Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn?

Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 58% of U.S. teachers own smartphones — 10 percentage points higher than the national average for adults.… » 4/01/15 5:20am Today 5:20am

We've Got a Galaxy S6. Ask Us Anything.

This is the Samsung Galaxy S6. Is it the smartphone you've been waiting for? Hard to say—we've had this handset for less than 24 hours, and it's going to take a teensy bit longer than that to properly test everything. But if you've got a question, any question at all, this is your chance. What do you want to know? » 3/26/15 9:02am 3/26/15 9:02am

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Has As Much Bloatware As Ever

Anova Precision Cooker Review: Killer Sous Vide for Everyone

I have a problem. It's a kitchen gadget addiction. Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to try the latest and greatest cooking appliances—or at least all the As Seen On TV and Sky Mall shit. Well, that addiction just paid off: The Anova Precision Cooker has been bringing me stupid amounts of joy for the past few… » 3/25/15 3:00pm 3/25/15 3:00pm

Facebook Will Put 360-Degree Spherical Videos Right In Your News Feed

I think that 360-degree video is going to be a big deal. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg agrees! He just announced that Facebook will be able to embed spherical videos right in your News Feed, much like YouTube 360. » 3/25/15 1:44pm 3/25/15 1:44pm

Throwing My Broken Laptop in the Oven Baked It Back to Life

Every couple months I pull out my old gaming laptop from college: a busted-ass Dell m1210 that's had its motherboard replaced four times under warranty because Nvidia couldn't get its shit together. It never works right. I've had enough. I'm sticking this sucker in the oven. » 3/24/15 12:00pm 3/24/15 12:00pm

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi Review: Won't Win Hearts, Will Turn Heads

So you want a laptop that turns into a tablet. No kidding! Plenty of people are jazzed by the idea of having a slate for sharing, plus a solid keyboard for typing. And the new Asus T300 Chi sure looks like a great pick: for just $700 you get a great looking PC that—both halves combined—is thinner than a MacBook Air. » 3/23/15 4:42pm 3/23/15 4:42pm

HTC One M9 Review: A Great Phone That Can't Keep Up

Everyone loves an underdog. They're new, exciting, and upset expectations. In 2013, the HTC One M7 brought that incredible disruptive energy to smartphones, and the following year's M8 ran neck and neck with the best you could buy. Now, with the M9, the One is no longer an underdog—but it's not exactly leading the… » 3/23/15 1:35pm 3/23/15 1:35pm

Facebook Is Making a Phone App Because We All Need More Facebook Apps

Facebook wants to be so much more than just a social network app. It wants to be your go-to SMS with Messenger. It wants to be a Reddit replacement with Rooms. You can even overlay Android with Facebook Home. Now your dialer is in Zuck's crosshairs. » 3/23/15 11:45am 3/23/15 11:45am

This Simple Smartwatch Claims a 30-Day Battery Life

If all the talk of weak battery life has left you lukewarm about the idea of a smartwatch, or if you're interested but still prefer the look of an analog timepiece, you'll want to keep an eye on Vector, the company that swooped onto the smartwatch scene out of nowhere this week. » 3/21/15 12:00pm 3/21/15 12:00pm

When It Comes to Tech Dystopia, Portlandia Is Better Than Black Mirror

UK series Black Mirror is being lauded as the first show that really tells the truth about our dystopian tech destiny. But the best critique of technology in today's culture is not this science fiction import. For the most scathing commentary on the high-tech world we've designed for ourselves, you have to watch … » 3/20/15 6:30pm 3/20/15 6:30pm

A 21st-Century Rip Van Winkle: What Changed In My Decade Behind Bars

When the New World was two centuries newer, Washington Irving set a fable, "Rip Van Winkle," in the oldest parts of New York State, where the original Dutch settlers' culture still lingered. Life was European then—just set in America. But progress stops for no man. The story's hero evades his nagging wife in the wilds… » 3/19/15 2:31pm 3/19/15 2:31pm

7 of the Most Horrible Technology Sounds

Not long ago, I asked you for your picks of the worst sounds that technology has cursed us with. You answered with the shrill, shreiking screams of text across the internet. And here are a few of the standouts from our collective list of the most unappealing blips and bloops. » 3/16/15 3:35pm 3/16/15 3:35pm

What Is the Most Horrible Technology Sound?

Technology is amazing, until it starts generating noises that make you want to lock yourself inside a Faraday cage time machine and zip back to the Stone Age. Dot matrix printers. A phone buzzing on your upstairs neighbor's floor. The default Android alarm. That stupid marimba ringtone. What is the most horrible sound… » 3/11/15 5:41pm 3/11/15 5:41pm

The Golden Age of Jailbreaking Is Over

Your smartphone may be as powerful as a computer, but it's also hobbled. You can only install apps on it from the walled garden of the official app store. Your options are limited to the small, vetted collection of "approved" apps as opposed to the unlimited options available for PCs. That's where jailbreaking comes… » 2/26/15 5:33pm 2/26/15 5:33pm

Do You Still Use a Landline?

Reports say less than half of U.S. households are equipped with landlines. I remember when a landline was the best thing that ever happened to me. Do you still have one? What do you use it for? » 2/24/15 5:00pm 2/24/15 5:00pm

Galaxy S6 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

There are smartphones, and then there are smartphones. Phones that you pay attention to. Phones that are like whoa. The iPhone is one. Maybe the new Nexus. The Galaxy S3 was one. The S4 and the S5? Not so much. But the S6 looks poised to make a splash again. The S6 is looking serious. » 2/20/15 11:30am 2/20/15 11:30am

The Magnificent Evolution of Polar Icebreakers

Modern icebreakers are the most marvelous of civilian ships. They are huge, they are strong, they are powerful, and their history is amazing. Without them, there would be no safe waterways for other ships in the icy waters around the poles of the Earth. Here is a spectacular look into their evolution, from steamers… » 2/18/15 8:00pm 2/18/15 8:00pm

25 Years of Beautiful, Fake Images Brought to You By Photoshop

Happy birthday Photoshop! You might be turning 25 this week, but you don't look a day over 20. (We suspect you've had some photoshopping done.) » 2/18/15 12:00pm 2/18/15 12:00pm

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. » 2/16/15 6:20pm 2/16/15 6:20pm