Monthly Archives: April 2018

Enormous pelicans terrorize students at their college graduation

[embedded content] It’s not a college graduation until your grandmother is squealing for help and your father is chasing a giant beast of death across a field. Students at Pepperdine University were victimized by not one but two pelicans this weekend, when the birds invaded their graduation ceremony and demanded to walk across the stage. No one seems to have been harmed, and the birds don’t seemed to have tried too hard to ruin the affair. But that didn’t stop the crowd from reacting as if they […]

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Porn block

Image copyright Getty Images You’re soon going to have to prove you’re 18 or over if you want to watch porn online. It could mean handing over your email address or even credit card details to verify your age. This is because the government is going to make it a legal requirement for all porn sites to introduce age-verification software. It claims the change in the law is to protect children. But there’s confusion as to how it’ll be enforced, fears it could threaten users’ privacy and […]

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Sonos is reportedly working on a Playbar update with Alexa voice controls and an HDMI input

FCC filings submitted by Sonos in March suggest that the company is working on a new speaker, potentially a follow-up to the Playbar. The filings, which were first spotted by Variety, reference model number S14. The device will reportedly incorporate an HDMI port, which would be new for the Playbar. (It previously relied on an optical in port.) The label filing, which you can see below, depicts a microphone. This probably means the mysterious speaker will ship with support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, just like the […]

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Save $50 on a personal air conditioner that cools, humidifies, and purifies the air around you

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It’s an all-purpose air humidifier. Image: Evapolar By Team CommerceMashable Deals2018-04-30 18:57:15 UTC It’s easy to see why summer is everyone’s favorite time of the year. It’s the season synonymous with trips to the beach, lounging by the pool, numerous vacations, and all-around good vibes. Then again, it also brings about sweltering heat and literal sticky situations, resulting in unavoidable sweat stains and occasional crankiness. Everyone knows that person: the […]

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‘Hacker’s paradise’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beware of connecting an aquarium to your computer network In what could have been the plot of a Hollywood heist movie, the hackers took great interest in the vast aquarium that a Las Vegas casino had installed in its lobby. The casino’s owners thought that the huge fish tank was an impressive sight that helped create a classy ambience as people arrived. What they failed to realise was that the aquarium was an easy way to break into the casino’s computer […]

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Boaty McBoatface is heading to Antarctica to help scientists answer urgent questions

The British research submarine that the internet named “Boaty McBoatface” is headed to Antarctica as part of the largest U.S. scientific collaboration with the U.K. in Antarctica in 70 years.  The project, which will involve more than 100 scientists when it gets started later this year, is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the biggest wild card in sea level rise predictions: the fate of the remote Thwaites Glacier, and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet that it helps hold back from the sea.  The autonomous Boaty […]

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Regain control

Image copyright Getty Images There’s a strong chance you’ve recently seen an email or pop-up box offering “some important updates” about the way a social media company or website plans to use your data. Are we about to regain control of our personal information? In our increasingly connected world, data has come to be seen as something to buy and sell. Businesses offer personalised goods and services to consumers, raising the possibility of data driving economic growth and even improving wellbeing. But this optimistic picture about the […]

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The hyperloop is perpetually just ‘three years away’

The hyperloop seems like one of those things that’s always just “three years away.” Last year, the head honchos at Hyperloop One told The Verge they expect to see “working hyperloops around the world… by 2020.” Now here comes Richard Branson, chairman of the recently rebranded Virgin Hyperloop One, to push that deadline to 2021, the year he believes the hyperloop will be ready for human passengers. taken with a giant grain of salt All these deadlines should be taken with a giant grain of salt. Ground […]

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Twitter sold data to a Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher — but it’s not as bad as it sounds

Image: chandan khanna/AFP/Getty Images By Monica Chin2018-04-30 17:24:44 UTC Facebook isn’t the only social network you need to worry about when it comes to protecting your personal data. Twitter confirmed on Saturday to The Telegraph that it sold data access to the academic who also obtained millions of Facebook users’ information without their direct consent, then sold that data to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.  The researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, has been derided in recent weeks for creating a personality quiz on Facebook that was used to harvest […]

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Body cameras deter attacks and abuse at Welsh hospitals

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShocking footage of attacks and aggression at Welsh hospitals Body cameras are being used to record attacks and abuse towards hospital staff at five of Wales’ health boards in a bid to deter violent behaviour. Aneurin Bevan is the latest to give security staff the cameras after 15,113 incidents in the last five years. One A&E nurse said he was threatened on a weekly basis and once had a patient grab him by the throat. He said the cameras […]

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