Toilets have been toileting for hundreds of years without the slightest bit of disruption, minus the phasing out of the bidet. As such, the elimination industry is ripe for an app or gadget to make it more ergonomically friendly.
Some startups, like the folks behind the Squatty Potty and this odd girls-only pee funnel, have attempted to chip away at the porcelain throne, but none have caused a large scale shift. But now, there’s a new sheriff in Shitsville: the Wellbeing Toilet, which won a contest for potty design in the U.K. Could this be the thing that changes bowel movements forever? Read More
Good news: taxi hailing app Hailo and Coors Light are partnering to give out $10 cab credits at participating bars. Bad news: You’ll have to go to places like Johnny Utah’s to get it.
It’s part of the startup’s #CelebrateSafe program that’s hoping to make the holiday season a bit safer for those blacked out on mulled wine. “We’ll be collecting your awesome photos and reposting so others know to #CelebrateSafe!,” the website writes.
Spotify released its year-in-review numbers and damn, do Americans have some lame-ass taste in music. One might even call it basic.
The word “basic” has many definitions. Betabeat’s preferred meaning is “offering or consisting in the minimum required without elaboration or luxury; simplest or lowest in level” (ty, Google). So how’s this for basic: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis simply burned up the charts this year, and you won’t believe how many people listen to Maroon 5. Read More
If you’re closely tracking the wild swings in bitcoin’s value, it’s enough to make you crave a glass of wine–or several. The City Wine Cellar in Staten Island is now accepting the decentralized digital currency as a form of payment,presumably to help calm your nerves after hours of nerd mining. Read More
In Canada, Black Friday is all topsy turvy. For example, there is no Thanksgiving the day before, so Canadian shoppers don’t get the three-for-one Deadly Sin deal of greed, gluttony and sloth that Americans enjoy on this festive weekend.
And, it turns out, the stuff they buy from Canadian Target actually belongs in a Yard Sale pile or at least a Goodwill, if one lady’s story is correct. Read More
Cyber Monday sales exploded 20 percent higher than last year as more shoppers prefer the Internet over the mall. [Bloomberg]
Apple purchased Twitter analytics site Topsy for $200 million yesterday, but what they plan to do with it is clouded in mystery. One guess is that they’re going integrate it with iTunes Radio and alert “trending” music on the social network. [WSJ]
Facebook is rejiggering its News Feed formula to cut down on junk and emphasize high-quality news articles. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Here’s a peek into Betaworks’ long-term plans. [Digiday]
Darth Vader joined Instagram yesterday and took an alleged selfie that isn’t a selfie at all. [Wired]
A team of Microsoft scientists developed a bra that reads wearers’ vital statistics, picking up on the physical symptoms of stress. Using the bra, the scientists predicted changes in physiology that accompany eating and stress, “including whether the subjects were happy and angry,” Discovery says. Read More
If your bank account isn’t completely depleted from overdoing at the Gap Factory store on Black Friday, there’s always Cyber Monday. More than 131 million people are expected to spend money they don’t have (us, included) on unnecessary crap this year. But, hey, that portable solar kit isn’t going to buy itself.
So, to enable your bank busting ways, we’ve assembled a list of New York-based companies who’ve slashed their prices to ease your holiday shopping list a bit. Read More
The next time you take a look at someone’s Facebook status and say to yourself, “What a sociopath,” keep this in mind: people’s social media updates actually can display evidence of antisocial personality disorder.
The three main indicators of the Dark Triad of personality, the Daily Dot reports, are psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism. The presence of all three traits can result in “socially malevolent behavior such as self-promotion, emotional coldness, duplicity, and aggressiveness,” all of which were found to be manifested in some people’s Facebook status updates in one study. Read More
In what is allegedly not an April Fools stunt launched five months prematurely, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon plans to start delivering packages by drone. He took to CBS’ 60 Minutes last night to announce that packages less than five pounds will be mailed by the flying robots as part of its “Amazon Prime Air” program. Read More