John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » Alternative Christmas ornaments to discourage your cat from climbing the tree

Monday 18 December 23:53:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDecorating the Christmas tree is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season, unless you have a cat.  Then, it can be a hazardous event putting all of your favorite ornaments when your cat may climb it and knock the whole thing down at any second. SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » EBU Opens API Access to Quality Control Tests

Monday 18 December 23:50:24 UTC 2017

EBU, a broadcasting industry tech and innovation association, announced free API access to its Quality Control Tests database. The API programmatically connects applications to the databases listed at EBU.IO/QC. EBU anticipates that users will use the API to pull quality control data directly into third party systems and presentations including quality control software, delivery specifications and training material. … [Link]

Mashable » 'Last Jedi' seriously had THE MOST WTF moment of any Star Wars movie

Monday 18 December 23:47:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYes, yes, there are spoilers here. Don't be a dummy and read below this if you don't want a mild spoiler on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  While everyone's fighting over whether or not Star Wars: The Last Jedi is good, no one's talking about how it contained the most bizarre moment in the franchise's history. There is one tiny, COMPLETELY … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook To Demote Posts That Ask For 'Likes' Or Shares

Monday 18 December 23:20:00 UTC 2017

Facebook is cracking down on a new type of clickbait: Posts that ask people to "Like" or share or comment to goose engagement numbers, what Facebook is calling "engagement bait." Their solution? Demote the posts considered to be "engagement bait." Recode reports: Facebook has decided it doesn't like publishers gaming the system this way, and claims users don't like it … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Wrinkle in Time' cast is already restoring people's faith in humanity

Monday 18 December 22:51:41 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Will 2018 save us all from doom? If not, it's making a hell of a promise, with movie fare in store like Black Panther, Infinity War, and Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle In Time.  A Wrinkle in Time graced the cover of Time (haha, get it) in honor of its 2018 preview, and the dramatic portrait of Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, … [Link]

Mashable » 85-year-old grandma is so happy to get a fidget spinner for her birthday

Monday 18 December 22:51:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLooking back on the year 2017, it's hard to not point to the fidget spinner as one notable thing that didn't make us cry (most of the time). Here's one more feel-good spinner story to close out the year. (Hopefully we'll never have to hear about them again after this, but I can't make any promises, folks.)  20-year-old Fiona Szilagyi of … [Link]

Mashable » You probably missed these two surprise 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' cameos

Monday 18 December 22:48:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The Last Jedi spoilers lie ahead, friends. Proceed with caution. The Canto Bight casino sequence in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a big moment for eagle-eyed easter egg hunters.  No other part of the movie featured such a diverse array of extras milling about in the background. There was never any question that the new Star Wars would have … [Link]

Mashable » Today's best tech deals: Save big on headphones, laptops, gaming consoles, VPNs, and more

Monday 18 December 22:47:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Christmas is officially one week away and if you're not done shopping yet, you really gotta get on that. As always, our tech deals are here to save the day, with sales on Bose headphones, PS4 and PSVR gaming consoles, and even a mini … [Link]

Slashdot » CDC Director Says No Words Are Actually Banned At the CDC

Monday 18 December 22:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald on Sunday addressed a report that President Donald Trump's administration had banned the CDC from using seven words or phrases in next year's budget documents. The terms are "fetus," "transgender," "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "evidence-based" and "science-based," according to a story first … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2477: Email tracking cold war!

Monday 18 December 22:23:12 UTC 2017

JoT thumbSpouse VS Spouse [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is having an insane holiday sale on smartphones until Dec. 23

Monday 18 December 22:16:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Cellphone carriers are dropping holiday deals left and right, but the big issue is that the phones usually take forever to ship — and who wants to give a belated holiday gift? Good news: Amazon is currently having an insane holiday sale on some … [Link]

Mashable » You can now control your Christmas tree lights with your phone

Monday 18 December 22:04:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwinkly turns your tree into a light show that you can control from your phone. Read more…More about Christmas, Mashable Video, Christmas Tree, Real Time, and Real Time Video [Link]

Slashdot » Two Major ISPs Are Suffering Outages, Making the Internet Really Slow Right Now

Monday 18 December 22:00:00 UTC 2017

Freshly Exhumed writes: Two major backbone internet service providers — Level 3 and Cogent — appear to be suffering from massive outages and downgraded service, according to ISP monitoring service Downdetector. Users in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are apparently being hit the hardest. Comcast is also said to be … [Link]

Mashable » MashReads Podcast: 'Cat Person' perfectly taps into the murky ambivalence of millennial dating

Monday 18 December 21:52:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism. It's hard to read "Cat Person," a short story by Kristen Roupenian, without thinking two words: Extreme same. The story, first published in the The New Yorker in early December, details a flirtation and then an … [Link]

Mashable » BlackBerry plans to kill its app store, and hey, remember BlackBerry?

Monday 18 December 21:45:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBlackBerry announced plans to shut down the official BlackBerry app store by December 2019. By the way, did you know BlackBerry still has an app store? The app store will be the final casualty of BlackBerry's switch to Android, which officially happened back in 2015 with the release of the Priv. Since then, BlackBerry gave up on manufacturing its own phones, … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Is Prohibiting Commercial Drivers From Using Its Supercharger Stations

Monday 18 December 21:20:00 UTC 2017

Tesla has issued a new policy called Supercharger Fair Use, which prohibits new commercial drivers from using the red-and-white charging ports. The reason behind this new policy is to help alleviate congestion and improve the experience for others who rely on the Supercharging services. The Verge reports: Tesla says that the stations are intended for drivers who don't have ready … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How Meltwater Used RSpec and Exunit to Test Its NGINX API Gateway

Monday 18 December 21:15:53 UTC 2017

An API Gateway is a design pattern often used in microservice architecture to provide a single access point to the underlying system. While building the Meltwater API, we have frequently used this design pattern. [Link]

Mashable » Get your first BarkBox for $5 with free expedited shipping for delivery by Christmas Eve

Monday 18 December 21:14:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Dogs are part of the family too, and it's been a huge trend to spoil pups with holiday gifts — all doggos are good doggos, after all. Luckily, you can snag your first BarkBox for $5 as long as you order by 11:59 pm on Dec. … [Link]

Mashable » Bucking Pentagon and intel agencies, Trump's security strategy omits climate change from list of major threats

Monday 18 December 21:08:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGoing against scientific findings as well as the advice of his own military and intelligence agencies, President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled a national security strategy that omits global climate change as a threat to U.S. interests.  Trump's security doctrine is in stark contrast to the Obama administration's strategy, which in 2015 elevated climate change to a top "strategic risk" to … [Link]

Slashdot » 'There Will Be a [Senate] Vote' To Reinstate Net Neutrality, Schumer Says

Monday 18 December 20:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will force a vote on a bill that would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. Legislation to reverse the repeal "doesn't need the support of the majority leader," Schumer said during a press conference Friday, according to The Hill. "We … [Link]

Mashable » Trump drinks water like a child and the internet immediately mocks him

Monday 18 December 20:44:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPresident Donald Trump is great at kicking back Diet Cokes, but not so good at drinking water.  During a speech about his administration's national security strategy on Monday, Donald Trump paused to wet his whistle with a little bit of water. While a president drinking a bit of wa-wa should not make headlines,  Trump previously made fun of Senator Marco Rubio … [Link]

Mashable » Take your closet for a trip with Lifepack luggage by Solgaard Design

Monday 18 December 20:41:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. When it comes to traveling, packing is definitely the biggest headache. Whether you're trying to stuff a week's worth of clothes into an ill-fitting bag or you're trying to dig them out of your cramped suitcase, it's about time that on-the-go storage got smarter.  … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson explains that inspiring final shot

Monday 18 December 20:22:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Spoiler alert: This story contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is all about moving on from the past – but its very last shot references a certain farm boy who's been around since the very beginning.  SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' gave us the perfect answer to the question of Rey's parents … [Link]

Mashable » Mercury may be in retrograde, but this levitating moon lamp can light up your life

Monday 18 December 20:22:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It’s no wonder this lamp was such a huge Kickstarter hitLevimoon is a gorgeous, small-scale depiction of the Earth's moon, meticulously 3D printed using some 1,440 layers. Place it near your bed, in your living room — wherever you need some interstellar inspiration. The … [Link]

Mashable » This experience turns your year's Uber data into a personalized music video

Monday 18 December 19:46:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYEAR WITH UBERWant to experience Year with Uber for yourself? Access your own customized video on new year is a time for celebration, anticipation, and setting goals for the next 365 daysIt’s also a time for reflection. Looking back on how you spent 2017 can cement the year’s experiences in your memory for decades to come. One of the most … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump is going to hate the first teaser for Stephen Colbert's 'Our Cartoon President'

Monday 18 December 19:45:08 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Stephen Colbert's latest TV project, Our Cartoon President, will debut on Showtime in February.  A sneak preview on Jan. 28 will give us our first glimpse of the "tru-ish misadventures of the 45th President of the United States," executive produced by Colbert and the Late Show's Chris Licht. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert slams Al Franken for latest sexual misconduct allegation … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is the biggest social network. Now, it's trying to become the best.

Monday 18 December 19:42:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn Facebook's perfect world, your News Feed might look something like this:  There's a post from a family member or close friend, ideally a tagged photo that is thoughtful and important to them but also to the people around them. The post causes a lot of people click on Facebook's various reaction buttons and contribute reasoned comments that spur genuine discussion, … [Link]

Mashable » The Arctic's refrigerator door is about to open, spilling frigid air into the U.S. for Christmas

Monday 18 December 19:35:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're planning on celebrating Christmas in the Upper Midwest or the Dakotas this year, you're going to need to get a thicker coat.  A true Arctic air mass — the coldest of the season so far — is projected to swirl down from the Far North, crossing the U.S. border with Canada as early as Wednesday, and potentially oozing its … [Link]

Slashdot » 'The Year That Software Bugs Ate the World'

Monday 18 December 19:25:00 UTC 2017

FastCompany's harrymcc writes: It's not like there's ever a year that isn't rife with stories about buggy software. But 2017 seems to have had an unusually rich supply of software flaws that fouled up major products — from Twitter to iOS 11 to the Google Pixel 2 — in ways that were very noticeable and sometimes even funny. Sample this: … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to develop Mac apps with this $15 online course

Monday 18 December 19:09:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you're sick of watching everyone else create multi-million dollar apps and programs for Mac and have been thinking it's about time you build your own, then this online course is for you. SEE ALSO: Get a comprehensive set of online courses in computer … [Link]

Mashable » Here's which Netflix original Christmas movie you should watch

Monday 18 December 19:02:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChristmas Inheritance is a cheesy monstrosity, and I'll probably watch it at least two more times before the end of the year.  Let's back up: It's been, to put it mildly, a rough year. So it's no surprise that your timeline may be — even moreso than usual — decked out with people happily freaking out about cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, … [Link]

Mashable » Emily from 'The Devil Wears Prada' is getting her own novel

Monday 18 December 18:56:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Devil Wears Prada is still a masterpiece, and now its breakout star (Emily, don't @ me) is getting her own novel by Lauren Weisberger, the original book's author. SEE ALSO: This is what 'The Devil Wears Prada' would look like in 2016 Emily Charlton (played on screen by Emily Blunt) was Miranda Priestly's first assistant at the fictitious Runway magazine … [Link]

Mashable » Help your customers find you by building a great website

Monday 18 December 18:47:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It doesn't matter if you're a blogger, an aspiring artist, or just launching your own company: In 2017, everyone needs a website. SEE ALSO: Learn finance secrets with this $15 online course Where else would we find store locations, phone numbers, and email addresses? … [Link]

Slashdot » Kaspersky Lab Sues Trump Administration Over Software Ban

Monday 18 December 18:45:00 UTC 2017

Moscow-based anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration in U.S. federal court on Monday, arguing that the American government has deprived it of due process rights by banning its software from U.S. government agencies. From a report: The lawsuit is the latest effort by Kaspersky Lab to push back on allegations that the company is vulnerable to Kremlin influence. … [Link]

Mashable » These beautiful snowflake photos were actually captured using a microscope

Monday 18 December 18:27:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMichael Peres is a photography professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He became obsessed with photographing snowflakes with his microscope since 2003 when he visited an exhibit featuring Wilson Bentley's snowflake work.  When snow falls, he catches the flakes on a black velvet tray and then transfers them onto the microscope glass with a needle. Since the snowflakes melt quickly, he … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's Record Fine of $2.8 Billion Was a 'Deterrent,' EU Says

Monday 18 December 18:10:00 UTC 2017

The European Union was aiming for a "deterrent effect" on Google and other technology giants when it ordered the Android-maker to pay 2.4 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for breaching antitrust law over how it displays shopping ads. From a report: Regulators weighed "the need to ensure that the fine has a sufficiently deterrent effect not only on Google and Alphabet … [Link]

Mashable » A fraudulent Cuphead game briefly appeared in the App Store

Monday 18 December 18:03:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple recently allowed a fraudulent $4.99 Cuphead app to appear in the App Store.   The mobile gaming site Touch Arcade first spotted the fake app and reported its existence as a "surprise" iOS launch. However, Cuphead's developer, Studio MDHR, later announced on Twitter that the iOS app was an "impostor." The real game is still only available on Microsoft Windows … [Link]

Mashable » Hey slackers, these gifts all have free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime

Monday 18 December 17:49:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There's a week left until Christmas and you haven't even starting shopping? It's ok. Amazon Prime is here for you, saving people who put off holiday shopping until the very last minute, every single year. Don't worry, you're not alone — and you're not … [Link]

Slashdot » Ban Sale of Mini Mobiles, Says Justice Minister

Monday 18 December 17:43:00 UTC 2017

Online retail companies should ban the sale of mini mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, said justice secretary David Lidington on Monday. From a report: Often marketed as "Beat the Boss phones", the tiny feature phones can be bought for around $25 to $40 online on sites including Amazon, Ebay and Gumtree. On the inside, they can change … [Link]

Mashable » 21 self-care gifts to start 2018 on a good note

Monday 18 December 17:18:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism. Let's face it, this year was hella stressful. We were faced with a new administration, natural disasters, and a terrible Justice League movie. So, it's no surprise we have our fingers crossed for a better, stress-free … [Link]

Mashable » Keep your phone charged and cool with this wireless charger that's on sale

Monday 18 December 17:03:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you happen to be fiddling around with a brand-spanking new phone, then you're probably using up all the battery in one sitting and working it to the point of heating up. If you have either of these problems, then this cooling fan/wireless charger … [Link]

Mashable » Bitcoin is the gag gift you should buy this holiday season

Monday 18 December 17:01:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s plenty of great gifts to buy this holiday season, but there's only one that will get your family talking: Bitcoin.  The cryptocurrency has had a breakthrough 2017. Once entirely the purview of the seedier parts of the internet, Bitcoin in particular has become a mainstream phenomenon thanks primarily to what can only be called an explosion in price. As a … [Link]

Slashdot » Japan Opens First Drive-through Funeral Service

Monday 18 December 17:01:00 UTC 2017

A funeral home with a drive-thru window opened in Nagano Prefecture on Sunday, allowing mourners to pay their respects without getting out of the car. From a report: The operator of the Aishoden funeral home in Ueda said the service is the first of its kind in Japan. It is primarily aimed at allowing seniors and the disabled to attend … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's Echo Spot is the blueprint for all future smart speakers

Monday 18 December 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism. Amazon's not declaring it a redo, but the Echo Spot, the company's latest Alexa-powered smart speaker — smart alarm clock is probably more accurate — might as well be one. The Spot is everything the clunky … [Link]

Mashable » These floating rainbows are actually giant nets suspended in the sky

Monday 18 December 16:59:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJanet Echelman is an artist who suspends giant nets   that transform public spaces. Her installations float in the sky guided by the wind.  Read more…More about Uk, Mashable Video, Real Time Video, Cool Quotient, and Kinetic Sculpture [Link]

New Scientist – News » Six-year-olds will pay to see bad guys get their comeuppance

Monday 18 December 16:58:45 UTC 2017

Children as young as 6 have a thirst for vengeance. From this age, kids will willingly give up prized possessions to see a mean puppet get beaten up [Link]

New Scientist – News » Great tits avoid bad food after seeing grossed-out friends

Monday 18 December 16:58:44 UTC 2017

If a great tit eats something nasty, it will disgustedly wipe its beak on a branch – and other great tits watch and learn [Link]

New Scientist – News » Bad colds may have delayed this year’s flu epidemic in UK

Monday 18 December 16:58:43 UTC 2017

Many people in the UK have been coming down with nasty colds, and this may have delayed the bad flu epidemic that’s been predicted to hit this year [Link]

Mashable » This perfect Netflix marriage proposal just redefined relationship goals

Monday 18 December 16:50:40 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Nowadays it's the couples who Netflix together that stay together, so a young man named Conor took it to the next level with a Netflix proposal. Conor's girlfriend Kamela loves Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet, so he got stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant to record a little message and set up the proposal while Kamela watched. SEE ALSO: Netflix pulls … [Link]

Mashable » Sophia the robot has a—kinda creepy—holiday message

Monday 18 December 16:48:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSophia the humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics has a holiday message for fans. Read more…More about Technology, Christmas, Robots, Mashable Video, and Holiday [Link]

Mashable » Pope Francis celebrated his birthday with a gigantic pizza party

Monday 18 December 16:46:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEveryone knows cake is the standard food to have on birthdays, but if you're the leader of the Catholic faith, you can do what you want. We can all learn something from Pope Francis who celebrated his 81st birthday yesterday in Vatican City with a 13-foot long pizza. It doesn't matter who you are or how old you get—pizza is delicious, … [Link]

Mashable » Give your next party the light show it deserves with this Bluetooth speaker

Monday 18 December 16:44:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You can make any house party into a mini-rave with this light-up Bluetooth speaker for 22% off.  This speaker will react to your music by lighting up in sync with the beat. You can even change the color settings to flash your favorite … [Link]

Mashable » 3D-Printed Cake Looks Like Something from 'Blade Runner'

Monday 18 December 16:30:14 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Cake, 3d Printing, Mashable Reels, Sn Reels, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » This Twitter contest to crown the best Christmas song ended exactly as it should have

Monday 18 December 16:24:21 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Tis the season for arguing about Christmas songs. Some people like them, some people hate them, but pretty much everyone has an opinion about them. And if there's one place that's absolutely perfect for thrashing out never-ending arguments, it's Twitter. SEE ALSO: The 'World Cup of Christmas Films' has begun on Twitter and you need to get involved On Thursday, British … [Link]

Mashable » There's only one place you can still get Airpods in time for the holidays

Monday 18 December 16:16:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're a last-minute holiday shopper, you might be in trouble.  Apple's Airpods, are in high demand as Christmas approaches. But as of today, most retailers are either sold out of the items or unable to ship them until after Christmas, AppleInsider reports.  SEE ALSO: AirPods will be even more ubiquitous in 2018, says report Many retailers are warning that your … [Link]

Slashdot » China Blocks Foreign Companies From Mapping Its Roads for Self-Driving Cars

Monday 18 December 16:15:00 UTC 2017

The Chinese government is blocking foreign companies from mapping its roads in great detail, according to a Financial Times (paywalled) report. The restrictions, which reportedly do not apply to Chinese firms, are being instituted in the name of national security. China is concerned about spying. From a report: China has restricted the recording of geographic information for more than a … [Link]

Mashable » This Instagram-famous dog will put you in the Christmas spirit

Monday 18 December 15:59:13 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Regandoodle’ might just be the cutest dog on the internet, and he's advocating for a good cause. Read more…More about Instagram, Dogs, Mashable Video, Cute, and Adoption [Link]

New Scientist – News » Wound scanner shows bacteria glowing if your body is infected

Monday 18 December 15:56:29 UTC 2017

The machine, called MolecuLight i:X, picks up molecules that glow in bacteria, giving surgeons an at-a-glance indication as to whether infection is present [Link]

New Scientist – News » Drone-controlled movie cameras catch stunts from every angle

Monday 18 December 15:56:28 UTC 2017

Human drone pilots have to be cautious on film sets not to crash into the actors or props, automated smart drones can be far more adventurous [Link]

New Scientist – News » The world urgently needs critical thinking, not gut feeling

Monday 18 December 15:56:27 UTC 2017

Our brain’s autopilot can serve us well, but effortless thinking is behind many of the world’s biggest problems. Science training can help turn the tide [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mathematician set to publish ABC proof almost no one understands

Monday 18 December 15:56:26 UTC 2017

After a five year struggle, Shinichi Mochizuki’s epic ABC proof may finally appear in a journal, but it is still not clear if mathematicians understand his work [Link]

Mashable » Nio launches the Tesla Model X of China for half the price

Monday 18 December 15:53:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism. Chinese electric car startup Nio has launched its first vehicle, the ES8. It's an all-electric, modern SUV that's a direct competitor to Tesla's Model X — and it costs half as much. The price for the … [Link]

Mashable » Grow veggies all year long with this smart indoor garden that's on sale

Monday 18 December 15:51:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Cooking with freshly-grown veggies and herbs that you grew yourself is one of life's simple pleasures. The AeroGarden Bounty Elite could help you get started on that green thumb, no matter what the weather's doing outside. SEE ALSO: Brighten your space with this programmable … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Punisher' boss talks Season 2 plans and Frank's surprising journey

Monday 18 December 15:48:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Punisher was an unexpected addition to Marvel and Netflix's superhero roster, which was initially designed to spotlight Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, before bringing the "street-level" heroes together for The Defenders.  But the gun-toting antihero made such a splash in Season 2 of Daredevil, thanks to Jon Bernthal's layered performance, it seemed like a no-brainer to spin … [Link]

Mashable » K-pop boy band star Jonghyun dies at age 27

Monday 18 December 15:45:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKim Jong-hyun, frontrunner of K-pop boy band SHINee, died on Monday, according to South Korean media reports. His death is believed to be a suicide. The 27-year-old, known as Jonghyun, was reportedly found unconscious at an apartment in southern Seoul, per Yonhap News. According to Yonhap News' report, Jong-hyun experienced cardiac arrest and was transported to a hospital but never regained … [Link]

Mashable » Jaden Smith channels his inner Michael Jackson and does the greatest moonwalk of the 21st century

Monday 18 December 15:43:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJaden Smith is sliding his way into 2018 with a bang.  The 19 year old was performing at the 2017 Rolling Loud festival in San Bernadino over the weekend, where he shocked the crowd with a killer moonwalk. He was playing his single "Icon" from his album SYRE and rapping the words "Gold grills and you dance like Michael" before sliding … [Link]

Slashdot » Twitter Rolls Out Stricter Rules On Abusive Content

Monday 18 December 15:37:00 UTC 2017

Twitter has begun enforcing stricter policies on violent and abusive content like hateful images or symbols, including those attached to user profiles. From a report: The new guidelines, which were first announced one month ago, were put into place Monday. Monitors at the company will weigh hateful imagery in the same way they do graphic violence and adult content. If … [Link]

Mashable » Europe's steepest railway line uses a rotating cabin system to always keep passengers upright

Monday 18 December 15:33:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStoos, a car-free Alpine resort in Switzerland, has just launched a new funicular line which is the steepest in Europe. Its four cylindrical cabins feature an inclination adjustment system making sure that the passengers remain upright throughout the whole trip. Read more…More about Transportation, Mashable Video, Mountain, Alps, and Switzerland [Link]

Mashable » Late night walks with your dog just got a lot more safe

Monday 18 December 15:31:03 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook‘Nitey Leash' is an illuminated pet leash that is visible from 1/4 miles away in the dark. It's optimal for safely walking dogs at night, especially in places with a lot of traffic. Read more…More about Dogs, Animals, Cars, Mashable Video, and Pets [Link]

Mashable » This anti-odor suit might be the only one you'll ever need

Monday 18 December 15:28:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUltra Suit is a high-tech formal outfit. Which will protect you from almost any disaster and keep you smelling fresh. Read more…More about Tech, Fashion, Kickstarter, Design, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » Eminem on Trump: 'He's got people brainwashed'

Monday 18 December 15:26:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump has a way of getting under people's skin, especially celebrities, as we've seen since the 2016 election.  Eminem spoke to Vulture about his feelings on Trump, tied to the release of his highly political album Revival. SEE ALSO: Eminem's anti-Trump freestyle now has a very different purpose "He makes my blood boil," Eminem said of Trump. "I can’t even … [Link]

Mashable » This suitcase doubles as a closet

Monday 18 December 15:26:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism. 'Shelfpack' is a suitcase with built-in shelves. Unzip the luggage, pull up the expandable shelves and hook it onto the supports. It organizes clothes and easily collapses back into the base.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Travel, … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter Nazi purge removes far-right British leader that Trump retweeted

Monday 18 December 15:03:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Twitter purge has just begun and it looks like one of the first high-profile accounts to be wiped from the social media platform is that of Jayda Fransen, the controversial Britain First leader who President Donald Trump retweeted a few weeks ago. SEE ALSO: The 'Twitter Purge' Nazi reckoning has begun. Here are the rules. On Monday morning, the anti-hate … [Link]

Slashdot » Opera Software Changes Name To Otello Corporation

Monday 18 December 14:50:00 UTC 2017

Opera Software has changed its name to Otello Corporation, it said in a statement on Monday. From a report: Otello owns companies that develop software for advertising, telecoms, games and other online business. The name changes does not affect Opera Software AS or the Opera and Opera Mini internet browsers, all of which Otello sold in 2016, Opera Software AS … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook will begin demoting 'engagement bait' in your News Feed

Monday 18 December 14:40:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFacebook wants publishers to stop begging for likes. The social network is taking action against so-called "engagement bait," where publishers ask users to vote, like, or share a post in the hopes of bumping it to the top of people's News Feed.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's suicide prevention AI just got an important upgrade The posts aren't banned exactly, but Facebook will … [Link]

Mashable » Prince George and Princess Charlotte rock colour co-ordinated outfits for their holiday card

Monday 18 December 14:27:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf there's one thing the Royal Family can learn from the Kardashians, it's this: colour co-ordinate your holiday card outfits. And, boy, have they gone all out with the colour co-ordination this year.  SEE ALSO: Princess Charlotte hugged a balloon display and yelled 'Dada' For this year's family Christmas card, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decked out their royal brood … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Disables Word DDE Feature To Prevent Further Malware Attacks

Monday 18 December 14:05:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: As part of the December 2017 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has shipped an Office update that disables the DDE feature in Word applications, after several malware campaigns have abused this feature to install malware. DDE stands for Dynamic Data Exchange, and this is an Office feature that allows an Office application to load data from other Office … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Twitter Purge' Nazi reckoning has begun. Here are the rules.

Monday 18 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTwitter has a list. They're checking it twice.  Well, no, actually, it's much more complex than that. For the past two years, Twitter has been working with its Trust & Safety Council — a body of experts in online safety — to balance running a platform for free speech with curbing violence and harassment.  SEE ALSO: Inside the reckoning of the … [Link]

Mashable » This is why you should never bring your kids to a live Awards show

Monday 18 December 13:31:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s nice to have the support of your family when you're picking up a big award, right? Well, in some cases. If the family members in question happen to be very young children and the award show happens to be live, though, it might not be the best combination. SEE ALSO: Mo Farah completes historic double-double, winning 5,000-meter gold On Sunday, … [Link]

Mashable » A 'diabolical' failed cheese event has become the UK's Fyre Festival

Monday 18 December 13:04:46 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBrits are royally cheesed off after a "diabolical" cheeseboard event left hundreds of people bitterly disappointed. This debacle of epic proportions has even been likened to this summer's Fyre Festival.  SEE ALSO: This Fyre Festival pitch deck is the best thing on the internet today The £30-a-head ($40) "Giant Cheese Board" event—which purported to be "cheesy heaven" on earth—had so much … [Link]

Slashdot » America's 'Rent Crisis' May Be Ending

Monday 18 December 12:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: A new study suggests that nearly a decade of housing shortages and rising rents in the U.S. may be reversing course… From 2010 to 2016, America added nearly a million renter households a year. But the census showed a decline in that growth rate in 2016, and some early 2017 data shows an actual decline … [Link]

Mashable » John Cena coached Hugh Jackman on how to give angry compliments

Monday 18 December 12:25:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Saying nice things sure can be scary. SEE ALSO: Watch Hugh Jackman transform into Wolverine in the gym John Cena and Hugh Jackman were guests on The Late Late Show and Cena taught Jackman his home-patented technique of "reverse smack-talk". The trick is just to say generally nice things but look really angry while saying it. Unsurprisingly, Jackman excels at … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Wars' cast confirm Princes William and Harry had cameos in 'The Last Jedi'

Monday 18 December 12:25:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEver since the two Princes visited the Star Wars set for that glorious, Chewbacca-infused photoshoot, there have been rumours flying around that William and Harry are actually in The Last Jedi. Well, we now have even more evidence. SEE ALSO: Mark Hamill's story about keeping 'Star Wars' spoilers from Carrie Fisher is amazing In a recent junket with some of the … [Link]

Mashable » This teaser for 'Doctor Who' features the original TARDIS

Monday 18 December 11:51:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Time for some sweet retro Doctor Who goodness. SEE ALSO: The 13 best Doctor Who holiday gifts in the universe In a teaser for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, we see the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) having his TARDIS towed. Luckily the first Doctor (originally William Hartnell but played here by David Bradley) is there with his original, sixties … [Link]

Mashable » Ruby Rose buys mum a 'teacup pig,' regrets it when it gets giant and evil

Monday 18 December 11:19:34 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Remember a terrifying monster pig is for life, not just for Christmas. SEE ALSO: Tywin Lannister from 'Game of Thrones' narrates the final episode of nature doc parody 'Savage Cuties' Ruby Rose was a guest on The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon about what must be the worst case of buyer's regret in history. A few years ago she … [Link]

Mashable » Gwendoline Christie's story about getting a selfie request while on the toilet is so cringy

Monday 18 December 11:05:43 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Asking celebrities for a selfie can be a tricky thing. You have to pick the situation carefully. Some of them don't like to be bothered in certain situations, and others — understandably — just don't like to be bothered. SEE ALSO: Mark Hamill's story about keeping 'Star Wars' spoilers from Carrie Fisher is amazing If you want an example of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Star Wars' masks made from old Louis Vuitton bags will make you turn to the dark side

Monday 18 December 10:58:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor most fashionistas, the very idea of cutting up a Louis Vuitton handbag is tantamount to sartorial sacrilege. But, these upcycled designer bags are every Star Wars fan's dream-come-true.  Artist and upcycler Gabriel Dishaw is turning vintage Louis Vuitton bags into Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and Stormtrooper sculptures. And, they're breathtaking works of art.  SEE ALSO: Google is geeking out over … [Link]

Mashable » Daisy Ridley couldn't celebrate properly when she got the 'Star Wars' role

Monday 18 December 10:35:12 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Imagine missing a call from J.J. Abrams. SEE ALSO: Here's a breakdown of the beloved 'Star Wars' character, the porg As a guest on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Daisy Ridley shared the story of how she first learned she was going to be in Star Wars.  It turns out that after narrowly missing J.J. Abrams' call, Ridley ducked … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Hamill's story about keeping 'Star Wars' spoilers from Carrie Fisher is amazing

Monday 18 December 10:32:37 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Star Wars spoilers are a pretty hot-button topic at the moment, but back in the day things were very different. SEE ALSO: Watch Mark Hamill 'use the Force', Original Trilogy style On Friday night's episode of The Graham Norton Show, Mark Hamill told the entertaining tale of how he was entrusted with the original Star Wars secret — you know, … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What's The Worst IT-Related Joke You've Ever Heard?

Monday 18 December 8:34:00 UTC 2017

dryriver writes: In just about any field of employment — whether you're a 3D artist, a pastry chef or a lawyer — there's an abundance of jokes related to the profession, or to situations commonly encountered during that profession. Some are pretty good, some so-so, and some are very, very bad. What I want to know is, what are the … [Link]

Mashable » Chick-fil-A steps in to feed the stranded at Atlanta airport… on a Sunday

Monday 18 December 6:15:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChick-fil-A, famed for never opening on Sundays and will likely never be, has made an exception. The fast food chain is stepping in to feed passengers left affected by the Atlanta airport blackout, according to the City of Atlanta.  SEE ALSO: Travellers share grim stories of being stuck on planes during Atlanta airport blackout They'll be served at the Georgia International … [Link]

Mashable » Diddy wants to buy the Panthers and sign Colin Kaepernick

Monday 18 December 5:39:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHere’s hoping this isn't another Twitter prank. Sean "Diddy" Combs is keen to buy the Carolina Panthers, and he's already got a show of support from NBA star Steph Curry. First order of business, however? Sign Colin Kaepernick. SEE ALSO: American football won't last much longer, because it's killing itself The hip hop mogul tweeted his intention to scoop up the … [Link]

Slashdot » Ajit Pai Taunts Net Neutrality Critics. Mark Hamill Taunts Ajit Pai

Monday 18 December 5:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Just days before voting to repeal net neutrality regulations, FCC chairman Ajit Pai introduced a comedy video at the annual gathering of the Federal Communications Bar Association — and it offered its own self-disparaging version of Pai's tenure as a Verizon attorney in 2003. "We want to brainwash and groom a Verizon puppet to install as … [Link]

Mashable » Travellers share grim stories of being stuck on planes during Atlanta airport blackout

Monday 18 December 5:16:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTravel delays are never fun, but spare a thought for those travelling through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The airport experienced an extended power outage which lasted from early afternoon through to the night, forcing a ground stop on flights headed to Atlanta, with planes mid-flight diverted to alternative airports. SEE ALSO: Flights are being diverted mid-air thanks to the Atlanta airport blackout … [Link]

Mashable » Flights are being diverted mid-air thanks to the Atlanta airport blackout

Monday 18 December 3:31:30 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPassengers are enduring delays in blacked-out terminals or have had their flights diverted mid-air, after a huge power cut hit Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson international airport on Sunday. The world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson said it had experienced power outages after 1 p.m. on Sunday, according to a statement. SEE ALSO: Some jerk just diverted a flight by naming his hotspot 'bomb on board' … [Link]

Slashdot » Can Intel's 'Management Engine' Be Repurposed?

Monday 18 December 2:34:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader iamacat writes: Not a day goes by without a story about another Intel Management Engine vulnerability. What I get is that a lot of consumer PCs can access network and run x86 code on top of UNIX-like OS such as Minix even when powered off. This sounds pretty useful for tasks such as running an occasional use … [Link]

Mashable » Soccer star criticised for posting blackface photo of himself

Monday 18 December 2:06:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother day, another case of blackface. French soccer star Antoine Griezmann has been criticised for posting a photo of himself in full blackface online for an "'80s party" online on Sunday. SEE ALSO: This was the year we turned on social media Dressed as what appears to be a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, complete with an afro wig and darkened skin, … [Link]

Mashable » Finally, we can party: Australia's first same-sex marriages just happened

Monday 18 December 0:50:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAlthough marriage equality is now legal in Australia, most LGBTQ couples need to wait until Jan. 9 before they can do so. Amy Laker and Lauren Price jumped the gun by being one of the first same sex couples to be married in the country, with the pair getting hitched in Sydney on Saturday. SEE ALSO: How Grindr — yes, Grindr — launched … [Link]

Slashdot » A Book Recommendation for Bill Gates: The Story of PLATO

Monday 18 December 0:34:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: This holiday season, many Slashdot readers are likely to find gifts under the tree because of Bill Gates' book picks. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it seems that turnabout is fair play — what book recommendations do you have for Bill? At the top of my pick list for personalized learning advocate … [Link]

Mashable » People are timing songs perfectly for New Year's Eve midnight on Twitter

Monday 18 December 0:31:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPerfectly timing your New Year's Eve midnight song is an art that requires intense track analysis (if you're that obsessive over it). Luckily, Twitter's doing it for you.   SEE ALSO: Here's the most frivolous things people would die on a hill for Folks are tweeting the perfect time to play a song in order to land on a prime moment … [Link]


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