Just when you thought the interwebs couldn’t get any more awesome, it goes and performs a sweet new function in the name of love! The world’s first “gay digital wedding” allowed Texans Thomas Mark Reed and Dante Karl Walkup to get legally married in D.C., without so much as leaving Dallas. Keep reading »
I like to think I discovered using the internet to make phone calls long before anyone else did. The year was 2000, and I was backpacking through Asia and had stopped in Calcutta, India to visit with my friend’s extended family. My friend’s cousin and I had gone out nightclubbing and when we returned to his apartment at two o’clock in the morning, he offered for us to call my friend back in San Francisco, for free. Calling from Asia was pricey enough for me to stick to email throughout most of my travels, and I envisioned us breaking Indian law when I watched him put on some headphones and sit down at his computer to make our phone call. The next thing I knew, I sat like a customer service representative with my headphones and talked to my friend while she shopped through Chinatown. After a quick laugh and a shock to her system to hear from her cousin and me, we noted that the connection wasn’t half-bad and marveled that we could chat for nothing while halfway across the world.
I was hooked. Keep reading »
I would certainly describe myself as a bit of a technical prude. I mean, when I make dinner plans I don’t enter them into the complicated calendar on my BlackBerry—I pull out my day planner. I haven’t yet traded in my book collection for a Kindle, and instead of pricing out an iPod Touch this Christmas, I was looking for a used record player. Don’t laugh. I try to keep up with the times. Really I do. But I’m scared that we are reaching the death rattle of real, in-person communication after hearing about some new tech trends. After the jump, some 2010 phenomena that make me nervous. Keep reading »
Darren McDonald is an Australian fashion photographer who is exploring a new medium (sort of). His latest photo series involves three simple screen grabs he took during a Skype session with model Caitlin Lomax. Slacker? Or creative? Refinery 29 calls McDonald’s idea a “smart alternative to high-production beauty shots.” If so, then we say becoming a fashion photographer is the easiest job ever! To begin your career change, here’s all you need to do … Keep reading »
After having studied abroad and living far away from my Texas based family most of the year, skyping has become as crucial as a cellphone or computer for me. Webcams sadly, have their downfalls. Chatting with my boyfriend is hard enough knowing I run the risk of him getting distracted by Terminator 3 on TV or his needy dog but, when he does look up, hes always looking down. German designer Aram Bartholl is officially my hero after creating a neat DIY contraption that makes you look straight at the person you’re talking with online instead of down at a corner. If you have some cardboard, mirrors and glass you can take advantage of this low tech solution. His flickr account has step by step instructions and he’s named his baby “Here is looking at you, Kid”. Aram Bartholl Keep reading »
From AIM to Skype to plain ol’ internet porno, many of us have mastered the skill of typing with one hand. Sure, cyber sex can talk the talk, but soon it will also be able to walk the walk. Strokerz Toyz is developing the first affordable motion capture suit for lay people. Set to hit shelves in 2009, it will offer users an animated fore into getting freaky via their PC. With multiple backdrops, folks will be able to develop their own wet dreams in 3-D and interface with others who have suited up in the sweet looking body harness. Soon you’ll be able to make all the right moves from miles away. [Wired] Keep reading »