A Brief History of People Thinking Google's Loon Balloons Are UFOs

Some South African sheep got a nasty little surprise earlier this week when a Google-branded internet balloon came tumbling down from the heavens to say hello. The sheep are in good company, though. Because this happens—a lot. And fortunately for the conspiracy theorists among us, this means all the UFO fodder their… » 11/21/14 9:40am Friday 9:40am

Watch a 55-Day Overhaul of the Largest Passenger Plane in Two Minutes

Emirates' very first mammoth Airbus A380 has racked up some crazy stats since first being delivered to the airline back in 2008. And after 3,000 takeoffs, 12.5 million miles, and 1.2 million passengers, it's no wonder the plane's first major checkup took a total of 55-days. Thanks to the magic of timelapse, though,… » 11/20/14 10:40am Thursday 10:40am

The Defective Tech That Killed the iPhone's Sapphire Screens

The saga of Apple's disappearing sapphire screens seems to have finally offered some concrete answers. According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, the screens' supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, wasn't just mismanaged—the product they were putting out was pretty much unusable. » 11/19/14 6:13pm Wednesday 6:13pm

The Internet's Best Responses to Computer Engineer Barbie

Yesterday, the internet got wind of one of the more recent installments in the Barbie literary canon, I Can Be a Computer Engineer. As it turns out, Barbie's idea of being a computer engineer consists mostly of freaking out and asking Steven and Brian to fix her bad dumb girl code. Fortunately, the awesome backlash … » 11/19/14 1:08pm Wednesday 1:08pm

Every Walgreens Is About to Offer Cheap, Painless Blood Tests 

As part of Walgreens' recent initiative to be a "leader in healthcare technology," the company is teaming up with Silicon Valley health startup Theranos to offer cheap, needle-free blood tests. What's more, the service will soon be coming to a drugstore near you, as they're planning to expand it to all 8,200 locations. » 11/18/14 10:13am Tuesday 10:13am

Even the 19th Century Had Needy Nigerian Prince Scams

We've all received that email at least once before. A kind prince/princess/spambot in Nigeria has millions of dollars, and better yet, they want to split it with you. Just hand over your social security code and wait for them to arrive on American soil. As the above newspaper clipping shows, these types of scams were… » 11/14/14 5:27pm 11/14/14 5:27pm

The Most Horrifying Texting App Shares Everything You Type in Real-Time

There's a reason kids these days have a tendency to text whenever possible—not being able to meticulously craft your every last word is the worst. But now, a new messaging app called Beam wants to take all that hard-earned neuroticism away from us. It shows people exactly what you type, as you type it. We're doomed. » 11/14/14 11:07am 11/14/14 11:07am

Networked Guns Are a Smarter Attempt to Keep Cops In Check

It seems insane that it's taken this long to get here, but at long last, people are finally using the myriad tech at our disposal to hold cops accountable for their actions. Most recently, its a simple, relatively tiny chip being put to one massively important job—telling headquarters every time a police officer fires… » 11/13/14 6:24pm 11/13/14 6:24pm

I just found the original gchat transcript and it hurts. I was iming Nick Stango about one of our coworkers (who isn't here anymore), when I accidentally imed that coworker himself. After I realized what I'd done, I had to keep referring to him in the third person to try to save myself. I think maybe it just made it… » 11/13/14 1:38pm 11/13/14 1:38pm