The future is now. The YouTube science guru Mrwhosetheboss has posted this video, showing how with just a few household items—a CD Case, tape, graph paper—you can turn your smartphone into a hologram projector. Thanks to a few specially-created videos to play once your small pyramid is constructed, creating the hologram illusions is actually really easy. Discuss
After reading an article in The New Yorkerabout e-laughter, researchers at Facebook decided to dive into their data to see how people actually communicate laughter online. The findings are actually pretty interesting: More than half of all Facebook laughers used “haha,” while about 33 percent used a laughing emoji, 13 percent used “hehe” and less than 1.9 percent used “lol.” People who used “haha” were more likely to add more letters to convey that they were laughing hard (“hahahahahaaa,” for example), while people who used emojis usually only used one. The data also showed that women are more likely to use emojis, while men use “haha” slightly more. You can read the full report here, then get back to deciding whether to comment "hahaha" or an emoji on your friend's hilarious Facebook post. Discuss
Nomophobia is the fear of being disconnected, of being without your device, as in the fear of “no mobile phone.” Today, we relish and crave our constant connectivity. If we don’t have our favorite devices nearby, we start to flip out in lots of tiny ways.
If you know what I’m talking about, you likely suffer from nomophobia.
We recognize the issue intuitively. And now, research is starting to paint a startling picture of our problem. Read More
Yesterday, Reddit announced a new content regulation policy and banned several overtly racist groups on the site. They also cracked down on groups sharing animated versions of child porn. In a statement posted on the site, the company’s new CEO, Steve Huffman, explained their new policy:
Our most important policy over the last 10 years has been to allow just about anything so long as it does not prevent others from enjoying Reddit for what it is: the best place online to have truly authentic conversations. I believe these policies strike the right balance … I know some of you are upset because we banned anything today, but the fact of the matter is we spend a disproportionate amount of time dealing with a handful of communities, which prevents us from working on things for the other 99.98 percent (literally) of Reddit.
Huffman also announced that the site would introduce the ability to “Quarantine” offensive communities that then become only viewable to readers who intentionally opt into them. Discuss
Carmaker Lexus has finally unveiled its hoverboard that it's been teasing in a series of YouTube videos, and even though we may be in the minority on this opinion, the video is extremely disappointing. The main video, like the teaser, appears to show an actual hoverboard floating freely in a concrete skatepark. In the full length video, a rider cruises around the park, floating inches off of the ground over ramps and even water. Cool, right? The problem is, it's not exactly what they would lead you to believe. A behind-the-scenes video shows that the board is actually riding on top of a hidden track that holds it in place thanks to metal and magnets. So not only does the board look super hard to ride (the pro skater in the video can barely stand on the thing), it also hardly lifts off of the ground, has to be ridden on a track and is essentially just a promotional stunt. Thanks for getting our hopes up, Lexus. Call us when we can actually re-create this scene. Discuss
Could the Marty McFly dream soon be a reality? Carmaker Lexus has released another look at its hoverboard, which it plans to formally unveil on August 5. Like the first video, the second brief clip leaves a lot of unanswered questions about the Slide, like how it works and if it is actually usable in real-life conditions, though the teaser does look pretty darn cool. The future we’ve been promised is almost here. Discuss