Bobby Guthenberg

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The Zero in Math—Why Nothing Matters

The discovery of zero—apparently the brainchild of several cultures worldwide—gave mathematicians not just a counting aid but a means to far more …

This Stunning App Made Me Wish All Textbooks Were On iPad

When I say textbook, you probably think something along the lines of “boring” or “meh,” but a new app called Earth, A Primer for iOS brings boring old geology textbooks into the addictive, interactive future.<p>The app is a beautiful way to explore the world and how it came to be. The app takes the …

Apps

Amazon, Google and Microsoft escape Adblock Plus, for a price

It's long been rumored that Google, among other companies, has been paying Adblock Plus in order to get through its filters. Now, <i>Financial Times</i> says that it's not only Google that's been paying the ad-blocking service to be part of its whitelisted websites, but also Microsoft, Amazon and ad …

Google killed 500 million bad ads in 2014

This past summer, Google started noticing ads for vacation homes that didn't exist. The ads themselves weren't fishy — there was no malware or counterfeit goods — but there was something suspicious behind them. The photos were all pulled from other listings or from stock photo sites, and didn't …

Advertising

Google Is Doing A New Thing To Tick Off Microsoft: Exposing Bugs In Windows 8

Microsoft is not happy that Google's security folks are finding bugs in Windows (particularly Windows 8) and telling the world about them before Microsoft can fix the problems.<p>Publicly discussing bugs in this way (in geek-speak, it's called "full disclosure") is not something new or unique to …

Software