John Gordon Ross

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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Mashable » What the next generation of car dashboards will be like

Friday 12 January 23:48:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe future of the car is driverless. Everyone knows this, and it was on full display at CES 2018, with a host of companies showing off why their particular flavor of self-driving was better than the company just a few feet over on the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot. The thing is, true self-driving cars — ones that can drive … [Link]

Mashable » 'John Wick' is coming to TV (and yes, Keanu Reeves will be there)

Friday 12 January 23:43:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe wildly successful dog revenge fantasy franchise John Wick is coming to premium cable, and expanding the film's universe beyond the steely gaze and monotone voice of Keanu Reeves' titular character. Starz and Lionsgate announced The Continental on Friday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. While Reeves is attached to make some appearances, the TV adaptation will (as the name … [Link]

Slashdot » Americans Still Deeply Skeptical About Driverless Cars, Says Poll

Friday 12 January 23:30:00 UTC 2018

A new poll was released today that basically repeats data we've seen in previous surveys: Americans still don't trust self-driving cars, and are nervous about the coming onslaught. The Verge reports: Asked how concerned they'd be to share the road with a driverless car, 31 percent said they'd be "very concerned," while 33 percent said "somewhat concerned," according to the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How to Build an Industrial Sensor

Friday 12 January 22:55:04 UTC 2018

One of the most effective ways for many businesses to safeguard their profits is by closely monitoring inventory. This is particularly important for businesses with perishable goods requiring specific storage conditions and inventory levels. If these are not monitored, the company runs the risk of inventory shortages or spoilage. Luckily, inventory monitoring solutions make it easy to predict production demands … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple's China iCloud Data Migration Sweeps Up International User Accounts

Friday 12 January 22:50:00 UTC 2018

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month. What wasn't reported was the fact that Apple has included iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S. dollars and/or are connected to U.S.-based App Store accounts in the data that will be handled … [Link]

Mashable » People from 'shithole countries' share their accomplishments to prove Trump wrong

Friday 12 January 22:44:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn light of President Donald Trump's disgusting and racist comments, people from around the world are sharing their life accomplishments on Twitter. A report from the Washington Post reveals that in a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, Trump asked why the United States was accepting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. The president reportedly asked the room: "Why are … [Link]

Mashable » 6 ways to make sure you're drinking enough water

Friday 12 January 22:18:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUp to 60 percent of the average human body is made of water, making it essential to how our bodies function.  On top of this, it’s important to make sure we have enough water in our systems on a daily basis. Hydration is key to our health since it helps the heart pump blood more easily, and it may also play … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook just became the ultimate dystopia

Friday 12 January 22:14:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen constructing a dystopia, it takes some doing to be both Orwellian and Huxleyan at the same time. But with the changes he just announced to the Facebook News Feed, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have managed this extraordinary feat.  The nightmare worlds of George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) are in many ways polar opposites. One is … [Link]

Mashable » The winners and losers of CES 2018

Friday 12 January 22:11:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCES is the best place to get a sense of what's hot and not in technology. As gadget-packed as this year's show was — we crowned our favorite tech from CES here — it also provided good insight on the tech trends that'll influence our lives. SEE ALSO: iHome just launched a new Google Assistant-enabled clock radio Which companies and product … [Link]

Slashdot » Researcher Finds Another Security Flaw In Intel Management Firmware

Friday 12 January 22:10:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Meltdown and Spectre are not the only security problems Intel is facing these days. Today, researchers at F-Secure have revealed another weakness in Intel's management firmware that could allow an attacker with brief physical access to PCs to gain persistent remote access to the system, thanks to weak security in Intel's … [Link]

Mashable » Scary video shows Prius 'bobsledding' down a powerful mudslide

Friday 12 January 22:02:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith rescue efforts continuing in parts of Southern California following the region's epic mudslides, footage of the insane power of the event are still emerging. SEE ALSO: Mangled cars show the raw destructive power of California mudslides Firefighters from Burbank posted a clip to Instagram showing the unlikely sight of a small car skidding down a torrent of gloopy muck. "Urban … [Link]

Mashable » Leonardo DiCaprio to star in new Quentin Tarantino movie about Charles Manson

Friday 12 January 21:54:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLeonardo DiCaprio's next big role will reportedly be in a Quentin Tarantino film taking place around Charles Manson's cult and the murders they committed in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. The upcoming film, Tarantino's ninth, is set to release on Aug. 9, 2019, Deadline reported Friday, exactly 50 years after members of the Manson Family cult murdered actress Sharon Tate … [Link]

Mashable » Emotional couple held a touching funeral for their fish

Friday 12 January 21:40:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis puts a new standard on having a fish for a pet. Jaime Sue's sister-in-law sent her pictures Tuesday of a funeral she and Sue's brother had for their fish. It was very elegant and tasteful.  so my sister in law sends me these pictures of my brother giving their fish a full funeral…i’m in real tears rn😂💀 — jaime … [Link]

Mashable » DC Comics, '12 Years a Slave' writer put spotlight on disenfranchised heroes

Friday 12 January 21:30:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDC Comics is shining a spotlight on some of its most marginalized superheroes in a new miniseries written by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley. DC Comics announced the new series, The Other History of the DC Universe, focusing on characters who "come from traditionally disenfranchised groups," DC announced Friday. DC named characters John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana, … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Pulls 60 Apps From Play Store After Malware Exposes Kids To Porn

Friday 12 January 21:30:00 UTC 2018

Cyberthreat intelligence firm Check Point on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displays pornographic images to users. Many of the apps are games reportedly geared toward young children. As a result, Google quickly removed the roughly 60 apps said to be affected from its Play Store. Gizmodo reports: While they appeared as such, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google's Apps Script for G Suite Adds API

Friday 12 January 21:22:29 UTC 2018

Google today gave G Suite developers three new tools to put to use in their Apps Script projects. The updates include a new dashboard, a new API, and a new command line interface. Here's the skinny on Google's latest dev offerings. [Link]

Mashable » The biggest trend at CES was sleeping through CES

Friday 12 January 21:20:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCES is a ruthless grind. As the largest tech convention in the world wraps up today in Las Vegas, thousands of attendees are engaged in one last push to make the most of a hectic week filled with problematic product launches, power outages, and too many sales pitches to count — and they're dead tired.  The cracks started to show Wednesday, … [Link]

Mashable » First look at 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 promises more haunting beauty

Friday 12 January 21:15:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSeason 1 of The Handmaid's Tale left viewers in total suspense, with a final shot of Offred gliding away from the camera and into the darkness of a van promising an unknown future. Season 2's April premiere is still far away, but new photos released by Hulu show off more of the show's gorgeous cinematography, finding vibrant beauty in the bleakest … [Link]

Slashdot » US Supreme Court Will Revisit Ruling On Collecting Internet Sales Tax

Friday 12 January 20:50:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Supreme Court will consider freeing state and local governments to collect billions of dollars in sales taxes from online retailers, agreeing to revisit a 26-year-old ruling that has made much of the internet a tax-free zone. Heeding calls from traditional retailers and dozens of states, the justices said they'll hear … [Link]

Mashable » Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook

Friday 12 January 20:47:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook wants to be for the people, even if that means people using Facebook less.  Facebook on Thursday announced that it's making big changes, heavily prioritizing stuff from your friends and family over companies and publishers you follow. For the media outlets that spent years racking up millions of Facebook "likes" and creating new Pages, that's bad news. Even Facebook's Head … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is doubling down on comments, but comment culture on the internet is already dead

Friday 12 January 20:42:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTo push things forward, Facebook is going backward. Facebook announced Thursday night that it will be revamping its News Feed, all in an effort to get users seeing more "meaningful" content from friends and family and spur engagement. What does Facebook count as engagement around meaningful content? Well, it's comments, especially long ones. That's a big bet meant to change what … [Link]

Mashable » Visa finally gets on board with optional credit card signatures

Friday 12 January 20:39:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs more and more credit card companies announced an end to the need for signatures on credit and debit card receipts, major player Visa kept holding out. Until today. Finally, Visa announced Friday it was making signatures "optional" in North America starting in April. SEE ALSO: This smart credit card has a cellphone antenna inside Visa's move, which keeps signing an … [Link]

Slashdot » PC Market Still Showing Few Signs of Life

Friday 12 January 20:01:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: It was another rough quarter for the global PC market, as fourth quarter unit sales dropped 2%, according to preliminary results from Gartner. In the U.S. things were even bleaker, with sales down 8%. HP was the only big name maker to post a sales increase in the U.S. and globally. It also passed Lenovo to … [Link]

Mashable » HBO boss says 'Game of Thrones' had to push back to make the best show possible

Friday 12 January 19:35:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe long winter is here, and by that we mean the agonizing wait between Seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones. After HBO confirmed that Season 8 won't premiere until 2019, network president Casey Bloys insists that this was a calculated decision – not just a way to draw out the pain of waiting for and losing this show. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » Free advice: Turn your phone's damn battery percentage off

Friday 12 January 19:31:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAttention is a kind of love.  Except when it's directed toward your iPhone and its unending series of notifications, at which point, if you're anything like me, is nothing more than a specific kind of anxiety unto itself: "Why am I staring at this thing so much, and why's it making me feel awful?" To really fix this, you'd need a … [Link]

Mashable » Why newbie coders should start with Python

Friday 12 January 19:29:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Learning how to code is all the rage these days. It pays well, it’s in high demand, and it exposes you to tons of hidden jokes in the show Silicon Valley. Many … [Link]

Mashable » Booster from Chinese rocket crashes to Earth near a small town

Friday 12 January 19:21:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA booster from a Chinese rocket appears to have crash-landed and exploded after a satellite launch on Friday. According to a report from GB Times, one of four rocket boosters from a Long March 3B rocket crashed near the town of Xiangdu, reportedly about 435 miles (or around 700 kilometers) from the launch site.  SEE ALSO: Secret government satellite’s fate remains … [Link]

Slashdot » GM Will Make an Autonomous Car Without Steering Wheel or Pedals By 2019

Friday 12 January 19:21:00 UTC 2018

General Motors plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019, the company announced today. From a report: It's a bold declaration for the future of driving from one of the country's Big Three automakers, and one that is sure to shake things up for the industry as the annual Detroit Auto Show … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Zuckerberg just put his money where his mouth is — to the tune of $3 billion

Friday 12 January 19:15:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOne small tweak to an algorithm, one giant crater in Mark Zuckerberg's net worth. The Facebook CEO took a $3 billion hit to his net worth on Friday as his company's stock dipped following news of major changes to the company's News Feed. SEE ALSO: The time has come for Mark Zuckerberg to reveal his 2018 personal challenge Facebook warned that … [Link]

Mashable » Fear not, the cryptocurrency pop group of your dreams exists

Friday 12 January 19:12:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere is now a full-fledged Japanese pop band dedicated to spreading the gospel of bitcoin and more. Welcome to 2018.  Everyone from Kodak to that stranger you swiped right on is hopping on the cryptocurrency wagon these days. So it was only a matter of time before it seeped into the music you listen to.  According to a discovery made by … [Link]

Mashable » Is it safe to eat snow?

Friday 12 January 19:08:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA lot of people who live where it snows are tempted to eat the furry powder straight off the ground or from the sky. But is it actually a good idea? What actually is snow made of, and does pollution affect how healthy the snow really is? Read more…More about Mashable Video, Snow, Water, Clouds, and Ice [Link]

Mashable » Daniel Radcliffe weighs in on Johnny Depp remaining in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Friday 12 January 19:06:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHarry Potter fans around the world will have to come to terms with Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, and Daniel Radcliffe himself is among them. “It’s a very hard thing for me,” Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly. He expressed gratitude to the Potter producers who “gave me a great start in life and an amazing job.” SEE ALSO: The Niffler … [Link]

Mashable » Your child's next best friend could be this 3.5-foot-tall robot

Friday 12 January 19:06:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookiPal is a unique humanoid robot designed to teach children and be a friend at home or in the class room. It sings and dances for fun, and provides lessons and stories for education. There are other possible uses for the robot as well, such as for elder care and as a hospitality host. Read more…More about Education, Robot, Real Time, … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Walking Dead' comic writer addresses the TV show's major plot twist

Friday 12 January 19:01:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWarning: The following post contains spoilers for the most recent episode of The Walking Dead and the comics on which it is based. The writer behind The Walking Dead comics, Robert Kirkman, has finally shared his thoughts about the recent major twist in TWD television show, which marked a big departure from the comics. And Kirkman's comments may be a beacon … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel's Chip Bug Fixes Have Bugs of Their Own

Friday 12 January 18:42:00 UTC 2018

From a report: Intel said late Thursday it is investigating an issue with Broadwell and Haswell CPUs after customers reported higher system reboot rates when they installed firmware updates for fixing the Spectre flaw. The hardware vendor said these systems are both home computers and data center servers. "We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address … [Link]

Mashable » Learn the ins and outs of real estate with this 40-hour series of online classes

Friday 12 January 18:36:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Buying a home is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make. Jobs come and go, and new phones come out every year, but purchasing a home is one of those … [Link]

Mashable » A year later, Trump's rumored 'Pee Tape' might have dampened enthusiasm for golden showers

Friday 12 January 18:34:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis week marks the one-year anniversary of the infamous Trump dossier — and with it the moment we all learned about the so-called "Pee Tape." The detailed dossier, which was meant to show collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, included a brief story about Trump visiting a Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow. He supposedly booked a room previously visited by … [Link]

Mashable » Buy a Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy with Verizon, snag a $200+ gift card

Friday 12 January 18:23:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Hey, Team not iPhone (no shade): If you're still a bit salty that a shiny new Google or Android smartphone wasn't under the tree this past holiday, we have news for you. … [Link]

Mashable » Get lost in the clouds of the Orion Nebula with new NASA video

Friday 12 January 18:16:29 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Spend three minutes getting lost in space.  A video released by NASA this week shows the well-known Orion Nebula in a new way. The 3D visualization of the nebula allows the viewer to get a bird's eye view of the baby stars, gas, and dust of the nebula as it moves in space. SEE ALSO: Jupiter has the blues, just … [Link]

Mashable » Giant bird masterfully photobombs weather forecast during live broadcast

Friday 12 January 18:16:26 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook A picturesque view of the San Francisco Bay was suddenly interrupted by a giant bird on Friday. KTVU's Mark Tamayo was delivering the weather forecast in front of a live shot of the city when out of nowhere a bird's beak appeared. He then peered all the way down from above and looked directly into the camera.  Fearing for his … [Link]

Mashable » Get a touchscreen stylus and just accept the fact that your sausage fingers are too big

Friday 12 January 18:06:22 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. You know that feeling when you need to sign for a purchase, and the register doesn't recognize your sloppy signature? Or when you need to select an option on your smartphone, and you … [Link]

Slashdot » Apparently, People Say 'Thank You' To Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Vehicles

Friday 12 January 18:01:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Last summer, Ford worked with Domino's Pizza on a test in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it delivered pizza to randomly chosen customers in a self-driving Ford Fusion hybrid. An operator was inside the car, and a regular human-driven car trailed behind, videotaping the drive. Customers had to approach the car and enter a number … [Link]

Mashable » Family of pandas brutally murders innocent snowman

Friday 12 January 17:53:44 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Warning: This post contains subject matter some readers may find disturbing. The Toronto Zoo released security footage of a its family of pandas aggressively attacking a snowman. Actually, it mostly looks like two balls of snow stacked on top of each other, but whatever. In the clip, giant pandas Er Shun, Jia Panpan, and Jia Yueyue can be seen scratching … [Link]

Mashable » Oprah speaks with Reese Witherspoon and more on 'CBS Sunday Morning' about Time's Up, and yup, we're inspired

Friday 12 January 17:51:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhile the rest of America quietly salivates over the phrase "President Winfrey," Oprah herself is keeping busy with Hollywood's Time's Up campaign and the fighting for women's equality in every workplace. Oprah spoke with some of Hollywood's most powerful women after the Golden Globes about how best to champion women. SEE ALSO: There's a must-watch documentary about Recy Taylor, the woman … [Link]

Mashable » Please stop throwing your gross travel clothes back in your suitcase

Friday 12 January 17:45:39 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. Dirty clothes can get pretty gross when piled into a suitcase. Whether you're camping, traveling for work, or going on vacation, by the time you get home even the clothes you didn't … [Link]

Mashable » How to keep the resistance going in 2018, even when you're impossibly tired

Friday 12 January 17:30:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI was listening to The Read recently — it's my favorite podcast — and I was struck by co-host Kid Fury’s observations about reaching the end of the year and feeling tired.  I posted how I felt on Instagram: "Can't add one more plan tired. Hard to get excited about exciting things tired. Can't project, assume, or read minds tired. I'm … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what happens when you ask Donald Trump if he's a racist

Friday 12 January 17:26:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the wake of President Trump's comments about immigrants from "shithole" countries, reporters' gloves have come off. SEE ALSO: Trump reportedly asked why the US accepts people from 'sh*thole' countries At what should have been a routine photo op in which Trump signed a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King Jr., day, reporters directly asked Trump to face up to his … [Link]

Mashable » Remember that suitcase with a face on it? There are so many more options.

Friday 12 January 17:24:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. So, um, we're sure you remember the personalized hardshell luggage covers that have a face on them (they probably haunt you at night). Brought to you by Firebox, a London-based online retailer … [Link]

Slashdot » Studios Sue Dragon Box in Latest Crackdown on Streaming Devices

Friday 12 January 17:21:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Netflix and Amazon joined with the major studios on Wednesday in a lawsuit against Dragon Box, as the studios continue their crackdown on streaming devices. The suit accuses Dragon Box of facilitating piracy by making it easy for customers to access illegal streams of movies and TV shows. Some of the films available are … [Link]

Mashable » Transform any blinds into smart blinds with this easy automation kit

Friday 12 January 17:19:42 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. Smart, connected tech is integrated into every part of our homes, from the kitchen to the bedroom. And if CES 2018 is any indication, then the smart tech trend is not slowing … [Link]

Mashable » Jeff Bezos is donating $33 million to help undocumented immigrants

Friday 12 January 17:17:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJeff Bezos is donating $33 million to a scholarship fund for "dreamers," immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  That's right: Amazon's famously un-philanthropic founder is shelling out for undocumented immigrants, The Washington Post reports. Amazon confirmed the donation and amount to Mashable.  SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos's rocket company … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has copycat AirPods on sale for $36 right now — they're normally $300

Friday 12 January 17:14:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Traditional AirPods straight from Apple will run you up about $159. These copycat earbuds look just like the real thing.  SEE ALSO: Get a gift people will actually want with Target's new … [Link]

Mashable » Bae creeping on their ex's Instagram? They could be 'micro-cheating'

Friday 12 January 16:50:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCushioning, breadcrumbing, kittenfishing, tindstagramming—it seems there's no end to the additions to our dating lexicon.  And, friends, we've got yet another term to add to our dictionaries: "micro-cheating."  "Micro-cheating" is a new term to describe a partner's "seemingly small actions" which suggests a person is "emotionally or physically focused" on someone else. Things like repeatedly liking an ex's Instagram posts, or … [Link]

Mashable » How Microtransactions Bleed You Dry

Friday 12 January 16:49:15 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Iphone, Google Play, App Store, Mashable Reels, and Sn Reels [Link]

Mashable » President Obama tells David Letterman false 'facts' and media bubbles are a big problem, obviously

Friday 12 January 16:43:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the debut episode of Netflix's new series My Next Guest Needs no Introduction with David Letterman, Letterman sat down with the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama for a nearly hour-long interview, and Obama shared some poignant stories. Along with discussing his post-presidency vacation in the British Virgin Islands with former First Lady Michelle Obama, Letterman and Obama … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple's Indirect Presence Fades from CES

Friday 12 January 16:42:00 UTC 2018

Analyst Ben Bajarin writes: We would go to CES and remark at how Apple's dominance loomed over the show. Vendors of all shapes and sizes were rushing to be a part of the Apple ecosystem. Apple's ecosystem was front and center with everything from iOS apps, to accessories galore for iPhone and iPad, and even companies looking to copy Apple … [Link]

Mashable » Zip through your morning commute on the Immotor GO, a $1,500 luxury electric scooter

Friday 12 January 16:11:28 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. Remember riding around your neighborhood on your Razor scooter? Yeah, this isn't that. SEE ALSO: Why pedal when this electric bike can do it for you? The Immotor GO is an "intelligent, … [Link]

Mashable » This $90 neck and back massager is on sale for just $34 today

Friday 12 January 16:10:05 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. If you missed out on Amazon's big massager sale the other day, then here's the chance to redeem yourself. Amazon is running a lightning deal on this shiatsu back and neck massage … [Link]

Mashable » Get a gift people will actually want with Target's new GiftNow program

Friday 12 January 16:05:58 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. We all have that one friend or family member who's just impossible to shop for. Maybe their style is incredibly specific or they don't have any real hobbies or interests to pull … [Link]

Mashable » 'Jeopardy!' contestant mistakes Jack White for…Eminem?

Friday 12 January 16:00:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf a clue on Jeopardy! asks for the name of a musician from Detroit, it's fair to think of Eminem, the wildly successful Michigan rapper instead of rock musician Jack White. But on Thursday night's show, the clue in question — "A recent vinyl resurgence has been aided by this musician, who built a pressing plant in his Detroit hometown" — … [Link]

Slashdot » Will Cape Town be the First City To Run Out of Water?

Friday 12 January 16:00:00 UTC 2018

Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But soon it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run out of water. From a report: Most recent projections suggest that its water could run out as early as March. The crisis has been caused by … [Link]

Mashable » Never stumble to the bathroom in the dark again — these night lights are on sale

Friday 12 January 15:49:36 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 those late-night kitchen runs have you bumping into everything along the way, then it might be time to shed some light on the whole ordeal with these night lights that are … [Link]

Mashable » What an AI ethics expert thinks of 'Black Mirror' Season 4

Friday 12 January 15:49:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe best Black Mirror episodes don't just leave you wondering whether these futures could happen. They force you to consider what it would mean if they did. SEE ALSO: 'Black Mirror' Season 4 isn't f*cking around For John C. Havens, these aren't just idle TV musings. He's the executive director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent … [Link]

Mashable » The math prodigy is back with 'The Imperial March' from 'Star Wars' played on a pencil

Friday 12 January 15:36:39 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Dani Ochoa is back with another amazing pencil song, and this time it's the "Imperial March" from Star Wars. Someone should tell Alfred Nobel to create a prize in mathematics so she can have it. Ochoa, who is working toward a degree in optical engineering, first discovered her unique brand of music when was in the middle of studying calculus … [Link]

Mashable » Get these best-selling smart plugs on sale so you can control everything in your home via smartphone

Friday 12 January 15:34:36 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. Despite what any sci-fi movie or TV show would have you believe, not all of the electronics in your house were designed to be "smart" — yet. But with the Voltston Wi-Fi … [Link]

Mashable » 'Detective Pikachu' and its gravel-voiced gumshoe are coming to the West

Friday 12 January 15:25:14 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The mystery-solving Pikachu we've been waiting for is finally leaving its Japan-only status behind and coming to the West this spring. The Nintendo 3DS game Detective Pikachu will arrive in Europe and the Americas in March, more than two years after the game first released in Japan.  In Detective Pikachu, players control a human that works alongside a deep-voiced Pikachu … [Link]

Slashdot » Ex-Google Employee's Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions

Friday 12 January 15:21:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company's human resources department and a senior vice president pressured him to stop discussing diversity initiatives on company forums, interactions that ultimately motivated him to leave the company. The document, which was written in 2016 and shared publicly this week, provides a striking … [Link]

Mashable » These absurd computer animations explain the BBC gender pay gap debate perfectly

Friday 12 January 15:15:17 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook What better way is there to absorb news than via the medium of surreal computer simulations? SEE ALSO: BBC men joke about the gender pay gap in leaked conversation YouTube channel TomoNews Funnies has made a video explaining the resignation of BBC China editor Carrie Gracie. The video features a lot of Sim-esque BBC employees in various absurd allegorical scenes. … [Link]

Mashable » This might be the ultimate showering experience

Friday 12 January 15:02:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis device, made by Moen, allows you to control your shower in three different ways. It also offers a few other useful features that seem to make the overall experience of getting clean a lot more enjoyable.  Read more…More about Tech, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Technology [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mars has ice sheets 130 metres thick hiding below its red dust

Friday 12 January 14:56:24 UTC 2018

Eight newfound Martian cliffs made up of layers of ice could tell us how the Red Planet's climate has changed in the past several million years [Link]

New Scientist – News » UK’s plastic bag ban is a pitiful attempt at a greener future

Friday 12 January 14:56:23 UTC 2018

Talk of cutting plastic pollution has grabbed the headlines, but the UK’s long-awaited 25-year plan for the environment consists almost entirely of vague aspirations and vacuous promises [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hidden exoplanets could be revealed by echoing light

Friday 12 January 14:56:22 UTC 2018

Reflected light from a star’s flares may help us find otherwise invisible worlds. These exoplanets could be hit by powerful blasts, but may still host life [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mystery dark matter may be ordinary neutrons that have decayed

Friday 12 January 14:56:20 UTC 2018

Dark matter makes up a lot of the universe, but we still don’t know what it is. Could it be neutrons decaying into strange particles that shun normal matter? [Link]

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

Friday 12 January 14:56:15 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]

Mashable » Wisconsin school administrators made a Backstreet Boys parody in honor of a snow day

Friday 12 January 14:52:12 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook To this midwest school, snow day announcements don't have to be stuck into a memo or email.  The district administrators of Cumberland School District put together a parody of "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys in honor of the upcoming snow day. Aside from their attempt at lip-syncing and channeling their inner boyband, they had a special … [Link]

Mashable » A wax Trump has appeared outside the US embassy in London

Friday 12 January 14:46:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHas a prominent world leader refused to visit your country under a flimsy pretext? Never fear, Madame Tussauds has you covered! SEE ALSO: Trump's racist 'sh*thole' comment: Who censored and who didn't? President Trump cancelled his visit to the UK, originally scheduled for February, citing the US embassy in London as his reason for the change of plan.  "I am not … [Link]

Slashdot » Cisco Can Now Sniff Out Malware Inside Encrypted Traffic

Friday 12 January 14:41:00 UTC 2018

Simon Sharwood, writing for The Register: Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic. Switchzilla has not made a dent in transport layer security (TLS) to make this possible. Instead, as we reported in July 2016, Cisco researchers … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what Merriam-Webster thinks of Trump's racist 'shithole' comment

Friday 12 January 14:36:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe people behind the Merriam-Webster dictionary have long made known their distaste for the Donald Trump. Friday's Word of the Day is no exception. On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that during an Oval Office meeting to discuss an immigration deal, Trump asked lawmakers, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump was speaking in reference … [Link]

Mashable » This Bane-like mask is made to protect you from your city's harmful pollutants

Friday 12 January 14:31:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘R-PUR’ is a dust mask that is designed to filter out dangerous air pollutants that exist in modern day cities. The mask is EU-certified and has a five-filter system that is designed to help you navigate the streets daily Read more…More about Startup, Mashable Video, France, City, and Mask [Link]

Mashable » The Neil Patrick Harris channel is coming to smart TVs

Friday 12 January 14:17:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWant to know what your favorite celebrity is up to? These days it’s pretty straightforward: Follow them on social media.  But if that celebrity happens to be Neil Patrick Harris, it’s even easier — just download the IAm Neil Patrick Harris app, which puts his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds all in one place. SEE ALSO: Neil Patrick Harris's daughter wrote … [Link]

Mashable » BBC men joke about the gender pay gap in leaked conversation

Friday 12 January 14:16:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA leaked transcript has revealed two male BBC journalists joking about the corporation's gender pay gap just days after a female journalist resigned over the company's culture of pay inequality.  SEE ALSO: BBC journalist quits after discovering she earns 50% less than male counterparts Carrie Gracie, the BBC's China editor, resigned in an open letter after she found out she earned … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Overhauls News Feed in Favor of 'Meaningful Social Interactions'

Friday 12 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Facebook said late Thursday it will begin to prioritize posts in the News Feed from friends and family over public content and posts from publishers. The company will also move away from using "time spent" on the platform as a metric of success and will instead focus on "engagement" with content, such as comments. From a report: The social media … [Link]

Mashable » Cats watching BBC documentary 'Big Cats' is cat squared

Friday 12 January 13:01:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTurns out humans aren't the only ones with a fascination for cats. Cats are also fascinated by cats. SEE ALSO: This tiny wild cat species is exploding the internet with its cuteness On Thursday night the BBC documentary Big Cats aired, and Britain's cats tuned in to watch their wild brethren. Anyone else got a little cat watching #BigCats? — … [Link]

Slashdot » AMD Is Releasing Spectre Firmware Updates To Fix CPU Vulnerabilities

Friday 12 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: AMD's initial response to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws made it clear "there is a near zero risk to AMD processors." That zero risk doesn't mean zero impact, as we're starting to discover today. "We have defined additional steps through a combination of processor microcode updates and OS patches that … [Link]

Mashable » Ryan Reynolds confirms 'Deadpool 2' is coming sooner than we thought

Friday 12 January 12:30:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe merc with a mouth will be here two weeks sooner than previously hoped. SEE ALSO: Ryan Reynolds posts hilarious pic implying Deadpool is already in trouble with Disney On Thursday the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Fox had advanced the Untitled Deadpool Sequel release date by two weeks, from June 1 to May 18. Now the man himself, Ryan … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Avengers: Infinity War' wrap cake has got people all worked up

Friday 12 January 11:55:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOkay, we're all officially hype-hungry fiends when a cake sends us spiralling into a whirlpool of speculation. And that's exactly what's happened. SEE ALSO: 15 of the geekiest cookie jars you need for your kitchen right now Avengers: Infinity War has wrapped and its directors the Russo brothers delivered a photo of a cake from the wrap party which has induced … [Link]

Mashable » Google says Spectre and Meltdown were the worst vulnerabilities in a decade

Friday 12 January 11:52:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNow that the patches across various platforms for the recently discovered Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have largely been deployed, Google has detailed how it managed to address these threats on its cloud services such as Gmail and Search before the public even knew about them. Hint: It wasn't easy.  In a lengthy blog post Thursday, Google's VP of 24/7 operations Ben … [Link]

Mashable » 11-year-old girl's dream to become a journalist gets the support of the Washington Post

Friday 12 January 11:41:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookChildren really do have a way of reminding us all—even in the bleakest of times—that there are good things in the world.  This 11-year-old girl's silent efforts to prepare for a future career in journalism are so impressive, The Washington Post invited her to spend a day with them.  SEE ALSO: Little girl draws message in the snow urging Santa to … [Link]

Slashdot » Sea Turtles Under Threat As Climate Change Turns Most Babies Female

Friday 12 January 11:30:00 UTC 2018

A new study published in the journal Current Biology found that as much as 99 percent of baby green sea turtles in warm equatorial regions are being born female. "The study took a look at turtle populations at nesting sites at Raine Island and Moulter Cay in the northern Great Barrier Reef, an area plagued with unprecedented levels of coral … [Link]

Mashable » Just two-and-a-half minutes of a taxi driver laughing uncontrollably about Trump's cancelled UK visit

Friday 12 January 11:08:38 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Sorry everybody, The Donald isn't going to make it to the UK. We know you're all very disappointed, let this man cheer you up. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling perfectly sums up Donald Trump's cancelled UK visit in emoji form A man who calls himself the Artist Taxi Driver has released a video of himself reacting to Trump's decision to cancel … [Link]

Mashable » Sorry, Donald Trump, but your tweet about the London embassy is completely inaccurate

Friday 12 January 10:37:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you're gonna talk sh*t about your predecessor, at least ensure you've got your facts straight.  That's one thing that Donald Trump did not do when he fired off a tweet about the reason behind the cancellation of his London trip. What a surprise!  SEE ALSO: Pete Souza had the perfect reaction to Trump's 'like, really smart' tweets Trump said he … [Link]

Mashable » J.K. Rowling perfectly sums up Donald Trump's cancelled UK visit in emoji form

Friday 12 January 10:11:11 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook“I’m coming to the UK on a diplomatic visit… J.K.!" SEE ALSO: 15 of the most brutal J.K. Rowling Twitter shutdowns of 2017 J.K. Rowling — author of those books no-one's ever heard of — had something to say about President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his February visit to the UK.  Turns that due to her being a master of … [Link]

Slashdot » Ecuador Grants Citizenship To WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Friday 12 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

hcs_$reboot writes: Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange, who has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over five years. Quito, Ecuador, has said naturalization should provide Assange with another layer of protection. However, naturalization appeared to do little to help the Australian-born WikiLeaks founder's case, with the British foreign ministry stressing that the only way … [Link]

Mashable » Oh yus, 'Flight of the Conchords' is returning to TV

Friday 12 January 7:13:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNew Zealand's best singing comedy duo is heading back to your screens. HBO announced that Flight of the Conchords will make a return in the form of a one-hour special set to air in May. SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we can't wait to see in 2018 The comedy special was taped in front of live sold-out audience during their UK … [Link]

Slashdot » Ice Cliffs Spotted On Mars

Friday 12 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: Scientists have discovered eight cliffs of nearly pure water ice on Mars, some of which stand nearly 100 meters tall. The discovery points to large stores of underground ice buried only a meter or two below the surface at surprisingly low martian latitudes, in regions where ice had not yet been detected. … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's racist 'sh*thole' comment: Who censored and who didn't?

Friday 12 January 6:06:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTrump’s racist comment about "shithole" countries shocked with its crudity, leaving the press figuring out how to deal with the word. The U.S. president used the word to refer to Haiti, El Salvador and other African countries. Trump questioned why its people were were coming to America, and asked lawmakers why the U.S. didn't accept more people from Norway, a majority … [Link]

Mashable » Taylor Swift parties in three cities for 'End Game' video with Future and Ed Sheeran

Friday 12 January 5:01:38 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Taylor Swift dropped her first video of 2018 and it's a large one. Swift's newest single from 2017's reputation features genuine rapper Future and apparently aspiring rapper Ed Sheeran for the pseudo title track from the album. And yes, Swift raps, too. First teased on her social media app, The Swift Life, and on Instagram by Swift, then previewed on … [Link]

Mashable » Gal Gadot proves she's a real-life Wonder Woman with inspiring Critics' Choice Awards speech

Friday 12 January 4:45:26 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Genuine wonder woman Gal Gadot delivered one heck of an inspiring speech at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins presented the Marvel star with the #SeeHer Award, which recognizes actors who present female characters with accuracy and integrity, challenging female stereotypes both on screen and within the entertainment industry. SEE ALSO: Number of women … [Link]

Mashable » CNN's Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper don't mince words: Trump's comments were 'racist'

Friday 12 January 4:41:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNobody should be surprised Donald Trump said something racist. Before election day, he said many undocumented Mexican immigrants were "rapists" and criminals, and his company was sued by the Justice Department for discriminating against black tenants — way back in 1973.  And yet, he continues to outdo himself. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he … [Link]

Slashdot » Hackers Could Blow Up Factories Using Smartphone Apps

Friday 12 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Two security researchers, Alexander Bolshev of IOActive and Ivan Yushkevich of Embedi, spent last year examining 34 apps from companies including Siemens and Schneider Electric. They found a total of 147 security holes in the apps, which were chosen at random from the Google Play Store. Bolshev declined to say … [Link]

Mashable » Augmented reality windows are here to turn you into a life-sized hologram

Friday 12 January 2:28:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAugmented reality doesn't need to be confined to your phone screen or a pair of glasses — it can be life-sized. That's what one company is proving with its massive augmented reality windows that let you view mixed reality without donning a headset or firing up a special app. SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018 Called DeepFrame, the massive … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Wahlberg allegedly refused casting of Christopher Plummer in 'All The Money'

Friday 12 January 2:23:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPeople are still sounding off over Mark Wahlberg's alleged high pay difference over co-star Michelle Williams for reshooting All the Money in the World — and the reports don't get better. According to USA Today, Wahlberg asked for more money because he wasn't satisfied with the choice of Christopher Plummer as the replacement for Kevin Spacey. SEE ALSO: E! boss defends … [Link]

Mashable » Mangled cars show the raw destructive power of California mudslides

Friday 12 January 2:01:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf anyone doubted the sheer destructive power of the mudslides that have devastated Southern California this week, a video posted to Instagram Thursday should hammer the point home. SEE ALSO: Photos: California's wildfires make way for destructive mudslides The video, which was uploaded by The Knight Show podcast and verified by Storyful, hovers over two utterly mangled blobs of crushed steel … [Link]

Slashdot » FCC Undoing Rules That Make It Easier For Small ISPs To Compete With Big Telecom

Friday 12 January 1:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Federal Communications Commission is currently considering a rule change that would alter how it doles out licenses for wireless spectrum. These changes would make it easier and more affordable for Big Telecom to scoop up licenses, while making it almost impossible for small, local wireless ISPs to compete. The Citizens Broadband … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

Friday 12 January 0:57:46 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Facebook is re-tweaking its News Feed again.  This time it wants to bring it back to friends and family instead of viral videos and media posts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Thursday.  SEE ALSO: Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read "I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Change Our Understanding of How Anaesthesia Messes With the Brain

Friday 12 January 0:50:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: It's crazy to think that we still don't quite understand the mechanism behind one of the most common medical interventions — general anaesthetic. But researchers in Australia just got a step closer by discovering that one of the most commonly used anesthetic drugs doesn't just put us to sleep; it also disrupts communication between … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How and Why to Transform Your Business into a Digital Ecosystem

Friday 12 January 0:16:29 UTC 2018

By now, most business leaders know that in today's landscape, all businesses need to be technology businesses. It's the sort of catchy truism that can sound good in a PR statement—but when it comes to actually running a company, what does "be a technology business" really mean? [Link]

Slashdot » South Korea Plans To Ban Cryptocurrency Trading

Friday 12 January 0:10:00 UTC 2018

South Korea's government said on Thursday it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion. Reuters reports: The clampdown in South Korea, a crucial source of global demand for cryptocurrency, came as policymakers around the world struggled … [Link]


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