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.

ProgrammableWeb » Spotting API Security Trends in ProgrammableWeb's API Directory

Tuesday 2 January 23:54:56 UTC 2018

When ProgrammableWeb first started, API security was something that was thought of, but certainly wasn't the foremost concern that it is today. It wasn't unheard of for an API to be secured by nothing more than a username and password, known as HTTP Basic Authentication. Of course things have changed as API practitioners have come to understand both the importance … [Link]

Slashdot » US Calls On Iran To Unblock Social Media Sites Amid Protests

Tuesday 2 January 23:20:00 UTC 2018

The Trump administration is calling on the government of Iran to stop blocking Instagram and other social media sites while encouraging Iranians to use special software to circumvent controls. "The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years," President Trump tweeted yesterday. "They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is … [Link]

Mashable » Ryan Reynolds weighs in on the 4 Chrises of Hollywood

Tuesday 2 January 22:57:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Hollywood Chrises are a marvel among, uh, mostly Marvel men — and Ryan "Deadpool" Reynolds is as much a fan as we are. Messrs Pratt, Hemsworth, Evans and Pine have been at the top of our minds, feeds, and viewing priorities individually and as a collective group of Chrises since Pratt was cast in Guardians of the Galaxy in 2013. … [Link]

Mashable » Intense video shows snowy pileup involving more than 75 vehicles

Tuesday 2 January 22:54:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnow caused a massive crash involving dozens of vehicles on a New York highway on Tuesday afternoon.  The entire eastbound side of I-90 outside Buffalo was closed after a car accident caused a huge, multi-car pileup. Facebook user Kadire Flowers filmed a portion of the accident from the westbound side of the highway. The video shows numerous cars blocking the highway … [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul isn't the only problem. YouTube is broken — here's how to fix it.

Tuesday 2 January 22:40:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s easy to hate on Logan Paul. A 22-year-old YouTuber with 15 million subscribers, Paul made himself the poster child for shallow and gross behavior this weekend by posting a graphic video in which he finds the body of a man who died by suicide in Aokigahara forest, a sacred site at the base of Mt. Fuji. The video gained a … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Kernel Memory Leaking' Intel Processor Design Flaw Forces Linux, Windows Redesign

Tuesday 2 January 22:40:00 UTC 2018

According to The Register, "A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug." From the report: Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel's virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in … [Link]

Mashable » Google's experimental operating system, Fuchsia, is now available for the Pixelbook

Tuesday 2 January 22:19:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGoogle has secretly been developing a mysterious new operating system called "Fuchsia," and now, Pixelbook owners can finally try it out.  The tech blog Chrome Unboxed reports that Google quietly released instructions for installing the new  operating system, Fuchsia, on the Pixelbook laptop. The search giant has also released instructions for installing the operating system on the Acer Switch 12 and … [Link]

Mashable » Nicole Kidman perfectly shuts down Andy Cohen and his dumb questions

Tuesday 2 January 22:16:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the whirlwind of a year that was 2017, you'd be forgiven if you forgot that, way back in February, Nicole Kidman clapped weirdly at the Oscars. SEE ALSO: Stick to your New Year's Resolutions with these classes, products, and helpful ideas Now, at the time, it was a pretty striking piece of news given the fact that Kidman appeared to … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Most Popular Government API Categories

Tuesday 2 January 22:13:37 UTC 2018

Every month our editor in chief, David Berlind, attends the Washington DC API meetup. This gives him the chance to chat with a number of API practitioners from the area and as such affords ProgrammableWeb an inside view into some of the issues that are important to the government's tech community. Perhaps there are other signals as well. … [Link]

Mashable » Find great tech deals for the New Year and save big on Vizio, Dell, Sonos, TurboTax, and more

Tuesday 2 January 22:03:27 UTC 2018

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. Holiday shopping may be over, but New Years Resolution season is just beginning. Whether you're looking to get fit, make your house a smart home, get a jump on your finances, or … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's Mysterious Fuchsia OS Can Now Run On the Pixelbook

Tuesday 2 January 22:00:00 UTC 2018

Google's mysterious operating system, dubbed Fuchsia, has been in the works for more than a year now with very few details about the OS made public. According to a new report from Chrome Unboxed, we have learned that Google has released documentation to allow developers to load Fuchsia onto the company's Pixelbook. The Verge reports: This isn't your typical developer … [Link]

Mashable » Never tangle your headphones again with this simple cable retractor

Tuesday 2 January 21:51:44 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Gary’ is a cute and small cable retractor for your headphones, chargers, or any other small cable you want to keep organized. Just throw it in your bag and go without worrying about the stress of detangling. Your cables will last longer because they are protected in the case. Read more…More about Iphone, Mashable Video, Headphones, Cable, and Chargers [Link]

Mashable » Amazon shipped a bonkers number of items to Prime customers in 2017

Tuesday 2 January 21:43:48 UTC 2018

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. Somewhere deep within his superhero hideout (or supervillain lair, depending on your point of view), Jeff Bezos is probably cackling with delight at the revelation that Amazon Prime customers had more than 5 billion items shipped … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why Logan Paul's video showing suicide is so dangerous

Tuesday 2 January 21:43:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLogan Paul was right about one thing: This definitely marks a moment in YouTube history.  Backlash spread quickly on New Year's Day after YouTuber Logan Paul uploaded a video titled "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest." In the clip, which has since been pulled from the site, Paul and a few of his buddies discover a man … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to start a career as a copywriter for less than $25

Tuesday 2 January 21:40:56 UTC 2018

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. Have you ever wondered if your writing hobby could actually become a career? The good news is that there's a path a whole lot simpler than trying to write and publish a … [Link]

Mashable » Ana and Christian are *that* couple in weird new 'Fifty Shades Freed' trailer

Tuesday 2 January 21:24:20 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook It's true – marriage changes people. SEE ALSO: 'Fifty Shades Freed' trailer is here and OMG can we please just get this over with Take Ana and Christian. In Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker, they were that annoying couple that gets off on playing kinky sex games in public, while everyone else tries hard not to notice. … [Link]

Slashdot » New Bill Could Finally Get Rid of Paperless Voting Machines

Tuesday 2 January 21:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A bipartisan group of six senators has introduced legislation that would take a huge step toward securing elections in the United States. Called the Secure Elections Act, the bill aims to eliminate insecure paperless voting machines from American elections while promoting routine audits that would dramatically reduce the danger of interference … [Link]

Mashable » A Rose McGowan documentary series about her life as an activist is coming to TV

Tuesday 2 January 20:57:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookActress and activist Rose McGowan, who was among the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, will star in her own documentary series to premiere on E! this monthCitizen Rose will follow McGowan, now a prominent face and voice in the movement to end sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. SEE ALSO: The women of Hollywood have a plan … [Link]

Mashable » The iPhone X may not be selling as well as Apple hoped

Tuesday 2 January 20:51:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe iPhone X is one of our favorite gadgets of 2017, and basically sets the benchmark for new smartphones. It has an impeccable camera, a gigantic screen that takes up the entire front panel, and a fancy 3D camera used for authentication. But all of this excitement hasn't been enough to guarantee strong sales. Early signs indicated iPhone X adoption was … [Link]

Mashable » This futuristic camera lens is super tiny, totally flat, and relatively cheap

Tuesday 2 January 20:37:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHarvard researchers have developed a novel, flat lens they say can focus "all the colors of the rainbow." This is a significant departure from the camera lenses made today, which are curved, bulkier, and take up more space. But there's a catch: The researchers successfully focused light with this lens, which they call a "metalens," but on an extremely small, nanoparticle … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel with Radeon RX Vega Graphics: Core i7-8809G with 3.1 GHz Base, 100W Target TDP, Overclockable

Tuesday 2 January 20:33:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: To begin the year, Intel's Indian website has published a small number of details regarding Intel's first 'Intel with Radeon RX Vega Graphics' processor. Within the table of overclockable processors, accompanying the Core i9, Core i7-X and 8th Generation K processors is listed the Intel Core i7-8809G, a quad core processor with two sets … [Link]

Mashable » Become a DIY and home improvement pro with the FiberFix Total Repair Tool

Tuesday 2 January 20:29:26 UTC 2018

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 the type of person who can't tell a Phillips from a flathead, you probably find yourself calling mom and dad for help when things break around the house. But 2018 … [Link]

Mashable » You should worry about how you buy your next phone

Tuesday 2 January 20:08:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you have to get owned by the man, at least pick the man. Now that net neutrality is a sad old corpse, internet providers may soon exert more control over what you access online. We don't know how wireless providers like Verizon and AT&T will alter their terms, but in theory, they could slow down access to streaming services or … [Link]

Mashable » Stop Your Headphones From Ruining Your Hearing

Tuesday 2 January 19:48:13 UTC 2018

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

Mashable » Burger company stock soars after it mentions blockchain

Tuesday 2 January 19:45:43 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f14644%2f6cf3abb8 052a 4efb bb47 6e8a6c89a528 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Bitcoin blockchain: Could it be the biggest invention since the Internet?","sources"~ More about Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Hooters, and Chanticleer Holdings [Link]

Mashable » Twitter punished loyal Trump supporter and ex-sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. with read-only mode

Tuesday 2 January 19:42:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwitter has timeouts for users who violate its standards, and it's been putting them into effect more frequently in the past few weeks. The latest incident involved David A. Clarke, Jr., the former Milwaukee sheriff and loyal supporter for President Trump, after he published tweets bashing the media industry.  SEE ALSO: Why Twitter banned the bot that unmasked neo-Nazis. (Hint: Neo-Nazis) … [Link]

Slashdot » LinuxJournal, Which Ceased Publication Last Month Citing Poor Financial Condition, Secures Fresh Fund From Readers To Resume Operation

Tuesday 2 January 19:40:00 UTC 2018

New submitter dataknife2 writes: LinuxJournal announced in Nov 2017 that they were going to cease publication; With some timely intervention by Private Internet Access they are going to be able to continue operation and are currently soliciting feedback for improving the magazine in the future. In a blog post, team at LinuxJournal wrote: Talk about a Happy New Year. The … [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Mirror' doesn't understand dating apps

Tuesday 2 January 19:38:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBlack Mirror spoilers follow if you don't want to know that technology creates a lot of moral grey areas. Many things about Black Mirror Season 4 rubbed me the wrong way, but none so much as what the show doesn't seem to understand about dating.  In the new season, "Hang the DJ" has already become one of the breakout episodes. It … [Link]

Mashable » Every entrepreneur needs this $15 subscription expense app

Tuesday 2 January 19:34:06 UTC 2018

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. It's tax season. Yes, already. That means if you're a digital entrepreneur, you get the pleasure of combing through the year's expenses to try to remember why you took out certain subscriptions … [Link]

Slashdot » North Korean Hackers Hijack Computers To Mine Cryptocurrencies

Tuesday 2 January 19:02:00 UTC 2018

North Korean hackers are hijacking computers to mine cryptocurrencies as the regime in Pyongyang widens its hunt for cash under tougher international sanctions. From a report: A hacking unit called Andariel seized a server at a South Korean company in the summer of 2017 and used it to mine about 70 Monero coins — worth about $25,000 as of Dec. … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix dials up the teen angst for 'The End of the F***ing World'

Tuesday 2 January 18:58:53 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Meet James, a 17-year-old psychopath, and Alyssa, the girl he's decided to murder. James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden) start dating and then run away from their seemingly mundane lives, beginning what might not be the healthiest relationship and journey… That morbid scenario and actual worst-nightmare is the premise of Netflix's upcoming The End of the F***ing World, based … [Link]

Mashable » The first scientific fake news study is here to confirm your worst fears about America

Tuesday 2 January 18:50:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA new study confirms your worst fears about fake news in the U.S. — it's widespread, skews pro-Trump, and is mostly consumed by your conservative uncle. Oh, and fact checking hasn't worked at all. A group of academic researchers have published what they are calling the first scientific, data-based study of Americans’ exposure to fake news in the month surrounding the … [Link]

Slashdot » It's So Cold Outside That Sharks Are Actually Freezing to Death

Tuesday 2 January 18:22:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: As climate change ushers in another year of extreme global temperatures — a phenomenon President Trump seems a little confused about — cities up and down the East Coast are facing record-breaking snowfall and subzero temperatures. But while city dwellers might be able to hide indoors and crank up the heat, some animals aren't so lucky. … [Link]

Mashable » Dude's mugshot ends up on the family pun-heavy Christmas gift

Tuesday 2 January 18:20:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen will people finally wake up and realize that mugs are the most undervalued group gift out there? Only Dillon Smith's (@Dilicious23) brother understands. This year, his brother purchased a set of mugs for the entire family — and it came with an additional troll-y feature. SEE ALSO: 50 geeky gifts for the pop culture-obsessed person in your life From the … [Link]

Mashable » Help your kids sleep better with this adorable device

Tuesday 2 January 18:07:32 UTC 2018

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. Parents know just how stressful and frustrating it is to get your kid to go to bed and sleep through the night. Don't they understand that sleeping is the best? SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » Toutiao, One of China's Most Popular News Apps, is Discovering the Risks Involved in Giving People Exactly What They Want Online

Tuesday 2 January 17:43:00 UTC 2018

The New York Times reports: One of the world's most valuable start-ups got that way by using artificial intelligence to satisfy Chinese internet users' voracious appetite for news and entertainment. Every day, its smartphone app feeds 120 million people personalized streams of buzzy news stories, videos of dogs frolicking in snow, GIFs of traffic mishaps and listicles such as "The … [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul issues second apology for posting video of a suicide victim

Tuesday 2 January 17:37:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFor all of Logan Paul's apologizing — first in a written note and now in a follow-up video — he still doesn't get how apologies work. The 22-year-old YouTube star was the target of harsh criticism after he posted a video from Japan's Aokigahara forest, where hundreds of suicides occur every year. The video — which was beamed out to Paul's … [Link]

Mashable » Hidden message in Tesla Model 3 shows Elon Musk is proud of his team

Tuesday 2 January 17:29:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAlthough he's described the manufacturing process as "production hell," Elon Musk is apparently quite pleased with the outcome of the Tesla Model 3, his company's newest and most affordable electric vehicle.  The Model 3 is the first truly affordable (i.e. about $35,000) electric sports sedan from Tesla, one that's significantly smaller and cheaper than the high-speed luxury Model X and Model … [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Mirror' Season 4 confirms a long-running fan theory

Tuesday 2 January 17:24:53 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers for all of Black Mirror, up to and including Season 4.  With the Season 4 finale "Black Museum," Black Mirror finally confirmed what fans had long suspected: That every episode of the anthology series takes place within a single universe. The question now is how all these episodes fit together. Does the reality-show dystopia … [Link]

Mashable » Perfectly nerdy dad uses a sword to cut himself a nice piece of snow cake

Tuesday 2 January 17:21:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNothing like cutting an ice-cold piece of snow cake on a frigid day, right? That's how one dad decided to entertain himself on a recent snow day. Redditor youtubeTheClaymor posted a video of a friend's father having some fun. He uses a sword (whether it's real is unknown) to cut into the snow like it was a piece of cake. He … [Link]

Mashable » Blö is a personal, wearable fan to keep you cool

Tuesday 2 January 17:19:02 UTC 2018

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. Whether you're walking around in the hot sun or working up a brutal sweat during a workout, blö could be the solution to keeping cool. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, blö claims … [Link]

Mashable » This priceless 'Jeopardy!' mistake reminds us to keep it 'gangsta'

Tuesday 2 January 17:09:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn a recent episode of Jeopardy!, everyone learned an important lesson about the proper use of the word "gangsta." But especially Nick. Let Nick’s mistake be a lesson to us all. In 2018, you gotta keep it gangsta at all times. Never Gangster #Jeopardy — Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) January 2, 2018 When asked for a song by … [Link]

Mashable » Ripple and Ethereum keep breaking records while Bitcoin takes a back seat

Tuesday 2 January 17:07:46 UTC 2018

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. It's another green day in the world of cryptocurrencies, with all of the ten largest coins rising significantly in value in the last 24 hours. However, this time it's not Bitcoin that's leading the charge.  Yes, … [Link]

Mashable » Woman pens open letter to Instagram because her feed is inundated with bras

Tuesday 2 January 17:07:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA woman has penned an open letter to Instagram because she's sick of seeing adverts for bras. But, her piece has raised an important question about Instagram's algorithm and whether we can do anything to alter the ads in our feeds? In a Medium post entitled "Towards a bra-free Instagram experience", Lauren Hallden—who works as a product designer in Philadelphia—put a … [Link]

Mashable » Happy New Year! Trump kicked off 2018 with a Twitter rampage because nothing changes.

Tuesday 2 January 17:04:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHi there! Welcome back and Happy New Year. What a crazy 2017, right? Time for a fresh start and hope for a better 2018! Here's to a quieter, calmer year ahead filled with joy and hope and maybe, just maybe, a chance to reconci-  Oh no. Dear God no. He's back on Twitter. SEE ALSO: Trump Twitter notifications have completely ruined … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's 'Dutch Sandwich' Shielded 16 Billion Euros From Tax

Tuesday 2 January 16:50:00 UTC 2018

Google moved 15.9 billion euros ($19.2 billion) to a Bermuda shell company in 2016, saving at least $3.7 billion in taxes that year, regulatory filings in the Netherlands show. From a report: Google uses two structures, known as a "Double Irish" and a "Dutch Sandwich," to shield the majority of its international profits from taxation. The setup involves shifting revenue … [Link]

Mashable » A meteorological ‘bomb’ is set to go off along the East Coast, and dangerous cold will soon follow

Tuesday 2 January 16:18:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Jan. 2, 2018, 1 p.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect new weather forecast guidance.   An unusually powerful storm is threatening the East Coast of the U.S. this week with heavy snow, high winds, and record-shattering cold not seen in some places since the early 20th Century — if at all.  The storm will be the result … [Link]

Mashable » 9 Stars Who Completely Owned 2017

Tuesday 2 January 16:18:15 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Movies, Celebrity, Mashable Reels, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Slashdot » Big Tech and Democracy Need To Work Together, Microsoft Executives Say

Tuesday 2 January 16:10:00 UTC 2018

From a report: It's not often that Big Tech calls for more government action. But two top Microsoft executives — Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, and Carol Ann Browne, director of executive communications — write in a tech trends forecast out today. "2018 will be a year when democratic governments can either work together to safeguard electoral processes … [Link]

Mashable » Get this VR headset on sale for less than $20

Tuesday 2 January 16:09:40 UTC 2018

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. Binging Black Mirror either has you terrified of technology or thinking about it even more. Either way, this VR headset will help you become immersed in entertainment for less than $20. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Cookie-stealing squirrel goes on rampage and attacks police officer

Tuesday 2 January 15:58:22 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook No human or animal is above the law…not even if its a food-stealing rodent.  Brockport Police Department posted body cam footage of a squirrel resisting arrest after eating cookies from a New York home. The squirrel jumped on the officer before looking for an escape route.  The Facebook video has over 300,000 views and 3,000 shares. The attack didn't harm … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Timberlake went to the woods and announced a new album

Tuesday 2 January 15:51:59 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Justin Timberlake has a new album coming out Feb. 2 called Man of the Woods, and it looks like this time around he's been inspired by mountains, wind-swept plains, and horses. In the above teaser, Timberlake broods in various rugged jackets while hanging out by campfires and steeds with a bit of one of his new songs playing throughout. The … [Link]

Mashable » Apple will replace iPhone batteries for $29 even if they're technically still 'good'

Tuesday 2 January 15:51:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you have an iPhone 6 model or later, you should probably go replace the battery for a discounted rate at your local Apple Store. Apple is now offering battery swaps for $29 (down from $79) a few weeks earlier than it originally promised. The decision to offer such low-priced battery swaps comes days after the company issued an apology for … [Link]

Mashable » Nothing beats yelling at your friends while gaming, amirite?

Tuesday 2 January 15:30:22 UTC 2018

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. Whether you're begging your Overwatch team to stay on the payload or cursing the name of someone who just threw a blue shell at you in Mario Kart, you can unleash your … [Link]

Slashdot » macOS Exploit Published on the Last Day of 2017

Tuesday 2 January 15:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: On the last day of 2017, a security researcher going online by the pseudonym of Siguza published details about a macOS vulnerability affecting all Mac operating system versions released since 2002, and possibly earlier. Siguza did not notify Apple in advance, so at the time of writing, there is no fix for this flaw. … [Link]

Mashable » Elated Buffalo Bills fans shower another team's quarterback with donations

Tuesday 2 January 15:26:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBuffalo Bills fandom has come a long way since the infamous dildo Incident of 2016. For the first time in 17 years, Buffalo's favorite NFL team has clinched a playoff berth. And they did it in dramatic fashion with a little help. To celebrate, Bills fans are showing their appreciation with cash donations for a charity foundation headed by another team's … [Link]

Mashable » 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' returns to Netflix for Season 2 in March

Tuesday 2 January 15:18:05 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook A Series of Unfortunate Events is returning to Netflix with a second season on March 30, the show revealed in the above teaser, which took fans a little bit of sleuthing to find in the first place. The Twitter account for the show tweeted out a poem Monday morning with a few capitalized words smattered throughout, which when put together … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Japan launches super-low-orbit satellite to test ion engines

Tuesday 2 January 15:11:45 UTC 2018

Tsubame will take high-resolution images of Earth and measure oxygen levels and has been designed to orbit at an altitude of just 180 kilometres [Link]

Mashable » That weird-ass milking scene in 'The Last Jedi' was a lot of work, you guys

Tuesday 2 January 15:11:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStar Wars: The Last Jedi polarized audiences so much that we can't even agree on loving or hating the infamous blue milk scene. It turns out director Rian Johnson was heavily invested in the realism of that scene, as elaborated by creature designer Neal Scanlan. SEE ALSO: 'Last Jedi' seriously had THE MOST WTF moment of any Star Wars movie "It … [Link]

Mashable » These robotic arms are actually bartenders

Tuesday 2 January 15:04:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Tipsy Robot in Las Vegas is introducing their latest bartenders—two robotic arms. They're programmed to create your drink precisely and also mimic actions of a bartender. The company claims these robots can make 120 drinks within an hour. But if you're not into robots, there's also a human bar available.  Read more…More about Ces, Robots, Robot, Party, and Alcohol [Link]

Mashable » Someone used Amazon's Same-Day delivery service to help the homeless

Tuesday 2 January 15:04:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYouTuber Rob Bliss decided to use Amazon's Prime Now to deliver goods to the homeless community around New York City. He asked each person what they needed and ordered them. Donations included socks, shoes, sleeping bags, long johns, and other hygienic items. Within hours, the items were delivered. Read more…More about Youtube, Amazon, Service, New York, and New York City [Link]

Mashable » This designer creates giant portraits made out of fabric

Tuesday 2 January 15:02:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBenjamin Shine is a pioneering designer and artist, who developed a technique to "paint with fabric." His work focuses on creating delicate, yet accurate, portraits made out of tulle. Read more…More about Uk, Design, Mashable Video, Sculpture, and Cloth [Link]

Mashable » Why this year in smartphone design has been epic

Tuesday 2 January 15:01:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBoth the hardware and software of popular smartphones got an overhaul in 2017, but advances in cameras and augmented reality features stood out.  Read more…More about Google, Apple, Iphone, Samsung, and Smartphone [Link]

Slashdot » China's WeChat Denies Storing User Chats

Tuesday 2 January 14:40:00 UTC 2018

WeChat, China's most popular messenger app, on Tuesday denied storing users' chat histories, after a top businessman was quoted in media reports as saying he believed Tencent was monitoring everyone's account. From a report: " WeChat does not store any users' chat history. That is only stored in users' mobiles, computers and other terminals," WeChat said in a post on … [Link]

Slashdot » People Are Using PornHub To Stream 'Hamilton' and 'Zootopia'

Tuesday 2 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: There's more on PornHub than pornography. People are using the streaming-video site — a sort of YouTube for pornography where users can upload and watch adult videos — to stream pirated copies of high-profile titles like the Broadway musical Hamilton and Disney's animated movie Zootopia. Where YouTube has been fighting for years to keep … [Link]

Mashable » Creative people build mini-island to dodge NYE alcohol ban

Tuesday 2 January 13:45:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen it comes to New Year's Eve, people are more than happy to get creative if it means their party plans can go unhindered. On Sunday, a photo shared by David Saunders in the Facebook group Tairua ChitChat! began doing the rounds on social media. SEE ALSO: Lin-Manuel Miranda's tender New Year's message made the holiday a little less horrible It … [Link]

Mashable » NBC names Hoda Kotb co-anchor of 'Today,' replacing disgraced Matt Lauer

Tuesday 2 January 13:41:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNBC kicked off 2018 on Tuesday morning by officially naming Hoda Kotb as cohost of the popular Today show alongside Savannah Guthrie, the first time two women have co-anchored NBC's flagship morning show.  Kotb, who has 30 years of experience in television news, replaces Matt Lauer who was fired in November 2017 after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. SEE ALSO: Matt … [Link]

Mashable » People are tweeting their own 'Black Mirror' ideas and some are truly terrifying

Tuesday 2 January 12:41:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf Charlie Brooker starts to run low on ideas for the next Black Mirror season, he shouldn't worry too much — the people of Twitter have his back. SEE ALSO: Karl Pilkington totally predicted 2 'Black Mirror' Season 4 storylines Shortly after Season 4 was unleashed into the world, fans began tweeting out their own ideas for future episodes. These ranged … [Link]

Mashable » Train company responds to woman's complaint about sexist behaviour with, uh, more sexism

Tuesday 2 January 12:03:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up, companies: when a woman makes a complaint about the misogynist behaviour of a male employee, take her seriously.  Sadly, this isn't what happened when a woman complained to a UK train company about the dismissive and patronising conduct of one of their train conductors. Instead, her complaint was met with a snarky and completely tone deaf response.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » LG's new 88-inch, 8K OLED display is absolutely gorgeous

Tuesday 2 January 11:41:53 UTC 2018

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. If you were planning to buy an OLED TV but nothing out there was big enough for you, LG has a treat: The world's first 8K, 88-inch OLED display.  The TV has a 7,680×4,320 pixel resolution … [Link]

Mashable » The 2 tiny 'Black Mirror' Season 4 celebrity cameos you may have missed

Tuesday 2 January 11:37:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWarning: Contains mild spoilers for Black Mirror Season 4, Episode 1. Okay, chances are — assuming you're a Breaking Bad fan — you'll probably have noticed at least one of the celebrity cameos in the "U.S.S. Calllister" episode of Black Mirror Season 4. We'd bet money you didn't spot both, though. SEE ALSO: Karl Pilkington totally predicted 2 'Black Mirror' Season … [Link]

Slashdot » $30 Unlocked Android Smartphones To Launch in India This Month

Tuesday 2 January 11:07:00 UTC 2018

Several Indian smartphone manufacturers including Micromax, Intex and Lava plan to unveil a slew of Android smartphones priced around $30 in the coming weeks, Indian news outlet FactorDaily reported on Tuesday. These handsets would run Android Oreo Go, a lite version of Google's mobile operating system first unveiled last year. The report sheds light on India's smartphone market: With cheap … [Link]

Mashable » Zac Efron tells the strange story of how he made Michael Jackson cry

Tuesday 2 January 10:36:37 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Zac Efron never met Michael Jackson face-to-face, but he does have one pretty random claim to fame: he once made the singer cry over the telephone. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Efron explained that he was put on the phone to Jackson by his then-director Kenny Ortega when they were having dinner. SEE ALSO: 10 … [Link]

Mashable » Edinburgh pub changes its name to 'The J.K. Rowling' for a reason you'll totally love

Tuesday 2 January 10:22:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSome of us would love to raise a glass to the literary legend that is J.K. Rowling. But, lucky drinkers in Edinburgh can do one better now, after The Conan Doyle pub changed its name to The J. K. Rowling.  SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling just tweeted the sweetest reply to a struggling writer The pub's original namesake Sherlock Holmes author Sir … [Link]

Mashable » Karl Pilkington totally predicted 2 'Black Mirror' Season 4 storylines

Tuesday 2 January 9:43:20 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Warning: Contains mild spoilers for Black Mirror Season 4, episode 6. If there's one thing The Ricky Gervais Show and An Idiot Abroad have taught us, it's that Karl Pilkington has some unusual ideas about the world. Turns out they make glorious Black Mirror storylines, though. SEE ALSO: 'Black Mirror' Season 4 isn't f*cking around On Sunday, YouTuber matt published … [Link]

Slashdot » First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

Tuesday 2 January 8:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes, citing a report: The first eclipse of 2018 will be a lunar one that comes at the very end of the month, on Jan. 31. It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon. Such a skywatching event hasn't happened for more than … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube star Logan Paul apologises for video showing an apparent victim of suicide

Tuesday 2 January 6:05:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYouTube star Logan Paul has issued an apology for posting a video containing footage of an apparent victim of suicide, but it might not be enough for some. In the now-removed video, the 22-year-old vlogger visited Japan's Aokigahara forest on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. The forest's name translates to the "Sea of Trees" but is known internationally as the … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Maps No Longer Lets You Post Negative Reviews About Your Crappy Job

Tuesday 2 January 5:40:00 UTC 2018

From a report: Google has updated its Maps policies to ban certain business reviews left by former employees. In a new section of the Google Maps "User Contributed Content Policy," Google now labels reviews "about a current or former employment experience" as a "conflict of interest." Originally, only current employees were barred under the policy. The new rules, quoted below, … [Link]

Mashable » Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby drops dance track and well, it's terrible

Tuesday 2 January 4:53:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookConvicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby spent 13 years in Bali after being found guilty of bringing, oh, 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia. And now, she's dropped a dance single. SEE ALSO: Someone made a bad lip reading Trump Christmas song and it's annoyingly catchy The 40-year-old Queensland local posted the joke song, dubbed "Palm Trees," on Instagram on Monday. … [Link]

Mashable » Clever little otter uses his own face to make a sprinkler for his pool party

Tuesday 2 January 2:45:02 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Otters shouldn't be underestimated. They can chase grown men to cars, make snow sleds of their own bodies, and make DIY sprinklers on a whim — with their adorable little furry faces. A clever little Asian small-clawed otter figured out how to make a home sprinkler system from a pipe pouring into his Wellington Zoo waterhole. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling … [Link]

Slashdot » Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person

Tuesday 2 January 2:30:00 UTC 2018

The New York Times: Older people report higher levels of contentment or well-being than teenagers and young adults. The six elders put faces on this statistic. If they were not always gleeful, they were resilient and not paralysed by the challenges that came their way. All had known loss and survived. None went to a job he did not like, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » ProgrammableWeb's Most Interesting APIs in 2017: Security and Privacy

Tuesday 2 January 1:56:44 UTC 2018

Security continues to be a huge concern for application users, developers, and API providers alike. [Link]

Mashable » 2017 was a safe year for airlines, terrible for passengers

Tuesday 2 January 1:29:07 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook2017: what a year for flying.  Last year, you were less likely to die in an airplane crash, but pretty likely to have a terrible time as a passenger.  SEE ALSO: German pilots have stopped more than 200 flights to deport Afghan refugees 2017 was the safest year on record for commercial air travel, according to a review published by Dutch … [Link]


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