What do chocolate, Twitter, and bras have in common? They've all come together for a marketing campaign aimed at breast cancer awareness. The campaign hinges on a bra that sends a tweet each time the clasp is freed.
commentary First, there was the dongle joke. Then came the stilettos.
To sum it up: A dude at a tech conference tweets a picture of a woman's feet in stilettos, and judges her to be brainless based on the fact that she is wearing said footwear. Predictably, outrage ensues.
This tweet was followed by many others accusing him of being sexist and just as superficial as he seemed to think this woman is. The whole "conversation" if you will, can be summed up as:
Dude at conference: Ew! Look at her shoes! WHAT AN IDIOT! Bunch of people on Internet: Scoff! Judging a woman for her attire? WHAT A SEXIST JERK!
Is he sexist? No. Well, I don't know the guy; maybe he is. But my guess is quite the opposite. I have a hunch Jorge Cortell, the man at the center of this particular fury-party, is a perfectly nice, equality-loving guy who thought damning high heels might help absolve women of feeling they need to wear them to impress the men who, by and large, still dominate this industry. … Read more
Apple was once again the talk of Twitter during a media event Tuesday that introduced new iPads and revealed that OS X Mavericks would be released free of charge. The Cupertino, Calif., company's event spawned more than 770,000 tweets between 10 a.m PT and noon PT, according to data shared with CNET by analytics firm Topsy.
Collectively, the people of Twitter showed the most enthusiasm around the lighter, full-size iPad Air and the new Mac operating system, but the top tweets surrounding the affair, measured in retweets and replies, highlight a mix of different emotions.… Read more
In the fall of 1996, as a high school senior at Colorado's Lakewood High School, I stripped off my shirt, donned a coconut bra and a hula skirt (for reasons that I can't remember or have perhaps willfully forgotten), and helped lead a pep rally in the school's gym. This week, pop star Katy Perry will take the stage in that same gymnasium -- likely wearing something similar -- and reward the Lakewood Tigers of 2013 for their mastery of the art of the lip dub.
Her full name was Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad, and she was considered the best known and most influential woman in the history of Cuban music by Billboard Magazine and many others. However, she spent much of her career living in New Jersey and touring around the world following the rise of Fidel Castro in her homeland. … Read more
From funny felines on film to broadcasting international events like the Olympics to the world, the engineers behind YouTube's impact on culture has been acknowledged with the pre-eminent award in television, the Emmy.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is awarding five Technology and Engineering Emmys on Wednesday, including one to be given to YouTube. The academy, which has a history of being an early recognizer of engineering achievements, is tipping its hat to YouTube for the impressive volume of video processing that the site manages. … Read more
Ever since you've moved into your new place, things haven't gone quite right, have they?
You didn't get the promotion to senior office librarian. You suspect your lover is seeing someone else. And then there's those weird feelings when you go into the second bedroom.
It's not that you get a shiver down your spine. It's that something doesn't seem quite right, as if your possessions have been moved a few inches away from where you left them.
Let's be honest about a possible cause here: someone might have once died in … Read more
The past is a great place to live.
There, everything is tainted with a certain beauty, a soft-focused purity which the present cannot match.
There, there was more justice and more sense.
There politicians didn't take photographs of their nether regions and mail them to unknown women. Or, if they did, people didn't hear about it.
Because in the past, there was no Web.
Anthony Weiner, a recent candidate to be the Democratic mayor of New York, seems wistful about the past.… Read more
A bank robbery is like an IPO.
You have to prepare carefully. You have to make sure you don't leave traces of evidence that someone afterward might point to and say: "Aha!"
I wonder, therefore, about the evidence that police say they collected after a bank robbery in Weymouth, Mass.As CBS Boston reports, police say Sarah McLoud, Robert Owens, and Daniel Murphy are the guilty parties in the robbery.
They also say a perusal of McLoud's computer offered traces of incriminating Google searches.… Read more
Wi-Fi can now be found in Africa's grasslands, around the glaciers of the North Pole, and in airplanes flying high above the Earth's surface, but underwater is one place the Internet still can't go... until now.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York are developing a "deep-sea computing network" that can beam data from submerged sensors in oceans, seas, and lakes to users' wireless devices in real time.
The goal of creating underwater Internet is to help people get a better gauge of what's going on in the oceans' depths. For example, … Read more