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

GitHub Fiasco Sheds New Light on Same Old Tech Sexism

Last week, Julie Ann Horvath, an established developer at GitHub a hosting service for development projects, suddenly quit, citing harassment, character assassination, and an unhealthy work environment. While the details have yet to be completely sorted through, Horvath shared her side of the story with Tech Crunch… » 3/16/14 6:00pm 3/16/14 6:00pm

Barbie's Plastic Surgery and Beyond: The Worst iPhone Apps for Kids

This week, parents–and anyone else with an iota of common sense–expressed outrage over the discovery of the Barbie Plastic Surgery App, whose name was soon changed to Barbara for legal reasons. As for ethical changes? Not so much. The app, rated for kids 9+ (just the age they should be fretting about their thighs)… » 1/28/14 2:25pm 1/28/14 2:25pm

How to Make a Period Tracker App We'd Actually Want to Use

Women are using period-tracking apps to keep track of their periods (as the name would indicate) — and the New York Times is on it. My original thought on the matter was, "Why would I need this? My body has a built-in period tracking app. It went off the other week when I cried at Prince William and Kate Middleton's… » 1/24/14 2:30pm 1/24/14 2:30pm

Hackathon Judge Compares Outrage Over 'Titstare' to Iraq War

What a week it's been for male chauvinism in the tech industry. Between the ghastly "Titstare" presentation at the Disrupt SF Hackathon and the outrage over the noxious Twitter feed of Business Insider's (now former) CTO Pax Dickinson, the heated debate surrounding the industry's systemic sexism has reached "inside of… » 9/12/13 12:40pm 9/12/13 12:40pm

Overworked? Unwind in a Club that Resembles a Terrifying Fever Dream

Most jobs suck. This is a scientific fact. And most people who have jobs that suck need an afterwork release that keeps them sane, and the shittier and more boring the job, the more outrageous and weird the release. So what if your job making expensive playthings for Western adults is among the most boring yet… » 7/17/13 3:10pm 7/17/13 3:10pm