This Magnetic Desk Is a Neat Freak’s Dream

This Magnetic Desk Is a Neat Freak’s Dream

I once nearly drilled a hole in my desk just to run the wire from my old mechanical keyboard to my desktop PC underneath instead of strewn over the top like a layabout.The cable management features run on top of the desk and below it.

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

Abdu Jyothi found that local and regional internet infrastructure would be at low risk of damage even in a massive solar storm, because optical fiber itself isn't affected by geomagnetically induced currents.

Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

He founded Locast, which provides broadcast television over the internet for a monthly donation, because he wanted to “preserve the social contract in the streaming age.” Goodfriend isn’t alone.The cable companies, content providers, and broadcasters aren’t making it easy.

The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

If your television is wall-mounted, and you hate those dangling HDMI cables running up from your Nintendo Switch, you might want to get some paint to match the cable raceway color to your wall’s.

What Life Is Like Under Myanmar's Internet Shutdown

What Life Is Like Under Myanmar's Internet Shutdown

Sophie*, an American software developer, was at home with her young son and her husband Aung*, a union worker and Myanmar national, when Myanmar’s military took control in the early hours of February 1.

A Guide to HDMI Cables for Next-Gen Gaming

A Guide to HDMI Cables for Next-Gen Gaming

Premium High Speed HDMI : Premium High Speed HDMI, with a bandwidth of 18 Gbps, was the recommended standard for gaming on 4K-capable consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, since these cables can handle 4K video at 60 frames per second.

How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

On your computer, you should see Wireless Controller pop up in the Add a device list, and you can click on it to pair.

Your Media Diet Will Never Be the Same

Your Media Diet Will Never Be the Same

Our definition of what it means to "watch TV" has changed a lot over the last few years, moving from appointment television to on-demand viewing, but there are still parts of old-school, live TV that have stuck around, and even gained new life.

The Right Way Hook Your Laptop Up to a TV

The Right Way Hook Your Laptop Up to a TV

If you have an HDMI port on your laptop, it'll be the easiest way to connect the two together, since you won't need to buy a new cable or adapter.You can just borrow the HDMI cable from your streaming box, game console, or other device for your laptop.

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

“We were extremely saddened by the news out of Arecibo,” says Andrew Siemion, the director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center.Earlier this year, the [email protected] project stopped pulling in new data from Arecibo and other radio telescopes so its researchers could focus on analyzing the data already collected.

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

Download the drivers from the links above after making sure your specific camera model is supported.The Hard Way. If your camera isn’t on the list above, you’ll need to do some extra work.First, see if your camera's brand has released any webcam drivers.

AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New

AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New

On April 14, 1906, the Miles brothers left their studio on San Francisco’s Market Street, boarded a cable car, and began filming what would become an iconic short movie.

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

For more info, read our guide to where to put your router for the best possible home Wi-Fi .You might need to apply some creative cabling to get your router in a better place, but it's going to be worth the effort for the end results.

With So Many Streaming Services, What Really Sets Them Apart?

With So Many Streaming Services, What Really Sets Them Apart?

With HBO—and its forthcoming HBO Max service, which will offer additional originals and, well, Friends—the content has always been a part of its branding: It was an alternative to what you’d find on the rest of television, with more sex, more violence, more complicated characters who barely resembled the one-note protagonists on network TV (and they could say “fuck”).

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

In fact, the entire Red Sea region has dealt with slow to nonexistent connectivity since the severing of a single submarine cable on Thursday.The Falcon cable has not yet been fixed, though, and countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, along with Yemen, are still dealing with lingering impacts of the cut.

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

To start, people are showing up in big numbers to watch Watchmen .Also, Taylor Swift is (maybe) going to the Sundance Film Festival, and there’s a new Mulan trailer.Taylor Swift Is Going to Sundance.

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay , Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor.

USB-C Has Finally Come Into Its Own

USB-C Has Finally Come Into Its Own

While the body that governs USB protocol, the USB Implementers Forum, sets a Power Delivery standard, manufacturers have come up with their own unique implementations as well.To know exactly what you’re getting, you’re best off sticking with the USB-C cable that comes in the box.

Cops Take Over a Botnet to Clear Malware Off Nearly a Million PCs

Cops Take Over a Botnet to Clear Malware Off Nearly a Million PCs

But with tensions between the US and China continuing to escalate , The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the effort might not survive a national security review.

What the Jetflicks and iStreamItAll Takedowns Mean for Piracy

What the Jetflicks and iStreamItAll Takedowns Mean for Piracy

In late December 2016, a Jetflicks subscriber used the service to stream a recently released episode of The OA, a Netflix show with a fervent fan base .

Disney Is Finally Taking On Account Sharers

Disney Is Finally Taking On Account Sharers

Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to fight account sharing in an attempt to prevent multiple people from using a single account to access streaming video services .The battle against account sharing was announced as Disney and the nation's second-biggest cable company struck a new distribution agreement involving Disney's Hulu , ESPN+, and the forthcoming Disney+ .

How to Watch the Second 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

How to Watch the Second 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

There’s only one new name in the lineup this time around: Montana governor Steve Bullock. CNN aired a live draw on July 18 to determine the lineups for each night. Progressive candidates Warren and Sanders meet on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday.

Portland Is Again Blazing Trails for Open Internet Access

Portland Is Again Blazing Trails for Open Internet Access

Portland is taking seriously the idea of a publicly overseen dark-fiber network over which private providers could compete to offer cheap, ubiquitous internet access.

Alaska Will Finally Get Its Own Fiber-Optic Line

Alaska Will Finally Get Its Own Fiber-Optic Line

By building its own fiber-optic connection, the company will ensure that it has enough bandwidth to meet its customers’ needs, and potentially spend less buying capacity from submarine cable-based providers.

The Loopy Secrets of How Charging Cables Work

The Loopy Secrets of How Charging Cables Work

To light the bulb, I just need to pick two of these wires so that I can make a complete circuit with the battery and let current flow through the filament. The voltmeter, like just about every electrical measuring device, needs to have a complete circuit.

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

Fiber optic cable being loaded onto a ship owned by SubCom, which is working with Google to build what's expected to be the world's fastest undersea data connection.

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Unless you’re a creative-class professional, you almost certainly use your MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging more than for data backup. Once it happens, you’ll know almost exactly what you’re getting when you use that USB-C port or cable.

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

What’s new about China's massive deployment of fiber, both in its own territory and in its global market along its planned Belt and Road, is that China is likely to permit only 5G equipment made by Huawei and a handful of other Chinese companies to connect to that fiber.

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

Second, close off consumer access to any other provider of services—forcing the consumer to do business only with companies affiliated with the owner of the pipeline into the home.” In other words, Barr opposed any rules that he believed amounted to allowing, as he put it in 1999, "the scam of taking a free ride on our [phone] network," but favored rules that would require rivals—ie, cable companies—to be burdened with that same kind of obligation.

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

The remarkable thing about the hair-thin strands of optical fiber that Corning and other companies sell today is that any single strand of glass can carry many different beams of light at the same time, each beam wobbling at its own frequency and using its own method of encoding information.