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Bahrain minister backs boycott of Uber over Khashoggi case

Technology News (Reuters) - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 22:44
Bahrain's foreign minister called for a boycott of the ride-hailing company Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] after its chief executive officer said he will not attend a business conference in the kingdom's ally Saudi Arabia.
Categories: Technology

HBO's 'Watchmen' series teased in a puzzling Instagram post

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 22:40

Who watches the Watchmen? Everyone, once Damon Lindelof's take on the classic graphic novel comes to HBO.

The in-production series is supposed to air on the premium cable network sometime in 2019. This teasing first look, via the official Watchmen Instagram... well, it doesn't tell us much, actually.

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Who Watches The Watchmen? #WatchmenHBO

A post shared by Watchmen (@watchmen) on Oct 15, 2018 at 10:10am PDT

A few things to highlight here. First, the color yellow plays an important role in the Watchmen comics. Here we see it on some kind of face mask, but bright splashes of yellow in the comics usually lined up with the iconic smiley face dripping blood logo from The Comedian's button. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Tv, Hbo, Watchmen, and Damon Lindelof
Categories: IT General, Technology

Climate deniers love to repeat this dead wrong talking point. Here's how to refute it.

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 22:38

On Sunday morning, CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked U.S. Senator Marco Rubio whether he thought the changing climate on Earth today was "at least in part" caused by humans. 

On live television, Rubio acknowledged that humans were partly responsible, and then immediately sowed some doubt into his answer.

"I think many scientists would debate what percentage is attributable to man versus normal fluctuations," Rubio said. 

This is misleading, at best, because there is no plausible debate. 

In a variety of ways, scientists globally have repeatedly shown that the modern-day warming of our oceans and atmosphere is specifically attributed human activity — not volcanoes nor the sun. We've simply loaded the atmosphere with carbon-based gases that physically trap heat.   Read more...

More about Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide, Marco Rubio, Climate Change, and Carbon Emissions
Categories: IT General, Technology

E-scooters finally return to San Francisco—without Bird and Lime

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 22:26

It's been a wild ride, but e-scooters are officially back in San Francisco.

It only took an official ban, a drawn-out permit application process, a surprising selection announcement, three appeals (from Lime, Uber's Jump, and Spin), and a denied temporary restraining order to get here. 

SEE ALSO: San Francisco has no idea what to do about 'goofball' e-scooters, email records show

But finally scooters are back in San Francisco. Well, scooters from two companies: Scoot and Skip

Bird, Lime, and Spin may have started the whole scooter mania earlier this year, but now they aren't allowed to operate in SF. Read more...

More about San Francisco, Bird, Scoot, Lime, and Scooter
Categories: IT General, Technology

Does the Google Pixel 3 have the best smartphone camera? — Mashable Reviews

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 22:19

We've been using the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL for a week. Are the cameras the best on any smartphone? Check out our video review, and read the full, in-depth review of the two Android phones here. Read more...

More about Google, Mashable Video, Google Phone, Google Pixel, and Pixel 3
Categories: IT General, Technology

More homeless kids visit ERs with Massachusetts shelter restrictions

Health News (Reuters) - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:54
(Reuters Health) - Emergency room visits for homelessness surged at a large urban children's hospital after Massachusetts made it harder for families to get into shelters, a new study suggests.
Categories: Health

Play Your Favorite Old Web Games Now, Chrome 71 May Break Them

How-To Geek - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:51
When Google rolled out Chrome 66 earlier this May, it offered a tweak that pleased almost everyone by muting sites that would play sound automatically. Unfortunately, it also ended up breaking several projects’ audio.
Categories: IT General, Technology

Yemen conflict could push millions more to brink of famine: U.N.

Health News (Reuters) - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:09
The number of Yemenis on the brink of famine could rise to 12 million - or two in five of the population - from around 8.5 million in coming months due to escalating war and a deepening economic crisis, the United Nations food agency said on Monday.
Categories: Health

How to Change Your Account Picture in Windows 10

How-To Geek - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:00
Your account picture is what you see on the Windows sign-in screen and the Start menu.  Windows assigns new user accounts on Windows 10 a generic profile picture, but it’s easy to change that to any image you want. Here’s how to add a little flair to your account.
Categories: IT General, Technology

Man goes skinny dipping in shark tank, and he's lucky his ween didn't get bit off

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:56

Some would call this stunt ... Adult Swim. 

On Friday, a man decided to jump into the expansive 2.9 million liter tank at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto, in the nude. The massive tank is the largest exhibit at the Canadian aquarium, and allows visitors to view stunning close-up views of sea turtles, sharks, and most recently, a human genitalia. 

SEE ALSO: French beach town bans swimming because of a very horny dolphin

To the surprise and horror of aquarium guests, the underwater tank allowed a full frontal view of the man's junk. As he lazily backstroked among the marine life, a man in the background yelled, "Guy's really naked!"  Read more...

More about Animals, Viral Videos, Wtf, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

Peter Dinklage sure makes it sound like Tyrion will die in 'Game of Thrones'

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:52

Fellow watchers on the wall, we must now add one more beloved Game of Thrones character to the endless list of potential and devastating deaths in the upcoming final season.

And while just about every character should be on that list, the Emmy-award winning Peter Dinklage just added fuel to the fire in support of Tyrion Lannister not making the much shorter list of survivors from the battles to come.

SEE ALSO: The truth behind that cryptic look on Tyrion's face in the 'Game of Thrones' finale

In a recent and rare interview with Vulture to promote his starring role in the new HBO film My Dinner with Hervé, Dinklage did what his character does best: delivered some foreboding yet wise words on the bleak future that lies ahead. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Game Of Thrones, Peter Dinklage, Tyrion Lannister, and Game Of Thrones Season 8
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Black Ops 4' is the first truly new Call of Duty game since 2007. It's refreshing.

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:48

For 11 years, Call of Duty has been a safe bet for Activision. 

It's popular, it sells by the boatload, and it changes very little year after year. It prints money, basically. But Black Ops 4, released on Oct. 12, upends that common thinking. It's still safe — there's a freaking battle royale mode! — but it's not the Call of Duty many of us know.

Think back to 2007. That's the year Call of Duty went from cinematic first-person shooter set during World War II — like so many other popular shooters at that time — to game-changer.

SEE ALSO: 10 video games we can't wait to lose ourselves in this holiday season Read more...

More about Entertainment, Gaming, Call Of Duty, Activision, and Treyarch
Categories: IT General, Technology

7th grade boy nails his extra credit question by telling the best joke

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:34

Want to hear a joke? Of course! Who doesn't?

Today's source of laughter is brought to you by Evelyn Lizette, a middle school teacher who recently shared a joke from one of her seventh graders to Twitter.

When grading papers, Lizette stumbled upon a standout response to an extra credit opportunity. She gave students the chance to tell a joke to earn an extra point on their math assignment, and one boy simply wrote, "Our president."

Grading papers. This legit made my night@realDonaldTrump #Trump pic.twitter.com/MyZu2aykQR

— Evelyn Lizette ☀️ (@EvelynALizette) October 15, 2018

SEE ALSO: Seth Meyers slams Trump's 'demeaning and sexist' treatment of female reporters Read more...

More about Politics, Kids, Culture, Donald Trump, and Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

External Mic Support is Coming to Google Pixel Cameras This Week, Here’s Why That’s Awesome

How-To Geek - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:33
As great as phones have gotten for taking photos and videos, there’s still a small hangup: audio. Microphones are improving, but some things are just physics. Phone microphones will pick up ambient noise better than they’ll pick up the subject you’re filming.
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Starlink: Battle for Atlas' has potential to be the next great space game

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:32

Starlink: Battle for Atlas keeps surprising me.

In the few hours I've put into Starlink, I've grown to enjoy it more and more as I traverse the Atlas star system, build up communities on each planet, and conquer Legion forces. The game is a blast.

SEE ALSO: Video game villains, ranked

Starlink: Battle for Atlas, coming out on Tuesday, is a sci-fi adventure game with an optional toys-to-life element that allows players to customize their loadout by attaching physical pilots, spaceships, and weapons to their controllers. If you're into that kind of thing, it's there for you, but you can also play digitally (without the physical attachments) and customize your loadout through the menu. Read more...

More about Starlink Battle For Atlas, Entertainment, and Gaming
Categories: IT General, Technology

Amazon India say services boosting large appliance sales

Technology News (Reuters) - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:28
Amazon's investment in an extensive delivery network, and offering installation services and monthly payment plans, helped make large appliances a major category during its annual festive sale, the head of its Indian business said on Monday.
Categories: Technology

7 of the best antivirus software options

Mashable - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:25

Antivirus software is an essential part of any PC owner's arsenal. Staying safe from viruses, malware, ransomware, and phishing threats is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what a good antivirus software package can protect you from. Many manufacturers now take a holistic approach to keeping your data safe, tackling more than just the odd suspicious file that might end up on your system. 

There are plenty of options out there for securing your PC, so it can be hard to know what package to purchase. Free antivirus software is an option (and we've already checked out some great examples here) but, typically, free solutions have fewer options and features than paid software. Generally, you do get what you pay for, and what price can you put on keeping your computer (and, more importantly, the data on there) safe from potential threats? It's not so much the hardware that's in danger, but details like your private documents, banking details, and personal photos that could be at risk here. Read more...

More about Tech, Software, Antivirus, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

As companies embrace AI, it's a job-seeker's market

Technology News (Reuters) - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:14
Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an electrical engineering and computer science career fair.
Categories: Technology

Hip and knee surgeons to use Apple Watch to monitor patients

Health News (Reuters) - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:01
Up to 10,000 Americans due to have hip or knee replacements will be able to funnel basic health data directly from their Apple Watches to their surgeons under a new app being tested by orthopedics company Zimmer Biomet.
Categories: Health
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