It looks like BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis won’t pursue a bid for his company as he “severely reduced” his stake in the troubled phone company to just 4.99 percent. [The Verge]
Um, millions of “dogecoins” were stolen in the lamest heist ever. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Taiwan has fined Apple nearly $700,000 for meddling with the prices of its iPhones. [Wall Street Journal]
Target is lashing out at reports that peoples’ PINs were also stoles in last week’s security breach. [CBS New York]
Gyft, a gift card website, claims more people used bitcoins than credit cards on its website during Black Friday. [AdWeek]
Most people try not to think about the germs that lurk on every railing, banister and doorknob. But one company, Sickweather, is determined to remind you that your health is at stake every time you leave the house with their handy new app.
Having your smartphone stolen tends to lead to a lot of aggravation, especially when it comes to replacing all of those lost contacts. So a thief in China had the decency to at least return the contacts–on a handwritten list that ran 11 pages.
Find your apartment finder Scrolling through disgusting and/or terrifying Craigslist apartment ads has become an unfortunate initiation ritual for NYC newcomers. But just in case you’re maybe, sort of, kinda getting tired of completely re-imagined neighborhood lines and surprise walkups, real estate site Lovely just added a direct-to-landlord application feature this week. Like job application Read More
Many women can recall their first bra fitting. Perhaps, at 10 years old, your mom dragged you to Macy’s. Perhaps a crotchety old saleslady pulled a threadbare tape measure taut around your newly formed bosom. Perhaps she then screeched out, “Nearly A!” to the entire second floor of Macy’s, and you were never able to visit that store’s intimates department without PTSD-like flashbacks ever again.
Or, maybe your bra-buying experience has only gone so far as to be mildly inconvenient. But these days, where there’s a mild inconvenience, there’s a cottage industry of tech startups looking to disrupt the whole thing, so bra apps are fully developing left and right. One such startup, ThirdLove, incorporates selfies into the bra-fitting process, because sure why not, and it just came out of beta to become available to breast-and-iPhone-havers everywhere.
Crime and Punishment
Here is an example of a product that should have been on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2013 list instead of, say, a fugly wristwatch that describes your emails.
It’s called the MEMI, and it’s a “chic iPhone-compatible smartbracelet that discreetly vibrates when you receive important phone calls, text messages and calendar alerts,” the gadget’s website says.
Tis the season for apple picking, just not the type that involves iPhones. A pair of Bronx politicians are proposing a law that aims to cut down smartphone theft by making it illegal to resell a device without a valid proof of ownership. If you try to sell the device without proof you’re the owner, you could face penalties and possibly jail time.
We civilians are insufferable enough when it comes to having our picture taken for Instagram: “not that one, my face looks fat”; “try again so I can tilt my left cheekbone about 45 degrees east”; “did you get my shoes? I don’t know why you keep not getting my shoes.”
So imagine the psychological trauma inflicted when a famous person–a person whose pictures actually matter–uses Instagram. It happens, and real people are affected. Phoebe Luckhurst of the Standard has coined a term for the sad person stuck taking famous people’s Instagram pics: the “Instassistant.”
Getting caught with a dead phone is terrifying. What if someone tries to abduct you and you have no way of calling 9-1-1? What if you get lost and have no way to access Google Maps? What if someone’s texting you?
But now, there’s a new way to keep your phone charged without begging the restaurant hostess to let you use the outlet by the door while you eat. Yes, a purse has been invented that can fully charge your phone twice a day without being plugged in.
Remember your first BlackBerry? Remember the creepy feeling that it was vibrating in your pocket when it wasn’t even in your pocket, but instead was in the other room?
Well, it turns out you had an actual condition, a syndrome no less. And phantom phone vibration is still being experienced by lots and lots of people, including 90 percent of college undergrads who took part in a study in 2012, NPR reports.