The Voice-Activated House of Locks, Patterns, and Networks

The networked home is something of an emerging zeitgeist, offering today's consumers a domestic dreamworld in which every object in your house can be remotely controlled, synced together, and activated according to preset patterns, from heating systems and coffee makers to alarms and personalized lighting. » 1/07/14 1:20pm 1/07/14 1:20pm

Barbed Wire Fences Were An Early DIY Telephone Network

Before Ma Bell came to town, and long before DSL, it was barbed wire, of all things, that brought rural communities together. A Sears telephone hooked up to barbed wire—miles of which were already conveniently strung along fences—connected far-flung ranches in the recently settled American west. Thus an ingenious and… » 1/02/14 2:30pm 1/02/14 2:30pm

Report: Amazon Is Testing Its Own Wireless Network

According to a Bloomberg report, Amazon has tested its own wireless network. As in a network that people would use to connect to the Internet. As in axing the middle man and essentially becoming a carrier or ISP on its own. As in potentially using a 'Amazon Wireless'-type service to get on the Internet from our Amazon… » 8/22/13 9:30pm 8/22/13 9:30pm

T-Mobile's New “Jump” Plan Lets You Upgrade Your Phone At Will

People who keep up on the latest smartphones (that's you) have a problem: You wait and wait until the best new phone comes out, then you drop your money on that new hotness. But what happens? Six months later the newer hotterness is out, but you've got another year and a half before your next upgrade. T-Mobile is… » 7/10/13 2:37pm 7/10/13 2:37pm

The Beautiful Visualization of Relationships in Your Favorite Movies

Movies exist in their own world, with their own rules, with the characters having their own relationships. And though we may know every one of those characters, they might not all be connected together. These visualizations show how characters connect with each other in a beautiful constellation. You can almost gauge a … » 6/28/13 11:31pm 6/28/13 11:31pm

Aereo's Cloud DVR Pricing Is Now Simpler (But Not Necessarily Better)

Aereo's embattled cloud-based DVR service for network television is getting an updated pricing structure on May 15th. The options will be trimmed from the previous 5-tier structure down to just two plans. Sure, that should be easier for people to understand, but the rejiggered structure makes the cheaper monthly plan… » 5/13/13 9:12am 5/13/13 9:12am

Are the Networks About to Completely Screw Up Hulu?

It looks like Hulu could be in for some major changes. Variety has acquired a confidential memo regarding changes the streaming service is considering following the buyout of one of its owners in September. They're just speculation for now, but they sound like a pain for viewers and bad, bad news for Hulu. » 8/20/12 9:37am 8/20/12 9:37am

Dish Network's Commercial-Removing DVR Already Being Sued into the…

We knew Dish Network's new Hopper DVR seemed too good to be true. Or too good to not be sued into oblivion, at least. Now comes news that FOX is suing Dish over the Hopper, and Dish is suing, well, everyone. » 5/24/12 5:06pm 5/24/12 5:06pm