Baby I Can Drive Your Car

Car Sharing App ‘car2go’ Finally Comes to NYC

Our ride! (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

There’s a new option out there for New Yorkers looking to get around sans subway — at least, for those who actually have a driver’s license, and aren’t terrified to death of driving on the city’s streets.

Car sharing app car2go is now available in a portion of Brooklyn — its first NYC location since launching back in May 2010. The company started in Austin, and is now available in 30 markets worldwide. Read More

Ello

This Is Ello’s New Charter and What It Means

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This morning, Ello officially closed a deal for $5.5 million in venture capital funding. Normally, this would be alarming — VC money typically indicates an exit strategy, which for social networks usually means ad-mongering and selling user data to the highest bidder. But Ello’s found a way to permanently head those complaints off at the pass.

Right before they received their investment, Ello wrote up a charter that basically reframed their infamous manifesto, only in more clear, specific language. In it, they say that there are three things they will never do: sell their user’s data, run ads on their site, or sell Ello to anyone who would compel them to do either of those things. The charter says: Read More

Useful Technology

US Gov. to Hold Summit to Discuss How to Fight Ebola With Robots, Drones

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Having caused more than 4,500 deaths, the Ebola virus has devastated West Africa and terrified the rest of the word. As the virus continues to spread, the need for research and relief is becoming even more crucial.

In November, the U.S. will hold a summit between government officials and roboticists to deliberate the role robots and drones can play in the fight against Ebola. Read More

Apple

Dyegate: iPhone 6 Getting Permanently Stained By Owners’ Jeans

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Not long after news surfaced of an iPhone 6 bending and catching fire in a man’s pocket, Apple’s latest smartphone is having other pants-related problems.

Users are complaining that when they slide their iPhone 6 in and out of their jeans pocket, the blue dye from the denim is rubbing off onto the rubber strips on the back of the phone, BGR reports. Readers have jokingly suggested the dye-related drama be known as “Dyegate,” because it’s fun to over-dramatize the iPhone 6’s shortcomings. Read More

Wedding Season

‘Brideside’ Is Basically the Warby Parker of Bridesmaid Dresses

A bridal party styled by Brideside. (Brideside)

Weddings might be inherently traditional, but that doesn’t mean the industry is devoid of #tech. Zola made an app that’s basically Tinder for wedding gifts. Brides are wearing Google Glass as they walk down the aisle. Oh, and this job exists.

But wait, there’s more! Last week, Betabeat learned about Brideside, an online retailer disrupting the way women shop for bridesmaid dresses. Similar to the way Warby Parker has its much-praised Home Try-On program, Brideside lets bridesmaids browse dresses online, and then physically try them on in the comfort of their own homes. Read More

The Future Will See You Now

These Futuristic Self-Cooling Walls Could Replace Your Air Conditioner

What the walls' innards will look like. (Vimeo)

We have little tolerance for high days, little tolerance for expensive bills and mixed tolerances when it comes to harming our planet . But new technology on the home cooling front could be a small solution to all of these problems.

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Barcelona is developing hydroceramic walls that can cool themselves and potentially eradicate the need for air conditioning.  Read More

Ello

Ello Takes $5.5 Million in VC Money, Signs a Legally-Binding Charter to Never Sell Ads or Data

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Update: We’ve written a guide to Ello’s new charter, and exactly what a “public benefit corporation” is.

Since the explosive popularity of Ello, the virtuous “Anti-Facebook” social network, they’ve taken in over one million new users, with three million more on the waiting list. The Ello team has spent the past month racing to finish their beta testing phase even as thousands of new requests to join come in every hour. Now, they finally have a little support.

Only a month after they became one of the fastest growing social networks in history, Ello has closed a Series A round of venture capital funding to the tune of $5.5 million dollars. Considering Ello’s sudden explosion, the investment will give them the cash they need to hire more developers and keep racing toward finishing their private beta. Read More