A Brief History of Easter Eggs in Tech

The Easter egg—as in a hidden surprise or in-joke, not the chocolate treat—can be dated back to the last Russian imperial family who gifted people with jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs containing additional surprises tucked away inside. » 4/20/14 5:00pm Sunday 5:00pm

This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you're a first-time passenger who's a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant's safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine's HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify » 4/11/14 12:20pm 4/11/14 12:20pm

You Can Actually Solve This Working Rubik's Cube Lamp

If you've reconciled your childhood frustrations and animosities towards the Rubik's Cube, you might be happy to hear there's now yet another way to make the iconic puzzle a part of a room's decor. Believe it or not this Rubik's Cube LED lamp is actually solvable, although you probably won't want someone to ever mess… » 4/10/14 10:40am 4/10/14 10:40am

Magic pinball gets perfectly stuck between a bumper and kicker forever

You can play a pinball machine forever and not have a pinball hit at a more perfect angle than this. Look at it bounce back and forth and back and forth and back and forth forever between a bumper and kicker. If only every pinball game was so easy. According to YouTube user lilmul123, this went on for a few minutes… » 4/04/14 10:09pm 4/04/14 10:09pm

It Turns Out the Straight Line Isn't the Most Useful Tetris Piece

If someone asked you what the most coveted Tetris piece was, you'd instantly say the straight line, right? After all, you're always building your stack to leave a thin gap down one side so that when a straight piece does fall, you can clear out four levels at once. But in real life, at least thanks to this multitool,… » 3/24/14 4:20pm 3/24/14 4:20pm

The Non-Jailbreakers Guide to Emulation on iOS

Technically speaking, you're not supposed to be able to install emulators on an iPhone to play classic games. But that doesn't mean it's not possible. Here's how to install emulators on any iOS device, no jailbreak required. » 3/05/14 12:50pm 3/05/14 12:50pm

I Would Have Killed to Have This Open-Source Laser Tag Game as a Kid

Even when it's just team deathmatch in a dark, smelly room inside the local roller rink, laser tag is awesome. So imagine how cool it would be if you could liberate it, and play an open-source version wherever you want with game-types you made up. It'd be like a video game in real life! Or paintball without the pain! » 3/04/14 12:40pm 3/04/14 12:40pm

The Best of Toy Fair 2014

Imagine walking into the world's biggest toy store except that everything you see is completely brand new—and you can't buy any of it just yet. That's exactly what covering Toy Fair—the toy industry's annual tradeshow—is like. It's a tantalizing glimpse into what kids will be begging their parents for over the upcoming … » 2/19/14 2:40pm 2/19/14 2:40pm

Building a Tetris Tower Is a Nightmare When the Game Board Is Hovering

Refusing to acknowledge that Tetris and Jenga are both incredibly challenging in their own rights, ThinkGeek has mashed the two of them up into a new game that has you stacking 3D tetromino-like pieces on a game board that actually hovers. Not even that crazy multi-level chess game in Star Trek seems this futuristic. » 2/16/14 2:10pm 2/16/14 2:10pm

Scrabble's New Electronic Score Tracker Will Save Competitive Families

Realizing the toll that Scrabble has taken on families when it comes to accurately keeping track of the score, Hasbro is introducing an updated version of the game that among other improvements, now includes an electronic score tracker. So no longer will your mom or dad's questionable math affect the outcome of a game. » 2/16/14 10:39am 2/16/14 10:39am

Flappy Bird Creator: I Pulled the Game Because It Was Too Addictive

Flappy Bird is dead. But Dong Ngueyn, the seemingly troubled developer of the game, has now explained, somewhat counter-intuitively, that he pulled the tortuous title because it was "an addictive product." » 2/11/14 6:27am 2/11/14 6:27am

Flappy Bird Is Officially Gone From the App Store and Google Play

As promised, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has removed his torturous app from Apple's App Store. Flappy Bird is gone. It is survived by knockoffs like Clumsy Bird and Happy Poo Flap, and by the nightmares and thumb pain it has caused you these last few weeks. » 2/09/14 12:46pm 2/09/14 12:46pm