The phrase "reinventing the wheel" usually means someone is wasting time and effort trying to fix something that isn't broken. The same could be said for reinventing straws, which is something that McDonald's has half-jokingly tried to do with its new STRAW (Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal).
I never understood the fascination with drones—until I received my first one over the holidays. It was a small green quadcopter that looked more like a toy you'd pull out of a McDonald's Happy Meal. I wasn't too excited, but the second I turned it on, I was hooked. If you didn't get a drone for the holidays, buy one for yourself. This Metakoo Bee Mini Quadcopter is on sale for $28.
A lot of things can go wrong in the garden. Some seeds just won't sprout. A plant's leaves droop and turn colors they shouldn't. Thankfully, inventive people are starting to tackle this problem, manipulating hot tech to help you keep things...less dead. Don't fret about the color of your thumb; this stuff will bring you a few steps closer to becoming the 21st century's Frederick Law Olmsted (or whatever landscape architect inspires you).
10 years ago on 10 January 2007, Steve Jobs dazzled the world with the very first iPhone. Despite the fact that the presentation could have gone very wrong, it went off without a hitch. How did the world react to that historic day? Let's take a look back in time, when tweets looked like old-school Facebook statuses and Apple keynotes went online as Quicktime presentations:
Every year, tech companies unleash their latest and greatest gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of it is impressive, some of it is stupid, and most of it is not very cuddly. But with the rise of A.I. assistants and social robots, a few new products stood out as things we might want to hug.