What Happens To Music After Net Neutrality?

Years ago, I believed experts who said Net Neutrality wasn't a big deal for two reasons. First, It never really existed in the first place (because many ISPs prioritize traffic in some way, say, for or against online gaming). Second, the free market would solve the problem, because ISPs that threw up bad content… » 1/19/14 2:00pm 1/19/14 2:00pm

Why I Just Don't Give a Shit About PRISM (Or Any Other Spying)

Last night, the world found out about the NSA's pervasive, encompassing PRISM surveillance program. We learned that we are all being monitored, in a literal sense, and that the largest tech companies on the planet are involved. There is no way to avoid it. And I just can't find any reason to care. » 6/07/13 3:01pm 6/07/13 3:01pm

Why 3D Printing Is Overhyped (I Should Know, I Do It For a Living)

Everyone's now aware of 3D printing — they’ve read about it in the papers, on blogs or seen it on TV. The mentality now seems to be that, in the future, we'll be able to download our products or make them ourselves with CAD programs, apps and 3D scanners, then just print them out, either at home, or in localised print… » 5/17/13 9:11am 5/17/13 9:11am

Amazon Is Selling Die-Cast Replicas of Military Vehicles, Everybody…

The Amazon product page for Maisto International Inc.'s model Predator drones has been inundated with snarky parody reviews mocking the replica, apparently as a means of "protesting" the government's controversial practice of targeted drone strikes. But rather than dissuade potential customers, the shrill whine of… » 2/16/13 6:00pm 2/16/13 6:00pm

Why You Shouldn't Be Too Quick to Cheer Self-Driving Cars

One of the clear automotive technology trends at CES this year is cars that drive themselves. From Audi to Lexus to Ford, the world's largest car companies are beginning to follow Google's lead in an effort to produce cars smart enough to drive themselves. The thought is that autonomous cars will reduce the number of… » 1/10/13 5:00pm 1/10/13 5:00pm

Windows 8 Hybrids: $750 Netbooks That Just Aren't Worth It

Windows 8 hardware sales are off to a slow start as shoppers scratch their heads over Microsoft's new operating system and flock to low-cost tablets instead. Could a souped-up netbook save the day? The latest hybrids powered by Intel Atom processors promise the best of both worlds: the versatility of a laptop combined… » 12/31/12 11:00am 12/31/12 11:00am

I'm a Tech Writer Thanks to This Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip

I wasn't supposed to be here today. Growing up, I was obsessed with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist—the thought of sifting through heaps of stone and soil was far more enticing than fighting fires or learning Ninjutsu, my two fallback careers. But then Calvin's dad went and blew my mind. » 12/26/12 3:20pm 12/26/12 3:20pm

Reminder: Companies Aren't Your Friends

Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. All of them wonderful ways to bring together people you know, care about, or just want to stalk. But it's easy to confuse connecting friends with friendship. Don't. All social media companies want is to make money off of you. They'll never stop trying to. And that's okay. » 12/24/12 3:25pm 12/24/12 3:25pm

There Are Some Technologies We Should Not Have, and Guns Are One of…

More than a dozen children were just murdered in Connecticut. It's time to take steps toward preventing this sort of tragedy. The Second Amendment was written when all Americans could remember being occupied by a foreign power. That was 220 years ago; the British are not coming. Red Dawn is not real. Give up your guns, … » 12/14/12 1:45pm 12/14/12 1:45pm

Today's Awful Apple Rumor: Retina iPad Mini

There's something in the air this week. Maybe it's that the holidays are coming, or that it's getting colder, or that there's not much actual news to be had three weeks before the Consumer Electronics Show. But for some reason, the dumb Apple rumors are piling up like so many discarded MobileMe accounts. » 12/14/12 10:37am 12/14/12 10:37am

The Dumbest Apple Rumor of the Year

There are all kinds of Apple rumors out there; big ones, small ones, smart ones, dumb ones. God knows we run enough of them ourselves. But there's a genus of the species that we never post, ever, because it's so obviously and insidiously dumb and wrong and bad. And here is, without exaggeration, the very absolute worst … » 12/11/12 5:02pm 12/11/12 5:02pm

Hey You Big Idiots, Now Can I Use My Phone on Planes?

I've traveled 18,054 miles on airplanes this year. That's 27 flights. And on each of those 27 takeoffs and 27 landings, a hungover flight attendant has asked me and my fellow travelers to turn off our phones. I didn't, not once. And you know what? I didn't die. All 27 planes found the runway, none of their engines… » 12/07/12 2:32pm 12/07/12 2:32pm