Oh the Times Oh the Mores

Dear Forever Alones: There’s Now a Smartphone-Holding Ramen Bowl Just For You

Tears'll just make the ramen even saltier. (Photo: Facebook)

Courtesy of CNET comes a real sign of the times: An industrial design firm has created a ramen bowl with a handy little holster for your smartphone. That’s maybe not the wisest place to put your $400 electronic device? But what makes this really sad is the packaging: CNET says the creation is being sold as the “anti-loneliness ramen bowl.”

Too bad Siri is terrible company.

If you really want something to distract from your ongoing existential crises while you eat, Betabeat recommends trying a book. Paper tends to weather soup droplets a little better than a touchscreen. 

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Scroll Up! Bushwick-Based Mini-Startup Scores $222 K. After a Pivot and 16 Months of Ramen

Scrll screen shot

Cody Brown and Kate Ray graduated from NYU in 2010, taught themselves to code and built Kommons–a platform for crowdsourcing questions through Twitter and attempting to peer pressure an answer from public personalities. It didn’t, as they say, get traction. So they built another thing, “Nerd Collider,” a platform for hosting text-centric discussions between experts on the web, sort of like the New York Times’s Opinionator blog. Their latest product, Scroll, is a simple single-page HTML editor that allows publishers to lay out a fancy-looking page that mimics the flexibility designers have for formatting on the printed page. Bonus: the web page is automatically-formatted to look as good on the web as it does on the iPad. Read More