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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 » 7 new spider species get their names from 'Game of Thrones' and other hits

Wednesday 10 January 23:59:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookVarys from Game of Thrones. Shelob from Lord of the Rings. And, of course, Charlotte.  They can all be found in caves in Pará, a state in northern Brazil. There, scientists discovered seven new species — and named them all after spiders in pop culture.  SEE ALSO: Oh nothing, just 'spider lightning' dancing across a stormy sky in Australia No, none … [Link]

Slashdot » NYC Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change

Wednesday 10 January 23:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: New York City is seeking to lead the assault on both climate change and the Trump administration with a plan to divest $5 billion from fossil fuels and sue the world's most powerful oil companies over their contribution to dangerous global warming. City officials have set a goal of divesting New … [Link]

Mashable » India's only openly gay prince is building an LGBTQ center at his palace

Wednesday 10 January 23:04:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery once in a while, design (and humanitarian) miracles do happen. In India this week, for example, the country's only openly gay prince, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, announced that he would be opening an LGBTQ center on the grounds of his ancestral palace. SEE ALSO: LGBTI activists are reclaiming Rwanda, one neighborhood at a time “People still face a lot of … [Link]

Mashable » The Lulla Doll uses a real mother's heartbeat to lull your baby to sleep

Wednesday 10 January 22:54:31 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. Babies are soooooo cute until you're on your second consecutive week of no sleep and hear crying on the monitor again. The comfort of a parent's touch will always be an unparalleled … [Link]

Slashdot » Power Outage Brings CES To a Standstill For Nearly 2 Hours

Wednesday 10 January 22:40:00 UTC 2018

A major power outage brought a major portion of the Consumer Electronics Show in the Las Vegas Center to a standstill for nearly 2 hours today. The lights went out at around 11:13 a.m. PT, just as the second day of CES 2018 was ramping up, and didn't turn back on until around 12:34 p.m. PT. CNET reports: It came … [Link]

Mashable » Bitcoin conference stops accepting bitcoin for tickets, oh the irony

Wednesday 10 January 22:18:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe irony of a conference dedicated to all things cryptocurrency that's unable to accept bitcoin payments for conference tickets is glaring. On the North American Bitcoin Conference ticketing page — where last minute tickets are $1,000 USD for the Jan. 18-19 event in Miami — an explanation for the "no cryptocurrency" policy cites "network congestion and manual processing." SEE ALSO: Here's … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » New Relic Launches Insights Dashboard API

Wednesday 10 January 22:11:07 UTC 2018

New Relic, a digital performance monitoring and management platform provider, has launched the New Relic Insights Dashboard API. The new API provides programmatic access to sub-account dashboards and accounts across an organization. The API includes five types of endpoints which allow users to programmatically list, show, create, update, and delete Insights dashboards. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Open Referral announces availability of Human Service Data API Protocols

Wednesday 10 January 22:03:23 UTC 2018

Open Referral yesterday announced that its Human Service Data API Protocols are ready for use. [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft: We're Not Giving Up On Cortana (Even In Home Automation)

Wednesday 10 January 22:03:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft is trying to fight back against perceptions that Cortana may be its next consumer-centric technology to face the chopping block. Yesterday, the company issued a press release touting recent wins for Cortana. Among these are the officially unveiled Johnson Controls' Cortana-powered thermostat (which goes on sale for $319 starting in March). ZDNet reports the "other recent Cortana device partners": … [Link]

Mashable » Please look at this new baby sloth named Vivien

Wednesday 10 January 21:50:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHere’s one (1) nice thing for your mid-week slump: The National Aviary in Pittsburgh debuted on Tuesday a 5-month-old baby sloth. Her name is Vivien, and she is perfect. Per a release from the zoo, Vivien is a Linnaeus's two-toed sloth born August 21, and she is the third sloth to reside at the National Aviary.  SEE ALSO: Selfie tourism is … [Link]

Mashable » Man impressively slips on ice and slides down his entire driveway

Wednesday 10 January 21:42:11 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook This dude just earned himself a PhD in skating on black ice. Clearly, it's winter out there, which means cold temperatures will occasionally bring ice and snow to a neighborhood near you. But black ice is an especially treacherous obstacle to both vehicles and pedestrians, considering its virtually invisible. Tim Besecker of Loudoun County, Virginia found that out the hard … [Link]

Mashable » Even Lupita Nyong'o can't get her hands on 'Black Panther' tickets

Wednesday 10 January 21:41:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you were unable to get Black Panther tickets for opening night because of the pre-sale records, find solace in the fact that you are not alone.   Lupita Nyong'o, who happens to actually be in the film, didn't either. On Wednesday, the actress posted a video that she had filmed on Tuesday about the insane Fandango ticket numbers in the … [Link]

Mashable » The one iPhone feature I use to calm my raging anxiety

Wednesday 10 January 21:30:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI have a lot of anxiety. Just, like, mountains of it.  It made having a phone almost impossible, until I found a solution.  For years, the barrage of pings and push notifications that can come with a cell phone made my situation much worse. I would grow so irritated or upset when notifications got away from me, and I couldn't keep … [Link]

Slashdot » FCC Plan To Lower Broadband Standards Is Met With 'Mobile Only Challenge'

Wednesday 10 January 21:25:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Broadband consumer advocates have launched a "Mobile Only Challenge" to show U.S. regulators that cellular data should not be considered an adequate replacement for home Internet service. The awareness campaign comes as the Federal Communications Commission is considering a change to the standard it uses to judge whether broadband is being … [Link]

Mashable » The pole-dancing robots of CES 2018: An eyewitness report

Wednesday 10 January 20:57:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn Monday, the world's largest strip club — Sapphire Gentleman's Club — became something else: The most subversive art show in Las Vegas. All week, in Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show takes over the city. CES is the biggest tech trade show of the year — a veritable debutante ball for electronics brands, and whatever they're rolling out to the public … [Link]

Mashable » These silly reading glasses can fit on every nose

Wednesday 10 January 20:51:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThinoptics reading glasses have no arms. They stick right on your face and stay there- apparently, even if you shake your head or dance. You can bend and twist these frames, and they won't break. Fold them up and stick them in your phone case, wallet, or keychain. You'll never lose or break your glasses again. Read more…More about Glasses, Real … [Link]

Mashable » Photos: California's wildfires make way for destructive mudslides

Wednesday 10 January 20:50:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter the fires, the rain. Southern California has been drenched in torrential showers for several days and the deluge has hit areas recently scarred by the largest wildfire in state history. Los Angeles' National Weather Service office reports rainfall of over six inches fell in just three days for areas in Ventura and LA county, with ten other regions receiving over 4 … [Link]

Mashable » CES lost power, so of course companies are throwing shade on Twitter

Wednesday 10 January 20:48:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCES, the world's largest trade show, brings together the world's innovators, influencers, and enthusiasts to demo and drool. It's happening this week at showrooms across Las Vegas.  Also, its power just went out. Awesome.  While they wait in the dark for the fun to resume, tech brands have had to find ways to make their own fun. Namely, tweeting about the … [Link]

Slashdot » macOS High Sierra's App Store System Preferences Can Be Unlocked With Any Password

Wednesday 10 January 20:45:00 UTC 2018

A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. From a report: MacRumors is able to reproduce the issue on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, the latest public release of the operating system, … [Link]

Mashable » New York City is suing big oil for global warming

Wednesday 10 January 20:39:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen it comes to climate change, New York City is bringing the fight to court. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city is suing five oil companies for costs associated with damage inflicted on New York City by the effects of global warming, such as sea level rise. SEE ALSO: Youth climate trial reaches federal appeals court, as judges … [Link]

Mashable » This cute robotic duck is here to help kids cope with cancer treatments

Wednesday 10 January 20:21:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAflac has developed a small, fluffy robot that looks and quacks like a real duck. The robot is created with child cancer patients in mind. The goal of this project is to create a pet and companion for children undergoing cancer treatment.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Cancer, Real Time, Real Time Video, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » The cryptocurrency craze is causing a shortage that gamers aren't going to like

Wednesday 10 January 20:21:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHigh-end graphics processing units (GPUs) were already expensive. But now that they're being used to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, costs are getting ridiculous. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (1080 Ti for short) is one of the best GPUs on the market right now for PC gaming, but the units are becoming harder to find as retailers can't keep up with … [Link]

Mashable » Terrifying footage shows the cruise that traveled through the bomb cyclone

Wednesday 10 January 20:17:30 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Nothing like a completely avoidable disaster to totally ruin your expensive cruise. The massive cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway departed New York on Dec. 29, 2017, as it does nearly every week. But this time was different, thanks to the massive bomb cyclone winter storm that rocked the East Coast. SEE ALSO: Norwegian Cruise ship sailed right through ‘bomb cyclone’ despite … [Link]

Mashable » Robots are much cuter when they're dogs

Wednesday 10 January 20:15:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSony unveiled a new and improved version of its Aibo robot dog 11 years after its launch. This time, Aibo has some new features, including an app that lets you download tricks and games. But this plastic companion doesn't come cheap—it costs a whopping $1,700, along with a monthly subscription service.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Technology, Ces, Dogs, and Animals [Link]

Mashable » Canada got so cold, this man could ice skated down his own street

Wednesday 10 January 20:06:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI never thought I would have to say this, but I'm glad I live in a place that doesn't get so cold that you can ice skate down your own street. After the recent winter storm in Saskatchewan, Canada though, Twitter user Kip Simon watched his neighbor do just that, and the result gives me mixed feelings: On the one hand, … [Link]

Mashable » Diet Coke's new redesign is a total departure from its old look

Wednesday 10 January 20:05:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWould a new can design and flavors like "Feisty Cherry" or "Twisted Mango" convince you to drink Diet Coke? The Coca-Cola Company sure hopes so. The brand announced Wednesday that it's done a total design overhaul for the diet soda, featuring thinner cans and bright designs for its new flavor offerings. In addition to mango and cherry, the new line also … [Link]

Slashdot » Astronomers May Be Closing in on Source of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts

Wednesday 10 January 20:05:00 UTC 2018

Astronomers appear to be closing in on the source of enigmatic radio pulses emanating from space that have become the subject of intense scientific speculation. From a new report: Previous candidates for the origin of the fleeting blasts of radiation — known as fast radio bursts, or FRBs — have included exploding stars, the reverberations of weird objects called cosmic … [Link]

Mashable » The Central Hall at CES 2018 just lost power, and people cheered

Wednesday 10 January 19:31:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt appears that CES can't handle, well, CES. The Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power Wednesday afternoon, shutting down booths and leaving thousands of exhibitors and press wandering around in darkness.  For a brief and beautiful moment, the sounds of a violin echoed throughout the cavernous hall, and those stranded began to randomly cheer and stomp (really). … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung Galaxy S9 gets February launch

Wednesday 10 January 19:27:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt was apparent for a while now that Samsung will not launch its Galaxy S9 at this year's CES, meaning the next probable date is near the beginning of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which kicks off on Feb 26.  And now we know that this is indeed the case. Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh said as much at a press … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Announces First Mobile Carriers To Support Always Connected PCs

Wednesday 10 January 19:26:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: The push behind the Always Connected PC vision has been ramping up in recent weeks, with manufacturers like HP, ASUS, and Lenovo all joining the fray with their own LTE PCs based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. Now, Microsoft and Qualcomm have announced the first batch of mobile operators that will actively support Always Connected … [Link]

Mashable » Forbidden snacks, ranked

Wednesday 10 January 19:17:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe regret to inform you that Tide Pods are not the only toxic item that looks delicious. Yes, the detergent-filled Fruit Gusher of our wildest meme fantasies is only one forbidden snack among (potentially) thousands. In fact, forbidden snacks are all around us. We just have to look for them. And suspend virtually all of our natural shame. SEE ALSO: Would … [Link]

Mashable » CES finally gave us a good reason to buy wireless earbuds

Wednesday 10 January 19:08:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEveryone loves a good looking pair of wireless earbuds. Or, at least the fantasy of what they make possible: jaunting about, free from the tyranny of wires, with the sole goal of dancing your way through an urban snowscape until you serendipitously bump into the person you're destined to fall in love with. The reality is perhaps just a tad bit … [Link]

Mashable » Delightful artist drew a portrait of him and his girlfriend in 10 different cartoon styles and they're all perfect

Wednesday 10 January 18:59:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere’s nothing like a thoughtful present from a loved one to elicit all the feels and this one takes the cake. Illustrator Kells O'Hickey surprised his girlfriend Lindsay over the holidays with a present of 10 different sketches of themselves—but in the styles of different cartoons. SEE ALSO: 'The Boondocks' predicted a 2020 Oprah presidency way back in 2006 "On Christmas … [Link]

Mashable » The world's worst bowling award goes to this shoeless woman

Wednesday 10 January 18:58:02 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Throwing an 8-pound ball down a narrow lane to knock down a bunch of pins is difficult for some. But for others — like this shoeless woman — even just getting it into the lane is impossible. Considering the whole event was being filmed, this woman's bowling skills must have been well known among family and friends. It's really a … [Link]

Mashable » Airlines keep upping their social media game, but it's far from the perfect system

Wednesday 10 January 18:48:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen travel expert Laura Begley Bloom forgot her laptop on a flight last month, she threw up a tweet in hopes of a small Christmas miracle. Her prayers were answered.  Bloom, who is chief content officer at Family Traveller, saw firsthand the power of social media channels and why travelers are turning to their phone apps like Twitter and Facebook to … [Link]

Slashdot » Yelp Accused Of Hiding Positive Reviews For Non-Advertiser

Wednesday 10 January 18:43:00 UTC 2018

A Dallas business owner is accusing Yelp of hiding good reviews of his coffee shop after he refused to pay them for advertising. From a report on CBS Local: Bob Sinnott owns Toasted Coffee + Kitchen in Lower Greenville. He said after months of non-stop phone calls from Yelp, he claims his favorable rating dropped after he finally told the … [Link]

Mashable » Feel sound with this wearable physical audio system by SubPac

Wednesday 10 January 18:42:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Have you ever been in a movie theater when the soundtrack swells and felt the bass literally pounding through your body?  SEE ALSO: Why bone-conduction might be the headphone technology of the … [Link]

Mashable » This music app claims to increase your productivity by 400%

Wednesday 10 January 18:10:57 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. When it comes to modern company culture, distraction is the name of the game. From ping pong tables to office dogs, there's no shortage of things to grab your attention that isn't, … [Link]

Slashdot » WhatsApp Security Flaws Could Be Exploited To Covertly Add Members To Group Chats

Wednesday 10 January 18:01:00 UTC 2018

A group of crytopgraphers from Germany's Ruhr University Bochum have uncovered flaws in WhatsApp's security that compromise the instant messaging service's end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has over one billion active users. In a paper published last week, "More is Less: On the End-to-End Security of Group Chats in Signal, WhatsApp, and Threema," anyone who controls WhatsApp's servers, including … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hormone replacement therapy may prevent depression in menopause

Wednesday 10 January 17:59:16 UTC 2018

A study of 172 women suggests that HRT treatment is more effective than a placebo at preventing symptoms of depression from emerging during early menopause [Link]

New Scientist – News » A swarm of home-made drones has bombed a Russian airbase

Wednesday 10 January 17:59:15 UTC 2018

Thirteen home-made drones carrying bombs descended on Russian forces in Syria in the first confirmed swarm attack [Link]

New Scientist – News » Latest measurement of a proton’s mass has got physicists puzzled

Wednesday 10 January 17:59:14 UTC 2018

Knowing the mass of the proton is key to understanding matter, but nobody can agree on it. The latest, most precise measurement further muddies the waters [Link]

New Scientist – News » Storm waves can move boulders heavier than the Statue of Liberty

Wednesday 10 January 17:59:13 UTC 2018

Extreme storm waves at sea have shifted a boulder weighing 620 tonnes, explaining why huge rocks are sometimes mysteriously found on high cliffs [Link]

New Scientist – News » Smell of death tells undertaker bees it’s time to remove corpses

Wednesday 10 January 17:59:12 UTC 2018

Undertaker honeybees get rid of the bodies of dead nestmates, but only those with a good sense of smell are able to do it [Link]

Mashable » Get help studying for professional certification exams with this bundle of online courses that are less than $40

Wednesday 10 January 17:57:44 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. Maybe it’s a promotion and a raise you’re after in 2018. Or perhaps you’re ready for a total career change. Whatever your professional goals for the year, sometimes the hardest part is … [Link]

Mashable » In ongoing battle against fake news, Facebook decides to get local

Wednesday 10 January 17:44:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs Facebook continues to battle the scourge of "fake news," it's trying out a new feature that it hopes will connect users with local news, events, and announcements called "Today In." The new feature will push local content from publishers approved by the company's News Partnership team, according to Recode. The feature is available on mobile in just six cities so … [Link]

Mashable » Activist pens moving letter about being Meryl Streep's Golden Globes date

Wednesday 10 January 17:41:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSocial change and vodka shots with Meryl Streep? That's all in a night for Ai-jen Poo. Poo is the executive director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She also happened to be Meryl Steep's date to the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday.  Poo was one of the 8 activists Streep and other actresses brought to the Globes in order to raise … [Link]

Mashable » We don't give kids free access to junk food. We shouldn't give them free access to the iPhone.

Wednesday 10 January 17:27:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s fine-tuned to be as engaging as possible, so that you don’t want to put it down once you pick it up. It lacks real substance and is engineered to be desirable. With their sufficiently random rewards systems giving you unpredictable dopamine hits, they’re designed to be addictive. You don’t need it, but you want it, and companies spend billions of … [Link]

Mashable » MashReads Podcast: Setting 2018 reading goals

Wednesday 10 January 17:22:04 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. The MashReads Podcast is back in 2018! This week on the MashReads Podcast, we reunite in the new year and talk about what we read, watched, played, etc. over the holiday, including the movies Phantom Thread, … [Link]

Slashdot » Meltdown and Spectre Patches Bricking Ubuntu 16.04 Computers

Wednesday 10 January 17:21:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 users who updated to receive the Meltdown and Spectre patches are reporting they are unable to boot their systems and have been forced to roll back to an earlier Linux kernel image. The issues were reported by a large number of users on the Ubuntu forums and Ubuntu's Launchpad bug tracker. Only Ubuntu … [Link]

Slashdot » North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered

Wednesday 10 January 16:40:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina's congressional map on Tuesday, condemning it as unconstitutional because Republicans had drawn the map seeking a political advantage (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source). The ruling was the first time that a federal court had blocked a congressional map because of a … [Link]

Mashable » Keep your beard trimmed and your wallet thick with these $20 travel clippers

Wednesday 10 January 16:34:14 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. As anyone who’s not in ZZ Top will tell you, shaving can be annoying. Fortunately, there’s a new clipper set that makes lousy shaving a thing of the past: The TravelMate Hair … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix's corporate greed docuseries 'Dirty Money' will tackle Trump

Wednesday 10 January 16:32:58 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook "You need money to take money," declares the provocative tagline of Netflix's Dirty Money, an upcoming documentary series about greed and corruption in massive, international companies. From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), the series goes deep into the dealings of companies like Volkswagon, HSBC, and yes – TRUMP Inc. SEE ALSO: Activists say their protests against … [Link]

Mashable » Serena Williams' daughter is 'Vogue's youngest—and most adorable—cover star

Wednesday 10 January 16:31:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSerena William's daughter Olympia Ohanian already made history when she helped her mom (from within the womb) win the Australian Open almost a year ago.  Now, she's making history as a fully-formed human baby on the cover of Vogue. The two are the magazine's latest cover stars, and the image will most likely elicit an awwwww or two from you.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Michael Douglas denies sexual misconduct allegation before it's even publicly reported

Wednesday 10 January 16:30:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMichael Douglas decided to get the first word on a sexual misconduct allegation made against him by speaking about them before the allegation even became public. Douglas told Deadline he is being accused of masturbating in front of a former employee and he denies the allegation, Deadline reported Tuesday night.  SEE ALSO: 2017 was the year women took back their own … [Link]

Mashable » Note to Apple: We Want This 'iPhone XC'

Wednesday 10 January 16:23:08 UTC 2018

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

Mashable » This is the ultimate tool for anyone who loves cooking, camping, or both

Wednesday 10 January 16:15:14 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. This Kitchen Multi Tool is like the ultimate Swiss Army Knife for people who love to cook. It's a peeler, corkscrew, garlic crusher, cheese grater, and carving fork, all rolled into one. … [Link]

Mashable » This self-driving pod is Toyota's new concept vehicle

Wednesday 10 January 16:12:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookToyota’s latest concept vehicle is an electric, self-driving pod called e-Palette that can be used for ride sharing, food deliveries, or as a mobile retail or office space. Toyota says the pod will be completely autonomous and fully electric, and is meant to be customizable to fit the needs of whichever business wants to use it. Read more…More about Business, Watercooler, … [Link]

Mashable » This off-road board can take you anywhere

Wednesday 10 January 16:11:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFuture Motion Inc has made their 'Onewheel' boards even better. The charge lasts more than 3X longer on the 'Onewheel + XR' so you can shred more. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Skateboard, Surfing, Skateboarding, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » How to be part of the solution to sexual harassment problems in Hollywood

Wednesday 10 January 16:07:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs the number of men in the entertainment industry accused of sexual misconduct endlessly grows, we're left with the same haunting question: What do we do with all this information — this moment of reckoning? How do we make sure we're part of the solution, instead of complicit to the problem?      &#160~ Read more…More about Entertainment, Social Good, Link]

Mashable » This cyborg can hear color and he's helping others add new body parts and senses, too

Wednesday 10 January 16:06:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNeil Harbisson is one of the first cyborgs officially recognized by a government. Now, he's helping other humans enhance and redesign their bodies through the "Transpecies Society" association he recently cofounded. Read more…More about Art, Design, Mashable Video, Future, and Innovation [Link]

Mashable » Someone reinvented the sleep mask

Wednesday 10 January 16:05:18 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Dreamlight’ is a rechargeable sleep mask that claims to help better your sleep using light-technology and ambient sounds. The mask comes with a companion app that tracks yours sleep cycle and logs your personalized sleep times. Read more…More about Ces, App, Mashable Video, Sleep, and Sleep Products [Link]

Mashable » Film underwater in 4K with this versatile drone

Wednesday 10 January 16:04:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookQYSEA is developing an underwater drone, capable of shooting in 4K and even livestream at a 1080p resolutionFIFISH P3 can go up to 330 feet deep and last 2 hours on a single charge. The company is about to launch a pre-order campaign soon.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Sea, Diving, Livestream, and Cameras [Link]

Mashable » This company creates custom 3D printed jewelry in 18 carat gold

Wednesday 10 January 16:03:44 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Precious Project' is a collaboration between UK designers, software developers and precious metals suppliers. They aimed to experiment with digital manufacturing and create unique and affordable 3D printed jewelry. Read more…More about Uk, Design, 3d Printing, Gold, and Jewelry [Link]

Slashdot » SourceForge Debuts New UI and GitHub Sync Tool

Wednesday 10 January 16:00:00 UTC 2018

SourceForge on Tuesday introduced an overhaul of its website to give it a new look and add new features. Among the most notable additions, the popular repository, which hosts over 430,000 projects and 3.7 million registered developers, said it was creating a GitHub Importer tool which would enable developers to import their GitHub project to SourceForge and also sync their … [Link]

Mashable » Get this $20 stainless steel blender so you can make your own smoothies —or, let's be honest, margaritas

Wednesday 10 January 15:55:08 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. That smoothie that you just bought at Jamba Juice was probably more expensive than you thought. It might save you more money in the long run to make your own, so get … [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Panther' scores biggest first-day presale ticket numbers for a Marvel movie

Wednesday 10 January 15:52:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBlack Panther is the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry that looks like it's going to blow our minds and it seems the general movie-going audience agrees as the film has set a new advanced ticket sales mark at Fandango for Marvel films.  SEE ALSO: A lot of kids are going to see 'Black Panther' thanks to this GoFundMe Fandango managing editor … [Link]

Mashable » If you can't afford to live in your city, these savage memes are for you

Wednesday 10 January 15:50:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe internet has a meme for everything, and this time it's not being able to afford to live in your city. An article in The Irish Times came out recently suggesting that people priced out of Dublin should think about moving farther away to the town of Gorey, which is a considerable distance from Dublin. I see we've arrived at at … [Link]

Mashable » This guy's hilarious driver's license prank is enough to make going to the DMV fun

Wednesday 10 January 15:47:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFinally, a way to make the DMV more bearable. Comedian Jono Zalay and his family have a long-standing tradition of dressing up as wacky characters in their driver's license photos. It was started by his father in the 70s, and they've racked up quite a long string of hilarious pics.  As an example, here's Zalay's brother's most recent photo: My family … [Link]

Mashable » Cryptocurrency pickup lines will make your Tinder success surge to an all-time high

Wednesday 10 January 15:47:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAllow me to let you in on a little secret that'll make your Tinder matches go weak at the knees. You won't need to scour their photos for a thoughtful opener. You won't have to read their bio to find a mutual interest. You won't even need to stoop to the low level of uttering the word "hey."  All you'll need … [Link]

Mashable » 'Pokémon Go' will no longer work on older iPhones

Wednesday 10 January 15:42:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNot only is Apple deliberately slowing down older iPhones, Niantic is going to stop supporting Pokémon Go on older iPhones too. Niantic will stop supporting Pokémon Go on older iPhone models that can't upgrade to iOS 11 after Feb. 28, the developer announced Tuesday. This means players who have an iPhone 5, 5C, or older will no longer be able to … [Link]

Mashable » Keep all of your kitchen tools handy with this magnetic rack that's on sale

Wednesday 10 January 15:37:58 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 help of this magnetic multipurpose rack, you can keep all your kitchen tools at the ready and live out all your celebrity chef fantasies from the comfort of your own … [Link]

Slashdot » NVIDIA GPUs Weren't Immune To Spectre Security Flaws Either

Wednesday 10 January 15:21:00 UTC 2018

Nvidia has became the latest chipmaker to release software patches for the Spectre microchip security threat, indicating that the chipset flaw was affecting graphic processors as well as CPUs. From a report: To that end, NVIDIA has detailed how its GPUs are affected by the speculative execution attacks and has started releasing updated drivers that tackle the issue. All its … [Link]

Mashable » Give all your devices the attention they deserve with this 5-port charger that's on sale

Wednesday 10 January 15:13:14 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 all the devices you own, it can be difficult to delegate which one gets to charge first. We know, life is hard. Take the decision out of the equation with this … [Link]

Mashable » Goodbye, beer pong. There's a new game in town, and it involves a Keurig.

Wednesday 10 January 15:12:59 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Beer pong is so 2017. These partygoers are living in 2037. A group of friends invented a Keurig-based party game in which they attempted to throw K-cups into the slot. It had a very high degree of difficulty — lodging one of those little cartridges exactly into the machine is super hard. But, astonishingly, one contestant nailed it. So, the … [Link]

Mashable » These might be the most millennial iPhone cases of all time

Wednesday 10 January 15:01:18 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. Do you hear how insane you sound? I can't make any promises. Don't call me, I'll call you. If these are phrases you say (or want to say) on the daily, you … [Link]

Slashdot » Senator Wants Apple To Answer Questions on Slowing iPhones

Wednesday 10 January 14:42:00 UTC 2018

The chairman of a U.S. Senate committee overseeing business issues asked Apple to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing a letter. From the report: The California-based company apologized over the issue on Dec. 28, cut battery replacement costs and said it will change its software to show users … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Extreme weather in US and Australia may be due to climate change

Wednesday 10 January 14:16:32 UTC 2018

The eastern US has shivered through freezing temperatures while Australia has sweltered in a colossal heatwave, and both events may be linked to climate change [Link]

Mashable » These vintage Wendy's training videos are catchy as hell

Wednesday 10 January 14:08:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWarning: do not watch these clips if you don't want songs about fast food stuck in your head for the rest of the day. A set of truly classic Wendy's training videos from the eighties is currently making the rounds on Twitter thanks to radio personality Brian Fink. It's not the first time the videos have popped up — most have … [Link]

Slashdot » Taiwanese Police Give Cyber-security Quiz Winners Infected Devices

Wednesday 10 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Taiwan's national police agency said 54 of the flash drives it gave out at an event highlighting a government's cybercrime crackdown contained malware. From a report: The virus, which can steal personal data and has been linked to fraud, was added inadvertently, it said. The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) apologised for the error and blamed the mishap on a third-party … [Link]

Mashable » Misshapen strawberry finally gets the Photoshop battle it always wanted

Wednesday 10 January 13:20:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMisshapen fruit may look strange, but really it just needs to be loved. It's a bit like clouds, in a way — even if they look really, really odd, if you squint hard enough you can  make them into pretty much anything. SEE ALSO: 23 of the funniest British tweets from 2017 Waffling introductions aside, here is a strawberry that looks … [Link]

Mashable » Guy uses 'Heads Up' to propose to his girlfriend and it's beyond adorable

Wednesday 10 January 13:07:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Okay that's pretty original. SEE ALSO: This perfect Netflix marriage proposal just redefined relationship goals A video has gone viral of a man who used the mobile game Heads Up. He created a custom deck of the titles of films they'd seen on dates, followed by her name and the question, "Will you marry me?" She says yes, which as … [Link]

Slashdot » Congress Is About To Vote On Expanding the Warrantless Surveillance of Americans

Wednesday 10 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Tuesday afternoon, a handful of U.S. Representatives will convene to review an amendment that would reauthorize warrantless foreign surveillance and expand the law so that it could include American citizens. It would, in effect, legalize a surveillance practice abandoned by the NSA in 2017 in order to appease the Foreign Intelligence … [Link]

Mashable » This tiny wild cat species is exploding the internet with its cuteness

Wednesday 10 January 12:26:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookImagine the cutest cat imaginable. Now imagine harder. It's still not as cute as this cat. SEE ALSO: Tywin Lannister from 'Game of Thrones' narrates the final episode of nature doc parody 'Savage Cuties' BBC One's upcoming documentary Big Cats revealed a segment about the world's smallest feline, the rusty spotted cat. That's almost inflammatory cuteness right there. Weighing in at … [Link]

Mashable » This Scottish man's sweary tweet about meeting a man with the exact same name has gone viral

Wednesday 10 January 12:01:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEver wondered how many people out there share the exact same name as you? Whether they're taller or shorter? Better or worse looking? More or less successful? Ever wanted to meet up with one of them and find out? SEE ALSO: This man's 32-point Twitter thread about what it's like to live with just girls has gone super viral Well, we … [Link]

Slashdot » Xbox One Adds New Achievement, Do Not Disturb Features In Previous Update

Wednesday 10 January 11:30:00 UTC 2018

A Preview alpha build is now available for some Xbox One users who take part in the Insiders Program, which allows players to test out new system and game features before they go live to the public. This build contains several new features, such as the Next Achievements feature and a Do Not Disturb feature. GameSpot reports: The biggest addition … [Link]

Mashable » Sally Hawkins gets catfished by a sea monster in this 'The Shape of Water' sketch

Wednesday 10 January 11:28:32 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The weird thing is, this isn't even the strangest Tinder scenario we've ever heard of. SEE ALSO: Which dating app is right for you? Use this guide to figure it out. Sally Hawkins and James Corden took part in a sketch on The Late Late Show on Tuesday night parodying The Shape of Water (in which Hawkins plays a woman … [Link]

Mashable » Starbucks is trialling a charge on cups that are damaging the environment

Wednesday 10 January 11:20:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStarbucks is about to get a tad more expensive for some Londoners. But, before you freak out, it's worth noting that there's actually a really good reason for it.  The coffee brand has announced it will trial a 5p paper cup charge in 25 London stores in an effort to "encourage and support" the use of reusable cups.  SEE ALSO: Sorry, … [Link]

Mashable » Trump singing the national anthem gets the dubbing it so badly needed

Wednesday 10 January 11:09:00 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Wonder just what was going on when Trump appeared to skip bits of the national anthem? SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert's 4-word summary of 'Fire and Fury' saves you from reading the nightmare yourself The Late Show with Stephen Colbert dubbed the footage of Trump apparently flubbing the national anthem in Atlanta with their own version of Trump's singing.  "Sloppy" Steve … [Link]

Mashable » Millie Bobby Brown and Niall Horan had an adorable 'Stranger Things' Twitter exchange

Wednesday 10 January 10:57:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf there's one thing guaranteed to get fans buzzing, it's a good ol' social media exchange between two celebrities. Millie Bobby Brown has been delivering in this area in a big way lately. SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams' Instagram post about not going to the Golden Globes is epic She recently shared a photo with Drake at the Golden Globes on Instagram, … [Link]

Mashable » Celine Dion dealt with a fan who rushed the stage with maximum compassion

Wednesday 10 January 10:48:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe woman has the patience of a saint.  SEE ALSO: I can't get enough of this weird trend where people make music out of other people talking A video has gone viral of singer Celine Dion placating a seemingly drunk fan who came on-stage in Vegas on Friday night. According to the uploader's description of the video, the woman got on … [Link]

Mashable » Telegram to raise a total of $1.2 billion in a monster ICO, report claims

Wednesday 10 January 10:21:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMessaging app Telegram is joining the cryptocurrency craze in a big way.  Although nothing has been officially announced, a 23-page document obtained by Mashable claims that Telegram is preparing to launch an initial coin offering (ICO).  Although the document outlines a dynamic token crowdsale in which the token price would be adjusted according to interest, CoinDesk's sources claim Telegram plans to … [Link]

Slashdot » 'I Tried the First Phone With An In-Display Fingerprint Sensor'

Wednesday 10 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

Vlad Savov from The Verge reports of his experience using the first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner built into the display: After an entire year of speculation about whether Apple or Samsung might integrate the fingerprint sensor under the display of their flagship phones, it is actually China's Vivo that has gotten there first. At CES 2018, I got to … [Link]

Mashable » Ricky Gervais promotes his new game show with the world's least humble video interview

Wednesday 10 January 9:54:35 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook When you're as famous as Ricky Gervais, you don't always have time to show up to things in person. Sometimes a video has to do. SEE ALSO: Karl Pilkington totally predicted 2 'Black Mirror' Season 4 storylines In the clip above, Gervais appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the form of a pre-recorded video designed to promote his new game … [Link]

Mashable » Mystery person interferes with police radio to broadcast NWA's 'F**k tha Police'

Wednesday 10 January 7:31:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSomeone’s messing with the radios of New Zealand cops, who are obviously not down with it at all. To perhaps make matters worse, the mystery person interfered with police radios in Otago and Southland with rap group N.W.A.'s protest anthem, "Fuck tha Police." SEE ALSO: Hey Hollywood, Chance the Rapper's got an film idea for you According to the Otago Daily … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what Uber for the skies might feel like

Wednesday 10 January 7:05:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRide-sharing has disrupted transportation in many cities, and not always for the better. Some surveys show services like Uber and Lyft actually add to the congestion in urban areas, with more cars on the road competing for the same amount of road space. To solve the problem, many are looking to the skies. After Ehang captivated CES two years ago with … [Link]

Slashdot » Rumors Swirl That Secret Zuma Satellite Launched By SpaceX Was Lost

Wednesday 10 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

Many media outlets are reporting that the U.S. government's top-secret Zuma satellite may have run into some serious problems during or shortly after its Sunday launch. Zuma was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday evening — a launch that also featured a successful landing back on Earth by the booster's first … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert questions James Franco over sexual misconduct accusations

Wednesday 10 January 6:49:17 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook James Franco was pressed for answers by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Tuesday, following accusations of sexual misconduct since his Golden Globe win. The Disaster Artist star was interviewed by the talk show host, broadcast mere hours after The New York Times cancelled a TimesTalks event with Franco scheduled for Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Seth Meyers slays Golden Globes … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Wednesday 10 January 6:49:00 UTC 2018

A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of products containing tiny pieces of plastic has come into force – but the ban on selling such products won't come in until July [Link]

New Scientist – News » AI listens in on emergency calls to diagnose heart attacks

Wednesday 10 January 6:48:59 UTC 2018

Identifying cardiac arrest over the phone is a tricky task, in Denmark eaves-dropping artificial intelligence is lending a helping hand [Link]

Mashable » Greta Gerwig finally talks about working with Woody Allen

Wednesday 10 January 5:38:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig has finally gone on the record about Woody Allen, accused by his daughter Dylan Farrow of sexual assault.  Gerwig made a much-awaited statement about the director when she joined New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni for an online conversation with Molly's Game writer and director Aaron Sorkin about their own movies and the … [Link]

Mashable » Michelle Williams reportedly paid less than 1% of Mark Wahlberg's fee for 'All The Money' reshoot

Wednesday 10 January 5:14:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPay discrepancies are sadly nothing new in the entertainment business, or anywhere really, but they rarely get this egregious. Following allegations of Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct, Ridley Scott decided to reshoot the entirety of Spacey's scenes in All the Money in the World, with Christopher Plummer as the replacement. SEE ALSO: Oprah's Golden Globes speech was the emotional call to action … [Link]

Mashable » Meet the first openly gay man to compete for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics

Wednesday 10 January 4:52:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFigure skater Adam Rippon will be the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics.  The 28-year-old celebrated qualifying for the Games, which take place in February in South Korea, in a tweet on Tuesday evening. I am so excited to be going to my first Olympics in a few weeks. Being the first out🏳️‍&#127752~ … [Link]

Mashable » Snow falls on the usually quite hot Sahara Desert

Wednesday 10 January 4:35:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfrica’s Sahara Desert isn't the place you'd expect to see snow. Yet a rare winter storm powdered the arid sand dunes of northwestern Algeria with white snow on Sunday, the third time an event like this has happened in 40 years. SEE ALSO: How the 'bomb cyclone' formed to slam the East Coast What's even odder is snow also fell on … [Link]

Mashable » Don't worry, those frozen alligators are totally OK

Wednesday 10 January 3:43:08 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Damn, alligators are tough.  Last week, the Shallotte River Swamp Park posted videos on Facebook of its gators poking their nostrils through the ice to survive unusually cold temperatures, a result of the "bomb cyclone" that hit the eastern United States.  SEE ALSO: Frozen iguanas are falling out of trees in South Florida On Tuesday, the tactic paid off — … [Link]

Mashable » Of course you can control your smart home with your underwear

Wednesday 10 January 3:32:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJust how close are you willing to get to your wearables? Smart underwear company Myant will soon find out. The company's just opened up pre-orders for Skiin, its new line of "smart" underwear and bras, tech-filled undergarments that can track what's happening in your body and even control your smart home. SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018 The tech … [Link]

Slashdot » Jack In the Box CEO Says 'It Just Makes Sense' To Replace Workers With Robots

Wednesday 10 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Grub Street: Per Business Insider, Jack in the Box CEO Leonard Comma told an industry crowd that "it just makes sense" to swap cashiers for inanimate machines in the year 2018. Not because he thinks 2018 will be the year that fast food gets technologized so much as it's the year that Jack … [Link]

Mashable » Huawei's ambitious plans to compete with the iPhone in the U.S. derailed (for now)

Wednesday 10 January 3:28:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHuawei’s very well-made and very high-end Mate 10 Pro, released globally last fall, will soon be available in the U.S.  The world's third largest phone maker used CES 2018 to re-introduce Americans to what it boldly proclaims is the world's first "AI smartphone," ushering in a new era for our beloved glass-and-metal slabs. SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018 … [Link]

New Scientist – News » When people sleep more they also eat less sugar and carbs

Wednesday 10 January 3:00:32 UTC 2018

When people are given advice on how to get more sleep, not only do they get more slumber than they used to, they also start eating more healthily [Link]

New Scientist – News » Invasive toxic pufferfish causes havoc in European waters

Wednesday 10 January 3:00:25 UTC 2018

A pufferfish that carries the lethal poison tetrodotoxin has entered Europe's seas, and local species are increasingly becoming poisonous as well [Link]

New Scientist – News » AI listens in on emergency calls to diagnose cardiac arrest

Wednesday 10 January 3:00:24 UTC 2018

Identifying cardiac arrest over the phone is a tricky task, in Denmark eaves-dropping artificial intelligence is lending a helping hand [Link]

New Scientist – News » With political will, we can solve the global vision crisis

Wednesday 10 January 3:00:22 UTC 2018

Impaired sight costs the world trillions every year, but leaders with vision could deal with this under-reported and unnecessary problem [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sex tweets help track spread of sexually transmitted infections

Wednesday 10 January 3:00:21 UTC 2018

Twitter provided a more sensitive warning signal for syphilis rates in US counties than the previous year’s disease levels [Link]

New Scientist – News » People with diabetes seem to be protected against migraine

Wednesday 10 January 2:30:00 UTC 2018

Doctors' hunches that people with diabetes get fewer migraines have finally been backed up by good evidence and it could help us treat migraines [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Wednesday 10 January 2:15:00 UTC 2018

A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of products containing tiny pieces of plastic has come into force – but the ban on selling such products won't come in until July [Link]

Mashable » This smart lock is powered by the sun

Wednesday 10 January 1:50:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Internet of Things is going green.  Brinks (a division of hardware manufacturer Hampton Products) has announced that it is taking preorders for its ARRAY Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock you can operate with your smartphone.  SEE ALSO: This smart deadbolt uses Google Assistant to keep you safe Unlike many smart locks, however, which require standard cylindrical batteries, ARRAY draws from … [Link]

Slashdot » AT&T and Comcast Finalize Court Victory Over Nashville and Google Fiber

Wednesday 10 January 1:40:00 UTC 2018

"AT&T and Comcast have solidified a court victory over the metro government in Nashville, Tennessee, nullifying a rule that was meant to help Google Fiber compete against the incumbent broadband providers," reports Ars Technica. From the report: The case involved Nashville's "One Touch Make Ready" ordinance that was supposed to give Google Fiber and other new ISPs faster access to … [Link]

Mashable » Finally, a robot at CES that punches other robots

Wednesday 10 January 1:13:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRobots, if the hype at CES this year is to be believed, are moving progressively further into our daily lives. From cleaning up around the house, to folding your laundry, to even replacing your damn dog — there is simply no escaping the whir of machinery as you and your loved ones are relegated to the lesser category of "not Bluetooth … [Link]

Mashable » Some dudes recreated Ralph Wiggum's legendary grilled crayon sandwich

Wednesday 10 January 1:11:55 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook There are few among us who will truly experience the world in all its kaleidoscopic possibility as Springfield hero Ralph Wiggum. But there are some who will attempt to live vicariously through the sensory delights of The Simpsons favourite. In this case, they are YouTuber Andrew Rea, whose channel Binging with Babish specialises in recreating food from pop culture and … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla's New York Gigafactory Kicks Off Solar Roof Production

Wednesday 10 January 1:00:00 UTC 2018

In an email Tuesday, Tesla said that its manufacturing of the long-awaited electricity-producing shingles began last month at a factory in Buffalo built with backing from New York State. It comes more than a year after Tesla unveiled the shingles to a mix of fanfare and skepticism. Bloomberg reports: The appeal: a sleek, clean solar product, especially for homeowners seeking … [Link]

Mashable » LG's 'OLED Canyon' perfectly symbolizes the excess of CES 2018

Wednesday 10 January 0:45:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDid we really need this? LG Electronics must have had something to prove this year at CES because it went over the top with its long, winding, 92-foot-long "OLED Canyon" made up of more than 240 displays. LG's OLED canyon at CES 2018 Image: Mashable / brian wongOkay, fine. It's really, really pretty. But it just seems like a gigantic waste of energy — even in a … [Link]

Slashdot » Senate Bill to Block Net Neutrality Repeal Now Has 40 Co-Sponsors

Wednesday 10 January 0:20:00 UTC 2018

New submitter Rick Schumann writes: The senate bill to block the FCC repeal of Obama-era internet net neutrality rules now has 40 co-sponsors, up from the 30 co-sponsors it had yesterday. The bill, being driven by Senate minority Democrats, requires only a simple majority vote in order to be passed, although Washington insiders are currently predicting the bill will fail. … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook's Oculus Go will be made by this Chinese company

Wednesday 10 January 0:19:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn October, Facebook announced the Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset that doesn't require a smartphone. Today, it announced the manufacturer. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk accidentally tweets phone number while trying to reach Oculus executive Oculus stated Tuesday at CES that Chinese company Xiaomi will be its hardware partner for the Oculus Go.  The two companies also jointly announced Mi VR … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Switching from Python to Go? Here's What You Need To Know

Wednesday 10 January 0:12:17 UTC 2018

Switching from one programming language to another can be a monumental step for any team, but when a new language offers benefits that outshine the one you're using, you may find it's time to make the move. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Xillio, StockMarketClock, Twitter, Redis Labs

Wednesday 10 January 0:08:15 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]

ProgrammableWeb » SWIFT Institute Challenges Students to Protect Data in an Open API World

Wednesday 10 January 0:07:43 UTC 2018

The SWIFT Institute, a living library for financial research managed by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, announced its third annual student challenge which asks students to find ways to protect personal information and other sensitive data in open data environments. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Survey reveals extreme gender bias plagues STEM – it must change

Wednesday 10 January 0:00:00 UTC 2018

A new snapshot of women working in science and technology in the US shows deep levels of discrimination against them. It must spark action, says Lara Williams [Link]

New Scientist – News » Extreme weather in US and Australia may be due to climate change

Wednesday 10 January 0:00:00 UTC 2018

The eastern US has shivered through freezing temperatures while Australia has sweltered in a colossal heatwave, and both events may be linked to climate change [Link]

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