How "Clean" Was Sold to America with Fake Science

The average American's daily hygiene ritual would seem unusual—nay, obsessive—to our forebears a hundred years ago. From mouthwash to deodorant, most of our hygiene products were invented in the past century. To sell them, the advertising industry had to create pseudoscientific maladies like "bad breath" and "body… » 2/12/15 12:22pm 2/12/15 12:22pm

Inside the Booming Business of Kickstarter Coaches

Here's a staggering statistic: Kickstarter backers pledge roughly $1.5 million every day. Crowdfunding is a big business, despite its image as a folksy, grassroots-style approach to money. It's so big, in fact, that it's spawning a cottage industry of professionals who can help you cash in on your idea. For a fee. » 10/07/14 1:23pm 10/07/14 1:23pm

The Coolest Windows 10 Features Microsoft Didn't Announce

Microsoft unveiled its newest version of Windows last week. While the company was more than happy to tell us abouta bunch of new features, naturally they left a few out. Here are some of the best things we found while poking around with the new OS. » 10/06/14 12:21pm 10/06/14 12:21pm

I Ditched My iPhone and Spent the Summer With Android

For five straight years, I spent an inordinate amount of time staring at the screen of an iPhone. I'm not alone in that, but I am usually quick to buy new models and even quicker to download new operating system updates. Perhaps I'm a little too quick, because earlier this year, my enthusiasm got the best of me. » 9/30/14 3:30pm 9/30/14 3:30pm

I Flew to Work in the Uber for the Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realize just how different my work commute will be today. » 9/29/14 3:00pm 9/29/14 3:00pm

Inside the Forensic Lab That Fights Crime and Counterfeits With DNA

What you're looking at is me, being blasted by a fog machine. It's not a prop for a rave or a haunted house; it's vapor laced with custom DNA particles that could prove I was at the scene of a crime. And it's just one way a cutting-edge security firm is using life's building blocks to detect counterfeits and bust… » 9/26/14 1:26pm 9/26/14 1:26pm

Every Response I Got When I FOIA'd the Year's Dumbest App

When the soul-crushingly simple, single-serving messaging app Yo hit the App Store this past summer, people couldn't say enough about the app that said barely anything at all. But given our pseudo-surveillance state and similar apps' privacy concerns, we wondered—could the government be spying on (or even just… » 9/25/14 9:50am 9/25/14 9:50am

How to Get the Best Features of Android KitKat Now

Android KitKat was just announced yesterday, and both carriers and manufacturers are already promising to roll it out as soon as possible. You don't have to sit around and wait though, you can get some of KitKat's newest and best features for the phone you already have, right now. Here's how. » 11/01/13 11:57am 11/01/13 11:57am

What Feature Would Make Your Favorite App Perfect?

It's crazy to think about how much we use our preferred apps. We track runs, take notes, dip into our endless RSS streams, sort Tweets, or use Shazam to keep from embarrassing ourselves when we don't recognize a song. Okay, that last one might just be me. Whatever. The point is that we're intimately acquainted with… » 9/08/13 2:50pm 9/08/13 2:50pm

The Best Future Android Features You Can Get Right Now

It feels like we've been waiting for a big new version of Android forever; Jelly Bean is great, but it could do so much more. Surprise: it actually does! All you have to do is take matters into your own hands. » 8/29/13 11:00am 8/29/13 11:00am

The Best Secret Gmail Feature Is Hiding In Plain Sight

There's a Google Mail feature you have to use. Seriously. You must. Because copying an entire chain of messages after your reply doesn't make any sense when people can scroll down to see all the messages, chained one after the other. What makes sense is to only provide the snippet that you are actually replying to.… » 11/27/12 5:56pm 11/27/12 5:56pm

Leaked: iPhone 5 "Assistant" Is Enhanced Crowd-Sourcing Voice Control…

Although it's not currently available in the iOS 5 developer beta, a new leak at 9to5Mac has indicated a curious voice control feature called Assistant could be making its way into the mysterious iPhone 5 when it launches. » 7/24/11 4:00pm 7/24/11 4:00pm

Mac OS X Lion Apes Chrome OS After Recent "Restart to Safari" Mode

While it's not the 1:1 comparison an initial glance would have you believe, MacRumors has discovered buried within Mac OS X Lion a "Restart to Safari" mode that's very similar to that browser-based OS from Google. » 6/12/11 8:00pm 6/12/11 8:00pm

Gmail's Smart Recipient Feature Will Help You Avoid Accidentally…

The new Smart Recipient feature adds two (extremely handy!) functions to your Gmail account: First, it analyzes your email history and suggests who you should be sending your message to, based on who you email the most. Second, if Gmail thinks you've unwittingly included the wrong guy in your "Send To" list, it'll… » 4/14/11 5:22pm 4/14/11 5:22pm

iOS Safari Set to Receive Google Instant Previews Update

Google "Instant Previews," the handy feature that allows searchers to preview their results without actually leaving Google's search page, is nearly set to arrive on iOS's native Safari web browser. » 1/30/11 4:00pm 1/30/11 4:00pm

That Twitter Exploit Patch Brought Some Neat New Features Along With It

Twitter was going nuts this morning with a fresh exploit that had people inadvertently retweeting spam links left and right, but thankfully Twitter was quick to patch things up. And as it happens their fix didn't just fix things, it improved them: the patch brought Reply to All and Auto-Complete features to the … » 9/21/10 12:57pm 9/21/10 12:57pm

Gmail Retires Some Gmail Labs Features, Promotes Others

After 18 months of Gmail Labs being in operation, Google's killing off some unpopular features, but also promoting the oft-used ones to permanent functions. Say hello to the forgotten attachment detector, YouTube previews and custom label colors. » 2/25/10 5:34am 2/25/10 5:34am

The Socially Acceptable Geek Subgenre Scale

Being a geek no longer holds the stigma it once did. In fact, it can be downright cool to be a geek these days. But not all geeks are created equal. » 12/31/09 9:00am 12/31/09 9:00am

The Hunt For the Perfect Screen

As I stood in the corner of a small, cluttered optics lab at MIT, the professor flipped a switch. The room filled with an electrical buzz, and suddenly a holographic video popped out at my face. » 12/28/09 7:29am 12/28/09 7:29am