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The Soapbox: Hating On Social Media Is Trendy, But It’s Also Wrong

Alone But Still Connected

It seems like lots of people lately wax poetic about the good old days before we were all staring at computer screens. Take, for example, the popularity of the “Look Up” spoken word video. I hear these complaints from mostly people my age, maybe a bit older, so we’re not that far apart in our experiences. Yet somehow they hold this belief that social media has led all of us down a path to “forever alone” hell that we’ll never recover from. Or something? I’m not entirely sure, as it’s pretty infrequent that these arguments actually point to data, but rather appeal to emotions. Keep reading »

How To Watch The Sunrise On Twitter

How To Watch The Sunrise On Twitter
Watch the world wake up!

Twitter data analyst Simon Rogers used the geotags on all Tweets that mentioned the word “sunrise” to create this animated map of the sun’s first light — and people talking about it — moving across the world. Sure, it’s not quite as breathtaking as watching an actual sunrise (OK, not even close), but it’s still pretty cool. [The Guardian]

Need: Vibrating Insoles That Give You Toe-Tickling Directions While You Walk

Smart Shoes That Vibrate To Give You Directions
Turn your shoes into SuperShoes!

Contrary to popular belief, “vibrotactile ticklers” is not the latest trend in sex toys, it’s the name of the high-tech motors embedded in a crazy new navigation system called SuperShoes. SuperShoes are flexible insoles that you can add to a pair of normal shoes. You plug in your destination with your smartphone, and the shoes then direct you there using subtle vibrations on the right or left side of your feet. This lets you meander to wherever you’re going without having to keep your eyes glued to a cell phone screen. Effective navigation with minimal distraction. Pretty cool, huh? Keep reading »

“CodeBabes” Is A Thing That Exists To Teach Internet Coding

todays lady news
  • Please tell me CodeBabes is a joke. Please. [Washington Post]
  • Fuckin’ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia isn’t fucking happy about “ladies” using the fucking “F-word.” He probably shouldn’t watch this week’s episode of Funny Girl Sex Guide… [TIME]
  • Pap smears may be going the way of the dinosaurs. (No, not an asteroid hitting your cervix.) [Jezebel]
  • When choosing a college, maybe students should check out how the administration handles sexual assault accusations. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Attention, Cat Ladies: Kittyo App Lets You Hang Out With Your Cat Long-Distance

Give Your Cat A Treat From 1,000 Miles Away

Does the thought of missing Mr. Bojangles’ adorably pawing at shadows on the wall give you social anxiety?  Kittyo, an intriguing/obnoxious new app, will allow you to hang out with your cat via iPhone remote control when you’re not home.

Kittyo features a webcam for owners to check in on their cats, a remote-controlled laser pointer for playing, and a treat dispenser. “Pet parents” can even talk to their pets from afar — all of it controlled through a smartphone.   Keep reading »

Life Dream Status: Desperate For A Doughnut Right Away? There’s An App For That!

PURE JOY

Doughbot is the stuff the American Dream is made of: for only 99 cents, you can have at your fingertips access to the exact location of any and all doughnut sellers near you. I don’t love paying for apps, but sometimes you just need a fix, you know? The app works by scanning Instagram, Yelp and Yahoo and determining which artisanal doughnut is within the shortest distance of your current location. Yes, the word “artisanal” makes me sigh heavily in most contexts too (I live in Brooklyn, so it happens a lot), but we must acknowledge that artisanal doughnuts are more delicious than your run-of-the-mill franchise pastry. Doughbot understands the importance of quality artery-crushing treats without bringing a snooty attitude to the party. Their promo video is way too cheerful for food snobs. Can I swim in doughnuts like their little cartoon robot does? Someone sign me up! [Gothamist]

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