science
Americans are Surprisingly Optimistic About the Future of Technology

Even in an age of security leaks and government surveillance, amazingly, Americans still feel pretty good about the role that technology will play in their lives, according to a new study. However, when you ask them about the specific advances—like bioengineering, wearable tech, drones, and robots—Americans are a bit more wary of welcoming the future. Read More >>

chatroom
What's Your Favourite Movie or TV Plot That Would be Obsolete Today?

Technology's so great. All this communication capability can put you in touch with your friends and family, no matter where in the world they are. Which blows a giant hole through most of the movie and TV plots written up until, say, the late 1990s. What's your favourite storyline that would never exist in a world with cell phones and internet? Read More >>

architecture
Visit This House Being 3D Printed in Amsterdam Right Now

If you think 3D printing is only good for making flimsy paperweights, then you're pretty much right. A group of audacious Dutch architects, however, have just begun 3D printing an entire canal house in Amsterdam. Is the first 3D printed house a gimmick? Definitely! Is it an experiment that pushes the possibilities for 3D printing technology and architecture ? Maybe! Read More >>

crime
Why Self-Portraits are a Bad Idea if You're a Burglar

Taking a photo of yourself while illegally inside someone else's house might not be the first, second, or even third thing you'd think to do—especially when using your victim's own camera, mobile phone, or Kindle—but, hey, you're probably not a burglar. Taking pics of yourself while holding your victim's property is probably also not something you'd want to do—and you'd almost definitely not then post those photos to your victim's Facebook page. But, again, you probably don't think—if that's what this can be called—they way burglars do. Read More >>

movies
Here are the Real-World Places Behind Hollywood's Sci-Fi Dystopias

If you ever find yourself touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking that you're actually a minor role in a film, since the state has been turned into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It's not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades. Read More >>

computers
What Counts as a Computer These Days?

There was a time when computers were easy to spot: They filled rooms, blinked lights and whirred with fans. But these days, computers are becoming harder and harder to see. In fact, you've got at least one in your pocket right now. Read More >>

humour
Maybe it's Time You Broke Up With Some of Your Technology

Sometimes, a service or piece of technology falls out of favour with its user. Perhaps it stops working properly; maybe small niggles become incredibly frustrating; or possibly the two simply grow apart. Either way, maybe the best way to say goodbye is through a breakup letter. Read More >>


The Sony SRF-39FP: The Audio Player of Choice in Prison

It might not look much, but the Sony SRF-39FP pocket AM/FM radio is regarded as the audio player of choice in prisons across the United States. Read More >>

computers
Can the "Hour of Code" Get the World Programming?

Today is the official launch of the "Hour of Code": a massive campaign to encourage programming and promote computer science in schools across the globe. Read More >>

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45 Years Ago, Doug Engelbart Gave the Most Important Tech Demo Ever

On December 9th, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart—along with 17 researchers from Stanford -- gave a 90-minute live public demonstration of the technology they'd been working on for the previous 6 years. It changed the face of technology -- and you can watch it in full here. Read More >>

internet
Four UK Silk Road Shoppers Arrested Following FBI Shutdown of Drug Trading Site

Four UK men have been arrested by our National Crime Agency in the wake of the arrest of alleged Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht, with the four users of the site unsurprisingly held on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. Read More >>

internet
Why You Can't Blame Bitcoin for Silk Road Shadiness

The man alleged to be "Dread Pirate Roberts," the founder and operator of the Silk Road—an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs—was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco Wednesday. The criminal complaint, released today, provides many details about how the site and its users relied on widespread anonymity technology, including Tor and Bitcoin. Read More >>

crime
Fully Furnished Fake Houses Run Solely to Trap Burglars

Since the end of 2007, UK police have run a secret network of fully furnished fake apartments and townhouses, solely for the purpose of capturing local burglary suspects. These are called "capture houses." Matt Delito never mentioned these now did he? Read More >>

chatroom
What Upcoming Tech Gadget Are You Most Excited For?

So we talked about smartwatches this entire week; we'll talk about the next iPhone and different colour options all of next week, and we'll eventually start seeing if the upcoming iPad and iPad Mini are worth a damn next month which will give way for a conversation about the Xbox One, PS4, Kinect, rumbling triggers and DualShock 4s before the holidays. Read More >>

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How Technology Has Innovated Loneliness

It's simple, as the world has got easier, because technology has got better, since touch screens have got touchier, and social networks have filled every social void in our empty soul; we're still searching for substance. Too often social networks can result in the technological equivalent of empty calories, sure it feels good to get liked and sounds good to chat but it's not as genuine and fulfilling as real life. Read More >>

health
Doctors Reversed 146 Established Practices in the Last Decade Alone

Medicine is evidence-based—but that doesn't mean the evidence is always correct. A new report reveals that doctors have reversed their position on an astonishing 146 established medical practices in the last ten years. Read More >>

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