Did Apple Really Blacklist Best Buy for Withholding iPad 2s?

Apple loves those big-sales stories, where they can announce they sold X million units over the first weekend. But if one of their biggest retail partners, Best Buy, withheld iPad 2s as they'd already reached their internal sales quota for that day, how would Apple react? More »

How the Government Shutdown Would Screw the Top Ten Science Operations Vital for the Country

That's Endeavour on the launch pad, waiting for the start of mission STS-134. But, like the United States Government and most of its vital science operations, it may shut down tonight. If that happens, that's very bad news. More »

Jean Bartik, Pioneer Computer Programmer

When the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer was introduced in 1946 as a tool for calculating the trajectory of artillery shells, it made headlines nationwide as the first all-electronic computer. More »

Evil Knock-Off External Hard Drive is Far From 500GB

We shouldn't laugh-I mean, think of all that lost data!-but there is something so comical about thinking you're backing up those precious files to a 500GB Samsung hard drive...only to discover it's a knock-off, weighed down with nuts. More »

Japan's New Wasteland

What you're looking at isn't a scene from a sci-fi flick. It's real life-a phalanx of Japanese police in hazmat suits, carrying off a body found inside the deserted radius of Fukushima. More »

How to Get Books Into Your iPhone or iPad Without Using iTunes

Did you know that now you can get books into your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without having to download them first in your computer and synchronizing? It's very easy. Just follow these steps More »

Finally, a Decent Honeycomb Tablet For Less Than the iPad 2

Okay, maybe it's a little too early to say for sure just how good the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 is, but the specs-1GHz Tegra guts, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage 1280x800 LCD screen, 2MP and 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, etc. More »

Jailbreaking is Netting Nerds a Tidy Annual Salary

Jailbreaking phones has been legal for just under a year now, and unsurprisingly nerds are making good money off the back of time-poor, money-rich people. The Washington Post has reported on how one Washington student is earning $50,000 a year More »

Man Gives Wife World's First Mosquito-Borne STD

In what is either a medical first or the best "sorry I gave you an STD, babe" defense of all time, an American biologist has passed the rare Zika virus-received via mosquito bite-to his wife through sex. More »