Pebble Time Shows Us Just How Much Crowdfunding Has Changed

On Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, the Pebble Time ended its month-long crowdfunding campaign with over $20 million in pledges, making it the most funded Kickstarter in Kickstarter history by roughly 7 million dollars. » 3/29/15 12:00pm Sunday 12:00pm

Citizen Scientists Are Helping Map the Aurora Like Never Before

The aurora borealis that took place on St. Patrick's day was spectacular, but aside from being the strongest geomagnetic storm in a decade, there's another reason it was special. It was the first time that thousands of citizen scientists tweeted about the aurora to help space weather scientists construct a… » 3/29/15 9:00am Sunday 9:00am

Social Media Can Make Standardized Test Questions Go Viral

When standardized tests are shared nationwide—as they now are, under the Common Core system that's been adopted in 46 states—cheating suddenly becomes a whole lot easier. Especially since teenagers now share just about everything on social media. » 3/28/15 11:00am Saturday 11:00am

A Chinese Tech CEO Has Compared Apple to Hitler

The CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV, Jia Yueting, has posted an image to his verified Weibo page which depicts Adolf Hitler wearing an armband emblazoned with the Apple logo. » 3/27/15 8:00am Friday 8:00am

What ISIS Really Wants (According to the Islamophobia Industry)

Welcome back, dear readers, to The Kerfuffler, where every other week we take a look at the culture wars raging online. This week we're looking at the debate surrounding the nature and aims of one of the first 'internet generation' terrorist groups, Islamic State. » 3/26/15 1:00pm 3/26/15 1:00pm

Monica Lewinsky Is the Perfect Anti-Cyberbullying Advocate 

There are few people better-equipped to advocate for people humiliated online than Monica Lewinsky, former White House intern and current queen of my heart. Best-known as the poster girl for public humiliation, Lewinsky has transformed herself into the poster girl for surviving it and examining it. » 3/24/15 1:30pm 3/24/15 1:30pm

Well, That's One Way to Prank a Person

As most of her fans know, Ellen DeGeneres has been messing (hilariously) with Today Show host Matt Lauer. Now, it'd seem, Matt's decided to get even. After opening her car door and spilling ping pong balls all over a parking lot, DeGeneres discovers a cardboard cutout of her prankster buried inside. » 3/22/15 10:00am 3/22/15 10:00am

When It Comes to Tech Dystopia, Portlandia Is Better Than Black Mirror

UK series Black Mirror is being lauded as the first show that really tells the truth about our dystopian tech destiny. But the best critique of technology in today's culture is not this science fiction import. For the most scathing commentary on the high-tech world we've designed for ourselves, you have to watch … » 3/20/15 6:30pm 3/20/15 6:30pm

Social Graph Reveals Disturbing Connections Between Subreddits

The people who moderate some of Reddit's most popular forums, including ones that have been defaults, are also the same people creating forums for nonconsensual pornography and snuff pictures. » 3/18/15 4:23pm 3/18/15 4:23pm

Twitter Just Banned Revenge Porn and Doxxing 

Twitter has a well-documented troll problem. Even CEO Dick Costolo has admitted that the service sucks at weeding out abusive users. Well, Twitter is taking some solid proactive steps today: Doxxing is now explicitly banned, as is posting revenge porn. » 3/11/15 6:45pm 3/11/15 6:45pm

The Dress and #Ferguson Are the Two Sides of Social Media Explosions

To understand the mass hysteria around The Dress last week, you can't compare it to other memes. You have to compare it to political events like #Ferguson, which are its diametrical opposite. Except in one way. » 3/02/15 1:55pm 3/02/15 1:55pm

Confessions of a Slightly Sociopathic AOL Catfish 

When I was 15, hanging out with my friend Melissa* on a Friday night was a feat that defied the laws of popularity. We'd been close friends since fourth grade—we both loved books and Fiona Apple—but she'd risen above me in the social hierarchy by joining an exclusive clique of popular girls who called themselves The… » 2/24/15 2:30pm 2/24/15 2:30pm

No, These Apps Can't Detect Cancer. Just Stop.

A slew of apps have cropped up touting the ability to diagnose any number of diseases over the past few years, and now thanks to the federal trade commission, at least two of them will have to stop. Because science isn't backing up any of it. » 2/24/15 12:17pm 2/24/15 12:17pm

Five Ways To Use Tech To Hide What an Awful, Lazy Person You Are

At some point in your life, you'll want to shirk any sense of obligation and propriety you might have and bury yourself in a deep, dark hole of self-loathing and Netflix. It's OK—it happens. And your gadgets are here to help. » 2/23/15 4:19pm 2/23/15 4:19pm

Here Are Apple's Diverse (And Racist? Jaundiced?) Emoji

Apple just pushed the latest OS X update seed to developers and hiding inside is a nice surprise: a brand new roster of racially diverse emoji. Finally! » 2/23/15 3:45pm 2/23/15 3:45pm

The Hate-Spreading Economy Is So Hot Right Now

Futurists estimate that by 2019 hate-spreading products will be a $37 gajillion industry. And it's easy to see why! From sending glitter bombs to your enemies to giving exploding boxes of packing peanuts to romantic interests who've left you in the lurch, hate-spreading products are everywhere. » 2/17/15 5:40pm 2/17/15 5:40pm

The Story of the First Photo on the Web

CERN, the world's most awe-inspiring physics research facility, is pimping some images of its newly renovated Large Hadron Collider today. It reminds me of the very first time CERN pimped some images on the web nearly a quarter century ago. Let's just say they were not entirely scientific in nature. » 2/16/15 2:05pm 2/16/15 2:05pm

Prisoner Got 37 Years in Solitary for Facebook Posts

In South Carolina's prisons, an inmate who secretly writes Facebook posts about missing his family can be punished the same way as one who rapes a cellmate. Hundreds of inmates are being handed down indefensibly harsh punishments for using social media, including one man, Tyheem Henry, who was sentenced to over 37… » 2/16/15 11:48am 2/16/15 11:48am

Get Ready for Oculus Rift to Deliver a "Christian Experience"

While some companies try to cash in with virtual reality porn, others are thinking about saving your soul. Most churches haven't set up outposts in virtual worlds, but some future-focused Christian leaders are already imagining how tech like the Oculus Rift could change what it means to be part of a congregation. » 2/16/15 10:50am 2/16/15 10:50am

Don't Worry -- Snapchat Is Not the Future of Journalism

For the past ten days, I've been getting my news from Snapchat. I've learned stuff about internet dating, celebrity plastic surgery, Ukraine peace talks, and Bitcoin mines. But mostly, I've learned what old media thinks app media really wants. And it's not pretty. » 2/13/15 3:55pm 2/13/15 3:55pm