Love in the Time of Algorithms

Everyone Talked About ‘Zumba’ and ‘Frozen’ on Match.com This Year

Everyone on Match.com, apparently. (Wikimedia Commons)

The end of the year is an important time for reflection—particularly about how utterly basic everyone on online dating sites has apparently become.

Never ones to pass up an opportunity to share absurd dating stats, Match.com has just released its 2014 Year in Review report. Reading the stats about what people are writing on their profiles, we’re starting to think the site was doling out free pumpkin spice lattes to anyone who signed up. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

‘Wevorce’ Bringing Amicable Divorces to New York and New Jersey

Amicable divorces this way. (Vimeo)

Divorce has traditionally been a messy and painful process, riddled with battles for custody and arguments over finances. Thankfully, there’s a startup dedicated to making divorces more amicable—and unsurprisingly, they’ve been extremely successful.

Launched in 2013 at Y Combinator, Wevorce connects families with a trained divorce professional who can help them stay out of court, and complete their divorce proceedings as peacefully as possible. Wevorce’s network of experts also helps couples solve other divorce-related entanglements, like splitting finances and co-parenting children. Read More

Tech for the Holidays

Hack the Holidays: Mail Startup ‘Shyp’ Will Do All Your Gift Wrapping For You

Don't even pretend you could wrap anything that nicely. (Shyp)

Gift giving is super fun, but you know what blows? Gift wrapping. Besides pretending to like all your obnoxious family members, it’s the one part of the the holidays that just really isn’t up to par.

For those who tend to find themselves in a terrifying mess of wrapping paper and Scotch tape around this time of year, perhaps this will be of interest: Shyp, the on-demand shipping app that saves you from ever having to visit the post office again, will launch its holiday gift wrapping service tomorrow. Read More

Code or Be Coded

If You’re an Android Coder in NYC, Expect a Huge Salary

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Android is eating the planet as more people worldwide take up Android as either their first or latest smartphone. Problem is, those people need apps, and apps need coders to make them, and a number of hiring managers, founders and consultants here in NYC are coming up dry when looking for capable Android talent.

“Hiring for Android is almost impossible,” Ben Schippers, cofounder of dev-shop HappyFunCorp, told Betabeat. “You’re seeing a spike in Android use, and now we’re competing with Samsung, Facebook, Google and the Fortune 500 for talent.” Read More