Keeping Pinball History Alive, One Flipper at a Time

Keeping Pinball History Alive, One Flipper at a Time

Game companies cut deals with entertainment industry rights-holders, and the pinball market was soon flooded with machines featuring tie-ins to recent Hollywood hits or popular bands like KISS, The Beatles, and, of course, The Who. The other innovation was computerization.

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

In technology, all that matters is tomorrow.” Here’s a quote from the 1909 manifesto: “Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible?” Where Marinetti declares “We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!” today’s technology moguls say “the future is now.” Where the Italian Futurists were hypnotized by cars and planes, today’s technologists are drooling over rocket ships and space travel.

Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits

Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits

Apple retaliated by withholding payments for the patent licensing fees its manufacturing partners were supposed to pay to Qualcomm, and by expanding its lawsuit to include the double-dipping allegations.

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

To delete en masse, go to Alexa Privacy Settings on Amazon's website and then choose Review Voice History .For Google Assistant, go to and click the three dots in the upper-right corner.

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

The year of the gig economy IPO continues, when Uber Thursday made public its first bit of official paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission—a sign that the tech company is preparing to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

By now, the person I created in New York was the only one I wanted to be." It is the naked totality, the intense desire for personal truth, that makes Black Leopard, Red Wolf such a worthy read.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

A gloved technician gently placed those light enough to carry against white and black velvet backdrops for Richards to shoot with his Canon 1DS Mark II, using simple overhead fluorescent lighting for illumination.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018Casey Chin; Getty ImagesThis year thankfully avoided any world-breaking ransomware attacks like NotPetya. In many cases, the most dangerous people online are also the most dangerous in the real world.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to ItselfThe latest in the fighting-game franchise is Nintendo doing what Nintendo does best—but at times its deference to history threatens to overwhelm it.NintendoThe greatest thing about the Super Smash Bros.

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

I love the trend in nature writing to explore areas outside the usual wilderness areas and national parks: the urban wilds, the forgotten and overlooked spots. The wildlife, plants, land and water of coastal Carolina play central roles, and the natural history information is integrated in a way that makes a much richer story.

Close Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans Meet

Close Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans Meet

"This is their Super Bowl."Petry met several convention-goers who had taken vacations to sites with supposed extraterrestrial connections: "One couple had just got back from Mexico to visit the pyramids, which are believed to be landmarks created by aliens.

Should I Delete My Tweets?

Should I Delete My Tweets?

That might mean a few days or a few weeks, if you’re someone who habitually engages in threads or long conversations on Twitter—you don't want your half of the discussion disappear before the conversation is even finished!You can download your archive of tweets before you delete them, if you worry that maybe the MOST BRILLIANT THING you’ve ever said is buried back in your twitter history, and one day you’ll dig through and find it.

The 'Liquidators' Who Risked It All to Clean Up Chernobyl

The 'Liquidators' Who Risked It All to Clean Up Chernobyl

"Many live on a state pension."Skipp photographed the men and women with his Fujifilm GFX 50 in their homes, as well as at at a local museum dedicated to explaining the history of Chernobyl and Slavutych.

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

As geographers, we believe story maps can also help people better understand such complex global issues as human rights, climate change and refugee resettlement. In 2016, University of Washington professor Jin-Kyu Jung, working with Ecuadorian subsistence farmers, used Post-It notes to facilitate a community discussion on climate change.