In 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby slippers together to get back to Kansas. Now that it’s the the 21st century, people might soon be clicking their heels together to escape a terrible first Tinder date.
iStrategyLabs, the D.C.-based creative agency that also brought us the Twitter-controlled paintball gun, recently unveiled a prototype for Dorothy: wearable technology that lets you carry out various smartphone functions by simply clicking your heels together. Read More
Not much scares intrepid entrepreneur Elon Musk — not outer space, exploding rockets, supersonic air travel or disappointing us with unfulfilled promises. Robots, on the other hand? Elon Musk does not like smart robots.
While speaking on stage at MIT’s Centennial Symposium last week, Mr. Musk was asked if he had any thoughts on artificial intelligence. Read More
We thought we’d already found some of the creepiest stuff Craigslist had to offer. We really did. But not even people selling their iPhones for sex or job listings for naked back scratchers can hold a candle to a “for sale” ad posted 12 days ago in Green Lane, PA.
Maybe because it’s almost Halloween, or maybe because some people are just really freaking weird, but whatever the case, a Craigslist user is selling a real goat skeleton in a coffin. Its condition is listed as “excellent.” It’s one of the most terrifying things we’ve ever seen. Read More
A few months after staging the most spectacular Instagram photobomb of all time, unexpected techie Queen Elizabeth II has pulled another much-talked about social media stunt.
There’s a new option out there for New Yorkers looking to get around sans subway — at least, for those who actually have a driver’s license, and aren’t terrified to death of driving on the city’s streets.
Car sharing app car2go is now available in a portion of Brooklyn — its first NYC location since launching back in May 2010. The company started in Austin, and is now available in 30 markets worldwide. Read More
Last week, the Guardian set off a he-said-she-said firestorm when they accused anonymous sharing app Whisper of invasively tracking their users, handing out user data to journalists and bragging about it along the way. Whisper called bullshit, but the Guardian wouldn’t let up, so Whisper promised an internal investigation. Turns out, that’s not going to Read More
This morning, Ello officially closed a deal for $5.5 million in venture capital funding. Normally, this would be alarming — VC money typically indicates an exit strategy, which for social networks usually means ad-mongering and selling user data to the highest bidder. But Ello’s found a way to permanently head those complaints off at the pass.
Right before they received their investment, Ello wrote up a charter that basically reframed their infamous manifesto, only in more clear, specific language. In it, they say that there are three things they will never do: sell their user’s data, run ads on their site, or sell Ello to anyone who would compel them to do either of those things. The charter says: Read More
Having caused more than 4,500 deaths, the Ebola virus has devastated West Africa and terrified the rest of the word. As the virus continues to spread, the need for research and relief is becoming even more crucial.
In November, the U.S. will hold a summit between government officials and roboticists to deliberate the role robots and drones can play in the fight against Ebola. Read More
Not long after news surfaced of an iPhone 6 bending and catching fire in a man’s pocket, Apple’s latest smartphone is having other pants-related problems.
Users are complaining that when they slide their iPhone 6 in and out of their jeans pocket, the blue dye from the denim is rubbing off onto the rubber strips on the back of the phone, BGR reports. Readers have jokingly suggested the dye-related drama be known as “Dyegate,” because it’s fun to over-dramatize the iPhone 6’s shortcomings. Read More