Man Buys 99 iPhone 6s to Propose to Girlfriend, Gets Rejected

TIME

If you’re planning an elaborate proposal, you should probably know the girl is going to say “yes.”

That was not the case for one Chinese programmer, Sina Technology reports. The unnamed man decided to spend two years of savings on 99 iPhone 6s—costing an estimated $85,000—arrange them in the shape of a heart, and then very publicly propose to his girlfriend.

And… she reportedly said no.

Maybe if he had sprung for the iPhone 6 Plus…

The proposal came right in time for China’s Singles’ Day — a holiday that falls on 11/11 — which many Chinese bachelors celebrate by online shopping, and ending their single-dom.

It’s probably safe to assume this newly single programmer will not be buying himself an iPhone.

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Yummly’s cooking app is now available to Android-owning home chefs

Gigaom

If you like to cook with your smartphone or tablet, you’ve always been better off owning an iOS device where recipe and cooking apps tend to gravitate. But popular recipe search engine Yummly has made the jump to Google’s operating system, acknowledging the fact millions of Android users gotta eat too.

Yummly isn’t just an aggregator of recipes from popular cooking sites on the web, it’s also a semantic search engine for food that lets you tailor your menu to specific nutritional requirements, cuisines and even your own personal tastes for salty and sweet, spicy and bitter. It parses individual recipes for food data, and personalizes its recommendations based on your cooking history.

The iOS app has already been a big hit for Yummly. In the 12 months since its iPhone app launch, its iOS apps have been downloaded 3.5 million, and it’s grown in monthly unique visitors from 10…

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Why we need a secular sabbath

ideas.ted.com

As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

The idea of going nowhere is as universal as the law of gravity; that’s why wise souls from every tradition have spoken of it. “All the unhappiness of men,” the seventeenth-century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal famously noted, “arises from one simple fact: that they cannot sit quietly in their chamber.” After Admiral Richard E. Byrd spent nearly five months alone in a shack in the Antarctic, in temperatures that sank to 70 degrees below zero, he emerged convinced that “Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.” Or, as they sometimes say around Kyoto, “Don’t just do something. Sit…

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