Someone actually created a live feed of Trump’s tweets as artwork for his living room

TwitterFacebook

Think you’ve had enough of @realDonaldTrump? Try stepping into your living room and having a live feed of the president’s hotly debated tweets on your wall. No need to turn on the news, no need to open your Twitter app — or any other form of social media. All you have to do is look at your wall.  

SEE ALSO: Trump Twitter bot reminds us that all his tweets are coming from the White House

Sound appealing? Well, maybe not. But for one man from Sweden, it’s a long-term project that’s finally come to fruition.

Tech enthusiast Peder Dinkelspiel has created a screen that can display a live feed of Trump’s tweets right on his living room wall with the help of Visionect, a digital sign company, and E Ink technology.  Read more…

More about Tech, Twitter, Donald Trump, Culture, and Politics

Instagram is actively ruining my life with its inhumane algorithm

TwitterFacebook

As a rule, social networks are terrible at understanding their human users — no matter the ooey-gooey platitudes about bringing us “closer together” their executives piece together. 

Never has this been more clear than over the past few days, when Instagram’s algorithm continually shoved well-meaning but emotionally ruinous “happy Father’s Day!” garbage down my throat.

SEE ALSO: In praise of Justin Bieber’s eccentric Instagrams

Quick background: A brain tumor put my dad six feet under close to 11 years ago, when I was still a teenager. It was, I’d say, pretty traumatic: he spent close to two years incredibly sick, confused, and weak.  Read more…

More about Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Algorithms, and Tech

Nike tries out AR for limited-edition sneakers on its SNKRS app

TwitterFacebook

Nike’s SNKRS app will soon move shopping for sneakers on the app partly into the real world. 

The app is adding augmented reality technology for the drop of the Nike SB Dunk High Pro “Momofuku.” 

App users have to find a copy of the menu for the New York restaurant Fuku, part of David Chang’s Momofuku empire, online or even on the street in New York. Then, SNKRS will overlay an interactive 3D model of the limited-edition sneakers. Tapping to unlock will reveal the new sneaker and invite app users to purchase it. 

Nike introduced its SNKRS app in 2015, but its new AR tech is a nice twist. Right now, it’s just being used for these limited-edition sneakers, but maybe the whole app will get an AR component soon.  Read more…

More about Tech, Sneakers, Nike, Augmented Reality, and Business

Trust the reviews: Toilet seat covers are a great skincare product

TwitterFacebook

Despite the general vibe of a trip to Sephora, good skincare products do not need to be expensive. In fact, your office bathroom might already have them … just above the place dozens of people poop!

Yes, wax paper toilet seat covers currently have a score of 4.6/5 on the “Misc Beauty Tools” section of MakeupAlley, the mother of all beauty review websites. Why? People use them as blotting papers for oily skin — and love them. 

If your office is blessed with toilet seat covers (despite evidence that they’re useless to stave off disease), you can even get them for free.

SEE ALSO: This video of a man polishing a rusty knife honestly deserves to rule the internet Read more…

More about Beauty, Weird Products, Culture, and Web Culture

NBD, it’s just a Bengali cat skateboarding down the street like a boss

TwitterFacebook

This is Boomer. No, not Michael Phelps’ adorable baby Boomer, but Boomer, the Bengali cat who skateboards.

Yes, this cat skateboards. And skateboards really well. Boomer’s probably better at skateboarding than most people. He’s also most definitely more talented than most cats, whose skills mostly consist of eating, sleeping, and playing games on iPad. 

Just look at how cool and collected Boomer is while he skates through a semi-crowded street. Observe his kicking technique, leaving one front leg on the board and kicking with his others, to keep the acceleration. It’s like he’s the Tony Hawk of cats. Read more…

More about Watercooler, Cats, Skateboard, Skateboarding, and Bengal Cat

Jowls for days: Meet the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog winner

TwitterFacebook

The 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog winner is perhaps the floppiest yet.

Martha, a three-year-old 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff from Sebastopol, California, took the top prize at the Petaluma competition on Friday. Martha will triumphantly return home with $1,500, a trophy, and a free trip to New York City for media appearances.

SEE ALSO: Dogs, ranked

And she seems absolutely thrilled.

Image: M. DAVEY/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

Martha reportedly won over the judges the way we’d all like to — by lying down and not doing anything, even when she was supposed to.

This year’s second and third place winners were Moe, a Brussels griffon pug, and Chase, a Chinese crested-Harke mix. They are both beautiful. Read more…

More about Dogs, Animals, World S Ugliest Dog, Culture, and Animals

Trump’s rural internet access drive is one of his few ideas everyone seems to support —but is he serious about it?

TwitterFacebook

If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet.

Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them live in rural areas. In those regions, nearly 40 percent of people can’t get broadband.

Experts worry this digital divide is slowing small-town economic development at a time when farm and factory jobs are vanishing and young people and retailers are fleeing for cities. 

SEE ALSO: If you’re poor, now you can get a subsidy for Internet access

Donald Trump, who capitalized on this despair in his run for the White House, finally offered a concrete answer to this problem, however vague, in an Iowa speech this week.  Read more…

More about Fcc, Donald Trump, Rural Broadband, Business, and Media Industry