Before the smartphone fit in your pocket, it sat on your desk — and sometimes, it was even called an iPhone. Let's check out a few landline smartphones.
How the music industry let the perfect solution to file-sharing fall through its fingers in the '80s — or how record rentals bolstered Japan's music industry.
For nearly 30 years, many schools aired a daily news show in exchange for free AV equipment. Channel One was a hit — but the ads drove seemingly everyone crazy.
Mechanical keyboards have become hip again, despite near-complete disinterest in the form by mainstream computer-makers.
Why USB ports changed the world for the better, or what I learned from a futile month of trying to get a 25-year-old webcam working on a modern PC.
Before Windows became a fact of life for most computer users, a scrappy upstart named GeoWorks tried taking Microsoft on. It failed, but it gave us AOL.
Hold music works pretty much the opposite way that every other kind of music does, for reasons both technical and psychological.
Vintage technology has powered the innards of the NYC subway system for decades — and sometimes, it surfaces in interesting ways.
There was a time when the iPAQ was ubiquitous part of the handheld market. But before that, the forgotten Compaq-borne brand surfaced in many bizarre contexts.
When powerful workstation computers are released, they're usually prohibitively expensive for many consumers, while also being significantly more powerful than anything the average consumer could buy, anyway. Several years later? Still powerful, but absurdly cheap.
By 1993, Mario and Sonic were lighting up the video game world. With each new game, their stories grew deeper and their worlds began the expansion that would eventually lead to their inevitable convergence a few decades later. Certainly there was room for another friendly character?
Microsoft's late-era Windows Phone 7 did away with a decade of evolution. Its Photon project tried to do the same — while keeping the Windows Mobile legacy alive.
Looking with fresh eyes at the Wikitorial, the Los Angeles Times' extremely misguided attempt to bring the wiki concept to the newspaper editorial page.
The benefits of digital television conversion were clear, but convincing everyone to upgrade their sets? For the US government, that was the hard part.
Why the milk crate, a commonly stolen type of container, became the target of tough legal regulations — and how those regulations have started to backfire.
The through line between the telegraph and the computer is more direct than you might realize. Its influence can be seen in common technologies, like the modem.
Why acne medication, from Clearasil to Oxy Pads to Proactiv, is pure marketing gold, and has been for generations of blemished faces. Just ask Dick Clark.
How IBM bet big on the microkernel being the next big thing in operating systems back in the '90s — and spent billions with little to show for it.
Why are ice cubes seemingly as American as unnecessary medical debt? Perhaps it's all the hard work we used to put into acquiring all that ice back in the day.
After some research and some careful bidding on eBay, I bought a damaged Mini — for $10, plus shipping. And I got it to work. And now, I'm telling you all about my experience.