All That Matters in the Beginning of a Relationship Is Looks

When you think about what matters in a good relationship, you probably think about shared values, or inside jokes, or fun road trips. But picture-driven dating apps like Tinder may be confirming a suspicion many of us do our best to push aside: that all that really matters, at least at first, is looks. » 11/03/14 4:10pm 11/03/14 4:10pm

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 10/22/14 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