Tech for the Holidays
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.
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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.
Tech for the Holidays
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.
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.
We all have that relative who loves a good edible craft project. Perhaps it’s your granddad who loves handmade chocolate, or your girlfriend who loves baking cookies — so that means the season is coming for molds and melted morsels, right?
Pssh, not this year. Now, you can get all of that done with the Read More
Philanthropy and Tech
In honor of Independence Day, ride share app Gett is hosting a patriotic fashion face-off.
Joining the competition is simple; all you have to do is don your best Americana get-up, and post the photos to social media with special hashtags.
For all of the environmentalists who were concerned that yet another Arbor Day had passed without anybody paying attention, think again — Pornhub never leaves a holiday unattended to.
In honor of Arbor Day (which was April 25th, if anyone noticed), Pornhub launched a weeklong campaign to support the environment, pledging one tree planted Read More
It’s almost impossible to make it through the holidays without having to solicit the help of a customer service rep. What if Bubbie brakes her new iPhone trying to take a selfie? What if Uncle Steven spills Manischewitz all over the new Xbox? The possibilities for disaster are endless.
Thankfully, PC Mag has put together Read More
X(Mas) in Tech
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.
Look, it wasn’t any secret that Pinterest was going to reach new heights of D.I.Y. decadence this holiday season. Can you think of a better place to burn workdays looking at wintery craft projects you’ll never, ever complete? But we hadn’t expected anything quite as over-the-top as the newly launched “30 Days of Pinspiration,” Read More