How the Tech Industry Is Quietly Changing the Face of American Cities

When Steve Jobs presented the initial design for his donut-like headquarters to the Cupertino City Council, in 2011, he described the building as a reaction against suburban office parks. “We’ve come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building; which sounds a bit odd,” he said. “But we’ve seen these… » 6/18/13 6:42pm 6/18/13 6:42pm

Siri's deranged synopses of science fiction films prove that she'll be…

It has been said that Apple's Siri is an important precursor to more advanced intelligent personal assistants. Eventually, it's thought, we'll be able to have actual conversations with these sorts of AI, and possibly even relationships. But as Laura June of The Verge has recently pointed out, Siri is not to be trusted… » 10/05/12 7:25am 10/05/12 7:25am

Dinosaurs! DNA! Space Shuttles! 10 Things to Make With Your 3-D Printer

It'll probably be a few more years before 3-D printing begins revolutionizing the world of retail, but it's already making a sizable splash in today's DIY community. For around 1500 bucks, it's now possible to get your hands on a consumer-grade 3-D printer that's capable of churning out some pretty cool objects. » 5/14/12 10:00am 5/14/12 10:00am

Tour the former ruins of Steve Jobs' now-demolished mansion

In 1984, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs purchased Jackling House, a mansion that had been built for the copper magnate Daniel Cowan Jackling. Although Jobs had the building demolished last year prior to his death, it spent several years as a crumbling ruin of its former glory, a fading memorial to one of the great… » 3/04/12 7:00am 3/04/12 7:00am

RIP Steve Jobs, who made the world more science fictional

Today Steve Jobs' death has us all reflecting on how a technology entrepreneur could have changed our lives so much, leaving us a world where we can't imagine daily life without Apple products. Partly that was because Jobs was never just a technologist. He always seemed to start with a social or cultural question,… » 10/05/11 6:28pm 10/05/11 6:28pm