In order to help city-goers take the notoriously late and unreliable L train with ease, the NYPD is expanding their presence on their favorite social media site. Yup, you guessed it — Twitter. Read More
Every time we turn our heads, there’s a new Uber or Airbnb clone. There’s the Uber for helicopters, chefs and planes, as well as Airbnb-style apps for dogs, boats, cars, clothes and private jets. But another startup model is pulling more and more VC dollars away from sharing economy copy-cats and sexting apps. Call it the Bonobos-for-everything, or maybe the Warby-for-everything if you’re not into J Crew-style chinos.
As of this morning, Jack Erwin, a startup that makes mens’ shoes that lean a bit dressy, has closed a $6 million dollar round led by industry giant Brown Shoe. The NYC Soho-based company sells hand-made shoes from Spain, but can offer them cheaper than more established brands by going direct-to-consumer, cutting out middlemen, brands and retailers who jack up the prices. An analogous company would be Brooklyn-based Greats, which sells casual streetwear shoes through a nearly indistinguishable business model. Read More
Students and faculty at Clemson University in South Carolina recently opened their emails to find that they must complete a sexual history survey or face disciplinary action.
The survey — which asks invasive questions such as, “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?” and “With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?” — is part of an hour long Title IX training course that must be completed by November 1 to avoid violation of the Code of Conduct, according to Campus Reform. Read More
Earlier this month, a number of nude photos were
leaked stolen from the various celebrities’ iCloud accounts, leaving many questioning whether Apple products are really as secure as they thought. Though he doesn’t explicitly reference the hacking scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the company’s website on Wednesday to publish an open letter affirming Apple’s commitment to users’ privacy, as well as detailing new security measures.
Apple’s new operating system, iOS 8, debuted today, and as we predicted last week, no one’s particularly thrilled about it. Though iOS 8 has some intriguing new features, like an updated keyboard and device continuity (i.e., the ability to receive texts and phone calls from your desktop computer), we can’t exactly say that excitement is abounding. Read More
Following a recent theft of celebrity nudes that inspired a sleazy Reddit charity campaign and an even sleazier artist’s gallery show, celebrities are now discussing ways to protect themselves from such invasions of privacy.
On last night’s Late Show, Tina Fey explained that to avoid being identified if her nudes ever get out, she exclusively takes close-up photos of her butt. Read More
While planning a location for your post-nuptial photo shoot, why not consider a hip and risky setting like inside an active volcano, a shark tank, or perhaps atop busy train tracks on a bridge?
One Canadian wedding party narrowly avoided an oncoming train while posing for wedding photos on train tracks this past Saturday. Read More
Remember how much you totally loved Facebook’s new Messenger app (JK please get it off our phones forever)? Well, there’s a chance Facebook’s going to be releasing another new app — and no, we’re not talking about that Slingshot thing.
Facebook has apparently built an app codenamed “Moments,” according to Techcrunch. The app, should it be released, would reportedly let users share personal updates with small groups of friends and family. Read More
Have you ever been bobbing your head along to your favorite song and wondered, “What would this music taste like?” Unless you were rolling face on MDMA, probably not.
Nevertheless, Kickstarter campaign called Beatballs wants to develop a home food processor that evaluates the acoustic properties of a song, and turn that song into a meatball. Call it a cross between an iHome and a KitchenAid. Read More
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is currently investigating a series of flyers found in a predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, each emblazoned with a swastika and the logo of rideshare app Uber, JP Updates reports. The distribution of the anti-Semitic flyers may constitute a bias incident.
The flyers, pictured here on JP’s site, were reportedly discovered around 9 p.m. last night by a member of Shomrim, the Jewish neighborhood watch group. The flyers had been distributed around Bedford Ave. and Williamsburg St. — an area largely inhabited by Jewish residents. The person who discovered the flyers alerted a Shomrim dispatcher and the NYPD. Read More