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Soon You Will Be Able To Preorder Your Starbucks Via An App

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[Said in the voice of a petulant teenager:] ”Thanks, Starbucks, for taking over my life EVEN MORE.”

The ‘bux announced last week that it’s making your fast food coffee experience even easier: you will soon be able to preorder your drinks and pay via an app, according to the tech blog Recode. Just like hailing a cab with Uber or ordering sushi over Seamless, coffee jerks can save time by paying for a coffee ahead of time and avoiding lines. The company is testing the process at an “undisclosed location” and will eventually bring it nationwide. I could see myself downloading the app, but  use it only when I’m in a rush. (And I’m not that important to ever really be in a rush.) Part of what I like about Starbucks is it being a “third place” in addition to work and home. It’s a reason to get out of the office for a 10-minute break in the afternoon and stretch my legs. It’s about the short walk, the music, the socializing. The app sounds useful for, say, personal assistants in a rush to please their boss, but for me, I’m happy to take my time. Within reason, of course. [Recode]

PurrVerse: Autobiography Of A Queer Gamer Girl

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My first real game, the one I remember best, was Zork — good, old-fashioned white text on a black background. I was obsessed with it, the challenges intrinsic in playing it, and the mythology attached. I read the books that came with the series obsessively, and even did a school report (sadly not preserved for posterity) on the Underground Empire for a class in school. Infocom ruled my childhood, inspired my imagination, and got me interested in storytelling. Part of what I loved so much about Zork was the lack of a player description. You were an adventurer, and that was that: no gender, no race, none of that mattered. All that mattered was exploration, creativity, and a willingness to accept that sometimes, if you planned poorly, you’d be eaten by a grue. I didn’t even really think about my character, because it was just me, wandering through the map. There was no default. Keep reading »

Watch The iPhone 6′s Sapphire Crystal Screen Survive A Stabbing

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Finally, A Screen That Won't Break!
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I have a love/hate relationship with every single Apple product I own. I am what you might call an Apple Truther, someone who believes that Apple products are designed to break right after your warranty is up, either through “normal” wear and tear or the installation of “critical” updates that are actually critical because they put your damn iPhone/iPad/laptop/whatever on life support. And yet, despite my belief in this conspiracy, like a good sheep with an addiction to shiny, new things, I keep buying Apple’s products year after year because they are kind of amazing and wonderful for the majority of the two years (length of the warranty!) and one day (first day without a warranty!) that they actually last. Which is why I will no doubt be buying the iPhone 6 when it comes out — but this time, Apple may have actually made a design update that improves upon the phone’s hardware. The iPhone 6 will reportedly come with a bigger, scratch-resistant sapphire glass screen that, if the video above from YouTuber Marques Brownlee is to be believed, puts its current screen to shame. Keep reading »

6 Tiny Ways To Look Up From Your Smartphone More Often

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6 Tiny Ways To Look Up From Your Smartphone More Often

The more time I spend staring at my iPhone when I don’t really need to, the more choppy and unfocused my thoughts are. When I’m staring at the thing too often, my mind is more likely to veer toward mopey thoughts, time moves faster, and a low-grade anxiety hums in the back of my mind. It’s not realistic for me to ditch it altogether (nor do I want to), but I’m constantly trying to build better boundaries between myself and my phone. When I choose a better option in the moments when I’m compelled to check the phone for no real reason, I feel less like the news cycle, or my emails, or whoever is waiting on me to text them back is dictating the pace of my life.

I think Louis C.K. describes it best when he says ”you need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something” instead of whipping out your phone whenever fleeting thoughts of sadness or emptiness show up. It’s surprisingly tough! Most of us play with our phones all the time because it’s so much easier to find that distraction instead of getting real with ourselves about whatever we’re feeling that day. Here are some itty bitty tips that, while they may seem small, have helped me feel a bit more independent from my phone. Keep reading »

This App Helps Us Get Real About How Many Hours We Spend On Our iPhones

This App Helps Us Get Real About How Many Hours We Spend On Our iPhones

A new app called Moment is an attempt to help us curb our iPhone addictions by telling us exactly how much time we spend staring it at each day. I think most of us don’t realize the massive cumulative impact of the little 5-minute phone checks we do while waiting in line at the store or on the subway platform, because they seem totally innocuous in the moment. I really don’t want to know the ugly truth of how many hours I waste on the little bursts of scanning Instagram and email that I tell myself only take a few seconds from my day — but that’s kind of the point. The fact that I’m so afraid of the number is exactly why I could use a little nudge toward cutting back. Keep reading »

Congrats Dudes, You Can Actually F**k Your iPad Now!

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Welp, here we are! It is the year 2014 and dudes can officially fuck their handheld devices. Fleshlight, the makers of tubular vagina sex toys for men, has debuted LaunchPAD, a Fleshlight attachment for your iPad or tablet that allows you to thrust your dick into the very device you’re watching porn on. Isn’t technology amazing? Aren’t humans incredible? The things we will do to get off, man. I love it. (Seriously, I do. I think this is super cool.) Sorta SFW ad after the jump! [The Daily Dot] Keep reading »

Meet China’s Hands-Free Sperm Extractor Machine (For The Times When A Regular Handjob Won’t Do)

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Look, Ma, No Hands!

File this one under “Things I Had To Check Weren’t A Clickhole Post First”: hospitals in China have machines to extract sperm. The hands-free gizmos are used by urology departments to manually pump out semen through a “massage pipe” when extracting it the, ummm, normal way doesn’t work anymore. Apparently it is used for sperm donation? I dunno, the sperm extractor looks unappealingly antiseptic and clinical to me (video is SFW), although I guess it’s not much different than a Fleshlight. Pity the poor urological nurse in charge of clean up! [IFL Science]

How Many Of Us Are Online At Any Given Second?

Ever wonder just how fast the Internet moves? PennyStocks put together one of the scariest, most mind-blowing GIF charts I’ve ever seen, illustrating just how much activity happens in each second online. This realtime infographic can show you how many people are Instagramming, Snapchatting, tweeting, pinning, and everything else digital under the sun. I can’t decide whether I’m inspired by the vastness of how connected we all are or just guilty over all the computer time I clock in every week. [Gizmodo via PennyStocks]

 

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If you’re sick of watching porn and having to lower the volume for fear that your roommate/partner/neighbors will hear all of those sensual moans and groans, have we got good news for you! Keep reading »

Only 30 Percent Women: Google Releases Data About Their (Lack Of) Diversity

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  • Google released information yesterday about diversity within its workforce — and if you guessed that the majority of their employees “white” and “male,” you win a prize! According to data from January 2014 onward, 70 percent of its workforce are men and 30 percent are women. Sixty-one percent are white, 30 percent are Asian, three percent are Hispanic, and two percent are Black. “[W]e’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” they wrote in the post. While I agree there is much to be improved, I commend Google about their transparency. [Google Official Blog] Keep reading »
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