How the lineage of the walkie-talkie reaches from World War II to the modern cell phone.
From soft dough to paper, the world’s definition of a napkin has evolved significantly over the past couple thousand years. (It’s currently evolving again.)
How the "Who's Who" concept of reference books devolved from a genuinely useful idea into a very costly form of vanity publishing.
The fast demise of the physical encyclopedia came about thanks to an upstart publisher, an indecisive giant, and the world’s biggest software company.
The Gopher protocol, invented at the University of Minnesota in 1991, isn't supported by the modern web basically at all. But despite this, it lingers on, a quarter century from its peak. Here's how.
Somehow CGA graphics, the IBM PC’s first take on color, haven’t completely faded into history. But those four colors inspire a whole lot of nostalgia.
Before hard drives became the main way for us to back up our stuff, they were a key evolution for the business world. They were also huge and costly.
Is there room for another mainstream sports league? Despite lots of attempts over the years to introduce new pro sports, the answer appears to be no.
The Texas Instruments graphing calculator, the long-neglected computing platform required by many high school math students, finally gets some competition.
Intel’s processor business was massive, but a lengthy legal battle with a former business partner exposed a major flaw in its CPU designs — a trademark flaw.
Perhaps alphabet blocks seem like an obvious idea now, but it took a lot of foundation to build up that pretty good idea into something incredibly common.
Why did Hydrox cookies lose out to Oreo despite being the first cookie to market? Long story short: The name seemed like a better idea 100 years ago.
The Apple II computer didn’t attract as many clones as the IBM PC, but the clone-makers the machine did attract often had pretty interesting second acts.
Despite its best efforts, Amtrak always seems like it has hugely delayed arrivals. One possible reason for that? It doesn’t own most of the tracks.
It ain’t just about Windows, macOS, or Linux. Also-ran or fairly obscure operating systems, like OS/2, are everywhere — in some cases, hiding under your nose.
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.