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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 » NASA mission finalists would take us to Saturn's moon or a comet

Wednesday 20 December 23:57:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you had your pick, where in the solar system would you send a spacecraft? To an asteroid? Venus? Maybe one of Saturn's icy moons? Well, NASA has some ideas about where it wants to go next.  The space agency just announced the two finalists for one of its next big missions out into the solar system, and there are two … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Music may soon be part of your car

Wednesday 20 December 23:50:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn case you haven't had enough of Amazon, it may be on its way to your car.  The online retailer has partnered with Audi and Porsche to integrate Amazon Music with their vehicles' entertainment systems.  SEE ALSO: Alexa can now wake you up with your favorite song Owners of eight 2017 and 2018 Audi models and an undisclosed number of Porsche … [Link]

Mashable » This nasty Android malware caused a phone to overload and bulge

Wednesday 20 December 23:46:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCybersecurity researchers at the Kaspersky Lab intentionally infected an Android phone with a new species of nefarious malware. Two days later, the overtaxed phone battery had bulged and actually warped the phone.  The researchers call this malware a "jack of all trades," as the virus fully exploits the phone's computing power to mine cryptocurrencies, flood contacts with text messaging spam, overwhelm … [Link]

Mashable » Developers are out of ideas, so now there's an app for augmented reality farting

Wednesday 20 December 23:22:45 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. When Apple launched its new augmented reality platform, it promised the technology would usher in a new wave of apps that would completely change how we interact with their phones.  Fart apps probably aren't what they … [Link]

Slashdot » Cable TV's Password-Sharing Crackdown Is Coming

Wednesday 20 December 23:20:00 UTC 2017

Charter Communications' CEO, Tom Rutledge, is leading an industrywide effort to crack down on password sharing. It's a growing problem that could cost pay-TV companies millions of subscribers — and billions of dollars in revenue — when they can least afford it. Bloomberg reports: Cable and satellite carriers in North America have lost 3 million customers this year alone. But … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon might release its own version of YouTube. Here's why that's a good idea

Wednesday 20 December 23:10:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAmazon may be preparing to launch a YouTube-style streaming service.  The retail giant filed trademark requests on Dec. 5 for the names "AmazonTube" and "OpenTube." Although the trademarks don't necessarily mean the company plans to launch a new service, it does suggest that the company may be, at the very least, considering doing so. SEE ALSO: Hey slackers, these gifts all … [Link]

Mashable » Save on a Nest Thermostat, Dell, Piper security system, and more with these top tech deals

Wednesday 20 December 23:08:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Still not done holiday shopping? You could scramble around the mall trying to find a gift basket that doesn't suck, or you can pick up some sweet tech gifts for those last … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Sony, ASOdesk, BitRank, Twist, Zakeke

Wednesday 20 December 23:02:43 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]

New Scientist – News » Parallel universes could solve a big problem with black holes

Wednesday 20 December 23:00:50 UTC 2017

The black hole firewall paradox has been vexing physicists for years. But if quantum laws lead to the creation of other universes, the headache disappears [Link]

Slashdot » Firefox Prepares To Mark All HTTP Sites 'Not Secure' After HTTPS Adoption Rises

Wednesday 20 December 22:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: The increased adoption of HTTPS among website operators will soon lead to browsers marking HTTP pages as "Not Secure" by default, and Mozilla is taking the first steps. The current Firefox Nightly Edition (version 59) includes a secret configuration option that when activated will show a visible visual indicator that the … [Link]

Mashable » Of course Kristen Bell makes being pregnant look like so much fun

Wednesday 20 December 22:15:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKristen Bell may seem superhuman at times, but it's true, she pretty much is — and she has the maternity mesh underwear to prove it.  In honor of her daughter Delta's birthday, the actress went all mom on us, sharing some throwback pictures of her from just over three years ago, right before her second daughter (with actor Dax Shepard) was born.  … [Link]

Mashable » Kelly Marie Tran hugged a display of Finn's costume because of course she did

Wednesday 20 December 22:05:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookStar Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran continues to be a gift to the Star Wars universe, this time by hugging a display of Finn's (John Boyega) costume from TLJ as we all would in the same situation. "Is it creepy to hug a display case containing your friend’s clothes?" Tran wrote in an Instagram post. "Asking for someone … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Do You Print Too Little?

Wednesday 20 December 22:00:00 UTC 2017

shanen writes: How many of you don't print much these days? What is the best solution to only printing a few pages every once in a while? Here are some dimensions of the problem… Inexpensive printers: The cost of new printers is quite low, but how long can the printer sit there without printing before it dies? Lexmark and HP … [Link]

Mashable » The 7 types of people who still use Facebook

Wednesday 20 December 21:59:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBack in the '00s, Facebook was the place to be — if you liked the idea of having friends but also didn't want to leave your house.  That has since changed, as has been evident by Facebook's desperate attempts to re-engage the fellow kids crowdA report from e-Marketer over the summer predicted that Facebook would lose users in the coveted 12-17 … [Link]

Mashable » Mom masterfully trolls her daughter, who's just trying to make a nice video

Wednesday 20 December 21:55:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEmbarrassing your kids will never not be entertaining. A young woman attempting to show off her musical talent was completely trolled by her own mother.  Dajia Davis posted a short clip to her Twitter account on Tuesday. It begins with her singing and playing a piano cover of "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur. She's quite good. But just … [Link]

Mashable » The best way to get a gift you'll really like is to buy it yourself. Case in point: This drone.

Wednesday 20 December 21:52:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you're looking to treat yourself this holiday season, a drone is where it’s at. You're still a kid at heart, right? SEE ALSO: Get this drone and solve all your selfie … [Link]

Mashable » Why you shouldn't worry about Apple slowing down your iPhone

Wednesday 20 December 21:43:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI owned an iPhone 6 for two years. During the second winter I spent with it, whenever I'd go for a run in the cold, the iPhone would shut down at some point mid-run, even if I'd charged it fully right before I left my house. There was no way to turn it back on without connecting it to power. It … [Link]

Mashable » You can do a bunch of cool things in Excel — this course will teach you how

Wednesday 20 December 21:30:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Move aside Microsoft Word and PowerPoint — it's all about Excel. On the surface, Excel seems like an unassuming — and if we're being honest, boring — place to dump a bunch … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook has a giant, Europe-sized legal problem

Wednesday 20 December 21:30:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEurope continues to be a giant pain in Facebook's app.  Germany and France this week both hammered Facebook for its data practices, though in different ways.  Germany's competition regulator declared on Monday that Facebook is using its dominance in the personal data market to squelch competition and took issue with Facebook's tracking of users outside of its social network. On Tuesday, … [Link]

Mashable » The founder of Litecoin no longer owns any of his own cryptocurrency

Wednesday 20 December 21:25:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHe won't say how many coins he had, but all of Litecoin founder Charlie Lee's share in the cryptocurrency has been sold or donated. In a Reddit post early Wednesday, Lee explained how his stake in Litecoin is a conflict of interest: "Whenever I tweet about Litecoin price or even just good or bads [sic] news, I get accused of doing … [Link]

Slashdot » PSA: Spotify Now Available As a Snap For Linux

Wednesday 20 December 21:20:00 UTC 2017

BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Speaking of Spotify, the most popular streaming music service in the world has long supported Linux-based operating systems. Installing the official app was not an easy affair, however. Today this changes, as installation gets much simpler. You see, Spotify is now officially available as a Snap for easy installation on any Snap-supporting operating systems … [Link]

Mashable » Europe’s new internet regulations should make most Americans jealous

Wednesday 20 December 21:04:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMassive tech companies are watching who you are and what you do on the internet, and there's not much you can do about it. Fortunately, the European Union is here to save at least some of us. The EU is less than six months away from instituting the most aggressive personal data protections ever seen, limiting how tech companies can collect, … [Link]

Mashable » We broke down our 5 favorite movie adaptations

Wednesday 20 December 20:56:09 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf we're not remaking or sequelizing, we might as well adapt. From novels, comics, biographies, even poems—adaptations come in all shapes and sizes. So we broke down our 5 favorite types for you this week! Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content. Read more…More about George Clooney, Shakespeare, Best Of, Manga, and Cinefix [Link]

Mashable » Neil deGrasse Tyson explains what 'a perfect storm' actually means

Wednesday 20 December 20:51:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMost of us have heard of the term 'a perfect storm,' but what does it actually mean? We asked  StarTalk Radio Host Neil deGrasse Tyson about the term we're all familiar with and got some interesting insight into what it actually means.  Check out more of StarTalk Radio's podcasts here. StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and … [Link]

Mashable » 2017 is about to be one of the hottest years of all time

Wednesday 20 December 20:46:09 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2017 will be one of Earth's top 5 warmest years, according to NASA. Climate change is rapidly changing weather. Read more here.  Read more…More about Science, Climate Change, Mashable Video, Environment, and Climate Change [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket looks just like the beast it is

Wednesday 20 December 20:44:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookElon Musk's SpaceX is closer than ever to launching a brand new rocket.  The private spaceflight company is finally just about ready to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket on its first test flight in January. And now Musk is finally giving the waiting public a glimpse of what that rocket looks like in all its glory.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX's 20th successful … [Link]

Mashable » Not done holiday shopping? Time to buy some candles and call it a day.

Wednesday 20 December 20:41:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe holidays are upon us, and we're willing to bet you're already burning at both ends.  Perhaps your family is in town, including your shitty nephews. Perhaps you have an elaborate Christmas menu to plan. Perhaps you are hung over from your office holiday party, overtaken by fear that the hangover might last several days.  Who has time for intensive gift-shopping? … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Confirms iPhone With Older Batteries Will Take Hits On Performance

Wednesday 20 December 20:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. While many iPhone users have experienced perceived slowdowns due to iOS updates over the years, it appears that there's now proof Apple is throttling processor speeds when a battery capacity deteriorates over time. Geekbench … [Link]

Mashable » These are the keys you're looking for: Get help from mini Star Wars trackers

Wednesday 20 December 20:39:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Do your friends roll your eyes at you whenever you tell them you lost your keys — again? Do you panic whenever you accidentally forget your iPhone in a public bathroom? Stop that … [Link]

Mashable » How to Make an Edible iPhone Case

Wednesday 20 December 20:35:13 UTC 2017

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

ProgrammableWeb » Twitter Announces Enterprise Grade Account Activity API

Wednesday 20 December 20:27:28 UTC 2017

Twitter has spent much of this year bulking up its developer tools. The company has already debuted several new APIs to help companies manage their presence on the social network and now the company has turned its attention to customer service operations. [Link]

Mashable » This stuffed animal transforms into a hoodie

Wednesday 20 December 20:16:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCubcoats are stuffed animals that unzip to become soft coats. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Kids, Stuffed Animal, Real Time, and Real Time Video [Link]

Mashable » Here's what you need to know before you buy bitcoin

Wednesday 20 December 20:05:26 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBitcoin has been around for more than 8 years, but its recent (and insane) price hike has grabbed the world's attention with people wanting in on the so-called cryptocurrency gold rush. Some theorize the value of bitcoin will continue to grow, but others think it's a big bubble that's about to pop. Either way, if you're interested in buying some bitcoin, … [Link]

Mashable » Dunkin' Donuts will launch a beer for its die-hard Massachusetts fans

Wednesday 20 December 20:03:43 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDunkin’ Donuts will raise a pint to its home state of Massachusetts this winter, partnering with a local brewery to bring its fans a stout beer made with the doughnut retailer's house brand of coffee beans. Per a press release from the company, the DDark Roasted Brew, produced in collaboration with Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, "features full-roasted coffee flavor reminiscent of … [Link]

Mashable » 15 local charities that you can donate to this holiday season

Wednesday 20 December 19:39:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe holidays can be all consuming: From shopping for gifts, to travel plans, to a jam-packed social schedule, it’s easy to get caught up in the madness. Which is why it’s so important to take a step back and remember the people and charities that need support.  In the year 2016 alone, $390 billion was given to charitable organizations, and the … [Link]

Mashable » Edward Snowden and human rights groups slam NSA bill that's rushing through Congress

Wednesday 20 December 19:37:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe law that gives the National Security Agency the legal authority to spy on millions of Americans is set to expire at the end of the year.  That might sound like good news, a chance to perhaps scale back the agency's far-reaching powers and rethink how far its tentacles are allowed to reach into the lives of private citizens across the … [Link]

Mashable » Apple is planning universal iOS and Mac apps, report says

Wednesday 20 December 19:26:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple could be looking to bring its desktop and mobile software much closer together. The company is planning to create a new kind of universal app that will allow developers to bring the same applications to both iOS and MacOS, according to a new report. SEE ALSO: The 12 best apps of 2017 The change, reportedly codenamed "Marzipan," could begin go … [Link]

Mashable » The UK calls internet access a 'legal right' like water and power

Wednesday 20 December 19:25:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe week after the Federal Communications Commission nixed net neutrality rules in the United States, the United Kingdom decided that all 65 million of its inhabitants have a "legal right" to fast, reliable internet connectivity.  The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced the decision on Dec. 20, noting that the government will require internet providers to give "everyone … [Link]

Mashable » 'Misinformer of the Year' award goes to Mark Zuckerberg

Wednesday 20 December 19:18:22 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRupert Murdoch, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck.  Those are some of the big media figures Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is joining with this year's dubious distinction of "Misinformer of the Year." That's the title given to the social media mastermind from Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group that tracks conservative news outlets. After a wild 2016 election, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Portal' is back (sort of) with a fun new puzzle game

Wednesday 20 December 19:06:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere hasn't been any word from developer Valve on Portal 3 (or Half Life 3, or even Dota 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 for that matter), but the Portal universe isn't completely closed for business. Bridge Constructor Portal mashes together the fun bridge-building puzzle game Bridge Constructor with the witty writing and space-bending portals of Portal, out now on iOS, … [Link]

Mashable » Pants made out of recycled plastic bottles and coffee beans could be the new jeans

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. "Business casual" is possibly the most frustrating clothing category to shop for, especially when it comes to pants. It usually goes something like this: if they're stylish, they're uncomfortable and if they're comfortable, they look like hand-me-downs from grandma.  There's a Kickstarter campaign that's … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why complex life could prove remarkably common in the universe

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:30 UTC 2017

Two missions to other solar systems are on the table. If they find life chances are it will be sophisticated, say Dirk Schulze-Makuch and William Bains [Link]

New Scientist – News » 3D-printed implant mends broken legs by turning into real bone

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:29 UTC 2017

Metal plates and pins for broken bones could be a thing of the past, with porous 3D implants as strong as the real thing used instead [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hardy Antarctic tardigrades may be threatened by climate change

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:28 UTC 2017

Tardigrades can famously survive almost anything, including being sent into space, but the Antarctic species could face problems as a result of climate change [Link]

New Scientist – News » Fooling AI can now be done a thousand times faster

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:27 UTC 2017

By changing an image pixel by pixel, neural networks can be tricked into thinking a dog is two people skiing [Link]

New Scientist – News » Parallel universes could solve a big problem with black holes

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:26 UTC 2017

The black hole firewall paradox has been vexing physicists for years. But if quantum laws lead to the creation of other universes, the headache disappears [Link]

New Scientist – News » 2018 preview: Return to the moon as eight missions are planned

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:25 UTC 2017

The race to revisit the moon is on, and with national space programmes and private companies all setting it in their sights, it might even get a bit crowded [Link]

New Scientist – News » After crows fight they touch and preen each other to make up

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:24 UTC 2017

Carrion crows sometimes have violent squabbles over food, but afterwards the aggressor will often sit by the victim as if to console them and reconcile [Link]

New Scientist – News » How Trump’s ‘ban’ on science words could harm public health

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:23 UTC 2017

Reports that the leading US public health agency is banned from using words like "vulnerable" suggest a worrying belief in not fixing inequality [Link]

New Scientist – News » Video gaming disorder to be officially recognised for first time

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:22 UTC 2017

Obsessively playing video games can be so detrimental that the World Health Organization is going to recognise it as a mental health condition [Link]

New Scientist – News » The body’s killer immune cells also feed fetuses in the womb

Wednesday 20 December 19:00:18 UTC 2017

Natural killer cells – which destroy cancer cells and pathogens – also help early fetuses grow, a finding that may lead to treatments to prevent miscarriage [Link]

Mashable » 2017 seemed like a year of pampering your cat

Wednesday 20 December 18:36:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHere are 4 cat accessories that really made it big in 2017. The Licki Brush that allows you to lick your cat, the Dim Dim hanging transparent bubble that acts like a chair, swing, and bed for your feline, the Kittyroo hoodie that allows you to carry your kitty anywhere, and the PetSafe ScoopFree self-cleaning litter box for all the working … [Link]

Mashable » Poe Dameron's space jewelry has a swoon-worthy romantic backstory

Wednesday 20 December 18:19:35 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Don't say we didn't warn you.  Such is the magnetism of Oscar Isaac that we shipped Poe Dameron with basically anyone who shared screentime with him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  But two movies into Poe's story, we're still waiting for him to get a clearly defined love interest. Apparently, so … [Link]

Mashable » Impress your dinner guests with these wine glasses that play music

Wednesday 20 December 18:16:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Think all wine receptacles are created equal? Think again. One wine glass stands above the rest and is sure to make even a $10 bottle of wine look like the fanciest thing in the world. Awkward dinner parties and dull dates are a thing … [Link]

Mashable » Trying to sing multiple parts of your favorite song? Twitter users invent a way to star in your own selfie concert.

Wednesday 20 December 18:07:20 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s always that one song you know by heart and can instantly belt out the words at any given moment.  But when that specific song has more than one part in it, you may find yourself gasping for air and exhausted because, let's face it, we're not professionals entertainers here.  SEE ALSO: Cheerleader's 'Invisible Box' stunt leaves everyone really confused but … [Link]

Slashdot » Ubuntu 17.10 Temporarily Pulled Due To A BIOS Corrupting Problem

Wednesday 20 December 18:02:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader writes: Canonical has temporarily pulled the download links for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" from the Ubuntu website due to ongoing reports of some laptops finding their BIOS corrupted after installing this latest Ubuntu release. The issue is appearing most frequently with Lenovo laptops but there are also reports of issues with other laptop vendors as well. This … [Link]

Mashable » Children's book 'The Pink Hat' honors the Women's March for a new generation of activists

Wednesday 20 December 18:00:24 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. In 2017, a new symbol was added to the toolkit of social activism: the Pussyhat. In anticipation of the inauguration of Donald Trump, The Pussyhat Project sought to provide a visual representation of women's solidarity by … [Link]

Mashable » This is everything you need to start streaming video games on Twitch

Wednesday 20 December 17:26:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. What's more fun than playing video games? Watching strangers play video games, of course. At least that's the idea behind Twitch, the esports streaming platform that boasts an audience of over 100 million, and hosts over 2 million unique broadcasters.  SEE ALSO: Getting a … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin's Rise May Reflect a Monumental Transfer of Trust From Human Institutions Backed By Gov't To Systems Reliant on Well-Tested Code, Says Tim Wu

Wednesday 20 December 17:22:00 UTC 2017

Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia, writing for the New York Times: Yet as Bitcoin continues to grow, there's reason to think something deeper and more important is going on. Bitcoin's rise may reflect, for better or worse, a monumental transfer of social trust: away from human institutions backed by government and to systems reliant on well-tested computer code. … [Link]

Mashable » 2018 will be the year of Bitcoin's rivals

Wednesday 20 December 17:21:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBitcoin has had an absolutely insane year. At one point, its price was up nearly 2,000%, from about $1,000 in January to $19,922 mid-December. It exploded in the media and it caught the attention of pretty much everyone – from Wall St. billionaires to the average Joe just trying to make a quick buck. Now, however, it's time for Bitcoin to … [Link]

Mashable » Human Rights Campaign projects every banned CDC word on Trump hotel

Wednesday 20 December 17:18:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Human Rights Campaign is using President Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C., to make a serious political statement. In a protest of recently banned words the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer allowed to include in next year's budget documents, the LGBTQ advocacy group partnered with multimedia artist Robin Bell to project the words onto Trump's hotel … [Link]

Mashable » Antarctica's ice walls are no match for The Wall in 'Game of Thrones'

Wednesday 20 December 17:16:11 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUntil a fire-spewing dragon breached The Wall in Game of Thrones, the 700-foot tall ice fortification kept murderous armies of resurrected dead from entering the Seven Kingdoms.  Unfortunately, ice walls on Earth aren't this robust. Glaciologist Martin Truffer of the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently revealed this reality at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in New Orleans. Earth's Antarctic ice … [Link]

Mashable » Bitcoin is inspiring people to do crazy, paranoid things

Wednesday 20 December 17:09:49 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs the value of cryptocurrency continues to skyrocket, so, too, does the number of crazy things people will do to protect or retrieve their sweet, sweet digital nest egg. SEE ALSO: The top 10 tech stories of 2017 Most notable are the Winklevoss Twins, that hard-luck pair of entrepreneurs who famously wound up on the outside of Facebook. They've gained a … [Link]

Mashable » Uber CEO just hired his number two. Yes, it's a man.

Wednesday 20 December 16:59:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber just hired a new second-in-command. Barney Harford, former CEO of online travel site Orbitz, is joining Uber as chief operating officer, Uber announced on Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Uber's new CEO says he banned employees from using secure messaging apps for Uber business Filling that position has been a long-time coming for the ride-hailing giant. Uber cofounder and former CEO Travis … [Link]

Mashable » Let some genius give you a Star Wars name using your favorite pasta dish

Wednesday 20 December 16:54:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSaying people love Star Wars and enjoy pasta would be putting it lightly.  But what if you could use one to further enjoy the other? SEE ALSO: Here's a breakdown of the beloved 'Star Wars' character, the porg Twitter user Olly Moss found out Tuesday how people can easily give themselves their own Star Wars character names with a simple food … [Link]

Mashable » The 10 best TV shows of 2017 (returning)

Wednesday 20 December 16:45:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApart from a few of the usual slumps, TV was great in 2017 in a year when almost everything else was not. We found solace in comedy, joy in romance, and catharsis in dark dramas. With over 400 original shows out there in the universe, we had to make two best of TV lists – one for shows that debuted in … [Link]

Slashdot » The UK Decides 10 Mbps Broadband Should Be a Legal Right

Wednesday 20 December 16:40:00 UTC 2017

British homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020, the government said Wednesday, dismissing calls from the network provider BT that it should be a voluntary rather than legal obligation on providers. From a report: Ministers originally considered adopting BT's voluntary offer, which would have seen it spend up to 600 million pound ($804 million) … [Link]

Mashable » London company created a rage room to get your holiday anger out

Wednesday 20 December 16:30:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The best way to spread Christmas cheer might be to destroy every little thing around you. Rudolph's Rage Room in London gave people the opportunity to do just that and channel their anger out on Christmas for one night. The Rage Room let people turn that hatred into relief by damaging what makes the holiday so special.  Forget the Grinch … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what the critics thought of 'The Greatest Showman'

Wednesday 20 December 16:14:39 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Just months after the biggest traveling circus in the world packed up its big top tents and hung up its oversized clown shoes, The Greatest Showman attempted to capture the spirit of entrepreneur P.T. Barnum's start in the circus world in the form of a musical. Although the songs, dancing, and acrobatics were a lot of fun, the rest of … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk accidentally tweets phone number while trying to reach Oculus executive

Wednesday 20 December 16:13:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday, Elon Musk tried to message the Chief Technology Officer of Oculus (the Facebook-owned virtual reality company) his phone number, but instead tweeted it to the world. Musk has since deleted the tweet, but not before some reporters at CNBC spotted the twitter mishap and then called the number. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk decides he's Willy Wonka, offers Boring factory … [Link]

Mashable » That 'Star Wars' dubstep Christmas light show that you never asked for is here. You're welcome, I guess.

Wednesday 20 December 16:11:18 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Well, it's here, the reason you'll need Advil this holiday season. Matt Johnson's 2017 Christmas light show debuted recently in San Antonio, Texas, earlier this month and features a dubstep EDM remix of Darth Vader's imperial march to celebrate the Dec. 15 Star Wars premiere. If the premiere is what caused this, let's just cancel it. Let's just cancel Star … [Link]

Mashable » If you share your streaming password, you should be worried

Wednesday 20 December 16:10:05 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOn Twitter, they are openly bartered, donated, even celebrated. “Anyone have a Spectrum user ID & password I can trade for?” one Twitter user wrotelast month. Another thanked her friend “for giving me his Spectrum username and password to watch the World Series Game 7.” A third tweeted: “Totally figured out my parents Spectrum password and can watch cable now through … [Link]

Mashable » Last minute gift alert: Fujifilm Instax Mini cameras are only $40 on Amazon

Wednesday 20 December 16:02:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. What's old is new again. Join the instant camera craze with your own Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S camera and revive those Polaroid vibes of yesteryear. This camera uses instant film so you can capture the moment while you're in it — no Instagram filters … [Link]

Mashable » Whoa! MoviePass just hit 1 million subscribers

Wednesday 20 December 16:02:02 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. MoviePass, the company that plans to revolutionize movie theaters with a flat monthly ticket rate, has reached 1 million subscribers since August. Though MoviePass has been around for several years, in August it was acquired by … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Plans Combined iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps To Create One User Experience

Wednesday 20 December 16:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Apple's iPhone and iPad introduced a novel way of interacting with computers: via easy-to-use applications, accessible in the highly curated App Store. The same approach hasn't worked nearly as well on Apple's desktops and laptops. The Mac App Store is a ghost town of limited selection and rarely updated programs. Now Apple plans … [Link]

Mashable » Magic Leap's mixed reality headset is real, and it looks totally steampunk

Wednesday 20 December 15:53:37 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter years of boasting about its game-changing augmented reality technology, Magic Leap finally revealed its first headset, the Leap One. Set to ship in early 2018, the Leap One promises to bring your wildest sci-fi dreams to life, letting users do things like layer digital screens and objects on top of the real world. It looks like really kickass stuff, but … [Link]

Mashable » At Christmas, these UNESCO protected botanical gardens turn into a living fairytale

Wednesday 20 December 15:53:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery Christmas in London the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are turning into a Disney-like wonderlandChristmas at Kew features over a million lights along a one-mile long trail which is guaranteed to enchant all visitors regardless their age.  Read more…More about London, Christmas, Mashable Video, Light, and Laser [Link]

Mashable » Disney's new weapon in the war on Netflix: Hulu

Wednesday 20 December 15:44:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile the world still processes Disney's big spend to acquire the majority of 21st Century Fox and all the franchises it holds, there are a few other important notes from the purchase to explore.  Most notably, what, if anything, will now happen to Hulu? SEE ALSO: What's next for 'The Simpsons' after years of mocking their new owner Disney? Hulu isn't … [Link]

Mashable » Developer accuses Apple of slowing down old iPhones to save battery life

Wednesday 20 December 15:42:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple may be deliberately slowing down older iPhones with degraded batteries to preserve battery life, a developer has learned. After studying how some iPhone models were performing when using publicly available benchmarks, developer John Poole found that the phones' performance could vary wildly, depending on what software it was running, with many individual phones performing much worse than the "standard" benchmark … [Link]

Mashable » E! co-host leaves jobs after finding out she makes half as much as male co-star

Wednesday 20 December 15:30:44 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook E! News host Catt Sadler has left the network over a gender wage gap disparity. Sadler learned that her male co-host made significantly more than she did – almost twice as much. Sadler was recently named co-host of Daily Pop in addition to her role on E! News, and realized around the same time that her salary was disproportionate to … [Link]

Mashable » Lay down some beats with the Onyx Studio 4 Bluetooth speaker that's on super sale

Wednesday 20 December 15:21:41 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There's an awesome sale on this portable speaker that you won't want to miss. The harman/kardon Onyx Studio 4 Bluetooth speaker is normally $450, but you can get it now for just $130. According to the product page, this speaker delivers a deep bass … [Link]

Mashable » Christmas came early for those who are extra obsessed with… KFC?

Wednesday 20 December 15:21:18 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookKFC released some Christmas swag for the holidays season. Including Christmas tree ornaments, ugly sweaters, and chicken-themed wrapping paper.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Holiday, Shop, and Fast Food [Link]

Slashdot » Intel CEO Tells Employees: 'We Are Going To Take More Risks'

Wednesday 20 December 15:20:00 UTC 2017

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told employees on Tuesday that the company will take more risks going forward and he said change will be the "new normal." From a report: In an internal memo that was sent to CNBC, Krzanich acknowledged "innovation" inside Intel's client computing business — its biggest segment — but said the biggest opportunities are in the company's … [Link]

Mashable » My crush on Kylo Ren in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has me rooting for the dark side

Wednesday 20 December 15:02:34 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis story is literally riddled with Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers. Don't say I didn't warn you, fellow Kylo crushers.  In a galaxy far, far away lives a bad boy villain with a hero's heart who's deeply misunderstood. His name is Kylo Ren—but his family calls him Ben—and I'd burn down the damn galaxy for him.  SEE ALSO: Ranking the … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Maps's Moat: How Far Ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?

Wednesday 20 December 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Over the past year, we've been comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps in New York, San Francisco, and London — but some of the biggest differences are outside of large cities. That's a comprehensive comparison. Google Maps, unlike Apple Maps, doesn't stop at outlining the routes. It offers contextual details such as depiction of … [Link]

Mashable » Chelsea Clinton slams Trump in 'Teen Vogue' letter to her kids

Wednesday 20 December 14:29:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDespite her mother's election loss, Chelsea Clinton is still hopeful about the future of politics. As her mother serves as a December guest editor for Teen Vogue, the activist and mom of two penned a letter to her children reflecting on the presidential election, looking forward, and calling out President Trump's less-than-honorable character traits. In the letter, which Teen Vogue published … [Link]

Mashable » The 10 best films of 2017

Wednesday 20 December 14:19:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe’ll say this for 2017: We were so lousy with great movies this year, it felt impossible to narrow the very best down to a list of ten.  SEE ALSO: Second time's a charm—these are the 5 best movie remakes of all time In fact, truth be told, we're still not sure that these are the ten very best films of … [Link]

Mashable » Refugee mother shares family's journey to the U.S. in powerful animated video

Wednesday 20 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Layla's journey has been anything but easy. She's a refugee from the eastern Somali Region of Ethiopia, which she and her husband fled because of conflict and persecution in the early 2000s. They eventually found a temporary home in Saudi Arabia, where they had children and stayed for seven years — before Layla's husband was deported in 2010. Her employers … [Link]

Mashable » 'Pokémon Go' just took its augmented reality effects to the next level

Wednesday 20 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNiantic just gave Pokémon Go a very important update. The game's augmented reality effects just got a huge upgrade, thanks to Apple's ARKit technology. The update, which is rolling out on iOS this week, promises to make catching Pokémon much more immersive and, potentially, challenging. SEE ALSO: 'Last Jedi' star played the best Pokémon Go prank on director Rian Johnson Coming … [Link]

Slashdot » EU's Top Court Rules That Uber Is a Transportation Company

Wednesday 20 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Uber is a taxi company, according to a landmark ruling from Europe's highest court. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that the U.S. ride-hailing app is a transportation firm and not a digital company. The verdict is a long-awaited judgment expected to have major implications for how Uber is regulated throughout Europe. From a report: The E.U.'s member … [Link]

Mashable » Europe says Uber is a transportation company — and that's a crushing blow

Wednesday 20 December 13:57:52 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year just got worse.  On Wednesday, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, ruled that the ride-share company should be considered a transportation service and not, as Uber had hoped, a digital company.  SEE ALSO: The top 10 tech stories of 2017 Thought the court's ruling does … [Link]

Mashable » If the rumors are true, Samsung's Galaxy S9 will not be able to compete with the iPhone X

Wednesday 20 December 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s time to get excited about smartphones again because the new year is just around the corner, and that means Samsung's next flagship phone — unofficially dubbed the Galaxy S9 — is nearing its official release. Expectations are high for Samsung heading into 2018, and most mobile tech enthusiasts expect the company to introduce a smartphone that blows away its chief … [Link]

Slashdot » Republican Lawmaker Introduces Net Neutrality Legislation

Wednesday 20 December 13:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Variety: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced net neutrality legislation on Tuesday that prohibits internet providers from blocking and throttling content, but does not address whether ISPs can create so-called "fast lanes" of traffic for sites willing to pay for it. The legislation also would require that ISPs disclose their terms of service, and … [Link]

Mashable » Very good dog gets rescued from icy river in super tense helmet cam footage

Wednesday 20 December 12:09:46 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f12%2fd9c1cc9f fb95 c1f4%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ is the definition of a very good boy.","image":"~ dog gets rescued from icy river in super tense helmet cam footage","sources":[~ cam","sec0":null,&qu~ cam","videoSeriesName&quo~ More about Uk, Rescue, Dog, Rspca, and Helmet Cam [Link]

Mashable » Etheremon is the latest crypto-craze, but be careful before you dive in

Wednesday 20 December 12:01:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt was only a matter of time before someone tried to copy the success of CryptoKitties, a virtual collectibles game that was so popular it hogged the Ethereum network nearly entirely for itself in early December.  The new game is called Etheremon, and it allows you to purchase, with ether (Ethereum's currency), virtual monsters which earn you interest depending on their … [Link]

Mashable » This dad's stunned reaction to the suggestion of a fake Christmas tree has gone super viral

Wednesday 20 December 11:12:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're so much as considering getting a fake tree for Christmas this year, you had better be damn sure not to mention it in front of this guy. SEE ALSO: 6 ways holiday traditions make life so much better On Monday, 21-year-old Madison Napoli took to Twitter to share a spectacular insight into her family's festive home life. My mom … [Link]

Mashable » People are putting anti-bird spikes on trees to protect their fancy cars and humanity has hit an all-time low

Wednesday 20 December 11:01:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBrits are raging after residents of Clifton, Bristol, fitted anti-bird spikes on trees in order to protect their cars from droppings.  SEE ALSO: Mum and sons fight anti-homeless spikes with cushions and chocolate The spikes — which are sometimes fitted to buildings to prevent birds from nesting — have been nailed to two trees in the front garden of private properties … [Link]

Mashable » Lin-Manuel Miranda got sent the greatest 'Star Wars'-themed wrong number

Wednesday 20 December 10:23:59 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you're Lin-Manuel Miranda, your phone must be buzzing pretty much all the time. Hamilton logistics. Offers. Celebrity friends, getting in touch to say hello. SEE ALSO: Here's a breakdown of the beloved 'Star Wars' character, the porg Oh, and the occasional topless Kylo Ren photo thrown in for good measure. Hard to escape Star Wars today 🤣Just got this text … [Link]

Slashdot » Coinbase Adds Support For Bitcoin Cash [Update: Disabled]

Wednesday 20 December 8:10:00 UTC 2017

Popular digital exchange Coinbase has announced support for Bitcoin Cash. "Bitcoin Cash was created by a fork on August 1st, 2017," a blog post reads. "All customers who held a Bitcoin balance on Coinbase at the time of the fork will now see an equal balance of Bitcoin Cash available in their Coinbase account. Your Bitcoin Cash balance will reflect … [Link]

Slashdot » Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua' Appears To Be Wrapped In An Organic Insulation Layer

Wednesday 20 December 7:00:00 UTC 2017

dryriver writes: Oumuamua is the cigar-shaped object — about 400 meters long and only 40 meters in the other dimensions — that originated from somewhere else in the Galaxy and visited our Solar system while moving at nearly 130,000 miles per hour. Scientists do not know where Oumuamua came from or what it is made of — it is not … [Link]

Mashable » How a majority-Indigenous owned wine company is giving back

Wednesday 20 December 6:30:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhile there are already a handful of wineries run by First Nations people in Canada, Gondwana Wines is hoping to do the same in Australia. It's a majority-Indigenous owned wine company and social enterprise founded by Worimi entrepreneur Alisi Tutuila, that aims to simultaneously make great wine, promote Indigenous Australian culture and give back to the community itself. SEE ALSO: This … [Link]

Mashable » Apple reveals its new Melbourne flagship store, and opinions are flying

Wednesday 20 December 5:32:27 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. Apple has revealed plans for its brand-new flagship store in Melbourne's main cultural hub, Federation Square.  But not everyone's convinced. SEE ALSO: Apple will probably launch new AirPods in the second half of 2018 Announced on … [Link]

Mashable » Bitcoin Cash skyrockets in value after Coinbase adds support

Wednesday 20 December 5:23:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Dec. 20, 2017, 9:28 a.m. EST This piece has been updated by comments from Coinbase's CEO concerning insider trading. Oh, you're still into Bitcoin? That's cool. Except Bitcoin Cash is the hot new cryptocurrency now.  Coinbase, the popular cryptocurrency exchange, announced Tuesday it would add support for Bitcoin Cash.  SEE ALSO: The top 10 tech stories of 2017 No, Bitcoin … [Link]

Mashable » Don't think you can make a difference? This Democrat won by a SINGLE vote.

Wednesday 20 December 4:03:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDemocracy! Sometimes it feels so pointless. But before you decide to skip next election, consider this: a race in the Virginia House of Delegates was decided by a single vote.  On Tuesday, the results of a recount by Virginia election officials was announced, and it turns out Democrat Shelly Simonds beat incumbent Republican David Yancey. The vote count? 11,608 to 11,607. … [Link]

Slashdot » France Passes Law To Ban All Oil, Gas Production By 2040

Wednesday 20 December 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: France's parliament has approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its overseas territories. Under that law that passed a final vote on Tuesday, existing drilling permits will not be renewed and no new exploration licenses will be granted. The … [Link]

Mashable » Low-aroma fried chicken is here so you don't annoy other people on your commute

Wednesday 20 December 2:33:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe smell of fried chicken sure gets people really, really, excited, but there's always someone out there who isn't too enthusiastic about that aromatic blend of herbs and spices. In Japan, where politeness is ever so paramount, KFC is selling a special kind of low-smell fried chicken, according to Sora News 24. SEE ALSO: 14 of the most outlandish fast food … [Link]

Mashable » Madame Tussauds trolls Disney over its horrific Trump robot

Wednesday 20 December 2:05:50 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLet the likeness wars begin. Disney World unveiled a fancy new Donald Trump in its newly refurbished Hall of Presidents exhibit on Monday, and well, have a look. Some said the animatronic figure looked like Hillary Clinton, sparking a conspiracy theory. Others claimed it looked more like actor Jon Voight. One thing is certain though, it does not look like President … [Link]

Slashdot » Russia-Linked Twitter Accounts 'Tried To Divide UK' After Terrorist Attacks

Wednesday 20 December 2:05:00 UTC 2017

AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: Fake social media accounts linked to Russia were used to influence and interfere with public debate in the aftermath of four terrorist attacks in the UK this year, researchers have found. At least 47 Russian Twitter accounts posted material after attacks at Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, according to … [Link]

Mashable » Even Dogecoin is rallying in this cryptocurrency boom

Wednesday 20 December 1:56:54 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDogecoin was as high as $0.00673467 Tuesday. That seems like nothing compared to the $16,663 for one Bitcoin, but the meme-based cryptocurrency is having a moment. SEE ALSO: Learn to invest in Bitcoin so you can finally make those millions Look at this price chart from CoinGecko showing Dogecoin since it started in 2013. It's been going up and up — … [Link]

Mashable » You know who's not loving Bitcoin's rise? Speed freaks.

Wednesday 20 December 1:48:17 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookBitcoin is having a moment. In addition to becoming the talk of the town, its staggering price rise over the last 12 months has made some early holders of the cryptocurrency exorbitantly wealthy.  But not everyone is riding that high. In fact, it's directly contributed to frustrated would-be Bitcoin transactors chasing a high of a different sort: specifically, the one provided … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Alternatives To Android Or iOS?

Wednesday 20 December 1:25:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous Slashdot reader is asking whether or not there are any alternatives to Android or iOS smartphones: Like most of us, I've owned a few smartphones over time, ranging from a Nokia E71 to a Samsung Android phone and now, an Apple iPhone. It is close to phone upgrade time, and I've been reviewing the features that I use … [Link]

Mashable » Uh, this chess tournament logo is kinda NSFW

Wednesday 20 December 1:03:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLook, chess hasn't been sexy since probably the 18th century.  So it's no wonder the folks at London's 2018 World Chess Championship are looking to get people titillated with a logo that looks like something out of the Kama Sutra. SEE ALSO: How to be the most insufferable person at your ugly Christmas sweater party If you're even able to do … [Link]

Slashdot » Coinbase Adds Support For Bitcoin Cash

Wednesday 20 December 1:00:00 UTC 2017

Popular digital exchange Coinbase has announced support for Bitcoin Cash. "Bitcoin Cash was created by a fork on August 1st, 2017," a blog post reads. "All customers who held a Bitcoin balance on Coinbase at the time of the fork will now see an equal balance of Bitcoin Cash available in their Coinbase account. Your Bitcoin Cash balance will reflect … [Link]

Mashable » Order burgers with your face with this restaurant's facial recognition kiosk

Wednesday 20 December 0:52:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWhy bother trying to describe your perfect, nitpicky burger over the counter when you could just order one with your face? Caliburger launched a new point-of-sale system on Tuesday that lets customers order using facial recognition technology. (This isn't the first time the American fast food chain has gone high tech — it previously welcomed a burger-flipping robot called Flippy.) The … [Link]

Slashdot » Cloud-Based Repository Leak Exposes 123 Million American Households

Wednesday 20 December 0:45:00 UTC 2017

"An Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 cloud storage bucket containing information from data analytics firm Alteryx has been found publicly exposed, comprising the personal information of 123 million U.S. households," reports ZDNet. "The S3 bucked, located at the subdomain 'alteryxdownload,' was found by California cybersecurity firm UpGuard, with its Cyber Risk Team discovering the leak on October 6, 2017." From … [Link]

Mashable » 'Get Out' is the best rated movie of 2017

Wednesday 20 December 0:12:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe best-rated movie of 2017 was a comedy, horror, or documentary – depending on how you look at it. Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Out was the highest rated film of the year on Rotten Tomatoes, with a steadfast 99% from critics and 87% from audiences. SEE ALSO: Jordan Peele jokes about 'Get Out' being categorized as a comedy The film … [Link]

Slashdot » The White House Is Temporarily Shutting Down Its Petition Website

Wednesday 20 December 0:03:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: We The People, the petition section of the White House's website, is shutting down for a promised January relaunch. First launched in 2011 under then-President Obama, We The People pledged to provide a White House response to any petition which garnered 100,000 or more signatures within 30 days. The 200+ petitions that … [Link]

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