Technology

BREAKING: Instagram Is Down, People Losing It

BREAKING: Instagram Is Down, People Losing It

Cue a millenial meltdown, because Instagram is having a service outage, and people are losing it!

A quick look on Twitter shows people talking about missing Instagram, thankful for Twitter when Instagram is down, checking to make sure their account wasn’t deleted, and more.

People- relax. This isn’t that imperative. Remember the good old days before Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter ran our lives? Even before Myspace. What did we do for fun? We’d go outside and do something, watch TV, or actually interact with another human face to face.

If you’re honestly bored and uncertain with how to spend your minutes during the Instagram outage, read a book. Big Little Lies was amazing. Actually, scratch that. Only read a book after you’ve read all the latest posts on The Dirty. Then go for the book.

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Elon Musk Planning Computers To Be Implanted In Human Brains

It’s always interesting when new types of technology are discussed, but this particular item that Elon Musk was in the news about this week caught our attention.

Specifically, Musk -an engineer and inventor- claimed that he is working on computers that can be implanted in the human brain. He compared them to being akin to things in The Matrix.

He also denoted that this device will aid in helping humans compete with “God like robots” that will appear in the future.

This product would also reportedly be beneficial to those who had brain trauma/injuries, and Musk hopes to have this available in four years.

Personally, we feel like “God like robots” sound quite a bit far fetched at this point in time, but we’re definitely onboard for devices that could actually help people. We’ll have to keep our eyes on this one to see if it comes to fruition.

https://thedirty.com/?p=2191462

Grindr Makes First Mainstream Crossover, Creating Content Hub Named Into

Grindr Makes First Mainstream Crossover, Creating Content Hub Named Into

In the gay community, the word Grindr is synonymous with a hook up app that is used to find an in the moment hook up. While there are other apps like it- both in the LGBTQ and heterosexual worlds- it seems that Grindr is trying to break the mold, as they recently launched a new project.

The project is called INTO, a content hub that the company describes in a press release in the following manner: “An eclectic collection of articles, videos, photography, and more that celebrate and represent the modern LGBTQ world, Into will serve as a barometer for everything from fashion and music to current events and practical advice for their community.”

More or less, it sounds like it’s going to be an online magazine encompassing many parts of LGBTQ life and culture.

Grindr has called this their “first major foray into digital publishing,” so it will be interesting to see if this is a success. If it is, we are sure it’s only a matter of time until other apps try to jump on the bandwagon.

We did reach out to Grindr for exclusive comment on the project, but due to timing constraints they were unable to provide one.

https://thedirty.com/?p=2188641

EXCLUSIVE: The iPhone 7 In Red Stinks, Mainly Because, It’s Ugly

EXCLUSIVE: The iPhone 7 In Red Stinks, Mainly Because, It’s Ugly
Apple

Whenever a new iPhone is announced, it’s a big deal. That’s why we were super pumped when Apple announced that they were going to be releasing the current iPhone in a red iteration. While we’re still supportive of the phone’s charitable cause- as Apple claims “every purchase contributes to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation”– we don’t really like the phone itself.

The reason we don’t really like the phone is quite simple- frankly, it’s ugly. Hideous, in fact.

We went into the store to check it out, expecting a look that would be a red version of the stylish “jet black” iPhone. Unfortunately, what we saw, was a dull red color, that looked like it belonged in a teenager’s pocket as an iPod from the early 2000’s. While throwback colors and looks can be good, this one is a big bust.

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Apple Releasing New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus In Red

Apple Releasing New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus In Red
Apple

While Apple doesn’t typically tend to announce new phones without major speculation, buildup, and rumors beforehand, today Apple announced that they are going to be releasing a special red edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The red iPhone is part of the (Product)RED campaign to help bring awareness and raise money to fight HIV/Aids.

The phones will come in 128 GB and 256 GB storage capacities, and will be available to order this coming Friday.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, released a statement about the product, revealing that, “Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (Product)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,. The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (Product)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”

We’re big Apple fans and if charity can factor into it as well, this gets a big thumbs up from us.

https://thedirty.com/?p=2186586

Most Bizarre iPhone Accessory Ever – An Android Phone That Straps Onto Your iPhone- Getting Released

Most Bizarre iPhone Accessory Ever – An Android Phone That Straps Onto Your iPhone- Getting Released

While we’re all for advancing technology- both with upgrades and with innovative accessories- a new iPhone accessory that is garnering a lot of attention on Kickstarter is rather bizarre.

The product, which is called “Eye- The Smart iPhone Case”– literally straps a 5 inch, 256 GB Android phone onto the back of your iPhone. It also has battery power, wireless charging, two sim card slots, and more.

The Kickstarter began with a goal of raising $95,000, but it has already exceeded this, pulling in $123,611 and receiving 890 backers. There are also 32 days still to go, so it will likely continue to pull in money.

The issue with this product is, simply, why? While Android has always been more open than iPhone, people tend to stick with a particular operating system for specific reasons. Having an additional phone on the back of your phone not only seems bulky and unnecessary, but also has us cringing at the thought of what would happen if you were to drop your phone. Now, you would have the chance of smashing two screens, as opposed to just one.

If you want more battery power, buy a battery case. If you’re an Android user, then rock an Android. If you prefer Apple, stick with that. This product doesn’t seem to do anything to advance technology and just seems like more of a nuisance.

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