Throwing My Broken Laptop in the Oven Baked It Back to Life

Every couple months I pull out my old gaming laptop from college: a busted-ass Dell m1210 that's had its motherboard replaced four times under warranty because Nvidia couldn't get its shit together. It never works right. I've had enough. I'm sticking this sucker in the oven. » 3/24/15 12:00pm Tuesday 12:00pm

This 1982 JCPenney Catalog Is a Jackpot of '80s Toys and Electronics

How do you define a hero? It's easy. It's anyone who takes the time to scan all 636 pages of the 1982 JCPenney Christmas catalog and posts those images on Flickr so that all of us who grew up in the '80s can spend a Friday morning taking a nostalgic browse through our childhood. » 3/20/15 9:26am 3/20/15 9:26am

Pencil Lines Can Turn a Piece of Paper Into a Simple Sensor

The graphite that slips from the point of your pencil onto a page may be of more use than simply writing and drawing. A team of researchers has shown that simple pencil lines can be used as an accurate sensor to measure the deformation of objects. » 3/19/15 8:15am 3/19/15 8:15am

Some Very Patient Genius Soldered a Digital Clock From 1,916 Components

You would need a microscope to be able to see all of the miniature components etched onto the single tiny microchip powering the clock in a digital watch. But you can see them all with the naked eye on artist Gislain Benoit's The Clock, which is made from 1,916 hand-soldered components that end up weighing a hefty 14… » 2/26/15 4:20pm 2/26/15 4:20pm

This Printer Churns Out Complex Double-Layered Circuit Boards

3D printers are well on their way to eventually creating perfect replicas of almost any object we can imagine, as long as they don't rely on any electronics inside to function. But devices like the new Voltera, a printer that churns out prototypes of complex dual-layer circuit boards, is a sign that this won't always… » 2/10/15 12:20pm 2/10/15 12:20pm

These Are The RadioShack Stores That Are Closing

Yes, it's true: after somehow clinging on for the last few years, RadioShack is finally, officially bankrupt. But that doesn't mean that every single store will be vanishing — far from it, in fact. There's now a list of all the stores that will be going in the next few months. » 2/07/15 5:00pm 2/07/15 5:00pm

Throwing Out Gadgets Will Be Illegal in New York Starting Next Year 

Throwing away a dusty, broken printer or a intensely cracked old iPhone will be against the law in New York starting in 2015. A new "e-waste" ban goes into effect in the new year, making it illegal to put your discarded VCRs and underused iPods in the garbage. People who do can get fined $100 per item. » 12/29/14 4:25pm 12/29/14 4:25pm

Tracking a Gadget’s Journey From the Mine to Beneath the Christmas Tree

Imagine you're in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Behind you is China, below you are thousands of tons of consumer goods destined for faraway ports, then stores, then maybe a spot beneath a Christmas tree. You are part of a vast economy that supplies the things we buy—a galaxy of cities, systems, and people that is… » 12/10/14 2:05pm 12/10/14 2:05pm

The New littleBits Smart Home Kit Makes It Easy to Hack Your House

The smart home market has exploded in the past year. This fairly futuristic development means that you can pretty easily program your house to do your bidding, but you're also somewhat restricted by which hub and standard you buy. The littleBits Smart Home Kit promises to change that. » 11/18/14 10:00am 11/18/14 10:00am

The Clever Plan to Mine Lithium From Geothermal Power Plants' Wastewater

Regardless what you think about the future of phones or wearables or cars, there is one thing nearly everyone can agree on: We will need more batteries. And for that, we'll need more lithium. One startup has its eyes on a new source of lithium: the wastewater from geothermal power plants. » 9/08/14 4:36pm 9/08/14 4:36pm

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home

We've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy… » 7/23/14 10:00am 7/23/14 10:00am

These Are the Rare and Precious Metals Mined From Inside Old Electronics

You've surely heard that inside your iPhone, TV, and power drill sit fragments of valuable metals, and that our hunger for new gadgets is depleting the world of its very limited supply. But you've probably never actually seen those chips of gold or tantalum. Well, here they are. » 6/05/14 1:20pm 6/05/14 1:20pm

Berkeley Lab's 2D Transistor Could Supercharge Tomorrow's Electronics

Graphene is regularly touted as a "super material" in electronics manufacturing—one able to do everything that silicon does, except better. But that isn't good enough for one team at Berkeley Labs. They've combined graphene with two other cutting-edge materials to create the world's first 2D field effects transistor.… » 6/05/14 12:00pm 6/05/14 12:00pm

Now, Transport Canada has given the green light for using electronics during takeoff and landing too. If Canadian airlines can prove that devices in airplane mode don't interfere with their aircraft, they'll be allowed to let you use devices through your entire journey. » 5/27/14 6:26am 5/27/14 6:26am

Look at the NSA Implanting Backdoors into Intercepted Electronics

We've known for months that the NSA has penchant for intercepting packages containing commercial electronic equipment to implant backdoors in them. Now, there are images which show what that process looks like. » 5/15/14 3:40am 5/15/14 3:40am

You Can Recycle These New Circuit Boards by Dunking Them in Hot Water

It almost seems too easy. With government funding, a trio of British companies recently developed a new way to build circuit boards that makes them 90-percent recyclable. In fact, all you have to do to recycle them is dunk them in hot water and scrape off the circuits with a business card. » 5/07/14 1:40pm 5/07/14 1:40pm

You Can Wear This Fabric Wi-Fi Antenna

Forget what you know about wearable technology. The future of wireless connectivity is going to be woven into the very threads of your clothes. » 3/17/14 8:40am 3/17/14 8:40am

New Form of Graphene Should Finally Make Graphene Electronics Possible

F0r years, scientists have struggled to build graphene-based electronics that could do the same thing as silicon superconductor chips. A new breakthrough from an international team of scientists might just change all that. These geniuses just invented a new form of graphene that's ten times more conductive. » 2/06/14 5:40pm 2/06/14 5:40pm

IBM's Graphene Circuit: A Genius Reminder of How Far Graphene Has to Go

IBM's mad scientists have created a graphene-based circuit that's 10,000 times more powerful than existing alternatives. This radio receiver is so sophisticated and futuristic, in fact, that it can... send a text message to your friends. » 1/30/14 1:40pm 1/30/14 1:40pm