John Gordon Ross

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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Mashable » The mystery of the guy with 2 phones behind selfie kid at the Super Bowl

Monday 5 February 23:50:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen 13-year-old Ryan McKenna tried to take a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show, he instantly became a meme. Twitter was flooded with pictures and GIFs of McKenna on his phone during the performance, while Justin Timberlake danced only a few inches away.  SEE ALSO: Meet the Super Bowl selfie kid who became a meme overnight But … [Link]

Slashdot » Android Oreo Passes 1 Percent Adoption After 5 Months, Nougat Finally Takes First Place

Monday 5 February 23:30:00 UTC 2018

According to Google's Platform Versions page, Android 8.0 Oreo mobile operating system finally has 1.1 percent adoption. Like Android Nougat before it, Android Oreo took five months to pass the 1 percent adoption mark. VentureBeat reports: On the bright side, Nougat this month has passed Marshmallow, meaning the second newest Android version is now the most widely used. The latest … [Link]

Slashdot » Samsung Billionaire Gets Off Easy

Monday 5 February 22:50:00 UTC 2018

Lee Jae-yong, the Samsung chief found guilty of bribery and embezzlement, was freed from prison after an appeals court reduced and suspended his five-year prison sentence. Gizmodo reports: Lee had pleaded not guilty to all charges and spent nearly a year in jail, CNN reported, before the appeals court reduced his sentence to two and a half years and suspended … [Link]

Mashable » Scientists have discovered spiders with tails because nightmares are real

Monday 5 February 22:48:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAround 100 million years ago, oozing tree sap poured over hundreds of tiny spiders, killing and preserving the critters in hardened amber.  Recently, miners in northern Burma pulled this ancient amber out of a quarry. Chunks of it were purchased by paleontologists, who found in the amber many well-preserved spiders — some of them with long, almost scorpion-like tails. Yes, tails. … [Link]

Mashable » All the details you missed in the 'Westworld' Season 2 Super Bowl trailer

Monday 5 February 22:39:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAmidst the glitz, the glam, the sporting, the ads, the Solos, and the Timberlake, one spectacle stood out more than any other at the Super Bowl: Westworld's Season 2 trailer. Playing out to a classical rendition of Kanye West's 'Runaway,' the 2-minute trailer presented a dearth of motifs and hidden messages that can help us predict what's to become of a … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Enables Pixel Visual Core For Better Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp Photos

Monday 5 February 22:13:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google's Pixel Visual Core, the hidden image-processing chip inside the Pixel 2 family of phones, is getting an update today that lets it work its machine learning magic in third-party apps. Already enabled via Android 8.1 for the Pixel 2's main camera app, the Visual Core is now going to be … [Link]

Mashable » The Oculus Go might be coming very, very soon

Monday 5 February 22:08:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHey, remember the Oculus Go? Neither did we — until we saw two photos shared to Reddit by user "bekris" (spotted by Upload VR) of what Bekris claims is the Oculus Go's developer kit. We'll be honest, this doesn't look like developer kit packaging; it totally looks like retail packaging.  Bekris claims the photos were tweeted by Jesper Gaarsdal, software engineer … [Link]

Slashdot » Seattle Finds Facebook in Violation of City Campaign Finance Law

Monday 5 February 21:35:00 UTC 2018

Seattle's election authority said on Monday that Facebook is in violation of a city law that requires disclosure of who buys election ads, the first attempt of its kind to regulate U.S. political ads on the internet. From a report: Facebook must disclose details about spending in last year's Seattle city elections or face penalties, Wayne Barnett, executive director of … [Link]

Mashable » All the reasons why 'Three Billboards' won't win Best Picture

Monday 5 February 21:27:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKicking off a series of Best Picture Debates, Collider's Mark Ellis (@markellislive) and Clint Gage (@clintgage) debate the chances of Martin McDonagh's latest winning Best Picture. Does the socially conscious drama have a chance? Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content Read more…More about Debate, Cinefix, Roundtable, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and Entertainment [Link]

Mashable » Amazing Amazon review details the horrors of giant inflatable beach balls

Monday 5 February 21:25:50 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. There are small beach toys, there are large beach toys, and then there are downright gigantic beach toys.  You may have seen some of these enormous beach balls in cheery intros of family-friendly sitcoms, but are … [Link]

Mashable » Mother and daughter surprised each other with the same delightful Valentine's Day gift

Monday 5 February 21:17:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookImagine getting a surprise and doubling it with the cutest animals on the planet.  After losing the family pup, Natalie Rice (@Natalie119911) surprised her mother with an early Valentine's Day gift… a new dog. Coincidentally, her mother had the same idea.   SEE ALSO: Man wakes up to dog getting drink of water wrapped up in a blanket my dog passed … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Daily API RoundUp: Blocktrail, Google Apps Script, Jenkins

Monday 5 February 21:14:56 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]

Mashable » 20 years later, a look back at the thrills and spills of the 1998 Winter Olympics

Monday 5 February 21:12:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe’re just days — hours, even! — from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and  the globe is hyped up for another round of figure skating, speed skating, and luge. SEE ALSO: Meet the first openly gay man to compete for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics But it's also fun to look back at past games and remember … [Link]

Mashable » Valentine's Day gift ideas for couples that are way beyond basic

Monday 5 February 21:06:46 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 best Valentine's Day gift you can give is one that you actually put thought into. Flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears are nice, but can give the impression that you kind of … [Link]

Mashable » Bakery has perfect response to people who thought this cake looked like a vagina

Monday 5 February 21:06:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe internet can find the genitalia in anything.  Which is exactly what happened when a bakery posted this seemingly innocuous photo of one of their "geode rock" cakes. It featured rock candy in different shades of deep pink, lined with gold and pastel pink frosting. SEE ALSO: Mom can't stop laughing after learning the meaning of this NSFW word After Nadia … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX Has Received Permission From the US Government To Launch Elon Musk's Car Toward Mars

Monday 5 February 20:58:00 UTC 2018

SpaceX this week is preparing to launch Falcon Heavy, the biggest rocket in the company's history, for the first time. From a report: The 230-foot-tall three-booster launcher is scheduled to blast off Tuesday between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. ET. SpaceX says Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the world. SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, wanted this test launch to … [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence led her fellow plane passengers in an Eagles chant

Monday 5 February 20:33:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMost celebrities board commercial flights hoping to avoid a scene. Jennifer Lawrence boards commercial flights and starts football chants. The Academy Award-winning actress revealed her Philadelphia allegiance on Super Bowl Sunday when she took over an airplane intercom to lead her fellow passengers in a rousing Eagles chant. SEE ALSO: Will Smith made an entire Instagram movie to show his support … [Link]

Mashable » Toad's mushroom head is in fact his head, not a hat, Nintendo confirms

Monday 5 February 20:32:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter decades of fan speculation, Nintendo has finally settled the debate on whether Toad's mushroom-shaped head is actually a part of his head or a hat. SEE ALSO: Nintendo just announced that a Mario film is on the way According to Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi, Toad's mushroom head is in fact his head, and not some sort of hat … [Link]

Mashable » This orca can say 'hello' like a human

Monday 5 February 20:21:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTrainers put a 14-year-old orca named Wikie through many exercises and rewarded her with positive reinforcements to train her to say 'hello' like a human being. While the research doesn't show that orcas can actually talk, orcas might use mimicry to pass along their languages in the wild. Read more…More about Science, Mashable Video, Hello, Sound, and Research [Link]

Mashable » Super realistic animation shows Falcon Heavy launching Tesla Roadster into space

Monday 5 February 20:21:42 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Tuesday is the day when the whimsy of Elon Musk finally takes off.  The billionaire's SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida and within the powerful rocket is a cherry red Tesla Roadster that will, if the launch is successful, head straight toward Mars. Not a miniature model of the battery-powered vehicle, but a full-size sports car. … [Link]

Slashdot » Cloudflare Terminates Service To Sci-Hub Domain Names

Monday 5 February 20:10:00 UTC 2018

While Sci-Hub is praised by thousands of researchers and academics around the world, copyright holders are doing everything in their power to wipe the site from the web. From a report: Last weekend another problem appeared for Sci-Hub. This time American Chemical Society (ACS) went after CDN provider Cloudflare, which informed the site that a court order requires the company … [Link]

Slashdot » US Regulators To Back More Oversight of Virtual Currencies

Monday 5 February 19:37:00 UTC 2018

Digital currencies such as bitcoin demand increased oversight and may require a new federal regulatory framework, the top U.S. markets regulators will tell lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. From a report: Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will provide testimony to the Senate … [Link]

Mashable » The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch is happening today: Watch it here

Monday 5 February 19:30:43 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook SpaceX is set to blast its ambitious, 27-engine Falcon Heavy rocket into space on Tuesday, Feb. 6. If the launch is successful, the Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful rocket currently operating on (and off) Earth.  You can watch the launch from the stream embedded above. Read on for what else you need to know: SEE ALSO: Here's how … [Link]

Mashable » New iPhones might have slower data transfer speeds all because of Intel

Monday 5 February 19:01:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple might finally ditch Qualcomm, the supplier of LTE modems in the iPhone, after getting locked into legal disputes over patent royalties last year. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims, according to MacRumors, that Intel might be the exclusive supplier of modems for all the new iPhones launching later this year. Why should you care? Because it could mean the new … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Music Was Always Going To Win

Monday 5 February 18:57:00 UTC 2018

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify as the most popular streaming music service in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend. Gizmodo: […] Here's where the inevitability comes into play. Because all Apple devices come preloaded with Apple Music, countless consumers start using Apple Music without knowing any better. It's effectively become the streaming music … [Link]

Mashable » Here are the best deals on tax software: Save on TurboTax, H&R Block, and more

Monday 5 February 18:56:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. It's officially tax return season, folks, and you have until April 17 to get your shit together. However, while W2s should be harbingers for all the extra money you're about to receive, … [Link]

Mashable » Meet the Super Bowl selfie kid who became a meme overnight

Monday 5 February 18:35:46 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook13-year-old Ryan McKenna was right next to Justin Timberlake as he was performing the Super Bowl halftime show. The teen didn't know how to react and was casually on his phone. Twitter quickly turned him into a meme. Read more…More about Twitter, Sports, Football, Super Bowl, and Phone [Link]

Slashdot » iPhone X Bug Leaves Some Users Unable To Answer Calls

Monday 5 February 18:10:00 UTC 2018

Mark Wilson writes: A number of iPhone X users are complaining about a bug that leaves them unable to answer incoming calls. Reports of the bug are spreading through Apple's support forums, and the company says it is looking into the problem. People who are experiencing the bug say that when they receive a call, their iPhone X rings, but … [Link]

Mashable » Travelling to Madrid? Here are some of the best spots off the beaten path

Monday 5 February 17:47:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith its beautiful architecture, lively culture, and delicious cuisine, few cities can compare to the wonders that can be found in Madrid. And while locations like the Prado museum, Retiro park, and Royal Palace usually top visitors’ bucket list, oftentimes it’s the lesser-known spots that create the richest experiences. In the spirit of channelling our inner wanderlust, we set out to … [Link]

Mashable » 5 entrepreneurs who are future-proofing the global food waste problem

Monday 5 February 17:45:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMost people know that global hunger is a pressing issue — but what you may not know is that food waste is equally concerning.  This doesn't seem to make sense: How is it that so many go hungry if there's so much usable food heading to landfills? If you think the issue of food waste is counterintuitive, you're not alone. The … [Link]

Mashable » How buying trendy socks can help save gorillas

Monday 5 February 17:35:19 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. Fast fashion is a hot topic these days, and shoppers are moving towards more sustainable clothing options that don't hurt the environment. But while it's easy to find eco-friendly basics like underwear … [Link]

Slashdot » Tablet Shipments Decline For 13th Straight Quarter

Monday 5 February 17:33:00 UTC 2018

The tablet market has now declined year-over-year for 13 quarters straight. From a report: Q4 2017 saw a 7.9 percent year-over-year decline: 49.6 million units shipped worldwide, compared to 53.8 million units in the same quarter last year. The only silver lining is that declines for 2017 haven't been in the double-digits, like they were in 2016. Share on Google+ Read more of … [Link]

Mashable » Cheering for the Eagles and hating on Trump went hand in hand last night

Monday 5 February 17:24:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPeople had a hard time last night separating the Eagles' win and their disdain for President Trump. Remember when the Patriots won last year and it felt like a nauseating continuation of the 2016 election? For many, Super Bowl LII felt like a breath of fresh air. To them, the Philadelphia Eagles' first ever Super Bowl win served as yet another … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo's Labo is amazing, as long as it doesn't collect the Wii's dust

Monday 5 February 17:19:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI brought my mom along to check out Nintendo LaboWhat a trip. She's never been a fan of video games, and always put harsh restrictions on my access to them as a kid. But she came away from the experience coveting Nintendo's new cardboard creations and plotting a Switch purchase. A shocking turnaround. SEE ALSO: The internet reacts hilariously to Nintendo … [Link]

Slashdot » Lauri Love Ruling 'Sets Precedent' For Trying Hacking Suspects in UK

Monday 5 February 17:08:01 UTC 2018

A high court ruling blocking extradition to the US of Lauri Love, a student accused of breaking into US government websites, has been welcomed by lawyers and human rights groups as a precedent for trying hacking suspects in the UK in future. From a report: The decision delivered by the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, is highly critical … [Link]

Mashable » Doritos may introduce a softer chip for women because apparently only men have teeth

Monday 5 February 17:03:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs a woman, I have long dreamed of the day I could bite into a chip that has the same density as a menstrual pad. That day may be coming sooner than I thought. In a new Freakonomics interview with the CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, Nooyi revealed that the company is getting ready to release special snacks for women that … [Link]

Mashable » How an app with AI can make your photos look better

Monday 5 February 16:51:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Scrolling through your Instagram feed is a great way to kill time, but it can also make you feel surprisingly terrible. After all, the app forces you to compare your life to … [Link]

Mashable » Engineering students built a robot hand that translates speech into sign language

Monday 5 February 16:50:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStudents at the University of Antwerp designed a 3D printed robotic hand that translates speech into sign language. Read more…More about Design, Mashable Video, 3d Printing, University, and Netherlands [Link]

Slashdot » US Consumer Protection Official Puts Equifax Probe on Ice

Monday 5 February 16:35:00 UTC 2018

From a report on Reuters: Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, according to people familiar with the matter. Equifax said in September that hackers stole personal data it had collected on some 143 million Americans. Richard Cordray, … [Link]

Mashable » 10 of the Most Expensive, Awesome Sneakers on Earth

Monday 5 February 16:26:48 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Sneakers, Mashable Reels, Culture, and Other [Link]

New Scientist – News » It may be impossible to live comfortably without trashing Earth

Monday 5 February 16:26:24 UTC 2018

A study of 151 nations shows that the ones that do the most damage to the planet also give their citizens the best lives. Does this mean modern life is unworkable? [Link]

Mashable » 'Solo' trailer breakdown: Why we have a bad feeling about this Star Wars spin-off

Monday 5 February 16:25:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe full 90-second teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally here, and it has us wondering whether the spin-off movie needs to change its name. Now we've seen and heard Alden Ehrenreich in the role of young Han Solo, rumors from the set that the actor was concerned enough about his performance to hire an acting coach start … [Link]

Mashable » Take your design career further with this massive creative asset collection

Monday 5 February 16:25:34 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. They say an artist is only as good as their tools. And it's partly true. Nowadays, you can't complete a design project in a timely manner without utilizing ready-made creative assets like … [Link]

Mashable » This golden retriever holding an egg in her mouth is almost unbearably wholesome

Monday 5 February 16:21:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGolden retrievers have "soft mouths," which means they can be trained to carry delicate objects without damaging them. This is as wholesome as it sounds. An example of this truly delightful phenomenon is currently making the rounds on Twitter. User @laurdreyfuss's aunt, a vet tech, tested the soft mouth theory with her own golden retriever by presenting her with a raw … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch will make you excited about spaceflight again

Monday 5 February 16:21:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWatching a rocket launch into space is like nothing else.  Your heart races. Your palms sweat, and when you hear that terminal count kick in – 10, 9, 8, 7… – it really hits home that this is a wondrous feat of engineering that you're fervently hoping will go right, but could also be moments away from turning into a ball … [Link]

Mashable » Will Smith made an entire Instagram movie to show his support for the Philadelphia Eagles

Monday 5 February 16:04:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Super Bowl may have been the biggest attraction on Sunday night, but Will Smith's continuously flawless Instagram account was a close second. The actor showed his support for the Philadelphia Eagles by creating an entire Instagram movie about preparing to cheer them on. A fantastic viewing experience from start to finish. Great camera work, great soundtrack; is it too late … [Link]

Slashdot » A Look at Vaunt, Intel's Smart Glasses That Use Retinal Projection To Put a Display in Your Eyeball

Monday 5 February 15:58:01 UTC 2018

Chipmaker Intel is eyeing the smart glasses market, too. The Verge was invited to the company's lab where it got to play with Vaunt, a prototype of the company's smart glasses. The Vaunt looks very much like a normal pair of glasses, and uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball. The Verge: The most important parts of … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX is about to launch its most powerful rocket yet

Monday 5 February 15:52:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpaceX is about to light its biggest candle everThe Elon Musk-founded company is planning to launch the maiden flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, propelling the launcher into the history books as one of the most powerful rockets in historyAssuming it doesn’t blow up. Which is a big assumption: Musk himself has tempered expectations for this launch, saying that … [Link]

Mashable » Kevin Hart got rejected at the Super Bowl, and the footage is hysterical

Monday 5 February 15:43:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKevin Hart might have had the most fun out of anyone this Sunday.   The comedian, and Philadelphia native, was in attendance at Super Bowl LII, and he wasn't afraid of having the time of his life—even if that meant making a fool of himself after the Philadelphia Eagles took home the trophy.  Thanks to some quick camerawork, the world got … [Link]

Mashable » Behold: You can now see selfie kid's Justin Timberlake selfies

Monday 5 February 15:35:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe star of the Super Bowl halftime show was not Justin Timberlake, but rather the unsuspecting, cell phone-obsessed teen he happened upon in the audience during his performance. After fumbling around with his phone instead of enjoying a Grammy-winning pop star in his presence, 13-year-old Ryan McKenna successfully managed to capture a perfect selfie with Timberlake. Though the Super Bowl is … [Link]

Mashable » This artist has come up with dynamic new concepts for doors

Monday 5 February 15:34:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAustrian artist, Klemens Torggler, is completely redefining the concept of doors, coming up with kinetic designs that are considered as "kinetic art objects." Read more…More about Home, Art, Mashable Video, Interior Design, and Furniture [Link]

Mashable » Super Bowl commercial recut to include Martin Luther King Jr's real thoughts on ads

Monday 5 February 15:30:00 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook On Sunday night, car manufacture Dodge sparked a might backlash on social media for a tone-deaf Super Bowl ad that used excerpts of a speech by Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. By Monday morning, someone recut the ad, wielding King's words against the car-making giant. SEE ALSO: Dodge gets slammed for using a Martin Luther King Jr. speech … [Link]

Mashable » The Bitcoin rollercoaster is going down again

Monday 5 February 15:26:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s been an exciting weekend in the world of cryptocurrencies. On Friday, Bitcoin and all other major coins plummeted double digits according to CoinMarketCap, following an onslaught of bad news about stricter regulations, grim predictions and nasty scams. Then, after reaching a low of roughly $7,800, Bitcoin rebounded and other coins followed; on Sunday, Bitcoin was trading at over $9,300, and … [Link]

Slashdot » New Digital Technology Can, in Some Circumstances, Make Businesses Less Productive

Monday 5 February 15:26:00 UTC 2018

In a poll of 20,000 European workers released Monday, Microsoft, which became one of the world's most profitable companies by marketing office productivity software, acknowledges new digital technology can, in some circumstances, make businesses less productive. From a report: Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft joins a growing number of prominent Silicon Valley companies and entrepreneurs that are starting to question the social … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon has great deals today on Echo, Roku devices, and lots more for Valentine's Day procrastinators

Monday 5 February 15:20:27 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. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and yeah, we know you're probably still scrambling around for gifts. Look no further, because Amazon's daily deals has great items for your bae. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » We just saw the 'Solo' trailer, and we need to talk about Lando

Monday 5 February 15:18:50 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook If nothing else, Star Wars' Han Solo standalone movie will promise us some quality time with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Preliminary reactions to the first trailer were tempered – after last year's director shakeup, Star Wars fans aren't sure what to expect from Solo: A Star Wars Story (starring Alden Ehrenreich as the titular scoundrel). Fans posted reactions to Twitter … [Link]

Slashdot » NSA Exploits Ported To Work on All Windows Versions Released Since Windows 2000

Monday 5 February 14:46:00 UTC 2018

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A security researcher has ported three leaked NSA exploits to work on all Windows versions released in the past 18 years, starting with Windows 2000. The three exploits are EternalChampion, EternalRomance, and EternalSynergy; all three leaked last April by a hacking group known as The Shadow Brokers who claimed to have stolen the code from … [Link]

Mashable » 15 times I yelled 'NOPE' while my favorite TV character died from a house fire on 'This is Us'

Monday 5 February 14:18:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWarning: Spoilers for the "Super Bowl Sunday" episode of This Is Us ahead. Well, Jack Pearson didn't burn to death in a house fire in Sunday's episode of This Is Us, but he did die because of the house fire. And it was devastating. From the first moments of the episode and through the very end, the "Super Bowl Sunday" episode … [Link]

Mashable » We need to change the way we talk about women in tech

Monday 5 February 14:16:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s important that we talk about women in tech, and women in the workplace generally.  2017 (and 2018 so far) has seen an explosion of women opening up about sexism in their workplaces, from the athletes of USA Gymnastics to Susan Fowler's expose of her treatment at Uber and the thousands of other women who have raised their voices with the … [Link]

Mashable » Lyft brings pre-tax commuter benefits deal to 14 cities

Monday 5 February 14:00:00 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. Instead of using commuter benefits money to ride the bus to work with those pre-tax dollars, you can order a car on Lyft or Uber — as long as you're willing to share the ride (and … [Link]

Mashable » 'Solo' just dropped its first full teaser trailer holy crap

Monday 5 February 13:31:56 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Thought last night's Solo Super Bowl spot was intriguing? You ain't seen nothing yet. SEE ALSO: 'Solo' Super Bowl teaser shows Han joining the Empire. Or does it? Disney just dropped the first full teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story on Good Morning America, and holy cow, there's a lot to unpack here. But we'll get to that. … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We must stand up to bad politics, not hide in an ivory tower

Monday 5 February 13:31:16 UTC 2018

Science journalism is about more than pure science. When powerful people of any political leaning go against the evidence, New Scientist cannot turn a blind eye [Link]

Mashable » John Boyega just tweeted the sweetest story about Daniel Kaluuya

Monday 5 February 13:08:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe internet has a special soft spot for celebrities getting excitable about other celebrities. Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, with their constant stream of adorable tweets and Instagram pics of each other, are the perfect example of this. SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams will be Sophie Turner's bridesmaid because Stark sisters stick together They're not the only ones, though. In the early … [Link]

Mashable » Joe Biden signed a Joe Biden meme because he's Joe freakin' Biden

Monday 5 February 12:12:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJoe Biden memes just got hella meta. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama gave one little girl's third grade project an A+ A picture uploaded to Imgur seems to show that Biden signed a printed out meme of himself. According to the OP, Biden lives near his mother's business so he asked her to ask Biden to sign the meme if he ever … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk shows off the dummy that's going to Mars in a Tesla

Monday 5 February 11:37:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. We've already established that Elon Musk takes all his jokes seriously, so when he said he'll send a Tesla Roadster to space, we believed him.  But Musk isn't sending the car up there without a driver … [Link]

Slashdot » Blizzard Issues DMCA Notice to a Fan-Run 'WoW' Legacy Server

Monday 5 February 11:34:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader calls it "the never-ending stupidity of copyright wars." TorrentFreak reports: Blizzard Entertainment is taking a stand against a popular World of Warcraft legacy server. The fan-operated project allows gamers to experience how the game was played over a decade ago and to revive old battles… In recent years the project has captured the hearts of tens of … [Link]

Mashable » Jamie Dornan reveals Eddie Redmayne was 'desperate' when they lived together

Monday 5 February 11:17:25 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Nowadays Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne are both starring in their own massive franchises, but back when they first moved to LA it was a different story. The two actors lived together for awhile, and apparently things would get pretty competitive. SEE ALSO: Jamie Dornan's story about gluing fake hair to his penis is hilariously awkward In the clip above, … [Link]

Mashable » The full trailer for 'Skyscraper' with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has dropped

Monday 5 February 10:50:14 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Are you ready for some outlandish stunts? SEE ALSO: The Rock just totally slammed someone who had the audacity to question 'Jumanji' The first short teaser for Skyscraper had people comparing the piece to Die Hard. Well, now we get a full two-and-a-half minutes of vertigo-inducing goodness. If anyone can fight an entire skyscraper, it's Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson . … [Link]

Mashable » David Harbour is as smooth as butter in this hilarious Super Bowl ad for Tide

Monday 5 February 10:18:33 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook What with that whole weird pod-eating trend that's been skyrocketing among teenagers lately, it's been something of a tricky year so far for Tide. They needed a good, solid Super Bowl ad to really give them that laundry-fresh start. SEE ALSO: Amazon dropped a hilarious new Super Bowl ad for Alexa Well, with David Harbour in the driving seat, they … [Link]

Mashable » Huge, hungry stag stops for a bite at a bird feeder

Monday 5 February 9:59:48 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Hey guys, are you seeing this really big, weird bird? SEE ALSO: Veterinarians are using fish skin to help heal bear paw burns from wildfires A hotel in Scotland got footage of a stag dropping by to grab a quick munch off their bird feeder before sauntering off. Why should birds get all the seeds? You do you, stag. You. … [Link]

Mashable » Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon have a full conversation entirely in song

Monday 5 February 9:51:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Speaking actual words to another person is all very well and good, but it's much more fun if you can sing them instead. SEE ALSO: Justin Timberlake's shirt was the only risk he took during his Super Bowl halftime show In the clip above, Justin Timberlake joins Jimmy Fallon pre-Super Bowl for a "Songversation". It's sort of like a normal … [Link]

Slashdot » Former Google/Facebook/Mozilla Employees Will Fight Addictive Technologies

Monday 5 February 7:34:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes Quartz: A new alliance made up of former Silicon Valley cronies has aseembled to challenge the technological Frankenstein they've collectively created. The Center for Humane Technology is a group comprising former employees and pals of Google, Facebook, and Mozilla. The nonprofit launches today (Feb. 4) in the hopes that it can raise awareness about the societal … [Link]

Mashable » Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl, poles now being climbed

Monday 5 February 5:38:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s party time in Philly. The Philadelphia Eagles ended a 57-year gap between championships by beating the New England Patriots on Sunday, claiming their first ever Super Bowl title.  SEE ALSO: Pink didn't just crush the Super Bowl. She also destroyed some dude who said she 'sucks' on Twitter. When the Eagles won the NFC championship two weeks ago, the city … [Link]

Slashdot » Hulu, NBC Experience Glitches During Super Bowl Telecast

Monday 5 February 4:34:00 UTC 2018

Variety reports: NBC's coverage of Super Bowl LII briefly went dark for nearly 30 seconds on Sunday night. NBC released a brief statement attributing the outage to an equipment failure… "We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved," the statement read. "No game action or commercial time were missed." The outage happened during a commercial pause in the … [Link]

Mashable » Why we're so addicted to watching 'This is Us' and crying

Monday 5 February 4:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWarning: Spoilers for the first and second seasons of This Is Us are below. Every Tuesday night I have a fun little tradition where I change into my pajamas, grab a snack, cuddle on my couch with a blanket, and spend one full hour having a good, raw, knuckle-biting, mascara-bleeding kind of cry.  Sound horrible? I'm well aware. But a year and … [Link]

Mashable » Man rescues seagull, then adorably gets attacked by it

Monday 5 February 3:52:21 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Rescuing animals seems like a rather thankless job at times. Tell that to New Zealander Robert Tahau, who helped save a seagull that was lying by the side of the road with a broken wing, according to the New Zealand Herald. Unfortunately for Tahau, the bird didn't reciprocate the love, pecking Tahau in a video that he uploaded to Facebook. … [Link]

Mashable » Here are some very satisfying photos of Tom Brady looking sad

Monday 5 February 3:52:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith five Super Bowl wins in his career, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is widely hated for his success.  So, when the Pats lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday after Tom Brady was sacked with just two minutes left in the game, plenty of people were very pleased to see him sulking on the sidelines.  … [Link]

Mashable » Dodge gets slammed for using a Martin Luther King Jr. speech in their Super Bowl ad

Monday 5 February 3:30:36 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Dodge made a misstep on Sunday when it ran a Super Bowl LII ad that used the words of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. to…market trucks.  The car company drew criticism online for pulling from King's "Drum Major Instinct" speech given 50 years ago on February 4, 1968. As Adweek noted, the official Twitter account for the The … [Link]

Mashable » Janet Jackson fans were not impressed with Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show

Monday 5 February 3:24:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJustin Timberlake's particularly humdrum Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday included a pretty uh, notable Stella McCartney shirt, a contentious Prince tribute, a selfie with a nonplussed kid, and considerable similarities to a Gap Ad. So, obviously, Janet Jackson fans think she could have done a much, much, much, much better job. SEE ALSO: Twitter showers Janet Jackson with love as … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2489: Fundamental Annoyances

Monday 5 February 3:02:57 UTC 2018

JoT thumbIt’s the little things… [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul's YouTube comeback video is just as awful as you expected

Monday 5 February 2:58:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Well, Logan Paul has returned to YouTube and his apology tour is over.  Paul announced his triumphant return in a 12-minute video after a taking a monthlong "break" — AKA his fall from grace following backlash from a video where he discovered a man who died by suicide in Japan's "suicide forest."  After a short skit, Paul starts off the … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Windows Vista Ended Up Being a Mess

Monday 5 February 2:34:00 UTC 2018

alaskana98 shares an article called "What Really Happened with Vista: An Insider's Retrospective." Ben Fathi, formerly a manager of various teams at Microsoft responsible for storage, file systems, high availability/clustering, file level network protocols, distributed file systems, and related technologies and later security, writes: Imagine supporting that same OS for a dozen years or more for a population of billions … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Timberlake's shirt was the only risk he took during his Super Bowl halftime show

Monday 5 February 2:18:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDuring Justin Timberlake's super safe, not-very-interesting halftime show, the majority of people were focused on one thing: his shirt. JT came back to the pop culture landscape this past week with an album that contained no subtlety. It's titled Man of the Woods.  He seems like he really wants to commit to this dumb branding exercise. Much of the decor from … [Link]

Mashable » A new 'Avengers: Infinity War' TV spot is here to make the Super Bowl that much more super

Monday 5 February 2:12:57 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook With apologies to the Eagles and the Patriots, the most exciting match-up of the day came in a commercial break during the Super Bowl. SEE ALSO: This action figure may have just revealed a detail about Captain America in 'Infinity War' Disney has unveiled the latest trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, which pits our beloved superhero team against Thanos – … [Link]

Mashable » Selfie kid was the best part of the Super Bowl halftime show

Monday 5 February 2:11:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJustin Timberlake and his elk shirt performed the halftime show at the Super Bowl on Sunday, but the best part of the whole thing was watching this kid get his selfie and immediately turn into a meme. Towards the end of the show, Timberlake made his way up into the crowd, where he performed the end of his medley. He stopped … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show reminded everyone of something really specific

Monday 5 February 2:08:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJustin Timberlake's halftime show felt really, really familiar – and not just because he played the hits. Hmm … what could it be? SEE ALSO: Justin Timberlake dances around nature in 'Man of the Woods' music video Look at this Gap ad#SuperBowl — Marshall Stratton (@marshallstratto) February 5, 2018 This is the longest Gap commercial I’ve ever seen. Had to … [Link]

Mashable » The 'Crocodile Dundee' reboot is an ad, but there's a campaign to make it happen anyway

Monday 5 February 2:08:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe all knew it. A trailer for a forthcoming Crocodile Dundee reboot starring Danny McBride, of all people, had long been rumoured to be one big Super Bowl ad. SEE ALSO: Amazon dropped a hilarious new Super Bowl ad for Alexa Come Sunday, that speculation proved to be true. The trailer is actually a tourism ad for Australia, with Melbourne-born Chris … [Link]

Mashable » 'Westworld' is finally returning in 2018, and HBO just dropped the first teaser trailer

Monday 5 February 2:03:49 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook We did it, you guys.  SEE ALSO: 27 reasons 2018 might not totally suck (pop culture edition) We survived an entire calendar year without Westworld and made it all the way to 2018, so we can finally, finally see what comes of the hosts' bloody mutiny. And we're starting to reap our rewards. During Super Bowl LII today, HBO dropped … [Link]

Mashable » Pink didn't just crush the Super Bowl. She also destroyed some dude who said she 'sucks' on Twitter.

Monday 5 February 1:54:52 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAll hail Pink who performed the National Anthem ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl 2018 despite battling the flu. While her singing was the real show, she also caused a mini stir when she spit something out right before her big performance. The musician clarified what we've been wondering all night: Was it gum or a cough drop? The answer: It was … [Link]

Mashable » So, Justin Timberlake DID do a Prince tribute during his halftime show

Monday 5 February 1:48:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJustin Timberlake included a Prince tribute in his  Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night – and the internet is skeptical. As TMZ predicted, Timberlake performed before a massive projection of Prince and sang along to a snippet of the late musician's "I Would Die 4 U." The verdict? We'll let Twitter take it from here: GET THIS PRINCE SONG OUT … [Link]

Mashable » There's another iPhone X bug and it sounds like a huge pain

Monday 5 February 1:44:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple is dealing with another iPhone bug. The company is "looking into" reports that a bug is affecting the iPhone X's ability to receive phone calls, according to the Financial Times. SEE ALSO: Apple's not selling as many iPhones as it used to The bug delays incoming calls from appearing on the iPhone X's display properly. Instead, users hear their phone … [Link]

Mashable » 'Solo' Super Bowl teaser shows Han joining the Empire. Or does it?

Monday 5 February 1:14:52 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHan Solo likes to avoid any imperial entanglements … except for that time he nearly joined the Empire. That's the main thing we learned from the Super Bowl teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story, which dropped during the game's first quarter Sunday.  The 45-second spot was technically a teaser for a longer trailer set to land Monday — and as … [Link]

Mashable » Invest in these $12 earbuds that are designed specifically for sleeping

Monday 5 February 1:00:00 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. Like water or oxygen, we all need a good night's sleep to live a long, healthy life. Without it, we become grumpy, less productive, and even sick. But there's no one way to … [Link]

Mashable » It's not just you – the TV went dead during the Super Bowl

Monday 5 February 0:55:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you, like many of us, thought your TV powered off during a Super Bowl ad break, you're not alone. For about 30 seconds, TV screens went black during a commercial break during NBC's Super Bowl 2018 broadcast. SEE ALSO: Here's why 'This Is Us' fans are cursing their crockpots In a statement provided to Page Six, NBC explained the hiccup … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Brady dressed like Inspector Gadget for the Super Bowl

Monday 5 February 0:45:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen you're heading into your eighth Super Bowl, you can wear whatever the hell you want. And that includes looking like a James Bond villain.  Patriots Quarterback Tom Brad strolled into U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, wearing what can only be described as an evil mod outfit from the 1960s. SEE ALSO: Amazon dropped a hilarious new Super Bowl ad … [Link]

Mashable » Everyone loves Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage lip syncing in this Super Bowl ad

Monday 5 February 0:42:18 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook I mean…would you actually be surprised to hear that the internet has lost its mind for a commercial in which Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman lip sync to Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott? No, of course you wouldn't. The ad's a delight! SEE ALSO: Peter Dinklage calls final 'Game of Thrones' episodes 'heartbreaking' The commercial, a collaboration between Doritos Blaze … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla To Construct 'Virtual Solar Power Plant' Using 50,000 Homes

Monday 5 February 0:34:00 UTC 2018

Long-time Slashdot readers denbesten, haruchai, and Kant all submitted this story. CleanTechnica reports: Tesla and the government of South Australia have announced a stunning new project that could change how electricity is generated not only in Australia but in every country in the world. They plan to install rooftop solar system on 50,000 homes in the next four years and … [Link]

Mashable » First 'Skyscraper' spot looks like Dwayne Johnson's 'Die Hard'

Monday 5 February 0:33:47 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook When we say Dwayne Johnson's 2018 slate looks huge, we mean that literally. First, he'll be running around with enormous animals in Rampage, out April 20. And then he'll leaping through giant buildings in Skyscraper, which looks, essentially, like a beefed-up Die Hard.  SEE ALSO: The Rock just totally slammed someone who had the audacity to question 'Jumanji' Johnson stars … [Link]

Mashable » The next 'Cloverfield' movie has just been revealed, and it's premiering tonight

Monday 5 February 0:26:35 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The Cloverfield universe is expanding to outer space. SEE ALSO: 27 reasons 2018 might not totally suck (pop culture edition) Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox, formerly titled God Particle. As with Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, the narrative relationship seems to be tangential – it's not a direct continuation of an earlier storyline, but just … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Cruise drops into Super Bowl LII with the first 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' trailer

Monday 5 February 0:20:05 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Even in an afternoon devoted to incredible feats of athleticism, Tom Cruise's stunt work makes an impression.  SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise reacts to footage of his own ankle breaking in slow motion Paramount dropped the very first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, featuring the return of Ethan Hunt on yet another convoluted mission that's really just an excuse for … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's bet on original content is paying off in an important way

Monday 5 February 0:05:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple Music could soon overtake Spotify in one important way. Apple's streaming platform is now adding U.S. subscribers at a faster rate than longtime competitor Spotify, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, whose sources say Apple Music is set to overtake Spotify in the United States if it holds at its current growth rate of 5 percent … [Link]


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