Juliet Bennett Rylah
, The Hustle
fediverse graphic

The fediverse, explained

Some say the fediverse is the future of social media. But it also feels like the good ol’ days.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 11, 2023

CAPTCHAs get weirder as AI gets smarter

Machines can read wonky text and figure out what a fire hydrant is now.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 9, 2023
pants shopping online

Using AI for the perfect fit

Hate online shopping? TrueToForm’s AI avatar helps shoppers and designers find the perfect fit.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 8, 2023
Magic 8 Ball

The history of the Magic 8 Ball

Mattel’s making a Magic 8 Ball movie. The toy’s history involves ghosts and a billiards company.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 4, 2023
stack of papers

Academia drama involves lying about… lying

Do professors fabricate data to get their papers published in journals? Data vigilantes are on the case.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 2, 2023
satellite map of light pollution

Even without that giant ‘X’, there’s still a lot of light pollution

Billboard and brands are overtaking the night sky with flashy lights.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 1, 2023

How to make photos confusing to AI

A new tool out of MIT makes it so AI cannot edit your photos.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 31, 2023
Bumble mobile app

Need a friend? There’s an app for that

Bumble shifts to offer a stand-alone friendship app as making friends online goes mainstream.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 27, 2023
Kratom leaves

What’s kratom, and why is it in trouble?

Kratom has become popular among users who say it boosts their mood and reduces pain. But it’s not always safe.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 26, 2023

Quiznos’ off-key Spongmonkeys are back

Quiznos is mounting a comeback, and it’s bringing its infamous off-key rodents.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 24, 2023

Machine learning, explained

This subcategory of AI gets name-checked all the time. What is it?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 21, 2023
apartment building

Does your apartment come with junk fees?

Application fees, trash collection, pet rent — the White House is taking aim at hidden apartment fees.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 20, 2023
Ronald McDonald

How Grimace horror became a McDonald’s win

TikTokers turned McDonald’s Grimace Shake into horror. It was engagement gold.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 19, 2023
Shein app

Is Shein guilty of organized crime?

Attorneys for three artists who claim Shein stole their work are going after the fast-fashion giant like it’s the mob.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 18, 2023
strike signs

The Hollywood strike has a lot to do with AI

As Hollywood shuts down, strikers worry over how studios could replace them with AI.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 17, 2023

Life’s fantastic — for Mattel

Mattel has forged 100+ brand deals ahead of Barbie’s July theatrical debut.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 14, 2023
poo emoji and big tech logos

Enshittification just keeps happening

Cory Doctorow coined “enshittification” in January. We’re watching it happen in real time.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 13, 2023
man sleeping wearing headphones

The colors of sleep

Good ol’ white noise is being overshadowed by other colors of soothing sound.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 12, 2023
woman sleeping

‘Lazy management’ vs. ‘fake work’

Are tech employees fake-working or are managers lazy-managing?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 11, 2023
Meta Threads screenshot

We tried Threads, Meta’s Twitter competitor

It’s no cage match, but Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta dropped Threads, an app to rival Elon Musk’s Twitter.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 7, 2023

Life on (not actually) Mars

NASA just locked four people in a 3D-printed habitat on a fake Mars for one year.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 6, 2023
bedtime snacks

The business of bedtime snacks

Businesses are looking to lure bedtime snackers with better-for-you, sleep-promoting treats.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 30, 2023
VR goggles

Extended reality, explained

VR? MR? AR? A guide to help sort through this alphabet soup.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 28, 2023
TikTok app

Brands do as TikTok commands

Whatever TikTok wants, TikTok gets — including a quesadilla with fajita veggies and Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 26, 2023

Why cage fight when you could paintball?

Rich dudes love fighting each other. That’s how paintball got its start.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 23, 2023
Domino’s pizza app

Domino’s ups its delivery game

Keep your address between you and your post office — coincidentally, one of the many places Domino’s will deliver you a pizza.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 22, 2023

Apple vs. apples

Is Apple a trademark bully? A Swiss farming organization worries so.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 21, 2023
gaming on a Mac

Mac made a big change for gamers

With Apple’s latest operating system, Mac gamers may be able to play even the big, new games.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 20, 2023

Can fewer stairs improve housing?

Some American municipalities want to ditch a long-standing rule that requires two staircases per apartment building.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 14, 2023

NYC gets closer to its toll goals

NYC gets closer to implementing congestion pricing for drivers in lower Manhattan.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 12, 2023

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