That Time Siskel and Ebert Reviewed The Greatest Film Ever Made

It might be hard to believe now, but when it first came out in 1989, some people didn't really like Back to the Future: Part II. Recognized today as perhaps the greatest film ever made for the silver screen, critics like Gene Siskel called it "very gadget-filled and really noisy in an unpleasant way." Hard to believe… » 9/18/14 1:10pm Thursday 1:10pm

Tech Nerds Freaked Out About Obsolescence 100 Years Ago Too

Do you find yourself obsessing over the latest tech? Does owning the newest model smartphone or tablet feel like a need more than a desire? Well, as you can see in this comic strip from 1919, your anxiety about having the Latest New Thing is actually nothing new. In fact, you're continuing a long tradition of nerds… » 9/17/14 12:10pm Wednesday 12:10pm

Vintage ad promising a free U2 tape with every Walkman is fake

Apple recently gave iTunes users something they didn't want for free: a new U2 album. Reactions have ranged from "who the hell is U2?" to "who the hell is U2 and why is this on my phone?" The move has also spawned countless jokes, including the photoshop'd image above. Yes, despite looking plausible enough, it's yet… » 9/16/14 12:05pm Tuesday 12:05pm

A Brief History of Air Bags and The Future of Driverless Cars

"We've lost more Americans on the highways than we've lost in all the wars that we've ever fought," says Jim Hall, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board in a new video from the New York Times. » 9/15/14 4:59pm Monday 4:59pm

The designer of the Nike swoosh was originally paid $35

In 1971, Carolyn Davidson was a design student at Portland State University. This is where Phil Knight, one of the founders of Nike and an assistant professor at PSU, struck up a conversation with her and asked Davidson to come up with some logo designs for his new sportswear company. Davidson designed the swoosh,… » 9/12/14 2:15pm 9/12/14 2:15pm

It's Easier To Draw the Smartwatch Future Than It Is To Build It

"It's still easier to draw a new wrist technology in a comic strip than to sell it to consumers," wrote James Gleick in 1995. And boy was he right. Even before 1995, consumers had seen countless visions of the smartwatch future. And Gleick's reluctant optimism about the future of wrist-worn tech was certainly… » 9/11/14 2:55pm 9/11/14 2:55pm

Time Capsule of Unpublished Books Won't Be Opened Until the Year 2114

Sadly, you won't be able to read Margaret Atwood's new book. When it's finally published you'll be dead. Well, you'll probably be dead. Because her latest work is going to be placed in a time capsule that won't be opened until the year 2114. And hers isn't the only book. » 9/10/14 1:00pm 9/10/14 1:00pm

Can Apple's Watch Overcome the History of Broken Smartwatch Promises?

Yesterday, Apple announced that it will release its own smartwatch in "early 2015." But the smartwatch has a trail of broken promises in its wake. Around this time last year Samsung announced that they were going to bring us the sci-fi future we had always dreamt about. Can Apple finally make our smartwatch dreams a… » 9/10/14 10:56am 9/10/14 10:56am