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Internet Explorer must die

If you think Microsoft should just kill off Internet Explorer already, you might just get your wish.<p>The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to …

Facebook is the new AOL

So it's worth noting that the broad outlines of tech in 2015 look surprisingly like the late '90s. The major players are set up the same, the fights are the same, and the mistakes will almost certainly be the same. It's going to be pretty fun until it all blows up, actually — some of these ancient …

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The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

And how to catch up with them.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but what about those other must-see films from 2014 that you didn't have time …

How 21 Big Tech Companies Got Their Names

Tech company names<p>The expression ‘what’s in a name’ – or the slightly more poetic ‘a rose by any other name’ – means, essentially, that a name doesn’t matter. It suggests that it’s the attributes of a person or object that will dictate what it truly is and how it is seen by the world.<p>However, in …

Don’t toss that old Android: Turn it into a Chromecast receiver!

For its $35 price tag, Google’s Chromecast is already fairly inexpensive. Still, you might be able to save that money by re-purposing an Android …

What It’s Like To Use North Korea’s Internet

By Michael Grothaus10 minute Read<p>Yesterday we investigated what little is known about the country’s totalitarian Red Star operating system. But what …

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The absurd military infographics you can find on Google

Paul Ford has an offbeat fascination with military infographics. "No matter how abstract they are, these pictures describe systems that the U.S. military uses to make optimal, efficient decisions about killing other humans," he writes on <i>Medium</i>. The diagrams showcased in the article are complex and …