Amnesty International accuses major tech companies of failing to ensure that their batteries don't contain cobalt mined by underage workers.
Malicious ads served to Yahoo users were designed to transform computers into a Bitcoin mining operation, according to a security firm.
When the open-source hardware makers at Adafruit began taking Bitcoin as payment yesterday, among the first customers were some who had earned their Bitcoins using Adafruit's miner.
"Irrational Computing" has interlinked a series of untreated crystals and minerals to create a primitive signal processor.
Google might still be testing its driverless car, but the mining industry is already operating with vehicles that don't require humans.
Did you ever wonder how your iPhone screen got its color? It's from rare-earth minerals. CNET's Jay Greene takes you on a tour of a rare-earth mineral mine in California, where you'll see firsthand how rocks become the pixie dust that powers your iPhone.
The FairPhone is built using ethically-sourced minerals, and using factories with a good employment conditions record.
Molycorp said Mark Smith's departure from the company, which mines minerals that are crucial ingredients for mobile phones, was unrelated to a regulatory investigation into the company's public disclosures.
How are these unusual minerals extracted from the ground and why is that process an environmental risk? CNET's Jay Greene explains.
CNET's Jen Haley talks to senior writer Jay Greene at the site of a rare-earth elements mine about how minerals become essential components in iPhones.