A new report from Rewire outlines the practice of anti-choice activists using mobile geofencing, a location-based marketing technique that allows advertisers to message smartphone users in particular areas, to dissuade women who might be seeking an abortion. Yes, it’s as creepy as it sounds.
As we increasingly rely on digital assistants like Apple’s Siri or Samsung’s S Voice, many question the extent to which these systems should be programmed to respond to crises like rape or domestic assault. For the time being, a recent study finds, they’re scarcely of any use.
Today, in the very worst of cautionary tales: a 33-year-old man fell to his death from a San Diego cliff while preoccupied by an electronic device.
Pope Francis says put down your smartphone for five goddamn minutes and please join your family at the dinner table. No, he doesn’t care that Quantico is on and it’s leftover meatloaf, anyway.
Fashion Month: So exciting! So glamorous! So many beautiful models, who are very bored and tired!
As a society, our biggest beef with smart phones is the head-in-the-sand factor—that we’re no longer aware of social etiquette or the value of human interaction. My biggest gripe goes the other way: That every time I’m trying to use my phone, people act as if I should be paying attention to them instead.
Who cares if smartphones give you eye cancer and brain tumors? There's something much worse that your cell and tablet are doing to your head: They're giving your neck and lower face a crease. A crease. That's horrifying and you're doing nothing to stop it.
Ringtones! They are a constant source of heated political debate. They are either the most annoying part of setting up your new phone or you just don't give a shit and let it go to the default.
Are you desperately looking for another way to allow technology to completely take over your life? Is it too time consuming to reach for a smartphone readily available in your pocket or purse? If so, the makers of one new product totally feel you.
Canadian police are determined to cut down on sexting among teenagers.
A Dallas teenager's Samsung phone reportedly caught fire as she was sleeping with the device under her pillow.
It may seem like app stores are nothing but addictive casual games, sketchy hookup facilitators and period trackers. But every now and then, something genuinely useful comes along. Take Audio Aware, which is designed to alert "distracted walkers" when there's danger barreling in their direction.
Fans of the popular Tinder app will appreciate the newest offering from the funny people at College Humor — an animated fairy tale about a beautiful princess and a handsome prince who are brought together by fate. Sorry— not fate; they're brought together by smartphones and boredom, the Cupid's arrow of 2014.
Thanks to the ubiquity of digital photo capturing devices, nothing need go undocumented. Food? Instagram that shit. Baby? Vines or it didn't happen. Engagements? #NoFilter #OMG And tag your new fiancee or otherwise no one will know. But although the intention of photographing everything from the banal to the momentous…
It's hard to be a passive-aggressive person in an age of waning face-to-face communication, all but robbed of the microexpressions you need to make people feel bad without actually saying anything. Thank goodness our old dotty end of sentence friend the period is here to help.
About a month and a half ago, after years of relentless Blackberry mockery from my plugged in coworkers, I did something pretty out of my typically Luddite character: I bought a smartphone. And so far, I like it just fine. I can listen to Spotify on my phone now, which is nice. And the picture quality is much better…
When they're not busy making computer technology and being started by Bill Gates, Microsoft is doing research. Or more specifically, Facebook polling, on things that will better your life and teach you things, like how "both genders see eye to eye on mobile phone pet peeves but differ when protecting their personal…
Do you find yourself refreshing and refreshing and refreshing your email/various social media feeds until you're not even sure what you're hoping to find other than an antidote for your sense of impending mortality? "Camp Grounded" might be just the place for you.
If you're looking for one more way to neurotically track your body's every move, a Cambridge, MA startup has your back. Or reproductive organs, as it were.