staff picks

The Kitchen Gadgets We're Glad We Got This Year

All the things we're happy we made room for in our cabinets in 2018.
Munchies Staff
Double Takes

Do We All See the Woman Holding an iPhone in This 1860 Painting?

A closer look at “The Expected One,” a painting by 19th century Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.
Brian Anderson
time is a flat gadget

My Dad, Keeper of Retro Tech

"I am a junk collector."
Alex Suskind

Do We All See the Man Holding an iPhone in This 1937 Painting?

Wait for it.
Brian Anderson
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.
Madeline Moitozo
Performance Art

Artist Figured Out How To Control Water With Her Mind

An EEG, a few speakers, and some metal plates filled with water compose the artist's brain wave-bending installations.
Beckett Mufson
What Is the iPhone?

What Is the iPhone? 10 Years In, Its Creators and Chroniclers Explain

The iPhone, according to everyone who makes it possible.
Brian Merchant
Zune Zune

Zune Forever: The Diehards Still Obsessed With Microsoft’s Colossal Failure

2017: A Zune Odyssey
Jordan Pearson

The MP3 Player That Made Every Other MP3 Player Possible

The Diamond Rio PMP 300 could barely even hold a single album, but it was a hugely important device in the history of digital music.
Ernie Smith
Back in the Day

Slacker Made Internet Radio Portable Before Mobile Data Could

Slacker figured out how to make internet radio portable. Unfortunately, they did it as the first iPhone was about to drop.
David Bixenspan

This Build-It-Yourself Watch from the 70s Was Impossible to Put Together

The story of the Sinclair Black Watch, a digital watch that, for some reason, was sold in kit form. It was not an easy watch to build.
Ernie Smith
Heavy Duty

Consumers May Be Ignoring Wearables But The Construction Industry Isn’t

From smart helmets to LED safety vests, these new wearables are expected to hit the construction industry this year.
Nadja Sayej