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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 » Snapchat redesign is out in Canada and Australia, and people aren't happy

Thursday 11 January 23:43:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnapchat’s redesign was meant to make the app easier. For now, it's mostly causing anger.  On Thursday, Snapchat users in Canada were surprised with the new design. The automatic update is live in Australia, the U.K., and has been beta tested with users worldwide. But it hasn't rolled out everywhere yet — most noticeably, to its largest market the U.S. (Maybe American … [Link]

Slashdot » TiVo Sues Comcast Again, Alleging Operator's X1 Infringes Eight Patents

Thursday 11 January 23:30:00 UTC 2018

TiVo's Rovi subsidiary on Wednesday filed two lawsuits in federal district courts, alleging Comcast's X1 platform infringes eight TiVo-owned patents. "That includes technology covering pausing and resuming shows on different devices; restarting live programming in progress; certain advanced DVR recording features; and advanced search and voice functionality," reports Variety. From the report: A Comcast spokeswoman said the company will "aggressively … [Link]

Mashable » Not again: Men try to create blockchain-based app for sexual consent

Thursday 11 January 23:14:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBack in 2014, a consensual sex app came out hoping to encourage better and clearer communication between potential partners. That app is long gone — shocker.  In its place comes a similar concept from a Dutch digital contract company. The all-men co-founders present LegalFlings, a yet-to-be released app that uses blockchain technology to decentralize your private information about whether you'd like … [Link]

Mashable » HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' will be your next dystopic distraction

Thursday 11 January 22:55:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHBO has released the first teaser for Fahrenheit 451, a film based off the Ray Bradbury novel and starring Michael B. Jordan as a rebel in a dystopia that burns books. Like other dystopic narratives – did you not watch The Handmaid's Tale? – Fahrenheit 451 feels uncomfortably close to reality in 2018 (see also: the Trump administration blustering about censorship … [Link]

Slashdot » Circuit City Is Coming Back

Thursday 11 January 22:50:00 UTC 2018

Following a tease of a CES announcement, current Circuit City CEO Ronny Shmoel confirmed on Monday that something called Circuit City will arrive as "a new, more personalized online shopping experience" starting February 15. The announcement even included promises of AI-driven recommendations fueled by IBM's Watson platform, plus unexplained "augmented reality" and "search by photo" features. Ars Technica reports: Curiously, … [Link]

Mashable » Car spins out on highway and expertly corrects with action movie maneuver

Thursday 11 January 22:42:10 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook A driver traveling in a Saturn on Interstate 95 in South Florida got extremely lucky after spinning out of control at high speeds. A dashcam from inside a car following the Saturn captured the moment on camera. The car begins to merge right into another lane without signaling, but is forced to abort at the last moment as a speeding … [Link]

Mashable » This very good bug-sniffing dog will protect fine art from pests

Thursday 11 January 22:29:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMeet Riley, a very good dog with a very good nose. Riley is now in the employ of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, having been hired to sniff out bugs and other annoying critters that may be harming pieces in its collectionPer the Boston Globe, the 12-week-old Weimaraner (they're known for their keen sense of smell), is the first dog … [Link]

Mashable » More airlines are ditching reclining seats, and it's about f*cking time

Thursday 11 January 22:28:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn bad news for seat recliners and good news for people with arms and legs and knees that need room to operate, British Airways just became the latest airline to announce it's doing away with seats that slip back into other people's suppers. The airline just revealed that 35 of its new short-haul aircraft introduced over the next five years will … [Link]

Mashable » Get a $300 Dell gift card when you purchase a smart TV, save on TurboTax, and more of today's best deals

Thursday 11 January 22:25:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. The hibernation season is upon us, so it's best if you just fully embrace it. Prepare to be snowed in and treat yourself to a new laptop, smart TV, or gaming console … [Link]

Mashable » Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone

Thursday 11 January 22:21:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMonths after the FCC badgered Apple to do it, Samsung is finally unlocking the FM radio chip in its next smartphone models.  The company announced Tuesday that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips. Samsung phone users will be able to access local FM radio through apps like NextRadio, which connects smartphones to nearby radio stations.  SEE ALSO: Samsung's … [Link]

Mashable » 3 security issues facing self-driving cars

Thursday 11 January 22:15:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith companies like Google, Tesla, and Uber all racing to put self-driving cars on the road, the security of automated vehicles is a hotly topic of discussion. Anil Markose explains what cyber security issues might threaten autonomous vehicles.  Read more…More about Tech, Cars, Transportation, Mashable Video, and Cybersecurity [Link]

Mashable » Trump reportedly asked why the US accepts people from 'sh*thole' countries

Thursday 11 January 22:13:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSooo, here we go again.  President Donald Trump had a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office Thursday, in which the topic was protection for immigrants from places like Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries. The commander-in-chief's measured, sympathetic response? "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the president said according to the Washington Post. … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Health Data Is Being Used As Evidence In a Rape and Murder Investigation

Thursday 11 January 22:10:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Hussein K., an Afghan refugee in Freiburg, has been on trial since September for allegedly raping and murdering a student in Freiburg, and disposing of her body in a river. But many of the details of the trial have been hazy — no one can agree on his real age, and most … [Link]

Mashable » The #BlackHogwarts hashtag on Twitter may be the best thing you'll see today

Thursday 11 January 22:09:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere were no wands needed in the making of this magical hashtag.  #BlackHogwarts started trending on Twitter Thursday, after Harry Potter fans began to imagine how the wizardry school would be with a little more diversity in the mix. Let's give praise to the person that started this trend. It's making us wish even more for a real Hogwarts to exist.  … [Link]

Slashdot » Dropbox Files Confidentially For IPO

Thursday 11 January 21:47:00 UTC 2018

Dropbox, the file-sharing private company valued at $10 billion, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering. From the report: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will lead the potential listing, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the filing wasn't public. Dropbox is talking to other banks this month to fill … [Link]

Mashable » I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

Thursday 11 January 21:30:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI deleted Facebook's app off my phone more than a month ago.  And reader: I feel free.  My days of mindlessly scrolling through random updates from my mom's friends and people I haven't spoken to since high school are over.  And yours could be too.  You just have to delete the app.  That's it. Not your Facebook account. Not your life … [Link]

Mashable » Comic super villain Peter Thiel reportedly submitted a bid for Gawker

Thursday 11 January 21:25:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPeter Thiel has reportedly made an offer to buy Gawker.  That's right, the billionaire who funded the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that shuttered the website wants to pick at its bones, Reuters reported on Thursday citing "people familiar with the matter." SEE ALSO: Y Combinator cuts ties with Peter Thiel This isn't a total surprise. He filed a motion in November claiming … [Link]

Slashdot » Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Wants To Create the Podcast Genome Project

Thursday 11 January 21:25:00 UTC 2018

Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: Pandora's new CEO Roger Lynch has big plans for podcasts: Lynch told Variety on the sidelines of CES in Las Vegas Thursday that he wants to create "the equivalent of the podcast genome project" as the company plans to add many more podcasts to its catalog. Lynch, who joined Pandora as president and CEO in … [Link]

Mashable » Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker

Thursday 11 January 21:10:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the first few days of the new year, Google has its eyes on the future.  The company, a division of parent company Alphabet Inc., has acquired Redux, a U.K.-based startup.  The startup "creates products and bespoke systems that enable high-resolution haptic feedback and speakerless surround sound audio," according to Crunchbase. In other words, its technology eliminates the need for speakers … [Link]

Mashable » 'Rick and Morty' co-creator Dan Harmon delivers raw account and apology for sexual harassment

Thursday 11 January 21:07:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery time a new sexual misconduct allegation comes to light, the fallout is double fold. First, we have to reckon with the awful abuse someone inflicted on someone else. Then, we suffer through yet another infuriating, vague, gutless, self-aggrandizing, template "apology." But Dan Harmon, creator of Community and Rick and Morty, just proved that true remorse — and even reconciliation — … [Link]

Slashdot » When It Comes to Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind

Thursday 11 January 20:45:00 UTC 2018

Tom Simonite, writing for Wired: In 2015, a black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company's Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as "gorillas." Google declared itself "appalled and genuinely sorry." An engineer who became the public face of the clean-up operation said the label gorilla would no longer be applied to groups … [Link]

Mashable » The selfie stick just got an upgrade

Thursday 11 January 20:38:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Royole Selfie Stick is so advanced you can take pictures without even pressing a button. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Selfies, Selfie, Selfie Stick, and Selfie Cam [Link]

Mashable » The 'Overwatch' League launched with no female players, but plenty of excuses

Thursday 11 January 20:35:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s a game that's been acclaimed for its diverse and inclusive cast of characters, but somehow Overwatch's premier esports league has launched without a single female player. Blizzard's ambitious new esports league Overwatch League kicked off its inaugural season on Wednesday, and not one of the 12 teams has a single female player on its roster. Even worse: One of the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Confide Launches an SDK to Prevent Screenshots in iOS Apps

Thursday 11 January 20:28:32 UTC 2018

Private messaging app Confide is making the anti-screenshot technology it uses in its own app available to app developers via a new SDK for iOS versions 10 and 11. [Link]

Mashable » Here's your first look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in 'Venom'

Thursday 11 January 20:26:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBefore he was bastardized along with everything else in Spider-Man 3, Venom was a pretty cool Marvel character – and Tom Hardy wants to bring that guy back with his new Venom film. The first image of Hardy in character as Eddie Brock is quiet and understated – but like Eddie himself, there's something sharp beneath the surface. SEE ALSO: Joe … [Link]

Mashable » Sheets of ice found below Mars' surface could be a boon for human exploration

Thursday 11 January 20:08:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you look at a photo of Mars, you'll mostly see red.  The rust-colored world is known for its oxidized look, but if you dig down into the dirt, Mars gets a lot more interesting. The red planet is actually hiding pockets of water-ice up to about 100 meters thick just below its red surface, according to a new study published … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Partners with Signal to Bring End-To-End Encryption to Skype

Thursday 11 January 20:05:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft and Open Whisper Systems (makers of the Signal app) surprised many on Thursday when they said they are partnering to bring support for end-to-end (E2E) encrypted conversations to Skype. From a report: The new feature, called Skype Private Conversations has been rolled out for initial tests with Skype Insider builds. Private Conversations will encrypt Skype audio calls and text … [Link]

Mashable » Kolibree Magik toothbrush lets kids play with augmented reality while they brush

Thursday 11 January 19:31:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAugmented reality is slowly seeping into our everyday lives. It's not just for snaps and video games anymore. Case in point: a new kids toothbrush with AR.  SEE ALSO: The 14 most mind-blowing items from Michael Wolff's tell-all Trump book excerpt French company Kolibree announced at CES 2018 a smart toothbrush that uses AR to make brushing teeth fun for kids.  … [Link]

Slashdot » Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home

Thursday 11 January 19:25:00 UTC 2018

From a report on Bloomberg: U.S.-trained Chinese-born talent is becoming a key force in driving Chinese companies' global expansion and the country's efforts to dominate next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Where college graduates once coveted a prestigious overseas job and foreign citizenship, many today gravitate toward career opportunities at home, where venture capital is now plentiful and … [Link]

Mashable » Guillermo Del Toro loved Natalie Portman's 'all-male' director joke

Thursday 11 January 19:23:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNatalie Portman used her stage time at Sunday's Golden Globes to call out the gender inequality of directing in Hollywood, and The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro loved it. Del Toro – who took the stage just seconds later to receive a directing award for The Shape of Water – told IndieWire that he loved his introduction. “I think … [Link]

Mashable » These handcrafted drawing machines create super precise geometric drawings that are so satisfying to watch

Thursday 11 January 19:17:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJames Nolan Gandy is a drawing machinist. He builds intricate analog machines that create complex geometrical shapes.  Read more…More about Physics, Drawing, Machine, Analog, and Mathematics [Link]

Mashable » Take these tiny arcade games with you wherever you go

Thursday 11 January 19:15:09 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f1%2fd27fa0d4 87b3 7735%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ these tiny arcade games with you wherever you go","sources":[{&quo~ More about Arcade Games, Shopping Skimlinks, Shopping Video, Entertainment, and Consumer Tech [Link]

Mashable » As the world warms, it's making cold snaps like the recent one extremely rare

Thursday 11 January 19:03:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe first week of January was the coldest such week on record in most locations in the Eastern United States. It was so frigid that week, and the week preceding it, that sea ice formed around Cape Cod and Chesapeake Bay, sharks froze to death on Massachusetts beaches, and alligators went into a resting state while entombed in ice.  One might … [Link]

Mashable » Girl plays ‘Star Wars’ Cantina theme with a pencil, is groundbreaking math genius

Thursday 11 January 18:56:54 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook What you're about to watch is the work of a name you should remember: Dani Ochoa.  Dani, who characterizes herself as "a girl with too much time on her hands" is also, apparently, a goddamn math genius.  She figured out how to play the Mos Eiseley Cantina theme from "Star Wars."  With a pencil.  While writing. While writing a coherent … [Link]

Slashdot » Subscriptions With Automated Recurring Billing Come To Windows 10

Thursday 11 January 18:45:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: In yet another bid to woo developers to the platform, Microsoft is introducing subscription add-ons for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, and later. Available to all UWP developers, the add-on subscriptions with automated recurring billing will allow creators to sell digital products directly in their apps. Subscription periods available include 1 month, 3 months, 6 … [Link]

Geek Culture » Blame Him!

Thursday 11 January 18:35:42 UTC 2018

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Mashable » 2018 just started but 'Fire and Fury' may already be the shadiest book of the year

Thursday 11 January 18:18:31 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're only two weeks into 2018 but it's impossible to talk about books in the new year without hearing three words: fire and fury. Since an excerpt published in New York Magazine on Jan 3., the … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Says Chip-Security Fixes Leave PCs No More Than 10% Slower

Thursday 11 January 18:05:00 UTC 2018

Intel trying to defuse concern that fixes to widespread chip security vulnerabilities will slow computers, released test results late Wednesday showing that personal computers won't be affected much and promised more information on servers. From a report: The chipmaker published a table of data showing that older processors handled typical tasks 10 percent slower at most, after being updated with … [Link]

Mashable » Actress Mira Sorvino apologizes for working with Woody Allen

Thursday 11 January 17:30:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookActress Mira Sorvino penned an open letter Thursday apologizing to Dylan Farrow, daughter of filmmaker Woody Allen, for ignoring the sexual assault allegations Farrow made against her father and working with him in the '90s. Sorvino worked with Allen on the 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite, a few years after Farrow (who was 7-years-old at the time) alleged that Allen has sexually … [Link]

Slashdot » House Passes Bill To Renew NSA Internet Spying Tool

Thursday 11 January 17:25:00 UTC 2018

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool. The legislation, which passed 256-164 and split party lines, is the culmination of a … [Link]

Mashable » Some genius made Tide Pod sushi you can actually eat

Thursday 11 January 16:52:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFor better or for worse, a lot of people on the internet think Tide Pods look delicious. For better or for worse, I am one of them. So I was thrilled to see that according to r/food, a friend of Redditor dweron appears to have successfully made edible Tide Pods in sushi form — a feat I am now affectionately calling … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber Used Another Secret Software To Evade Police, Report Says

Thursday 11 January 16:50:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a Bloomberg report: In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into Uber Technologies's office in Montreal. The authorities believed Uber had violated tax laws and had a warrant to collect evidence. Managers on-site knew what to do, say people with knowledge of the event. Like managers at Uber's hundreds of offices abroad, they'd … [Link]

Mashable » Stop checking luggage and live that carry-on life with these 5 bags and suitcases

Thursday 11 January 16:41:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you're a frequent traveler, you know how annoying it can be to wait for your checked luggage to come around the carousel. On the flip side, we've all been there when … [Link]

Mashable » This portable ultrasound-like device lets you listen to the heartbeat of your fetus

Thursday 11 January 16:40:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookComper Smart Doppler Fetal Monitor reportedly detects fetal heartbeat and allows you to listen with earphones. It can also be used without the earphones to let your family and friends listen. The device can be used by itself or with the Comper app to save, record and share the data and sound.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Iphone, Apps, Technology, and Smartphone … [Link]

Mashable » Learn Unreal Engine 4 and make your own video game with this online course

Thursday 11 January 16:23:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Ah, Unreal Engine 4. It's the game development engine that has recently brought us the likes of Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and the upcoming and epic-looking Dragon Ball FighterZ.  SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Disney shows you how to make a Porg bento box from 'The Last Jedi'

Thursday 11 January 16:21:31 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook There's now a how-to video on making a Porg bento box and we are eating it up. Disney Parks made a how-to video on how to make a Porg bento box. It's fun and easy, as long as the Jawas don't keep interrupting. Using primarily rice, sesame seeds, olives and soy sauce, the chef makes an almost identical sushi-version of … [Link]

Mashable » Absolutely nail your next air guitar session with this awesome, playable T-shirt

Thursday 11 January 16:16:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. The next best thing to carrying your guitar around over your shoulder is wearing it on your shirt, and the playable electronic guitar shirt lets you do just that. SEE ALSO: Wake … [Link]

Mashable » This fake self-destruct button is about to become your new favorite stress relief toy

Thursday 11 January 16:13:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you're having an especially bad day at work or the current political climate Twitter is causing you stress, you might appreciate having a self-destruct button on standby. No, it's not an … [Link]

Mashable » How to Cure a Sluggish iPhone

Thursday 11 January 16:10:49 UTC 2018

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

Slashdot » Top US Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site

Thursday 11 January 16:08:00 UTC 2018

Joseph Cox, reporting for The Daily Beast: Data obtained by a security analyst and shared with The Daily Beast reveals the behind-the-scenes of the epicenter of revenge porn: a notorious image board called Anon-IB, where users constantly upload non-consensual imagery, comment on it, and trade nudes like baseball cards. The data shows Anon-IB users connecting from U.S. Senate, Navy, and … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Study proves that humblebragging really is the worst

Thursday 11 January 16:07:12 UTC 2018

It’s time for the #humblebrag to die. Experiments show that everybody hates thinly-veiled boasts, but nearly 45 per cent of people witness one a day [Link]

New Scientist – News » The smart humanoid robot that will help in grocery warehouses

Thursday 11 January 16:07:11 UTC 2018

Grocery company Ocado has unveiled a prototype humanoid robot called ARMAR-6 that will help maintenance staff keep the warehouses running smoothly [Link]

Mashable » Get three remote controlled smart plugs for just $17 while they're on sale

Thursday 11 January 16:06:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. We've already fallen in love with these remote-controlled outlets when they were on sale in the past, but now they're on sale again for an even better discount at 41% off. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Clever girl FaceTimed her dad to complain that her little brother pooped on the floor

Thursday 11 January 15:57:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis guy took daddy duties to a whole new level…  Dante was relaxing at home when he received a FaceTime request from his daughter, who was just upstairs. Apparently, her brother left a little surprise on the carpet of their playroom, and she felt the need to tell him about it.  It gets worse.  SEE ALSO: We don't give kids free … [Link]

Mashable » Print anything you want onto your nails. Literally, anything.

Thursday 11 January 15:48:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou can now print your selfies onto your nailsO'2Nails developed a series of ink-based nail art printers that can print on both natural and artificial nail surfaces. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Beauty, Chinese, Nail Polish, and Nail Art [Link]

Mashable » Marvel is finally, maybe, eventually making that Black Widow movie you asked for

Thursday 11 January 15:44:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThat Black Widow movie you've been asking for just got one step closer to reality. Variety reports that Jac Schaeffer has been hired to write the film, which would star Scarlett Johansson as the spy-turned-Avenger. SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence's 'Red Sparrow' trailer looks like the Black Widow movie Marvel still won't give us Mind you, the film's still got a ways … [Link]

Mashable » This highly-rated camera drone is currently on sale for $30 off

Thursday 11 January 15:44:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you've ever been curious about flying your own drone, then you need to jump on this Amazon lightning deal and save $30 on the Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone. SEE ALSO: The … [Link]

Mashable » Kellyanne Conway says nobody talks about Hillary Clinton. Trump, of course, tweets.

Thursday 11 January 15:42:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOh Kellyanne, we wish we could quit you. Speaking with CNN's Christopher Cuomo on Wednesday, the "counselor" to the President said "nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton," insisting that "we" don't care about Hillary. Kellyanne Conway claimed "nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton" despite the fact that President Trump mentioned her at least 3 times earlier today #CuomoPrimeTime https://t.co/sGNQfZyNRt — Christopher … [Link]

Mashable » Hey you, stop taking 'Black Mirror' so seriously

Thursday 11 January 15:34:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere follow mild spoilers for Black Mirror Season 4. Seriously, haven't you finished it by now? Here's a Black Mirror script idea: A 21st century comedy writer in the UK comes up with a series of stories with technological twists. They are, to him, darkly amusing, no more a serious prediction than a SNL sketch would be in the US. Still, … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel commemorates Trump's 2000th-ish lie with "Pants of Fire"

Thursday 11 January 15:33:06 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook President Trump has reportedly set the record for the greatest number of lies told in the first year of his administration. Sir, congratulations. Jimmy Kimmel Live! celebrated the president's achievement by publishing a mini-doc about his first year of deceit, titled Pants Of Fire: The Road To 2000 Lies. It's like Facebook's year in review, only somehow more depressing. Enjoy! … [Link]

Slashdot » The Invented Language That Found a Second Life Online

Thursday 11 January 15:31:00 UTC 2018

More than 100 years after it was invented, Esperanto is spoken by relatively few people. But the internet has brought new life to this intriguing, invented language. From a report: Since it [Esperanto] was first proposed in a small booklet written by Ludwik L Zamenhof in 1887, it has evolved into the quintessential invented language, the liveliest and most popular … [Link]

Mashable » Time magazine's latest Trump cover is, literally, fire

Thursday 11 January 15:30:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBetween accusations of being a liar, liar, pants on fire and Michael Wolff's new bestseller Fire and Fury, which looks at the mayhem in the White House, it seems fitting that President Donald Trump's latest appearance on Time magazine's cover is, quite literally, a fiery one.  SEE ALSO: Twitter says Trump's nuclear button tweet doesn't violate its rules against abusive behavior … [Link]

Mashable » 'Dark Souls: Remastered' and new 'Mario Tennis' coming to Nintendo Switch

Thursday 11 January 15:29:15 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Nintendo announced a handful of new games, re-releases, and downloadable content coming to the Nintendo Switch early this year, including the brand new Mario Tennis Aces and a remastered version of Dark Souls. The Nintendo Direct Mini released Thursday laid out Nintendo's plans for the first half of the year on the Nintendo Switch. The big new releases include Mario … [Link]

Mashable » This may be the best power strip for smartphones and it's less than $20 right now

Thursday 11 January 15:21:42 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. Let's be honest, the power strip you've been using for years could use a bit of an upgrade, and having a power strip with USB ports is exactly what we had in … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to play drums with this kit that turns your phone or tablet into a drum set

Thursday 11 January 14:57:36 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. William Shakespeare once wrote, "If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it; that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die." Translation? "Music is life, man." … [Link]

Slashdot » More Colleges Than Ever Have Test-Optional Admissions Policies

Thursday 11 January 14:41:00 UTC 2018

Back in the 1980s, Bates College and Bowdoin College were nearly the only liberal arts colleges not to require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores. On Jan. 10, FairTest, a Boston-based organization that has been pushing back against America's testing regime since 1985, announced that the number of colleges that are test-optional has now surpassed 1,000. From a … [Link]

Mashable » Control your smart home assistant with these underwear

Thursday 11 January 14:18:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSkiin smart underwear measure biometrics with sensors that are woven into the garments to track a user's health and make suggestions. Read more…More about Technology, Ces, Health, Mashable Video, and Wearables [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Conference Stops Accepting BTC Due To High Fees

Thursday 11 January 14:02:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Next week the popular cryptocurrency event, The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) will be hosted in downtown Miami at the James L Knight Center, January 18-19. However, bitcoin proponents got some unfortunate news this week as the event organizers have announced they have stopped accepting bitcoin payments for conference tickets due to network fees … [Link]

Mashable » This cheap online course will teach you how to build Android apps, so you can finally quit your day job

Thursday 11 January 14:00:24 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. Sure, it seemed like the whole world was buzzing for a hot minute around the release of the iPhone X and iOS 11 — but don't sleep on Android. Not only is … [Link]

Mashable » South Korea mulls cryptocurrency ban but it's far from finalized

Thursday 11 January 13:55:57 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. News from South Korea is causing turmoil in the cryptocurrency market.  The country's Justice minister Park Sang-ki said the country is preparing a ban on cryptocurrency trading, Reuters reported Thursday.  The news likely caused a price … [Link]

Mashable » James Franco explains why he wore a Time's Up pin despite allegations against him

Thursday 11 January 13:54:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook James Franco had another uncomfortable late night interview, this time with Seth Meyers.  Meyers opened the chat by saying that many women had an issue with Franco wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globes on Sunday, given their experiences with him. (This interview was taped before Thursday morning's bombshell Los Angeles Times story, where five women went on … [Link]

Mashable » Got your own business? This course on QuickBooks can teach you how to manage finances.

Thursday 11 January 13:52:52 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. There's a lot that goes into running your own business. You need to hire and manage an entire staff, pitch your million dollar idea to investors, and steer your company toward a bright, … [Link]

Mashable » 10 products that will help you meditate this year

Thursday 11 January 13:47:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you already need a way to unwind after the first week or so of the year, then you might want to start up meditation on a regular basis. For those new … [Link]

Mashable » Five women accuse James Franco of 'inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior'

Thursday 11 January 13:34:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFive women have accused James Franco of sexual misconduct or other inappropriate behavior, according to the Los Angeles Times. Four of the women were his acting students, and the fifth said he was her mentor.  Franco's attorney denied the allegations, and pointed the Times to what Franco said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, when Colbert asked Franco … [Link]

Mashable » Prince William jokes that Harry hasn't asked him to be best man yet

Thursday 11 January 13:21:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s only a few months now until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the not — but from the sounds of it there are still a few key wedding details they haven't yet planned out. The identity of Harry's best man, for instance. SEE ALSO: Prince Harry expertly fields question on whether he's inviting Obama to his wedding In a recent … [Link]

Mashable » The Legend of Zelda takes its epic battle to a chessboard

Thursday 11 January 13:00:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. The never-ending battle between Link and Ganon has lasted through the ages across several different platforms. Now, they're facing off on a chessboard in the Legend of Zelda Chess Set. Image: The … [Link]

Slashdot » FBI Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses' For Making iPhone Cracks Difficult

Thursday 11 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: A forensics expert from the FBI has lashed out at Apple, calling the company's security team a bunch of "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for making it more difficult to circumvent the encryption on its devices. Stephen Flatley told the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York on Wednesday that one example of the … [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen instantly regrets asking for new video game recommendations

Thursday 11 January 12:37:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookReally good video games are like a double-edged sword. The more fun they are to play, the more quickly your entire life can get consumed by them. SEE ALSO: 19 times Chrissy Teigen got hilariously angry with stuff on Twitter Just ask Chrissy Teigen.  Earlier this week the model made an open call for new 2D Nintendo Switch game ideas that … [Link]

Mashable » Take a look at this kangaroo being sexier than you'll ever be

Thursday 11 January 12:34:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWell that's it, we've found a sexy kangaroo. Everyone go home, the human race has officially peaked. SEE ALSO: Margot Robbie and Chris Hemsworth dressed up as kangaroos to become the 'best Aussie' A photo of a kangaroo lounging in front of a public toilet has been doing the rounds online because the roo in question is just so damn seductive. … [Link]

Mashable » Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's visit to radio station shows the royals are finally tuning in to young people

Thursday 11 January 12:28:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAll eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this week as they embarked on their second public engagement together to a youth radio station in Brixton, south London. While much attention was focused on the engaged couple's body language, Markle's interactions with the crowds and even her choice of outfit, there's one detail that appears to have slipped beneath the … [Link]

Mashable » Peter and Stewie Griffin went on Kimmel and they were predictably brutal

Thursday 11 January 11:27:45 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Animated characters can be so cruel. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel is all about Oprah in 2020 To mark the upcoming 300th episode of Family Guy, Jimmy Kimmel had animated stars Peter and Stewie Griffin in his studio audience on Wednesday night. The Griffins were as caustic as ever, mocking Kimmel every chance they got. They revealed very little about the … [Link]

Mashable » 50 Cent and Gerard Butler are big goofballs on Instagram

Thursday 11 January 11:04:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEven mighty celebrities can't resist silly filters on Instagram. SEE ALSO: Seth Meyers slays Golden Globes monologue then gives women the mic Gerard Butler and 50 Cent have been working together on the upcoming film Den of Thieves, but video evidence published by Butler suggests the film has not been all work and no play… Who's the coolest then? When will … [Link]

Mashable » How traditional careers are being digitised and transformed

Thursday 11 January 11:00:46 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook“When I grow up, I want to be a teacher.” “I want to be a lawyer.”  “I want to be a digitally enabled wealth management advisor with a specialisation in mobile development.” Once upon a time, all children had to do was choose a career from a rather short list of mummy and daddy-approved jobs, enrol in uni, and begin their … [Link]

Mashable » YouTuber Shane Dawson posts video apologizing for pedophilia jokes

Thursday 11 January 10:58:50 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook A famous YouTuber has issued a video statement after allegations of pedophilia began circulating about him on Twitter. Shane Dawson, who has well over 11.7 million subscribers on his main YouTube account, was the subject of social media rumours on Wednesday after quotes from an old episode of the "Shane and Friends" podcast in which he jokes about pedophilia began … [Link]

Slashdot » New Ingestible Pill Can Track Your Farts In Real Time

Thursday 11 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

A group of Australian researchers have developed an ingestible electronic capsule to monitor gas levels in the human gut. "When it's paired with a pocket-sized receiver and a mobile phone app, the pill reports tail-wind conditions in real time as it passes from the stomach to the colon," reports Ars Technica. The invention has been reported in the journal Nature … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter flooded after alleged creator of the ‘Shitty Media Men’ list steps forward

Thursday 11 January 7:22:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe alleged creator of "SHITTY MEDIA MEN," an anonymous spreadsheet used to report men accused of sexual misconduct in the publishing industry, has outed herself — and Twitter is ablaze. Writer Moira Donegan came forward as the author of the shared document, launched in October, in an article for New York Magazine. In the piece, she explained that "the anonymous, crowdsourced … [Link]

Slashdot » Senior Citizens Will Lead the Self-Driving Revolution

Thursday 11 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

The Villages in Florida — home to 125,000 residents, over 54,000 homes, 32 square miles, 750 miles of road, and three distinct downtowns — will soon get a fleet of robot taxis. "Voyage, a startup that has been operating a handful of self-driving cars in the San Jose, California-based retirement community also called The Villages, announced today that later this … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2482: Doggogängers?

Thursday 11 January 6:15:40 UTC 2018

JoT thumbThere’s a FaceID for that! [Link]

Mashable » Woman steps forward as creator of the ‘Shitty Media Men’ list

Thursday 11 January 5:53:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBack in October, a spreadsheet titled "SHITTY MEDIA MEN" became a safe place for women to share their experiences of abuse and harassment. The Google document became a way to anonymously crowdsource information about men in the industry accused of misconduct, ranging from sending inappropriate messages to assault and rape.  SEE ALSO: How to be part of the solution to sexual … [Link]

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

Thursday 11 January 5:25:41 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]

New Scientist – News » A single gene can either raise or lower Crohn’s disease risk

Thursday 11 January 5:00:00 UTC 2018

Comparing the DNA of 5700 Jewish people has identified a gene with two variants – one that lowers a person’s risk of Crohn’s disease, and one that raises it [Link]

New Scientist – News » Robotic implant could help children with rare disorder eat again

Thursday 11 January 5:00:00 UTC 2018

The device lengthens the oesophagus so its two ends can be stitched back together, improving life for children with a birth defect called oesophageal atresia [Link]

Mashable » Gillian Anderson is officially, really, truly leaving 'The X-Files'

Thursday 11 January 4:04:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe truth is out, uh, there — Gillian Anderson is officially leaving The X-Files. The actress, known for her iconic role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, confirmed her departure from the show on Wednesday at a Television Critics Association press panel. SEE ALSO: Here's when all your favorite shows are coming back in 2018 Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We must accept more risks if we want space travel to take off

Thursday 11 January 4:00:00 UTC 2018

Going to space is already one of the most dangerous things a person can do, but we will need to take far more risks than we do in order to push space exploration forward [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mystery radio bursts may be from neutron star near a black hole

Thursday 11 January 4:00:00 UTC 2018

The source of repeating fast radio bursts is one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries. They may come from a fast-spinning neutron star next to a huge black hole [Link]

Slashdot » Violating a Website's Terms of Service Is Not a Crime, Federal Court Rules

Thursday 11 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Good news out of the Ninth Circuit: the federal court of appeals heeded EFF's advice and rejected an attempt by Oracle to hold a company criminally liable for accessing Oracle's website in a manner it didn't like. The court ruled back in 2012 that merely violating a website's terms … [Link]

New Scientist – News » If the sea floor is sinking, are we safe from sea level rise?

Thursday 11 January 3:23:00 UTC 2018

The first study to calculate how much the ocean floor is sinking due to the extra weight of meltwater going into the sea has been widely misrepresented [Link]

Mashable » Number of women behind the camera in Hollywood hasn't changed in 20 years, study finds

Thursday 11 January 3:09:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn 2017, the top three films of the 2017 box office all starred women. But behind the camera, things aren't looking as promising. Sure, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast made it seem like female representation in Hollywood was on the up, but women comprised just 18 percent of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, … [Link]

Mashable » Unlike Apple, this phone maker put a fingerprint sensor under its touchscreen

Thursday 11 January 2:50:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith the move to edge-to-edge screens and narrower bezels, there's just no room to put a fingerprint sensor on the front of a phone anymore. Phone makers have moved them to the side or back, or removed them entirely.  But things don't have to be this way. At CES 2018, Chinese phone maker Vivo showed off the world's first phone with … [Link]

Mashable » Snake makes a sudden appearance on driver's sssssside window

Thursday 11 January 2:20:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnakes are relatively common in Australia, but perhaps less so coiled up on people's cars. A driver got quite the surprise when a venomous red-bellied black snake made an appearance on the side of his car on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Nightmare alert: 5-foot snake found hiding in someone's toilet in Texas According to ABC News, driver Ted Ogier was driving back … [Link]

Mashable » Spyware creator arrested for allegedly creeping on thousands for 13 years

Thursday 11 January 2:17:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe culprit behind the creepy spyware Fruitfly was nabbed finally — after 13 years. A 28-year-old Ohio man was accused Wednesday of running the malware attack on thousands of computers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). SEE ALSO: Creepy spyware has infected Macs for years, and we're only just realizing it now Phillip Durachinsky was indicted on 16 counts … [Link]

Mashable » This gadget makes it cheap and easy to add Alexa to your car

Thursday 11 January 1:56:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Adding Alexa to your car has never been so cheap. The Muse looks like any number of car gadgets — it's a disc about the size of an Oreo cookie that sticks to your dashboard and … [Link]

Slashdot » Future Samsung Phones Will Have a Working FM Radio Chip

Thursday 11 January 1:25:00 UTC 2018

A few months ago, LG announced a partnership with NextRadio to unlock the FM chip in its smartphones. Now, Samsung is doing the same. Android Police reports: NextRadio made the announcement, rightly explaining that FM radio is essential in areas with low connectivity and in emergency and disaster situations where a connection might be difficult to obtain or maintain and … [Link]

Mashable » This company made a way prettier version of the Amazon Echo Show

Thursday 11 January 1:12:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe market is full of awesome smart devices. But when it comes to looks, many of them are hardly inspiring.  But it doesn't have to be that way, as demonstrated by Brilliant Control, a 2018 CES Innovation Award winner. Brilliant is a sleek, futuristic wall panel that doubles as a smart light switch and a smart home hub.  Brilliant, the product's … [Link]

Mashable » This smart credit card has a cellphone antenna inside

Thursday 11 January 1:11:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYour credit card is about to get a lot smarter.  SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018 Dynamics Inc. and Sprint announced at CES 2018 a reprogrammable payment card that can be used for a bunch of different accounts: debit, credit, loyalty, and any other transaction that uses a magnetic strip. But this card has an extra innovation: It's one … [Link]

Mashable » I played ping pong with a robot and lost

Thursday 11 January 1:10:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you're still unsure if robots really are taking over, CES 2018 serves as a good reminder that our future is both robot-flled and mildly terrifying. But if our future really is a robot dystopia, at least there will be ping pong. Industrial robot maker Omron is helping making sure of that, with a massive ping-pong playing robot, called Forpheus. SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple To Transfer Chinese iCloud Operations To Chinese Firm

Thursday 11 January 0:45:00 UTC 2018

Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed, though Apple will still have access to all data stored on iCloud. The company said it had made the move to comply with the country's cloud computing regulations. iCloud accounts registered outside of China are not affected. BBC reports: … [Link]

Mashable » Margot Robbie and Chris Hemsworth dressed up as kangaroos to become the 'best Aussie'

Thursday 11 January 0:44:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Margot Robbie and Chris Hemsworth are as big as they come in regards to Aussies in Hollywood right now, but how much do they actually know about their home? Ellen Degeneres put them to the test on her show, in a game called Australian Boxers, featuring Robbie and Hemsworth answering a whole bunch of difficult questions about Australia while wearing … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube dumps Logan Paul from top ad platform and several projects

Thursday 11 January 0:38:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter a flurry of backlash, YouTube has finally taken action against disgraced vlogger Logan Paul. The company announced on Wednesday that it will remove Logan Paul's YouTube channel from Google’s preferred ad program, which means less ad money in Paul's pocket from his channel with over 15 million subscribers. Additionally, YouTube seems to be cutting as many ties as possible with … [Link]

Slashdot » Samsung Will Unveil the Galaxy S9 Next Month At Mobile World Congress

Thursday 11 January 0:03:00 UTC 2018

Samsung will unveil its next flagship handset, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC). DJ Koh, the company's smartphone chief, confirmed the launch to ZDNet at CES yesterday without offering a specific date. The Verge reports: The S9 (and, presumably, an S9 Plus) will be the successors to the S8 and S8 Plus, which launched at a … [Link]

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