Tech Dirty to Me

Does Anyone Actually Want This ‘Revolutionary’ Female Masturbation Glove?

Scary, tbh. (Indiegogo)

Perhaps in an attempt to cash in on the viral success of the Autoblow 2, a new purportedly “revolutionary” sex toy for women launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last week.

It’s called the Glov  — a silicon rubber glove that “provides [users] with a superior way to masturbate,” according to the campaign page. The Glov features a port on the underside of the fingers where users can attach a rabbit vibrator or dildo, and thereby manipulate the toys with just their fingers, as opposed to their full arms. Once the attachment is fastened to the port, its vibrations can be controlled by buttons on the back of the Glov. Read More

History Hour

The Smithsonian Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Digitize Records

Good luck. (Photo via the Smithsonian)

Looking for a way to give back to your nation in a way that doesn’t include paying too much on taxes or fighting in wars on the other side of the planet? Well, now there’s a way to do your duty to Uncle Sam in the era of slacktivism.

The Smithsonian is putting out an open call to the Americans of the Internet to help turn barely legible texts from the museum’s library into a pristine, digitally catalogued database. They’ve built a pretty slick in-browser app, and have worked out a system where anyone can come in and work on the transcriptions for as little or as much time as they want. Read More

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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Will Leave The Ecuadorian Embassy When He Feels Like It

Hi. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Even though the coffee is warm and the bed is comfy, it looks like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange time in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London is coming to an end. In a press conference today, he said that he will “soon” leave the safe house after spending two years trying to avoid extradition to the United States over rape and sexual assault allegations. Read More

the future is now

RocketSkates, a Roller-Blade With an Engine, Raises Almost $500K on Kickstarter

Rocketskates are motorized and balanced-based — like little Segways for your feet. (Image via Rocketskates)

Every once in a while, someone will share that obnoxiously photoshopped meme of the date in Back To The Future 2 when we’re supposed to have the flying cars and hover-boards. The truth is that our world looks much closer to Marty McFly’s 1985 than it does to the fictional 2015. But every once in a while, we get a small taste of that Jetsons-style future.

A Kickstarter to fund the first batch of motorized roller-skates, called RocketSkates, has gone well beyond their $50,000 goal to raise almost $500,000 — a milestone they’ll surely reach by the time the campaign ends in 7 days. Once the Kickstarter is finished, they’ll go into mass production, and the skates will be shipping “well before Christmas,” a company representative told Betabeat. Read More

fear travel

Distracted By iPad, Co-Pilot Doesn’t Realize Plane Plunging 5,000 Feet

(Photo: Wikicommons)

As if the recent spate of airplane disasters wasn’t enough to drive you into a Xanax binge before taking off, this might do it.

Last week, a Jet Airways flight from Brussels to Mumbai plunged 5,000 feet because their pilots were preoccupied. The captain was taking a “controlled rest,” a law-approved nap that happens a lot on long-haul flights. Meanwhile, the co-pilot, who was in charge of controlling the Boeing 777, was too busy playing on her iPad to notice the plane descending so quickly.  Read More

True Crime

Woman Uses Webcam to Watch Possible Laptop Thieves Deal Drugs, Watch Porn

Ms. Scallan. (Photo via Oonagh Scallan)

When Oonagh Scallan’s laptop was stolen from her car in an Oregon parking lot, she never thought she’d be spying on its possible thieves, let alone help police arrest a potentially dangerous wanted criminal.

But Ms. Scallan, a medical student in London, Ontario, had equipped her laptop with Prey, an anti-theft software that lets users track their devices in the event that they’re taken. As soon as her computer’s captors used the laptop to access the Internet, Prey sent Ms. Scallan screenshots of what they were doing on her computer, along with webcam photos of their faces. Ms. Scallan would later pass this information along to police. Read More