Holidays

Does Your Partner Make Less Than $60K? They Might Be About to Dump You

Your current BF's future girlfriend? Sorry. (iTunes)

Dating app Clover is apparently not interested whatsoever in spreading Christmas cheer, because the company just released a bunch of  depressing stats about break-ups in the holiday season.

Clover is like a combination of OkCupid and Tinder. Like on OkCupid, you can scroll through potential matches, and filter them by categories like age, height, and location. Like on Tinder, you can check off people you like, except you can see people who’ve liked you without you having to like them back. Read More

Tech for the Holidays

Jewish Techies Launch Hanukkah-Themed Hackathon

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Donny and Oren Kanner had always wanted to go to a hackathon. But since the events tend to fall between sundowns on Fridays and Saturdays, the brothers—both observant Jews who honor Shabbat—were never able to attend.

“As observant Jewish people, we wouldn’t be able to make it until Saturday night,” Donny, an agile project manager at the Hackerati, told Betabeat. “I’ve attended portions of hackathons, but we’ve never really had the opportunity to go to the beginning of one.”

So Donny and his brother Oren, a PhD candidate in robotics at Yale, decided a few months ago to create a hackathon that catered to their religious schedules. Read More

addicted to tech

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

Tech for the Holidays

Hack the Holidays: Mail Startup ‘Shyp’ Will Do All Your Gift Wrapping For You

Don't even pretend you could wrap anything that nicely. (Shyp)

Gift giving is super fun, but you know what blows? Gift wrapping. Besides pretending to like all your obnoxious family members, it’s the one part of the the holidays that just really isn’t up to par.

For those who tend to find themselves in a terrifying mess of wrapping paper and Scotch tape around this time of year, perhaps this will be of interest: Shyp, the on-demand shipping app that saves you from ever having to visit the post office again, will launch its holiday gift wrapping service tomorrow. Read More

DIY Don'ts

50 Pinterest DIY Projects You Are Definitely Not Doing This Christmas

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Only someone on a five-day meth binge can muster this level of attention to detail.

The holidays are upon us! Time to trim the tree and drink some cocoa. For crafty types, though, this is basically the Olympics. This is the main event, the reason they’ve trained so hard for so long. Pinterest is therefore flooded with impossibly intricate, over-the-top DIY projects.

But other than a few twee over-achievers, no one is actually going to try these. You will be too busy drinking eggnog until you fall over and combing Kmart for last-minute gifts. Read More