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How to Cancel Amazon Prime

Ready to ditch your Amazon Prime membership? We'll walk you through the easy steps to get rid of it.

Unplugging From Big Tech Is Harder Than You Think

The most super plugged-in among us are learning how hard it is to truly break free of the five biggest tech companies. But even taking breaks from to recharge and unwind has benefits.

10 Things That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago That We Now Can't Live Without

Time flies in the age of the internet. How did we ever live without these 10 things?

Ancient Supervolcanoes Might Be Key to Our Energy Future

We need lithium for electronics and batteries. Global supplies are running short, but domestic supervolcanoes might hold the U.S. lithium motherlode.

Why the U.S. Needs a Backup for GPS

The signals from GPS satellites are fundamental to every network in the United States. What happens if that critical but vulnerable system is attacked or simply fails?

How Parking Garages Track Open Spaces, and Why They Often Get It Wrong

Why does a parking garage display a sign saying it's full when it's not, and vice versa?

This Is Who Still Uses Pagers Today

Can such a simple communication technology still be of use? To people in these professions, the answer is yes, even in the 21st century.

Sony Will Retire Betamax in 2016. Wait, That Hasn't Happened Yet?

The Japanese electronics company retired its Beta VCRs in 2002, but has still made cassettes. That will all change come March, when the "format wars" come to a quiet end.

10 Technologies Kids Already Don’t Know How to Use

Remember how amazing it was to cradle your first smartphone in your hand? Kids don't; they've always had them, and they have no idea how to work a flip phone.

Could an RFID keep you from losing your socks?

Never lose a sock again? Sounds too good to be true, right? One technology may actually have the solution.

10 Disruptive Technologies You Use Every Day

If you're reading this, you're using a disruptive technology – one that's completely changed how we do things. In fact, you're using an assortment of these game-changers all the time.

What's a disruptive technology?

Are you a fan of a certain kind of product or gadget? Well, don't get too attached to it. There's probably a disruptive technology on the horizon that will send that gadget to the dustbin of history.

10 High-tech Tools on the Typical Farm

The modern farm has more in common with Silicon Valley than you might think. Here's a look at some of the top technologies advancing the agriculture industry.

What’s the 'quantified self'?

Welcome to the "data-driven life" – where you can personally measure your heart rate, calorie consumption, caffeine intake, or spending habits using technology. All this data has the potential to help you improve yourself – or drive you crazy.

2013's Biggest Tech Moments

The year 2013 was an epic tale of two techs: the ones that improved our lives and the ones that went way beyond what we were prepared for. These 10 filled us with hope – or fear.

Everyday Tech Pictures

We often take technology for granted. Learn about some of the incredible technologies that you're using every day.

How Cyclonic Separation Works

It sounds like a complicated process doesn't it? But once you remember a little about centrifugal and centripetal forces, you can easily understand the swirling, whirling world of cyclonic separation.

How Pneumatic Tubes Work

That tube you put your check or deposit slip in at the bank drive-up window is called a pneumatic tube. This was cutting edge 19th-century technology and is still in use today.

Top Selling Electronics

We all like our gadgets, especially those that make live easier or just plain fun. Take a look at some of the most sold electronics out there to see if your favorite made the list.

10 Sneaky Ways Technology Betrays Cheating Cheaters

Technology can help cheaters connect with paramours -- but it can also leave a trail that gets them caught. How does our connection to the digital world make it easier to expose infidelity?

10 Homebuilt Tech Tools for the Developing World

Simple DIY devices can profoundly affect people's lives, improving their health and living conditions. We've gathered 10 homebuilt technologies that can be put together using easy-to-find resources and limited science and engineering know-how.

Will touch-screens ever be fingerprint-proof?

Touch-screen technology makes navigating devices like smartphones and tablet PCs easy as pie, but there's a dirty downside. Is there a way to avoid the smudges and prints that our fingers leave behind?

5 Things You Should Know About Nanotechnology

Among other cool things it can do, nanotech may one day allow doctors to stop brain cancer without physically entering the patient's skull or to attack lung cancer without opening someone's chest. Take that, cancer cells!

5 Ways to Extend the Life Of Your Household Batteries

5 Ways to extend the life of your household batteries. Learn the 5 ways you can extend the life of household batteries.