Teaching computers to read was one of the 20th century’s great challenges. At first, the secret to optical character recognition was purpose-built type.
The tale of Science Faction, a company that brought massive laser light shows to venues around the world. They blew a lot of minds along the way.
If your name is Chris Houlihan, you're immortalized, somewhat obscurely, in "The Legend of Zelda" lore. Here's why the series features some random guy.
40 years ago, an illustrated Dutch book about gnomes took the US by storm — and, curiously, quickly faded out of view.
Lemon juice has long come in containers shaped like lemons. In the UK, the containers hold an important legacy — both with pancakes and the legal system.
The in-flight entertainment system was once a novel idea that kept passengers enthralled. Now, the systems are expensive, outdated, and hard to upgrade.
The audio commentary track, a staple of films in the DVD era, may not last into the age of streaming. Is it a victim of indifference by Netflix?
The minicomputer maker Wang Laboratories ran an ad on the Super Bowl in 1978, long before Apple did. So why did the company and its minicomputers become a footnote in history?
Adobe was already a big company when it first made Photoshop, but its biggest competitor, Paint Shop Pro, was built by one guy in his free time.
With PCMCIA (also known as PC Card), it was easy to upgrade our old laptops. Now, though, the tech has been relegated to a depressing bureaucratic fate.
The domain is currently sitting at $125,000 on the auction site Flippa, and will sell to the highest bidder in the next five days. Which means Cats.com could finally outgrow its lame past.
When 53-year-old John Larkin couldn't get past his stuttering, he wrote a song about it. Soon enough, Scatman John was Big in Japan — and everywhere else.
For decades, TV networks have spent millions of dollars on unsold pilots that will never become series. Here’s how they’ve tried to recoup their investment.
Why attempts to improve AM and FM radio technologies tend to land with a thud — a thud no harder felt than with the FMX standard, circa 1989.
If someone were to create an online store like Pets.com today, it probably would’ve worked. So why did it fail miserably back in 2000? A few reasons.
Carpets used to be important cultural artifacts. Now they extend from wall to wall, got shaggy, and are sold via earworm jingles.
In 1998, a Hong Kong telecom firm spent $1.5 billion trying to make video-on-demand happen. Things didn't go so well.
When it was a radio-maker, Packard Bell had a reputation for quality products. When a PC clone startup bought the name, that reputation fell apart — fast.
Regional and municipal airports, which often target enthusiasts or niche needs, are pretty low-key compared to say, LAX. But they have plenty of mystery.