Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

 The HomePod had a bit of a notable production setback, back in December, but Apple’s high-end smart speaker is still on track for an “early 2018” release. As it preps for the release of its first Siri-focused device, the company is making some tweaks to its voice assistant. As 9to5Mac first noted, the latest beta version of iOS (11.2.5) sports a new news feature. “Hey… Read More Powered by WPeMatico

FCC chairman Ajit Pai suspiciously cancels his CES 2018 visit

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

CES, the tech industry’s largest annual trade show, begins next week (Jan. 9-12), but the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will not be attending.  Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES, announced today that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has canceled his appearance one week before the show.  SEE ALSO: Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign “Unfortunately, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is unable to […]

It’s snowing in the South and people are losing their damn minds

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for fear of nuclear war with North Korea, you may have heard that a winter storm is developing on the East Coast of the United States.  While that storm is shaping up to be a doozy, it’s already reaching headlines for bringing some rare chilly weather and frozen precipitation to the South. Yes, folks, today it snowed in Florida. SEE ALSO: ‘Bomb cyclone’ to pummel East Coast, followed by a polar vortex-related cold […]

Microsoft just issued a fix for that big Intel processor vulnerability

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

So your computer is probably vulnerable to a processor chip bug that could theoretically let JavaScript running in a web browser steal your passwords (among other problems). Both your computer and your smartphone are at risk. It’s not good.  Thankfully, however, for anyone with a machine running Windows, you’re probably in the clear. That’s because on Wednesday, January 3, Microsoft released a fix. SEE ALSO: This reported Intel CPU bug is really bad news for everyone So reports ZDNet, which […]

This is how Google Calendar will look from now on — whether you like it or not

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

On Wednesday, Google announced that the new Google Calendar look will now become the permanent interface — whether you like it or not.  Don’t worry — the design is essentially the same as the calendar you’ve seen for the last few years. Most everyone will be auto-updated on either Jan. 8 (for those that have the Rapid Release update option) or Jan. 15 (for those on the default rollout update option). Some folks may wish to opt-out until Feb. 28 […]

The top three films of the 2017 box office all starred women

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

For the third year in a row, a Star Wars movie emerged as the highest-grossing release of the year in the U.S. – which meant that for the third year in a row, the biggest film in the country was one featuring a female protagonist.  But Rey was just the beginning. SEE ALSO: What backlash? ‘The Last Jedi’ just crossed $1 billion at the box office The second-biggest film of the year was Beauty and the Beast. The third? Wonder […]

Man repurposed his Christmas cards to use through out the year and began an internet revolution

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

One person’s trash is another person’s way to commemorate any holiday. In thinking of creative ways to save money this year, Twitter user Joe Heenan came up with a few ideas on how to get the maximum use out of his Christmas cards.  Turns out all you need to do is add a few new words, or adjust the ones that are there.  Top tip.Don’t throw away your old Christmas cards.They can be reused throughout the yearpic.twitter.com/9QvyrnXxEg — joe heenan […]

Netgear releases water-resistant satellite to extend your Wi-Fi network outside

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

If you’ve ever worried that you’re not spending enough time outdoors, you’re in luck.  Networking hardware company Netgear has announced the new Orbi Outdoor Satellite, which will allow you to keep watching Netflix in your backyard, barn, garden, terrace, or anywhere else outdoors that you’d like. The mesh-networking device promises to extend the range of your Wi-Fi connection by an additional 2,500 square feet, and is dust and water resistant, so it’s safe from the elements (or your pool).  You […]

That alien megastructure surrounding a star? Yeah, it’s probably just dust

January 4, 2018 Editor 0

Let’s just call it the alien megastructure that wasn’t. More than 100 researchers have released a study showing that the mysterious star KIC 8462852, better known as Tabby’s Star, is almost certainly not surrounded by a structure built by a technologically advanced alien civilization.  In reality, the star’s odd dimming and brightening quality has a far more natural explanation. SEE ALSO: Remember that ‘alien megastructure’? It’s probably not aliens, and that’s OK. “Dust is most likely the reason why the […]

Resolved to ‘be more mindful’ in 2018? You need this meditation app.

January 4, 2018 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. Every year, you tell yourself this is going to be the year you finally learn how to deal with your stress. Then life gets in the way and by February, you’ve forgotten all about your lofty resolution. Make 2018 the year you prioritize your mental health. If you need some help finding […]