Iceland is a pretty small country, people-wise. There’s only around 300,000 people in total, and most of them are related. In Michael Lewis’s 2011 book Boomerang (on the global financial collapse. It’s really good!), he explains that there are only about nine surnames in the country, and everyone is listed in the phone book by their first names. And yes, they all know Bjork. “Yes, I know Bjork,” says a professor at the University of Iceland, whom Lewis interviews. “She can’t sing, and I know her mother from childhood, and they were both crazy. That she is so well known outside of Iceland tells me more about the world than it does about Bjork.”
Thanks to their generally closed society over the last 1,100 years and the fact that everyone has similar last names (ending in either -son or -dottir), dating and mating can be tricky. But a new app, which is loosely translated to mean Incest Prevention Alarm, is hoping to help Icelanders avoid sleeping with relations. Its slogan is “Bump the app before you bump in bed.” Keep reading »
Regular writing utensils are so boring. That’s why we’re super into this new app that let’s you draw with sloths. Yes, that’s right, sloths. The Sloths.AreRad.com gives you the sloth option (the app’s eraser is a moonraser, of course). I’ve drawn a note for Amelia in sloth, because she hates them and they make her uncomfortable. [Ick. -- Editor] [Sloths.Arerad.com]
Every time I visit my friend Marlee and her six-year-old daughter Olivia, Olivia ends up commandeering Marlee’s smartphone so we can play Fruit Ninja. Well now, Scott, Brendo and their friends have created a live action version of Fruit Ninja, complete with massacred fruits and veggies. [YouTube]
It’s no secret that after the initial “honeymoon” phase of a relationship, couples can get, well, lazy.
That laziness comes in many forms—lack of sexual intimacy, letting yourself go, absence of the small gestures of affection that were once so frequent and intoxicating—you get the picture. The holidays (and the return of New Year’s Resolutions) are typically a time of vowing to combat that complacency and ignite the spark that once burned so bright; but, as the story goes, resolutions are often broken well before the end of week one.
So, how can couples combat their relationship ruts this year? Well, there’s an app for that. Read more…
Do you like free stuff? Me too! That’s why I’m super stoked about this new smart phone app called Wrapp. Wrapp is a simple tool that allows you to give gift cards — at a discount — to anyone in your social circle. And the folks at Wrapp are happily offering you — all of you! — the opportunity to get a $15 gift card from The Gap simply for downloading Wrapp from this special link we’re providing.
So are you ready for a deal? Download here! (Warning: You do need to have an iPhone or Android smart phone to use mobile-y. Otherwise you can simply sign up online.) When you’re ready to make a purchase, just simply show the card or your phone to the cashier to receive the discount. Happy shopping! [Wrapp]
I’ll admit I was skeptical when I heard that the White House was holding a technology challenge for developers to create an app that would help prevent sexual violence. All of the stuff that I believe can change the prevalence of sexual violence — harsher punishments for criminals, a cultural change on what consent means, a modification of the way we use alcohol and drugs — cannot be found in the App Store. But I’m impressed — very impressed — by the contest’s winning app called Circle Of Six. Keep reading »
For parents of aspiring designers, get out your iPhone. Style Studio Fashion Designer is the newest fashion app and is perfectly appropriate for younger designer wannabes, allowing the future Alexander Wangs and Zac Posens of the world to begin their collections for the reasonable price of $1.99. Hand over the phone to your stylish kiddie and watch as they drain your battery while creating their first collection. Future designers can select one of 27 clothing items and create away — switching up material, color, cut, and pattern — then putting in their own special touch on the piece with embellishments to their liking. After the garment is finished, test out the look on a model and accessorize her with sunglasses and shoes. Of course there’s a social media aspect to the app, as it allows your newest designer to show off their brilliance through Facebook and Twitter. [Appolicious] Keep reading »