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Sex Workers Find AirBnB Convenient and Inexpensive

airbnbAirBnB rental units are being used by sex workers, who cite the service as inexpensive, convenient, and lacking in surveillance when compared to typical hotels. This may very well surprise no one, but it’s particularly hard to swallow for AirBnB hosts who are not aware of the brothel-like conditions.

The story in the New York Post came after Air Teman, an AirBnB host who complained about coming home to police shutting down a sex party for “Big Beautiful Women.” Teman said, “There were all sorts of people walking out of my apartment and people coming in from the back yard. It was a huge mess.” One party-goer even shared the event on Twitter as a “XXX FREAK FEST.” Read more

Irony: Google Glass Developer Creates App That Maps Security Cameras

Google Glass developer, Sander Veenhof, has created, what some must see as a most ironic situational irony: an app for Google Glass wearers to see security cameras in their surroundings. The app culls open data about security cameras and maps the information into the user’s vision, using 3D projections.
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Vidibox Turns You & Your Videos Into an iPad VJ

Barcelona app developer, Amaury Hazan, made a very neat iPad app, Vidibox, that’s going to make your next party a visually stunning sound garden. All you need to do is import some of your own music and videos to get started. They can be imported as video or audio or concurrently. You can use up to 16 tracks to create your amalgamation – the app even lets you adjust the colors of the videos!
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Entrain App Uses Science to Help You Overcome Jetlag

Traveling for work are pleasure can be disruptive to our natural circadian cycle – our body’s ability to wake and sleep in accordance with the sun’s daily cycle. Restoring that cycle often takes days or weeks. For some, the disruption can last for months.

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Untidy: An App to De-Clutter Your Mobile Photos

Mobile photos are growing at an astronomical rate, and as we all know, they are just easy to be ignored as they are to create. For those who haven’t found their photo-organizing prowess, we introduce Tidy, a free app that helps you sort photos based on location. It also helps you to find old photos – like a time capsule for your phone.

Tidy Story – Present from Tidy on Vimeo.

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

2048This week’s leading free iOS app is 2048, an addicting number puzzle game that seems to be spreading faster than wildfire. If you’re frustrated with addicting games, or, if you had a rough affair with Flappy Bird, you should play Flappy Smash. It’s a hilarious parody of Flappy Bird that lets you kill of the critters by closing the pipes.

There are also a few more apps added to the top ten this week that are worth mentioning – What’s the Difference, Basketball Kinds, and Lockscreen for iOS.

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

Readly App Adds 100+ British Magazines for US Consumers

Readly, the e-Magazine app is adding a giant bundle of 100+ British magazines to its reading bank, including new titles like Marie Claire, Look, Now and Wallpaper*. The app will be adding this to the current subscription cost of $9.99 per month, so you’ll start noticing the new titles automatically appearing in the app. There will be no price increase if you’re already a subscriber. Non-subscribers can get full access with a 14 day trial risk-free trial.
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TinkerBots: Modern Legos to Help Your Child Develop Robotic Skills

TinkerBots are like Legos - they even snap to, and jive with Legos. All you have to do is snap together pieces to make creatures, machines, and moveable creations that can repeat functions that you. And as we’ve mentioned, you can also add your old Legos pieces to make the creatures more elaborate. It’s made for kids, but we think it’s good for all ages, even adults who are a kid at heart.

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66% of Mobile Users Ditch ‘Free’ Games Within 24 Hours

swvreWhen users download a new game app, the first impression is the most essential. Even if the game is “free,”  two out of three users will dump the app within the first 24 hours after downloading it.

The study from Swrve said its survey tracked over 10 million players over 90 days in November of 2013. Game makers like Activision, Epic Games, Gameloft, WB Games, and ZeptoLab were all included in the survey, which warned against app statistics such as download numbers. The study showed that approximately 19% of new players open the game only once, while 66% of players will ditch the game within a day. Read more

Facebook Removes All Chat Features From App

Facebook MessengerFacebook Messenger is enjoying a momentous ride to the top of the Android App store, now that Facebook is removing all chat services from its main app, Facebook. It is #2 in the Android Play Store and #6 in the App Store.

Chatting in Facebook Messenger may be cleaner, easier, but users will now have to download both apps if they are to keep using the full service. By keeping the services separate, Facebook can keep it leaner, but no doubt the company will bloat it with advertising or in-app purchase options.

This change will not be affecting all phones – older Android devices, windows phones and tablets, and if you want to keep one app for Facebook, you can look into its Paper app.

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