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Pretend to be NASA at the Mission Control Desk

Nothing makes a study break more fun than a simulated Apollo program courtesy of this DIY Mission Control Desk that has everything from lighted buttons to an iPad display of astronauts in action.

By February 21, 2014


The untold story behind Apple's $13,000 operating system

CNET looks at newly surfaced contracts, design specs, and page after page of schematics and code, revealing how Apple created its first disk OS, a chapter of Silicon Valley history critical to its later success.

By April 3, 2013


Seminal computer video game Spacewar lives again

MIT creates a simulation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Spacewar. A relic of the early days of minicomputers, it was one of the first computer video games and set the stage for many others, including Asteroids.

By February 11, 2012


Raspberry Pi $25 computers ready to go February 20

Charitable organization hopes credit card-size system can train a new generation of programmers worldwide.

By February 7, 2012


Forget $100B! Facebook could soon be worth $200B

The financials don't yet justify the lofty valuation people are talking about--but Facebook could earn a place among the ranks of public companies the size of Google and IBM.

By February 2, 2012


Google set to surpass Microsoft in value; Facebook is next

The leaders of two very different computing eras are now each worth roughly $200 billion.

By December 15, 2011


Turning your smartphone into a smarter TV remote

TV remote technology hasn't made any real advances in years. But now several companies are looking to turn your smartphone into a remote, one that doesn't just tell the TV what to do, but tells you what shows to watch and which ones your friends like.

By June 27, 2011


Tom West of 'Soul of a New Machine' dead at 71

West was the star of perhaps the best book ever written about project development. He also helped lead one of the key companies of the minicomputer, and then Unix, eras.

By May 21, 2011


Ken Olsen, founder of DEC, dead at 84

An important figure in computing history, Olsen founded and led Digital Equipment Corporation, the firm most associated with the minicomputer era.

By February 7, 2011


The real Dell 2.0

When Dell first began talking about reinvention, the changes were largely incremental. However, today's Dell has indeed moved beyond its roots.

By March 29, 2010