The Internet can be a lonely place. You throw your carefully-filtered picture of a sunset or some artisan meal you just overpaid for out into the ether, and just wait helplessly for a the digital affirmation known as a “Like.” Sometimes though, the Like never comes. The app “No Likes Yet” wants to bring attention to those forgotten posts by allowing users to browse only Instagram photos with zero likes. You can even filter only your friends, and view the sad, forgotten images in your community, and maybe even consider giving them the attention they never got the first time around ... Discuss
A #bendgate scandal has hit Apple. New iPhone 6 Plus owners are taking to Twitter to post evidence that their new, extra-large phones are bending after being carried around in their pants pocket. On YouTube, one owner even performed an “iPhone 6 Plus Bending Test,” seeing how much force it would take to reshape the phone with his bare hand—spoiler alert: It bends relatively easily. Thanks to hipster physics, we now definitively know that oversized iPhones and tight pants are non-compatible physical entities ... Discuss
The oldest church in Amsterdam—the famous Oude Kerk—recently hosted a massive funeral … for the Facebook “Like” button. The campaign, which also included the launch of the trippy “Like4Real” website, serves as a high-concept art project meant to raise awareness about the rise of misplaced online activism. The project uses various global religious-like symbols to promote “Enlikement”, which is encompassed in their manifesto (you can read it in its entirety here):
Not too long ago, this development led to a miraculous occurrence. A new technology turned the act of Liking into a commodity, hence into a symbolic totem and a new belief, at a time when faith in religion and our monetary system is crumbling … And now society has forgotten the real act of Liking … And instead of taking action to make change happen, our activism has been reduced and confined to the square inches of our computer screen activism has become clicktivism … We as a society need to focus on real actions and intentions, rather than the symbolic reward bestowed on things by a mouse click.
Students at Arizona State University have teamed with scientists and researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (or DARPA, you know, that crazy lab that makes war robots), to create a jetpack that actually helps you run faster. The 4MM project is setting out to construct a device that could make the average soldier capable of running a 4-minute mile, while enhancing their overall abilities on the battlefield. As the video below indicates, they’ve still got a ways to go, but a prototype is making serious headway ... Discuss
A developer at the search engine Shodan pinged IP addresses around the world to create this map that shows every internet-connected device on the entire planet. The map not only serves as an interesting look at how dependent we’ve become on online technology, but also at the inequality of access to it across the world ... Discuss
The Daily Dot is reporting that five million Gmail passwords have leaked on a Russian bitcoin site, which is about the most absurd sentence you're likely to read today. Supposedly, Gmail itself has not been leaked—but these passwords have been cracked (Reddit is theorizing that the passwords were actually taken from sites associated with Gmail accounts). In any case, you should definitely see if your password is among them. Plug your email into this tool and it will tell you whether or not your password is OK. Or, if you'd rather be on the safe side, just change your passwords ... Discuss