Why Conference Call Technology Never Works
The fact is, despite four decades of evolving technology, video conferencing is a sort of low-level magic that still konks out half the time. Here’s why.
Smart Devices Will Eventually Die, and the Internet Is to Blame
We may have made a horrible mistake by unnecessarily making our consumer electronics devices smart—and removing generations of future use in the process.
Larry Tesler, the Inventor of Copy-Paste, Was More Influential Than You Realize
Tesler, who worked at Apple for decades, invented copy-paste functionality while at Xerox PARC and is responsible for a major deal that helped turn ARM into a dominant force in computers.
This $200 Laptop Is Like a Chromebook You Can Hack
The Pinebook Pro, a community-built Linux laptop that runs on ARM hardware, offers a few surprises. Fairly inexpensive, it’s the perfect machine for tinkerers.
Netflix’s First Hit Show Was Bill Clinton’s Impeachment Testimony
The reason we might all be using Netflix today could have a lot to do with a marketing stunt involving the grand jury testimony that got Bill Clinton impeached.
Why Are Résumés Still a Thing?
The résumé, a document that largely gained prominence in the past half-century, was once a key part of getting a job. Soon, it might just disappear entirely.
How Caller ID Predicted Our Current Privacy and Robocall Nightmare
Over the past 35 years, our views on privacy and Caller ID technology have totally flipped. The concern used to be about the caller. Now, it’s the recipient.
You Can Play Google Stadia on an E-Book Reader
Turns out that, with the right device, e-ink technology has improved enough that it can keep up with a laggy game-streaming service.
Decade of Disillusion
How the Smartphone Became Boring
They’re a lot less impressive when they’re everywhere. Here’s how the smartphone went from innovation icon to standard component.
Getting Drivers for Old Hardware Is Harder Than Ever
At least one major provider of hardware-level BIOS drivers is actively deleting old stuff it no longer supports, while old FTP sites where vintage drivers are often found are soon going to be harder to reach.
Slack's New Rich Text Editor Shows That Markdown Still Scares People
The new WYSIWYG editor makes a bloated program even more bloated.
The Internet’s First Hit File Format Wasn’t the MP3. It Was MIDI
How the professional-minded MIDI format, for an incredibly short but memorable period of time, became the primary way music was shared on the internet.