Are you watching Riverdale? And they’re certainly doing better than what happened with this 1990 TV movie. The 21st-century re-imagination of the Archie comics universe seems to have its fans. Case in point: Jughead (who has grown into an adult but is still a dork) grabs a boombox and does a rap version of the Archies’ “Sugar Sugar.” (Blame Tom for finding this one.)
This Rap Version of the Archies’ “Sugar Sugar” May Ruin the Internet for You
Reputation sold 700,000 copies in the first 24 hours after its release. “The singles haven’t been that good. How many were digital downloads from iTunes? Swifties just aren’t prepared to wait a week to hear the rest of the album on Spotify, so they’re buying it. No one is gonna fall for this. “Rubbish,” said the scoffers. In the days leading up to Friday’s release of Taylor Swift’s Reputation album, certainly industry folk were predicting that the record would move 2 million copies in its first week. And her fans aren’t buying CDs. LOTS of them are buying it. While she could still fall short of the prediction of 2 million, a final first-week total of 1.5 million would be her best-ever. At this pace (a busy weekend followed by a slower Monday-Thursday rate), Swift looks to break her old record of 1.29 million copies sold the week after 1989 was released. They stream! Insanity.”
Turns out that withholding the album from streaming services was an act of genius. Two other albums also broke the million mark: Red (2012) with 1.12 million and Speak Now (2010) with 1.05 million. And that’s just the US, of course. Whatever the final number, it’s destined to become the top-selling album in the US in 2017, a spot currently held by Ed Sheeran’s Divide (currently at 909,000 units). CDs and plastic)? (Via Billboard)
Another thing we’ll be watching: How many of these records were physical units (i.e. Tay-Tay has Swifties all over the planet. And Tay-Tay’s denying her fans the chance to stream the album this week? And besides, the CD is dead.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation Album Sold 700,000 Copies on the FIRST DAY!
Good. (1) That a vibrator is Bluetooth-enabled; (2) that you control it from an app; and (3) the app gains access to a smartphone’s microphone and camera. It’s unfortunate, because there’s no other way to control the vibrator without the app. Regarding the sound file in question, it has already been confirmed that this is a minor bug – a temporary file that is created when someone uses the Sound Control feature. And when I say “dildos,” I’m not using the word pejoratively to describe some stupid people. At no time had I wanted the app to record entire sessions using the vibrator. Your concern is completely understandable. I have deleted the app, and will no longer be using its Bluetooth functions. …
The bug has been fixed and an updated version of Lovense Remote is now available for download in the Google Play store. If your device is running a previous version of Lovense Remote please upgrade to v3.0.7 by clicking here. But rest assured, no information or data is sent to our servers. The app permissions allow for mic and camera use, but this was supposed to be for use with the in-app chat function to send voice clips on command. Off to update my app, then. I mean that actual dildos were in audio recording mode when, uh…well, you know. I’m not tech savvy enough to know if the recording had been sent to them or not, but I assume this is the case given the history of the industry and their disregard for privacy. Ah. Starts to make sense now, doesn’t it?)
To their credit, the Lovense Teledildonics Company has come clean (wait–that doesn’t sound good) and has admitted to a “bug” in their app. More coverage here and here. The file was a FULL audio recording 6 minutes long of the last time I had used the app to control my SO’s remote control vibrator (We used it at a bar while playing pool). Someone on Reddit discovered (God knows what they were originally looking for) the following:
TLDR: App for remote control vibrator records your sexytime lovemaking sessions
The Lovense remote control vibrator app (used to control remote control sex toys made by Lovense, such as this one) seems to be recording while the vibrator is on. A couple of things may jump out from that story at you. Aha! I was going through my phone media to prepare it for a factory reset and came across a .3gp file named “tempSoundPlay.3gp” in the folder for the App. (Possible answers to the preceding: Maybe your partner is not in the room/city/country and he/she wants to have fun by controlling the dildo from afar.
These Dildos Were Secretly Recording Their Users