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I Dip, You Dip, we TIP

dipjarNo one carries cash anymore. Everything is either swiped or tapped. Carrying cash is a burden, it takes up too much room in our lives, but not carrying cash leaves the tip jar on the counter of your local coffee shop empty. DipJar is the tip jar where all you have to do is “dip” your card.

Ryder Kessler said the idea occurred to him simply because he began to “feel like a jerk” at one of his favorite coffee shops which only offered tipping via a cash-only tip jar. In 2012 he founded the New York based company and sent out two dozen prototypes to small businesses in New York.

Snapchat Update

new SC updateSnapchat has steadily become one of the most popular messaging apps in the United States, used by 100 million people daily and is among the most valued venture-backed companies in the world. Last week, users got a taste of Snapchat’s newest update that brought three new features: lenses, trophies, and paid replay.

Lenses lets users apply live “lenses” to their snaps. When enabled, the app is able to detect and map your face in selfie-mode and applies fun (and uncomfortable) filters and animations over your profile. The lenses distort your face, make hearts shoot from your eyes, steam come from your nose, and rainbows flow from your mouth. Snapchat has been adding new lenses everyday. This feature is similar to the different setting in Photobooths on Macs.

An Empathetic Dislike

facebook dislike buttonRumors of a Facebook “dislike” button have been swirling around since December 2014. On September 15, 2015 at a Facebook Q&A session, Mark Zuckerberg announced that a “dislike” button will indeed take its place alongside the familiar “like” button.

Zuckerberg describes the dislike button as a tool to show empathy. When posting about something sad, to “like” something isn’t always the appropriate action, in this case a “dislike” button makes, emotionally, more sense.

Why Windows 10 is That Much Better

Windows_logo_-_2012.svgOfficially launched on July 29th, 2015, the Windows 10 operating system has already been downloaded over 15 million times. Aside from the fact that users can download Windows 10 for free, some wonder why Windows 10 is so much better than Windows 7 or 8. So, is Windows 10 the OS PC users have been waiting for? We think it’s pretty good, here’s why:

First: the cost. Although some users will not get the free download of Windows 10, the majority will be able to upgrade at no cost. Forbes shared that, “on paper this is a great deal because Windows 10 is not cheap and ‘Windows 10 Home’ and ‘Windows 10 Pro’ editions retail for $119 and $199 respectively.”

Target to Serve Alcohol in Chicago

targetWhen Target opened in 1962, the Dayton Family wanted to make it easy for shoppers to find what they needed at a discounted price. Since then, Target has spread all over the country, making it convenient (and overly tempting) for shoppers to get everything they need in one place. Through the years, the mega-store has partnered with designers to sell clothing and home decor exclusively for Target, they’ve incorporated groceries and electronics; Target even offers medications. Target has really become a one-stop shop for anything and everything you need. Now, in at least one city, Target will begin offering something you might not expect.

Digit to Win it

Digit ServiceSaving is never easy, especially if you’re living paycheck to paycheck. A new banking service called Digit does the saving for you. Digit is a free service that analyzes your spending from your checking account, and takes a little bit every day. Digit takes the small amount from your checking account and saves it in a separate account on your behalf. Sure, it sounds a little sketchy but Digit is actually perfectly safe and insured by the FDIC. Your information is also encrypted and stored securely.

Taco Bell to Beta Test Alcohol in Restaurants

wicker-park-taco-bell-1In a developing effort to reinvent itself, Taco Bell is trying something new.

In addition to preparing more of their menu with all natural ingredients and dropping artificial coloring in its food, Taco Bell will now sell alcoholic beverages. A new Taco Bell location in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago will serve beer, wine, and mixed drinks.

Taco Bell is looking to rebrand itself from the grudgingly beloved, ultra-cheap, late night fast food favorite, to a give customers a more modern, Chipotle-like experience. Taco Bell has already established a collection of upscale locations overseas in the U.K., Seoul, and Tokyo. These restaurants feature an open kitchen, bar seating, and exposed brick walls.

Android Text Hack

android-devil-malware-100247149-carousel.idgeAttention Android Users!

With just a simple receipt of a text message, your Android can be hacked. This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered, CNN reports that, “it affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide.” The issue is rooted in the way in which Androids are programmed to analyze incoming text messages, even before they have been opened. For instance, with Google’s Hangouts app, any media file that you receive (pictures, videos, audio) is automatically processed as soon as it is received. Because of this, “a malware-laden file can start infecting the phone before it’s even opened.”

Facebook vs Privacy Rights

Reality check: your Facebook profile isn’t actually private. CNN reported that, “in a decision that raises crucial issues in the digital age, a New York state appeals court ruled this week that Facebook cannot protect users against search warrants obtained by law enforcement officials to access users’ digital information.” Manhattan prosecutors are currently investigating a huge social security fraud situation, which required approximately 381 search warrants to access users’ private profiles. Facebook tried to refuse this request, but the appellate court voted against the right to do so this past Tuesday.

The Return of the iPod

ipodtouch24321Welcome back, iPod, it’s been awhile.

Apple recently announced the release of the new iPod Touch – nearly identical to 2012’s version physically, with drastically updated guts. But for many, the 2015 iPod stops making sense once you have a smartphone, as it is essentially an iPhone 6 without cell service. Is there still a market for such a device?