Only in San Francisco: New Startup Company Offers To Take Out The Trash

The San Francisco Bay Area in California is the birthplace and melting pot of the world’s startup community. In this techie supercenter, residents can now pay to have their groceries delivered, their restaurant meals delivered, and their dry cleaning delivered, among other things.

Now, a new San Francisco startup is offering to take out the trash.

Yes, that’s right take out the trash, literally.

Trashday offers residents the chance to pay $32 to $52 a month to have someone come to their home and move their trash can from their garage to the street and back again after it’s collected.

Their tagline is: “Never Take Out The Trash Again. Let Us Do It For You.”

The company plans to offer their service in some of San Francisco’s most expensive districts, including the Mission, Noe Valley, Lower Haight, and the Castro, according to theSan Francisco Chronicle.

They’re assuming the overly-paid San Franciscan techies haven’t discovered they can pay the company that collects the trash a small fee to do the same thing.

If you think this money-making idea sounds a little crazy, you’re not alone. The startup came to the attention of the Business Insider who dubbed it a technology to replace what mom used to do for you. The business idea has also spawned a parody called Here Comes The Airplane that offers to send people to customer’s homes to feed them with their own silver spoons.

Trashday isn’t the only ridiculous startup to come out of San Francisco. Techslinger lets users pull out their laptops like they’re drawing down in the old west, while Winbot, a window cleaning robot, looks like a Roomba that got trapped in a clear plastic box and turned on its side.

Ecovacs Robotics is making robots to do everything from cleaning your house to protecting your family.

Not every startup will succeed, however — and if you’re a failed Bay Area startup, theInquisitr has a complete guide to getting you up and running again.

Remember, the average millionaire has gone bankrupt 3.5 times, so if you’ve found yourself on the losing end of the game, it’s only a stepping stone on the road to success.

P.S. The technology and money making industry of San Francisco isn’t completely sure Trashday is an actual company, but they feel strong enough to write reviews on it.


Vertical Farming Becomes Viable As Arable Land Decreases – May Be The Future For Cities To Feed Themselves

One of the doom-and-gloom theories scientists have about the future of mankind is the lack of food to sustain an exponentially increasing population. Presently, the world’s population is estimated to be 7 billion. By 2050, that number increases to 10 billion. That is a lot of mouths to feed despite the fact arable land isn’t forming at the same pace people reproduce.

Because of this problematic theory, many scientists – especially those of the environmental kind – try to find ways to increase the production of food. The Inquisitrreported on some of those successful tries such as proficient indoor farming and solar-powered floating farms.

The aforementioned methods are great, but when it comes to urban establishments – cities for example – the only viable way to farm would be up. Such a method seems unbelievable given the fact conventional farming is always viewed horizontally. However, vertical farming has been analyzed and might possibly be the future for cities to feed themselves.

According to Inhabitat, data solutions organization Dickson explored vertical farming as a means to boost urban food security. They provided an infographic (pictured right) of vertical farming’s many benefits, complete with data.

Dickson’s infographic utilizes the scenario of a 30-story building turned into a vertical farming facility. Apparently, such a structure could feed 50,000 people a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet for an entire year. Not only that, the said vertical farming facility is also efficient. Some efficient benefits include light utilization which cuts plant growth time by six to 12 weeks and using 90 percent less water than conventional farming through unique water-recycling methods.

For the problem of losing arable land, it is the most viable solution for said problem, as reported by Minds. From one estimate by NASA, it would require a landmass the size of South America to grow enough food for our current population of 7 billion people. By “stacking the land on top of each other like shelves,” vertical farming becomes an ingenious way to cut down on that space.

For those who want to learn more on vertical farming, a video on it has been attached below. In it, professor of Public Health in Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, Dickson Despommier, explains the impact vertical farms have on society.


Google Photos Taking On Digital Storage Conundrum

Google Photos may not be a revolutionary idea, but Google hopes its implementation changes the cloud storage landscape forever.

As easy and prevalent as digital photography is these days, one of its greatest benefits has also always been one of its greatest weaknesses: what happens when a hard drive holding an entire digital library fails?

Google decided to solve this problem by upping its game in the cloud storage arena with the introduction of Google Photos. Google announced this program at its I/O conference last week, and it is available on both Android and iOS devices as well as via web browsers. Users download the app to their smartphones, and it automatically backs up all photos on that device to the user’s Google Drive account. Most smartphone camera pictures will be small enough in size that it will not take up any space on the user’s Drive, meaning they will have virtually unlimited cloud storage.

The Google Photos app is fairly straightforward to use, but users with a lot of photos on their device will need to prepare for the upload process to take a while. Depending on internet speed, uploading 5,000 photos from a phone to Google Drive could take hours. The good news is that once those photos are uploaded, they can be deleted from the device to free up space for more photos, apps, games, music, or movies.

The app also takes some liberties with photo collections and creates animated images and photo collages. Using multiple images of the same subject, Google Photos created animated gifs to give photos a more lifelike look. Users can then share those animations through social media. Additionally, Google Photos recognizes images that were taken in similar settings at similar locations and groups them together into “photo albums.” For example, the app recognizes a group of photos that were taken during a trip to Disneyland and creates a digital photobook that can be saved to Google Drive.

Google Photos also recognizes faces and can group photos together that way. For example, it can group all photos of a single person together for easy searching. These photo collections are viewable within the Google Photos app.

With Google Photos being the mobile tool to ensure photo collections are accessible anytime from anywhere in the world on Google Drive, Google is trying to stake its claim as the simplest and best cloud storage provider. The multi-platform system is set up in such a way that users could even have every member of their family backing up photos to the same Drive account, ensuring all their photos are captured forever.

While most smartphone pictures will be able to stored without affecting the user’s Drive space (all Google users are given 15 GB of Google Drive space for free), photographers who use DSLR camera or take photos at a higher-than-normal resolutions, will have those photos count against their storage space. Google offers increased storage options beginning at 100 gigabytes for $1.99 monthly.


Google Photos Helping Google Plus Refocus On Social Instead Of Imagery

Now that Google Photos is out there for all the world to see, it appears as if the Internet giant has another big hit on its hands. Already being billed as the photo app of Gmail, Google Photos could be one that puts image storage sites like Flickr in the dust. When it comes to the world of applications that promise to collect all your photos and videos in one place, it might seem like Google Photos is a bit redundant.

As CNN Money points out, one of the neat features of Google Photos is that it can actually help people free up space on their phones or mobile devices. Being able to be alerted by Google Photos ahead of time that you are about to run out of space and offer the ability to quickly and easily delete duplicates is a time saver and a storage saver. The ability to actually file your pictures in the Google Photos application under a number of different topics also means that shutterbugs will be able to find any photo they took, even if they want to find a photo based on what objects were in the pic.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the development of Google Photos is that this is meant to be a complete standalone application from Google Plus. During Friday’s press conference, the company announced that Photos is not going to be an extension of Plus.TheNextWeb quoted Google Vice President of Products Bradley Horowitz as this launch being part of the “renaissance in thinking of what Plus is and for.”

During this particular conference, the company was also quick to stop any sort of buzz that Plus might be dying off since it wasn’t being put together with Google Photos. Horowitz said Plus now a service which “connects people around shared interest and passions.” He also says Plus communities have over one million joins a day. The service is going to continue to focus on connecting people through things like storing pictures are going to be something handled separately.

The Internet giant is planning on doubling down on Plus when it comes to connecting people with their common interests. There will still be pictures in Plus, but that will no longer be the focal point of the website and service. Google Photos is getting a good start off the ground with this particular focus.


Hooking Up Through Your Phone Greatly Increases Your Chances Of STDs In This State

Casual hookups in general probably aren’t considered the safest sex, and of course not if the sex is unprotected. But a recent surge of HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases left one state scrambling to try to pinpoint the cause in order to educate the public. It turns out the initial medium was something just about everyone has — a cell phone. Does a cell phone give you sexually transmitted diseases? It might not technically, but what people do with their phones very well could.

The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced that reported cases of syphilishave increased by 79 percent, cases of gonorrhea have increased by 30 percent, and newly identified HIV cases have increased by around 33 percent this year, up from cases reported in 2014. The report on syphilis in itself was puzzling, as syphilis has been on the decline in most parts of the country, although gonorrhea continues to increase and HIV goes through periods of increased reports and stabilizing rates.

The HIV and syphilis cases were rising fastest amongst gay and bisexual men, as well as any other men who have sex with men (MSM). Minority groups such as Hispanic and African American men appear to be most at risk, which has been consistent for years, but a new group is emerging as being very at risk: young people who use social media.

Social Media has made it possible for people to meet others they normally wouldn’t, and in some cases, they choose to “hook up” for casual or even anonymous sex. This high-risk sex behavior has been around for a long time in bars, raves, and clubs, but is now becoming quite common through the use of Grindr, Tinder, Blender, and the like — apps that allow people to hook up with ease, without a lot of pretense of getting to know one another or the other’s habits, including how promiscuous they may be. The other issue is, once someone is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, it is common for the health department to attempt to locate sexual partners so that they can be treated. With these apps, that is virtually impossible.

A recent study investigating the use of photo-shopped profile pictures when online dating indicates that users of this form of social media may value attractiveness over trustworthiness when it comes to desiring to date someone. This means that people aren’t placing much thought on whether the person is being honest with them about the number, frequency or protection used during past sexual encounters, and may not be asking potential partners if they have been tested for HIV, etc.

Rhode Island is a small state which means one case of a disease could lead to quite a few infected people, which then multiplies exponentially. But don’t assume you’re safe if you live outside of Rhode Island. STDs aren’t worried about state lines. Use protection, and reconsider anonymous and casual sex hook-up sites, or delay sex until you know the person better. Regular testing should be a high priority for anyone who in sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship.


Google Calendar Sees Disruptions, But Has a Bright Future

If you’ve had problems with Google Calendar in the past 24 hours or so, you’re not the only one. Google announced Calendar service problems faced by many users on its official app status website as of 9:15 am today, explaining that:

“Google Calendar service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”

As reported by, Google is “continuing to investigate this issue” with the search giant announcing:

“We are working on getting the exact list of affected users. This is the first step towards fixing the issue. Next update within 3 hours.”

However inconvenient it may be to watch your neatly organized, colorful calendar blocks of time fail to organize your day, it’s worth knowing that Google Calendar has a bright future ahead of it.

Wired reported that the company recently acquired the calendar business Timeful, a collaborative effort between Dan Ariely, a well-known behavioral economist, and a number of artificial intelligence experts from Stanford University.

The project was designed to transform your calendar. The aim is to stop it being a series of appointments and business tasks that suck away your time like a black hole, instead ensuring you put healthy amounts of it into stuff that you like. Examples include achieving your goals, finding time for the things you really enjoy and building good habits.

Before rushing to purchase the Timeful app, however TechCrunch reported that due to the team spending more time focusing on Google projects, it may not see quite as much as support as you’d like. However, Timeful has stated on Twitter that it has no immediate plans to discontinue the application.

Given the fact that Google Calendar recently found its way onto iPhone, it’s possible the two might emerge in the not-too-distant future.

Prior to the Google acquisition, the team raised $7 million in venture capital funding. They pitched the project as combining both behavioral psychology and the latest developments in machine learning that will transform a calendar into “powerful temporal spreadsheets”.

The project has a number of patents pending and in an interview with Wired, Stanford researcher, Yoav Shoham, told the publication:

“Everybody in the company really deeply believes that time is by far our most precious resource, much more precious than money, and by far harder to manage.”

Would you let a Google Calendar AI manage real life for you? Let us know in the comments.


iPhone Crash: If You Receive This Text Message, Your Phone Will Crash

The notable claim about Apple products’ inability to crash or get viruses may be questioned if recent reports are found to be true. Apparently, there’s a text message virus being passed around and unfortunately, it causes operational failure when sent to iPhones. The coding consists of a very specific string of text characters that are sent through SMS or iMessages.

According to Mirror Online, the text message coding tampers with an internal bug in the Apple OS, which causes the phone to shut down immediately when the text message is received. This means anyone can crash your iPhone as long as they have the destructive text message coding.

Gizmodo reports that the coding specifically causes Message failure, but if the phone is locked, it can cause the phone to reboot. Once the phone reboots, the user is permanently locked out of the Messaging application. However, there have been many cases where the operating system has crashed. Although most people would insist the logical thing to do would be to simply delete the message, but most users are unaware of the potential damage the message can cause. Once it’s sent to the phone, it’s already too late.

Unfortunately, the text message isn’t just being sent around by computer whizzes and pranksters. Apparently, lots of people are sending the potentially catastrophic message to people they know in order to crash their phone as a joke. But, of course, iPhone users who have already been duped aren’t too happy.


Samsung Reveals Limited Edition ‘Iron Man’ Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung has formally reported the arrival of a Limited Edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge, as a major aspect of a cooperation with Marvel revolved around Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

The Iron Man S6 is the most recent result of an association shaped in the middle of Samsung and Marvel last June, as indicated by Time. The telephone games Iron Man’s signature paint plan of red with gold trim, alongside a representation of the Marvel superhero over the back, decorated over an unmistakable serial number.


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The telephone ships with a custom remote charger intended to look like Iron Man’s signature Arc Reactor, and in addition a preinstalled Iron Man-driven subject. Bragging 64GB of capacity, as indicated by Forbes, the Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man generally holds fast to huge numbers of the specs of the first telephone. These incorporate a 5.1-inch Quad HD show, an Exynos 7420 processor, a 16-megapixel back camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and 3GB RAM, as the Inquisitr has already reported.

The Iron Man S6 Limited Edition speaks to simply the most recent result of an organization that has already brought about the arrival of Avengers cases for the Note 4, and also an Avengers: Age Of Ultron subject for the Galaxy S6. Samsung’s Executive Vice President of Global Marketing for their IT & Mobile Division, Younghee Lee, referenced that association while declaring the Iron Man S6.

“We are eager to have the capacity to offer our reality class Galaxy S6 edge cell phone outlined particularly for Iron Man fans through our proceeded with cooperation with Marvel,” he said.

Coordinated by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age Of Ultron debuted on May 1, 2015 in America, making $1.263 billion worldwide in its initial 24 days of discharge. Amid that time of time, the film additionally acquired $403 million locally, an accomplishment coordinated just by 19 different films ever.

Sadly for American fans, a stateside dispatch of the Iron Man S6 is an indistinct suggestion right now. Starting as a constrained keep running of 1,000 units, the telephone will be made accessible on Wednesday, May 27, in South Korea, before discharge in China and Hong Kong one month from now. Samsung did not, in any case, uncover whether the Iron Man S6 edge would be offered available to be purchased in the United States, nor was valuing data included in the declaration

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Apple Allegedly Preparing iPhone With 12MP Sony Camera: A Samsung Galaxy S6 Killer?

It’s still not certain if the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 6s or iPhone 7. However, it’s looking more certain that the next iPhone will have an amazing camera. AppleInsider has the latest news.

“The next-generation iPhone will reportedly sport a camera with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm’s RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.”

AppleInsider goes on to note that sources have downplayed the possibility of a dual-camera setup with wide-angle and telephoto lenses. However, with RGBW technology, a picture in a dark room can look almost like it was taken outdoors during the daytime.

One thing smartphone users can certainly count on with the upcoming iPhone is the implementation of Apple’s new Force Touch technology, which has been very well received on Apple’s MacBook lineup and is even on the new Apple Watch. Presumably, the iPhone’s screen senses will recognize the pressure of your touch and could be used to open up additional settings in different apps. It’s use would be very similar to how the S-Pen allows increased interaction and functionality on the Galaxy Note series.

Different rumors also have the next iPhone sporting a much higher resolution screen, 2GB of RAM, and a completely revised music app. Apple may also be working on a virtual reality headset to be used with its next iPhone. It was thought that Samsung would give Apple a huge challenge with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. However, one month after both phones went on sale, demand isn’t quite through the roof, according to Forbes.

“70 million. Earlier this year that was the number of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones Samsung claimed it would sell in 2015. Samsung also claimed to have taken 20M pre-orders prior to both phones’ release. Sadly one month on the reality looks disastrously different.”

The 16MP camera on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is widely considered to be the best camera ever put on a smartphone. However, even though the new iPhone may only have a 12MP camera, the RGBW technology would help Apple’s next smartphone take much better pictures than the Galaxy S6 can in low-lit situations. It’s important to note that having more megapixels doesn’t necessarily guarantee better pictures. It just means you can zoom in more on the photo and crop it without losing quality.

Apple will most likely announce the new iPhone in early September and then make it available to consumers two weeks after that. Like every previous year since 2007, you can bet huge lines will form to buy Apple’s next iPhone masterpiece.


Law Enforcement Drone Use Guidelines Released By Justice Department

The Justice Department has released guidelines for law enforcement drone use domestically. While these guidelines are not legally enforceable, they are the first step by the government to regulate itself in the brave new world of drone technology, which has become a magnet for privacy and safety concerns around the globe.

The Department of Justice Policy on law enforcement’s use of drones (UAS) holds that “Respect for civil rights and civil liberties is a core test of our democracy.” The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects its citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures which the UAS policy attempts to abide by. Law enforcement will be required to obtain a warrant when using drones to conduct surveillance or using them in any way that would violate a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Enforcement of these policies on law enforcement drone use will come in various forms from the Justice Department. Training for drone operators in these guidelines will be mandatory and subject to annual reviews by the deputy attorney general. Drone flight logs will be required and summaries of these flights will be posted one year after they occurred.

Using domestic drones for law enforcement is nothing new, and there are still no comprehensive, legally enforceable rules governing the practice of drone usage from local police all the way up to the alphabet agencies of the federal government. There are examples where drones have been used to great effect such as Engadget‘s story on Grand Forks, ND, police using domestic drones to nab underage drinking suspects.

Not every country uses drones the same way, and many people fear what unregulated drone usage can mean for law enforcement especially in a time when faith in law enforcement is at an all time low. An extreme example is from the United Kingdom, which has built a reputation as one of the most progressive surveillance states in the world. The surveillance society of England was raised to new heights (or lows) when UK Register reported on the Liverpool police testing a new mini-Black Helicopter which was nearly silent in operation and included cameras and microphones.

The Justice Department claims its guidelines for law enforcement drone usage in the United States follows the FAA’s submitted rules for commercial drone usage that was submitted several months ago. You can read the entire Just Department domestic drone use guidelines here.

The rules for private drone usage is even more hazy as the Inquisitr has covered previously. There has been no word on any recommendations for private drone usage at this time.

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