If You Love Computers, This Novel Should Be on Your Must-Read List

Liu Cixin's science fiction novel The Three Body Problem was a smash hit bestseller in China, and has finally been translated into English by Ken Liu. It's a mind-bending tale of politics, aliens and gaming — and it also contains the most awe-inspiring description of computers I've ever read. » 2/18/15 8:20pm 2/18/15 8:20pm

An Amazing Book About the World-Changing Technology You Forgot

'Technology' normally means a gadget — but really, it's any technical invention that solves problems and improves lives. Often, the most important tech is the one you take completely for granted. Like shipping containers, which are explored in a book called The Box, which is one of the most fascinating things I've… » 2/14/15 11:00am 2/14/15 11:00am

The Truth About What Went Wrong With The Third Season Of Star Trek

The original Star Trek was a revolutionary television show... that came to an ignominious end. The classic space opera saw a huge drop in quality in its final season, and then was cancelled. Legend has it the ratings were terrible, and the new producer, Fred Freiberger, ruined it. But the truth is a bit more… » 2/05/15 4:42pm 2/05/15 4:42pm

The Innovators Review: Taking the "Great Man" Out of the Garage

You'd be forgiven for thinking that The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, is about innovators and the things they built, given that it's right there in the title. But in truth, the book is an examination of who gets the credit for building our modern high-tech society. And for this, it's one of the most… » 10/07/14 2:54pm 10/07/14 2:54pm

How America Battled Communism by Blasting Insects Full of DDT

The history of mankind's battle against malaria has been long and largely ineffectual. The Fever looks at the rise of DDT in post-WWII America. » 8/04/11 4:00pm 8/04/11 4:00pm

Norman Rockwell: The Original King of the Photoshop

Back when Norman Rockwell ruled Saturday evenings, Adobe wasn't even a gleam in some nerd's eye, but a new book shows that the painter was, nevertheless, a photoshop god. » 10/26/09 12:20pm 10/26/09 12:20pm

Book Review: Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the…

What does someone who's been covering Microsoft for 25 years think about Bill Gates' retirement? Ask Mary Jo Foley, or consider her book, Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post Gates Era. I read and I found it to be somewhat encyclopedic in its breadth and knowledge of the inner workings of… » 6/26/08 3:50pm 6/26/08 3:50pm

Reading Options by Fake Steve Jobs (Verdict: Fanboys Must Read)

Whether you tune in for Keynote liveblogs, or despise Applemodo, Options by Fake Steve Jobs will be an effortless read. The opening: » 10/31/07 6:36pm 10/31/07 6:36pm