Airbnb has deleted two social media posts urging users to “go off the grid … in true Sioux style” by booking a tipi in the California desert.
The Instagram version of the post was geotagged to Joshua Tree National Park. The Sioux tribes are native to the American Midwest — namely Minnesota, the Dakotas and Nebraska — as well as Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada. Not Southern California.
Social media users lambasted what they saw as the company’s attempt to profit off a dubiously “true” Native American experience — while simultaneously ignoring the most basic facts about that experience. Read more (5/30/17)
Rather than vainly wishing Trump would just delete his account,
WeCanResist.It lets people take action by donating to non-profits that
focus on racial, gender and environmental causes every time the
president pops off on social media. Read more (5/26/17)
Texas is sprawling with “contraceptive deserts”
— counties without at least one public clinic with a full range of
contraceptive methods for every 1,000 women who need them.
And with Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics constantly under threat in Texas, telemedicine is the only feasible option for many women.
Babbitt, a 29-year-old stylist from Canada who moved to Texas in 2010,
found out about one such app, Nurx, while scrolling through Twitter.
noted that her insurance considered a visit to the gynecologist to be a
visit to a specialist, which costs her more than the regular copay.
is very, very big and there are places where you don’t have access to
these kinds of things without having to drive 12 or 13 hours across the
state to get access to an affordable mammogram, affordable birth
control, any of those things,” Babbitt said in an interview. “It’s a big problem in Texas.” Read more (6/21/17)
It’s been many years since
I’ve flown without the aid of a pill, so I was skeptical that an app
could go to bat against my powerful anxiety medication.
But the bold
claims made by anxiety-reducing app SkyGuru
made me curious to see whether a more-sustainable solution for
overcoming my fear of flying was possible. (Downing benzodiazapines, or
benzos, every time it’s wheels up takes its toll when you travel several
times a month.)
The premise of SkyGuru,
which costs $20 (the free version is not worth using), is that knowledge
will reduce anxiety.
The user receives real-time data, even when not
connected to Wi-Fi, about the flight, airports, forecasted turbulence
and even the planes themselves.
The app provides tips and comfort to an
individual throughout the flight. For example, SkyGuru might explain
standard noises and motions that can occur during takeoff, while
disseminating helpful information about the root of flight anxiety. Read more (6/8/17)
For years, workers have enjoyed the way technology creates distance from the boss. You can join meetings from home, or from Hawaii. But with Uber, we are coming to a strange inflection point. The company has designed an app that is so efficient, cheap and scalable that it manages 600,000 drivers in the U.S. Yet there’s an underside to distance. It can create a system that lacks the most basic sympathy.
NPR conducted an informal survey of Uber drivers, using email lists and social media. It’s not a scientific poll. Respondents are self-selected, and possibly more negative toward Uber than the average driver. Still, it’s a window into how hundreds of drivers feel; and an Uber spokesman says many of NPR’s survey results track the company’s own findings about its driver workforce.
i don’t usually write my own posts on here but this is important enough to me! as a mentally and physically ill individual, i take several necessary meds every day. but my memory has deteriorated with the development of my conditions and it’s hard for me to remember to take my pills, which can lead to days or weeks of painful flareups and decreased functionality. i recently found a super cool app called round healththat lets you log all your medications, set custom reminders, track whether or not you’ve taken them, and even lets you know when you need to refill a prescription. it’s really well designed (both technically and visually). i haven’t forgotten a single pill since i downloaded it - and it’s totally free! check it out if you have similar struggles!!