Web

Now the old can find love, via My Lovely Parent

now the old can find love via my lovely parentAs the world has gotten more used to the idea of the Internet, the once social stigma that surrounded the idea of online dating has, thankfully, given way to an acceptance that meeting someone online is just as respectable, random and ridiculous as meeting someone in any real-life scenario. But with that barrier out of the way, whole new quandaries rear their ugly heads. For example: If the dating scene moves online, how are your parents – who may not necessarily be the most technically-adept people in the world, bless their wrinkled hearts – supposed to find love? Don’t worry, concerned youngster: Help is on the way in the form of the only-slightly-creepy My Lovely Parent.

What My Lovely Parent is, is a website that lets adult children in seven countries set their elderly relatives – That’s right; despite the name of the site, it’s not just for parents; uncles, aunts, step-parents or simply older friends who apparently have no problem being essentially pimped out by the young folk in their lives – up on dates with other older gentlemen and ladies who allow their younger relatives and friends to organize their social lives for them.

The site is the brainchild of Matt Connolly, who says that he came up with the idea after his mother asked him to find her a “knight in shining armor.” He didn’t just create the site out of the good of his heart, however; he says that the over-55 demographic is the fastest growing market in online dating currently, with over 20 million adults aged 50 and above in the US alone. The way that the site works is that the younger person creates a profile for the old person of their choice, and then looks online to find someone that they consider a good match for their dear mother/father/whatever. To hear Connolly explain the concept, however, romantic interests get odder as people get older. As he told the Guardian newspaper in the UK, “I can have a look at all the handsome chaps who live nearby who are into dog-walking and have great big beards, whatever it is, and if I see somebody lovely, I am able to then view his profile and recommend him to my mum.”

Once the match has been made, it’s up to the aged users to share what happens next with their offspring; messages between prospective partners can be set to private settings to avert the gaze of the youth, or made public. Essentially, it’s an easier-than-normal-to-use site that opens up Internet dating to a different audience… but is it one that Connolly is going to share with his own mother? “”All I can say, is I’m going to be putting her on there straightaway,” he says. “Whether she decides to carry on that journey – let’s hope she does, cause I think it’s going to be a great place – but that falls down to her.”

Photography

Back off, photo thieves: Flickr alerts photographers to image theft with Pixsy

Worried about someone swiping your photo off Flickr? The image sharing platform can now integrate with Pixsy accounts to alert photographers when a photo is used without permission by using artificial intelligence to scour the web.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (April 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Gaming

Make some room in your backlog. Here are all the games to look out for in 2019

2019 is already a huge year for video games, with a large number of series getting new installments, including some that have been dormant for years. Brand new franchises are also being created.
Smart Home

From the kitchen to the bedroom, here are the best Alexa tips and tricks

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa has plenty of neat skills. So many, in fact, it seems like new ones appear every day. We've rounded up the top Echo tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your virtual assistant.
Movies & TV

The best Black Mirror episodes are disturbing, mesmerizing, and provocative

After watching all 19 episodes across four seasons and one movie, we selected and ranked the best Black Mirror episodes released so far. Read on to find out if your favorite episode from the award-winning Netflix series made the list.
Movies & TV

No TV? No problem. Here's how to watch the NCAA championship game online

Whether you want to watch the Big Dance on your phone or on your smart TV, we have the lowdown on all the ways to watch March Madness you can handle. Grab your foam finger and some nachos.
Social Media

Facebook’s tributes section serves as an online memorial for deceased users

Death doesn't stop Facebook users from sharing memories, and now those memorialized posts have a dedicated spot on the network. Facebook Tribute is a section on memorialized profiles for users to write posts and share memories.
Social Media

How to protect yourself from GoFundMe scams before donating

Can you spot a GoFundMe scam? While the fundraising platform says scams make up less than a tenth of one percent of campaigns, some do try to take advantages of others' charity -- like a case last year that made national news.
Computing

House votes to restore net neutrality rules, but effort faces long odds

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Save the Internet Act, a measure intended to restore net neutrality rules that were repealed in 2017 by the Federal Communications Commission.
Web

Search all of Craigslist at once with these great tools on web and mobile

Not finding what you need in your local area? Craigslist can be great for finding goods and services from further afield too. All you need do is learn these tips for how to search all of Craigslist at once.
Mobile

The FCC and White House want to bring high-speed internet to rural areas

The FCC and the White House unveiled new initiatives to bring high-speed internet to rural areas, including $20.4 billion in incentives to companies to build infrastructure. The FCC also announced ways to speed up the rollout of 5G.
Computing

Internet Explorer zero-day exploit makes files vulnerable to hacks on Windows PCs

Evidence of an Internet Explorer zero-day exploit capable of letting hackers steal files from Windows PCs was published online by a security researcher who also claims Microsoft knew of the vulnerability and opted not to patch it.
Business

Buying airline tickets too early is no longer a costly mistake, study suggests

When you book can play a big role in the cost of airline tickets -- so when is the best time to book flights? Earlier than you'd think, a new study suggests. Data from CheapAir.com suggests the window of time to buy at the best prices is…
Computing

Report says 20% of all 2018 web traffic came from bad bots

Distil Networks published its annual Bad Bot Report this week and announced that 20% of all web traffic in 2018 came from bad bots. The report had other similarly surprising findings regarding the state of bots as well.