8 Tools to Help Block Out Online Distractions

The problem with the web is there's just so much of it; an endless tide of funny videos, pop quizzes, and social alerts ready to distract you from other, more urgent tasks at hand. We wouldn't say there's anything inherently wrong with killing time online, but if you really need to buckle down on an important job then… » 6/20/14 3:46pm 6/20/14 3:46pm

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… » 4/10/14 3:00pm 4/10/14 3:00pm

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

Even LinkedIn Can Be Beautiful

I believe that what makes LinkedIn special is the actual content. I would like to propose a more "content driven" LinkedIn where users feel that it's more engaging and relevant towards their own interests. Business sites do not need to be "stale", and it could be a layout that is both professional and attractive. » 3/26/13 3:20pm 3/26/13 3:20pm

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… » 5/09/12 10:40pm 5/09/12 10:40pm

How To Kill That Awful Meebo Bar Forever (Updated)

Have you noticed Meebo, that annoying bar on the bottom of some websites like Boston.com's Big Picture, Men's Fitness, and TVGuide.com? Of course you have. It spits up ads and nags you to share stuff on Facebook while you're just trying to read. It's a website add-on increasingly used by publishers who hate their… » 4/25/12 11:00am 4/25/12 11:00am

The Internet Icon You've Probably Never Heard Of

This is Marc Andreessen. He's not as rich as Bill Gates, not as inspirational as Steve Jobs, nor as well-known as Mark Zuckerberg—but that doesn't make him any less important. Because, in his twenty year career, Andreessen has probably done more than any other person to change the way we communicate online. » 4/25/12 3:49am 4/25/12 3:49am