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 » New star-studded 'Incredibles 2' cast revealed with homage to addicting Google art app

Monday 22 January 23:21:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe cast of the original Incredibles made it a truly super movie, with award-winning actors like Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson lending their voices to spot-on characters like Elastigirl and Frozone.  Newly announced additions to the cast find even more prestigious actors joining these returning stars for the highly anticipated Incredibles 2 releasing next summer. And a side-by-side comparison of … [Link]

Slashdot » Android Can Now Tell You How Fast Wi-Fi Networks Are Before You Join Them

Monday 22 January 23:20:00 UTC 2018

Today, Google announced that Android 8.1 Oreo will now display the speed of nearby open Wi-Fi networks to help you decide whether they're even worth the effort of connecting to. The Wi-Fi settings menu will now display one of four speed labels: Very Fast, Fast, OK, or Slow. The Verge reports: The difference between Very Fast and Fast, according to … [Link]

Mashable » Intel's Spectre patch is so busted, the company is telling customers not to use it

Monday 22 January 23:19:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRemember Spectre and Meltdown? The two recently disclosed vulnerabilities affecting all kinds of computer processors represented a huge threat to consumers and businesses around the globe. Thankfully, Intel offered up a partial fix — so all good, right? Well, not exactly. You see, it turns out the patch that was issued by Intel has a few problems of its own. Now, … [Link]

Mashable » Vermont just legalized marijuana. Here's why that's so important.

Monday 22 January 23:13:06 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The Green Mountain State now has a totally different meaning for Vermont. For the first time, a state legislature in the U.S. legalized adult cannabis use for adults 21 and older. The other states that allow recreational cannabis use — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine, as well as Washington D.C. — got there with ballot measures.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » This tough as nails Bluetooth speaker doubles as a power bank — and it's $25 off

Monday 22 January 22:58:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Whether your idea of the great outdoors is a week-long camping trip or just manning the grill in your backyard, a speaker specifically for the outdoors is a must. It needs to … [Link]

Mashable » What it's like to shop at Amazon Go

Monday 22 January 22:41:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAmazon has just opened their new cashier-less convenience store, Amazon Go, deep in the heart of Seattle's Belltown district and around the block from the Amazon Spheres. The folks at Mashable asked me to Amazon Go, so I Amazon Did. When I arrive, there's a line. No huge surprise there; it is opening day, after all, and people are curious. A … [Link]

Slashdot » UK Hospitals Can Now Store Confidential Patient Records In the Public Cloud

Monday 22 January 22:40:00 UTC 2018

The National Health Service (NHS) has given hospitals the go-ahead to store sensitive patient records in the cloud. "NHS Digital said the advantages of using cloud services include cost savings associated with not having to buy and maintain hardware and software, and availability of backup and fast system recovery," reports ZDNet. "'Together these features cut the risk of health information … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to make your site rank higher in Google with this SEO course that's over 90% off

Monday 22 January 22:34:09 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. Search Engine Optimization: it's one of those phrases everyone likes to namedrop, even if they don't exactly understand what it means. The truth is: SEO is a complex world and there are … [Link]

Mashable » Sorry LA, here's where experts think Amazon will put its second headquarters

Monday 22 January 22:16:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe search for a site for Amazon's second headquarters has been narrowed down to 20 cities — and according to several experts, the frontrunner among them is Atlanta.  But it has some formidable competitors.  SEE ALSO: Amazon releases shortlist of 20 cities still in the running for HQ2 "I think that Atlanta is still the top contender, although the field is … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has a ton of Windows Mixed Reality headsets on sale right now, up to 50% off

Monday 22 January 22:14:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. The Windows Mixed Reality VR platform has already made a promising impact on the gaming scene, and for good reach.  Writes Lance Ulanoff: And now is a perfect time to hop on … [Link]

Mashable » 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' returns to help you cope with the news

Monday 22 January 22:12:24 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The news has been a lot to deal with since Last Week Tonight left us in November, but thankfully it's coming back for a fifth season soon. John Oliver will be bringing back his cutting commentary on the news Feb. 18 on HBO, diving deep into some of the biggest and most controversial stories from the last week with a … [Link]

Slashdot » Montana Becomes First State To Implement Net Neutrality After FCC Repeal

Monday 22 January 22:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order on Monday requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. The order makes his state the first to push back on the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal the open internet rules last month. The order says … [Link]

Mashable » Everything you need to know about shopping at Amazon Go

Monday 22 January 21:57:06 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f2346%2f8bf2fb22 f72e 4fe8 9f3f b9c71736b207 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ high-tech Amazon store is coming to a town near you.","image":"~ the drones, Amazon Go is an actual game changer","sources":[~ and mortar,amazon go,online retail,apps & software","sec0":nul~ and mortar,amazon go,online retail,apps & software","videoSeriesNam~ More about Amazon, Shopping, Future, Machine Learning, and Grocery Store [Link]

Mashable » This little gadget will end the bedtime blanket tug-o-war

Monday 22 January 21:56:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTired of your bed mate stealing the covers every night? The 'Cover Clamp' is here to keep your share of the blanket locked to your side of the bed. Read more…More about Gadgets, Mashable Video, Bed, Sleep, and Bedroom [Link]

Mashable » Cute baby aardvark is fussy about being weighed

Monday 22 January 21:55:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis bald wrinkly baby, named Winsol, lives with his mother at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Read more…More about Animals, Mashable Video, Baby Animals, Cincinnati Zoo, and Real Time [Link]

Mashable » Bitter ex gets the best revenge on her cheating boyfriend

Monday 22 January 21:54:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere are endless ways to end a relationship, but perhaps the most brutal of them all is by ghosting your partner, even if they totally deserve it. Ghosting, or completely cutting off all contact with someone without explanation, has become a pretty popular way of dealing with a short fling or someone you maybe went out with a few dates. It's … [Link]

Mashable » You can win HQ, but you’ll never get that money. Probably.

Monday 22 January 21:26:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou may be a trivia buff but you're no match for company lawyers.  A provision in viral trivia app HQ's terms of service unearthed Monday by Vox presents a loophole for the company to get out of paying prize money to some winners.  SEE ALSO: How I cheated and won $11 on HQ trivia It was already common knowledge for players … [Link]

Slashdot » Linux 4.15 Becomes Slowest Release Since 2011

Monday 22 January 21:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Linus Torvalds has decided that Linux 4.15 needs a ninth release candidate, making it the first kernel release to need that much work since 2011. Torvalds flagged up the possibility of an extra release candidate last week, with the caveat that "it obviously requires this upcoming week to not come with any huge surprises" … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Apocalypse not now but the fate of civilisation is in our hands

Monday 22 January 21:00:00 UTC 2018

If societal collapse is coming, we have the means to prevent it. Let’s not mess it up like we did with climate change [Link]

Mashable » Spielberg on 'Ready Player One' and the future: 'Virtual reality will be a super drug'

Monday 22 January 20:56:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe director behind the upcoming film adaptation of Ready Player One is making some bleak predictions about what lies in store for us in the decades to come.  While the rest of us are still waiting for Steven Spielberg's vision of creepy AI children to come true, the legendary director has moved on to imagining how other real-world technologies will affect … [Link]

Mashable » These iPhone cables are designed to last forever — and they're on sale

Monday 22 January 20:48:03 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. There are forever friends, forever rings, and even My Tamagotchi Forever, but "forever" is not usually a word you hear associated with tech gadgets. And although a "Forever iPhone" is clearly not happening in … [Link]

Mashable » Why the iPhone X will probably never see its first birthday

Monday 22 January 20:44:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you've been debating whether to buy an iPhone X, you may have just been scared out of your decision. On Friday, the king of Apple analysts, his majesty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, predicted Apple will soon be discontinuing the iPhone X, according to a recent AppleInsider report.  That's right: Apple is due to kill off its most expensive iPhone … [Link]

Mashable » USA Gymnastics board members resign amid sexual assault scandal

Monday 22 January 20:41:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs the sentencing hearings for USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to sexual assault charges, continue, three members of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors announced their resignation. Nassar's sentencing hearings for 10 sexual assault charges in Michigan resume this week. As part of the proceedings he must listen to impact statements from his victims due to his … [Link]

Slashdot » China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials

Monday 22 January 20:41:00 UTC 2018

U.S. scientists helped devise the Crispr biotechnology tool. First to test it in humans are Chinese doctors (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative link). WSJ reports: In a hospital west of Shanghai, Wu Shixiu since March has been trying to treat cancer patients using a promising new gene-editing tool. U.S. scientists helped devise the tool, known as Crispr-Cas9, … [Link]

Mashable » Montana adds its own net neutrality rules in defiance of FCC

Monday 22 January 20:30:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe net neutrality backlash just stepped up a notch. Just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission controversially peeled back open internet rules, amid widespread protests and condemnation, Montana has taken the first steps in enforcing its own regulations. SEE ALSO: Net neutrality's latest hope: 22 state attorneys general file lawsuit against FCC The state's governor, Steve Bullock, signed an executive order … [Link]

Mashable » Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay publishers, which is adorable

Monday 22 January 20:26:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookShould Twitter pay me for my tweets? Sure! I post great stuff, which is why people go on Twitter — to find great stuff. I, and everyone else who post good stuff, should get paid.  Is Twitter going to pay me for my tweets? Hahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahah~ No.  SEE ALSO: Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook Yet that exact … [Link]

Mashable » Watch this actress get transformed for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Monday 22 January 20:26:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookActor Karen Gillan had to endure 2.5 hours on the makeup chair to transform into Nebula in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'. That's nothing compared to the first film, where she was required to shave her whole head and spend 5 hours for makeup. Read more…More about Movies, Celebrities, Mashable Video, Marvel, and Celebrity [Link]

Mashable » Scientists have found a potentially super cool replacement to electrical lighting

Monday 22 January 20:23:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEngineers at MIT have created a technique for embedding nanoparticles into plant leaves that make them emit a dim light. The nanoparticles contain chemicals known to make fireflies glow, known as luciferase and luciferin. Read more…More about Science, Mashable Video, Electric, Light, and Plants [Link]

Mashable » We are sorry to report that Pikachu has fallen down

Monday 22 January 20:10:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt brings us no joy to share this news, but we're duty-bound to inform you: Pikachu has fallen down. The tragedy occurred at what looks to be an in-store appearance of some sort, at which numerous children were present. Pikachu, perhaps too hot in its business suit, took a tumble as it darted across the room. SEE ALSO: Pikachu gets his … [Link]

Mashable » That really oily guy from the Olympics is going to compete in the Winter Games

Monday 22 January 20:04:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBuy your stock in coconut oil because Pita Taufatofua is returning to the Olympics. The Tongan flag holder became a beloved meme during the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he appeared in all his glistening glory. Well, now Taufatofua is officially heading to the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea in a sport he barely knows: cross-country … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix executes perfect 'The Office' joke about Millie Bobby Brown

Monday 22 January 20:03:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNetflix’s Twitter presence continues to be a gift, this time with a delightful Stranger Things/The Office crossover tweet. In a screen shot from Season 2, episode 1, "The Dundies," Michael prepares to present the office award for "Whitest Sneakers." Office fans will know this award went to a rather tipsy Pam Beesly, but Netflix chose to honor Sunday night's SAG red … [Link]

Slashdot » Corporate Cultural Issues Hold Back Secure Software Development

Monday 22 January 20:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: As the digital economy expands and software becomes more critical, security worries grow. In a new survey, 74 percent of respondents agree that security threats due to software and code issues are a growing concern. The study of over 1,200 IT leaders, conducted by analysts Freeform Dynamics for software company CA Technologies, finds 58 … [Link]

Mashable » Hijab-wearing model steps down from L’Oreal Paris hair campaign over 2014 tweets

Monday 22 January 19:56:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFashion blogger-turned-L'Oreal Paris hair model Amena Khan backed out of a hair care campaign Monday, just a few days after announcing she was part of the Elvive product line ad campaign. SEE ALSO: Hijab-wearing hair model featured in L’Oreal Paris ad campaign Khan wrote a statement on Twitter and Instagram early Monday that she was stepping down from the campaign because … [Link]

Mashable » This amazing exoskeleton is helping people with paralysis walk again

Monday 22 January 19:36:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookReWalk is a bionic exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to walk upright and climb stairs. One user was able to grow muscle tissue in his legs, which he was subsequently able to raise independently.  Read more…More about Startup, Exoskeleton, Wheelchair, Paralysis, and Bionic Legs [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Urges OEMs and End Users To Stop Deploying Spectre Patch As It May 'Introduce Higher Than Expected Reboots'

Monday 22 January 19:20:00 UTC 2018

Intel executive vice president Neil Shenoy said on Monday that the chip-maker has identified the source of some of the recent problems, so it is now recommended that users skip the available patches. From the blog post: We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce … [Link]

Mashable » Dudes try, and fail repeatedly, to snowboard

Monday 22 January 19:11:45 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The best parts of any vacation with your friends are the shared laughs and fond memories you make. Especially if those shared laughs are caught on video. A couple of mates here are shown against a picturesque winter landscape, ready to channel their inner Shaun White. The only problem? They never make it a more than a few yards from … [Link]

Mashable » Steven Soderbergh's new HBO show 'Mosaic' lets your obsession go way deep with murder mystery app

Monday 22 January 18:43:31 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Steven Soderbergh's Mosaic premieres Jan. 22 on HBO, but the entire story is already out there for public consumptionMosaic was initially launched in November 2017 as an interactive storytelling app; Users choose a character and follow their journey to piece together the mysterious murder of Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone). Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon have worked on Mosaic for nearly … [Link]

Slashdot » iTunes Snafu Made 'Thor: Ragnarok' Available Almost a Month Early

Monday 22 January 18:40:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: When you check out the 'Thor: Ragnarok' page on iTunes, it says pre-orders of digital copies are expected to arrive on February 20th. But as TorrentFreak reports, some people got their hands on the Marvel film about a month early due to some sort of snafu with iTunes and Movies Anywhere. According to TorrentFreak, … [Link]

Mashable » In a first for video games, a major sports league is making its own game

Monday 22 January 18:36:11 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Professional sports are a big business in video games, but it's mostly thanks to licensing deals. Major League Baseball is set to change that in 2018. Since 2014, the corporate side of the league has been relying on for-hire studios to drive its R.B.I. Baseball series. But this March, R.B.I. Baseball 18 will arrive as the product of a completely … [Link]

Mashable » A new study reveals how Russian trolls manipulated our Twitter conversations

Monday 22 January 18:24:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOver the weekend, Twitter told 677,775 people via email that they interacted with Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election. But according to Kate Starbird, an assistant professor at the University of Washington, that's far from enough. In a Twitter thread on Saturday, Starbird shared her recent research into social networks and the "echo chambers" they create. Her team successfully identified … [Link]

Mashable » These college kids aced their voice class with a lovely version of a 'Spongebob Squarepants' song

Monday 22 January 18:09:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpongebob Squarepants may be the answer to acing your next exam. Two sophomores at Shelton State Community College in Alabama recently decided to sing a classic song from Spongebob Squarepants for their vocal performance class. And it didn't take long before Quentin (@SweetTea_Sav) and Sean (@OtakuTacoKing) became viral stars.  SEE ALSO: These vintage Wendy's training videos are catchy as hell these … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Reskilling Revolution Needed for the Millions of Jobs at Risk Due To Technological Disruption'

Monday 22 January 18:00:00 UTC 2018

A new report, published by The World Economic Forum on Monday estimates that 1.4 million U.S. jobs will be hit by automation between now and 2026. Of those, 57 percent belong to women. Without re-education, 16 percent of affected workers will have no job prospects, the study finds. A further 25 percent would have one to three job options. The … [Link]

Mashable » 'Overwatch' League makes an example out of pro, suspends him for homophobic insult

Monday 22 January 17:51:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwo weeks into the Overwatch League, one pro player has already been suspended and fined for throwing a homophobic insult at an openly gay opponent. Felix "xQc" Lengyel of the Dallas Fuel was suspended by the Overwatch League and his own team Friday after insulting Houston Outlaws player Austin "Muma" Wilmot during a personal live stream on Twitch. The league's suspension … [Link]

Mashable » We know you're excited Eagles fans, but watch where you're going

Monday 22 January 17:48:33 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Eagles fans are notoriously messy when it comes to public jubilation, and Sunday night was no exception. SEE ALSO: Philadelphia greased poles to stop Eagles fans from climbing them. It didn't work. After the Eagles' win 38-7 over the Minnesota Vikings, which landed them a spot in Super Bowl LII, Philly did what Philly does best: turn into a massive … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 S Laptops Starting at $189 and New Office 365 Tools for Students

Monday 22 January 17:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft today unveiled new Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at $189, aimed at the education market. The company also announced new Office 365 learning tools for students. The news mirrors Microsoft's firstline workers push in September, which saw new Windows 10 S devices starting at $275. The company is now … [Link]

Mashable » Turns out a terrifying H.P. Lovecraft poem can be sung perfectly to the tune of Billy Joel's 'Piano Man'

Monday 22 January 17:01:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWho knew the pride of Long Island and the creator of Cthulhu had so much in common? Something snapped in some dank corner of the internet this past week as our collective subconscious gradually realized that a vivid, terrifying poem by the old Victorian master of horror H.P. Lovecraft can be easily sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "Piano Man." … [Link]

Mashable » The government shutdown is screwing over SpaceX

Monday 22 January 16:51:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe government shutdown isn't just affecting federal agencies, such as NASA. It's altering the plans of private sector spaceflight companies, such as SpaceX, too. SpaceX, the Elon Musk-founded company, was initially planning to launch the maiden flight of its huge new Falcon Heavy rocket at the end of January. However, that timeline is looking more uncertain thanks to the government shutdown. … [Link]

Mashable » An Internet Detox That's Actually Doable

Monday 22 January 16:47:38 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Internet, Detox, Mashable Reels, Culture, and Consumer Tech [Link]

Mashable » 7 Things You Didn't Know about Point Break

Monday 22 January 16:43:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe ORIGINAL Point Break is inarguably one of the best movies about bank-robbing surfers. Full disclosure—there's no particular reason we're covering this movie other than it's awesome and we wanna. So enjoy some things about Keanu, Swayze, Busey and the Ex-Presidents! Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content. Read more…More about Surfing, Keanu Reeves, James Cameron, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and … [Link]

Mashable » The tiniest star of 'The Florida Project' didn't go to the SAG awards, but she still had plenty of fun on the red carpet

Monday 22 January 16:37:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBrooklynn Prince has been making the rounds during award show season, but that didn't stop her from having a bit of FOMO during the SAG Awards Sunday night.  The star of critically-acclaimed film The Florida Project sat out the Screen Actors Guild ceremony this year, but she still tuned in to see all the red carpet looks — and she found … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's $20 Million Race To the Moon Will End With No Winner — and Google is OK With That

Monday 22 January 16:30:00 UTC 2018

Michael Sheetz, reporting for CNBC: More than ten years after it was announced — and extended over and over — the Google-sponsored race to win $20 million by landing on the moon will end with no winners. The four teams racing to win the Google Lunar Xprize, which requires a company to land a spacecraft on the moon by March … [Link]

Mashable » Automotive expert Bob Lutz suggests buying a Tesla before it goes out of business

Monday 22 January 16:24:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTesla might sell more all-electric vehicles than any other car manufacturer in the U.S., but automotive industry veteran Bob Lutz warns the company could soon go broke.  The 85-year old Lutz's candid thoughts were reported last week by The Los Angeles Times as the former Vice Chairman of General Motors spoke to a group of vintage car collectors.  SEE ALSO: BMW … [Link]

Mashable » If you own a damaged iPhone 6 Plus, you could get a free iPhone 6S Plus upgrade

Monday 22 January 16:18:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you have a damaged iPhone 6 Plus, you may qualify for more than a simple replacement.  According to an internal Apple memo spotted by MacRumors, iPhone 6 Plus owners who qualify for a whole-device replacement can get a new iPhone 6S Plus, the next model up. The memo obtained by MacRumors reportedly says, "orders for whole unit service inventory of … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook admits that, yea, maybe it's not great for democracy

Monday 22 January 16:18:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook is many things, but good for democracy might not be one of them. On Monday, Facebook executives and outside experts publicly released their thoughts on the effect social media — specifically Zuckerberg's controversial platform — has on democracy. The conclusion? Um, well, yeah — it might not be so great. And Facebook did not realize that in a timely manner. … [Link]

Mashable » This K-Cup instant coffee brewer will get caffeine into your bloodstream in seconds

Monday 22 January 16:06:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. It's Monday. The deals are hot and the coffee is flowing. When you need that java fast, this InstaBrew pod coffee maker is up for the job. Lucky for you, it's on … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Says It Can't Guarantee Social Media is Good For Democracy

Monday 22 January 16:01:00 UTC 2018

Facebook said on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but noted that it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. From a report: The sharing of false or misleading headlines on social media has become a global issue, after accusations that … [Link]

Mashable » DJI's new foldable drone is coming, and we just learned almost everything about it

Monday 22 January 15:52:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDJI is set to unveil a new consumer drone on Jan. 23, but a leak appears to have already spoiled the  announcement. The new drone is purportedly called the "Mavic Air," and looks to be a cross between DJI's ultra compact and foldable Mavic Pro and the even tinier, gesture-controlled Spark. And you wonder why GoPro and others have no choice … [Link]

Mashable » Apple and Malala Yousafzai partner up to fight for girls' education

Monday 22 January 15:43:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple CEO Tim Cook and Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai are working together to ensure girls around the world receive a proper education. Apple announced on Sunday it's becoming the first Laureate partner for The Malala Fund,  Yousafzai's philanthropic organization. In the role, Apple will be working to support and expand the 20-year-old's efforts to give girls 12 years of "free, … [Link]

Mashable » A robot chef cooked my lunch, and it was delicious

Monday 22 January 15:40:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAbout a week ago, my wife and I ate a meal that was entirely prepared by a robotic chef.  The GammaChef — a machine akin to a large coffee maker — did everything on its own. It heated the pot and added the ingredients — beef steak chunks, pasta, mushrooms, water, oil, seasonings and sauces — then stirred them until the … [Link]

Slashdot » Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy's F-Droid Android App Store is a Replacement for Google Play That Features Only FOSS Apps That Don't Do Any Tracking

Monday 22 January 15:22:00 UTC 2018

Google Play, the marquee Android apps store, is filled with apps that are riddled with hidden trackers that siphon a smorgasbord of data from all sensors, in all directions, unknown to the Android user. Not content with the strides Google has made to curtail the issue, Yale Privacy Lab has collaborated with Exodus Privacy to detect and expose trackers with … [Link]

Mashable » These pest repellers use ultrasonic sound waves to take care of bugs and rodents

Monday 22 January 15:17:22 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. We already know how much you love the ultrasonic pest repeller, which was a huge hit the last time we wrote about it. So why not get enough to cover your whole … [Link]

Mashable » Razzie Awards nominate Mark Wahlberg, 'Fifty Shades,' and 'mother!' for being the worst

Monday 22 January 15:07:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Movies were great in 2017, but in a very real sense they were also terrible. We will only reach movie nirvana when the Razzies no longer award the worst movies, pairings, and actors in a given year. 2017's biggest culprits were Fifty Shades Darker and Transformers: The Last Knight – the latter of which earned Mark Wahlberg one of two … [Link]

Mashable » Woman harassed by man who won't take no for an answer gets rescued by helpful stranger

Monday 22 January 15:00:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen Amna Saleem was hanging out at her favourite writing spot in east London, she was approached by a man who wouldn't take no for an answer. What happened next, however, will restore your faith in humanity.  SEE ALSO: This code word will help you when you feel unsafe on a date Saleem says that she was waiting for her boyfriend … [Link]

Slashdot » To Combat Shortage, Nvidia Asks Retailers To Limit Graphics Card Orders

Monday 22 January 14:41:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: If you're a PC builder — or your aging desktop system is in dire need of some modern upgrades — you've probably wondered why it's impossible to get a graphics card lately. You can thank the outrageous interest in cryptocurrency for all of this. Since graphics cards mine cryptocurrency much faster than CPUs, an eager community … [Link]

Mashable » Olivia Munn destroys rumors about a Chris Pratt relationship with some blunt words of wisdom

Monday 22 January 14:38:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s not every day a celebrity sheds light on how they deal with the constant tabloid rumors about them. Olivia Munn gave us a peek behind that curtain on Sunday, by addressing rumors about a budding new relationship with Chris Pratt, who recently separated from actress Anna Faris. Munn flat out denied the reports, but took things a step further by … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook VP Says Company Won't Use Experts To Fix Fake News Because It is Worried About Criticism

Monday 22 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Joshua Topolsky, writing for The Outline: According to Axios reporter Ina Fried, the vice president of global communications, marketing, and public policy (phew!) at Facebook shook off suggestions that the network should use outside media literacy watch dogs as opposed to outsourcing its "fake news" problem to a "statistically representative" group of its own users. While speaking at the tech … [Link]

Mashable » Vivo is launching the first phone with an under-the-display fingerprint scanner

Monday 22 January 13:24:48 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. On January 24, China's Vivo will launch a smartphone with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor.  You may have already forgotten about this technology, and I don't blame you, but just months ago before the launch of iPhone … [Link]

Mashable » This tiny dog is a compulsive thief and he needs to be stopped

Monday 22 January 13:14:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDogs are very good at fooling humans into thinking they're all sweet and innocent, but the truth is they're raging kleptomaniacs. SEE ALSO: Robots are much cuter when they're dogs Francesca Emmingham, a Social Media Manager in the UK, recently proved this beyond all question. Here's a Twitter thread she made about her pet dachshund, Flynn: Who wants to see a … [Link]

Mashable » Jamie Dornan's story about gluing fake hair to his penis is hilariously awkward

Monday 22 January 12:46:40 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook What do you get when you cross a pre-pubescent teenager, some costume props and the promise of a big party? Well, apparently you get a penis wig. And some great future talk show material. SEE ALSO: Jamie Dornan walking out of the sea like James Bond for 'Fifty Shades Freed' was super awkward Appearing on The Graham Norton Show on … [Link]

Mashable » Liam Neeson's story about his first reaction to seeing Helen Mirren is amazing

Monday 22 January 11:59:21 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook You may not have known this about Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren, but they actually used to date. They even lived together for a few years, too. SEE ALSO: Watch Helen Mirren keep her chill in this sexist interview from the '70s Well, during Friday's edition of The Graham Norton Show, they had a little reunion. And Neeson opened up … [Link]

Mashable » Nigella Lawson says women of her generation were taught they shouldn't make men feel rejected

Monday 22 January 11:49:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNigella Lawson has praised the fact that younger generations of women have been brought up to "stand up for themselves," stating that her generation was raised to treat men in a different way entirely.  SEE ALSO: Women over 50 see sexual harassment very differently than millennials Speaking at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, the author and TV cook shared her … [Link]

Slashdot » LWN.Net Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

Monday 22 January 11:34:00 UTC 2018

Free software/Linux news site just celebrated its 20th birthday, with publisher Jonathan Corbet calling the last two decades "an amazing journey." LWN published the first edition of their weekly newsletter on January 22, 1998, and Corbet (who also contributes to the Linux kernel) writes today that "It has been quite a ride. We in the free-software community set out … [Link]

Mashable » William H. Macy on men in Hollywood: 'I think a lot of us feel like we're under attack'

Monday 22 January 11:30:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWilliam H. Macy has opened up about the difficulties he feels men are facing in the wake of Hollywood's Time's Up movement. SEE ALSO: Allison Williams on the importance of the Time's Up movement Speaking backstage at Sunday night's SAG Awards, Variety and multiple other outlets report that the Shameless star spoke about a meeting he had other with other men … [Link]

Mashable » Jamie Dornan walking out of the sea like James Bond for 'Fifty Shades Freed' was super awkward

Monday 22 January 11:18:05 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Walking out of the sea James Bond-style is tricky. SEE ALSO: Tom Hanks is adorably impressed with Maisie Williams' 'Game of Thrones' stamp Jamie Dornan was a guest on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, and he described the painfully awkward way he tried to do a cool exit from the sea for Fifty Shades Freed. The main problem was … [Link]

Mashable » Mark Hamill says Carrie Fisher would be so proud of her 'Resistance Sisters' at the Women's March

Monday 22 January 11:08:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCarrie Fisher was absent in body, but she was present in spirit at the Women's March 2.0 this past weekend.  And, Mark Hamill says she would have been "SO proud" of those who dressed up as Leia to play their part in the Resistance. SEE ALSO: All the fiercest signs from the Time's Up rally in London "Carrie would be SO … [Link]

Mashable » Cheeky bookseller proves that Trump's own words are the best way to sell the book about him

Monday 22 January 10:58:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWaterstones, the ultimate troll. SEE ALSO: I'm down on my knees, begging you please not to do this to your bookshelf You may have heard of a little book about the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump that came out recently called Fire and Fury. Well, here in the UK the bookshop chain Waterstones had a novel idea for moving copies.  … [Link]

Mashable » For an unforgettable experience on the path less travelled, try Dubai

Monday 22 January 10:30:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSteeped in history and rich in culture, Dubai is the United Arab Emirates’ largest populated city and boasts an opulent vibe that encapsulates this modern Middle Eastern hub. Year-round sunshine, luxurious shopping centres, and architecture juxtaposing modern marvels with ancient sites all combine to make Dubai the Middle East’s crown jewel.  When visiting Dubai, the appeal of hitting all the typical … [Link]

Mashable » Ed Sheeran's Instagram engagement announcement is as cute as you'd expect

Monday 22 January 10:21:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYes, Ed Sheeran got engaged and he didn't even tell you. Rude. SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift parties in three cities for 'End Game' video with Future and Ed Sheeran Well he's telling you now. On Sunday, Ed Sheeran revealed on Instagram that he got engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very … [Link]

Mashable » Morgan Freeman had 1 very blunt comment about his SAG Award statue

Monday 22 January 10:16:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJust because you won an award doesn't mean you can't criticise it. SEE ALSO: Sterling K. Brown just made history at the SAG Awards On Sunday, Morgan Freeman picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAGs. He had some no-nonsense feedback about the statue, though: Here's a close-up of said statue. It does look pretty masculine, doesn't it? Morgan Freeman … [Link]

Slashdot » Linus Torvalds Calls Intel Patches 'Complete and Utter Garbage'

Monday 22 January 7:44:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: On the Linux Kernel Mailing List, Linus Torvalds ended up responding to a long-time kernel developer (and former Intel engineer) who'd been describing a new microcode feature addressing Indirect Branch Restricted Speculation "where a future CPU will advertise 'I am able to be not broken' and then you have to set the IBRS bit once at … [Link]

Mashable » Philadelphia greased poles to stop Eagles fans from climbing them. It didn't work.

Monday 22 January 6:22:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe last time the Philadelphia Eagles were in the Super Bowl, we only just started using MySpace and the iPod was still some newfangled thing. So it's no wonder the city was extra careful in the lead up to the Eagles NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings, because a win — taking the team to the Super Bowl — would … [Link]

Mashable » Allison Williams on the importance of the Time's Up movement

Monday 22 January 6:01:10 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook While Time's Up pins weren't in as abundant a supply as the Golden Globes, a handful of actors used SAG Awards red carpet appearances to talk about the movement against sexual discrimination and abuse in Hollywood and other industries. Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamay unpacked the effect the movement has had on young men, while Get Out … [Link]

Mashable » T-Mobile finally beats Verizon to become fastest 4G LTE network in U.S.

Monday 22 January 6:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookT-Mobile has been crowned the top wireless network in the U.S., according to OpenSignal's "2018 State of Mobile Networks" report. The "uncarrier" blew past Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in five out of six major metric tests, besting the competition on 4G download speed, 3G download speed, overall download speed, 3G latency, and 4G availability. The only metric T-Mobile didn't win was … [Link]

Mashable » Sterling K. Brown just made history at the SAG Awards

Monday 22 January 4:43:11 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Sterling K. Brown has just made history, becoming the first black actor to win the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama.  Taking home the gong for his role in NBC's breakout drama of the 2016-2017 season, This Is Us, Brown gave an inspirational speech at the award ceremony on Sunday. SEE ALSO: Nicole Kidman's … [Link]

Slashdot » More Wall Street Pundits Caution Against Investing In Bitcoins

Monday 22 January 4:34:00 UTC 2018

Peter Boockvar is the Chief Investment Officer of Bleakley Financial Group, a $3.5B wealth management firm — and he predicts "an epic crash will hit the cryptocurrency market," according to CNBC. "He isn't sure if it'll come to a grinding halt or be a slow and steady drop — but he says it's coming." "When something goes parabolic like this … [Link]

Mashable » Nicole Kidman's ultra-inspiring SAG Award speech focuses on Hollywood's changing attitude to age

Monday 22 January 3:17:27 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Nicole Kidman used her SAG Award win to celebrate the fact that acting careers for women nowadays "can go beyond 40 years old." The Big Little Lies star picked up the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor, winning over co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern and Feud: Bette & Joan stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Timothée Chalamet on how the Time's Up movement resonates with young men

Monday 22 January 2:40:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter quite the bad year in Hollywood, it's comforting to know the future appears to be in the right hands. With two nominations at the SAG Awards, Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird star Timothée Chalamet was asked on the red carpet if the Time's Up movement against systemic sexual abuse in Hollywood had an effect on young men. … [Link]

Slashdot » Will We One Day Use Tractor Beams In Manufacturing?

Monday 22 January 2:34:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes CNET: Engineers from the University of Bristol have been able to trap (essentially levitate) objects using an acoustic tractor beam that is larger than the wavelengths of sound used by the device… [A]pplications could include touchless control of drug capsules or micro-surgical implements inside the human body using sonic tractor beams. It could also become possible … [Link]

Mashable » Aziz Ansari skips SAG Awards following sexual misconduct accusation

Monday 22 January 2:23:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGolden Globe winner Aziz Ansari kept his distance from this year's SAG Awards following recent accusations of sexual misconduct. Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, the Master of None star didn't make an appearance on the red carpet or at the ceremony on Sunday.  SEE ALSO: What is Babe? Meet the site that published the … [Link]

Mashable » Kristen Bell delivers strong Time's Up message in opening monologue at SAG Awards

Monday 22 January 1:37:09 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Kristen Bell just delivered a strong opening monologue as the first ever host of the SAG Awards on Sunday. Fronting a deliberately all-female presenter bill for the 2018 ceremony, The Good Place star presented a strong opening speech — and with the Time's Up and #MeToo movements against systemic sexual abuse in Hollywood gaining immense traction, Bell's monologue was always … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon Go app is now available ahead of cashier-less store opening

Monday 22 January 1:11:19 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. At Amazon's new grocery store of the future you need an app just to get into the store. Amazon Go is opening its first physical location for the grocery-shopping public in Seattle on Monday. But before … [Link]

Mashable » Space startup Rocket Lab successfully sent a rocket to orbit

Monday 22 January 0:41:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn Sunday afternoon, New Zealand and U.S. spaceflight startup Rocket Lab successfully sent a second Electron rocket to space — and this time it reached orbit. The rocket "Still Testing" launched from the company's New Zealand North Island site on the Māhia peninsula at 2:43 p.m. NZDT (1:30 a.m. GMT/8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday). SEE ALSO: Secret government satellite’s fate remains … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Reopens Probe Into Russian Involvement in Brexit

Monday 22 January 0:34:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: Facebook has said it will conduct a wider investigation into whether there was Russian meddling on its platform relating to the 2016 Brexit referendum vote in the UK. Wednesday its UK policy director Simon Milner wrote to a parliamentary committee that's been conducting a wide-ranging enquiry into fake news — and whose chair has been … [Link]

Mashable » Alison Brie addresses sexual misconduct accusations against brother-in-law James Franco

Monday 22 January 0:12:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAlison Brie has addressed sexual misconduct accusations faced by James Franco at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The GLOW actor and two-time SAG Award nominee, who is married to Franco's brother and The Disaster Artist co-star Dave Franco, talked to E! News' Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet on Sunday. SEE ALSO: Scarlett Johansson brilliantly called out James Franco during … [Link]


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