03/13/14 11:02am
wolf of wall street

Will you end up like this guy? (SPOILER ALERT: No)

The stock market: America’s ever-expanding and completely infallible engine of wealth. You might think that it’s exclusively the province of rich guys in suits, but like art, that’s apparently not the case. A new app, Acorns, is offering to round up every debit card purchase you make to the nearest dollar and invest this “change” in the stock market. Our strategy is saving all of our change and spending it on the year’s Glug harvest, but hey, if you want to get poor another way, have at it! (more…)

09/09/13 10:50am
Guaranteed to work better than just shouting "Jesus Herman Christ look at the size of that pothole!" via Flickr user Tom Chance

Guaranteed to work better than just shouting “Jesus Herman Christ look at the size of that pothole!” via Flickr user Tom Chance

Introverts are very in right now, for whatever reason. We get it, reporters of America, you listened to “Ask” a few too many times and decided to do some pitches based around it as a joke. But, here we are, lionizing the complete inability to enjoy human contact, so we may as well ride it out. So for introverts, and for people who like making snap judgements without thinking of things, the city has a present for you: a new 311 app, for both Android and iPhone spacephones, that allows you to report things to 311 without ever talking to another human being. (more…)

08/08/13 1:15pm
It's that easy now. via Facebook

It’s that easy now. via Facebook

Maybe one reason why people don’t get out there and register to vote (hey here’s some reasons why you should) is that registering to vote just seems so old-fashioned. “Keep your pencils and crap away from me, grandpa,” Milennials are all out there saying, “I just wanna stay home and Snapchat nude pics with Google Glass. YOLO.” Now those lousy kids have one less excuse to not register, because New York City will let you register to vote on your spacephone, with its new app, NYC Votes. (more…)

07/24/13 10:11am
Hey...uh...you've got a uh...eh, nevermind. via Flickr user horizontal.integration

Hey…uh…you’ve got a uh…eh, nevermind. via Flickr user horizontal.integration

What are things you don’t want to come across in your apartment? Mold, yes. Bedbugs, certainly. Most of all though, people don’t want to see roaches. For whatever reason, we’re most grossed out by these six-legged insects (that hiss sometimes). No one currently does exact counts on roach infestations by neighborhoods, but some independent programmers who don’t mind thinking about roaches all day have at least put a map together for you that will let you know how gross the neighborhood you’re about to live in is. (more…)

07/23/13 4:10pm
When a four page, handwritten letter is too much

When a four page, handwritten letter is too much

When it’s time to end it with someone, you’ve got a couple options. You can a four page letter laying out your relationship history and why it needs to end. You could meet at a bar and give the “Let’s just be friends” speech. You could call her and tell her you need to break off the engagement. And now, you can use an app that will write a breakup text for you, because apparently we’re all heartless monsters. (more…)

07/18/13 5:09pm
It's getting hot in there. via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

It’s getting hot in there. via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

It’s mighty hot out there, isn’t it? So much so that you might not want to leave work, if your job has air conditioning. Especially if it means heading down into the swampy morass that is the subway, where it’s real hot. How hot? A new single-serving website will tell you exactly how hot it in on all the L train platforms, but you may not want to know, if you hate bad news. (more…)

07/16/13 12:54pm
Good enough to eat even if it gets an "F". Photo by Dave Colon

Good enough to eat even if it gets an “F”. Photo by Dave Colon

If you’re making dinner plans on the go or exclusively on the internet, you might not have time to see if the well-reviewed place on Yelp also got a “C” from the Department of Health. Which means you run the risk of your germaphobe friend refusing to eat there and ruining everything for everyone. Now with a new app, Eatify, you can see in advance how your restaurant fared with the Health Department and exactly what they had to say about it. (more…)

06/28/13 1:00pm
All those dots? They're food!

All those dots? They’re food!

Food. Need it to live, have to pay for it to avoid a lengthy prison term. You can’t get around the first part, but there’s a new map that could help you inch away from the second. Falling Fruit is an interactive map that informs you where fruit trees and plants are hanging out near you. People with foraging skills: your time has arrived! (more…)

06/25/13 3:40pm
At least you'll know how much he's screwing you over now. via Flickr user Mr. Littlehand

At least you’ll know how much he’s screwing you over now. via Flickr user Mr. Littlehand

Getting an apartment around here is hard enough with the constant ups and downs of the real estate market and the ridiculously low vacancy rate. Then, every time you find a place that you just love, you forget about the broker’s fee and don’t plan well enough to not skip meals for three or five months to make up for what you had to pay. Now there’s a handy calculator that will tell you your effective rent each month if you add in what you’re paying a broker. (more…)

06/18/13 4:06pm
Nice view. via New York Observer

Nice view. via New York Observer

We’ve all presumably been there: you’re supposed to meet friends somewhere that doesn’t have outlets, and your phone battery is making its final stand. Then it dies and you and your friend spend the next 40 minutes trying to find each other. There’s got to be a better way! AT&T is trying to make sure there is now, with a series of free solar-powered phone charging stations in few New York parks, including four Brooklyn parks, according to the Observer. (more…)