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  • Meet Yousif Ashoor, the creator of these of amazing automatic sunglasses

    Meet Yousif Ashoor, the creator of these of amazing automatic sunglasses

    If you’re a gamer you’ll recognize the trope: a hero steps into the harsh glare of a desert planet or a blasted cityscape and her sunglasses automatically slide into place over her face. These futuristic shades are handy, they look badass and they keep your corneas from being sandblasted by interstellar debris. Well, a young man named Yousif Ashoor has 3D-printed his own… Read More

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    Level is a pair of fitness glasses that might be able to tell if you have diabetes or other diseases

    Level is a pair of fitness glasses that might be able to tell if you have diabetes or other diseases

    A pair of glasses, once relegated to nearly blind and blurry-eyed nerds, could one day save your life. At least that’s the pitch from VSP Vision Care. The eye exam provider just launched a new pair of smart glasses called Level that, for now, focus on fitness. Level not only provides the wearer with keen vision but also counts their steps, calories burned while wearing them and… Read More

  • Blavity, the BuzzFeed for black millennials, is raising $1 million and gets a redesign

    Blavity, the BuzzFeed for black millennials, is raising $1 million and gets a redesign

    Blavity, the new media and lifestyle site for the young and black in America, takes on meaningful subjects like the Black Lives Matter movement, NFL player protests and discrimination from Airbnb. The site, which showcases BuzzFeed-like content such as “15 times athletes joined Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest,” reaches about 7 million unique visitors per month and… Read More

  • A Chat With The Researcher Who Found Online Bystanders Won’t Stop Bullying

    A Chat With The Researcher Who Found Online Bystanders Won’t Stop Bullying

    Kelly Dillon, a Doctoral Candidate at the Ohio State University School of Communication, found that people generally won’t act when they see someone bullied online. This news, while not surprising to anyone with a passing interest in technology, is worrying. In short, if you’re bullied online, don’t expect help. Read More

  • Study: Most People Won’t Stop Online Bullies

    Study: Most People Won’t Stop Online Bullies

    In 1964 a woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed and left for dead in Kew Gardens, Queens. She screamed for help over a half hour while bystanders and apartment-dwellers above apparently ignored her pleas. Her assailant had time to disguise himself during the attack. She died of her injuries, and experts at the time called the failure of bystanders to act “Genovese Syndrome.” While… Read More

  • YC-Backed Pomello Helps Teams Determine Whether Job Applicants Will Fit In

    YC-Backed Pomello Helps Teams Determine Whether Job Applicants Will Fit In

    Y Combinator-backed Pomello wants recruiting to be more about getting new employees who will get along with the rest of the team rather than pushing fancy perks and competing on pay. At least, that line of thinking is what got co-founders Catherine Spence and Oliver Staehelin talking while they were at Stanford Business School. With backgrounds in product management and recruiting… Read More

  • A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

  • The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself Crunch Network

    The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

    Silicon Valley, at its best, is a kind of insurgency. Most of the world is ruled by dinosaur bureaucrats; but as software eats the world, Valley misfits and iconoclasts, armed with razor-edge tech and contempt for the status quo, overthrow those antediluvian empires and build better ones, which light the path to a brighter tomorrow for us all… or that’s the story we tell ourselves. Read More