science
Why People With Brain Implants Are Afraid to Go Through Automatic Doors

In 2009, Gary Olhoeft walked into a Best Buy to buy some DVDs. He walked out with his whole body twitching and convulsing. Olhoeft has a brain implant, tiny bits of microelectronic circuitry that deliver electrical impulses to his motor cortex in order to control the debilitating tremors he suffers as a symptom of Parkinson’s disease. It had been working fine. So, what happened when he passed through those double wide doors into consumer electronics paradise? He thinks the theft-prevention system interfered with his implant and turned it off. Read More >>

piracy
Music Industry Goes For the Jugular — Sues Ireland For Every Euro It’s Got Left

Ireland could be the first country to be brought to its knees by the music industry. The Irish arm of EMI has launched a High Court action, suing the Irish State over its perceived dragging-of-feet on the issue of ISP blockade of piracy sites. Read More >>

giz explains
What Do Those Mysterious Lumps on Your Cables Do?

You have some sense of what the wires going to and from your computer do. Some bring power; others transmit information from one device to another. But some of these cables look a bit...off. Read More >>

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Why It Doesn’t Matter That Coldplay’s Not Streaming Its Mylo Xyloto Album on Spotify

According to reports, Coldplay's record label EMI is "a little embarrassed" about Coldplay's decision to ban the streaming of its latest album, Mylo Xyloto, on any streaming sites -- including Spotify. Disregarding the fact that Coldplay has gone downhill since A Rush of Blood to the Head and that Chris Martin is Devon's answer to Bono, the band's decision won't change album sales. Here's why: Read More >>