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Google Glass Allowing Users to Try a Pair But Only for Looks

glassGoogle is offering a not-so-cheap alternative for users who want to see just how it feels to be a Glasshole, but only on the outside. The trial versions costs only $50 so they have zero technological functionality whatsoever. Think of it as a Warbly Parker with a weird, clunky accessory that can’t take selfies: terrible.

If this is a wearable device you are seeking, we hear you can call 855-9Glass9 to try it out, but take our advice, only try these Glasses on indoors in the safety of your own home. If you go outside and you live in San Francisco, a mean stranger will try and swipe it off of your face and you will have lost your $50 for naught. At least with $50 you can buy things in Candy Crush Saga and give them to Facebook friends, who will not make fun of you for wearing Google Glass.

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New App From Developers Help Berlin’s Sex Workers Connect With Clients

pepprMany consider sex-work to be the oldest profession on the planet, and now, that profession is also getting a little help from modern technology since they are definitely not getting it from Berlin’s modern laws.

Launched on April 1, the app Peppr, is like a virtual sex shop where sex-seeking clients can find a sex-worker worth paying. The app allows sex-workers to wait inside for a client at a warm place of their choosing: it is cold outside and they might run into a member of the law or a cold, unfriendly draft. Berlin is a cold place with unfriendly sex laws, but it’s colder if you have to wear a sexy uniform. Read more

Cognoa is Developing an App to Help Parents Detect Risks for Autism

cognoaAutism is usually not detectable in small children until about the age of three. For the developers at Cognoa, changing that detection time period is a major goal since it can often mean the difference between intervention and a lot of missed education.

Cognoa’s is a prediction and evaluation app for parents. It relies on parents to answer questions about their infant behavior. Then,  it couples that information with recorded activities of their child to determine whether small children are at-risk for autism. Read more

‘2048′ Leads The Top Free iPhone Apps List This Week

2048This week’s leading free iOS app is still 2048, an addicting number puzzle game that seems to be spreading faster than wildfire. The top seven apps this week are all games – a decidedly good fortune for those seeking solace on a manic Monday. If you have your own favorite free game, send it over via the comment section.

 

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information. Read more

Video: A Demonstration on How the Vatican is Digitizing its Sacred Texts

Digital access to the vatican’s vast collection of old manuscripts are slowly becoming more accessible thanks to a four year collaboration between the church and Japanese digital technology group, NTT Data. In the video below of the announcement, you can see some of that process. It’s pretty fascinating, especially if you like old, dusty pages, or if you’ve never seen the interior of the Vatican library, where the physical manuscripts actually live.

It’s not in English so we’ve also shared the translated texts of the transcript below, after the jump.

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iPad Addiction Hurts Infants’ Ability to Use Real Building Blocks

lego peopleSmall children may have difficulty understanding real space if they spend too much time in digital space. Recent findings show that with too many hours on iPad and digital devices, children can lose the ability to play with building blocks like their parents.

The news comes from the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers, who advise parents to keep digital hours to a minimum, especially right before bed. Teacher Colin Kinney thinks that without restraint, the effect of having too much digital time can lead to poor development in children’s social as well as motor skills: Read more

The Most Narcissistic Website Depicts Nothing but Selfies

selfeedThe unrelenting wave of mobile self-portraiture is here in the form of a website dedicated to the praxis of selfie-ism. Go there and you, too, can experience the humanity of selfies, streaming faster than lolcats on caturdays.

Created by artists Tyler Madsen, Erik Carter, and Jillian Mayer, the Selfeed, first premiered at the Utah Museum of Fine Art this past January. The museum has this to say about the universal, collaborative art project: Read more

Whistle: A Fitbit for Tracking Your Dog

Walk around San Francisco or Paris on a sunny day, you’ll notice, quite soon, that’s there’s a lot of dog poop traps littering the sidewalk. These cities love their pets, especially the dog variety.  Attached to each dog is the animal’s human, a smartphone carrying member of the technologically advanced specie. We’re now seeing that technology trickle down to animals as well.

Humans, for all of their ability to observe and handle their own toiletries have taken a liking to fitness tracking gadgets – they track, they measure, and they tell data to improve the well-being of their user. “Why not for our four legged pals too?” said the makers of Whistle. Read more

New Flickr App Update Comes With Live Video Filters

Shall we say, put a filter on it? The latest update from Flickr lets users take videos with live filter previews. Flickr also gives users 1,000 gigabytes of free storage, so you’ll have an unlimited amount of space in the cloud to dream up all of your photos, and now, videos.
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‘The Cornuta Curse’ is Today’s Free eBook

the cornuta curseToday’s free Kindle download, The Cornuta Curse, is a story about love with a twist of fate-fighting. From writer A. Scott, the narrative takes place on the historic bluffs of Cirque Terre, where Mara discovers that love, sometimes, requires us to break a spell, a curse, and a hard stone:

One in four men cheat. But what if their betrayal is inevitable? What if, the women are cursed? Cursed by a 500-year-old love lock. If you were the one in four, would you try to break the curse?

Mara doesn’t believe in curses. She believes in facts: the women in her family are the one in four just like 800 million other women in the world.  Read more

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