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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.

New Scientist – News » How long should you let a pregnancy run before being induced?

Tuesday 14 November 23:55:21 UTC 2017

If your pregnancy runs past its due date, how long should you wait for a natural birth? It may be safer to induce at 40 weeks, for older mums at least [Link]

New Scientist – News » NHS reforms have failed to boost community-based care in England

Tuesday 14 November 23:55:20 UTC 2017

Re-organising the National Health Service in England has failed to reduce the proportion of people being referred for expensive hospital treatments [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Twitter's Mid-Range API Tier Marks Its Debut

Tuesday 14 November 23:54:22 UTC 2017

Twitter today made the Search Tweets API, the first of several new premium APIs, available to developers as a public beta. The move shows Twitter is following through on its commitment from earlier this year to help developers scale their projects from low-level to enterprise-class endeavors. [Link]

Mashable » Makeup removing app is a great way to ruin your selfies

Tuesday 14 November 23:46:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've ever taken a selfie and thought, "this is fine, but I'd really love to look more soul crushingly terrible," then there's a selfie app for you. It's called MakeApp and it's a face-filtering app whose marquee feature is that it lets you "remove makeup from any face."  SEE ALSO: All future iPhones could adopt Apple's creepy Face ID security … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook subtly neither confirms nor denies Russian meddling during Brexit

Tuesday 14 November 23:45:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRussia’s role in the U.S. presidential election is still being investigated. Now it's under fire for possibly meddling in the UK’s Brexit vote.  On Monday, BuzzFeed News reported about the possibility of Russian-backed ads influencing the June 2016 vote for the UK to withdraw from the European Union, also known as Brexit. SEE ALSO: Russian trolls pushed the California and Texas … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Sends Warning to Android App Developers Using Accessibility Services

Tuesday 14 November 23:26:43 UTC 2017

Android app developers are reporting in posts on XDA Developers, Reddit, Android Police, and other forums that Google has sent out an email warning them that apps r [Link]

Slashdot » FDA Approves Digital Pill That Tracks If Patients Have Ingested Their Medication

Tuesday 14 November 23:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine. The approval, announced late on Monday, marks a significant advance … [Link]

Mashable » Australia just voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

Tuesday 14 November 23:05:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAustralia’s overcome a hurdle on the long road to marriage equality — but the fight's not over. The country has just voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a non-binding, non-compulsory nationwide postal survey. Australia's High Court handed down a decision in September to allow the federal government to implement the $122 million postal plebiscite asking the question: “Should the … [Link]

Mashable » Three Connecticut elephants were just given lawyers, and the case sways on free will

Tuesday 14 November 22:57:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA group of lawyers asked a Connecticut court on Monday to grant three traveling and working elephants "legal personhood," a status that would set these intelligent creatures free. The lawyers, of the Nonhuman Rights Project organization, previously attempted to get courts in New York to recognize chimpanzees as persons, but couldn't sway the judges to accept that some intelligent animals should … [Link]

Mashable » Top competitive 'Scrabble' player faces three-year ban for double-dipping

Tuesday 14 November 22:48:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho among us hasn't cheated at Scrabble at some point?  That's fine when you're just trying to put one over on your kid sister. It's less fine when you're an actual competitive Scrabble player and you're screwing over other top-tier competitors. SEE ALSO: The sequel to 'Words With Friends' allows you to play without friends That's the situation facing Scrabble pro … [Link]

Slashdot » Pentagon To Make a Big Push Toward Open-Source Software Next Year

Tuesday 14 November 22:40:00 UTC 2017

"Open-source software" is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. According to The Verge, the Pentagon is going to make a big push for open-source software in 2018. "Thanks to an amendment introduced by Sen. … [Link]

Mashable » Turn your yucky tap water into delicious mineral water

Tuesday 14 November 22:35:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're one of those people that insists water has a taste and are picky about it, Mitte might be the solution to your nasty tap water problems. It's a home water system that purifies and mineralizes tap water, making it healthier and tastier to drink. Read more…More about Tech, Home, Water, Environmental, and Cleaning [Link]

Mashable » YouTubers from this country are killing it, thanks to the rest of the world

Tuesday 14 November 22:33:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s no surprise that having a popular YouTube channel can be lucrative — but just how much has always been a source of curiosity. The video platform has released a report detailing how much creators earn on the site, with more than 100 Australian channels earning over A$100,000 (US$76,000) in advertising in 2016.  On top of that, 2,000 creators earned between … [Link]

Mashable » Think Facebook is the only company watching you? Think again.

Tuesday 14 November 22:27:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNapster founder and Facebook investor Sean Parker recently shared how Facebook optimizes its user experience around certain psychological vulnerabilities. Now, I want to brighten the mood and tell you that everyone is capable of using your information to tweak how you engage with their app. SEE ALSO: Sean Parker made billions off of Facebook. Today he basically called it evil. If … [Link]

Mashable » NASA took the 1st, astonishing aerial photos of the giant new Antarctic iceberg

Tuesday 14 November 22:25:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEach Antarctic spring and summer, NASA flies special aircraft over the continent to keep tabs on how global warming is altering the landscape. The agency does the same in the Arctic each summer, for a project known as Operation IceBridge.  Just a few days ago, a NASA P-3 Orion aircraft flew from Ushuaia, Argentina, out over the Larsen C Ice Shelf, … [Link]

Mashable » These headphones double as earmuffs

Tuesday 14 November 22:24:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSound Huggle will keep your ears warm while listening to music. They're wireless and connect to your smartphone. The volume can be adjusted right from the headphones and is easily adjustable. This device can even make phone calls. Sound Huggle comes in 3 designs. They retail for $177. Read more…More about Gadgets, Music, Wireless, Cold, and Furry [Link]

Mashable » Homemade side by side comparison of the 'Justice League' trailer proves you don't need an enormous budget

Tuesday 14 November 22:23:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou can't save the world alone, but some duct tape and cardboard might help! In this side by side comparison of the homemade remake Justice League Trailer proves you don't need a big-budget for big thrills.  Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content! Read more…More about Diy, Batman, Avengers, Superheroes, and Dc Comics [Link]

Mashable » Let the pros teach you how to invest with this online course

Tuesday 14 November 22:23:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. When you know your way around the stock market, you can turn even a little bit of rainy-day cash into some serious savings. The problem is actually learning your way around the stock market though — without burning through all of your money in … [Link]

Mashable » DropMix is the perfect party game that lets you mix music live

Tuesday 14 November 22:22:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFinding the perfect party game is no easy feat. You need something that appeals to the masses, encourages conversation, and accurately conveys to your guests the notion that you’re the best party host on the face of the planet. Board games are boring and no one wants to pin the tail on the anything anymore. For the soirée-havers out there steadily … [Link]

Mashable » Adventure junkies will flip over this waterproof speaker

Tuesday 14 November 22:17:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It's no fun to splurge on a new speaker and then have it crap out on you because someone spilled a beer water bottle on it. Learn your lesson: always opt for waterproof. Invest in a HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker instead. Not only is … [Link]

Mashable » Get a great deal on this bundle of Mac apps and software programs

Tuesday 14 November 22:13:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you've ever had the inkling that you're wasting all the potential that your Apple computer has to offer, fear not: The Black Friday Mac Bundle will help you get the most out of your Mac with access to applications like PDF Expert — a Mac … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX is launching a secret mission to space Wednesday. Here's what we know so far.

Tuesday 14 November 22:06:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Wednesday, SpaceX will launch a secret mission to space.  The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company is expected to launch a secret government payload known only as Zuma atop a Falcon 9 rocket at around 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX rocket comes in for a fiery but successful landing after launching satellite Once the secret mission is safely on … [Link]

Mashable » Snag these early Black Friday deals on iMac, Playstation, Samsung TVs, and more

Tuesday 14 November 22:01:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Black Friday is coming and we're all giddy with excitement for the biggest shopping day of the year.  If you're not the type to start planning your holiday shopping in September or would rather spend the Friday after Thanksgiving napping and eating leftover turkey … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Is a 'Hotbed For Racist Behavior,' Worker Claims In Lawsuit

Tuesday 14 November 22:00:00 UTC 2017

An African-American employee has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming their production floor is a "hotbed for racist behavior" and that black workers at the electric carmaker suffer severe and pervasive harassment. "The employee says he's one of more than 100 African-American Tesla workers affected and is seeking permission from a judge to sue on behalf of the group," reports … [Link]

Mashable » Fisker claims it will build an electric car that charges in 1 minute

Tuesday 14 November 21:51:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFisker, the luxury electric auto startup founded by renowned designer and former Tesla consultant Henrik Fisker, claims it's developed a breakthrough that could knock Tesla off its perch as the world's premier electric carmaker — and many completely change the way we use batteries in the process.  The upstart company filed patents for a new solid-state battery design that would give … [Link]

Mashable » This edible Alien Facehugger chicken will haunt your dreams

Tuesday 14 November 21:43:13 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Welcome to the Devil's Kitchen." Hellen Die enjoys making delicious food, but she separates herself from the pack there because most of her food looks like it could kill you.  SEE ALSO: Suspected burglar found stuck in a chicken shop vent An employee of a tech startup by day, Hellen uses her spare time to create weird and creepy food. Her … [Link]

Mashable » Christian Bale is almost unrecognizable

Tuesday 14 November 21:35:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChristian Bale shaved his head and packed on some pounds to transform into former Vice President Dick Cheney in the upcoming movie, 'Backseat'. This isn't his first rodeo, Bale is famous for undergoing major transformations for movies.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Mashable Video, Batman, and Movie [Link]

Mashable » Local dad wants high school to change its 'Phoenix' mascot because it sounds too much like 'penis'

Tuesday 14 November 21:32:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA dad in Utah has created a Change.org petition asking his kids' school district to change the mascot for the soon-to-open Farmington High School in Utah's Davis School District.  Why? Because he thinks the current mascot, "The Phoenix," sounds too much like "penis." SEE ALSO: 'Bully' Movie to Be Released Without Rating Following Online Petition As reported by the Salt Lake … [Link]

Slashdot » Investigation Finds Security Flaws In 'Connected' Toys

Tuesday 14 November 21:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A consumer group is urging major retailers to withdraw a number of "connected" or "intelligent" toys likely to be popular at Christmas, after finding security failures that it warns could put children's safety at risk. Tests carried out by Which? with the German consumer group Stiftung Warentest, and other security research … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter updates policies to explain why it won't ban Trump

Tuesday 14 November 21:19:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter wants to be absolutely clear to everyone what's a good tweet and what's a bad tweet.  And by good and bad tweets, we mean offensive and breaking Twitter's rules. And by everyone, we mean President Donald Trump and the people, like myself, who asked why he hasn't been banned especially after he threatened nuclear war via the platform.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Why Do You Need to Learn Javascript?

Tuesday 14 November 21:08:10 UTC 2017

Although JavaScript is not one of the hot and trendy programming languages, it’s one of the most widely used “granddaddy” technologies of the Internet. In fact, according to StackOverflow, web developers (both front and back end) are more likely to use JavaScript than any other language — in the U.S. nearly 95% of websites use it. [Link]

Mashable » Russia sent payments quite literally labelled 'to finance election campaign of 2016'

Tuesday 14 November 20:57:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBad news, America: The terrifying 2016 election meddling plot continues to thicken in such a way that's sure to make you bang your head against your desk and scream "HOW?" In the saga's latest installment, a Buzzfeed News report alleges that over 60 payments were sent from the Russian foreign ministry to its embassies with not-so-subtle descriptions like, quite literally, "to … [Link]

Slashdot » Thirty Countries Use 'Armies of Opinion Shapers' To Manipulate Democracy

Tuesday 14 November 20:45:00 UTC 2017

The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using armies of so called opinion shapers to meddle in elections, advance anti-democratic agendas and repress their citizens, a new report shows. From a report on The Guardian: Unlike widely reported Russian attempts to influence foreign elections, most of the offending countries use the internet to manipulate opinion domestically, says US … [Link]

Mashable » Homemade shot-for-shot remake of the 'Justice League' trailer proves you don't need a big budget for big thrills

Tuesday 14 November 20:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou can't save the world alone, but some duct tape and cardboard might help! This homemade shot-for-shot remake of the Justice League trailer proves you don't need a big-budget for big thrills.  Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content! Read more…More about Diy, Marvel, Batman, Avengers, and Movie [Link]

Mashable » Saving the world is possible with cardboard in this behind the scenes of our 'Justice League' homemade trailer

Tuesday 14 November 20:21:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMark joins the ranks of the Justice League, armed with the power of cardboard and hot glue! Watch how the homemade crew makes a big-budget trailer, with low-budget materials, in this DIY Justice League Trailer. Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content! Read more…More about Marvel, Batman, Avengers, Dc Comics, and Ben Affleck [Link]

Mashable » This cute, flying robot could be your new bestie

Tuesday 14 November 20:13:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMeet Fleye, an autonomous flying drone that is designed with users in mind. Its unique design provides a safe and easy drone flying experience, but if you're up for a challenge, you can program it to work on its own. Read more…More about Robots, Mashable Video, Drones, Robot, and Remote Control [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is offering 3 months of unlimited music for $0.99 and it's kind of a big deal

Tuesday 14 November 20:04:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Spotify and Apple Music, meet your competition. Amazon Music Unlimited is currently offering not just one, but three months of ad-free, unlimited skip tunes for $0.99. Before you ask: no, you're not dreaming. SEE ALSO: Amazon's new furniture line Rivet is here to compete … [Link]

Slashdot » Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid

Tuesday 14 November 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Christopher Mims, writing for WSJ: The internet giants that tout their AI bona fides have tried to make their algorithms as human-free as possible, and that's been a problem. It has become increasingly apparent over the past year that building systems without humans "in the loop" — especially in the case of Facebook and the ads it linked to 470 … [Link]

Mashable » Gift ideas for kids: STEM toys that are fun and teach coding

Tuesday 14 November 19:50:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Millennials' kids are growing up having never known a world before the internet, smartphones, and on-demand television. They're even more comfortable with devices than we are, and we really love our devices. SEE ALSO: Stay in touch with your kids without adding screen time … [Link]

Mashable » Volvo's parent company wants to sell you a flying car by 2019

Tuesday 14 November 19:45:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82923%2f9535011b a96c 47d4 8430 e4f021f15e46 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ you ready to fly with Uber?","image":&quot~ taxis could be here by 2020 thanks to Uber","sources":[{&q~ machine,uber taxi service,flying cars,real-time,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,uber app,air traffic contol,air traffic,flying taxi,uberair","sec0"~ machine,uber taxi service,flying cars,real-time,real-time video,real time,real-time-video,real time video,uber app,air traffic contol,air traffic,flying taxi,uberair","videoSerie~ More about Flying Cars, Geely, Vtol, Terrafugia, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Jeff Sessions gets smoked on his ridiculous ideas about weed

Tuesday 14 November 19:39:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAttorney General Jeff Sessions has never been a fan of marijuana legalization. We know that. But on Tuesday, Rep. Steve Cohen sought the nature of Sessions's opposition.  Sessions sat before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, largely to answer questions about whether he misled Congress in earlier testimony about the Russian government's contacts with the campaign of President Donald Trump. Cohen, … [Link]

Mashable » Is it a touchpad? Is it a wireless mouse? It's both and it's awesome.

Tuesday 14 November 19:29:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Regardless of what device you use, scrolling and clicking can get uncomfortable after a while. We want the natural touchy-feely aspect of touchpads and touch screens, but the less strenuous arm position that a mouse offers. Life's hard, isn't it? SEE ALSO: A wireless … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump Jr. leaked his own DMs with WikiLeaks

Tuesday 14 November 19:22:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump Jr. seems to have told himself that if he just shouts "NOTHING TO SEE HERE LIBS" every time his name pops up in the news, his legal troubles will vanish. On Monday, following an article in The Atlantic that described direct messages on Twitter between WikiLeaks and the president's oldest son, Trump Jr. tried to mitigate the news by … [Link]

Mashable » The Perfect Gifts for Anyone Still Stoked About the Future

Tuesday 14 November 19:21:36 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Gift Ideas, Gift Guide, Mashable Reels, Tech, and Consumer Tech [Link]

Mashable » Roy Moore's wife weaponizes Facebook, and this all feels so uncomfortably normal

Tuesday 14 November 19:20:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookConnect with your neighbor, build a community, then make sure everyone believes that the media is out to get Senate candidate Roy Moore.  That's not really what Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be used for, at least not that last part. Yet it's exactly what the wife of the Alabama Supreme Court judge accused of sexual misconduct is doing on Facebook … [Link]

Slashdot » About 15 Percent of US Agencies Detected Kaspersky Software on Networks

Tuesday 14 November 19:20:00 UTC 2017

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: About 15 percent of U.S. federal agencies have reported some trace of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab software on their systems, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told Congress on Tuesday. Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cyber security at DHS, told a U.S. House of Representatives panel that 94 percent of agencies had responded to a … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon just revealed the most popular Kindle books of all time

Tuesday 14 November 19:19:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHappy birthday, Kindle! Nov. 19, 2017, marks a whopping 10 years since the debut of the Amazon Kindle. And whether you're a die-hard ereader or you prefer to stick with physical books, it's hard to deny that the Kindle has indelibly shaped the book world, allowing readers to carry a personal library around with them everywhere. SEE ALSO: Listen here: 10 … [Link]

Mashable » Back these dreamy solar lanterns on Kickstarter and help people without power

Tuesday 14 November 19:14:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Cue the mood lighting. A Kickstarter project wants to ensure that you never have to choose between aesthetics and the environment again. Meet the Smart Solar Garden, a dreamy combination of green technology and customizable lighting that needs its own HGTV segment. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » will.i.am believes he's building the future's voice-based operating system (yes, really)

Tuesday 14 November 19:09:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWill.i.am was sitting in a tight, grey conference room in San Francisco's Moscone Center when he dropped a bomb on me: Not Amazon, nor Apple, nor Google, nor anyone had developed a real voice assistant… yet. When will.i.am says he's working on an assistant, I say I have one on my iPhone. "No, you don't," he said. He grabbed his own … [Link]

Mashable » GameStop slams the brakes on its used game rental service

Tuesday 14 November 19:02:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime. The video game retailer's $60 subscription program has been placed on an indefinite hold just a few weeks after it was announced. The reason is unclear, but it sounds like a technical issue. SEE ALSO: GameStop basically just turned itself into a Blockbuster for video games "We are working through some of the program … [Link]

Mashable » Walmart's robotics partner just raised $17.5 million to fund more store automation

Tuesday 14 November 18:53:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet ready to see more robots cruising the aisles at stores. Bossa Nova Robotics just raised $17.5 million to help it build out its line of inventory-scanning retail robots. The funding round comes fresh off of a deal the startup inked with Walmart last month that will put Bossa Nova’s automated store clerks in 50 of the big-box chain’s stores. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » 2 women file class-action lawsuit against Uber over sexual assault by drivers

Tuesday 14 November 18:50:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber is facing a class-action lawsuit over sexual assaults by drivers. The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California on Tuesday, is on behalf of women passengers who experienced "rape, sexual assault, physical violence or gender-motivated harassment" by Uber drivers.  Two anonymous plaintiffs who were assaulted by Uber drivers filed the lawsuit. The suit claims that this isn't a case … [Link]

Mashable » Cards Against Humanity buys piece of the U.S. border so Trump can't build his wall

Tuesday 14 November 18:40:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The dirty and sometimes downright offensive game Cards Against Humanity is back with another stunt, and this time they're taking aim at one of President Donald Trump's campaign promises. The company announced its holiday promotion on Tuesday, called Cards Against Humanity Saves America. Essentially, the company purchased a plot of vacant land on the border of the United States and … [Link]

Slashdot » Germany Is Burning Too Much Coal

Tuesday 14 November 18:40:00 UTC 2017

Several readers share a report: Germany is widely seen as a world leader in the fight against climate change. Thanks to its investments in renewable power, wind and solar energy provide a third of its electricity, more than double the U.S. share. Germany's goal to lower carbon-dioxide emissions 40 percent by 2020 is significantly more ambitious than that of Europe … [Link]

Mashable » Here are 7 things you probably didn't know about the Justice League

Tuesday 14 November 18:29:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJustice League is one of the most anticipated movies of 2017, and it's finally hitting theaters this Friday. Test your superhero knowledge with today's episode, where we reveal some lesser-known facts about the Justice League! Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content! Read more…More about Batman, Amy Adams, Metropolis, Batman V Superman, and Sandman [Link]

Mashable » A floating 'island of trash' has surfaced in the Caribbean

Tuesday 14 November 18:19:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWaste in our oceans is affecting even the most remote places, and it's only getting worse. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Read more…More about Mashable Video, Ocean, Pollution, Mashable Video, and Real Time [Link]

Slashdot » Ads May Soon Stalk You on TV Like They Do on Your Facebook Feed

Tuesday 14 November 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Targeted ads that seem to follow us everywhere online may soon be doing the same on our TV. From a report: The Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a new broadcast standard that will let broadcasters do something cable TV companies already do: harvest data about what you watch so advertisers can customize pitches. The prospect alarms privacy advocates, … [Link]

Mashable » Why Brooklyn is the perfect place for OnePlus to drop their new phone

Tuesday 14 November 17:42:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPaid Content | OnePlusThere are fans and then there are superfans. There are fans and then there are superfans.But when super fandom isn’t enough, the super duper fans come out — and that’s the very category OnePlus users fall into. Founded by Pete Lau and Carl Pei during the winter of 2013, this innovative smartphone company quickly went from being the … [Link]

Mashable » 5 years ago, Rihanna invited press and fans on a plane around the world with her. Here's what went down.

Tuesday 14 November 17:41:48 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“Ladies and gentleman, there’s an emergency. Code seven-fucking-seven-seven!"Rih~ chart-topping voice ricocheted through the narrow chamber of a Boeing 777 as she yelled those words just moments from taking off on one of the most ambitious publicity stunts the music industry has witnessed.It was 2012 and it had only been a year since she released the commercially successful Talk That Talk, but … [Link]

Mashable » Hey, millennials of London you can still eat sandwiches if you want

Tuesday 14 November 17:38:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGo after people's sandwiches and you'd better prepare for war. SEE ALSO: Behold the millennial dream: pink cheese that tastes like Prosecco For a long time now millennials have come under fire for their spending habits. Culprits such as coffee and smashed avocado — previously held up as symptoms of millennial overspending — can now be joined by an even more … [Link]

Mashable » Trump slurps shark fin soup as U.S. works to remove itself from the shark fin trade

Tuesday 14 November 17:30:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump's eventful 12-day trip around Asia has come to an end, but not without sparking some controversy. The Associated Press reported that while at a state dinner in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, Trump was slurping on shark fin soup — a culinary delicacy that requires shark finning, or the brutally violent process of killing sharks, to make. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » This knife uses ultrasonic waves to cut through virtually anything with ease

Tuesday 14 November 17:28:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Ultrasonic Cutter from Mecs Tech uses ultrasonic sound waves to create microscope vibrations that reduce the need for a sawing motion while cutting thick materials. Read more…More about Gadgets, Science, Food, Technology, and Mashable Video [Link]

Slashdot » CompuServe's Forums Are Closing On December 15

Tuesday 14 November 17:23:00 UTC 2017

harrymcc writes: In the era before the web, the forums on CompuServe were indispensable for everything from getting tech questions answered to chatting about movies. They still exist, albeit in diminished form. But Oath, which owns AOL, which owns what's left of CompuServe, is about to finally shut them down. I wrote about the sad news for Fast Company. Share on Google+ Read … [Link]

Mashable » Could the mince pie flat white be the British PSL? I bloody hope not

Tuesday 14 November 17:20:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI had hoped this day would never come—the day when the sacrality and integrity of Britain's beloved mince pies would be compromised.  But that fateful day has come. The mince pie flat white has descended upon our hot drinks menus; turning this bastion of tradition into little more than a gimmick.  Could this abomination of a beverage become the British equivalent … [Link]

Mashable » Self-driving cars might get their own lane on Interstate 94

Tuesday 14 November 17:09:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSelf-driving vehicles may get their very own lanes along a stretch of the bustling Interstate 94 in Wisconsin. Wisconsin transportation officials are considering the futuristic option because the electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn — whose Chinese factory produces up to half a million iPhones a day — confirmed in October that it will build a 20 million square-foot flat-screen factory in Racine … [Link]

New Scientist – News » If we only ate organic it would be an environmental disaster

Tuesday 14 November 17:08:18 UTC 2017

Organic food production requires more land, but a study claims cutting meat eating and food waste will solve this problem. It won’t [Link]

New Scientist – News » Prairie vole partners split up if one drinks more than the other

Tuesday 14 November 17:08:17 UTC 2017

Prairie voles mate for life, but the bond is likely to break down if one partner drinks more alcohol than the other [Link]

New Scientist – News » Camera spots hidden oil spills and may find missing planes

Tuesday 14 November 17:08:16 UTC 2017

For the first time, a polarising infrared camera – never before used on Earth – has been made small and light enough to detect concealed oil spills [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ancient skull from China may rewrite the origins of our species

Tuesday 14 November 17:08:14 UTC 2017

The 260,000-year-old Dali skull was found in China, but it looks a lot like the earliest known members of our species – which were found in Africa [Link]

New Scientist – News » In a Spotify world, why does anyone want to listen to cassettes?

Tuesday 14 November 17:08:09 UTC 2017

A US cassette firm is spooling up production again to meet demand. Do people really want to go back to the flimsy magnetic tape of the 1980s, asks Paul Marks [Link]

Mashable » Poshmark raises $87 million in e-commerce's battle against Amazon

Tuesday 14 November 17:02:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon is trying to take over online shopping, but the original e-commerce platforms aren't going down without a fight.  Poshmark, a clothing resale platform founded in 2011, just raised $87.5 million in a Series D round led by the Singapore investment company Temasek. The major influx of cash brings the company's total funding up to almost $160 million. Poshmark's funding comes … [Link]

Mashable » This travel pillow looks like it's attacking you but actually just wants to give you a hug

Tuesday 14 November 16:55:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Sleeping while traveling isn't the easiest thing to do. It's impossible to get comfortable, and good luck waking up without a massive pain in your neck.  There are countless travel pillows that go around the back of your neck, but do they actually work? … [Link]

Mashable » Shocking no one, playground gymnastics end badly

Tuesday 14 November 16:53:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPart of childhood is copying your friends and doing something completely ridiculous (and occasionally dangerous). No matter how many times your parents asked if you'd jump off a cliff if your friends did too, you still inevitably did something stupid because all your friends did it. *shrug* SEE ALSO: The new Lego House is inviting one lucky family to stay overnight … [Link]

Mashable » 10-year-old unlocks mom's iPhone X with his face, dabs in celebration

Tuesday 14 November 16:40:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f82720%2f1311c945 89d0 44f4 852a 38dc31caa160 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ put contouring to the test.","image":&quot~ makeup trick the iPhone X's facial recognition?","sources&qu~ recognition,real-time,real-time video,real-time-video,real time video,iphone x,face id,iphone x face id,countour vs. face id,does face id work,apple face id,apple facial recognition,how to trick face id,trick face id","sec0":null,&quo~ recognition,real-time,real-time video,real-time-video,real time video,iphone x,face id,iphone x face id,countour vs. face id,does face id work,apple face id,apple facial recognition,how to … [Link]

Mashable » Pikachu actually SPEAKS in the new Pokémon movie and it's weird as hell

Tuesday 14 November 16:40:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe only words we've heard out of Pikachu's adorable little face were "Pikachu" and some minor variations of it. Until 2017, that is. Now, apparently, Pikachu speaks full English sentences, and that's not OK. SEE ALSO: There's an official new version of the 'Pokémon' theme song Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! just premiered in the West earlier this month in … [Link]

Slashdot » The Strange Art of Writing Release Notes

Tuesday 14 November 16:40:00 UTC 2017

Reader necro81 writes: IEEE Spectrum has an amusing piece on how App Stores, and the frequent updates to those apps, have given release notes new prominence to average users. Unfortunately, most release notes are hum drum and uninformative: "bug fixes, performance improvements." That may be accurate, but isn't useful for determining if the new version is worth downloading. The article … [Link]

Mashable » College sophomore created an Iowa tradition that absolutely nobody wanted

Tuesday 14 November 16:33:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis creation might be worst than pineapple on pizza. Chris Jorgensen, a sophomore at Iowa State University did the unthinkable and made a Pop-Tart sandwich…with cheese.  Please hold on to your pitchforks and appetite. SEE ALSO: Is 'cheese tea' the next big food trend? You ain’t from Iowa if you never had one of these 😤 pic.twitter.com/KSHyLD0mhv — Chris Jorgensen (@cjorgensen79) … [Link]

Mashable » Photoshopped Lupita Nyong'o cover was a 'monumental mistake' says photographer

Tuesday 14 November 16:32:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe photographer behind the photoshopped Grazia UK cover of Lupita Nyong'o has issued an apology saying it was "an incredibly monumental mistake".  SEE ALSO: Lupita Nyong'o calls out UK magazine for photoshopping her hair In a statement, An Le took responsibility for altering Nyong'o's hair, claiming the change “was not born out of any hate, but instead out of my own … [Link]

Mashable » Sarah Silverman's new show redefines inclusivity in a time of political divide

Tuesday 14 November 16:09:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s hard to say, "I love you, America," right now. Which is why the messages of compassion and acceptance that run through the heart of Sarah Silverman's new Hulu show feel so striking. "That's one of the things that made me wanna do the show more than anything: how divided the country is," Silverman told us after the taping of a … [Link]

Mashable » Pick up a new Samsung S8 or Note8 and get a DeX Station or Gear VR for free

Tuesday 14 November 16:06:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Black Friday and holiday shopping are nearly upon us. If you're looking at Samsung gadgets and aren't sure what to get, then this deal is sure to get you excited. If you pick up a Samsung S8 or a Galaxy Note8 this week, you … [Link]

Slashdot » Fedora 27 Released

Tuesday 14 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

The Fedora Project has announced the general availability of Fedora 27 Workstation and Fedora 27 Atomic editions. Fedora 27 brings with it "thousands of improvements" from both the Fedora Community and various upstream software projects, the team said on Tuesday. From a post on Fedora Magazine: The Workstation edition of Fedora 27 features GNOME 3.26. In the new release, both … [Link]

Mashable » Why heterosexuals are so obsessed with height in online dating

Tuesday 14 November 15:57:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the economy of heterosexual online dating, where thumbs wield the ultimate power over a person's love life, height appears to be an immensely valuable currency.  The listing of height in dating app profiles has become so prevalent, that many swipers come to expect it, and sometimes hypothesise when it's been omitted from the profile.  SEE ALSO: Online dating FOMO is … [Link]

Mashable » What do Star Wars fans want from Rian Johnson? More prequels!

Tuesday 14 November 15:56:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you thought prequels were out of fashion when it came to Star Wars, think again. If the franchise's most vocal fans have anything to do with it, we'll soon be returning to the Republic — in the prequelest prequels that ever prequeled.  In the wake of Lucasfilm's bombshell announcement last Thursday, that Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi) would direct a … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's Galaxy S9 could fix one of the worst things about the Galaxy S8

Tuesday 14 November 15:50:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSamsung’s next flagship phone, tentatively dubbed the Galaxy S9, isn't expected until early next year, but we may already know a few things about it. As is often the case, the rumor mill has started to leak out snippets on the phone. And from the sounds of it, it could give the iPhone X a run for its money while simultaneously … [Link]

Mashable » 37 percent of Netflix users admit to bingeing at work

Tuesday 14 November 15:49:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f11%2f2f6ef0d2 9e5d fa11%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ all been there.","image":&quo~ caught you bingeing in public","sources":[{~ More about Entertainment, Television, Movies, Netflix, and Bingeing [Link]

Mashable » Picky gorilla wanting to see more pictures of apes is all of us on dating apps

Tuesday 14 November 15:40:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDating is tough for everyone. It looks like humans aren't the only ones into swiping for dates these days and apparently we aren't the only ones with high standards. A video of a gorilla at the Louisville Zoo has gone viral once again after a zoo goer sat beside him, showing him photos of other gorillas. SEE ALSO: Google is offering … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why 'Hannity' fans are destroying their Keurigs

Tuesday 14 November 15:30:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFans are smashing their Keurig coffee machines after the company pulled their ads from Sean Hannity's political talk show on Fox News. Keurig made the decision after receiving customer criticism for supporting the host who's interview with Senate candidate Roy Moore caused major controversy. Read more…More about Business, News, Twitter, Marketing, and Politics [Link]

Mashable » 'One Tree Hill' women accuse show runner of sexual harassment, pen powerful group letter

Tuesday 14 November 15:30:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn an open letter published on Variety Monday night, the cast and crew of One Tree Hill have chosen to take a stand and collectively accuse show runner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment, following OTH writer Audrey Wauchope's remarks from this past weekend. 18 women united against Schwahn in the letter – that's 12 actresses and six writers, including stars Sophia … [Link]

Mashable » Save 51% on this cooking gadget that will help you poach eggs like a pro

Tuesday 14 November 15:29:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Poaching your eggs in the morning just got a whole lot easier with this handy egg poacher that's 51% off right now. This best-selling piece of kitchenware claims to make poaching your eggs easier than any amount of stirring ever could. Just put your … [Link]

Mashable » The FDA just approved the 1st pill that tells your doctor when you swallow it

Tuesday 14 November 15:27:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Food and Drug Administration has approved the first pill embedded with a sensor that can alert a patient’s physician or caregiver when it’s been ingested, the agency announced on Monday. The Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical won the approval for an upgraded version of Abilify, the antipsychotic drug first approved 15 years ago to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Otsuka … [Link]

Mashable » 10 reasons NYU’s growing presence in Brooklyn makes it the best place to be for tech lovers and creatives

Tuesday 14 November 15:27:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookInnovation and entrepreneurship are two of the most essential skill sets for today’s students. These skill sets are key in preparing them for their future careers, no matter the industry.  NYU is harnessing the importance of technology and creativity, offering students a variety of programs and resources that will set them up for a successful future. Here are ten reasons why … [Link]

Mashable » Keep your knives looking sharp with this best-selling kitchen tool

Tuesday 14 November 15:24:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Home chefs know that knives will eventually get dull, and they also know that it really sucks to use dull knives. Keep your knives sharp for all of your recipe video escapades with this best-selling knife sharpener for 60% off. With this device, sharpening … [Link]

Mashable » This crosswalk looks like it's floating and it was designed to slow down cars

Tuesday 14 November 15:23:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn Ísafjörður, a small town in the northwest of Iceland, a local environmental officer, inspired by similar attempts in New Delhi, suggested the idea of painting a three-dimensional crosswalk. The crosswalk, painted by road marking company Vegamálun GÍH, creates an optical illusion which is causing drivers to think that the zebra lines are objects such as boxes lying on the street. … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has a service to compete with basically every consumer startup

Tuesday 14 November 15:20:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf a consumer startup exists, there’s a good chance Amazon is trying to kill it. Headlines about the famously aggressive online shopping giant bulldozing through retail categories are nothing new, of course; it seems like every other day brings a new breathless news cycle about the threat it poses to a new industry. Sometimes lost in the mix, though, are the … [Link]

Slashdot » EA's 'Star Wars' PR Disaster Finally Pushed Gamers Into Open Revolt Against Loot Boxes

Tuesday 14 November 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Gaming company Electronic Arts is not having a good week. Bowing to pressure from early players of Star Wars Battlefront II and the historically negative reaction over the weekend to the company's response to complaints on Reddit, the company has now detailed significant cuts in the cost to unlock characters in its game and promised to continue to listen to … [Link]

Mashable » Astrology lovers will rejoice over these freckle tattoos

Tuesday 14 November 14:50:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJessica Knapik is the master behind freckles that map out your astrology sign. She's calling them Astrofrecks. The tattoos are semi-permanent and done with precision and skill. Knapik draws out the constellation onto her client's face and then adds a freckle wherever there's a star. Some may think it looks like random dots, but either way they'll fade over time.  Read … [Link]

Slashdot » Firefox Quantum Arrives With Faster Browser Engine, Major Visual Overhaul

Tuesday 14 November 14:41:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 57, branded Firefox Quantum, for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The new version, which Mozilla calls "by far the biggest update since Firefox 1.0 in 2004," brings massive performance improvements and a visual redesign. The Quantum name signals Firefox 57 is a huge release that incorporates the company's next-generation browser engine … [Link]

Slashdot » OnePlus Phones Come Preinstalled With a Factory App That Can Root Devices

Tuesday 14 November 14:01:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Some OnePlus devices, if not all, come preinstalled with an application named EngineerMode that can be used to root the device and may be converted into a fully-fledged backdoor by clever attackers. The app was discovered by a mobile security researcher who goes online by the pseudonym of Elliot Alderson — the name of the … [Link]

Mashable » Firefox just released a new ultra-fast web browser to take on Google Chrome

Tuesday 14 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMozilla’s latest browser — Firefox Quantum — is lightning fast, sleek, and ready to handle all six zillion of your tabs after almost two months in beta.  SEE ALSO: Loyal to Google Chrome? Firefox Quantum might change that. Nick Nguyen, Firefox's vice president of product, told Mashable his biggest fear: Will the Internet full of Google Chrome-enthusiasts give it a chance? … [Link]

Mashable » The sports-free internet TV bundle is here, and it's only $16 per month

Tuesday 14 November 13:58:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBig cable bundles require people who don't want to watch sports to shell out big bucks for channels they never watch. That's always been one of the big critiques of cable bundles. Non-sports fans basically subsidize the cost of sports packages.  Not anymore. On Tuesday, Philo launched its much-anticipated non-sports TV package, offering classic linear television over the internet with a … [Link]

Mashable » That tweet trolling a Muslim woman during the Westminster attack was actually by a Russian bot

Tuesday 14 November 13:43:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn the day of the Westminster attack that left 6 dead, a Twitter troll shared an image of a Muslim woman on the phone, wrongly claiming she was ignoring the victims on the bridge:  Image: screengrab/twitter/@southlonestarBo~ the photographer and the woman in the image debunked @SouthLoneStar's account of the scene, saying it was taken out of context:  Please circulate: Statement from … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Fallon returns with an emotional tribute to his late mother

Tuesday 14 November 13:42:51 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Jimmy Fallon's back behind the desk of The Tonight Show after taking time off to be with his family after the passing of his mother, Gloria. Fallon got incredibly emotional when sharing a particular memory of his mother on Monday night: the fact that she used to squeeze his hands three times to convey she loved him.  Mike DiCenzo, writer/producer … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift will never be the feminist of our dreams, but we can still listen

Tuesday 14 November 13:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery time a Taylor Swift album is released, critics ask the same exhausting question — will this be the album where Taylor Swift gets political? The answer is always the same: GirlNo. Swift's politics, best described as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, have been the cause of an unending febrile pop culture battle ever since the artist first emerged a decade ago, reaching its apotheosis … [Link]

Mashable » This guy dealt with his insomnia by grading foxes on Twitter and it's fantastic

Tuesday 14 November 13:25:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you didn't have any strong opinions on species of fox, get ready to have some. SEE ALSO: These playful baby pandas have to be separated before bedtime Twitter user Colin J Carlson was plagued by insomnia on Saturday, and he had a novel solution to the crisis. in the face of insomnia i will attempt to assign letter grades to … [Link]

Slashdot » Digital Technology Can Help Reinvent Basic Education In Africa

Tuesday 14 November 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: African countries have worked hard to improve children's access to basic education, but there's still significant work to be done. Today, 32,6 million children of primary-school age and 25,7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a significant issue, but there's a possibility … [Link]

Mashable » PlayerUnknown thinks 'Battlegrounds' could be the next big esport

Tuesday 14 November 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOnce a humble video game modder, Brendan Greene, better known as PlayerUnknown, now has his name on the most successful game of 2017, 'PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS'. The game is not just a runaway hit—it spurred on a new video game genre, and is shaping up to be the next great esport. Read more…More about Gaming, Xbox, Esports, Xbox One, and Mashable Video … [Link]

Mashable » Man discovers genius new way of opening a beer on the train

Tuesday 14 November 12:54:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ve all been there: you have a nice bottle of beer that you'd like to drink, but absolutely no bottle opener. What to do in this situation? Ask a stranger for help? Try and bash the cap off on a hard edge? Use your — *shudder* — teeth? SEE ALSO: The bank that's apparently so cool it has become a chat … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Get closer to death to make the most of life

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:21 UTC 2017

We distance ourselves from dying, but in doing so we could be missing out on the surprising upsides of mortality [Link]

New Scientist – News » The ‘space nation’ Asgardia just launched its first satellite

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:20 UTC 2017

Asgardia is a 'virtual nation' that says it aims to build sovereign colonies in space. On 12 November it launched a satellite carrying its citizens’ data [Link]

New Scientist – News » Coffee and plant-based diets linked to lower heart failure risk

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:19 UTC 2017

Drinking coffee, and diets consisting mostly of vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains, have both been linked to a lower risk of developing heart failure [Link]

New Scientist – News » Big aftershocks could well hit Iran and Iraq in next 48 hours

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:18 UTC 2017

The magnitude 7.3 quake that struck Iran and Iraq on Monday has already killed 400 and injured thousands, and more tremors could be on the way [Link]

New Scientist – News » In a Spotify world, why does anyone want to listen to cassettes?

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:17 UTC 2017

A US cassette firm is spooling up production again to meet demand. Do people really want to go back to the flimsy magnetic tape of the 1980s, asks Paul Marks [Link]

New Scientist – News » Should we seed life through the cosmos using laser-driven ships?

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:16 UTC 2017

Our galaxy may have billions of habitable worlds. A proposal to spread life says we should use giant lasers and light sails to send microbes out to them [Link]

New Scientist – News » Climate change blamed for Arabian Sea’s unexpected hurricanes

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:15 UTC 2017

A flurry of hurricane-strength storms struck the Arabian Sea in 2014 and 2015, and climate change seems to have played a role [Link]

New Scientist – News » Monkeys learn to play ‘chicken’ in a virtual driving game

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:14 UTC 2017

Macaque monkeys have been trained to play a computer version of “chicken”, driving virtual cards towards each other to see who flinches first [Link]

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

Tuesday 14 November 12:23:01 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]

Mashable » This slimy beast has people puzzled as to whether it's a dragon or a demogorgon

Tuesday 14 November 12:16:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBuckle up kids, it's time for some weird animal news. SEE ALSO: These drunk pandas need a ride, while this sloth needs a friend Some photos from a research fieldtrip have got the internet all confused as to what the researchers found. Got the chance to help out with hellbender research today. Uncovered this monster in freezing weather pic.twitter.com/8oCq4XzADU — tyyyshannon … [Link]

Mashable » It's inexcusable for Apple and Google to ship pricey phones with busted software

Tuesday 14 November 12:15:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPhone makers like Apple, Google, and Samsung have mastered the art of making desirable smartphones that command premium prices.  But they're screwing up with the software big-time, and it's starting to look really embarrassing. When you're asking people to pony up $1,000+ for a phone, these mistakes are inexcusable. SEE ALSO: Which phone takes the best portrait photos: iPhone X, Pixel … [Link]

Mashable » Dollar Shave Club finally has a real competitor for women's shaving

Tuesday 14 November 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDollar Shave Club, which is basically just razors sold through the mail, sold for $1 billion. The subscription razor delivery service offers its wholesale-cost shaving products for anyone who wants to use them—but it's still mostly marketed for men.  That's why the founders of Billie, a new startup, think they have a way into the surprisingly lucrative subscription shaving business.  "We … [Link]

Mashable » This soccer player's name and number combination is just so wrong

Tuesday 14 November 11:15:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s not often that a football player's surname and number will present the perfect pun opportunity — but when that opportunity does present itself, it's important to grasp it with both hands. SEE ALSO: Swedish soccer players totally demolish live TV set after qualifying for World Cup The player in the shot above is Yado Mambo. He plays for Ebbsfleet United. … [Link]

Mashable » Russian ministry of defense tweets video game screenshot to accuse U.S. of cooperating with ISIS

Tuesday 14 November 11:15:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRussian trolls are the talk of the town once again after a congressional investigation revealed the magnitude their fake social media accounts managed to fool us all.  SEE ALSO: Russian trolls pushed the California and Texas secession movements But what happens when the official account of the Russian ministry of defence tweets a fake picture of a military operation?  This morning, … [Link]

Mashable » Uber is finally introducing upfront pricing

Tuesday 14 November 11:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're heading home for the holiday, you probably want to know exactly how much your cab ride is going to be from the airport to your home. At long last, Uber is going to make it happen. SEE ALSO: UberEats is going to let you order food from 'virtual restaurants' that don't exist IRL Starting today, when you reserve an … [Link]

Mashable » Swedish soccer players totally demolish set on live TV after qualifying for World Cup

Tuesday 14 November 10:30:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor the first time in 60 years, Italy has failed to qualify for the World Cup. Sweden did, though. And judging by the players' reactions in the video below, they're pretty excited about it. SEE ALSO: Footballer reacts perfectly after cup of beer is thrown at his teammate On Monday, Sweden and Italy drew 0-0 in the second round of their … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift gives lovely rendition of new song 'New Year's Day' on Fallon

Tuesday 14 November 10:27:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook That's right, there's enough Taylor to go round. SEE ALSO: Newscaster uses Taylor Swift lyrics to deliver her traffic report On Monday night, Taylor Swift went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and performed reputation closer "New Year's Day." The performance was nice and pared down, with Swift on piano as well as vocals. Lovely stuff. Read more… More … [Link]

Mashable » In one sentence Joe Biden gives a brutal assessment of Trump's presidency

Tuesday 14 November 10:17:22 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook There is no doubt that Joe Biden is a national treasure who infuses grace and insight into whatever subject he touches on.  At The Late Show, the former vice president gave a tough, clear-eyed assessment of when the Trump presidency started to go completely off the rails.  "There are certain things that, when they occur, you just can't remain silent, … [Link]

Mashable » Adam Sandler surprised Jimmy Kimmel with the coolest birthday present ever

Tuesday 14 November 10:15:26 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Who doesn't want a throne for their birthday? SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel tricks people into thinking the iPhone 4 is the iPhone X It was Jimmy Kimmel's fiftieth on Monday night, so Adam Sandler turned up to take over the show as a birthday treat to Kimmel. He also wheeled out a giant iron throne made of party horns. Because … [Link]

Mashable » Plant pots made to kill mosquitos are decorated with tiny little dead mosquitos

Tuesday 14 November 10:07:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis mosquito repellent is definitely unlike any other. Ad agency TBWA and insurance agency Manulife have dubbed this plant pot the "life-saving pot," and they claim that it's the first that doubles as a mosquito repellent. SEE ALSO: Likely Zika outbreak in Florida marks turning point for the U.S. The pots are coated in paint that contains permethrin, a non-toxic insecticide … [Link]

Slashdot » Study Finds SpaceX Investment Saved NASA Hundreds of Millions

Tuesday 14 November 10:00:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 shares a report from Popular Mechanics: When a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft connected with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, it made history as the first privately-built spacecraft to reach the ISS. The Dragon was the result of a decision 6 years prior — in 2006, NASA made an "unprecedented" investment in SpaceX technology. A new financial analysis … [Link]

Mashable » Celebrities read mean tweets about Jimmy Kimmel and things get brutal fast

Tuesday 14 November 9:51:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It had to happen. To celebrate Jimmy Kimmel's 50th birthday on Monday, there was an extra-special edition of 'Mean Tweets'. And this time, all the meanness was directed straight back at him. SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence, Gal Gadot, Emma Watson all have quick comebacks for their 'Mean Tweets' You can tell all the celebrities in the clip above are really … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tinfoil hat for your router stops bad guys snooping your Wi-Fi

Tuesday 14 November 7:45:29 UTC 2017

Wireless signal shaper can put your Wi-Fi into the nooks and crannies of your home – and keep it from spilling out into the rest of the world [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Could Launch Two New Full-Screen iPhones Next Year

Tuesday 14 November 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects to see two new full-screen iPhones next year: one will have a 6.5-inch OLED display, essentially making it a Plus version of the iPhone X; and the other will have a 6.1-inch LCD display, likely making it more like a full-screen version of the current Plus-sized iPhone. Both are said to have the notch. … [Link]

Mashable » China now has more supercomputers on the world’s top 500 list than the U.S.

Tuesday 14 November 6:14:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChina has reached a supercomputing milestone. The country now has more machines on a list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers than the U.S.  SEE ALSO: Nvidia's new supercomputer is designed to drive fully autonomous vehicles China has 202 systems on the Top500's supercomputer list, with the U.S. comparatively having only 143. The U.S. ranking is its lowest since the Top500 … [Link]

Mashable » Lions surround you in this 360-degree enclosure

Tuesday 14 November 5:50:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor those who have the mettle to come face-to-face with a lion, an Australian zoo is opening an enclosure — except the humans are inside. An experience called Lions 360 is opening at Monarto Zoo in South Australia. It's a caged enclosure that allows visitors to walk right into the middle of the animals' ten hectare habitat. SEE ALSO: Baby manatees … [Link]

Mashable » This fancy pop-up sushi bar for dogs proves we're now subservient to our pets

Tuesday 14 November 5:21:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've already bowed to your dog's every whim, buying them a highly opulent Moncler parka, a water bottle you can share, and a sexy, calming leotard, why stop there?  Ditch the canned dinner and take Rex to a slick sushi bar just for dogs. (Yes, we’re talking about real, quality fish. Jealous?) Poochi Sushi, a dog-only sushi pop-up is opening … [Link]

Mashable » 'Fake news' isn't just a U.S. problem — it's everywhere

Tuesday 14 November 5:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBefore the election, few Americans had heard of "fake news."  Now, they're all too aware: of the Russia-linked Facebook accounts that reached 126 million people, the deranged PizzaGate conspiracy, and the teens in Macedonia spreading lies to make an easy buck.  If you thought this was just an American problem, you're wrong. In at least 17 other countries, fake news "played … [Link]

Slashdot » All Major Browsers Now Support WebAssembly

Tuesday 14 November 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: "It took only two years for all browser vendors to get on the same page regarding the new WebAssembly standard, and as of October 2017, all major browsers support it," reports Bleeping Computer. Project spearheads Firefox and Chrome were the first major browsers to graduate WebAssembly from preview versions to their respective stable branches over the … [Link]

Mashable » This new film series will make you painfully aware of gender inequality in the art world

Tuesday 14 November 3:08:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook "In 1989, the Guerilla Girls counted the number of women represented in The Met's modern art sections," notes Artists for Gender Equality. "Less than 5 percent of the artists were women and 85 percent of the nudes were female." If you think Hollywood's the only creative industry suffering gender discrimination and bias, check out this new short film series on … [Link]

Mashable » RT owner forced to register as a foreign agent in the U.S., and Russia vows revenge

Tuesday 14 November 2:42:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe company that owns Moscow-based media outlet RT just registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. T&R Productions, LLC filed paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) registering as an agent for a Russian government entity, according to the DOJ. This entity, ANO TV-Novosti, is responsible for worldwide broadcasts of the Russian government-funded English-language TV network.  … [Link]

Mashable » Google Home trick lets you 'broadcast' messages from your phone

Tuesday 14 November 2:29:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle Home speakers just got a lot more useful. Google introduced a new feature for Google Assistant that allows you to remotely "broadcast" messages between your phone and a Google Home speaker, or between multiple speakers in the same house. SEE ALSO: Google Home error shows why digital assistants still have a long way to go The update, which is rolling … [Link]

Mashable » These Xbox Christmas ornaments are adorable, if you can get your hands on one

Tuesday 14 November 2:17:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGee, this year has flown by. With Christmas mere weeks away, there's a whole suite of holiday products ready to be thrust at you. Fortunately, Microsoft's Xbox Christmas ornaments are rather quite adorable — although getting your hands on them is a rather strange process. SEE ALSO: Here's the Xbox One stacked against the Xbox One X These mini versions of … [Link]

Mashable » Lorde's mum embarrasses her by sharing old home singing videos

Tuesday 14 November 2:11:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWere you a "dramatic" youngster? Making homemade videos of your performances, probably trying to upstage your sister? You can bet your mum still has them on file. That includes Lorde's mum, Sonja Yelich, who wielded smug parental privilege and hit Instagram to share two delightful throwback videos featuring the singer at the start of her career. SEE ALSO: Kesha performs powerful … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Gold, the Latest Bitcoin Fork, Explained

Tuesday 14 November 2:05:00 UTC 2017

Timothy B. Lee via Ars Technica explains Bitcoin Gold: A new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Gold is now live on the Internet. It aims to correct what its backers see as a serious flaw in the design of the original Bitcoin. There are hundreds of cryptocurrencies on the Internet, and many of them are derived from Bitcoin in one way or … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Sizemore was thrown off a movie set for allegedly molesting a child

Tuesday 14 November 2:01:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTom Sizemore, the tough-guy actor who has continued to work in entertainment despite multiple careers' worth of ugly behavior spanning decades, was booted from a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress alleged that he molested her, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The now-55-year-old actor, infamous for domestic battery convictions, on-set outbursts and a nearly lifelong battle with drugs, remained … [Link]

Mashable » Gluttonous baby bear breaks into family's home to indulge in cat food

Tuesday 14 November 1:48:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook A family of bears recently broke into a home in Monrovia, California, raiding the place for food. The family admits that they often leave the sliding glass door cracked in order to let their cats in and out. Apparently, that small opening was just big enough for a large bear cub to slip inside. The homeowner managed to captured the … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Echo accessory comes with pretty much the worst name ever

Tuesday 14 November 1:43:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhen you're selling an accessory to a microphone made by a company that wants access to customers' homes and an electronic eye in their bedrooms, maybe think long and hard about what name you give it. Or don't, and just call the damn thing "DOX."  That appears to have been the approach of electronics manufacturer Ninety7, which this fall introduced the … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber Drivers In Lagos Are Using a Fake GPS App To Inflate Rider Fares

Tuesday 14 November 1:25:00 UTC 2017

According to Quartz, some Uber drivers in Lagos have been using a fake GPS itinerary app called Lockito to illicitly bump up fares for local drivers. The app was initially created for developers to "test geofencing-based apps," but has been used by Uber drivers to inflate the cost of their trips. From the report: In some cases, inflated trips can … [Link]

New Scientist – News » How social stress makes your brain vulnerable to depression

Tuesday 14 November 1:01:01 UTC 2017

Bullying and other social stresses may make it easier for inflammatory substances to enter your brain, altering your mood and leaving you susceptible to depression [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tinfoil hat for your router stops bad guys snooping your Wi-Fi

Tuesday 14 November 1:01:00 UTC 2017

Wireless signal shaper can put your Wi-Fi into the nooks and crannies of your home – and keep it from spilling out into the rest of the world [Link]

New Scientist – News » Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn

Tuesday 14 November 1:00:59 UTC 2017

A device that zaps the brain with electricity has improved people’s scores on memory tests. It may have the power to help dementia, or boost other brain skills [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Which Software/Devices Are Unusable Without Connecting to the Internet?

Tuesday 14 November 0:45:00 UTC 2017

New submitter AlejandroTejadaC writes: Currently, most commercial software and hardware manufactures rely on an internet connection for registering or activating their products and providing additional functionality. In an ideal world this works fine, but in our real world the buyer could lose access to internet for months — such as in emergency situations like the aftermath of hurricane Maria — … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to market yourself by creating a personal brand

Tuesday 14 November 0:10:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Hey, I've got a question for you. How would you describe your personal brand?  Okay, that's probably not a question you're going to have to answer very often in your life, but the way you present yourself to the world, in everything from Instagram … [Link]

Mashable » Watch astronaut Scott Kelly's first moments on Earth after a year in space

Tuesday 14 November 0:08:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f11%2f0c5a51f4 1fc5 3268%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Kelly takes a sweet breath of cool air.","image":"~ Kelly coming back down to Earth","sources":[{&~ kelly,year in space,human spaceflight,space exploration","sec0":~ kelly,year in space,human spaceflight,space exploration","videoSeries~ More about Space, Nasa, Science, Spaceflight, and Scott Kelly [Link]

Slashdot » China Overtakes US In Latest Top 500 Supercomputer List

Tuesday 14 November 0:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Enterprise Cloud News: The release of the semiannual Top 500 Supercomputer List is a chance to gauge the who's who of countries that are pushing the boundaries of high-performance computing. The most recent list, released Monday, shows that China is now in a class by itself. China now claims 202 systems within the … [Link]

Mashable » Why the startup community is starting to panic about tax reform

Tuesday 14 November 0:02:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBusinesses across the U.S. are licking their chops over a possible corporate tax cut, but venture capitalists are sounding the alarm over a small change that could have big consequences for employees at startups. The Senate tax reform bill as currently written would start taxing stock options as they vest. That means employees at startups who receive options as part of … [Link]

Mashable » This add-on will make your truck a snowmobile monster

Tuesday 14 November 0:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Track N Go system works with almost any truck or large SUV to get you through the snow and where you need to go. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Snow, Winter, Country, and Ice [Link]

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