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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 » Elon Musk just revealed a secret message SpaceX sent to space aboard the cosmic Tesla

Tuesday 6 February 23:29:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookElon Musk is always one for a nice surprise.  Just after SpaceX launched the first flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, lofting a red Tesla Roadster to deep space, Musk revealed a little secret hidden within the cosmic car.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX just launched the Falcon Heavy, its most powerful rocket, and landed 2 boosters Musk posted a photo … [Link]

Mashable » Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick keeps his cool during self-driving car courtroom drama

Tuesday 6 February 23:29:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKnown for his fiery, overly aggressive approach to business, ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick seemed laid back and calm, if maybe a bit nervous while sipping on a water bottle, when he testified in a San Francisco court on Tuesday. Kalanick appeared in U.S. District Judge William Alsup's courtroom as part of the ongoing legal battle between two of the largest … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook is Talking About Expanding Its TV-like Service, Watch, Into a Rival To YouTube

Tuesday 6 February 23:20:00 UTC 2018

Facebook is talking about expanding its TV-like service, Watch, into a rival to Google's YouTube by opening the platform to more individual creators, CNBC reports citing people familiar with the plans. From the report: This would increase the amount of long-form video content that Facebook can sell ads against, and could reverse a decline in the time users are spending … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Baker Launches API for its Dispensary CRM Platform

Tuesday 6 February 22:40:21 UTC 2018

Baker, a customer relationship management (CRM) platform for the cannabis industry, today announced the addition of an API to its integrations program. [Link]

Slashdot » Female Uber Drivers Get Paid Less Than Men, Says Study

Tuesday 6 February 22:40:00 UTC 2018

According to a new study by Uber and Stanford economists, male Uber drivers get paid 7 percent more than their female counterparts in the U.S. "That's surprising, because Uber's driver assignments and pay are gender-blind, meaning a driver's gender isn't considered when matching riders or assigning fares," reports Recode. "Rather, pay has to do with trip length, distance and whether … [Link]

Mashable » Soap-cutting videos might be your new favorite way to relax

Tuesday 6 February 22:25:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYour relationship with bar soap is probably a simple one: it sits in your shower and you use it to clean yourself. Per Shortlist, Instagram users have found another use for this basic household item and it's incredibly mesmerizing. It's a new trend known as "soap cutting," and, uh, it's pretty self explanatory: just take a bar of soap and cut … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter's best jokes about Game of Thrones and Star Wars joining forces

Tuesday 6 February 22:16:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe internet may have broken on Tuesday with news that Game of Thrones show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to write and produce Star Wars films (that's the third Star Wars series in development, if you're counting). Twitter was quick to make jokes combining the two epic franchises, and to criticize this particular employment decision from Disney and … [Link]

Slashdot » A Flaw In Hotspot Shield Can Expose VPN Users, Locations

Tuesday 6 February 22:03:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A security researcher has found a way to identify users of Hotspot Shield, a popular free virtual private network service that promises its users anonymity and privacy. Hotspot Shield, developed by AnchorFree, has an estimated 500 million users around the world relying on its privacy service. By bouncing a user's internet and … [Link]

Mashable » The one big question I had during SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launch: Who is Space Bae?

Tuesday 6 February 22:00:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookElon Musk's SpaceX did the unimaginable on Tuesday — it successfully completed its first test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company's most powerful rocket ever. And while many questions remain about what the launch means for SpaceX, there is one question we can't stop obsessing over:  Who Is Space Bae? Hashtag who-is-space-bae?#FalconHeavy pic.twitter.com/kPvFyDdBX8 — MJ Franklin (@heyitsfranklin2) February 6, … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX just landed two Falcon Heavy rocket boosters back on Earth, but the third didn't make it

Tuesday 6 February 22:00:46 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f2%2fb686b226 3c48 9381%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ unprecedented landing feat.","image":&quot~ just landed two Falcon Heavy rocket boosters back on Earth, but the third didn't make it","sources":[{&quo~ rockets,spacex video,falcon heavy,rocket landings,reusable launch vehicles","sec0":nul~ rockets,spacex video,falcon heavy,rocket landings,reusable launch vehicles","videoSeriesNam~ More about Science, Spacex, Reusable Rockets, Spacex Video, and Falcon Heavy [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk's 'Starman' is our new space hero

Tuesday 6 February 21:51:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHe drives a cherry red Tesla Roadster. In space. While listening to David Bowie. He is … STARMAN and he's cooler than all us Earthlings.  The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched its unique test cargo into space Tuesday afternoon, successfully sending the Roadster and our dear Starman "driver" off for an unprecedented adventure. The much-anticipated launch demonstrated that SpaceX's beefed-up rocket can … [Link]

Mashable » Kylie Jenner reveals her baby's name and it's, uh, interesting

Tuesday 6 February 21:51:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe baby has a name! No, it's not Mariposa, Butterfly or Posie. Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's (née Jacques Webster) first child together is named….drumroll please…Stormi.  The couple welcomed baby Stormi on Feburary 1st after months of secrecy and speculation about her pregnancy. Just five days later, Kylie has officially made the announcement on Instagram (where else would you expect?) with … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat just did something crazy. It beat expectations.

Tuesday 6 February 21:42:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnapchat has a reputation. Yes, for sexting, but also for its inability to impress investors. That narrative changed on Tuesday after Snap Inc. scored a massive beat on its quarterly earnings report, recapping revenue and user growth 2017. To the surprise of investors, Snap reported that both its user growth and revenue growth are accelerating. The company brought in $285.7 million, … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk put a Tesla in space, and it has launched a thousand memes

Tuesday 6 February 21:41:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSo here's a fun development: When you woke up in Tuesday, there wasn't a Tesla manned by a fake astronaut flying through space.  Now, after Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch, there is. SEE ALSO: SpaceX just launched the Falcon Heavy, its most powerful rocket, and landed 2 boosters That's right: As we reported earlier, a Tesla Roadster playing David … [Link]

Mashable » The Norwegian curling team's pants are the real stars of the Olympics

Tuesday 6 February 21:28:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBefore the Winter Olympics in 2010, curling pants were fairly nondescript. Curling, as the New York Times later wrote, was a "sport in which athletes traditionally wear black and draw little notice outside curling circles."  But the Norwegian men's team in Vancouver changed everything. Instead of basic black, they wore so-ugly-you'll-love-them argyle pants in red, indigo, and white — the colors … [Link]

Mashable » Stop everything, y'all. 'The Good Place' and 'Parks and Rec' exist in the same universe.

Tuesday 6 February 21:19:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn a list of best TV crossovers, we think we might have found the absolute best.  It turns out two of your most beloved shows — The Good Place and Parks and Recreation — take place in the same universe. We may now all start referring to it as the BEST place. On Tuesday Twitter user @ShinraAlpha pointed out that Eleanor … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX Successfully Lands Two Falcon Heavy Boosters Simultaneously After Rocket Launch

Tuesday 6 February 21:09:00 UTC 2018

After nearly a decade of development, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has successfully launched from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. After reaching orbit, the two side boosters simultaneously landed at Landing Zone One. We do not know the status of the central core of the rocket, which was destined to land on the "Of Course I … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX just launched the Falcon Heavy, its most powerful rocket, and landed 2 boosters

Tuesday 6 February 20:58:59 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f2%2f3c3e79d5 69e1 d8ed%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ one big candle. ","image":"http~ just launched the Falcon Heavy, its most powerful rocket, and landed 2 boosters","sources":~ launch,elon musk,rockets,spacex,falcon 9,rocket launches,space exploration,falcon heavy","sec0":null,&~ launch,elon musk,rockets,spacex,falcon 9,rocket launches,space exploration,falcon heavy","videoSeriesName&q~ More about Space, Tesla, Rocket Launch, Elon Musk, and Rockets [Link]

Mashable » Apple may offer rebates on battery replacements

Tuesday 6 February 20:50:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple’s batterygate fallout might translate to some cash for consumers. In a letter Apple sent to Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) on Tuesday, Apple said it is seeing "strong demand" for iPhone 6 and above replacement batteries, which Apple discounted after they admitted to throttling older iPhones in order to preserve battery life.  The even better news? Apple is … [Link]

Mashable » OMG more Star Wars movies are on the way, this time from the 'Game of Thrones' creators

Tuesday 6 February 20:46:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAt this point, it shouldn't be a surprise to hear that more Star Wars movies are on the way. But you might be delighted to learn who they're coming from.  SEE ALSO: 'Solo' just dropped its first full teaser trailer holy crap Disney has just announced that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of Game of Thrones, will write and produce … [Link]

Slashdot » The Mutant All-Female Crayfish, Which Reproduces by Cloning Itself, Is Filling Europe at Alarming Speed

Tuesday 6 February 20:45:00 UTC 2018

The marbled crayfish looks much like any other freshwater crustacean. It has two claws, ten legs, and an attractive blue-brown marbled shell. Yet this six-inch creature, found in streams and lakes around the world, is far more sinister than you might expect. From a report: Its new scientific name gives a few clues: Procambarus virginalis. Every marbled crayfish, known as … [Link]

Mashable » Today's best tech deals include Echo Shows, Eufy robot vacuums, iPads, and Fire HD tablets

Tuesday 6 February 20:38:18 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 right around the corner, and if you don't have a gift for your boo yet, you better get on that. Don't worry, though — we've got you covered with … [Link]

Mashable » YouTuber Kian Lawley will be cut from his next movie following racist remarks

Tuesday 6 February 20:17:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYouTuber Kian Lawley, who had a starring role in the film adaptation of Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, has been cut from the project after a video surfaced of him making racist remarks.  Lawley was previously set to play the romantic lead opposite Amandla Stenberg and his scenes will have to be reshot. SEE ALSO: Logan Paul's YouTube comeback video … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how you'll be able to see if your iPhone's being slowed down

Tuesday 6 February 20:16:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn iOS 11.3, Apple's promising a new feature that'll let iPhone users see information on their battery health. It'll also let users turn off the feature that slows down performance on older iPhones with deteriorating batteries. And now we know what the much-talked about battery setting will look like when it arrives this spring, thanks to an early look from iOS … [Link]

Mashable » People are letting their dogs take the Egg Challenge. It's much better than Tide Pods.

Tuesday 6 February 20:08:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUnlike the Tide Pod challenge, a new internet trend of putting inedible stuff in our mouths isn't going to make you roll your eyes. Twitter has been inspired by Sookie the golden retriever who oh-so-gently held an egg in her mouth recently. And now, people are testing their own pups with the Egg Challenge, where you basically force an egg into … [Link]

Slashdot » False Tsunami Warning Sent To the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Tuesday 6 February 20:05:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Some residents along the East Coast received a false tsunami warning on Tuesday morning after a private company sent out an alert following a monthly test by the National Weather Service. A tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston, South Carolina, said the alert was sent around 8:30 a.m. ET. "We have … [Link]

Mashable » Busy Philipps details audition with Quentin Tarantino: 'F-ck this guy'

Tuesday 6 February 20:00:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBusy Philipps, of Freaks and Geeks fame, declared that Quentin Tarantino is "officially canceled" on Monday night.  After audio of him vehemently defending Roman Polanski in 2003 for drugging and preying on a 13-year-old girl resurfaced online Tuesday, the actress took to Twitter to tell Quentin Tarantino exactly what she thought of him.  "Fuck this guy. Fuck anyone who works with … [Link]

Mashable » Just a perfect video of Jeff Goldblum calling 'Thor: Ragnarok' co-star Chris Hemsworth 'cute as Christmas'

Tuesday 6 February 20:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f2%2ff79ed96c 6486 6009%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ loves Chris.","image":&quo~ a perfect video of Jeff Goldblum calling 'Thor: Ragnarok' co-star Chris Hemsworth 'cute as Christmas'","sources&~ hemsworth,thor: ragnarok","sec0":nul~ hemsworth,thor: ragnarok","videoSeriesNam~ More about Chris Hemsworth, Thor Ragnarok, Entertainment, Comic Culture, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Geek Culture » Space Oddity!

Tuesday 6 February 19:54:30 UTC 2018

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Mashable » This fork helps you stay healthy

Tuesday 6 February 19:39:17 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘HAPIfork’ is a bluetooth-enabled fork that connects to an app, allowing you to monitor and track your eating habits. It features vibration and a light system to indicate when you're eating too fast, which can help with weight loss and digestive problems. The app also includes a coaching program to keep you on a healthy track.  Read more…More about Tech, Watercooler, … [Link]

Mashable » The cast of 'Queer Eye' gives us their take on millennial trends

Tuesday 6 February 19:37:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe asked the cast of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' to react to some of our favorite millennial trends. Here's what they had to say.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Instagram, Netflix, and Mashable Video [Link]

Mashable » An ode to this soothing YouTube channel where a woman calmly makes everything she needs

Tuesday 6 February 19:25:12 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook If you need to just relax and peacefully zone out while watching someone be silently capable, I have the YouTube channel for you.  李子柒, very roughly translated as Seven Plums, is a newer YouTube channel that features a Chinese woman calmly, confidently creating everything she needs basically from scratch. The channel is very similar to the popular Primitive Technology account … [Link]

Slashdot » Japan Wants To Increase Acceptance of Technology That Could Help Fill the Gap in the Nursing Workforce

Tuesday 6 February 19:25:00 UTC 2018

With Japan's ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants to increase community acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce. From a report: Developers have focused their efforts on producing simple robotic devices that help frail residents get out of their bed and into a wheelchair, or that … [Link]

Mashable » Hilarious cut 'SNL' sketch showcases dolls for dark, dramatic children

Tuesday 6 February 18:46:56 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook One of Saturday Night Live's cut sketches from this past weekend's episode with Natalie Portman was hilariously dark: a satirical advertisement for My Little Step Children dolls. The dolls are not for normal kids. They are for kids who have a penchant for dramatic flair, kids who would rather play pretend as an evil stepmother rather than a doting mother.  … [Link]

Slashdot » Drones Could Soon Be Used To Deliver Medical Supplies in North Carolina

Tuesday 6 February 18:46:00 UTC 2018

Drones could soon be ferrying blood and other medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in North Carolina if the N.C. Department of Transportation's bid to be part of a federal test program is approved. From a report: NCDOT is leading a team of private companies that proposes to set up a network of distribution centers that would use unmanned aircraft … [Link]

Mashable » Kendrick Lamar and SZA release the first music video from the 'Black Panther' soundtrack

Tuesday 6 February 18:30:31 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Black Panther is almost here but to tide you over, we finally have a music video for the soundtrack's lead single, "All The Stars."  Top Dawg Entertainment heavyweight Kendrick Lamar is at the helm of the music accompanying the film, and in "All The Stars," he shines bright with label mate SZA. Once again, frequent Lamar collaborators Dave Meyers & … [Link]

Mashable » It's unanimous! Critics love 'Black Panther'

Tuesday 6 February 18:16:25 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook There's a new king in town and his name is T'Challa. Marvel's Black Panther won't open in theaters for another two weeks, but the reviews are in.  As Mashable's Angie Han wrote, this feels like more than a regular movie, whether because of widespread love for the character or audiences' craving for nonwhite representation on screen. A few years ago … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Is Seeing 'Strong Demand' For Replacement iPhone Batteries

Tuesday 6 February 18:07:00 UTC 2018

In a letter addressed to the U.S. lawmakers, Apple said earlier this month that it was seeing "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries. The company added that it may offer rebates for consumers who paid full price for new batteries. From a report: Apple confirmed in December that software to deal with aging batteries in iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and … [Link]

Mashable » Oopsies! Accidental tsunami warning freaks out East Coast

Tuesday 6 February 17:52:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe weather site whose slogan is "welcome to superior accuracy" just sent out a false tsunami warning to its users. On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) sent out what they're calling a routine test message for their tsunami warning system.  SEE ALSO: Worker who sent Hawaii's false alarm believed there really was a missile attack But AccuWeather's automated scanning … [Link]

Mashable » Teen angst gets real gritty (and real nerdy) in new YA novel 'Down and Across'

Tuesday 6 February 17:51:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the '90s, Forrest Gump famously opined "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." Now that musing is getting a much nerdier update with Arvin Armadi's new novel Down and Across: life is like constructing a crossword puzzle. SEE ALSO: Kid's super deep response to classroom riddle is way better than the actual … [Link]

Slashdot » AI Tailors Can Wait

Tuesday 6 February 17:31:00 UTC 2018

Bloomberg Businessweek: Original Stitch has all the trappings of an e-commerce success story. The pitch is simple: Original Stitch uses computer-vision software to review photos of your most beloved dress shirts uploaded to the company website, then delivers perfectly tailored copies. We tried it — the only problem was that it didn't work. When the first shirt arrived too tight … [Link]

Mashable » Time's Up has raised over $20 million to help more than 1,000 people

Tuesday 6 February 17:12:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Time's Up initiative has grown tremendously since it first kicked off in January to help people stand up for themselves in legal battles against sexual assault and harassment. SEE ALSO: All the fiercest signs from the Time's Up rally in London In a panel discussion at the MAKERS Conference Monday, women involved with spearheading Time's Up discussed the purpose behind … [Link]

Mashable » 9 Snapchat Sins You're Probably Guilty of

Tuesday 6 February 17:00:09 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Snapchat, Social Media, Mashable Reels, Sn Reels, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Panther' builds a world you'll want to return to again and again

Tuesday 6 February 16:59:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAt the end of the day, Black Panther is just another movie. But it sure doesn't feel that way when you're watching it. SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' is already on track to be the biggest superhero movie ever Black Panther perfects what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always done so well: build a world so richly rendered, it's almost a letdown … [Link]

Mashable » Ugh, resurfaced audio shows Quentin Tarantino defending Roman Polanski

Tuesday 6 February 16:51:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA newly resurfaced radio interview with Quentin Tarantino – recently accused of violent physical behavior on his film sets by longtime colleague Uma Thurman – reveals Tarantino defending Roman Polanski for sexually preying on a 13-year-old girl. "It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around," Tarantino told Howard Stern in 2003. "It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.” SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Slashdot » A Bug in Browser Extension Grammarly, Now Patched, Could Have Allowed an Attacker To Read Everything Users Wrote Online

Tuesday 6 February 16:47:00 UTC 2018

Copyediting app Grammarly included a gaping security hole that left users of its browser extension open to more embarrassment than just misspelled words. From a report: The Grammarly browser extension for Chrome and Firefox contained a "high severity bug" that was leaking authentication tokens, according to a bug report by Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher with Google's Project Zero. This … [Link]

Mashable » Learn poker strategies by taking this online class

Tuesday 6 February 16:29:10 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. Poker is a complicated game. You have to continually analyze the odds, pray for good cards, and intimidate all the other players before they can intimidate you. But if you know what … [Link]

Mashable » Frank Ocean interviewed Timothée Chalamet and we don't know who to be more jealous of

Tuesday 6 February 16:14:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookVMan magazine just changed Timothée Chalamet's life.  Well, a couple of critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated movies (Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird) that were released last year changed his life. But for anyone that's been following young Timmy T's press circuit promoting these two movies, you know that this actor is a fan of Frank Ocean. "I'm the … [Link]

Mashable » We tried on the exoskeleton Ford’s using to prevent worker injury

Tuesday 6 February 16:05:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFord has partnered with Ekso Bionics to provide mechanical suits for line workers to augment their endurance and prevent injury caused by fatigue. Marty Smets, Head of Manufacturing Ergonomics at Ford, discusses the benefits of the program and says the future of the workforce will see the human augmented but not full robotic automation. Read more…More about Technology, Cars, Mashable Video, … [Link]

Mashable » Get these super-long micro USB charging cables for 50% off

Tuesday 6 February 16:02:37 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: your smartphone has become an extension of yourself. It might as well be your third hand. You take it everywhere — and we mean everywhere — so it can be pretty … [Link]

Slashdot » YouTube Kids App Still Showing Disturbing Videos

Tuesday 6 February 16:00:00 UTC 2018

YouTube says it is "very sorry" after more disturbing videos were found on the YouTube Kids app. From a report: BBC's Newsround found several videos not suitable for children, including one showing how to sharpen knives. Another had characters from children's cartoon Paw Patrol on a burning plane. YouTube has been criticised for using algorithms rather than human curators to … [Link]

Mashable » Reviewers love HomePod's loud, bass-y sound, but hate how dumb Siri is

Tuesday 6 February 15:55:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple’s HomePod finally arrives on Feb. 9, but is it worth the extra cost over an Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker? The early verdict from reviewers, who had about a week to test it, is mixed. If you're an iOS user and subscribe to Apple Music, HomePod is the perfect home companion. But if you use Android or prefer … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to stop procrastinating once and for all

Tuesday 6 February 15:45:57 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. Procrastination affects us all. According to a recent study by Voucher Cloud, an average employee only works about three hours out of the required eight — two hours and 53 minutes to … [Link]

Mashable » Milo Ventimiglia talks about Crock-Pot backlash and honestly, it's perfect

Tuesday 6 February 15:26:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis Is Us has successfully ruined Crock-Pots for the world, and the cast is starting to feel a bit guilty. The slow cooker's brand went up in flames when viewers learned the Pearson family house burned down after a faulty slow cooker started a fire in the kitchen. Though Jack made it out of the fire alive he later died from … [Link]

Mashable » Save on Amazon Fire tablets, a refurbished iMac, and more with today's daily deals

Tuesday 6 February 15:20:58 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. That Super Bowl ad of Alexa losing her voice might have already convinced you to get your own Echo (just maybe not with Anthony Hopkins voicing it). You could really stand to … [Link]

Slashdot » The Arctic is Full of Toxic Mercury, and Climate Change is Going To Release it

Tuesday 6 February 15:20:00 UTC 2018

We already knew that thawing Arctic permafrost would release powerful greenhouse gases. On Monday, scientists revealed it could also release massive amounts of mercury — a potent neurotoxin and serious threat to human health. From a report: Permafrost, the Arctic's frozen soil, acts as a massive ice trap that keeps carbon stuck in the ground and out of the atmosphere … [Link]

Mashable » 'Deadpool 2' poster hilariously channels… 'Flashdance'?!

Tuesday 6 February 15:19:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTake your passion. And make it happen. Ryan Reynolds knows his movie history.  Reynolds reference to Flashdance in Deadpool 2's latest poster could just be a cute visual riff. Orrrrr… it could be a nod to the unexpected success of Flashdance, a critically reviled 1983 film that turned into a box office smash, and the third-highest grossing release of that year. … [Link]

Mashable » John Cena is jumping from the ring to the page with children's book series

Tuesday 6 February 15:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJohn Cena has just revealed his latest career pivot: becoming a children's book author. The WWE superstar-turned-actor will make his authorial debut with a new line of children's books published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the imprint announced on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: John Cena coached Hugh Jackman on how to give angry compliments The books will center around a … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple is Sending Some Developers Ad Spend and Install Details For Other People's Apps

Tuesday 6 February 14:40:00 UTC 2018

An issue at Apple appears to be resulting in app developers getting emails of ad spend and install summaries for apps belonging to other developers. From a report: The issue — which appears specific right now to developers using Search Ads Basic, pay-per-install ads that appear as promoted apps when people search on the App Store — was raised on … [Link]

Mashable » Librarians' sassy display perfectly sums up the kind of questions they have to deal with

Tuesday 6 February 14:39:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDid you ever read a book? Did it have, like, characters and a bit with some people? SEE ALSO: I'm down on my knees, begging you please not to do this to your bookshelf A Twitter user's picture of a library's ingenious solution to forgetful bibliophiles has gone viral, with over 36,000 retweets at time of writing. When libraries troll their … [Link]

Slashdot » A Look at How Indian Women Have Persevered Through Several Obstacles To Contribute to the Open Source Community

Tuesday 6 February 14:00:00 UTC 2018

A fascinating story of how Indian women have persevered through various roadblocks, including cultural, to actively contribute to the open source community. An excerpt from the story: As Vaishali Thakker, a 23-year old open source programmer looked over the hall filled with around 200 people, she didn't know how to react to what she had just heard. Thakker was one … [Link]

Mashable » The Rock says his new show will let people do something extraordinary

Tuesday 6 February 13:22:13 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Well that sounds pretty epic. SEE ALSO: The full trailer for 'Skyscraper' with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has dropped Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson talked on The Tonight Show on Monday about his new show — The Titan Games — which he says will give people the chance to "do something extraordinary." Coming to NBC, he says the show was in … [Link]

Slashdot » Senator Warns YouTube Algorithm May Be Open To Manipulation By 'Bad Actors'

Tuesday 6 February 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has warned that YouTube's powerful recommendation algorithm may be "optimizing for outrageous, salacious and often fraudulent content" or susceptible to "manipulation by bad actors, including foreign intelligence entities." Senator Mark Warner, of Virginia, made the stark warning after an investigation by the Guardian … [Link]

Mashable » Lindsay Lohan recites her favourite 'Mean Girls' quotes and it's so fetch

Tuesday 6 February 12:39:32 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Grool. SEE ALSO: 'Jane the Virgin' is showing how sexy conversations about consent can be In a segment for W Magazine, Lindsay Lohan recited her eight favourite lines from the classic and should-be-compulsory-to-watch film, Mean Girls.  She hits all the classics, although she almost forgets "fetch" and how it allegedly isn't "going to happen." Read more… More about Lindsay Lohan, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » We shouldn’t hide the gory details of how meat reaches our plate

Tuesday 6 February 12:27:25 UTC 2018

Eating animals is a choice we are all entitled to make but we should at least do so with consideration of their lives and deaths [Link]

New Scientist – News » There could be entire stars and planets made out of dark matter

Tuesday 6 February 12:27:24 UTC 2018

Mystery dark matter may not just form halos around galaxies. It could clump together like ordinary matter to make dark planets or stars [Link]

New Scientist – News » Rare wooden tools show that Neanderthals got creative with fire

Tuesday 6 February 12:27:23 UTC 2018

Wooden tools are hardly ever preserved, but a cache found in Italy suggests Neanderthals made them with fire and used them to dig up foods like tubers [Link]

New Scientist – News » Weird ice found on Neptune and Uranus has now been made on Earth

Tuesday 6 February 12:27:22 UTC 2018

Bizarre ice that forms under intense pressure and high temperatures may cause Neptune’s and Uranus’s odd magnetic fields. Now, we’ve made this stuff on Earth [Link]

New Scientist – News » Some people with epilepsy can learn to stop their own seizures

Tuesday 6 February 12:27:21 UTC 2018

Alertness training seems to help some people with epilepsy to stop themselves from having seizures, and has been linked to changes in their brain structure [Link]

New Scientist – News » DeepMind’s virtual psychology lab seeks flaws in digital minds

Tuesday 6 February 12:27:20 UTC 2018

Google’s AI company has released a simulated 3D environment in which machines can pit themselves against cognitive tests designed for humans [Link]

Mashable » Digby is the UK's first trainee guide horse and he's a very good boy

Tuesday 6 February 12:22:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhile many of us like good dogs, a good horse is pretty cool too. SEE ALSO: Get your pet (or your favorite pet owner) something nice for the holidays It was reported last year that Digby the miniature horse was in training to become the UK's first guide-horse. Well now it seems he's hot to trot. Digby has been assigned to … [Link]

Mashable » Why Facebook and Instagram should kill the Like button

Tuesday 6 February 12:16:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Like button must die.  More than any other feature, the thumbs-up on Facebook — along with its cousins, the Instagram and Twitter hearts — encapsulate everything that’s wrong with social media. It's time to start visualizing a world where it doesn't exist. The Like has become the currency of carelessness — a way to show we approve without being deeply … [Link]

Mashable » Tarantino responds to the 'Kill Bill' crash footage that Uma Thurman posted on Instagram

Tuesday 6 February 12:08:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookQuentin Tarantino has addressed Uma Thurman's crash on the set of Kill Bill following her piece in the New York Times and a subsequent Instagram post in which she says she is "proud" of the director. SEE ALSO: Uma Thurman's story about Quentin Tarantino adds another layer to the #MeToo conversation In an interview with the New York Times, Thurman described … [Link]

Mashable » Margot Robbie brought Tonya Harding to the Golden Globes and she stole the show

Tuesday 6 February 11:49:59 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Some dates are just more fun that others. Margot Robbie is promoting her film I, Tonya, and she brought figure skater Tonya Harding — who she plays in the film — as her date to the Golden Globes. SEE ALSO: This is how Margot Robbie looked like a master figure skater on 'I, Tonya' Sounds like Harding DGAF about the … [Link]

Mashable » Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks in fancy new lilac purple color

Tuesday 6 February 10:47:28 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. Could purple be the new "in" color for smartphones? Samsung appears to think so. Prominent leaker of smartphone-related news Evan Blass shared what appear to be press photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung … [Link]

Slashdot » US Startups Don't Want To Go Public Anymore

Tuesday 6 February 10:00:00 UTC 2018

According to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economics, the number of American firms listed publicly in the U.S. has dropped more than half. In 1997, more than 7,500 American firms were listed publicly in the U.S. Nearly two decades later, in 2016, the number had dropped to 3,618 firms. Quartz reports: The crux of the issue … [Link]

Mac For Translators » Selecting stuff with AppleScript

Tuesday 6 February 8:52:00 UTC 2018

There was a tweet about Numbers the other day: #applescript can be such a pain sometimes to use. Simple things, like getting the selection of the current cell in #numbers is not easy info to come by.I totally understand the author's feeling and my first take was based on a misunderstanding: in the tweet where my reply is (that you … [Link]

Mac For Translators » Finding one's way in an application's AppleScript dictionary…

Tuesday 6 February 7:12:00 UTC 2018

The other day I wanted to find a way to accelerate the process of zooming a Word window so that it fits the width of the document. It's something I've done manually thousands of times over the years. Just go to Display, then Zoom, select the option and hit Enter.I know that Word is scriptable but everything looked so complex … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists May Have Discovered the First Planets Outside the Milky Way

Tuesday 6 February 7:00:00 UTC 2018

Using data from a NASA X-ray laboratory in space, Xinyu Dai, an astrophysicist and professor at the University of Oklahoma, detected a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The planets range in size from Earth's moon to the massive Jupiter. From the report: There are few methods to determine the existence … [Link]

Mashable » Finally, tech's elite speak out against Silicon Valley's unchecked power

Tuesday 6 February 3:48:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThey helped create Facebook, Google, and other companies who claim to bring the world together. But on Monday evening, these people gathered to discuss how tech products are tearing us apart.  "Facebook created a business model that essentially made people who believe [conspiracy theories] more valuable," said Roger McNamee, an early advisor to Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at an event at The … [Link]

Slashdot » New York's $6 Billion Plan For Offshore Wind Shows That Oil Drilling Really Is On the Way Out

Tuesday 6 February 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan earlier this month to develop $6 billion of offshore wind projects off the southern coast of Long Island by 2028 and predicted that the industry would bring 5,000 jobs to the state. The plan calls for developing 2.4 gigawatts — enough to power 1.2 million … [Link]

Mashable » Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of cookies outside a California marijuana dispensary

Tuesday 6 February 2:40:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis Girl Scout knows her customers well.  The young entrepreneur set up shop outside of Urbn Leaf, a recreational and medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego. According to local news outlet Fox 4, the girl sold more than 300 boxes in about six hours.  Urbn Leaf posted this photo on Instagram, encouraging its clientele to grab some "Girl Scout Cookies with … [Link]

Mashable » Pornhub's Super Bowl insights: Eagles fans held off longer than Patriots fans

Tuesday 6 February 1:53:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJust like watching for iconic commercials and hating on the Patriots, Pornhub's annual data analysis has become something of a Super Bowl tradition. The adult site has been posting its stats from the big game since 2014 and the analysis includes most searched terms and changes in traffic during the big game. SEE ALSO: Pornhub offers 110 gallons of lube to … [Link]

Mashable » Watch Trump awkwardly attempt to hold Melania's hand

Tuesday 6 February 1:49:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWell, that was weird. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump shared an awkward moment on Monday before boarding Marine One.  A clip, captured by NBC News, shows Melania wearing a long yellow jacket over her shoulders, with arms and hands inside the coat, not inside the sleeves. As the two round the corner, Trump can be seen attempting to … [Link]

Slashdot » Man Sues T-Mobile For Allegedly Failing To Stop Hackers From Stealing His Cryptocurrency

Tuesday 6 February 1:30:00 UTC 2018

Over the weekend, a lawsuit was filed against T-Mobile claiming that the company's lack of security allowed hackers to enter his wireless account last fall and steal cryptocoins worth thousands of dollars. "Carlos Tapang of Washington state accuses T-Mobile of having 'improperly allowed wrongdoers to access' his wireless account on November 7th last year," reports The Verge. "The hackers then … [Link]

Mashable » Say hello to Buttcoin and the community celebrating Bitcoin's fall

Tuesday 6 February 1:14:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBitcoin may be down, but oh man Buttcoin has never been better.  As cryptocurrency investors around the world bemoan the loss of their life savings, a contrarian community that prefers to see the humor in the recent correction has formed online under the banner of Buttcoin. And they're loving every minute of this tailspin.   SEE ALSO: The Bitcoin community reacts … [Link]

Mashable » Nintendo refuses to answer questions about Mario's sex life

Tuesday 6 February 0:53:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAll Nintendo ever wanted to do was make fun, wholesome experiences for players of all ages. Instead, fans keep demanding more and more intimate details about Mario's body and sex habits.  And it seems like Nintendo just wishes it would stop. SEE ALSO: 'Super Mario Odyssey' fans can't stop putting Mario in sexually compromising positions A Super Mario Odyssey dev talk … [Link]

Slashdot » What We Learned From Day 1 of the Uber and Alphabet Trial

Tuesday 6 February 0:50:00 UTC 2018

Recode highlights the presentations each side gave on Day 1 in the Waymo v. Uber trial: Alphabet's self-driving arm, Waymo, and Uber gave their opening statements in front of a jury on Monday, commencing the courtroom phase of what has already been a messy legal battle. The day was entirely about opening arguments, but both Uber's and Waymo's strategy centers … [Link]

Slashdot » New Jersey Governor Signs Net Neutrality Order

Tuesday 6 February 0:10:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: New Jersey on Monday became the latest state to implement its own net neutrality rules following the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of the Obama-era consumer protections. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order prohibiting all internet service providers that do business with the state from blocking, throttling or favoring web … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Microsoft Azure Budgets API Now Generally Available, Includes Enhancements

Tuesday 6 February 0:04:57 UTC 2018

Microsoft has announced that the Azure Budgets API is now generally available, and the latest release includes a number of enhancements. Among the API updates are support for usage budgets, support for Azure action groups, and an updated version of the usage details API. [Link]

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