XXX in Tech

Here Are the Pressing Questions Guys Anonymously Asked the Women of Lulu

Congratulations, you are normal.

Lulu, the app notorious for letting women rate the men they’ve hooked up with, is letting male users speak up — well, sort of.

Starting today, Lulu is publicly launching Truth Bombs, a new feature that lets men anonymously ask questions to the app’s female user base. The feature lets guys get feedback on how to be less shitty at relationships, and lets the girls get insight into all the profound philosophical quandaries questions about dicks and stuff that are circling men’s minds. Read More

Sext and the City

Sexting App ‘Hidely’ Does Everything It Can To Keep Your Nude Selfies Safe

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It’s been a very bad year in web security. Only in the past couple of months, iCloud and Snapchat have seen major hacks that have exposed a number of naked selfies to prying eyes. Besides generating nervous chuckles and perfectly understandable (if not hypocritically sanctimonious) outrage, the leaks no doubt prompted many of us to Google things like “How do I perfectly secure my naked selfies?” and “How do I know if I’m naked on the Internet?”

Answer: a new app called Hidely keeps your stash of naked selfies as safe as possible by creating an encrypted locked box on your device that not even a phone thief or hacker could get access to. With Hidely, every picture you take with the app (and anything you import into it) is saved on your device, totally encrypted, and can only be seen through the password-protected app. Read More

IT Support of the Universe

Survey Shows Over 97% of Tech Support Pros Use PCs

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IT pros have a stigmatized reputation of being mostly white, mostly male nerds who talk over our heads and never see the light of day. But when it comes to how they use computers — and which computers they use — we should probably pay attention. After all, they are the experts.

A new survey of IT pros shows that 97 percent are using either just a PC or both a PC and a Mac for their work, with only 3 percent using just Macs. This can likely can be explained by IT professionals who deal exclusively with Macs. On the other hand, a full 13 percent of Mac technicians don’t use any antivirus software, as opposed to a negligible two percent of PC users. Read More

Go Home Science You're Drunk

Genetically Modified ‘Sparkling’ Apple Has Juice Like a Fizzy Drink

It looks like a pretty standard apple, except for the whole fizziness thing. (Lubera)

Good news for neckbeards, and anyone else whose daily caloric intake is primarily comprised of soda: a carbonated apple — yes, like an actual, physical, apple — now exists.

Devised by the mad scientists at Swiss fruit company Lubera, the so-called “Paradis Sparkling Apple” releases fizzy juice when an eater bites into it. The culinary miracle was the result of cross-breeding two different apple varieties — the Resi and the Pirouette — and took a number of years to perfect, according to the Daily Mail. Read More

Bitcoin Nation

New York State’s Bitcoin Laws Could Ruin Everything Good About Bitcoin

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Bitcoin advocates have spent the past few years trying to sell cryptocurrency to the skeptical mainstream, who tend to be scared that bitcoin is an untrustworthy mirage fit only for drug dealers and criminals. But now that there laws are in the works to help bitcoin become a part of the legit world of financial tech, activists are saying that those laws undo everything bitcoin stands to offer in the first place.

New York State’s attempt to help bitcoin go legit has been the proposal of a “BitLicense,” a license from the Department of Financial Services (DFS) for cryptocurrency businesses that would allow bitcoin startups to operate legally. The license would force companies to comply with a list of legislative demands, including keeping currency receipts, having compliance officers and telling the DFS every time a potential emergency arises. Read More

Tech Dirty to Me

Here’s Why James Deen Is the Bob Dylan of Porn

James Deen isn't a feminist. He just wants to have sex on camera. (Getty)

James Deen does not identify as a feminist. He’s said it before, and he said it again when the two of us had lunch recently on the Lower East Side.

We’d been talking about Mr. Deen’s fan base — specifically, his legion of devoted female followers. I’d asked if he took credit for introducing so many women to porn, and for letting them know that it’s okay to enjoy watching people have sex on camera.

“No,” he said instinctively. “I, uh, I mean, I don’t know. I don’t take credit for it. If you gave me credit for it, I would take it, but I don’t, like, I don’t run around and be like, ‘Guess what I did, guys?!’ But, uh, I mean, that would be pretty cool.”

“Would you say you’re a feminist?” I asked point-blank.

“No.” Read More

Your Tax Dollars

The Government Is 3D-Printing Bomb-Sniffing Dog Noses

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When the Singularity occurs, it’s not just humans that will be replaced by robot overlords. No, dogs now are at risk as well, all thanks to taxpayer dollars.

The U.S. federal government has been 3D-printing mechanically engineered dog noses that replicate the sniffing patterns of bomb-sniffing dogs, Nextgov reports. The noses are modeled off of female labrador retrievers, a historically favored breed of police dog. Read More

Off the Media

Rage Profiteers: How Bloggers Harness Our Anger For Their Own Gain

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Last year, a couple of young guys in the pickup community created a deliberately offensive article for Medium.com about the female writers at XOjane. Not because they wanted to offend people for some personal benefit (it was published under pseudonyms) but to trace and observe the process.

As you can imagine, it caused a stir.

You could call it trolling. Or you could call it a social experiment. Read More