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20 January

Techmeme

Mashable!

  • 02:53
    Scientists say the fossilized remains of a brittle star that lived 435 million years ago belong to a new species.  The fossil was named Crepidosoma doyleii, after the paleontologist who discovered it. Eamon Doyle was a Ph.D. student when he discovered the remains of the thumbnail-sized creature in the late 1980s, embedded in a layer of fossils on a hillside in the Maam Valley in Ireland.  Though this species of brittle star (which are closely related to starfish) first developed nearly half a billion years ago, its modern day descendants are remarkably similar.   SEE ALSO: This powerful (...) -- Ireland, Fossils, Starfish, Brittle Stars, Science
  • 02:26
    Some people get a little nutty when there's a winter storm looming. Not Shirley Nash.  During a report on an upcoming snowstorm a reporter for WCCB out of Charlotte, North Carolina interviewed the local resident about her plans for the snowy weekend. "We'll probably sit around and cook some soups and eat bread and desserts and just get all fat and sassy," Nash said.  Honestly, great plan, Shirley.  Read more... More about Funny, News Bloopers, Culture, and Web (...) -- Funny, News Bloopers, Culture, Web Culture
  • 01:56
    Tom Petty's family confirmed the musician's death was caused by an accidental drug overdose in a statement on Friday. News broke on Oct. 2 last year that the iconic guitarist had suffered from cardiac arrest in the early morning hours in his home in Malibu. Petty was then rushed to UCLA Medical Center, but was unable to be revived. He was 66-years-old. SEE ALSO: John Oliver gets real on America's crippling opioid epidemic Friday's letter, which was posted to the official Facebook page for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as well as Petty's website, went into great detail of the events (...) -- Drugs, Opiates, Opioids, Overdose, Tom Petty
  • 01:50
    This weekend marks a year since millions of nasty women (and men) marched in protest nofollowing the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.  March On, a new organization branching out from the Women's March movement, wants to take a "bottom up" approach to the resistance. SEE ALSO: Trump was a disaster for women in 2017. It may be his undoing. Founded by people who organized and led sister Women's March events around the country, March On is using this weekend's anniversary to launch "Operation Marching Orders," a tech-driven campaign to crowdsource an agenda for political change. That agenda (...) -- Politics, Gender, Social Good, Donald Trump, Activism
  • 01:36
    It's the year 2018 and every advancement in our society has been stifled by the consumption of Tide Pods.  The desire to eat a laundry pod—specifically Tide's detergent product, packaged in plastic dissolvable packets—has taken over the internet for better or for worse. It's popped up on pizzas and been recreated as edible donuts, and tweets regarding the consumption of the pods have gone viral countless of times. YouTube even started pulling videos of people eating them (please, for the love of laundry, don't eat Tide Pods).  Brand awareness has probably never been higher for Tide than it (...) -- Brands, Tide, Tide Pods, Tide Pod Challenge, Culture
  • 01:01
    Here's some great news just in time for the weekend: someone's created a site that makes browsing through Netflix so much easier. Reddit user CrazedEli, aka Ville Salminen, announced his creation Flixable on the r/television subreddit Friday. It's basically a search engine for Netflix and it's worth checking out; it could save you hours of wasted time. SEE ALSO: Netflix is coming to the Razer Phone—in HDR Flixable shows what's popular, what's original, and what's leaving Netflix. Users can browse by genre and IMDb rating, and filter their searches based on release date.  Salminen said (...) -- Netflix, Flixable, Easy Browsing, Tech, Movies Tv Shows
  • 00:19
    Over a half million Twitter users are about to be on the receiving end of an inbox surprise.  No, not the news of an unexpected verification. Nor something more prosaic, such as their unwitting participation in a new feature test group. Rather, Twitter will be dropping a little email truth bomb: You got played by a Russian troll army.  SEE ALSO: Twitter shares its roadmap to curb abuse In a Friday blog post, the social media giant said it plans to inform 677,775 people who, over the course of the 2016 presidential "election period," nofollowed, liked, or retweeted accounts "potentially" (...) -- Twitter, Russia, Social Media, 2016 Election, Propaganda
  • 00:11
    WhatsApp, the cross-platform instant messenger owned by Facebook, will finally allow Android users to choose how different types of notification appear. This update is great news for many Android users, Android Police reports. The lack of notification channels was impeding the app's everyday functionality.  Here's what the problem was: Android 8.0 Oreo, released in August 2017, introduced "notification channels" to Android phones.  This feature is pretty convenient, in theory. It allows users to assign priority to different types of notification. For example, I could set a Facebook (...) -- Facebook, Android, Android Apps, Whatsapp, Android O

Wired News: Top Stories

Daring Fireball

  • 04:48
    Horace Dediu: As individuals we think that having lots of cash makes us rich. For companies it’s the opposite. Cash is a liability. If you come across a company that is cash rich and has nothing else, its enterprise value will be zero. Companies are valued on their future cash flows, meaning their ability to generate cash, not how much they managed to keep. In other words, cash is a measure of past success and investors are interested only in future value. That future value comes from the intelligent allocation of resources toward a valuable goal. A company rich in cash but poor in vision (...)

Engadget

Programmable Web

  • 00:44
    Webhose.io, an advanced data crawling API service provider, has added dark web and broadcast data to its Webhose.io API. The Webhose.io Dark Web Data Feed allows cyber security companies and researchers to monitor TOR network activity and provides programmatic access to anonymized web content available on TOR (The Onion Router). The API can be used to discover and parse specific information from within content located on .onion domains.

Daring Fireball

  • 03:46
    Stephen Pulvirent, writing for Hodinkee: Working with Tony Fadell (who you might know as the designer of the iPod, the founder of Nest, [and a noted Talking Watches guest][tf]), Ressence has gone a few steps further than anyone else thinking in this direction. The idea is that you initially set the Type 2 e-Crown Concept using the mechanical mechanism on the watch’s rear, and then you never need to touch that again (unless you want to, of course — this is a mechanical watch and that system will always work). After that, you can use a paired down iPhone app to adjust to one of two timezones (...)

hack a day

  • 04:00
    Here at Hackaday we tend to stay pretty close to the bleeding edge in tech, not by any conscious effort, but simply because that’s what most hackers are interested in. Sure we see the occasional vintage computer rebuild, or reverse engineering of some component that was put into service before most of us were born; but on the whole you’re way more likely to see projects involving the latest and greatest microcontroller to hit AliExpress than ones involving the once ubiquitous vacuum tube. Bill Maddox But occasionally it’s nice to take a step back from the latest and greatest, to really look (...) -- classic hacks, Tool Hacks, 18th century, forging, hacker spirit, history, woodworking
  • 01:00
    We’ll admit that [3DSage] has a pretty standard design for a crystal radio. What we liked, though, was the 3D printed chassis with solderless connections. Of course, the working pieces aren’t 3D printed — you need an earphone, a diode, and some wire too. You can see the build and the finished product in the video below. Winding the coil is going to take awhile, and the tuning is done with the coil and capacitance built into the tuning arrangement so you won’t have to find a variable capacitor for this build. There is a picture of the radio using a razor blade point contact with a pencil (...) -- 3d Printer hacks, Radio Hacks, 3d printer, am radio, crystal radio, crystal set

Daring Fireball

  • 03:31
    Jason Kottke: Hopefully this, uh, “redesign” is temporary and a full overhaul is in the works. That menu is a really dangerous bit of interface design and adding an “oopsie, we didn’t mean it button” doesn’t help. The employee made a mistake but it’s not his fault and he shouldn’t be fired for it. The interface is the problem and whoever caused that to happen — the designer, the software vendor, the heads of the agency, the lawmakers who haven’t made sufficient funds available for a proper design process to occur — should face the consequences. More importantly, the necessary changes should be made (...)

TechCrunch

MacRumors

  • 01:43
    Apple this morning announced the expansion of its "Everyone Can Code" initiative to 70 educational institutions across Europe, and nofollowing the announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at Harlow College in Essex, one of the schools that will adopt the new curriculum. The Guardian shared several of Cook's comments, which covered overuse of technology and boundaries for children. Cook said he believes there are concepts that can't be taught using technology, and in many courses, technology shouldn't dominate."I don't believe in overuse [of technology]. I'm not a person that says we've (...) -- Tim Cook

Engadget

Techmeme

NYT > Circuits

Mashable!

  • 00:51
    President Donald has always been a popular subject on Reddit's r/PhotoshopBattles. But since you can't look anywhere without seeing a photo of his face somewhere, the appeal wore off a bit. But on Friday, Redditor suri09 submitted an older image from a stack of German newspapers from last May.  SEE ALSO: Family shares hilarious Photoshop fail from a photographer they hired Image: reddit The fold of the paper and stack make it look as though Trump had a massive mouth, and was the perfect subject for some good ol' Photoshopping. As always, the Photoshop wizards of Reddit delivered.  (...) -- Funny, Photoshop, Donald Trump, Photoshop Battle, Culture
  • 00:14
    When someone suffers a seizure in real life, it can be an intense, scary experience. When someone suffers a seizure during a VR chat, it can be even more terrifying.  This is the exact scenario that Sam Raiffeisen, otherwise known as YouTuber Rogue Shadow, found himself in recently. While playing VRChat, a multiplayer app where people can hang out with bizarre avatars and take part in simple games, one of the users suffered a seizure.  "We're so used to technology enabling us to do more, but in this case it was the opposite," Raiffeisen said over email. "The main feature of VR is (...) -- Tech, Technology, Culture, Vr, Vr Headset
  • 01:20
    Well Get Out fans, we've got some bad news — and some good news. First, let's start with the bad news: In a preview for his CBS Sunday Morning interview with Tracy Smith, the comedian and Get Out director announced he was done with acting. "That's the idea... Daniel Day-Lewis and I are both out," he said, referring to the legendary actor claiming that The Phantom Thread would (allegedly) be his last film. "Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing." SEE ALSO: 'Get Out' inspires a college course taught around the horror film To be fair, though, if Peele really was modeling (...) -- Entertainment, Comedy Central, Jordan Peele, Key And Peele, Horror Movies

Techmeme

19 January

Techmeme

kottke.org

  • 19:05
    This year, the NBA All-Star Game won’t be strictly the best players in the east against the best in the west. Instead, the top vote getters in each conference get to choose their own teammates: first from the list of starters in both conference, and then from the list of reserves. The NHL has done something similar for the past few years, broadcasting the draft, and offering a free car as a consolation prize to the player chosen last. All of this is extremely entertaining. But the NBA, whose soap opera dramatics leaves the NHL and every other sports league far, far behind, is having none (...)

Mashable!

  • 23:19
    The looming government shutdown could extend its gloomy reach to space.  If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Saturday, NASA, like all other agencies, will be affected.  According to the agency's most recent public plan published in November 2017, all but the most essential employees will be placed on furlough if a shutdown comes to pass.  SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel says the GOP spending bill comes with a 'giant bag of horse sh*t' NASA TV and all NASA websites — the most public facing part of the agency — will also be suspended during the shutdown.  An astronaut selfie during (...) -- Politics, Space, Nasa, Science, International Space Station
  • 22:56
    A bunch of lucky passengers may have made aviation history this week on a Norwegian Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from New York to London. The plane rode tailwinds of more than 200 mph on Jan. 15, allowing it to make the trip in just 5 hours and 13 minutes. According to Norwegian Air, that's the fastest transatlantic trip ever for a subsonic commercial aircraft.  SEE ALSO: Planes flew from New York to London at near-supersonic speeds due to powerhouse jet stream Those tailwinds — which hit 202 mph, according to Norwegian — propelled the plane to a top speed of 776 mph relative to the (...) -- Climate, London, Airplane, Extreme Weather, New York
  • 22:51
    'Placeon' is the stylish sleek belt clip that will make all your beeper-related dreams come true. Throwing it back to the '90s, this sick hook is even cooler and more sturdy than an old fashion belt clipFinally, a perfect gift for dads! Read more...More about Real Time, Real Time Video, Real Time, Real Time Video, and Real Time Video -- Real Time, Real Time Video
  • 22:50
    'Beltbox' is a portable vocal dampener for singers. Put it over your mouth to quiet your warm-up sounds to avoid disturbing others. It also comes with a strap for handsfree use. The mask can reportedly quiet vocals up to 30dB.  Read more...More about Tech, Watercooler, Mashable Video, Show, and Mask -- Tech, Watercooler, Mashable Video, Show, Mask
  • 22:44
    Call Me By Your Name's Timothée Chalamet announced that he donated his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York on Tuesday, but the actor said he refrained from talking about why he worked on the movie, citing contractual obligations. "I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I'm not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations." Chalamet wrote in a note shared to Instagram. However, HuffPost reported Friday that it obtained Chalamet's contract and no such (...) -- Movies, Woody Allen, Timothee Chalamet, Metoo, Times Up
  • 22:36
    The U.S. government may shutdown at midnight on Friday, but this will likely have little to no effect on the nation's all-important cybersecurity activities. In fact, if the Congress fails to fund the government and it shuts down — which it has done 12 times since 1981 — most federal employees are still required to come to work because they are responsible for "essential" tasks. These employees include air traffic controllers for the FAA, TSA officials scanning bags at airports for weapons, and Army intelligence personnel tracking potential cyberattack attempts. SEE ALSO: Apple's 'I'm (...) -- Web, Science, Internet, Cybersecurity, National Park Service
  • 22:15
    Amazon's Alexa app is about to get a lot more useful. That's because the company is finally bringing the full powers of its assistant to the Alexa smartphone app.  SEE ALSO: Your bathroom could soon be a 'smart bathroom' thanks to Kohler Until now, the Alexa app was primarily used for controlling settings, timers, and various Alexa-enabled devices, but you couldn't actually use any of Alexa's assistant capabilities. That's finally changing. It's not the first time the full-fledged Alexa assistant has made its way to the smartphone screen. The company previously partnered with HTC and (...) -- Tech, Mobile, Android, Amazon, Ios
  • 22:04
    Facebook announced on Friday that news isn't disappearing from your News Feed, but the social network is placing quite the heavy hand on what it decides to show you. SEE ALSO: Facebook became your news diet. Now, it's going to serve you junk. The social network will begin incorporating user feedback on which news outlets should be trusted, a change that could be even more important due to the company's recent move to downgrade how much publisher content ends up in users' News Feeds. It's a dramatic shift for Facebook, which has generally shied away from making judgement calls on the (...) -- Facebook, Politics, 2016 Election, Local News, News Feed
  • 21:50
    Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. So you dropped a ton of cash on a 3D printer. Now it's time to learn how to use it. If you're looking to learn how to create 3D models, then you might want to take a look at this online course for Blender, a popular 3D model creator, that's on sale today. SEE ALSO: Going back to school or changing careers? Re-learn how to learn first. This Blender tutorial is perfect for complete beginners and (...) -- a 3D printer

Wired News: Top Stories

Cool Tools

  • 22:43
    We have hired professional editors to help create our weekly podcasts and video reviews. So far, Cool Tools listeners have pledged $359 a month. Please consider supporting us on Patreon. We have great rewards for people who contribute! – MF Our guest this week is Ruben Bolling. Ruben is the author of the award-winning comic strip, Tom the Dancing Bug, which premieres each week on Boing Boing. Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | RSS | Transcript | Download MP3 | See all the Cool Tools Show posts on a single page Show notes: Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling (...) -- Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Apple Music, Citi Bike, SodaStream, The EMU Club Adventures, And The Inner Hive
  • 18:02
    During the winter months we use a wood burning stove for most of our heat. Propane is very expensive for home heating so it’s worth the hassle of using our stove. After many years I have streamlined my methods for fire starting and the process was improved significantly when I picked up Fiskars baby axe, their 14″ hatchet. My old camp axe had gotten a wobbly head and no matter how much I tried I couldn’t get that great of an edge on it. I picked up the smallest Fiskars at my local hardware shop. I use this small axe to chop kindling down into batons for easy lighting. I also use it to create (...) -- Homestead

Flickr

  • 23:46
    Last week’s Flickr Friday challenge involved getting the Flickr community to creatively portray the theme #LetThereBeLight. Some people took this the religious route, as evident in one of the photos below, while others used this as an opportunity to highlight some of their more brightly lit images. Either way, every submission was truly a well crafted piece of work. We always love it when photographers create their own virtual worlds in their photographs! Not only does it scream creativity, but it demonstrates knowledge far more vast than technical ability. The framing in the shot below (...)

Programmable Web

TechCrunch

Daring Fireball

  • 22:41
    What a stupid, silly idea. I love it. ★
  • 21:32
    Tim Carmody, writing at Kottke.org: The Awl should have been the model for a new generation of sites that all outlived it. It wasn’t. We would mourn it less if there were more new blogs, staffed by hands young and old, rising to succeed it, jockeying to become required reading. Right now, there aren’t. But who knows? There is still plenty of time. ★
  • 21:28
    Open Letters was a site that ran in the latter half of 2000. Contributions were from anyone. There were small, collaborative projects like Open Letters all over the web back then. It was good. Dean Allen’s letter was great: Dear Dad, So Mom got married yesterday. It was in a park, amid some lurid autumn trees. The ceremony was performed with the river and the mountains in the background, and the whole affair was small, and nice, and stress-free. Unforced. For the week leading up to it I was in a lousy mood. I was having trouble being any good at anything, and it all seemed glum. I (...)
  • 20:42
    Lovely remembrance from Jason Kottke: Weirdly, or maybe not, my two biggest memories of Dean involve food. One of my favorite little pieces of writing by him (or anyone else for that matter), is How to Cook Soup. One of my favorites from Dean as well. ★

hack a day

  • 22:00
    Let’s get something out of the way: yes, this assumes you already own or have access to a compressor. So if you do, and know what you’re getting into, why not build a cheap sandblasting rig? That’s what [adamf135] did after seeing someone do it on YouTube. He seriously doubted it would work, but the results are pretty impressive. This one doesn’t require much more than an empty 20oz bottle, a cheap air gun/nozzle, and an adapter. The hardest part of this hack seems to be cutting a groove in the nozzle for the blasting material without severing it completely. [Adam] cut a 1/2″ section out of (...) -- why not build a cheap sandblasting rig, wet media blasting cabinet, build a drill-powered parts tumbler
  • 20:30
    Macros are useful things. They allow one to execute a series of commands with a single keypress. There exists a wide variety of hardware and software solutions to create and use macros to improve your workflow, and now [Evan] has brought the open-source ManyKey into the fray, along with a build tutorial to boot. The tutorial acts as a great introduction to ManyKey, as [Evan] walks through the construction of a macro keyboard designed to be operated by the feet. Based around the Arduino Leonardo and using off-the-shelf footswitches commonly used in guitar effects, it’s accessible while (...) -- Arduino Hacks, arduino, Arduino Leonardo, keyboard, macro

MacRumors

  • 22:51
    Ahead of the promised "early 2018" launch of the HomePod, Apple has received official FCC approval for the smart speaker. Now that FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the device at any time. All devices that use communications technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi must be submitted to the United States Federal Communications Commission to ensure compliance with federal regulations before they're eligible to be sold in the United States. That FCC approval has been obtained suggests the HomePod will launch in the near future. For comparison's sake, Apple received (...) -- HomePod
  • 21:57
    If you have a damaged iPhone 6 Plus that qualifies for a whole-device replacement, Apple may replace it with an iPhone 6s Plus through March, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers today. Apple specifically states that "orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an iPhone 6s Plus until the end of March 2018." MacRumors confirmed the memo's authenticity with multiple sources, who requested to remain anonymous due to their positions. Apple doesn't specify which iPhone 6 Plus models are eligible, nor (...) -- iPhone
  • 21:16
    iOS 11 is now installed on 65 percent of iOS devices, according to new statistics Apple shared yesterday on its App Store support page for developers. That's up six percentage points since December 5, when iOS 11 was installed on 59 percent of devices, and 13 percentage points since November 6, when iOS 11 was installed on 52 percent of devices. 28 percent of devices continue to use iOS 10, while earlier versions of iOS are installed on seven percent of iOS devices. Since iOS 11 was released, its adoption rate has been quite a bit slower than iOS 10 adoption rates in 2017. In January of (...) -- iOS 11
  • 20:18
    Apple has hired several data scientists from Silicon Valley Data Science, a consulting firm that offers data engineering and data science services, reports Bloomberg. A few dozen employees from Silicon Valley Data Science joined Apple in December and January to help the company better use its data to improve its advertising efforts. According to the Silicon Valley Data Science website, the startup helped businesses improve customer retention, increase engagement, improve conversion rates, develop new revenue-generating data products, streamline operations, and more. At Apple, the team (...) -- Apple ads, Apple acquisition
  • 19:06
    Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update to developers, just a few days after seeding the sixth beta and more than a week after releasing iOS 11.2.2, an update designed to mitigate a serious hardware-based vulnerability called "Spectre." Registered developers can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. Early iOS 11.2.5 betas introduced a new feature letting Siri play daily news podcasts from MPR, Fox News, CNN, or The Washington Post when (...) -- iOS 11

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