Tech for the Holidays

Jewish Techies Launch Hanukkah-Themed Hackathon

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Donny and Oren Kanner had always wanted to go to a hackathon. But since the events tend to fall between sundowns on Fridays and Saturdays, the brothers—both observant Jews who honor Shabbat—were never able to attend.

“As observant Jewish people, we wouldn’t be able to make it until Saturday night,” Donny, an agile project manager at the Hackerati, told Betabeat. “I’ve attended portions of hackathons, but we’ve never really had the opportunity to go to the beginning of one.”

So Donny and his brother Oren, a PhD candidate in robotics at Yale, decided a few months ago to create a hackathon that catered to their religious schedules. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Tired of Tinder? Dating App ‘Hinge’ Scores $12 Million in Funding

Hinge shows you people with whom you share a mutual friend. (Hinge)

Dating app Hinge has just hooked up with some serious cash.

The app, which some have called the “new Tinder,” today announced the completion of a $12 million Series A, bringing their total funding to over $20 million. The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures, with participation from previous investors Lowercase, Great Oaks, Eniac and CAA Ventures, a press release stated.  Read More

Rise of the Drones

‘Game of Drones': The Sports League That Could Become the NFL of Drone Fighting

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2014 was the year that drones found their way into the mainstream as tools for photographers, police officers and even badly-behaved brands. So what’s next on the horizon for drones?

Making them fight.

Game of Drones founder Marque Cornblatt, a robot builder and creator of the Aerial Sports League, bills his company as the “bad boys” of the drone biz. He believes that not only are drones going to be everywhere soon, but that his company is going to be the premier label for drone sports, drone television, drone combat and all other drone media. Read More

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Here’s a Gift to Piss Off All Your Tech-Addicted Family Members

This nifty smart device comes with no actual technology! (Realism)

Everybody’s got one—maybe you’re even one yourself: the family member who, for the love of Baby Jesus, won’t put down their smartphone for a single minute to spend some quality time with the family this holiday season.

For that tech-addicted person, we suggest you give them the gift of Realism: the self-proclaimed “smart device for the good of humanity.” For clarification, this isn’t an actual gadget; it’s a smartphone-shaped frame whose large, empty center is meant to emphasize all the real-life things you’re missing when your face is glued to a screen. It’s kind of like Kickstarter’s famed NoPhone, another tech-free smartphone-shaped rectangle. Read More

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Uber Fired 15 People in Email Using Comic Sans

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There are many unkind ways to end a working relationship, but leave it to Uber to show a true flourish of cruelty.

Uber cleaned out half of its Chicago-based support staff on Friday. In emails obtained by the Daily Dot, the employees were terminated by a representative of ZeroChaos, the third-party HR firm that managed the contractors. The emails were written in, of all things, Comic Sans—the world’s most reviled and visually offensive font. Read More

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Coming in April: HBO Go, Even if You Don’t Have Cable

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For anybody sick of explaining to their dad why he can’t watch The Sopranos on Netflix, respite is coming.

Finally we have an idea of when we’ll be able to buy an HBO Go subscription without paying for cable: according to an internal memo obtained by Fortune, that service is finally coming in April. There’s still no word on Read More