Just How Long Is NASA's Opportunity Rover Going to Last?

In 2004, NASA landed its Opportunity rover on Mars. Initially intended to run for 90 days, it's now spent 11 years trundling around the planet. At this rate, it'll still be roaming around on the red rust by the time we terraform the place. » 3/27/15 6:05am Friday 6:05am

These Are the (Fictional) Apple Watch Accessories You'll Really Want

Soon, an simple Apple Watch won't be enough. You'll need a slew of accessories to go with it, too. How about one of these? [Joy of Tech] » 3/26/15 6:28am Thursday 6:28am

What Your Email Domain Says About You

Your email address can tell your recipient a lot about you—and not just your name. Your choice of domain can mark you out as tech-savvy, behind the times, nerdy, old or just plain lazy. Do you agree with Doghouse Diaries' analysis? [Doghouse Diaries] » 3/20/15 3:50am 3/20/15 3:50am

Why It Pays to Check You're Talking to the Right Call Center Worker

However frustrated you are, however adamant you are that you're in the right, it always pays to make sure you're ranting at the correct call center worker. Because not doing might just frustrate you more. [Doghouse Diaries] » 3/16/15 3:45am 3/16/15 3:45am

How to Predict a Technology's Success From What Engineers Say About It

Engineers, programmers and technologists are an incredibly clever and talented bunch—but that doesn't mean they can predict the market. Here's how you an judge a product's success based on what they say. » 3/11/15 6:20am 3/11/15 6:20am

A Fun Flowchart to Help You Choose Which Apple Watch to Buy

There's a bewildering array of options to choose from if you're thinking of buying an Apple Watch. Perhaps what you need is this useful flow chart to help guide your decision-making. » 3/10/15 4:00am 3/10/15 4:00am

At Least We Got a New Optical Illusion Out of That Goddamn Dress

Never has the color of a dress prompted so much excitement on the Internet. But now, along with some fascinating insights into the science of vision and lessons in overexposure, we have an enduring reminder of the meme, in the shape of an optical illusion truly for the modern age.[XKCD] » 2/27/15 3:30am 2/27/15 3:30am

The File-Naming Convention You Really Use

No matter how hard you try, now matter how much you want to develop a logical naming system for your documents, there is only one that you really ever use. And that's final. No, I mean, really final. Final final. [Doghouse Diaries] » 2/11/15 5:00am 2/11/15 5:00am

How Not to Pick the Right Tool For the Job

If in doubt, grab the nearest tool and try that. Or, as Randall Monroe suggests, "if you encounter a hex bolt, but you only brought screwdrivers, you can try sandwiching the head of the bolt between two parallel screwdriver shafts, squeezing the screwdrivers together with a hand at either end, then twisting. It… » 1/16/15 4:36am 1/16/15 4:36am

What Your Smartphone Typing Says About You

The XKCD Phone 2: Every Feature You Never Needed

Next time you're annoyed that someone tagged an unattractive picture of you on Facebook, just be thankful that you don't weigh 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds. [Doghouse Diaries] » 12/22/14 5:00am 12/22/14 5:00am

Everyone has their own way of naming documents, and they almost certainly only make sense to that person. Looking in their document folder isn't worth the internal pain it will inflict upon you. [XKCD] » 12/12/14 4:15am 12/12/14 4:15am

This Is What Internet Ads Should Really Say

It might shock you to hear that it's not always easy to earn $5,000 from home, get a six-pack without exercise or enlarge your penis (not that you need to) via internet ads. This is what those ads should perhaps actually say. [Truth Facts] » 12/10/14 6:00am 12/10/14 6:00am