What Futuristic Inventions Must We Never, Ever Build?

No one sets out to make a dystopia, but there are some futuristic inventions that seem ripe for unintended consequences. So set aside that killer robot you've been putting together in your garage and for goodness sake halt your lab work on that food replacement pill, and tell us about your own personal tech nightmares. » 3/02/15 7:00am Monday 7:00am

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner. » 2/12/15 3:06pm 2/12/15 3:06pm

​What Was Your Most Disappointing New Technological Purchase Ever?

Being an early adopter has its rewards (you get to try things first!) and its challenges, namely the bought-in-haste, but ultimately terrible, tech that you are now that not-at-all proud owner of. Today, we want to know about the most disappointing, useless new technology you ever regretted buying. » 1/08/15 6:55am 1/08/15 6:55am

What Unforgettably Terrible Tech Were You Happiest To See Disappear?

Some old products inspire their own little cult of nostalgia long after they're gone (who wouldn't still want to receive a telegram?) and some merely disappear, forgotten. And then there's a third category of things that you really just can't believe managed to hang around for as long as they did. » 10/07/14 7:20am 10/07/14 7:20am

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

Google's Earth Day Doodle is all kinds of wrong

If there's one thing I love more than octopuses, octopodes and octopi (all of which are perfectly acceptable pluralizations of the word octopus, thank you very much), it's pedantry. And good grief, does Phil Plait ever serve up a whopping helping of the stuff in reaction to today's Earth-Day themed Google Doodle. » 4/22/13 12:20pm 4/22/13 12:20pm