Tinder Adds Instagram Integration, Expanded Interests and Common Connections

Everyone’s favorite online dating platform, Tinder, has just announced that it will be adding new features – Instagram Integration, Expanded Interests and Common Connections – designed to provide more context surrounding potential matches. The update now allows for Instagram photos, Facebook interests and shared friends to be directly added to your profile, increasing your chances in finding that special someone.

Get a closer look and check out the video highlighting Tinder’s new features below.

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Is the Internet Killing Middle Class Jobs?

The robopocalypse for workers may be inevitable. In this vision of the future, super-smart machines will best humans in pretty much every task. A few of us will own the machines, a few will work a bit — perhaps providing “Made by Man” artisanal goods — while the rest will live off a government-provided income. Silicon-based superintelligence and robots will dramatically alter labor markets — to name but one example, the most common job in most U.S. states probably will no longer be truck driver.

But what about right now? If you’re unemployed or working part-time instead of full-time, or haven’t seen a raise in years, should you blame technology?

Yes, says venture capitalist and former Intel executive Bill Davidow. In a provocative piece for Harvard Business Review, “The Internet Has Been a Colossal Economic Disappointment,” Davidow makes a strong claim: “For all its economic virtues, the internet has been long on job displacement and short on job creation. As a result, it is playing a central role in wage stagnation and the decline of the middle class.”

Just look at how Amazon is disrupting brick-and-mortar retailing. And even though tech firms such as Google and Facebook generate huge revenues, they employ comparatively few people versus industrial giants of the past, such as IBM or General Motors. In the 1970s, General Motors employed more than 600,000 people, 10 times more Google and Facebook combined.

To accept Davidow’s broad conclusion, though, one also has to believe workers across many sectors would be a lot better off today if the internet had not been invented. That’s an unlikely counterfactual. Just look at how the labor market has been doing. The U.S. economy has generated 3.3 million jobs over the past year, the best 12-month performance since 2000. And accelerating job growth has pushed down the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent, within the range the Federal Reserve considers full employment.

Now it’s true that the low jobless rate has been accompanied by declining labor force participation. If you’re not “participating” in the job market by actively seeking work, you aren’t counted as unemployed. Indeed, if the labor force participation rate was where it was in 2007, the jobless rate would be 10 percent. But most economists mainly blame lower participation on Baby Boomer retirements and the slow recovery — the latter is typical following financial crises — not the internet.

Of course, the 2000s overall have seen weak job and wage growth. But David Autor, one of the leading researchers on the interplay between automation and jobs, doubts the internet or robots are to blame. As Autor writes in a recent paper:

My suspicion is that the deceleration of the U.S. labor market after 2000, and further after 2007, is more closely associated with two other macroeconomic events. A first is the bursting of the “dot-com” bubble, followed by the collapse of the housing market and the ensuing financial crisis, both of which curtailed investment and innovative activity. A second is the employment dislocations in the U.S. labor market brought about by rapid globalization, particularly the sharp rise of import penetration from China following its accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001.

None of this is to say technology isn’t having a harmful impact on certain workers. Autor’s own research has noted a decline in “middle skill” jobs, including clerical work and some sorts of repetitive factory work, due to automation. But the rise of the machines appears a secondary cause of worker woes, at least for now.

As for tomorrow, who knows? Thankfully, many of the best ideas to help workers deal with advancing automation are also applicable in a “great stagnation” scenario. Expanding wage subsidies like the Earned Income Tax Credit is a smart way to make work pay more, and Davidow is right to recommend it. Same goes for eliminating excessive occupational licensing regulations that make it hard to start the sort of businesses — interior design, hair-dressing, beauty treatment — that are robot-resilient and provide a first step up the opportunity ladder.

There’s no economic law that technology always makes workers better off, even in the long run. We should be preparing now just in case it doesn’t.

Apple Watch Sells Out Day of Pre-Orders

Today is a big day for both Apple and the wearable tech space. The most anticipated wearable, the Apple Watch, was officially unveiled in Apple Stores with pre-orders opening at 12:01AM PST for purchase.

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, watch sales for the April 24 delivery date sold out within the first 10 to 30 minutes of it being made available for pre-order in the US depending on the model. Munster found that most Apple Watch devices are now shipping for June, stating a 4-6 week delivery time upon checkout. He believes that the initial sellout of the Watch was related to supply.

A report from MacRumors suggests that the Sport version of the Watch sold out first, followed by the Watch version which is Apple’s mid-tier category. While it only took an hour for the most expensive tier, the gold Apple Watch Edition, to sell out in China according Cult of Mac.

Although Apple Stores are now outfitted with display tables, demo units and try-on stations, the Apple Watch will only be available for purchase online and delivered straight to consumer during the launch period of the Watch. Only select stores will have the gold Edition Watch available to try-on and interested consumers will need to go online to Apple.com to schedule their 15-minute try-on session.

Stay Cool at the Beach with the IcyBreeze Blizzard Cooler

Check this baby out! The IcyBreeze is a clever little gadget which integrates a food and drink cooler with a portable air con device. Beach day? Relax on the beach with your favorite beverage nice and chilled, while the unit also fires you with chilled air keeping you cool.

Made in the USA the IcyBreeze fires cold air at speeds up to 25mph. The 12 volt rechargeable battery lasts up to 7 hours on the lowest fan speed but it also has the options of a wall power supply and car power supply. With its ergonomic handle and mutliple lift points it makes transporting this awesome gadget with you super easy!

Constructed from a quality, durable plastic, with large wheels so you can roll over pretty much anything the portable drinks cooler and air con unit by IcyBreeze can be used for pretty much anything, camping, boating trips, sports, beach days, or even sun bathing in the garden!

Never break a sweat again and no more warm beer!

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SmartBoy Turns Your iPhone 6 Into A Real Game Boy

We have seen several iPhone cases that make your smartphone look like a Game Boy, but today we come across for the first time a device that actually turns your phone into a functioning version of the iconic portable by Nintendo. The SmartBoy is an attachment for the iPhone 6 Plus that lets gamers insert their actual Game Boy cartridges, giving you the same experience as with the actual device, just on a better screen and without having to buy batteries all the time. Hyperkin has not mentioned a release date yet for the device, but apparently they are already working on versions for Android and Windows smartphones as well.

Cruise in Your Pool with the Sea Doo Dolphin Underwater Scooter

The Sea Doo Dolphin Underwater Scooter is the only way to travel in style…..well at least as far as traveling underwater goes. Great fun for all the kids, and big adult sized kids. Reach speeds of up to 2mph/3.2kmph!

Not forgetting safety the Dolphin underwater scooter it features a floating chassis, auto shutoff and protective grills.

You will appreciate the lightweight design, which you can carry in one hand and weighs no more than 12 pounds. If you want to dive down a few feet, the dolphin scooter can handle it! Go to a maximum of 15.5 feet!!

Get about 1.5 hours of use out of 1 charge.

Aimed at kids 8 years or older and backed by 180 day warranty.

Searching Online May Make You Think You’re Smarter Than You Are

Using the Internet is an easy way to feel omniscient. Enter a search term and the answers appear before your eyes.

But at any moment you’re also just a few taps away from becoming an insufferable know-it-all. Searching for answers online gives people an inflated sense of their own knowledge, according to a study. It makes people think they know more than they actually do.

“We think the information is leaking into our head, but really the information is stored somewhere else entirely,” Matthew Fisher, a doctoral student in cognitive psychology at Yale University, tells Shots. Fisher surveyed hundreds of people to get a sense of how searching the Internet affected how they rate their knowledge. His study was published Tuesday in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Fisher began with a simple survey: he asked questions such as “How does a zipper work?” or “Why are there leap years?” He allowed just half of his subjects to use the Internet to answer the questions.

Then he asked the subjects to rate how well they thought they could answer a question unrelated to the first question, such as “Why does Swiss cheese have holes?” or “How do tornadoes form?” People who had been allowed to search online tended to rate their knowledge higher than people who answered without any outside sources.

To reveal factors that might explain why the Internet group rated their knowledge higher, he designed follow-up experiments using different groups of people. First, he asked people to rate their knowledge before the test; there was no difference between subjects’ ratings. But afterwards, the Internet-enabled subjects again rated their knowledge better than the others.

Next, Fisher tried to make sure that people saw the exact same information. He told the Internet-enabled group, “Please search for the scientificamerican.com page with this information.” The non-search group was sent directly to the page. Fisher checked that the two groups used the same URL. Still, the people who could actively search rated their knowledge higher than those who simply saw the information.

And this is just a taste of the experiments Fisher ran. He also:

  • Compared different search engines.
  • Reworded his questions to make it clear that he was asking for only the subjects’ knowledge, not the Internet’s.
  • Made the online searchers use filters that would keep any relevant results from showing up.
  • Asked questions for which there were no answers online, such as “How do wheat fields affect the weather?”
  • Asked people to choose one of seven brain scans that most resembled their brain. The people who had been searching online picked the image with the most activity.

The results kept coming back the same: searching online led to knowledge inflation.

There are practical consequences to this little exercise. If we can’t accurately judge what we know, then who’s to say whether any of the decisions we make are well-informed?

“People are unlikely to be able to explain their own shortcomings,” says Fisher. “People aren’t aware of the quality of explanation or the quality of arguments they can produce, and they don’t realize it until they encounter the gaps.”

The more we rely on the Internet, Fisher says, the harder it will be to draw a line between where our knowledge ends and the web begins. And unlike poring through books or debating peers, asking the Internet is unique because it’s so effortless.

“We are not forced to face our own ignorance and ask for help; we can just look up the answer immediately,” Fisher writes in an email. “We think these features make it more likely for people to consider knowledge stored online as their own.”

Microsoft Introduces the Surface 3

Microsoft continues to chase the crown with the latest addition to the company’s line of in-house tablets. Although these are not the only tablets on the market running Windows software, this will be the first to run the full version, making the device more like a laptop than any of its predecessors or competitors. Users will receive the added bonus of a free update to the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. At 8.1 mm depth the Surface 3 is still a bit chunkier than the iPad Air 2, which boasts an impressive 6.1, although it does provide standardized USB ports.

The Surface 3 will go on the market May 5 at Microsoft retailers worldwide for an attractive $499.99. In the meantime, watch the promotional advertisement below.

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