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 » Hawaii emergency agency password caught on a Post-it in public photo

Tuesday 16 January 23:54:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you thought there was nothing worse to put on a Post-it note than a break-up letter, think again. On Tuesday, a photo of an employee at Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency, which was originally published in July, made the internet rounds because of something hiding on the man's computer. For reference, that's the same agency that mistakenly sent out a missile … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » New Research Predicts Continued Growth in API Testing Market

Tuesday 16 January 23:34:59 UTC 2018

New research predicts continued growth in the API testing market through 2022. The research credits the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and machine learning as major drivers for growth in API testing. The research breaks the API testing market into components (testing tools and testing services), deployment type (cloud and premises), vertical, and region. [Link]

Mashable » Google will construct three new undersea cables in 2019

Tuesday 16 January 23:33:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCan’t get enough Google? You're in luck.  The company, a division of Alphabet Inc., has announced that it will expand its Cloud services to five new regions, and build three new submarine cables to service its capacity needs.  SEE ALSO: Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker Google's Cloud platform is already up and running in thirteen regions … [Link]

Slashdot » Lyft Says Nearly 250K of Its Passengers Ditched a Personal Car In 2017

Tuesday 16 January 23:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Lyft has a new report out detailing its "economic impact" for 2017, and the document includes a lot of stats on its performance throughout the year. The ride-hailing provider claims 375.5 million rides for the year, which is 130 percent growth measured year-over-year. It served 23 million different passengers, itself a 92 … [Link]

Mashable » Talking about #MeToo on social media is hard, but we shouldn't stop trying

Tuesday 16 January 23:27:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen news broke late Saturday that the actor and comedian Aziz Ansari had been accused of sexual misconduct, I had plenty of thoughts but didn't feel compelled to share a single one of them on social media.  I partly blame my naturally cautious personality for that; I like to know exactly what I believe before I put it out into the … [Link]

Mashable » Apple forgot the greatest lesson of the MacBook Air

Tuesday 16 January 23:17:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTen years ago, Steve Jobs hopped on stage at Macworld 2008 and did another one of his seemingly impossible magic tricks: He undid the string on a manila envelope, pulled out the MacBook Air, and forever changed laptops forever. On Monday, the MacBook Air turned 10 (time flies!), and while it's incredible how much the thin, light and tapered computer has … [Link]

Mashable » For under $30 get this 10,000mAh battery pack and a fast-charging 3-in-1 cable

Tuesday 16 January 23:17:30 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. Nowadays, almost no one dares to leave the comfort of their homes without carrying a portable battery. People have become so dependent on their electronic devices that when power runs out, they … [Link]

Mashable » Update your résumé this year by learning these tech and leadership skills

Tuesday 16 January 23:08:42 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. It's a new year, and that means another chance to reinvent yourself (or at least consider the idea). If you've been unhappy at work for a while now, maybe it's time to … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Monzo Releases Interim API to Comply with PSD2 Banking Regulations

Tuesday 16 January 23:07:55 UTC 2018

Monzo, an API-first bank, has launched an interim API (the AIS API) to comply with Europe's Payment Services Directive (PSD2) which recently became law. The AIS API includes three core functions: list of accounts, list of account's balance, and list of account's transactions (all features specifically addressed by PSD2). [Link]

Mashable » YouTube will try to prevent the next Logan Paul fiasco by cutting off the cash

Tuesday 16 January 23:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYouTube sees one central element to its problems: money.  On Tuesday the company announced changes to how videos on the platform make money, adding in a heavy dose of human moderation and new tools to make sure advertising cash gets put toward the right kinds of videos — and never hate speech, child exploitation, and other questionable content.  Yes, that would … [Link]

Mashable » Black actresses ask the world to stand by them during the #MeToo moment

Tuesday 16 January 22:54:21 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook“We are America's black women," Kerry Washington began. "Forces of nature," added Tracee Ellis Ross. "We have always been at the frontlines of change," continued Washington. "We show up," said Ellis Ross. "Everyone knows when we show up, we make a change," Jurnee Smollett-Bell said.  "But we can't do it alone,"Angela Robinson cautioned. "Stand by us, stand for us, stand with … [Link]

Slashdot » China Builds 'World's Biggest Air Purifier' That Actually Works

Tuesday 16 January 22:50:00 UTC 2018

The South China Morning Post shares an update on the status of an experimental tower in northern China, dubbed the world's biggest air purifier by its operators. According to the scientist leading the project, the tower — which stands over 328 feet (100 meters) tall — has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality. From the report: The head of … [Link]

Mashable » Net neutrality's latest hope: 22 state attorneys general file lawsuit against FCC

Tuesday 16 January 22:48:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe attorneys general of 22 states — including New York, California, Kentucky, and Mississippi — are suing over the repeal of net neutrality regulations.  SEE ALSO: Internet pioneers call on Congress to save net neutrality This comes the day after Democrats in the Senate announced they had 50 votes for legislation that would override the recent vote by the Federal Communications … [Link]

Mashable » Pretend you're sitting by the fireplace with help from these flaming light bulbs

Tuesday 16 January 22:39:43 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 fastest way to make your friends think you're a real adult is by putting extremely fancy candles in your house. But what if you're not adult enough for candles? What if … [Link]

Mashable » Senator reaches for nonexistent glasses and takes them off anyway

Tuesday 16 January 22:31:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookToday’s collective LOL at the expense of lawmakers came courtesy of Senator Orrin Hatch, who just reached for his glasses and, upon finding there were none there, decided to take them off anyway. SEE ALSO: This state senator wants to revive net neutrality in California The 83-year-old was deep in the middle of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Homeland Security … [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Lightning' presents powerful, intersectional heroes when we need them most

Tuesday 16 January 22:28:54 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook At some point in the young progressive's education, you realize that the word "normal" is code for "straight and white." Everything else — foreign cinema, LGBTQ romance, minority-led TV and films, etc. — must be explicitly labeled for its otherness. So it should come as no surprise that the CW's new drama Black Lightning is being marketed to television viewers … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Plunges Below $12,000 To Six-Week Low Over Crackdown Fears

Tuesday 16 January 22:10:00 UTC 2018

Bitcoin plunged to a six-week low Tuesday after comments from South Korea's finance minister renewed worries about a crackdown in one of the largest markets for digital currency trading. In a radio program interview, South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said that "the shutdown of virtual currency exchanges is still one of the options" the government has. CNBC reports: Bitcoin … [Link]

Mashable » Save over $200 on an iPad Pro, get a $500 Dell gift card when you buy a smart TV, and more of today's best deals

Tuesday 16 January 22:00:04 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. It's January, and for movie and TV show aficionados that means one thing: new Netflix content and new Hulu content. This month, we'll see new titles added to the streaming lineups, like … [Link]

Mashable » Dude uses drone to give a huge bear the gift of flight

Tuesday 16 January 21:51:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. It's bird, it's a plane, it's a big flying… bear? Hunter Clearly (@Cyranek_ ) found the best way to use his new DJI Mavic Pro drone by flying a plush bear (known as the Tiny Headed … [Link]

Mashable » 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' official synopsis released…and it's a bad sign

Tuesday 16 January 21:51:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere are just over four months left to go before the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. And unusually for this stage in a movie's promotional cycle, we still don't even have a publicity shot of the movie's star Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo, much less a trailer.  But we do at least have an official synopsis for the … [Link]

Mashable » Finally, an automatic food and water dispenser for your cat

Tuesday 16 January 21:40:40 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Catspad’ is an automatic food and water dispenser for your cat that connects to your home's Wi-Fi. It can be controlled remotely with an app allowing you to program and schedule how much food is dispensed and when. It also sends a notification when the food and / or water is low. 'Catspad' also stores an emergency battery in case of … [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Uncover Android Malware With Never-Before-Seen Spying Capabilities

Tuesday 16 January 21:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to a report published Tuesday by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, "Skygofree" is most likely an offensive security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various surveillance wares. With 48 different commands in its latest version, the malware has undergone continuous development since its creation in late 2014. It … [Link]

Mashable » Welp, here is your state's most popular search term on Pornhub

Tuesday 16 January 21:19:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCurious if you and your neighbors have the same tastes in porn? With millions of viewers flocking to its site each day, Pornhub has no shortage of data to mine for that very answer. The adult content platform has just released their 2017 State of the Union, which breaks down the trends that defined viewership in the US, from the most … [Link]

Mashable » Lego is bringing brick-building games to China

Tuesday 16 January 21:18:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookChina, rejoice: You're about to have an internet full of Lego.  The Lego Group is hooking up with Chinese technology conglomerate Tencent; the pair of companies say they'll collaborate "across a broad range of digital content and digital platforms" to create Lego games for Chinese children.  SEE ALSO: This Lego machine wants to ice your Christmas cookies for you A few … [Link]

Mashable » This robotic closet knows how to fold and sort your clothes

Tuesday 16 January 20:57:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe “laundroid” from Seven Dreamers is a closet with robotic arms to fold and sort your clean clothes. Read more…More about Technology, Ces, Mashable Video, Clothes, and Laundry [Link]

Mashable » The Google Arts and Culture app has a race problem

Tuesday 16 January 20:55:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Google Arts and Culture app (available on iOS and Android) has been around for two years, but this weekend, it shot to the top of both major app stores because of a small, quietly added update. SEE ALSO: Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018 The newest feature lets you take a selfie, then searches a database … [Link]

Mashable » You'll never have to pick up a tennis ball ever again

Tuesday 16 January 20:54:19 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Tennibot’ is an autonomous tennis ball collector that's basically a Rumba for your tennis court. The bot uses cameras and sensors to detect the ball and comes with an app so you can specify where on the court you want to collect. Read more…More about Sports, Ces, Mashable Video, Tennis, and Autonomous [Link]

Slashdot » France Says 'Au Revoir' to the Word 'Smartphone'

Tuesday 16 January 20:50:00 UTC 2018

Hoping to prevent English tech vocabulary from entering the French language, officials have suggested 'mobile multifunction' as an alternative. An anonymous reader shares a report: The official journal of the French Republic, the Journal officiel, has suggested "internet clandestin" instead of dark net. It's dubbed a casual gamer "joueur occasionnel" for messieurs and "joueuse occasionnelle" for mesdames. To replace hashtag, … [Link]

Mashable » This personal sauna uses infrared lights to give you the perfect relaxation

Tuesday 16 January 20:49:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHealth Mate designed personal saunas that fit right at your home. They use infrared lights. Health Mate claims these saunas offer health and beauty benefits. You can control the temperature and lighting, too.  Read more…More about Ces, Health, Beauty, Hot, and Tension [Link]

Mashable » Weird Facebook glitch has 'broken' News Feed, but it's actually kind of nice

Tuesday 16 January 20:49:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook’s News Feed is broken. No, that is't a comment on the current state of social media or Mark Zuckerberg's pledge to fix what's broken about Facebook.  I mean, it's literally broken. Many users are reporting that they're opening the Facebook app and website only to see a big, blank space that says "there are no more posts to show right … [Link]

Mashable » One person is probably responsible for almost 600 percent of Bitcoin's price rise

Tuesday 16 January 20:44:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBitcoin is complicated. From what, exactly, it's good for to who created it, there remains a host of unanswered questions about the world's foremost cryptocurrency.  But when it comes to what drove the monumental price rise over the last 9 years, we now have at least a partial answer — and it's not what you'd think. You see, it turns out … [Link]

Mashable » Blame Hawaii's apocalypse fake-out on this common video game mistake

Tuesday 16 January 20:30:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNobody likes a bad user interface. It makes video games — and really, any app or software — needlessly confusing and difficult to navigate. And as we now know, it's also the reason the state of Hawaii experienced a brief yet horrifying period of existential panic on Saturday. SEE ALSO: Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight got to kiss 2017 goodbye twice … [Link]

Slashdot » The Astronomer Who Is Building the Largest Map of Space by Volume

Tuesday 16 January 20:10:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Astronomer Mark Halpern doesn't come into work every day thinking about the fact that he is leading a team that is creating the biggest map of the universe by volume ever made. But that ambition drives his research. An professor at the University of British Columbia, Halpern is also the principal investigator of … [Link]

Mashable » How it works: A step-by-step guide to buying glasses online with Warby Parker

Tuesday 16 January 20:06:56 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 glasses-wearer, you've probably heard of affordable designer eyewear company Warby Parker. If you haven't tried out their glasses yet and are still picking from the small selection at your … [Link]

Mashable » '#MeToo, Now What?' asks where we go from here in a five-part PBS miniseries

Tuesday 16 January 19:49:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBelieve it or not, the world has changed for the better in a lot of ways over the past year. But we still have a long way to go. In #MeToo, Now What?, a newly announced five-part PBS miniseries, host Zainab Salbi will take a closer at the ongoing conversation around sexual misconduct. It's not a recap of 2017 and beyond, … [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen just offered to pay gymnast McKayla Maroney's fine for speaking out against sexual abuse

Tuesday 16 January 19:28:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookChrissy Teigen to the rescue.  The model and cookbook author responded to a report from Daily Mail that revealed gymnast McKayla Maroney, the first to speak out about being sexually abused by USA Gymnastics ex-team doctor Larry Nassar, currently faces a $100,000 fine if she violates a non disclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics and address Nassar at his sentencing.  Teigen spoke … [Link]

Mashable » Keira Knightley on modern films: 'female characters nearly always get raped'

Tuesday 16 January 19:28:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKeira Knightley is voicing her concern over the way women are treated in films. In an interview with Variety, the 32-year-old actress discussed how she tends to shy away from taking on modern-day films "because the female characters nearly always get raped." "I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered … [Link]

Mashable » Startling video shows airborne car slamming into second floor of office building

Tuesday 16 January 19:27:52 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Intense footage has emerged of a car launching into the air, narrowly missing a bus, then crashing into the second floor of an office building in Santa Ana, California. The video is from the dashcam of a Orange County Transportation Authority city bus, and shows the exact moment of the collision, which happened on SundayAccording to local reports, the car … [Link]

Slashdot » The Human Cost of the Apple Supply Chain Machine

Tuesday 16 January 19:26:00 UTC 2018

Apple is still struggling to improve working conditions at its supply chain factories. China Labor Watch and Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Catcher, a key supplier for iPhone and MacBook casings, makes workers endure harsh safety conditions and unfair work terms in a factory in Suqian. According to observers and discussions with workers, the machines are not only loud, but … [Link]

Mashable » The internet breaks Ralph in awesome new 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' image

Tuesday 16 January 19:20:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Wreck-It Ralph sequel may be titled Ralph Breaks the Internet, but the latest image makes it look more like the internet is breaking Ralph. SEE ALSO: All the Disney princesses are coming back for the 'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel The sequel sees Ralph and his BFF Vanellope venturing outside the arcade and into the weird wide world of the internet. To … [Link]

Mashable » Sad sexist cuts together edit of 'Last Jedi' minus the women, Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill aren't having it

Tuesday 16 January 19:17:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHere’s a thought exercise for you: What would Star Wars: The Last Jedi be without its female characters? The answer is a slim and sloppy 46 minutes – and a reason for Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson to laugh their asses off. SEE ALSO: What backlash? 'The Last Jedi' just crossed $1 billion at the box office Over the weekend, a … [Link]

Slashdot » Bank of America Tops IBM, Payments Firms With Most Blockchain Patents

Tuesday 16 January 18:48:00 UTC 2018

Bank of America may not be willing to help customers invest in Bitcoin, but that doesn't mean it isn't plowing into the technology underlying the cryptocurrency. From a report: The Charlotte, North Carolina-based lender has applied for or received at least 43 patents for blockchain, the ledger technology used for verifying and recording transactions that's at the heart of virtual … [Link]

Mashable » Selma Blair says director James Toback threatened to 'gouge' her eyes out, kill her

Tuesday 16 January 18:23:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSelma Blair spoke candidly about her allegations against disgraced director and screenwriter James Toback on The Talk Monday, reiterating the threats he made against her and the hundreds of accusations of sexual assault and misconduct laid against him over the last several months. Blair recounted on The Talk how Toback threatened to kill her and "gouge" her eyes out with a … [Link]

Mashable » Contraceptive app "Natural Cycles" is being blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies

Tuesday 16 January 18:08:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBirth control apps may be convenient but they're not proven to be more effective than any other method of contraception. Not convinced? Cut to Natural Cycles, a birth control app that's currently being blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies, according to Swedish publication SVT.  Natural Cycles — which once claimed to be "the only approved contraceptive app out there" — appealed to … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has a great deal on these slick-looking headphones right now

Tuesday 16 January 18:04:09 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. These Bluetooth headphones are an Amazon's Choice product and they're currently on sale for less than $15. Move quick — this deal won't last. SEE ALSO: Join the wireless revolution with these … [Link]

Slashdot » Uber Says UK Drivers Will Take Mandatory Breaks

Tuesday 16 January 18:04:00 UTC 2018

Uber is introducing a new policy on drivers' hours across the UK next week, which it says will help to increase safety for drivers and passengers. From a report: Drivers for the ride-hailing service will have to take a continuous six-hour break after the time spent on trips with passengers and on their way to pickups reaches 10 hours. The … [Link]

Mashable » Matt Damon finally gets it right: 'I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while'

Tuesday 16 January 17:58:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s a rough time in Hollywood these days, but Matt Damon has had a particularly rough go of it with repeated attempts to speak about sexual assault and harassment that have been slammed even by other celebrities. Damon went on TODAY to talk about the nonprofit and offered a few words about the Time's Up and #MeToo movements in Hollywood … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung's Galaxy S9 could be in your hands by mid-March

Tuesday 16 January 17:51:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDetails on Samsung's Galaxy S9 are starting to crystallize.  At CES 2018 Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed the company's next flagship Android phone will be announced at next month's Mobile World Congress, and now we may know exactly when you'll be able to get the highly anticipated device. SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018 Prolific phone leaker Evan … [Link]

Mashable » Things get 'romantic as F' in the new 'Love, Simon' trailer

Tuesday 16 January 17:44:35 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The latest trailer for Love, Simon comes with an important disclaimer: "It's about to get romantic as F." Based off of the hit YA novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon follows Simon Spier, a 17-year-old high school student who says he has the typical teenage experience except for one big secret: He's gay.  When … [Link]

Mashable » Get a retro wake-up call in the morning with this USB-enabled FM radio alarm clock

Tuesday 16 January 17:35:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Get some retro vibes each morning with this FM radio alarm clock. SEE ALSO: Wake up and smell the lavender with this aromatherapy alarm clock This alarm clock can wake you up … [Link]

Slashdot » Now Meltdown Patches Are Making Industrial Control Systems Lurch

Tuesday 16 January 17:26:00 UTC 2018

Patches for the Meltdown vulnerability are causing stability issues in industrial control systems. From a report: SCADA vendor Wonderware admitted that Redmond's Meltdown patch made its Historian product wobble. "Microsoft update KB4056896 (or parallel patches for other Operating System) causes instability for Wonderware Historian and the inability to access DA/OI Servers through the SMC," an advisory on Wonderware's support site … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A capsized oil tanker is releasing invisible toxins into the sea

Tuesday 16 January 17:19:00 UTC 2018

The slick of oil condensate from a stricken tanker in the East China Sea is a threat to all marine life, not least because it is invisible [Link]

New Scientist – News » Blindness treatment will insert algae gene into people’s eyes

Tuesday 16 January 17:18:58 UTC 2018

Optogenetic techniques that use light to control nerve cells are being tried in people at last – and could lead to treatments for several types of blindness [Link]

Mashable » Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcome a baby girl

Tuesday 16 January 17:15:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere’s a new baby on the (private gated community) block: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a baby girl via a surrogate on Monday.  TMZ reported the news on Tuesday, and an announcement was posted to Kim's website shortly after. Their message: Kim confirmed the couple's use of a surrogate on her E! show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, though TMZ … [Link]

Mashable » Will Ferrell crashes on-court interview with Roger Federer and asks all the hard-hitting questions

Tuesday 16 January 17:11:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEveryone’s favorite anchorman is back.  Well, kind of. To the delight of many tennis fans, Will Ferrell reprised his famous role on the courts of the Australian Open on Sunday.  John McEnroe was doing an on-court interview with Roger Federer when he stopped to introduce an important guest. Ferrell then strode across the court to cheers and immediately channelled his character … [Link]

Mashable » Kid gets head start on medical career by performing doll face transplants

Tuesday 16 January 17:07:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJanuary is rolling along and a lot of people are looking for some fresh hobbies. Have you considered cutting the faces off of dolls, then transplanting them onto other dolls? For one 7-year-old, at least, this pursuit is working out well — so well that an image of her handiwork (posted by her sister Katelynn on Sunday) has been retweeted 18,000 … [Link]

Mashable » Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades

Tuesday 16 January 17:04:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhat could be the largest oil spill since 1989's Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink. All 32 crew members are thought to have died aboard the Iranian vessel "Sanchi," which was carrying about 1 million barrels of condensate.  According to Bloomberg News, the ship … [Link]

Mashable » Get a 4K action camera on sale today for under $60

Tuesday 16 January 17:01:36 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. Admit it: Your snowboarding videos could be better. You've gone for far too long capturing flips and tricks with a shaky smartphone cameraUpgrade to this 4K action camera that's on sale today … [Link]

Mashable » Americans say social media is destroying the news — but nobody knows what to do about it

Tuesday 16 January 17:01:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSocial media truly is bringing Americans together… in our frustration over social media giants.  Americans are fed up with the role that big tech companies now play in the news media, according to a new study from the Knight Foundation and Gallup.  Maybe worse — we're enormously conflicted on what to do about that. SEE ALSO: The first scientific fake news … [Link]


Tuesday 16 January 16:58:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTrump’s MOST DISHONEST AND CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR are supposedly tomorrow, and everywhere you go you can feel the lack of anticipation in the air. Too bad. I love awards season. And just because these particular awards are a pernicious assault on the free press and were devised by a president whose brain has been deep fried in canola … [Link]

Slashdot » US Lawmakers Urge AT&T To Cut Commercial Ties With Huawei and Oppose China Mobile Citing National Security Concerns

Tuesday 16 January 16:45:00 UTC 2018

U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides told Reuters. From the report: The warning comes after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump took a harder … [Link]

Mashable » Here’s how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Tuesday 16 January 16:43:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWatch NASA's James Webb Space Telescope getting prepared for its 2019 launch. The telescope has now successfully passed all the necessary tests which ensured that it's going to withstand the "rigors of launch" as well as the extremely cold temperatures and the airless conditions in space. The only steps left at the moment are for the JWST to get equipped with … [Link]

Mashable » Spot the reference! 'Everything Sucks!' trailer is an homage to the '90s

Tuesday 16 January 16:40:07 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Netflix announced a new comedy series called Everything Sucks! coming to the streaming platform in February, and in case you couldn't tell, it's set in a high school in the '90s. Everything Sucks! will focus on two groups of high schoolers — the A.V. club and the drama club — in 1996 Oregon. Netflix describes the series as a quirky, … [Link]

Mashable » Arnold Schwarzenegger shares support for 'True Lies' co-star Eliza Dushku: 'I'm shocked and saddened'

Tuesday 16 January 16:13:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookArnold Schwarzenegger stands with his former co-star Eliza Dushku, who accused stunt coordinator Joel Kramer Saturday of sexually assaulting her when she was just 12 years old. SEE ALSO: Eliza Dushku says she was 'sexually molested' at age 12 while working on 'True Lies' After Dushku shared her story of Kramer assaulting her while they worked on the film True Lies … [Link]

Slashdot » Contraceptive App Natural Cycles Blamed For String of Unwanted Pregnancies

Tuesday 16 January 16:07:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: A contraceptive mobile phone app used by tens of thousands of British women has come under fire after reportedly sparking a string of unwanted pregnancies. Swedish birth control app Natural Cycles, which costs $55, tracks body temperature to accurately predict when in the month a woman is more likely to fall pregnant. The period … [Link]

Mashable » Never lose your dog again with the help of this tracker

Tuesday 16 January 16:01:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhistle is a GPS tracker for your pets. It combines cellular and GPS technology to reportedly locate your dog anywhere in the country. The accompanying app sends alerts to your phone when your pet strays too far away. Whistle requires a monthly subscription package.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Iphone, Dogs, Animals, and App [Link]

Mashable » Brother plays the ultimate prank on his sister using just one light switch

Tuesday 16 January 15:54:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLet’s face it, siblings are the worst. Unless, of course, you're that sibling. Redditor PNWndn decided to play a prank on his sister with a flick of a light switch. Needless to say his sister and her friends won't be playing with a Ouija board anymore. SEE ALSO: Clever girl FaceTimed her dad to complain that her little brother pooped on … [Link]

Mashable » Versatile electric wheelchair allows users to navigate both urban and off-road terrains

Tuesday 16 January 15:53:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWHILL’s new electric portable mobility device is lightweight, fast and portable. It's key component is allowing its users the freedom to explore the outdoors. The Model Ci won the Innovation Award at CES 2018 and can be purchased for $4,000. Read more…More about Wheelchairs, Portable, Urban Transport, Senior Citizens, and Electric Vehicles [Link]

Mashable » Watch this BMW refuel 5 times during an 8-hour drift

Tuesday 16 January 15:50:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBMW USA drivers managed to break two Guinness World Records during an eight-hour drift. Two all-new M5s were used to perform the stunt for which BMW along with Deetroit Speed, Inc decided to develop a mid-drift refueling system so that the car would not have to stop for topping up. This risky choice could have caused a fire or a crash, … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix is 'exploring the opportunity with Nintendo' to stream on Switch

Tuesday 16 January 15:48:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHold your horses, you Netflix-loving Nintendo Switch players: There's still hope that your favorite streaming service could come to your gaming console of choice. SEE ALSO: The Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console ever in the U.S. Netflix's customer service Twitter account @Netflixhelps responded to an inquiry on Sunday from a Twitter user asking whether Netflix would be available on … [Link]

Mashable » Surprising Animal Products Lurk in Your Favorite Foods

Tuesday 16 January 15:40:31 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Food, Animals, Mashable Reels, Culture, and Food [Link]

Slashdot » Google Starts Certificate Program To Fill Empty IT Jobs

Tuesday 16 January 15:26:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: There are 150,000 open IT jobs in the U.S., and Google wants to make it easier to fill them. Today the company is announcing a certificate program on the Coursera platform to help give people with no prior IT experience the basic skills they need to get an entry-level IT support job in 8 … [Link]

Slashdot » Now Hiring For a Fascinating New Kind of Job That Only a Human Can Do: Babysit a Robot

Tuesday 16 January 14:53:00 UTC 2018

From a report: Book a night at LAX's Residence Inn and you may be fortunate enough to meet an employee named Wally. His gig is relatively pedestrian — bring you room service, navigate around the hotel's clientele in the lobby and halls — but Wally's life is far more difficult than it seems. If you put a tray out in … [Link]

Slashdot » Twitter Hits Back Again at Claims That Its Employees Monitor Direct Messages

Tuesday 16 January 14:35:00 UTC 2018

From a report on TechCrunch: Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said "we do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and … [Link]

Mashable » Woman pretends to give birth to her kitten in hilariously weird cat maternity photo shoot

Tuesday 16 January 14:23:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhy should babies get all the attention? Well, cat-loving friends, your time to shine has finally arrived. The age of cat maternity shoots is alive and kicking.  Lucy Schultz and her partner Steven from Denver, Colorado, celebrated their new arrival—an adopted rescue kitten—in the most sweet, if not highly odd, way imaginable. They announced their bundle of joy through a maternity … [Link]

Mashable » 'Avengers: Infinity War' actor describes scene with a ridiculous amount of superheroes on set

Tuesday 16 January 13:06:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMarvel executive 1: "How many superheroes should we put in this movie?" Marvel executive 2: "All of them." Marvel executive 1: "Really? Maybe we sh-" Marvel executive 2: "All. Of. Them." SEE ALSO: 15 of the geekiest cookie jars you need for your kitchen right now Anthony Mackie (a.k.a. Falcon) was on a panel at Ace Comic Con with Avengers: Infinity … [Link]

Slashdot » Democrats Are Just One Vote Shy of Restoring Net Neutrality

Tuesday 16 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. According to the senator from New York, they now have a total of 50 votes for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would restore the Open Internet Order of 2015 and deliver … [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul says he thinks 'everyone' deserves second chances

Tuesday 16 January 12:52:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLogan Paul has said he thinks "everyone" deserves second chances in his first on-camera interview since he posted a YouTube video showing an apparent victim of suicide. Paul later took down the video and apologised after being widely criticised. He's since been removed by YouTube from Google's preferred ad program. SEE ALSO: Supercut of Logan Paul's Japan visit shows his true … [Link]

Mashable » Streams and sales of The Cranberries are surging on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon

Tuesday 16 January 12:38:59 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. When the singer of one of your favourite bands passes away, many of us do the only thing we can do: we listen to their music.  After news broke of The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan's death, … [Link]

Mashable » Turns out a lot of Americans think Martin Luther King Jr. is still alive today

Tuesday 16 January 11:37:04 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook There have been many cringe-worthy editions of Jimmy Kimmel's "Lie Witness News" segment in the past, but this one really is next level. SEE ALSO: Obama, LeBron James thank Martin Luther King Jr. with emotional tweets On Monday, to tie in with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Kimmel sent a reporter out on the street to ask the big question … [Link]

Mashable » This British rapper did the weather forecast and it's absolutely top-notch

Tuesday 16 January 11:26:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAnything to perk up that dreary British weather is enough to get the public's attention. SEE ALSO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's visit to radio station shows the royals are finally tuning in to young people On Tuesday morning British grime artist Big Narstie was a guest on Good Morning Britain, and he got to fulfil a personal dream — read … [Link]

Mashable » Incredible footage shows firefighter catching child thrown from balcony

Tuesday 16 January 11:25:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you ever doubted the bravery of firefighters (for argument's sake, because why would anyone do that) let this video be the living proof that they are, in fact, heroes. SEE ALSO: Terrifying footage shows the cruise that traveled through the bomb cyclone On Monday DeKalb County Fire Department released helmet-cam footage, showing the moment when a firefighter caught a child … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why cryptocurrency prices are tanking right now

Tuesday 16 January 11:03:54 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. All major cryptocurrencies are experiencing a severe price correction, with the size of the market shrinking from about $830 billion a week ago to $570 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.  Bitcoin is currently at $12,062, down 12.7% … [Link]

Mashable » Timothée Chalamet donates salary from Woody Allen film, explains why on Instagram

Tuesday 16 January 10:52:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTimothée Chalamet, the fast-rising actor and recent star of Call Me By Your Name, has donated his salary from the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to charity. Chalamet has said he'll be giving the salary to the Time's Up campaign, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), and New York's LGBT Center. SEE ALSO: Dylan … [Link]

Slashdot » Is Pop Music Becoming Louder, Simpler and More Repetitive?

Tuesday 16 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

dryriver writes: The BBC has posted a very interesting article that investigates whether people claiming all over the internet that "pop music just isn't what it used to be" are simply growing old, or if there actually is objective science capable of backing up this claim of a "steady decline in music quality." The findings from five different studies are … [Link]

Slashdot » The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged From the Freezer

Tuesday 16 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope has emerged from a large vacuum chamber that was home to temperatures of just 20 degrees Celsius above absolute zero. Scientists have reviewed the data and given the instrument a clean bill of health. "We now have verified that NASA and its partners have an outstanding telescope and set of science instruments," said Bill Ochs, … [Link]

Mashable » Saudi Arabia just lifted its cinema ban, and well, the first movie screened was an interesting choice

Tuesday 16 January 6:07:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSaudi Arabia has just lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, and picked an, uh, interesting movie for the first screening. Ready? The Emoji Movie. Yep. The very first film hitting cinema screens in three and a half decades was 2017's animated feature about a city populated by talking emojis. It's currently sitting at 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — although, granted, … [Link]

Mashable » Try not to wince at the horrifying sight of this egg sack teeming with tiny spiders

Tuesday 16 January 5:56:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpiders on their own are disconcerting enough. So how about a sack full of tiny little crawling spiders?  A video of a funnel web egg being cut open to reveal hundreds of the arachnids inside was posted on the Facebook page of the Australian Reptile Park on Sunday. SEE ALSO: 7 new spider species get their names from 'Game of Thrones' … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mount Etna may not really be a ‘proper’ volcano at all

Tuesday 16 January 4:11:17 UTC 2018

Italy’s famous volcano Mount Etna may be fed mostly by hot water and carbon dioxide, with only a small dose of molten rock to make it resemble a classic volcano [Link]

New Scientist – News » Clever maths will stop hackers spying on the quantum internet

Tuesday 16 January 4:11:14 UTC 2018

Quantum communications are theoretically secure, but keeping a complex quantum network unhackable in practice is more difficult than expected [Link]

Slashdot » Why You Shouldn't Stifle Your Sneeze

Tuesday 16 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In a season where colds are rife, holding your nose and closing your mouth might seem like a considerate alternative to an explosive "Achoo!" But doctors have warned of the dangers of such a move after a man was found to have ruptured the back of his throat when attempting to … [Link]

New Scientist – News » DNA of man who died in 1827 recreated from his living relatives

Tuesday 16 January 3:00:00 UTC 2018

The DNA of Hans Jonaton, an ex-slave who fled to Iceland in 1802, has been reconstructed using only the genes of his descendants [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX and Boeing Slated For Manned Space Missions By Year's End

Tuesday 16 January 2:45:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a report from Fortune, covering NASA's announcement last week that it expects SpaceX to conduct a crewed test flight by the end of the year: SpaceX's crewed test flight is slated for December, after an uncrewed flight in August. Boeing will also be demonstrating its CST-100 Starliner capsule, with a crewed flight in November following an uncrewed flight … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's Museum App Finds Your Fine Art Doppelganger

Tuesday 16 January 2:05:00 UTC 2018

The latest update to the Google Arts & Culture app now lets you take a selfie, and using image recognition, finds someone in its vast art collection that most resembles you. It will then present you and your fine art twin side-by-side, along with a percentage match, and let you share the results on social media. Engadget reports: The app, … [Link]

Mashable » Over 1,000 charged for sharing revenge porn on Facebook

Tuesday 16 January 1:42:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOver 1000 people have been charged for sharing sexually explicit content without consent on Facebook in the biggest case of its kind in Denmark. According to Danish police, two videos and a sexually explicit image involving two 15-year-olds were originally posted to Facebook Messenger, the platform's private chat service. The video was then shared hundreds of times across the platform, and … [Link]

Slashdot » 10 Years of the MacBook Air

Tuesday 16 January 1:25:00 UTC 2018

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air. "Apple's Macworld 2008 was a special one, taking place just days after the annual Consumer Electronics Show had ended and Bill Gates bid farewell to Microsoft," The Verge recalls. "Jobs introduced the MacBook Air by removing it from a tiny paper office envelope, and the crowd was audibly shocked at … [Link]

Mashable » Olympian Simone Biles also accuses USA Gymnastics doctor of sexual abuse

Tuesday 16 January 1:18:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOlympic gold medalist Simone Biles has stepped forward to say "me too," accusing former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. The 20-year-old athlete's statement on Monday comes after more than 100 women have made sexual assault accusations against Nassar, including athletes Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney. SEE ALSO: Athlete's #MeToo story sheds light on Asia's reluctance … [Link]

Mashable » Tide Pods food meme has gone too far — just look at all the locked up detergent

Tuesday 16 January 1:17:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou know a meme has gone too far when grocery stores respond by locking up all the Tide Pods.  Several stores including Walmart, Walgreens, Ralph's, and Food 4 Less have locked up Tide Pods in plastic blocks or behind glass doors, according to recent social media reports. The protective measure comes as the Tide Pods internet challenge and meme hits peak … [Link]

Slashdot » Renewable Energy Set To Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels By 2020, Says Report

Tuesday 16 January 0:45:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Continuous technological improvements have led to a rapid fall in the cost of renewable energy in recent years, meaning some forms can already comfortably compete with fossil fuels. The report suggests this trend will continue, and that by 2020 "all the renewable power generation technologies that are now in commercial use … [Link]

Mashable » Wallaby on the loose on city highway pursued by police

Tuesday 16 January 0:05:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEven though wallabies are native to Australia, you'd be hard-pressed to find them casually hopping around in the city. It's perhaps why police got quite the surprise when a swamp wallaby was found bouncing along the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the city's busiest roads, early Tuesday morning. SEE ALSO: Cats watching BBC documentary 'Big Cats' is cat squared Traffic controllers … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Very High Level of Confidence' Russia Used Kaspersky Software For Devastating NSA Leaks

Tuesday 16 January 0:03:00 UTC 2018

bricko shares a report from Yahoo Finance: Three months after U.S. officials asserted that Russian intelligence used popular antivirus company Kaspersky to steal U.S. classified information, there are indications that the alleged espionage is related to a public campaign of highly damaging NSA leaks by a mysterious group called the Shadow Brokers. In August 2016, the Shadow Brokers began leaking … [Link]


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