Friends? Not anymore. Google wants you to bow down and meet your master

Google has changed. Gone are the days of cheap Nexus phones and an open-door policy. Now it wants to lock you into a new ecosystem with its new Pixel phones and Google Home, which work with its cool artificial intelligence platform called…

The best smartphone is the one you already own

Relentless upgrades and hypnotic marketing have tricked us into churning gadgets as quickly as possible, but the unseen costs of this cycle should have thoughtful buyers shoving a stick in the spokes.
Social Media

3 ways social media is warping politics more than ever

We may treat politics as a spectator sport on Facebook and Twitter, but our reactions there are feeding back into the system and changing the process more than ever.
Virtual Reality

It’s impossible to predict the future of VR, and the Palm Pilot proves it

What will virtual reality be used for twenty years from now? Frankly, we have no idea. Technology evolves evolve in ways that are hard to predict -- and the Palm Pilot is a great example of how that evolution happens.
Home Theater

As the iPhone’s headphone jack dies, Apple wins and you lose 4:07

As predicted, Apple just killed off the headphone jack in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7S, and the company had plenty to say to rationalize the decision, but at the end of the day, it was a bad call, and one that could have…

Affordable laptops aren’t just ‘good enough’ anymore, they’re amazing

Laptops have been fast enough for years, but design hasn't kept up. Until now. After years of bulky designs and horrible screens, quality hardware is finally available at prices most people are willing to pay.

You can buy a laptop with an OLED screen now, but should you?

OLED screens, common on mobile devices, are just now beginning to appear on laptops. Their beauty will leave you wondering how you ever did without, but the new tech may leave you searching for the nearest power socket.

Why every browser sucks eventually (It’s all your fault)

The more you use a browser, the more you bog it down. Which is why you should never trust that new browser smell. Every browser sucks, eventually, and it's all your fault.

Intel won't lead the VR revolution, but it will power those who do

Intel is a driving force behind many PC standards that users enjoy every day, like USB and Thunderbolt. Now, the company seems to be getting into virtual reality, and its presence may establish tech we'll use for years, even decades, to…
Movies & TV

Why ‘Stranger Things’ should make you hopeful for the future of TV

The surprise hit of the summer, Netflix's Stranger Things has been racking up praise from critics. Yet, unlike many of the critically beloved dramas before it, the show offers a surprisingly optimistic take on human nature.

I, for one, welcome our new automated robot overlords

Automation isn’t a bad thing; we’re not going to be attacked by vacuums, after all, and there are plenty of conveniences it supplies. But are we reaching a tipping point where we start to trust computers and robots more than humans?

How the father of the World Wide Web plans to reclaim it from Facebook and Google

A handful of companies own vast swaths of web activity – Facebook for social networking, Google for searching, eBay for auctions – giving these companies unprecedented power over us. This has inspired an effort to re-decentralize the…