Hexbyte  News  Computers How LoveSync went from sex tech to viral joke

Hexbyte News Computers How LoveSync went from sex tech to viral joke

LoveSync was meant for couples struggling in the bedroom — instead its crowdfunding campaign became a viral joke Lauren Stutzman’s nightstand is home to a pair of palm-sized, black and silver buttons. Once mutually activated, both illuminate with a flashing green ring. The light merrily circles the smooth black surface to announce some exciting news:…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Viral App That Labels You Isn’t Quite What You Think

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Viral App That Labels You Isn’t Quite What You Think

This week, the denizens of Twitter began posting photos of themselves with an odd array of labels. Some, like “face,” were confusingly benign, while others appeared to verify harder truths: Your humble writer was declared a cipher, a nobody, “a person of no influence.” Fair enough. But many of the labels were more troubling. There…

Hexbyte  News  Computers Once A Joke Goes Viral, Who Cares Where It Came From?

Hexbyte News Computers Once A Joke Goes Viral, Who Cares Where It Came From?

On Tuesday, January 4, 1957, the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a call from Bess Eisler’s, a local restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard. The bartender had gone to check on a customer who disappeared into the men’s bathroom—only to find, gruesomely, that the man had shot himself in a stall. In his pocket was a…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How to Not Fall for Viral Scares Like Momo

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How to Not Fall for Viral Scares Like Momo

Alyssa Foote; Getty ImagesWho knows what the kids are doing online, right? They’ve got their TikToks and their Snapchats and their flop Instagram accounts, while parents are still posting on Facebook and Twitter. The disconnect between how the olds and their children use the internet leads to parental anxiety, and in the case of this…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Viral Political Ads May Not Be As Persuasive As You Think

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Viral Political Ads May Not Be As Persuasive As You Think

For politicians campaigning on social media, focusing too much on shares and likes might be a mistake.Alyssa FooteFor politicians campaigning on social media, focusing too much on shares and likes might be a mistake.Alyssa FooteWhen a political ad goes viral on Facebook, conventional wisdom holds that it was a success. After all, the Golden Rule…