Posts tagged "technology"

The Soapbox: I Know How To Get More Girls Interested In STEM Fields

The race to find a silver bullet to solve the “Where are all the girls in science and engineering?” puzzle is fast and furious. And as someone who works to encourage and support women studying in science and engineering fields, I worry our efforts often end up pitting the "pink sparkly girls" against the…
By: Veronica Arreola / March 31, 2014

Some Good News For Once: Apple Will Create More Racially Diverse Emojis

You may have noticed by now that you can text a koala, the Mexican flag, sushi or a space alien, but when it comes to depictions of humans, iPhone emojis are not exactly racially diverse. Both Miley Cyrus and Tahj Mowry have mentioned the racial disparity, and MTV Act blogger Joey Parker recently wrote to…
By: Claire Hannum / March 27, 2014

You Can Actually Hire Someone To Live Tweet Your Wedding For $3,000

In case simply posting wedding pics on Facebook isn't enough — and these days, apparently that isn't enough for most people — you can now have someone LiveTweet your wedding for the oh-so-reasonable fee of $3,000. "Just in time for wedding season," W Hotels in New York City will offer up "social media wedding concierges" to manage…
By: Claire Hannum / March 26, 2014

Tech Conference Features Booth Babes In A Tee Pee, Because Of Course It Does

Holy cultural appropriation, nerds! Last week, a tech company erected a teepee at a conference and hired models to dress in faux Native American garb while they hung around outside it. [Indian Country Today Media Network] On the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists. [NY Times Magazine] Meet Dorothy Irene Height,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 24, 2014

Are Millennials Really Having Less Sex?

According to a recent UK study, definitely. It appears that British twentysomethings are banging less than prior generations did -- but is that representative of the rest of the world's millennials too? University College London conducted a National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles ("Natsal") and found all kinds of fascinating facts about Britain's sex…
By: Claire Hannum / March 23, 2014

With Choupette Emojis, We Can All Speak Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld's regal kitten/veritable princess is the perfect way to start or finish any text message conversation. If I could, most of my text message convos with my best friends would be pictures of Choupette. And now, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld's new emojis app for iPhone and iPad called emotiKarl, you can "Karl-ify"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2014

Nipple.io App Keeps Detailed Information About Your Sex Partners

Lindsay Lohan may keep track of her sexual conquests on paper, but in the 21st century, we can all use an app on our phone. It's called Nipple.io and it's a spreadsheet containing detailed information about all of your sex partners. All the fuck-data is collected on the main Nipple.io site (which, by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2014

A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can’t Contain Myself

Two graduate students at the MIT Media Lab have created a research site that quantifies the emotional content of GIFs, and they hope that one day soon it will enable them to translate Shakespeare into GIF-speak. Travis Rich and Kevin Hu launched GIFGIF on March 3, and it's a whole lot of fun. It'…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

Pole Dancing Robots Appear At Technology Trade Fair

Women in tech have got more to worry about than sexist attitudes and an abysmal dude-to-lady ratio: at a tech trade show in Germany on Sunday night, there were pole-dancing robots. The bots, which were designed by artist Giles Walker, rent out for $40,000 apiece.  Two of the bots shook their silicone…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

Etsy Spotlight: 14 Cool & Cute Tablet Covers To Protect Your Precious E-Reader

Jessica is turning 30 next week and her husband is gifting her with a Kindle Paperwhite, which really is the perfect gift for a book nerd like her. Naturally, she's in the market for a cute cover/sleeve/case, so I volunteered to peruse Etsy for her and any other tablet owners who want their…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 8, 2014

Life Dream Status: “Miracle Machine” Turns Water Into Wine

It might soon be much easier for all of us to become a little more Christ-like, if only in the "being able to turn water into wine" department. As you'll see in this infomercial/informational video (seriously though, why is there a fireplace in the background? weird vibes), a tech entrepreneur and a wine expert have…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 7, 2014

Unsanitary App Of The Day: Lick This Lets You Practice Oral Sex On Your iPhone Screen

A sex new app called Lick This allows users to engage in interactive exercises that supposedly train your tongue for pleasure. I know what you're thinking: Great idea, but how is that possible without actually licking my iPhone screen? Answer: it's not. You are meant to flick a light switch, move a…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 7, 2014

I Would Go To Pizza Hut Just To Play With Their Touchscreen Menu

Living in New York City means I have no reason to ever order from or eat at a chain pizza establishment like Pizza Hut. I mean, if you're going to Pizza Hut when there are at least five better, more authentic and just as affordable pizza joints within spitting distance, you've got problems. However, while…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 4, 2014

BroApp Will Text Your Girlfriend So You Can Have More Bro Time

BroApp, the android app created by two, 29-year-old Aussie bros Tom and James, is being billed as  "a clever relationship wingman" that pre-programs and sends text messages to girlfriends so that guys "can spend more time with the Bros." Because those extra two minutes of time spent lifting, gaming or hanging with…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 2, 2014

Do You Need A Social Media Cone Of Shame?

As much as it bugs me when companies try to go all "high road," I can make an exception for this hilarious Coca-Cola Social Media Guard commercial. The Guard, a fake product that is basically a cone of shame, makes it impossible for a person to look down at their phone and instead, forces them…
By: Claire Hannum / February 21, 2014

Study: Yes, Texting While Walking Is Horrible For You

We've all been guilty of texting while walking, and potentially running into our fellow pedestrians as a result. The nightly news stations love to dissect this habit on the regular, and it's hard not to wonder what it means for us as a species. In the future, will public sidewalks be dotted with as many…
By: Claire Hannum / January 26, 2014

A Phone Fell Into A River And Two People Died Trying To Get It Back (Yes, Really)

Apparently, we haven't had enough people plunge into massive bodies of water for the sake of their phones yet -- it's happened again. This time, though, the story isn't quite so funny. Earlier this week, 26-year-old Ken Hoang fell into the frigid Chicago River while trying to retrieve his phone, which he dropped on the…
By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2014

Hate Your Job? This App Will Send A Breakup Text To Your Boss

Technology! Ain't it grand? A new app called Quit Your Job will, yes, quit your job for you and it will do the whole thing via text. Seriously.
By: Claire Hannum / January 14, 2014

Topless Photo Of Mom & 14-Year-Old Daughter In Hot Tub Circulates, Police Not Amused

Another good reason for teens to have restricted use of technology that makes it easier for stupid stuff to happen: a 13-year-old girl allegedly took a picture on SnapChat of her mother and 14-year-old sister — both topless in a hot tub — and it got spread around a couple of Missouri high schools.
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2013

Can Teenagers Predict The Future Of Technology?

Much to the eye-rolling chagrin of teens, it seems that most people have a tendency to overlook their youthful opinions. After all, they spend their days doodling on notebooks in study hall, don't they? What could they possibly know about the "real world" or how to shape it? As it turns out, a whole lot.
By: Claire Hannum / December 7, 2013
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