It's the Velvet Underground of tech: just a few users, but a boatload of imitators.
It all hinges on the Lam Quotient: the cost of a gadget, divided by the number of hours you'll use it over its lifetime. That's good news for smartphones and bad news for tablets — and in the case of a laptop, you're often better off upgrading components.
When a question is too hard for Google and Wikipedia, Quora has to pick up the slack. For instance, Why is Life So Great?
It's a literal series of tubes. Google gave us a new look inside their data centers this morning, and they're surprisingly low-tech. In fact, they kind of just look like factories. Could this have something to do with that long, angry Times piece a few weeks back? Nah, probably not.
Mathematician Paul Bourke collects satellite photos that look like fractals. It turns out, Earth looks kind of crazy.
It's the only known English-Language copy of Final Fantasy 2. In honor of the craziness, Boing Boing takes a dive into the strange world of rare console games, from the prototype Zelda cartridge (which sold for $55,000) to the notorious "Swedish Erotica" Atari game, Custer's Revenge.
Knowing is half the battle.
The Onion is taking on the important questions, like "What is the Biggest Rock?"
Two physicists just won the Nobel Prize for their work isolating quantum particles. WTF does that mean? Here are some GIFs that will explain it all.
Two Navy SEALs are bringing world-class encryption to the iPhone, for everything from state secrets to celebrity selfies. But that means it can be used by criminals as well.
None of this lame "visionary technologist" stuff. We're talking swear words, prank calls, and mustaches. You know, the cool stuff.
It wasn't always easy owning an original NES.
Mozilla just announced Persona, a new online identification verification system. It's a long shot, but an important one.
A billion people are on Facebook. That puts it right up there with television, chocolate and Mandarin Chinese.
Now that we've got rocks from all three places, it's time for a pop quiz. We give you the rock, you give us the planet/moon.
The new era of child geniuses is upon us. This epic science fair of DIY kidventions just wrapped up in Queens, New York.
It's a powerful vote of no-confidence from a clairvoyant tech opinion leader.