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 Yorker about 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

Ron Burgundy and his kind are officially relics of the past: When it comes to delivering news, millennials turn to Facebook more than any other news source. A new study from Pew Research Center found that 61 percent of 19- to 34-year-olds receive their political news from Facebook, whereas only 37 percent learn about government happenings from local TV. When it comes to Baby Boomers, those numbers reverse almost exactly. Read More

Tired of trying to remember a confusing combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and random symbols? We’ve got good news for you: You can kiss your current impenetrable login “Pa$$word123” goodbye forever. Digital security company Intelligent Environment has launched emoji PINs, which they say are more efficient and more secure. Not only is it easier to remember a random 4-digit picture combo—like dancing salsa lady, snake dragon, poo, taco—it’s also harder for a hacker to crack. Read More

After countless ’80s movies alluded to it, the virtual reality revolution is finally here. Soon, the Oculus Rift (which Facebook acquired for a staggering $2 billion) will join virtual reality devices from companies like Sony and HTC, all hoping to make VR kits one day as indispensable as smartphones. With Sony and Oculus already commissioning films specifically for the new technology, and tons of games on the way, the way you experience entertainment may soon never be the same.

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My name is Adam. And I am a recovering nomophobe.

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