death

  • Google’s New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife

    Google’s New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife

    What will happen to your Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ accounts after you die? That’s probably not something you really want to think about, but as more and more of our data now lives online, that’s sadly a question that comes up with some regularity. Today, Google is launching its Inactive Account Manager on the Google Account settings page, which sets out to set up… Read More

  • Google Reader’s Death Is Proof That RSS Always Suffered From Lack Of Consumer Appeal

    Google Reader’s Death Is Proof That RSS Always Suffered From Lack Of Consumer Appeal

    The idea of RSS was one that never quite gripped with normal Internet users. Sure, for us geeks who absolutely love consuming as much information as possible, RSS is a wonderland. When Google launched Reader in 2005, I can remember surfing to all of my favorite sites and looking for that little RSS logo, clicking on it and subscribing to the feed. So easy, so awesome to “us,” and… Read More

  • Man dies playing Wii Fit

    In another example of out-of-control electronic violence, another good man was been struck dead thanks to video gaming. According to the Telegraph, Tim Eves, a 25-year-old scoutmaster and fisherman from Yarmouth, Norfolk in the UK, died while running in place on the Wii Fit. Actually, this is quite a bittersweet story. Eves apparently died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and could have died… Read More

  • What happens to your online presence when you die in real life?

    So here’s a weird question for y’all: what happens when you die? More specifically, what happens to the “online version” of you? Will your World of Warcraft guild hold a funeral for you, one that’s promptly invaded by a bunch of rival faction jerks? Will there be a Facebook “We miss you, man” group? Does anyone in your life have the password to you… Read More

  • Bury me with my BlackBerry, please

    “No, don’t recycle my BlackBerry — put it in my coffin with me.” Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, California, is noticing a new trend of tech items being taken to the grave: “It seems like everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game… Read More

  • Better a dead Symbian than an open one


    Livin’ on the high end. TheRegister makes an interesting point: Symbian is dead. Once Nokia bought and decided to open-source it you can be certain that it will end up in low-end, developing market phones and not any of Nokia’s flagship models. It can’t simply because the OS and UI are twenty years old and far too klunky to offer any wow to a jaded populace. Read More

  • Video: How should Mario die?

    Happy Monday, Readers! I hope the weekend treated you well with some hard earned rest and relaxation. I thought we’d start off with something easy to get you in the right state of mind for the day/week. Not that death should set the tone for the week or anything. I was referring to the hilarity of the situation. Our favorite little Italian plumber finds himself kicking the bucket in… Read More

  • Australia's 'green' graveyard uses GPS to find graves

    Now the environmentally conscious can continue their quest to clean up this dump we call Earth by requesting to be buried near Lismore Memorial Park Cemetery in the Northern Rivers region of Australia. “The deceased will be buried in biodegradable coffins between gum trees in a protected koala sanctuary,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Headstones must be made from… Read More

  • Professor: The iPhone will destroy the Internet!

    I’m an expert when it comes to cellphones and wireless devices of all kinds. I write about them and the technologies they utilize every single day. That being said, I’m no professor. Jonathan Zittrain is, though, and he says that devices like the iPhone are going to be the death of the Internet. It’s easy to say, “No way, they’re innovation,” but he argues… Read More

  • Get the last laugh by insisting that your family send your ashes to the moon for $10,000

    Funerals are expensive. To my family and friends; I’d rather my funeral have an open bar, a band, and a gigantic velvet painting of me than an open casket and a bunch of people crying. I’d also consider the possibility of you sending my ashes to the moon in a bullet-like canister (see above photo). Granted it wouldn’t be all my ashes, just a small quantity of my ashes. Read More

  • Today is Netscape Navigator's last day; Pour one out for our homie

    [photopress:netscape_1.jpg,full,center] It’s a sad day for the Internet, as today marks the final day of Netscape Navigator, the first mass market graphical Webrowser and the precursor to our favorite, Firefox. As of tomorrow, AOL, who owns Netscape, will cease support of the browser entirely tomorrow. At one time, Netscape was the de facto Internet browser, but due to some nefariousness… Read More

  • Study: Cell phone radiation affects protein expression


    Here it is, your daily dose of semi-rational fear. A bunch of females (two Jettas full) had a patch of skin exposed to an hour of 900MHz radiation from GSM phones. The researchers then checked out skin samples and found that there were several proteins that had their expression affected in every volunteer’s case. I don’t think that’s good for those of us who keep our phones… Read More

  • DVI slowly going the way of the buffalo

    Omigosh DVI, I can’t believe you’re leaving already. You JUST got here! Stick around for a bit, huh? I won’t miss your prohibitively expensive cables and the constant fear of pending your fragile pins every time I move my monitor around on my desk, but I’ll miss the feeling of knowing that you transmit a relatively clean, all-digital signal. If only there were a… Read More

  • Pleo dies


    Ugobe, into your hands I commend my spirit. It is finished. This big nasty men at DVICE posted a video of them abusing and eventually killing their Pleo dinosaur. The video is horrible. They choke the wee guy, then hang him by his tail, and even slap him around. Just you wait. When it comes time for “the Big Change,” these boys will be the first against the wall. Note: We at… Read More

  • Update: Cellphones won't explode burning you and your family alive

    Remember yesterday we brought you news of a Korean man who owned an LG cellphone that exploded and killed him? Ok, it wasn’t the phone, it was something else. We’re still not sure what, but the degree to which he was injured wasn’t consistent with an exploding battery. So, you know, it’s okay to quit panicking. Your phone isn’t going to do you in. But something… Read More

  • Another Taser death: Addled Polish immigrant killed by airport officials

    What do you get when you mix bored police with frantic immigrants and a raucous, confusing immigrations hall? A dead Pole whose mother was waiting for him at the arrivals terminal. Dazed and confused after more than 15 hours of travel, unable to communicate in English and scared because he couldn’t find his mother, Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski was jolted by a taser just 24… Read More

  • 'iPod Death Clock' predicts bucket-kicking dates

    According to iMechanic.com, the iPod touch I purchased a month ago has just under 800 days left until it leaves this world behind, touching the lives of so many people during its short stay here. Ha! "Touching" the lives of…sigh…never mind. It apparently also only has 92% of the battery capacity remaining. What a rip! Anyway, you can use this site to input your… Read More

  • All The Super Mario 64 Death You Can Handle

    Die pasta boy The original Mario games were fun, but when Mario died, it was a static event. He always just jumped up in the air with a forlorn face and was whisked away off screen. When Super Mario 64 came out for Nintendo 64 however, we were able to witness the death of a plumber over and over again in multiple forms of torture. Whether it was fireballs, drowning, or falling off a cliff… Read More

  • A Sad, Sad Day In Science

    I awoke this morning refreshed, ready to work and take on the day. As I sat down and browsed the news, my heart began to sink. I discovered that Mr. Wizard had died. Yes, my beloved Mr. Wizard, whose show was on at 5am every weekday, has passed away at the age of 89 and is now in better place. I feel like a part of my childhood will always be missing now. Also known as Don Herbert, the Wiz had… Read More

  • Tragedy in Legoland: Woman Dies in Lego Rollercoaster Accident

    One of, if not the favorite toy of geeks and Makers everywhere is Legos. The small plastic snap-together bricks can be used to make about anything. In fact, Lego is considered by some to be the most popular toy in the world. So popular, in fact, that in Denmark there is a theme park dedicated to the bricks. Read More