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Tech for the Holidays
To celebrate its birthday, 7-Eleven had this genius idea of asking people to download its app in order to score free food. It was supposed to work like this: download the app, get free coupons that were redeemable for snacks like Doritos Loaded pockets, and leave the store only mildly annoyed that you wasted your cheat day calories.
It didn’t work.
A Very Brooklyn Incubator
Before you go reaching for that computer-themed necktie, we have a collection of high-tech gifts that would make any dad exclaim, “Neat-o!”
They’re unique, useful and even whimsical. Among them are everything from 21st century versions of your dad’s favorite old-time technology to T-shirts for showing off their techie pride.
Because what better way to spend the Read More
You'd Better Work
Urban Future Lab, wants to do more than design better dating and delivery apps – it’s on a mission to revolutionize New York City’s energy infrastructure. The new tech startup incubator, which is a project from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and NYCEDC, opened its doors this morning in the heart of the Read More
Some people (not us, please) find technology to be distracting at work. How can one settle for crunching numbers and filling out forms when the fruits of Instagram, Snapchat and even Tinder are constantly ripe for perusal?
But a recent study shows that the average worker is almost twice as productive now than the average worker in the 1970s was, the Telegraph reports. And it’s not because we’re no longer being distracted by garish polyester sportcoats and rampant sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Future Will See You Now
Parents may seem like dopey tech neophytes, but new data implies that for some olds, the ignorance is just a clever ruse.
Among smartphone users ages 8 to 17, 43 percent say their parents occasionally check their smartphones. A neat 43 of parents also say they check their kids’ phones with their knowledge, according to The Harris Poll.
Annals of Ebay
What’s a better way to keep track of what your dog is doing aside from poking it and asking if it wants a treat? Attaching a $100 wearable device called Whistle that collects health data from your dog, so you can be over-controlling in all arenas of your cloying existence.
XY in Tech
The beauty of shopping on eBay is that you can do it while holed up in your apartment without the fear of judgement on that ugly handbag you have your eye on. Now, the ecommerce company wants to change that by welcoming you to the outside world with new interactive storefronts featuring products from Read More
News of the first annual Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day swept across the web this morning following an article penned by one of the event’s founders, gaming and social media reporter Leigh Alexander. “From booth babes to harassment, snide comments to double standards, women have often had a hard time feeling comfortable around the tech industry,” she wrote. In order to demonstrate “the absurdity of objectifying people you claim to agree with or support intellectually,” she’s encouraging female tech writers to give gendered compliments or make sexist proclamations to men about their work.
Though the actual Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day isn’t until February 1st, Betabeat–comprised primarily of female writers–could hardly contain ourselves. Here are 25 gendered comments for 25 of our favorite male tech writers.
Just when you thought CES couldn’t get any randomer than Qualcomm’s “Generation Mobile” atrocity, guess who showed up? Bill Clinton, who stopped by to speak in the middle of Samsung president Stephen Woo’s presentation. Not only that, but according to CNET’s liveblog, in the midst of his remarks he digressed and started talking about gun control.
The man used to be the leader of the free world; you really thought he’d get on stage at a trade show and stick to the subject? Child, please.
Apparently Boston wasn’t the only town a little put off by the AP’s flattering article about New York’s burgeoning tech scene. Take this response, which appeared earlier this week in the Houston Business Journal. Upon hearing about our fair city’s recent investments, the reporter couldn’t help wonder: “Does this mean Houston has more competition in terms of trying to be the next Silicon Valley?”
The Journal spoke to Brad Burke, the managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, who promptly attempted to set the minds of Houston’s techie citizens at rest: