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 » Barack Obama teams up with Chance the Rapper and Steph Curry for uplifting new ad

Tuesday 26 December 23:56:25 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Barack Obama, Chance the Rapper and Steph Curry have teamed up for an inspirational new PSA. The former President shared the new ad for his independent mentorship organisation, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), on Christmas Eve. Obama established MBK in Feb. 2014 to address opportunity gaps facing young men of color.  “I want you to know, you matter. There is nothing, … [Link]

Slashdot » Analysts Cut iPhone X Shipment Forecasts, Citing Lukewarm Demand

Tuesday 26 December 23:20:00 UTC 2017

According to Bloomberg, analysts have lowered iPhone X shipment projections for the first quarter of next year, citing signs of lackluster demand at the end of the holiday shopping season. From the report: Sinolink Securities Co. analyst Zhang Bin said in a report Monday that handset shipments in the period may be as low as 35 million, or 10 million … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Recovers Some Losses After Its Worst Week Since 2013

Tuesday 26 December 22:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Bitcoin fell nearly 30 percent at one stage on Friday to $11,159.93. At 3:09 p.m. (2009 GMT) on Tuesday, bitcoin BTC=BTSP was up 15 percent at $16,030 in light trading on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange. The digital currency had risen around twentyfold since the start of the year, climbing from less than … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber Is Selling Its Money-Losing Car Lease Business

Tuesday 26 December 22:03:00 UTC 2017

According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber is selling its Xchange Leasing unit to the car marketplace "It reportedly won't be a clean break," reports Engadget. "Uber will both take a stake in Fair and point would-be drivers to the site through its app. Fair, in return, will offer jobs to roughly 150 workers affected by the switch. Other … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » ProgrammableWeb's Most Interesting APIs in 2017: Cognitive Computing

Tuesday 26 December 21:46:40 UTC 2017

This next section of interesting APIs from 2017 contains notable choices from our Artificial Intelligence (AI), Recognition, Machine Learning, Predictions, Augmented Reality, and [Link]

Mashable » Pennsylvania city breaks records with almost 5 feet of snow in just two days

Tuesday 26 December 21:28:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGet those shovels out, Pennsylvanians. The city of Erie is operating under a "snow emergency" declaration in the wake of a storm that kicked off shortly after 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, total accumulation had reached 56.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service. SEE ALSO: These beautiful snowflake photos were actually captured … [Link]

Slashdot » Is Google Home Fit For Elderly and Disabled Users?

Tuesday 26 December 21:25:00 UTC 2017

Chances are either you or someone you know received a Google Home over the holidays. Not only are they being marketed heavily by Google but they seem to have appeared in almost every "Holiday Gift Guide" on the internet. Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein brings up an interesting dilemma: is Google Home fit for the elderly? Weinstein writes: You cannot install … [Link]

Mashable » We've come to a point where people are proposing with their phone cases

Tuesday 26 December 21:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookRokshok is selling phone cases that can hide your engagement ring. This is perfect for those who want to capture the proposal right from your iPhone. The ring is also framed perfectly at the bottom of the frame so you can capture the reaction and ring at the same time. It retails for 39.95.  Hopefully your significant other says yes. Read … [Link]

Slashdot » The Library of Congress Will Stop Archiving Every Public Tweet On January 1st

Tuesday 26 December 20:45:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: In 2010, the Library of Congress started archiving every single public tweet that was published on Twitter. It even retroactively acquired all tweets dating back to 2006. But the Library of Congress will stop archiving every tweet on December 31, 2017. The Library of Congress issued a white paper this month saying … [Link]

Mashable » The best Netflix show you're not watching is coming back on New Year's Day

Tuesday 26 December 19:52:55 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIt’s official: The best Netflix show you're not watching is coming back on New Year's Day, and now there's a trailer for the third season, too.  It's time for you to start watching Lovesick. There are only two seasons, with 14 episodes, and each one's around 25-30 minutes. Get it on it now. Here's the deal: The dumbest way to describe … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The universe may be full of ex-moons flung from their homeworlds

Tuesday 26 December 19:19:02 UTC 2017

Moons in other stellar systems may be hurled away from their planets up to 90 per cent of the time, leaving up to 100 former moons per star in the Milky Way [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk teases what's next for Tesla in a year-end 'thank you' tweet

Tuesday 26 December 18:59:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookElon Musk, appreciates your business, Tesla owners. The Tesla, Inc. co-founder tweeted a brief year-end 'thank you' note on Tuesday, expressing appreciation for those who "[took] a chance on a new company that all experts said would fail." He ended the tweet with a simple request: Help us do better. SEE ALSO: Tesla had a rocky year, but owners are still … [Link]

Slashdot » Flying in Airplanes Exposes People To More Radiation Than Standing Next To a Nuclear Reactor

Tuesday 26 December 18:40:00 UTC 2017

Traveling the skies by jet lifts us far from the hustle and bustle of the world below. From a report: But many flyers don't know that soaring miles above Earth also takes us out of a vital protective cocoon — and a little closer to a place where our cells can be pummeled by radiation from colliding stars, black holes, … [Link]

Mashable » 2017's most memorable Instagram moments

Tuesday 26 December 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2017 was a rollercoaster of a year, but with an Instagram filter, everything seems better. Here's a round-up of the top Instagram posts, locations, and furry users in 2017. Read more…More about Instagram, Mashable Video, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » These are some of the weirdest dating apps of 2017

Tuesday 26 December 18:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe lineup for most niche dating apps includes Sweatt, Hotline, Lime, Cuddli, and Hater. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Dating, Dating App, Romance, and Dating Apps [Link]

Slashdot » Net Neutrality Complaints Rise Amid FCC Repeal

Tuesday 26 December 18:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Internet users are complaining more about net neutrality-related issues since the FCC voted to repeal the existing net neutrality rules earlier this month, according to the FCC's consumer complaint data. The FCC allows consumers to submit complaints about a variety of telecom-related problems, from receiving unwanted phone calls to billing fraud. After adopting net … [Link]

Mashable » One 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scene prompts an unexpected warning from theaters

Tuesday 26 December 17:23:55 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Read no further if you haven't yet seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Significant spoilers ahead. Utter silence. When Vice Admiral Holdo used the last remaining Resistance cruiser to slice Supreme Leader Snoke's warship in two, did your entire theater collectively gasp? Or did someone stand up and shout "The sound is broken!" at the movie theater gods? Apparently, the … [Link]

Mashable » This Twitter thread about 'The Incident' in your high school is utterly fantastic

Tuesday 26 December 17:15:23 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHigh school! It's an utterly insane four year slog of pressure and social anxiety and hormones. At some point during the high school tenures of so many, that pressure releases in the form of An Incident. And if you've ever wanted to read all of these stories, now you can.  On Monday night, Buzzfeed writer Katie Notopoulos Tweeted out a simple … [Link]

Mashable » Never forget: This was the year we fell in love with April the giraffe

Tuesday 26 December 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookListen, this year was almost entirely awful. But one of the best things — nay, the best thing — that occurred in 2017 was April the giraffe. SEE ALSO: You guys, giraffe births are horrifying. Look away. Millions tuned in to watch Animal Adventure Park's giraffe cam and keep up with April's seemingly endless pregnancy. In fact, her pregnancy was so … [Link]

Slashdot » What Amazon's Alexa Economy Pays the People Building Its Skills

Tuesday 26 December 16:50:00 UTC 2017

From a report on CNET: On a lark, Joel Wilson started developing skills for Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, this past January. After a few weeks of coding, he launched two skills — Amazon's term for voice-controlled apps — called Question of the Day and Three Questions. Both quiz people on science, literature and pop culture trivia. In May, he got … [Link]

Mashable » Mum hopes magic royal Christmas photo will fund daughter's education

Tuesday 26 December 16:21:38 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGetting that perfect photo can be a challenge — even for the professionals. And when the Royal family is involved the competition to get the money shot is even more fierce.  SEE ALSO: 17 huge moments that defined the royal family in 2017 A mum from Norfolk in the UK struck gold when she captured what's been described as "the best … [Link]

Mashable » Happy holidays, here's 30 seconds of new 'Black Panther' excellence

Tuesday 26 December 16:17:45 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook We've got a month and a half to go before Marvel unleashes director Ryan Coogler's take on Black Panther, but here's a new look to keep that hype train rolling. The "King" TV spot is 30 seconds of fast-cutting footage focused primarily on action, backed by a hard-hitting Run the Jewels beat ("Legend Has It," in case you're curious).  Black … [Link]

Slashdot » Thunderbird Will Phase Out Legacy Add-Ons, Will Support WebExtensions

Tuesday 26 December 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mozilla announced last week plans to modernize Thunderbird's codebase, plans that include fixing some "technical debt" by incorporating the recent changes in the Mozilla engine into Thunderbird, adding a new user interface (UI), and phasing out old legacy add-ons that are built on the XUL and XPCOM APIs. The changes are part of Mozilla's new … [Link]

Slashdot » Cash Might Be King, but They Don't Care

Tuesday 26 December 15:20:00 UTC 2017

In Midtown and some other neighborhoods across New York City, cashless is fast on its way to becoming normal, The New York Times reports, sharing anecdotes where merchants have refused to accept bills from customers (the link may be paywalled). From the report: Cashless businesses were once an isolated phenomenon, but now, similarly jarring experiences can be had across the … [Link]

Mashable » Man moves furniture so his wife can make snow angels for 29 Instagram followers

Tuesday 26 December 14:51:16 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChristmas is a time to show our nearest and dearest just how much we love them. But some people really know how to go the distance.  SEE ALSO: Let the annual 'Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?' debate begin Case in point Taylor Burkhalter's mum and dad. Baurkhalter paid tribute to his folks on Christmas eve with a tweet captioned: "I’ve … [Link]

Slashdot » Cities With Uber Have Lower Rates Of Ambulance Usage

Tuesday 26 December 14:40:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Many potential emergency room patients are too sick to drive themselves to a hospital. But an ambulance can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars without insurance. This where a popular ride-sharing app can step in, while also freeing up the ambulances for those who need them most. With demand for ambulances decreased by available … [Link]

Mashable » Our 10 most anticipated films of 2018

Tuesday 26 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookNo, we know – 2017 isn't even officially over yet.  But like a kid peeking at presents before Christmas, we just can't help getting excited about the goodies to come.  SEE ALSO: The 10 best films of 2017 A look at the release calendar teases heists, horrors, hijinks – and, yet again, more superheroes than you can shake a stick at. … [Link]

Slashdot » China's Shanghai Sets Population at 25 Million To Avoid 'Big City Disease'

Tuesday 26 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: China's financial hub of Shanghai will limit its population to 25 million people by 2035 as part of a quest to manage "big city disease," authorities have said. The State Council said on its website late on Monday the goal to control the size of the city was part of Shanghai's masterplan for 2017-2035, … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to use that new drone you got as a gift

Tuesday 26 December 13:00:00 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. So you got a drone as gift over the holidays, or maybe you purchased one on sale during Cyber Monday. Now what? If you can't seem to figure out how to fly … [Link]

Mashable » Solve your MacBook Pro's port problem with the MemPro USB-C Hub

Tuesday 26 December 13:00:00 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. You love the sleek, minimalist design of your brand new MacBook Pro. But how annoying is it that you can't plug in all of your devices because of its inconvenient lack of … [Link]

Mashable » Ex texting you over the holidays? Yep, you're being 'Marleyed'

Tuesday 26 December 11:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEbenezer Scrooge isn't the only person to receive a visit from ghosts of Christmas past during the festive period. Turns out one in 10 of us are haunted by former flames over the holidays—a dating trend that's been dubbed "Marleying." SEE ALSO: The chilling reason everyone's sharing that 'New Yorker' story about dating Named after Jacob Marley, the ghost of Scrooge's … [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Fooled a Google AI Into Thinking a Rifle Was a Helicopter

Tuesday 26 December 11:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a Wired report: Algorithms, unlike humans, are susceptible to a specific type of problem called an "adversarial example." These are specially designed optical illusions that fool computers into doing things like mistake a picture of a panda for one of a gibbon. They can be images, sounds, or paragraphs of text. Think of them as hallucinations … [Link]

Mashable » 15 of the most brutal J.K. Rowling Twitter shutdowns of 2017

Tuesday 26 December 9:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAnother year, another flurry of Twitter-based badassery from everyone's favourite wizard Queen. SEE ALSO: 14 times J.K. Rowling absolutely annihilated Donald Trump on Twitter J.K. Rowling doesn't normally take any nonsense from anyone on social media. In the past she's hit out at the Daily Mail, Rupert Murdoch, and the Westboro Baptist Church, to name just a few. This year, though, … [Link]

Slashdot » Movie Theaters Were Already in Trouble. With Disney's Fox Deal, It's Double

Tuesday 26 December 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Disney's acquisition of Fox's film studio will unite some of the most lucrative movie franchises, from Disney's Star Wars and Marvel series to Fox's X-Men and Avatar. With control of more blockbusters, not only does Disney gain more leverage over theater chains such as AMC and Carmike Cinemas, it also wins more films it could distribute exclusively on its upcoming … [Link]

Slashdot » People Still Aren't Buying Smartwatches — and It's Only Going To Get Worse

Tuesday 26 December 4:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: Wearable technology still isn't catching up. Despite a year full of exciting new smartwatches, tech-enabled clothing or jewelry, and fitness activity trackers galore, the growth of the wearables market is still on the decline, according to a new report from research firm eMarketer. In fact, the entire category is being overtaken by smart speakers, … [Link]

Slashdot » China Closes More Than 13,000 Websites in Past Three Years

Tuesday 26 December 1:30:00 UTC 2017

China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua reports. From the report: The government has stepped up already tight controls over the internet since President Xi Jinping took power five years ago, … [Link]


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