Study: More Girls Want STEM Careers Than Boys

Ronnachai Palas/Shutterstock

Ronnachai Palas/Shutterstock

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did it work out?

Let’s hope it works out for the girls who took part in’s recent nationwide survey. Forty-one percent of them responded that they wanted to have careers in the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. Just 32 percent of boys said they wanted a STEM career.

This is, of course, in stark contrast to the well-noted gap in gender representation in these fields. The most recent Census data shows that women make up only 24 percent of workers in STEM careers. Meanwhile, just 13 percent to 15 percent of software engineers are women — even though it’s one of the hottest fields in tech. Read more »

Latest Comcast Criticism: Pop-Up Ads to Buy Its Modems


It’s been a few weeks since we heard a complaint about Comcast’s business practices — in fact, the company has been lauded for hiring new customer service reps to help smooth out its relationship and reputation. But maybe it was only a matter of time.

The latest criticism? That the company is pestering Internet customers who don’t use its modems to receive service. Consumerist reports that one customer — identified only as “BB” — is even receiving pop-up ads while he browses the web strongly warning him to “upgrade” to an Xfinity-issued modem. Read more »

How Philly Can Be the Capital of Gender Equality in Tech



If you’ve been watching certain aspects of the news over the last 18 months that aren’t focused on the Pope coming to Philadelphia, the race for president, or the opening of Star Wars, you may have heard about the current and constantly increasing shortage of workers in the technology space. The U.S. Department of Labor has been forecasting a shortfall of 1 million technology jobs in less than five years.

Being part of the tech industry has made me acutely aware of the reality that supports the barrage of statistics. My company, Chariot Solutions, is a great example, as we can’t find enough experienced, top-notch software architects to meet demand.

One way to ultimately resolve the shortage of tech professionals would be to get more women into the field. Stats show that only 27 percent of people in science, engineering, math and tech careers are women, while those women who are software engineers clock in at around 13 to 15 percent. If you consider women are currently more than half of the workforce and earn 57 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, there’s a major mismatch. Read more »

Drexel: Most Adults Are Sexting

Sexting isn’t just a teen fad, a new study from Drexel University has found. Eight in 10 adults have sexted in the last year, according to the study — and couples who sext report having higher satisfaction levels in their relationship.

In other words, sexting couples are happy couples. And there are a whole bunch more of them than you might have ever suspected.

“These findings,” the study’s authors wrote, “indicate a robust relationship between sexting and sexual satisfaction.” Read more »

STUDY: “LOL” is Becoming Extinct

We all express laughter in different ways online. I never caught on to the “LOL” bandwagon, because, well, it never really made sense to me. I was always more of a  classic “haha” kind of guy. Just felt natural and not so of-the-moment-y. It looks like I was right.

In April, The New Yorker did a funny piece on e-laughter, which prompted Facebook to look even deeper. According to Facebook, the social networking giant “analyzed de-identified posts and comments posted on Facebook in the last week of May” to come up with statistics about how people are laughing online. Here are some of the more interesting things they came up with:

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You’re Welcome, America: We Killed hitchBOT

HitchBOT via Facebook

hitchBOT via Facebook

Most weekends I don’t leave South Philly, let alone the East Coast. But I spent the past couple days in Los Angeles, and I have to admit that by Saturday evening I started to entertain the idea of extending my stay.

Because really, California doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. It never snows and it barely rains. There’s a beach to the left and mountains to the right. If you forget your laptop in a coffee shop, it will be waiting for you behind the counter with a glowing barista who smells like sunshine and rainbows. What, I wondered, do I have against happiness? Why do I insist, year after year, on proving that I can survive Philadelphia?

And then you beautiful assholes killed hitchBOT. Read more »

9 Cool Events to Do at Philly Tech Week


Philly Tech Week is upon us! It certainly has come a long way in five years. Just look how dated this website from the first one looks! It would still be functional now, but it’s nowhere near as nice as the fancy, sponsored-by-Comcast look of this year. Plus, Christopher Wink and Brian James Kirk got their own profile here in Philadelphia magazine this year.

Right: Philly Tech Week is bigger than ever. That means there are even more cool events to go to this year than in previous years. Here are nine event picks for Philly Tech Week, one for each day. Read more »

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