Tinder to launch choose-your-own-adventure style series that connects people based on their choices

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Swiping is no longer the only way to find matches on Tinder. In a choose-your-own-adventure style series set to be rolled out next month, users will be able to match with other dating hopefuls by clicking their way through an interactive narrative. 'Swipe Night,' as Tinder is calling it, will air on October 6 and is designed to match users based on the choices they make during a short ''first-person apocalyptic adventure.' All of the episodes will be'live', so-to-speak, with each being available for viewing only between the hours of 6 pm and midnight during a respective users' local time. The series will consist of short five-minute videos during which users are periodically given seven seconds to choose what happens next.

Has Tinder lost its spark?

The Guardian

On paper, it's a great time to be on a dating app. In the seven years since Tinder's entrance on to the dating scene in 2012, it has gone from fringe novelty to romantic ubiquity; within two years of launching, it was seeing 1bn swipes a day. Other apps have similarly impressive stats: in 2018, Bumble's global brand director revealed it had more than 26 million users and a confirmed 20,000 marriages. It's a far cry from the considerably less optimistic response Tinder received when it launched. Many hailed it as the end of romance itself.

Men who send unsolicited d*** pics may be NARCISSISTS and usually expect 'something in return'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Men who send other people unsolicited images of their genitals are likely to be more narcissistic and sexist that those who do not, psychologists have found. Researchers surveyed over a thousand men to compare the personalities and motivations of those who sent intimate images and those who did not. Rather than for personal gratification, men who share images of their genitals typically do so hoping to arouse the recipient and get images back in return. A small minority of participants reported sending the private photos in order to intentionally elicit a negative response from women. The researchers conclude that the practice can neither be construed as solely sexist or as a positive sexual outlet.

Workers who break the rules are more likely to CHEAT on their partners

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Difficult co-workers who defy authority are more likely to cheat on their partners, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Texas discovered the correlation after studying the records of police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals and senior executives who used the Ashley Madison marital infidelity website. The data suggests a strong connection between people's actions in their personal and professional lives. They found that Ashley Madison were more than twice as likely to engage in corporate misconduct. Researchers investigated four study groups totalling 11,235 individuals.

Tinder's Newest Feature Aims to Keep LGBTQ People Safer Across the World

TIME - Tech

With a new feature, Tinder says it wants to make the swiping experience safer for its LGBTQ users traveling and living in certain countries. On Wednesday, the dating app introduced a new safety update dubbed "Traveler Alert" that will warn users who have identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer when they enter a country that could criminalize them for being out. The app plans to use the locations from users' devices to determine if there is a threat to the user's safety, where users can opt to have their profile hidden during their stay or make their profile public again. The caveat being that if a user decides to have their profile public, their sexual preference or gender identity will no longer be disclosed on the app until they return to a location where the user is deemed safer to disclose their identity. In the statement, Tinder says they developed the feature so that users "can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves."

Tinder introduces travel safety feature for LGBTQ users in countries with discriminatory laws

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Dating app Tinder will roll out new safety features that alerts LGBTQ users when they're using its service in a country with discriminatory laws. The new feature keys in on 70 different countries chosen with help from the the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and is effective today. Countries under the feature's umbrella include Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and more. 'We're rolling out a Traveler Alert that will appear when Tinder is opened in one of these locations to ensure that our users are aware of the potential dangers the LGBTQ community faces so that they can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves,' said the company in a statement. Tinder says the feature works by automatically hiding the user upon entering one of the countries and will appear in the form of an alert within the app.

Bill Gates and Travis Kalanick invest in A.I. chip start-up using light to move data


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick's 10100 fund and current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi have invested in Luminous, a small start-up building an artificial intelligence chip. The investment shows key figures in the technology industry believe there is still an opportunity for a new standard to emerge when it comes to hardware for AI, which can be incorporated into a variety of software applications. In all, the company raised $9 million in this seed round. Several start-ups have been working on next-generation hardware in recent years as AI has become trendy. Intel bought one, called Nervana, in 2016.

Tinder now lets users select up to three different sexual orientations

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tinder is giving users more tools to express their sexuality. The dating app announced on Tuesday that users can now select up to three terms that they most identify with from a list of nine options. Tinder is giving users more tools to express their sexuality. Users can choose from nine orientations, including straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer and questioning. From there, they can decide whether they want that information to show up on their public-facing profile.

Russia orders Tinder dating app to share user data on demand

The Japan Times

MOSCOW - Russia said on Monday it had added the popular dating app Tinder to a list of entities obliged to hand over user data and messages to law enforcement agencies on demand, including the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB. Roskomnadzor, Russia's telecoms and media regulator, said in a statement that Tinder had been added to its special register at the end of last month after providing the requisite information to allow itself to be added. The move, part of a wider Russian drive to regulate the internet, means that Tinder will be obliged to store users' metadata on servers inside Russia for at least six months as well as their text, audio or video messages. Russia's law enforcement agencies such as the FSB security service, which took over most of the KGB's functions, can require companies on the register to hand over data on demand. The Russian state's increased regulation of the internet has drawn criticism from some opposition politicians and sparked protests from campaigners who are concerned about what they say is creeping Chinese-style control of the online world.

People using Tinder and other dating apps are 'more likely to use steroids'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

People who use dating apps such as Tinder may be up to 27 times as likely to use drastic or unhealthy techniques to try and stay slim. Deliberately vomiting, taking laxatives and even using anabolic steroids is more common among dating app users, a study found. Researchers found'unrealistic' desires to look like celebrities on television and social media are driving people to damaging behaviour. And with an estimated 50million people around the world signed up to Tinder the scientists warned experts must better understand its damaging effects. Researchers said social media and TV shows reinforce'ideal' body images which drive men to try and become more muscly and women slimmer, which may drive them to drastic weight loss measures (Pictured: Love Island contestants Anton Danyluk and Amber Gill – the show is well-known for displaying young people with extremely honed bodies.