As mobile social networks like Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder continue to grow in popularity, the developers behind the apps race to add new features to entice users to their services. Hornet, a San Francisco-based relative newcomer to the game, is banking on a commitment to public health in order to expand its userbase. Typically used to help gay men find one another using their phones’ geo-location functionality, Hornet can now also assist its users in locating nearby HIV clinics.
Incorporating a locator tool developed by AIDS.gov, Hornet’s app will display the 10 closest clinics that administer HIV screening and counseling. Additionally, Hornet’s profile creator will emphasize the importance of knowing one’s status. Along with height, weight, and eye color, Hornet will provide users with the ability to designate their HIV status, as a part of its “Know Your Status” campaign. Once a user designates the date of their last HIV test, the application will automatically remind them to get tested again after a designated amount of time.
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Robin Williams fans are petitioning Nintendo to have the comedic actor memorialized in the next Legend of Zelda video game. Williams was a long-time fan of the game series and even named his daughter after the franchise's titular princess. He also appeared in a series of Nintendo ads a few years back for the franchise.
Amazon jumps into the mobile card reader field - hoping to knock out Square and PayPal with lower flat charges.
Anchorage city council has voted to let families place QR codes on gravestones - giving families and visitors an interactive obituary for departed loved ones.
This Doctor Who fan-made opening shown below is so amazing that showrunner Stephen Moffat plans on using it as the basis for the actual opening credits for the upcoming 8th season.
Interactive yoga mats are in the works - which can track progress, provide feedback, and help perfect your downward dog.
New images of Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Chris Nolan's upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar.
Comcast and Time Warner have backed out of a combined $132,000 in spending to honor the FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn following pressure from net neutrality advocates and a DC-based watchdog group. The FCC is also giving people until September 15th to weigh in on net neutrality.
Actor Michael Cera releases lo-fi indie folk album True That.
The team behind Apple's Siri is building a new artificial intelligence that will be able to teach itself and do anything you ask. Hmm..
Harvard researchers have developed mass-manufactured 'Kilobots' that can self-assemble in some impressive thousand-robot swarm formations.
Check out "Humans Need Not Apply" a video about the coming reality of technological unemployment. “Just as mechanical muscles made human labor less in demand, so are mechanical minds making human brain labor less in demand.”
New details emerge about Star Wars: Episode VII's rumored Sith villains.
Want a streaming device but don't know the difference between Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast? IGN has you covered with a comprehensive breakdown of each devices' pros and cons.
A Palo Alto hotel is rolling out two robotic butlers ("Botlrs") for room service requests. "When a guest calls down and asks for a toothbrush or extra towels, hotel employees simply load up the robot with the requested items, dial in the room number, and the Botlr handles the rest."
A new app can tell you which other apps are sapping your phone's battery life. Perhaps one of them is Tom Hanks' new typewriter app?
"I'm sorry," says Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads.
Wired looks at what happens when technological innovation leads to jobs becoming obselete. "The idea that robots could make employment itself optional may sound fantastic. No more work! But the end result could be more, not less angst. We’d still have to find our place among the robots, except this time without work as a guidepost for defining a sense of purpose. By eliminating the need for people to work, robots would free us up to focus on what really makes us human. The scariest possibility of all is that only then do we figure out what really makes us human is work."
Amazon and publisher Hachette continue to be at each other's throats over the price of ebooks with Amazon raising prices on Hachette books, stopping pre-orders, delaying shipping times, and getting readers to sound off until the dispute is resolved.
President Obama spoke out in favor of net neutrality this week and the tech community was understandably pleased.
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George R. R. Martin iswriting a Game of Thronesnovel for children titled The Ice Dragon
UK to start allowing driverless cars on roads starting in January.
A Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengerscrossover film is in the works. To help refresh your memory on all the Marvel films that have come before, check out the video below:
Martha Stewart pens TIME piece on her love of drones. "The shots of my farm were breathtaking and showed not only a very good landscape design — thanks to the surveyors and landscapers who worked with me on the overall vision, much as le Notre worked with Louis XIV — they also showed me what more I can do in the future, and revealed unexpected beauty."
Movies like Scarlett Johansson's Lucy toy with the idea of the average human using only 10% of their brain's capacity. Wiredbreaks down this longstanding myth in 60 seconds.
The lifespan of every Doctor Who Doctor based on episode duration in one handy infographic.
The Internet's latest wacky pet project - the Kickstarter-backed potato salad - has just concluded its fundraiser with a whopping $55,492 raised from an initial goal of just $10.
The long-awaited Ghostbusters 3 film might be getting an all-female lead cast with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig at the helm.
So while Bill Murray might not be getting involved with Ghostbusters 3, he will be providing the voice of Baloo the bear in Disney's live-action/animated remake of The Jungle Book.
The so-called "internet of everything" where everyday objects like our fridge, washer and dryer, and thermostat are "on-line" will open up fantastic technological possibilities in the future. It may also unintentionally become a hacker's paradise.
Walmart is snatching up faltering tech start-ups at everyday low prices.
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With a little bit of grafting, a New York sculptor has “created” this beautiful tree capable of bearing 40 different types of fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.
Putting human evolution and technological innovation in cosmological context. "Any creatures who will be alive to witness the death of the sun won’t be human – they could be as different from us as we are from protozoa, because the time between now and then is longer than the Earth’s resent age. Indeed future evolution is going to take place not on the Darwinian time scale, of natural selection, but on the technology time scale, because we’re obtaining the capacity to modify the genome."
As part of Marvel's recent superhero changes, the company unveiled Iron Man's new armor and announced the character will be moving to San Francisco to promote the launch of a new mobile app - one that promises beauty, perfection, and possibly even immortality. What could possibly go wrong?
In other Marvel news, this week's Entertainment Weeklyshows off the first official photos of the Avengers sequel film and the villain AI Ultron.
The movie reboot of Power Rangers (my absolute favorite show growing up) is bringing some serious talent on board. X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been hired to handle the script – with Star Trek’s Roberto Orci serving as executive producer. Fingers crossed this goes better than those mindless Transformers films...
What it’s like to live one month on Soylent, the lab-made, crowdfunded liquid nourishment of the future:
Amazon unveils Kindle Unlimited subscription offering a library of more than 600,000 ebooks and thousands of audiobooks for $9.99 a month.
Humorous, hypothetical Harry Potterbook covers for the wizard during his middle-aged years.
The portable antenna that lets you text your friends even when you don’t have service.
Wired looks at the moral and legal hazards of a robot-filled future: At a panel discussion on July 11, the discussion ranged from whether police should be allowed to have drones that can taser suspected bad guys to whether life-like robots should have legal rights. One of the most provocative topics was robot intimacy. If, for example, pedophilia could be eradicated by assigning child-like robots to sex offenders, would it be ethical to do that? Is it even ethical to do the research to find out if it would work?