Apple Music Hands-On: I Can't Tell You If It Works But It Looks Cool

I don’t use Spotify. Or Rdio. Or even Pandora very often. Sometimes I want to hear a particular song; mostly I just want a good tune that’s relevant to my interests without thinking about it. Basically, I’m the perfect customer for Apple Music, which promises to be the one music app to rule them all. Is it? I can’t… » 6/08/15 11:15pm 6/08/15 11:15pm

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

These Headphones From 1927 Look So Much Worse Than Earbuds

Throughout the 20th century, radio nerds were trying to figure out how to build the perfect headphones. Over-the-ear varieties could get hot and sweaty. In-ear varieties would fall out. And then there were these clamp-ons from 1927, which looked like the least comfortable of the bunch — despite what the manufacturers… » 2/17/15 12:21pm 2/17/15 12:21pm

This Beautiful Vintage Radio Is Actually a Custom Gaming PC

In the 1940s, people tuned into regal radios that were as much a piece of furniture as they were a gadget. So when computer designer Jeffrey Stephenson decided to build a small, high-end gaming PC, he took design cues from a popular Canadian radio model, The Addison. Stephenson crafted an intricate paean to… » 12/09/14 9:29am 12/09/14 9:29am

This New Global Satellite System Is Bringing 3G to the Battlefield

The US military is undergoing a radical change in its communications capabilities. Not only is DARPA's Persistent Close Air Support cutting response times by nearly 90 percent, but a new satellite-based comm system will soon deliver a 3G smartphone experience to soldiers anywhere on the planet. » 12/01/14 11:58am 12/01/14 11:58am

This Electronic Stonehenge Once Divined the Secrets of Soviet Radio

In the early days of electronic espionage, the US intelligence community didn't have the benefit of all-seeing spy satellites—it had to intercept and interpret high-frequency radio waves transmitted by the Soviet Union. To do so, the Americans relied on a network of mysterious structures whose real purpose was kept… » 10/21/14 11:40am 10/21/14 11:40am

The 1920s Tabloid Reporter Who Predicted TV Could Kill Newspapers

"What for example could be staler than to-morrow morning's newspaper account of a prize-fight or political convention one has already received over the radio?" wrote one commentator in 1928. Radio was overtaking print as the news medium of the day and some people insisted that newspapers were going to disappear… » 8/04/14 4:06pm 8/04/14 4:06pm