50 years ago, Star Trek’s history was sealed with the Uhura-Kirk kiss

Enlarge / The kiss, which takes place during one of the episode’s final scenes. CBS 50 years ago—November 22, 1968—NBC aired an otherwise-forgettable Star Trek episode with an unforgettable moment. Captain James Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura, under mind-control by aliens in a totally ridiculous plot involving adherents to Plato, kiss for a few fleeting moments. […]

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The worst rocket crashes in history

Bill Ingalls Getting to space is hard. Really hard, in fact. There’s just not a lot of room for error. For every space flight that’s ever gone smoothly, there are dozens of botched missions that remind us how fine the line is between success and failure. To make things worse, when things do go wrong with […]

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Sit back, relax, and enjoy a ride through the history of self-driving cars

Seemingly within just a few years, autonomous cars have gone from science fiction fantasy to road-bound reality. But while it seems like this technology emerged virtually overnight, the path to self-driving vehicles has  been a long and winding one. While it’s not easy to compress the history of self-driving cars into just ten milestones, we’ve […]

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Facebook says millions of users had phone numbers, search history and location data stolen in recent hack

Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Brian Fung Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition October 12 An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network, the company said Friday, as it released new details about […]

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15 major milestones along the brief history of 3D printing

3D printing is one of the most revolutionary technologies of the 21st century. Giving everyone from engineers and doctors to DIY enthusiasts and small business owners the ability to transform virtual ideas into physical objects, it promises to change life as we know it. If you don’t know your laser sintering from your Shapeways or […]


Love gear inspired by history? Zenit returns with the Zenit M rangefinder

Shvabe / Facebook The Russian optics company behind one of the most widely produced SLR cameras is back with a full-frame digital rangefinder. On Wednesday, September 26, Zenit unveiled the Zenit M camera, designed in collaboration with Leica, during Photokina 2018. The digital rangefinder will be equipped with a Zenitar 35mm f/1.0 lens, optics that […]

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Google Confirms It Tracks Locations Even After Users Turn Off Location History

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has changed a help page that erroneously described how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off. The change comes days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned […]


LGBTQ game history is fleeting — that’s why curation is necessary

In December, the world’s first exhibit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) digital games history will open at the Schwules Museum in Berlin. This exhibit will cover the 1980s to the present day, include playable games, and showcase mainstream and independent development, LGBTQ game communities, and key themes from this part of media […]

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7 of the biggest scandals in tech history

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images The tech industry isn’t immune to scandal. With literally trillions of dollars at stake and the ability to gain access to people from all over the world for personal or political gain, that’s no surprise. But what are the biggest scandals to have shaped the history of high tech as we know […]


One man is auctioning off 40 years of gaming history today

A wide shot that only gives a small idea of the sheer scale of this collection. Bodnar’s Auction House Truly a revolution in virtual bass fishing. Bodnar’s Auction House Anyone remember the Action Max, which let you use a light gun with specially designed video cassettes and TV shows? Bodnar’s Auction House “High resolution arcade […]