Google and the Rise of ‘Digital Well-Being’

Google and the Rise of ‘Digital Well-Being’

On a recent vacation, Sameer Samat was settling into his hotel when his partner asked to see his phone. As he handed it over, she promptly walked to the hotel safe and locked it inside. Then she looked him straight in the eyes. “You get this back when we leave in...
The Second Coming of Vine Is on Indefinite Hold

The Second Coming of Vine Is on Indefinite Hold

In December, Dom Hofmann, one of the cofounders of beloved looping video app Vine, elevated the collective hopes of the internet–at least for a moment. He tweeted that he was going to resurrect his creation, which shuttered in 2016. The plan was to self-fund the...
This Gently Breathing Robot Cuddles You to Sleep

This Gently Breathing Robot Cuddles You to Sleep

It's breathing. The chest rises and falls rhythmically, hypnotically. We guess it's the chest. Nobody's marketed a sleep robot before, and we're not even sure it's a robot. It looks like a pillowy four-pound kidney bean, about the size of a...
App Permissions Don’t Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps

App Permissions Don’t Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps

Thanks to Facebook, app dispensations have popped back into the public’s consciousness again. Last month it was discovered that Facebook had placed the phone logs of Android consumers who opted sharing their contacts in the days before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Then the...
I Love Watching Curling, and You Will Too

I Love Watching Curling, and You Will Too

The first time I watched an Olympic curling match on television, I entertained a thought that is surely shared by everyone who sees the sport for the first time: What the hell am I looking at? It was during the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I tuned in to the...