Watch All the Ways Apple's Tried to Teach Us How to Use Its Products

The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating “guided tours” for its new products back in 1984—here are some… » 4/24/15 3:40pm Today 3:40pm

Tesla's New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power's Biggest Problems

So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This one product might… » 4/23/15 9:45am Yesterday 9:45am

The Secret History of the Most Famous Neon Sign in the World

Much like the I Heart NY logo or the Hollywood Sign, the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas was not meant as a grand gesture when it was conceived. What was a simple act of civic self promotion—an ad, really—became a piece of public art and eventually an icon in the public domain, plastered on fuzzy dice and shot… » 4/22/15 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm

Man, both of these sounds really get me! For some reason they are also from the exact same moment in time, a typical summer evening in 1999-ish. I hear the HBO static sound followed by the opening chords of “Sex and the City.” Later that night I hear the AOL login sound followed by my AIM opening so I can talk about… » 4/21/15 7:09pm Tuesday 7:09pm

Why The Data On California's Biggest Water Hogs Isn't Public 

It might seem like all of California is busy naming scapegoats who consume unfair shares of water during the state’s historic drought. But there’s actually no way for the public to go after the state’s worst water wasters because there’s no way of knowing who they are. Legislation has ensured that much of the state’s… » 4/21/15 6:00pm Tuesday 6:00pm

Here's What The World's Tallest Residential Building Will Look Like

The supertall race in Midtown Manhattan is marching skyward at an astonishing rate, with at least four towers on West 57th Street destined to be among the world’s tallest. Now we have some official-official images of the Nordstrom Tower, which, at 1,775 feet, will at some point be the tallest residential building on… » 4/20/15 6:00pm Monday 6:00pm

7 Endangered Examples of the Most Hated Architectural Style Ever

It’s hard to find a more polarizing architecture—even among scholars it’s most likely to be described as “ugly,” “unloved,” or even “hated.” I’m talking about Brutalism, the blocky unfinished concrete style which used to be very common in cities around the world, but is now being demolished at an astounding rate. » 4/20/15 4:51pm Monday 4:51pm

George Lucas Wants To Build Affordable Housing on His Skywalker Ranch

Having safely outsourced the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas can focus on his real estate projects. He’s got his museum in Chicago, and now, an affordable housing project proposed for his own Skywalker Ranch. Those who can’t afford San Francisco could live just over the Golden Gate Bridge in what’s otherwise one of… » 4/17/15 7:45pm 4/17/15 7:45pm