Delivery From Inconvenience

Swedish Student Invents Hand Scanner to Replace Credit Cards

A shopper uses the system. (Screengrab via YouTube)

In case paying with the swipe of a credit card wasn’t convenient enough for you, a Swedish student at Lund University has devised a way to pay for goods using a vein map of your hand.

Fredrik Leifland’s system uses vein-scanning technology that already existed, according to a prepared release. He merely connected the scanning terminals, banks, stores and customers to create a new system. Read More

ATwitter

#PesachProblems: Jews Are Live-Tweeting Their Passover Seders

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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. Read More

All Covered With Vines

Simply Sylvio, Evan Hilton Win Tribeca Film Awards For Vine

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It’s 2014, and that means you can get an award from Robert DeNiro’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival for making a Vine — and you could end up making money. Technology, huh?

Five Viners are being recognized by TFF today in the second annual #6SecFilms contest for their outstanding work in the looping six-second-film genre. Accolades are being presented in the categories of drama (yes, drama!), comedy, animation and genre. There’s also a #6SecFilms Audience Award. Read More

Hyperlocal

Gothamist Shutters Its Austin Counterpart Citing Low Nat’l Ad Interest

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Gothamist National Media, the hyperlocal news empire based in New York City, announced yesterday that their hyper-local site Austinist is officially closed.

“As an independent, bootstrapped media company, we have to run lean and mean,” Jake Dobkin, the founder and publisher of Gothamist, told Betabeat. “That means pruning the tree each year to keep it healthy and strong, and that’s what led to the Austinist decision.” Read More

Go Home Science You're Drunk

Food Inventor Creates Viagra Ice Cream

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If you thought chocolate covered strawberries and oysters were aphrodisiacs, wait until you’ve tried Viagra ice cream.

After bringing us roast beef, horseradish and glow-in-the-dark jellyfish ice cream, food inventor Charlie Harry Francis of the Lick Me I’m Delicious blog decided to take the gelato game to the next level, the Latin Times reported.

On his blog, Mr. Francis describes creating a champagne-flavored, Viagra-laced ice cream upon a special request from an anonymous A-list celebrity. Read More