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Jordyn Taylor

Kickstart It

Adorable Kickstarter Needs $15K For Documentary About Skipping Stones

Ross Byars, world record holder in stone skipping, will be featured in the documentary. (Screengrab: Kickstarter)

It all started when Ryan Seitz and Daniel Skaggs were drinking beer and skipping stones in Texas this past Memorial Day, and started wondering if competitive stone skipping existed.

The pair, both directors with Highway Goats Productions, used the Internet to learn it does, indeed, exist — and is apparently really popular. Now, they’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to fund an adorable-looking documentary on what they describe as the “global phenomenon” of competitive stone skipping. Read More

Wiki World

Armenians Asked to Write One Wikipedia Article Each to Promote National Culture

This counts as Armenian culture, right? (Facebook)

Apparently insecure about its lackluster ~online presence~, Armenia is asking its citizens to write at least one Armenia-related Wikipedia article each. Adorable!

The campaign, called One Armenian, One Article, is designed to promote Armenian culture and increase the number of Armenian-language articles on the interwebs, the BBC reports. The campaign began last spring in the form of a YouTube video (spoiler alert: it’s entirely in Armenian), and has now reportedly spread to Armenian TV stations around the world. Read More

Facebook Faceoff

Austrian Student Leading Class Action Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg presumably contemplating life. (Wikimedia Commons)

Facebook could soon be in big trouble, and not just because Slingshot is probably gonna stink.

An Austrian law student, Max Schrems, is leading the charge in what could become a massive lawsuit against Facebook over privacy issues, the Daily Mail reports. Mr. Schrems is asking Facebook users worldwide to join him in demanding damages of €500 each over alleged violations of the European Union’s privacy policies. Read More

Keeping Up With The Car-dashians

Kendall Jenner Slammed For Instagramming While Driving

She's definitely not looking at the road. (Screengrab: Perez Hilton)

The second-youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner brood is getting serious flack for a video she posted on social media earlier this week.

A recent video posted to Kendall Jenner’s Instagram depicted Ms. Jenner and fellow model, Ashley Skye, rocking out to Avril Lavigne’s “sk8er boi” in the car, Fox News reports. In the video — which has since been taken down, but is still viewable here — Ms. Jenner spends a lot of time dancing, singing and looking at Ms. Sky, and not a lot of time looking at surrounding traffic. Read More

Play Your Video Games

Gamers Continue to Hear Sound Effects After They’ve Stopped Playing, Science Says

Stop... saying... Bible... (Wikimedia Commons)

Do you continue to hear a constant loop of “Bible!” long after you’ve stopped Kim Kardashian: Hollywood? You’re apparently not alone.

Gamers often continue hearing sound effects like screams and explosions long after they’ve stopped playing, new research from Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit says. The occurrence even has a scientific name: Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP).  Read More

meow

Whisk’s New Feature Connects Pet Owners With Pet-Friendly Cabbies

Can we use this service as an excuse to finally get a dog? (Whisk)

There’s truly nothing more annoying that trying to make it to Sunday brunch on the Upper West Side, only to find your cab driver won’t let you bring your Miniature Goldendoodle along for the ride.

Thankfully for all who’ve suffered through that, on-demand car service Whisk has introduced a new feature connecting pet owners with pet-friendly drivers, the company announced in a press release today.  Read More

Internet of Things

Report: Internet of Things Devices Have ‘Alarmingly High’ Number of Attack Vulnerabilities

Womp womp. (Facebook)

Thinking of outfitting your home with some snazzy smart devices? Perhaps it’s time to think again — and no, not just because those smart thermostats might not actually detect smoke.

After analyzing 10 of the most popular Internet of Things devices, HP found them to contain an “alarmingly high average number of vulnerabilities per device,” according to a recent report. The vulnerabilities, they wrote, “ranged from Heartbleed to Denial of Service to weak passwords to cross-site scripting.” Oh, joy. Read More

Tech Dirty to Me

This Bluetooth-Enabled Vibrator Might Bring Us Closer to Computer-Engineered Orgasms

Suki and Brian Dunham show off OhMiBod's new product, blueMotion, at their Babeland launch party. (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

“Come over here and fuck me,” Brian Dunham said into the iPhone he was holding. A few seconds later, the vibrator in my hand pulsated to the rhythm of the sentence he’d just spoken.

We were stationed in Babeland‘s Soho boutique last Thursday, where Mr. Dunham and his wife, Suki, were launching the latest addition to OhMiBod, the line of sex toys they founded together in 2006. Their new invention—which I was demo-ing with Mr. Dunham—was blueMotion, a $129 Bluetooth-enabled wearable vibrator that the wearer or their partner can control through an app. Read More