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Life Dream Status: A Clutch That Charges Your iPhone

Ladies, meet your new favorite accessory: the Mighty Purse. This cute little clutch is equipped with a built-in high-capacity battery that can recharge your smart phone up to 2 times per charge. An internal indicator light tells you exactly how much juice you have left before heading out on the town. Do you know what this means? No more panicking when your phone battery light starts flashing red. No more missing out on priceless, Instagram-able moments just because your phone conked out early. No more trying to read a real map (LOL) because your phone died before directing you to your destination. This brilliant bag isn’t cheap, but a phone that never dies? That’s priceless. [$137, Firebox]

6 Potentially Awkward Moments That May Arise When Dating Someone With A Smartwatch

6 Potentially Awkward Moments That May Arise When Dating Someone With A Watch Phone

This weekend, my boyfriend got a new Samsung Galaxy phone and accompanying smartwatch, which is exactly what it sounds like — one of those watch phones they’ve been promising us since “The Jetsons.” The next big thing is here indeed. But the next big thing is weird. At first, I was just so relieved that he didn’t get Google Glass because I wouldn’t have been able to be seen with him in public anymore. When that wore off, I realized the watch phone came with its own set of quirks. And let’s just say, the smartwatch and I haven’t quite made peace with each other yet. Below, some awkward scenarios I failed to consider: Keep reading »

The Kids Won’t Be All Right: Here’s A Child’s Potty Affixed With An iPad

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No wonder so many gross young people are grossly using social media on the toilet without realizing it is gross: we as a society are literally training them to do so. Yes, my flabbergasted friends, this is a child’s potty affixed with an iPad stand so toddlers can play Toca Kitchen Monsters while they’re doing their business. The loo comes with a removable touchscreen, so little hands don’t get their little germs all over Mommy and Daddy’s expensive toy. Wow, this makes you wonder how did any of us ever get potty trained without a tricked-out potty? (Oh, wait, no, it doesn’t.) [Consumerist]

Susan Bennett, The Voice Of Apple’s Siri, Thinks She Sounds A Little Creepy

Susan Bennett, The Voice Of Apple's Siri, Thinks She Sounds A Little Creepy
Meet The Voice Of Siri!
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Voice actress Susan Bennett has revealed herself to be the voice of Siri. Although Apple won’t confirm it, voice forensic specialists have.

Susan explains that she often records stuff without any idea of where or how it will be used. So, she had no idea that she would end up as the life concierge on all of our iPhones. She first knew that she was Siri when a colleague emailed her about it and said, “Hey, we’ve been playing around with this new Apple phone. Isn’t this you?’ She believes the Siri sessions took place in 2005, when she recorded herself reading nonsensical phrases and sentences for four hours a day, every day for a month. Keep reading »

Jimmy Kimmel’s No Doctor, But He Did Find The Cure For iOS 7-Induced Nausea

Jimmy Kimmel's No Doctor, But He Did Find The Cure For iOS 7-Induced Nausea
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Apple’s latest operating system is divisive to a degree that’s usually reserved for politics. Some love it, some people loathe it, and others … well, it just makes them sick. One of iOS 7′s key differences from previous Apple interfaces is “parallax,” an unnecessary if hypnotizing feature that enables the icons on the screen to shift back and forth with the motions of the actual phone. Many people have reported feeling physically ill, and suffering from nausea and even vertigo as a result of the “aggressive animations.” A quick flick into your Settings will offer you the choice to turn parallax off, but why bother when you could try Stop Looking At Your Fucking Phone Every 5 Seconds? [Gawker]

Frisky Rant: Is It Just Me Or Is Apple Even More Classist Than It Used To Be?

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I adore my iPhone. So many things I do on a daily basis would be impossible without it and I’m grateful to have one. That said, Apple and I have some issues. Namely, with this iPhone 5c and 5s craziness.

It’s not as though Apple is a stranger to the “shiny new stuff” contest. iPods, MacBooks, and every other product they sell pander to our desire to have the newest and best stuff to show off to your peers. The second you score the latest and best iPad, the countdown begins to the release of an even “better” one that renders yours obsolete.

No surprise there — that’s just how companies make money — but these two new iPhones take the comparison game to a whole new level. In stores today, these two new iPhone models are already having an impact on your status. As soon as they see the color — Red? Gold? – people will immediately know whether you can afford the shiny, brand-new, metallic iPhone, the colored “consolation prize” iPhone, or can’t afford a new one at all. As journalist Jenna Wortham noted on The New York Times‘ Bits blog:

One of the iPhone’s biggest strengths has always been its branding as a luxury item, a device that lends its owner an unparalleled aura of cool and chic. Having the newest iPhone or iPad was an even stronger symbol of status.

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Cat Proves The iPhone 5s Fingerprint Sensor Also Works For Pawprints

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Watch this cat unlock an iPhone 5s!

That fancy shmancy new sensor on the iPhone 5s that allows you to unlock your phone with a quick scan of your fingerprint? Turns out it also works for pets! TechCrunch tested the technology on a cat’s paw, and while it took a few attempts, sure enough, the phone was able to identify the cat’s unique paw print. When other cats’ paws were scanned, the sensor could tell they were impostors and refused to unlock. What does this mean? Well, Apple’s fingerprint technology is even more impressive than we all thought, and you can finally get your cat its own iPhone and not have to worry about other cats stealing it. No matter what species you are, that shit is secure. [TechCrunch]

It’s About To Become Socially Acceptable To Date Your Phone

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You’ve probably heard about some rare instances where people were attracted to, fell in love with or even married things like the Eiffel Tower or their truck. It’s called objectum sexuality, a fetish when a person feels romantic desire toward or interest in developing significant relationships with inanimate objects. According to Genevieve Bell, a sociologist for Intel, these amorous feelings toward inanimate objects are about to become not quite so rare. Our love and constant use of technology makes us feel listened to and cared for and will eventually inspire an increase in human-object relationships, she says

“What was once at best a series of interactions is evolving into something that will one day closely resemble a real relationship,” Bell says. “Of course, many devices today still have trouble comprehending what we are saying, let alone caring about us. But the tie between us and our devices is clearly growing …There’s an implicit promise in the listening.” Keep reading »

TechCrunch Conference Apologizes For Australians’ Titstare App

TechCrunch Conference Apologizes For Australians' Titstare App

The technology blog TechCrunch apologized on Sunday for sexist and juvenile behavior at their TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 conference after a pair of Australians debuted a new app called Titstare and another presentor pretended to jerk off onstage.  Keep reading »

Addicted To Facebook? Cure Yourself With The Pavlov Poke!

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Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, two PhD candidates at MIT, estimate that they waste a combined 50 hours a week scrolling mindlessly through Facebook. In an effort to curb their social media addiction, the pair came up with a novel solution called the Pavlov Poke. Named after the famous physiologist Ivan Pavlov, whose bell-ringing experiments on dogs showed proof of a conditional reflex, Morris and McDuff’s device seeks to train humans in a similar way — only with mild electric shocks. The Pavlov Poke is an accessory that plugs into a user’s keyboard and tracks their online habits. Log on to Facebook and BZZZZ — you receive an electric shock (not strong enough to hurt you, but enough to get your attention). Keep reading »

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