It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
Observer Philanthropy 2013
As jackhammers pound away at the future Whole Foods on Bedford Avenue, word is spreading that Apple is eying a building (once reportedly scoped out by J. Crew) just across Williamsburg’s main drag for one of the company’s attention-getting stores.
Crime and Punishment
RALPH LAUREN PINK PONY SOFT RICKY
The Pink Pony Ricky Bag is the most recent addition to the collection of Ralph Lauren’s iconic accessories. 25% of the purchase price of all Pink Pony products benefits the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, which supports initiatives for cancer care and prevention.
Tis the season for apple picking, just not the type that involves iPhones. A pair of Bronx politicians are proposing a law that aims to cut down smartphone theft by making it illegal to resell a device without a valid proof of ownership. If you try to sell the device without proof you’re the owner, you could face penalties and possibly jail time.
You know who isn’t the biggest fan of the World Wide Web? Website owner, Aol host and app developer Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Duchess of Goop told E! News that the Internet is a cause of concern at her house because of all the weird things daughter Apple can see on it. It’s a freighting place, she said, like sitting through a viewing of View from the Top scary. Anyway, she sung the praises of her “super-smart” daughter for constant inquiries about normal childlike things, such as the sun, devil and renewable energy.
We the People
Steve Wozniak is a dedicated vegetarian who has never ridden a Segway. He has never worked for Apple, never met Steve Jobs and he does not have a penchant for checking in at Chili’s for free chips and dip–in fact, he’s not sure he’s ever even been to Chili’s. Steve Wozniak was adopted from Korea into a Polish family and lives the modest life of a modern programmer in Brooklyn. He was not recently portrayed in Ashton Kutcher vanity project film Jobs.
Late last year, before Miley Cyrus became the platinum-haired twerking PSA that she is today, she started a shortlived Twitter campaign for emoji equality. “RT if you think there needs to be an #emojiethnicity update,” she tweeted, adding “umm before they add nail colors they BETTER add black people!!!” Now, a group of dissatisfied emoji users at DoSomething.org have launched a petition to address the emoji keyboard’s racial inequality.
Today, Ashton Kutcher’s take on Steve Jobs hits theaters. There’s a good chance many of you will decide to check it out. But you’ll probably want to be prepared, right? And by that we mean smuggle a flask of whisky into a late-night showing. It definitely seems like Woz could’ve used a drink while watching.
Just in case, here is a handy drinking game. Feel free to cue it up on your phone and play along the theater, but only if you’re sitting next to Hunter Walk, of course.
Take a drink whenever you see:
Apples to Apples
Apple’s latest slogan may have promised “All the power you want, all day long,” but we doubt this is what it meant.
According to a new column in The Villager, the Apple Store at 14th and 9th is apparently very popular with transgender sex workers, who like to use the facilities for its central Read More
Their days of Apple picking are over.
Police yesterday stumbled upon hundreds of stolen iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches at the Queens residence of three students.
Adam Jaffer, 20, William Chen, 20, and Justin Pinder, 20 were collared after officers found 443 iPhones, 20 iPads, 11 iPod touches and $9,000. Oh, and a bag of Read More