Humor

  • Yo Has Spawned An Army Of Clones

    Yo, a so-dumb-it’s-smart (?) app now valued at $10 million following its $1.5 million seed funding round, lets you send brief audio messages to friends that simply say “Yo.” I’m not making this up. This is Idiocracy in action, my friends. The buzz around Yo was nearly as deafening as that around Flappy Bird for basically the same reasons: This? This is a thing?!  Read More

  • HODOR!

    HODOR!

    Stop. the. presses. Yo, the ridiculously simple messaging app that lets you send a “Yo” to your friends and nothing more, has a new rival. (Or perhaps a more appropriate word would be “parody.”) Introducing Yo, Hodor. As the name implies, this recently launched app offers a different spin on the Yo concept by letting you virtually shout “HODOR!” to… Read More

  • Google Nest Parody Protest Site Holds A Funhouse Mirror Up To The Search Giant

    Google Nest Parody Protest Site Holds A Funhouse Mirror Up To The Search Giant

    Update: Google has provided the following statement clarifying its filing, described below – We are in contact with the SEC to clarify the language in this 2013 filing, which does not reflect Google’s product roadmap.  Nest, which we acquired after this filing was made, does not have an ads-based model and has never had any such plans. Google acquired Nest Labs last year, bringing… Read More

  • Screw It, Yelp Should Do Three Apps

    Screw It, Yelp Should Do Three Apps

    After this morning’s announcement that Foursquare will become Eightsquare in order to be a “true Yelp-killer,” we have the following advice to give competitor Yelp: “Screw it. Do three apps.” As The Verge astutely points out, location sharing is never going to be as popular as “sharing a selfie, sharing a link, or firing off a tweet.” Read More

  • Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Stuck in an awkward situation? A newly announced application called Tickle has been promising to give you an excuse to get away in the form of an urgent, but fake, phone call, which you can slyly activate just by “tickling” (rubbing your finger over) your iPhone. Sounds good, right? Well, it’s too good to be true, as it turns out. Despite what you’ve read in… Read More

  • Baby Selfie App Signals Impending Collapse Of Society (Or Not)

    Baby Selfie App Signals Impending Collapse Of Society (Or Not)

    The baby selfie app signals the “impending collapse of society” – or at least that’s one possible interpretation regarding this thing’s existence, admits the developer of a newly released Android application that’s designed to allow babies to take their first selfies. Yes, babies. The app is, ugh, kind of adorable. It works sort of like a digital game of… Read More

  • This Facebook Phone Parody Actually Makes Some Good Points

    This Facebook Phone Parody Actually Makes Some Good Points

    Well, that didn’t take long – Facebook Home is already being parodied on YouTube, in a video which actually ends up making a few biting comments about the potential problems the new application will face. For example, will the promised monthly updates to Facebook Home end up confusing users as to the basics of how their phone operates? Where will the ads (you know they’re… Read More

  • Tumblr Blog “Actual Facebook Graph Searches” Goes Viral

    Tumblr Blog “Actual Facebook Graph Searches” Goes Viral

    Well, that didn’t take long. Facebook Graph Search is now its own Tumblr meme: “Actual Facebook Graph Searches.” The site dials up the social media rubbernecking-slash-privacy outrage to a whole new level: user submissions. It’s like that Gizmodo post was turned into an entire blog, edited by everyone. The blog is now blowing up on Hacker News. It’s getting tweeted. Read More

  • It’s Alive! Google’s iOS Search App Shows Hints Of Self-Awareness

    It’s Alive! Google’s iOS Search App Shows Hints Of Self-Awareness

    It may not have a cool name like “Siri,” but you can’t accuse Google’s Voice Search app of lacking personality. Or self-awareness, for that matter. In case you missed it, Google upgraded its iOS search app on Tuesday with improved voice search functionality – it’s the closest iOS users can get to a “Google Now“-like experience. The new app can… Read More

  • Noppl Lets You Hide Your Friends’ Political Posts On Facebook

    Noppl Lets You Hide Your Friends’ Political Posts On Facebook

    Some of my friends are idiots. And by idiots, I mean they disagree with me about who should win the upcoming election. What’s worse, is that they continually post these erroneous opinions of theirs to Facebook, and back them up with statements which I can thoroughly debunk via Politifact. C’mon people, fact-check yourself! The thing is, I don’t have time to engage in… Read More

  • Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    You remember Jotly, right? The hilarious and absurd spoof of our mobile/local/social app obsession? To refresh your memory, Jotly’s humor was so on target, people wondered if creator Alex Cornell (founder of Nosh) was actually making fun of Kevin Rose’s Oink with this parody video. He swears he was not, just of the “proliferation of absolute ridiculousness when it comes to… Read More

  • Report: ‘Peak Bandwidth’ Threatens Global Economy Unless Decisive Action Taken

    Report: ‘Peak Bandwidth’ Threatens Global Economy Unless Decisive Action Taken

    Sometimes humor is the best mechanism to explain an opaque topic. Public Knowledge, a group that concerns itself with defending consumer rights in “the emerging digital culture,” has released a report today entitled “Peak Bandwidth.” Keep in mind today’s date, is all I have to say. The report says that the “era of plentiful, low-cost bandwidth is approaching… Read More

  • Pogue shares tech support humor; We share Pogue

    [photopress:call_center.jpg,full,center] I had the misfortune of working tech support for a time, and I came away from the experience with the mindset that people should have to have some sort of license to operate technology, or at least be required to take an orientation. It’s not that people are dumb — though some are — it’s that they don’t know what… Read More

  • How your neglected girlfriend would explain Halo 3 cheat codes

    How your neglected girlfriend would explain Halo 3 cheat codes

    Unless your girlfriend is Samus Aran, in which case she would simply disintegrate you. Kotaku’s found a pretty funny McSweeney’s piece that describes, in a fairly funny way, how your better, cleaner half might explain those Halo 3 codes you asked her to dictate to you. McSweeney’s is hit-and-miss for me, but this one’s pretty on target. If only your extensive… Read More

  • And now for something truly frightening

    And now for something truly frightening

    John Biggs wanted me to post some Halloween gadgets today. Here’s a remote controlled pooping, talking skeleton. You won’t see one in my yard. Only $3000 from the nice people at the Horror Dome. Happy Halloween. The Crapper [Horror Dome] Read More

  • The Nikon D3 Designer, Way Up Close And Personal*

    The Nikon D3 Designer, Way Up Close And Personal*

    The recently announced Nikon D3, I’ve been told, should do a decent job of shaking up the professional camera market in Nikon’s favor when it comes out in November, a topic I’ll address in a separate post a bit later. During the press conference, Nikon revealed that the digital SLR (rangefinder?) was designed by the one and only Giorgetto Giugiaro, a crazy old Italian… Read More

  • Sousaphone Hero A Flop For Activision

    Sousaphone Hero A Flop For Activision

    Already suffering after spending years making crappy games, Activision takes yet another hit on its ego with the release of Sousaphone Hero. The Onion reports that “despite a catchy 1890s soundtrack”, the game only sold a paltry 52 copies. The game was released after the success of Guitar Hero and its sequel, Guitar Hero 2. Why would no one buy this game? You can choose cool… Read More

  • If You Grind, She Will Come

    http://gamecockmedia.com/flvplayer.swf This commercial for the game Fury sure is a funny one. They suggest that if you spend all your time grinding while trying to level, your girlfriend is gonna get boned by the pizza guy. Then, while you slurp away at your cola, he’s gonna pour some wine, cook pasta, and bone again. So the lesson to be learned? Stop playing World of Warcraft and… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Suspicious iPhone Activities

    The AudioFile: Suspicious iPhone Activities

    I was riding my bike the other day, when I got a call from Apple. I pulled over to the curb, and by the time the light on the corner changed, an iPhone was on its way to my apartment. I hadn’t even requested one, yet 36 hours later, it arrived. Sure enough, within an hour I was compulsively checking email and surfing the Web on it, like a kid picking at a mosquito bite. I did pretty… Read More

  • Professor Owns Student Trying To Own

    Professor Owns Student Trying To Own

    There’s a terrific story over at IT Toolbox that tells of a professor and one of his childish teenage students. Nicknamed “Pima” (for being a pain in his ass), the student would goof off and pretend to be uber-l337 by changing the root password, arguing points in class – you know, that sort of thing. Since all the students’ PCs are netbooted from a central computer… Read More