What To Do If Your Car Is Recalled: An Explainer

Following General Motors' recall of over 5,000,000 cars last month, and Toyota's recall today of over 6,000,000 more vehicles, you might just want to assume that if you are within, say, 25 miles of car at any point, something is going to get recalled. Here's what happens next. » 4/09/14 4:54pm 4/09/14 4:54pm

YouTube's Copyright Crackdown: Everything You Need To Know

We're in the second week of a YouTube copyright enforcement crackdown whose most visible effects have been on the video gaming community. Each day turns up a new example of a video getting thrown in YouTube jail on a ridiculous technicality. The situation seems to defy common sense, but we'll try to explain it in… » 12/19/13 1:11pm 12/19/13 1:11pm

Photography's Three Basic Tenets in Eight Bits and Nine Minutes

Making the jump from point-and-shoots to an SLR can be a daunting proposition but this 8-bit explainer from Light and Matter should help. It covers the three most fundamental elements of exposure—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO—clearly and succinctly, giving even complete photography newbies *raises hand* a quick… » 5/01/12 1:00am 5/01/12 1:00am

What Is SOPA?

If you hadn't heard of SOPA before, you probably have by now: Some of the internet's most influential sites—Reddit and Wikipedia among them—are going dark to protest the much-maligned anti-piracy bill. But other than being a very bad thing, what is SOPA? And what will it mean for you if it passes? » 1/17/12 7:30pm 1/17/12 7:30pm