10 Things You Love to Hate if You Live in Philly

Image courtesy of Hokku Public Relations

Image courtesy of Hokku Public Relations

Let’s face it, by default, we as Philly residents are often dubbed an irate group of people. After all, our lovely urban city has been named the angriest city in the nation once or twice. But is it true? Are we really haters? And if so, what is it that we love to hate so much?

Well, while we can’t speak for everyone on the former, we now have some clarity on the latter, because new data just gave us insight on the region’s top ten most hated topics. Before we get into the top ten, though, we have to let you in on one thing: the data was collected by a dating app called Hater, which matches people looking for love based solely on things they hate (yep, this app exists.). Brace yourselves, folks, because the ten are as comical, yet oddly relatable, as you’d expect. Read more »

The New Meaning of Slacker

Slacker, an online radio network, has added a new LGBT Pride channel to its already diverse mix of music on the go. And while all the usual suspects are represented – dance, club mixes and disco being the most popular – listeners also hear from emerging alternative and LGBT artists like country’s Chely Wright and pop’s Adam Lambert. And Gaga – there’s definitely no shortage of Gaga. We even caught a little Donna Summer this morning to kick off one hot weekend.

Slacker’s LGBT Pride station can be found in the “specialty” station category online and pretty much anywhere that Slacker Radio is available. Listeners can now tune in on the web, too, and on smartphones and iPad.

And while Pandora seems to be king of the streaming stations these days, we did a little research and discovered that Slacker’s catalog is about 1o-times the size of Pandora’s. But like most online stations, listeners can create custom settings and tune into more than 200 DJ-curated channels, like the new LGBT programming.

Slacker (with new headquarters in San Diego) got started in Austin, a musical capital, and covers major music events around the world – Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo, to name a few. And for the talk show fiends, there are plenty of non-music stations geared to news, sports and comedy. No word on whether Slacker will add an LGBT talk radio component to the network – yet.

Perhaps the coolest claim to fame? Artist Shepard Fairey helped design the logo.

Summer Tech Must-Haves

Courtesy of Leica

Summer usually means two things – time spent outside and on the road to the latest vacation destination. That’s why we gathered up some of the best, most stylish tech gear to get your music, video and health on no matter where you’re hanging your hat this season.

Get some sexy street shots at home and abroad with the Leica M9-P, a digital camera with a classic design. If you’d like to let it hang, consider a leather strap that will make any budding shutterfly look oh-so butch. Prefer to capture pics on your smartphone? Download Instagram and a few creative photo packs from Hipstamatic to edit and share photos like a pro with friends on the go.

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Gay.com Goes Mobile

Gay.com is arguably the most popular site for making man-to-man connections. And for the first time, the social networking site – which is operated by Here Media – has launched a mobile version for smartphones and tablets (hello, iPad!). The mobile version offers all of the usual access to membership (this morning more than 6,000 men were logged on and ready to, um, chat), but taking a page from other apps like Grindr, it now also offers a location feature that allows you to connect with real people in the region.

The site also offers features from sister sites like Out and The Advocate, including exclusive interviews with celebs galore.

The mobile upgrade also means that die hard users (you know who you are) don’t have to download an app or additional software to access profiles on the go. Mobile users can also still view photos, access email and connect with members whether you’re stuck in the office, out for happy hour or cruising down at the shore.

Traveling Gay.com members can even pre-set travel destinations to find out who’s online in a destination city – before you get there. Guess it makes choosing between, say, Rehoboth and Fire Island all the more complicated.