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'Star Trek' Borg cube mini-fridge: Refrigeration isn't futile

This particular Borg cube wants to assimilate your beverages and food to keep them at optimum temperatures for consumption.

By July 29, 2014


Is protecting intellectual property from cyberthieves futile?

Experts gathering to discuss intellectual-property theft say that a fix will require the application of economic sanctions, not just more technology.

By May 23, 2013


Time calculator shows futility in trying to keep up with Twitter

The Tweetulator Twitter time calculator offers a compelling case for keeping your Twitter following activities down to a reasonable size.

By February 18, 2013


Failed phone calls: Reaching Sendai feels futile

Trying to find people in the the tsunami-ravaged areas of Sendai, Japan, is practically impossible if you're not there. Here's Brooke Crothers' brief account.

By March 13, 2011


Teen survey makes Microsoft's Zune seem futile

Piper Jaffray's biannual Teen Survey is out and when it comes to MP3 players, things look very good for Apple and bleak for Microsoft and Sony.

By April 9, 2009


Budget Hero 2.0: Fun with debt ceilings!

This Web game starts out empowering, but quickly becomes a depressing exercise in futility that might even make you feel sympathy for politicians faced with tough choices.

By July 15, 2011


Microsoft seeks open-source community manager

It's somewhat of an exercise in futility until the software giant figures out its patent story, but perhaps this position can help the company do just that.

By May 28, 2008


Find your first tweet: Twitter opens archive for its birthday

To celebrate turning 8, Twitter is making it easy for you to find your very first tweet. Were you witty or dull?

By March 20, 2014


Intel reveals what happens in a single Internet minute

If the Internet is a series of tubes, then those tubes are jam-packed. An Intel infographic shows all the amazing things that happen in just one minute on the Internet.

By March 20, 2013


Lego machine removes DRM from Kindle e-books

Lego Mindstorms, a Kindle, and a laptop combine into an art project that is an automated system for scanning e-books and creating DRM-free versions.

By September 8, 2013