Views of a Dark World: Illuminating Unseen Infrastructure

For a global society highly dependent on complex technical, economic, and political systems, we manage to carry on our daily routines largely unaware of the hard and soft infrastructure—from pipes to policies—on which these systems rest. That is, until unexpected events, so-called black swans, illuminate the previously … » 4/10/14 3:00pm 4/10/14 3:00pm

Happy 25th Birthday to the Embattled World Wide Web

How do you sing happy birthday to a computer? Or, more specifically, how do you sing happy birthday to a system of hyperlinked files accessible, by the internet, that live inside your computer (and phone, and tablet, and so on)? It is, after all, the World Wide Web's 25th birthday. » 3/12/14 5:40pm 3/12/14 5:40pm

YouTube In Your Browser Is Becoming More Like YouTube On Your Phone

Once upon a time, in the early days of smartphones (y'know, a few years ago), a company would do everything possible to make its app look as similar to its website as possible. Now everything is topsy-turvy. Today YouTube revealed that some of the website's new look is going to be borrowed from its mobile app. Brave… » 2/20/14 7:00pm 2/20/14 7:00pm

Bing's Animated Homepage Is What the Face of the Internet Should Look…

Bing's homepage is wonderful today. Right now, it livens up your basic search page with an animated timelapse of concentric startrails at Monument Valley in Utah. It's gorgeous. But more importantly, it's the kind of tasteful-but-futuristic design we want to see more of. » 7/18/12 1:40pm 7/18/12 1:40pm

How to Destroy the Internet

Remember when Anonymous threatened to destroy the entire internet? We laughed, and ultimately their words were just hacker hubris. But it got us thinking—could someone actually destroy the Internet? » 5/23/12 1:00pm 5/23/12 1:00pm

Forget wireless. The Internet exists because of hundreds of thousands of miles of thick, old fashioned…

Wi-Fi-Blocking Wallpaper Protects Your Web Fortress by Keeping…

Scientists from the institut polytechnique Grenoble INP and the Centre Technique du Papier have developed a novel new product so gratuitous, it almost seems necessary: a silver-crystal coated wallpaper that can block neighbors from freeloading off your Wi-Fi network. The silver crystals are arranged in such a way that … » 5/09/12 10:40pm 5/09/12 10:40pm