Photos and videos reveal 2017’s extremely icy exit

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

In case you didn’t notice, it’s very cold across parts of the globe, stretching from a good chunk of the U.S. to the UK and Europe and even down into India this New Year’s EveThe coldest in decades, in fact, and the chill is going to hang around for a bit.  SEE ALSO: These beautiful snowflake photos were actually captured using a microscope While that makes it incredibly inconvenient to do anything that doesn’t involve being on your couch under […]

Happy frigid-ass New Year: Coldest NYE in 70 years awaits revelers in U.S.

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

In Boston, officials planning annual First Night festivities don’t have to worry about melting ice sculptures this year. In fact, with air temperatures tumbling toward the single digits on Sunday night, New Year’s Eve is going to be so dangerously cold that event organizers have canceled all but the fireworks display.  In New York City, the ball drop in Times Square will take place amid the coldest weather since about 1962, when the temperature at midnight was a measly 1 […]

Iran shuts down Instagram, Telegram apps amid protests

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

The Iranian government has blocked access to messaging app Telegram and photo app Instagram amid several days of protests in what authorities say is a move “to maintain tranquillity and security of society,” according to state-run media.  SEE ALSO: Journalists are being jailed for ‘fake news,’ and critics blame Trump Various media reports have stated that the apps were used to coordinate plans and share photos and videos of the demonstrations, which began as protests over economic inequality but have […]

10 albums turning 10 years old in 2018

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

It is almost time for 2018, and that means it’s been 10 years since some very iconic music was released. Beyonce, Kanye West, and Coldplay were all making career shaping records back in 2008. While newcomers like MGMT, Adele, and Lady Gaga were also carving out lanes for themselves. Here’s a look back at career defining work from your favorite artists. SEE ALSO: Spotify’s most streamed artists are all men. The music industry needs to do better. 1. Kanye West […]

Every Apple user needs these three accessories in the new year

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

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. While some of you unicorns out there may have been wishing and praying to find a baby mop or a selfie drone under the tree this year, the vast majority were probably thinking AirPods or bust. And if someone really loves you, you may have even scored a new iPhone X or MacBook Pro […]

The beginner’s guide to getting your side hustle off the ground

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

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. You’ve probably heard hundreds of stories about your cousin’s boyfriend’s sister making thousands on a side hustle and finally buying her dream condo in Miami. It’s not hearsay. There are in fact hundreds of legitimate ways to create passive revenue streams outside your 9-to-5, and it’s more a matter of choosing the […]

Twitter ended the year on a fascinating run

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

 It’s been pretty easy to point at Twitter and, with each quarterly moment when it discloses its financial guts, let out a long exasperated sigh. But then something interesting happened in the back half of 2017: it went on a rather spectacular run, and though ending on a bit of a slump, it looks like it could finish the year up more than 25 percent — which, by Twitter terms, is… Read More Powered by WPeMatico

It’s the Jons 2017!

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

 Happy New Year! It’s been a transformational year in tech. The golden era of startups ended. Sorry about that. The tech industry finally rolled over a big rock it had ignored and/or leaned on for years, and exposed the squirming morass of sexual harassment beneath. We witnessed major AI breakthroughs, a cryptocurrency megaboom, really truly self-driving cars, and 18 SpaceX launches. But… Read More Powered by WPeMatico

These apps will help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

 Almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Far fewer stick to them. “Losing weight” and “exercising more” are among the most popular goals. A sizeable percentage of Americans also aim to “be a better person.” TechCrunch reviewed apps that are designed to help people stay on track with these plans. Here are a few that will help you remain… Read More Powered by WPeMatico

My favorite Twitter account is a bot

December 31, 2017 Editor 0

Human Twitter accounts serve their purpose, but I prefer tweets from bots. Research suggests there are now some 30 million tweeting bots — though this might be a low estimate. Some of these bots provide weather updates, make stock recommendations, or attempt to subvert democracy.  SEE ALSO: Here’s how to tell if you’re yelling at a bot on Twitter I, however, like bots that aren’t necessarily so useful nor ambitious. I look forward to their musings because their primary directive […]