The First Victim of Sept. 11
He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.
The Horror of EarbudsThey fit wrong, they fall out, they get covered in gross earwax—can’t someone design something better?
The Prose of the Machines“Robots” are surprisingly good at writing news stories, but humans still have one big edge.
The Climate OptimistsConservatives have a new line on climate change: “It’s real, but it’s nothing to worry about!”
Area Humor Site Discovers ClickbaitThe Onion’s new project is a pitch-perfect BuzzFeed parody. Can it be more than that?
Google’s Eyes in the SkyIts drones and satellites could do for the physical world what its search engine did for the Web.
More Smart, Less PhoneThe computer in your pocket is becoming a mobile command center for your life.
Not Your Cup of TeaHemileia vastatrix turned the Brits off coffee. Could it do the same to the rest of the world?
Four Features Mac Mail Is Still MissingApple’s desktop mail app is great. But it could be even better.
Who Invented the Ice Bucket Challenge?A search for the fundraising phenomenon’s cold, soaked patient zero.
One Viral Media Company That Isn’t Evil, Just MisunderstoodBuzzFeed’s boss explains why the site has been quietly deleting thousands of its own posts.
George Clooney Is Right About the Daily MailThe world’s most popular online newspaper does not deserve to be taken seriously.
The Lost Art of DoodlingA new stylus that promises to make sketching on an iPad better—and more fun.
We Have No Idea If Online Ads WorkThe Internet has given us an ocean of data. Turns out, most of it is pretty useless.
The New Yorker Thinks Disruptive Innovation Is a MythA cut-rate summary of Jill Lepore’s long, expensive, high-quality magazine story about Clayton Christensen.
Silicon Valley Uber AllesThe car-service startup is worth nearly as much as Hertz and Avis combined. How is that possible?
You Can Fight the NSAEdward Snowden wants Internet users to make surveillance too expensive for the government.
Tablet-Sized TeachersIPads, Galaxys, and other devices are becoming staples of special-ed classrooms.