Well, you’ll always be able to find your phone in your purse, right? [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
My love/hate relationship with Twitter grew ever-so-slightly more complicated this weekend when the hashtag #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend trended on Sunday. (For the Twitter-uninitiated, a hashtag is a word or phrase prefaced by the # sign, which usually describes a theme people are talking about — for example, #JetsGame or #AmericanIdol.) When a hashtag or phrase becomes so popular that it is one of the top 10 topics people are discussing, it is listed for all to see on the homepage of Twitter. This is called “trending.” Now, to be fair, part of the reason that #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend was “trending” was because people were criticizing the subject. But #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend would not have attracted so much attention in the first place if people weren’t actually tweeting responses to it. Keep reading »
Facebook‘s new “I’m expecting” option is the new way to tell all 613 of your closest friends that you are pregnant. In the “Family” section, users now have the option to announce their due date (month, day, and year), as well as the baby’s sex and name.
It’s about time that Facebook did this: everyone is sick of having to befriend their sorority sister’s fetus and get Facebook “status updates” from a bundle of cells. Of course, parents-to-be may now have to decide when they want to share their pregnancy with their extended network. (And no, Mom, this pic does not mean I am pregnant! I was just screengrabbing the new feature.) Could you see yourself using Facebook’s “I’m expecting” option or is that too impersonal for you? [Today] Keep reading »
Something new to file under “Crap You Don’t Need”: techies can now choose what their smartphone will smell like. ESI Cases is selling five new cases, each scented like a different flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans — Strawberry Cheesecake, Very Cherry, Blueberry, Berry Blue and Licorice. The cases sell for $15 a pop and are available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and Blackberry. Honestly, I wouldn’t want my iPhone case to smell like any of these flavors because then I’d be constantly craving sugar. But Marc Jacobs perfume? Fresh figs? Jasmine? I could dig it. If you had a scented smartphone case, what would you want it to smell like? [Gizmodo] Keep reading »
Smell-o-vision sounds like something that could only happen in the year 2030, but it could actually be a reality … pretty soon. Samsung has commissioned researched at UCSD to make a device that attaches to your television and produces scents. The device has a 100×100 matrix of wires that burn in different patterns to create specific smells. They recently tested the technology on perfumes and found it was pretty accurate. The question is: do you want to smell what’s onscreen? I mean, would smelling the burnt rubber really bring watching a car chase to another level? As Gizmodo points out, this would inevitably be used by advertisers to make you crave, oh, just about anything. Awesome or scary? [Gizmodo] Keep reading »
Ten years ago, when I was 17, I got into a car with a young guy I barely knew who was a customer at my job. We drove deep into the woods, parked his car, and got stoned. Bryan* eventually became my boyfriend, but I often think back to that night when I went off with a strange guy — and more than a few other nights like it — that could have gone wrong. I’ve always been a risk-taker, but, knock on wood, all the risks I took when I maybe should have heeded some “stranger danger” have turned out safe. But I know not every guy or girl is so lucky and this is how date rape and other acts of violence happens.
Could smartphones help keep people safe on dates, at parties and during risk-taking adventures? An app from the
YMCA YWCA in Canada called “Siren Safety” thinks it just might. Keep reading »
Need a fake girlfriend? Have no fear—a company called Cloud Girlfriend is here to bring you one. All you have to do is tell them a bit about what your perfect girlfriend would look and be like, and they’ll create an online personality for her. They’ll even have her post on your Facebook wall, just as a real girlfriend would. Cloud Girlfriend hasn’t officially launched yet, nor do they divulge exactly how much their service costs, but the site is registering clients. I can think of a few reasons guys would want this—to make another girl jealous or to convince friends and family members that they’re straight if they’re still in the closet—but overall, it’s kinda sad. Especially the fact that this faux girlfriend they’re advertising wears zebra print pumps. Ew. [AOL News] Keep reading »
Now you can give birth to a fully-charged iPhone with this umbilical cord charger. I don’t know if I’m ready for this kind of responsibility. But then again, people say you’re never really ready. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Here’s a suggestion for getting more makeout time with your significant other—make smooching part of video game! Hye Yeon Nam has created the Kissing Controller, a headset that makes it so you and your honey’s smooches guide the bowling ball on what appears to be Wii Bowling. Seriously, by the tongue motion and speed of your kiss, you control how fast the ball goes and the degree of spin. Fun? This video is totally awkward, but the applications here could get pretty interesting, especially if you’re dating someone who is addicted to World of Warcraft. [Engadget] Keep reading »