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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 » Volkswagen Admits To Testing Diesel Fumes On Monkeys

Monday 29 January 23:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: In what seems like a John Henry versus the steam shovel-style competition to dig diesel's grave, Volkswagen has admitted to funding (and subsequently cheating on) animal testing to prove the relative safety of diesel exhaust fumes, according to findings by the New York Times. The tests, which were undertaken at the Lovelace … [Link]

Mashable » Why it makes sense for Apple to drop 3D Touch from this year's new iPhone

Monday 29 January 23:28:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRemember how 3D Touch, the iPhone feature where you press harder into the screen, was supposed to be a very big, earth-shattering, game-changing, deal? Yeah…about that. Apple may finally take the first steps towards abandoning 3D Touch when it releases new iPhones later this year. SEE ALSO: Why Apple's upcoming iPhone battery update is a bad idea KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi … [Link]

Mashable » Macaulay Culkin likes the first 'Home Alone' better because Trump isn't in it

Monday 29 January 23:15:35 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. Macaulay Culkin is a big fan of bunny ears. For the past few years, the actor has been stocking up on bunny ears because "Easter's the one time of the year when you can buy bunny … [Link]

Mashable » Kate Winslet expresses 'bitter regrets' for working with accused sexual predators

Monday 29 January 23:07:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKate Winslet has recently come under fire for repeatedly failing to condemn — and even going as far as to defend — accused sexual predators in Hollywood she's worked with in the past. But, while accepting an award for excellence in film at the London Critics' Circle on Jan. 28, Winslet finally addressed the Woody Allen-shaped elephant in the room.  Though … [Link]

Slashdot » There May Not Be An iPhone SE 2 After All

Monday 29 January 22:50:00 UTC 2018

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note today that casts doubt on rumors about a second-generation iPhone SE launching in the second quarter of 2018. If there is a successor, customers can expect a minor update that amounts to a run-of-the-mill spec boost and no new features like wireless charging or Face ID. The Verge reports: According to … [Link]

Mashable » Diane Keaton finally spoke up about Woody Allen, and you won't like what she has to say

Monday 29 January 22:10:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDiane Keaton is standing by Woody Allen. The Annie Hall actress defended the director on Twitter, writing, "Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him."  SEE ALSO: Woody Allen's actors are turning against him, and it's about time The tweet included a video clip of Allen's 60 Minutes interview from 1992. In it, he dismisses his alleged molestation … [Link]

Slashdot » Inside Amazon's Mini Rainforest Work Space Spheres

Monday 29 January 22:10:00 UTC 2018

Amazon's indoor rainforest-like office space opened today after being in development for seven years. CNBC reports of what can be found inside the Spheres: The Spheres' three glass domes house some 40,000 plants of 400 species. Amazon, famous for its demanding work culture, hopes the Spheres' lush environs will let employees reflect and have chance encounters, spawning new products or … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Snake alarm call makes birds scan for approaching predators

Monday 29 January 22:02:06 UTC 2018

The ability to visualise an object associated with a sound was once thought to be unique to humans. But some birds seem to have that ability as well, a study has found [Link]

New Scientist – News » Dark matter near black holes sends gamma rays from galaxy’s core

Monday 29 January 22:02:05 UTC 2018

An overabundance of gamma rays come from the centre of our galaxy. Dark matter annihilating near the edges of medium-sized black holes could be the source [Link]

New Scientist – News » Pocket-sized scanner helps fill gaps in the human genome

Monday 29 January 22:02:04 UTC 2018

A device barely bigger than a USB stick has produced the most complete human genome to date [Link]

New Scientist – News » Wave of massive volcanoes created Earth’s first supercontinent

Monday 29 January 22:02:03 UTC 2018

2.2 billion years ago, a huge build-up of pressure inside the Earth triggered vast volcanic eruptions, which formed the first ever supercontinent [Link]

Mashable » 'The Florida Project' was snubbed for an Oscar because we don't like stories of women in poverty

Monday 29 January 21:57:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAnd the award for the best social-issue movie of the year goes to … a story about a woman who falls in love with a fish. An oppressed fish. An impoverished fish. But ya know. A fish. That's the message many who care about this shit felt like they heard after the 2018 Oscar nominees were announced on Tuesday. Guillermo's del … [Link]

Mashable » This startup wants everyone to love their bank as much as they love their phone

Monday 29 January 21:51:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s pretty easy to tell what phone someone has when you're with them, but what about their bank? Well, most people probably wouldn't bother asking a stranger or even a close friend what bank they use. Angelo D’Alessandro hopes to change that with his startup Buddybank.   SEE ALSO: DoorDash helps users combat food waste "Banking is really, really boring. People … [Link]

Slashdot » Pentagon Reviews GPS Policies After Fitness Trackers Reveal Locations

Monday 29 January 21:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Locations and activity of U.S. military bases; jogging and patrol routes of American soldiers — experts say those details are among the GPS data shared by the exercise tracking company Strava, whose Heat Map reflects more than a billion exercise activities globally. The Pentagon says it's looking at adding new training and … [Link]

Mashable » People are not happy that Bill Nye the 'Science Guy' is going to Trump's State of the Union

Monday 29 January 21:21:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA science guy is heading to Capitol Hill to watch an anti-science president address the nation on Tuesday.  Bill Nye the "Science Guy" is going to watch President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in person, and of course, not everyone is happy about it. More than 28,000 signatures have been added to a petition asking that Nye refuse to … [Link]

Mashable » Trump's science advisor is Fox News, and that's why his policies can quickly be undone

Monday 29 January 21:21:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBy now, the world knows where President Donald Trump stands on the issue of global warming: He's a climate denier who has appointed the most staunchly anti-environment cabinet in modern American political history.  If fully enacted, his administration's policies would accelerate global warming, raising sea levels worldwide and wreaking havoc with extreme weather events, likely causing billions in damage to the … [Link]

Mashable » Kesha’s Grammy performance brought the music world to tears

Monday 29 January 21:16:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKesha’s performance of “Praying” at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards was emotionally charged and made a powerful statement about #MeToo. The song was inspired by her allegedly abusive relationship and failed legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Awards Ceremony, Grammys, Awards Show, and Musician [Link]

Mashable » That national 5G wireless network? Looks like it's not happening

Monday 29 January 21:09:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn response to a widely circulated report that the Trump administration is considering construction of a nationalized 5G wireless network, the administration responded by telling Recode it has no serious plans to embark upon such a grandiose plan. Sunday evening, Axios reported it had obtained a PowerPoint presentation "produced by a senior National Security Council official" detailing how the U.S. needs to build … [Link]

Mashable » This 3D technology could be the future of FaceTime

Monday 29 January 21:05:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCapturing 3D images and videos is already possible thanks to modern cameras and smartphones. The problem that remains is transmitting the large amounts of data quickly over existing consumer data networks. That's why Purdue University developed Holostream, a compression and transmission method made specifically for high-quality, streaming 3D video. Read more…More about Iphone, Smartphone, Mashable Video, 3d, and Streaming [Link]

Mashable » This hologram "dances" on your fingertips

Monday 29 January 21:01:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEngineers at Brigham Young University created a 3D volumetric display technique called ‘Optical Trap Display’ that traps particles using lasers. This creates an effect where shapes can be contained into a 3D object viewable from any angle. Read more…More about Mashable Video, 3d, Light, Laser, and Display [Link]

Mashable » This movie theater wraps around your head

Monday 29 January 21:00:10 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Poptheatr’ is a portable tent that allows you to watch movies on your phone without actually holding it. Its canopy-like design also blocks outside light from entering, and gives a more private viewing experience. It can collapse for easy storage and watching movies from virtually anywhere.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Iphone, Movies, Kickstarter, and Smartphone [Link]

Mashable » Steven Soderbergh shot an entire movie on an iPhone, and you can watch the first trailer now

Monday 29 January 20:54:33 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Steven Soderbergh's Unsane feels very of-the-moment, in more ways than one.  First is the plot, which centers around the apparent gaslighting of a stalking victim (The Crown's Claire Foy). From here, it's easy to make the connection between her predicament and those of all the harassment and assault victims who've spoken out in recent months, only to be told they … [Link]

Mashable » There's a typo on State of the Union tickets because America in 2018 is just one big typo

Monday 29 January 20:51:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn Tuesday night, Donald J. Trump will address Congress in his first official State of the Union address as president, but some attendees are reportedly still waiting for their tickets because of a typo.  SEE ALSO: Museum masterfully trolls Trump's request to borrow a Van Gogh It seems that tickets set to be given to guests of the House of Representatives … [Link]

Slashdot » Automation To Take 1 in 3 Jobs in UK's Northern Centres, Report Finds

Monday 29 January 20:50:00 UTC 2018

Workers in Mansfield, Sunderland and Wakefield are at the highest risk of having their jobs taken by machines, according to a report warning that automation stands to further widen the north-south divide. From a report: Outside of the south of England, one in four jobs are at risk of being replaced by advances in technology — much higher than the … [Link]

Mashable » This device lets you fly underwater

Monday 29 January 20:43:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe AquaJet H2 is the perfect device that lets you explore the mysteries of the ocean. Your friends can even tag along for the journey. Read more…More about Sports, Mashable Video, Ocean, Fun, and Sea [Link]

Mashable » YouTube CEO's disappointing response to lack of women in tech completely missed the point

Monday 29 January 20:43:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe lack of diversity in tech isn't a new issue, and yet top leaders in Silicon Valley still struggle to talk about it.  The latest stumble comes from YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaking with MSNBC's Ari Melber and Recode's Kara Swisher at the media companies' first town hall titled "Revolution: Google and YouTube Changing the World," which aired Sunday.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Dog learns how hard it is to play fetch with snowballs

Monday 29 January 20:42:45 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook This pupper just can't catch a break.  No matter how hard the poor pup tries to catch the snowballs its human throws, they just keeps losing them in the snow.  In the original video posted to Twitter, the shiba inu bounds after the snowballs, but ends up digging through piles of snow trying to find it.   Despite never catching … [Link]

Mashable » I love Instagram décor photos, but where is everyone's actual stuff?

Monday 29 January 20:27:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI love to decorate, and I love it more when it's difficult. Small spaces, strange corners, storing six pairs of socks inside a boot so it looks nice on a shelf —- sign me up. I love it all. To make the most of living in a small apartment, I often consult the internet for decorating tips. A particularly good resource … [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donate $200,000 to Time's Up on behalf of U.S. gymnasts

Monday 29 January 20:25:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookChrissy Teigen and John Legend have shown their solidarity for the #MeToo movement by donating $200,000 to Time's Up on behalf of U.S. gymnasts. Their donation appears on the organization's GoFundMe page, alongside donations from other major celebrities and organizations. SEE ALSO: Allison Williams on the importance of the Time's Up movement The couple's donation arrived within days of the court … [Link]

Slashdot » Longest-standing Video Game Record Declared 'Impossible,' Thrown Out After 35 Years

Monday 29 January 20:25:00 UTC 2018

Twin Galaxies, the video game record keeper and official source for Guinness World Records, has declared one of the oldest gaming world records invalid after 35 years. From a report: Player Todd Rogers has been stripped of his world record for finishing the simple Atari 2600 racing game Dragster, after months of debate over his completion time. "Based on the … [Link]

Mashable » Timelapse of a giant Lego brick made of 133,000 Lego bricks is so satisfying

Monday 29 January 20:10:52 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook For Lego's 60th anniversary, the Master Builders at the company's American headquarters in Connecticut built a giant version its most popular brick: the classic 2×4.  The 10-foot-tall replica weighs 1,200 pounds, and includes Lego's iconic logo over each of the brick's circular studs. It's made of over 133,000 bricks and took 350 hours to complete.  The giant 2×4 will be … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Military Concerns Over Strava Only Scratch The Surface of Blind Faith in the API Economy

Monday 29 January 20:09:43 UTC 2018

Here at ProgrammableWeb, we are often asked to provide consultative input to companies that are just beginning their journeys with APIs. As much as I love public APIs, I invariably tell these organizations not to start with a public API program. The idea that if you launch a public API, that all sorts of goodness will follow— everything from unanticipated … [Link]

Slashdot » China Denies Report it Hacked African Union Headquarters

Monday 29 January 20:01:00 UTC 2018

China and the African Union dismissed on Monday a report in French newspaper Le Monde that Beijing had bugged the regional bloc's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. From a report: An article published Friday in Le Monde, quoting anonymous AU sources, reported that data from computers in the Chinese-built building had been transferred nightly to Chinese servers for five years. … [Link]

Mashable » Package thief slips right into some instant karma

Monday 29 January 19:55:40 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook A woman attempting to steal some freshly delivered packages from UPS walked right into some instant karma.  Security footage from a home in Snohomish County, Washington, on Friday shows a UPS delivery person dropping off some packages on the front porch. Just a few short moments later, a car stops in front of the home, and a woman gets out … [Link]

Mashable » Harry Potter alum gets real (and shirtless) for new comedy

Monday 29 January 19:28:32 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Matthew Lewis has been working with his heroes for decades. The Harry Potter actor who played Neville (and later, hot!Neville) grew up in front of the camera and spent 10 years growing up at wizarding school for the world to see.  On Jan. 29, his new British comedy Girlfriends debuts on Acorn TV, uniting him once again on-screen with thespian … [Link]

Mashable » This fan's encounter with Matthew Broderick will make you feel sorry for Jerry Seinfeld

Monday 29 January 19:20:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn Monday morning, Twitter user @HonoredSpirit took the time to share a hysterical story about a friend's encounter with Matthew Broderick— and one of his very famous friends—in a convenience store. "A few years ago a friend of mine took his family out to Montauk on vacation and had stopped at a little store to get snacks, etc, and who do … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Legend of Zelda' domino setup is a gigantic ode to 8-bit gaming

Monday 29 January 19:08:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook TheDominoKing is back with another impressive domino display inspired by one of the most highly regarded video game classics of all time: The Legend of Zelda for the NES. The Legend of Zelda domino setup consists of nearly 22,000 dominos and includes a huge rendition of 8-bit Link, the original Zelda logo, a vertical Triforce, and a few rupees for … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Hanks will play Mr. Rogers in an upcoming biopic, yes please

Monday 29 January 19:07:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTom Hanks has been pegged to play the inimitable Mr. Rogers in a biopic titled You Are My Friend, Variety reported Monday. You Are My Friend is inspired by a part of the life of children's TV icon Fred Rogers and his relationship with journalist Tom Junod, who wrote a profile of Rogers for Esquire in 1998. Hanks will play Rogers … [Link]

Mashable » The most important thing about Apple's new Macs might be something you can't see

Monday 29 January 18:51:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple’s reportedly working on three new Macs — updated laptops and a desktop (the exact models weren't specified) — for launch this year, according to Bloomberg. New Macs shouldn't surprise anyone. All of Apple's Macs are due for an update and the company already told us a new Mac Pro will arrive by the end of the year. Righting misfires like … [Link]

Mashable » A little-known token may be fueling Bitcoin's rise. Critics say it's a scam.

Monday 29 January 18:47:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBitcoin has been on a run. Despite its recent dip, the cryptocurrency has impressed skeptics and believers alike in its monumental rise in value since its creation nine years ago. But all that could be on the verge of change.  Because while the argument rages on as to whether Bitcoin is in fact a currency or a store of value, one … [Link]

Mashable » Don't hold your breath for a 'Friends' reunion, says David Schwimmer

Monday 29 January 18:46:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEven as Will & Grace, Full House, Roseanne, and every other show we watched in the '90s mounts a comeback, Friends has stubbornly remained in our past.  And star David Schwimmer, for one, is just fine with that. SEE ALSO: Lisa Kudrow does not know what to make of that fake 'Friends' movie trailer Schwimmer was asked about the possibility of … [Link]

Slashdot » Dell is Considering a Sale To VMware in What May Be Tech's Biggest Deal Ever

Monday 29 January 18:42:00 UTC 2018

CNBC reports: Dell Technologies could emerge as a public company through a reverse-merger with VMware, the $60 billion cloud computing company it already controls, according to people familiar with the matter. The reverse merger, whereby VMware would actually buy the larger Dell, would then allow Dell to be traded publicly without going through a formal listing. It would also likely … [Link]

Slashdot » Lenovo's Fingerprint Scanner Can Be Bypassed via a Hardcoded Password

Monday 29 January 18:03:00 UTC 2018

Lenovo has issued an update to address a vulnerability in its fingerprint scanner app that it ships with ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and ThinkStation models running Windows 8.1 or older version of Windows. From a report: Fingerprint Manager Pro is an application developed by Lenovo that allows users to log into Windows machines and online websites by scanning one of their fingerprints … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Vaping could cause cancer – but it’s still safer than smoking

Monday 29 January 17:54:32 UTC 2018

When human lung and bladder cells are grown in the lab, they turn cancerous at a higher rate if exposed to nicotine compounds found in e-cigarettes [Link]

New Scientist – News » Facebook is making a chatbot that can fill awkward silences

Monday 29 January 17:54:31 UTC 2018

Giving chatbots an artificial personality can help them make small talk – though some just end up talking about themselves [Link]

New Scientist – News » Children get new ears grown from their own cells in world first

Monday 29 January 17:54:29 UTC 2018

A team in China have 3D printed ear-shaped scaffolds which have been seeded with a child’s own cells to create a personalised ear for transplantation [Link]

New Scientist – News » What does China’s monkey breakthrough mean for human cloning?

Monday 29 January 17:54:28 UTC 2018

The creation of monkey clones is a big breakthrough, but making a copy of an adult is still not possible and the ethics of cloning remain unchanged [Link]

Mashable » The Cleveland Indians are finally retiring their controversial Chief Wahoo logo

Monday 29 January 17:53:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Cleveland Indians are bidding adieu to Chief Wahoo, their controversial Native American mascot who has served as the team's primary logo until recently and has still had a major presence with the team. SEE ALSO: Cleveland Browns fans commiserate winless season with a parade of protest The announcement was made on Monday, via the New York Times, as the team … [Link]

Mashable » Someone created a fanny pack with your Super Bowl viewing party in mind

Monday 29 January 17:53:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you don't mind looking ridiculous, the No Fumble Fanny Pack by Heluva Good! could be the perfect accessory while you watch your games. The fanny pack has 3 pouches for you to stuff anything from your chips and dip to your beverages. The fanny pack was created to eliminate mess and allow your hands to be free from holding all … [Link]

Mashable » Slumping iPhone X sales may have convinced Apple to cut production

Monday 29 January 17:45:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStagnant iPhone X sales have prompted Apple to dramatically slice production of the tech giant's latest and most advanced handset, according to a report from the Japanese financial newspaper The Nikkei Asian Review.  Apple initially planned to produce 40 million of these handsets at its Chinese factories between January and March 2018, but Apple has reportedly cut this goal in half … [Link]

Mashable » Women have resorted to farting to deflect sexual harassment

Monday 29 January 17:36:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAnd now, a dispatch from our sad reality: women are farting — or pretending to fart — in order to stave off sexual harassers. A particularly salient example comes from the r/TwoXChromosomes subreddit. In a post called "I got my sexual aggressor fired from work today. I'm quite satisfied," user ThankCod details her use of the fart to repel a co-worker … [Link]

Slashdot » One in 50 of Us is Face Blind — and Many Don't Even Realize

Monday 29 January 17:23:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Ever found yourself confronted by someone who seems to knows you, but you have no idea who they are? You could be suffering from prosopagnosia, a condition that new research shows affects more people in the UK than autism, yet largely goes undetected. Also known as face blindness, the condition makes those who have … [Link]

Mashable » James Dashner reveals the secret element behind dystopian novels: hope

Monday 29 January 17:14:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhether it's the war torn world of Hunger Games, the socially stratified society of Divergent, or civilization in collapse of Delirium, the future depicted in YA is often bleak. But for James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner series, there is a powerful undercurrent surging beneath the surface of a lot of the post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories popular in young adult … [Link]

Slashdot » Florida Firm Sells Twitter Followers and Bots That Retweet Celebrities, Executives, and 'Influencers'

Monday 29 January 16:43:00 UTC 2018

Over the weekend, The New York Times published an expose on an obscure American company called Devumi that sells Twitter followers and bots that automatically retweet celebrities, executives, social media "influencers" and anyone else who will pay. From the report: Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence … [Link]

Mashable » Why this Netflix Original is the Bonnie & Clyde of our generation

Monday 29 January 16:37:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMillennials seem to vacillate between two polarizing #moods: unspecified rage, and a seemingly psychopathic disassociation.  That's what James and Alyssa, the teen leads behind Netflix's new dark comedy series The End of the F***ing World, embody. Their personas of unbridled fury and panicked dispassion are quickly revealed to be the defenses of two deeply traumatized brains. But, like, same. The two … [Link]

Mashable » 9 things 'Monster Hunter: World' gets so darn right

Monday 29 January 16:31:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWARNING: This article contains very minor spoilers for the beginning of Monster Hunter: World as well as intense video game nostalgia. Proceed at your own risk. In real life I am a vegetarian with a tendency to get preachy about animal conservation. But in Monster Hunter, I am a bloodthirsty killer of exotic reptiles with a huge axe that converts into … [Link]

Mashable » Bananacoin, Titcoin, and Trumpcoin: These are the craziest cryptocurrencies out there

Monday 29 January 16:23:48 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. If you've only recently heard about cryptocurrencies, you probably know about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. But there are thousands of other coins out there, some of which make sense, some which don't, and a fair amount … [Link]

Mashable » This is why Shaq is a self-proclaimed 'geek'

Monday 29 January 16:08:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookShaq explains how he first became a geek while attending this year's CES to help promote smart home security company, 'Ring'. Read more…More about Tech, Celebrities, Ces, Mashable Video, and Celebrity [Link]

Mashable » Cardi B offered up her kidney to Bruno Mars after he won big at the 2018 Grammys

Monday 29 January 16:05:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhat do you give the man who swept the 2018 Grammy Awards?  Your kidney, of course. Bruno Mars cleaned house at this year's ceremony, taking home both Album of the Year and Record of the Year. While he was there, he also performed his hit remix of "Finesse" with first-time nominee Cardi B. Following his big night, Cardi jumped on Instagram … [Link]

Slashdot » FCC Chairman Slams Trump Team's Proposal To Nationalize 5G

Monday 29 January 16:05:00 UTC 2018

The Federal Communications Commission's Republican chairman on Monday opposed a plan under consideration by the Trump White House to build a 5G mobile network, nationalizing what has long been the role of private wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon. From the report: "I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network," he said. … [Link]

Mashable » Here's the U2 slam against Trump you might have missed at the Grammys

Monday 29 January 15:58:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookU2 have made a career (and a lot of money) out of being political, and their performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards was another shot fired in their current battle against U.S. President Donald Trump.  The band performed the new tune "Get Out Of Your Own Way" in a pre-taped segment from a barge with the Statue of Liberty in the background … [Link]

Mashable » Recording Academy president tells women to 'step up' in music industry hmmm

Monday 29 January 15:56:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKeen-eyed viewers may have noticed that only one woman won a major Grammy Award on Sunday, but don't blame systemic sexism or centuries of gender bias! Recording Academy president Neil Portnow told Variety that women need "step up" in all aspects of the music industry because "I think they would be welcome." Oh, OK! "I don’t have personal experience of those … [Link]

Mashable » Little girl found the creepiest sock and shoe combination imaginable

Monday 29 January 15:55:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhat are thoooooose?  Redditor pootthong posted a picture yesterday of their niece wearing what looked to be Dora the Explorer socks and a pair of shoes that made things extra creepy. Her shoes just so happened to match up perfectly with the socks' eyes. And oh god.  Once you notice it, you can't unsee it. Walking by, you probably couldn't tell … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung Galaxy S9 might come with enhanced face recognition

Monday 29 January 15:35:23 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. Samsung's facial recognition feature might become a little less wonky in the next iteration of the company's flagship phone, the Galaxy S9.  According to SamCentral's Max Weinbach, who dug through the beta version of Note 8's … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has discounts today on wireless headphones, chargers, and other accessories for your devices

Monday 29 January 15:31:50 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 Grammys rocked last night, with Bruno Mars taking home his fair share of awards along with several stunning performances by Ke$ha, Childish Gambino, and Patti LuPone. If you're still reeling from … [Link]

Mashable » Opening door sounds like it's shrieking in agony

Monday 29 January 15:30:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Most of the time, we pass through doors without a second thought as to the noises they make. But the door in this video is bound to make you pause. The door makes an eerie groaning noise, as the dudes in the video open and close it to demonstrate. It sounds uncannily human—and very grumpy. It almost sounds like a … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Could Use ARM Coprocessors for Three Updated Mac Models

Monday 29 January 15:24:00 UTC 2018

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple could be working on three new Mac models for this year. From a report: All three of them could feature an ARM coprocessor to improve security. Apple isn't switching to ARM chipsets altogether. There will still be an Intel CPU in every Mac, but with a second ARM processor. Currently, the MacBook Pro features … [Link]

Mashable » 'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey on how cast reacted to final script

Monday 29 January 14:54:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe recently spoke to Lena Headey about the 'Game of Thrones' series coming to an end and what we can expect for our favorite characters. In a nutshell, she revealed, get your tissues ready. Read more…More about Uk, Mashable Video, Hbo, Game Of Thrones, and Hollywood [Link]

Slashdot » Things Apple's $350 HomePod Smart-Speaker Can't Do: Answer Random Questions, Check Calendar, Work With an Android Phone, and More

Monday 29 January 14:40:00 UTC 2018

In June last year, Apple announced the HomePod, its first smart-speaker which will battle Amazon's sleeper hit Echo speakers and Google's Home speakers. Apple being late to enter a product category is nothing new, but the HomePod has a few other strange things about it. Apple said it won't begin shipping the HomePod until December that year, in a departure … [Link]

Mashable » Cryptocurrency trader held at gunpoint in UK's first Bitcoin heist

Monday 29 January 14:26:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPolice are appealing for witnesses following Britain's first "Bitcoin heist," in which a trader was held at gunpoint and ordered to transfer the cryptocurrency.  SEE ALSO: Here's what you need to know before you buy bitcoin A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police told Mashable that police are investigating the "aggravated burglary" which took place in a residential property in Moulsford, Oxfordshire, … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook reveals 7 privacy principles with new educational videos

Monday 29 January 14:20:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook created an adorable blue dinosaur back in 2014 to help educate its users about the social network's privacy settings. But in 2018, the dino is not enough. On Monday, Facebook released its privacy principles — seven sentences that the company says it should be held accountable to — as well as a series of educational videos about how to control … [Link]

Slashdot » First 'Jackpotting' Attacks Hit US ATMs

Monday 29 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Brian Krebs, reporting for Krebs on Security: ATM "jackpotting" — a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand — has long been a threat for banks in Europe and Asia, yet these attacks somehow have eluded U.S. ATM operators. But all that … [Link]

Mashable » Here's the piece of 'Black Mirror' tech people would be most likely to use

Monday 29 January 13:38:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDespite the fact Black Mirror is a largely cynical show in which technology is often paired with the rapid, spiralling doom of mankind, it turns out a bunch of people would still like to test said technology out. SEE ALSO: 13 tiny details in 'Black Mirror' Season 4 you probably missed On Monday, YouGov released the results of a survey in … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Told Chinese Firms of Meltdown Flaws Before the US Government

Monday 29 January 13:14:00 UTC 2018

According to The Wall Street Journal, Intel initially told a handful of customers about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, including Chinese tech companies like Alibaba and Lenovo, before the U.S. government. As a result, the Chinese government could have theoretically exploited the holes to intercept data before patches were available. Engadget reports: An Intel spokesman wouldn't detail who the company … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Cruise teaching random audience members to do stunts is amazing

Monday 29 January 12:34:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook If you're going to get some one-on-one stunt training from an actor, you could do a lot worse than Mr Mission Impossible himself. In the clip above, Tom Cruise gives some professional action movie coaching to random audience members of The Graham Norton Show. SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise reacts to footage of his own ankle breaking in slow motion A … [Link]

Slashdot »  Ask Slashdot: How Can I Build a Private TV Channel For My Kids?

Monday 29 January 12:34:00 UTC 2018

Long-time Slashdot reader ljw1004 writes: I want to assemble my OneDrive-hosted mp4s into a "TV channel" for my kids — so at 7am while I sleep in, they know they can turn the TV on, it will show Mr Rogers then Sesame Street then grandparents' story-time, then two hand-picked cartoons, and nothing for the rest of the day. How would … [Link]

Mashable » This 'Blue Planet II' vessel is now on Airbnb and you can actually go under the sea

Monday 29 January 12:00:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhat better place for a cosy vacation than the icy depths of the abyss? SEE ALSO: Penguin jumps into man's boat for a quick hi-bye Remember Blue Planet II, the show that roundhouse-kicked your soul with the majestic beauty of the ocean? Well, now they've teamed up with Airbnb so you can spend three days and two nights on the Alucia … [Link]

Mashable » Trump gets asked if he's invited to the royal wedding, things get super awkward

Monday 29 January 11:57:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s so awkward when you don't know if you've received an invite to the wedding of the year. And, it's even more awkward when you're asked about it during a television interview.  That was the hot water Donald Trump found himself floundering in during his interview with Piers Morgan. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump says he's not a feminist to the surprise … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Cruise reacts to footage of his own ankle breaking in slow motion

Monday 29 January 11:40:55 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Fair warning — if the thought of watching someone's ankle break in slow motion makes you feel a tad uncomfortable, you may want to look away now. SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise teases 6th 'Mission: Impossible' with death-defying stunt In the clip above from The Graham Norton Show, Tom Cruise gets replayed the footage of his ankle being broken during filming … [Link]

Mashable » This woman's stunned reaction to seeing Beyoncé has become a glorious meme

Monday 29 January 10:44:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBe honest: even if you don't happen to be a big Beyoncé fan, you'd still be pretty starstruck if you happened to spot her in your hotel corridor. SEE ALSO: Lorde's Grammy dress had a powerful detail you probably missed On Sunday, Queen Bey rocked up to the Grammys with Jay-Z. As you can see, she killed it: A post shared … [Link]

Mashable » Celebrities were actually given 'consolation puppies' at the Grammys

Monday 29 January 10:39:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOkay, so instead of a prestigious award they got a puppy. SEE ALSO: Lorde's Grammy dress had a powerful detail you probably missed At the Grammys on Sunday, host James Corden didn't just dish out those little golden gramophones. "Consolation puppies" were handed out to nominees who didn't win their category. Jerry Seinfeld (who was nominated for Best Comedy Album) was … [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump says he's not a feminist to the surprise of absolutely no one

Monday 29 January 10:33:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou’ve heard it straight from the horse's mouth. Donald Trump says he doesn't call himself a feminist. Shocking, we know.  In an interview with Piers Morgan, Trump said: "No, I wouldn't say I'm a feminist."  "That would be, maybe, going too far," he added.  SEE ALSO: Trump tepidly offers 'I'm sorry if' apology for his anti-Muslim retweets Well, knock me down … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk's flamethrower is apparently selling like crazy

Monday 29 January 9:31:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApparently, there's a large market for flamethrowers with tunnel boring company branding out there. We know because Elon Musk's Boring Company has already sold 7,000 of them, less than a day after the flamethrower's been put up for sale.  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk announces an early February launch plan for Falcon Heavy This is according to the man himself, who tweeted … [Link]

Mashable » Dude gives very honest response to reporter about what he did on the weekend

Monday 29 January 8:38:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLet’s be honest: We've given different answers to what we did on the weekend, depending on the person. You especially need to be careful to reporters while on live television, not that a man who appeared on Australia's Today show seemed to care. SEE ALSO: Reporter has a major fan moment about Ricky Martin in front of Ricky Martin Reporter Natalia … [Link]

Slashdot » The SCO Vs IBM Zombie Shambles On

Monday 29 January 8:34:00 UTC 2018

Long-time Slashdot reader UncleJosh writes: At the end of last October, the 10th Circuit issued an opinion overturning the lower court's summary judgement in favor of IBM on one of SCO's claims, sending it back to the lower court for trial. Shortly thereafter, IBM filed for a re-hearing en banc. On January 2nd, the 10th circuit essentially denied IBM's request, … [Link]

Slashdot » Linus Finally Releases Linux 4.15 Kernel, Blames Intel For Delay

Monday 29 January 4:34:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.15 following the lengthy development cycle due to the Spectre v2 and Meltdown CPU vulnerability mitigation work. This update comes with many kernel improvements including RISC-V architecture support, AMDGPU Display Code support, Intel Coffee Lake graphics support, and many other improvements. "This obviously was not a pleasant release cycle, with the … [Link]

Mashable » Bruno Mars takes home the Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammys

Monday 29 January 4:27:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBruno Mars had a big night at the 2018 Grammy Awards and topped it off by winning the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year, for his critically acclaimed album 24K Magic.   The Hawaii native snagged the honor by beating out Jay-Z, Donald Glover, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar in the category.  SEE ALSO: Pete Souza's here to defend … [Link]

Mashable » Lorde's Grammy dress had a powerful detail you probably missed

Monday 29 January 4:14:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhile the wearing of white roses was the way for artists to show solidarity with the #TimesUp movement at the Grammys, Lorde opted for words instead. The New Zealand singer stitched an excerpt of artist Jenny Holzer's Inflammable Essays on the back of her dress instead of a white rose, which she posted on Instagram. SEE ALSO: Lorde isn't performing at … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2487: People Daycare

Monday 29 January 4:08:23 UTC 2018

JoT thumbDoggy doesn't get it… [Link]

Mashable » Blue Ivy just became the only human alive who's ever told her parents to chill

Monday 29 January 3:35:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you're going to take Blue Ivy to an awards show PLEASE, for the love of Lemonade don't embarrass her. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards Blue's parents, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, forgot this very important rule and had the audacity to clap during Camila Cabello's touching speech about Dreamers. The camera caught Blue just as she whipped her hand out to … [Link]

Mashable » Janelle Monae and Kesha deliver the Grammys' most powerful moment

Monday 29 January 3:16:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJanelle Monae and Kesha took to the stage at the Grammys and brought the Time's Up movement to the front of everyone's minds with an impassioned speech and an unforgettable, emotional performance. SEE ALSO: Aly Raisman: The more we talk about sexual assault and 'uncomfortable issues,' the better Monae introduced Kesha with a poignant speech about women in the music industry … [Link]

Mashable » Hillary Clinton read 'Fire and Fury' at the Grammys, this is not a drill

Monday 29 January 3:14:37 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Was it a weird moment? Sure was. Does it matter? Nope. Hillary Clinton was there. Clinton made a surprise appearance at the 2018 Grammys, capping off a star-studded comedy sketch featuring the likes of Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled, Cher, and John Legend. The premise? Fire and Fury spoken word auditions. SEE ALSO: Dave Chappelle joined Kendrick Lamar's incredible … [Link]

Slashdot » Trump Team Considers Nationalizing America's 5G Network

Monday 29 January 2:34:00 UTC 2018

JoeyRox writes: "Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation's mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios." This is based on a PowerPoint presentation Axios has in their possession. Two options are described — a national 5G network funded and built by the Federal government, or … [Link]

Mashable » Strava’s fitness heatmap has a major security problem for the military

Monday 29 January 2:12:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStrava, a fitness tracking platform that logs activities on Fitbits, Jawbones and Garmin wearable devices, has a security problem. In November, the platform launched a global heatmap of all the activity recorded through the tracking service. While it's not live, it's gathered a lot of data about user activity, patterns, routines, and locations — and it appears to be exposing some … [Link]

Mashable » Lady Gaga's Grammys performance was straight fire, especially that epic high note

Monday 29 January 1:36:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook“Time’s up." Lady Gaga whispered that familiar call to action for women everywhere as her memorable 2018 Grammys performance segued from the mournful country balladry of "Joanne" into the soaring melodies of "Million Reasons." A powerful moment. SEE ALSO: Dave Chappelle kept 'interrupting' Kendrick Lamar's incredible Grammy performance — and it was perfect Mark Ronson was there, strumming along, but this … [Link]

Mashable » Dave Chappelle joined Kendrick Lamar's incredible Grammy performance — and it was perfect

Monday 29 January 1:11:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe all know there's such a thing as bad interruptions during live award shows, but Dave Chappelle showed us all how it's done on Sunday night during the 2018 Grammy Awards.  During a charged performance from Kendrick Lamar that kicked off the ceremonies, the comedian popped out of nowhere to bless us all with quick quips and remarks throughout the powerful … [Link]

Mashable » Lorde isn't performing at the Grammys after all—and the reason will make you mad

Monday 29 January 0:46:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPer usual, the Grammys feature much-discussed performances from the biggest names in music—except this year, Lorde's name won't be discussed amongst other performers on Monday morning.  The New Zealand singer is up for Album of the Year alongside Donald Glover, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Jay-Z, but according to reports from Variety, everyone nominated alongside her were reportedly asked to deliver … [Link]

Mashable » The next generation broadband 5G network could be nationalized under Trump

Monday 29 January 0:39:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe newest, fastest mobile network to replace the current 4G network in the next few years might get a government takeover. Axios obtained what appears to be a National Security Council PowerPoint presentation shown to the Trump administration. It lays out a plan to put the government in charge of building — and paying for — a nationwide broadband network.  The … [Link]

Slashdot » Fitness-Tracking App Reveals Locations of Secret Army Bases

Monday 29 January 0:35:00 UTC 2018

Coisiche shared this story from the Guardian: Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company. The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to record their exercise … [Link]

Mashable » Carrie Fisher just won her first-ever Grammy

Monday 29 January 0:21:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCarrie Fisher may be gone, but her impact is still being felt.  The late space princess won a posthumous award at the Grammys on Sunday, getting the nod for the Best Spoken Word Album award for the recording of her memoir, The Princess Diarist. SEE ALSO: Why Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar's Grammy battle for Album of the Year is worth watching … [Link]

Mashable » The statement-making looks from the 2018 Grammys red carpet were straight fire

Monday 29 January 0:06:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGrammys night has finally arrived, which means we’ve got a new round of red carpet fashions to marvel over. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of music's biggest awards — hosted by James Corden — stars like Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Kesha, Lady Gaga, and more brought their most stylish looks to the red carpet at New York's Madison Square Garden. … [Link]

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