis Christmas ad, or when you can't travel anywhere without tea bags.  British stars including Millie Bobby Brown, Gwendoline Christie, Naomi Campbell, and Victoria Beckham mused what they think it means to be British in a video … [Link]

Mashable » Brits are responding to this Christmas advert in the most British way possible

Friday 10 November 12:10:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s that time of the year again, which the festive season in Britain starts with department store John Lewis dropping their Christmas ad.  SEE ALSO: The John Lewis Christmas advert tells a cute story about a little boy and his imagination This time, it's the turn of a child who befriends a monster living under his bed, named Moz the Monster.  … [Link]

Mashable » Bearded mermen pose for 'dudeoir' calendar to raise money for a worthy cause

Friday 10 November 11:51:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBehold the "Merb'ys"—a breed of Canadian bearded mermen flapping their fur and fins for a good cause.  SEE ALSO: Mermaid school is a real thing and they take it very seriously The gentlemen of Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club are posing in nowt but their merman garb for a dudeoir-style calendar to raise money for mental health organisation Spirit … [Link]

Mashable » Josh Hutcherson's great grandmother knits NSFW sweaters and she's cooler than all of us

Friday 10 November 11:38:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook And you thought Peeta was cool… SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel tricks people into thinking the iPhone 4 is the iPhone X Josh Hutcherson went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about his upcoming series Future Man, in which he plays a time-traveller. But who cares about time-travel when you have an absolutely amazing grandma? Hutcherson talked about his great-grandma, who … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift's new album 'reputation' confirms she's mad as hell (and in love)

Friday 10 November 11:18:17 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“New Year's Day," the last song on Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, reputation, is so good it makes me angry. It’s soft and lithe and haunting and beautiful and a timely reminder that she is currently unparalleled among her pop star brethren in her ability to hone in on specific details – hand squeezes in the back of a … [Link]

Mashable » The tiny, excruciating detail you probably missed in 'Stranger Things 2'

Friday 10 November 10:48:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBrace yourselves, Stranger Things fans, because this will break your heart in a thousand pieces and not even Eleven will be able to mend it.  SEE ALSO: The 'Stranger Things' cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending An eagle-eyed Redditor noticed a teeny, tiny detail in the Season 2 finale, when our favourite kids are dancing to the … [Link]

Mashable » A-list celebrity Bojack Horseman went to see 'Hamilton' and tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda about it

Friday 10 November 10:46:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThat’s right, even a cartoon alcoholic horse gets to see Hamilton before you do. That's celebrity culture for ya. SEE ALSO: 11 times 'BoJack Horseman' gut-punched us right in the feels Everyone's favourite equine anti-hero posted on Twitter on Thursday night. bought tickets 2 years ago hope its worth it @Lin_Manuel pic.twitter.com/ef6bIkzwKT — BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) November 9, 2017 Okay so … [Link]

Mashable » The pope wants you to put your phone away during mass, so Kimmel suggests emoji confessions

Friday 10 November 10:02:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Wouldn't it be convenient if you could just text the pope? SEE ALSO: Shaq replaced Kimmel and had an awesome interview with Mila Kunis In reaction to the pope telling people to put their phones away during mass, Jimmy Kimmel rebutted on Thursday night with a tech solution to the problem. What if people texted the pope their sins rather … [Link]

Slashdot » Alphabet's Project Loon Delivers Internet To 100,000 People In Puerto Rico

Friday 10 November 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Google announced that its Project Loon internet balloons have delivered internet service to over 100,000 Puerto Ricans who were knocked offline by Hurricane Maria. Engadget reports: It's not a total success, which isn't to be expected after Puerto Ricans' communications infrastructure suffered so much damage. But the team was able to work with AT&T and T-Mobile to get "communication and … [Link]

Mashable » China serves Trump a very Americanized Chinese meal at its official state dinner

Friday 10 November 9:56:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor China's official state dinner hosting U.S. President Donald Trump, the Asian superpower decided on a Chinese menu that looks…kind of American. The Thursday evening affair, hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, was a glitzy event, attended by the country's business leaders. SEE ALSO: 6-year-old Arabella is still Trump's greatest diplomat in China Thanks … [Link]

Mashable » Chinese company offers lifetime's supply of liquor for just $1,673

Friday 10 November 9:56:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA lifetime of liquor for just over $1,000? A Chinese liquor company is selling a lifetime supply of baijiu, a Chinese liquor, for just 11,111 yuan ($1,673). SEE ALSO: Asia's richest man greets 40,000 employees dressed as Michael Jackson According to Jiang Xiao Bai, the company, its promotion is limited to the first 33 customers, who will receive a carton of … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift seems to diss on Kanye West in 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' and Twitter's loving it

Friday 10 November 8:59:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSquad, Taylor Swift's reputation has landed, and it was never going to be without a few swipes. The pop mogul's highly anticipated sixth studio album has dropped, with one of the tracks generating a significant amount of buzz, "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things."  It's (look, probably) a big swipe at Swift's big frenemy, Kanye West. SEE ALSO: Ed … [Link]

Mashable » The John Lewis Christmas advert tells a cute story about a little boy and his imagination

Friday 10 November 8:20:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In Britain, the Christmas season doesn't officially begin with lights, mince pies, or shopping holidays. For many people the bellwether of the season is the blockbuster Christmas ad from department store John Lewis, which is usually designed to tug at the heartstrings enough for you to open your wallet. SEE ALSO: Another John Lewis Christmas ad, another Twitter explosion for … [Link]

Mashable » Lupita Nyong'o calls out UK magazine for photoshopping her hair

Friday 10 November 7:23:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLupita Nyong'o has called out Grazia UK for photoshopping her hair on the cover of its latest issue. The 34-year-old Oscar winner expressed disappointment that the publication "edited out and smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like." Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of … [Link]

Mashable » Email bot wastes a scammer's time with mindless chit-chat

Friday 10 November 7:13:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile you might be wise enough to delete or flag emails promising great wealth in far-flung countries, not everyone is so savvy to these scams. To ensure these scammers have less time to prey on real people, New Zealand online safety organisation Netsafe has developed a tool called Re:scam.  SEE ALSO: Hello Aibo, goodbye Alexa: Sony turns robot dog into AI … [Link]

Slashdot » Star Trek: Discovery Will Return On January 7th, 2018

Friday 10 November 7:00:00 UTC 2017

CBS announced that Star Trek: Discovery will return for the second half of the split season on Sunday, November 12th. There will be roughly a two month gap between the last episode of the first half of the split season, which aires on Sunday, November 12th, and the first episode of the second half of the split season. The Verge … [Link]

Mashable » Ed Sheeran 'raps' on Taylor Swift's 'reputation' and Twitter is having none of it

Friday 10 November 6:04:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTaylor Swift's reputation has finally landed and Twitter doesn't even know where to start. How about Ed Sheeran havin' a wee rap? SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift's 'reputation' is finally here Swift joined old mate and "rapper" Sheeran and actual professional rapper Future for the second track of the highly anticipated album, dubbed "End Game." Twitter was having none of it. Ed … [Link]

Mashable » No one asked for it, but Salted Caramel Pepsi is here

Friday 10 November 5:53:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSalted caramel, the it-girl flavor of a few years back, has arrived in soda form. Pepsi is releasing a salted caramel variant of the cola-flavoured drink in the U.S., as part of a suite of products in time for the holiday season. SEE ALSO: Coca-Cola with coffee: Meet the 'Nuts and Gum' of sodas The company describes it as an "indulgent … [Link]

Mashable » The ugly truth behind Louis C.K.’s absolute worst masturbation jokes

Friday 10 November 5:32:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLouis C.K. loves masturbation. Even people with a passing knowledge of his comedy know that, since the jerking-off motion basically became a calling card of his stand-up routine.  It was such an obsessive focus of C.K.'s body of work that, in 2015, Death and Taxes magazine put together a twenty-seven minute long supercut splicing together all his masturbation jokes. And now, … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift's 'reputation' is finally here

Friday 10 November 4:37:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWell folks, it's finally here. Taylor Swift's highly anticipated sixth studio album, reputation, has dropped, 15 songs strong and ready for hardcore fan deconstruction. SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift, look what you made the ACLU do #reputation is out now. Let the games beginhttps://t.co/oExj2XFGvH pic.twitter.com/GzA6cTEwjf — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 10, 2017 The pop mogul released the album before midnight ET on … [Link]

Slashdot » Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting To Integrate

Friday 10 November 3:30:00 UTC 2017

At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience starting November 11 in Washington D.C., two teams of scientists plan to present previously unpublished research on the unexpected interaction between human mini-brains and their rat and mouse hosts. "In the new papers, according to STAT, scientists will report that the organoids survived for extended periods of time — two months … [Link]

Mashable » So many politicians gave the same terrible response to the Roy Moore abuse allegations

Friday 10 November 2:03:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Washington Post has published a detailed account of allegations that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter and pursued a relationship with a 14-year-old girl  when he was 32.  As politicians  — and most Republicans — responded to the shocking story of underage sexual abuse, a problematic theme emerged. Each statement relied on the phrase "if proven true," … [Link]

Mashable » This new app is like Shazam for frogs

Friday 10 November 1:52:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHear a ribbit? There's an app for that. Launched on Nov. 10, FrogID is an iOS and Android app that can identify local frog species by the sound they make.  Chirps, ribbits, peeps, whistles, and croaks heard in backyards, creeks and wetlands can be recorded and uploaded to the app. Then, FrogID, currently only available in Australia, can identify the particular … [Link]

Slashdot » DOJ: Strong Encryption That We Don't Have Access To Is 'Unreasonable'

Friday 10 November 1:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Just two days after the FBI said it could not get into the Sutherland Springs shooter's seized iPhone, Politico Pro published a lengthy interview with a top Department of Justice official who has become the "government's unexpected encryption warrior." According to the interview, which was summarized and published in transcript form … [Link]

Mashable » Puppy thieves return dog to little girl, after seemingly feeling bad about the whole thing

Friday 10 November 1:36:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn eight-week-old puppy that was stolen from a house in Melbourne, Australia, has been returned to a "devastated" family after local police launched a public appeal. A number of items including a laptop, an iPad and jewellery were also stolen from the home on Monday.  SEE ALSO: Sony's robot dog is back and better than ever Yet it was the missing … [Link]

Mashable » HBO cuts Louis C.K. from charity telecast and on-demand services in wake of harassment allegations

Friday 10 November 1:32:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHBO is severing ties with Louis C.K. following a New York Times report that the comedian sexually harassed five women, with allegations spanning back to the late '90s.  The premium cable network has confirmed that it has cut C.K. from its Night of Too Many Stars charity telecast, an annual event which raises funds for autism services. HBO also announced that … [Link]

Mashable » Louis C.K. seemed like the guy who got it. Who said what we were all thinking. What a waste.

Friday 10 November 1:28:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother day, another alleged predator exposed in Hollywood's ever-widening sexual abuse crisis. Except Louis C.K. wasn't supposed to be just another asshole. Up until the rumors got too loud to ignore, he was the voice for a certain segment of progressive America. He was the Guy Who Says What We're All Thinking. SEE ALSO: Louis C.K. accused of sexual misconduct by … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names

Friday 10 November 1:17:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhat good are 280 characters if you have to shout them from a measly 20-character display name? Just two days following the surprise announcement that Twitter would be doubling the character count allowed per tweet, the San Francisco-based company is back with another update — and you'd better believe it's about yet even more characters. That's right, as of Nov. 9, … [Link]

Slashdot » YouTube Says It Will Crack Down On Bizarre Videos Targeting Children

Friday 10 November 1:00:00 UTC 2017

"Earlier this week, a report in The New York Times and a blog post on Medium drew a lot of attention to a world of strange and sometimes disturbing YouTube videos aimed at young children," reports The Verge. "The genre […] makes use of popular characters from family-friendly entertainment, but it's often created with little care, and can quickly stray … [Link]

Mashable » Google Maps reveals Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with shipping containers

Friday 10 November 0:25:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou may be able to hide from people on the ground, but Google Maps sees all. The movie industry tries its best to keep things under wraps until the big premiere, especially with a massive franchise like Star Wars, but with never-ending leaks and sneaky paparazzi, that can be a difficult task.  SEE ALSO: 17 Illicit Acts Caught on Google Street … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Should A Mac User Know Before Buying a Windows Laptop?

Friday 10 November 0:20:00 UTC 2017

New submitter Brentyl writes: Hello Slashdotters, longtime Mac user here faced with a challenge: Our 14-year-old wants a Windows laptop. He will use it for school and life, but the primary reason he wants Windows instead of a MacBook is gaming. I don't need a recommendation on which laptop to buy, but I do need a Windows survival kit. What … [Link]

Mashable » A TV show! 3 new movies! Disney is giving us all the Star Wars and what is happening?

Friday 10 November 0:10:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStar Wars fans have been waiting for a live-action TV show for so long, they never would have guessed that the announcement of its development by Disney would go barely noticed.  But that's exactly what happened Thursday. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the company is working on a Star Wars TV drama to help launch its upcoming streaming service, just as … [Link]

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