Sext and the City
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It’s been a very bad year in web security. Only in the past couple of months, iCloud and Snapchat have seen major hacks that have exposed a number of naked selfies to prying eyes. Besides generating nervous chuckles and perfectly understandable (if not hypocritically sanctimonious) outrage, the leaks no doubt prompted many of us to Google things like “How do I perfectly secure my naked selfies?” and “How do I know if I’m naked on the Internet?”
Answer: a new app called Hidely keeps your stash of naked selfies as safe as possible by creating an encrypted locked box on your device that not even a phone thief or hacker could get access to. With Hidely, every picture you take with the app (and anything you import into it) is saved on your device, totally encrypted, and can only be seen through the password-protected app.
It’s tough to tell what’s weirder — that a woman got plastic surgery to make her hand look better in pictures, or that she admitted to it and allowed ABC News to use her real name.
Either way, here’s the story: Christa Hendershot got engaged and decided her hand was too unsightly to befit an engagement ring selfie, ABC News says. The Mount Sinai, New York, resident “turned to plastic surgery, hoping it would smooth out her hands in order for them to become more ‘selfie worthy.'”
Sports! Sports! Sports!
New York is putting an end to people taking selfies with tigers before a bro’s head is bitten off.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially signed a law this week that “prohibits contact between members of the public and big cats at traveling animal shows and fairs,” reports the Associated Press. The ban encompasses all large cats (i.e. tigers and lions) and is a big blow to Tinder users who popularized the “tiger selfie” movement.
Manchester United has a novel idea for fans who want to bring their obnoxious iPads to the games: don’t.
The soccer team, ugh club, is banning the use of “large electronic devices” in its stadium because they’ve had enough of those awkward selfies. According to a letter distributed to fans last night, the team specifically calls out iPads and iPads Minis along with any gadget that is larger than 150mm x 100m, so that includes the three people who own a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
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.
Add “sexpert” to Edward Snowden’s list of notorious titles. In an extensive interview with the Guardian, the NSA whistleblower claims that the agency’s employees pass around the naked pictures they obtain for everyone to see. Ack!
Jesus died for our selfies
As the violent conflict between Israel and Gaza continues, Israelis are passing time in the most 2014 way possible: They’re taking selfies.
The new phenomenon, dubbed “bomb shelter selfies” as reported by the Jerusalem Post, is a group picture of smiling people waiting out their time until the missile warning sirens stop emitting their terrifying noise. A Facebook group dedicated to the trend has amassed more than 1,500 likes in the past few days.
App for That
What do Tour de France spectators, the NASA’s Mars Rover and potential Bitcoin users have in common? They all love selfies.
A company in the Philippines is taking advantage of our vanity by having millennials convert their cash into Bitcoin in daily “selfie contests.”
Crime and Punishment
We know what you’re thinking — the last thing the app-o-sphere needs is yet another photo or video sharing app fruitlessly trying to compete with Instagram.
That’s what we thought, at first, of OKDOTHIS, a photo sharing app that launched today. But the app still intrigued us, because instead of just letting you share your lame, low-quality pics of eggs benedict, it aims to help you improve your creativity and photography skills.
A 30-year-old Florida man was arrested on Sunday morning after sending a slew of lewd selfies to an unsuspecting cop.
The man, Paul Kirleis, first called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious vehicle, Wink News reports. A police officer returned the call on his department-issued cell phone. Mr. Kirleis allegedly followed up by texting the cop six times, and then sending him naked and lingerie-clad selfies.