Add Some Popular Novels to Your Kindle for $3-$4 Each, Today Only

Today only, Amazon's got a nice little collection of Kindle novels on sale for $3-$4. The most popular of the bunch are probably Private Down Under by James Patterson, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, but be sure to check out the full list if you need any new reading material. [Gold Box] » 3/28/15 8:45am Saturday 8:45am

News Industry Shrugs, Prepares to Hand Entire Business Over to Facebook

Facebook, a dull and endlessly scrolling record of personal propaganda and content headlined in two or more sentences, isn't satisfied with the way its 1.4 billion users (most non-sentient) consume the news. According to the New York Times, it takes an epic eight seconds for the average Joe Facebook User to load an… » 3/25/15 11:18am 3/25/15 11:18am

The Dress and #Ferguson Are the Two Sides of Social Media Explosions

To understand the mass hysteria around The Dress last week, you can't compare it to other memes. You have to compare it to political events like #Ferguson, which are its diametrical opposite. Except in one way. » 3/02/15 1:55pm 3/02/15 1:55pm

WNYC Says Why It Deleted Its Controversial Podcast on Women in Tech

Earlier this month, we asked a question: Why did WNYC delete an episode of its internet-focused podcast TLDR that criticized Vivek Wadhwa, a professor frequently quoted as an expert on the issue of women in technology? The updated episode is now available online, complete with a painfully tense interview between… » 2/20/15 12:31pm 2/20/15 12:31pm

VLC Is Getting Chromecast Support

Google's Chromecast is cheap and awesome and it's about to get even better. The latest changelog posted by VLC—which mentions a "Chromecast output module"—suggests that the Swiss Army-knife of media players will finally get Chrome support. » 2/17/15 1:15pm 2/17/15 1:15pm

Don't Worry -- Snapchat Is Not the Future of Journalism

For the past ten days, I've been getting my news from Snapchat. I've learned stuff about internet dating, celebrity plastic surgery, Ukraine peace talks, and Bitcoin mines. But mostly, I've learned what old media thinks app media really wants. And it's not pretty. » 2/13/15 3:55pm 2/13/15 3:55pm

What Could Have Entered the Public Domain in 2015?

Current US law extends copyright for 70 years after the date of the author's death, and corporate "works-for-hire" are copyrighted for 95 years after publication. But prior to the 1976 Copyright Act (which became effective in 1978), the maximum copyright term was 56 years—an initial term of 28 years, renewable for… » 1/02/15 7:30am 1/02/15 7:30am

Hulu's Former CEO Just Launched a Subscription-Based YouTube Rival

YouTube pretty much won the video war years ago, but there are still plenty of people vying for some of the action. Remember Viddy? Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar thinks that his new startup video site Vessel offers a unique subscription-based model ($3/month) that can pull YouTube stars over to a new platform. Long… » 12/17/14 11:30am 12/17/14 11:30am

NBC Will Stream Network Shows Online As They Air

Not home in time for SNL? Doesn't mean you can't still watch it live. NBC is going to start streaming its broadcast network shows online, live and in real-time, as long as you have a cable subscription. » 12/16/14 10:40am 12/16/14 10:40am

The Amazing Attempt to Blame the Internet for Everything

In recent weeks, several respected magazines, their publishers, and writers have fallen prey to various journalistic malfeasance and scandals. Who is to blame? Internet boogeymen, of course. » 12/11/14 3:08pm 12/11/14 3:08pm

Own Everything Avengers for Just $100

Here's a great gift idea for Avengers fans; a box set with The Avengers, five lead-up films, and a secret bonus disc, all packaged in one of the coolest limited edition boxes I've ever seen. The set normally sells for $150+, and today's $100 deal is the lowest it's ever gone. [Amazon] » 11/28/14 12:59pm 11/28/14 12:59pm

The Best Black Friday Deals

You've reached our hub for 2014's Kinja Deals Black Friday coverage. The deals are already coming in, so start saving right now. Be sure to check out Kinja Deals for our year-round deal and product coverage, and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. » 11/24/14 11:15am 11/24/14 11:15am

Chromecast Is Getting a Bunch of Smartphone-Controlled Games

Your Chromecast is about to be a little more like Amazon Fire TV. The streaming dongle is getting a whole slew of family-friendly games. » 11/11/14 11:03am 11/11/14 11:03am

The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We've walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we'll update periodically as prices and components change—we'll walk you through the hardware we'll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast's system for gamers and media… » 9/24/14 11:29am 9/24/14 11:29am

How to Stream Your Media Anywhere with Dropbox and Google Drive

Google and Dropbox have some ridiculously low-priced 1TB storage options. With so much space for so little money, what could you do with it? Well, for starters, you could turn them into your own personal media servers. » 8/29/14 12:48pm 8/29/14 12:48pm

Meet Roku TV: The TV Set With Your Favorite Streaming Platform Inside

Many smart TV platforms are less than perfect, so you're almost always better off adding some kind of streaming device. Now Roku is cutting out the middleman completely, by releasing TVs with Roku baked right inside. Synergy! » 8/19/14 12:00am 8/19/14 12:00am

Nearly Half the Names On the Terrorist Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Today in bad news about the government watching you, we learned that the U.S. government's terrorist watch list has doubled in recent years. What's worse, however, is that the government admits that over 40 percent of the people on that list have "no recognized terrorist group affiliation." None. » 8/05/14 4:51pm 8/05/14 4:51pm

The Uncanny Valley of Old Futurism

In 1995 Eugene Volokh wrote the most paleofuturish article ever written. By that I mean it's an incredibly prescient meditation on the future of media and technology. But it has just enough weird anachronisms to remind us that nobody can predict the future with absolute certainty. » 6/26/14 6:31pm 6/26/14 6:31pm