Here is How Your Smartphone Is Truly Aging You (It's Not "Tech Neck")

Another day, another mention of how staring at your smartphone is slowly withering you into an unrecognizable pile of sallow, sagging flesh. But I can assure you that "tech neck" is not the only smartphone-induced culprit of rapid aging. It's not just the phone that's going to send you to an early grave, but what's in… » 3/15/15 3:12pm 3/15/15 3:12pm

Jackie Chan Invented The Chinese Character That's Now A Viral Smash

A new Chinese character, "duang," has gone viral. Nobody's sure what it actually means, but Jackie Chan has everything to do with it. » 3/02/15 2:40pm 3/02/15 2:40pm

Net Neutrality Wins: What Now?

It's a historic day for the internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just passed the strongest net neutrality rules in this country's history. This is great news! But let me repeat: The battle for net neutrality is still not over. In a sense, the real battle begins now. » 2/26/15 1:28pm 2/26/15 1:28pm

Don't Celebrate Yet, But the Net Neutrality Vote Looks Good

Things are looking good for net neutrality. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to treat the internet more like a public utility. This vote comes after a lengthy political battle over the best course of action, but it looks like that fight is winding down. The New York Times reports… » 2/24/15 10:04pm 2/24/15 10:04pm

James Franco Will Try To Save JFK in Hulu's 11/22/63

Time travel: it's not just for films and TV anymore. Hulu's adapting Stephen King's 2011 story 11/23/63. And it's just cast its star, who is also going to produce: James Franco. » 2/12/15 10:30pm 2/12/15 10:30pm

Did the Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It's a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let's be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy. » 2/04/15 4:18pm 2/04/15 4:18pm

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This Is Elon Musk's Plan To Build A Space Internet

Elon Musk doesn't dream small. That much is pretty clear from the hovering space rockets and the vacuum-tube mass transit system. But his latest brainwave, which involves covering both the Earth and Mars in a blanket of sweet, sweet internet, is downright ballsy. » 1/17/15 4:29pm 1/17/15 4:29pm

The True Origins of <blink>, the Most Hated HTML Tag in History

You've probably seen blinking text on the internet, then clutched your head and wondered why your elders ever invented such an affront to eyeballs everywhere. Now its inventor Lou Montulli has come forward to take responsibility, and to explain why <blink> was never supposed to exist. » 12/30/14 11:59am 12/30/14 11:59am

Check Out A Paleoanthropology Blog From The Late '90s

In 1998, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger teamed up with National Geographic to create a blog about his team's search for humanity's origins in Africa. The site (or, at least, parts of it) is still live. » 12/06/14 10:38am 12/06/14 10:38am

It's Time to Bring Back the Social Media Suicide Machine

Nearly five years ago, a group of artists and programmers debuted a simple web app called the "Web 2.0 Suicide Machine." It was designed to quickly and effectively shut down your accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites. But then Facebook unleashed their lawyers. » 12/04/14 12:06pm 12/04/14 12:06pm

Why Does Your Microwave Oven Mess With The Wi-Fi Connection?

Wireless devices often lose Internet connectivity whenever the microwave oven is running. Here's why it happens and what you can do to fix it. » 12/03/14 9:20am 12/03/14 9:20am

Controllers Thrown and Busted by Angry People

The Day After The Comet Landing, Everyone Was Listening To Aerosmith

When the Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it unleashed a series of Internet memes— most of which were references to the film Armageddon. And within 24 hours, the Aerosmith song "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" from the movie soundtrack was spiking on Spotify. » 11/26/14 6:30am 11/26/14 6:30am

This Is How Artists Make Their Livings In The Internet Age

Cory Doctorow joined us today to answer questions about how creative work and copyright work in the digital age. Among them was a particular interestingly question in an increasingly gig-dependent economy: Can artists still make a living from their art? And, if so, how? » 11/19/14 4:20pm 11/19/14 4:20pm

You Shouldn't Be Surprised that Obama Supports Net Neutrality

During his tenure in office, Obama has earned a reputation for hemming and hawing. But there was no sign of that in the video he released today, where he came down hard in favor of net neutrality and gave ISPs the presidential middle finger. Why now? Because it's a rare no-lose scenario for the White House. » 11/10/14 1:40pm 11/10/14 1:40pm

Ask All Your Questions About Computer Crime And Digital Warfare

Kim Zetter is here to answer all of your questions about computer crimes and security, Stuxnet and digital warfare, online surveillance and privacy, and how living online is changing the world. » 11/10/14 8:55am 11/10/14 8:55am

F.C.C. Will Consider 'Hybrid' Approach to Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission will soon consider a proposal that would grant the agency regulatory authority over the flow of Internet traffic between content providers and Internet service providers, the New York Times reports. » 11/01/14 7:30am 11/01/14 7:30am

Is The Internet Really Up 24 Hours A Day?

The internet doesn't have an open or close time, but does access really keep going all day long? The answer, it turns out, may depend on where you live. » 10/20/14 12:35pm 10/20/14 12:35pm