The Tale of the Free-Net, the Cheap Way Dial-Up Users Got Online
In the 80s, a defining online phenomenon—being able to use the internet for free—came from (of all places) Cleveland. Here’s the story of the Free-Net.
What Is the iPhone?
Apple’s Third Co-Founder Has Never Used an iPhone and Has No Regrets
83-year-old Ronald G. Wayne designed Apple’s first logo and cashed out his 10 percent share for just $800. But he would do it again in a heartbeat.
Researchers Made an Electrical Circuit Etch-A-Sketch in Crystals
The breakthrough paves the way for an “etch-a-sketch of nanoscale electrical connections.”
How the Humble CPU Launched NASA’s Golden Age of Space Exploration
Even today, retro-computing is carrying humanity to the edge of interstellar space.
It's Hacks All the Way Down
Your Government's Hacking Tools Are Not Safe
From Cellebrite, to Shadow Brokers, to the CIA dump, so many recent data breaches have shown there is a real risk of exposure of government hacking tools.
The Great Failure of Wang Laboratories, the David to IBM’s Goliath
The minicomputer maker Wang Laboratories ran an ad during the Super Bowl long before Apple did. So why did the company and its minicomputers become a footnote?
[Premiere] Slugabed Hates Computers, So His New Music Video Is Filled with Them
Illustrator and animator Steve Smith made a video about computer history because apparently Slugabed is not a fan.
Here’s How to Build the First Large-Scale Quantum Computer
The only thing that remains is to actually build it.
Steve Wozniak Was My Computer Teacher in 1995
The Apple co-founder spent his own money, and more importantly, lots of his own time, showing us public school kids how to use the early internet.
The Astonishing Failure of the Toy Company That Made Teddy Ruxpin
Staffed by former Atari employees and with a big hit on its hands, Worlds of Wonder tried to ride Teddy Ruxpin to the promised land. They failed, fast.
Researchers Made the First Quantum Enigma Machine
A quantum enigma machine is theoretical device that is able to use photons to encrypt messages using keys that are shorter than the message itself—and now it’s real.
Scientists Built a Biological Computer Inside a Cell
Chemically hacking bacterial DNA allows for a whole new world of biological computation.