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Rise of the Drones

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With India As Amazon Starts Testing Its Delivery Drones There

Can't wait to hear these buzzing above.(Screengrab: YouTube)

When Amazon announced their plans to deliver orders via drone, the world was hopeful, yet skeptical.

But what we thought were nothing more than Amazon’s wildest fantasies may be coming true. Two sources with knowledge of the project’s development revealed that initial testing for the Prime Air drone delivery service could begin as soon as October, according to India’s The Economic Times. Read More

Campus Crackdown

University Bans Social Media, Political Content and Wikipedia Pages on Dorm Wifi

Nice try. (Flickr)

“Finally, I can do whatever I want!” thought every incoming college freshman ever. But for some unlucky students arriving on campus this fall, that sought-after right of passage applies to just about everything except internet usage.

Northern Illinois University enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that goes further than banning  torrents, also denying students access to social media sites and other content the university considers “unethical” or “obscene.” Read More

XXX in Tech

Orgasms, Porn and Getting Naked: Here Are 10 of the Sexiest TED Talks

This wasn't the only condom T-shirt he brought to the talk. (Screengrab: YouTube)

While tech was the focal point of TED in the conference’s early days, the contents of the popular series has certainly broadened for the better. Now, orgasms, porn, and condoms among other sexy subjects have found a place on the stage. From funny to informative and forward-thinking, they’ve been some of the most viewed and most discussed. Here are 10 of our favorite Ted Talks about sex: Read More

Kickstart It

Long-Awaited Kickstarter Canned as Creators Fail to Explain How They’ll Invent Magical Color Scanning Pen

It seems to be working?(Image via Kickstarter)

Word of an up-and-coming campaign for a pen that would scan and instantly reproduce colors excited crowdfunding fans and artists alike earlier this summer.

After numerous delays, the Scribble campaign finally launched earlier this week, only to be pulled by its creators two days later after both backers and Kickstarter began raising questions. After all, it wasn’t clear exactly how the pen was taking colors from objects in the environment and changing the pen’s ink. Read More

Rideshare Wars

Startup Sabotage: Uber Employees Allegedly Submitted 5,560 Fake Lyft Ride Requests

Hard times (Photo via Wikipedia)

We call it a war, but the numbers show that Uber has been dominating Lyft in the on-demand car service market.  Now, new numbers reveal that Uber may have used some questionable tactics to ensure their place on top.

According to new data, 177 Uber employees have allegedly requested and cancelled a total of 5,560 Lyft rides since last October, according to CNN Money. Read More

YouTube Killed the Video Star

Study: U.S. Teens Prefer YouTube Stars Over Hollywood Celebs

Next on E! (Screengrab: YouTube)

With Vine stars creating SNL 2.0 and YouTube sensations like Shoenice chugging deadly amounts of liquor to entertain viewers, it’s no surprise that Internet-based stars are the celebrities being fawned over by today’s teens.

YouTube stars rose above mainstream celebrities in the results of a survey that ranked well-known personalities by their overall influence, Read More

Almost Famous: The Stars of Social Media

Q&A: YouTube Star ‘Shoenice’ Chugs Deadly Amounts of Liquor for Fame

A typical day in the life of Shoenice. (Screengrab: YouTube)

The YouTube sensation known as Shoenice has proven that shock factor can still get you to the top. He’s achieved Internet fame by filling his channel with eating and drinking stunts that leave viewers with their jaws on the ground.

In his three years on YouTube, Chris Schewe has uploaded more than 550 videos, the vast majority of which showcase his outrageous stunts that could be fatal for others. The most popular videos are his alcohol “slams,” wherein he downs entire bottles of liquor in seconds. From the comfort of his own home, he’s slammed a bottle of Patrón (14 seconds), a bottle of Everclear (15 seconds), a small bottle of Bacardi 151 (6 six seconds) and four Jegar bombs (33 seconds) among many, many more. He’s also eaten condoms, a tube of painter’s caulk and Kim Kardashian. Read More