Kids These Days
There was a time when Passover meant putting down our iPhones and celebrating our ancient Jewish heritage over Bubbie’s classic matzah balls.
But it’s 2014, and technology has started making a comeback at the Seder table. JDate made dating profiles for Moses and the Pharaoh. The famed Bronfman Haggadah debuted in app form. So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that hordes of Twitterers are using #SederUpdates to live-tweet their Passover dinners.
Today in really, really sad news, kids these days would apparently rather endure cyberbullying than not have a smartphone or laptop, Ireland’s Independent reports.
The theory belongs to Dr. Conor McGuckin, an assistant professor in education psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. According to Dr. McGuckin, who spoke at a recent Cyber-Ethics Public Forum, kids are often scared to report cases of cyberbullying to their parents because they don’t want them to confiscate their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Instead, they’d rather suffer the torment in silence.
App for That
When you want to sell something online — whether it’s a cronut or just your average, run-of-the-mill breast milk jewelry — chances are you head to Craigslist, eBay or Etsy.
But there’s a new startup in NYC catering to more discerning independent retailers. With Tictail, vendors can create unique online stores that don’t look like they’re Read More
shut up and drive
Stray Boots, the travel app that lets you download interactive tours, is now making room for user-generated content.
Founder Avi Millman started the company back in 2009, after a family trip to Rome.
“We were visiting a bunch of different locations like the Pantheon, the Colosseum — I felt like I was sort of on a scavenger hunt, checking spots off on my list,” he told Betabeat. “It struck me that tour guide experiences are just extremely passive experiences, and not particularly social. If you could turn exploring a city into a game, you could make it a lot more fun, engaging and social.”
A new site called Crooked Souls is posing a profound existential question regarding people who take up two parking spaces.
“We know they suck at parking,” the site says. “The real question: do they have souls?”
When a fledgeling Christian video game company called Phoenix Interactive Studios wanted to bring the sacred stories of The Old Testament into our homes, they turned to Kickstarter for help. When that Kickstarter managed to raise less than ten percent of its $100,000 goal, who did they blame?
The powers of Hell, of course.
XXX in Tech
Ever since the middle of the summer, Facebook has been wrestling a pig, trying its best to smear some red lipstick on the unruly beast. The company is tired of being the go-to site for pictures of babies and food. Facebook wants to be a personalized, digital newspaper, full of rich discussion and Read More
U Francey Huh
Don’t you just hate it when you’ve been scrolling through porn sites for hours, and can’t find a damn thing that tickles your fancy? Now, there’s Customs4U, a site that lets users customize their own porn videos.
The site, which launched in September 2013, lets users commission scripted porn videos catered exactly to their tastes, and then electronically delivers those videos directly to the users’ private online dashboards. Users start by selecting their desired model, genre, duration, quality and delivery time, and are then invited to enter a “description” of up to 999 characters of what they’d like to go down in their super sexy vid.
Think of the Children
French chefs have found yet another reason to look down on their patrons.
They’re now asking customers to stop snapping Instagram photos of their food because “it is an insult to their art,” the Daily Mail reports. (NYC cuisiniers were on this a year ago, so 10 points to Gryffindor.)
Baby names have been getting progressively dumber in past years (maybe because we’re now allowing Redditors to choose them). You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting four Olyvyrs and a Daxxon at the local park.
So officials in one state Mexican state have taken matters into their own hands by banning the 61 names they’ve deemed dumbest. Facebook is on the list — and that means at least one kid in Sonora, Mexico, is named after the social network, because the names were culled from actual civil registries.