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 12:22pm2/12/15 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 1:23pm10/07/14 1:23pm

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 1:26pm9/26/14 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 9:50am9/25/14 9:50am

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 5:56pm11/27/12 5:56pm

Gmail's Smart Recipient Feature Will Help You Avoid Accidentally Inviting Your Boss Out For Drinks With The Gang

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 5:22pm4/14/11 5:22pm

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 12:57pm9/21/10 12:57pm