Thursday, March 17


How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History

Most of the men were in their 60s and 70s, with heart conditions, diabetes, and replacement hips. They made off with millions in cash and jewels, only to give themselves up by not understanding how technology works.

Sunday, March 13


What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?

Your local police department probably has a $400,00 device that listens in on cellphones. Soon your neighbor will be able to buy the same thing for $1,500.

Friday, March 11


An Arrogant Way of Killing

Part 1 of "The Mastermind," a serialized investigation of Paul Le Roux, who went from brilliant programmer to vicious cartel boss to highly protected U.S. government asset.

Friday, March 4


Life and Death in the App Store

Middle class apps struggle to survive.

Wednesday, March 2


Welcome to the World’s First Robot Hotel

A trip to Japan and a glimpse of our automated future.

Tuesday, February 23


Friday, February 12


Mr. (Swipe) Right?

After a year of tumult and scandal at Tinder, ousted founder Sean Rad is back in charge. Now can he — and his company — grow up?

Sunday, January 31


Death of a Troll

The story behind an online gamer’s suicide.

Thursday, January 14


The Dragnet

After Daniel Rigmaiden was arrested for a multi-million dollar fraud, he didn’t argue that he was innocent. He wasn’t. But he couldn’t understand how he had been caught. Rigmaiden had covered his tracks meticulously — the only way the cops could’ve found him, he realized, was through some secret tracking device that they had never disclosed to the public.

Thursday, January 7


Who Controls Your Facebook Feed

The humans behind the algorithm.

Tuesday, January 5


Playing for Time

A father, his dying son, and the quest to make the most profound video game ever.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Video Game Visionaries

Monday, December 21