Comic for October 17, 2017

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Categories: Funny

Hypnotize friends with this smartphone fidget spinner

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:15

Just when you think you've seen it all, fidget spinner technology never fails to keep you on your toes. Behold: the RingSpinner, an attachment that turns your smartphone into a mesmerizing fidget spinner. Read more...

More about Videos, Video, Iphone, Mashable Video, and Real Time
Categories: IT General, Technology

Bank of Canada, TMX to test blockchain for securities settlement

Technology News (Reuters) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:04
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's central bank, Toronto Stock Exchange operator TMX Group Ltd and Payments Canada said on Tuesday they will collaborate to test the use of blockchain technology for automating the securities settlement process.
Categories: Technology

Alphabet to develop high-tech waterfront site in Toronto

Technology News (Reuters) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:57
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian authorities on Tuesday tapped Google parent Alphabet Inc to help plan a mixed-use development along Toronto's Lake Ontario waterfront using cutting-edge digital technologies and urban design.
Categories: Technology

Frailty tied to higher risk of complications with common surgeries

Health News (Reuters) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:55
(Reuters Health) - Frail patients are more likely to have serious complications after elective outpatient surgery than people who are healthier and stronger, a recent study suggests.
Categories: Health

The most secretive startup in tech just raised another $500 million

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:46

We know very little of Magic Leap. And yet, it continues to be on a path toward greatness. 

The augmented reality company just closed on $502 million in funding, propelling their total venture funding to $1.9 billion. While that's far less than Uber, Slack, and other tech unicorns, Magic Leap is special because it has no product to show for it. 

Well, at least not to the general public. Beyoncé has demoed it as well as investors. 

SEE ALSO: Magic Leap patent drawings reveal what might be its mysterious AR glasses

Bey was reportedly bored, and other reports have surfaced that Magic Leap's AR technology is perhaps over-hyped. One of the product demos was actually overblown by a visual effects studio, The Information reported last year. A leaked prototype showed a janky backpack that looked far from ready for market, Business Insider revealed earlier this year.  Read more...

More about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Vr Headset, Magic Leap, and Venture Capital
Categories: IT General, Technology

IBM's revenue beats estimates on cloud, security services

Technology News (Reuters) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:38
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp handily beat analysts' quarterly revenue estimates on Tuesday as the technology company's shift to cloud and security services gains traction.
Categories: Technology

Why it's worth taking the leap and meeting your Tinder match IRL

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:26

Brought to you by Mashable Brand X, in Paid Partnership with Tinder Read more...

More about Supported, Relationships, Online Dating, Tinder, and Swipe Right
Categories: IT General, Technology

Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:17

Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon revealed their own struggles with sexual assault and harassment during the Elle Women in Hollywood awards.

The comments come in the wake of several allegations against Harvey Weinstein for a variety of sexual misconduct. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Women, Sexual Harassment, Actress, and Sexual Assault
Categories: IT General, Technology

Should donor sex influence blood transfusion practices?

Health News (Reuters) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:04
(Reuters Health) - Sick or injured men who receive blood transfusions may be more likely to die if their donor was a woman who has been pregnant in the past, a new study suggests.
Categories: Health

The next big Star Wars game is in trouble

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:03

Game development studio Visceral Games is being shut down, its publishing parent EA announced today. Visceral's upcoming Star Wars game will change hands within the EA umbrella.

Visceral, the team behind such games as Dead Space and Battlefield Hardline, is ramping down and closing after nearly 20 years of making games, EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund announced in a blog post. The Star Wars game project will be shifting directions to meet what he explains as shifts in the consumer marketplace.

SEE ALSO: Finally, you can lightsaber duel Darth Vader and Kylo ren in augmented reality Read more...

More about Gaming, Star Wars, Ea, Visceral Games, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

Here are 9 things you probably didn't know about the classic 'Scream' films

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:00

It's that time of year, when we turn our attentions to Things about blood, guts and gore. This is our super-sized, 100th episode spectacular of Things You (Probably) Didn't Know, and it's all about Wes Craven's Scream films! Stay tuned all the way to the end for a special "thank you" from the TYDK team!

Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content.

More about Halloween, Horror, Scary, Murder, and Mystery
Categories: IT General, Technology

Trump plummets down Forbes 400 list of richest Americans

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:58

President Donald Trump was a loser on Forbes' annual 400 richest Americans list.

He was 156 on last year’s list, when he was worth $3.7 billion. On this year’s list, released Tuesday, he dropped to 248. Now he’s only worth $3.1 billion. In 2015, his fortune was worth $4.5 billion.

SEE ALSO: Trump doesn't come close to these celebs when it comes to Harvey donations

It looks like those top-half-of-the-list days are over. 

Instead, a man Trump’s accused of pushing "fake news” — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who bought the Washington Post — is near the top of the list. Bezos came in at No. 2 with a net worth of $81.5 billion. (Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates still is holding it down at the top.) Read more...

More about Snapchat, Donald Trump, Wealth, Forbes, and Evan Spiegel
Categories: IT General, Technology

BBC newsman is so done reporting on breaking news that is not news

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:54

BBC newsman Simon McCoy has reached the stage in his career where he no longer has the capacity to put on a fake smile and bullshit his way through a story he knows is not news-worthy. 

In the past, McCoy has expressed his disdain for surfing dogs, now, he's got it out for the royal family and their unnecessary press releases. 

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce they're expecting a baby in April," McCoy read on TV. He was then quick to point out how the news story was just simply not news.

"Now, bearing in mind they announced she was pregnant in September, and it was thought she was around two to three months pregnant, I'm not sure how much news this really is," McCoy said, visibly annoyed.  Read more...

More about Funny, Bbc, Culture, Bloopers, and Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks

Health News (Reuters) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:53
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company's talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder.
Categories: Health

California becomes first state to recognize third gender option on birth certificates

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:52

California is now the first state in America to recognize a third gender on driver's licenses and birth certificates.

On Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation that will allow residents to identify their gender as female, male, or nonbinary. Senate Bill 179 — the Gender Recognition Act — states that "the binary gender designations of female and male fail to adequately represent the diversity of human experience."

Nonbinary is defined by GLAAD as a term used by people whose gender identities fall outside traditional categories of male or female.

SEE ALSO: Transgender footballer could be the first to play in women's Australian rules league Read more...

More about Conversations, Gender, California, Social Good, and Laws
Categories: IT General, Technology

Google Calendar for web just got a pretty new update

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:48

Google is rolling out new updates for the web version of Google Calendar, finally giving PC users the sleek layout and intuitive controls offered on the mobile app version of the G Suite tool.  

SEE ALSO: Google Photos will now automatically recognize pics of your pets

The redesigned G Cal has the same bright colors you'll find on mobile, and the web page layout will automatically adjusts to better fit the size of your screen.  

Most of the other features coming with the web redesign will be helpful for people using Calendar within wider organizations. The handiest of these will now allow you to check out multiple users' calendars side by side for a given day, in order to see how everyone's schedule lines up. Check that out in the GIF below: Read more...

More about Google, Productivity, Google Calendar, G Suite, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

That awkward moment when Trump learns the Greek prime minister called his ideas 'evil'

Mashable - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:46

President Donald Trump said some nice things about Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a joint press conference on Tuesday — right before he learned Tsipras had once called Trump's ideas "evil." 

“I wish I knew that before my speech," Trump joked, as everyone watching (I'm just assuming) let out little whimpers or affixed their mouths in tight smiles that said, "ha ha, yes, we are all laughing."

SEE ALSO: Sports teams are deserting Trump’s hotels, and it’s hitting his wallet hard

Here's the moment:


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Categories: IT General, Technology

Startup Magic Leap raises half a billion in new funding

Technology News (Reuters) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:45
(Reuters) - Magic Leap, a well-funded and secretive startup, said on Tuesday it has raised $502 million in a new capital funding round led by Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL], an investment firm owned by the government of Singapore.
Categories: Technology
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