June 21, 2012 An old copy of The War of the Worlds, once belonging to rocket scientist Robert Goddard, prompts essayist Amanda Katz to muse on what we lose when we stop reading — and passing along — physical books.
June 18, 2012 When Lisa Donovan (aka LisaNova) started making a living off her homemade YouTube videos, she and her fiance knew they'd hit something big. They founded Maker Studios to help other YouTubers hone their content. Today, their company and others like it are turning the entertainment industry model on its head.
June 16, 2012 The website Snack Data blurs the lines between an art installation and a database of food facts. It may not be the most authoritative source of information, but it's a fun place to explore one web designer's take on the world of snack food.
June 14, 2012 The corporation that regulates the Internet plans to increase the number of "top level" domains from the current 22 to 1,000 domains starting in early 2013. The proposed domains offer a cross-section of the Internet — what we use it for, and where the money is.
June 13, 2012 Those, and others such as ".sex," may be among suffixes such as ".com" at the end of Internet addresses.
June 12, 2012 'Lycerius' has played the Civilization II strategy game for 10 years. Ninety percent of humans are dead in the year 3991. Most of the world is underwater. A 1,700-year-long war is raging among three superpowers. Think Waterworld + Terminator.
June 12, 2012 A renovation plan for the New York Public Library building on Manhattan's 42nd Street is being hotly contested. The plan calls for demolishing seven floors of stacks and moving many of the books to New Jersey. Supporters say the plan will salvage a strapped library system; critics say it will imperil the work of researchers.
June 11, 2012 The latest iPhone Siri ads, featuring actors Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich and Zooey Deschanel, are entertaining enough — if you enjoy watching people talking to themselves. Sure, Apple seems to be pushing its smartphone, but the subtler message may be about something else.