Wedding Season

‘Brideside’ Is Basically the Warby Parker of Bridesmaid Dresses

A bridal party styled by Brideside. (Brideside)

Weddings might be inherently traditional, but that doesn’t mean the industry is devoid of #tech. Zola made an app that’s basically Tinder for wedding gifts. Brides are wearing Google Glass as they walk down the aisle. Oh, and this job exists.

But wait, there’s more! Last week, Betabeat learned about Brideside, an online retailer disrupting the way women shop for bridesmaid dresses. Similar to the way Warby Parker has its much-praised Home Try-On program, Brideside lets bridesmaids browse dresses online, and then physically try them on in the comfort of their own homes. Read More

The Future Will See You Now

These Futuristic Self-Cooling Walls Could Replace Your Air Conditioner

What the walls' innards will look like. (Vimeo)

We have little tolerance for high days, little tolerance for expensive bills and mixed tolerances when it comes to harming our planet . But new technology on the home cooling front could be a small solution to all of these problems.

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Barcelona is developing hydroceramic walls that can cool themselves and potentially eradicate the need for air conditioning.  Read More

Ello

Ello Takes $5.5 Million in VC Money, Signs a Legally-Binding Charter to Never Sell Ads or Data

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Update: We’ve written a guide to Ello’s new charter, and exactly what a “public benefit corporation” is.

Since the explosive popularity of Ello, the virtuous “Anti-Facebook” social network, they’ve taken in over one million new users, with three million more on the waiting list. The Ello team has spent the past month racing to finish their beta testing phase even as thousands of new requests to join come in every hour. Now, they finally have a little support.

Only a month after they became one of the fastest growing social networks in history, Ello has closed a Series A round of venture capital funding to the tune of $5.5 million dollars. Considering Ello’s sudden explosion, the investment will give them the cash they need to hire more developers and keep racing toward finishing their private beta. Read More

Studies Show

Almost No One Believes the Internet Is a Safer Space for Women Than Men

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According to MRAs — that’s Men’s Rights Activists, for those who are uninitiated in the ways of complete sociopathy — the world is imperiled by entitled women who are using the Internet as a prime battleground for subjugating helpless men. Thankfully, they’re just about the only ones who believe that bullshit.

A Pew Research poll released today revealed that while most people believe that online communities are equally friendly toward women and men (take that with a grain of salt), those who found the Internet unequal think it’s a much safer space for men. The study took a deep dive into online harassment, prompted by a number of heinous events, such as a number of women in the gaming community being driven from their homes by violent threats. Read More

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