Technology helped me through the emotional roller coaster of CES

“Humans love to control how they feel. Booze and coffee have been perking us up and lubricating social situations for millennia. Mood-enhancing technology, on the other hand, usually tries to emulate a cup of joe or a glass of wine but without the need for rinsing your liver. I’m generally OK with pumping chemicals into my body, but with a few mood-changing gadgets catching my eye in the run-up to this year’s CES, I thought I’d give some a go. The hope was that I could avoid the usual uppers-and-downers routine that a week in Vegas demands.” - James Trew, Deputy Managing Editor, Engadget 


RealDoll’s first sex robot took me to the uncanny valley | Computer Love


The Pixel and Pixel XL is what happens when Google designs phones

It took Google a while, but its fascination with hardware has finally turned into something serious. Software is Google’s art, and the company has been working for a long time to craft the right canvases. That’s where the new Pixel and Pixel XL come in. These phones are a culmination on Google’s part of years’ worth of experimenting with hardware, and they’re unsurprisingly great. Simply put, everyone else making Android phones should be a little worried.



Pokémon Go’s mental health benefits are real

“The research is really, really clear on this.”

Dr. John Grohol is an expert in technology’s impact on human behavior and mental health, and for the past 20 years he’s studied how people operate online. 

And Dr. Grohol has never seen anything like Pokemon Go.

“In terms of the phenomena of people expressing the benefits of playing the game to their real-world mental health status, I think that’s very unique and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that,”

Read the full story HERE.


Cadillac takes on Tesla’s Autopilot and a ride built only to scare you | ICYMI

Engadget pushed the button too early and removed the page but the gist of it was that Bayonetta is coming to PC with 4K support and everyone who buys it on  the first week gets upgraded to the digital deluxe which comes with the OST, wallpapers and avatars.


Take online security seriously | Adult Week


“New Yorkers have perfected the art of looking but not looking. You know, where you let your eyes glaze over someone as you pass, so you can take them in without making it obvious that you’re studying them. For this reason I wasn’t entirely sure if anyone noticed the giant glowing cat ears on my head as I walked down the street on my way home from work. I certainly noticed them. They were large, somewhat heavy and oh yeah, did I mention they glow?By all rights, as someone who deals with gadgets on a regular basis, I shouldn’t want any part of the Axent Wear cat ear headphones. In addition to the steady purple (or green or blue or red) glow, they also have speakers in the ears. They have ears, period. And yet, when I first watched a video of these things in action, something about them tickled the deepest part of my animal brain. I wanted them. I needed them.”

Engadget Senior Editor Kris Naudus tried out Axent Wear’s cat ear headphones, and they are basically the stuff of anime dreams!

anonymous asked:

Uber scandal??

Thanks, Anon. Is this a reference to this post? If so, you can read about a string of Uber scandals in this article from Uproxx. A few highlights:

1) deliberately breaking up the NYC taxi drivers’ strike in protest of Trump’s Muslim travel ban

2) ex-employee’s expose about rampant sexual harassment issues at Uber that get routinely swept under the rug

3) self-driving car unit allegedly stole its code and key talent from a competitor

4) NYT’s article on Uber’s use of software to illegally evade law enforcement agencies

And mentioned but not elaborated on in this article:

5) Uber illegally fingerprinting and tracking iPhones whose owners have deleted the app, and building special software to hide this fact from Apple (upon discovery of which, Apple said in no uncertain terms that if they keep this up, Apple will remove the Uber app from iTunes)

And most recently, I just read today that:

6) Uber bought data from email organization app Unroll.me, including Lyft user receipts. Lyft is a direct competitor of Uber, and the receipt emails contain: your pick and dropoff locations (private data), your total (competitive info), your route (competitive info), your driver’s name and photo (private and competitive), etc. (Engadget article) Not a good thing given Uber’s record of illegal analysis of private data and illegal tracking of users.

There are various other not-so-flattering threads on the Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, but honestly I’ve heard enough.