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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

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

XXX in Tech

Here Are the Pressing Questions Guys Anonymously Asked the Women of Lulu

Congratulations, you are normal.

Lulu, the app notorious for letting women rate the men they’ve hooked up with, is letting male users speak up — well, sort of.

Starting today, Lulu is publicly launching Truth Bombs, a new feature that lets men anonymously ask questions to the app’s female user base. The feature lets guys get feedback on how to be less shitty at relationships, and lets the girls get insight into all the profound philosophical quandaries questions about dicks and stuff that are circling men’s minds. Read More

Go Home Science You're Drunk

Genetically Modified ‘Sparkling’ Apple Has Juice Like a Fizzy Drink

It looks like a pretty standard apple, except for the whole fizziness thing. (Lubera)

Good news for neckbeards, and anyone else whose daily caloric intake is primarily comprised of soda: a carbonated apple — yes, like an actual, physical, apple — now exists.

Devised by the mad scientists at Swiss fruit company Lubera, the so-called “Paradis Sparkling Apple” releases fizzy juice when an eater bites into it. The culinary miracle was the result of cross-breeding two different apple varieties — the Resi and the Pirouette — and took a number of years to perfect, according to the Daily Mail. Read More

Tech Dirty to Me

Here’s Why James Deen Is the Bob Dylan of Porn

James Deen isn't a feminist. He just wants to have sex on camera. (Getty)

James Deen does not identify as a feminist. He’s said it before, and he said it again when the two of us had lunch recently on the Lower East Side.

We’d been talking about Mr. Deen’s fan base — specifically, his legion of devoted female followers. I’d asked if he took credit for introducing so many women to porn, and for letting them know that it’s okay to enjoy watching people have sex on camera.

“No,” he said instinctively. “I, uh, I mean, I don’t know. I don’t take credit for it. If you gave me credit for it, I would take it, but I don’t, like, I don’t run around and be like, ‘Guess what I did, guys?!’ But, uh, I mean, that would be pretty cool.”

“Would you say you’re a feminist?” I asked point-blank.

“No.” Read More

boom

iPhone 6 Bends, Catches Fire in Pants Pocket, Man Claims

Mr. Lechter's phone, post-fire. (YouTube)

The iPhone 6’s questionable bendiness — perhaps better known as #Bendgate — might have just become a lot more serious.

A man, Phillip Lechter, claims his iPhone 6 bent and caught fire in his pocket following a minor pedicab accident in Tucson, Ariz., on the weekend of Oct. 11. The flaming gadget, Mr. Lechter attests on his blog, burned through his jeans, and left first- and second-degree burns on his leg. Read More

Made In China

iPhone 6 Goes On Sale in China to Minimal Excitement

The Apple Store in Beijing's Sanlitun shopping district. (Wikimedia Commons)

New Yorkers might have lined up for days leading up to the iPhone 6’s launch, but the gadget’s debut in China — which happened Friday morning — doesn’t sound like it was met with the same level of enthusiasm.

A mere 100 customers lined up outside the Apple Store in an upscale Beijing shopping district to pick up their pre-ordered new iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper also described the event as “decidedly low-key.” Womp womp. Read More

Facebook

Facebook Creates ‘Safety Check’ Tool for Natural Disaster Survivors

Safety Check's interface. (Facebook)

Nowadays, when natural disasters strike, Facebook users often take to the social network to alert their loved ones that they’re okay.

To facilitate this type of communication, Facebook has created Safety Check, a tool that lets users alert their friends and family of their status in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural emergencies. The company announced the new service in a blog post yesterday. Read More