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

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

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

A broken billboard looks psychedelically drugged out

It's okay. It's not just you. You didn't pop a pill you shouldn't have before your afternoon coffee. You're not in a dream world. The billboard actually looks like that in real life and apparently it's on purpose, the broken electronic billboard is being tested for all working colors. I see acid. » 1/21/14 10:30pm 1/21/14 10:30pm

Now You Don't Have To Shut Off Your Electronics on European Flights

After last month's hugely celebrated decision by the United States FAA to overturn the personal electronics ban on flights, Europe's EASA has come to a similar decision. The Guardian reports that by December, passengers on European flights will no longer have to turn off their cellphones, e-readers, or laptops, though… » 11/16/13 8:00pm 11/16/13 8:00pm

It's Better That You Don't Remember Coby Because It Just Went Under

You know those gadgets that you can buy at drugstores? Back in the early 2000s it was all portable CD players and PC speakers. Now it's MP3 players with 2GB of storage and wimpy tablets. And if you've ever done last minute Christmas shopping at a Walgreens you know that the brands start to become recognizable for… » 10/20/13 5:43pm 10/20/13 5:43pm

How to Choose, Buy, and Safely Use a Good Surge Protector

Most of us have more devices than we have plugs in the wall, which is why you'll likely find a surge protector behind most people's televisions and under our desks. However, not all surge protectors are alike, and some even put your gadgets at risk. We talked to an electrician to sort out how to tell the good ones… » 9/27/13 8:12am 9/27/13 8:12am