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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

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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