Bedroom not hot enough? Get a $250 lube warmer


If your bedroom doesn’t get quite hot enough when you’re getting intimate, why not consider an electric lube warmer?

Pulse is a new device retailing for $250. Plug it in and fill it with its own special lube (available flavors include H2Oh! and Aloe-ahh). Then, stick your hand under the top and watch the magic happen, just like an automatic soap dispenser.

Just maybe warn your partner that tonight’s petroleum might be a little warmer than usual.

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No more screenshots: Instagram now lets you privately save posts


Instagram is making it a lot easier to mark posts you know you’ll want to revisit with a new feature that allows you to privately save posts for later viewing. 

Now, when browsing your feed or the app’s “explore” section, you’ll see a bookmark icon underneath the right side of a photo or video; this is the “save” button.

After you’ve saved a post, you can go back and look at it by tapping into the new “saved” menu in your profile. Saved photos aren’t accessible to anyone else and users won’t know if you saved one of their posts.

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The feature should come as welcome news to many Instagram users who haven’t had an efficient way to save posts they want to look at later. Until now users have often resorted to screenshots or messaging themselves in order to keep track of posts, says Instagram product Manager Ashley Yuki. (There is also a web-based workaround that allows you to save posts without a screenshot, but it requires a few steps.) Read more…

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Medium's year in review shows a tech industry hooked on 2016 politics


Medium has for the first time shared its own reflections on 2016. Yes, the place that is commonly known as a platform for musing on your decision to leave New York City or close your startup has detailed its growth on becoming so much more. 

Overall, the number of posts nearly quadrupled from 1.9 million in 2015 to 7.5 million this year. More than 2 billion words were posted to the site. People spent more than 3.6 millennia reading on Medium. 

Unsurprisingly, given the election, Medium readers spent the most amount of time with stories tagged politics. In total, readers spent 457 years reading posts about politics, which beats the second place tag by more than 100 years.  Read more…

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Line's latest update lets you video call 200 of your closest friends


Japanese mobile messaging service Line just debuted group video messaging, complete with an absolutely bonkers feature: the chats can include up to 200 participants.

Line’s answer to Google Hangouts — or maybe more accurately, the teen-friendly Houseparty app — is fairly standard in terms of function and design. 

After creating a group of contacts, users can initiate a video call by simply tapping the video call button. Participants can enter the chat as they like, and new members can be invited to calls already in progress.   

Given the constraints of screen size, only four participants at a time will actually get any face time. As the group grows, bubble-shaped avatars of everyone else will pop up on the right side of the screen, which users can drag into the main group of four when they inevitably get sick of friend number 150’s sass. Read more…

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Silicon Valley heavyweights will be advising Donald Trump


Elon Musk, chairman and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, and Travis Kalanick, CEO and co-founder of Uber, are officially joining Donald Trump’s advisory board.

On Wednesday, Musk confirmed to Mashable that he will be joining Trump’s economic advisory council, and President-elect Trump’s transition team confirmed Kalanick and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, will join him as well.

Though Musk said he hoped Trump would not receive the GOP nomination back in October 2015, as Trump further journeys into the tech industry it appears as though Musk is stepping up to offer his assistance. Read more…

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U.S. Postal Service includes free augmented reality app with packages


The U.S. Postal Service wants to make gift giving just a little more magical.

The postal service has released a free augmented reality smartphone app a la Pokémon Go, just with a little less competition and a little more holiday cheer. 

In order to use the app, you need to buy one of the postal service’s Priority Mail boxes. Senders can choose between two different animated messages: a reindeer in Christmas tree lights or a penguin accompanied by other wildlife near an igloo.

“Our app adds that special touch by delivering cheer when mailing and receiving holiday gifts via Priority Mail,” USPS Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President James Cochrane said in a statement.  Read more…

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