Lulu’s New Messaging Service Lets Dudes Crowdsource Their Dumb Questions

Lulu, the app that allowed women to rate any dude with a Facebook profile, then changed up its services to let dudes opt out, then modified it even further so that men could only opt in, has just launched a new messaging feature that lets dudes ask various questions of women. This should go well. » 10/22/14 12:30pm Wednesday 12:30pm

App Tries to Get You to Vote By Comparing It to Hooking Up

Here are some things that are like sex: pizza, driving a nice car very fast, being on high quality recreational drugs at a concert. Here are some things that are not like sex: voting. In fact, voting is not only just about the opposite of sex. But don't tell that to the earnest PSA and app architects who keep reaching… » 10/06/14 10:40am 10/06/14 10:40am

'Bumpie' Is the Pregnancy Bump-Selfie Combo of Your Nightmares

It's hard to blame a lady for wanting to document her pregnancy. Growing a new person inside your tummy is probably one of the most insane-yet-somehow-natural things a woman can do, so it's understandable if she wants to snap some pics throughout the process. The only time she should ever be judged is if she refers to… » 9/15/14 7:00pm 9/15/14 7:00pm

This Robot Maximizes Your Chance of Finding Love on Tinder

Tinder is a great way to find hookups romance near you, but it still relies on you and your potential partner finding each other mutually attractive. Since you can't always rely on that, why not boost your odds—say, with a robotic finger that can "like" up to 900 Tinderers per hour? » 9/07/14 5:35pm 9/07/14 5:35pm

Miranda July Invented a Messaging App that Makes Strangers Talk to You

Artist, writer, filmmaker, space faun, and great-eyeball-haver Miranda July has now joined the ranks of the tech bros with her new project "Somebody." It's a smartphone app that's part messaging service, part public performance art project, part social commentary on technology and isolation. You can get an idea of how… » 8/28/14 6:45pm 8/28/14 6:45pm

How An App Helped Me (And 20,000 Other Women) Get Pregnant

Last summer I sat in the bathroom of an Irish pub, trying desperately to solve a math equation. I had abandoned my friends at the bar, where I'd been pretending to drink an IPA, to tend to this pressing arithmetic in private. If I solved correctly for 'x,' the answer would provide me with some crucial… » 8/28/14 12:39pm 8/28/14 12:39pm

Teen Siblings Develop App to Hold Police Accountable

Asha, Caleb and Ima Christian are three siblings from Decatur, Georgia who collaborated to develop an app that helps people rate and document their police encounters. They founded a company named Pinetart and developed Five-O, an app designed to be a tool to empower communities to stop police brutality and abuse. » 8/19/14 9:45am 8/19/14 9:45am

It's Not Easy Building Apps for Cats (Because Cats Are Picky Jerks)

Apps for cats make sense in theory—they'll chase a laser pointer, so why not a digital critter racing around a touchscreen? But as anyone who's cycled through several brands of pet food will attest, cats are picky little cretins. Designing for them isn't as easy as slapping a mouse on a background and watching the… » 7/21/14 12:00pm 7/21/14 12:00pm

Vibrator App Reviews Are a Desolate Swampland of Youthful Regret

Bringing oneself to orgasm with a series of rhythmic vibrations: there's an app for that. It's called "iVibe Massager Lite," and its user reviews are inordinately high — because most of them are bribes from remorseful youths who do not want "The First! The Best! The Original Vibrating iPhone App!" to remain on their… » 7/02/14 4:45pm 7/02/14 4:45pm

App That Lets You Rate Your Coworkers Sounds Like the Worst Idea Ever

Relationships with coworkers are tricky—ideally you want to be friendly but professional, close enough to have fun but not so close you can't maintain boundaries, assertive but not overbearing, aware of the inherent competition without undermining anyone. So that's why Knozen, a new app that "let[s] users compare… » 7/02/14 12:00pm 7/02/14 12:00pm

The 'Quirky' Version of Tinder Is Here and It's Awful

There's a new service out there for people who like the convenience of mobile phone dating apps, but are turned off by the shallowness of Tinder. Loveflutter, for "Quirky People and Places," will help you find matches in your area not through superficial photos (although those are requested, too), but through a… » 6/04/14 6:15pm 6/04/14 6:15pm