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'Thing Explainer': Fun if you enjoy puzzles, annoying if you just want to learn

Cartoonist and author Randall Munroe's latest book details science and technology with only a 1,000-word vocabulary. That limits its appeal, but the book is fun for those who already know the basics.

By December 1, 2015


Top 5 most annoying problems caused by tech

Technology has solved a lot of life's little problems, but it's also created some new ones.

By November 16, 2015


The best places to install smoke detectors (and how to make them less annoying)

Chances are, you don't have enough smoke detectors in your house.

By November 13, 2015


Turn off annoying User Account Control pop-ups, but be careful

If you disable the User Account Control in Windows 10, all programs will have same security clearance as the account you're logged in with. However, disabling that feature is a terrible idea.

By November 1, 2015


The world's most annoying teddy bear is just begging to be destroyed

This incredibly grating teddy bear plays "Happy Birthday" on repeat until either the battery dies or, more likely, the recipient destroys the bear for good.

By October 23, 2015


See the pope's US visit in VR, with one (really annoying) catch

Commentary: Pope Francis isn't a fan of unfettered capitalism, but that doesn't mean capitalists won't capitalize on his visit.

By September 23, 2015


This is what happens when a Google robot gets annoyed with a human

Technically Incorrect: In a series of experiments, a Google human has various conversations with a machine. One involves morality. The machine gets pissy.

By June 28, 2015


Annoy yourself into completing a task list with fmlist.io

If having multiple browser tabs open causes anxiety and you're in need of some motivation, this site is for you.

By June 19, 2015


Feds make it even harder for telemarketers to annoy you

The FCC adopts new rules that make it more difficult for companies to send consumers unwanted messages and easier for consumers to block or opt out of marketing messages.

By June 18, 2015


What Mac OS X annoyances should Apple fix?

On the eve of WWDC 2015, it's hard to find much too complain about with Apple's desktop operating system, but there are a few things we'd like to see fixed or improved upon.

By June 7, 2015