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Australia gives $37-million boost to spending on youth mental health

Health News (Reuters) - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 05:00
Australia will spend an extra A$51.8 million ($37 million) on support to young people with mental health issues, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.
Categories: Health

A Malicious Message is Bricking PlayStation 4s, Here’s How to Protect Yours

How-To Geek - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 02:16
A new message exploit is hitting PlayStation 4 consoles that causes the system to lock up, and the only fix is to factory reset it. To protect your system, you’ll need to set your messages to private.
Categories: IT General, Technology

Comic for October 13, 2018

Dilbert - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 01:59
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Categories: Funny

Ohio State's marching band re-created the Backpack Kid to perfection

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 23:57

The Ohio State Marching band showed off its precision and knowledge of slightly nerdy viral dance moves on Saturday.

During the Ohio State band's halftime show, the marching musicians got in formation to reenact the dance of .... The Backpack Kid.

SEE ALSO: Katy Perry's 'SNL' performance was upstaged by a backpack-wearing teen

You know, the Backpack Kid! Also known as The Floss, also known as the dance move every annoying kid now does at wedding receptions to become the center of attention.

Honestly, the marching band's version is pretty uncanny, and instantly recognizable.

Teenager and now YouTube-famous dancer Russell Horning is credited with creating the move. The Floss got re-dubbed the Backpack Kid when Katy Perry brought him on stage during her Saturday Night Live performance in May, and he upstaged everyone while doing his rubber band-limbed moves, while — you guessed it — wearing a backpack. Read more...

More about Dance, Marching Band, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

European authorities to investigate Twitter over GDPR non-compliance

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 23:52

The GDPR is beginning to bare its teeth.

Irish authorities are investigating Twitter for not complying with a user request covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to Fortune.

A researcher asked Twitter to provide him with more information about the data it collects when users click an auto-shortened link in a tweet. But the social media company is refusing — which has prompted investigative action from European privacy authorities. 

SEE ALSO: Why you should care about GDPR, even if you don't live in Europe

Under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect in May 2018, European citizens have the right to know what data companies collect on them, and what they do with that date.  Read more...

More about Twitter, Privacy, Gdpr, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Categories: IT General, Technology

Jon Favreau's upcoming 'Star Wars' TV series nods to the infamous 'Holiday Special'

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 23:03

It's time to pack it in, my fellow Star Wars fans. The atrocious(ly amazing) Holiday Special is officially canon.

Jon Favreau treated Instagram followers to a teasing visual nugget tied to his upcoming TV series, The Mandalorian. You might look at the photo and think, "So what? It's just a funky Star Wars blaster, right?"

SEE ALSO: Star Wars has its first ever non-white, non-male directors. It's a start.

Right. And wrong. This image contains multitudes. Look upon it and weep, Star Wars faithful.

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A post shared by Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on Oct 12, 2018 at 7:17pm PDT Read more...

More about Entertainment, Tv, Star Wars, Jon Favreau, and The Mandalorian
Categories: IT General, Technology

Separating tech fact from the fiction around Jamal Khashoggi's Apple Watch

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 22:36

Amid the news of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and likely death in Turkey sits a technological mystery involving an Apple Watch.

Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Turkish authorities had audio recordings that confirmed Khashoggi's death inside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul. The Saudi government maintains its innocence, but the audio reportedly indicates that a Saudi team tortured, killed, and dismembered Khashoggi inside the embassy.

But where did the recordings come from?

Saturday morning, a Turkish newspaper reported that the audio originated from Khashoggi's Apple Watch, via a transmission to his iCloud or iPhone (there are conflicting reports about where Turkish officials accessed this audio file).  Read more...

More about Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Apple Watch, Tech, and Politics
Categories: IT General, Technology

Googly eye bandit is wanted in Georgia for defacing monument

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 21:12

Googly eyes are hilarious. Put some googly eyes on literally anything and people are going to have a good time.

Unless it's the city government of Savannah, Georgia we're talking about. To them, googly eyes are no laughing matter — at least not googly eyes placed on a historic statue.

The City of Savannah Government Facebook page posted photos on Thursday of a monument of American Revolutionary War figure Nathanael Greene with googly eyes plastered to his face. Accompanying the hilarious photos was a message decrying the act of vandalism and informing the public that this is in fact a crime. Read more...

More about Crime, Googly Eyes, Culture, and Other
Categories: IT General, Technology

A relative of Robert E. Lee delivers a clear-eyed rebuke of Donald Trump's praise

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 20:07

Sometimes words deliver a punch to the gut. Not the kind of impact that knocks you down, but the kind that lifts you up.

Early Saturday morning, a descendant of the Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee, Reverend Robert Lee IV, posted a video message on Twitter taking exception to President Donald Trump's Friday evening statements praising Lee

"Last night I was disheartened to hear Donald Trump, our president, make comments about Robert E. Lee as a great general, as an honorable man," Lee said. "These were far from the truth."

Trump was speaking at a rally in Cincinnati, and he peppered looking-glass Civil War history amongst calls for black Americans to "honor" Republicans with their votes. He called Gen. Lee "a true great fighter" and a "great general," and claimed President Lincoln developed a "phobia" of Lee.  Read more...

More about Twitter, Racism, Trump, Civil War, and Confederate Statue
Categories: IT General, Technology

Princess Eugenie's wedding dress carried an inspiring message about self-image

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 19:35

At her royal wedding, Princess Eugenie wore a dress with a low-cut back that revealed a long scar from an operation on her spine, inspiring others with back scars to share photos and feel more comfortable with their bodies.

SEE ALSO: Royal wedding takes turn for the NSFW with BBC subtitle error

Eugenie, who had surgery to correct her scoliosis at age 12 according to CNN, worked with designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos on her wedding dress. The low-cut back is deliberate, and meant to show her scar.

The back of Princess Eugenie's dress, which is cut low to show her scar.

Image: Toby Melville / wpa pool / Getty Images Read more...

More about Royal Family, Scoliosis, Culture, Celebrities, and Activism
Categories: IT General, Technology

How to Fix Your PC’s Sound if Windows Update Just Broke It

How-To Geek - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 18:31
Windows Update keeps breaking things. Earlier this week, Microsoft released a buggy Intel audio driver that broke the sound on some PCs. If your PC suddenly can’t play audio, here’s how to fix it.
Categories: IT General, Technology

Same-sex penguin couple is madly in love and has adopted an egg

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 17:45

Love is in the air as penguin breeding season begins at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia, and one adorable penguin couple is stealing the show.

Two male gentoo penguins, Sphen and Magic, became inseparable in the Macquarie Island exhibit, the aquarium explained in a blog post. They were so successful at building a nest together and taking care of a dummy egg that the love birds were given a real penguin egg to incubate.

SEE ALSO: Emotional support squirrel gets kicked off airplane

Here's a quick look at Sphen and Magic and their nest:

The duo has been spending a lot of time together, waddling around the exhibit and going for swims, but the clearest sign of their love was their nest. Gentoo penguins build nests with pebbles when they couple up, and Sphen and Magic gathered more pebbles than any other couple there, according to the aquarium. Read more...

More about Penguins, Culture, Identities, and Animals
Categories: IT General, Technology

Melania Trump's 'I really don't care' jacket sets off a new social media firestorm

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 17:26

Melania Trump would have you believe she can't catch a break. But never forget: She's still a Trump, and lies come with the territory. 

The First Lady exposed yet another Trump lie to the world on Friday night. In June, in the midst of significant public and political blowback over immigrant families being separated at the U.S. border, Melania wore a jacket bearing the spray-painted words: "I don't really care, do u?"

SEE ALSO: Melania Trump boards plane to meet immigrants wearing 'I really don't care' jacket

Making matters worse, First Lady Trump was on her way to visit detained kids in Texas at the time. Read more...

More about Culture, Melania Trump, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

What does ‘time well spent’ mean for games like ‘Candy Crush?’

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:46

If you own a smartphone, chances are you know Candy Crush and maybe even the game’s latest incarnation, Candy Crush Friends Saga. What you may not know is the story behind the franchise: How an Italian entrepreneur put all his cash on the line as a co-founder of King, the company that created the game, in the early 2000s, with a big idea: re-invent gaming for the online world.

That person is Riccardo Zacconi. He’s guided the company through the many phases online gaming (desktop, Facebook, mobile, and more), taking King public and eventually selling it to gaming giant Activision Blizzard in 2015. In this episode of MashTalk, Zacconi talks about that journey, his thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg, and what the future holds for gaming now that people are starting to question all the time they’re spending on their devices playing games like, well, Candy Crush. Read more...

More about King, Podcast, Mashtalk, Candy Crush, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Iron Fist' was canceled and the internet has strong opinions

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:30

Iron Fist, Marvel's least-loved Netflix series, has been canceled after two seasons.

With pretty poor reception of the first season in 2017 and mixed reactions to its recent second season, the immortal Iron Fist (a.k.a. Danny Rand) will no longer have his own show like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil. Viewers and fans took to the internet to share their starkly contrasting opinions on the cancellation and say their goodbye, including lead actor Finn Jones.

SEE ALSO: Marvel had a huge villain problem. Then Phase 3 happened.

In a heartfelt post on Instagram, Jones shared love and thanks to everyone he worked with and the Iron Fist fans. Read more...

More about Television, Netflix, Marvel, Iron Fist, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

Everything You Need To Start Running Or Jogging

How-To Geek - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 14:00

Running is a fairly inexpensive way of getting healthier and fitter, but it’s wise to buy a few bits and pieces to make the (literal) st…

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Exclusive: U.S. senators urge India to soften data localization stance

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:52
Two U.S. senators have called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to soften India's stance on data localization, warning that measures requiring it represent "key trade barriers" between the two nations.
Categories: Technology

Before-and-after satellite photos reveal devastation left by Hurricane Michael

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:30

Hurricane Michael — the fourth Category 4 storm to pummel the United States in 14 months — snapped pine trees like toothpicks, washed neighborhoods into the sea, and shredded the hangars of an Air Force base. 

Before the storm's 155 mph winds struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, storm scientists predicted Michael would be an extremely intense storm, in large part because it passed through ocean waters that were 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit above normal — and hurricanes thrive on warm water.

The devastation, seen by satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above, is ghastly. 

Some of the images of destruction from #HurricaneMichael have been devastating, but I wasn't prepared for these before/after aerial shots provided by @NOAA's post storm survey of #MexicoBeach

Most buildings in this area are completely gone.

Link:https://t.co/VEM6x3fEQK pic.twitter.com/cQwdzSbY1b

— Philippe Papin (@pppapin) October 12, 2018 Read more...

More about Science, Space Photos, Extreme Weather, Hurricanes, and Science
Categories: IT General, Technology

I drove my first all-electric car. It reminded me of my distracting smartphone.

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:15

It was eerily quiet.

I was driving a Jaguar — my first time in the driver's seat of any vehicle from the luxury British car maker — and there wasn't much to hear save for the slight swish of the car moving along the road and the wheels turning against the pavement. No roar, rev, or vroom-vroom. But there was so much going on.

I was in the I-Pace, Jaguar's first all-electric car that Waymo plans to use for its self-driving taxi service. It's not the world's first electric car, but it was the first I had taken for a spin. 

SEE ALSO: Jaguar's classic E-Type is back as an all-electric sports car

A quick jaunt around the event center made me realize several things: my next car should definitely be electric and this weirdly felt like the car version of my smartphone. Read more...

More about Column, Electric Vehicles, Tech, and Transportation
Categories: IT General, Technology

Real life vs. online life: For kids, is there a difference?

Mashable - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:00

Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with.

When Amber Petersen noticed her seven-year-old daughter was spending progressively more time playing games online, she reached back into the 1800s for a little instruction.

On a summer day this year, as Brooklyn explored a virtual playground on Roblox, the popular gaming platform designed for young kids, Petersen read out loud from Meet Kirsten, a kids’ chapter book based in the 1850s that’s part of doll-maker American Girl’s historical fiction series.  Read more...

More about Online Gaming, Online Identities, Small Humans, Small Humans, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology
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