Medals for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics will be made of recycled smartphones

All of the gold medals presented at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be made entirely of metal recovered from discarded mobile devices. Organizers are encouraging phone users in Japan to drop off old handsets at special collection points.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba joins Coke, Visa as a major Olympic sponsor

At the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Alibaba Group announced the formation of a long-term partnership that will last through 2028
Cool Tech

First Special Olympics Robotics Championship takes place in Seattle

Earlier this month, the first-ever Unified Robotics Championship took place in Seattle, Washington. The competition sees students pit plastic against plastic in a sumo-style robot battle to push the competitor out of the ring.

Olympic giant Michael Phelps takes aim at Silicon Valley

When you've won 28 Olympic gold medals, two things are for sure. You can't ever top that, and you've got cash to invest. Michael Phelps, please meet the companies of Silicon Valley.
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.

Going for gold in Tokyo will be green, thanks to medals made of e-waste

The prizes of the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo may just be made from e-waste -- the gold, silver, and bronze that is recycled from discarded smartphones and other consumer electronics.

Japan’s prime minister became ‘Super Mario’ at the Olympic closing ceremony

It's not every day you see a world leader dressed up as a famous video game character, but that's exactly what happened during the Rio Olympics' closing ceremony on Sunday night.

Photo finish: Here’s how the cameras at the Olympic finish lines actually work

Usain Bolt may be the fastest man in the world, but his photo finish was captured by a camera shooting at 10,000 frames per second. Here's how the tech behind the Olympics finish line camera works.

That dancing Olympic weightlifter just got the green-screen treatment

An Olympic weightlifter from the tiny Pacific island of Kiribati has been making quite a name for himself in Rio this week, performing a full-on dance after every lift. And thanks to the green backdrop, the entertainment factor…
Movies & TV

The 2016 Rio Olympics should get a gold medal for online streaming

The 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has shattered NBC's record for minutes streamed in its first 10 days of competition. This year's Olympics is the first time the broadcast network coverage has been streamed simultaneously…

These are the most popular cameras and lenses at the Olympics, Canon says

According to a survey by Canon, most photographers at the 2016 games in Rio are shooting with the company's gear. So what are the most popular bodies and lenses at the games? The flagship EOS-1D X Mark II is one of them.

‘Pokémon Go’ may as well be an Olympic sport this year

It's already bigger than Tinder, has overtaken Twitter, and now, Pokémon Go is giving top athletes a run for their money, too. That's right -- the wildly successful game just may be more popular than the Olympics.