Internet Use Proven To Affect Your...Uh...Memory

I know a grand total of about five phone numbers off by heart. One is mine — not the landline, though, still have to double-check that one — and one is my parents', who haven't changed their number since the '60s. (Or their phone, for that matter.) It's a common phenomenon: The more easy-to-access information is being… » 7/15/11 6:00am 7/15/11 6:00am

Oh God, No: Twitter Now an Acceptable Replacement for Raising Your Hand…

Twitter is a good thing as long as it allows us to do things we couldn't do without it. Such as: organizing democratic change in the Middle East! But Twitter is really sad when it's used as a classroom crutch. » 5/13/11 11:00am 5/13/11 11:00am

Do You Suffer from Netflix Streaming Syndrome?

As technology marches on, it brings with it a whole new set of maladies. Just as keyboards have given rise to carpal tunnel syndrome, another innovation has created an ailment just as awful. Let us warn you about Netflix Streaming Syndrome. » 4/25/11 10:20am 4/25/11 10:20am

Are Tablets Ruining Watching TV Together?

TV socializing is something of an oxymoron to begin with. When we sit down to watch the tube together, we're mostly together in the strictest technical sense—couch proximity. We might share popcorn, or laugh in unison, or murmur something about how so-and-so got fat—but it ain't exactly a meeting of the minds. Our… » 3/04/11 10:00am 3/04/11 10:00am

That NYU Professor With a Camera Surgically Attached to His Head? Yeah,…

I'll tell you this much: Waffa Bilal, the dude who attached a camera to the back of his head, is pretty dedicated to this ridiculous art project of his. Surgeons recently needed to remove some pieces in his head because his body rejected one of the three titanium posts implanted there. He's still planning on… » 2/09/11 8:40am 2/09/11 8:40am

The Best Part about a Smartphone Is Never Having to Call Anyone

I use my iPhone constantly. Compulsively, even. It's with me wherever I go. But you'll rarely catch me talking on it. I hate phone conversations. And nothing has made it easier to ditch phone talking than the self-nullifying smartphone itself. » 1/18/11 1:00pm 1/18/11 1:00pm

Consider the text. No longer is the SMS inbox an inbox at all.…

This Professor Is Surgically Implanting a Camera in the Back of His Head

When Waffa Bilal turns around for the next year, a camera surgically embedded in the back of his head will stare back at you. » 11/16/10 6:00pm 11/16/10 6:00pm

I took blurry 5MP phone pics of a girl, and I liked it

Last night, I joined the NY Giz team (and a throng of several hundred strangers) for a Microsoft-sponsored evening with Katy Perry. It was fun. But it was also clear that smartphones have distorted concerts forever. Is that good? » 11/09/10 10:00am 11/09/10 10:00am