Apparently some of us think our emails are so important that they should be shielded from hackers at the NSA. So, if you’re one of those people who worried about that, there’s a new email service called Dark Mail that claims to add an extra layer of protection against government spies. Read More
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For many of us, Facebook’s News Feed is a garbage pile full of ViralNova links, galleries of your college friends’ engagement rings and annoying videos that autoplay.
Sorry, kiddos, but you can’t always get what you want–unless it’s at McDonalds in the United Kingdom. The restaurant chain is thinking about installing in-store 3D printers to appease kids who are disappointed in their Happy Meal toys selection and further enabling a generation of bratty children. Read More
The Internet operates at a snail’s pace in much of midtown but that isn’t stopping some engineers from wanting to bring it into the ocean. Researchers at the University of Buffalo are developing a deep-sea computer network that isn’t being targeted at dolphins wanting to use Twitter. Rather, it’s to bolster tsunami detection, natural Read More
Look, when we’re at Chili’s (Grill & Bar), we don’t need anything more to tingle our senses. Listening to the hisses emitted from steak fajita platter while hearing the faint rattles of the ice cubes clacking against the plastic margarita shaker is enough to force us into an unbridled sweat of excitement. Read More
Sarcasm flows freely through the Internet like a cheap glass of wine gushes through Kathie Lee Gifford’s body, but to the uneducated it could be hard to identify.
Spotter, a French software company, has developed a piece of software that identifies sarcasm in Internet comments so now you’ll actually know if your fellow Reddit users think your link is interesting or not. According to the BBC, the software uses an algorithm-based pattern that combines users’ linguistics, semantics, and heuristics to identify sarcastic comments with an 80 percent accuracy rate. Read More
Reed Hastings’ imagineer streaming factory Netflix is releasing a virtual assistant named Max to keep reminding you that Mad Men is available to watch. Max is a nagging on-screen guide that talks (and presumably judges) you. It recommends cool digital content to consume by surveying you about your mood and previous things you’ve watched.
It’s like if Clippy became moribund with mono and couldn’t muster up the strength to leave the couch. And the font is ugly. Read More
With the revelation that the government knows who you’re texting and that Snapchat’s dissolve feature is a bunch of baloney, it’s hard out there for anyone to share their friend’s secrets (or sexts) with others. Take comfort in the fact there’s finally a solution thanks to a new app called Privatext, an app that promises to actually work in wiping out your messages.
Compared to Snapchat’s technology, which rivals that of a toy in a Happy Meal, Privatext delivers both picture and text messages using end-to-end encryption to ensure it can’t be copied, saved or intercepted. It is out today for free for iOS with Android and Blackberry versions coming soon. Read More
It’s an all too common occurrence when millennials hang out at a bar together: we’re constantly on our phones, blatantly ignoring what any of our friends are saying. But there is a solution to you weirdos who are craving eye contact, and its comes in the form of a specially designed glass. Read More