By Jordyn Taylor 8/18 1:55pm
New apps: who needs ‘em, amiright? Sure, it seems exciting at first to be able to order pizza or determine what a mannequin is wearing all from the comfort of your iPhone screen, but ultimately, don’t we all just want to check Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram and be done with it?
By Jordyn Taylor 8/18 12:24pm
It’s called the Glov — a silicon rubber glove that “provides [users] with a superior way to masturbate,” according to the campaign page. The Glov features a port on the underside of the fingers where users can attach a rabbit vibrator or dildo, and thereby manipulate the toys with just their fingers, as opposed to their full arms. Once the attachment is fastened to the port, its vibrations can be controlled by buttons on the back of the Glov. Read More
By Jordyn Taylor 8/15 11:59am
When Oonagh Scallan’s laptop was stolen from her car in an Oregon parking lot, she never thought she’d be spying on its possible thieves, let alone help police arrest a potentially dangerous wanted criminal.
But Ms. Scallan, a medical student in London, Ontario, had equipped her laptop with Prey, an anti-theft software that lets users track their devices in the event that they’re taken. As soon as her computer’s captors used the laptop to access the Internet, Prey sent Ms. Scallan screenshots of what they were doing on her computer, along with webcam photos of their faces. Ms. Scallan would later pass this information along to police. Read More
By Jordyn Taylor 8/13 12:50pm
Not getting OkCupid dates? Maybe you need this creepy-sounding Craigslist photographer to take the “‘right’ kind of dating photos” for you.
For $150, desperate singles can pay an Upper West Side woman to take portraits for their online dating profiles, this Craigslist post advertises. The woman, who describes herself as a “social media and portrait photographer” (does she photograph social media?), claims to have been “doing this now for many years now,” so it definitely seems very legit. Read More
By Jordyn Taylor 8/13 10:22am
Nearly a decade and a half after fleeing New Mexico, an accused kidnapper and child sex offender was tracked down in Nepal using facial recognition technology.
Juggler and magic shop owner Neil Stammer jumped bail fourteen years ago, after being accused in 1999 of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree, kidnapping, criminal sexual contact of a minor, bribery of a witness, and battery, the BBC reports. Read More
By Jordyn Taylor 8/12 1:30pm
With Y Combinator’s biannual Demo Day coming up on August 19, the startup accelerator has a pressing matter on its mind: preventing sexual harassment between investors and founders.
In a blog post titled “A Reminder to Investors” published earlier this afternoon, founding partner Jessica Livingston warned that “inappropriate sexual or romantic behavior from investors toward founders” would lead to Y Combinator “not [continuing] to work with you.” Read More
By Jordyn Taylor 8/11 10:43am
Today in horrific news, a Polish couple vacationing in Portugal fell to their deaths while taking selfies on a cliff.
The couple and their children had been visiting cliffs at Cabo da Roca when the tragic incident occurred, WILX 10 reports. They fell from the cliff top into the Atlantic Ocean, where rescue workers were eventually able to retrieve their bodies. Read More
By Jordyn Taylor 8/11 9:39am
BuzzFeed has moved one step closer to total Interwebs domination.
The company announced this morning that they’ve closed a $50 million Series E from Andreessen Horowitz, and that they’re implementing “major expansion across all business lines.” Read More
By Jordyn Taylor 8/08 2:55pm
This is truly terrible: a man and woman addicted to World of Warcraft have been jailed for locking two young girls aged 10 and 5 inside their dilapidated trailer home for a period of three years.
The California couple, Lester Huffmire and his wife, Petra, were unemployed and spent the majority of their time playing World of Warcraft, the Daily News reports. They kept the girls, described as “female relatives,” locked up between May 2010 and May 2013, prohibiting them from going to school, or even going outside. Read More