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How Google Is Quietly Taking Over

Earlier this month, Google announced disappointing earnings, and its stock immediately dropped 5% (Disclosure: I own Google stock through a fund). Most disturbingly, the company’s core revenue driver, the revenue it gets for each click on an ad, decreased 6% while traffic acquisition costs …

Asus’s Chief Jonney Shih Dishes on How the New Nexus 7 Came to Be

Google and Asus had already set some pretty audacious goals for the redesigned Nexus 7. Starting last October, work began to make a second-generation …

Randall Munroe finishes "Time," the 3,099-panel XKCD serial

Randall Munroe has finally finished Time, his 3,000+ frame slow-motion animation that began life as wordless, enigmatic single-panel XKCD …

The Week’s Best Longreads for July 27, 2013

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By David Sessions.<p><b>Should Reddit Be Blamed for Spreading a Smear?</b><p>Jay Caspian …

The 14 Most Innovative Gadgets Of All Time

Wireless high-speed Internet everywhere? We're getting close thanks to LTE.<p>Cars that drive themselves? Google is working on it. Appliances that sync with your smartphone? Thanks, Nest.<p>We put together what we think are the best examples of gadgets that brought us into the future or are now showing …

Gear & Gadgets

On Driving a Manual Transmission Ferrari V12

Ferrari is no longer in the business of selling cars with manual transmissions. Primarily, this is because they’re in the business of <i>selling cars</i>, …

The Secret Service Agent Who Collared Cybercrooks by Selling Them Fake IDs

Left to right: Roger Grodesky, Jonathan Vergnetti, and Elias Lee Samaha face conspiracy and identity theft charges after allegedly buying fake IDs …

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

The Curious Genius Of Amar Bose

The acoustic innovator and founder of the Bose Corporation died Friday. This is the story of how his insatiable curiosity helped launch a better future.<p><i>"Better Living Through Curiosity," by Tom Clynes, originally appeared in the December 2004 issue of</i> Popular Science_ magazine. Inventor and …