If you like to try new restaurants through food delivery services like Seamless and GrubHub, you might want to make sure the restaurant is actually real before you order. A recent report from NBC New York found that slightly more than 10% of the top 100 New York City restaurants on Seamless and GrubHub are actually “ghosts,” meaning their names and addresses didn’t match up with listings in the city’s restaurant inspection database. That could mean two things: either they’re operating out of their potentially unclean home kitchen illegally, or they’re using a fake name and address on GrubHub because they have low ratings or poor health grade associated with their actual restaurant name. According to restaurant consultant Michelle Jones, neither Seamless or GrubHub have a legal responsibility to very the names and addresses of restaurants, and that can cause problems for you if you’re not interested in ordering sketchy food from a C grade … [Read more...] about Watch Out for Fake Restaurants on Seamless and GrubHub
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. It all sounds so very easy.Stephani Renae Lawson wanted to get her ex-boyfriend into trouble.So in 2015 the Las Vegas resident set up a fake Facebook account, used it to suggest that he had stalked her, kidnapped her and beaten her, and then went to the police with her accusations. As the Orange County Register reports, the fake Facebook account was part of her evidence. Charges were brought against her ex, Tyler Parkervest of Irvine, California.Parkervest first appeared in court this time last year. After all, she'd filed a total of eight police reports against him. The Facebook account in the name of "Tyler Parker" was, Lawson claimed, used to threaten her from testifying, among other things.But it was screenshots of that Facebook account that led the district attorney's office to wonder whether this was all as it seemed.Prosecutors asked Facebook and T-Mobile to disclose Lawson's phone and … [Read more...] about Woman jailed after setting up fake Facebook account to frame ex-love
Everyone! Stop what you're doing and clone Flappy Bird, the recently departed mobile gaming sensation, before... Oh, sorry. I got distracted there for a second. I had to address a bug that popped up in a new app I'm working on, a hipster-themed Flappy Bird clone called "Flappy Beard." It's going to be great -- old-timey looking facial hair styles flap their way through corncob pipes. Anyway, as I was saying, it's not too late for you to join the party! If we all get busy creating and then playing everyone else's Flappy Bird clones, it will solve climate change...I think.Related storiesSquawk! Flappy Bird fakes are hatching Android malwareYou can't actually sell your Flappy Bird phone on eBayThe search for an awesome Flappy Bird replacement In fact, this week while so many of you were wasting your time trying to sell your Flappy Bird phones on eBay, Sesame Street and Fall Out Boy both created their own clones -- Flappy Bert and Fall Out Bird, respectively. According to Fall Out Boy's … [Read more...] about Sesame Street, Fall Out Boy Flappy Bird clones arrive. Where’s yours?
Google's considering dropping the address bar from Google Chrome and, naturally, the mere possibility has thrown average people into a tizzy. Imagine the reaction to someone pulling down all the street and highway signs in your town and you get a sense of the outrage: This is a bad idea and one that Google shouldn't even be considering. That's nonsense, of course. Good programming and User Interface (UI) design is all about consideration. You pull in a lot of ideas and try them out, sometimes with user testing, other times by measuring the impact of UI choices on a variety of variables. You can see some of this in real-time as both Microsoft and Google try out some fairly radical browser interface ideas in Chrome 9 and Internet Explorer 9. The trend is obvious: less "chrome." While the word was adopted by Google for its browser, "chrome" originally meant all the stuff around the browser window. Hiding the address bar, though, could be the most radical chrome-reduction act. It's … [Read more...] about Google Chrome’s Address Bar Folly No Cause for Alarm
Amidst all the talk of fake news and how it has affected the US Presidential Elections and, to a point, disrupted the overall news narrative, a study had been carried out recently at Stanford University to evaluate the ability of students in how they define the trustworthy news. Based on study of 7,804 students, comprising kids from middle school to college level, it became immediately clear that the members of the next-gen workforce are more inclined to judge the credibility of a Tweet based on the level of detail it offers or the size of the picture used. They never checked the source of the news. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing directly from the study, noted how more than two out of three middle-schoolers don't see why they should question postings "from a bank executive arguing that young adults need more financial-planning help". They are even quick to believe a "photo of deformed daisies taken from a photo-sharing site that is used to provide strong evidence of … [Read more...] about Report: Students Can’t Discern Fake News