Saying 'sorry' could be hurting your online dating game

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If you’ve only got 24 hours to find a Valentine’s Day date, these online dating tips could help.

Dating app Hinge looked at 5,000 users who exchanged information within one day of initiating conversation. They determined what opening lines are more likely to get you a phone number, and which to avoid getting ghosted. 

Being polite is the obvious answer, but a few simple phrases might either help or hinder your chances.

1. Sorry not sorry (in this case)

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2. Be specific with your plans.

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3. LOL when you feel the urge.

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4. I like your name because…

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Exclusive: Stormtrooper action figure responds with sounds when you play with it

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I’ve never seen an action figure quite like Hasbro’s Star Wars InteracTech Stormtrooper.

Standing 12 inches tall, the Stormtrooper looks like any regular ol’ action figure. It’s made of stiff plastic and comes with a few points of articulation in the arms, legs and head. The paint job is pretty good for a toy that costs $29.99, but obviously it’s nowhere near as detailed as what you’d find on action figures that are made for collectors.

Put a blaster in the guy’s hand or strap a jetpack to his back, and the action heats up with lights and sounds that react to the figure’s built-in motion sensors. Read more…

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Want longer iPhone battery life? Delete the Facebook app

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We’ve featured a number of ways to save battery life on your smartphone before, but there may be an easier way to get up to 20% more juice on your iPhone: Stop using the Facebook app.

Following Android Central’s discovery last month that the Facebook app could drain Android smartphone batteries by as much as 20%, The Guardian’s Samuel Gibbs performed a similar week-long test using an iPhone 6S and found that by removing the app he was able to save up up to 15% in battery life.

Instead of using the Facebook app, Gibbs accessed the social network through the web using the Safari web browser“On average I had 15% more battery,” said Gibbs. Facebook Messenger, however, wasn’t removed. Read more…

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India says yes to net neutrality, no to Facebook's Free Basics

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In a significant move, India’s telecom regulator has banned the differential pricing for different kinds of data according to the principles of net neutrality. This implies that zero-rating initiatives like Facebook’s Free Basics platform, which offers a small set of services free of cost, will not be allowed in the country.

“Given that a majority of the population are yet to be connected to the Internet, allowing service providers to define the nature of access would be equivalent of letting TSPs (telecom service providers) shape the users’ Internet experience,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in its release Read more…

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Venmo went down after the Super Bowl, and some people think they know why

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So you thought the dabbing quarterback with the million-dollar smile, Cam Newton, was going to win, huh? Well now, if you put your money where your mouth was — that is, you made a bet on the game with your friends — it may be time to pay up. 

But if you decided to do that via the payment app Venmo, you were, at least temporarily, flat out of luck.

Just minutes after Super Bowl 50 ended, the mobile payments service went down, or at least lagged, for many users. A number of them switched over to Twitter to voice their complaints — and their conspiracy theories.

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Artists design totally rad shoes for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Turtles don’t really need shoes. Their webbed, clawed feet allow them to move around easily, regardless of terrain. Anthropomorphic turtles who battle New York City criminals using ninjutsu, on the other hand, might want a pair of killer sneakers.

That’s what designers Hussain Almossawi and Quintin Williams thought, at least. So they sketched a pair of shoes specifically for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael have never been the kinds of turtles to splurge on fancy footwear; the closest they’ve come to wearing shoes is sporting bandages around their heels. But Almossawi and Williams think it would be hard for the crime-fighting reptiles to turn down such a fashion-forward and tech-savvy design. Read more…

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