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7 Secret Apps to Hide Your Sexy Photos

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As long as smartphones have cameras, people will take nude selfies

But when the steamy sexting game is over, keeping risqué photos in your phone’s camera album is an awkward moment waiting to happen. The last thing you want is to be showing friends and family your vacation photos and then accidentally give them an embarrassing glimpse of your naked mirror selfie.

To make sure these pics don’t come back to haunt you, the rule of thumb is to delete them right away and to make sure your phone has a secure password on it. But if you want to hold onto your digital sexts, you’ll need to take steps to keep them as private as you can. Read more…

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When Your Job Is to Moderate the Internet’s Nastiest Trolls

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Alex Chrum can easily recite the most common sexist, racist and homophobic slurs. She’s privy to some of the most hateful language you’ve ever heard. And for about a year, she read it over and over again, every single day

Chrum, 25, became fluent in such viciousness thanks to her job moderating online commentary and trolling. As a content specialist for Debate.org, a site that invites users to discuss controversial topics, Chrum had to wade into the dark, sometimes poisonous muck of Internet comments. Each day, she sifted through 50 to 200 questionable posts, trying to decide what to publish and what to let rot. Read more…

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The 20 Coolest Arcades in the World

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It’s time to level up

Pinball and Pac Man are mainstays in pop culture, but it isn’t easy to find an authentic arcade where you can play them. Not every city is like Tokyo, where arcades are a dime a dozen. However, gaming culture still thrives all over the world, and there are plenty of venues to satisfy your 8-bit needs

From a supremely flashy theme park in Dubai to an eight-story warehouse in Tokyo, here are 20 arcades you should visit.

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BONUS: 20 Nintendo Facts to Blow Your 8-Bit Mind Read more…

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6 Games That Will Give You a New Perspective

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Video games offer their players a form of escape — you can explore new worlds, achieve superhuman feats, and totally transcend the laws of space and time

While escape can be healthy in moderation, certain games offer something even more meaningful: a new perspective. Instead of simply leaving your own life, you enter another’s — your neighbor who struggles to make ends meet, your cousin who battles depression or even a complete stranger who grew up with an alcoholic parent

Whoever and whatever it is, games can help people better understand. Below, we rounded up six titles that let you walk a few miles in someone else’s shoes Read more…

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7 Crucial Tips to Practice Safe Sexting

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Yesterday’s love notes are today’s sexts. While both show affection, one comes with higher risks

X-rated texts have risen in popularity among smartphone owners, but they’ve become an especially hot phenomenon among young adults. In fact, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds receiving sexts jumped from 26% to 44% in 2012.

It’s clear why the sexting game has become so popular — it’s convenient, builds excitement and lets you tap into your fantasies with the touch of a button. Just consider keeping your activity secure and password-protected from hackers Read more…

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What Is BitTorrent?

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Thom Yorke really might be a paranoid android

The musician released a solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, online for $6 on Friday. The twist? It’s currently only available on BitTorrent. It’s a bit of an unconventional choice, but is in tune with the Radiohead frontman’s past methods. In 2007, the band released seventh album In Rainbows online, allowing fans to pay whatever they wanted. The band’s follow-up, 2011′s The King of Limbs, was put out online a day earlier than planned.

This new pairing for Yorke’s sophomore solo effort with BitTorrent has spawned numerous reactions, from peeved to perplexed to positively pleased. Read more…

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How to Snap the Perfect Hyperlapse Selfie

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Selfies just got a whole lot fancier

Until now, we could only shoot with the rear-facing camera on Instagram‘s popular time-lapse video app, Hyperlapse. With the app’s new front-facing camera option, selfies will never be the same. Now you can record what the company calls a “selfielapse” with the touch of a button.

If you’re wondering how the new feature works, you’re in the right place. Below, we’ll walk you through six steps to help you take a great selfielapse.

1. Download Hyperlapse.

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Hyperlapse is a free app that is only available for iOS devices. If you haven’t already, download the app by clicking here Read more…

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How to Get Out of Annoying Group Texts in iOS 8

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Anyone who’s gotten stuck in an unwanted group text knows how terrible it can be. Your phone blows up uncontrollably, and all you can do is hope the thread quiets down soon.

For the longest time, the only way to leave a group text was to block your friends, or flat-out tell them to stop texting you. Luckily, Apple‘s latest mobile operating system update, iOS 8, fixed the problem. If each recipient is running iOS 8 and has iMessage turned on, you can leave the group text on your own.

Below, we walk through how to (finally) opt out of a group text on your iOS device Read more…

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The Evolution of Internet Speak

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“I can’t even right now, I’m literally dying.”

Anyone who uses the Internet will recognize that ubiquitous expression. “I can’t even” gives the sense that one is overwhelmed with emotion, unable to handle the situation he’s facing. According to Know Your Meme, the first instance of the saying appeared online in 2005, when Urban Dictionary user JJFADS submitted the phrase

It’s a common form of Internet slang that has, in essence, become its own language. Frequently found on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, it’s one of those rare phrases that found life online and flourished into everyday spoken language. It’s classic Internet speak. Read more…

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I Felt Like a Criminal: The Pressure to Become a Helicopter Parent

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In 2011, Lilia Gonzalez* nearly lost her three young children. She considered herself a loving, attentive mother, but one day she made a seemingly harmless mistake that turned into a two-year battle to convince the state of Illinois that she hadn’t — and wouldn’t — maliciously neglect her children.

The ordeal began on a June morning when Gonzalez, then 36, awoke at 7:30 a.m., startled and groggy. Her 16-month-old son had been sick, and Gonzalez slept fitfully; her husband left earlier to start the first of his two jobs. Like most parents, Gonzalez’s mind immediately settled on the day’s many tasks, including taking the children to walk her four-year-old son to the bus stop. And that’s when the panic surged — she had overslept and the bus had already departed. Read more…

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