The Internet was abuzz yesterday with news of the Kickstarter campaign to create a bizarre “air umbrella,” a gadget that promises to ward raindrops away from your face by powerfully blowing out air in all directions.
While the prospects of the futuristic umbrella reaching its $10,000 funding goal weren’t looking so hot yesterday, a glance at the campaign page this afternoon revealed the product has now plowed through its original goal; it’s currently raised $16,825, with nine days still remaining in the fundraising period.
Because you’re not officially a celeb these days until you’ve slapped your name on some crappy app, TODAY Show host and noted White House pooper Al Roker now has a weather-themed iPhone game.
The cheesy-looking app, called Al’s Weather Rokies, is based on the fateful day in 2013 when Mr. Roker overslept for the first time in his decades-long career, a press release explains. Here’s the premise of the game, which promises to be both “addictive” and occasionally indicative of actual weather conditions. How nifty:
If the chilly weather wasn’t already taking enough of an emotional toll on everyone, there’s even more bad news: it’s killing your cell phone’s battery life. The startling report comes from a television station in Pittsburgh, which is also currently gripped in the bitter blast, and discovered that phones are draining more quickly than normal.
As we prepare for tonight’s freezing exhale from Canada (née “polar vortex“), it’s important that we check on the most at risk people in the world: Google Glass owners. Apparently there’s concern that the futuristic face computers might not hold up in the subzero temperatures since staying inside to avoid hypothermia like a normal person is apparently not a feasible option.
Maybe you’ve noticed, but it’s hot as hell outside. It feels like the heat will never abate, nor will the endless coverage of the heat, which only makes it worse. In just a few short hours, you’ll have to leave your place of business, and you need to be prepared. Will the temps require you to bounce from Duane Reade to movie theater to bar to bodega until 2 a.m., roaming the city in search of adequate A.C.? Or is it safe to descend into the subway?
Well, let’s see what the various popular weather apps have to say. Just how concerned should you be about venturing out into the heat sink that is Manhattan?
This morning Poncho plaintively warned us about the hell to come then disappeared, presumably to go cry inside of an air conditioner:
Fresh off avoiding the fail whale during an action-packed election night, Twitter is back to keep you updated on every detail of your friends’ daily lives. The latest: Were you aware that it is currently snowing outside in New York City? If you weren’t, Twitter is here to get you up to speed. Read More