2. Millions of people have downloaded smartphone apps on both iOS and Android to show their support for President Obama or Mitt Romney, possibly to their own detriment. A report from web security firm GFI says that both candidates’ apps — “Obama for America” and “Mitt’s VP” — are amassing a surprising amount of user data, and most users probably don’t even realize it.

    How Obama and Romney’s campaign apps invade your privacy

    (Source: theweek.com)


  3. According to a recent survey, 2 in 3 Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court Justice. Twenty percent of the people who took the poll were able to name Chief Justice John Roberts. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


    Getting to know our national treasures
    Beer enthusiasts launch a petition on the White House website asking for the recipe for the official White House Honey Ale. [Death & Taxes]

    Prurient Anglophiles
    Photos leak online of a naked Prince Harry engaging in a not particularly regal game of strip billiards in Las Vegas. [HyperVocal]

    Geeks uniting
    A comedy site successfully raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a New York property that was inventor Nikola Tesla’s last laboratory, with plans to turn it into a museum. [The Daily What]


    Getting a high-profile “Like”
    The “iGrill” app gets so much traffic after winning an endorsement from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that its servers crash for two hours. [Business Insider]

    Civics teachers
    A poll finds that two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court justice. [Newser]

    Arts & crafts
    An elderly woman unintentionally destroys a 19th century Spanish fresco when she decides to “restore” the painting herself. [GlobalPost]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  4. Say you’re out on a date with someone new, and the person who sparklingly met all the usual pre-date prerequisites turns out to be… far from what you expected. What do you do? Enter eHarmony’s Bad Date Rescue app, which can be preprogrammed to call you with a ‘fake’ emergency, allowing you to believably excuse yourself while sparing the other person’s feelings.

    Here’s how it works.


  5. A new smartphone app called SceneTap employs facial-detection software and cameras placed strategically in bars and nightclubs to tell users the age and gender makeup of an establishment they’re thinking of visiting. 

    Is it an invasion of privacy for your neighborhood watering hole to install cameras and scan your face?

    Let’s be honest, says Violet Blue at ZDNet, this “bro-app” is designed to help “brotards” get liquored up and go straight to the bars “with the most chicks in them,” which is “sure to make women feel a little more like hunted prey” than they do already. News of the launch in San Francisco provoked so many complaints that several bars that had planned to participate backed out.

    More about SceneTap


  6. Up until April, the hit mobile doodling game Draw Something was growing at an unprecedented rate — amassing 20 million daily active users at one point. In late March, the game’s parent company, OMGPOP, was snatched up by online gaming giant Zynga for an eyebrow-raising $200 million, and usership has declined since.

    In April, the title lost a third of its then-15 million daily active users, with 900,000 people abandoning their artistic ambitions in the last week of April alone. What’s behind Draw Something's sudden free fall?

    Are you still on Draw Something, and if not, why?


  7. The ”dizzying” success of the doodling app Draw Something was underscored Wednesday when news broke that gaming titan Zynga was purchasing the company behind the app, New York-based OMGPOP, for over $200 million. Here, a look at the numbers behind the popular new app

    20.5 million - daily active Draw Something users

    3 billion - total drawings since the game was released seven weeks ago

    $250,000 - Net profit Draw Something earns per day (after Apple’s 30 percent cut)

    9 - years it took for AOL to hit 1 million users

    9 - days it took for Draw Something to hit 1 million users

    More numbers here


  8. "Is My Son Gay?"


  9. Apple announced Saturday that the number of iPhone and iPad apps downloaded since 2008 had reached the major milestone of 10 billion. “With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years — a staggering 7 billion apps in the last year alone — the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams,” said Apple marketing SVP Phil Schiller. Here are some other interesting numbers:

    Months it took for the App Store to reach the 10 billion download mark

    Nearly 10
    Years it took the iTunes Music Store to reach 10 billion downloads

    Value of the iTunes gift card Gail Davis of Great Britain won by downloading the 10 billionth app (Paper Glider)

    160 million
    Number of iPhone and iPad customers

    Number of apps each has downloaded, on average

    More numbers here


  10. There’s an app for that.