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EPA's climate change website reappears, missing the word 'climate'

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:04

On April 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) abruptly took down its long-standing treasure trove of online climate change resources, and put up a message stating that they were being updated to reflect the new priorities of the Trump administration.

It's becoming more and more clear that one of those priorities is to downplay the threat of climate change. And one way way to do that is to ignore it altogether.

To that end, on Friday, a group that monitors federal websites for changes in climate change content reported that the some of the climate websites taken down in April have returned to the EPA's site, with all references to climate change removed. Read more...

More about Climate, Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, and Environmental Protection Agency
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Harry Potter' actress urges no more sloth selfies following grim undercover footage

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:01

Warning: Some people may find the above video distressing. 

The "Harry Potter" actress Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the film series, has appealed to people to think twice before sharing selfies with cute animals. 

And more specifically, selfies with sloths, as today is International Sloth Day.

SEE ALSO: Taking selfies with sloths sounds cute, but you could be supporting poachers

The actress is speaking out in support of the animal welfare organisation World Animal Protection, who've released a video highlighting the plight of wild sloths being captured and sold as props for tourists to take pictures with.  Read more...

More about Evanna Lynch, Animal Selfies, Sloths, International Sloth Day, and World Animal Protection
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This backpack can carry all of your things — and you

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:00

MOVPAK is an electric skateboard and a backpack all in one. The skateboard pops out from the bottom of the bag and pops back in after use. It can also reach speeds up to 15 mph and is remote controlled. The electric board takes 2 hours to charge and can ride for 9 miles on a single charge — allowing you to carry all your things on your back in the subway and ride the rest of the way to work. Read more...

More about Kickstarter, Mashable Video, Bag, Skateboarding, and Real Time
Categories: IT General, Technology

The truth about incognito mode (and how it can save you money)

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:58

Cybersecurity expert Ondrej Krehel explains that your internet browser's incognito mode doesn't really keep you safe, but it does have advantages. Read more...

More about Tech, Internet, Cybersecurity, Internet Browser, and Mashable Video
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Want to master digital marketing? Learn how for $15.

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:41

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It’s never been easier to start your own business. On the flip side, it’s also never been harder to start your own business. Everyone and their mother is doing it and there are so many different digital ways to reach customers that it can seriously make your head spin. Fortunately, you can learn how to master the digital marketing world with the Digital Marketing 22-Course Masterclass.

SEE ALSO: Here's how to build a kickass website on a budget

This massive educational bundle contains 22 individual courses that will teach you how to become a digital marketing rock star. You’ll get lifetime access to 298 lectures and some 28 hours of content covering everything from social media and content marketing to email marketing and paid marketing. Whether you’re looking to grow your own business, land a marketing job, or help a client increase their business, this masterclass will get you where you need to go and take your skills to the next level.  Read more...

More about Digital Marketing, Online Learning, Social Media Marketing, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Stackcommerce
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'Geostorm' marketing prank proves people won't keep their cool in a real disaster

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

Unsuspecting taxi passengers took a ride down a frozen street to experience a "Geostorm" to promote the new film by the same name.

The stunt was created by viral marketers Thinkmodo. Read more...

More about Film, Marketing, Movies, Funny, and Viral
Categories: IT General, Technology

Made from metal and driven by the wind, these sculptures resemble pulsing alien creatures

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:30

Anthony Howe is a sculptor who doesn't like static works of art. For the last 30 years, his material of choice has been metal, and his purpose: to make it come to life.

Howe has built hundreds of kinetic sculptures that he says were plucked straight from his imagination. Today, some are scattered across the world, while others are blending in with nature in his studio on Orcas Island, Washington. Read more...

More about Art, Design, Metal, Studio, and Real Time Video
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Paris wants to regulate Asian bike-share operators

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:29
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris does not want Asian bike-sharing operators to burst into the city the way Airbnb and Uber did and plans to introduce regulation to ensure an orderly rollout of new bicycle schemes, a top city official told Reuters.
Categories: Technology

How to Spot Fake Stock Photos (and Attribute the Right Person)

How-To Geek - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:24
Spammers and other unscrupulous advertisers are always looking for new ways to get you click on their pages. One of the latest tactics is to steal popular and useful stock images—like the kind you sometimes see in news articles—and re-upload them elsewhere.
Categories: IT General, Technology

The reviews for Michael Fassbender's new movie are savage AF

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:23

In another world, a movie about a deranged serial killer who dismembers his victims and transplants their body parts with snowmen could be so entertaining. But this is not that world, and Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman (currently rocking 13% on Rotten Tomatoes) is an incoherent mess. Critics screened the film in time for its Oct. 19 debut and found nothing worth redeeming in its cast, plotting, and shoddy editing.

Here's what they had to say.

SEE ALSO: Aronofsky's 'mother!' and the psychological horror of women's domesticity


The secret comedy

Alissa Wilkinson, Vox:

The overall effect means that as the movie soldiers bravely on, the suspicion begins to build — like icy fingers on your neck — that this is not in fact a crime drama, but a vast punking conspiracy, a bit of avant-garde satire without any clear target. That feeling only grows with the dialogue, which is baffling in its badness. “Maybe this will bring your balls back,” Katrine says to Hole, handing him a cup of vodka. A character speaks of a “pregnancy doctor,” as if anyone calls an obstetrician by that name. At one point, a character says that he is infertile, then clarifies helpfully for those in the back that this means he cannot have children. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Movies, Michael Fassbender, Universal, and The Snowman
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Halloween costumes for your baby who's too dumb to know what's going on

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

Babies. They're dumb. 

And I'm not saying this like it's a bad thing. There are so many wonderful dumb things in this universe —  Channing Tatum and novelty hot dog toasters are perhaps the best examples. And babies, unlike Channing Tatum, will grow out of it. 

Parents can even take advantage of this unique period in their child's life to make them costumes they would never, over their tiny chubby body, wear if they were fully sentient.

There's never been a better time for this totally socially acceptable kind of exploitation than Halloween. 

SEE ALSO: 17 Halloween costumes that people need to stop wearing Read more...

More about Watercooler, Lists, Humor, Halloween Costumes, and Culture
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This 94-year-old WWII veteran is crowdfunding a tour of refugee camps across the world

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

Harry Leslie Smith is a World War II RAF veteran who will turn 95 in February 2018. 

SEE ALSO: David Miliband wants you to know that the refugee crisis is still happening

He is also an activist who's written several books on the Great Depression, which he experienced in Britain, the war and the rise of Neo-liberalism in the West. Recently, Smith has been vocal in advocating for refugee rights, visiting the Calais "jungle" and tweeting his passionate political opinions (he's a Labour supporter). 

But there's still a challenge Smith wants to complete: travelling to refugee camps across the world. For this reason he's launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help him fund his tour.  Read more...

More about Uk, Refugee Crisis, Britain, Veteran, and Ww2
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Denuvo DRM Cracked within a Day of Release

Schneier on Security - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:17
Denuvo is probably the best digital-rights management system, used to protect computer games. It's regularly cracked within a day. If Denuvo can no longer provide even a single full day of protection from cracks, though, that protection is going to look a lot less valuable to publishers. But that doesn't mean Denuvo will stay effectively useless forever. The company has... Bruce Schneier
Categories: Security

Prosecutors seek pharmacist's conviction over U.S. meningitis outbreak

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:12
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Friday told jurors that a Massachusetts pharmacist, charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak, acted with a "depraved heart" while knowingly producing non-sterile drugs.
Categories: Health

NFL player Chris Long is giving back to the communities that have always been there for him

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

For NFL player Chris Long, being a professional athlete means more than just playing football. He is using his platform to raise awareness and support education equality, which he views as an essential component to building a better future for our country.

After donating his first six paychecks this season to create scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, Long has pledged to donate his ten remaining game checks to four organizations dedicated to making education accessible for underserved youth. The organizations are based in Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis—the three cities Long has played for in his professional football career. Read more...

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Smart Watches for Children Are Dangerous Garbage

How-To Geek - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:00

A recent analysis of popular smart watches intended for children has revealed that the fledgling market is littered with devices that, at best, fail to…

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Someone brought this macaroni and cheese to a potluck and thought, 'This is good'

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:56

There are two types of people who come to a potluck: those who bring food, and those who bring napkins.

Every once in a while, people will attempt to cross that inviolable boundary and pretend to be something they're not, putting the entire potluck at risk. Twitter user @coolstoryjanis' coworker, clearly a napkin-bringer, recently pretended that they were a "food potlucker" at a company event and well, you can see the consequences for yourself. 

SEE ALSO: Is 'cheese tea' the next big food trend?

Warning: the following content you're about to experience may be disturbing to viewers who make good macaroni and cheese. Read more...

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This grill is made of cardboard and is totally sustainable

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:50

The CasusGrill is the most environmental friendly grill you'll ever use. The cardboard grill is perfect for when camping, hiking, or on the beach. Its lightweight design makes it easy to carry and you can use it as bonfire fuel when you're done. Read more...

More about Food, Mashable Video, Environment, Outdoors, and Global Warming
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The WeDo app may be the key to (finally) conquering your to-do list

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:43

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Staying on top of everything you have to do each day is sometimes tedious and sometimes overwhelming. There are the chores, the happy hour plans, the kids’ schedules — and that’s not even counting what you do at the office. 

SEE ALSO: Emergency prep 101: Invest in a solar-powered flashlight radio combo

There’s a good chance your to-do list system consists of Post-it notes, scribbles on scraps of paper, and the always handy “I’ll just remember it” method. It’s no wonder that 41 percent of to-do list items are never completed.  Read more...

More about Productivity, Organization, To Do List, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Stackcommerce
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