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Do You Need A Social Media Cone Of Shame?

Because the real world is more fun than cat videos.

As much as it bugs me when companies try to go all “high road,” I can make an exception for this hilarious Coca-Cola Social Media Guard commercial. The Guard, a fake product that is basically a cone of shame, makes it impossible for a person to look down at their phone and instead, forces them to look up at the world. It fights social media addiction one over-Tweeter at a time and will help you “take the ‘social’ out of media and put it back into your life.” Somebody sell me a real-life version of this please! [Laughing Squid]

Here’s How Scary An Emoji Would Look In Real Life, In Case You Were Wondering

A brilliant ad campaign about the dangers of internet predators shows us who could be lurking on the other side of those oh-so-quaint emoji that we love to send back and forth. A nonprofit called Innocence en Danger, which combats childhood sexual abuse, created the campaign. The images are meant to spread awareness to parents about sexual predators and just how easily they can reach out to kids. Message received, those pictures are terrifying. [GizmodoInnocence en Danger]

Instagram Has Private Messaging Now

Meet Instagram Direct!

love Instagram. I may even be a little bit addicted, so I was sort of on the edge of my seat this morning when the app held a press event to announce some mystery news. Instagram’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, revealed Instagram Direct, which allows you to send photos and videos to one person or a select group of people, like private messaging. I was expecting something a little more epic than that, but this is pretty cool! Of course, the announcement is provided via a twee music video of road-tripping carefree youth. Because that’s how Instagram rolls.

You’ll be able to see when someone has viewed your message and whether they’ve “liked” it. You can only receive photos and videos from people you actually follow, and if you get a photo from someone you don’t know, it goes into a pending requests list. To ward off all the creeper capabilities this provides, the photo itself doesn’t show up until you explicitly accept the private message invitation, and if you ignore someone’s request once, that person will continually be ignored until you tell Instagram otherwise. [Gizmodo]

Woman Pays $1,200 For New iPhones, Gets Fruit Instead

The iPhone 5
Amelia breaks down the hype. Read More »
Au Revoir iPhone!
What Ami learned when she ditched her cell phone for a week. Read More »
iphone apple scam in Australia

Pro-tip: If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to purchase something from a stranger, it’s wise to check and make sure you’re actually getting what you’ve bought. Case in point, a naive 21-year-old woman living in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, who searched around on a Craigslist-y site called Gumtree for a new iPhone. A fellow Gumtree-er got back to her and said that she actually had two Apple (crucial fact) iPhones she was willing to part with for $1,200 Australian bucks. The two met at a local McDonald’s and exchanged cash for the phones. Only …

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50 Ways To Break Your Cell Phone

Verizon Called Me "Banana"
5 awkward moments I've had with my cellphone provider. Read More »
Drop your cell in the toilet?
cellphone in water photo
This new product might save your phone! Read More »
Give Up Your Cell Or Sex?
What did 70% of women choose? Read More »

Every phone I’ve ever owned has met a tragic and untimely death. Whether it’s the toilet, the concrete, the washing machine, a sandy beach, or a spilled glass of juice, I am an expert at breaking cell phones, so when I splurged on a fancy new Android a few weeks ago, I vowed things would be different. And for awhile, they were: I cradled it gently against my ear; I never touched the screen when my hands were messy; I tucked it carefully into its very own pocket in my purse. And then, a few days ago, I dropped it on the concrete while taking a nice, slow-paced stroll through the park. Looking down at that cracked screen, at all my hard work gone to waste, I had an epiphany: there must be 50 ways to break your cell phone. With apologies to Paul Simon, here they are… Keep reading »

The Top 9 Signs Your Girl Is On Her Period

Recently, an enterprising bro made a handy iPhone app that allows men to track their girlfriends’ and wives’ period cycles. Jon Rose, who created the whimsically titled “Code Red” app, says it tracks “all of her cycles — it works for ovulation … it works if you just want to know when she’s going to be PMS-ing, it works if you want to know if she’s extra horny.”

Nice job making tricky technology work for you, Jon, but a period-oriented iPhone app isn’t necessary! There a bunch of tell-tale signs that your woman is on the rag. After the jump, we give you some of the most obvious signs your lady is riding the crimson tide. Keep reading »

More Mature iPhone Apps Coming Soon

Rumor has it that iPhone OS 3.0, which should be released this summer, will allow for more “mature” apps. Apple has improved the parental controls, which in theory will let parents better control the apps their children are able to download and the content they have access to on the device. Although the responsibility of content filtering will be on the parents, Apple may have to work in a ratings system so parents can judge whether their kids should be allowed to have a particular app on their phone. But don’t expect to be inundated with “adults-only”-themed apps. A ton of X-rated content wouldn’t necessarily fit Apple’s corporate image. [The Apple Blog] Keep reading »

iPhone App Tricks Thieves into Revealing Their Location

There are iPhone apps for practically everything, from finding restaurants and bars to staying on budget and reading your horoscope. Now there’s one that will help you find the location of your phone if it gets taken by a pervy thief. The stealth iDateMe appears to be a provocative image of a woman in bed, but this app doesn’t have anything to do with sex or dating. The bedheaded lady in the photo is meant to lure whoever stole your phone into clicking on the button, which in turn gives away the location of the stolen iPhone using its GPS system. The only catch is that for the app to work, the dude who takes your phone has to be into chicks. [VentureBeat] Keep reading »

If You Want A Baby, Stop Buying Marc Jacobs

Did you have a baby last year? We didn’t — good thing, too, because babies are expensive and we really can’t afford one at the moment. Yesterday, the USDA released its estimate for what it will cost to raise a child born in 2007 until he or she turns 18. Factoring for inflation, middle-income families will spend $269,040, and this doesn’t include college, SAT prep classes, Brett Favre jerseys, iPhones, or whatever happens to be popular by the time these children hit middle school. For about the same amount of money, you could buy this house in Clermont, FL, but why you would is beyond me. [Reuters] Keep reading »

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