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07.13.15 Liam Mathews

Most apps are dumb and bad and you don’t need them. But Blockfeed is good and useful if you live in New York City. It geolocates local stories from New York news publications (including ANIMAL) and creates a feed tailored to the user’s precise location. For example, if I open the app at home in […]

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06.23.15 Liam Mathews

In a victory for app-based car hailing services like Uber, the Taxi and Limousine Commission unanimously approved a proposal that will allow companies to update their apps without approval from the TLC, the Associated Press reports. The initial proposal was to require submission to and approval from the TLC before any software update could be […]

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02.11.15 Prachi Gupta

It would seem like swiping left and right is part of the fun of Tinder, but if you want to optimize your time on the dating app, use a bot that automates the process. Vancouver-based developer Justin Long has created perhaps the most impressive Tinder Bot yet, using facial recognition algorithm Eigenfaces to search through […]

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12.04.14 Prachi Gupta

San Francisco-based taxi app start-up Uber has come under a lot of scrutiny from all sides recently, with accusations of sexism, breaches of privacy with customer data, and allegations of unfair pay. The multiple controversies have worried New York City councilmembers that Uber is not in compliance with city law, and at a hearing on […]

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10.02.14 Marina Galperina

Are you in Berlin and on Grindr? Want to go make pancakes, trim nails or play chess with artist Dries Verhoeven inside a glass-walled container in a Berlin Kreuzberg square? Potentially lucky participants are being solicited right now by the Dutch artist via the gay hook-up app. He says, “we’ll shave one another or read to one […]

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09.16.14 Marina Galperina

Holy shit, it’s another app. Shrub is the new drawing app for iOS by Linked by Air/Jeffrey Scudder. The world around you is your paint. It’s free today! It’s easy; “paint” to capture, move camera to change what you’re capturing and “paint” on some more. Look, those are all my eyes. And face hole. I’m Fritz Lang, […]

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09.09.14 Sophie Weiner

MiKandi, the company responsible for creating some of the first-ever Google Glass porn, have a new product on the market. Fap Ninja is an Android app featuring an animated Japanese woman who is on a quest to achieve the world’s greatest orgasm. And you, the player, are responsible for getting her there. The mobile game […]

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08.25.14 Sophie Weiner

Ima, Caleb, Asha and Joshua Christian (ages 16, 14, 15 and 10, respectively) have responded to nationwide police brutality, the shooting of Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson in a way that is more pragmatic than most authority figures. The siblings, who say they frequently discuss issues of law enforcement and media bias with their parents, have created an […]

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08.07.14 Sophie Weiner

Having trouble reinforcing your closely held prejudiced beliefs? There’s an app for that! SketchFactor, which will be released Friday, helps users avoid “sketchy” (shady? dangerous? what?) areas of the city. Created by Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington, the crowdsourced program will aggregate the collective feelings of people who own iPhones about “sketchy” neighborhoods. McGuire told Crain’s that the impetus for […]

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07.08.14 Sophie Weiner

Uber, the car service and taxi app, hasn’t yet had much of an impact on New York’s yellow cab industry. That might be about to change now that a 20% fare cut will make Uber cheaper than regular taxis reports Tech Times. These price cuts will only be effective for Uber’s cheaper UberX service. Their […]

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