Why These Russians Have Cats on their Heads, and Other Memes Explained

On the other side of the world, an entirely different internet is taking place: Russian internet. Today, Natalie Shure takes us on a tour of the past week or so on the Russian web, from VKontakte to LiveJournal, from lighthearted animal exploitation to jaw exercises set to rap. » 8/12/14 9:00am 8/12/14 9:00am

How Ukraine is Like Star Wars and Other Russian Memes, Explained

On the other side of the world, an entirely different internet is taking place: Russian internet. Today, Natalie Shure takes us on a tour of the past week or so on the Russian web, from VKontakte to LiveJournal, from MH17 conspiracies to the toilet duckling meme. » 7/29/14 11:00am 7/29/14 11:00am

Meteorologists Did "Robot Journalism" Before It Was Cool

Something that shook-up the media more than the media getting shaken-up in Monday morning's 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles is the revelation that the Los Angeles Times has a set of code written to automatically post an article when the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that an earthquake occurred in… » 3/19/14 1:45pm 3/19/14 1:45pm

Seinfeld… in the Oculus Rift

Like millions of hapless people around the world, you have the apartment set from Seinfeld emblazoned on your eyelids. You blink and there it is, waiting. You'll never not know what it looks like. Now, if you own an Oculus Rift headset, you can strap it onto your head and walk around it. It's almost like you're inside… » 3/03/14 5:03pm 3/03/14 5:03pm

Thousands of People Just Won a Game of Pokémon Together

Right now, as you read these words, hundreds of thousands of people are celebrating a victory over Pokémon Red/Blue. Not individually, each holding a GameBoy loaded with an eighteen-year-old game cartridge. » 3/03/14 7:55am 3/03/14 7:55am