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 » FCC chairman Ajit Pai suspiciously cancels his CES 2018 visit

Wednesday 3 January 23:57:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCES, the tech industry's largest annual trade show, begins next week (Jan. 9-12), but the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will not be attending.  Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES, announced today that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has canceled his appearance one week before the show.  SEE ALSO: Over 100,000 people sign … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Amazon API Gateway Now Features Content Encoding Support for API Responses

Wednesday 3 January 23:57:34 UTC 2018

Amazon has added content encoding support for API responses in its API Gateway product. Content encoding allows clients to call APIs with compressed payloads. Developers can configure their APIs to support content encodings such as deflate, gzip, and identity. Clients can then request that content be compressed before it is sent back in the API response. [Link]

Mashable » It's snowing in the South and people are losing their damn minds

Wednesday 3 January 23:43:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUnless you've been hiding under a rock for fear of nuclear war with North Korea, you may have heard that a winter storm is developing on the East Coast of the United States.  While that storm is shaping up to be a doozy, it's already reaching headlines for bringing some rare chilly weather and frozen precipitation to the South. Yes, folks, … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Most Electric Cars Are Leased, Not Owned

Wednesday 3 January 23:40:00 UTC 2018

Bloomberg's research shows that drivers in the U.S. lease almost 80 percent of battery-powered vehicles and 55 percent of plug-in hybrids. "The lease rate for the country's entire fleet hovers around 30 percent," reports Bloomberg, noting that Tesla does not divulge how many of its vehicles are leased since it sells its cars directly rather than through dealerships. From the … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft just issued a fix for that big Intel processor vulnerability

Wednesday 3 January 23:38:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSo your computer is probably vulnerable to a processor chip bug that could theoretically let JavaScript running in a web browser steal your passwords (among other problems). Both your computer and your smartphone are at risk. It's not good.  Thankfully, however, for anyone with a machine running Windows, you're probably in the clear. That's because on Wednesday, January 3, Microsoft released … [Link]

Mashable » This is how Google Calendar will look from now on — whether you like it or not

Wednesday 3 January 23:20:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn Wednesday, Google announced that the new Google Calendar look will now become the permanent interface — whether you like it or not.  Don't worry — the design is essentially the same as the calendar you've seen for the last few years. Most everyone will be auto-updated on either Jan. 8 (for those that have the Rapid Release update option) or … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Edmunds Retiring Open API Program

Wednesday 3 January 23:16:16 UTC 2018

Edmunds, publisher of new and used automotive pricing guides, recently announced the end of its open API program. All open API keys will be disabled on February 15, 2018. Moving forward, API access to Edmunds' various data sets will be limited to "select strategic partners, service providers, dealers and automotive advertisers." According to the company, Edmunds began notifying affected API … [Link]

Slashdot » Roombas Will Soon Build a Wi-Fi Coverage Map While They Clean

Wednesday 3 January 23:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The feature is arriving later this month on the iRobot app, making it possible for WiFi-enabled Roombas to create a map of indoor signals. The map exists alongside the existing Clean Map feature, letting users toggle between the two, like they would, say, satellite and standard imagery in Google Maps. The maps … [Link]

Mashable » The top three films of the 2017 box office all starred women

Wednesday 3 January 22:52:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFor the third year in a row, a Star Wars movie emerged as the highest-grossing release of the year in the U.S. – which meant that for the third year in a row, the biggest film in the country was one featuring a female protagonist.  But Rey was just the beginning. SEE ALSO: What backlash? 'The Last Jedi' just crossed $1 … [Link]

Mashable » Man repurposed his Christmas cards to use through out the year and began an internet revolution

Wednesday 3 January 22:46:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOne person's trash is another person's way to commemorate any holiday. In thinking of creative ways to save money this year, Twitter user Joe Heenan came up with a few ideas on how to get the maximum use out of his Christmas cards.  Turns out all you need to do is add a few new words, or adjust the ones that … [Link]

Mashable » Netgear releases water-resistant satellite to extend your Wi-Fi network outside

Wednesday 3 January 22:42:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you've ever worried that you're not spending enough time outdoors, you're in luck.  Networking hardware company Netgear has announced the new Orbi Outdoor Satellite, which will allow you to keep watching Netflix in your backyard, barn, garden, terrace, or anywhere else outdoors that you'd like. The mesh-networking device promises to extend the range of your Wi-Fi connection by an additional … [Link]

Slashdot » 2 Years Later, Security Holes Linger In GPS Services Used By Millions of Devices

Wednesday 3 January 22:20:00 UTC 2018

chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: Security researchers say that serious security vulnerabilities linger in GPS software by the China-based firm ThinkRace more than two years after the hole was discovered and reported to the firm, The Security Ledger reports. Data including a GPS enabled device's location, serial number, assigned phone number and model and type of device … [Link]

Mashable » That alien megastructure surrounding a star? Yeah, it's probably just dust

Wednesday 3 January 22:14:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLet’s just call it the alien megastructure that wasn't. More than 100 researchers have released a study showing that the mysterious star KIC 8462852, better known as Tabby's Star, is almost certainly not surrounded by a structure built by a technologically advanced alien civilization.  In reality, the star's odd dimming and brightening quality has a far more natural explanation. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » Spotify Files To Go Public

Wednesday 3 January 22:00:00 UTC 2018

According to Bloomberg, Spotify filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, "in the highest-profile test yet of a technique that lets companies list shares without raising money through a traditional stock offering." From the report: With steady cash from more than 60 million paying subscribers, the world's largest paid music-streaming service doesn't need more funding. Instead of … [Link]

Slashdot » Analysts Expect Tesla To Miss Its First 2018 Model 3 Production Target

Wednesday 3 January 21:40:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a report from U.S. News & World Report: In October, Tesla reported that it produced 220 Model 3 vehicles in the third quarter. CEO Elon Musk had previously said the company would produce more than 1,600 Model 3s by September. Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster isn't the only analyst to doubt Tesla's fourth-quarter Model 3 production. KeyBanc analyst … [Link]

Mashable » Resolved to 'be more mindful' in 2018? You need this meditation app.

Wednesday 3 January 21:37:31 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. Every year, you tell yourself this is going to be the year you finally learn how to deal with your stress. Then life gets in the way and by February, you've forgotten … [Link]

Mashable » The 14 most mind-blowing items from Michael Wolff's tell-all Trump book excerpt

Wednesday 3 January 21:34:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn the third (yes, only the third) day of this fresh new year, quotes taken from Michael Wolff's upcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, began to surface online, sending the internet into a straight-up meltdown. Those lines featured Steve Bannon calling Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians "treasonous." Shortly afterward, Wolff released a giant, damning, scarily revealing … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Walgreens, GraphCMS, appScatter, Docparser

Wednesday 3 January 21:22:23 UTC 2018

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]

Mashable » Get earbuds that last 5 times longer than AirPods for 40% off

Wednesday 3 January 21:01:33 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. There are few things more annoying than your wireless headphones dying right after you leave the house. Most headphones just aren't made for on-the-go music buffs, so they're only built to last … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Responds To Alleged Chip Flaw, Claims Effects Won't Significantly Impact Average Users

Wednesday 3 January 21:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hot Hardware: The tech blogosphere lit up yesterday afternoon after reports of a critical bug in modern Intel processors has the potential to seriously impact systems running Windows, Linux and macOS. The alleged bug is so severe that it cannot be corrected with a microcode update, and instead, OS manufacturers are being forced … [Link]

Mashable » This colorblind man is in tears after being gifted corrective glasses

Wednesday 3 January 20:57:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookChris Williams, who is colorblind, was gifted Enchroma glasses for Christmas by his co-workers and his reaction is priceless. With the glasses retailing at $349, Williams' colleagues pooled their money together to buy him a pair during a Secret Santa gift exchange.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Christmas, Mashable Video, Sunglasses, and Surprise [Link]

Mashable » Learn app development, software engineering, cloud computing, and more with this online course sale

Wednesday 3 January 20:46:32 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. The new year is here, so it’s time for everyone’s favorite pastime: publicly declaring unrealistic resolutions. Losing 100 pounds, cleaning out the basement, writing the great American novel that’s been bouncing around … [Link]

Mashable » A 'bomb cyclone,' explained

Wednesday 3 January 20:28:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe’ve been warning for two days now that a major storm would develop along the East Coast and intensify so rapidly that it could earn a place in the record books. We were the first to call it a "weather bomb" or "bomb cyclone," and now that that term has taken off in the broader media, it's important to understand just … [Link]

Mashable » Spotify's massive $1.6 billion lawsuit reveals how it must adapt if it wants to survive

Wednesday 3 January 20:25:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpotify’s rapid ascendance has a price: A $1.6 billion lawsuit for failing to pay some artists for their songs. The music publisher Wixen, which represents artists like Neil Young, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and Tom Petty, has sued Spotify to the tune of $150,000 per song. Wixen says Spotify failed to get the necessary licenses to play over ten thousand … [Link]

Mashable » Why Are Samsung's Emoji So Screwed Up?

Wednesday 3 January 20:24:57 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Apple, Iphone, Samsung, Emoji, and Mashable Reels [Link]

Mashable » How to whip your dating profile into shape for the new year

Wednesday 3 January 20:21:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHopeful daters, your time has come. As the folks behind dating apps will tell you, the first two months of the year are huge for finding love online.  Dating site Match even has a name for its biggest day of the year: "Dating Sunday." This year they're projecting it will fall on January 7 at 8:55 PM ET, when the company's … [Link]

Mashable » This bitcoin wallet claims to be hack-proof

Wednesday 3 January 20:20:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe HooFoo wallet claims it can keep all your cryptocurrencies safe from hackers. Their secret is the wallet's Bluetooth and its two-factor authentication.  Read more…More about Security, Hackers, Hacking, Money, and Bitcoin [Link]

Mashable » This NYC store is an environmentalist's wonderland

Wednesday 3 January 20:19:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLauren Singer, known for living a zero waste lifestyle in New York City, runs a store called 'Package Free Shop' in Brooklyn. Her popular blog, 'Trash is for Tossers' details how she lives a lifestyle free from sending trash to landfills. She's making the minimal environmental impact she can, and you can too by replacing everyday disposable products with reusable ones … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why Mitch McConnell's team tweeted out that very creepy GIF

Wednesday 3 January 20:05:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHappy 2018, things are already shaping up to be one of the weirdest years on record.  Twitter is a convenient way for top officials like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to keep in touch with their constituents and the American public. Usually these tweets (with the exception of Donald Trump) are relatively tame. Sometimes, they drive home points, or start battles … [Link]

Mashable » Screw your terms of service

Wednesday 3 January 20:04:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s incredible that it has come to this, but the world may now be in Jack Dorsey's hands.  That is not hyperbole. President Donald Trump is using Twitter to lob threats of nuclear war at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Those within Trump's own orbit reportedly worry about the start of an accidental war. Twitter's role here is undeniable. The … [Link]

Slashdot » Dating Website eHarmony's Ad Banned For Claiming Service Is 'Scientifically Proven'

Wednesday 3 January 20:02:00 UTC 2018

A dating website's claim that it used a "scientifically proven matching system" to pair up those looking for love, has been banned. From a report: An advert for eHarmony on the London Underground in July read: "It's time science had a go at love." The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) called the claim "misleading." The online matchmaker said while it "respectfully … [Link]

Mashable » Uber's biggest rival just got bigger

Wednesday 3 January 19:53:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUber’s new year isn't off to a great start. One of the company's biggest competitors, China's Didi Chuxing, is buying another ride-hailing company from Brazil, 99. The deal is set to make Didi even bigger and pits its services against Uber in yet another country. That's not something Uber needs as it tries to get back on track after a rough … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon's YouTube Workaround on Fire TV Works Just Fine

Wednesday 3 January 19:22:00 UTC 2018

Last month, a notification that YouTube would no longer be available through Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices starting Jan. 1 popped up, threatening to leave a huge hole in Amazon's streaming lineup. But just last week, Amazon added the ability to surf the web and get to YouTube via a browser. But does it work? GeekWire thinks so: … [Link]

Mashable » Any interest in calling scrunchies 'hair clouds'?

Wednesday 3 January 19:19:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHair scrunchies: the latest trend declared to be "back" despite having never really left. Or perhaps they just never left for me, a person who is devoted to the single blue scrunchie I purchased for $1 at a doomed American Apparel store. It doesn't leave a crease!  Anyway, Women's Wear Daily thinks you'll be seeing a lot more of the puffy … [Link]

Mashable » Former Batman Christian Bale hasn't seen Ben Affleck's Batman yet

Wednesday 3 January 19:15:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBetween Batman v Superman and Justice League, most of us have had plenty of time to process our feelings about Batfleck.  But one person who's yet to make up his mind is the previous Batman, Christian Bale – because he hasn't actually gotten around to seeing those movies yet. SEE ALSO: Christian Bale is almost unrecognizable Bale admitted as much on … [Link]

Mashable » This reported Intel CPU bug is really bad news for everyone

Wednesday 3 January 19:06:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA vulnerability found by security researchers in Intel processors manufactured over the last ten years is poised to wreak havoc on the world of computing. And the fix? Well, it might not be pretty.  According to The Register, who first discovered the bug, the vulnerability allows for unauthorized programs to discern the "layout or contents of protected kernel memory areas."  What … [Link]

Mashable » Would you eat a meal cooked in someone else's mouth?

Wednesday 3 January 18:42:29 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook No? Neither would we, despite knowing, as noted by Gizmodo, that this clip of a woman preparing turkey stuffing with her mouth is likely just performance art. Still, the video's been all over Twitter since Tuesday after a re-cut clip of it racked up 3,300 retweets. The premise is pretty simple: A chicly dressed woman instructs viewers to trade chopping … [Link]

Slashdot » Alcohol Can Cause Irreversible Genetic Damage To Stem Cells, Says Study

Wednesday 3 January 18:41:00 UTC 2018

A new study, published on Wednesday, states that drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing. From a report: The research, using genetically modified mice, provides the most compelling evidence to date that alcohol causes cancer by scrambling the DNA … [Link]

Mashable » 'Rick and Morty' showrunner apologizes to female writer in raw Twitter exchange

Wednesday 3 January 18:26:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWithout getting too specific, Rick and Morty show runner Dan Harmon has apologized to writer Megan Ganz on Twitter for what both imply was repeated inappropriate behavior while they worked together. It began with the following tweet, to which Ganz responded "Care to elaborate? Redemption follows allocution." This was truly the Year of the Asshole. Myself included. We don’t have to … [Link]

Mashable » Meryl Streep on #MeToo: 'I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump'

Wednesday 3 January 18:20:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWomen from Hollywood to Washington are working to end sexual harassment in the workplace with movements like #MeToo and Time's Up. And now, Meryl Streep is calling on Melania Trump to speak out. That's right, Melania — Meryl is lookin' at you. In a new interview, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, both stars of The Post, spoke with The New York … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Can listening to a low hum destroy Alzheimer’s brain plaques?

Wednesday 3 January 18:06:51 UTC 2018

Flickering light, low sounds and vibrating pads are all being tried out in people with Alzheimer’s after promising research in mice [Link]

Slashdot » Price Tag On Gene Therapy For Rare Form of Blindness: $850K

Wednesday 3 January 18:02:00 UTC 2018

A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but still among the most expensive medicines in the world. Several readers have shared an Associated Press report: Spark Therapeutics said Wednesday it decided on the lower price for Luxturna (Lux-turn-a) after hearing concerns from health insurers about their … [Link]

Mashable » I can't get enough of this weird trend where people make music out of other people talking

Wednesday 3 January 17:55:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI don't even know what this thing is called, but I love it. For the past few years, I've noticed a growing trend of YouTube videos where extremely talented musicians take clips of people speaking, find the notes, and then record a rendition with their instruments.  I've searched far and wide for what exactly this might be called in musician circles … [Link]

Mashable » The top Wikipedia searches of 2017 are windows into our nightmares

Wednesday 3 January 17:50:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhile 2017 may be in our rearview mirror calendar-wise, it's still got its claws in us, as evidenced by Wikipedia's newly released list of the top 50 searches of last year, which offers a few peeks into the darkness of our lives in the 21st Century. SEE ALSO: Trump is on pace to lie 8,000 times by the end of his … [Link]

Mashable » New video shows SpaceX's powerful Falcon Heavy rocket waiting for its big launch debut

Wednesday 3 January 17:49:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpaceX is about to have a very big moment. The Elon Musk-founded company is all set to stage the first true test of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the huge new launcher expected to loft SpaceX's dreams of a future filled with rockets to new heights. SEE ALSO: SpaceX's 20th successful rocket landing was just as amazing as its 1st A new … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to use InDesign to make your own magazine for less than $15

Wednesday 3 January 17:47:49 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. Graphic design and layout is a popular field these days. Learning how to come up with a pleasing and useful aesthetic for magazines or advertisements can open doors to several career opportunities. … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Blood test spots ovarian cancer years before it is usually found

Wednesday 3 January 17:46:00 UTC 2018

A blood test that detects ovarian cancer up to two years earlier than is presently the case could help reduce the deadliness of the disease [Link]

Mashable » Firefly is an iPhone case that promises to improve your cellular data or Wi-Fi connection

Wednesday 3 January 17:37:28 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. Hey, iPhone users: It's 2018, Season 4 of Black Mirror just dropped, and Vine is making a comeback. What does this mean? That you don't have the time to wait around for … [Link]

Mashable » Bannon called that Trump Jr. meeting 'treasonous' and the internet is losing it

Wednesday 3 January 17:33:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUPDATE: Jan. 3, 2018, 1:30 p.m. EST Updated to include Donald Trump's statement on Steve Bannon's comments. Donald Trump's former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is making some serious political waves after reportedly calling Donald Trump Jr.'s infamous Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." In an excerpt from Michael Wolff's book, Fire and Fury: Inside the … [Link]

Mashable » This sleeping mask could save your relationship

Wednesday 3 January 17:31:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Snore Circle Eye Mask is a sleeping mask that claims to reduce snoring. Snoring usually occurs when your throat muscles loosen up while asleep. It works by triggering a reaction in your brain that tightens your throat muscles and opens up the airway for smoother breathing.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Gadgets, Iphone, Kickstarter, and App [Link]

Mashable » Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains what 'shoot for the moon' actually means

Wednesday 3 January 17:30:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStarTalk Radio Host Neil deGrasse Tyson knows a thing or two about the cosmos. He explains what 'shoot for the moon' really means and offers a more accurate alternative.  Check out more of StarTalk Radio's podcasts here. StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.  StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by Astrophysicist … [Link]

Slashdot » Windows 10's Edge vs Chrome: We're Faster and Win in Battery Face-off, Says Microsoft

Wednesday 3 January 17:20:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft has kicked off 2018 with two new ads promoting Windows 10 Edge's battery efficiency and speed compared with Google Chrome. From a report: Microsoft published the two new ads on New Year's Eve, pitting Edge against Chrome, the world's most popular browser. "Microsoft Edge is up to 48 percent faster than Google Chrome," Microsoft says in one of the … [Link]

Mashable » Eric Trump, the smarter one, tweets that Ellen DeGeneres is part of the #DeepState

Wednesday 3 January 17:14:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Deep State apparently now includes such malicious actors as James Comey and a daytime television talk show host who loves cats. That's according to top National Security Expert, Eric Trump, Donald Trump's second oldest sonIn a tweet Tuesday night, Eric implied that not only were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were part of this mysterious deep state, but so too … [Link]

Mashable » Historic snowfall in the Southeast threatens to shut down multiple cities for days

Wednesday 3 January 17:02:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookParts of the Southeastern United States woke up to a most unusual sight on Wednesday morning: Snow and ice. The icy onslaught came from the incipient stages of a rapidly intensifying storm that threatens to set off a "meteorological bomb" as it creeps north through Wednesday night, but it's already making history in the South. Regions of the U.S. that aren't … [Link]

Mashable » This cat litter box is just like a washing machine

Wednesday 3 January 17:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Litter-Robot’ is an automated litter globe that separates clean litter from clumps and drops the poop onto a carbon-filtered tray below. The company claims emptying the tray once every 7-10 days for one cat. Read more…More about Animals, Cats, Mashable Video, Pets, and Robot [Link]

Mashable » 'Bright', Will Smith's poorly reviewed orc cop fantasy drama for Netflix, is getting a sequel

Wednesday 3 January 16:54:12 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Netflix's policy of renewing practically everything apparently applies to its movies, too. The streaming service has just announced a sequel to Bright, their fantasy feature starring Will Smith as a human cop and Joel Edgerton as his orc partner.  SEE ALSO: Chance the Rapper has some thoughts about 'Bright,' Will Smith's new Netflix film The follow-up will reunite much of … [Link]

Mashable » LG will likely make OLED panels for new 'iPhone X Plus'

Wednesday 3 January 16:51:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLG Display will likely help Apple create its upcoming phone, rumored to be called the "iPhone X Plus." The Korean manufacturer is expected to supply Apple with OLED panels for the upcoming 6.5-inch iPhone model, reports Financial Times (via MacRumors).  The company currently manufactures LCD panels for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but does not supply the OLED panels … [Link]

Mashable » The kids are all right in Freeform's 'Grown-ish' premiere

Wednesday 3 January 16:51:34 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook If Black-ish's Andre Johnson had to choose which of his children got a spinoff show, it would be Zoey, by a mileGrown-ish sees Zoey (Yara Shahidi) leave the nest for exciting collegiate adventures, which turn out to be nothing like what she imagined. In its debut, Grown-ish sets itself up to be Black-ish lite; it isn't targeting the same audience, … [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla Will Delete Firefox Crash Reports Collected by Accident

Wednesday 3 January 16:40:00 UTC 2018

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mozilla said last week it would delete all telemetry data collected because of a bug in the Firefox crash reporter. According to Mozilla engineers, Firefox has been collecting information on crashed background tabs from users' browsers since Firefox 52, released in March 2017. Firefox versions released in that time span did not respect user-set privacy … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon wants to suggest pants that effectively hide your thunder

Wednesday 3 January 16:35:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGetting dressed for a special occasion can be a major pain: Does my shirt go with these bottoms? Can I match a checkered pattern with stripes? Should I wear black shoes or brown shoes? Soon, we won't have to worry about fashion faux pas anymore. Amazon today was awarded a patent today that uses a system of cameras, projectors, and mirrors … [Link]

Mashable » And now, a nice chat featuring Chrissy Teigen, Chelsea Clinton, the Church of Satan, and Hooters

Wednesday 3 January 16:34:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwitter: an abusive cesspool that occasionally still brings people and chicken restaurants famous for objectifying women together.  In this case, it has united the mentions of Chrissy Teigen, Chelsea Clinton, and Hooters. Oh, also, the Church of Satan. It all began last Saturday, when Teigen slammed a Twitter conspiracy theorist who implied she was part of some kind of Hollywood pedophilia … [Link]

Mashable » Save $130 on this waterproof, touchscreen action camera

Wednesday 3 January 16:30:20 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. Admit it: Your Instagram stories could be better. Instead of using your smartphone, try capturing your life using the EX7000 4K Action Camera instead. It's 65% off for a limited time and … [Link]

Mashable » This man apologizing to a stingray after Steve Irwin's death is a touching story of forgiveness

Wednesday 3 January 16:15:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMay this story teach us all a lesson about forgiveness. A year ago, Twitter user GavBurl, struggling with the loss of Steve Irwin, threatened to punch a stingray floating in an aquarium touch pool to defend Irwin's honor. Over a year ago, I threatened you out of anger over the death of a lost one. A death that you were not … [Link]

Mashable » 'Bomb cyclone' to pummel East Coast, followed by a polar vortex-related cold snap

Wednesday 3 January 16:08:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA remarkable storm system is now taking shape along the East Coast, threatening the major cities of the Northeast with near blizzard conditions and full-on polar vortex-related cold, while bringing historic snows to the Southeast.  The blizzard is the result of three distinct disturbances in the atmosphere as well as the intense contrast between the Arctic air mass in place across … [Link]

Mashable » Fan who once wrote to Dave Chappelle says his transgender material is 'hateful'

Wednesday 3 January 16:08:04 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook On Dec. 31, Netflix released Dave Chappelle's latest comedy specials, Equanimity and The Bird Revelation. The former contains an anecdote about a fan who sent Chappelle a letter about his heavily-criticized jokes about transgender people, and it leads into more jokes in the same vein. Tyler Foster published an essay on Medium claiming that he is likely the fan whose … [Link]

Mashable » Taco Bell is launching Nacho Fries because the world needs more fries

Wednesday 3 January 16:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTaco Bell is officially entering the great fry race with its own twist on the classic deep-fried potato.  Starting Jan. 25, the Bell is rolling out Nacho Fries nationwide, which will be served with "bold Mexican seasoning" and a side of warm nacho cheese. So, they're cheese fries — you really can't go wrong. SEE ALSO: Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant … [Link]

Slashdot » The 'App' You Can't Trash: How SIP is Broken in Apple's High Sierra OS

Wednesday 3 January 16:00:00 UTC 2018

A reader shares a blog post that talks about why Mac running High Sierra 10.13.2 (and other versions near it) refuses to let users uninstall some third-party applications easily. For instance, when users attempt to uninstall BlueStacks, an Android emulator, the Finder shows this warning: "The operation can't be completed because you don't have the necessary permission." The blog post … [Link]

Mashable » The weird, horrific 'Slender Man' meme is being adapted into a terrifying new movie

Wednesday 3 January 15:51:15 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Since the name Slender Man first appeared on the internet just a handful of years ago, the gangly figure has flourished into a full-blown urban myth, inspiring a handful of stories, video games, and was allegedly was the motive between a 2014 attack by two 12-year-old girls who stabbed their friend. Now the myth of Slender Man is being adapted … [Link]

Mashable » Save $30 on this fitness tracker and make your New Year's resolution stick

Wednesday 3 January 15:40:33 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. Each year, one of the most common New Year's resolutions for Americans is to get in shape. If you've resolved to take fitness seriously in 2018, then a fitness tracker could help … [Link]

Mashable » Protestors project '@jack is complicit' on Twitter HQ in response to Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet

Wednesday 3 January 15:33:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwitter users are pissed at Jack Dorsey and they're not afraid to @ him, both on and off the platform. To protest the site's refusal to suspend Donald Trump's account following a tweet about his nuclear button, a group called Resistance SF projected a message on Tuesday evening to Twitter creator Jack on the company's San Fransisco headquarters: "@jack is #complicit."  … [Link]

Slashdot » Norway Powers Ahead (Electrically): Over Half New Car Sales Now Electric or Hybrid

Wednesday 3 January 15:22:00 UTC 2018

Sales of electric and hybrid cars rose above half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by generous subsidies that extended the country's lead in shifting from fossil-fuel engines, data showed on Wednesday. From a report: Pure electric cars and hybrids, which have both battery power and a diesel or petrol motor, accounted for 52 percent of … [Link]

Mashable » Happy 9th birthday, Bitcoin!

Wednesday 3 January 15:21:37 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. Exactly nine years ago, on Jan. 3, 2009, the first block in Bitcoin's blockchain was mined.  Called the genesis block, this block contains 50 bitcoins and was likely mined by Bitcoin's elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.  SEE … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Californians can now buy marijuana for recreational use

Wednesday 3 January 14:48:47 UTC 2018

It already has a booming marijuana industry, and on 1 January, California became the sixth US state to make marijuana legally available for recreational use [Link]

Slashdot » Linux Mint 19 Named 'Tara'

Wednesday 3 January 14:40:00 UTC 2018

BrianFagioli writes: Today, we get some information about the upcoming version 19 of Mint. The biggest news is that it will be called 'Tara.' If you aren't aware, Mint's distros are always named after a woman. Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint leader, shares the following information: "The development cycle only just started so it's a bit early to give details about … [Link]

Slashdot » NSA's Top Talent is Leaving Because of Low Pay, Slumping Morale and Unpopular Reorganization

Wednesday 3 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Ellen Nakashima and Aaron Gregg, reporting for the Washington Post: The National Security Agency is losing its top talent at a worrisome rate as highly skilled personnel, some disillusioned with the spy service's leadership and an unpopular reorganization, take higher-paying, more flexible jobs in the private sector (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source). Since 2015, the NSA … [Link]

Mashable » Heartbreaking video of little boy singing in memory of his sister goes viral

Wednesday 3 January 13:54:52 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA video of a little boy singing a song in memory of his sister has gone viral on Twitter. SEE ALSO: Paramedics take terminally ill patient to the beach for one last time Samir Deais from San Antonio, Texas, shared a short clip of his 4-year-old son singing in front of an alter on New Year's Eve. My son singing "Remember … [Link]

Slashdot » The FCC Is Still Tweaking Its Net Neutrality Repeal

Wednesday 3 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: You may think, from the pomp accompanying the FCC's vote in December to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, that the deed was accomplished. Not so — in fact, the order hasn't even reached its final form: the Commission is still working on it. But while it may be frustrating, this is … [Link]

Mashable » This video of a corgi doing a 'trust fall' may be the key to happiness

Wednesday 3 January 12:22:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere’s only one surefire way to get your 2018 off to the start it deserves, and that's repeated viewings of a small corgi falling backwards into her owner's lap. SEE ALSO: A dog playing in snow for the first time is exactly what you need to watch today Introducing Instagram star Arya the Corgi. In the following clip (which needs to … [Link]

Mashable » Yes, glitter's fun. But, it could land you in the emergency room.

Wednesday 3 January 12:01:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGlitter is literally everywhere right now. It's on our Instagram feeds, in our holiday parcels, and it's even all over our faces and bodies.  But, one woman's run-in with a clump of glitter from a Christmas card landed her in the emergency room with a lesion in her cornea.  SEE ALSO: Women pose naked, covered in glitter for body positive Instagram … [Link]

Mashable » Mini drives through crashing waves from Storm Eleanor and do not try this at home

Wednesday 3 January 11:43:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe phrase "don't try this at home" has never been more relevant than when applied to the video below. SEE ALSO: Neil deGrasse Tyson explains what 'a perfect storm' actually means On Tuesday, Ireland was hit by Storm Eleanor. The BBC reported widespread flooding, winds of up to 100mph, and — unsurprisingly — all sorts of travel disruption. Some road-users were … [Link]

Mashable » Dating site ad banned for claiming that its algorithms work better than fate

Wednesday 3 January 11:14:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDating’s a numbers game. But, one dating site's assertion that it applies a "scientifically-proven matching system" has resulted in the banning of an ad on the London Underground for making misleading claims.  SEE ALSO: The chilling reason everyone's sharing that 'New Yorker' story about dating Per the Advertising Standards Authority's (ASA) ruling, a billboard ad for dating website eHarmony featured the … [Link]

Mashable » 13 tweets about 'Black Mirror' that will make you laugh despite the fear

Wednesday 3 January 10:56:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHumanity may be irreparably doomed, but at least we have a sense of humour about it. SEE ALSO: The 2 tiny 'Black Mirror' Season 4 celebrity cameos you may have missed Last week, Black Mirror Season 4 infiltrated our screens with its usual mix of techno-terror and sweet, nihilistic misery. A bunch of people got excited, a bunch of people discussed … [Link]

Mashable » The iMac Pro has vastly improved cooling, teardown reveals

Wednesday 3 January 10:21:38 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. Apple’s iMac Pro is the most powerful desktop computer Apple has ever created — well, at least until the launch of the all-new Mac Pro later this year. And even though it looks like any other … [Link]

Mashable » Man jumps from emergency exit on airplane, stands on wing

Wednesday 3 January 10:06:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA passenger on a Ryanair plane was arrested after he opened the emergency exit and climbed onto the wing of the aircraft. SEE ALSO: Some jerk just diverted a flight by naming his hotspot 'bomb on board' A Ryanair spokesperson confirmed the "security breach" occurred after landing at Malaga airport, Spain, on Jan. 1.   "Malaga airport police immediately arrested the … [Link]

Slashdot » Kinect Is Really Dead Now, Basically

Wednesday 3 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft has confirmed that it is no longer producing the Kinect adapter that is needed to connect the Kinect to an Xbox One S, Xbox One X, or other Windows device. This comes after Microsoft announced in October 2017 that it was killing off the Xbox One's Kinect camera. GameSpot reports: "After careful consideration, we decided to stop manufacturing the … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert totally rips apart that creepy new Donald Trump robot

Wednesday 3 January 9:44:02 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook If you were unfortunate enough to set eyes on Disney's new Donald Trump robot on Tuesday, the nightmarish image is almost certainly still lodged in your head. SEE ALSO: Someone shaved Donald Trump into the back of their head and it's frightening AF And while a lot of people thought the robot looked like Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert had a … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Can Now Blame Individual Natural Disasters On Climate Change

Wednesday 3 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

In 2003, the predominant view in the scientific community was that there was no way to determine the exact influence of climate change on any individual event. "There are just too many other factors affecting the weather, including all sorts of natural climate variations," reports Scientific American. But Myles Allen, a climate expert at the University of Oxford, believes scientists … [Link]

Mashable » Pete Souza throws shade at Trump for 'nuclear button' tweet

Wednesday 3 January 6:10:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPete Souza is back with more Instaburns for Donald Trump, after the latest scary-beyond-all-reason tweet from the president. The former Chief Official White House Photographer during the Obama administration, Souza has posted two images on Instagram in response to President Trump's boast on Twitter that his "nuclear button" was bigger than the one apparently on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's desk. … [Link]

Mashable » Is 2018 over yet?

Wednesday 3 January 4:55:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWelp, it was a long 2018, but we finally got through it.  What's that you say? It's only been two days? And Trump's already used Twitter to rant about the Deep State, claim credit for the lack of airplane crashes, inflame tensions in the Middle East, threaten North Korea with nuclear war, and tease an upcoming attack on the freedom of … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter says Trump's nuclear button tweet doesn't violate its rules against abusive behavior

Wednesday 3 January 3:37:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe president of the United States possibly made another threat of nuclear war on Twitter, but the company doesn't seem to think the post breaks any of its rules. Donald Trump boasted on Twitter about how his nuclear button was bigger than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's, and people are calling (again) for the president to be banned from the … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Get Closer To Replicating Human Sperm

Wednesday 3 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

Rachel England reports via Engadget: Scientists have taken an important step forward in recreating the way the human body makes sperm, which could one day mean creating artificial sperm and eggs for infertility treatment. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge's Gurdon Institute, are thought to be the first team to have reached the "halfway point" — a significant milestone … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's latest acquisition is a huge bummer for Android developers

Wednesday 3 January 2:09:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple snapped up another startup and it could have big implications for Android developers. The company announced it acquired Buddybuild, a Canadian startup that makes tools for app developers. But those tools will soon be limited to only Apple developers as the company plans to shut down its Android support in the coming weeks. SEE ALSO: Apple is planning universal iOS … [Link]

Mashable » Beyoncé makes triumphant return as Coachella headliner

Wednesday 3 January 1:34:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Queen is back on the bill. Beyoncé is returning as a headliner for Coachella 2018, after cancelling last year due to her pregnancy (she was replaced with Lady Gaga). SEE ALSO: Blue Ivy makes her acting debut in the music video for Jay-Z's 'Family Feud' Queen Bey joins fellow headliners The Weeknd and Eminem (could there be a "Walk on … [Link]

Slashdot » Energy Department Permanently Closes Damaged Hanford Nuclear Reservation Tank

Wednesday 3 January 1:25:00 UTC 2018

The Department of Energy has decided to close the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The department says that Tank AY-102 has widespread damage and should not be repaired. The Tri-City Herald reports: DOE was required by Ecology, a regulator for Hanford's tanks storing radioactive and chemical waste, to empty enough waste from the tank to determine the … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump brags his 'nuclear button' is bigger than Kim Jong Un's

Wednesday 3 January 1:22:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe president of the United States of America bragged on Twitter about the size of his nuclear weapons. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed in his annual address on Monday that the country's nuclear capabilities could hit the United States, and that a nuclear button was always on his desk. SEE ALSO: Everyone is sharing this clip to point out … [Link]

Mashable » Mitt Romney changed his location on Twitter, and that's bad news for Donald Trump

Wednesday 3 January 1:03:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNormally, changing the location in your Twitter bio is no big deal.  But this is different. Mitt Romney changed his location from "Massachusetts" to "Holladay, Utah" on the same day that Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced he would retire at the end of the year, according to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur. First screenshot: 3:12 PM EST todaySecond screenshot: 5:45 PM EST … [Link]

Mashable » Amber Tamblyn shares adorable 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' reunion photo

Wednesday 3 January 0:58:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJust over a decade ago, Carmen, Tibby, Bridget, and Lena found a find a seemingly ordinary (but not!) pair of jeans that fit everyone perfectly in the film version of Ann Brashares' novel. Now, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants stars Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn have had a delightful little reunion, celebrating Ferrera's just-announced pregnancy and … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Will Replace Old iPhone Batteries Regardless of Diagnostic Test Results

Wednesday 3 January 0:45:00 UTC 2018

After apologizing to customers for slowing older iPhones down as the batteries degrade, Apple has started offering battery swaps for $29. This has led to some confusion as Apple did not clarify how it qualified batteries as eligible for the discounted replacement, as the Apple Genius Bar uses a diagnostic test to check whether a battery can retain 80 percent … [Link]

Slashdot » Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit

Wednesday 3 January 0:05:00 UTC 2018

The Wixen Music Publishing company, which administers song compositions by Tom Petty, Dan Auerbach, Rivers Cuomo, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, and others, has hit Spotify with a copyright lawsuit seeking $1.6 billion in damages. The publishing company filed the lawsuit on December 29, alleging the streaming giant is using Petty's "Free Fallin" and tens of thousands of other songs without … [Link]


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