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Gripster Nut Starter

If you’ve ever tried to apply rotational force to a small part held with tweezers, then you’ve probably also spent time on the floor looking for that part. Get off the floor and buy the Gripster Nut Starter. It does a fine job of holding small nuts so they can be threaded on to parts […]

The Future Of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes

Guest author Matthew Brian Beck is a journalist and advertising strategist based in New York City. The next big thing is getting smaller and smaller. Historically, our social media experience has been chained to the first-screen browser and the one News Feed to rule them all. We’ve been saturated with bloated content from overpopulated streams. We’ve been […]

Yahoo’s Design Director: A Day In The Life

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. On Super Bowl Sunday 2013, Fry’s Electronics was mostly empty, except for one very determined designer. Jackie Goldberg was a woman on a mission — bouncing from laptop to laptop to triple check that the “Yahoo purple” was a fresh, modern hue that […]

Easy Arduino: Two Projects To Help You Get Started

Meet Arduino, the tiny microcontroller that’s good at doing what your computer can’t. The computers we use every day are powerful, but they’re terrible at knowing what’s going on around them. Your laptop isn’t exactly equipped to sense light or moisture, for example. Arduino, on the other hand, is specifically designed to stay keyed in […]

How Smartphones Are Increasingly Driving Our Cars

Suddenly it’s not so important to own a car that’s “the ultimate driving machine,” as opposed to “the ultimate app machine.” I drive my Honda Pilot instead of my Volvo XC90 whenever I can because the Honda can connect to my smartphone over Bluetooth, plus it has a great navigation system. My Volvo has neither—all […]

Microsoft Begins Life As A Smartphone Manufacturer As Nokia Deal Is Finalized

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop Microsoft and Nokia will consummate their marriage by the end of this week. On Monday, Microsoft said its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division, which was announced in September, will be finalized by Friday. In the deal, Microsoft will subsume nearly 32,000 Nokia employees including CEO Stephen Elop, who […]

Real-Time Data Streaming Gets Standardized

One of the advantages of open source is that it can accelerate standards adoption on a level playing field. If there is a big enough problem to solve, smart people can attract the best minds to work together, investigate and share the solution. That said, standards bodies often become little more than a parlor game […]

Weekend Project: Start Guarding Yourself Against Heartbleed

EDITOR: SEE NOTE AT THE END It’s a dangerous world out there, now made a little scarier thanks to Heartbleed. A small coding error in OpenSSL, a massively adopted open-source protocol, the Heartbleed flaw managed to go undetected for two years as it tore security holes across huge swathes of the Internet.  That’s enough to […]

Suddenly, Mobile App Install Ads Are Popping Up Everywhere

Developers love them, advertisers love them, and companies are raking in cash—all thanks to the little buttons in mobile advertisements that urge you to download an app. Twitter is the latest company to introduce these new mobile advertisements. Today the company announced that developers and advertisers can urge mobile Twitter users to download applications through these […]

Dropbox Buys Loom For Photo Sharing, HackPad For Collaboration

Dropbox is having a busy Thursday. The file sharing giant has acquired Loom, a photo sharing app that offered mobile users up to five gigabytes of free storage. Loom announced the deal on its company blog. Dropbox recently announced an update to its photo sharing capabilities with its Carousel feature, and the Loom team will […]

Taking My Diet To The Next Level

ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. Quantifying your activity and nutrition, as I’ve done for years, can only take you so far. Sometimes gathering the numbers just tells you the same bad news you can see in the mirror. Here it is: After dropping 12 pounds last […]

Americans Are Bullish On Technology’s Distant Future, Less So Its Present

Despite the number of popular dystopian novels written over the years, Americans have continually been optimistic when it comes to the future of technology. At least, the distant future of technology. We’re far less sanguine about the technology that threatens to upend our lives today or tomorrow, as a new Pew Research survey suggests. In […]

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