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Dubai launches its self-driving taxi service

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 22:46

It might not be flying taxis, but self-driving taxis on the road started test runs in Dubai on Sunday.

At the annual consumer electronics trade show Gitex, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority, or RTA, showed off its autonomous taxi service.

Launching the test run of the first ‘Autonomous Taxi’ in #GITEX2018. For more details about our initiatives, visit our stand S2C1 at Sheikh Saeed Hall in the Dubai World Trade Centrepic.twitter.com/GjNqmcFL2n

— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) October 13, 2018

The driverless car service kicked off at the show and will run for the next three months in select parts of the city, according to transportation officialsRead more...

More about Dubai, Taxi, Self Driving Cars, Tech, and Transportation
Categories: IT General, Technology

Giant escaped pig lured back to his California home with help from Doritos

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 22:44

Giant pigs aren't exactly a common sight on the streets of southern California. But when one started tromping around in San Bernadino, local police came up with a solution that was equal parts ingenious and delicious.

Doritos.

The popular flavored tortilla chips turned out to be a very effective lure when it came to convincing the pig that it was time to return home. The San Bernadino County sheriff's office even documented the extremely scientific pig wrangling on Instagram.

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Well if this doesn’t go on the list of unusual calls... 🐖 Highland Station received a call reference a pig "the size of a mini horse" 🐷🐴 running around the neighborhood. Deputy Ponce and Deputy Berg found him and due to previous calls, knew where he lived. They lured him back home with @Doritos one of our deputies had in her lunch bag 😋. They made a trail and he followed. “We were able to put him back in and secure the gate. It was fun!” said Deputy Ponce. Crime fighting to safely securing a mini horse sized pig, we do it all 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♂️ Read more...

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

Peugeot says self-driving cars like its e-Legend can be more than sci-fi pods

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:51

French car maker Peugeot doesn't think the future of self-driving cars has to look like sci-fi-inspired pods. 

Instead, a design executive said this week he thinks car design could even be pleasant and alluring, since "there’s a danger the future might be very robotic and might lack soul."

SEE ALSO: Here's the electric Jaguar that Waymo wants to turn into a self-driving car

Peugeot introduced its own vision of future car design at the Paris Auto Show, which wraps up Sunday. The e-Legend is an electric, autonomous concept vehicle. Its design comes from vintage cars as an ironic twist on its driverless capabilities. Read more...

More about Electric Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, Concept Car, Peugeot, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Tesla's been in 'production hell,' but it finally hit 100,000 Model 3s sold — and in record time

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 20:03

Tesla is catching up.

The electric car maker has been long struggling to keep up with car orders for its newest electric sedan, the Model 3, but this week it hit a major milestone: 100,000 of the cars produced.

That number came in after barely a year and a half after Tesla started producing the car. Its sedan Model S and SUV Model X didn't come close to that type of production number in that amount of time.

SEE ALSO: Tesla's first safety report claims drivers on Autopilot are safer, but lacks detail

The achievement comes after a rough "production hell" year with Tesla missing its goals and hitting several roadblocks. Tesla overall pretty much caught up to Mercedes-Benz in third-quarter sales, according to MarketWatch. That's 64,727 Teslas sold compared to 66,542 Mercedes vehicles. Tesla has its Model X and Model S, along with the more affordable Model 3. Read more...

More about Tesla, Model 3, Electric Vehicles, Tech, and Elon Musk
Categories: IT General, Technology

Foo Fighters deeply impressed by 10-year-old's Metallica riffs

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 19:53

Dave Grohl and friends are up to their usual tricks and treats, this time inviting 10-year-old Collier Cash Rule on stage in Kansas City, Missouri to jam out with the band and, whatdoyaknow, Collier just so happens to be a Metallica expert.

Answering Grohl's challenge, Collier jumps into the familiar riff that opens Metallica's "Enter Sandman." After some chit-chat with Grohl, Collier than ripped out the opening lines of “Welcome Home (Sanitarium).” 

SEE ALSO: Dave Grohl trolls a whole stadium of fans with fake fall

It's not the first time Grohl has been blown away by a fan's talent and you'd be forgiven in being just a little suspicious of how spontaneous these guest artist visits really are.  Read more...

More about Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Culture, and Music
Categories: IT General, Technology

Messages with unrecognized characters are breaking PlayStation 4 consoles

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 19:42

Hey, PlayStation 4 people. Lock down messaging on your account, pronto.

A new kind of malicious message is reportedly floating around on the PlayStation Network that makes the whole console crash. Recovery is possible, but it's not as simple as power cycling the machine. There are steps that need to be taken.

SEE ALSO: 12 years later, PlayStation Network finally lets you change your online name

Word of the problematic appears to have surfaced first on Reddit. In a post titled "WARNING: Set your messages to private," user Huntstark1 describes a scenario where almost their whole team got booted out of a Rainbow Six: Siege match after they all received a message containing an unrecognized character. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Gaming, Sony, Playstation 4, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

Watch Natalie Portman's stirring 'Power of Women' speech

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 18:36

On Friday evening, Natalie Portman delivered a stirring speech at Variety's "Power of Women" event that resonated beyond the audience as video of the speech spread across the internet, delivering the message of "Time's Up." 

Beginning with a blistering condemnation of Harvey Weinstein — "Harvey Weinstein, the man whose name has become synonymous with 'serial rapist,' might never suffer any legal consequences" — Portman transitioned to a discussion on the lack of gender parity in the entertainment industry and beyond. 

SEE ALSO: Time's Up has raised over $20 million to help more than 1,000 people Read more...

More about Entertainment, Celebrities, Activism, Natalie Portman, and Time S Up
Categories: IT General, Technology

Dinosaur suits bring majesty to halftime performance of 'Jurassic Park' theme

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 17:32

Sure, Ohio State's marching band may be more on top of current trends with the backpack kid homage, but Iowa State's marching band knows that the inflatable dinosaur suits can elevate any performance of the Jurassic Park theme. 

During halftime of the Iowa State-West Virginia game, the ISU marching band performed John Williams' classic theme from Steven Spielberg's blockbuster dinosaur hit to honor the film's 25th anniversary and added the dancing dinos as a spectacular flourish.

Now, to be fair, it's not the first time this has happened. Just last year, the University of Michigan marching band did a very similar thing and it wasn't lost on some viewers. Read more...

More about Jurassic Park, Marching Band, Iowa State, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Avengers 4' filming is wrapped, and the directors shared a teasing new image

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 16:53

Whatever's going to happen in 2019's follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, it's locked now. Filming has officially wrapped.

But as with most things Marvel, it's not quite so simple. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo announced the completion of their work on Twitter with a hashtag and an image.

SEE ALSO: There may be some hidden 'Avengers 4' clues in this Russo brothers set photo

It's the image that has people talking. What is it? What's it supposed to be teasing? Why are you like this, Marvel?

#wrapped pic.twitter.com/k8xCxiQL4J

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) October 13, 2018

The fanpeople of Twitter quickly seized on the image and ran it through countless filters, in the hopes of cutting down on the blinding blue light a bit to see what lies behind it. The results were... mixed? Read more...

More about Entertainment, Film, Marvel, Avengers Infinity War, and Avengers 4
Categories: IT General, Technology

9 times Trump was owned by his own tweets

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 16:15

There's always, always a tweet. 

Donald Trump tweets incessantly, a habit he began well before he became president and one that opponents are now using against him. 

Whether it's in response to something Trump says, one of the many moments of chaos that occur every week of the Trump presidency, or just an old tweet that aged poorly, people are happy to throw old tweets back at Trump. 

SEE ALSO: Trump claims his loss of Twitter followers proves anti-conservative bias

It's surprisingly easy — just use Twitter's advanced search option and a few keywords — but that doesn't make it any less wild how often Trump has gone back on previous statements. Sure, it's one thing for politicians to evolve, but this happens with enough regularity there's even an entire subreddit dedicated to it. Read more...

More about Twitter, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Culture, and Politics
Categories: IT General, Technology

Seth Meyers is Bill Cosby's new cellmate on 'Saturday Night Live'

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:57

You might think it's hard to wring any humor out of the Bill Cosby saga but Saturday Night Live gave it a go, turning some entertainment prison tropes on their head.

SEE ALSO: Watch Seth Meyers return to his old Weekend Update haunt on 'SNL'

The sketch gets a lot of fuel from the reveal and then Kenan Thompson's always on-point Cosby impersonation, but his cellmate (play by Seth Meyers) gets laughs with some dead-panned deliveries like, "On behalf of every one of your fans, it is so disappointing to be meeting you now."

Things lose steam a bit as the sketch falls back on a bunch of The Cosby Show references and, besides a clunky line delivered by Meyers, doesn't really drop the hammer on Cosby other than portray him as a delusional old man.  Read more...

More about Bill Cosby, Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

Watch Seth Meyers return to his old Weekend Update haunt on 'SNL'

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:22

You knew Seth Meyers couldn't visit his old home at Saturday Night Live without swinging by the Weekend Update desk where he lobbed zingers with pal Amy Poehler for many seasons. 

SEE ALSO: Kanye West just accidentally revealed his iPhone passcode and it's so bad

Poehler wasn't there but current Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che were for an iteration of the time-honored segment, "Really!?!," this one focused on that meeting-of-the-minds that happened between Kanye West and Donald Trump. 

All three guys got in their own shots but the best probably went to Meyers who said of the pair's magical hug, "It is so rare that you can black people and white supremacists betrayed in the exact same moment."  Read more...

More about Kanye West, Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers, and Michael Che
Categories: IT General, Technology

The IRL Kanye West/Donald Trump meet-up was funnier than this 'SNL' cold open

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:11

Kanye West came back to Saturday Night Live this week. Sort of.

The latest episode's cold open sketch imagined what the scene must have been like inside the White House on Thursday when West sat for lunch with Donald Trump and NFL hall of famer Jim Brown. Like most of IRL West's rants, it's not very funny. The only all right moment is the bit about Kanye's phone password which really, actually went down like this.

The cold open does bring back Alec Baldwin-as-Trump for the first time this season. But West's Trump infatuation and Trump's weaponizing of that interest to help peddle his "alternative facts" (lies) isn't really a laughing matter. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Tv, Kanye West, Donald Trump, and Saturday Night Live
Categories: IT General, Technology

Zika virus cases spike in India's Jaipur as peak tourist season nears

Health News (Reuters) - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:04
At least 55 people have tested positive for the Zika virus in India's tourist city of Jaipur, up from 22 a week ago, the local health department said on Sunday, raising fears the virus is spreading just ahead of peak tourist season.
Categories: Health

The 'Potion Seller' guy is still making videos, and it's glorious

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:00

There are few millennials who can utter the words "Potion Seller" without bursting into giggles.

"Potion Seller" is a 3 minute, 8 second video depicting an unnamed knight's determined quest to obtain the eponymous Potion Seller's strongest potion. Published in 2011, the short depicts the knight, played by Justin Kuritzkes, continually getting rebuffed by the Potion Seller, also played by Kuritzkes. He pulls off playing drastically different characters with the help of a distorting Photo Booth filter. 

SEE ALSO: This drag queen's Voldemort impersonation is going viral and it's amazing

Good news: The guy behind the viral video is still making similarly wacky content with the help of the Photo Booth filter. Read more...

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

HTG Explains: What is Port Scanning?

How-To Geek - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 12:40
A port scan is a bit like jiggling a bunch of doorknobs to see which doors are locked. The scanner learns which ports on a router or firewall are open, and can use this information to find a computer system’s potential weaknesses.
Categories: IT General, Technology

Spread good vibes in your home with these 4 oil diffusers that are on sale

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 11:00

As the world is becoming more problematic by the day, there's also a growing interest in wellness. In case you haven't noticed, mindfulness apps, collagen-infused items, and customized vitamin regimes are booming. Kombucha, acupuncture, and the KonMari method are having their moment, too. And so are essential oil diffusers.

If you're a wellness cynic, then you must think of diffusers as glorified air perfumes or placebo machines invented by capitalist goons to further extort money from people. And you aren't *wrong* exactly, but here's the thing. Essential oils can also reportedly help with enhanced energy levels, improvement of brain function, and anxiety relief. And who wouldn't want a slice of that?  Read more...

More about Essential Oil, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Lifestyle, and Consumer Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Get this electric toothbrush on sale for the massively discounted price of $49.99

Mashable - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 11:00

When someone tells you to "smile more," you can do one of two things:  Politely ask them to mind their own business, or scorch their pupils with the blinding glare off your impossibly white teeth.  

If you choose the latter option (and who could blame you), you need to get your hands on a Platinum Sonic Toothbrush. At 40,000 brush strokes per minute, this baby is designed to help boost your smile. 

With a compact design and rechargeable battery that lasts up to two weeks, you can take the Platinum Sonic Toothbrush everywhere, so you're always ready to give your choppers a quick scrub. Plus, the Platinum Sonic Toothbrush comes with a UV Sanitizing Charging Case, which kills 99% of germs and bacteria on your brush heads, and a two-minute smart auto timer, which lets you know when it's time to stop brushing. Read more...

More about Toothbrush, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Geek Trivia: What Is The Oldest Manmade Object In Earth Orbit?

How-To Geek - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 08:02
Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!
Categories: IT General, Technology
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