Tinder hates old people, Bill Gates is rich, free Epic Unreal Engine, Googling the rainforest, preventing dumb tweets, and a cool Star Wars drone.
Tinder Plus Costs More for Older Users
Dating app Tinder has launched its long-awaited premium service called Tinder Plus. But, rather controversially, it’s charging older users looking for love more money than it’s charging younger users looking for love.
In the U.S., users under the age of 30 will be charged $9.99-per-month for the upgrade, while users over the age of 30 will be charged $19.99-per-month. In the U.K. it’s even worse, with users under the age of 28 charged just £3.99 ($6), with users over the age of 28 charged £14.99 ($23).
Tinder isn’t only charging different amounts according to age either, with people in developing countries being asked to pay significantly less than those elsewhere. However, while that is somewhat understandable, charging people based purely on how old they are stinks of ageism, pure and simple.
Tinder has defended the Tinder Plus business model, suggesting that, “during our testing we’ve learned, not surprisingly, that younger users are just as excited about Tinder Plus, but are more budget constrained and need a lower price to pull the trigger.” Which is an explanation, but not really a legitimate excuse.
Thankfully, there is an easy way to cheat the system, as Tinder pulls its information directly from Facebook when you sign up to use the service. So, if you were to, let’s say, change your year of birth on Facebook to qualify for the lower price, there isn’t much Tinder could do to stop you. Not that we’re suggesting you do anything so underhanded, obviously.
Bill Gates Tops Forbes’ Rich List
Countries that are poorer than Bill Gates pic.twitter.com/RY6sR5zFmb
— OnThisDay & Facts (@NotableHistory) March 2, 2015
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been named the richest person in the world, topping the latest Forbes Rich List with a fortune of $79.2 billion. This is an increase of $3 billion over the past year, enough to keep him ahead of Mexican telecoms entrepreneur Carlos Slim ($77.1 B) and legendary investor Warren Buffet ($72.7 B).
Epic Releases Unreal Engine 4 Free
Epic has announced that Unreal Engine 4, its cross-platform game engine, is now available for free to anyone who wants to use it. This is the full C++ source code which supports Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, and more besides.
Epic launched Unreal Engine 4 in March 2014, charging budding game designers $19-per-month plus five percent of the gross revenues made on any game released commercially. Now, the $19 fee is gone, and Epic wants five percent of any revenues over $3,000-per-quarter. Larger development studios can still negotiate their own deals.
Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic, said: “The state of Unreal is strong, and we’ve realized that as we take away barriers, more people are able to fulfill their creative visions and shape the future of the medium we love. That’s why we’re taking away the last barrier to entry, and going free.”
Google Street View Charts the Amazon
Not content with photographing street-level panoramas of the biggest towns and cities around the world, Google has recently ventured off the beaten track. The latest being possibly as far off the beaten track as you can possibly venture: the Amazon rainforest.
In order to capture the imagery, the special Street View cameras were taken on boats 500 km down the river, walked through 20 km of forest trails, and even fired down ziplines to show the difference between the treetop canopy and the forest floor. The result being a truly mesmerizing look at a part of the world few of us will ever visit.
How to Not Get Fired for Tweeting
I made a browser extension that replaces the “What’s happening?” question on Twitter’s text field: pic.twitter.com/sLbzVXG9U4
— Paolo Pedercini (@molleindustria) March 2, 2015
While most of us use social networks on a daily basis, few of us fully consider the dangers of posting our innermost thoughts online for the world to see. There have been plenty of cases of people being fired from jobs for posting controversial tweets, which is where a simple Google Chrome extension called TweetFired could prove to be a lifesaver.
TweetFired is a Chrome extension created by Paolo Pedercini, a professor at Carnegie Mellon. It simply replaces the, “What’s Happening?” prompt in the text field on Twitter with the rather more ominous, “Remember: you are always one tweet away from being fired.” Thus you’ll be much less likely to post something which draws the ire of your boss.
Build Your Own TIE Interceptor Drone
And finally, flying a drone is already one of the most fun things you can do with your clothes on, but flying a drone that’s been modified to look like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars is unadulterated fun, whether you’re clothed or not.
The guy responsible for this amazing drone mod goes by the name of Olivier-FR, and he has posted instructions on how to build your own Star Wars drones on the RCGroups forums. All someone needs to do now is figure out how to replicate the roaring sound. [H/T Reddit]
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