You’ve probably been bombarded by dozens of year-end listicles and slideshows of 2014’s best apps, you head spinning from hundreds of new suggestions. Well, come on in from the storm: There’s something to help you sort through all of the madness.
Homescreen, a new app from Betaworks, is compiling an organized, networked database of what apps everyone is using. The app allows users to upload pictures of their smartphone home screens, uses image recognition to builds a database of what apps everyone is using. The whole system links to Twitter so you can see who an app’s most influential users are and what your friends’ favorite apps are. Read More
As anyone with angst-ridden Facebook friends knows, there’s nothing more annoying than coming face-to-face with someone’s vague, depressing status updates.
“Life sux so much right now”; “Can’t believe u did this 2 me”—you know, the kind of statuses that don’t give you nearly enough information, but give you just enough dramatic details to make you desperate to know the full story of why Kaitlynne might “never get out of bed 4ever.” Read More
When Complex hired Ayalla Barazany, it was the first time they’d hired someone to work in “product.”
Now, as VP of Product, the Israeli-born Ms. Barazany works to ensure the company’s business goals are in line with what its tech department is capable of producing. She also makes sure Complex’s user experience, or UX, is as strong as possible.
On top of it all, Ms. Barazany has excelled in a series of predominantly-male departments.
“I’ve never focused on [being the only woman],” she told Betabeat. “I’m doing what’s best for me.” Read More
Apparently, you can be denied the chance to purchase some “adult” content because of where you live.
While attempting to buy pornographic DVDs from the popular site Adam & Eve, one man was unable to complete his order because the Tennessee address he entered was labeled “sexually conservative.” Read More
Remember when it took nearly a week for Reddit to decide it was time to stop people from sharing stolen photos of nude celebrities? When it comes to corporate secrets, they’re much faster to act.
Reddit confirmed to Business Insider last night that they’ve complied with takedown requests from Sony. The emails went out to Reddit along with a number of news organizations threatening legal action if they continued to publish the leaked information. Read More
Are you making last-minute travel plans for the holidays? Are you the jerk in your friend group who likes proving how much swankier and classier he is than everyone else?
On Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the company’s offering free empty leg flights on private jets to anyone with the app. To clarify, by “free,” we mean YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING FOR A RIDE ON A PRIVATE JET. Read More
Remember that one startup “Hooli” that was peddling a weaker version of Slack, only with their name stolen from HBO’s Silicon Valley? Turns out, that’s not all they stole.
Every year, a local congregation is left devastated when some alcoholic teenager makes off with the centerpiece of the church’s nativity set. But watch out, legions of liquor: Baby Jesus is plugged into the Internet of Things.
The grand jury decisions for the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases sent the media into a whirlwind. It was difficult to get a good sense of what was going on—with right-winged news outlets pushing one bias, left-winged pushing another, everyone aggregating everything and Facebook friends circulating falsities they read on Reddit. As our country erupted in discussion and protest, information was distributed through a buzzy media and Internet rumors. The “facts” weren’t as readily available.
To rid the public of this type of problem, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger made Infobitt, a free, open content news resource he’s calling “Wikipedia for the news.” No, it’s not Wikinews; this site grabs facts from news sources, summarizes them and organizes the information to make it a news go-to. Like our beloved online encyclopedia, Infobitt is a collaborative effort. Read More