By Jane Porter
What can artificial intelligence teach us about human intelligence? Quite a bit, it turns out. IBM's Watson had its crowning moment back in 2011 when the cognitive computing system famously destroyed its Jeopardy champion contenders, but lately Watson has been wading into far more...
August 29th 2015 at 12:30pm
By Mark Wilson
On a sunny Saturday morning, seven Amazon Dash buttons arrived to my apartment. Dash is a decidedly Jetsonian future come to life. A Wi-Fi connected button for my every need! Push one in my toddler's bedroom, and Huggies diapers would appear at my doorstep. Push another by my bathr...
August 23rd 2015 at 12:30pm
By Harry McCracken
When the new iOS 9 comes out this fall, Apple's iPhone Maps app will finally offer public-transit directions. At first, the feature will be available for just 10 cities worldwide. Except in China, that is, where it's launching in more than 300 localities at once.
August 22nd 2015 at 12:30pm
By Jared Newman
This story on Adobe Flash was supposed to turn out a bit differently.
The idea was to talk with some of the biggest websites still using Adobe's browser plugin, which has fallen out of favor within tech circles for its constant security issues and thirst for system resources. May...
August 20th 2015 at 11:14pm
By Ross Rubin
It was only in 2010 that Samsung introduced the Galaxy S, the first in its incredibly popular series of flagship smartphones. It had a 4-inch display, which was large for its time. A year later, however, the phone was dwarfed by the then-mammoth 5.3-inch screen on the first Galaxy N...
August 15th 2015 at 12:30pm
By John Brownlee
Typewriters are beautiful objects. They are charming and ingenious in a way that only something analog can be. They make sounds that strike a chord even in those born long after the thwack-thwack of a type hammer smacking against the page, or the brrring of the carriage being sla...
August 8th 2015 at 8:00am
By Charlie Sorrel
Buying smart bulbs for the home is a little like choosing between HD-DVD or Blu-ray. Like regular old incandescents, or CFL or LED or halogen bulbs, smart bulbs—which can be controlled from your phone—fit into your regular old sockets. But unless you want to have a s...
July 25th 2015 at 2:00pm
By Ross Rubin
Last week's announcement that Microsoft would scale back its smartphone efforts was a clarifying moment. The resulting smartphone segments that the company will play in—which it calls business, value, and flagship—mirror those of its Surface tablets. In an email to emplo...
July 18th 2015 at 12:30pm
By Mark Wilson
The Apple Watch, despite years of hype before it was even announced, appears to be flopping after all.
It wasn't a good sign when Apple announced shortly before the Watch release that they weren't going to be breaking out sales numbers. Now, a new report from third-party analysts...
July 12th 2015 at 11:00am
By Amber Case
Last month, over a billion people around the world suddenly knew the name and appearance of the very same woman, and simultaneously began exchanging opinions about her. And while the unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner is not news in the traditional sense, and there was no shortage of major...
July 4th 2015 at 8:00am
By Sarah Kessler
"You've never heard of 'Man Crush Monday'?"
Michael Martin, a recent graduate of Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, has graciously agreed to explain his class's Instagram habits to me.
"Well, 'Man Crush Monday' is the hashtag #mcm. On Monday, you post a picture of...
June 29th 2015 at 1:30pm
By Steven Melendez
In the two years since Edward Snowden's revelations about pervasive government monitoring of the Internet first made the news, developers have worked to build hardware and software to help Web users reap many of the benefits of cloud-based services while retaining personal cont...
June 27th 2015 at 3:00pm