The Dirty, Dilapidated, and Delightful Water Towers of New York City

New Yorkers: How well do you know your local skyline? Enough to be able to tell these 23 water towers apart, and place them in the borough where they belong? It's a day ending in "y" which means—hey look, Popchartlab has a new print out! This time the team has icon-ized a selection of the city's distinctive (and often… » 9/30/14 5:00pm 3 minutes ago

This Transforming Pod Is a Bed, Bath, Shower and Tiny Garden

When we think of small living expertise, we think of NASA, submarine engineers, or tiny house enthusiasts. Hotel designers don't come to mind, but they ought to: Like these two Dutch architects managed to wedge nearly everything you'd need to live comfortably into a wood mechanism the size of a walk-in closet. » 9/30/14 4:44pm 19 minutes ago

YouTube Community Scrambles to Address Its Creep Problem

Last week, popular YouTube prankster Sam Pepper was justifiably raked over the coals over a video that depicted him forcibly grabbing women's butts and laughing at it like a stoned child after a dental appointment. Days later, news reports raised some serious allegations against Pepper: that he also sexually abused… » 9/30/14 4:43pm 19 minutes ago

Windows 10 Is What We Deserved All Along

Windows 8 had it rough. It existed for post-desktop world that (still) hasn't quite materialized, met by a sea of people who weren't asking for something that new and strange. That's why even though it feels like a regression, Windows 10 is still such a marvel. It's a step backwards into what Windows 8 was supposed… » 9/30/14 4:20pm 43 minutes ago

A Teenage Hacker Ring Stole $100 Million in Army and Xbox Tech

The U.S. Department of Justice just charged a group of four young hackers with a doozie of a crime. They're accused of breaking into both Microsoft and U.S. Army servers and stealing $100 million worth of everything from unreleased games to military training software. Two of the hackers have already pleaded guilty. » 9/30/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

A Lego-Like Kit for Building and Easily Repairing Household Appliances

If the motor burns out on a cheap desk fan, or the power switch breaks on a simple hand mixer, you're not going to have them repaired. But just replacing cheap appliances is pretty wasteful, so using 3D printing techniques and standard components, a group of designers have proposed a sort of building kit for creating… » 9/30/14 3:51pm Today 3:51pm

I Ditched My iPhone and Spent the Summer With Android

For five straight years, I spent an inordinate amount of time staring at the screen of an iPhone. I'm not alone in that, but I am usually quick to buy new models and even quicker to download new operating system updates. Perhaps I'm a little too quick, because earlier this year, my enthusiasm got the best of me. » 9/30/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Turn Off Flash to Avoid 'Malvertising' Attacks

Financial scammers are infecting ads on Google's ad network, and people who visit Examiner.com are at risk. These infected ads look legit, but they use Flash-based redirection to install malware and steal financial information. And you don't even have to click on them to get infected with Zbot, the banking trojan that… » 9/30/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

What's Inside a Golf Ball

If you've been paying attention, you know that insides of golf balls are unexpectedly beautiful—like psychedelic bullseyes or surreal alien planets. But what is all that colorful stuff made of ? As this video from Wired shows, golf ball is a serious piece of technology crammed into a mere 1.62 ounces. » 9/30/14 3:15pm Today 3:15pm

Amazon Sells the Most Vinyl Records, Not Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is a poseur. In recent weeks, the claim that the trendy chain sells the most vinyl of any other retailer has been repeated over and over and over again. It is a lie, according to Billboard, because it's actually Amazon dot com that sells the most vinyl. » 9/30/14 2:53pm Today 2:53pm

Windows 10 Hands-On: Well Hello There, Start Menu!

It's finally official: Windows 10 is on the way. It's the Windows to rule all Windows, a single operating system for PCs, phones, and tablet, and it's coming in 2015. But you don't care about any of that. You just want to know about the goddamn Start Menu already. » 9/30/14 2:33pm Today 2:33pm

Your Lettuce Could Come From an Old Semiconductor Factory

In a factory that once made floppy disks, herbs are growing. Inside an old semiconductor factory, there's lettuce taking root. Oddly enough, electronics factories make great farms. And Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, are swapping industrial infrastructure for a business that's as old as civilization itself. » 9/30/14 2:21pm Today 2:21pm

The SwannOne Hub Controls Your Entire House from a Single App

Being able to control virtually everything in your home with just a few taps on a mobile device is fantastically convenient, except when you have to flip between a bunch of different apps for each individual device. But Swann's new universal hub wants to help you run the entirety of your connected home from just one… » 9/30/14 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

This MP3 Experiment Shows What 2,000 Smartphone Speakers Sound Like

Improv Everywhere is an NYC-based guerrilla prank group who's various missions have included planning a massive Best Buy infiltration and turning a busy New York subway stop into an underground spa. For their latest social experiment, the team gave 2,000 people instructions via headphones, severely confusing local… » 9/30/14 1:52pm Today 1:52pm

12 Voice Commands To Try On Your New Android Wear Watch

If you've splurged on one of the new Android Wear watches then you'll know it's very much a case of learning as you go. Since you probably won't immediately know what these devices are capable of, so here are 12 useful voice commands you can experiment with to get your watch to do your bidding. » 9/30/14 1:29pm Today 1:29pm

18 Air Travel Hacks to Help You Kick Off Vacation Unfazed and Unscathed

As Pinterest and your grandmother's inspirational cross-stitches tell you, life is about the journey, not the destination. Traveling is fun. I mean, it's practically a miracle of human innovation (imagine how many tiny packets of peanuts are floating above our heads right now, then try to tell me it's not magic). » 9/30/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Name Your Own Price On This Top Learn To Code Bundle

Interested in learning to code? Whether you want to become a pro developer or just mess around with code as a hobby, it can be hard to get started. To help get you up to speed, we've put together a bundle of courses, covering HTML5, CSS, Objective C, Xcode, Python and more. The best part? it's name your own price. » 9/29/14 2:23pm Yesterday 2:23pm