This hackathon wants to help destigmatize the sex tech industry

June 12, 2017

In a pitch presentation that capped off hours of collaboration at New York’s first SexTech Hackathon, the subject turned to a decidedly unsexy scenario: Parents talking to their kids about sex. “How can we foster a safe environment at home for children having conversations about sexual education with their parents?” asked one of the hackathon’s more than 40 participants during a pitch presentation for what would become the event’s winning…

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Dear tech bros, please stop with your gimmicky dating apps

May 30, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable Dating apps are totally out of control. And, we only have tech bros to blame. As an online dater, I’ve had enough of the never-ending barrage of new, gimmicky dating apps from the tech world. For the love of all that is swipe-able, please make it stop. SEE ALSO: The New Language of Dating, Analyzed Currently, not a single week goes by without the launch…

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Nicki Minaj explains what accomplishment she is most proud ofand no, it has nothing to do with music

May 22, 2017

Image: Getty Images Earlier this month, Nicki Minaj treated her fans with a Twitter spree that paid off student loan debt and tuition costs of students who needed helpbut it seems the generous move was just the tip of the iceberg. On Saturday, the rapper shared that she has also been contributing to an unnamed hamlet in India, helping develop various aspects to improve day-to-day life in the village. SEE…

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These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed

May 21, 2017

Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn’t inspired people to buy, buy, buy. But what if you could make the technology cheaper and produce it at a higher scale? Some believe that printed solar is the way forward. SEE ALSO: Meet the company vying to take on Tesla in clean energy Leading the charge is Paul Dastoor from the University of…

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Teens sign up to confirm the obvious: You don’t want to get pepper-sprayed in the face

May 18, 2017

A group of teens willingly stood against a wall and got a dose of pepper spray to the face as a part of a criminal technology course at Barberton High School in Ohio. “Stop resisting, please comply,” the instructor can be heard saying before spraying each teen directly in the face. Barberton City Schools Superintendent Patricia Cleary said in a phone call that the career tech class is sanctioned through…

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This app claims to tell you if someone’s into you by reading your texts

May 17, 2017

Image: ambar del moral / mashable Text messages are the currency of modern-day courtship. But, when the texts start to become scarce, many of us search for signs of a relationship’s demise. SEE ALSO: Seduce people using this slow dating app if you have time Instead of passing around your phone over brunch with friends, how about getting an app to overthink and analyse your text messages for you? Crushh…

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Bjrk would really like Bill Gates to clean the oceans. Can you do that, Bill?

May 11, 2017

Image: Carlos Tischler/REX/Shutterstock If Bjrk sings in the forest and no one’s there to Instagram it, well, everything’s going great. The legendary musician outlined a pretty simple tweak she’d like see in human behavior to Pitchfork and suggested occasionally taking a breather to check out some trees and “do shit” instead of scrolling through Facebook. “Maybe there are a lot of kids now who dont know how to walk in…

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Meme La France: To stop globalization, alt-right meme makers have begun a global movement

May 7, 2017

Image: mashable/Christopher Mineses  Pepe has made his way to France. Of the many wildly unpredictable aspects of the 2016 election, the usage of memes by a fiercely active, populist conservative movement stands alone. Using easily shareable and emotionally driven images to promote nationalist conservative politics, internet meme evangelists believe that they had a direct impact on the election, carrying Donald Trump all the way to the White House. Six months…

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Gillian Anderson shares ‘X-Files’ fan’s hilarious Spotify playlist

May 1, 2017

Image: mashable composite; 20th century fox, spotify Finally, an X-Files playlist that’s more than just songs with heavy synth and alien noises. X-Files star Gillian Anderson discovered a fan-created Spotify playlist that speaks more to… er, the spirit of the fandom than the music and sound design of the show. Suffice it to say, Anderson loved it. SEE ALSO: How to dress like Scully from ‘X Files’ Take a look…

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Passive-aggressive postcards you can print and send to your terrible Congressperson

April 23, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable Real activism requires sacrifice. And the greatest sacrifice of all is being forced to talk to a random stranger on the phone. Calls to Congress increased 164 percent in Trump’s first month in office, according to the a report by calling profile company Hiya. But not everyone who’s anxious about the fate of the world has the strength to talk to their representatives directly. Some of…

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