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Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:46
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.
Categories: Technology

Pieces of a famous comet will fall to Earth this weekend

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:44

This weekend, look up at night to see bits of Halley's Comet falling through Earth's atmosphere. 

The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak in the overnight hours through the weekend, according to Sky & Telescope, and if you're in a dark part of the world, you should have a pretty good shot at seeing at least a few of the shooting stars. 

SEE ALSO: The butt of every space joke is high in the sky this week

The Orionids aren't usually an incredible annual meteor shower, but this year's could be pretty special thanks to the fact that there will be no moonlight to blot out the streaking meteors.

"Look near Orion's club in the hours before dawn and you may see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour," NASA said in a skywatching video. Read more...

More about Space, Nasa, Science, Orion, and Meteor Showers
Categories: IT General, Technology

Uber now wants some drivers to pay it money—and there's no guarantee they'll benefit

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:18

Pay now in order to potentially earn more later. It may sound like something straight out of a marketing scheme, but it's in fact the latest promise from Uber to a subset of its drivers.

However, according to the ride-hail giant, this is not the latest revenue play from a company losing hundreds of millions of dollars a quarter, but rather part of an academic study with the goal of determining what value its drivers place on that gig economy-defining buzzword known as "flexibility." 

SEE ALSO: iOS 11 finally forces Uber off your tail

The promotion was picked up by Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at Data&Society, who detailed the specifics in a Medium post. The offer, sent to drivers in the Houston area, promises the chance to bump up earnings by 33 percent — with, of course, a catch or two thrown in.  Read more...

More about Uber, Ride Hailing, Ride Hailing Apps, Gig Economy, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Does diabetes make a heart attack feel different?

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:12
(Reuters Health) - People with diabetes may not always feel classic symptoms like acute chest pain when they have a heart attack, according to a small study that offers a potential explanation for why these episodes are more deadly for diabetics.
Categories: Health

Bitcoin soars to record high above $6,000

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:55
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin surged to a record high of more than $6,000 on Friday, pushing its market capitalization to $100 billion at one point, as investors continued to bet on an asset that has a limited supply and has paved the way for a whole slew of crypto-currencies.
Categories: Technology

Trump gets a 10 on Puerto Rico response from San Juan mayor — but on a very different scale

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:48

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz finally agrees with President Donald Trump on something: the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was a 10.

Only for the mayor it's out of 100 — a failing grade, compared to Trump's perfect 10 out of 10 that he gave himself at a White House meeting with the Puerto Rico governor Thursday.

SEE ALSO: Mayor of San Juan tells Trump that he is leaving Puerto Rico to die

"I think the president lives in an alternative reality world that only he believes the things that he is saying," Cruz said about her "grade" for Trump.

Cruz spoke to CNN on the one-month anniversary of the deadly hurricane blowing through the island nation. Read more...

More about Donald Trump, Disaster Relief, Puerto Rico, Disaster Recovery, and Fema
Categories: IT General, Technology

Wondermark on Security

Schneier on Security - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:46
Another comic.... Bruce Schneier
Categories: Security

Watch a biker stop traffic to save a teeny kitten

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:40

A motorcyclist driving on a freeway in Bangkok, Thailand, noticed the teeniest baby kitten in the middle of the road recently, so naturally, he stopped.

The man managed to stop one lane of the busy highway, and was forced to ask a car to reverse a few inches so that he could retrieve the poor little cat.

The cat was terrified, but looked relatively uninjured from the incident.  Read more...

More about Watercooler, Animals, Dashcam, Culture, and Animals
Categories: IT General, Technology

If you're hoping for an iPhone X at launch, get ready to wait

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:36

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Trump thinks he's the proud owner of an original Renoir painting. This art institute says otherwise.

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:28

As if fake Melania wasn't enough, we learned from Trump biographer Tim O'Brien this week that the president's "original Renoir" painting may not even be the real deal.

O'Brien told Vanity Fair's Inside the Hive podcast that he first pressed the Donald on the authenticity of the painting years ago while flying on his decked-out private jet.

SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert showed us Trump's IQ result and it's absolutely brutal

When Trump assured O'Brien that the painting was real, the biographer was skeptical.

"Donald, it's not," he said, according to Vanity Fair. "I grew up in Chicago. That Renoir is called Two Sisters on the Terrace, and it's hanging on the wall at the Art Institute of Chicago. That's not an original." O'Brien said Trump brought up the "original painting" again the next day as they boarded the jet again to return to New York.  Read more...

More about Art, Trump, Fake, Alternative Facts, and Renoir
Categories: IT General, Technology

Consumer Reports says Tesla misunderstands 'positive' Model 3 rating

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:26
DETROIT (Reuters) - Consumer Reports said on Friday that Tesla Inc had apparently misunderstood the "average" reliability rating the magazine assigned to the electric carmaker's Model 3 sedan this week, calling it generally "positive" for an all-new vehicle.
Categories: Technology

How I broke Instagram Stories

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:16

Hi, my name is Ray Wong and I have a very, very serious Instagram Stories addiction. There, I said it. Don't judge me.

But I'm not your usual junkie. I posted so much on my IG Stories during my recent vacation in Japan that I broke it (well, sort of). And boy, was I pissed.

SEE ALSO: Why the iPhone 8 Plus is a better camera than a real camera

I had this crazy idea of my very first trip to Japan being free of social media. I wanted to visit the Land of the Rising Sun with fresh eyes, free of the pressure to post anything and really disconnect from this perverse "pics or it didn't happen" culture we now live in. Read more...

More about Instagram, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Categories: IT General, Technology

Russian photo studio lets you snap photos on a private jet for the Instagram likes

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:59

The cruelest part of social media (aside from all the actually bad stuff) is not that it's brought us squiggle brows or existential crises, but that it has introduced us to the private jet plandid.

Which is how we've ended up here: faking private jet photos for those sweet, sweet Instagram likes.

SEE ALSO: The truth about detoxes and cleanses

According to The Telegraph, Private Jet Studio – a Russian photo studio – offers people the chance to simulate a life of luxury via a grounded private plane, in which people can pay to pose for photos.

The concept is simple: per the company website, the studio consists of a Gulfstream G650 grounded in Moscow that's available for rent – either for 2 hours of photo (for about $243) or video (for about $434), or for full day or overnight rentals. They'll even do your hair!  Read more...

More about Culture, Web Culture, Culture, Innovations, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

With time, shoe inserts may help ease plantar heel pain

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:58
(Reuters Health) - It could take a little time for orthotic shoe inserts to help relieve plantar heel pain, but the prefabricated versions sold in drugstores may work just as well as more expensive custom alternatives, a recent study suggests.
Categories: Health

The Weather Channel wants you to know there's a more pressing issue than the weather right now

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:53

The Weather Channel has a message for Americans: Puerto Rico is still in crisis. 

The popular website of the IBM-owned company on Friday used its entire front page to remind visitors that the situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, exactly one month after Category 4 Hurricane Maria struck the island. Millions of residents remain without power, and many still lack access to clean water. 

"AMERICA, THIS IS STILL HAPPENING," declares the website's top headline. All the stories on the front page featured stories on the island. The organization also did the same on its mobile app.

Image: Weather.com screenshot Read more...

More about Science, Puerto Rico, The Weather Channel, Hurricane Maria, and Business
Categories: IT General, Technology

An aquarium filled with bioluminescent plankton is the perfect gift

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:52

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Throw your sea monkeys in the garbage. There's a new tiny pet in town — and this one glows. 

This fish bowl is filled with thousands of bioluminescent plankton called dinoflaggelates that glow blue when gently shaken. It looks like magic, but it's actually science. 

Bioluminescence is what causes lightning bugs and jellyfish to glow. The same dinoflagellates that light up this aquarium treated the shores of Tasmania to an underwater light show earlier this year. With the bioluminescent aquarium you can have your own light show in the comfort of your own home.  Read more...

More about Bioluminescence, Shopping Skimlinks, Shopping Fun, Shopping Solo, and Shopping Premium
Categories: IT General, Technology

Whole Foods says hacking incident resolved

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:46
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Whole Foods Market said on Friday it had replaced affected point-of-sale systems at venues located within some stores where payment card information had been stolen.
Categories: Technology

Someone found out they failed their midterm in a hilariously tragic Twitter saga

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:40

It's not every day you learn about the fate of your GPA on Twitter, but that's where we are in the freakishly-connected world of 2017. 

On Thursday morning, one Twitter user happened to notice that a professor was grading tests next to him on a flight, and he decided the best thing to do was to tweet about it.  

"If there's a Taiwan Jones at Howard, boy you failed the fuck out ya midterm," he wrote on Twitter

SEE ALSO: Why Twitter's 30 million bots are here to stay

This professor graded tests next to me the whole flight. If there’s a Taiwan Jones at Howard, boy you failed the fuck out ya midterm 😩

— roy (@Old_Orleans) October 19, 2017 Read more...

More about Twitter Reactions, Midterms, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

Pharmacist's 'deadly' choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutors

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:23
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday that a Massachusetts pharmacist gambled with patients' lives by making drugs in unsafe ways that led to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, but a defense lawyer said he was no murderer.
Categories: Health
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