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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 » Celebrate Black History Month with 'Pioneers of African-American Cinema' on Netflix

Thursday 1 February 23:55:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNetflix has a hidden gem that deserves your attention this Black History Month: Pioneers of African-American Cinema. It's a collection of groundbreaking films released in the first half of the 20th century that celebrates the works of some of the earliest black and African-American filmmakers. The films, which are available to stream now, range from 1915's Two Knights of Vaudeville to … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » ​Twitter Provides Full Tweet Archive to Non-Enterprise Customers

Thursday 1 February 23:54:53 UTC 2018

Twitter today announced that it is launching a new offering that will give developers access to the full Twitter archive which contains all tweets going back to the first one posted by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 2006. Previously, full archive access was limited to Twitter's enterprise customers. Non-enterprise customers could use Twitter's standard API to retrieve tweets from the … [Link]

Mashable » Google gets earnings boost thanks to Google Home holiday sales, but it's not all picture perfect

Thursday 1 February 23:53:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHey Alexa, you're not the only one getting the holiday love.  The holidays were good to Google's parent company, Alphabet, because of hardware products like Google Home, an Alexa competitor, execs said during a fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday.  During the call, Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai boasted that revenue  was up 24 percent to $32.3 billion … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Tech Company Do You Respect Most?

Thursday 1 February 23:40:00 UTC 2018

dryriver writes: On Slashdot, we often discuss the missteps and non consumer-friendly behavior of various tech companies. This company forced people into a subscription payment model. That tech company doesn't respect people's privacy. Yet another tech company failed to fix a dangerous exploit quickly, protect people's cloud data properly, or innovate and improve where innovation and improvement was badly needed. … [Link]

Mashable » An ad industry group nominated Russia's election hack for all the awards

Thursday 1 February 23:29:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookVladimir Putin may not be bounding on stage to accept them any time soon. Regardless, all the ad industry's marketing campaign awards should go to the Russian leader for his spectacular 2016 election hack, according to an international alliance of advertising creatives.  The anonymous group calls itself Project Meddle, and it claims to have already paid to enter a portfolio describing … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Timberlake just declared his son will never play football

Thursday 1 February 23:13:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDeclaring your son will never play football in a room full of fans before your big performance at the Super Bowl might not be the smoothest move but, here we are, witnessing another day in the life of Justin Timberlake.  The singer, who is not releasing a country album this week, made the bold proclamation during a press conference ahead of … [Link]

Mashable » Flying electric air taxi gets a boost from Toyota, JetBlue

Thursday 1 February 23:03:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen taxis fly… A California-based company is working to make that happen. But the secretive Joby Aviations isn't sharing when its five-seater all-electric passenger plane will move from prototype to viable air taxi. But it's moving to pre-production thanks to a new injection of cash announced Thursday from various investors including JetBlue's and Toyota's new venture arms. SEE ALSO: Here's what … [Link]

Slashdot » eBay Is Dumping PayPal For Dutch Rival Adyen

Thursday 1 February 23:00:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a report from CNN: EBay, one of the world's biggest online marketplaces, announced Wednesday that it's dropping PayPal as its main partner for processing payments in favor of Dutch company Adyen. In 2002, eBay paid $1.5 billion to buy PayPal, an online payments company whose founders include Silicon Valley heavyweights Elon Musk and Peter Thiel. It proved to … [Link]

Mashable » You can get Italian nachos at Olive Garden now

Thursday 1 February 22:32:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOlive Garden has released a dish called the "loaded pasta chips." The Italian-ish restaurant chain debuted the carb-heavy chips last week. The "chips" are made of fried lasagna, and come loaded with various cheeses, and a "hearty meat sauce" that's made up of chicken, meatballs, and sausage. Then it's topped off with alfredo sauce and tomatoes. According to Olive Garden's menu, … [Link]

Slashdot » Equifax Releases Credit Locking App That Doesn't Work

Thursday 1 February 22:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, the beleaguered credit reporting agency Equifax launched a new service to protect people from the risks of identity theft that the company vastly magnified with a breach of over 145 million people's credit records last year. The service, called Lock & Alert, is fronted by a mobile application and … [Link]

Mashable » Decapitated robot on Disneyland ride is pure nightmare fuel

Thursday 1 February 22:16:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Disney villain of Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in Anaheim, California, sacred tourists when the animatronic character's head fell off. Read more…More about Travel, Disney, Mashable Video, Tourists, and Theme Park [Link]

Mashable » Roll your suitcase hands-free with this add-on strap

Thursday 1 February 22:14:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRetraStrap attatches to the handle of your rolling luggage so you call pull your bags, hands-free. Read more…More about Travel, Traveling, Suitcase, Luggage, and Innovation [Link]

Mashable » The smart socks that every runner needs

Thursday 1 February 22:13:59 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Sensoria smart socks' are designed for runners. They reportedly feature pressure sensors that connect to an app via Wi-Fi. Use the app to monitor your form, speed, and stamina. It also includes audio and video feedback to improve your running technique. The socks and anklet combo go for $199.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Iphone, App, Tablet, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Panther' sabotage campaign highlights how useless the Rotten Tomatoes audience score really is

Thursday 1 February 22:11:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBlack Panther isn't opening for another couple of weeks, but one group of self-described "fanboys" is already preparing to be Mad Online. A campaign is underway to "Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes," with about 5,500 thousand users (as of writing) interested in or planning to participate.  SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' is already on track to be … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2488: Elon Musk sanity flowchart

Thursday 1 February 22:10:23 UTC 2018

JoT thumbGenius or Evil Genius? [Link]

Mashable » Jeff Bezos is really, really happy with Alexa

Thursday 1 February 21:51:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAmazon crushed 2017, financially. But looking ahead, CEO Jeff Bezos wants us all to focus on one name: Alexa.  Alexa may not be the main driver of Amazon's revenue — that's Amazon Web Services (AWS) and online commerce — but the voice assistant is getting the spotlight for growing Amazon's brand in 2017 and being a focus in the year ahead.  … [Link]

Mashable » Farm-direct flowers could save you money this Valentine's Day

Thursday 1 February 21:45:00 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. Flowers are a perfect gift for any occasion: Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, or anytime you find yourself in the doghouse. And with so many flower delivery services to choose from, you can … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's not selling as many iPhones as it used to

Thursday 1 February 21:43:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookiPhone sales aren't as hot as they used to be. The company announced its Q1 2018 earnings on Thursday and — surprise, surprise! — it set another all-time quarterly revenue record, bolstered by iPhone sales. Total revenue this past quarter increased to $88.3 billion from $78.4 billion, a 12.63 percent increase year-over-year. But while revenue increased, iPhone sales dropped. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Master Amazon Web Services and you could be on your way to a six figure salary

Thursday 1 February 21:41:54 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. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon that offers cloud computing platforms through paid subscriptions, so you can host your important files and website information. If you've never heard of … [Link]

Mashable » Delicious Super Bowl recipes you can make without a Crock-Pot

Thursday 1 February 21:40:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCrock-Pot didn't ask for this.  After last Tuesday's This Is Us episode ended with a Crock-Pot fire that could, in all likelihood, lead to the impending death of a beloved main character, the slow cooker company was forced to do major damage control.  SEE ALSO: Here's why 'This Is Us' fans are cursing their crockpots Though Crock-Pots are actually quite safe, … [Link]

Slashdot » GTA Online Is Full Of Abandoned Modes

Thursday 1 February 21:40:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: GTA Online just had its most active month ever. It is consistently one of the top-selling games on Steam, Xbox and Playstation. It is always in the top 10 of the best selling games each year. The community is huge. Yet players looking to play a wide variety of modes modes will have trouble … [Link]

Mashable » Scientists share totally unexpected alternative uses for everyday objects

Thursday 1 February 21:35:16 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. Leave it to scientists to find new uses for old products. Per the Washington Post, Twitter user Robyn Womack discovered a delightful Amazon review for a tea infuser in which a buyer explains its alternative, scientific … [Link]

Mashable » Today's best deals include Dell laptops and free Amazon or Dell gift cards when you buy an Xbox One X

Thursday 1 February 21:34:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Yo, team Xbox: As you probably heard, Microsoft just made their Xbox Game Pass even better, allowing subscribers to play Xbox One-exclusive games on the day they're released with no extra cost. … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » ​Name.com Unveils New Version of its Domain Registration and Management API

Thursday 1 February 21:29:24 UTC 2018

Domain registrar Name.com announced this week the general availability of version 4 of its API. The API can be used to perform domain name lookups, as well as register, renew, transfer, and manage domains. It also provides functionality for setting up website redirects and email forwarding. [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul wishes his fans were older. They're not.

Thursday 1 February 21:27:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLogan Paul has a legion of young fans, but he'd prefer it if they were older.   The disgraced vlogger has entered the morning show phase of his apology tour, and it's revealing a lot about how he views himself. SEE ALSO: Logan Paul is getting dragged for his insensitive comment on Cardi B's Instagram Paul sat down with Michael Strahan … [Link]

Mashable » There's a new 'Game Night' trailer and we honestly can't wait for this movie

Thursday 1 February 21:15:41 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Annie (Rachel McAdams) and Max (Jason Bateman) might be in over their heads this Game Night. A new trailer introduces us to the film's central couple, who met at bar trivia and love regular game nights – until Brooks (Kyle Chandler) hosts one that goes too far. SEE ALSO: Um, did Barack Obama win HQ Trivia last night? The new … [Link]

Mashable » Please, somebody save the Yo app before it dies

Thursday 1 February 21:05:47 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook“Yo,” I said to my colleague Kim Bhasin shortly after I joined The Huffington Post in 2014. His eyes widened along with his smile as he asked me, "Do you have the Yo app?"  I didn't. Despite joining HuffPost as a tech reporter, I hadn't heard of Yo, an app that only let users say "yo" to each another and had … [Link]

Mashable » We saw this deadly 'Hong Kong' flu coming, but no one could prevent its spread

Thursday 1 February 21:04:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn 1968, scientists discovered a new strain of flu circulating around Hong Kong. The virus, though, didn't stay put. It soon left Asia and turned into a proper pandemic, traveling around the globe and killing one million people worldwide, including 100,000 in the United States that season. The deadly virus struck in the U.S. when it usually does, during winter. That … [Link]

Slashdot » This Chinese Math Problem Has No Answer. Perhaps, It Has a Lot of Them.

Thursday 1 February 21:00:00 UTC 2018

Fifth-graders in China's Shunqing district were recently asked to answer this question: "If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats on board, how old is the ship's captain?" The Washington Post: The apparently unsolvable question sparked a debate over the merits of the Chinese education system and the value it places on the memorization of information over the importance … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk's flamethrower may be a bad idea, but it's perfectly legal

Thursday 1 February 20:47:41 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. Generally, flamethrowers are legal.  Just as Elon Musk has incited enthusiasm, discourse, and frustration about the realities of colonizing Mars, he has successfully done something similar for flamethrowers. His tunneling company, The Boring Company, sold 20,000 … [Link]

Mashable » 'Democracy dies in dankness' according to Trump Jr.

Thursday 1 February 20:38:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump Jr. has a grave warning for our country's democracy: watch out for dankness.  The president's oldest son attacked the press on Thursday, venting about the coverage of the Nunes Memo, a Republican-written document alleging that the FBI abused its surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016. The White House has been pushing for its release, but the FBI vehemently … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat opens Snap Store in app. Yes, there's a Streaks hat.

Thursday 1 February 20:35:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe kids love Snapchat. Now, the kids — or anyone really — can show that to the world and also help boost Snap Inc.'s financials with the launch of the Snap Store.  Snap's new store is accessible in the Snapchat app via a Snapcode or by using the search bar. Users can swipe up on each item to purchase directly in … [Link]

Slashdot » Insect Die-off: Even Common Species Are Becoming Rare

Thursday 1 February 20:20:00 UTC 2018

Scientists at Senckenberg Nature Research Society and Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been able to show that currently widespread insects are threatened with a serious decline in species diversity in the near future. From the report: The research team lists the fragmentation of habitats and the intensification of agriculture as reasons for the decline of these "generalists." According to … [Link]

Mashable » 'Insignificant Mysteries' reveals the truth behind life's most perplexing curiosities

Thursday 1 February 20:03:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe most perplexing mysteries are often hiding in plain sight. You know, those mundane curiosities like why do gas prices always end in 9/10ths of a cent? And are yawns actually contagious? SEE ALSO: 'What's Your Mutt?' Our new Facebook Watch show helps you figure it out In Mashable's new Facebook Watch show Insignificant Mysteries, we explore just that and more. … [Link]

Mashable » Bitcoin drops below $9,000 on (potentially) bad news from India

Thursday 1 February 19:52:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter several short-lived drops under $10,000, it looks like the price of Bitcoin finally yielded under pressure. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap is currently trading at $8,947, down 11 percent in the last 24 hours according to CoinMarketCap.  The trigger for the price drop is likely the news from India, where finance minister Arun Jaitley expressed a largely negative view … [Link]

Mashable » Leslie Jones opens up about her fear of dying alone, and the internet rallies behind her

Thursday 1 February 19:44:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwitter has rallied behind Leslie Jones after she shared her personal fear of dying alone. Leslie Jones isn't one to be shy on social media. The Saturday Night Live cast member has used Twitter for all sorts of things such as landing a date, making her way to the Olympics, and sharing the rollercoaster of emotions one goes through when watching … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Office 2019 Will Only Work on Windows 10

Thursday 1 February 19:40:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft on Thursday provided an update on Office 2019, in which it revealed that the apps will only run on Windows 10. From a report: In a support article for service and support of Windows and Office, Microsoft has revealed you'll need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without subscribing to the company's … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Polar bears waste lots of their energy and it could be a problem

Thursday 1 February 19:38:00 UTC 2018

We thought polar bears had neat tricks for conserving energy in lean periods, but it turns out they are not that thrifty, which could cause them trouble in the future [Link]

New Scientist – News » At least three types of bacteria may help cause bowel cancer

Thursday 1 February 19:37:59 UTC 2018

Evidence is growing that bacteria can cause bowel cancer. Now two common species have been found to cause DNA damage, and have been linked to tumours in mice [Link]

New Scientist – News » Dancing galaxies may shake up our ideas of galaxy formation

Thursday 1 February 19:37:58 UTC 2018

We thought satellite galaxies were usually in random orbits around larger ones, but a handful in coordinated orbits may force us to rethink galaxy formation [Link]

New Scientist – News » Dark web users are easy to unmask through their bitcoin use

Thursday 1 February 19:37:57 UTC 2018

The Tor browser is meant to obscure your real movements online and keep your identity secret. But using bitcoin for dark web payments can blow your cover. [Link]

New Scientist – News » It’s time to label all meat as stunned or unstunned at slaughter

Thursday 1 February 19:37:56 UTC 2018

One solution to concern over how animals are killed for our plates is labelling that makes this welfare distinction plain on all meat, says Danny Chambers [Link]

Mashable » Amy Schumer weighs in on the Aziz Ansari situation in a smart, nuanced way

Thursday 1 February 19:20:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAmy Schumer has responded to the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Aziz Ansari, who she notes is a friend.  “He’s been my friend and I really feel for the woman," Schumer told Katie Couric on her podcast. "I identify with all the women in these situations. Even if it’s my friend, I don’t go, ‘Oh, but he’s a good guy.’ I … [Link]

Mashable » Bake any cake from scratch with just the push of a button

Thursday 1 February 19:05:50 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f2%2f8369e6dc 46ec b476%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ won't have to mix anything ever again.","image":&quo~ any cake from scratch with just the push of a button","sources":[{~ More about Shopping Video, Entertainment, and Food [Link]

Slashdot » Windows Defender Will Soon Start Removing Applications With Coercive Messaging: Cleaners and Optimizers Put on Notice

Thursday 1 February 19:00:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to protect Windows users from programs that use fear to convince people to buy or upgrade products. From a report: The Redmond company is taking aim at all software that use scary messaging to convince people to upgrade to a paid product that purportedly fixes a problem detected by a free version. Specifically it … [Link]

Mashable » Fiona the hippo has made her Super Bowl prediction

Thursday 1 February 18:31:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFiona was once an underdog, so perhaps it's no surprise that she loves them, too. The celebrity hippo and lettuce queen made her official Super Bowl selection during the latest episode of The Fiona Show on Facebook Watch on Thursday.  After presenting her with two labeled boxes adorned with lettuce, keepers waited for Fiona to favor one team over the other. … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Uber, MoonMail, Encoder Farm

Thursday 1 February 18:19:31 UTC 2018

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples. [Link]

Slashdot » Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2017

Thursday 1 February 18:15:00 UTC 2018

BackBlaze is back with its hard drive reliability report. From the blog post: Beginning in April 2013, Backblaze has recorded and saved daily hard drive statistics from the drives in our data centers. Each entry consists of the date, manufacturer, model, serial number, status (operational or failed), and all of the SMART attributes reported by that drive. As of the … [Link]

Mashable » Telegram's back in the App Store, but was porn to blame for its removal?

Thursday 1 February 18:04:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMessaging app Telegram mysteriously vanished from the App Store on Thursday because "inappropriate content was made available to our users" according to the company's CEO Paval Durov. In response to a Twitter user, Durov tweeted that the company was "alerted by Apple" and as a result of the unspecified "inappropriate content," both the Telegram app and Telegram X (a faster, more … [Link]

Slashdot » Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Sci-Fi Books, Movies, and TV Shows You're Looking Forward To?

Thursday 1 February 17:31:00 UTC 2018

Even as Hollywood studios report fewer footfalls in theaters, the last few years have arguably been impressive if you're a sci-fi admirer. Last year, we finally got to watch the Blade Runner 2049, and the The Last Jedi and Logan also found plenty of backers. In 2016, Arrival was a home run for many. Star Trek: Discovery, and Stranger Things … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Releases Skype As a Snap For Linux

Thursday 1 February 16:45:00 UTC 2018

BrianFagioli writes: While Microsoft has long been viewed as an enemy of the Linux community — and it still is by some — the company has actually transformed into an open source champion. One of Microsoft's biggest Linux contributions, however, is Skype — the wildly popular communication software. By offering that program to desktop Linux users, Microsoft enables them to … [Link]

Mashable » A polar vortex is headed our way (again) so here's where to find winter jackets, boots, and other cold weather gear

Thursday 1 February 16:44:10 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. Hello, Polar Vortex, my old friend. Sorry to break it to you, East coasters and Midwesterners, but February is about to be a b*tch. The bomb cyclone we barely made it out … [Link]

Mashable » Dan Harmon reunited a lost drone with its pilot using the power of Twitter

Thursday 1 February 16:42:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the digital wasteland that is 2018 Twitter, a beacon of hope now shines. With the help of the social network, comedian Dan Harmon was able to reunite a lost drone with its pilot — all, of course, thanks to the good people of the internets. SEE ALSO: 'Rick and Morty' co-creator Dan Harmon delivers raw account and apology for sexual harassment … [Link]

Mashable » In honor of Ellen's birthday, Michelle Obama gave America a beautiful pep talk

Thursday 1 February 16:42:26 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook In honor of Ellen DeGeneres' 60th birthday Michelle Obama stopped by to give her (and the rest of America) the greatest gift of all — a reassuring pep talk.  "I personally feel frightened. I feel like the world is a very scary place right now," Ellen admitted to her friend and former FLOTUS. "People are afraid but then there are … [Link]

Mashable » How to score an excellent Valentine's Day reservation

Thursday 1 February 16:31:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere are the natural planners of this world, and then there's the rest of us — filing our taxes on April 14 and making Valentine's Day plans the night before. But this year, we're going to do better. We're going to do our research way ahead of time, we're going to compare prix fixe menus, we're going to book a fantastic … [Link]

Mashable » Teen Bitcoin bro thinks that if you don't become a millionaire, you messed up

Thursday 1 February 16:16:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNot a Bitcoin millionaire? You goofed! This, at least, is the opinion of Erik Finman, a 19-year-old Bitcoin investor fresh out of childhood and fresh into being pompous about cryptocurrency.  According to a profile of Finman from Business Insider, the teen bet his parents that if he became a millionaire by age 18, he wouldn't have to attend college. And — … [Link]

Slashdot » Surpassing Windows 7's Market Share For the First Time, Windows 10 Now the Most Popular Desktop OS From Microsoft

Thursday 1 February 16:08:00 UTC 2018

Two and a half years after the company made it available to the general public, Windows 10 is now the most popular operating system from Microsoft, according to analytics firm StatCounter. From a report: Every month, StatCounter reports on the state of the desktop operating system market. Since October last year, the analyst company's figures have shown the gap between … [Link]

Mashable » Yamaha developed an AI system that translates a dancer’s motion into music

Thursday 1 February 16:05:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYamaha Corporation has created an AI-powered system that uses sensors to capture the movements of a dancer's body and translate them into piano keystrokes. This new system was showcased at a concert that took place in the Tokyo University of the Arts, featuring the famous dancer, Kaiji Moriyama, accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Scharoun Ensemble. Read more…More about Music, Mashable … [Link]

Mashable » Enormous pin screen wall morphs into any human face

Thursday 1 February 16:04:47 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘MegaFaces’ is a kinetic facade that can morph into any human face. The giant pin screen is controlled via 11,000 mechanical actuators that protrude 6 feet outside the facade, create the 3D shapes. Read more…More about Facebook, Design, Architecture, Digital, and Sculpture [Link]

Mashable » This wireless charger is made specially for the Tesla Model 3

Thursday 1 February 15:58:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTesla certainly has big ambitions for its sleek all-electric vehicles, though these plans don't (yet) include wireless chargers. But, come April, a group of engineers say they will launch a wireless charging pad that fits seamlessly into the Tesla Model 3, the electric vehicle company's first mass-market offering — and the vehicle the company's future is balanced upon. SEE ALSO: Elon … [Link]

Mashable » 'Harry Potter' books are still flying off the shelves with 500 million copies sold

Thursday 1 February 15:56:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe sun never sets on Harry Potter; the books are still going strong. SEE ALSO: 11 times J.K. Rowling tweeted awesome writing advice It's been over 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published. Today Bloomsbury announced that sales of books in the Harry Potter series has exceeded 500 million copies. The most popular book in the series … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Timberlake really wants you to know 'Man of the Woods' isn't a country album

Thursday 1 February 15:55:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDon’t let the flannel, the whiskey, the album art, the album teaser, the tracklist, or features fool you: Justin Timberlake's forthcoming album is definitely not a country album, according to him.  While mid-haircut, the former boyband leader hopped on Instagram to share his thoughts about his birthday and threw in a little tidbit about Man of the Woods, the album that … [Link]

Mashable » Save big with Amazon on wireless chargers, Bluetooth speakers, and more today

Thursday 1 February 15:47:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you're upgrading to a new phone, odds are it probably has that fancy wireless charging feature that you've been hearing so much about. Wireless charging lets you lay your phone down … [Link]

Mashable » Octavia Spencer is buying out a theater so kids can see 'Black Panther'

Thursday 1 February 15:28:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe talented and generous Octavia Spencer is giving back to underserved communities once again, buying out a theater to allow families to see Black Panther who otherwise may not have been able to.  Spencer announced her plan to buy out a theater in Mississippi when Black Panther opens on Instagram Wednesday, saying she'll be in the state when the movie opens … [Link]

Slashdot » Hoping That Sucking CO2 From the Air Will Fix the Climate? Good Luck

Thursday 1 February 15:27:00 UTC 2018

From a study published on Thursday by scientists on the European Academies Science Advisory Council: Senior scientists from across Europe have evaluated the potential contribution of negative emission technologies (NETs) to allow humanity to meet the Paris Agreement's targets of avoiding dangerous climate change. They find that NETs have "limited realistic potential" to halt increases in the concentration of greenhouse … [Link]

Mashable » Bars are now making Tide Pod shots

Thursday 1 February 15:23:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNope, the Tide Pod challenge isn't going away any time soon, especially when alcohol is involved.  One bar in New York City had a dream of taking the meme trend, make it not kill people, and even get people drunkBarcelona Bar has begun selling Tide Pod shots (without the detergent). The Barcelona-style shot bar is known for their extensive list of … [Link]

Mashable » The Hidden Games of iMessage

Thursday 1 February 15:18:56 UTC 2018

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

Mashable » Even Fox News called out Trump's latest lie

Thursday 1 February 15:09:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPresident Trump has been pretty quiet on Twitter lately. Maybe he's turned a corner? Maybe this is the presidential pivot? Maybe the White House staff hid his phone? Well, he broke that illusion Thursday morning when he once again tweeted a blatant lie, one that is easily disproven. SEE ALSO: Porn searches for 'grope' have skyrocketed in Trump's D.C. Thank you … [Link]

Mashable » Fan images from set of 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 possibly reveal devastating spoiler

Thursday 1 February 15:09:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis post contains potential spoilers for the upcoming Game of Thrones Season 8 Game of Thrones fans made a gut-wrenching discovery at the Belfast set of Winterfell Castle  — and we're shook to the core by what it could mean for Season 8. Several images surfaced Tuesday showing Winterfell engulfed in flames. The fires, it seems, are emanating from both inside … [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul's first interview since backlash: 'I’m a good guy who made a bad decision'

Thursday 1 February 15:07:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNearly one month since Logan Paul came under fire for posting a severely insensitive vlog of Japan's "suicide forest," the YouTube star is opening up to discuss what he's learned from a "horrible lapse of judgement." In his first interview since the backlash, Paul spoke to Good Morning America's Michael Strahan Thursday to apologize once again to his viewers and share … [Link]

Mashable » One woman's quest to find the right meditation app in a messed-up world

Thursday 1 February 15:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMy iPhone, normally the quotidian keeper of grocery lists and Fitbit stats, has lately begun to feel like a sprawling self-help library. The transformation began a few weeks ago, when I decided to test several meditation and mindfulness apps in order to share with you, dear reader, tips and insights from my experimentAt first I felt giddy. I'd downloaded seven different … [Link]

Slashdot » Messaging App Telegram Pulled From Apple's App Store Due To 'Inappropriate Content'

Thursday 1 February 14:47:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has removed Telegram's official app from its iOS App Store. The app disappeared yesterday, shortly after Telegram launched a rewritten Telegram X app for Android. Telegram X is currently in testing on iOS, and it was also removed from the App Store. "We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube TV is now available on Roku

Thursday 1 February 14:20:02 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. YouTube TV streaming service is now available on select Roku devices, Roku announced Thursday.  YouTube TV lets users stream live television from nearly 50 networks for $35 per month. This includes ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, … [Link]

Slashdot » India Vows To Eliminate Use of Cryptocurrencies in the Country

Thursday 1 February 14:03:00 UTC 2018

India will move to stamp out use of cryptocurrencies, which it considers illegal, country's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday, launching a no-holds-barred attack on virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. From a report: Governments around the world are grappling with how to regulate cryptocurrency trading, and policymakers are expected to discuss the matter at a G20 summit in Argentina … [Link]

Mashable » How Alexa, your computer, and even your sex robot can affect your love life

Thursday 1 February 13:59:52 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s almost Valentine's Day, and it appears sex robots are gonna make Cupid's job a lot harder.  That's just one of the fascinating insights found in Match's eighth annual Singles in America report, released Thursday. The results of this representative survey of 5,000 people tell us a ton about the modern dating experience. Though the report covers a range of topics … [Link]

Slashdot » Twitter Notifies 1.4 Million Users of Interaction With Russian Accounts

Thursday 1 February 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: At least 1.4 million people on Twitter engaged with content created by Russian trolls during the 2016 presidential election, the company revealed on Wednesday. That's more than double the amount that Twitter initially identified — and perhaps still just a fraction of the full universe of users who may have witnessed Kremlin … [Link]

Mashable » Get access to StockUnlimited's massive library of sound effects while it's on sale for $50

Thursday 1 February 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. Admit it, we all take the tiniest sounds in movies for granted— yes, even you movie buffs. The boom of thunder. The crash of a wave. The soft crickets that fill a … [Link]

Mashable » There's going to be a 'Mario Kart' game for smartphone

Thursday 1 February 12:59:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s been a good week for Nintendo announcements. SEE ALSO: SupaBoy is the handheld SNES console for people who just can't let go of their Nintendo cartridges On Wednesday Nintendo used Twitter to announce the next instalment in the Mario Kart legacy. The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo just announced that a Mario film is on the way

Thursday 1 February 11:43:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s-a him! SEE ALSO: SupaBoy is the handheld SNES console for people who just can't let go of their Nintendo cartridges In the early hours of Thursday, UK time, Nintendo used Twitter to make a rather big announcement. Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri! pic.twitter.com/wVRPLIzcGJ — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) … [Link]

Mashable » Jimmy Kimmel sent Guillermo to the Super Bowl Opening Night and it was adorable

Thursday 1 February 11:07:37 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The current trend among Late Night show hosts right now seems to be sending family members along to cover big sporting events. James Corden's parents have done it. His sisters have done it. Jimmy Kimmel's dad has also done it. SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence asks people if they know Jennifer Lawrence Well, Guillermo may not strictly be Jimmy Kimmel's family, … [Link]

Mashable » Mayim Bialik helped the Slow Mo Guys smash things with magnets

Thursday 1 February 10:53:35 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Prepare for ultimate smushing satisfaction. SEE ALSO: The Slow Mo Guys have a new show of epic proportions The Slow Mo Guys got Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik along to their new YouTube series The Super Slow Show to help smash various food items between two very strong magnets. The result is as gloriously messy as you'd expect. Read … [Link]

Mashable » Dolly Parton responds to Adele's Twitter tribute with heartfelt message

Thursday 1 February 10:09:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Dolly Parton/Adele friendship is real, folks. On Tuesday, Adele got dressed up and paid tribute to the legendary country singer in a cheery Twitter post. SEE ALSO: 10 albums turning 10 years old in 2018 "The effortless Queen of song, Dolly Parton!" she wrote. "We love you! We wish we could possess an ounce of your ability. You were the … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft's Cloud Bet Continues To Pay Off In Latest Earnings

Thursday 1 February 10:00:00 UTC 2018

In its 2018 financial results, Microsoft reported revenue of $28.9 billion and net income of $7.5 billion. "Revenue has jumped 12 percent year-over-year during the holiday quarter, and the trend of Microsoft's success with the cloud has continued," reports The Verge. "This time around, Azure revenue has increased by a massive 98 percent." From the report: Overall server and cloud … [Link]

Mashable » Too late, Elon Musk's flamethrowers have sold out

Thursday 1 February 8:57:04 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook2018’s hottest new toy has sold out. Elon Musk's Boring Company $500 flamethrower has certainly been the talk of the internet, but if you were umming and ahhing over whether you should get one, you're too late. SEE ALSO: SpaceX rocket meant to be destroyed somehow survives Musk confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday evening that he has sold all 20,000 flamethrowers … [Link]

Slashdot » NASA Poised To Topple a Planet-Finding Barrier

Thursday 1 February 7:00:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a report from NextBigFuture.com: Babak Saif and Lee Feinberg at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have shown for the first time that they can dynamically detect subatomic- or picometer-sized distortions — changes that are far smaller than an atom — across a five-foot segmented telescope mirror and its support structure. Collaborating with Perry Greenfield at … [Link]

Mashable » Here's a snake eating a possum, because Australia

Thursday 1 February 4:11:32 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Australian animals are terrifying enough, but it doesn't get more unsettling than watching one of them eat another. A carpet python named Monty was filmed devouring a possum in the backyard of Gold Coast resident Greg Hosking's home on Monday afternoon. "It was pretty exciting to watch. It's mesmerising in an alarming kind of way," Hosking told ABC News.  It … [Link]

Mac For Translators » Simple XML creation with AppleScriptObjectiveC

Thursday 1 February 4:03:00 UTC 2018

(*This article is an attempt at putting together a practical introduction to using AppleScriptObjectiveC from all the information I gathered when creating a stand-alone application that required XML generation. Including the code, it is 3000 words. It's trivial for most of you, but it took me quite some time to put all the parts together and then to document them. … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sound waves may be able to trigger earlier tsunami warnings

Thursday 1 February 3:47:13 UTC 2018

When an earthquake sets off a tsunami, it releases speedy sound waves that could give us early warning. But they still can’t predict the size of the tsunami   [Link]

New Scientist – News » People are using mosquito nets for fishing and that’s a bad idea

Thursday 1 February 3:47:12 UTC 2018

In many tropical countries mosquito nets are handed out to help stop the spread of malaria, but it seems they are often being repurposed as fishing nets [Link]

New Scientist – News » Depriving the brain of a sense may improve stroke recovery

Thursday 1 February 3:47:11 UTC 2018

Trimming the whiskers of mice suggests that blocking off some functions of the brain can help it rewire itself around stroke damage, speeding up recovery [Link]

Slashdot » Tinder Must Stop Charging Its Older Users More For 'Plus' Features, Court Rules

Thursday 1 February 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The online dating service Tinder must change one of its key monetization strategies. A Los Angeles appellate court reversed a lower court's decision on Monday and told Tinder to stop charging older users more money per month for its "Tinder Plus" service. The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed by Tinder user Allan … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX rocket meant to be destroyed somehow survives

Thursday 1 February 3:11:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook SpaceX had a delightful surprise on Wednesday. The private spaceflight company launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with Luxembourg's first military satellite, GovSat-1, in tow. SEE ALSO: Here’s how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space The satellite, to be used for secure communications over sea and humanitarian operations, was successfully deployed 32 minutes into … [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul is getting dragged for his insensitive comment on Cardi B's Instagram

Thursday 1 February 2:26:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLogan Paul is getting roasted. Again.  This time it's for a controversial comment he left on Cardi B's Instagram.  The rapper posted this photo of her at the Grammys on Wednesday with the caption "They trinna crucify me like they did Christ ." SEE ALSO: YouTube dumps Logan Paul from top ad platform and several projects They trinna crucify me like … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook promoted lies and conspiracy theories following Amtrak crash

Thursday 1 February 1:54:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook just can't help itself.  Following news Wednesday morning that an Amtrak train full of Congressional Republicans crashed into a truck, the social media site was soon promoting conspiracy theories and lies purporting to explain the sinister forces behind the tragedy that left one person dead.  SEE ALSO: This was the year we turned on social media For a company that … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Fiber's Wireless Internet Service Is Leaving Boston

Thursday 1 February 1:25:00 UTC 2018

Webpass, the wireless home broadband company that Google Fiber acquired in 2016, is exiting the Boston market. The Verge received a reader tip on the situation and a quick look around revealed that Boston is no longer listed as a current Webpass market on the company's website. From the report: "As with any acquisition, we've spent some time evaluating the … [Link]

Mashable » Listen to a captive killer whale named 'Wikie' mimic 'hello' back to scientists

Thursday 1 February 1:03:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn 2014, scientists hauled their recording equipment into Marineland, an aquatic theme park located in the French resort town of Antibes. They wanted to see if a 14-year old orca whale living there, named Wikie, could listen to a huge diversity of sounds — from humans, elephants, and whales — and then mimic these noises back. The experiment was designed to … [Link]

Mashable » Video faceswaps Michael Scott with Donald Trump and the future is terrifying

Thursday 1 February 1:02:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPorn is often credited with driving innovation in technology. It may be the one of reasons we have broadband internet, HD video, and increasingly speedy mobile Wi-Fi. But while sex on the internet may drive technology forward, sometimes ethics get left waiting for a signal. AI-assisted faceswapping technology has been rippling the corners of the internet recently, and as you may … [Link]

Mashable » Uber now lets you rent bikes in this hilly city

Thursday 1 February 0:51:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. It's like Uber, but for bicycles.  On Wednesday, Uber announced a San Francisco pilot project that lets people rent electric pedal-assist bikes.  Instead of calling a black car or shared carpool, select Uber users will have … [Link]

Slashdot » Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii U In 10 Months

Thursday 1 February 0:45:00 UTC 2018

In less than a year, the Nintendo Switch has earned the designation of the fastest-selling U.S. console of all time. It has outsold the company's previous flagship Wii U just 10 months after its introduction. "Altogether, Nintendo has sold more than 14.86 million Switch units since its debut in March of 2017," reports Variety. "The company sold around 12.5 million … [Link]

Mashable » Simone Biles explains why she didn't attend Larry Nassar's sentencing

Thursday 1 February 0:29:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOlympic gold medalist Simone Biles said Wednesday she didn't attend Larry Nassar's sentencing because she didn't think she was "emotionally ready for that." During interviews with the Today show and CNN, her first televised appearances related to Nassar's sentencing, the decorated gymnast spoke out against the former USA Gymnastics physician.  SEE ALSO: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina: Who is the woman responsible for … [Link]

Mashable » If you use Firefox, you need to update it right now

Thursday 1 February 0:20:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFirefox Quantum is a great browser, but it has a security flaw.  A Cisco report published Tuesday and spotted by The Hacker News revealed a Mozilla Firefox vulnerability that could allow hackers to remotely mess with users' computers.  SEE ALSO: Firefox's Quantum update will block websites from tracking you 24/7 Due to "insufficient sanitization of HMTL fragments in chrome-privileged documents," hackers … [Link]

Slashdot »  Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence

Thursday 1 February 0:03:00 UTC 2018

mikeebbbd writes: According to Bloomberg, "Xerox, a once-iconic American innovator that became synonymous with office copy machines, is ceding control to Japan's Fujifilm in a deal that creates an $18 billion company." Essentially, it's merging with Fujifilm; a former joint venture operating in the Asian-Pacific area essentially will become the parent company… So much for the company that actually invented … [Link]

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