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Someone Got Google Glass Addiction And Had Real Withdrawal Symptoms

I was completely prepared to laugh at the idea that someone became genuinely addicted to Google Glass, but then I found out that the guy was being treated for alcohol addiction when his doctors found out he was also having symptoms of Google Glass addiction and it didn’t seem quite right to be amused anymore.

Anyway, this is a real thing: When you use technology constantly, your brain gets used to the neurological reward of using that technology and adapts to its availability. If you stop using it, you can go through withdrawal symptoms. This patient kept involuntarily tapping his right temple and became irritable and argumentative after having to surrender his electronics in order to go through treatment for alcohol addiction. He apparently also had dreams in which he saw through the perspective of wearing Google Glass. He’d worn the glasses all day except for sleeping and washing. Keep reading »

This Smart Yoga Mat Can Talk To You And Adjust Your Poses

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An Indiegogo campaign has launched to finance SmartMat, a yoga mat that talks to you and corrects your posture. It looks like your average yoga mat, but it’s equipped with seven pounds’ worth of sensors and technology that connect with a SmartMat phone app via Bluetooth. The app adjusts its measurements based on things like your gender, height and weight. Then — and this is the cool part — the mat instructs you through a private yoga practice in your own home.

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Dream or Nightmare: You Can Text In The Air Now

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T-Mobile customers now have the option of texting and photo messaging at 35,000 feet on planes equipped with WiFi (which, these days, is most of them). I realize this should logically be a reason to celebrate, especially since T-Mobile’s service seems to be the most insufferable of all phone companies and their customers deserve a treat like this for putting up with it. What I worry about, though, is whether this could be a gateway for things to escalate into the ability to make full-on lengthy phone calls in the air. Some people love the idea of that, but it makes me a nervous wreck. Can you imagine being trapped in a metal tube for several hours with someone who won’t stop loudly yakking away on their iPhone? Besides, what do we really need to text about up in the sky unless, say, our plane got diverted to another city and we wanted to frantically text our aunt to tell her not to start driving to the airport to pick us up? I can’t be the only one who occasionally secretly loves the fact that I’m forced to disconnect for a little while when I’m in the air. The only definite positive of this is that it will open many new doors for creative sexting. [Travel And Leisure] [Image via Shutterstock]

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 »

There Are More Adult Women Gamers Than Gamer Boys Under 18

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  • The face of gaming is still a pack of rowdy preteen boys, faux-blasting each other with pixelated guns for giggles. In the United States, adult women are an impressive 48 percent of all gamers — more than gamer boys under 18. A huge part of the increase is due to mobile games, like “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” “Candy Crush,” and the not-still-popular-but-still-on-my-phone “Angry Birds.” [Wall Street Journal]
  • This Ebola outbreak in Liberia is killing women in far greater numbers than men because it’s women who do most of the caregiving. [BuzzFeed]
  • The family of Renisha McBride is suing Theodore Wafer, the white man who shot the Black teenager to death on his front porch when she rang the door looking for help. Earlier this month, Wafer was found guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and one count of a felony firearm. The McBride family is seeking $10 million for emotional distress, among other charges. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »
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