An Interview with Maci Peterson of On Second Thought

I had the pleasure of meeting Maci several years ago here in DC. Since then, we’ve shared laughs, drinks, dating horror stories, and now a love for the vibrant tech startup community. She’s adorbs, right? Photo credit:  Christine Ciszczon Perhaps you recognize her. Last year, she made major headlines  about her last year when she won the Startup Oasis competition at SXSW Interactive with her new app, On Second Thought. I sat down with Maci to talk about the exciting developments of 2014, and what she’s looking to do this year. Quin Woodward Pu: How exactly does OST work? Maci Peterson: On Second Thought … Continue reading An Interview with Maci Peterson of On Second Thought

Don't pee on my phone and tell me it's raining…

Via The New York Transfomer: British health officials are hard at work on a new app that will allow users to pee into their cell phones and find out within minutes if they have an STD. Seriously, we could not make this stuff up if we tried. According to The Guardian, £4 million have been invested in the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, which is creating a smartphone app that will allow users, “to put urine or saliva on to a computer chip about the size of a USB chip, plug it into their phone or computer and receive a diagnosis … Continue reading Don't pee on my phone and tell me it's raining…

Peace out, Google Wave

Google has killed its effort to revolutionize email, Google Wave.  The company blames lack of enthusiasm and and adoption from other Google products users for abandoning the bandwith-hungry project. Google Wave was originally released by invitation only. When the girls sat on their bid cards and found Google Wave in their envelope, they screamed, drank heavily, and quickly started selling their Google Wave invitations on Ebay when they finally realized it was all a gimmicky hype. Continue reading Peace out, Google Wave

This robot doesn't look right…

Here’s Japanese robot innovator Hiroshi Ishiguro’s latest creation, the Telenoid R1. Note it’s almost complete lack of human like features, which make it 50% more likely to give your child nightmares as he or she uses it to communicate with you when you are out of town. I particularly enjoy the sassy arms-on-hips position, except then I realized it’s really just truncated limbs that make the robot look like your typical Oliver Twist-era factory kid. Continue reading This robot doesn't look right…

iNancy Pelosi caricature "offensive"

A conservative Hollywood-based filmmaker created what he believed to be a patriotic iPhone app that offered directory listings of every US senator and congress(wo)man serving our country. However, the app was DOA when Apple caught sight of this drawing of Nancy Pelosi, which is apparently offensive. Here is what Pelosi really looks like: Seems favorable to me. The directory would have contained caricatures of members of all parties, drawn by former Mad Magazine artist Tom Richmond. The politicians’ heads bobbled on the screen for added effect. Continue reading iNancy Pelosi caricature "offensive"