technology

  • Best Buy Sells Future Proofing For Your Gadgets

    It happens to everyone; you buy that new phone, or laptop – and then a new more powerful version of the same product comes out the very next week. Best Buy has come out with a program designed to help with this phenomenon, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read More

  • New Compass Finds Its Way With Light

    The compass has been around, pretty much forever. Currently technology isn’t really that far from a magnetized sliver of metal floating on a cork, but that may be about to change. A group of physicists have been working on a new type of compass, one that uses rubidium atoms to measure the magnetic field and provide a more accurate reading. Read More

  • Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Editor’s note: The most valuable employees of any technology company are the engineers and scientists, which is why everyone in Silicon Valley does whatever they can to ensure the continuous supply to this talent pool. The size of the talent pool is ultimately determined by the number of people who graduate from colleges and universities with science, technology, engineering, or… Read More

  • Why are we so afraid of technology 'ruining' soccer? It's not like technology hasn't been all over the sport since its inception.

    There’s a myth out there that technology will ruin soccer, what Pelé (and others) once called “the beautiful game.” Let me ask you something: is this Cristiano Ronaldo free kick any less beautiful because he’s wearing the latest Nike boots? Do you have any idea how many hours are spent developing the technology that’s built into things like the Nike Mercurial… Read More

  • Tech CEOs See Flat Annual Compensation For The First Time In A Decade

    In most years, come rain or shine, executive pay at technology startups always goes up because the competition for talent is always so intense. In 2009, however, cash compensation for CEOs at private technology companies will be flat compared to last year, according to a new CompStudy by executive search firm J. Robert Scott and Ernst & Young. This will be the first time CEO pay at… Read More

  • The motherboard as art: The Mona Lisa

    Well, I think we finally know what Asus does when they get a dead motherboard. They take it apart, and turn it into a picture! Behold the loveliness that is the Motherboard Mona Lisa, a model of PCI and AGP slot beauty and mystery. Read More

  • What's YOUR favorite protocol?

    Yesterday’s trip down memory lane with the Gopher protocol got me thinking about all the other protocols I used to use, and those that I continue to use on a regular basis. There’s little doubt that hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) is one of the most widely used protocols on the Internet today. But there are a host of other protocols used every day! Let’s look at a few of… Read More

  • Graphene makes a gra-fine photodetector

    Graphene, as everyone knows, “is a one-atom-thick planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice.” (Seriously, I didn’t just check Wikipedia for that.) Scientists have been using the material for lots of different applications for some time now. Recent work at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center has focused on using graphene… Read More

  • NASA announces a contest to choose the next contest

    Apparently you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to help NASA. The space agency just posted a request for suggestions for future prize contests on their website, and anyone may submit an idea. Read More

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


    I’m in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the inauguration ceremony of KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. This is a 30-square kilometer state-of-the-art research institution with faculty and students from all over the world. For the next couple of days I’ll be getting some behind-the-scenes access to technology in use here, both for education and research, as well… Read More

  • Not all gadgets suck: 500,000th pacemaker successfully installed

    It’s pretty easy, in this day and age, to get frustrated with technology, and lose sight of how awesome our world is as a result of technological innovation. Every now and then some piece of news will come along to remind us of how great technology can be, leading us on an adventure of knowledge, and restoring our appreciation for science. Today, that news is word that the 50,000th… Read More

  • Survey Says Baby Boomers Think Playing With Your Blackberry During A Meeting Is Rude

    The generation gap all too often expresses itself as a technology gap. A survey of white collar workers (most of them in the legal profession) commissioned by NexisLexis offers a glimpse at changing attitudes towards technology between Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers. One thing Baby Boomers apparently really hate is when the rest of us are not paying attention during meetings and… Read More

  • SXSW panel: Don't worry, kids, the news business isn't going to die

    Even though we’re losing newspapers left and right in the U.S., people ought not be afraid for the future of news, journalism, etc. So says Steven Johnson, author of, among other things, The Invention of Air. Johnson, speaking at a panel at SXSWi, tried to allay the fears of every kid in journalism school—and those of us who recently graduated, lol!—by saying that people… Read More

  • Revisiting Louis CK's “Everything's Amazing, Nobody's Happy”

    Louis CK, the best working comedian right now, is a bona fide Internet sensation. He was on Late Night With Conan O’Brien last fall, and he proceeded to eviscerate my stupid, spoiled generation. You know, bitching about things like “oh, my phone is too slow,” “what, this airplane doesn’t have on-bord Wi-Fi? fail!” etc. Typical First World nonsense. Louis… Read More

  • The Early Adopter Gets the Worm

    There are a dizzying number of cool new services, applications, and gadgets available to citizens of the world today. New stuff is coming out all the time and it can be hard for us Internet experts to keep up, let alone average human beings. For example, my dad — no Internet slouch — had no idea what Hulu was. How is he expected to care about the difference between Twitter or… Read More

  • Comedian Louis C.K. on technology and air travel

    One of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K., sums up how people take modern-day technology and air travel for granted. This isn’t a super-recent interview with Conan O’Brien, but it’s something to remember if you’ll be traveling for the holidays. Good stuff. Read More

  • Google Earth partially blamed for Mumbai terrorist attacks

    The terrorist attacks in Mumbai have once again put Google Earth in an unfavorable light. The one (“baby-faced”) terrorist that police caught has said that the terrorists used Google Earth the help plan the attacks. (That they also used everyday cellphones, GPS and other technologies appears to be lost on the ban happy Indian officials.) In order to prevent future attacks, so the… Read More

  • Resonance Field 2.0 visualizes human behavior in working environments

    Nobody is safe in their office anymore. Tokyo-based Kakuyo Office System [JP] developed Resonance Field 2.0, a technology that makes it possible to track movements and analyze human behavior in working environments. Office workers need to wear so-called “business microscopes” around the neck, name card holders with an integrated infrared sensor, a three-axis acceleration sensor and… Read More

  • Sony to boost production of TVs with FED technology

    Field Emission Technologies, a Sony affiliate, is preparing to mass-produce a new kind of flat panel starting 2009. Sony owns 37.8 percent of the company. The so-called FEDs (field emission displays) offer higher picture quality than LCDs. Backlighting FEDs is not necessary so that they are said to be twice as energy-efficient as LCDs. While Sony’s first OLED-TV, the XEL-1, measures… Read More

  • Like gadgets? You’re probably an arrogant prick

    Well, the secret’s out. People who are into technology and gadgets have a high tendency to be a-holes. Can you believe it? According to Reuters… “An online study evaluating the characteristics of 25,000 American adults found avid technology consumers tended to score highly in personality traits such as leadership, dynamism and assertiveness — but low in modesty.” Read More