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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.

Slashdot » UK Backs Off From Banning Reidentification Research

Tuesday 9 January 23:40:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: The United Kingdom has recently debated banning reidentification in its new data privacy law. This proposal has quickly been identified as dangerous and criticized, as it was argued this is not only ineffective but would also put at risk legitimate security and privacy researchers. Following public outcry, the UK government amended the bill to include safe-guards … [Link]

Mashable » Bannon is gone at Breitbart, and the internet says good riddance

Tuesday 9 January 23:26:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSteve Bannon is out at Breitbart and the internet is reacting the only way it knows how: with sarcasm and memes. On Tuesday, Breitbart announced that Steve Bannon would step down as executive chairman. The severing of ties comes in the wake of the publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff's controversial Trump tell-all, in which … [Link]

Mashable » E! boss defends Catt Sadler's wage gap and gets immediately called out

Tuesday 9 January 23:15:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookToday in Making Excuses for Sexism, NBCU Lifestyle Network president, Frances Berwick, cited everything from "misinformation" to the role of "expertise" as reasons for why E! was paying female host Catt Sadler nearly half as much as her male counterpart, Jason Kennedy. Sadler left her long-standing position at E! late last month after becoming aware of the enormous pay gap and … [Link]

Slashdot » Kodak Announces Its Own Cryptocurrency, Watches Stock Price Skyrocket

Tuesday 9 January 23:00:00 UTC 2018

Kodak has joined the cryptocurrency craze by launching its own KodakCoin, a cryptocurrency for photographers. As soon as the news was announced, Kodak's stock (KODK) jumped more than 60 percent. The Verge reports: KodakCoins will work as tokens inside the new blockchain-powered KodakOne rights management platform. The platform will supposedly create a digital ledger of rights ownership that photographers can … [Link]

Mashable » Kodak announces its own cryptocurrency and sees shares rocket

Tuesday 9 January 22:51:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKodak just became the latest company to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon. Like recent random businesses that have embraced blockchain technology, such as Rich Cigars and Long Island Iced Tea, it's seen its stock rocket. The photography company, which went bankrupt a few years back after dragging its heels amid the digital revolution, announced KODAKCoin and an accompanying KODAKOne platform Tuesday: … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube tweets 'open letter' about Logan Paul's suicide video

Tuesday 9 January 22:51:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn a series of tweets on Tuesday, YouTube condemned the disturbing suicide video shared by Logan Paul.  The YouTube star, who currently has more than 15 million subscribers, shared a video on New Year's Day of a dead body he found in Japan's Aokigahara forest, known for the suicides that take place there. SEE ALSO: Logan Paul isn't the only problem. … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Aria Solutions Announces API-Based Softphone Solution

Tuesday 9 January 22:49:56 UTC 2018

Aria Solutions, contact center and customer engagement solutions provider, announced an API-based softphone (the Velocity Softphone) that integrates Salesforce.com workflows into Cisco telephony systems. [Link]

Mashable » Mesh networks: An alternative way to connect to the internet gains steam

Tuesday 9 January 22:30:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe repeal of Obama-era net neutrality laws has folks looking for ways to connect to the internet other than relying on the nation's powerful service providers.  One of these options is "mesh networks."  Mesh networks already exist, but in different forms. Here, we'll shed light on the two types of mesh networks, a connectivity option that is little-used in most home … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Planning New, 'Robust' Parental Controls To Help Protect Children, Teens

Tuesday 9 January 22:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An open letter to Apple from some investors sparked the tech giant to respond by promising new software tools for parents to restrict and monitor their kids' smartphone use. In a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple states it has plans to create new software features that will make its … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Boondocks' predicted a 2020 Oprah presidency way back in 2006

Tuesday 9 January 22:08:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Boondocks was ahead of its time in many ways. One of which seems to be in predicting an Oprah Winfrey presidency. If you missed the cartoon — which ran for four seasons on mid-2000s Adult Swim and was based off of a comic of the same name — you missed a gem of societal commentary. You also missed some true … [Link]

Mashable » The rest of the NFL playoffs will stream on Yahoo's sports app

Tuesday 9 January 22:01:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you're an NFL fan planning on being out and about this coming weekend or maybe just stuck in a situation where you can't get to a television, there's good news: Yahoo will stream all four playoff games of the NFL's Divisional Round. SEE ALSO: Elated Buffalo Bills fans shower another team's quarterback with donations Tim Armstrong, CEO of Yahoo parent … [Link]

Slashdot » James Dolan, Co-Creator of SecureDrop, Dead At 36

Tuesday 9 January 21:40:00 UTC 2018

The Freedom of the Press Foundation is reporting that James Dolan, former Marine and co-creator of the whistleblower submission system SecureDrop alongside Aaron Swartz and Wired editor Kevin Poulsen, has died at age 36. He reportedly took his own life. Gizmodo reports: First deployed as StrongBox with The New Yorker, organizations such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, … [Link]

Mashable » Solar-charging backpacks let you power up while on the go and these are some of our favorites

Tuesday 9 January 21:35:38 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. Never get caught on Low Power Mode again.  As we use our phones practically every second of the day, battery life is draining faster than ever. Portable chargers are great, but those … [Link]

Mashable » Someone just asked Prince Harry if he could DJ the royal wedding in such a smooth way

Tuesday 9 January 21:33:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMeghan Markle and Prince Harry made a royal appearance at Reprezent Radio on Tuesday to learn a bit more about the youth-focused creative programs at the station, but during their visit, they might have inadvertently also checked something off their wedding planning list.  Jevanni Letford, a DJ and presenter from the station, seized the opportunity to hand his business card to … [Link]

Mashable » Bad man Steve Bannon steps down from bad website 'Breitbart'

Tuesday 9 January 21:28:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAt least we'll always have American carnage. Steven Bannon's tipsy fall from grace continued gaining terminal velocity Tuesday afternoon as Breitbart announced that President Trump's former chief strategist would step down as the executive chairman of the alt-right rag. Things have been going from bad to worse for the former Goldman Sachs middle-level executive over the past couple weeks and much … [Link]

Mashable » Fisker's luxury electric car might be a Tesla killer

Tuesday 9 January 21:28:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFisker Inc. is hoping to ship its new EMotion model in 2020 which will feature super fast charging and a Level 4 autonomous driving system. Read more…More about Technology, Ces, Cars, Transportation, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » Millie Bobby Brown is going to be a big-screen detective next, yes please

Tuesday 9 January 21:25:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is going to be starring in and producing a new series of films based on the Enola Holmes Mysteries novels, Deadline reported Tuesday.  Brown made a deal with Legendary Entertainment to be a major part of the feature film adaptations of Nancy Springer's novel series, which follows the detective adventures of Enola Holmes, the 14-year-old … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix is coming to the Razer Phone—in HDR

Tuesday 9 January 21:08:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you were looking for another way to watch Netflix, today's your lucky day.  Razer announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Netflix to allow owners of its flagship smartphone, the Razer Phone, to stream their favorite TV shows in HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1.  The Razer Phone will be the first smartphone to support premium audio and video formats … [Link]

Mashable » Ikea wants women to pee on its new ad for a crib

Tuesday 9 January 21:06:58 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. In a promotion seemingly straight out of a Nathan For You episode, Ikea just launched a new ad campaign that's genius, hilarious, and also wonderfully gross. SEE ALSO: The Ikea tote bag has now been reimagined … [Link]

Mashable » Diversity in the video game industry is (surprise) not good

Tuesday 9 January 21:01:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe video game industry continues to be overwhelmingly white, male, and straight, a new study from the International Game Developers Association shows. SEE ALSO: Game Developer Diversity Is Needed to Further Industry Boom In a survey published Monday, the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) surveyed 963 people working in the games industry and data from respondents found that when it comes … [Link]

Slashdot » A Crypto Website Changes Its Data, and $100 Billion in Market Value Vanishes

Tuesday 9 January 20:55:00 UTC 2018

Paul Vigna, writing for WSJ: Prices for some of the most popular cryptocurrencies dropped sharply Monday. One apparent reason: an adjustment from a popular website on its digital-currency price quotes (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source). A website called coinmarketcap.com on Monday removed data from some South Korean exchanges from its price quotes for a range of … [Link]

Mashable » Save an extra $50 on already discounted Dell computers, or get a Dell gift card with an HDTV purchase

Tuesday 9 January 20:50:52 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 the bomb cyclone that rocked the East Coast last week showed you just how unprepared you are for cold temperatures, it may be time to stock up on some winter essentials. … [Link]

Mashable » Ashley Graham shares her own heartbreaking #MeToo moment

Tuesday 9 January 20:48:53 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Model Ashley Graham spoke to the women of The View on Tuesday about being sexually harassed on a photoshoot set when she was 17. An unnamed assistant on the shoot pushed her into a closet and exposed himself, she said.  "He said, ‘Look at what you did to me all day long, now touch it,'” Graham recalled. SEE ALSO: Bella … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook to reportedly release an Echo Show competitor with facial recognition

Tuesday 9 January 20:43:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook wants you to video chat on its platform, so it’s taking on Amazon, Google, and Apple with hardware of its own.  The company will release Portal later this year, Cheddar learned in an exclusive report. It will be something like Amazon's Echo Show, a voice-controlled smart speaker with a screen. Reports about the video chat device came out last year, … [Link]

Mashable » The best tech of CES 2018

Tuesday 9 January 20:30:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe new year may start on Jan. 1, but for the tech world it doesn't really begin until CES, the world's largest consumer electronics show, opens its doors in Las Vegas and gives us a grand look at the future.With over 4,000 companies exhibiting at CES this year, there was no shortage of shiny new gadgets to play with and see. … [Link]

Slashdot » Dell's Mobile Connect Application Will Allow Users To Easily Mirror Their Smartphone on PC; To Come Pre-installed On Company's Future PCs

Tuesday 9 January 20:10:00 UTC 2018

From a report on VentureBeat: Smartphones and computers were designed in different eras, and they don't really work well together, forcing us to split our time between them. But Dell is trying to change that with Dell Mobile Connect software, which makes the two devices more interoperable. […] You can now make and receive phone calls directly from your computer, … [Link]

Mashable » Katie Nolan is what ESPN needs in the digital age

Tuesday 9 January 19:58:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKatie Nolan works for ESPN, but her Saturday work shift wasn't a typical made-for-TV broadcast. For one, she was seated in an armchair, legs curled up underneath her, and was dressed in a flannel and jeans.  SEE ALSO: How Shea Serrano went from schoolteacher to leader of a Twitter army “Don’t quote me on this, but look it up. You’re at … [Link]

Mashable » It's finally raining in Southern California, but there's a big problem

Tuesday 9 January 19:55:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUpdated Jan. 9 4:40 p.m PT to reflect new death toll. The rains have finally come to Southern California after months of bone dry weather and multiple wildfires, but they're not helping the previously parched state. In fact, the deluge has created treacherous conditions in several regions, sparking evacuation orders in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties and leaving at … [Link]

Mashable » Meghan Markle deletes her social media accounts so you can't internet stalk her anymore

Tuesday 9 January 19:51:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you thought your chance to stalk a royal online was here, sorry.  Meghan Markle, who is set to wed Prince Harry in May, has shut down all her social media accounts — and simultaneously shut down all our hopes and dreams of getting a behind-the-scenes look at every meal and outing.   SEE ALSO: Watch 11-year-old Meghan Markle protesting a … [Link]

Mashable » Make your home safer using this 360-degree HD security camera

Tuesday 9 January 19:44:35 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. With the increasing amount of people making home security a top priority, it comes as no surprise that there are also many camera systems available today boasting multiple protective features. But then … [Link]

Mashable » Google fires another shot at Amazon with four new 'smart displays'

Tuesday 9 January 19:33:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGoogle declared war against Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, at CES 2018, and the search giant just fired another shot in the direction of the world's biggest online retailer. Google announced in Las Vegas that it will be taking on Amazon with four new products that use the Google Assistant and — crucially — include a screen. Dubbed "smart displays," the new … [Link]

Mashable » Your bathroom could soon be a 'smart bathroom' thanks to Kohler

Tuesday 9 January 19:30:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSmart homes are all the rage these days, but what about smart bathrooms?  Kohler is trying to make them the next big thing. The kitchen and bath product company has announced a number of smart bathroom products at CES 2018.  SEE ALSO: The U.S. Could Be on the Cusp of a Smart Toilet Revolution You can set up and control all … [Link]

Slashdot » 'The Web is Not Google, and Should Not be Just Google': Developers Express Concerns About AMP

Tuesday 9 January 19:25:00 UTC 2018

A group of prominent developers published an open-letter on Tuesday, outlining their deep concerns about Accelerated Mobile Pages, a project by Google that aims to improve user experience of the Web. Google services already dominate the Web, and the scale at which AMP is growing, it could further reinforce Google's dominance of the Web, developers wrote. The letter acknowledges that … [Link]

Mashable » Google's Daydream VR breaks free of the smartphone with new standalone headset

Tuesday 9 January 19:15:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMobile virtual reality isn't just about smartphones anymore. Today, Lenovo unveiled the Mirage Solo, the first standalone virtual reality headset for Google Daydream platform. SEE ALSO: Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018 The headset marks a major milestone for Google's virtual reality efforts as it's the first wireless headset that doesn't depend on a Daydream-compatible smartphone to … [Link]

Mashable » Hulu hit 17 million subscribers in a year of big wins

Tuesday 9 January 18:54:06 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Emmys and Golden Globes are lovely, but Hulu measures its success the old fashioned way: numbers. A press release from the company shared Tuesday morning revealed that Hulu reached a landmark 17 million subscribers in 2017 in a 40 percent increase over the previous year.  SEE ALSO: Hulu is rebooting 'Animaniacs' with two new seasons It's hard to pinpoint what … [Link]

Mashable » President Trump has some thoughts on Oprah running for president, and they're almost coherent!

Tuesday 9 January 18:51:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOprah may be running for president in 2020 — and, uh, even the Trumps are getting on board. Last night, Ivanka Trump retweeted Oprah's now-famous Golden Globes speech with enthusiasm and included the anti-sexual harassment #TimesUp hashtag (with no mention, of course, of her father's accusers). Then on Tuesday, Trump expressed his own qualified enthusiasm for a potential Oprah run. SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Super-Black Is the New Black

Tuesday 9 January 18:48:00 UTC 2018

Feathers on birds of paradise contain light-trapping nanotechnology that makes some of the deepest blacks in the world, a new study has found. From a report: Blackbirds, it turns out, aren't actually all that black. Their feathers absorb most of the visible light that hits them, but still reflect between 3 and 5 percent of it. For really black plumage, … [Link]

Mashable » This $1,000 laundry-folding robot is my favorite bad idea from CES

Tuesday 9 January 18:34:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWho actually likes doing laundry? First you have to sort through your clothes, organize them by material and color, wash them, dry them —then after all that, fold them. But what if you could have a subservient robot take care of the last step for you? SEE ALSO: Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018 That's the (um … [Link]

Mashable » Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks should win Oscars for their impressions of each other

Tuesday 9 January 18:34:17 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Hey, did you know Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are good at acting? Here's even more proof of their chops. The two pals, who are currently promoting The Post, unveiled some extremely solid impressions of each other's most iconic characters on Tuesday's episode of Ellen. We're talking Streep as Forrest Gump. Hanks as Margaret Thatcher. Streep as Woody from Toy … [Link]

Mashable » This $25 waterproof case could save your Apple AirPods from an unexpected disaster

Tuesday 9 January 18:31:11 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. We all make mistakes. The Catalyst Waterproof Airpods Case prevents it from costing you another $160.  SEE ALSO: LG Electronics says, 'Screw it!' and puts AI in everything The $25 rubber case doesn't look like much, … [Link]

Mashable » Starbucks isn't the only huge food corporation in Yosemite

Tuesday 9 January 18:30:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSorry, nature lovers. You're kidding yourselves if you think your national park dining experiences are corporation-free.  On Jan. 4, the Yosemite Valley Lodge's plan to install a Starbucks coffee kiosk in a new food court led to some online backlash, according to the Fresno Bee, in the form of a Change.org petitionJob postings for Yosemite Starbucks Store Managers and other positions … [Link]

Mashable » Secret government satellite’s fate remains a secret

Tuesday 9 January 18:20:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJust call it Schrödinger's rocket launch. A classified government mission launched to space atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket may or may not be functioning in orbit after its Sunday night launch from Florida; but aside from some rumors and anonymous quotes, we really don't know what's going on with the U.S.'s secret satellite. SEE ALSO: SpaceX launches secret government mission, … [Link]

Mashable » Pick up this pair of stylish wireless headphones while they're on sale for just $49

Tuesday 9 January 18:16:49 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. Since music is an essential part of our everyday lives, the fashion industry has emerged with stylish options for audio accessories. Just last year, Dolce & Gabbana debuted a pair of Swarovski … [Link]

Mashable » BizPlan software is a must-have for anyone starting a business

Tuesday 9 January 18:04:01 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. So you just had a Eureka moment and a brilliant business idea magically popped into your head. You presented the concept to your friends and family and garnered a favorable response. You … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Details Performance Impact of Spectre and Meltdown Mitigations on Windows Systems

Tuesday 9 January 18:00:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft's Windows chief Terry Myerson on Tuesday outlined how Spectre and Meltdown firmware updates may affect PC performance. From a blog post: With Windows 10 on newer silicon (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPU), benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns, but we don't expect most users to notice a change because these percentages are reflected in milliseconds. With Windows 10 … [Link]

Mashable » A lot of kids are going to see 'Black Panther' thanks to this GoFundMe

Tuesday 9 January 17:55:56 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook A crowdfunding campaign to help children in Harlem see Black Panther in February has more than doubled its goal and now includes celebrity donors as well.  The fundraiser is currently at over $24,000 of its $10,000 goal, with all extra proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. SEE ALSO: Kendrick Lamar is producing the 'Black Panther' soundtrack, … [Link]

Mashable » Wake up and smell the lavender with this aromatherapy alarm clock

Tuesday 9 January 17:43:41 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. Sleep tech and aromatherapy were big trends in 2017, so it's only natural that someone would combine them into one smart device. Sleepace is filling that void with the Nox Aroma, an … [Link]

Mashable » This weed company just reinvented the bong

Tuesday 9 January 17:24:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCannabis company Puffco announced ‘The Puffco Peak’, a battery-operated desktop concentrate vape which incorporates water filtration. The Peak reportedly heats up in 20 seconds and has 4 pre-programmed heat settings, as well as a 'boost mode' to clear out any leftover concentrates. Read more…More about Ces, Mashable Video, Marijuana, Cannabis, and Vaping [Link]

Mashable » Here are 5 more truly original movies

Tuesday 9 January 17:21:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe’ve been looking at a lot of remakes, sequels and adaptations, so now it's time to look at true originals. From the avant-garde to the origins of film itself, here's a look at 5 of the most original films ever made. Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content Read more…More about Films, Best Of, Cinefix, Top 10, and Movie Lists [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Dives into Home Device Market with Video Chat Product Named 'Portal', Report Says

Tuesday 9 January 17:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook is about to jump into the consumer hardware business in a big way with a video chat device named "Portal," which will put it in direct competition with Amazon's hugely popular line of Echo voice-controlled devices, Cheddar has learned. The device is designed to work in the home and represents Facebook's first serious … [Link]

Mashable » The baby monitor just got an upgrade

Tuesday 9 January 17:19:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCocoon Cam Clarity allows you to see your baby via live HD video and supposedly tracks your infant's sleep and breathing patterns using 'Computer Vision technology'. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Kids, Children, Family, and Baby [Link]

Mashable » Scientists found that sheep may recognize human faces

Tuesday 9 January 17:18:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCambridge researchers trained 8 female Welsh Mountain sheep to distinguish 4 celebrity faces from pictures of other people. Their results may suggest that sheep can recognize faces like primates. Read more…More about Celebrities, Science, Mashable Video, Obama, and Study [Link]

Mashable » What Oprah's BFF Gayle King has to say about a 2020 run

Tuesday 9 January 17:14:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe prospect of Oprah Winfrey running for president is still pretty unlikely, but that hasn't stopped the press from mining for intel.  Now the spotlight's on her best friend and CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King who offered her take on Tuesday's show. SEE ALSO: Oprah's must-see speech at the Globes will make you cry — and inspire you to take … [Link]

Mashable » How cryptocurrency miners can hack your computer on public Wi-Fi for big gains

Tuesday 9 January 17:04:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs the hubbub around cryptocurrencies continues to grow, so, too do the ways that more nefarious folks can exploit clueless individuals. And one coder has shown how you could be at risk when browsing on a public Wi-Fi server. SEE ALSO: What happens when governments get into cryptocurrency Software developer Arnau flagged the issue recently (via ZDNet), citing a recent case … [Link]

Mashable » Norwegian Cruise ship sailed right through ‘bomb cyclone’ despite accurate forecast

Tuesday 9 January 16:59:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNo one boarding the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship in New York on Dec. 29, 2017 expected to start the new year coping with seasickness and mortal terror. But in the end, that's what happened. It's not clear what led Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to stick to the ship's planned itinerary as forecasts made as early as Dec. 31 pointed to a … [Link]

Mashable » Grandma makes a great case for snail mail as social media

Tuesday 9 January 16:59:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPerhaps internet commentary would be better if we had to send it through the mail instead. One grandma, at least, makes a great case for replacing social media with snail mail. Her grandson, Redditor Yaleisthecoolest, wrote in a post Monday that his grandmother "clips things out of the newspaper in her small town, and mails them to [his] mother so they … [Link]

Mashable » Daughter relieves parents' stress by starting the sweetest dance party

Tuesday 9 January 16:53:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis family may be the key to your 2018 motivations.  Twitter user (@bluedizzr) thought the best way to alleviate her parents' stress was putting on some music, dancing, and recording the whole thing.  The result might've helped, but it also calmed our own January woes and added a new resolution on our list.  SEE ALSO: Mom masterfully trolls her daughter, who's … [Link]

Mashable » Trevor Noah explains why Oprah is the best opponent for Trump

Tuesday 9 January 16:48:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDo you think Oprah should run against Donald Trump in the 2020 election? Trevor Noah can see it. On The Daily Show last night, Noah discussed Sunday's Golden Globes and why Oprah would be the best opponent to face Trump in the next election. After first addressing a few of the night's other standouts, Noah turns his attention to Oprah's moving … [Link]

Slashdot » With WPA3, Wi-Fi Security is About To Get a Lot Tougher

Tuesday 9 January 16:40:00 UTC 2018

One of the biggest potential security vulnerabilities — public Wi-Fi — may soon get its fix. From a report: The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry body made up of device makers including Apple, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, announced Monday its next-generation wireless network security standard, WPA3. The standard will replace WPA2, a near-two decades-old security protocol that's built in to protect almost … [Link]

Mashable » Light up your home with these Star Wars glow lamps that are on sale

Tuesday 9 January 16:34:03 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. For a Sith Lord, Darth Vader sure makes for a pretty awesome lightThese ones on ThinkGeek are on sale today for 40% off. Darth Vader and Stormtrooper glow lights are excellent swag … [Link]

Mashable » Emoji May Finally Get a Direction-Changing Update

Tuesday 9 January 16:20:20 UTC 2018

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

Mashable » What every side hustler needs: A packable desk lamp you can take with you everywhere

Tuesday 9 January 16:09:00 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 working overtime in the office or have set up shop working on your side hustle in a dark cafe, this desk lamp can help shed a little light on things … [Link]

Mashable » These are the best toaster ovens according to reviewers on Amazon

Tuesday 9 January 16:01:49 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. In case you haven't heard, toaster ovens are about way more than just heating up frozen waffles. It's essentially a tiny version of your convection oven that fits on your counter. From … [Link]

Slashdot » FBI Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'Urgent Public Safety Issue'

Tuesday 9 January 16:01:00 UTC 2018

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday in remarks that sought to renew a contentious debate over privacy and security. From a report: The FBI was unable to access data from nearly 7,800 devices in the fiscal year … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is having a huge sale on personal massagers today so you can save on a trip to the spa

Tuesday 9 January 16:00:23 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. Stress can wreak havoc on your back, neck, and shoulders, causing ailments like fatigue, pain, and headaches. Sound familiar? Yeah, you need a massage. SEE ALSO: Work on your productivity skills with … [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence posts hilarious video explaining to Emma Stone why her face is only half made up

Tuesday 9 January 15:42:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn a hilarious video on her Facebook page, Jennifer Lawrence explains why she didn't make it to any Golden Globe after parties – and why she got half-ready for them. Missing the Globes must have been rough for an A-lister like Lawrence, but she was happy to go to a few after parties with BFF Emma Stone. Only Stone called Lawrence … [Link]

Mashable » A $1.6 billion lawsuit won't derail Spotify or its IPO

Tuesday 9 January 15:32:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou’d think a $1.6 billion lawsuit might derail a company having trouble turning a profit and about to go public.  Not so much.  Spotify is all systems go for its upcoming and unorthodox public offering, in which the company will start start publicly trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in an unorthodox direct listing arrangement. Despite the lawsuit, … [Link]

Mashable » Finally, here's the 'Jetsons' looking robot you've always wanted

Tuesday 9 January 15:23:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSometimes you just want a robot to bring you an ice cold beverage. Or vacuum your house. Or put away all that random shit you left on the floor following an all-night bender precipitated by the realization that you just dropped several thousand dollars on a robot.  But surely, you wonder, such unparalleled and futurist luxury is reserved for likes of … [Link]

Mashable » This robot remembers your favorite drink and cleans up your home

Tuesday 9 January 15:23:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAeolus Robotics, a San Francisco-based company, has just unveiled at the CES 2018 a working prototype of a household robot assistant. Called 'Aeolus Robot', the robot helper knows how to use a vacuum cleaner and it uses AI and machine learning to recognize thousands of objects as well as the owners' preferences such as their favorite drink. Regarding its price, Aeolus … [Link]

Slashdot » Snowden Joins Outcry Against World's Biggest Biometric Database

Tuesday 9 January 15:22:00 UTC 2018

Former U.S. intelligence-contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden joined critics of India's digital ID program as the nation's top court is due to decide on its legality. From a report: Snowden on Tuesday tweeted in support of an Indian journalist who faces police charges after she reported that personal details of over a billion citizens enrolled in the program could be illegally … [Link]

Mashable » Protestors project message for Trump at college football championship

Tuesday 9 January 15:12:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhile much of the conversation on Monday night was about the overtime thriller that saw Alabama claim yet another national college football title (ugh), there were still murmurs of protests directed at Donald Trump.  SEE ALSO: Human Rights Campaign projects every banned CDC word on Trump hotel While tens of thousands of fans filed into Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta for … [Link]

Mashable » Razer has built a smartphone-powered laptop

Tuesday 9 January 15:05:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAt CES 2018, Razer unveiled their latest creation: an ultra-portable laptop powered by the 'Razer Phone'.  Read more…More about Tech, Mobile, Gadgets, Google, and Android [Link]

Mashable » Ed Sheeran doppelgänger looks so much like Ed Sheeran he got told to stop giving selfies at work

Tuesday 9 January 15:03:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Long lost twin, or just guy with red hair? SEE ALSO: Princess Charlotte started school today and we're all officially ancient A man named Wesley Byrne appeared as a guest on ITV's This Morning on Tuesday. He stocks shelves in a supermarket, and he happens to look quite like Ed Sheeran. Byrne regularly has to deal with punters asking for … [Link]

Mashable » Surprise: Women watched more porn in 2017

Tuesday 9 January 15:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s that time of year: when we look back at what kind of porn everyone watched last year.  Both Pornhub and xHamster have recently unveiled year-in-review reports for 2017. And while much of it is far from surprising (people like cheerleaders, can you believe it?), one finding consistent across both reports further confirms what many have known all along: Women are … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Pauses Rollout of Spectre and Meltdown Patches To AMD Systems

Tuesday 9 January 14:44:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft is suspending patches to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats for computers running AMD chipsets after complaints by AMD customers that the software updates froze their machines. From a report: The company is blaming AMD's failure to comply with "the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities … [Link]

Mashable » Windows 10 fixes for Meltdown and Spectre are breaking some AMD computers

Tuesday 9 January 14:33:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFixes for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities don't do much good if they render the "fixed" computer unusable in the process. That's the problem facing an unknown number of PC owners using AMD processors. It's been almost a week since Microsoft rolled out the KB4056892 security update for Windows 10, and some AMD users are reporting system freezes after installing it. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Razer's Project Linda concept transforms the Razer Phone into a laptop

Tuesday 9 January 14:04:39 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f84038%2f93996e67 fd1a 4055 8f37 96bcb6b29420 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ newest hardware premiered this week at CES 2018.","image":&quot~ has built a smartphone-powered laptop","sources":[{~ video,razer,razer blade stealth,chroma keyboard,razer phone,ces 2018,project linda","sec0":null,&~ video,razer,razer blade stealth,chroma keyboard,razer phone,ces 2018,project linda","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Mobile, Gadgets, Gaming, Android, and Ces [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Says No More Windows Security Updates Unless AVs Set a Registry Key

Tuesday 9 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Microsoft has added a new and very important detail on the support page describing incompatibilities between antivirus (AV) products and the recent Windows Meltdown and Spectre patches. According to an update added this week, Microsoft says that Windows users will not receive the January 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates, or any subsequent Patch Tuesday security … [Link]

Mashable » AT&T's new 'smart city' sensors will monitor bridges to make sure they're safe

Tuesday 9 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAT&T is hooking bridges up to the Internet of Things.  At CES, AT&T announced that it's testing a new "structure monitoring solution," a system of sensors to help cities, states, and private transportation companies monitor the stability of bridges, and alert officials if they become unsafe.  SEE ALSO: China's futuristic cities may include supersonic trains and drone-powered ride-sharing The battery-operated sensors … [Link]

Mashable » Kanye West sends Kim Kardashian emails about what's hot and what's not

Tuesday 9 January 13:59:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSeason 7 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians gave us the iconic scene in which Kanye West physically goes through Kim Kardashian's closet to clear out some old stuff to make way for the new. Unfortunately, we'll probably never get anything like that again from the private couple, but in the latest episode of KUWTK, Kim gave us some insight into … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The ugly, fractured reality of the cosmos deserves our attention

Tuesday 9 January 13:39:31 UTC 2018

A puzzling clash between perfection and imperfection in our universe is getting fresh attention. This great cosmological mystery merits it, says Geraint Lewis [Link]

New Scientist – News » Freeze-dried valves used in animal heart surgery for first time

Tuesday 9 January 13:39:30 UTC 2018

Pieces of heart tissue can be freeze-dried, stored in plastic bags at room temperature, and later rehydrated for successful heart surgery in sheep [Link]

Mashable » Manchester United player Instagrams his version of H&M's offensive hoodie photo

Tuesday 9 January 13:06:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookManchester United football player Romelu Lukaku has reacted on Instagram to the criticism surrounding a recent post from clothing store H&M. SEE ALSO: There's a must-watch documentary about Recy Taylor, the woman Oprah shouted out in Globes speech After H&M uploaded a photo showing a black child model sporting a hoodie which read, "coolest monkey in the jungle" many, including The … [Link]

Slashdot » Ibuprofen Linked To Male Infertility, Study Says

Tuesday 9 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Men who take high doses of ibuprofen for months at a time may be at greater risk of fertility issues and also other health problems, such as muscle wastage, erectile dysfunction and fatigue, scientists have found. Research on healthy young men who took the common painkiller for up to six weeks … [Link]

Mashable » There's currently something a little off about Apple's iPhone site

Tuesday 9 January 12:31:00 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. We know that Apple loves minimalist design, but the company's site for the iPhone is currently probably a little too minimalistic, even for Jony Ive's taste.  The site is currently text-only; none of the images or … [Link]

Mashable » Maisie Williams' Instagram post about not going to the Golden Globes is epic

Tuesday 9 January 12:26:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMaisie Williams may not have been at the Golden Globes, but that doesn't mean she didn't have an awesome night. SEE ALSO: Here's what Ariana Grande texted Millie Bobby Brown before the Golden Globes On Monday, while various celebrities were sharing their awards show memories and after-party snaps, everyone's favourite Game of Thrones badass posted this: I could not attend the … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what Ariana Grande texted Millie Bobby Brown before the Golden Globes

Tuesday 9 January 11:44:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMillie Bobby Brown had a big night at the Golden Globes. She got to spend time with her Stranger Things co-stars, she got to hang out with a bunch of A-list celebrities, and she got to see Drake again. Oh, and she even got feedback on her outfit from none other than Ariana fricking Grande. SEE ALSO: Oprah's must-see speech at … [Link]

Mashable » Even Meryl Streep can't remember all the times Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar

Tuesday 9 January 11:23:17 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Too many Oscar nominations are a great and terrible burden. SEE ALSO: Meryl Streep on #MeToo: 'I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump' As a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, Meryl Streep had to list the 20 movies for which she received an Oscar nomination in 60 seconds. However, she only managed to get … [Link]

Mashable » Thailand's prime minister used an actual cut-out of himself to escape the media

Tuesday 9 January 10:57:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPoliticians evading questions from the media is nothing new. Waffling, obscure answers, walk-outs, diversions — these tactics have all been around for decades. What hasn't been around for decades is the tactic of placing a full, life-size cardboard cutout of yourself in front a group of waiting journalists and telling them to "ask this guy" before you casually peace out. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert's 4-word summary of 'Fire and Fury' saves you from reading the nightmare yourself

Tuesday 9 January 10:52:08 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook You don't actually need four words to describe the Trump administration — four letters will do. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert's rant about the new Trump tell-all book is as hilarious as you'd think In his opening monologue Monday night, Stephen Colbert conveyed the gist of the the new tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which he described … [Link]

Mashable » 'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff tells Colbert he was surprised at the book's success

Tuesday 9 January 10:23:58 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook SPOILER ALERT the Trump White House is kind of horrifying. SEE ALSO: We regret to inform you that Trump does not watch 'The Gorilla Channel' Michael Wolff, author of the inflammatory tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (you may have heard of it) did an exclusive interview with Stephen Colbert on Monday night. The author expressed … [Link]

Slashdot » Nvidia's GeForce Now Windows App Transforms Your Cheap Laptop Into a Gaming PC

Tuesday 9 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

The GeForce Now game streaming service that Nvidia announced for the Mac last year is finally coming to Windows PCs. According to their website, the service lets you stream high-resolution games from your PC to your Mac or Windows PC that may or may not have the power to run the games natively. Starting this week, beta users of the … [Link]

Mashable » Meryl Streep had an epic response to Mariah Carey stealing her seat at the Golden Globes

Tuesday 9 January 9:55:13 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The day after the Golden Globes, Mariah Carey posted a glorious Twitter story about how she accidentally stole Meryl Streep's seat during a commercial break. Well, now Streep has given her side. SEE ALSO: Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo urge everyone to join them in fight against 'power imbalance' "Bitch stole my seat!" jokes the Hollywood legend in the Jimmy … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung really wants you to start talking to your fridge

Tuesday 9 January 8:12:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSamsung is still finding ways to pack more features into perhaps the least exciting thing in your house: your refrigerator. The tech giant announced today at CES a new version of its smart refrigerator that now includes voice controls, AKG speakers, and smart home integrations.  SEE ALSO: LG Electronics says, 'Screw it!' and puts AI in everything The new Samsung Family … [Link]

Mashable » Fisker's luxury electric car hits Tesla where it hurts

Tuesday 9 January 7:51:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPicture the Distracted Boyfriend internet meme, where the boyfriend is a Tesla owner and the girlfriend is the Model S. The other woman? That's gotta be the Fisker EMotion. SEE ALSO: 7 tech trends that will rule CES 2018 The all-new Fisker Inc. debuted its luxury electric car, the EMotion, at CES 2018, and it's a beauty. Fisker's sporty sedan would … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Investigated By France For 'Planned Obsolescence'

Tuesday 9 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: French prosecutors have launched a probe over allegations of "planned obsolescence" in Apple's iPhone. Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In December, Apple admitted that older iPhone models were deliberately slowed down through software updates. It … [Link]

Mashable » Online graphic design startup Canva is now worth $1 billion

Tuesday 9 January 6:53:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCanva is Australia's first unicorn of 2018, after raising $40 million (AUD$50.9 million) to push the design startup's value over $1 billion. Now available in 190 countries, with over 10 million users, the online design and publishing platform was launched in 2012 by CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins — now the youngest female entrepreneur to have reached unicorn status.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Oh, Ivanka Trump just *loved* Oprah's Golden Globes speech

Tuesday 9 January 6:41:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOprah’s utterly outstanding speech at the Golden Globes left many people hoping she'd strongly consider a 2020 presidential run. Who knows what Ivanka Trump thinks about that, but she did unexpectedly give the speech quite some praise via Twitter on Monday.  SEE ALSO: 'She would absolutely do it': Stedman Graham fuels hopes for Oprah's unlikely presidential run Oprah's statements about female … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We should teach kids how to use social media, not scare them off

Tuesday 9 January 6:06:40 UTC 2018

A report into the social media habits of under 12s seems worrying, but children are unlikely to switch off, so they should learn how to safely navigate the online world [Link]

New Scientist – News » Aussie flu: Just what the doctor ordered?

Tuesday 9 January 6:06:39 UTC 2018

A really bad but not pandemic flu season could be the wake-up call the world needs [Link]

Mashable » Sony's Aibo robot dog might be the cutest gadget of 2018

Tuesday 9 January 4:57:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSony surprised everyone last fall when it announced the return of the Aibo robot dog. We've finally seen it in person, and it's just as cute and cuddly as it looks. Revamped for the connected era, the new Aibo has more points of articulation, more intelligence thanks to smarter AI and voice controls, and OMFG, just look at its irresistible OLED … [Link]

Mashable » Climate change turns one of the world's largest green sea turtle populations mostly female

Tuesday 9 January 4:54:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookClimate change has been disastrous for coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.  It's also spelling trouble for the more than 200,000 green sea turtles which make the area home, one of the world's largest populations.  SEE ALSO: Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017 Researchers are seeing young populations in the Great Barrier Reef turn … [Link]

Mashable » Ex-Tinder employees launch professional networking app Ripple

Tuesday 9 January 4:40:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA team of former Tinder employees has launched a new professional networking app in a bid to make waves in the LinkedIn-dominated market. Dubbed Ripple (nope, not the cryptocurrency), the mobile app was launched by a team of ex-Tinder folks, including former CTO Ryan Ogle. SEE ALSO: Which dating app is right for you? Use this guide to figure it out. … [Link]

Mashable » This smart deadbolt uses Google Assistant to keep you safe

Tuesday 9 January 4:03:13 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. In the future, Google Assistant could lock and unlock your door.  That's the idea behind Schlage's Sense Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock enabled with Google Assistant.  SEE ALSO: Not home to get a package? Keep it … [Link]

Mashable » New 'Black Panther' TV spot has a special treat for Kendrick Lamar fans

Tuesday 9 January 3:56:37 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Kendrick Lamar didn't diss Donald Trump during halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night like some fans thought he would.   But he did introduce a new TV spot for Marvel's … [Link]

Slashdot » US Disaster Costs Shatter Records In 2017, the Third-Warmest Year On Record

Tuesday 9 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Major hurricanes and wildfires fueled a record year for costs related to natural disasters in the United States, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That report also said 2017 was the third-warmest year in 123 years of record keeping, behind only 2014 and 2012. Natural disasters … [Link]

Mashable » Intel CEO dives straight into Spectre, Meltdown at CES keynote

Tuesday 9 January 3:20:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt was supposed to be about the future, but things haven't exactly been going as planned for chip manufacturer Intel. On Monday evening, CEO Brian Krzanich took the stage at CES in Las Vegas to deliver a keynote speech billed as a look toward how data will transform our lives. Unfortunately for the executive, Intel is still having trouble escaping its … [Link]

Slashdot » Trump Pushes To Expand High-Speed Internet In Rural America

Tuesday 9 January 2:05:00 UTC 2018

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday to make it easier for the private sector to locate broadband infrastructure on federal land and buildings, part of a push to expand high-speed internet in rural America. Reuters reports: "We need to get rural America more connected. We need it for our tractors, we need it for our schools, we … [Link]

Mashable » Our dystopian 'Black Mirror' future is here thanks to Pizza Hut

Tuesday 9 January 1:57:05 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Well, every Black Mirror viewer knew it’d only be a matter of time before we started ranking social class using people’s Uber ratings, or wasting our lives in a VR game, or uploading our digital selves to the toilet — or whatever. But actually, one Black Mirror prediction just became vividly real at CES. And it's more horrifying than all of … [Link]

Mashable » Dylan Farrow slams stars supporting Time's Up, but working with Woody Allen

Tuesday 9 January 1:46:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHollywood is smack bang in the middle of a revolution against sexual harassment and abuse, but Dylan Farrow has had it with some stars' apparent hypocrisy. The daughter of director Woody Allen has slammed several supporters of the anti-harassment initiative Time's Up, including Blake Lively, star of Café Society, and Justin Timberlake, star of Wonder Wheel, for continuing to work with … [Link]

Mashable » This weed company just made a smart bong and it’s awesome

Tuesday 9 January 1:25:36 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook When technical advancements combine with legal cannabis, you get a smart bong. Cannabis company Puffco announced a new product on Monday that takes your standard, everyday run-of-the-mill bong, and brings it right into 2018. The Puffco Peak is a battery-operated desktop concentrate vape, but the best part is that it incorporates water filtration — it's a smart bong, dude.  SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Wireless Charging Nears Unification As Powermat Cedes To Qi

Tuesday 9 January 1:25:00 UTC 2018

Powermat, the only contender to the dominant format Qi, has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and now backs its rival. "Qi has become the dominant wireless charging standard on the market and the recently launched Apple iPhone lineup is evidence of this success," Powermat said in a statement. "[We] will share technology innovation to further unlock wireless charging potential, … [Link]

Mashable » Aziz Ansari stops by In-N-Out after winning a Golden Globe, as you do

Tuesday 9 January 1:15:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter taking home his first Golden Globe, and being the first male Asian American to win for Best Actor in a TV Series, Master of None star Aziz Ansari celebrated in his own way. Not with more Italian food, although he thanked Italy for its delicious cuisine in his acceptance speech. Instead, Ansari and his co-star and "big bud" Eric Wareheim … [Link]

Mashable » IBM's quantum computer could change the game, and not just because you can play Battleship on it

Tuesday 9 January 1:08:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDeveloping new synthetic materials, allowing for faster machine learning, and providing an advanced back-end to power consumer apps. These are just some of the potential applications of the first ever 50-qubit quantum computer prototype displayed at this year's CES conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Tucked away in an exhibition room at The Venetian hotel and casino, the unit looked more work … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's big PC innovation is … a stylus?!

Tuesday 9 January 0:45:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSamsung — buddy, pal, friend — what are you doing? I'm all for AI in everything, the connected, 5G in everything, and even Bixby, but how are you going to tell us adding an S Pen stylus to a laptop is any kind of meaningful PC innovation … in 2018? It's not that I don't appreciate a fine digital pen — … [Link]

Slashdot » AT&T Pulls Out of Deal To Sell China's Huawei Phones In the US

Tuesday 9 January 0:45:00 UTC 2018

According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T has walked away from a deal to sell China's Huawei smartphones in the U.S. Neither AT&T nor Huawei have commented on the matter, but the news is certainly going to disappoint those of you who were looking forward to picking up Huawei's flagship Mate 10. Prior to this report, Huawei was expected to … [Link]

Mashable » It's so damn cold someone went ice skating at the beach

Tuesday 9 January 0:22:58 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Temperatures dipped so low in Maine this weekend that a man was spotted ice skating — at the beach. Peter and Sandra Lekousi were out for a chilly stroll on Long Sands Beach in York on Sunday when they spotted the odd scene, according to the Boston Globe. The ocean water had froze in such a way that it left … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Rebrands All Its Payment Solutions As 'Google Pay'

Tuesday 9 January 0:03:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google just announced that it is merging all of its various payment programs into a single brand, called "Google Pay." Google Pay will be a one-stop shop for all your Google Payment needs: NFC smartphone payments, P2P transfers, and Web payments. Google's payment solution site has already clicked over to the … [Link]

Mashable » Google Assistant gets a new home: Kia cars

Tuesday 9 January 0:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe voice-activated home assistant revolution has arrived — and it's moving into cars.  On Monday, the South Korean auto manufacturer Kia announced at the 2018 CES tech conference that the Google Assistant has been introduced into their vehicles' infotainment systems, specifically for the Niro Plug-In, Soul EV, Optima Plug-In, and K900.  SEE ALSO: Faraday Future is the ultimate CES cautionary tale … [Link]

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