Posts tagged technology

The problem with that date-rape-preventing nail polish? It might not work

Remember how excited we were about Undercover Colors, the startup that’s developing a nail polish to help prevent date rape? Well, it turns out our excitement over Undercover Colors was perhaps somewhat premature, because the date rape prevention nail polish might not actually, um, work.

According to Backdoor Pharmacist, a columnist over at the blog Animal New York, the technology behind the date rape-preventing nail polish hasn’t actually proven effective. Instead, the nail polish, as well as other date rape drug-detecting devices, “exist in a fantasy world of stranger danger pill-packing predators and irresponsible victims,” thanks to the media heralding them as the next wave of sexual assault prevention.

7 simple steps to custom emoji

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This morning we released a set of Doctor Who emoji (also known as Whomoji)—and now you can actually use them!

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Android users: if you know how to get to this work on your smartphones send us a message or stop by the comment section!

Buzzkill university bans social media, Wikipedia, porn

One of the biggest questions facing new college students everywhere is what sort of device to get before going to school: Mac or PC? Tablet or laptop? Students at Northern Illinois University don’t have to worry so much about that, thanks to the institution’s decision to place a ban on just about every website that a college student would ever care about.

The university’s remarkably thorough and soul-crushingly strict Internet policy puts everything from Wikipedia to Facebook in its crosshairs, banning the “use of social media sites … including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc.,” as well as anything even remotely political in nature, which means large portions of Wikipedia and other reference sites.

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College campuses are using mobile apps to prevent sexual assault
Sexual assault is endemic on college campuses. At least one in four women is reportedly a victim of assault during her academic career. Incoming freshmen, in particular, are most vulnerable to sexual assault during the first six weeks of the fall semester, a period commonly referred to as the “red zone” by sexual assault prevention groups. And although many colleges and universities have been accused of turning a blind eye to the issue of sexual assault, some are doing their part to combat the epidemic by encouraging students to download various apps that help to prevent sexual assault.
According to NPR’s Morning Edition, one of these apps is Circle of 6, which lets users send an alert to a preselected group of six friends or relatives if they encounter a threat on campus. By clicking an icon next to one of these names in the “circle of 6,” users can send an automated text message asking the recipient to call police or pick them up at their current location, which is transmitted via GPS.

College campuses are using mobile apps to prevent sexual assault

Sexual assault is endemic on college campuses. At least one in four women is reportedly a victim of assault during her academic career. Incoming freshmen, in particular, are most vulnerable to sexual assault during the first six weeks of the fall semester, a period commonly referred to as the “red zone” by sexual assault prevention groups. And although many colleges and universities have been accused of turning a blind eye to the issue of sexual assault, some are doing their part to combat the epidemic by encouraging students to download various apps that help to prevent sexual assault.

According to NPR’s Morning Edition, one of these apps is Circle of 6, which lets users send an alert to a preselected group of six friends or relatives if they encounter a threat on campus. By clicking an icon next to one of these names in the “circle of 6,” users can send an automated text message asking the recipient to call police or pick them up at their current location, which is transmitted via GPS.

Harvard researchers created real-life Optimus Prime out of 1,000 tiny robots

[We’re doomed.]

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Casey Weldon

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His paintings distort our perception of any continuity between past, present and future. Instead, we find his characters in an enchanted world overrun with animal life. Digital glows emanate from the strangest places. Television color bars shine underneath a tree’s bark; the motif repeats again on the skin of a giant iguana perched on a phone tower. With this body work work, Weldon says he seeks to explore the intersection between nature and technology.

3 days at Camming Con, the country’s first camgirl convention

“It’s the Internet. It’s the Wild Wild West. No one knows what’s gonna happen.”

If you’ve ever surfed the Internet for porn—and let’s face it, if you’re reading this on the Internet, you’ve used it to surf for porn—you’ve likely seen a pop-up ad with a nubile young woman sprawled out spread-eagle behind her laptop screen, or coyly winking at you in a pop-up. This, in case you didn’t know, was a camgirl.
You’ve probably wondered what she was doing. You’ve also probably wondered why she was doing it, or who was watching her, or whether or not her parents knew about her extracurricular activities. You’ve also probably wondered if she was actually real.  
I’m here to tell you that she is real.

3 days at Camming Con, the country’s first camgirl convention

“It’s the Internet. It’s the Wild Wild West. No one knows what’s gonna happen.”

If you’ve ever surfed the Internet for porn—and let’s face it, if you’re reading this on the Internet, you’ve used it to surf for porn—you’ve likely seen a pop-up ad with a nubile young woman sprawled out spread-eagle behind her laptop screen, or coyly winking at you in a pop-up. This, in case you didn’t know, was a camgirl.

You’ve probably wondered what she was doing. You’ve also probably wondered why she was doing it, or who was watching her, or whether or not her parents knew about her extracurricular activities. You’ve also probably wondered if she was actually real.  

I’m here to tell you that she is real.

What the ‘death of the library’ means for the future of books
Forbes contributor Tim Worstall wants us to close public libraries and buy everyone an Amazon Kindle with an unlimited subscription. “Why wouldn’t we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?” he asks.
Why are libraries so important? If the Kindle can provide immeasurable books at a fraction of the cost, why not simply turn to this option?
Because those predicting the demise of public libraries aren’t reading closely enough.

What the ‘death of the library’ means for the future of books

Forbes contributor Tim Worstall wants us to close public libraries and buy everyone an Amazon Kindle with an unlimited subscription. “Why wouldn’t we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?” he asks.

Why are libraries so important? If the Kindle can provide immeasurable books at a fraction of the cost, why not simply turn to this option?

Because those predicting the demise of public libraries aren’t reading closely enough.

School of Doodle is every girl’s dream high school
As an incentive, the project features original “doodles” by Jenny Holzer, Kim Gordon, Courtney Love, Teen Feminist blogger Jules Spector, Pussy Riot, and Sarah Silverman, to name just a few.

School of Doodle is every girl’s dream high school

As an incentive, the project features original “doodles” by Jenny Holzer, Kim Gordon, Courtney Love, Teen Feminist blogger Jules Spector, Pussy Riot, and Sarah Silverman, to name just a few.