Less than a year ago, Rob Rhinehart had stopped eating food and begun living entirely on a greyish, macro-nutritious cocktail. Today, he's sold more than $2 million worth of Soylent to tens of thousands of post-food consumers worldwide and it's on track t…
The student, Viraj Puri, is one impressive teenager. He runs the blog Bullyvention, has worked directly with members of Congress, and now is teaming up with data scientists to develop a live index of bullying in communities around the country.
One of the great myths about online abuse is that it's pretty much the same for men and women. While male journalists writing about controversial subjects get plenty of abuse too, the sexualized, "you're a whore" tone taken with women is different, and th…
Infinity is selling its platform by promising men a world where they can Facebook-stalk women in real time, monitor their level of interest with an algorithm, and ultimately impress them by knowing what their astrological sign is.
The "sharing economy" paradigm can be a giant misnomer—the sort that encourages buzzword-laden tech talks and a cult following online. Attach "sharing" to anything, and, like green, it designates that thing as a good thing. Call it sharewashing.
This week on the VICE podcast, Reihan Salam sits down with Jason Q. Ng, author of the book Blocked on Weibo, which examines the keywords blocked on China's most important social media site, Sina Weibo.
In early 2007, JonnyM, as he's known online, was seriously injured when his car was struck head-on by a drunk driver. Left with severe back pain, he told me, he was prescribed "a massive amount of pain meds" and referred to a pain management specialist.
Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, arguably the world's largest, most powerful and technologically advanced organized crime syndicate, has tried to perfect the fine art of smuggling drugs into America. And the US's premier drug enforcement arm gave the Sinaloa a pa…
At some point, everyone's been struck by that genius app idea you're sure could make you a tech billionaire. You can't believe no one's come up with it before. You see the dollar signs stacked in your bank account, can't you?
Islamic extremists probably know how to work the web better than you do. But how has that changed in the wake of the revelations of NSA spying? We asked a few experts what the future holds for jihadists and the internet.
Most of the stuff at the Consumer Electronics Show is pretty mundane—higher-def TVs, cameras with more megapixels, app-thingies with more apps. There were a few items, however, that could have been sent back in a time machine.
From cheap toy robo-balls to expensive camera-mounted octocopters, unmanned aerial vehicles swarmed the nation's preeminent orgy of electronics; drones of every stripe haunted the halls of CES this year.
FacialNetwork.com is working on technology that compares people's faces against criminal databases, including "450,000 entries in the National Sex Offender Registry." Few people seem to have pointed out that this seems like a really bad idea.
A year ago, I met a friendly rep for a Chinese company specializing in e-cigarettes and other vaping products at a conference. At the time, e-cigs weren't as popular as they are now, and the guy was one of the only vendors selling e-cig products.
Considering that sporting a leaky zit falls somewhere on the ladder of social taboos between eating your own boogers and gargling hobo cum, why do so many excruciatingly graphic videos of zit-popping become smash hits on YouTube?
Last year, there were still 207 million cases of the infectious disease worldwide in 2012, and an estimated 627,000 deaths. One reason that the cases and mortality can only be estimated is that diagnosing the disease is still difficult.