Tag Archives: apps

Grindr Shares Users’ HIV Status With Third Parties

Buzzfeed News reports: The gay hookup app Grindr, which has more than 3.6 million daily active users across the world, has been providing its users’ HIV status to two other companies, BuzzFeed News has learned. The two companies — Apptimize and Localytics, which help optimize apps — receive some of the information that Grindr users choose to include in their ...

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New York City To Launch Free Cybersecurity App

Via press release: Mayor de Blasio today announced the launch of NYC Secure, a pioneering cybersecurity initiative aimed at protecting New Yorkers online. Using a steadily evolving suite of solutions, NYC Secure will defend New Yorkers from malicious cyber activity on mobile devices, across public Wi-Fi networks, and beyond. The first NYC Secure programs will include a free City-sponsored smartphone ...

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Pay-To-Pee App To Launch For NYC Restaurants

The New York Post reports: Luluapp — a mobile app that, for a fee, promises to direct tourists and other assorted weak bladders to the nearest available bathroom — says it has already signed up more than 100 New York restaurants and bars ahead of its summer launch. “Instead of paying a lot of money for a Facebook or Yelp ...

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Chinese Company Acquires Grindr For $240M

The South China Morning Post reports: The world’s largest gay social media app is now owned by the Chinese, after a little-known Beijing tech company agreed to acquire full control of America’s Grindr for US$240 million, and fully engage in its daily operations. Beijing Kunlun Tech, a game developer owned by 38-year-old billionaire Zhou Yahui, said on Wednesday it planned ...

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Coming App Tests Sperm For Fertility Levels

This isn’t exactly news that most of us here can use, but the technology is interesting. CNN reports: “Fertility is a big problem. Men are embarrassed to go to their urologist for infertility testing,” said Dr. Hadi Shafiee, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who led the study. “This is going to be ...

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SWIPE LEFT FOR JESUS: Catholic Church Launches App To Find Nearest Place To Confess Your Sins [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: Confession, they say, is good for the soul and, in some cases perhaps, the sooner the better. Now, for those with a burning need to unburden themselves, one Roman Catholic archdiocese has launched what is thought to be the world’s first interactive GPS-powered “confession finder”. Using similar technology to the dating hook-up app Tinder, it guides the ...

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This Is An Ad For Something [VIDEO]

JMG reader Harry tips us to a new ad campaign for one of Germany’s largest insurance companies. With the tagline “Your Use Pays Off,” the clip below promotes an exercise app with the implied promise that you’ll soon be fit enough to confidently stroll around your local gym in the nude. Possibly not cubicle-safe due to firm German buttocks.

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IRAN: New App Alerts Against Morality Police

A smartphone app just launched in Iran allows the user to alert others if the morality policy are nearby. France 24 reports: In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the morality police, a unit of the National Police, are charged with insuring that Iranian citizens comply with so-called Islamic law. For example, morality officers have to make sure that women wear ...

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New Gay Hook-Up App: Vote Off The Fuglies

According to a press release from the new gay hook-up app Hanky, 80% of applicants are turned away by the votes of existing members, ostensibly in order to prevent the app from being overrun with “creeps, trolls, and time-wasters.” Uh huh. From Hanky: Hanky wants to eliminate the trolls: in order to join Hanky you need an invite code from ...

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DUBLIN: Taxi App Offers Free Ride To Polls

Taxi app Hailo has wrapped some its drivers’ cars in rainbow hues and is offering Dublin residents free rides to the polls on referendum day. They write: Next Friday 22nd May, we go to the polls to vote on the Marriage Equality Referendum. It’s a huge moment for Ireland – and on reflection of the diverse background of both Ireland’s ...

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New Pay-To-Pee App Launches

Via Entrepreneur: Airpnp is banking on the idea that people are willing to pay to pee and rent their toilet out to desperate strangers. Described as the Airbnb for toilets, the app allows users to search for available toilets at homes and businesses in the area and find out the price to use these establishments. According to the company blog, ...

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Grindr Turns Off “Distance” Function

Two weeks ago I reported that an unknown person had sent warnings to thousands of Grindr users in countries with anti-gay laws. The tipster warned that the user’s exact location or address can be triangulated via the distance function, putting them at risk of being found by authorities or gay-bashers. Grindr responded to media inquiries by declaring that its distance ...

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Tipster Warns Grindr Users That Their Exact Location Can Be Determined

NDTV Gadgets reports that an unknown person has sent warnings to thousands of Grindr users in countries with anti-gay laws. The tipster warns that the user’s exact location or address can be triangulated, putting them at risk of being found by authorities or gay-bashers. The anonymous spammer, who is presumably acting altruistically, includes links to a Twitter account, YouTube video ...

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New App: Ignore No More

A new smartphone app allows parents to remotely lock up their child’s phone until the child calls them back. “If your children ignore your repeated calls and text messages to reach them, you simply lock their phones until they call you back,” says the description of the app. “When you lock your child’s phone with Ignore No More your child ...

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New Christian App: Shut Up, Devil!

From Charisma News, which last week declared that gay people are possessed by “putrid-smelling demons.” The Shut Up, Devil! app is an innovative resource that puts the power of the Word of God in your pocket. And because it’s on your smartphone, which is almost always with you, you’re ready to resist the devil whenever and wherever he attacks. Additionally ...

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Chubby Checker Vs The Chubby Checker

Via Reuters: The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man’s penis. HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with Checker, whose given name is Ernest Evans, but agreed not to make future use of ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Uber Temporarily Undercuts Fares Of Yellow Cabs

Uber has temporarily slashed its rates to just below those of New York City’s licensed yellow cabs. “UberX is now cheaper than an NYC taxi,” Uber proclaimed on its website on Monday. “From Brooklyn to the Bronx, and everywhere in between, UberX is now the most affordable ride in the city.” The move — an aggressive bid to capture an ...

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Angry Cab Drivers Gridlock Major European Cities In Protest Over Uber App

Via the Guardian: Several major European cities ground to a halt on Wednesday as licensed taxi drivers took to the streets in mass protests against the smartphone taxi app Uber. Demonstrations in London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Milan and Rome caused travel chaos and long tailbacks, as taxi drivers protested against the app, which they argue is unregulated and threatens ...

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Uber App Is Now Worth $18B

Only four years after its launch, the company behind the car service app Uber is now worth more than Avis and Hertz combined. Via Forbes: Uber’s meteoric rise has led to a recent round of valuation-guessing, which started at $12 billion and edged up to Friday, when the Wall Street Journal reported the company said it’s raising $1.2 billion — ...

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There’s A Christian Boycott App

In a press release sent out on Friday, hate group leader Tony Perkins reminded his followers about the Conservative Shopper App, which ranks dozens of companies on a scale of 1-5 based on whether they have publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, have contributed to Planned Parenthood, have pro-environment policies, and if they ban customers from bringing guns into their stores. Companies ...

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