Tech Dirty to Me

‘LovePalz’ Social Network Lets You Control Strangers’ Sex Toys from Afar

Your next cybersex partner? (LovePalz)

I’ve written before about teledildonics, the fancy name for computer-controlled sex toys capable of being operated over large geographical distances. It was this past summer, when I tested out OhMiBod’s blueMotion, the bluetooth-enabled vibrator designed with long-distance couples in mind.

“For us, its about keeping a connection or making a connection with somebody who might be not physically standing next to you,” OhMiBod cofounder Suki Dunham said at the time.

But while OhMiBod is gearing their teledildonic products toward couples, another company, LovePalz, wants to help you have long-distance cybersex with total strangers. The Taiwan-based company is currently beta testing a new social network, called LovePalz Club, that’ll let users set up profiles, connect with new friends they find attractive, and then control those new friends’ sex toys. In other words, it’s a combination of Facebook, OkCupid, Tinder… and actual sex. Read More

#WAKEUPCALL

See Ya, Ice Bucket Challenge: #WAKEUPCALL Touted As the Internet’s Newest Charity Craze

Nicky Hilton's #WAKEUPCALL selfie. (Instagram)

The furor surrounding the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge might have cooled off, but now there’s a new charity initiative getting ready to clog up your Facebook newsfeed taking social media by storm.

The latest craze, #WAKEUPCALL, has seen celebs sharing photos of themselves waking up in the morning, and then nominating their fellow famous folk to do the same — as well as make a contribution to Unicef UK’s efforts to aid Syrian children. Read More

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Parody Twitter Account Perfects the Fine Art of Kardashian Memes

Truth. (Twitter)

Remember back in 2012, when everyone was wild about that #whatshouldwecallme tumblr? You know the one I’m talking about — the posts would say something like “WHEN MY BEST FRIEND AND I CHECK OUT THE SCENE AT THE BAR,” and underneath there’d be a GIF of a sassy cartoon peacock saying “Haters to the left.”

It was funny and all, but you know what we always thought would make it better? If it were strictly comprised of Kardashian memes, obviously. Lo and behold, such a thing exists on Twitter in the form of the @KardashianReact account. Read More

Planet Google

Google Gives Up On Forcing You to Sign Up for Google +

Google's own Google Plus page. (Google Plus)

Poor Google+. Designed to rival social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, it’s been trying to get us to like it for ages — to somehow care about dividing our friends into “circles,” or whatever. But now it might be starting to give up the fight.

Google has recently stopped requiring new Gmail users to sign up for Google+, the Telegraph reports, apparently because they realized that people find it intrusive. Read More

Government 2.0

Reddit Declares Itself a ‘Government’

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While government agencies try to intervene in the celebrity hacking crisis by chasing down the responsible black hat, most of the chaos surrounding the “Fappening” has already come and gone. The stolen photos hit the internet, entire communities popped up and moderators rushed in to control the mess as best they could.

In that moment of extralegal turmoil, responsibility fell on companies like Reddit, Twitter and 4chan, reminding us that the most important modern channels of communication are in the hands of a few private companies. Read More

criminal behavior

Hundreds of British Cops Busted For Acting Like Idiots on Facebook

Not sexting. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Hundreds of British cops are being investigating for acting naughty on social media.

For the past five years, cops over on Knife Island allegedly did a lot of stupid things on Twitter and Facebook, including send friend requests to victims, send Facebook messages that were seen as “abusive in nature” and posted pictures of their coworkers in “compromising positions.” Read More