It's Time to Ditch Facebook and Start Over

Most of us have had Facebook accounts for the past few years, if not a decade. But time and bloat have turned once-beloved font of nostalgia into an onslaught of faux-sentimental sludge from strangers. So as Facebook stands poised to break itself into a bunch of different apps, we say to you: Screw it. It's time to… » 4/18/14 10:00am Friday 10:00am

This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you're a first-time passenger who's a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant's safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine's HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify » 4/11/14 12:20pm 4/11/14 12:20pm

From Sexting to Sacraments: How Mobile Apps Are Taking on Religion

At this point, our entire lives could be boiled down into a series of apps. Schedules, diets, friends, family, play—it's all there in a set of brightly colored, easy-to-digest icons that have come to define the way we see ourselves. And though it may be hard to reconcile, even religion is no more than a Google Play or… » 4/06/14 12:00pm 4/06/14 12:00pm

An Always-Listening App That Alerts the Hearing Impaired To Alarms

In an ideal world, every audible alarm would include a visual indication that something was wrong, so that the hearing impaired would immediately be notified too. Until that happens, a cheap $1 app called Deafalarm could serve as a viable alternative—keeping an ear out for alarms and alerting the user through text and… » 4/04/14 1:20pm 4/04/14 1:20pm

Thank God: There's Finally an App That Lets You Escape Group Texts

When it comes to group texts, nothing is more infuriating than being trapped in an endless barrage vibrations signaling nothing more than a "lol" or the occasional poop emoji. But until now, there was no convenient way to put an end to the madness without either A) blocking your friends or B) insulting them to the point… » 4/02/14 5:26pm 4/02/14 5:26pm

Listen to John Frusciante's Latest Album Right Now via Satellite

With the traditional music industry floundering, some acts have embraced the rapidly changing musical landscape more than others. While the Wu-Tang Clan is hawking just a single copy of its upcoming double album, John Frusciante is letting anyone on Earth listen to his for free—at least for as long as the satellite… » 3/31/14 12:40pm 3/31/14 12:40pm