Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Best Way to End Money Arguments with Your Roommates

Yup, there's a (free) site for that.




photo courtesy of taxcredits.net

 

Splitting housing expenses is, at best, a pain and, at worst, a source of contention among even the most compatible of roommates.

Now, Carnegie Mellon University’s latest innovation has you covered. With Spliddit, there’s a site that promises to stop arguments over rent, divvy up your team project’s workload and dish out your family’s chores. Even better: It’s free.

Created by computer science professor Ariel Procaccia and undergrad Jonathan Goldman, Spliddit launched last November and keeps adding new features to its interface. So far, it has close to 40,000 unique visitors, making it look like another win for CMU’s tech endeavors.  

This isn’t just an iPhone-esque tip calculator: Inspired by the Shapley value, Spliddit uses an algorithm to figure out each person’s marginal contribution to any given venture to determine “fairness in mathematical terms.”  

That way, if you’re stuck with the smallest room in your new apartment, Spliddit figures out how much is fair for you to pay relative to your housemates. Or if you’re splitting up a lost relative’s estate, the website considers how much everyone values each asset and distributes accordingly.

In other words, we finally have a user-friendly site to settle everyday costs and tasks. Thanks to CMU, that’s one less thing to fight about with your roommate.

—Brady Langmann
 

#Tech: StyleIt app offers one-tap shopping option

Ever find yourself in a sartorial rut, struggling to create outfits from your wardrobe? The StyleIt app was created as a solution.

Users can launch the free iOS application, snap a photo of something they own (shoes, for example) and see that item in 10 ensemble suggestions in mere seconds. Users can save outfit recommendations and even buy new clothing articles through the app; the inventory includes pieces with single- to four-digit price tags.

Though StyleIt rewards users for creating and styling outfits to be bought through the app (by gifting credits that go toward future purchases), it also can provide inspiration for matching pieces in their own closets; CEO and founder Henry Kang, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate, says there are “a lot of new features planned around that” concept.

The app — with an interface that somewhat resembles Pinterest — is targeted at women, though Kang and his team have “seen a strong demand for a male market.”

— Kristina Martin; photo courtesy StyleIt



 


photo by dave dicello
 

#Shrouded: Heinz Field in the fog

Portions of "The Dark Knight Rises" were shot at Heinz Field a couple of years ago. Wednesday morning's fog was enough to inspire a sequel, don't you think?
 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

House of the Week: South Side Townhouse with Spectacular Views

This end-unit townhouse with incredible, panoramic views of Downtown is sure to take your breath away.

Local Business Owner Pays it Forward

Ed Meyer overcame challenges with the help of others — now he gives back to those in the same situation.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Tour It: Historic Wilkinsburg Mansion Gets a Makeover

The Junior League of Pittsburgh's Show House is a 112-year-old mansion featuring 28 rooms decorated by a different local design professionals.

Today’s Home Relocating North Hills Furniture Store

Owner Jeff Lenchner says a Discount Tire store will open in place of the store’s current location along McKnight Road in Ross Township.

Is Gabby Barrett the Next Carrie Underwood?

The 18-year-old singer from Munhall wowed the “American Idol” judges once again.

17 Vintage Photos of the Steel City of Old

Take a trip back to a very different Pittsburgh.

These Creative Couples Transformed the Traditional Guestbook

Find out why these couples ditched the traditional guestbook and instead chose a drum head, a giant wooden letter and a dictionary for their guests to sign.

PIT Turns to CMU to Make Airport Smartest in the World

The airport authority will use minds at CMU to discover ways to make it easier for passengers to get from the terminal’s parking lots to their seat on the plane.

Celebrate August Wilson's Birthday With a King and a Block Party

The ninth play in the 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle will open outside at the August Wilson House.

First Look: Soju in Garfield

Simon Chough’s Korean restaurant is six years in the making.

I Feel Pretty Isn't What You're Expecting (And That's Okay)

Reviews of "I Feel Pretty" and "Super Troopers 2," plus a rundown of events at the Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival.

Get Your Clark Bars While You Can – They May Soon Be Gone

Production of Pittsburgh native candy bar may halt if the current producer cannot find a new buyer.

Coughlin's Law Wants To Be Your Mount Washington Destination

Notes on the busy new bar and restaurant near Grandview Avenue.

The 2018 Return of the Burgh-y Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's back! From the dog mom to the working mom, we've got you covered with these locally made must-haves.

Patriot Games Can’t Diminish Harrison’s Place in Steelers History

James Harrison intimidated opposing players in a way not seen since the days of Jack Lambert and Mean Joe Greene.

Bruno Sammartino Dies; Wrestling's Longtime Champ Was 82

The Italian-born star died surrounded by family in his adopted home of Pittsburgh.

It’s Road Repaving Season in Pittsburgh. Is Your Street on the List?

The City of Pittsburgh has finalized its street paving plan for 2018. You’re one click away from finding out if your street or route to work is on the list.