Antisocial Media

Phantom Phone Vibration Syndrome Is Making Us All Feel Insane

No, there's no one on the other end, you nut.

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. Read More

Beer Me

Thanks to New iPhone App, Brewing Beer Barely Even Requires Movement

Home brewing craft brew microbrew beer, controlled by your iPhone

If picking up a six-pack from the bodega is too easy, and brewing IPAs by hand is too hard, this new app that enables you to control the beer-making process from the lazy comfort of your iPhone may be just right.

The app was developed by Cargo, a team of developers and designers from–where else?–Ireland. It’s called Brewbot. It consists of some sleek metallic brewing equipment that looks straight out of Martha Stewart: Living, and can even be used by people who’ve never before brewed their own hooch, PSFK reports. Read More


Booting Up: BlackBerry Canceled Its Earnings Call But We Already Knew the Numbers Were Bad

Never going to die. (Photo:

Quarterly results for BlackBerry are due out Friday and since they’re expecting it to be “gruesome,” it’s probably in the company’s best interest to just cancel the earnings call. [AllThingsD]

Instagram revamped its app to make it iOS7 friendly. Photos of brunch now stretch across the screen and user icons are now rounded. [The Verge]

Farhad Manjoo is really worried that Twitter is going to lose its weirdness as it pushes toward an IPO. [Wall Street Journal]

Twitter is doubling the size of its Irish office. [Independent]

The value of iPhone’s annual haul (nearly $90 billion) would make it the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30. Numbers are fun! [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]

All Covered With Vines

You Can Get Paid to Be a Vine VJ Now

We'd be giving the thumbs-up, too. (Screengrab:

Those who still scoff at the idea of Vine as an influential app, here’s a little more proof that the six-second video-sharing service is not only entertaining, but profitable.

Video news service NowThis News has hired West Palm Beach, Fla., native Cody Johns as their first official Vine VJ, their managing editor, Katharine Zaleski, confirmed today. And, yes, he’s getting paid for it. Read More

Apple in Your Eye

Once Again America Forgets That a New iPhone Is Released Every Year

"Definitely not blessed are the patient, for they shall inherit technology that is no longer worth bragging about." (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Well, here we are again at the secular saints’ day that is the release of a new iPhone. Once again, adults across the land have completely lost their shit, racing to get their hands on a snazzy product that–let’s face it–will be outdated within twelve months.

Without the option of pre-orders, lines formed outside Apple stores all over America. In Soho, the wait was longer for iPhones than cronuts. In Atlanta, hundreds of people were waiting in the Lenox parking lot at dawn, like a Walking Dead outtake.  In Palo Alto, the San Jose Mercury News reports, Tim Cook showed up and walked among his adoring acolytes. When the doors opened, “the hundreds of customers lined up were rewarded not just with a new iPhone purchase, but with a sighting of CEO Tim Cook, who stopped by the store for the launch.” Read More

The Youngs

Call Me Einstein Because Twitter Is Actually Making People Smarter, Science Says

Baby-sitters' club. (Photo: Getty)

Some scientific evidence has finally proven what we at Betabeat have known for eons: typing away at your iPhone or laptop all day makes you smart. Like, really smart.

Haters and those fearful of change like to clutch their pearls over the idea that the omnipresence of technology and social media makes people dumber. Check the noun-verb agreement in that last sentence and you’ll realize that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In reality, the spotty youths of today can “write and think far better than in the past,” The Globe and Mail asserts. Read More