John Gordon Ross

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

Mashable » Facebook Messenger is getting a surprising new Valentine's Day update

Tuesday 13 February 23:56:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTen years ago, the pressure my fellow teens and I felt to make a budding relationship "Facebook Official" was real. But with fewer teenagers than ever using Facebook (in favor of Snapchat), and with us now-twenty-somethings living our lives on Instagram, the stress-inducing relationship status feature has become blissfully irrelevant. Now, Facebook might be trying to reverse that trend — using Valentine's … [Link]

Slashdot » Huawei Got People To Write Fake Reviews For An Unreleased Phone

Tuesday 13 February 23:30:00 UTC 2018

As spotted by 9to5Google, Huawei has apparently posted fake reviews on Best Buy for its new Mate 10 Pro, which is available for pre-order in the U.S. despite not having any deals with U.S. carriers. "The fake reviews, which are exclusively on the Best Buy website, are likely the result of a contest Huawei ran on Facebook," reports The Verge. … [Link]

Mashable » Call your bannerman: A 'Game of Thrones' iOS game is coming

Tuesday 13 February 23:04:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Or maybe you tap on your touch screen to try again. HBO and game developers Behaviour Interactive and GAEA Technology just announced their partnership to create a strategy iOS game based on the TV series. There aren't many details on exactly what the game will be, but Game of Thrones is … [Link]

Mashable » Olympic curling is a great way to trick your children into cleaning the house

Tuesday 13 February 22:55:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNeed to clean your house but keep dragging your feet? Just pretend you're curling. Better yet, get your children to pretend they're curling — a genius idea perpetuated by the Olympics network itself, NBC. All you need is a broom or Swiffer and a rounded object of some kind. Anything will work, because you are not competing for any medals. You … [Link]

Slashdot » Trump's Infrastructure Plan Has No Dedicated Money For Broadband

Tuesday 13 February 22:50:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President Trump's new 10-year plan for "rebuilding infrastructure in America" doesn't contain any funding specifically earmarked for improving Internet access. Instead, the plan sets aside a pool of funding for numerous types of infrastructure projects, and broadband is one of the eligible categories. The plan's $50 billion Rural Infrastructure Program lists … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how single people of all ages feel about these hotly debated love topics

Tuesday 13 February 22:46:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith every Valentine's Day comes the unavoidable question all single people silently ask themselves: Does everyone else hate this as much as I do? Hater, the dating app that matches people based on their mutual dislikes, revealed just how divided generations are on certain hot-topic issues in the world of dating. The data is split by user age — from age … [Link]

Mashable » Roommates prank friend by turning their bedroom into a bad museum from the future

Tuesday 13 February 22:42:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen Ellen Huet's roommates went on vacation, she pulled out her laminator and went to work. Everyday objects haphazardly thrown around the room became exhibits in an error-filled museum from the future. Her housemates, Tony Lai and Nihar Madhavan wrote descriptions for each ancient relic.  opportunity: two of your housemates take a tripbattle plan: rest of house bands together to convert … [Link]

Mashable » Extremely rich dude Tim Cook just doesn't understand the need for money

Tuesday 13 February 22:38:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMoney, who needs it? Not extremely rich dude and Apple CEO Tim Cook, apparently.  Sure, Cook's estimated net worth is around $666 million, but, as he explained while waxing philosophic during Apple's annual shareholder meeting on Feb. 13, that doesn't mean he likes the stuff in its current form.  SEE ALSO: Tim Cook thinks you should stop whining about the iPhone … [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Panther' has highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any live-action superhero movie

Tuesday 13 February 22:34:37 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we're rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. T'Challa reigns supreme over movie reviews, where Black Panther has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any live-action superhero movie. As for superhero movies in general? It's tied with The Incredibles, so we'll allow it. SEE ALSO: Meet the cast of … [Link]

Mashable » Fall in love with this tasty mountain of shredded ice

Tuesday 13 February 22:32:43 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook‘The Little Ones' dessert shop is a sweet cafe in New York City serving authentic Japanese treats. Kakigōri is a mound of shredded ice with fruit, other flavors, and treats inside. Their limited edition Valentine's Day special is pink and perfect for sharing! Even better, it's dairy free.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Real Time, Real Time Video, Real Time, and … [Link]

Mashable » What is Team OAR and why are they in the Olympics?

Tuesday 13 February 22:22:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith the Olympics underway, there's already hot competition and more than a little confusion.  Commentators keep mentioning Russian athletes, but weren't they banned? And who is this Team OAR that keeps cropping up and winning medals? What's the deal?  SEE ALSO: Ranking every sport in the Winter Olympics, even the ridiculous ones Team OAR stands for "Olympic Athletes From Russia," a … [Link]

Slashdot » Many ID-Protection Services Fail Basic Security

Tuesday 13 February 22:10:00 UTC 2018

Paul Wagenseil, writing for Tom's Guide: For a monthly fee, identity-protection services promise to do whatever they can to make sure your private personal information doesn't fall into the hands of criminals. Yet many of these services — including LifeLock, IDShield and Credit Sesame — put personal information at risk, because they don't let customers use two-factor authentication (2FA). This … [Link]

Mashable » Movies to watch this Valentine's Day if you want to pick a fight with your significant other

Tuesday 13 February 22:04:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSome days, you come home wanting to snuggle up with your sweetheart and watch something that'll make you laugh, cry, swoon, and fall in love all over again. Other days, you come home ready to pick a fight. SEE ALSO: Valentine's Day gifts that prove being single is way better than being coupled If you're looking for recommendations for the former, … [Link]

Mashable » Playing with the classic Pogo Bal

Tuesday 13 February 21:50:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHost Dustin McLean and guest Eva Gardner review the classic toy "Pogo Bal," looking into its origins and putting it to the test to find out if it still holds up.  In each episode of The Toy Shop we play with some of our most nostalgic and favorite toys from our childhoods! Will they be as fun as we remember?  Let … [Link]

Mashable » The best hookup apps for casual daters

Tuesday 13 February 21:48:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe biggest players in the online dating scene tend to emphasize the chance for a lasting connection. But the reality is, plenty of people out there are just looking for something casual.  When so much of the dating site marketing promises love, where should casual daters turn for something less serious? The App Store, naturally. Dating apps like Tinder and Grindr … [Link]

Mashable » Man set a sphere made of matches on fire, and it is, in fact, lit

Tuesday 13 February 21:44:26 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Have you ever wondered what a sphere made out of matches looks like when it's set on fire? Neither have I. But now you don't have to. Over the course of months, YouTuber All Is Art turned 42,000 matches into a large sphere, then set it ablaze.  I guess he put it right next to a million trees just for … [Link]

Mashable » Benji the scruffy crime solver is back in a Netflix reboot

Tuesday 13 February 21:35:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNetflix’s trailer for the newest Benji movie shows the classic character finding a new family and solving a crime. Read more…More about Movies, Netflix, Dogs, Mashable Video, and Family [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook is Pushing Its Data-tracking Onavo VPN Within Its Main Mobile App

Tuesday 13 February 21:30:00 UTC 2018

TechCrunch reports: Onavo Protect, the VPN client from the data-security app maker acquired by Facebook back in 2013, has now popped up in the Facebook app itself, under the banner "Protect" in the navigation menu. Clicking through on "Protect" will redirect Facebook users to the "Onavo Protect — VPN Security" app's listing on the App Store. We're currently seeing this … [Link]

Mashable » Massive wild boar called 'Pigzilla' spotted rummaging through a dumpster

Tuesday 13 February 21:24:33 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook We usually have to deal with annoying raccoons digging through the trash, but this is a new level of pest.  A gigantic wild boar was seen digging through a dumpster outside a school in Hong Kong. Her three (also massive) piglets roamed on the sidewalk nearby. Facebook user Tu Dong recorded the boar's search for delicious garbage. They captioned it … [Link]

Mashable » The nation is ready to give Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim all the junk food she wants

Tuesday 13 February 21:17:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookChloe Kim, one of Team USA's early breakout stars of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, will probably never have to pay for a burrito or breakfast sandwich again for the rest of her life. It all started when Kim captured America's collective heart not just by being an amazing snowboarder but by tweeting — including during competition — about her desire to … [Link]

Mashable » Incredible 'Batman Ninja' anime trailer imagines the dark knight as a samurai

Tuesday 13 February 21:17:19 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The second trailer for Batman Ninja arrived Tuesday and the anime movie looks even better than we could have imagined. This trailer — the first one in English — gives a better glimpse at what Batman Ninja is about: Batman as a samurai working with a handful of familiar allies including Robin, Catwoman, and Nightwing to stop the Joker. Except … [Link]

Mashable » Tuesday's best deals: Save on the Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch and Dell laptops, plus AncestryDNA and 23AndMe test kits

Tuesday 13 February 21:16:45 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 almost here (almost here as in, um, tomorrow) and if you're reading this because you're still searching for a gift, we just have one question: Why are you like … [Link]

Mashable » Why you should watch 'Fruitvale Station' before seeing 'Black Panther'

Tuesday 13 February 21:09:18 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we're rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. Long before super-team duo Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler teamed up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they did so in Oakland. The two first joined forces in an indie film turned critical darling called Fruitvale Station, which documented the life … [Link]

Mashable » Shred the slopes with these easily attachable ski shoes

Tuesday 13 February 21:01:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnowfeet combines ice skating and skiing through an easy shoe attachment. There's no additional equipment needed—just snap them on and go.  Read more…More about Sports, Mashable Video, Snow, Shoes, and Winter [Link]

Mashable » Aly Raisman's 'Sports Illustrated' shoot is all about empowering women

Tuesday 13 February 20:56:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSports Illustrated's 2018 Swimsuit Edition is here and the magazine ditched the swimsuits to focus on empowerment. As part of an project called "In Her Own Words," Sports Illustrated invited models and inspirational women like Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman to express themselves by having impactful words that resonated with them personally painted on their bodies. Raisman, one of hundreds of women … [Link]

Slashdot » Porsche Is 3D Printing Hard-To-Find Parts For The 959 And Other Classics

Tuesday 13 February 20:50:00 UTC 2018

Porsche Classic, Porsche's classic cars division, has turned to 3D printing obscure parts that people might need on occasion. From a report: They already have about 52,000 parts available, but for the truly arcane ones, it's cheaper to 3D print them than make the specialized tools to create them over again. In addition to that 959 lever, Porsche is also … [Link]

Mashable » Sweetheart flight deal gets you and your honey to Europe

Tuesday 13 February 20:48:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNothing says true love like flying to Europe for $100. WOW Air is ready for Valentine's Day with deals to Iceland from American cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, and Pittsburgh starting at $99 one-way. San Francisco flights to Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik, start at $129. The sale started Tuesday ahead of the heart-filled day. SEE ALSO: What's really romantic … [Link]

Mashable » Artists behind the Obamas' portraits also have some pretty incredible Instagrams

Tuesday 13 February 20:44:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHistory was made and rules were broken when former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively to paint their likeness for their Smithsonian presidential portraits.  For the first time, two black artists had the task of immortalizing the first black couple in the White House and the unveiling ceremony on Monday revealed stunning … [Link]

Mashable » Why women need Galentine’s Day more than ever this year

Tuesday 13 February 20:33:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn 2010, Galentine's Day was just another Parks and Rec episode, but in recent years it's become a symbol of female empowerment and solidarity.  The fictional holiday, brought to life by Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler), was a day filled with "ladies celebrating ladies." Since the episode aired, Feb, 13 has become a real-life celebration of women's triumphs rather than … [Link]

Mashable » Salon's new business plan is running cryptocurrency-mining malware on your computer

Tuesday 13 February 20:22:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s hard out there for a publisher. But what if, ya know, the blockchain could fix it? That appears to be the thinking of digital media brand Salon, which today launched a new way to generate revenue off its readers. No, not some fancy subscription model, but rather by running cryptocurrency-mining malware on visitors' computers.  SEE ALSO: A little-known token may … [Link]

Mashable » The best smart speakers according to Amazon reviewers

Tuesday 13 February 20:19:26 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 searching for a new smart speaker, the market is flooded with options. Whether you’re looking to spend your time listening to music outside, or you’re in search for the perfect … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Launches AMP For Email To Bring Web-like Actionable Content To Gmail

Tuesday 13 February 20:10:00 UTC 2018

Google today announced an extension of the AMP (accelerated mobile pages) program to include another popular communications medium. From a report: The internet giant unveiled the Gmail developer preview of AMP for email, a web-like experience designed to make emails more engaging and interactive. One of the key benefits of AMP for email will be that content within an email … [Link]

Mashable » Do you need a VPN? Quite possibly. Here's why.

Tuesday 13 February 19:57:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEven if you don't think you're being tracked online, you are.  Your internet service provider (ISP) can see everything you do. While there probably isn't a guy at Time Warner Cable sitting in a corner office watching your every move, many ISPs do compile anonymous browsing logs and sometimes sell them to advertising companies. With that data, advertisers can tailor their … [Link]

Mashable » Modern tech with vintage vibes: Save $40 on this retro-looking Bluetooth speaker

Tuesday 13 February 19:56:42 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. Don't get us wrong: We're grateful to be living in the iAge. We can send notes to our friends and they'll receive them in minutes, not days or weeks. We can have … [Link]

Mashable » Beyond Nest: The best smart home thermostats to keep you comfy all year

Tuesday 13 February 19:47:18 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. When hunting for the best smart thermostat for your home, it's probably because you've encountered an all too familiar problem. (Stop us if you've heard this one before.) You're either freezing your … [Link]

Mashable » The Samsung Galaxy S9 may have stereo speakers and 3D emoji

Tuesday 13 February 19:34:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSamsung’s upcoming smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S9, will have some significant upgrades over the Galaxy S8, according to ETNews (via Android Authority).  SEE ALSO: Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone The report claims the S9 will feature Animoji-style 3D emoji which will mimic users' facial expressions. It will also feature dual stereo speakers on the … [Link]

Slashdot » LoopX Startup Pulls ICO Exit Scam and Disappears with $4.5 Million

Tuesday 13 February 19:30:00 UTC 2018

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A cryptocurrency startup named LoopX has pulled an exit scam after collecting around $4.5 million from users during an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) held in the recent weeks. The LoopX team disappeared out of the blue at the start of the week when it took down its website and deleted its Facebook, Telegram, and YouTube … [Link]

Slashdot » Countries that Are Most Highly Invested in Automation

Tuesday 13 February 18:49:00 UTC 2018

A report by the International Federation of Robotics looks at the countries that are most highly invested in manufacturing automation. The countries with the ten highest densities of robots are, in order: South Korea (631 per 10,000 workers), Singapore (488), Germany (309), Japan (303), Sweden (223), Denmark (211), United States (189), Italy (185), Belgium (184), and Taiwan (177). Overall, the … [Link]

Mashable » Let us remember how very bad presidential portraits were until the Obamas

Tuesday 13 February 18:47:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Obamas presidential portraits just came out, and they are amazing. SEE ALSO: The internet is enthralled by the Obamas' official portraits I want a print of each one for my home. Everyone wants a print of each one for their home. Barack Obama's portrait should be every album cover from now on. The Obamas portraits are made even better by … [Link]

Mashable » Canadian speed skater whips South Korean fans into a frenzy over Olympic medal drama

Tuesday 13 February 18:37:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTuesday’s women's 500-meter short track speed skating final in the Pyeonchang Winter Games ended in a photo finish and some brutal outrage. Italian skater Arianna Fontana won the event in a heated race with the hosting-country's favorite Choi Minjeong, which was close enough to need a photo finish.  But it was 23-year-old Canadian skater Kim Boutin who has drawn the ire … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Snap Opens up Its Marketing API to All Developers

Tuesday 13 February 18:36:13 UTC 2018

Snap, the parent company of popular social app Snapchat, today announced that its Marketing API is now available to all developers. [Link]

Mashable » Could a revived 'Seinfeld' even make sense in modern-day America?

Tuesday 13 February 18:36:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSeinfeld was, famously, a show about "nothing." But if Jerry Seinfeld were ever to bring it back — as he suggested was "possible" during a recent appearance on Ellen — would nothing still fly? Seinfeld's cast of 30-something singles feels today like a snapshot of 1990s America. Thumbing through reruns on Hulu, it quickly becomes evident that plenty of the humor … [Link]

Mashable » It's okay to have fake plants

Tuesday 13 February 18:23:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookI came home from my holiday vacation feeling terrible about myself.  The trip had been lovely, but I was exhausted from a twice-delayed flight and could feel the ominous soreness that precedes a cold coming on. I was anxious about my to-do list. My personal life was not exactly at its peak. And, of course, I had a classic case of … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Troll' Loses Cloudflare Lawsuit, Has Weaponized Patent Invalidated

Tuesday 13 February 18:10:00 UTC 2018

A federal judge in San Francisco has unequivocally ruled against a non-practicing entity that had sued Cloudflare for patent infringement. From a report: The judicial order effectively ends the case that Blackbird — which Cloudflare had dubbed a "patent troll" — had brought against the well-known security firm and content delivery network. "Abstract ideas are not patentable," US District Judge … [Link]

Mashable » 13 last-minute Valentine's Day gift ideas

Tuesday 13 February 18:08:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Somehow, we knew you'd end up here. Valentine's Day is tomorrow and you forgot to get something for your boo. The stores are running out of options and you're running out of … [Link]

Mashable » Pornhub Premium will be free on Valentine's Day. So have at it, romantics.

Tuesday 13 February 17:55:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThose feeling lonely on Valentine's Day can take solace in one annual tradition: Pornhub will be offering its Premium service for free. Whether that's an exciting prospect or a depressing one is for you to decide. But, per Pornhub Insights, for 24 hours non-Premium subscribers will gain access to thousands more videos – some in 4k, if that's what you're into.  … [Link]

Mashable » Panera wants you to get engaged at Panera, and everyone's wondering why?

Tuesday 13 February 17:34:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookNothing screams romance like a bread-bowl filled with creamy tomato soup. At least, that's what Panera Bread wants you to believe. SEE ALSO: Dad jokes are the best jokes, as proven by MoonPie's Twitter The fast casual dining chain announced a special Valentine's Day sweepstakes—get engaged in one of its bakery-cafés on Feb. 14 and the company just might cater your … [Link]

Mashable » SuperPhone wants to track your phone calls and messages for a small fee

Tuesday 13 February 17:33:21 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMessaging can save your life.  That's the motto of hip-hop artist-turned-entrepreneur Ryan Leslie. The idea wasn't difficult for me to understand when he presented his latest pitch to me last week at Mashable. Just minutes before he arrived, his publicist was texting me in order to confirm our office address and make sure security was ready to let him in. Okay, … [Link]

Mashable » John Mayer reveals the ultimate skincare secret of them all

Tuesday 13 February 17:30:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s been a few years since we've heard from John Mayer about how he keeps his skin glowing, and it turns out the singer has updated his extensive regimen.  For Mayer, these days days a skin care routine no longer includes Direct Application Techniques or Crucial Necessity Zones. To get his apparently super smooth skin, you really only need a few … [Link]

Slashdot » Bill Gates: Tech Companies Inviting Government Intervention

Tuesday 13 February 17:30:00 UTC 2018

In an interview with Axios on Tuesday, Bill Gates warned Apple and other tech giants that they risk the kind of nightmarish government intervention that once plagued his Microsoft if they act arrogantly. Axios reports: The big picture: "The companies need to be careful that they're not … advocating things that would prevent government from being able to, under appropriate … [Link]

Mashable » The internet is enthralled by the Obamas' official portraits

Tuesday 13 February 17:28:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOn Monday, Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. And as with anything involving an even remotely visual component, the internet made some memes. Some were bad. Some were fine. None were even close to as good as the portraits. But Twitter will tweet, and tweet it did. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama explains her … [Link]

Mashable » If you've been waiting for a sale to buy a Casper mattress, today's your day

Tuesday 13 February 17:07:56 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. This is not a drill: You can get a queen-sized Casper mattress on sale today for $796. (They are typically upwards of $995.) None of us like to leave our beds in … [Link]

Mashable » Google didn't sell many Pixel phones in 2017, and that's not good for the line

Tuesday 13 February 17:07:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGoogle’s Pixel phones may be great phones with best-in-class cameras, but they won't be toppling Apple's iPhones or Samsung's Galaxy phones anytime soon. The company reportedly only shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo. For Google, that's not too shabby for a newcomer — it's twice the number of Pixels from the year before … [Link]

Mashable » Chris Rock's first stand-up special in a decade drops on Valentine's Day

Tuesday 13 February 17:05:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookChris Rock's next stand-up comedy special is coming really soon to Netflix. SEE ALSO: This Netflix original is the Bonnie & Clyde of our generation The legendary comedian announced on Instagram Tuesday that his first taped special in 10 years is dropping on Netflix in the early hours of Wednesday, aka Valentine's Day. Tonight at midnight (PT) my new Standup special … [Link]

Mashable » '13 Reasons Why' book author kicked out of group following sexual harassment allegations

Tuesday 13 February 16:59:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookUpdated 1:58 p.m.: A Netflix spokesperson told Mashable "Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of 13 Reasons Why. The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way." 13 Reasons Why author Jay Asher was expelled from a writing organization in 2017 due to violation of the organization's sexual harassment policies. As the #MeToo movement spreads to publishing, … [Link]

Mashable » Save more than $100 on these wireless headphones by Bluephonic today

Tuesday 13 February 16:56:26 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. There's nothing worse than rocking out to your workout playlist at the gym and getting tangled in cords in the middle of a set. Ditch the wires completely with this pair of … [Link]

Mashable » The race is on to study untouched Antarctic waters exposed by giant iceberg

Tuesday 13 February 16:55:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn mid-July, one of the largest icebergs ever observed broke off the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. The iceberg, known as A-68, did not come as a surprise, since scientists were tracking the spread of a lengthening fissure in the ice shelf for years before it finally broke off an ice chunk about the size of Delaware.  Since … [Link]

Slashdot » The Most Popular Linux Desktop Programs

Tuesday 13 February 16:52:00 UTC 2018

The most recent Linux Questions poll results are in. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ZDNet: LinuxQuestions, one of the largest internet Linux groups with 550,000 members, has just posted the results from its latest survey of desktop Linux users. In the always hotly-contested Linux desktop environment survey, the winner was the KDE Plasma Desktop. It was followed by the popular … [Link]

Mashable » 'Plogging' is a Swedish fitness trend that combines running with picking up litter

Tuesday 13 February 16:42:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookForget about Hygge, Lagom, and Ikea's attempt to start a twin duvet revolution. There's a new Scandinavian trend in town.  SEE ALSO: Ikea wants you to try a Swedish sleep trend that could save your relationship This trend encourages people to pick up litter while out running. So, it's not just good for your health, it's also good for the environment.  … [Link]

Mashable » Step aside slime, these ASMR soap videos are the newest trend on the internet

Tuesday 13 February 16:40:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPeople are finding interesting ways to repurpose ordinary bars of soap lying around their homes. The result is intense visuals and sounds of cutting, carving, and crunching soap. According to experts, watching or trying this activity can have some surprisingly therapeutic effects.  Read more…More about Trending, Instagram, Viral, Mashable Video, and Trends [Link]

Mashable » Get a no fuss wireless charging pad for less than $8

Tuesday 13 February 16:25:13 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. With bigger screens and fewer wires, new phones are becoming more advanced with every upgrade. One of those upgrades includes wireless charging, which essentially lets your phone lounge while it charges as … [Link]

Mashable » Prepare to see everyone's to-do lists on Facebook now

Tuesday 13 February 16:19:09 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook 175b e426%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ a list, check it twice.","image":&quo~ to see everyone's to-do lists on Facebook now","sources":[{&qu~ media,social network","sec0":null~ media,social network","videoSeriesName~ More about Facebook, Lists, Social Media, Social Network, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Can You Withstand the 'Gray Phone' Challenge?

Tuesday 13 February 16:19:08 UTC 2018

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

Mashable » Amazon daily deals: Gadgets, headphones, Casper mattresses, and more

Tuesday 13 February 16:16:14 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. Statistically, we spend at least a third of our lives in bed, even more so when we're binging Netflix. You might as well break in a new mattress since you'll be spending … [Link]

Slashdot » US Senators Voice Concern Over Chinese Access To Intellectual Property

Tuesday 13 February 16:11:00 UTC 2018

Leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they were concerned about what they described as China's efforts to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual property through Chinese companies with government ties. From a report: Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, cited concerns about the spread of foreign technologies in the United States, which he … [Link]

Mashable » Meet the cast of 'Black Panther'

Tuesday 13 February 16:06:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookExcited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we're rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. Black Panther has movie audiences all but salivating with anticipation to see a beloved superhero and a formidable cast of color. The film's roster has been growing for years, adding vets like Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker as well as future powerhouses … [Link]

Mashable » Boston Dynamics robot has nailed a craft that has evaded many of its predecessors – door handles

Tuesday 13 February 16:00:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn a clip posted to its YouTube channel on Monday, Boston Dynamics showed off a new feature on its dog-like robot, SpotMini, which is now able to open up doors and let its buddies out. This new development is bringing up connotations of Black Mirror's episode 'Metalhead' which was actually inspired by Boston Dynamics' robots. Read more…More about Tech, Technology, Robots, … [Link]

Mashable » Adam Rippon's response to his haters is the best damn thing

Tuesday 13 February 15:40:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAdam Rippon, everyone's new favorite Olympian, may have helped Team USA win a bronze medal, but his Twitter deserves the gold. The 28-year-old figure skater and first openly gay American athlete in the Winter Olympics has already captured hearts across the world with his insane talent, vibrant personality, and love of Reese Witherspoon. But like every talented human, Rippon has some … [Link]

Mashable » LG to launch updated V30 with AI-powered camera this month

Tuesday 13 February 15:39:24 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. LG is launching a new version of its V30 flagship smartphone later this month, and it's going to have an AI-powered camera, the company announced Tuesday.  The new camera technology is called Vision AI, and LG … [Link]

Mashable » 50 great gifts for under $50

Tuesday 13 February 15:38:00 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook PAID CONTENT BY EBAYHeads 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.By Mashable DealsSome people possess an innate talent for thoughtful gift-giving. No matter the occasion or recipient, they somehow nail their gift selections year after year, cementing their status … [Link]

Mashable » Pimp out your iRobot with these decorative decal skins

Tuesday 13 February 15:35:18 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. So, you finally got your hands on an iRobot Roomba, huh? Like all the other beloved tech in your life (like your phone or laptop), your Roomba deserves a decorative case to … [Link]

Slashdot » YouTube CEO: Facebook Should 'Get Back To Baby Pictures'

Tuesday 13 February 15:25:00 UTC 2018

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki won't divulge her biggest fear about competing with Facebook, but she will give them some free advice. From a report: "They should get back to baby pictures," Wojcicki said Monday at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, California. Video has been an obsession for Facebook, as it tries to swipe the most advertising dollars migrating … [Link]

Mashable » There's a 'Game of Thrones' Easter egg on 'Altered Carbon'

Tuesday 13 February 15:24:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAltered Carbon commits fully to the sci-fi cyberpunk genre, but is there a nod to our favorite fantasy zeitgeist, Game of Thrones? Keen-eyed Redditors noticed what may be a religious symbol from Game of Thrones lurking in the scenery of Altered Carbon. SEE ALSO: Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' cast on the power of representation Image: netflixEarly in episode three, Prescott (Tamara Taylor) … [Link]

Mashable » This company will plan your Insta-worthy proposal

Tuesday 13 February 15:21:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYes Girls Events is a one-of-a-kind proposal planning service. They help couples plan fairytale-like proposals, and for a good cause. 10% of their profits are donated to help put an end to sex trafficking in Cambodia. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Couples, Relationships, Real People, and Love [Link]

Mashable » Why 'Star Trek Discovery' Season 1 was a cosmic dud

Tuesday 13 February 15:13:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis post contains spoilers for the season finale of Star Trek Discovery — but also points out why you may not want to bother watching it.  From the moment its name was unveiled to a packed Comic-Con crowd at a panel of Starfleet alumni, I was personally rooting for Star Trek: Discovery to succeed.  What we had here, CBS told us, … [Link]

Mashable » Relive the bouncy glory days of the Pogo Bal with our new show, 'The Toy Shop'

Tuesday 13 February 15:04:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSure, fidgets spinners may have dominated 2017, but they ain't got nothing on Pogo Bals. Originally released by Hasbro (formerly Milton Bradley) in 1987, the Pogo Bal was a small, inflatable ball surrounded by a plastic disc (like the planet Saturn but much, much smaller and plastic) that allowed users to bounce to their hearts' content.  SEE ALSO: Kid-friendly gadgets and … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » ​US Dept. of Defense "Startup" Clearcuts Path To Open Sourcing Pentagon-Developed Software

Tuesday 13 February 14:53:23 UTC 2018

Starting today, US Department of Defense (DoD) administrators and the software developers that work for them will have a clearly defined framework and set of best practices for publishing the software they develop with an open source license. The project, known as, is being spearheaded by an internal DoD group called the Defense Digital Service (DDS). [Link]

Mashable » Here's what we think about Apple's HomePod

Tuesday 13 February 14:52:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you are an Apple fan and use Apple Music, you might love the HomePod. That's if you're fine with dropping $350 on a smart assistant speaker. You can easily pair your HomePod to your iPhone and use "Hey Siri" voice commands. However, you can't ask HomePod to make calls, check your calendar, or search online. The music quality might make … [Link]

Mashable » Olympic Austrian skier dramatically crashes into cameraman

Tuesday 13 February 14:52:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Olympics are all fun and games, until someone suffers an intense crash. In this case, Austrian alpine ski races Matthias Mayer fell during the men's alpine combined, running over a cameraman in the process. Some people enjoy watching the crashes, because they are reminded of the fact that no one, not even an Olympic athlete, is perfect. But in this … [Link]

Mashable » Arizona has totally great idea to let people pay taxes in Bitcoin

Tuesday 13 February 14:51:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPaying your taxes is a complicated pain, but wait if — and bear with me here — what if you could pay them on the blockchain? That is essentially the totally real idea being debated in Arizona, as the state's House of Representatives prepares to debate Senate Bill 1091. The bill, passed by the state Senate on Feb. 8, would allow … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft: We're Developing Blockchain ID System Starting With Our Authenticator App

Tuesday 13 February 14:45:00 UTC 2018

Microsoft has revealed its plans to use blockchain distributed-ledger technologies to securely store and manage digital identities, starting with an experiment using the Microsoft Authenticator app. From a report: Microsoft reckons the technology holds promise as a superior alternative to people granting consent to dozens of apps and services and having their identity data spread across multiple providers. It highlights … [Link]

Mashable » Symphony students prank band director with Mii Channel theme song

Tuesday 13 February 14:38:03 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Who said band practice has to be boring? Certainly not this Virginia university.  The Liberty University Wind Symphony decided to prank their band director with a rendition of the popular Mii Channel theme song. The famous gaming instrumental seems identical to the Wii feature and there's no telling the difference between the two. The orchestra was suppose to play one … [Link]

Mashable » There's a trailer for that weird 'Overboard' remake and we're left with some questions

Tuesday 13 February 14:27:47 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook At last, Hollywood delivers a love story we can all relate to: Boy meets girl. Boy gets amnesia. Girl pretends she's married to boy, because reasons. The premise of Overboard, which has been characterized as everything from a heartwarming rom-com to flat-out gaslighting (sometimes in the same sentence), worked in the 1987 original because of two people: stars Goldie Hawn … [Link]

Slashdot » In the Wake of Fake News, Several Universities Including MIT and Harvard Introduce New Course On Ethics and Regulation of AI

Tuesday 13 February 14:05:00 UTC 2018

The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm. Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness later. Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley's top technologists are hustling to bring a more medicine-like morality to computer science, the New York … [Link]

Mashable » Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' cast on the power of representation

Tuesday 13 February 14:02:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn Netflix's Altered Carbon, anyone can be anyone. A dead child can be brought back to life in an adult body; a wife whose husband misses her dearly can return to him in the form of another man.  That's how the show's main protagonist, Takeshi Kovacs — who was born into the body of an Asian man — is portrayed for … [Link]

Mashable » Google's fast-loading AMP pages are coming to Gmail

Tuesday 13 February 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. If you've ever browsed the web on your mobile phone (duh!), you've likely encountered Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). Launched in Feb. 2016, they're optimized webpages from a variety of publishers that are stored on Google's … [Link]

Mashable » Mashable launches AMP stories in partnership with Google

Tuesday 13 February 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s a big day here at Mashable: We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Google that will bring our immersive vertical video storytelling to a new audience via search.  Ladies and gentlemen, meet AMP stories. Mashable is one of eight publishers involved in the development of AMP stories with Google, and we’re proud to have had a hand in shaping … [Link]

Mashable » 'Rocket League' meets Hot Wheels for real-life RC car soccer

Tuesday 13 February 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe only problem with Rocket League is that you can't really play car soccer in real life. Hot Wheels is changing that. SEE ALSO: 'Broverwatch' is a group of guys who get together to play games and talk about their feelings Hot Wheels and Rocket League developer Pysonix teamed up to create a Rocket League RC car set that includes two … [Link]

Mashable » 'DOS,' the sequel to 'UNO,' is a new take on an old favorite

Tuesday 13 February 13:44:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere’s a sequel to the card game UNO — it's appropriately called DOS. DOS is a new take on UNO that uses a similar system of numbered and colored cards, but this time around players have two card piles to choose from for playing cards and win after earning enough points, not by putting down all of their cards. Of course, … [Link]

Slashdot » Comcast Sues Vermont Over Conditions On New License Requiring the Company To Expand Its Network

Tuesday 13 February 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VTDigger: Cable television giant Comcast is suing the Vermont Public Utility Commission over the panel's decision to require the company to expand its network and step up support for community access TV if it wants to continue doing business in Vermont. A key issue is the services Comcast must provide to local community … [Link]

Mashable » Photoshop battle of a little dog destroying a sofa is all the drama you could ask for

Tuesday 13 February 12:09:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHell hath no fury like a dog left alone with a sofa. SEE ALSO: Dramatic puppy meeting a husky gets a hilarious Photoshop battle The Photoshop battle subreddit got a treat when this photo popped up on the site. Plenty of drama already inherent in that image, so without further ado here are the masterpieces that came flowing forth from the … [Link]

Mashable » This story of a heroic dog who died protecting his owner will break your heart

Tuesday 13 February 11:53:12 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA dog owner has shared an emotional story on Instagram of how his pet pooch died after protecting the rest of his pack from a black bear. SEE ALSO: Marine makes bucket list for dying dog who saved his life Pete was an adopted dog whose owners run a dog walking and pet sitting service. He was out hiking with his … [Link]

Mashable » Guy getting blasted by a fire hose in extreme slow-mo is all of us just trying to get through the day

Tuesday 13 February 11:27:56 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Because who doesn't like getting nailed by a high-pressure jet of water. SEE ALSO: Kevin Durant dunking in extreme slow motion is a thing of beauty The Slow Mo Guys are at it again (which is fair enough really, kind of comes with the territory) as Gav blasts Dan with a fire hose. It would look pretty heroic if it … [Link]

Mashable » Plus-size teen rocks dress she never thought she'd wear and the photos are so inspiring

Tuesday 13 February 11:27:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFriends can sometimes give us the little nudge we need to try something that we've lacked the confidence to do.  SEE ALSO: How to protect yourself when social media is harming your self-esteem Ashlie Bautista, 18, from Texas, USA, tweeted that her friends convinced her to wear a dress she never thought she'd wear. And, she ended up gaining some confidence … [Link]

Mashable » Dad comes up with the ultimate life hack for clipping his dog's nails

Tuesday 13 February 11:00:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhether they're jumping through open car windows at top speed or inspiring us with their pioneering spirit, dogs are basically the gift that keeps on giving. Every now and then, though, it's their owners that deserve the praise.  SEE ALSO: Never lose your dog again with the help of this tracker On Sunday, Kendal Peifer shared some photos of her dad's … [Link]

Mashable » 680K disgruntled Snapchatters have signed a petition to get rid of the new update

Tuesday 13 February 10:41:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Snapchat redesign is proving rather controversial, to say the very least. Indeed, Chrissy Teigen's already declared that she hates it, making us all feel far less alone.  And now, 680,000 people have signed a petition urging Snap Inc. to reverse its drastic redesign.   SEE ALSO: Devastated Snapchatters talk about the heartbreak of losing a Snapstreak after hundreds of … [Link]

Mashable » This mouse riding on a cop's windshield is public enemy no. 1

Tuesday 13 February 10:33:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA MOUSE. ON A WINDSHIELD. SEE ALSO: The latest viral challenge will have you sleeping in Ikea, and police are cracking down Alameda County Sheriff's Office in California reported a frankly terrifying attempted carjacking on Sunday. Read on if you dare. It seems sports hooligans come in all shapes and sizes. Luckily Deputy Dennington got away without any major contusions and, … [Link]

Mashable » 3 hidden travel destinations in Vietnam that will blow your mind

Tuesday 13 February 10:32:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn partnership with Uber & CanonDiscover your own #hiddencities Walking through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City can be an overwhelming experience: Vendors are parked up on both sides of the road — peddling everything from homemade snacks to fresh fruit — while scooters, bicycles, and plastic dining chairs fight for every inch of the remaining street real estate. With … [Link]

Mashable » 3 hidden gems that show a unique side of Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday 13 February 10:32:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIN PARTNERSHIP WITH UBER & CANONDiscover your own #hiddencities An urban jungle surrounded by actual rainforests, Kuala Lumpur is home to incredibly diverse scenery. "When I think of Kuala Lumpur, the unique blend of cultures and lifestyles is what comes to mind," says Patrick Teow, a travel photographer and influencer based in the Malaysian capital. " We may not boast the … [Link]

Mashable » 3 other-worldly places in Jakarta you have to see

Tuesday 13 February 10:31:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn partnership with Uber & CanonDiscover your own #hiddencities One of the word's fastest-growing metropolises, Jakarta is changing at a dizzying and exciting pace. On the other side of the coin, rapid development also means that many locales that reflect the city's diversity and rich cultural identity are being taken for granted.Uber and Canon have decided to bring these unsung destinations … [Link]

Mashable » 3 Instagrammable spots in Manila no one knows about

Tuesday 13 February 10:30:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn partnership with Uber & Canon Discover your own #hiddencities For a place like Manila, change is the only constant. With its infamously chaotic traffic and many densely populated enclaves, the city can be somewhat intimidating to navigate. However, underneath all the urban expansion and robust human activity, Manila has a unique persona that's equal parts enthralling and peaceful.It might be … [Link]

Mashable » 3 Singapore hidden gems not even hipsters know about

Tuesday 13 February 10:29:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn partnership with Uber & CanonDiscover your own #hiddencities A world-class financial and business hub, Singapore is one of the most developed cities in the world — and certainly looks the part. From the floating infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands to the glitzy Singapore Flyer, the city's most-photographed landmarks paint a picture of a place that's incredibly well manicured … [Link]

Mashable » Nobody can handle that video of a robot dog opening a door for his robot dog friend

Tuesday 13 February 10:14:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf films like Terminator and I, Robot have taught us anything, it's that one day humanity will finally take this whole robotics thing too far. Well brace yourselves for some machine-assisted doom, because on Monday Boston Dynamics released a new piece of deeply unnerving footage that's almost certainly the beginning of the end. SEE ALSO: What an AI ethics expert thinks … [Link]

New Scientist – News » NASA may lose a major space telescope and space station funding

Tuesday 13 February 10:00:07 UTC 2018

President Trump wants to cut back on major NASA projects, including a space telescope to study dark matter and dark energy, and US funding for the space station [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Is Designing Custom AI Chips For Alexa

Tuesday 13 February 10:00:00 UTC 2018

According to a report (paywalled) from The Information, Amazon is designing a custom artificial intelligence chip that would power future Echo devices and improve the quality and response time of its Alexa voice assistant. "The move closely followers rivals Apple and Google, both of which have already developed and deployed custom AI hardware at various scales," reports The Verge. From … [Link]

Slashdot » Daylight Saving Time Isn't Worth It, European Parliament Members Say

Tuesday 13 February 7:00:00 UTC 2018

AmiMoJo shares a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this week, the European Parliament voted 384 to 153 to review whether Daylight Saving Time is actually worth it. Although the resolution it voted on was non-binding, the majority reflected a growing dissatisfaction with a system that has been used by the U.S., Canada, most of Europe, and regions in Asia, Africa, … [Link]

Mashable » Swiss Olympic skier casually rides up escalator with one arm on his day off

Tuesday 13 February 5:32:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCompeting at an Olympics is a serious affair, not that it seems to worry Fabian Bösch too much. The 20-year-old Swiss skier isn't due to compete until next Sunday in the men's Slopestyle event, so in the meantime he's having a bit of fun — or you could call it a spot of training. SEE ALSO: 17-year-old Chloe Kim is the … [Link]

Mashable » We're all about this '80s-style instructional video for Apple's Siri

Tuesday 13 February 4:02:20 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook It may not be perfect, but we've certainly come a long way to get to a voice-activated assistant like Apple's Siri. It'd be difficult to imagine how Siri would work with the technology the 1980s, but if it did, this mock instructional video by YouTube channel Squirrel Monkey does a great job of hypothesizing how it'd all come together. The … [Link]

Mashable » 17-year-old Chloe Kim is the hangry Olympic champion we need right now

Tuesday 13 February 3:44:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAmerica, meet your new Olympic hero.  Chloe Kim is only 17 years old. On Tuesday morning, she landed two 1080s in the women's snowboard halfpipe to win her first Olympic gold medal.  SEE ALSO: Ranking every sport in the Winter Olympics, even the ridiculous ones Even more impressive? She was hella hangry while she did it. Here's what she tweeted right … [Link]

Slashdot » 25 Years of Satellite Data Shows Global Warming Is Accelerating Sea Level Rise

Tuesday 13 February 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook's new slogan: 'If you think we're not good for your business, leave'

Tuesday 13 February 3:28:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook is famous for the mantra "move fast and break things." But these days, the tech giant is all about time well spent, and with that comes a new tagline for everyone to follow:  If you don't like us, leave.  SEE ALSO: 5 questions Facebook's 'privacy principles' don't answer That's what Facebook executives Campbell Brown and Adam Mosseri stressed on Monday … [Link]

Mashable » Malaysian newspaper criticised for its 'how to spot a gay person' list

Tuesday 13 February 2:56:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLGBTQ discrimination is rife in Malaysia, but it doesn't get more ridiculous than an article telling readers how to spot them. Malaysian newspaper Sinar Harian has been criticised by activists for publishing a list of pointers last Friday, warning that it could put lives at risk. SEE ALSO: These LGBTQ Olympians are here to break records (and tiny queer hearts) According … [Link]

Mashable » Robots are having their own Olympics, but they kind of suck at skiing

Tuesday 13 February 2:26:02 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Don't worry, the robot uprising isn't coming yet. The mechanic athletes competing Hoengseong, about an hour outside Pyeongchang, South Korea are a mess.  Eight robotics teams from South Korea's research institutes, universities and a private company competed in a tournament called "Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge." The goal? Race robots down a ski slope without crashing and take home … [Link]

Slashdot » Skype Can't Fix a Nasty Security Bug Without a Massive Code Rewrite

Tuesday 13 February 2:00:00 UTC 2018

ZDNet reports of a security flaw in Skype's updater process that "can allow an attacker to gain system-level privileges to a vulnerable computer." If the bug is exploited, it "can escalate a local unprivileged user to the full 'system' level rights — granting them access to every corner of the operating system." What's worse is that Microsoft, which owns Skype, … [Link]

Mashable » Every glorious moment Benji appears in Netflix's new 'Benji' trailer

Tuesday 13 February 1:37:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBenji, scruffy solver of crimes, quasher of kidnappings, sniffer of butts, is coming to Netflix. Dropping a trailer on Monday, Netflix is bringing the problem-solving canine back in a brand-new movie written and directed by Brandon Camp, son of Joe Camp, who created the Benji movie franchise. SEE ALSO: Happy dog launches himself through open car window at rocket speed In … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Lost Around 2.8 Million US Users Under 25 Last Year

Tuesday 13 February 1:20:00 UTC 2018

According to new estimates by eMarketer, Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017, or about 1.4 million total users. That's almost three times more than the digital measurement firm expected. There were roughly 12.1 million U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic by the end of the year. Recode reports: There … [Link]

Mashable » Verizon will start locking its phones right when you buy them

Tuesday 13 February 1:19:31 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe days of buying unlocked phones are over. Verizon is joining other phone carriers in the practice of keeping phones locked for a certain time period after purchase. That means you can't buy a Verizon phone and start using it on a different network.  The company says this is a move to prevent phone theft since an unlocked phone that can … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Intune APIs in Microsoft Graph Now Out of Preview and Generally Available

Tuesday 13 February 1:17:50 UTC 2018

Microsoft has moved the Intune APIs in Microsoft Graph out of Preview and has made them generally available. [Link]

Mashable » It's not just you: Apple's software is buggier than it used to be — here's how they fix it

Tuesday 13 February 0:48:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookApple might finally be ready to take the many bugs that've been plaguing iOS more seriously. The company is making a major change to how it approaches software updates that will emphasize reliability and stability over speed, according to a new report in Bloomberg. SEE ALSO: Why Apple may be saving iOS 12's biggest features for iOS 13 Bloomberg wrote that … [Link]

Slashdot » Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Benchmarks Show An Incredible GPU, Faster CPU

Tuesday 13 February 0:40:00 UTC 2018

MojoKid writes: Though the company has been evangelizing its new Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform for a while now, Qualcomm is lifting the veil today on the new chip's benchmark performance profile. At the heart of the Snapdragon 845 is the new Kyro 385 CPU, which features four high-performance cores operating at 2.8GHz and four efficiency cores that are dialed back … [Link]

Mashable » This teen slept through his alarm because of Netflix and still won gold at the Olympics

Tuesday 13 February 0:25:53 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRed Gerard may be an Olympic snowboarder, but he's still a typical 17-year-old at heart. The teenager overslept after a late night of bingeing Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ignoring the alarm he had set because he was supposed to compete on Sunday morning.  SEE ALSO: How to follow the Olympics on Twitter Gerard should have been awake at 6 a.m. But, as Yahoo … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Center Booster Lacked Ignition Fluid To Light Engines and Land On Platform

Tuesday 13 February 0:03:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: The center core booster of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy didn't land on a floating sea platform as intended during last week's first test flight because it ran out of ignition fluid, company Chief Executive Elon Musk said Monday. Musk took to Twitter on Monday morning to give a few more updates … [Link]


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