Google has an app that will more-or-less perfectly (more often less, which is often more amusing anyway) match you up against portraits in museum collections with face recognition, and present you with a side-by-side comparison. It's not quite the festival of living art, but at least you don't have to worry about involuntary muscle spasms or ruining things with an unexpected phone call!Read More
Dial "M" for "Millennials."
It's like, you know, in 2016, most people are just zombies anyway, right? Like...who can tell the difference? Makes you think, huh?Read More
India's Telecommunications Ministry has made it mandatory that mobile phone companies implement a panic button on their phones in response to the slew of reported cases of sexual assault and violence against women.Read More
Alamo Drafthouse has brought Friday Night Light's Coach Taylor out of retirement for an anti-using-your-phone-at-the-movies PSA.Read More
When people ask me why I own such an old cellphone, I tell them that I choose to because, as a feminist, I am always striving to be more conscientious of how my actions impact others. [Trigger Warning for brief discussion of rape.]Read More
Start kissing up to your long-armed friends NOW.
If you're going to Comic-Con this year and like taking selfies, you'd better have long arms, or at least be friends with people who are. Because SDCC has announced that they are banning selfie sticks this year as one of several changes to their technology policies. Who do you think you are, SDCC? The Cannes Film Festival?Read More
They're going full Wario.
No, Nintendo. Putting mobile games alongside your old games on your hardware is not the same as putting your old games on mobile hardware alongside mobile games.Read More
Or just hide under your chair. They won't know that you're there!
College kids finally have a reason to pay attention in class instead of checking their phones that's a lot more convincing than "college is incredibly expensive": free food!Read More
Can we institute a single file-only policy for groups next?
Navigating crowded city streets was already annoying before cellphones came around with a whole host of slow people and large groups to navigate around or those annoying, rushing people who insist on squeezing around you—whichever side you happen to be on (you know how you are). Cellphone use while walking can often make them completely intolerable, so now Chongqing, China has a dedicated cellphone walking lane.Read More
It doesn't mean you're NOT a jerk, either, but correlation is not causation.
According to a recent study, people talking on cell phones in public were much less likely to offer help to a stranger than those who were not. This sounds like a win for those of us who think that all cell-phone talkers are the literal worst, right? Well, not necessarily.Read More
Because when a company dares you to break their phone, you accept that challenge.
We all have a pretty good idea of what we should and shouldn't do with our phones. After all, they're fragile -- right? While most phones crack and break at the slightest nudge, the Sonim XP5560 Bolt is built to take a beating. We know, because Sonim sent us one and asked us to try to break it.Read More
In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission has officially decided to consider lifting the ban on cellphones in airplanes, citing that there's no technical reason for their use to be impermissible. So prepare yourselves now, folks -- one day, you might have to listen to somebody's entire phone conversation while in flight. Whee.Read More
The Future Is Now!
Have you ever worn a Christmas sweater and thought, "You know what would make this better? A slot for my cell phone to broadcast themed graphics from my chest. No? Well here's a thing for that. And make sure you watch through to the end. You can purchase these "Digital Dudz" at MorphSuits.com. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?Read More
BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE
Get your best "break me offa piece of that" jokes out now before they get old.
Android's latest operating system, 4.4, has finally been given a name: KitKat. Yeah, like the candy bar. What is up with really weird technology names lately? First Nintendo puts out the 2Ds and now this?Read More
Jersey strong! And easily distracted!
Everybody knows you shouldn't text while you're driving. But what if you text while somebody else is driving? According to an appeals court in New Jersey, if you text somebody and they get in a car accident, it's legally your fault. You know, because you're not going to be putting enough blame on yourself if your friend gets in a car crash over a dumb text you send.Read More
Still though, please don't read this article while driving.
A new statistical study of cell phone use has come up with results that surprised the researchers: they found no correlation between a documented rise in cell phone usage and the number of car crashes. While their research might not tell the whole story, it could call into question some assumptions about the dangers of driving while on the phone.Read More
I always answer calls from numbers I don't know, and I'm always disappointed.
Most people ignore calls from a number they don't recognize. Not Jay Larson. Watch this clip from his recent appearance on Conan where he tells the story of a call he received from an unknown number. He took a pretty mundane event and turned into days worth of personal entertainment -- for him. For us it's about six minutes of entertainment.Read More
A GIF Guide to When It’s Okay to Use Your Phone in the Theater So Someone Else Doesn’t Throw It Away
Last night, National Review Online writer Kevin Williamson lived out our collective dreams and tossed the phone of a fellow audience member into the wings of a small outdoor theater. Part of us wants to call Williamson a hero, but polity brings us up short on that point. The cure for rudeness shouldn't be more rudeness, and grabbing someone's phone is likely to land you in some legal trouble or a fistfight, depending on the demeanor of the person whose phone you just threw. It's just bad behavior all the way around, and though it's tempting to, we can't condone any of it.Read More
Our hearts go out this afternoon to the people of Boston and those with family there, and sometimes, that's all we can say about a thing. In the wake of two explosions near the marathon's finish line, it's too early to do much but offer our condolences to those affected. We do feel obliged to pass along one piece of advice -- if you're looking to get in touch with friends or family in the area, please text them rather than calling. We know there's no replacement for hearing a loved ones' voice in the wake of a senseless tragedy like this, but authorities in the area have requested that people use text in the interest of keeping phone lines open for emergency response teams.Read More