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

Mashable » Vegemite ice blocks are here to ruin summer, probably

Wednesday 13 December 23:52:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe yeast spread Vegemite is iconic as they come in Australia, but it's probably the last thing you want to mix with anything remotely sweet. Too late: Now there's Vegemite icy poles (a.k.a. popsicles), and you can make them yourself according to a recipe on the breakfast spread maker's website.  SEE ALSO: This dip holder is for people who love drive-thrus … [Link]

Mashable » Seas may rise by 8 feet this century, inundating land that's home to 236 million people

Wednesday 13 December 23:44:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe amount of sea level rise that many of us will experience in our lifetimes may be more than double what was previously anticipated, unless we sharply curtail greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study that factors in emerging, unsettling research on the tenuous stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.  Importantly, the study highlights that cuts we could still make … [Link]

Slashdot » AT&T Begins Testing High-Speed Internet Over Power Lines

Wednesday 13 December 23:30:00 UTC 2017

AT&T has started trials to deliver high-speed internet over power lines. The company announced the news on Wednesday and said that trials have started in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location. Reuters reports: AT&T aims to eventually deliver speeds faster than the 1 gigabit per second consumers can currently get through fiber internet service using high-frequency airwaves that travel along … [Link]

Mashable » Target sets sights on Amazon with same-day delivery plans

Wednesday 13 December 23:27:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTarget plans to step up its delivery game in a big way come 2018. The retailer announced the $550 million acquisition of Shipt on Wednesday, adding a company that specializes specifically in same-day delivery to its asset portfolio. In the same announcement, Target also confirmed plans to — wait for it — offer same-day delivery to its customers.  SEE ALSO: Amazon … [Link]

Mashable » DJ Earworm's 'United States of Pop 2017' is the only mashup we care about

Wednesday 13 December 23:23:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook DJ Earworm just dropped "United States of Pop 2017," known to everyone on the internet as the only music mashup that actually matters.  This year's track title, "How We Do It," references Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," our song of the summer and the single Earworm's mashup most leans on.  The mashup also features top tracks from Migos, Future, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Restarting dead people’s hearts lets doctors reuse their organs

Wednesday 13 December 23:19:03 UTC 2017

With a growing shortage of organ donors, doctors are now considering restarting dead people's hearts or even taking organs from patients who are technically alive [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why 2018 is gearing up to be a tipping point for climate action

Wednesday 13 December 23:19:02 UTC 2017

What will next year hold for global temperatures, carbon dioxide levels, the electric car revolution and Trump's coal dream, wonders Owen Gaffney [Link]

Mashable » The Top 10 Westerns of All Time

Wednesday 13 December 23:06:07 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Cinefix, Movie Lists, Mashable Reels, Westerns, and Entertainment [Link]

Mashable » The end of 'Game of Thrones' earned a standing ovation from the cast

Wednesday 13 December 22:52:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe may not see the ultimate ending of Game of Thrones until 2019, but the actors have now read the script for the series finale, and they're already beginning to torture us with cryptic clues. The latest culprit is Sansa Stark herself, Sophie Turner, who described the experience of being at the final table read for the last episode as "bittersweet" … [Link]

Slashdot » Patreon Scraps New Service Fee, Apologizes To Users

Wednesday 13 December 22:50:00 UTC 2017

Patreon has decided to halt its plans to add a service fee to patrons' pledges, a proposed update that angered many users. "We're going to press pause," CEO Jack Conte tells The Verge. "Folks have been adamant about the problems with the new system, and so basically, we have to solve those problems first." The company plans to work with … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to hack your holiday dating game

Wednesday 13 December 22:19:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSingle and looking to add a little mingle to your holiday season? Dating app The League has some new data that could help you time your attempts at winter romance to perfection. They've analyzed their user data to figure out which days are the best to make various moves, and you'd better get crackin'. Image: the leagueThe ideal period for swiping … [Link]

Mashable » Today's best tech deals: $600 off a Samsung 4K HDTV, $500 off a Dell laptop, and more

Wednesday 13 December 22:19:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Green Monday may be a totally made up holiday, but the sales are real. So real, in fact, that they're still going strong. SEE ALSO: Amazon has tons of adorable pet products on sale today If you've still got some people to shop for … [Link]

Mashable » Help your business grow with help from social media tool SMhack

Wednesday 13 December 22:10:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Social media is a great way to reach potential customers and engage an audience. But it can also be insanely complicated. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, there are too many platforms and not enough time. But there’s a great social media engagement tool … [Link]

Slashdot » Google To Open AI Center In China Despite Search Ban

Wednesday 13 December 22:10:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Google is deepening its push into artificial intelligence (AI) by opening a research center in China, even though its search services remain blocked in the country. Google said the facility would be the first its kind in Asia and would aim to employ local talent. In a blog post on the company's … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » project44 Announces Real-Time Rail Visibility API

Wednesday 13 December 22:07:20 UTC 2017

project44, transportation information solution provider, has announced its new rail visibility API. Through the API, manufacturers and retailers alike gain end to end tracking capability of rail shipments across US and Canadian rail networks. The API provides both real-time and historical data reviews. [Link]

Mashable » Tywin Lannister from 'Game of Thrones' narrates the final episode of nature doc parody 'Savage Cuties'

Wednesday 13 December 22:03:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAll will fight, but only one will rule… or maybe all will just cuddle. Presenting the final episode of Savage Cuties narrated by Charles Dance. For more videos like this, be sure to subscribe to our Mashable Watercooler channel on YouTube! Read more…More about Dogs, Animals, Cats, Mashable Video, and Nature [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Google Cloud Vision, Easyship, IVA Celebrities

Wednesday 13 December 22:01:42 UTC 2017

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google Launches Manufacturer Center API

Wednesday 13 December 22:00:18 UTC 2017

Google has announced that the availability of its Manufacturer Center service has been expanded to more countries which includes Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The company also announced the launch of the Google Manufacturer Center API which makes it possible for product information to be managed programmatically as opposed to manually via Manufacturer Center. … [Link]

Mashable » Bring the bar home with this draft beer system that's $39 off

Wednesday 13 December 21:59:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Between mass production and over-watering, beer from large-scale breweries is notoriously terrible. But there are some wonderful craft beer alternatives out there, and you can easily sample them with the SUB Home Beer Draft System. SEE ALSO: Wine glasses that stay cold on their … [Link]

Mashable » Screw 'Star Wars': The best thing at the movie theater in 2017 is Cheetos Popcorn

Wednesday 13 December 21:57:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWatch where you sit, because there's about to be Cheetos dust all over the seats at Regal Cinemas.  In the never ending mashup of food trends, the classic buttered movie theatre popcorn just got a major upgrade with the introduction of Cheetos. Yes, folks, starting Dec. 15 you will be able to enjoy Cheetos Popcorn at participating Regal Cinemas nationwide.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » What words do I have to put in this headline to get you to read 'The Siberian Times'?

Wednesday 13 December 21:54:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNote: The Siberian Times is currently down for maintenance and is expected to be for an unspecified period of time. There are real news sites, there are fake news sites, and then there are sites so unspeakably weird and good I could give AF about the difference.  See: The Siberian Times. I'm confident that many of you reading this piece have … [Link]

Mashable » This Photoshop course is 97% off, which is basically the closest to free you can get

Wednesday 13 December 21:46:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Professional photo tools like Photoshop are no longer just for the pros. Not only are they pretty easy to learn, just a few tweaks to lighting and color grading can turn your photos from ho-hum to seriously wow-worthy. SEE ALSO: This DSLR camera has … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon launches free same-day shipping for Prime members

Wednesday 13 December 21:41:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon has a holiday gift for its Prime members.  The online retailer has launched free one-day and same-day delivery for Prime members for the duration of the holiday season.  SEE ALSO: A new 'Lord of the Rings' series is coming to Amazon That means Amazon Prime members can order Christmas gifts as early as Dec. 24, if orders are in before … [Link]

Slashdot » The Environmental Cost of Internet Porn

Wednesday 13 December 21:29:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report (condensed for space): Online streaming is a win for the environment. Streaming music eliminates all that physical material — CDs, jewel cases, cellophane, shipping boxes, fuel — and can reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 40 percent or more. Scientists who analyze the environmental impact of the internet tout the benefits of this "dematerialization," observing that … [Link]

Mashable » Salma Hayek speaks out on Harvey Weinstein: 'He was my monster'

Wednesday 13 December 21:25:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSalma Hayek, the star of the Miramax-produced Frida, broke her silence about the alleged abuses she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, a man she's calling "her monster" in a devastatingly vivid New York Times article.  Her story makes clear how male abuses of power in Hollywood aren't actually just about sex, but also about gatekeeping prestige filmmaking from women … [Link]

Mashable » When no one comes to dad's art show, his daughter makes sure people see his work

Wednesday 13 December 21:11:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour parents will look out for you, but it's up to you to make them go viral.  As a youngster, Gerado Saenz, realized his love of art when he began to draw stick figures and sunsets during school. Now a 47-year-old husband and father, he continues to bring his passion for art and music to life with 'TAPEsty Art,' wherein he … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has tons of adorable pet products on sale today

Wednesday 13 December 21:09:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. On the 11th day of Christmas, Amazon gave to me: dog DNA kits, vacuums for those hairballs, sales on pet cameras, and a squirrel hiding in a fuzzy tree. SEE ALSO: Pets deserve to be played with even when you're not home Amazon's 12 … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Trudeau reviewed 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in six words and we're sold

Wednesday 13 December 21:07:53 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“The Star Wars movie was outstanding." Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau's six-word assessment of Star Wars: The Last Jedi probably won't make it to Rotten Tomatoes, but it's a glowing endorsement nonetheless. He's seen the movie, and he's a fan. SEE ALSO: There's going to be a 'Last Jedi' screening on the International Space Station What, you wanted more? Sorry. That's … [Link]

Mashable » Look up tonight to see the best meteor shower of the year

Wednesday 13 December 21:07:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet out your heavy winter coats because this year's best meteor shower peaks tonight.  The Geminid meteor shower is expected to be an incredible show for the folks who can see it in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.  NASA is predicting the meteor rates could be as high as 60 per hour in dark areas with little light pollution to blot … [Link]

Mashable » 'Mr. Robot' fans, today is your lucky day

Wednesday 13 December 20:50:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWith Mr. Robot's Season 3 finale looming, USA Network announced the series has been renewed for a fourth season. SEE ALSO: We can't get enough of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury so here's more We have plenty more battles to fight#MrRobot has been renewed for season_4.0pic.twitter.com/ApsEvY6Of~ — Mr. Robot (@whoismrrobot) December 13, 2017 Mr. Robot follows Rami Malek's Elliot Alderson, who … [Link]

Slashdot » Maker of Sneaky Mac Adware Sends Security Researcher Cease-and-Desist Letters

Wednesday 13 December 20:49:00 UTC 2017

Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet: The maker of a sneaky adware that hijacks a user's browser to serve ads is back with a new, more advanced version — one that can gain root privileges and spy on the user's activities. News of the updated adware dropped Tuesday in a lengthy write-up by Amit Serper, principal security researcher at Cybereason. The … [Link]

Mashable » Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain over her father's cancer diagnosis

Wednesday 13 December 20:38:14 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook An emotional moment between former Vice President Joe Biden and Meghan McCain occurred on The View on Wednesday. Meghan's father Senator John McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma six months ago, an aggressive brain cancer that sadly carries a low survival rate. Despite undergoing an operation, McCain has continued to serve on the United States Senate, famously thwarting his own party's … [Link]

Mashable » Turns out you can sell your lamp on Tinder. You just have to watch out for ghosting.

Wednesday 13 December 20:33:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSometimes when you're bored, an amazing idea just hits you and you instantly become wealthier in the most unexpected way. It usually has to do with ghosting. Aline Cunia, 18, a freshman at SUNY Oswego University, needed to sell a lamp. She was at her cousin, Arianna's house earlier this week when she decided to make a Tinder account. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Patreon might destroy itself while trying to figure out how to pay artists online

Wednesday 13 December 20:32:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Internet strangers and supporters pay $1,080 a month to Stuart Schuffman, better known as his online persona Broke-Ass Stuart, to write things like "8 Ways to Get High for Hannukah." Yet, somehow, he's not thrilled with it. "The system we’ve set up is broken," Schuffman said. Schuffman is one of thousands of other creative people that use Patreon, a donation … [Link]

Slashdot » Universities Spend Millions on Accessing Results of Publicly Funded Research

Wednesday 13 December 20:09:00 UTC 2017

Mark C. Wilson, a senior lecturer at Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, writing for The Conversation: University research is generally funded from the public purse. The results, however, are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, many of which charge subscription fees. I had to use freedom of information laws to determine how much universities in New Zealand spend on … [Link]

Mashable » The Niffler is back in 'Fantastic Beasts 2' but nothing makes up for Johnny Depp

Wednesday 13 December 19:58:31 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Not to be outdone by the Porgmania sweeping the nation, Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald will introduce us to new magical creatures – and bring back the wily, adorable Niffler. SEE ALSO: 'Fantastic Beasts' director turns blind eye to Johnny Depp backlash “There’s a Chinese creature that’s formidable,” … [Link]

Slashdot » Someone Used Wet String To Get a Broadband Connection

Wednesday 13 December 19:29:00 UTC 2017

dmoberhaus shares a Motherboard report: A UK techie with a sense of humor may have found an alternative to expensive corporate broadband cables: some wet string. It's an old joke among network technicians that it's possible to get a broadband connection with anything, even if it's just two cans connected with some wet string. As detailed in a blog post … [Link]

Mashable » Jeff Bezos's rocket company sent 'Mannequin Skywalker' to the edge of space

Wednesday 13 December 19:10:32 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Blue Origin is back at it again.  The rocket company — backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — just announced the completion of its seventh rocket test and landing of its suborbital New Shepard rocket and capsule in Texas on Tuesday.  And they have the snazzy video to prove it.  SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos smashes champagne bottle atop giant wind … [Link]

Mashable » How to turn a boring business trip into a mini-vacation

Wednesday 13 December 19:09:15 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook (function() { var s = document.createElement('script&~ s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = !0; s.src = 'https://adserver.pressboard.ca~ var d = document.getElementsByTagName(&quot~ d.parentNode.insertBefore(s, d); })(); Ah, business trips. Meet-and-greets, business cards, handshakes, conferences, and an airtight schedule keeping you from having any fun. Awesome.  While business travel will never have the same appeal as an honest-to-goodness real vacation, there are ways you can … [Link]

Mashable » Awful men are everywhere on Google's 2017 'Year In Search'

Wednesday 13 December 18:54:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoogle has released its annual "Year in Search" feature and the ongoing sexual assault and harassment reckoning is front and center. SEE ALSO: Time Person of the Year poll honors the women who broke the silence with #MeToo Perhaps most surprising was the figure at the top of trending search results. Globally, Matt Lauer was at the top, followed by Meghan … [Link]

Slashdot » Mirai IoT Botnet Co-Authors Plead Guilty

Wednesday 13 December 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Three hackers responsible for creating the massive Mirai botnet that knocked large swathes of the internet offline last year have pleaded guilty. Brian Krebs reports: The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed the guilty pleas of two men (Editor's note: three men) first identified in January 2017 by KrebsOnSecurity as the likely co-authors of Mirai, a malware strain that remotely … [Link]

Mashable » How to be the most insufferable person at your ugly Christmas sweater party

Wednesday 13 December 18:26:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're still browsing thrift stores in search of an outfit for an upcoming ugly Christmas sweater party, look no further.  The ugliest (and, I'm sorry to say, the most insufferable) sweaters on the market are these pullovers emblazoned with the cryptocurrency logo of your choice.  SEE ALSO: Bitcoin is a victim of its own success Hodlmoon, "home of the ugly … [Link]

Mashable » Nothing summed up 2017 more than the story of bullied 11-year-old Keaton Jones

Wednesday 13 December 18:16:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn one of the final weekends of 2017, the video of an 11-year-old bullied kid named Keaton Jones spread like wildfire over the internet. Though a simple message made it go viral, its growing and sticky complexity, can't help but remind us what kind of country we live in.  As it unfolded in a matter of hours, it became clear that … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber's Massive Scraping Program Collected Data About Competitors Around The World

Wednesday 13 December 18:06:00 UTC 2017

Kate Conger, reporting for Gizmodo: For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and executives. Uber gathered information from these firms using automated collection systems that ran constantly, amassing millions of records, and sometimes conducted physical surveillance to complement its data collection. Uber's scraping efforts were spearheaded by … [Link]

Mashable » FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on just what's at stake with net neutrality

Wednesday 13 December 18:02:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Federal Communications Commission is schedule to vote on Thursday to remove just about any and every regulation on internet providers.  Mignon Clyburn, the longest-serving commissioner on the FCC, has a message for you.  "We used to talk about clean water. We used to talk about good roads," Clyburn said during an interview for the Mashable podcast Biz Please. "Now, this … [Link]

Mashable » This Chrome extension will save you from 'The Last Jedi' spoilers

Wednesday 13 December 17:58:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're desperately trying to avoid spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this app is for you.  Force Block is a Google Chrome extension that warns you if you're about to visit pages that may have Star Wars spoilers. The warnings take the form of cute slogans that reference previous Star Wars movies, such as "That's no moon, it's a … [Link]

Mashable » People couldn't stop talking about 'Stranger Things' on Facebook this year

Wednesday 13 December 17:55:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWas it Dart, Dad Steve or Daddy Hopper? Whatever the reason, Facebook's annual IQ report revealed that Stranger Things 2 dominated Facebook conversation in 2017. The report revealed and examined fashion, health, and social trends on Facebook, but nothing had quite as much of a supernatural spike as the buzz around Stranger Things. SEE ALSO: 20 pop culture duos that warmed … [Link]

Mashable » Get a Garmin activity tracker on sale for $80 today at Best Buy

Wednesday 13 December 17:53:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you've got a fitness friend that you're shopping for during the holidays, the Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker could make a great gift, and it's $20 off today. Image: Garmin This fitness tracking watch monitors all of your daily fitness activities from your heart … [Link]

Mashable » Alexa can now wake you up with your favorite song

Wednesday 13 December 17:48:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMaybe, just maybe, Alexa's new alarms can make you actually enjoy getting up in the morning.  You can finally instruct Amazon's voice assistant to wake you up in the morning with a song of your choice.  SEE ALSO: Canada, meet Amazon Alexa Yes, if you have a smartphone, you could do this already. But unlike the iPhone, which limits your selection … [Link]

Mashable » Apple invests $390 million in the production of…lasers?

Wednesday 13 December 17:42:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple has invested $390 million in Finisar, a manufacturer of optical communications components.   That's right: It's investing in lasers.  SEE ALSO: Gift ideas for your friend who can’t put down their iPhone According to Apple, the money will enable Finisar to increase research and development of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). These may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Children are becoming problem gamblers due to a legal loophole

Wednesday 13 December 17:36:17 UTC 2017

A report from the UK Gambling Commission reveals that children are being lured into gambling through “skin bets” in online games [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sad ‘pigs’ have been filmed apparently mourning a dead friend

Wednesday 13 December 17:36:16 UTC 2017

Famously clever animals like chimps and monkeys seem to grieve for dead comrades, but now even wild relatives of pigs called peccaries have been seen mourning [Link]

New Scientist – News » Giant tortoises are rare today but once roamed four continents

Wednesday 13 December 17:36:15 UTC 2017

An evolutionary tree of tortoises shows the animals have become gigantic on at least seven occasions – and that they did not do so where we thought [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mars overdue a planet-wide dust storm that could harm the rovers

Wednesday 13 December 17:36:14 UTC 2017

Mars could have a mega dust storm in 2018. Now we know how the Red Planet's massive storms can cascade into a catastrophe for rovers or future settlers [Link]

New Scientist – News » England’s shift to opt-out organ donation will save many lives

Wednesday 13 December 17:36:12 UTC 2017

It was always a travesty that hundreds of people die due to a lack of transplant organs. An opt-out donation scheme in England was long overdue, says John Chisholm [Link]

New Scientist – News » Fentanyl considered for execution cocktail by two US states

Wednesday 13 December 17:36:11 UTC 2017

Nevada and Nebraska are considering using the opioid drug fentanyl to carry out death penalty executions [Link]

Mashable » Tech gifts for people who love the great outdoors

Wednesday 13 December 17:24:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Got a friend who seems to love nature and animals more than they like people? Yep, we all have one — and even if they're constantly forgetting to text back because they never have service, we love them anyway. Fuel their anti-civilization passion even … [Link]

Slashdot » Old Crypto Vulnerability Hits Major Tech Firms

Wednesday 13 December 17:20:00 UTC 2017

wiredmikey writes: A team of researchers has revived an old crypto vulnerability and determined that it affects the products of several major vendors and a significant number of the world's top websites. The attack/exploit method against a Transport Layer Security (TLS) vulnerability now has a name, a logo and a website. It has been dubbed ROBOT (Return Of Bleichenbacher's Oracle … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo is reportedly looking to increase its mobile game output

Wednesday 13 December 17:17:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNintendo is aiming to increase its output of mobile games and it's looking for mobile developers to help out, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Nintendo already has a partnership with the mobile developer DeNA, formed in 2015, but according to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo also recently had partnership talks with developer GungHo Online Entertainment. GungHo is the developer behind … [Link]

Mashable » Here's the new electric big rig that could bring the hammer to Tesla's Semi

Wednesday 13 December 17:01:44 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTesla’s all-electric Semi truck has been the biggest story of the year for freight hauling, but the rig won't even go into production until 2019, assuming everything actually goes according to plan. In the meantime, Elon Musk's dream machine will face some steep competition from other future-forward truck companies looking to cut in on the marketshare with energy and emissions-conscious fleet … [Link]

Mashable » In their own words: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill on Luke's journey in 'The Last Jedi'

Wednesday 13 December 17:00:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook“It’s time for the Jedi to end," Luke Skywalker says in the Last Jedi trailer, his brittle voice dripping disdain for the knights who once protected the galaxy and saved so many lives, including his own.  Actor Mark Hamill and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson reportedly butted heads over this cynical new take on the once starry-eyed Mr. Skywalker, and they … [Link]

Mashable » New Twitter ads ignore the site’s Nazi problem and admit another major issue

Wednesday 13 December 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEven after 11 years of existence, Twitter is still trying to explain the basics of the product.  New ads, released Wednesday, show two scenarios of two different men joining the social network and struggling to understand what to do next. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan tries to calm them down and then walks through the steps of using Twitter. SEE ALSO: Twitter's most … [Link]

Mashable » T-Mobile is launching a TV service because there's just not enough options just yet

Wednesday 13 December 16:51:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're a cord cutter and you really, somehow don't think there's enough options for streaming TV over the internet, we have some good news.  T-Mobile is launching a television service and acquiring Layer3 TV to do so.  Details are scarce right now, but the move highlights how every single service provider is moving to also be the company that you … [Link]

Mashable » Emmanuel Macron lures top U.S. climate scientists fleeing from Trump research cuts

Wednesday 13 December 16:46:33 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the name of furthering climate research (and trolling Donald Trump), French President Emmanuel Macron awarded "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants to 18 climate scientists, 13 of whom are from the United States. On Monday, in preparation for the "One Planet Summit" — a meeting in which international world leaders gather to discuss global climate initiatives — the French president … [Link]

Slashdot » Almost 45 Million Tons of E-waste Discarded Last Year

Wednesday 13 December 16:40:00 UTC 2017

A new study claims 44.7 million metric tons (49.3 million tons) of TV sets, refrigerators, cellphones and other electrical good were discarded last year, with only a fifth recycled to recover the valuable raw materials inside. From a report: The U.N.-backed study published Wednesday calculates that the amount of e-waste thrown away in 2016 included a million tons of chargers … [Link]

Mashable » Adorn the top of your Christmas tree with these inspirational women

Wednesday 13 December 16:20:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookA nonprofit called Women To Look Up To has created Christmas tree toppers of powerful women that better represent our modern icons. Read more…More about Christmas, Mashable Video, Women, Beyonce, and Holiday [Link]

Mashable » Let's look back at the year in Hollywood Chrises

Wednesday 13 December 16:14:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Hollywood Chrises were not invented in 2017. They've all been kicking around in some form or other since the early '80s, and people have been cracking jokes about Hollywood's fixation on blandsome young white male Chrises since at least 2013, when Chris Pratt was cast in Guardians of the Galaxy. But 2017 was the year that the Hollywood Chrises collectively … [Link]

Mashable » Winter Workout: How to keep warm without sacrificing performance

Wednesday 13 December 16:07:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPAID CONTENT | UNIQLOFor the sporty crowd at Mashable who refuse to allow bad weather keep them down, Uniqlo’s HEATTECH, BLOCKTECH and Ultra Light collection keeps the game going strong all winter long.Winter is that magical time of year when people bundle up, bake pies, spend quality time with loved ones — and tend to put on an extra five or … [Link]

Slashdot » Russia-Linked Accounts Were Active on Facebook Ahead of Brexit

Wednesday 13 December 16:02:00 UTC 2017

The Russia-linked troll farm that used Facebook to target Americans during last year's election was also active in the UK ahead of the Brexit vote (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source), the social media company has admitted. From a report: In a letter to the Electoral Commission, Facebook said accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency spent … [Link]

Mashable » People are tweeting their failed attempts to make gingerbread houses

Wednesday 13 December 15:50:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPeople may be good at getting into the Christmas spirit, but that doesn't mean they're any good at constructing a sound gingerbread house. SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged Nobody is, it seems. This holiday season Twitter has been awash with dismal, tragic photos of the tiny lopsided constructions. Just look at some of … [Link]

Mashable » A food critic is taking one for the industry and eating tacos for a full year

Wednesday 13 December 15:37:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMike Sutter is a restaurant critic for the San Antonio Express-News. For 2017, he made it his goal to go to 365 taquerias and try their tacos. So far, he's eaten 1,300 tacos and spent around $600 a month doing so.  The reason for this mission: to get to know the culture of the city of San Antonio. You can check … [Link]

Mashable » Ambulance gets called out for figure in park, turns out to be a statue

Wednesday 13 December 15:36:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe know better safe than sorry is the old adage, but if you call an ambulance out for a statue this idiom loses its wisdom a bit. SEE ALSO: Police wait for snake to cross the road, and nope An ambulance in the UK received a call about a person in a park. The caller was worried that they were sitting … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert have a heated discussion over Christmas tree decorations

Wednesday 13 December 15:36:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook On The Late Show last night, Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert had a heated discussion over how they like to decorate their Christmas trees. And it got intense. When Tom Hanks asks if Colbert has flashing lights on the tree Colbert retorts, "That's insane. Flashing lights? We're not landing a plane!" The argument climaxes when Tom Hanks tells Colbert to … [Link]

Mashable » Master chef sculpts impossibly realistic pastries that look just like fresh fruit

Wednesday 13 December 15:33:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCédric Grolet is a world-renowned pastry chef who's changing up the dessert game in Paris with his incredible food sculptures.  Read more…More about Instagram, Mashable Video, Paris, Dessert, and Sculpture [Link]

Mashable » Snag an R2-D2 charging station for 50% off today

Wednesday 13 December 15:33:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. R2-D2 is decked out with a lot of handy gadgets, so it would stand to reason that he should probably have a few outlets and USB ports on him. Enter: the R2-D2 charging station. The Star Wars inspired charging station features two USB ports … [Link]

Mashable » Someone designed an accordion-like table that unfolds to double its length

Wednesday 13 December 15:29:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeatherwick Studio designers created a shapeshifting table, called Friction Table, that can be stretched to become two times longer than its original size. The result was achieved using a mechanical device that provides its lattice structure. Read more…More about Design, Mashable Video, Shape, Interior Design, and Furniture [Link]

Mashable » 2017 was the year late night grew up, and we did too

Wednesday 13 December 15:25:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn an earlier, better time, late night was the place where smart comics got to write mostly meaningless jokes about transitory crap.  Ah, what an era.  2017 didn't change all of that — there will always, sadly, be space in our culture for James Corden sing-a-longs — but it did force late night comics to lean in one two directions. Either … [Link]

Mashable » Stock up on Amazon Cloud Cams — they're on sale today for 25% off

Wednesday 13 December 15:25:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Amazon's Cloud Cam, the Alexa-compatible camera can connect to your phone or even your Amazon smart TV so you can view your surveillance feed from anywhere or at the sound of your voice. The push notifications from the Cloud Cam app alert you … [Link]

Slashdot » Andy Rubin's Essential Phone Considered Anything But

Wednesday 13 December 15:20:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Andy Rubin's ambitions to create a new consumer electronics ecosystem are floundering at base camp. Sales of Essential's phone, which forms a key part of the strategy, are tepid. Google Play reports a mere 50,000 download of Essential's Camera app so far, the Android Police blog notes. This doesn't paint the full picture, but … [Link]

Mashable » This rapid egg cooker is on sale for less than $20

Wednesday 13 December 15:16:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. When you're in a hurry to make breakfast so you can get out the door, it might not hurt to have this egg cooker on hand, especially when it's 34% off. SEE ALSO: Gift-worthy kitchen tech items for the Chopped enthusiasts in your life … [Link]

Mashable » The 17 best TV episodes of 2017

Wednesday 13 December 15:13:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2017 was not a good year for many things, but it was a good year for TV. Peak TV kept us sane in a completely insane time and hopefully it'll do the same in 2018. For now, let's look back at the 17 best episodes of 2017 and how they reflected, resisted, or blissfully ignored the hellscape of reality. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Rock & Roll Hall of Fame names its Class of 2018, from Bon Jovi to Nina Simone

Wednesday 13 December 15:12:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues, The Cars, and Dire Straits. Meet the full lineup of 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The 33rd annual induction ceremony won't happen until April 14, 2018, but you can start cheering for the new entrants now. Those five musical forces making up the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's … [Link]

Mashable » Ethereum's price surpasses $700 in another astonishing crypto-rally

Wednesday 13 December 15:00:51 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEthereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap (behind Bitcoin), is currently trading at $707, a 20% increase in the last 24 hours.  This is a new record for Ethereum, which has kept pace with Bitcoin for the better part of the year but started falling behind sometime in the summer. Bitcoin's price grew tremendously in the second part of the … [Link]

Mashable » Gin-flavored cheese is here to confuse your taste buds

Wednesday 13 December 14:54:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are some pretty extreme cheeses out there: stinky cheese, gold cheese, prosecco cheese. They're all delicious, but even the most fervent cheese lover has a line they won't cross. Is yours perhaps gin cheese? Honestly, we're not sure. A new Gin & Lemon Cheshire Cheese, which is currently being sold by Cheshire Cheese Company in the U.K., looks surprisingly creamy … [Link]

Slashdot » Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet

Wednesday 13 December 14:40:00 UTC 2017

The New York Times: Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday, with numerous online companies posting calls on their sites for action to stop a vote later this week. Reddit, Etsy and Kickstarter were among the sites warning that the proposal at the Federal Communications Commission to roll back … [Link]

Mashable » Disappointed husky has no time for your foolish human Christmas

Wednesday 13 December 14:12:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChristmas, it's a garish display of excess, gluttony and capitalism, and no one makes that point better than one dog in particular. SEE ALSO: Let the annual 'Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?' debate begin Anuko is a husky based in the UK, and his owner made him an Instagram account. In some recent images, Anuko has made his disapproval for … [Link]

Slashdot » No Matter What Happens With Net Neutrality, an Open Internet Isn't Going Anywhere, Says Former FCC Chairman

Wednesday 13 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Michael K. Powell, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, writing for Recode: With an ounce of reflection, one knows that none of this will come to pass, and the imagined doom will join the failed catastrophic predictions of Y2K and massive snow storms that fizzle to mere dustings — all too common in Washington, D.C. Sadly, rational debate, … [Link]

Mashable » What to do if Jimmy Kimmel's baby has made you cry

Wednesday 13 December 13:09:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJimmy Kimmel has taken several opportunities this year to cast aside humor and use his platform to discuss a serious issue close to his heart: healthcare. On Monday night Kimmel carried a very special guest on stage — his seven-month-old son Billy, who had just undergone his second open heart surgery last week. Kimmel had recently taken time off from hosting … [Link]

Mashable » Kimmel announces his favourite viral vid of 2017 and it's a doozy

Wednesday 13 December 13:07:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It was a tough race, but did the best vid win? SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel addresses his Twitter exchange with Roy Moore It's that time of year again, and on Tuesday night Jimmy Kimmel unveiled the contenders for "Clip of the Year 2017." These included the Alexa who tried to play porn for a small child, the footballer who inadvertently … [Link]

Mashable » Train station will stay open on Christmas Day to host a meal for 200 homeless people

Wednesday 13 December 13:02:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChristmas Day in the UK means no trains or other means of public transport.  Zero. Nothing.  SEE ALSO: These communities for the homeless were designed by students It also means there are hundreds of railway stations that are going to be empty and could be put to good use. For this reason, this year London's Euston station, one of the capital's … [Link]

Slashdot » What Does Artificial Intelligence Actually Mean?

Wednesday 13 December 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: A new bill (pdf) drafted by senator Maria Cantwell asks the Department of Commerce to establish a committee on artificial intelligence to advise the federal government on how AI should be implemented and regulated. Passing of the bill would trigger a process in which the secretary of commerce would be required to release guidelines for legislation … [Link]

Mashable » Harry Styles just sort of helped James Corden with the birth of his daughter

Wednesday 13 December 12:40:20 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The birth of a child is always going to be a pretty stressful event, so it's nice to know you've got people watching your back. Harry Styles, for instance. When James Corden had to dash to the hospital for the birth of his baby girl, the former One Direction-er stepped in last minute to fill his shoes. SEE ALSO: Harry … [Link]

Mashable » Why people on Twitter are giving black women the credit for Roy Moore's defeat

Wednesday 13 December 12:01:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDemocrat Doug Jones pulled a surprise win for the Alabama Senate seat against Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore, who's been accused of sexual misconduct and said America was last "great" when slavery was legal. SEE ALSO: Video surfaces of Roy Moore being interviewed by 12-year-old girl ahead of Alabama election A preliminary exit poll conducted by Edison Research for the National … [Link]

Mashable » Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Jimmy Kimmel settle their fanny-pack war

Wednesday 13 December 11:59:28 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Who shall be the true king of the fanny pack? SEE ALSO: 'The Rock' discusses the possibility of running for President in 2020 Dawyne "do-you-even-need-me-to-put-hi~ Johnson was on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night and the two put to rest an old rivalry. Namely, who can wear the hell out of a fanny pack. Kimmel brought this up with Johnson, … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Fallon's 'Riverdale' parody has a surprise guest appearance

Wednesday 13 December 11:28:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If there's one show that was made to be parodied, it's Riverdale. It's practically begging for it. And parody it, is exactly what Jimmy Fallon has done. SEE ALSO: Trader Joe's clarifies its Jingle Jangle is not like the drugs from 'Riverdale' "Peanuts" is all about the brooding narration, dark looks, and Fallon's sensationally curly hair (which to be honest … [Link]

Mashable » Jaime Lannister stars in beautifully disturbing Elf on the Shelf parody

Wednesday 13 December 11:21:58 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. And if you don't start behaving, like, right now, he's going to tell you a long and detailed story about a particularly unpleasant red wedding. SEE ALSO: The 7 accents of 'Game of Thrones' explained for non-Brits In the Jimmy Kimmel Live clip above, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as a … [Link]

Mashable » Trailer for David Bowie documentary 'The Last Five Years' might break your heart all over again

Wednesday 13 December 11:01:19 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook If you've ever wondered about the genesis of creativity, this may be worth keeping an eye on. SEE ALSO: 'The Problem With Apu' dives into the damaging effects of stereotyping HBO has released the first trailer for the David Bowie documentary The Last Five Years, which charts the musician's creative work in the years leading up to his death in … [Link]

Mashable » Let Kumail Nanjiani convince you to go see 'Star Wars' with this sweet story about Rian Johnson

Wednesday 13 December 10:46:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLadies and gentleman, Kumail Nanjiani. SEE ALSO: 'Silicon Valley' star Kumail Nanjiani warns 'tech has the capacity to destroy us' Silicon Valley star and all-round paragon of humanity Kumail Nanjiani gave us all another reason to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Tuesday. He posted a Twitter thread recalling an encounter he had with director Rian Johnson back when … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The tiny space rock New Horizons is headed for may have a moon

Wednesday 13 December 10:37:05 UTC 2017

The next destination for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is a small space rock in the Kuiper belt called MU69. Now we know it may have an even smaller moon [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ancient black holes ruled out as source of all dark matter

Wednesday 13 December 10:37:04 UTC 2017

One way to solve the dark matter problem is to chalk it up to black holes formed moments after the big bang, but they can’t account for all the dark matter [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mysterious streaks seen on Saturn’s moons could be ancient rings

Wednesday 13 December 10:37:03 UTC 2017

A series of parallel lines on Saturn’s moons Dione and Rhea have scientists scratching their heads. Could they be a sign of rings that crashed to the surface? [Link]

New Scientist – News » Anti-vax views must not derail France’s compulsory vaccine law

Wednesday 13 December 10:37:01 UTC 2017

The nation is about to make 11 childhood vaccines mandatory, but unless anti-vax echo chambers are tackled, the law may not fulfil its promise, says Laura Spinney [Link]

New Scientist – News » Nomadic birds in danger after spate of wildfires in key wetland

Wednesday 13 December 10:36:57 UTC 2017

The Hutovo Blato wetland in Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered its latest severe fire in October, and may vanish within decades – threatening many bird species [Link]

Mashable » John Boyega brought his family to the 'Star Wars' premiere and the videos are so adorable

Wednesday 13 December 10:30:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Boyega force is constantly strong, but it's arguably never been stronger than it was on Tuesday night. SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' zero-spoiler review: See it. Just see it. Just look at this clip from the red carpet of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi European premiere, which John Boyega pretty much brought his whole family to: John Boyega brought … [Link]

Slashdot » AMD Is Open-Sourcing Their Official Vulkan Linux Driver

Wednesday 13 December 10:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: While many of you have likely heard of the "RADV" open-source Vulkan driver, it's been a community-written driver up to this point in the absence of AMD's official, cross-platform Vulkan driver being open-source. That's now changed with AMD now open-sourcing their official Vulkan driver. The code drop is imminent and they are encouraging the use of … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Meteoroids Explode Before Hitting the Earth

Wednesday 13 December 7:00:00 UTC 2017

According to a new study from Purdue University, scientists have figured out why meteoroids explode before hitting the Earth. "The research, published in the December issue of the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, shows that as meteoroids plunge, the high-pressure air they push against find its way into the objects' pores and cracks, forcing their bodies apart from the inside," … [Link]

Mashable » Roy Moore lost the election and everyone made the same joke

Wednesday 13 December 5:24:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRoy Moore is bad at riding horses, and on Tuesday night, he was bad at winning elections.  Moore lost the Senate race in Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones and a lot of people were happy about it. Moore's win came as a surprise, as Democrats haven't fared well in Alabama elections for about a quarter decade. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel returns … [Link]

Mashable » DO NOT give access to that app promising a baby pooping video

Wednesday 13 December 4:51:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGiving a random video app access to your Twitter account is a pretty straightforward "nup," right? Even so, a Twitter phishing scam is tricking people into allowing access to their accounts in order to watch a silly video titled “Baby Poops In His Onesie, But Dog’s Response Leaves Millions Of People In Hysterics." Before you click it, DO NOT. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Doug Jones won Alabama and people are so, so happy

Wednesday 13 December 4:11:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHooooly crap, Doug Jones did it.  On Tuesday night, he became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992, back when Kris Kross was still a thing.  SEE ALSO: Roy Moore can't ride a horse for his life, and everyone noticed Looks like saying homophobic and racist things — along with being accused of sexually assaulting teenagers … [Link]

Slashdot » The Silicon Valley Paradox: One In Four People Are At Risk of Hunger

Wednesday 13 December 3:30:00 UTC 2017

Zorro shares a report from The Guardian: One in four people in Silicon Valley are at risk of hunger, researchers at the Second Harvest food bank have found. Using hundreds of community interviews and data modeling, a new study suggests that 26.8% of the population — almost 720,000 people — qualify as "food insecure" based on risk factors such as … [Link]

Mashable » 'Life is Strange' is coming to your smartphone

Wednesday 13 December 2:58:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHella badass duo Max Caulfield and Chloe Price are going to hang out in your pocket soon, with the release of Life is Strange on iOS and Android. Coming Dec. 14, the first episode of the choice-based narrative game, developed by Dontnod Entertainment and Deck Nine Games and published by Square Enix, will be available in iOS, with Android releases planned … [Link]

Mashable » BB-8 bows to Princes William and Harry, and all they did was laugh at him

Wednesday 13 December 2:17:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBB-8, well-mannered, respectful astromech droid, knows the protocol of a royal greeting when such an occasion arises. Pity two certain princes didn't play ball. SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' zero-spoiler review: See it. Just see it. At the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at London's Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night, Princes Harry and William were in attendance as … [Link]

Mashable » Slow television comes to Australia's outback

Wednesday 13 December 2:05:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt makes sense that Australia, with its expanses of desert and ever-changing landscapes, would make a great place for slow television. The Ghan: Australia's Greatest Train Journey is the country's first foray into the genre, which is set to air on SBS and online on Jan. 7. SEE ALSO: Selfie tourism is killing these incredibly cute creatures For those unfamiliar, slow … [Link]

Mashable » Ivanka Trump rebels against her dad and tweets 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas'

Wednesday 13 December 1:45:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe war on Christmas just got real awkward at the Trump residence. President Donald Trump has taken a hard stance against the term "Happy Holidays" in favor of the less-inclusive "Merry Christmas" in recent years. His war on Christmas has even sparked an opinion piece from his favorite news outlet, Fox News, titled "Thank you, Mr. Trump for bringing 'Merry Christmas' … [Link]

Slashdot » Trump Signs Law Forcing Drone Users To Register With Government

Wednesday 13 December 1:25:00 UTC 2017

President Trump signed a sweeping defense policy bill into law on Tuesday that will allow the government to require recreational drone users to register their model aircraft. This comes after a federal court ruled in May that Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "because Congress had said in a previous law that … [Link]

Mashable » Dudes strap a rocket to a Lego 'Star Wars' Super Star Destroyer and blast it into a wall

Wednesday 13 December 1:08:50 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The only thing better than building a gigantic Lego structure is watching it get unnecessarily blasted to bits. After building a Lego Star Wars Super Star Destroyer consisting of 3,152 pieces, YouTuber David Windestal decided to do a quick breakdown, with a little help from a powerful rocket.  Using a custom mount, Windestal was able to strap the 8-pound spaceship … [Link]

Mashable » How to check if someone's secretly using your Netflix account

Wednesday 13 December 0:51:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour Netflix is a personal space. What you watch, when you watch it, and how often you watch it can reveal a lot about you. The last thing you want is someone poking around your account, checking your viewing habits, and drafting off your hard-earned $10.99-a-month for free access.  And yet people steal Netflix all the time. Whether it's a jilted … [Link]

Slashdot » Instagram Will Now Let You Follow Hashtags In Your Main Feed

Wednesday 13 December 0:45:00 UTC 2017

"Up until now, there were two ways to interact with a hashtag," reports The Verge. "You could click through a hashtag on a post, or you could search for a specific tag in the Explore section of the app." Today, Instagram is adding a new way to interact with a hashtag: the ability to follow hashtags so you can see … [Link]

Mashable » One Direction fans force radio host off Twitter over joke about facial hair

Wednesday 13 December 0:30:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOne Direction fans are staunchly protective of their beloved band members, something an Australian radio host is learning the hard way. Former 1D member Louis Tomlinson has generated pretty abusive backlash against an Australian radio host, who made a passing joke about his facial hair. SEE ALSO: Harry Styles loves Shania Twain for the exact same reason we all do Hit … [Link]

Mashable » Watch the fascinating birth of a new island in Tonga

Wednesday 13 December 0:04:16 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook In December 2014, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga, leading to the creation of a new island called Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai — and the whole thing's been caught on camera. The new island was only predicted to last only few months, as it eroded quickly after its formation. That erosion began to subside six months … [Link]

Mashable » A behind the scenes look into our DIY 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer

Wednesday 13 December 0:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTake a ride on the Millennium Falcon made of cardboard, because you don't need CGI to visit a galaxy far, far away—just your imagination. Join the Homemade Movies crew for their last episode, on the appropriately titled, The Last Jedi. Subscribe to CineFix for more related videos  Watch the full Homemade Trailer here Watch the comparison with the original here Read … [Link]

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