This Trusty U.S. Chopper Is Heading Home After a Decade of War

"We fly like nobody else in the Army," Col. Michael Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, recently told Stars and Stripes. He's right. The OH-58 Kiowa family of helicopters has been serving on the front lines—both as an advanced scout and emergency evacuator—for nearly 50 years. But as its tenure in… » 12/03/14 11:40am 12/03/14 11:40am

10 James Bond Gadgets That Actually Exist—And One That Needs To

There have been 23 Bond movies made In the past 50 years—full of lethal, handy, futuristic, awesome, and sometimes funny gadgets. Most are still too fantastic to be real, but some have transcended the silver screen to become naturalized residents of the Real World. These are our favorites. » 12/17/12 1:20pm 12/17/12 1:20pm

Phones Were More Interesting in 1979

Sure, most of the handsets in this Bell advertisement are pretty hideous—but it was the late 70s, man. These were hideous times. And besides, I'll take the wacky "Sculptura" and "Stowaway" over today's sea of black blech rectangles. » 4/04/12 7:20pm 4/04/12 7:20pm

McDonald's Will Stop Using Pink Goop Beef in Its Burgers

Chef Jamie Oliver calls it pink slime. We feel it's more like pink goop. Either way, the ammonium hydroxide soaked pink crap beef is vomit inducing. Thankfully, you won't have to eat it anymore. Kind of. McDonald's has finally caved to the pressure and will ditch the use of the pink goop beef in its burgers. » 1/31/12 12:00pm 1/31/12 12:00pm

The Evolution of Protection for Your Noggin

Your head does a pretty great job of keeping your brain safe most of the time. Your skull can take a lot of jostling before your thinker suffers damage. » 1/05/12 12:00pm 1/05/12 12:00pm

Why Do We Use The Term Cellular Phone Instead of Mobile Phone?

If I asked you about your phone, would you call it a cell phone or a mobile phone? Does it really matter what you say or is one term more appropriate than the other? » 9/16/11 12:53am 9/16/11 12:53am

The Transistor Was Almost Called the Iotatron

When Bell Laboratories wrapped up work on the transistor in 1948, they let 25 employees vote on the name. And for some reason, those stodgy bastards passed up options such as the crystal triode and the iotatron. Sad face. » 9/07/11 1:20pm 9/07/11 1:20pm

Ugandan Teachers Use a Live Bomb For a School Bell

Oh my, teachers in a rural Ugandan school were unknowingly using a live bomb as a bell. They would bang the bomb with stones to call the school's 700 students to class. It was a miracle nobody caused it to detonate. » 7/08/11 1:15am 7/08/11 1:15am

Can Your Cellphone Pass Any of These Stress Tests?

No wonder those 1970s telephones are still working today. Watch Bell Performance, a rare glimpse on how handsets were made and tested in the 1970s. Can you imagine the iPhone 4 going through any of these tests? That'd be so funny. » 1/24/11 11:20am 1/24/11 11:20am

Great Gifts for the Pedal Pusher


Put that teal spandex one-piece back on the rack because we're running down the latest in style and safety this holiday for bike couriers, wannabes, and anyone else who's gotta ride in The City. » 12/01/10 12:00pm 12/01/10 12:00pm

Canadian Android Users Can Now Pay For Apps

According to BGR, customers of both Rogers and Fido in Canada are now able to download paid-for Android apps, after Google's long-going battle with Canadian carrier support. Unfortunately if you're a Bell or TELUS customer you may have to wait a wee bit longer to get your hands on the likes of the Car Locator app. [BGR » 3/16/10 6:04am 3/16/10 6:04am

Wait, Did This Bell Palm Pre Video Just Diss Americans?

Bell Canada's latest Pre promo video is intended to illustrate the phone's ease of use in a tongue-in-cheek way. But its opening line certainly caught our attention: "Unlike our neighbors to the south, Canadians are an active people…" » 8/31/09 4:06am 8/31/09 4:06am

Look Familiar? Bell Canada's Palm Pre Ad Mimics The iPhone

What's more unsettling than Tamara Hope's Palm Pre ads? Just how similar Bell Canada's Pre ad looks to the iPhone spots we've seen for years. Everything from upbeat music to the disembodied hand is there. Watch them side-by-side: » 8/21/09 1:30am 8/21/09 1:30am

Buy Your Own V22, Kinda: Bell 609 Civilian Tiltrotor Gets Rolled-Out

Forget the improbable promises of the Falx tiltrotor: Bell aircraft has rolled out its 609 civilian tiltrotor for real. Looking and flying like a smaller cousin of the military V22 Osprey, also a Bell vehicle, the 609 will undoubtedly please millionaire business people since it can perform all the rooftop-landing… » 7/17/08 5:58am 7/17/08 5:58am