TECH
Here's What Oculus Rift Would Pick Up on a Roller Coaster

When Oculus VR first announced their developer kit back in 2012, the options for a simulated reality were limitless. The initial path that game developers took is to simulate popular video games like Team Fortress, Skyrim, Half Life 2, and Bioshock. However, once the updated prototypes started pouring out, more questions came forward. How would the new prototypes pick up real life stimuli with its sensors? More importantly, how would Oculus function on something with an overwhelming amount of movement?

Enter, VR Coaster! In February 2014, the team set out to experiment the functioning of the Oculus Rift on different tracks and boy, is it highly exciting! The detailed write up that VR Coaster did with their findings is absolutely thrilling to read. You can read all of it here but for now, we can summarize the exciting stuff! In short, the experience doesn't seem to bring out any kind of dizziness or motion sickness, the VR track seems to be far more complex than the original roller coaster's, and, apparently carrying a controller with the VR piece makes the experience highly interactive!

Check out VR Coaster's "Blue Fire" Oculus Rift + Real View!

LIFESTYLE
A Fundamental 'Am I a New Yorker Yet?' Checklist

You’ve been here for years. You even picked up a slight accent. You eat food from a deli and know how to take the subway without even having to open your trusty app on your smart phone. That qualifies you as New Yorker, right? Wrong. We put together a list of the ten things you must do before rbeing christened as a true New Yorker. (Sidenote: if you have taken a bus tour in the last 2 years, this list is null and void. You will need to reapply for New Yorker accreditation in the next 3 years.)

Eat at a food truck – While we don’t suggest making this a regular occurrence because it could eventually deteriorate your precious organs, you have to be comfortable with ordering from a restaurant on wheels to be considered a New Yorker. Eventually you will stumble across a favorite, or two, and be weary of the trucks you need to steer clear of.

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Rebecca Minkoff and eBay Makes Shopping Smarter

Gone are the days of sticking your head out of the dressing room door to ask for a different size, color, or cut. Rebecca Minkoff teamed up with eBay to bring costumers an interactive shopping experience. The idea is to take all of the inconvenience out of shopping and make it an efficient and productive affair for both the costumer and the company.

We're all on board with being able to tap a touchscreen to pull clothes for a fitting room. No more lugging around a bunch of hangers on your arm and waiting in line either. You'll receive a text when a fitting room with your choice of items is available. The new tech also boasts the ability to change the lighting in the updated fitting rooms in shades ranging from "Brooklyn Morning" to "Soho After Dark." It's like real life instagram filters! And the virtual shopping also makes it possible to check out from anywhere within the store. You won't ever have to wait in line to checkout again.

GADGETS
Parking Gets a Whole Lot Easier Just in Time for Halloween

Finding parking on a Holiday in a big city is always a challenge. Hours are easily wasted h searching endlessly for a parking spot. Until now. Enter Parking Panda! It’s a free app in over 40 cities that allows drivers to find, reserve, and redeem parking in advance.

How does it work? Customers visit parkingpanda.com or download the iOS or Android App and use the platform to see real-time prices, distance, and availability as well as choose a location. Browsing locations is made easy by popular location categories like “Venues,” “Points of Interest,” “Hotels,” “Neighborhoods, “Restaurants,” and “Monthly Parking.” Parking Panda also categorizes locations by popular events occurring in the city at the time. After finding the location of interest, customers enter their payment information and display their mobile phone to the attendant when they arrive at their selected location.

TECH
Catch A Starry Sky in Our Very Own Madison Square Park

To show New Yorkers they have the power to create anything - even a sky filled with stars, Wix.com, the leading global Web development platform that allows anyone to easily create and manage their own online website, invites you to come put stars back into the New York City night sky. Simply go to their website, design your very own star, and head on over to Madison Square Park on Saturday, November 1st to witness it in the sky.



Check out a sneak peek video!

TECH
Diabetes? There's an App for That

Did you know that in 2012, 29.1 million Americans were fighting against diabetes? Since then, the numbers have fluctuated in different directions as new strides have been taken to monitor and fight this condition. Now, because of how huge of a role technology takes in bettering the lifestyles of people with this diagnosis, it’s only natural that an app would pop up to be used by patients, as well. Introducing ShugaTrak, the newest app available which is sure to effortlessly work its way into our hearts before we know it.

LIFESTYLE
6 Holiday Gifts With a 0% Re-Gifting Rate

We know it may be a tad bit early, but proper preparation is a quintessential part of the upcoming holiday season. No worries, however, because we have compiled a grand list of all the best gadgets to save up for as the holidays approach. Whether you’re shopping for a spouse, kids, or planning to treat yourself, the upcoming months promise an onslaught of nifty gifts to indulge in.

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LOVE & SEX
Scary Stories: The First Date Edition

It’s Halloween time and in true holiday fashion, spooky decorations abound, scary movies pervade every playlist, online costume shops seize all web browsers, and candy falls generously into each supermarket shopping cart. Sometimes though, the scariest things in life are not holiday specific. Sometimes, they are the unknown things we are liable to encounter on any given day. Sometimes, they are horrific first dates such as these shared with us by our loyal readers. Grab a flashlight and gather around for Scary Stories: The First Date Edition. You might want to sleep with the light on after this.

LOVE & SEX
What to do When You Can't Escape Your Ex

While this may not apply to you now, it may one day so read on. Some are lucky enough to rid of exes as quickly as the sunsets. Others aren't so lucky. While it may seem like the easiest solution would be to pack up and move to a brand new city and try to forget the disaster of a relationship never hand, that's just not always plausible. However, if it is, you might want to try that.


1. Friend of a friend – We thought we should start with the most obvious way that exes seem to stay around. It was convenient when you were dating; group outings and double dates are always a good time. However, now that you can’t stand to look your stupid ex in the face, it’s slightly difficult to make plans with certain friends because they reek of ex girlfriend/boyfriend. All their stories are littered with your old beau and you just want them to end that friendship. Unfortunately, the only escape from this is ending a friendship, or “accidentally” saying something that ends the relationship between your friend and your ex.

LIFESTYLE
Foodie Meets Techie With The Best And Worst Food Apps

Remember that saying “There’s an app for that”? Since apps have become such a huge part of everyday life, the phrase really does have a lot of truth behind it. Considering just how diverse the spectrum is, we decided to dive into the market and dig up the best and worst apps designed for some of our favorite people: foodies. Of course, forget about Yelp and OpenTable — those are givens. Instead, let’s focus on the smaller apps that will have you either downloading them immediately or scratching your head wondering why they exist in the first place

GADGETS
The Art of Emoji Flirting, A User's Manual and Pro Tips

Thanks to the rapid rise of the ever so popular emoji, we no longer have to verbalize our emotions when communicating. That's right, our phones now come equipped with facial expressions to use in place of actual words, because expressing yourself is just so hard. When trying to convey flirtatious messages to the opposite sex, these come in handy. Follow our simple guide to proper emoji usage for flirtatious text messaging.


Heart eyes. Let’s start with the obvious. This emoji transcends all virtual interaction. From Instagram, to Twitter, to the messages in your inbox, this is a universal “I’m attracted” emoji. In case you were somehow clueless, if you are presented with this emoji, somebody is interested. For those who like to send these, calm down. No need to throw the heart eyes out to everybody, or constantly use them. We get it, you like what you see. While emojis are fun, let’s practice using our words sometimes too, ok?