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That would make working remotely a tad cozier wouldn't it?

By Ravinder Dahiya

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

By Andrew Silver

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.

By John Donovan


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

By John Donovan

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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?

By Tracy Staedter


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

By Dave Roos

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Chris Opfer

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.

By Bernadette Johnson


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

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Bernadette Johnson

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.

By Beth Brindle

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.

By Chris Opfer


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.

By Chris Opfer

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.

By Nicholas Gerbis

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

By Joe McCormick

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.

By John Perritano


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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

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?

By Bernadette Johnson

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.

By William Harris


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?

By Kate Kershner

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!

By Eric Seeger