ICON’s Vulcan II 3-D printer can construct a home in 24–48 hours.

Known as the “father of invention,” Thomas Edison (1847-1931) suffered from significant hearing loss for most of his life. 

UPS delivers Loop groceries in a reusable tote, eliminating the need for cardboard delivery boxes.

Sometimes innovation means taking a step backward. That is certainly the case with a new global recycling effort called Loop. 

Laptops have the hardware and available software for greater power and versatility. Small in size and lightweight, the tablet can conveniently go wherever you go.

If you regularly use a smartphone, chances are it’s your go-to device for phone calls, texting, social media, and maybe a few games. But sometimes, that little screen and even smaller keyboard just won’t cut it for tasks like writing emails, browsing online, or viewing photos of the grandkids.

Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, circa 1941. One year later, he built the first nuclear reactor capable of producing a self-sustaining chain reaction.

In the early years of World War II, physicists in the United States and abroad were working feverishly on a super-weapon that would end the disastrous conflict. America won the race, thanks largely to Enrico Fermi, who, in 1942, developed the first functional nuclear reactor.

In doing so, he helped usher in the age of atomic energy.

A man in a vest squints at his cellphone while walking down the street.

Where is the nearest coffee shop?

Did Marcia reply to my email?

What’s the name of that guy in that movie?

a hand reaches out from under a pile of paperwork

How much paper is in your home that you could digitize or totally do without? It’s probably more than you think. Paper continues to go out of style, as companies and individuals aim to be more considerate of the environment—and save money on things like printing and postage.

A woman stands in her kitchen with a Google Home Virtual Assistant

Recent years have seen the invention and widespread proliferation of smart speakers and virtual assistants. For the purposes of simplicity, we’ll conflate the two here.

Ride-sharing, or ride-hailing, is an easy, cost-effective alternative to hailing a taxi or arranging for private transportation.

It’s no tech industry secret that the sharing and digital economies are in full swing. These movements—which enable individuals to connect with other people who are willing to pay in some way for their skills or goods—have been steadily growing since the beginning of the decade, thanks in large part to the near ubiquity of Internet use and smartphone ownership. 

Cartoon image of someone holding a tech device.

As technology becomes ever more powerful, our devices become ever more complex. Which means that gadgets like smartphones can do more things than ever but also do them in more ways than ever.

If you’ve ever wondered if there was a better way to do this or that with your electronic devices, you’ve come to the right place.