Science is a beautiful thing. Science has brought us many technological advancements, such as and including, air travel, tanning beds and mini-pizzas. But there are many things that science has yet to deliver on. And that’s got us kind of mad with science. We kind of want to have some words with science, okay? In the meantime, we’ll settle for assembling an incomplete list of all the things that we wish science would just get to working on, already. This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to include your own special requests in the comments. Keep reading »
Ah, stupid people doing stupid things. A man named Michael Alan Skopec was arrested after he called 911 five times to report a grave emergency — his iPhone was broken! To his credit, when police arrived to investigate a disorderly conduct charge, he was intoxicated. Skopec, a resident of Bristol, Illinois is no fumbling frat boy, either — the man is 48 years old! This drunk dialer was charged with obstructing and resisting a police officer. The great mystery still stands: on what phone did he make the emergency calls? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Geek speak is a special slanguage that evolved from our cultural immersion in the techno-verse. Growing up, I never would have guessed that I would come to think of the term “LOL” (or any variation thereof) as a dating dealbreaker or that someone (Anthony Weiner) would resign from public office over “sexting” gone wrong. According to a poll published in The Daily Mail some tech terms are more annoying than others. After the jump, find out which geek speak phrases were voted the most irritating.
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Leave it to geeks to figure out a way to combine sex toys and the Internet. Googlher is a Google-powered vibrator that plugs into your computer and vibrates like a “bullet vibrator” with the help of the Googlher Firefox Add-on.
Sounds overly complicated to me. I firmly believe that masturbation should not threaten to crash your browser. But if the over-the-top moaning in this NFSW promotional video is any indication, jerking off to Google actually works! [Vimeo]
Apparently even French mothers have trouble answering the question “gay or European?” A new smartphone app offers French mothers a questionnaire to help figure out if their sons like sticking their French bread in a warm, buttery croissant … or not. The $2.69 app asks 20 questions which inquire whether their bébé mimics gay stereotypes like enjoying show tunes, dressing well, and eschewing sports. Somewhat more controversially, some questions assume it’s the parents’ “fault” a child is gay, like asking if he had an absent father or the mother was authoritarian growing up. If the questionnaire assesses mama‘s crisply dressed, show-tune loving frog is gay, it tells her to “accept it.” But if he’s just a little, uh, European, the questionnaire reads, “You have nothing to worry about, your son is not gay. So you have a very good chance of being a grandmother with all the joys that brings.” How sensitive. [RFI.fr via The Awl] Keep reading »
This may just be the most genius invention of all time. A video producer named Matt Richardson has created a remote control that automatically mutes out the voice of specific celebrities, as well as instances where someone else might be talking about them. Why? Because there is always a celebrity he can’t stand to hear about. “A while ago it was Charlie Sheen. And then it was Sarah Palin. And then it was Donald Trump. And after a while I realized there’s sort of always someone who I don’t really want to hear about,” Richardson explained. He says the first time he got it to work, “I was in silent bliss for that 30 seconds I didn’t have to hear about Kim Kardashian.” Apparently, Snooki ranks highly for him now.
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It was only a matter of time beside someone decided to take sexting to the next level. A dude by the name of Fabian Hemmert, a designer at the Berlin University of the Arts, is working on three prototypes for phones that can give you actual physical affection that corresponds to the actions of the person on the other end of the line. One of the phones has a strap you wear around your hand that tightens—like a hand squeeze—when the person you are talking to ordains. Another prototype breathes sensually on your neck when someone breathes into their phone.
And then there’s the version that can actually kiss you. Keep reading »
“I think the big next wave will be wearable technologies. Your phone will be your true PC, and these technologies will act as your mouse and keyboard. You’ll have a high-fashion bracelet that will perform functions for you—it’ll track your health, your movement, your sleep, your activity—and by wearing a couple of rings, you’ll be able to type in the air or take pictures with your fingers. There’ll be a device that will track your eye movement, whether it’s an earpiece with a camera or a necklace that can project and record. That Tom Cruise movie, ‘Minority Report,’ got a lot of it right from what I’ve seen.”
–Ashton Kutcher, giving his predictions for fashion in the future. Yes, yes, Ashton, there’s already lots of designers working on fusing fashion and tech, don’t worry about it. We’re not particularly impressed with your prediction. We are, however, impressed with this photo of you and your, uh, lovely surprise package. [Details] Keep reading »
Which would you rather give up—sex or your cellphone? A recent study by TeleNav found that a surprising number of people—a third of all those that they surveyed—would choose to forego the former rather than the latter. And the percentage shot up when they looked at women’s answers. Gulp, a whopping 70 percent of ladies said that they’d gladly give up sex for a week rather than go a week without their phone. The survey found that people would be willing to give up some other big items too if it meant getting to keep their phones on their person. For example, 70 percent said they would completely ditch alcohol, 55 percent said they would bid caffeine adieu, and 54 percent said they would give up exercise.
This has me wondering: are we too dependent on our phones? Keep reading »