Blockchain won’t make internet voting easier or safer — it could just make it worse

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images Looking to making voting practices more convenient, increase voter turnout, and modernize practices, many government officials and companies are looking to blockchain to help.  Blockchain systems have created new ways for people to invest, send money, and may help store records that make credentials, land ownership, and food origins more transparent and […]

Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned 30 this August. The venerable text-only chat system was first developed in 1988 by a Finnish computer scientist named Jarkko Oikarinen. Oikarinen couldn’t have known at the time just how his creation would affect the lives of people around the world, but it became one […]

Cellphone and internet adoption may have peaked in the US

There’s no question that technologies like cellphones and internet access have become ubiquitous, but they now appear to be hitting their peak in the US. Pew Research Center’s latest technology study has shown that key categories technological adoption has gone virtually unchanged since the last study in 2016, suggesting they’ve hit saturation points. Much like […]

Nintendo reveals it invented “Bowsette” before the Internet did

This month’s major Nintendo Direct video presentation included a reveal of another New Super Mario Bros. game—a Switch port of its last Wii U installment—with one curious twist. It includes a few new playable characters, and one of those, Toadette, can don a crown power-up and turn into a Toadette-Peach hybrid dubbed Peachette. Fans didn’t take […]

White House downplays talk of executive order targeting internet bias

Is President Trump looking at an executive order that would investigate internet companies over his accusations of political bias? Not officially… although the government isn’t strictly denying the claims, either. After Bloomberg reported the existence of a draft order, deputy White House press secretary Lindsey Walters issued a statement that the document was “not the […]

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Will Follow in the Footsteps of ‘Zootopia’ and Tackle Social Issues

The idea for Ralph Breaks the Internet came shortly after making the first film. Directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore wanted to revisit this world and these characters, but was there a reason be to make a sequel since the first film wrapped up so nicely? Also remember, Walt Disney Animation Studios doesn’t make many theatrically […]