All That Technology in Bed Is Stressing the Sleep Out of You

In 2011, the National Sleep Foundation polled over 1,500 Americans and found that ninety-five percent of respondents used some form of technology in the hour before bed. That's not great, especially considering new research suggesting that all that time you spend reading Wikipedia's Unusual Deaths page in the comfort… » 5/30/13 10:00am 5/30/13 10:00am

18-Year-Old Girl's Invention Could One Day Instacharge Your Phone

At this Saturday's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, brilliant teenager Eesha Khare from Saratoga, CA, won $50,000 for inventing a supercapacitor that could one day charge your phone battery in 20 to 30 seconds. My phone is always dying in important situations (Angry Birds), so I AM READY. » 5/20/13 9:30am 5/20/13 9:30am

New App Makes Boycotting Bad Businesses That Much Easier

Ever since boycotting products became a popular means of protesting in the Gandhi days of divesting from British goods, divestment has become an increasingly effective method to punish the bad guys with the only action that seems to have significant impact in our capitalist society: buying things. Even for the savviest … » 5/15/13 5:00pm 5/15/13 5:00pm

Eavesdropping on One-Way Conversations Is Like Being a Sleazy…

If you've ever found yourself grinding your molars because the person sitting next to you in a coffee shop was gabbing away on a cellphone about the previous night's bout of food poisoning from a vending machine chili dog, you no doubt wished that you had laser eyes so you could melt that person into a puddle of sticky … » 3/14/13 4:30pm 3/14/13 4:30pm

Wider Cellphone Use Among India’s Sex Workers Threatens HIV-Prevention …

India, which has been a surprising success story in AIDS prevention throughout the aughts, might be on the verge of a serious health crisis thanks to the more widespread use among sex workers of cellphones, those fragile, rectangular amulets of modern independence. Though India's sex trade used to be largely localized… » 11/25/12 2:00pm 11/25/12 2:00pm

NYC Businesses Are Making Tons of Cash Off Kids' Cell Phones

88 public NYC high schools and middle schools charge kids a dollar a day to store their cell phones in trucks or nearby bodegas while they're in class so they can't text their friends emojis during pre-calc. The New York Post says this adds up to $4.2 million a year — that's $22,800 a day from about 120,000 students — … » 6/18/12 10:50am 6/18/12 10:50am

One in Ten People Have Accidentally Sexted the Wrong Person

One-tenth of self-described "sexters" have accidentally sent x-rated texts to the wrong person, according to a recent poll by U.K.-based mobile news site Recombu. If you're one of them, we have little sympathy for you: I mean, how many people are you mass-sexting, anyway? But, in this day and age, there are a number of… » 4/19/12 3:00pm 4/19/12 3:00pm

New Law Will Ruin Sexting for Pakistanis

If you were hoping to send the following frustrated text in Pakistan— "Jesus Christ— It's harder than ever to find good chicken breasts these days"— think again. Several words in that sentence have been placed on a list that Pakistan's communications agency says indicate spam, and soon, texts containing those words may… » 11/18/11 2:00pm 11/18/11 2:00pm

Woman Receives Non-Erroneous $200K T-Mobile Bill

Celina Aarons has two brothers who are deaf and unable to speak, and she communicates with both of them using primarily text messages. Because one of them is in college full time and don't have a job, she added him to her cellular plan. And because that brother of hers went off to Canada, she should've made sure that… » 10/18/11 2:30pm 10/18/11 2:30pm

People Aren't Really Using Their Phones, They're Just Avoiding You

Here's some information that will fuel your paranoia: According to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 30% of adults ages 18 to 29 have pretended to be using their cell phone to avoid human interaction. 42% of adults in that age range also said that had trouble completing a task if their phone wasn't… » 8/16/11 11:05am 8/16/11 11:05am