Date rape – it’s an awful subject to think about and even more awful to imagine happening to you, your friends or family. But the reality is, date rape is rife and the truth is women (even men) need to be vigilant at all times.
In aid of the fight against rape and date rape in particular, a group of undergraduates from the North Carolina State University have developed a product that can give women the opportunity to protect themselves.
According to various surveys, one in every five average college women have experienced date rape or a date rape situation. This group – that consist entirely of men, by the way – is trying to help this terrible statistic.
The group developed a nail polish that can detect whether their is a date rape drug in your drink. To test if your drink has been drugged, you simply need to dip your polished finger into your drink, and if it changes colour, you know that your drink has been spiked.
The nail polish can detect any common date rape drug such as Rohypnol (roofies), Xanax and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).
The nail polish forms part of the students’ company, or initiative, called ‘Undercover Colors’. The men who developed the nail polish said that they were inspired to create a protective tool for women, after hearing horrifying stories from their female friends who have had date rape experiences. (more…)
If you’re an animal lover fond of taking pictures of your furry friend, then you’ll understand the headache that ensues when you’re trying to get your pet to sit still so you can capture them smiling at the camera.
This is what the BarkCam app looks to eliminate and help you look like a sane person when trying to get your pet’s attention.
The app, which was developed by Bark & Co, a New York based, pet-focused startup, is designed to do the attention grabbing for you, so all you have to do to snap a pretty pic, is to press the shutter button on your smartphone.
Bark & Co are also the pet-loving masterminds behind the BarkBox – a subscription-based, dog-centric service that delivers delicious doggie treats an toys to your door every month. It’s almost like Rubybox, but for your dog.
The app, in all its clever quirkiness, allows you to choose from an array different sounds to grab your dog’s attention. These include squeaky sounds, doorbells, bag of treats rustling and of course, the ever important cat meow. (more…)
We were all quite bemused as to the reasons Facebook would artificially change their users’ news feeds, as we reported yesterday, as was most of the world. Why exactly did the company feel the need to experiment with your emotions? One of the co-authors of the study, Adam Kramer, has come out to explain.
We know there are thousands upon thousands of apps out there, and a good few of them are really very simple. However, this app could quite possibly be one of the simplest apps we’ve ever come across.
It even has a simple name; Yo. And much like it’s name suggests, all it allows you to do, is say ‘yo’ to your friends via push notifications.
You don’t have to sign in with an email address or via Facebook, either. You simply choose a username, invite your contacts to Yo and then, by the tap of a button, you can ‘Yo’ them.
However, should you want to step it up a notch, you can double tap the button to send your friends a ‘Yo Yo’ instead of just, well, a ‘Yo’.
An app like this surely has some kind of backstory? For sure. (more…)
Listen up, expectant ladies. If you consider yourself to be a tech savvy mum-to-be, then this mobile social network is just for you.
Preggie is a mobile-based social network developed specifically for pregnant women. The aim with Preggie is to connect expectant mothers from all around the world with each other.
Preggie will then serve as a platform for these women to discuss all things baby and give advice and motivate each other during their 9-month ordeal.
According to the app’s description on the App Store, the network is based on a “same-pregnancy-stage” principle. This means that the app is designed to connect mothers that are in the same stage of pregnancy. When you create your profile, you need to indicate at what stage of your pregnancy you are. (more…)
For most of us, imaging a world without YouTube almost seems impossible. The service has become such a big part of life in the digital age that thinking of it not being here anymore sends one into a panic.
Whether you use the term ‘YouTube’ as a noun, a verb (YouTubing) or simply as a reference, it’s bound to pop up at some point.
Now it’s hard to think that the world’s favourite video sharing website is only 9 years old – however, at the pace of things changing and happening in the digital world, YouTube almost seems like an elder.
While YouTube was officially founded on Valentines Day in 2005, the first ever video posted to the site was posted on April 23rd 2005 – today 9 years ago. (more…)
Dropbox has made a string of important announcements over the past week. The company introduced new products and services – like Mailbox for Apple and Android as well as their much talked about Carousel app. And most people were really happy and excited about these announcements.
The one thing that Dropbox users were not too excited about, was the company’s announcement that Dr. Condoleezza Rice will be joining the company on their Board of Directors.
Like most of you will remember, Condoleezza Rice was the US Secretary of State under the Bush administration.
While we know that the Bush administration was not favoured by many millennials, there are other reasons Dropbox users did not particularly give Dr. Rice a warm welcome to the cloud-storage company.
The main reason people are not to keen on Condoleezza, according to rants and complaints on Twitter and other social media sites, is privacy concerns. (more…)
While many people are aware of the fact that we are living in the year 2014, it seems that some still don’t grasp the concept of acceptance – even if they are in the public eye.
This week was a bit of an abomination for Brendan Eich – (now former) CEO of Mozilla Corporation. Although Eich was only appointed as the company’s new CEO a few weeks ago, he couldn’t seem to hold on to the top spot for very long.
And rightfully so. Eich is an open supporter of an anti-gay marriage bill in California. With Mozilla being a big company, firmly in the public eye, Eich’s ancient beliefs would obviously not sit well with many.
Today, Mozilla announced that Eich has stepped down as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. (more…)