Crazy shoulder wearable wants to help you attract a mate


Ever wanted to attract a few glances? Put these two alien-looking anemone on your shoulders, and problem solved! The anemone are part of a larger, upper-body wearable called Ripple. It’s designed to alert you when someone is staring at you — via two cameras within the shoulders — by sending a shiver down your back with the wire shoulder rig. If you turn to look at your admirer, Ripple will tap you in the chest when you’re facing the correct direction. Perhaps most creepily of all, the anemone will move in response to perceived attention. The designers say it’s “inspired…

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I got drunk and agreed to review a $99 ‘smart’ dog toilet


“This is fucking bonkers, Matthew,” said my exasperated fiancee. I was inclined to agree. We were on our hands and knees, trying to assemble the BrilliantPad, both filled with regret. She, about agreeing to help me set up this review unit; Me, about getting drunk and agreeing to accept a review unit for a ‘smart’ dog toilet. Just a few weeks ago, I received an unsolicited email from BrilliantPad’s PR representative, who had read my coverage of PawSquad and wanted to see if I’d like to review their computerized dog-piss receptacle. Under normal circumstances, I would have declined, simply because the…

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Google drops SMS support from Hangouts


Google is getting rid of the Hangout’s SMS messages, and is warning users well in advance. Starting next Monday, app users should start seeing a prompt warning them to choose a different message app. Users who already use another SMS app will not notice a change. In an admin email posted in its entirety to Reddit, the G Suite team warned administrators about the change and when they could expect to see the service vanish. Google has been rolling out multiple changes to Hangouts recently. It’s added Meet and Chat apps within Hangouts, which split Hangouts into two separate apps for group…

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Engineering solves the problem of playing darts while drunk


After all these years, someone finally invented a way to cheat at darts. YouTuber Mark Rober fulfilled what he called a “dream to create a dartboard where you get a bullseye every time thanks to some engineering.” It’s a real-life aimbot. The dartboard is mounted on sliders that allow it to move smoothly — with some help from small motors — across a glass panel. Six infrared cameras detect the dart’s movement and move the board automatically to catch it. The caveat is that your initial throw has to be within the dartboard’s diameter. If you wildly fling the dart at the nearby…

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T-Mobile announces new feature to protect mobile users from scams


T-Mobile is introducing a new program to rescue it’s customers from evil scammers. The mobile carrier is set to unveil two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block. The former is, as the name sounds, a service which will identify scam calls and alert the potential scammee. Considering scam calls are just as much of a problem as ever these days, it’s a commendable protection. The latter automatically blocks all calls that Scam ID catches. T-Mobile says customers can turn both services on and off any time. Both services are free, though T-Mobile offers customers a paid upgrade called Name ID which will…

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4-year-old uses Siri to save his mom’s life


Although it’s been around for years now, Apple’s Siri voice assistant still catches flak for its failures to respond correctly to basic commands, surface relevant information and for misunderstanding users often. But earlier this month, it rose to the occasion when a four-year-old needed help in an emergency. Little Roman, a resident of the Kenley district in Croydon in the UK, found his mother lying motionless on the floor in their home on March 7. When he was unable to wake her, he found her iPhone, pressed her thumb to the home button to invoke Siri and asked for help.…

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Twitter is considering charging you for premium features


In the search for a new revenue stream, Twitter is asking users in a survey whether they’d be willing to pay for premium features like analytics, timely news alerts, and tools for composing posts in TweetDeck, an advanced app that’s designed for following multiple streams on the platform. Twitter told The Verge that it hasn’t yet begun building the new version of the app – which it acquired for $40 million in 2011 – but is presently talking to some users to gauge their interest in an offering like that: We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a…

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Post Intelligence uses AI to help you suck less at Twitter


Twitter is a mixed bag. It’s the service I love to hate, but find indispensable in my day-to-day dealings. It’s a cesspool of abuse, and a beacon of light. But of all the things Twitter is, easy isn’t one of them. If you’re like me, you can quickly fire off 100 tweets one day, and then abandon the platform entirely in the days to follow. There’s no rhyme or reason to my Twitter usage, and strategy definitely isn’t the term I’d use to describe it. Bindu Reddy, the founder of Post Intelligence, assures me she can help with that. Post Intelligence uses AI…

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These are the 51 new emoji we could see in 2017


Soon, you’ll be able to rave about dinosaurs, beards, and monocles solely through the use of emoji. Emojipedia recently created a mock-up of potential emoji in Apple-style. These were among the dozens of emoji proposed for inclusion in Unicode 10 last year. The new emoji appear to be more inclusive, with options including a girl in a headscarf, a breastfeeding mother, and several faces with no gender specified. There’s also a monocled face, a vomiting face, and a face so shocked the top of its head is exploding. We hope this is in addition to the redheaded emoji we’ve also…

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Recruiter shares 5 tips to acing a job interview at Google


Today over at the Recruitring Blog, Sujay Maheshwari published a very interesting email. In it, a Google recruiter reportedly shares the five key components of acing a project manager (PM) interview. Granted, this is specific to a PM, but the tidbits within offer valuable insight to anyone applying at Google — a company that has a notoriously difficult screening process for new applicants. Maheshwari has the full story, but essentially he got curious about a friend’s application and interview process at Google and asked for more information. Here’s what he got, directly from the recruiter prepping the candidate for an interview.…

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