Imagine a smartphone app that encourages heavy drinking. The more you drink, the more games and activities the app offers. You can drunk dial strangers who also have the app. You can see where other drunk people are near you, and even how drunk they are. Just plug in your handy breathalyzer into a smartphone, breath on it and join the fun!
Two actors playing techies by the names of Avery Platz and Kyle Addison designed and promoted just such an app, which was picked up by several news outletsGizmodo reporter Brian Barrett revealed one of the creators' identities earlier Friday, confirming thatLivr, the fictitious app that promotes drinking is, in fact, a hoax Read more...More about Apps, Comedy, Startups, Tech, and Apps Software
Something has indeed survived: Giant hulking cats!
Jurassic Park was never a walk in the park. But Thai video studio We Are Camera has imagined a Jurassic Park that's more hair-raising than ever before. This version trades the animatronic dinosaurs for furr-ocious felines. The studio picked the iconic kitchen scene from the cult flick to test the swap.
Replacing velocipators with cats is only part of the swap-out. The video also trades the characteristic dino screech for the (arguably worse) incessant meowing of a hungry cat. Just like your pet at home, these mammoth felines carelessly knock over your stuff, too. Read more...More about Video, Viral Videos, Film, Watercooler, and Videos
The video started off like any other high concept fashion video would:Aa beautiful woman in a scenic restaurant, a whispered narration reciting a poetic script, bacon raining down from the sky — wait a minute, bacon rain?
Image: Oscar Mayer
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Oscar Mayer announced this week that it will be releasing an alarm clock that wakes you up to the sounds and smells of bacon. Bacon lovers everywhere rejoiced while vegetarians threw up a little in their mouths. Either way, we were all a little weirded out.
However, nothing prepared us for LG's bizarre video promo for the new G Flex curved phone. It has since taken the ad down, but it featured one of the most nightmare-inducing hand prosthetics ever seen in a phone ad. Read more...More about Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media, Technology, and Bacon
AUSTIN, Texas — If you need any more proof that iBeacon is one of the hottest technology trends of 2014, look no further than this year's SXSW festival
The official SXSW mobile app is powered by iBeacon — Apple's name for the innovative Bluetooth LE (aka Bluetooth Smart) technology that allows two-way communication to take place between devices. We've seen iBeacon implementations in retail environments and at stadiums, but this is one of the first times we've seen iBeacon technology utilized at an event like SXSW.
iOS users who download the official SXSW app can take advantage of iBeacon in select sessions and when picking up their badges. For instance, when the user is in the vicinity of the SXSW registration area, the user will get a notification containing their Registration QuickCode. Read more...More about Sxsw 09, Bluetooth, Marketing, Tech, and Apps Software
The wireless price war is ongoing, but T-Mobile may have just shot itself in the foot. The so-called "un-carrier" is giving customers on its Simple Choice plan more data, although for those who like everything unlimited, the price just went up by $10 a month.
T-Mobile is overhauling its Simple Choice plan, which it launched a year ago when it did away with wireless contracts, into four different levels (there are currently three). While every plan includes unlimited talk, text and data, limits apply on how much of that data can travel on the carrier's high-speed 4G network, and how much can be used for tethering another device, such as a laptop. Read more...More about T Mobile, 4g, Hspa, Tech, and Mobile
Samsung is the latest company with music on the brain
The manufacturer is going up against iTunes Radio, Pandora and Spotify with its newly-announced ad-free radio service called Milk Music. The service, which is powered by Slacker and includes a library of 13 million songs, is only available for download via the Google Play store if you have a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Even if you have an Android device, you won't be able to download the app without a Samsung Galaxy-branded device.
Similar to how you would use an old radio dial to find stations, Milk Music lets you to move your finger over the touchscreen to tune between the stations. You can choose from about 200 curated stations — everything from pop hits ('80s, '90s, etc.) to jazz. You can star songs you like, add them to playlists and pick stations based on artists. A nice perk is that you don't have to sign up for an account or even log in via a social network to gain access Read more...More about Music, Samsung, Internet Radio, Tech, and Apps Software
Ever since the online cryptocurrency Bitcoin gained attention from people in the mainstream media, many questions remained unanswered. But perhaps the most prevalent was about its mysterious mastermind, widely believed to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
A growing theory held that this name represented a group of highly paranoid cryptographers. But Newsweek, in its first print magazine since the end of 2012, dropped a bombshell on Thursday: that the creator of Bitcoin was actually an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto, though he later changed his name to Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, and is a 64-year-old who lives in a modest house with his mom Read more...More about Newsweek, Media, Us World, Us, and World
Fresh off Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto's primetime shoutout during the 86th annual Academy Awards, organizers working with the Venezuelan opposition aren't finished lobbying for your attention.
On Saturday, they want the world to join in for a global day of action in an effort to raise awareness about why anti-government protesters have been demonstrating around Venezuela over the past month.
"SOS Venezuela is doing a second round of gatherings around the world this weekend," SOS Venezuela founder Haydee Izaguirre told Mashable. "The first gatherings, which took place of Feb. 22, asked the groups to create a human SOS." This week's demonstrations, which will be held in cities across the U.S. and Europe, are meant to gain signatures for letters. Read more...More about Venezuela, Us World, Us, World, and Venezuela Protests
Standing eye level with oncoming lava, in a snow pit he is digging at Tolbachik volcano in Russia, Ben Edwards is hoping his world doesn't violently explode in the next few minutes.
Several years of watching lava trundle over ice and snow has taught Edwards, a volcanologist at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, that he's probably safe — at this spot, the volcano's incandescent rock rarely sparked the kind of blasts typically seen when lava meets water.
Finished with the snow pit, Edwards clambers out and waits for water to start trickling out of the deep walls. "There was no obvious meltwater at Tolbachik, so we think the water drains immediately from the [lava-snow] interface, down under the snow," Edwards said. Read more...More about Photography, Fire, Mountain, Canada, and Antarctica
Facebook may finally start to recoup some of the money it paid for Instagram.
Ad Age reports that Instagram has inked an ad commitment with Omnicom, a global advertising company, for up to $100 million in ad spend over the course of a year on the social network
A rep for Facebook confirmed the ad deal, but not the price. One source familiar with the matter told us that the price quoted in the Ad Age story was inaccurate.
"This is an exciting new chapter and we’re looking forward to the great creative content that comes out of this partnership," a Facebook rep said in a statement. "Omnicom shares our passion for and understanding of the mobile Instagram community. Along with their clients, they’ll help to continue to set a high bar for creative work that inspires people." Read more...More about Facebook, Instagram, Business, Advertising, and Instagram Ads
Pop star Katy Perry, on a global tour to promote her new album, stopped by an Australian morning show on March 5 and jumped into the role of TV weatherperson
Like many Americans, she mangled the pronunciation of several Australian cities, and committed the biggest mistake of TV meteorology: Standing directly in front of the map, blocking the weather forecast from the camera.
Regardless, the video is worth watching for the bizarre koala cameo alone.
No word yet on whether Perry is contemplating switching careers.
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It's Friday. Are you ready to feel a little more Force?
Then watch the video above, which parodies Pharrell Williams' monster hit "Happy" in the style of his 24-hour music video. The only difference is that the dancers in this one are Star Wars characters on the first location for the movies, Tatooine — aka Tunisia.
Yes, these really are Tunisian fans in screen-accurate costumes, and that really is the original set they're dancing around. The Lars homestead, which can be seen at the end, was lovingly restored from its dilapidated condition by an international group of fans with the help of Facebook contributions back in 2012 Read more...More about Star Wars, Film, Watercooler, Videos, and Pharrell Williams
Major cities across the country have passed sweeping regulations against e-cigarette use over the past few months, but e-cigarette shop owners aren't too concerned about losing customers.
Los Angeles just banned e-cigarette use in virtually all public areas on March 3, and they were just following suit with similar legislation that's been passed in Boston, New York City, Chicago and other smaller cities. Shop owners are a bit nervous about what to expect when the new regulations go into effect over the coming months, but they don't think a few new rules are going to halt business.New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Small Business, and Gadgets
When India and Pakistan divided and became independent from the United Kingdom in 1947, the northern state of Kashmir immediately became a hotly contested source of conflict for the two fledgling nations
Fast forward 67 years, and Kashmir is still a sore spot between the two countries — even when it comes to cricket
More than 65 students, many of them Muslim, were expelled from their university, according to the Associated Press, and even briefly charged with sedition this week for rooting against India in a big match against Pakistan, The New York TImes reported Friday. The Kashmiri students attend — or used to attend — university in a different Indian state, Uttar Pradesh Read more...More about World, Us World, Politics, and Sports