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Batman Superman Hero Equations T-Shirt

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:40

Everyone knows Batman is better than Superman in every way but the Batman Superman Hero Equations T-Shirt tackles the issue with math, because math is about as indisputable as one can get. The black 100% cotton tee gets down with the mathematics, using a number of equations to prove the Dark Knight is better than […]

Takara Tomy and Panasonic design a kids only coach for the Bullet Train

New Launches - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:34
One of Japan’s largest toy maker Takara Tomy has teamed up with Panasonic and JR West a leading train operator of the country which runs the iconic Shinkansen or Bullet Trains on.. Takara Tomy...

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Masters of the Universe Snake Mountain Business Card Holder

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:25

Looking for a striking yet geeky business card holder? Choose this Masters of the Universe Snake Mountain Business Card Holder. This highly detailed polystone statue will look great holding your cards. It stands 7-inches tall and weighs 1 1/2 pounds! Your business cards are displayed in the snake’s front teeth. It even has a slot […]

A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is Your “Rather Unwrap This Than an Easter Egg” Deal of the Day

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:15
Are you still waiting to buy a tablet? Are you holding out to see if they’re pointless or not? The fact is, of course tablets are pointless, but, they’re fun things to have. You can watch Netflix in the bath. You can read newspapers online while having a poo. You can replace both Netflix and [...]
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Wonder Woman Workout Print

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:12

The Wonder Woman Workout Print reveals how the Amazon princess stays in peak fighting shape. It’s not all just flying and tying people up with the lasso of truth. The 14 x 11 digital print, created by artist Jeff Victor, features WW pumping iron on the beach while Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern (all wearing […]

Supergirl Makeup Bag

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:07

Girls love their makeup, and so they need a good makeup bag to carry it in. Geek girls will love this Supergirl Makeup Bag. It looks super and will hold all of your stuff. This stylish and geeky bag measures 5″ by 8.5″ and is made of vinyl/plastic. It may not help you keep your […]

Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Statue

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:00

Link can finally take it easy because it won’t be too hard to find this Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Statue, featuring a highly-detailed look at the young ruler of Hyrule from the popular video game. Standing 17-inches tall (including base), the hand-painted polystone statue was created using official Twilight Princess game files, allowing the […]

Your Touchscreen Usage is So Unique it Can be Used as a Password

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:00
It turns out that your seemingly random taps, swipes, and other finger gestures on a touchscreen display might not be so random after all. In fact, the way you interact with a touchscreen is so unique that researchers at Georgia Tech have successfully created software that can lock down your tablet if someone else pokes [...]
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Whisper App: Teens Drive Shift to Anonymous Social Media

Mobile Youth - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:31

Source TechCrunch

Anonymity is all the rage these days, and so we bring our attention to Whisper.

This week, we’re joined by Leena Rao, who has some mixed feelings about the craze around anonymous social sharing apps, like Whisper and competitor Secret.

Whisper, based out of LA, launched back in 2012 to be the PostSecret of mobile. All the drama and intrigue was there. Most of the artistry still remained as well.

Users could publish their secrets, anonymously, in meme form for others to engage with. When a post is shared, it’s shared with the entire Whisper community and Whispers with the most likes are filtered into the popular page. The entire network is navigable through an intense web of tags on each post.

It’s pretty slick.

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* Our Mobile Future and the role of youth in shaping it
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* The 3 Reasons Youth Are Important to Your Business

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* Youth Buyology: The Why of Youth Purchase Decisions (manual)
* Youth and Word of Mouth Motivations (research)
* Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: The Role of Youth in the Future of Social Media
* The Mobile Youth: Voices of the Mobile Generation (book)

And thus, the company has received a total of $54 million in funding without any revenue stream in sight.

The app has seem competition in a world where ephemerality and anonymity are so hot right now, but Whisper may have an edge in the fight against Secret. The issue of bullying will take center stage during the battle.

Where Secret shares your anonymous post with your circle of friends, Whisper makes no distinction between people who know each other and people who are perfect strangers, inviting what seems to be a more positive and humorous user base.

Time will be the real test, as more social ideas are being tested and launched as we speak. After all, no one remains on top forever.

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Red Hot Nickel Ball vs. Marshmallow Peeps: Fiery Death Has Never Been So Adorable

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:00
For whatever reason, Easter has become that special time of year when people everywhere gather round to destroy tiny, marshmallow birds in the most demented ways they know how. And so far, it looks like Red Hot Nickel Ball has this year on lockdown. We’ve seen our good friend Nickel Ball take down quite a [...]
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Scientists are 3D Printing Whole Cancer Tumours From Scratch

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:00
We’ve seen 3D-printed cells, organs, and even body parts over the last few years. But in Philadelphia, a team of scientists is printing cancerous tumours—modelling the very things that are threatening to kill patients in order to understand how to quell them. It’s becoming more and more common to use 3D printers to print “sheets” [...]
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Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Could Come to Living Rooms, But Many Challenges Stand in its Way

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:30
Once you’ve heard Atmos, there’s no going back. Gradually rolling out to more and more cinema screens across the globe, Dolby’s Atmos surround sound system is so immersive it makes even the most elaborate home cinema speaker array seem puny by comparison. So far the reserve of multiplexes, could Atmos ever make its way into [...]
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The Rufus Cuff’s Size And Features Lord Over Puny Smartwatches

Tech Crunch - Fri, 2014-04-18 06:29
 With its three-inch screen, the Rufus Cuff thumbs its nose at smartwatches with their tiny faces and dainty wristbands. The wearable device, which bills itself as a “wrist communicator” and runs on Android, has access to the full Google Play store; a built-in mic, speaker, and camera; a full Web browser; accelerometer and gyroscope; touchscreen keyboard; and attaches to a switchable… Read More
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Guides.co Aims To Be The Hub For Companies’ White Papers And How-To Content

Tech Crunch - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:27
 There are plenty of how-to sites on the Internet, but sometimes, in the words of Guides.co CEO Scott Annan, you need to look up something "more complicated than tying a tie or stuffing a turkey." When you do, Annan is hoping you'll visit the Guides.co website. He argued that most forms of content have been reinvented for the digital world, but not instructional, how-to books — which, unlike a… Read More
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Founder Stories: Serial Entrepreneur Karl Jacob Is Up At The Plate Again With Hangtime

Tech Crunch - Thu, 2014-04-17 23:28
 If Bo knows football and every other sport, Karl Jacob knows startups. Depending on how you count it, Jacob, a former Apple intern and Benchmark EIR, is on his sixth (or seventh?) startup: Hangtime, which aggregates future events in a single app and database. In his career, Jacob has raised over $200 million in venture capital across the companies he’s founded, and in this discussion, he… Read More
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As Food Delivery War Heats Up, Sprig Plans To Serve Lunch

Tech Crunch - Thu, 2014-04-17 22:35
 SpoonRocket is about to have some competition in the lunch on demand market. Sprig, currently dinner-only, will soon start serving lunch, according to a source who said Sprig now delivers 1000 meals per day. Sprig just raised a $10 million Series A two weeks ago, and is wasting no time in ramping up the fight for our stomachs. Read More
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Why Does Facebook Want You To Broadcast Your Location To Your Friends?

Read Write Web - Thu, 2014-04-17 22:35

Facebook is trying to get you to share even more information, this time by beaming your location to your friends all the time.

The optional feature, called Nearby Friends, is built to help you find people around you. You can tailor the options to prevent specific friends from seeing your location. Nearby Friends alerts you to when friends are in your area, and allows you to share your precise location with them for a set period of time. On the upside, it might inspire some friends to meet up in the real world. 

The success (or lack thereof) of place-based social apps like Highlight show us that most people are perfectly happy keeping their location to themselves, unless they want to explicitly share it with friends. Running into someone on the street is just not the same when you know they’ve been following your location online in the hopes of a “surprise” connection.

A Nosey Friend Who’s Trying Too Hard

Facebook, like an overbearing acquaintance who keeps asking about your weekend plans, has made a habit of asking its users for their location—and doesn't seem to get the message when it’s snubbed.

In 2011, Facebook rolled out a Foursquare-like check-in feature called Facebook Places in its mobile app. Most users ignored it, and Facebook eventually killed it, opting instead to let users include location in photos and status updates.

A year later, the company attempted a similar feature that let anyone see your location, including complete strangers. Facebook quickly pulled the short-lived “Find Friends Nearby,” after many people raised privacy concerns.

The company is ready to try again, and this time is quick to point out the feature is optional and only shows your location to people you want to see it. 

But the question remains: Do we really want our Facebook friends to know where we are at all times? 

There are already numerous services that let people share their exact location with friends, and in more intimate settings. Apps like WhatsApp, GroupMe, and Path let you share your location on a map with individuals or small, defined groups. Foursquare check-ins can be broadcast to both Twitter and Facebook, or shared to the smaller set of friends you have on that service.

With all these services, users are actively sharing their location, with a fairly strong idea of who will receive the information and when they'll see it. But with Facebook’s new feature, users will be passively sharing their whereabouts, not knowing who is looking for them, or when they’ll be found. 

Our Facebook accounts are no longer just for friends—the average user has 338 “friends,” many of whom they’d rather not accidentally run into at the grocery store. Sure, you can create specific lists with whom you share your location, but it’s likely those same people would be the ones you want to spend time with, and are likely in contact with on other apps, or even—gasp—in real life.

A Battery Of Complaints

There’s one more downside that Facebook is likely loathe for users to think about.

The new feature will require users to turn on location services for the Facebook app, if they haven’t already done so. That will likely cause a huge drain on battery life. One former Apple Store Genius Bar employee recommends disabling Facebook location services as the best way to save your iPhone’s battery.

Until Facebook delivers proper value to its users in exchange for learning their location—information that’s obviously valuable to advertisers—it’s not clear why anyone should make this tradeoff.

There’s an obvious better way for Facebook to encourage users to share their location in a way that’s useful to them: Facebook Messenger. The current system has a very crude way to share one’s location, by clicking an arrow. All that does is inform the other user of your current city, which is useless if you’re trying to get together with a friend. Adding a way to share one’s specific location, down to a specific business, office, or other venue, with a specific group of people is an obvious move, and would keep Facebook Messenger competitive with other messaging apps. It would also put users in full control, since they would select exactly who to share location with and when.

One reason why Facebook might not be doing this is that its directory of places is not yet fast, accurate, or complete enough to be useful. WhatsApp, which Facebook recently purchased for $19 billion, uses Foursquare's database, not Facebook’s, and Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service, is testing a switch from Foursquare to Facebook with apparently poor results.

Rather than alerting people to nearby friends and hoping for the best, Facebook ought to fix its own places directory and let users share their location in a way they’ve shown they want to. It seems so obvious—but for the world's largest social network, maybe locating a clue is harder than we think.

Update: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Nearby Friends displays your precise location at all times. You don't see the exact location on a map unless your friend has chosen to share their location with you, you just see if they are nearby.

Images courtesy of Facebook

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This Desk Keeps Your Cords in Order and Has a Built-In Whiteboard

Gizmodo UK - Thu, 2014-04-17 22:00
Man it feels good to sit down at a desk where everything is in order—or so I’ve heard. Mine is always a disaster, what with the cords and cables and scattered reminder notes I’ve scrawled on bits of paper that will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle. But this lovely specimen from Artifox looks like [...]
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Tuition.io Picks Up A New Investor, As It Manages Over $1 Billion In Student Loans

Tech Crunch - Thu, 2014-04-17 21:41
 In the year since its launch, Tuition.io, the company billing itself as the Mint.com for managing student loans, has grown to manage over $1 billion in loans. The company, which provides a monitoring and management service for student loan payments, has just picked up an investment from Raj Date, the former second-in-command at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Agency, through Fenway Summer,… Read More
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I Hijacked The Startup Alley Application System To Extend The Deadline, So Apply Now!

Tech Crunch - Thu, 2014-04-17 21:10
 Attention, startups! This is a code red situation. I have infiltrated the Disrupt Startup Alley application system and left registrations open. (Cue evil laugh.) Read More
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