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1 World Trade Center Serves Up Stunning, Time-Traveling NYC Skyline Elevator Visuals: VIDEO


1 World Trade Center’s elevator to the building’s observatory level offers a time-lapse display of New York’s urban development history that plays within the elevator as it ascends toward the observatory reports The New York Times.

The video is presented from the perspective of where the 1 World Trade Center building stands, spanning from the year 1500 to the present. Although animated displays are hardly new, the elevator’s visuals are composed in a fresh manner including stylish elevator level and timeline indicators superimposed over the developing New York skyline; as the elevator ascends, the visuals progress through time.

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Over 100 Tech Leaders Call for Nationwide LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections: LIST


The list of technology industry leaders calling for nationwide protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity continues to grow, HRC reports.

“The unified message from these business leaders is clear: Pass LGBT non-discrimination protections and pass them now,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Until legislators finally step up to the plate and take action, this issue is not going to go away. It’s time for elected officials to listen to the overwhelming voice of fair-minded Americans demanding equality for their LGBT loved ones, friends, and neighbors. No American should risk losing their job, be denied housing, or refused service simply because of who they are or whom they love.”

New recent cosigners of the call to action include leaders from YouTube, AppNexus,, Consumer Electronics Association, Hotsuite, Google, Uber Technologies, Intuit, Facebook, GoPro, Cisco, Pinterest, Pandora Media, Yahoo!, Logitech, and many others companies.

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Computer Hacker Tricks Straight Guys Into Hitting On One Another On Tinder


There is a programmer who is pranking straight men into hitting on one another all over Tinder, and it’s as hilarious as it is depressing.

If you were to ask a gay man what Tinder is, chances are he’d describe the popular matchmaking app as the straight answer to Grindr. In some ways that’s totally true. Both mobile services connect people through their smartphones for dates (ostensibly) and hookups (more commonly.)

Tinder1But there are two things Tinder has that Grindr doesn’t that make the platforms fundamentally different: (legit) straight men and the women they’re pursuing. As ridiculous as many gay act in their digital pursuits of one another, we’ve got nothing on a determined straight man with a woman in his sights.

Using a series of rather easy to find exploits built into Tinder’s API, the unnamed programmer decided to have a bit of fun with some of Tinder’s more insistent men. The social experiment begins with an automated bot with a relatively simple profile that instantly responded to anyone who swiped right on it and attempted to strike up a conversation.

Rather than let the interactions stay strictly between the unsuspecting man and the automated profile, the programmer would connect two unsuspecting straight guys and let them try to work things out amongst themselves.

To be clear, the goal of the programmer’s project was never to make fun of or embarrass anyone for using Tinder. Rather, the point was to highlight the level of casual, unsolicited harassment that men often level at women in online spaces.

"They ignore all the signs, they ignore all the weird things," the programmer explained to The Verge. "When someone is so quick to meet up without any detail or know anything about the person at all — maybe it’s deserved.”

(h/t The Verge)


Magic Leap Is Bringing Us One Step Closer To The Augmented Reality Of The Future: VIDEO

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Augmented reality has long since been one of the most promising visions of the future presented by Silicon Valley. As cell phones have grown more powerful and wearable devices have become more ubiquitous, that vision has come increasingly closer to realization. In a new video originally meant to be screened at South By Southwest, Magic Leap, a company specializing in AR and backed by Google, shares a little bit of the software its been working on.

Most forms of AR--like Microsoft's HoloLens--are a virtual overlays projected onto physical objects that can only be seen through a digital lens. Magic Leap’s take on the tech showcases a literal first person shooter game in which static physical objects become weapons that can be used to fight enemies in a video game.

Magic Leap also shows a few brief moments of interacting with e-mail as if it were a tangible thing and sending it with the flick of a wrist. It’s difficult to say just how close this concept video is to what Magic Leap may eventually bring to the consumer market, but the company’s PR director says that the Magic Leap team is playing a version of this game around the office right now.

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Introducing Wankband: The Wearable Designed To Help You Stay Charged - WATCH

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One of greater hurdles facing most pieces of tech these days is battery life. You’ve been there--out on the town, heading to a bar or friend’s place, only to realize that your phone is on the brink of death with little to no chance of making it through the rest of the night. What if, you’ve undoubtedly thought to yourself, there was a way that you could charge your devices on the go? What if there was a way to harness the kinetic energy of your body’s movement to charge your smart watch in the same way that you charge your everyday wristwatch?

Soon there will be with the...provocatively named WankBand. As you might have surmised from its name the WankBand is a small wearable device that generates an electric charge while you’re...being vigorously celibate. As Caity Weaver points out writing for Gizmodo, it’s questionable just how much energy one might be able to produce while using their shake weights or mixing martinis. But then again, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish with a little bit of elbow grease and determination.

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Experimental Smartphone Peripheral Could Be The Future of HIV Screening

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A $34 smart phone dongle being developed by Columbia University could become the future of rapid HIV screening in clinics and the privacy of peoples’ homes. The proposed smartphone peripheral would operate similar to the way that most blood glucose testers currently function. Unlike most blood testers the testing dongle wouldn’t need its own power source, but would instead draw energy from a smartphone, tablet, or PC via a headphone jack. With a single drop of blood the device, detailed in Science Translational Medicine, would be able to effectively screen for HIV and two different types of syphilis antibodies.

The dongle is currently being tested in small trials in certain parts of Rwanda, and its early results have been promising, though flawed. Of the 96 patients participating in the technology’s limited trials, a number have been falsely identified as testing positive for antibodies that they didn’t have. Still though, further refinement and widespread deployment of future versions of the dongle could change the way that people participate in maintaining the public’s health.

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