Here’s yet another piece of evidence to suggest that digital natives who’re barely out of diapers will soon be bossing us all around: KPTV reports that recently, thanks to the miracles of intuitive app design, a toddler barely a year old managed to use her father’s smartphone to order a car on Ebay.
That’ll teach her parents to try to make her take that nap.
The list of use cases for 3D printing just keeps growing. Making the rounds once more, this time courtesy of the New York Daily News, is an offering from a Japanese company that will sell proud parents-to-be a 3D printed model of their in-womb fetus. The mouse-sized creation comes encased in clear, baby-bump-shaped resin.
Should make for a great paperweight, and/or nightmare fuel for your toddler.
The cost of Google’s purchase of Frommer’s is said to be $23 million. At that price, how could they not buy it? [New York Times]
At last, a service that flags troublesome clauses lurking deep within those terms of service agreements you don’t read. No longer need you fear becoming part of a human CentiPad. [TechCrunch]
The latest addition to Facebook’s timeline: “Expecting a Baby.” The Unbaby.me folks are going to love this. [Facebook]
The Pentagon is testing “hypersonic” flight technology that makes the Concorde (R.I.P.) look lame. Try New York to London in an hour. You can’t even get to Bay Ridge that fast. [CNN]
In the future, we will all telecommute via iPads on wheels with giraffe-like necks. [The Verge]
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It’s a common complaint amongst the Facebookerati: we enjoy interacting with friends, but hate seeing pictures of their stupid babies. The older you get, the more clogged with engagement announcements and ultrasounds and creepy family photos your Newsfeed becomes.
Lucky for you, Chris Baker, the author of The Elements of Fucking Style as well as a plethora of weird Internet properties, created a Chrome extension to tackle this first world problem. It’s called Unbaby.me, and it replaces all photos of babies in your Newsfeed with “awesome stuff.”
Whether or not this is part of Tumblr’s new “original content” plan or not, it sure is a boon to the social networking site: Beyonce and Jay-Z just debuted the much sought-after first pictures of their child, Blue Ivy Carter, to the world on Tumblr.