Facebook recognizes that not everybody identifies themselves simply as a "male" or "female," so it's added the ability for users to identify themselves with a range of labels, including "other."
People can now select a custom gender identification, the pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly, and who can see their gender selection, Facebook announced Thursday. Your About page will now include options like "cisgender," "transgender," and "intersex," in addition to the previous "male" and "female" options.
You can also select … Read more
Who among us hasn't wondered at one point or another what it would be like to be another person, and maybe one of another gender?
Gender Swap, an experiment from Spanish art and technology collective BeAnotherLab, combines Oculus Rift head-mounted displays and first-person cameras to, well, let participants virtually swap genders.
Gender Swap uses BeAnotherLab's low-budget, open-source Machine To Be Another, a system that allows one person to share a story by transmitting first-person video in real time to the goggles of a second person in another, identical room. … Read more
Maybe the average man can get away with drinking more in one sitting than the average woman. But in the long run, that may not be an advantage.
In a paper titled "Alcohol consumption and cognitive decline in early old age," and published online this month in Neurology, researchers used a long-term study of British workers to examine the association between alcohol consumption in midlife and subsequent cognitive decline in both men and women. It seems gender may play a role in the effects of alcohol consumption on the brain.
"Our study based on middle-aged participants suggests that heavy drinking is associated with faster decline in all cognitive domains in men," the paper stated. "In women, there was only weak evidence that heavy drinking was associated with a faster decline in executive function." In fact, not drinking for 10 years was associated with a faster cognitive decline for women, but don't take that as a recommendation to drink heavily. The researchers point out that there are other demographic factors involved, such as race and income.… Read more
Though women's battle for equal pay rages on (thanks Batgirl; see the video below), a new government study suggests tech companies are seeing past gender bias and hiring more women than men.
"Companies have been focusing on getting more women into technology for a long time," Shravan Goli, president of Dice, said. "This year those efforts appear to be paying off … Read more
Sir's feminine voice can potentially be a thing of the past if you'd prefer a more masculine personal assistant with iOS 7.
As demoed by Apple back in June, iOS users are now able to change the new female Siri voice to a male voice.
Changing the gender of Siri's voice only takes a few seconds and is really easy to do.Launch the Settings app and tap on General, followed by Siri. Here you can disable Siri, change its default language, as well as point Siri to your personal info and change a couple more settings. … Read more
There's a very special day coming up. It's one where we express love and shower certain people with compliments. I'm not talking about Valentine's Day. I'm talking about Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day on February 1.
Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day encourages everyone to add an extra comment about the appearance of a male tech writer when tweeting or otherwise sharing an article. For example, you could tweet, "Awesome Android app article from that hunky Seth Rosenblatt! @cnet."… Read more
Same-gender romance will soon be in the air in Star Wars: The Old Republic, meaning your Jedi Knight or Bounty Hunter will have more opportunities to get some lovin' in the online game.
To date, characters' romance options have been limited by class and gender. But in a blog post today, Jeff Hickman, executive producer of the BioWare/EA title, revealed that that's shifting come spring -- to an extent.
The upcoming Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion pack, he said, will make it possible for players on the new planet (called Makeb) to flirt with same-gender non-player characters, created by BioWare to give quests, sell items, and otherwise move the story forward. Players will not yet, however, be able to put the moves on same-sex companion characters, the NPCs that accompany them on their intergalactic escapades as a major plotline piece. … Read more
This secret is out. Sometimes, girls like to play with He-Man action figures and boys like to nurture dolls. A Swedish toy catalog is getting a lot of attention for swapping out traditional gender roles by depicting a boy playing with a dollhouse and a girl blasting an imaginary foe with a Nerf gun.
Top Toy created the holiday catalog for toy chains BR and Toys"R"Us. The catalog was released in both Denmark and Sweden, but the Swedish version features some Photoshopped changes. Perhaps most notably, a boy wielding a toy gun in the Danish catalog was replaced by a girl, while a boy appears on another page playing with a very pink dollhouse.… Read more
Twitter is trying to suss out which of its users are male and which are female. And so far, it's gotten its prediction science down to a 90 percent accuracy rate.
But, let me back up. Why in the world would the social network want to figure out the gender of its individual users?
Why for advertising, of course.
According to Twitter, the fairer sex might like to see a promoted tweet featuring cosmetics, while men would most likely ignore such advertising. All of this apparently matters when trying to generate ad revenue and monetize the site.
Unlike some … Read more