By adding fingerprint authentication, the MacBook finally catches up to the iPhone and iPad in the realm of security, while giving users the ability to enhance the privacy around their laptop with a simple gesture.
"I think it’s practical," Chris Pinion, manager of fraud Solutions at LexisNexis, told Mashable. "Biometrics have become so mainstream with consumers using fingerprint and facial biometrics on their phones and tablets to unlock devices, open apps or make purchases, that adding them to laptops would seem to be a natural fit." Read more...
LOS ANGELES — Awards season is a marathon march, not a sprint, and the path is dotted with pitfalls and surprises. Indeed, the awards landscape has changed since the debut of Mashable’s Oscar Map prior to the start of the three fall festivals — Venice, Toronto and Telluride.
Some films have announced themselves as contenders, like Hidden Figures, Silence and Live by Night (all of which have been assigned official release dates in late December), while others, like Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, barely set sail before being blown completely off the map's edge.
Meanwhile, A United Kingdom decided on a 2017 date, possibly scared off by another movie about interracial marriage, the already awards-pegged Loving. Read more...
I've been an Apple fanboy since I bought my first Macintosh IIsi — complete with color CRT monitor! — secondhand from a friend at college in 1993.
There followed my first color Powerbook in 1996, my cool purple plastic iMac in 1998, my 2003 Powerbook G4 (the first aluminum one, which Steve Jobs introduced with the unforgettable equation "Power + Sex = ?") and at least a half-dozen other Powerbooks, Macbooks, iMacs and Macbook Pros.
As each of those products was unveiled, I held fast to one single, seemingly inviolable rule about the technology world: whatever their relative size, Apple was always a more innovative company than Microsoft. Heck, Microsoft was barely ever in the game of hardware design, while Windows was always playing catch-up to Mac OS. Read more...
Delightful absurdity resides at the core of sports fandom, and perhaps nowhere is that delightful absurdity better captured than on the social video platform Vine.
Scratch that — nowhere was the inherent, giggly absurdity of sports better captured than on VineTwitter, which bought Vine in 2012, announced Thursday morning that it plans to shutter the app that introduced infinitely looping six-second snippets of sports comedy into our lives.
So goes yet another deflating reminder that sports fans, in the final analysis, are simply passionate waifs amid the forces of big business. Twitter, a struggling former golden child of this decade's social media wars, needed to cut some fat. So it offed Vine. Read more...
This year's presidential campaign may be particularly divisive, but it did bring at least one group of people together — the cast and creators of Will & Grace, who reunited to film an election-themed special in support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last month.
Now, rumor has it that the team behind the hit NBC comedy are considering reuniting for real following the success of the viral videoDeadline reports that there are ongoing discussions regarding a new season of Will & Grace, which would bring back stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, along with creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Read more...
If you're a woman in 2016 who has used social media at least once in your life, you have received an unwarranted dick pic from a stranger. That's just a fact.
While the typical response is to ignore and block the creepy dude whose body and tiny brain are attached to said dick, Sarah-Louise Jordan went a different route: She responded with a super formal, fancy letter.
Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.
The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating a condition that affects at least 1 in 68 U.S. children.
Apple debuted a new line of MacBook Pros on Thursday, and they're missing something important: a MagSafe charger designed to protect the pricey computers when you blunder into their power cords in coffee shops, in conference rooms, and in the middle of the night.
The new MacBook Pros are outfitted with USB-C ports (which Apple calls Thunderbolt 3), a versatile, modern technology that Apple first introduced in last year's MacBooks. There are definitely advantages to USB-C, but who cares? You'll trip over your charger and explode your shiny new MacBook Pro. Read more...
If you're feeling uninspired and bored of capitalism this Halloween, there's no better way to simultaneously protest and support the system than by purchasing a Mr. Robot-inspired fsociety mask being released just in time for the spookiest time of year.
Whether you pair it with a basic black hoodie or a more formal top hat and tails, you can be sure that EvilCorp will quake at your sartorial prowess.
Rasta Imposta’s iconic fsociety mask is available now at retailers nationwide including , Costume Super Center, Hot Topic, Party City, Spirit Halloween and Spencers for the suggested retail price of $12.99. Read more...
Offered in the new 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the MacBook Pro, the full color, multi-touch strip changes based on the application you're using, giving you a touch interface on a traditionally non-touch Apple device.
On stage, the company showed off three powerful examples of how the Touch Bar can be used in Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X and a music app called Algoriddim. In some ways mimicking the features of existing third-party hardware accessories, Touch Bar was shown as a tool to help adjust blending modes during precise Photoshop editing sessions (standing in for some mouse functions) and as a scrolling tool for moving through Final Cut Pro X footage (possibly killing the popular shuttle wheel). Read more...
LOS ANGELES — Comedians Ben Schwartz and Lauren Lapkus give the classic morning talkshow a twist in a new digital series called The Earliest Show.
The comedy series, which launched Thursday, explores what would happen if a morning show was actually done in the middle of the night.
Schwartz, a Parks and Rec alum, came up with the idea after Cap'n Crunch approached him asking him to help reinvent their brand online.
"They had an overall concept for the show and they said, 'What do you think?' I said something back like 'What if it was this instead?' and pitched something truly crazy," Schwartz told Mashable in a phone interview. "They loved it." Read more...
It's funny how Apple has resisted touchscreens and, now, with the Touch Bar, it's finally relented and added one (even if it's just a strip) to its most powerful laptops. Meanwhile, the Surface Book has been happily rocking a touchscreen with Surface Pen support for two generations now. Read more...
Apple made the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar the star of Thursday's event. The company devoted much of the 82-minute keynote showing it off and demoing how it can be used with an array of third-party apps.
But while emoji and photo filters and Dj apps all looked neat, there's one aspect of the Touch Bar that Apple conveniently glossed over: it looks extremely uncomfortable.
Now, Mashable's Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff, who was covering the event from Cupertino, reports that his first impression of the Touch Bar itself was that it was "very responsive" and felt smooth. But still, it seems more likely than not that many users will not be able to comfortably use the feature. Read more...
Join us as we chat about what we look for in a scary book, what tropes do we enjoy in the horror genre and our favorite terrifying books.
And as always, we end with recommendations:
This week Aliza went to LeakyCon, a Harry Potter convention that she helps organize and host. She recommends you check out the Harry Potter play she wrote that guided this year's celebration, and was performed at LeakyCon. You can find the part one of the play here.
After one month of League of Legends surprises, upsets and heartbreaks, two South Korean titans will face each other in the 2016 World Championship finals: SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy.
The action begins on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET. All of the action will be available to watch live on Twitch.
In one corner: SK Telecom T1, the reigning champions. It's an experienced, powerhouse of a team that knocked out ROX Tigers in the semifinals and touts one of the best mid-laners in the world, two proficient junglers and an aggressive AD in the bottom lane.
In the other corner: Samsung Galaxy, the dark horse squad that's been ripping through Worlds 2016. SG has a lot of young players that have never been to Worlds, but that hasn't stopped them from sweeping H2K Gaming and making it to the finals with consistently great play from their AD, mid-laner and jungler. Read more...
Apple just unveiled new MacBook Pros and a new "TV" app for Apple TV on Thursday at the event in Cupertino.
The highly anticipated MacBook Pro is thinner, sleeker and more powerful than previous models. It also comes in space gray. And the much-rumored Touch Bar, which replaces the row of function keys, came to pass.
We haven't seen a fangs this cute since The Little Vampire.
Milo, a 7-year-old Lhasa Apso rescue, is getting a lot of attention for his protruding bottom teeth, and looking a little bit like a vampire. Or a werewolf. Or just a cute pup with big teeth.
The adorable pup has been the talk of the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Bridgend, South Wales, since his arrival last week, especially because of the uncanny proximity to Halloween.
“We are amazed by how much Milo’s teeth resemble vampire fangs - they have certainly become a topic of conversation with staff and visitors," Angela Wetherall, the rehoming centre's manager said to Mashable. "He may bear an uncanny resemblance to Count Dracula, but he is no bloodhound!" Read more...
Wrigley Field is about to host its first World Series since 1945.
The Chicago Cubs evened the series at one game apiece with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. After two games in Cleveland, the series heads 350 miles west for Game 3 on Friday.
And to see the Cubs' first World Series home game in 71 years, it's going to cost you.
As of 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, the cheapest ticket option on StubHub— standing room only — will run you $2,250 a pop for Game 3. Let's say you really want to be sitting. Tack on another $200 for outfield bleacher tickets. Read more...
Sometimes, you just need a burger and some fries, Animal Style.
A police chase in the Phoenix area took a strange turn Wednesday when a suspect on the run decided he needed some food and stopped at an In-N-Out drive-thru.
The suspect, identified as Josh Adkins, had outstanding warrants out for his arrest and failed to pull over when stopped by the cops, police told local NBC News affiliate 12 News.
Adkins was able to shortly evade police and casually ordered some food at the kiosk before driving up to the to-go window. The food must have taken a little too long, because it appears Adkins took off before the restaurant could deliver his meal. Police could not be seen while the Adkins was at the In-N-Out parking lot. Read more...
Only a month later at Thursday's campaign rally in North Carolina, first lady Michelle Obama had her own shimmy moment.
During Clinton's Obama introduction, complete with a "Carpool Karaoke" shout-out, Obama showed some of her own dance moves with a seated shimmy-shake from behind Clinton at the podium.
Clinton complimented the Obamas dance skills, FLOTUS's vegetable garden ("I can promise you if I win I will take good care of it, Michelle.") and her Democratic National Convention speech. Read more...
Hosts Holly Willoughby and Ben Shephard of television show This Morning on Thursday were throwing back to a year when they were "wellie wanging," a sport played in a part of Britain where you have to throw a wellington boot as far as you can. The televised game ended badly.
Unfortunately for Willoughby, a slip of the tongue when saying that she hadn't gone "wellie wanging" (at 1:50) in a year ended up sounding she hasn't "willy wanked" in that time. Oh dear.
The man with an internet-famous collection of incredible death-defying jump videos has been arrested.
Anthony Armer, the 28-year-old known as 8booth on Youtube, attracted an online following with cringeworthy GoPro videos that show him climbing atop high places like hotel balconies and ocean cliffs and freely leaping into the pools or oceans below.
Now the Californian has been arrested and charged with trespassing.
Some of Armer's videos have anywhere from 3 million to 6 million views. They often show him masked in a bandana, grabbing the bars of gates and fences to pull himself up to some insanely high place and then jump off with no harness or other support to help if he's heading toward an unfortunate landing. Read more...
"There are still times when there aren’t enough delivery partners in a particular area to complete every delivery request at Uber speed," Dreier wrote. "That’s why we’re asking UberEATS customers in select cities to pay more for delivery when they order from restaurants in areas where demand is high but delivery partners are scarce." Read more...