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After facing fierce backlash over it’s “real name policy” which seemed to target the LGBT community, specifically drag queens, Facebook is backing down from its original stance. The social networking site announced that it will loosen restrictions for the drag community. Some believe Facebook finally caved in after numerous people jumped ship and signed up for new social media destination, Ello. Whatever the real reason, chalk up a win for our team.

“I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we’ve put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks,” wrote Facebook VP of Product Chris Cox

According to Cox, Facebook processes thousands of fake name reports every week. They’re working on technical solutions to make sure that nobody has their name changed unless they want it to be changed and to help better differentiate between fake profiles and authentic ones. Read Cox’s entire post below.

read the entire apology after the jump

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Despite meeting with members of San Francisco’s drag community, the social networking website plans to delete all the profiles of self-described drag queens because they do not comply with their ‘real name’ policy. Naturally, this isn’t sitting well.

IMHO, it doesn’t make sense and wreaks of discrimination. I can think of a handful of people I know who don’t use their legal names on Facebook that aren’t drag queens. And don’t even get me started on all those folks who create fake profiles and add people like crazy. Get rid of those spammers first, Mark Zuckerberg.

Sister Roma, a drag performer and 20-year member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was one of those who met with Facebook. Read her lengthy response about FB’s ridiculous decision. Be sure to weigh in afterward.

read Sister Roma’s response after the jump

The iPhone 6, 6 Plus & Much More Are Here

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech
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The rumors were true. Apple is releasing the iPhone 6 in two different sizes. Both are thinner, bigger and better than its predecessors.

The 6 will have a screen about an inch larger than the current model, at 4.7 inches. It’ll range from $199 to $399 depending on the storage size- 16GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB. Meanwhile, the 6 Plus will be even bigger at 5.5 inches and starts at $299 with the same storage space options as the 6.

iPhone 6 will come with iOS 8, a new keyboard, a one handed controller, HealthKit suite and more. It comes in gold, silver and space grey. It’ll be available on September 19. The company announced other new products. Check them out below.

apple watch and apple pay after the jump

home-movie-trailer

Even in animated form, Rihanna loves her selfies ;)

Home features the “We Found Love” singer as a young girl named Tip. She finds herself on a road trip with a runaway extraterrestrial voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. The two go on the run as Parsons’ alien race invades Earth. Also providing voices for the Dreamworks animated film are Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. The latter plays Rihanna’s mother. LOL.

Home hits theaters on March 27, 2015. A four-minute short film titled Almost Home was attached to theatrical showings for Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2 this year. In addition to lending her voice, Rihanna is creating a concept album consisting of 12 original songs for the film. Check out the trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

Happy Nerd Day

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech
pi-day-nerds

Remember that mathematical symbol that drove many kids crazy during grade school? Well, today is a day mathematically-challenged individuals hate. When translated to numeric values, March 14 equals 3 14 which are the first three digits for the infinite number. Speaking of which, on PI Day 2004, Daniel Tammet recited 22,514 decimal digits of Pi. Holy Nerd, Batman. At best, I think I can only recite 10 on a good day. Not only is it Pi day, but it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

find out which films I love that are Pi-related after the jump

HUVr Board: Is It For Real?

In: Gadgets & Tech, Nic
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Apparently the future has arrived, and a la Back to the Future, the Huvr Board is finally not just science fiction, but ready to be marketed by the end of 2014.

The internet has blown up today trying to decipher whether or not the video and website and company are even real. With celebrities like Tony Hawk and Moby demonstrating “the best day” of their lives, flying through the air on what seems to be a hover board, many including myself are left scratching their heads wondering whether this is an elaborate hoax, or a legitimate hover board.

The website says:

What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity.

Marketing itself as an efficient mode of transportation and with a four and a half minute demonstration video, only time will tell us whether you too can be Marty McFly by December, or just the butt end of a big joke.

watch the video after the jump

Instagram 2013 Year In Review

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech, Random Reads
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Last year, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand was the most Instagrammed location. In 2013, it falls all the way to #9. Fret not Thai people, the top slot still remains within the country at Siam Paragon, a shopping mall in Bangkok earning the distinction as Most Instagrammed location of 2013. Random, right?

New to the list this year are Walt Disney World, High Line and Central Park in New York City and the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Au revoir Eiffel Tower, you’ve been bumped off the list. Coming up just short in second place is Times Square in New York. If it’s any consolation prize to the Big Apple, it came first on the social media’s most Instagrammed cities of the year list.

Check out the rest of the top locations below, along with stats about the most popular picture and holiday of the year.

check out more stats after the jump

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Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.

Lea Michele Thanks Fans

check out the other two after the jump

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