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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 » Fergie said she was bit by Quentin Tarantino on a film set

Thursday 8 February 23:41:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter allegations of abusive behavior came out against filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Jezebel resurfaced a 2007 interview with the singer Fergie in which she said Tarantino bit her on set of a film, causing bruising. In the special features of the home release of Grindhouse — a 2007 double-feature of Tarantino's Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror — Fergie explained that … [Link]

Slashdot » 32 Senators Want To Know If US Regulators Halted Equifax Probe

Thursday 8 February 23:40:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Earlier this week, a Reuters report suggested that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had halted its investigation into last year's massive Equifax data breach. Reuters sources said that even basic steps expected in such a probe hadn't been taken and efforts had stalled since Mick Mulvaney took over as head of … [Link]

Mashable » Today's best tech deals include Echo Shows, AncestryDNA kits, Dell laptops, and a portable jump starter

Thursday 8 February 23:20:15 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. Make your Monday mornings or beloved wine Wednesdays a little easier with an Amazon Echo Show or Amazon Echo Spot, because if hands free alcohol delivery, LED smart lights or smart TV … [Link]

Mashable » Student flushes her emotional support hamster down the toilet after airline wouldn't let it board

Thursday 8 February 23:03:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen Dexter the emotional support peacock was denied entrance to a flight, he drove cross country.  Pebbles the hamster wasn't so lucky. When Spirit Airlines didn't let her board the plane, her owner flushed her down the toilet after she says a Spirit Airlines employee suggested it.  21-year-old Belen Aldecosea tried to bring her hamster on her flight from Baltimore to … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's Parent Company Alphabet Is Buying Chelsea Market For $2 Billion

Thursday 8 February 23:00:00 UTC 2018

Alphabet is close to acquiring the iconic Chelsea Market in Midtown Manhattan for over $2 billion. The market totals 1.2 million square feet and sits across the street from the company's New York headquarters, a 2.9 million-square-foot building that it bought for $1.8 billion in 2010. Quartz reports: Google is already the Market's largest tenant, having steadily expanded its footprint … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is testing comment downvoting

Thursday 8 February 22:43:19 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHating on dumb Facebook comments may be on the verge of getting a whole lot easier.  Ever the innovator, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to have found a way to transfer all the bickering in your feed into something much more orderly. Specifically, downvotes.  SEE ALSO: Why social media companies won’t kill off bots On Thursday, various people took to Twitter … [Link]

Mashable » Surprise your sweetheart with art that's actually chocolate

Thursday 8 February 22:39:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘Stick with Me Sweets' is a unique chocolate shop in New York, New York. They specialize in handmade bonbons, featuring beautiful patterns and unique flavors. These Instagram worthy treats are made in small batches, each one is filled by hand.. The ingredients are sourced locally, and from all over the world from They're also aesthetically pleasing! Read more…More about Chocolate, Chocolate … [Link]

Mashable » Fans speculate who Disney will cast as the live-action Kim Possible

Thursday 8 February 22:35:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDisney has a live-action Kim Possible movie in the works and fans across the internet are very passionate about its return and casting. Read more…More about Movies, Disney, Mashable Video, Action, and Movie [Link]

Mashable » Your carry-on suitcase can turn into a shelf

Thursday 8 February 22:33:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLifepack looks like a normal carry-on suitcase but inside features a 6-pocket shelving system. This could be ideal for travelers who hate packing and digging through their luggage to find what they're looking for. Read more…More about Travel, Suitcase, Storage, Clothes, and Feature [Link]

Slashdot » Detroit Quietly Bans Airbnb

Thursday 8 February 22:20:00 UTC 2018

A new zoning ordinance that quietly went into effect this week has residents trying to figure out what comes next for Airbnb's presence in Detroit. Many hosts have received notices that the city has outlawed Airbnb for R1 and R2 zoning. Curbed Detroit reports: The new zoning ordinance apparently went through the Planning Commission and City Council in 2017, and … [Link]

Mashable » Guy who found two Amazon deliverymen wandering through his house: 'It's not just happening to me'

Thursday 8 February 22:11:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMost of the time, receiving a package from Amazon is exciting stuff.  For Michael Lentini, his delivery last Saturday was a nightmare. According to his version of the story, an Amazon delivery man entered his house without permission — and wandered around the first floor before taking the elevator up to his bedroom.  Lentini says he was in the master suite … [Link]

Mashable » Video perfectly demonstrates how Elon Musk is actually a genius

Thursday 8 February 22:09:29 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook With constant news coming out about Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, it's really easy to get bogged down on the many developments with Elon Musk's companies. But take a step back, and it's easy to see that Elon Musk is an absolute madman. Elon, r u ok?  Read more… More about Tesla, Elon Musk, Spacex, The Boring Company, and … [Link]

Mashable » It's not too late to add these sports to the Winter Olympics

Thursday 8 February 21:57:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Winter Olympics begin this week, and while there are many sports to look forward to, there are plenty more that we could easily throw into the mix. Here are some more winter sports that they should add before the opening ceremony — sports that I feel reflect the true spirit of the winter season. SEE ALSO: That really oily guy … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Burns Through $2 Billion In 2017

Thursday 8 February 21:40:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Tesla reported record revenue for 2017, floated by customer deposits of the recently announced Semi truck and Roadster sports car. Despite its optimistic sales numbers, Model 3 production issues and cash flow problems haunt the company, but Tesla insists its on track to meet its production goals of 5,000 cars a … [Link]

Mashable » North West just took a scandalous picture of Kim Kardashian and people are shook

Thursday 8 February 21:29:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKim Kardashian unleashing another NSFW image on her Instagram is pretty standard by now, but it's not every day that photo is taken by one of her kids.  North, the eldest of the Kardashian-West family, has apparently taken up photography as a new hobby. And one of her models, as evidenced by Kim's latest Instagram, is her semi-nude mother. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk's 'Starman' Tesla Roadster isn't your typical piece of space junk

Thursday 8 February 21:12:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLaunching a Tesla Roadster into outer space may have been ridiculous, but the vehicle is far from being worthless space junk. The stunt actually served an important engineering purpose. Engineers commonly load their rockets with heavy simulation cargo — often made of metal — so they can accurately test how these expensive launchers will behave as they blast through the skies … [Link]

Mashable » Siri on HomePod is a master at trolling

Thursday 8 February 21:04:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe all know Siri. Most probably remember it as the digital assistant on their iPhone whom they once asked about the weather and then never talked to again. Others might know it as the colorful wavy lines that appear on the bottom of your iPhone screen when you accidentally press the home button too long. A few might even think of … [Link]

Mashable » Crisis Text Line may hold the key to helping us get better at difficult conversations

Thursday 8 February 21:03:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSince its founding five years ago, Crisis Text Line has received more than 62 million messages from people experiencing intense psychological or emotional distress. They reach out for help and empathy, and the counselors who respond are trained to help defuse the situation.   It turns out those text conversations have a purpose beyond saving lives; with the help of artificial … [Link]

Slashdot » Bitcoin Won't Be the Dark Web's Top Cryptocurrency For Long

Thursday 8 February 21:00:00 UTC 2018

Bitcoin has essentially become the poster child for cryptocurrencies, and that's a problem for cybercriminals dealing on the dark web. From a report: Researchers from Recorded Future, a threat intelligence company, looked through 150 of the dark web's top marketplaces and forums and found that bitcoin's boom is driving shady characters away from the cryptocurrency. The rise of bitcoin has … [Link]

Mashable » Florida kid gets stuck in an arcade claw machine

Thursday 8 February 20:39:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKids have a knack for getting into places that they probably shouldn't be able to get into. In the case of Mason from Florida, the child managed to get himself stuck inside a claw machine at a Beef 'O' Brady's in Titusville, Florida (because, of course this would happen in Florida.) Facebook user Amanda Evans captured a brief snippet of the … [Link]

Mashable » 5 reasons why this 'Game of Thrones' subscription box is the perfect way to wait out the arrival of Season 8

Thursday 8 February 20:36:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If a girl is to be believed, then we're not seeing Game of Thrones until April 2019. That's an awful long wait for the proverbial winter to come, and it's pretty safe … [Link]

Mashable » My favorite thing about 'Fifty Shades Freed' is how terrible everyone is at their job

Thursday 8 February 20:25:31 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Warning: Spoilers follow for Fifty Shades Freed. If there's one thing you should take away from Fifty Shades Freed, it's this: No matter how bad you are at your job, you're still not as bad as literally every single character in this movie.  Fifty Shades is a veritable orgy of ineptitude and unprofessionalism – which might not be a problem, … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Chrome Pushes For User Protection With 'Not secure' Label

Thursday 8 February 20:25:00 UTC 2018

In an effort to force websites to better protect their users, the Chrome web browser will label all sites not encrypted traffic as "Not secure" in the web address bar, Google announced Thursday. From a report: Encrypted traffic allows users to access data on a website without allowing potential eavesdroppers to see anything the users visit. HTTPS also prevents meddlers … [Link]

Mashable » Everything you need to know to enjoy curling, the Winter Olympics' best obscure sport

Thursday 8 February 19:55:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Olympics are here and besides the pomp, circumstance, and human interest stories, it also means our lives are about to be taken over by really obscure sports we get hooked on for two weeks and then forget about until the next Olympics.  The Summer Olympics have a bevy of these — water polo and handball being among my favorites — … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Says the Leaked iPhone Source Code is Outdated

Thursday 8 February 19:38:00 UTC 2018

Apple has responded to security concerns surrounding leaked iPhone source code, pointing out that any potential vulnerabilities would be outdated. From a report: "Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked," Apple said in a statement, "but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many … [Link]

Mashable » 14 Valentine's Day gifts for her, because your girl deserves the best

Thursday 8 February 19:15:46 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. Valentine's Day is a great excuse to pick out another sparkly gift for your significant other — even though it feels like the holidays were literally last week. If you're dreading the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Deep-sea fish lay eggs near hydrothermal vents to keep them warm

Thursday 8 February 19:00:40 UTC 2018

Pacific white skate lay their eggs onto the sizzling hot rocks of hydrothermal vents in the depths of the sea, possibly because the heat speeds up their development [Link]

New Scientist – News » Fears of Brexit chaos for medicines agency should worry us all

Thursday 8 February 19:00:39 UTC 2018

Fresh turmoil threatens to worsen disruption of the European Medicines Agency when it quits the UK after Brexit. That should worry all parties, says Inga Vesper [Link]

Mashable » These 'duh!' features would make Instagram perfect

Thursday 8 February 18:41:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s been said, many times, but it's worth repeating: Instagram's algorithmic timeline is a steaming pile of nonsense. SEE ALSO: Instagram is actively ruining my life with its inhumane algorithm The photo-focused social network replaced its chronological feed with an algorithmic one back in 2016, meaning the content you see is ranked according to the likelihood you'll "care about it." What … [Link]

Slashdot » Engineering Marvel of the Winter Olympics: A Broom

Thursday 8 February 18:41:00 UTC 2018

Andrew Flemming and Geoff Fowler, both 29, along with their friend and business partner, Will Hamilton, 37, were pouring their creative energies into a high-tech training device the likes of which the sporting world had never seen. They were building a better broom. From a report: Not just any broom, but one that they thought could be essential to the … [Link]

Mashable » 13 Valentine's Day gifts for guys: Get him a gift he really wants

Thursday 8 February 18:26:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you're shopping for Valentine's Day gifts for that special guy in your life, then you might be feeling overwhelmed by all of the options.  SEE ALSO: Easy Valentine's Day gifts for … [Link]

Mashable » Marvel gathered almost 100 people for a gigantic MCU class photo

Thursday 8 February 18:19:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter 10 years of Marvel movies, (most of) the team got together to take one big happy family photo. SEE ALSO: The first reactions for 'Black Panther' are in, and yes, you can believe the hype Like, really big. Go ahead and click on this photo below to expand it and try to find some of your favorite actors and filmmakers … [Link]

Mashable » LA pot shop serves 23,606 people in first month of legalization

Thursday 8 February 18:13:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe first month of California's legal recreational marijuana sales showed that weed is big business, despite local government's reluctance to issue permits. MedMen, a cannabis company that's basically an Apple Store for pot products has dispensaries across Los Angeles, and found itself in an interesting position as one of the few places people could purchase marijuana in the most densely populated … [Link]

Mashable » Apple is none too pleased with seeing leaked iPhone source code on GitHub

Thursday 8 February 18:09:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple’s legal team has been busy.  Less than 24 hours after Motherboard reported that a leaked version of some iPhone source code was posted to GitHub, the iBoot files in question have been pulled down and replaced with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice.  SEE ALSO: Apple's historic iOS 11 leak may have been an inside job, report says At … [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence learns to be a sexy, sexy spy in this 'Red Sparrow' featurette

Thursday 8 February 18:06:43 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f2%2f4a621e11 c1ef da88%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ Lawrence, master manipulator.","image&quot~ Lawrence learns to be a sexy, sexy spy in this 'Red Sparrow' featurette","sources&quot~ lawrence,red sparrow","sec0":null~ lawrence,red sparrow","videoSeriesName~ More about Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows [Link]

Mashable » As Twitter stock soars, its video app Periscope is suffering from neglect

Thursday 8 February 18:03:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen Twitter announced it had acquired Periscope in March 2015, the app was full of promise. It was one of the first to let anyone broadcast video of themselves live from anywhere in the world, using just a smartphone. It also let them interact with viewers through real-time comments and a little heart button used to express that you "liked" someone's … [Link]

Slashdot » Salaries For Workers in Technology Roles, Including Software Engineers and Product Managers, Peak Around Age 45

Thursday 8 February 18:01:00 UTC 2018

A report released on Thursday by the job marketplace Hired reveals that salaries for workers in technology roles, including software engineers, product managers, and data analysts, peak around age 45. After that, earnings level off or drop until retirement. According to the report, the average salary of US technology workers is about $135,000, with the highest pay in the San … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The truth about what downing energy drinks really does to kids

Thursday 8 February 18:00:00 UTC 2018

Campaigners in the UK want energy drinks banned for under-16s. The latest scientific evidence suggests they are right – these drinks are uniquely bad for children [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to invest in Bitcoin responsibly

Thursday 8 February 17:53:08 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. Although the cryptocurrency market is on a downward trend this month, Bitcoin and the blockchain are not going away anytime soon. In fact, the SEC just released testimony to support the technology, … [Link]

Mashable » Valentine's Day gifts that prove being single is way better than being coupled

Thursday 8 February 17:39:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Valentine's Day is a day of love — and it's not just for couples. This year, we're reclaiming Valentine's Day as the perfect excuse for a little self love — single or … [Link]

Mashable » Now there's a disgusting pimple popping toy, and we already miss fidget spinners

Thursday 8 February 17:30:08 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Watching pimple-popping videos online has been…a thing for a while. But if simply watching a pimple extraction isn't enough for you, now you can simulate the real thing with this handy-dandy pimple popping toy. Called the Pop it Pal, the full "kit" comes with a hunk of fake flesh (available in a light or dark skin tone), a bottle of … [Link]

Mashable » Quentin Tarantino apologizes to Roman Polanski victim: 'I realize how wrong I was'

Thursday 8 February 17:29:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookQuentin Tarantino has been in hot water this week for many reasons, most recently a resurfaced interview from 2003 with Howard Stern in which he said Roman Polanski's rape victim "wanted it." After a day of online fury, he notes he did reach out to Polanski's victim on Wednesday to apologize. "Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was," he … [Link]

Mashable » MashReads Podcast: 'The Immortalists' is a page-turning look at mortality

Thursday 8 February 17:23:20 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. How would you live your life if you knew the day you were going to die? That's the question Chloe Benjamin's characters face in the heart-wrenching novel The Immortalists, the second novel from the San Francisco-based … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Modern AI is Good at a Few Things But Bad at Everything Else'

Thursday 8 February 17:21:00 UTC 2018

Jason Pontin, writing for Wired: Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has said that AI "is more profound than … electricity or fire." Andrew Ng, who founded Google Brain and now invests in AI startups, wrote that "If a typical person can do a mental task with less than one second of thought, we can probably automate it using … [Link]

Mashable » Mike Pence doesn't understand why gay Olympian Adam Rippon has to be so mean 🙁

Thursday 8 February 17:14:02 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMike Pence wants the gay community to know it's all just one big misunderstanding. On his way to head the U.S. Olympic delegation in Pyeongchang, the vice president made an attempt yesterday to reach out and speak with gay Olympics ice skater, Adam Rippon. This came after Rippon repeatedly blasted the Vice President for his anti-LGBT positions in recent interviews. Rippon … [Link]

Mashable » An interview with '2 Dope Queens' Phoebe Robinson on #MeToo in comedy

Thursday 8 February 17:07:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPodcast-turned-phenomenon 2 Dope Queens wasn't just prescient to the systemic issues facing comedy, the show was providing solutions years before The New York Times and the #MeToo movement would make the rest of us aware of them. Beginning in 2015, the monthly live stand-up show introduced audiences to a kind of comedy they'd never really heard before. Headed by her majesties … [Link]

Mashable » We all need a little hug: Skates found to warm their eggs near deep-sea volcanic vents

Thursday 8 February 16:45:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the summer of 2015, scientists lowered a deep-sea exploration robot down 5,800 feet to the ocean floor off the Galapagos Islands. The pitch black world here is mysterious, so scientists expected to discover things never before seen. "Every time we go to these depths we find something really unique," Pelayo Salinas, a senior marine biologist at the Charles Darwin Research … [Link]

Mashable » These LGBTQ Olympians are here to break records (and tiny queer hearts)

Thursday 8 February 16:41:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s Olympics time, and I'm proudly rooting for Team Gay. Restrain your rage, Facebook bots — I'm fully aware that Team Gay technically doesn't exist, and I'll be thrilled if anyone from Team USA wins gold (solely for the Leslie Jones reaction). It's just that out LGBTQ Olympians are a relatively new phenomenon, with the first out gay Olympian not appearing … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Replaces its Buggy Fix for Skylake PCs

Thursday 8 February 16:40:00 UTC 2018

Intel has released new microcode to address the stability and reboot issues on systems after installing its initial mitigations for Variant 2 of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks. From a report: The stability issues caused by Intel's microcode updates resulted in Lenovo, HP, and Dell halting their deployment of BIOS updates last month as Intel worked to resolve the problems. … [Link]

Mashable » Team USA flipped a coin to choose flag bearer and Shani Davis isn't thrilled

Thursday 8 February 16:31:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics less than 24 hours away, Team USA has finally selected its flag bearer. Unfortunately, the process looks like it's left some raw feelings. SEE ALSO: 20 years later, a look back at the thrills and spills of the 1998 Winter Olympics Four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin (women's luge) was named the U.S. flag … [Link]

Mashable » The absolutely savage things critics said about 'Fifty Shades Freed' will have you LOLing

Thursday 8 February 16:31:00 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Fifty Shades Freed is currently rocking a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, but don't expect the critics to keep this cash-magnet sex thriller (I'm guessing?) down.  The final installment in E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy lands in theaters Friday, and critics delighted – for the last time – in ripping it apart. SEE ALSO: Jamie Dornan and James Corden's 'Fifty Shades' … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk: Tesla Model 3 production was 'a deeper level of hell than we expected'

Thursday 8 February 16:17:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTo the dismay of electric-vehicle customers, delivery dates for some customers who ordered Tesla's Model 3 all-electric sedan have been pushed back — again.  SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about the Tesla Model 3 Refreshingly, on Tesla's Q4 earnings call Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk was contrite, and transparent about the cause of the delay. "While there were challenges associated … [Link]

Mashable » How the hell are you supposed to sit on these futuristic new couches?

Thursday 8 February 16:11:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSitting on a couch should be easy, right? Not so with these sleek red contraptions, which are proving to be a real obstacle for people at the New York Times. Erin McCann documented the new couches in her office, saying that no amount of education can help her figure out how to sit on them. I am a smart human with … [Link]

Mashable » This spoon can scoop out every last bit of deliciousness from a jar

Thursday 8 February 16:11:08 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. The 'Mini Supoon' helps you reach every crevice of your jar of Nutella so you'll never let any go to waste. It's BPA free, dishwasher safe, heat resistant to 260°C / 500°F, and safe to use … [Link]

Mashable » How your favorite TV shows get their props

Thursday 8 February 16:10:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTodd Daniels is a prop master for such TV shows as Arrested Development, Lady Dynamite, Key and Peele, and Workaholics. It's a challenging job, in which Daniels thrives as a self-proclaimed "jack of all trades, master of none." Learn more about the life of a prop master in our new series, Supporting Players. Read more…More about Entertainment, Tv, Video, Netflix, and … [Link]

Mashable » This awesome Netflix feature shows you the first show you ever binge-watched

Thursday 8 February 16:02:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAt this point, bingeing TV shows on Netflix and other streaming services is a national pastime. But it's possible that it's been so long since you started bingeing that you forgot what your first binge show was. Netflix released some data on users' binge-watching habits Wednesday, detailing the world's most popular shows for first-time bingers on the service, which is cool … [Link]

Mashable » How Medieval Times got a queen before America got a female president

Thursday 8 February 16:00:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe future will be female — if not in Congress, than at least with shitty brands. American women recently broke the glass ceiling in two areas our culture holds dear: corporate family dinner theater and discounted fried chicken. Last weekend, KFC announced that Reba McIntyre would become their first female Colonel Sanders, giving inspiration to little girls who've always dreamed of … [Link]

Slashdot » Original Pixel Phone Users Are Suing Google Over Microphone Defects

Thursday 8 February 16:00:00 UTC 2018

Google is facing a lawsuit over the original Pixel. From a report: In a class action complaint filed this week, plaintiffs allege that the microphones in their Pixel and Pixel XL phones were defective from the start, and that Google knowingly sold defective phones amid widespread complaints immediately after launch. The lawsuit also claims that some warranty replacement phones continued … [Link]

Mashable » Custom Snapchat lenses are here

Thursday 8 February 16:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCreatives, your prayers have been answered. With a new Snapchat feature rolling out today, you can finally create your own face lens. Users can choose from over 150 templates for a lens. Once you've picked out your animal ears, headgear, and other virtual decorations, you can add custom text. Then you need to select a location for where the lens will … [Link]

Mashable » How to Access Hidden Snapchat Lenses

Thursday 8 February 15:53:32 UTC 2018

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

Mashable » Mmm, protein: Norwegian Olympic team accidentally orders 15,000 eggs

Thursday 8 February 15:43:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTake heart: You're not the only one who has trouble with Google Translate.  The chefs for Norway's Winter Olympics team received a shipment of 15,000 eggs last week thanks to an error on the translation service. They'd meant to order 1,500, so it was an understandable mistake — but it was also way too many eggs. SEE ALSO: The Norwegian curling … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon's Prime Now can deliver groceries from Whole Foods

Thursday 8 February 15:34:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAmazon Prime customers just got another perk. On Thursday Amazon announced its Prime Now delivery service — which delivers groceries, household items, gifts, and more in two hours — is partnering with Whole Foods. This means Prime customers in select neighborhoods across America will be able to get Whole Foods produce, meat, seafood, select alcohol, and other natural and organic goodies … [Link]

Mashable » This man's ghosts, floating in mid air, are the closest thing we have to holograms

Thursday 8 February 15:27:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJoanie Lemercier became obsessed with mid-air projections after seeing Princess Leia's hologram in Star Wars. Now he's created an innovative technique that uses water droplets and motion sensors to create impressive volumetric projections that he calls "no-lograms." Read more…More about France, Star Wars, Artist, Iron Man, and Sci Fi [Link]

Mashable » These girls built huge flame-throwing robots at school

Thursday 8 February 15:23:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAn all-girls robotics team from Brentwood School in the UK is breaking barriers and gender stereotypes with their unique inventions.  The students want to become role models for all girls wishing to pursue an interest in technology and engineering.  Read more…More about Uk, Education, Innovation, School, and Essex [Link]

Slashdot » Google Executives Are Floating a Plan To Fight Fake News on Facebook and Twitter

Thursday 8 February 15:20:00 UTC 2018

Fake news, bots, and propaganda were hot topics at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos last month, and Google executives there floated an intriguing idea to some fellow attendees — what if the company could tell users whether information is trustworthy before they shared it on social networks like Facebook and Twitter? From a report: Representatives from Google and … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk: In 3-6 months, Tesla cars will be able to drive themselves from coast to coast

Thursday 8 February 15:09:36 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. Tesla's Q4 2017 earnings report, released on Wednesday, wasn't exactly stellar — the company reported a $675 million in losses on a $3.3 billion revenue.  But that doesn't mean the company isn't working on cool new … [Link]

Mashable » Best deals on Amazon today: Save on Fitbits, wireless headphones, Ninja blenders, and more

Thursday 8 February 14:55:31 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. According to a 2015 piece by U.S. News, 80% of New Year's Resolutions are dropped by the second week of February. That means that a good number of people who resolved to … [Link]

Mashable » Amy Schumer gets confident in the 'I Feel Pretty' trailer

Thursday 8 February 14:54:02 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Sometimes, all it takes to gain a bit of self-esteem is a massive head injury. I Feel Pretty stars Amy Schumer as a woman who wishes she were more beautiful – until she hits her head and comes to believing she actually has become more beautiful. SEE ALSO: Amy Schumer weighs in on the Aziz Ansari situation in a smart, … [Link]

Slashdot » Anti-China Bill Being Softened After US Companies Complain

Thursday 8 February 14:40:00 UTC 2018

Proposed legislation in Congress aimed at preventing China from acquiring sensitive technology is being softened after protests by big U.S. companies who fear a loss in sales, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. From the report: Two bills in the House of Representatives and Senate would broaden the powers of the inter-agency Committee on Foreign … [Link]

Mashable » Something sinister is coming in the first 'Venom' trailer

Thursday 8 February 14:10:19 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Sony's next comic book franchise is ready for launch. The studio has unveiled the first trailer for Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. SEE ALSO: 'Spider-Man' spinoff 'Venom' has a villain (and no, we don't mean Venom) The character is best known as a rival to Peter Parker and a nemesis to Spider-Man – you may recall that Topher … [Link]

Slashdot » Wikipedia Has Become a Science Reference Source Even Though Scientists Don't Cite it

Thursday 8 February 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Bethany Brookshire, writing for Science News: Wikipedia is a gold mine for science fans, science bloggers and scientists alike. But even though scientists use Wikipedia, they don't tend to admit it. The site rarely ends up in a paper's citations as the source of, say, the history of the gut-brain axis or the chemical formula for polyvinyl chloride. But scientists … [Link]

Mashable » That '26 friends' Facebook rumor was a hoax — but here's how you can actually game the News Feed

Thursday 8 February 13:55:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe latest hoax that the Facebook world soundly fell for was the idea that only 26 (or 25) friends could see your posts. In copy-paste messages that made rounds on the Newsfeed, Facebook users asked their friends to comment with a simple "hi" to show that the post had appeared in their feeds — demonstrating that they were one of the … [Link]

Slashdot » Attackers Drain CPU Power From Water Utility Plant In Cryptojacking Attack

Thursday 8 February 13:00:00 UTC 2018

darthcamaro writes: Apparently YouTube isn't the only site that is draining CPU power with unauthorized cryptocurrency miners. A water utility provider in Europe is literally being drained of its CPU power via an cryptojacking attack that was undetected for three weeks. eWeek reports: "At this point, Radiflow's (the security firm that discovered the cryptocurrency mining malware) investigation indicates that the … [Link]

Mashable » These tiny baby octopuses hatching will brighten your miserable existence

Thursday 8 February 12:45:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe know you're probably sick of cute octopus videos at this point but please, bear with us. SEE ALSO: Everything sucks, but then there's this adorable, rare newborn Malayan tapir The Virginia Aquarium posted a video of octopuses (yes "octopuses" is grammatically correct, nerds) hatching and displaying their colour-changing abilities. ICYMI: Your daily squee has arrived#octobabies pic.twitter.com/D9e5T5bkun — Virginia Aquarium (@VAAquarium) … [Link]

Mashable » This video of a debut author unwrapping her first novel is super adorable

Thursday 8 February 12:30:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUnwrapping any book in the post is always a little bit exciting, but now imagine it's your book that you actually wrote yourself. Then imagine your reaction going viral on Twitter to the point where Stephen fricking King actually ends up retweeting it. That's what happened to author Tomi Adeyemi on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: I tried to write a novel in … [Link]

Mashable » Ultra-fast 5G smartphones are coming in 2019

Thursday 8 February 12:30:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookQualcomm’s ambitious plans for 5G just took an important step forward. A handful of smartphone makers are announcing plans to have 5G-ready phones by 2019. Among them: HTC, LG, Sony, and Oppo who will be among the first to adopt Qualcomm's ultra-fast Snapdragon X50 modem. SEE ALSO: Why this year in smartphone design has been epic In total, 19 manufacturers have … [Link]

Mashable » Twitter is *finally* profitable for the first time ever

Thursday 8 February 12:27:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt turns out cutting back, focusing, and maybe a little Donald Trump can help make money.  SEE ALSO: Twitter must fix verification, but there are no easy solutions Twitter reported its first-ever profitable quarter Thursday after more than four years of trading on the public market. The company announced $91 million in profit for the fourth quarter of 2017. Profitability was … [Link]

Mashable » Firefighters rescue a dog stuck on a frozen river with incredible scooching skills

Thursday 8 February 12:15:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUsually firefighters are more in the cat-saving game, but it seems they can make an exception for good dogs. SEE ALSO: This machine plays fetch with your dog for you On Wednesday, firefighters from the Tulsa Fire Department came to the aid of a dog who found herself stuck in the middle of a slippery frozen creek, using a rubber dinghy … [Link]

Mashable » John Oliver has a stark warning for Meghan Markle about the Royal Family

Thursday 8 February 12:07:54 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Everybody's excited about the upcoming Royal Wedding, right? Wrong. John Oliver isn't. Not even a little bit. SEE ALSO: Meghan Markle had an awkward but sweet moment during a mix up at an awards ceremony Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Oliver made his feelings about Meghan Markle's upcoming marriage to Prince Harry abundantly clear. "I would not … [Link]

Mashable » This art student's response to being told to 'dial back the feminism' is bang-on

Thursday 8 February 12:07:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhich of us hasn't fantasised of having the perfect comeback to a teacher? SEE ALSO: This 18-year-old cartoonist promotes positivity through a genderless, pink bean Art student Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes' piece in response to her teacher telling her to "dial back the feminism" has gone viral, with over 42,000 retweets at time of writing. Last week one of my art teachers … [Link]

Mashable » Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams respond to weird trivia about themselves

Thursday 8 February 11:53:04 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Do you even know what selachophobia is? Because Tom Hiddleston has it. SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams denies reports that she let slip the 'Game of Thrones' S8 air date BBC Radio 1 scoured IMDB for trivia about actors Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams and asked them to confirm or deny the fun facts. It turns out that while Williams owns … [Link]

Mashable » This itty-bitty flashlight is so small, there's no reason you can't carry it with you everywhere you go

Thursday 8 February 11:42:00 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. You don’t have to be the outdoorsy type to find yourself in need of a flashlight. Walking on a dark and creepy street, digging around for something you dropped, the zombie apocalypse … [Link]

Mashable » Hair stylists were shown that clip of Trump's hair flapping and their reactions are A+

Thursday 8 February 11:38:56 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook If you've been anywhere near the internet in the last 24 hours, chances are you've seen that clip of Donald Trump's hair cheerily flapping in the breeze by now. It's certainly an image that stays with you, isn't it? SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen casually trolls her hair stylist in Instagram comments In the wake of the internet's fascination with this … [Link]

Mashable » Just because most startups fail doesn't mean yours will

Thursday 8 February 11:36:00 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. In the age of startups, having a good idea will only get you so far. You need to raise money, market your business, and attract customers, which is probably why 75% of … [Link]

Mashable » The tiny clue in the 'Deadpool 2' trailer you may have missed

Thursday 8 February 11:13:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe new Deadpool 2 trailer had plenty of good points including pot-shots at Justice League and Toy Story references. But for Marvel comic fans, one moment in particular kind of stood out. SEE ALSO: 'Deadpool 2' poster hilariously channels… 'Flashdance'?! The shot comes in at the 1:39 mark, and shows Deadpool posing with a bunch of other super-folks in the bay … [Link]

Mashable » Chrissy Teigen's latest Twitter rant about John Legend is the most relatable yet

Thursday 8 February 10:49:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAnother day, another volley of hilarious tweets from Chrissy Teigen about day-to-day life with John Legend. SEE ALSO: 19 times Chrissy Teigen got hilariously angry with stuff on Twitter She's previously trolled him for both his singing and his dancing, but this day it was something totally different in the spotlight: phone chargers.  And, more specifically, Legend's lack of charger etiquette. … [Link]

Slashdot » Police In China Are Scanning Travelers With Facial Recognition Glasses

Thursday 8 February 10:00:00 UTC 2018

Baron_Yam shares a report from Engadget: Police in China are now sporting glasses equipped with facial recognition devices and they're using them to scan train riders and plane passengers for individuals who may be trying to avoid law enforcement or are using fake IDs. So far, police have caught seven people connected to major criminal cases and 26 who were … [Link]

Mashable » This 18-year-old cartoonist promotes positivity through a genderless, pink bean

Thursday 8 February 8:30:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHarry Hambley from Cardiff is only 18, but he's something of an Instagram sensation. SEE ALSO: Delightful artist drew a portrait of him and his girlfriend in 10 different cartoon styles and they're all perfect In June 2016, Hambley put up his first cartoon on Instagram. U found me 🐉 #no1 A post shared by Ketnipz (@ketnipz) on Jun 7, 2016 … [Link]

Mashable » Urban Dictionary wipes offensive and racist definitions for 'aboriginal'

Thursday 8 February 7:11:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUrban Dictionary has made its name through user-submitted definitions, explaining words which normal dictionaries don't. While this freedom allows the site's users to explain the most vulgar of slang, it's opened the doors for egregiously racist and discriminatory definitions of regular words. SEE ALSO: Hey, tech CEOs: Fighting racism isn't just right, it's also good business As reported by Junkee, an … [Link]

Slashdot » US Suicides Spiked 10 Percent After Robin Williams's Death, Study Finds

Thursday 8 February 7:00:00 UTC 2018

dryriver shares a report from the BBC: U.S. suicide rates spiked in the months after Robin Williams killed himself in 2014, according to researchers. In the five months after the actor's death there were 10% more suicides than might be expected, or 1,841 extra cases, PLOS One journal reports. The potential risk of copycat incidents after celebrity cases is known … [Link]

Mashable » Australia's most popular natural tourist spots are under threat from climate change

Thursday 8 February 5:25:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWant to visit a pristine Australian beach, or discover the delights of the Great Barrier Reef? You'd better be quick. Like many of the world's natural wonders, Australia's five most popular natural tourist pulls are under serious threat thanks to climate change, with specific risks detailed in a new report. SEE ALSO: We could cross a global warming red line by … [Link]

Mashable » Everything sucks, but then there's this adorable, rare newborn Malayan tapir

Thursday 8 February 5:10:25 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f2%2fb7c8aa6d 5205 9e6c%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ sucks, but then there's this adorable, rare newborn Malayan tapir","sources":[{&~ More about Animals, Zoo, Minnesota, Culture, and Animals [Link]

New Scientist – News » Training parents to work in hospitals benefits premature babies

Thursday 8 February 5:02:51 UTC 2018

When the parents of premature babies in intensive care units are trained in basic nursing care and put to work, their infants put on weight more quickly [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' Shannon Purser got a delightfully sneaky message from her barista

Thursday 8 February 3:56:18 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook#JusticeForBarb, though yet to be fully realised, is still at the top of our minds.  Perhaps also for Stranger Things star Shannon Purser, known to fans as the doomed Barb Holland, who received a strong and rather sneaky message of support from her barista on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: David Harbour is as smooth as butter in this hilarious Super Bowl ad … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The worst mass extinction may have begun with mass sterilisation

Thursday 8 February 3:30:00 UTC 2018

There seems to have been a surge in ultraviolet radiation during the Permian extinction 252 million years ago, and it might have left plants infertile rather than kill them [Link]

New Scientist – News » A much better asthma drug has shown promise in early experiments

Thursday 8 February 3:30:00 UTC 2018

Existing asthma drugs can fade in effectiveness and have side effects. But preliminary experiments suggest a new kind of drug could be more effective [Link]

Slashdot » Samsung and Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable To Hacking, Consumer Reports Finds

Thursday 8 February 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws. The problems affect Samsung televisions, along with models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart-TV platform, as well as streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra. We found … [Link]

Mashable » Harrison Ford was quietly advising on 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Thursday 8 February 2:28:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s still kinda weird imagining Han Solo without Harrison Ford at the helm. Yet that's what's happening in the forthcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Alden Ehrenreich stepping into big shoes as the iconic rogue smuggler. SEE ALSO: Every Star Wars movie and TV show in development right now But according to an Entertainment Weekly report, Ford has been quietly … [Link]

Slashdot » Key iPhone Source Code Gets Posted On GitHub

Thursday 8 February 1:25:00 UTC 2018

Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: An anonymous person posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone's operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve. The code is for "iBoot," which is the part … [Link]

Slashdot » Foxconn Unit To Cut Over 10,000 Jobs As Robotics Take Over

Thursday 8 February 0:45:00 UTC 2018

According to Nikkei Asian Review, "Foxconn's panel arm Innolux is planning to slash more than 10,000 jobs this year as part of the company's aggressive efforts to increase the use of automation in manufacturing." Honorary Chairman Tuan Hsing-Chien said in a press conference on Tuesday: "We will reduce our total workforce to less than 50,000 people by the end of … [Link]

Mashable » This ridiculous game is for all the foodies out there

Thursday 8 February 0:27:26 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. Chow Crown by Hasbro is a new game on the market that will release in fall 2018. Simply place the crown on your head, clip in some snacks, and press start. The crown will move and … [Link]

Mashable » What SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch means for the future of spaceflight

Thursday 8 February 0:05:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpaceX had a pretty big day on Tuesday.  The Elon Musk-founded company successfully launched its maiden flight of the huge Falcon Heavy rocket and landed two of its three main boosters back on Earth after sending a Tesla Roadster to space.  With this launch, SpaceX and Musk effectively made a long-shot rocket dream come true before our eyes and made good … [Link]

Slashdot » Nest Is Done As a Standalone Alphabet Company, Merges With Google

Thursday 8 February 0:03:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There's a shakeup at Nest today. Following previous rumors back in November, Google just announced Nest will no longer be a standalone Alphabet company; instead, it will merge with the Google hardware team. The current Nest CEO, Marwan Fawaz, will report to Google Hardware SVP Rick Osterloh. Google's blog post says … [Link]

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