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Study: iPhone Separation Anxiety Is An Actual Thing

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A new study from the University of Missouri found that people can suffer serious psychological and physiological effects when separated from their phones. Despite the fact that our collective cell phone obsession is the world’s favorite thing to talk about, very little research exists on what happens when our iPhones are taken away from us. Based on this study’s results, researchers are suggesting that people actually keep their phones on hand when doing a task that requires heavy focus like taking tests, sitting in meetings, and carrying out work assignments – if a person is too preoccupied stressing over not having their phone, they’re more likely to have worse cognitive performance on the task. Even weirder is this statement to Science Daily from study lead author Russell Clayton: “Additionally, the results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.” Unsettling, right?

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Sean Rad Has Been Demoted As CEO Of Tinder, And The Story Is A Good Cautionary Tale About Relationships At Work

Sean Rad, the creator and former CEO of Tinder, has been demoted from his position leading the company. Tinder’s parent company, IAC, voted him out partially because Tinder could be making more money, and partially because of his ongoing association with Justin Mateen, who was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Tinder employee (and Mateen’s former partner) Whitney Wolfe, which was settled out of court. Keep reading »

Apple Unveils The iPhone 6 And The Apple Watch

  • Today, Apple unveiled two new phones: the gigantic-screened iPhone 6 and the even clunkier iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones will be released on September 19th. One exciting feature will be mobile payments, which allows users to use the phone as a credit card on trips to the store. A bigger surprise announcement today was the upcoming Apple Watch, which is essentially a teensy iPhone for your wrist that also heavily monitors your fitness activity. The watch will be available in early 2015 for around $350. Exciting! [The Verge, New York Times]
  • But don’t get too excited: those new iPhones may be too big for women’s hands. [The Atlantic]
  • U2 pulled a Beyonce and announced a surprise album release at today’s big Apple unveiling. (Whatever, Beyonce still did it first.) The album, Songs of Innocence, is currently available on iTunes for free — yes, free. ( [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »

Tinder Exec Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Settlement

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  • Tinder CMO Justin Mateen has resigned from the company after the company and its owner IAC settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former employee and romantic interest. Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder, said she was pressured to resign after she complained about sexist and inappropriate messages from Mateen. The amount of the settlement was undisclosed. [USA Today; NBC News]
  • Resident advisors at Barnard College at Columbia University were asked to sign a “training expectations” contact which asked them to dress with “no belly, no butts, no bras.” [Feministing]
  • Poetry by the late Maya Angelou has been made into a hip-hop album. [The Grio] Keep reading »

Ex-Tinder Executive Sues Company For Alleged Sexual Harassment

Ex-Tinder Executive Sues Company For Alleged Sexual Harassment

Whitney Wolfe, Tinder’s former VP of marketing, is suing the hookup/dating app for sexual harassment, alleging that the startup’s CMO, Justin Mateen, in particular subjected her to ongoing demeaning behavior. Wolfe’s lawsuit is startling in its detail, accusing Mateen of, among many other things, calling her a “whore” in front of Tinder CEO Sean Rad. She also claims that she was stripped of her co-founder title on the basis of her being a young woman. According to TMZ, Wolfe is suing both Tinder and media giant IAC, which owns a majority stake in the company. Let’s review some of Wolfe’s claims, shall we? Keep reading »

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Tech-Obsessed Guy

The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick the perfect present for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got 5 gifts for the tech obsessed guy in your life.

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