Slack went down, and naturally workers ran to Twitter to vent about it

UPDATE: Nov. 1, 2017, 1:36 p.m. AEDT Slack is up and running again, so go back to work.

Slack went down, and workers were left scrambling.

The popular workplace collaboration client suffered “connectivity issues” late Tuesday afternoon (PDT), affecting access to the service worldwide.

Slack responded to tweets about the outage on Twitter, and on its status page — which had also been working intermittently — it said they were “actively investigating” the problem.

We’re sincerely sorry for the service disruption you’re seeing at the moment. We’re working on it with top priority: https://t.co/hlhV4ZiG7E

— Slack (@SlackHQ) October 31, 2017 Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Slack went down, and naturally workers ran to Twitter to vent about it

'House of Cards' filming suspended; new Spacey allegations

  1. ‘House of Cards’ filming suspended; new Spacey allegations  Washington Post
  2. Kevin Spacey scandal: ‘This Is Us’ cuts Spacey reference, ‘House of Cards’ suspends production  WBIR-TV
  3. ‘The Advocate’ knew about Kevin Spacey’s encounter with teen, but didn’t speak. Here’s why  USA TODAY
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Source: Google News | 'House of Cards' filming suspended; new Spacey allegations

Signal's secure messaging is now available in a desktop app

You can already use Signal for secure chats on the desktop, but you've had to use a Chrome web app to participate in those encrypted conversations. What if you don't like Chrome, or would just prefer something more elegant than a browser? Signal is…
Source: Engadget | Signal's secure messaging is now available in a desktop app

How your brain responds to certain words might predict your suicide risk

When a person becomes suicidal, they don’t necessarily rush to tell friends, family, or even their doctor. They might feel ashamed of their thoughts and emotions, and wish instead for them to simply disappear. 

The stigma surrounding suicide is partly why it’s hard to predict and prevent. But doctors also don’t have great tools to diagnose whether someone is suicidal; patients can conceal self-harm and minimize their experiences when completing questionnaires designed to detect suicidal thinking.

This week, however, a group of researchers published a new study that demonstrates how a novel brain imaging technique can identify people who have suicidal thoughts, simply by presenting them with certain key words, asking them to reflect on their meaning, and using machine learning to analyze that brain activity.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable | How your brain responds to certain words might predict your suicide risk

Apple iPhone X Reviews: Tim Cook's Rushed Vision Of An Awkward Future

  1. Apple iPhone X Reviews: Tim Cook’s Rushed Vision Of An Awkward Future  Forbes
  2. Why the iPhone 8 makes the iPhone X a tougher sell  Business Insider
  3. Best Buy won’t let you buy the iPhone X or iPhone 8 at full price anymore  The Verge
  4. Hello again, iPhone  Mashable
  5. Full coverage

Source: Google News | Apple iPhone X Reviews: Tim Cook's Rushed Vision Of An Awkward Future

Hillary Clinton jokes about going as 'the president' for Halloween

Hillary Clinton needs a last-minute Halloween costume, and she’s joked that she’ll be “the president.”

At a book tour event in Chicago Monday night, moderator Cheryl Strayed asked Clinton about her Halloween plans. Clinton mulled it over before giving this answer: “I’m thinking I will maybe come as the president.”

Here’s the moment:

This could be interpreted as dressing up as President Trump, or as her supporters wishfully thought, she might’ve meant what could have been: Madam President

It’s funny timing either way with Fox News host Sean Hannity accidentally calling her President Clinton Monday night.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Hillary Clinton jokes about going as 'the president' for Halloween

The Latest: Police Identify Man Found Dead in Trailer Home

  1. The Latest: Police Identify Man Found Dead in Trailer Home  U.S. News & World Report
  2. Suspect captured in University of Utah student killing, police say  KPRC Houston
  3. 1 dead, U. on lockdown after shots fired near campus  Deseret News
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Source: Google News | The Latest: Police Identify Man Found Dead in Trailer Home

AT&T will open AI marketplace to the public next year

Thanks to AT&T, you may soon be able to build your own AI-powered app. 

The Acumos “AI Marketplace,” launched with open-source nonprofit the Linux Foundation, is currently open for “initial access” to companies who pay a registration fee. The platform will be released to the public, for free, in early 2018. 

Acumos will provide a platform through which developers can select AI capabilities (such as location tracking and facial recognition) and string them together to create apps. The interface will be easy to use, according to Mazin Gilbert, AT&T Labs’ vice president of advanced technology. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | AT&T will open AI marketplace to the public next year

Android ‘Fast Pair’ will quickly connect Bluetooth devices

Android devices now have a new option to quickly sync with smartphones. Today, Google developers announced Fast Pair, a process that quickly discovers using Bluetooth Low Energy and connects over traditional Bluetooth. It's an obvious competitor to t…
Source: Engadget | Android ‘Fast Pair’ will quickly connect Bluetooth devices