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Twitter's about to introduce Topics. Here's how the new feature works

Monday Nov 11th 2019

Now that we're all used to seeing tweets from randos we don't follow in our feeds, Twitter is introducing a new way for you to discover just how many bad opinions are really out there regarding the things you care most about.

Meet Topics.

Essentially, Topics will expand the reach of Twitter functions like following, muting, and adding to Lists beyond individual accounts to include tweets focused on a specific thing. Whether you're into Mars news, Carly Rae Jepsen, or Liverpool FC, you'll be able to follow those interests as you would an account, being served the "top tweets" from "experts, fans or [accounts that] just tend to talk about that thing a lot", according to the Twitter blog. Read more...

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SpaceX sends another batch of Starlink satellites into space

Monday Nov 11th 2019

Elon Musk's private space company added 60 more satellites Monday to its goal of nearly 45,000 for a global internet network called Starlink.

The satellite constellation is a work-in-progress to bring internet connectivity to, well, everywhere. The first 60 were launched in May, and on Monday morning 60 more of the approximately 500-pound devices made it into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

The second Starlink deployment from SpaceX's Flacon 9 rocket (it's a 1.2 million-pound spacecraft) was a success. There's still more to come in 2019, and SpaceX plans to launch monthly Starlink missions in 2020. We'll be at full network capacity in no time. Just last month, SpaceX applied for 30,000 more satellites, which you can add onto the 12,000 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission already approved.  Read more...

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Investigation is launched on Apple Card for gender bias

Monday Nov 11th 2019

The investigation follows a series of tweets by a customer upset over the credit limit given to his wife, as well as the customer service from Apple. Read more...

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The Sill's faux and preserved plants are pretty, pet-friendly, and pricey

Monday Nov 11th 2019
The Sill: Faux and preserved plants $75-940 View Product The Good Aesthetically pleasing option for people who struggle with plant care • Non-toxic and safe for homes with pets The Bad Pricey • Light shedding • Planters slightly larger than plants The Bottom Line The Sill's faux and preserved plants are as beautiful as you'd expect from The Sill — with a few kinks — but they're also super pricey. 👑 Mashable Score 3.0 ✨Aesthetic 4.0 💅Easy to use 3.0 🎯Delivers on promise 3.0 💵Bang for the buck 2.0

I'm a big fan of The Sill for its live houseplants, which have always arrived at my door healthy, safe, and well-packaged. Now for those of us who struggle to keep even a snake plant alive, the company has dipped a toe into fake and preserved plants, too. Read more...

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CDC links one substance to vaping-related illness

Monday Nov 11th 2019

The illness, EVALI, has currently been linked to vitamin E acetate after patients' lungs were examined. Read more...

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A day in the life of a professional armpit sniffer – Mashable Originals

Monday Nov 11th 2019

We met odor guru, Barrie Drewitt, who works as a technical director at Princeton Consumer Research, smelling armpits amongst other things for a living. Read more...

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope successor is huge

Monday Nov 11th 2019

The space agency shared a picture of the telescope on Twitter, comparing it to a person on a crane.  Read more...

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MIT releases eerie video of their robot army training

Monday Nov 11th 2019

The robots, or Mini Cheetahs, played soccer as well as "Simon Says." Read more...

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This interactive art exhibit is out of this world – Future Blink

Monday Nov 11th 2019

This interactive exhibit combines art with nature and computer generation, allowing attendees to play in the “worlds” provided. Read more...

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The 'mouse deer' lives

Monday Nov 11th 2019

They're not a fictional species: Mouse deer still roam the Vietnamese woods. 

In 2017 and 2018, biologists set camera traps in Vietnam's coastal forests to potentially spot the evasive species, not seen in 29 years. The plan worked. Researchers from Global Wildlife Conservation, working with the Southern Institute of Ecology, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, and the local community, captured 275 photos of the mouse deer, formally called the Silver-backed Chevrotain.

These are the first photos of the chihuahua-sized species alive in the wild, animals first described by scientists in 1910, but last seen in 1990. Read more...

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Twitter wants your help figuring out how to deal with deepfakes

Monday Nov 11th 2019

Twitter still isn’t sure how it should deal with the looming threat of deepfakes. So, it’s asking its users for help.

In a post on Monday, Twitter shared a link to a survey asking its users for help creating its policies surrounding “synthetic and manipulated media.”

As we shape our approach to synthetic and manipulated media, we think it's critical to consider global perspectives. We want to hear from you.

Share your feedback by Nov 27#TwitterPolicyFeedback

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 11, 2019

The company is classifying deepfakes as synthetic and manipulated media, which it defines as “any photo, audio, or video that has been significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning.” Read more...

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Not sure what to watch tonight? A new app wants to help.

Monday Nov 11th 2019

For all the time I've spent bingeing Succession or revisiting old episodes of Frasier, there's probably no single show I've watched more than the endless scroll of the Netflix menu — to say nothing of the Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and HBO Go ones. 

Some nights, I've even spent so long trying to decide on a title that I run out of time to watch anything at all, and go to bed having seen nothing. 

It's an annoyance Jes Bickhart knows well, and one he hopes his new app, Minnow, will solve."How do you take the 30 minutes on average that people are spending just browsing, looking for something to watch, and take it out of the equation?" he asks me rhetorically over the phone.  Read more...

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Google reportedly collecting health data, including lab results, on millions of Americans

Monday Nov 11th 2019

In our latest step toward becoming a full dystopian nightmare, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google has been collecting the health data of millions of Americans without their knowledge or consent.

It's all part of Google's secret "Project Nightingale" that the company has been working on with Ascension, which the WSJ notes is the "second-largest health system" in the country.

Among the personal health data that the two behemoths are sharing are "lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records," which "amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth."  Read more...

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Even the defiant Taku Glacier, long resistant to warming, has started shrinking

Monday Nov 11th 2019

Chris McNeil has journeyed to Alaska's sprawling Taku Glacier at least once a year for the last decade. At 259 square miles, it's larger than Chicago. "You can see across this thing for days," said McNeil, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

For decades, Taku has been exceptional. Unlike most Alaskan glaciers, Taku had resisted shrinking. Between the 1940s and 1980s, Taku attracted significant scientific interest because it grew while the glaciers around it, collectively called the Juneau Icefield, thinned. By the 1990s and into the 2000s, Taku had stopped growing, and stalled. But now, glacier scientists have confirmed that even Taku — a robust glacier 4,860 feet thick — has finally started to lose mass.  Read more...

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BarkBox is aware their dog toy looks like a Fleshlight

Monday Nov 11th 2019

Last week, monthly subscription service BarkBox released their “Overstuffed” November box that included a “pigs in a blanket” toy that looked more like a Fleshlight than the iconic hors d'oeuvre: 

Pigs in a blanket dog toy

Image: Barkbox


Image: Fleshlight

A Facebook ad displayed photos of the toy, conveniently available in three sizes:

Original ad

Image: Barkbox facebook

Naturally, the internet took it to a horny place, and the ad went viral with comments insinuating that the dog toy was produced with a much different purpose in mind. According to BarkBox, the viral fame was good for business: they sold out in three hours on their BarkShop — and they even included a last-minute gift with purchase. Sales were up 200% above average for a normal, non-promotional day. Read more...

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What the critics are saying about 'Lady and the Tramp'

Monday Nov 11th 2019

Regarded as a veiled critique of class divides across the United State's rapidly expanding metropolitan areas in the 1950s, Lady and the Tramp (1955) has been lauded as one of Disney's more poignant (and blatantly racist) films. 

Like many of Disney's recent releases, the animated classic got a live-action, modern makeover. With a more diverse cast (and without the wildly problematic Siamese cats), Lady and the Tramp (2019) is being released as part of the digital marquee for Disney+.

Mashable's Angie Han deemed the movie "good enough" in her review, and pointed out that the remake is really just that: "Lady and the Tramp does not significantly reshape our understanding of this story or these characters or their world, and it's not really trying to."  Read more...

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Roku thinks your remote needs a remote. Say hi to its new Apple Watch app.

Saturday Nov 9th 2019

Why settle for just one Roku remote control, when you could have two?

That is the bold question posed by the latest addition to the Apple Watch ecosystem: the brand new Roku app. The app, which Roku writes became available for Apple's wrist computer on Nov. 8, does all kinds of neat things — like, as we already mentioned, acting as a remote control. 

"Control your Roku device directly from Apple Watch," explains the above-linked Roku blog post. "It’s the same easy to use remote from the mobile app – just sized for your wrist!"  

How fun! 

To get the app on your Apple Watch, all you need to do is download the Roku app on your iPhone (or, if you already have it, update to version 6.1.3) and you should be good to go.  Read more...

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NASA subjected its new Mars rover to harsh Mars-like environs

Saturday Nov 9th 2019

Nine months till blast-off.

NASA's latest car-sized, six-wheeled Mars rover, currently dubbed the 2020 Rover, is in the final stages of testing before launching to the red desert planet. 

On Thursday, NASA released footage showing researchers transferring the rover into a vacuum testing chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. There, NASA subjected the rover to a simulation of Mars' frigid atmospheric conditions to ensure the rover's antennas, ground-penetrating radar, cameras, and equipment work under such extreme, extraterrestrial environs. 

Our #Mars2020 rover was moved into a vaccuum chamber at @NASAJPL for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions. It's set to launch in July 2020 and land in the Red Planet's Jezero Crater in Feb. 2021. Is your name on board? 🎟️

— NASA (@NASA) November 7, 2019

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Older smart TVs and Rokus won't work on Netflix starting in December. Sorry.

Saturday Nov 9th 2019

Technological obsolescence isn't any less annoying when it's unplanned. 

Scores of smart TVs owner are about to find that out the hard way come Dec. 2, when Netflix will stop supporting their devicesAccording to Samsung, the streaming service will no longer work on "select" 2010 and 2011 smart TVs sold by the manufacturer in the U.S. and Canada. 

The stated reason, notes Samsung, is "due to technical limitations." However, the company is quick to point out that "there are many other devices that can be connected to a Smart TV to continue enjoying the streaming service."

You just, you know, have to buy some compatible stuffRead more...

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New 'Westworld' Season 3 trailer is a creepy ad about the future of our data

Saturday Nov 9th 2019

Westworld's third season is slated to premiere sometime in 2020, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until the new year to be fully creeped out. 

HBO dropped its latest teaser for the new season on Nov. 8 in the form of a video advertising a fictitious company, Incite, that presumably plays a large role in show. There's even an accompanying website that promises "to make 'impossible' a thing of the past."

"Here at Incite," the website reads, "your data doesn’t work for us — we work for you."

Which, having watched the first two seasons of Westworld, we're going to reserve judgment on the veracity of that claim.  Read more...

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