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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.

Slashdot » ICE Is About To Start Tracking License Plates Across the US

Friday 26 January 23:20:00 UTC 2018

Presto Vivace shares a report from The Verge: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » CapLinked Announces Blockchain Framework

Friday 26 January 23:04:49 UTC 2018

CapLinked, a provider of secure virtual data rooms and document sharing for enterprises, has announced TransitNet, "an open and unified blockchain framework for protecting digital assets and permanently recording data access during enterprise transactions." [Link]

Mashable » Woman spotted doing yoga in the aisle of an airplane

Friday 26 January 22:46:39 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Air travel can really take a toll on your body, so it's not uncommon for people to take a few moments and stretch their legs in the aisle during a flight. But when a little stretch becomes straight up yoga, things have gone too far.  A woman was spotted practicing her yoga poses mid-flight on a commercial plane with almost … [Link]

Slashdot » $500 Million Worth of Cryptocurrency Stolen From Japanese Exchange

Friday 26 January 22:40:00 UTC 2018

Locke2005 shares a report from CNBC: Hackers stole several hundred million dollars' worth of a lesser-known cryptocurrency from a major Japanese exchange Friday. Coincheck said that around 523 million of the exchange's NEM coins were sent to another account around 3 a.m. local time (1 p.m. ET Thursday), according to a Google translate of a Japanese transcript of the Friday … [Link]

Mashable » Bold squirrel steals a huge pastry, but quickly loses it to a bully

Friday 26 January 22:11:47 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook In what may be the sweetest heist of the century, a squirrel in Aurora, Colorado, was just spotted lugging around a stolen frosted Danish.  The pastry was almost half of the size of its captor, but the squirrel carried it through a parking lot, determined to get away.  "He was looking for a cup of coffee I think," said the … [Link]

Slashdot » Walmart Teams Up With Kobo To Sell EBooks and Audiobooks

Friday 26 January 22:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Later this year, you'll be able to buy ebooks and audiobooks straight from Walmart's website. The big box retailer has teamed up with Japanese e-commerce titan Rakuten to launch a business that can take on Amazon's Kindle offerings. Walmart will give its customers in the U.S. an easy way to access to … [Link]

Slashdot » Bill Gates Thinks AI Taking Everyone's Jobs Could be a Good Thing

Friday 26 January 21:20:00 UTC 2018

Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, thinks that artificial intelligence will take over a lot of jobs and ultimately will be a good thing. From a report: In an interview, Gates said that robots taking over our jobs will make us more efficient, and lead to more free time. "Well, certainly we can look forward to the idea that … [Link]

Mashable » If you're frustrated with Bitcoin, it's time to learn how to invest in some other cryptocurrencies

Friday 26 January 21:15:40 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 were an early investor in Bitcoin, you may remember that the now volatile cryptocurrency was once comparable to the honeymoon phase of a fun, new relationship. You watched your earnings … [Link]

Mashable » Enormous bottle of rosé meets tragic fate at the club

Friday 26 January 21:08:58 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook I've got a gift for all you schadenfreude junkies out there: a man fumbling with, then dropping, an extremely expensive bottle of alcohol. Originally posted on a Facebook page called Ibiza Club News (party on!), several outlets have referred to the bottle as Champagne worth $42,000. That, unfortunately, is probably not true — the general consensus among commenters seems to … [Link]

Mashable » Someone remade the 'Lady Bird' trailer with their own screams

Friday 26 January 21:01:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLady Bird, the coming-of-age movie that won the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy and for a few perfect weeks had a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is pretty much this decade's magnum opus. It's hard to believe that the Oscar contender could get any better, but Twitter user @laterchalemet did just that. In their incredible work of art, … [Link]

Mashable » Cryptocurrency exchange loses $400 million worth of coins in massive NEM hack

Friday 26 January 20:56:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hit hard Friday. A hacker managed to funnel out 500 million NEM coins, a value of more than $424 million USD, one of the exchange's co-founders said at a news conference in Tokyo Friday, according to Bloomberg. Japan’s Financial Services Agency is also investigating the theft. SEE ALSO: Bye-bye, Bitcoin. It's all about bananacoins. Coincheck … [Link]

Mashable » As billionaires call for regulation, Facebook throws money at journalism scholarships

Friday 26 January 20:46:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook is an addictive platform that should be regulated like the cigarette industry, suggested Salesforce CEO and billionaire Marc Benioff earlier this week. But Facebook actually does care about the news industry and well-being of journalists. At least, that's what its latest philanthropic decision might suggest. On Friday, Facebook announced it's donating $1 million toward supporting diversity in journalism. The donation … [Link]

Mashable » One year after Trump's first Muslim ban, #SendASign campaign continues fight for refugees

Friday 26 January 20:45:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt was one of the first and most striking examples of resistance against the Trump administration. On Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order blocking refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. It furthered Trump's campaign promise of a "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."  One day later, … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Should Be 'Regulated Like Cigarette Industry', Salesforce CEO Says

Friday 26 January 20:40:00 UTC 2018

Facebook should be regulated like a cigarette company, because of the addictive and harmful properties of social media, according to Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff. From a report: Social networks would be regulated "exactly the same way that you regulated the cigarette industry," Benioff told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "Here's a product — cigarettes — they're … [Link]

Mashable » I got my eyebrows microbladed

Friday 26 January 20:37:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMicroblading is becoming a huge trend. It's a way to achieve fuller brows by getting semi-permanent tattoo strokes over your eyebrows. With this huge trend permeating throughout social media, I set out to see what the big fuss was all about and the science behind semi-permanent and permanent tattoos.  Special thanks to: Dr. Lian Mack, GlamDerm Dermatology Betsy Shuki, Makeup Artist … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Eagle Eye Updates its Video API Platform

Friday 26 January 20:35:56 UTC 2018

Eagle Eye Networks, a cloud video surveillance provider, has added a number of new features to the Eagle Eye Video API Platform, which allows customers to build applications that leverage live and recorded surveillance video footage. [Link]

Mashable » This gadget will make taping wires so much easier

Friday 26 January 20:33:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe GaffGun can bundle and tape your cables together in one smooth roll. No more bending and crouching. It could even save you a lot of time. It's perfect to use for stage performances, caution zones, and marking boundaries for games.  Read more…More about Basketball, Roll, Floor, Rolling, and Gym [Link]

Mashable » This device could help those with limited vision

Friday 26 January 20:31:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOrCam’s technology is changing how partially sighted and physical disabled people interact with the world with their nifty attachable device. Read more…More about Tech, Mashable Video, Sightseeing, Science And Technology, and Glasses [Link]

Mashable » How to watch the Grammy Awards online for free this weekend

Friday 26 January 20:26:35 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Heads 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. No, you don't need cable to watch the Grammy Awards. You don't even need a TV. All you need is a laptop, a dream, and a dash of internet savvy to … [Link]

Mashable » Transform the way you change diapers with this foldable baby cone

Friday 26 January 20:24:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnoofyBee turns diaper duty into a fun time for baby. Read more…More about Tech, Parenting, Mashable Video, Baby, and Playing [Link]

Mashable » Veterinarians are using fish skin to help heal bear paw burns from wildfires

Friday 26 January 20:23:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookVets used tilapia skin as bandages to help heal burn wounds on bears. Read more…More about Animals, Mashable Video, Rescue, Bears, and Burns [Link]

Mashable » Maisie Williams announces 'Game of Thrones' return date

Friday 26 January 20:06:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGame of Thrones' Maisie Williams may have accidentally spilled the beans on when the series will be returning for its eighth season in 2019. Williams said that the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere will air in April 2019, the series star shared in an interview with Metro Friday. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey drops hints about 1 … [Link]

Slashdot » Now Even YouTube Serves Ads With CPU-draining Cryptocurrency Miners

Friday 26 January 20:00:00 UTC 2018

YouTube was recently caught displaying ads that covertly leach off visitors' CPUs and electricity to generate digital currency on behalf of anonymous attackers, it was widely reported. From a report: Word of the abusive ads started no later than Tuesday, as people took to social media sites to complain their antivirus programs were detecting cryptocurrency mining code when they visited … [Link]

Mashable » Arctic weirding goes into overdrive, with shattered ice and temperature records

Friday 26 January 19:35:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou won't find many climate deniers in the Arctic. From Sitka, Alaska to Svalbard, Norway, people are living through a period of extraordinarily rapid changes that are altering their ways of life.  Alaska just had its warmest December on record, with a staggering statewide average temperature anomaly of 15.7 degrees Fahrenheit above average for the month. “To have an entire state … [Link]

Mashable » How a ridiculous game uses jousting dicks to interrogate toxic masculinity

Friday 26 January 19:23:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA lot of the time, gaming can feel like just a bag of dicks fighting each other. If you play enough games, you come to expect what is, in essence, the same rote, predictable, hyper-masculine cockfights, only reskinned to varying degrees of grittiness. But one game has flipped that script in a way no other game ever dared to. The ridiculous … [Link]

Slashdot » Netflix Executives Say 'Bright' Success Proves Film Critics Are 'Disconnected From Mass Appeal'

Friday 26 January 19:20:00 UTC 2018

Last month, movie critics slammed David Ayer and Will Smith's Netflix tentpole "Bright" movie. At present, it has less than 30 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Netflix executives aren't worried. From a report on IndieWire: The abysmal reviews couldn't stop "Bright" from becoming a humongous hit on Netflix and earning a sequel. […] According to both Netlfix bosses, "Bright's" … [Link]

Mashable » Google's new app has a questionable purpose: Letting anyone be a reporter

Friday 26 January 19:08:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGoogle has announced a new app, "Bulletin," that it says is specifically designed to let anyone contribute "hyperlocal stories" about their community, such as someone spotting a car accident or smoldering, dry brush.  But Bulletin isn't available to everyone just yet. In fact, it's quite limited. Google says the app will first run as a "pilot project" in Nashville, Tennessee and … [Link]

Mashable » Young student thoughtfully added 'Bitcoin' to a graph worksheet

Friday 26 January 18:46:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI still don't know what the heck Bitcoin is, but apparently now kids do. Neil Woodfine's friend's girlfriend is a teacher, and found a chart that a student had "enhanced" and then left on the floor. And it looks like good news for cryptocurrency investors. SEE ALSO: Bye-bye, Bitcoin. It's all about bananacoins. My friend’s girlfriend is a teacher and found … [Link]

Mashable » How to Cheat at HQ

Friday 26 January 18:39:01 UTC 2018

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

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Kind of Societies Will the First Mars Colonies Be?

Friday 26 January 18:30:00 UTC 2018

New submitter nyri writes: I'm making a two-part study in what kind of societies humans will build on Mars when we start to colonize the red planet. In first part, I'm trying to approach the question sociologically as rigorously as possible. Sociology being what it is, this also includes informed speculation. So, what does Slashdot think: What sort of colonies … [Link]

Mashable » Watch the moment 2 highway patrol officers discover California's devastating mudslides

Friday 26 January 18:20:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEarlier this month, two California Highway Patrol officers were responding to reports of a structural fire in Montecito when they drove straight into the first of many mudslides that would ravage the county that day. SEE ALSO: Photos: California's wildfires make way for destructive mudslides The dashcam footage below shows the officers' vehicle being picked up by the fast-moving mud, spun … [Link]

Mashable » The upcoming polar vortex looks so much like a Tide Pod 😕

Friday 26 January 18:17:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRemember how it got extremely cold in the Midwest and East Coast at the end of last year? Well, that polar vortex is about to happen again.  The difference between now and then? Tide Pods. Since late December, teens have made eating Tide Pods a delightful, albeit dangerous, meme. And living our lives on the internet makes not seeing them everywhere … [Link]

Mashable » Little girl pens grim birthday card for mom's significant other

Friday 26 January 18:13:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAh, children. Full of laughter, innocence, and unparalleled levels of snarky honesty.  Redditor StargasmSargasm shared this heartwarming birthday card from their girlfriend's daughter. The message is direct– this little girl has no time for useless formalities. She makes her feelings for aging, for birthdays, for the user receiving this card remarkably clear.  SEE ALSO: Reddit finds a hilarious childhood picture that … [Link]

Slashdot » Genes that Your Parents Don't Pass To You Still Shape Who You Are, Study Finds

Friday 26 January 18:00:00 UTC 2018

From a research paper published on ScienceMag journal on Friday: Children resemble their parents in health, wealth, and well-being. Is parent-child similarity in traits and behaviors due to nature (the genes that children inherit from their parents) or nurture (the environment that parents provide for their children)? Answering this enduring question can directly inform our efforts to reduce social inequality … [Link]

Mashable » Want to be happy this weekend? Watch 'Paddington 2'. No, really.

Friday 26 January 17:54:59 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Between the freezing weather, the post-holiday blahs, and the impending threat of a Trump State of the Union address, there's a lot to feel grumpy about in January 2018. Fortunately, the cure for what ails you is as close as your local theater. SEE ALSO: 27 reasons 2018 might not totally suck (pop culture edition) Paddington 2 is just the … [Link]

Mashable » OK, but why do we all think that dog looks exactly like Laura Dern?

Friday 26 January 17:46:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday, TV critic Margaret Lyons tweeted the following photo of a dog named Kimchee that bears a striking resemblance to actress Laura Dern. It was, objectively, the greatest tweet of 2018.  This dog looks like Laura Dern https://t.co/3QI7eA41Zx pic.twitter.com/YIqkmJZKc8 — Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) January 23, 2018 More than 5,000 retweets and 25,000 likes later, it's safe to assume others agree. … [Link]

Mashable » Stop acting like you don’t know your Tinder date’s last name

Friday 26 January 17:32:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookModern dating means not having to say you're savvy.  On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal ran the headline "The New Dating No-No: Asking for a Last Name." Essentially, the article detailed how asking a date's last name has become a milestone in a relationship that started online. It's operating off of the principle that Tinder, Bumble, OK Cupid, and other dating … [Link]

Slashdot » Breaking Up Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook Could Save Capitalism, NYU Professor Says

Friday 26 January 17:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report: If you want to get an idea of how quickly sentiment has shifted against U.S. tech giants, just listen to NYU professor Scott Galloway. […] "After spending the majority of the last two years of my life really trying to understand them and the relationship of the ecosystem, I've become 100 percent convinced … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson reacts to Stormy Daniels' review of the movie because that's where we are now

Friday 26 January 17:07:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe porn star Stormy Daniels, who reportedly had an affair with Donald Trump, gave a short review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Twitter in December, and the director has finally responded. SEE ALSO: 'Star Wars' stars totally shut down the men who edited the film to remove all the women Daniels voiced her opinions on the latest Star Wars … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung Galaxy S9 photos just leaked weeks ahead of its official release date

Friday 26 January 17:00:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Galaxy S9 and S9+ are coming soon, and now we know exactly what they'll look like. Samsung announced earlier this week that it's holding a special media event on Feb. 25. in Barcelona, where it's widely believed that the South Korean electronics giant will reveal its new flagship phones: the Galaxy S9 and S9+. SEE ALSO: Samsung teases big camera … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey drops hints about 1 very, very sad moment in Season 8

Friday 26 January 16:46:02 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f84364%2fbcd895a2 a121 4968 99af bc0f50483fca Read more… {"player":{"descript~ doesn't sound good.","image":&quot~ of Thrones' star Lena Headey drops hints about 1 very, very sad moment in Season 8","sources":[{&quot~ of thrones,lena headey,game of thrones season 8","sec0":null,&quot~ of thrones,lena headey,game of thrones season 8","videoSeriesName"~ More about Uk, Interview, Game Of Thrones, Lena Headey, and Game Of Thrones Season 8 [Link]

Mashable » We're super-pumped for 'Black Panther' and will be picking up all this swag to prove it

Friday 26 January 16:44:22 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. Barring his epic introduction in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, we're all too hyped for the king of Wakanda to make his official cinematic debut in Black Panther on Feb. 16. The … [Link]

Slashdot » Are the BSDs Dying? Some Security Researchers Think So

Friday 26 January 16:40:00 UTC 2018

itwbennett writes: The BSDs have lost the battle for mindshare to Linux, and that may well bode ill for the future sustainability of the BSDs as viable, secure operating systems, writes CSO's JM Porup. The reason why is a familiar refrain: more eyeballs mean more secure code. Porup cites the work of Ilja von Sprundel, director of penetration testing at … [Link]

Mashable » Get pumped: The 'iPhone SE 2' may have wireless charging

Friday 26 January 16:24:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple is working on a new entry-level smartphone, DigiTimes reported Friday.  The device will be released early this summer, according to the report.  SEE ALSO: This awesome dongle turns your phone into a 360-degree camera If this phone is anything like its predecessor, the iPhone SE, it'll be much less expensive and smaller than the rest of Apple's products. Released in … [Link]

Mashable » Steve Mnuchin pelting a reporter with a snowball is a pretty apt metaphor

Friday 26 January 16:16:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere are a lot of metaphors available for the Trump Administration so far — like, say, a tire fire. Well, dollar lover and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gave us a new one Friday, when he literally pelted a journalist with a snowball on Friday morning. SEE ALSO: Trump is attending Davos this week. Here's why you should care. The jolly-ish moment … [Link]

Mashable » Tide Pods and Valentine's Day go hand in hand this year

Friday 26 January 16:04:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOK, I feel obligated to begin this by saying you should not eat Tide pods no matter how tempting they look and no matter how much you love forbidden snacks.  But, if you love the idea of this dumb challenge sweeping the nation and you feel good about Valentine's Day as a holiday, you might be one of the few people … [Link]

Slashdot » Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Default To The X.Org Stack, Not Wayland

Friday 26 January 16:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: Five years after their original goal to ship Ubuntu with Wayland, Ubuntu 17.10 transitioned to using the Wayland display system by default as part of their transition to GNOME Shell as the default desktop. But with the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release, Canonical has decided to transition back to the X.Org Server. Their reasoning for moving … [Link]

Mashable » Today's best deals on Amazon include refurbished iPads and computer accessories galore

Friday 26 January 15:57:03 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. Looking for more gadgets in your life? Of course you are. Lucky for you, today's daily deals on Amazon include gadgets and gizmos aplenty.  SEE ALSO: A mini handbag light can keep … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix's 'Dirty Money' investigates Trump's dubious business history — and yup, the conclusions check out

Friday 26 January 15:50:07 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook In the story of American business, says Netflix's Dirty Money, Donald Trump is not a hero. He shouldn't be listed alongside Rockefeller, Ford, and Jobs, argues writer Tim O'Brien; for Trump is P.T. Barnum. He's a self-promoter and a showman who will tell any lies necessary to feed the narrative of his own success. Dirty Money comprises of six nearly … [Link]

Mashable » 'Karma's a bitch' challenge is the 'Riverdale' meme we've been waiting for

Friday 26 January 15:45:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOne way to exact revenge on your enemies is to look very, very good. And that is the entire premise of the "karma is a bitch" challenge. To execute the challenge, which is currently taking over the Chinese social network Weibo, you'll need a front-facing camera and a scarf or sheet of fabric. You'll also need some glow-up materials: makeup, makeup … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Walking Dead' star steps into the wizarding world to narrate Harry Potter book

Friday 26 January 15:33:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFinally, the worlds of The Walking Dead and Harry Potter are colliding. Sort of. The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln is offering his voice to the magical world of Harry Potter as a narrator for the audiobook version of Quidditch Through the Ages, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday. J.K. Rowling's history of the most popular sport in the wizarding world will be … [Link]

Mashable » We hear there's a big football game coming up, and these Samsung HDTVs are up to $2,000 off just in time

Friday 26 January 15:25:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. So, the Patriots and the Eagles are doing something important on TV on February 4? IDK, I guess there's like a big football game or something. We're sure you've never heard of … [Link]

Mashable » 'Vanity Fair' digitally erased James Franco from cover after sexual misconduct allegations

Friday 26 January 15:22:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookVanity Fair's 2018 Hollywood Portfolio issue, which featured 12 impactful stars in the entertainment industry from Oprah to Robert De Niro, used to include another man: James Franco. Though Franco was originally included in the group shot, in wake of sexual misconduct accusations against the actor from five women Vanity Fair made the decision to digitally erase him from the final … [Link]

Slashdot » Washington Bill Makes It Illegal To Sell Gadgets Without Replaceable Batteries

Friday 26 January 15:20:00 UTC 2018

Jason Koebler writes: A bill that would make it easier to fix your electronics is rapidly hurtling through the Washington state legislature. The bill's ascent is fueled by Apple's iPhone-throttling controversy, which has placed a renewed focus on the fact that our electronics have become increasingly difficult to repair. Starting in 2019, the bill would ban the sale of electronics … [Link]

Mashable » The choreographer behind 'Crazy Ex Girlfriend'

Friday 26 January 15:13:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKathryn Burns is a choreographer most famous for her work on The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Burns got her start at UCB working with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator/writer/star Rachel Bloom and has choreographed over 100 songs to date. Learn more about the life of a choreographer in our new series, Supporting Players. Read more…More about Entertainment, Tv, Mashable Video, Comedy, and Actor [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Plans To Release Chips That Have Built-in Meltdown and Spectre Protections Later This Year

Friday 26 January 14:40:00 UTC 2018

Intel plans to release chips that have built-in protections against the Spectre and Meltdown attacks later this year, company CEO Brian Krzanich said during company's quarterly earnings call this week. From a report: The company has "assigned some of our very best minds" to work on addressing the vulnerability that's exploited by those attacks, Krzanich said on a conference call … [Link]

Slashdot » Ford Has An Idea For An Autonomous Police Car That Could Find A Hiding Spot

Friday 26 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Ford has submitted a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an autonomous police car that could function "in lieu of or in addition to human police officers." From a report: Now, companies always file patents for technology that may never get made, but an autonomous police cruiser seems like the logical conclusion to the development self-driving … [Link]

Mashable » Boost your Instagram likes or start a photography side hustle with this $9 photo course

Friday 26 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. As the saying goes, a picture's worth a thousand words — just ask these guys. Unlike the written word or some abstract painting, photography has the power to freeze a moment in … [Link]

Mashable » This classy AF wireless charging pad is on sale for $35

Friday 26 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Wireless charging used to be a fringe activity enjoyed by Android people and early adopters of the Starbucks charging pads. But now that Apple has embraced it, it has officially become mainstream. … [Link]

Mashable » R is a programming language that's super hot right now and you can learn it with this online class

Friday 26 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Even if you don't work with software, you've probably heard of the programming language "R" at some point. If not, now you've officially heard of the programming language R! There's no other … [Link]

Slashdot » Burger King Makes the Case For Net Neutrality

Friday 26 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: By now you've probably seen Burger King's spoof ad on the decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality. In the ad, Burger King customers are informed that there are now three "lanes" for ordering Whoppers — each with substantially different prices and waiting times. The ad has already generated over a million … [Link]

Mashable » Politician's emotional speech about her cancer got a standing ovation in Parliament

Friday 26 January 12:53:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere wasn't a dry eye in the House of Lords yesterday afternoon when a former Cabinet minister delivered an emotional speech about her battle with cancer.  Her moving words got a standing ovation, and has since been hailed "one of the most emotional speeches" heard in Parliament for years. Tessa Jowell, who's undergoing treatment for brain cancer, talked about coming to … [Link]

Mashable » An Overwatch League player was fined $1,000 for flipping the bird on camera

Friday 26 January 12:13:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt seems that Blizzard does not mess around. SEE ALSO: Porn traffic took a major hit during the first matches of 'Overwatch' League On Wednesday an Overwatch League player for the London Spitfire team flipped the bird at the camera, and was hit with a $1,000 fine as a result. Haha Profit! 😂😂😂(He was replying to the guys in the dugout … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why your Instagram and Facebook feeds are looking bare this morning

Friday 26 January 11:50:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWere your Facebook and Instagram feeds looking pretty bare this morning? Fear not, you still have friends. The real reason was actually a massive global outage on Instagram and Facebook which hit the social networks late Thursday.  Per DownDetector, the Facebook outage affected users in the U.S., UK, Mexico and parts of South America, with users reporting that they were unable … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk apparently wasn't joking about a Boring Company flamethrower — it's here

Friday 26 January 11:25:17 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. You might think that Elon Musk is a bit of a joker, but in hindsight, basically every joke he'd uttered became a real project. First he joked about boring a tunnel to escape Los Angeles' hideous … [Link]

Mashable » Man orders Bitcoin miner on Amazon, gets sent 'The Boss Baby' on DVD

Friday 26 January 10:51:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. We've all been there: you set out to order yourself a nice Bitcoin miner online, and you end up with nothing to show for it but a copy of The Boss Baby on DVD. This was … [Link]

Mashable » Kumail Nanjiani ate a whole bowl of brussels sprouts because of his Oscar nomination

Friday 26 January 10:49:07 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. If there was ever a way to take the joy out of an Oscar nomination, it would involve brussels sprouts. SEE ALSO: Jordan Peele's tweets following 'Get Out' nominations are solid gold Yesterday Kumail Nanjiani followed … [Link]

Mashable » Trump tepidly offers 'I'm sorry if' apology for his anti-Muslim retweets

Friday 26 January 10:33:09 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook In the words of Justin Bieber, is it too late now to say sorry?  Well, for Donald Trump, it's apparently never too late to deliver a rather tepid apology for retweeting anti-Muslim unverified videos posted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First.  Trump today delivered a kind of semi-sorry, an "I'm sorry if.." a.k.a. the very worst kind … [Link]

Mashable » Nutella promotion sends French shoppers into hair-pulling frenzy

Friday 26 January 10:18:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s a well-known fact that Nutella is the nectar of the gods.  But, a supermarket discount on this sweet, chocolatey nectar had French shoppers brawling in the aisles. Indeed, local media even went so far as to describe the scene at one supermarket as a "riot."  It was, if you'll pardon the pun, completely nuts.  SEE ALSO: The internet got together … [Link]

Mashable » Lisa Kudrow does not know what to make of that fake 'Friends' movie trailer

Friday 26 January 10:05:30 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Guys, sorry to tell you this, but the Friends movie isn't happening. SEE ALSO: 'The Walking Dead' comic writer addresses the TV show's major plot twist Lisa Kudrow was a guest on Conan on Thursday, and she shared her thoughts on the fan-made Friends: The Movie trailer that went viral recently. "I don't know what to make of it," said … [Link]

Slashdot » China Is Quickly Switching From Pirating To Streaming

Friday 26 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

hackingbear shares a report from CNN: Not so long ago, China was an oasis for pirated music and videos. CDs and DVDs were easily copied and sold for cheap at roadside markets. If you had a computer and an internet connection, top selling albums and Hollywood movies were widely available for free online. That's changing fast as new technologies such … [Link]

Mashable » Rules of engagement when you follow your colleagues on Twitter

Friday 26 January 8:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSo, you've done the deed. You went and followed aaaaall of your colleagues on Twitter. They've followed you back. Now there's no going back.  Before you carry on tweeting as you did before, there are a few HIGHLY important rules you need to be aware of.  SEE ALSO: I'm a secret Slack lurker and it's ruining my time off This isn't … [Link]

Slashdot » Microbes May Help Astronauts Transform Human Waste Into Food

Friday 26 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

A Penn State researcher team has shown that it is possible to rapidly break down solid and liquid waste to grow food with a series of microbial reactors, while simultaneously minimizing pathogen growth. They reported their findings in the journal Life Sciences in Space Research. Phys.Org reports: To test their idea, the researchers used an artificial solid and liquid waste … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2486: The Magical Mystery Pod!

Friday 26 January 4:43:01 UTC 2018

JoT thumbIt’s the roll out of the Magical Mystery Pod, and it's hoping you'll take it away! [Link]

Mashable » Airbnb wants to assure you its vision is 'good for society'

Friday 26 January 4:15:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn an open letter, the head of Airbnb talked about being a relevant, useful, and purposeful company — and most importantly, one that doesn't destroy society. CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky laid out the company's vision in the letter, and stressed the importance of appeasing not just employees and shareholders, but also the wider community outside of the Airbnb bubble — … [Link]

Slashdot » Plastic Pollution Is Killing Coral Reefs, 4-Year Study Finds

Friday 26 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A new study based on four years of diving on 159 reefs in the Pacific shows that reefs in four countries — Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar — are heavily contaminated with plastic. It clings to the coral, especially branching coral. And where it clings, it sickens or kills. "The likelihood of … [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Warn of Physics-Based Attacks On Sensors

Friday 26 January 2:05:00 UTC 2018

chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Billions of sensors that are already deployed lack protections against attacks that manipulate the physical properties of devices to cause sensors and embedded devices to malfunction, researchers working in the U.S. and China have warned. In an article in Communications of the ACM, researchers Kevin Fu of the University of Michigan and … [Link]

Mashable » United just expanded its 'basic economy' fare to even more flights

Friday 26 January 1:54:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUnited’s super cheap "basic economy" option is taking over more seats on flights. The airline's basic economy fare was introduced last year, but in an earnings call earlier this week United announced an expansion of the minimal seating option, according to the Verge. More routes will have the "basic economy" option, including international flights.  SEE ALSO: Stop checking luggage and live … [Link]

Mashable » Vets use fish skin to heal bears injured in California wildfires

Friday 26 January 1:52:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen two bears suffered painful burns while escaping Southern California's wildfires, veterinarians used an unconventional bandage to treat the animals' paws: fish skin.  The bears, along with a young mountain lion with less severe burns, were treated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife after the Thomas Fire burned through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The wildfires that swept through … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Prepares MacOS Users For Discontinuation of 32-Bit App Support

Friday 26 January 1:25:00 UTC 2018

Last year, Apple announced that macOS High Sierra "will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise." Now, in the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, Apple is notifying users of the impending change, too. "To prepare for a future release of macOS in which 32-bit software will no longer run without compromise, starting in macOS High Sierra … [Link]

Mashable » Museum masterfully trolls Trump's request to borrow a Van Gogh

Friday 26 January 1:07:21 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. Apparently if you're the president of the United States, you can just ask to borrow paintings from famous museums. A report from the Washington Post reveals that White House curator Donna Hayashi Smith sent a request … [Link]

Slashdot » Jack White Bans Cellphones At Concerts For '100% Human Experience'

Friday 26 January 0:45:00 UTC 2018

Singer and guitarist Jack White has banned the use of mobile phones at upcoming live shows. NME reports that the policy will be strictly enforced, requiring concert-goers to lock up their smartphones in pouches." From the report: White embarks on a tour of the U.S. from April, with a statement announcing that shows would be "phone-free," confirming: "No photos, video … [Link]

Mashable » Another powerful billionaire slams Facebook for being too addictive

Friday 26 January 0:44:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAnother billionaire has some harsh words for Facebook. Speaking at a dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, George Soros delivered a scathing speech in which he said Facebook and Google were a "menace" to society and called for increased government regulation of both companies. SEE ALSO: One of Silicon Valley's most powerful CEOs compares Facebook to cigarettes … [Link]

Mashable » Frightening Pepe/Homer Simpson trading card sells for a ridiculous amount

Friday 26 January 0:21:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs if we needed more proof that monetary value is arbitrary and capitalism is based on a lie we all choose to believe, a digital Pepe the Frog trading card was just sold at an IRL auction for some serious cash. The one-of-a-kind Homer Pepe sold to the auction's lucky winner for 350,000 in the digital currency PepeCash. At the time … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Botmetric Releases API for AWS and Azure Cloud Management

Friday 26 January 0:15:51 UTC 2018

Botmetric, an intelligent cloud management platform provider, has announced the release of public APIs that customers and partners can use to integrate the Botmetric platform with third-party applications and systems. [Link]

Mashable » Frigid February: Polar vortex poised to bring ultra-cold air to Canada, U.S.

Friday 26 January 0:05:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Midwest and East Coast endured a record cold end to 2017 and start of 2018. Residents there should get ready to do it again, while those living in normally cold places, like the Arctic and Alaska, should prepare to see their weather flip back to much above average temperatures, along with the havoc wreaked by melting ice and snow at … [Link]

Slashdot » Former Employees Say Lyft Staffers Spied On Passengers

Friday 26 January 0:03:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Similar to Uber's "God View" scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup's passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company's backend let staffers "see pretty much everything including feedback, and … [Link]

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