David Smitheringalr

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Is Everything Good About 'Minecraft' Gone?

<i>Minecraft</i> may have jumped the shark. It may be passed its prime. The phenomenon may be dwindling. And it has nothing to do with Microsoft purchasing the game. Nor do I think the game mechanics have lost any of their excitement. But from my perspective, as a parent, I’m not as supportive of my …

The World's Most Reputable Cities, 2014

What cities around the globe have the best all-around reputations? What does that even mean and why does it matter? The Reputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen, has just released its fourth annual list of 100 cities, ranked according to ratings in …

Sonim XP7: A rugged phone handles everything you can throw at it

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>Hands up: Who thinks I’m crazy for leaving my phone outside on purpose in the rain and near …

Awe-Inspiring Photos of Crashed Planes From Around the World

For <i>Happy End</i>, German photographer Dietmar Eckell scours the earth in search of forgotten plane wrecks, capturing the majestic vessels as they lie …

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.<p>We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, …