Watch the FCC Vote on Net Neutrality Live, Right Now

Over at the FCC, the regulatory agency is voting on Net Neutrality — and they are streaming the vote live from 10:30 AM EST onward. Go watch it! The result of this vote will determine whether the internet remains a democratically-controlled common carrier, or becomes more like television, whose broadcasts are largely… » 2/26/15 10:15am Thursday 10:15am

Lenovo CTO: We Have No Intention Of Shipping a Superfish Product Again

Last week, news broke that many Lenovo computers were shipped with a dangerous piece of Superfish adware, which made the computers vulnerable to malicious hacks. Now, with a class action lawsuit looming and anti-virus vendors pledging to root out the adware, Lenovo's CTO has said his company is done with Superfish. » 2/23/15 6:00pm 2/23/15 6:00pm

What's the Worst Reason You've Heard for Switching to Apple or Android?

People are always howling about how you NEED to switch to Apple or Android devices. iOS is the best! Android is the ... whatever rhymes with Android and is awesome! Sometimes they have perfectly good reasons for switching. Other times, not so much. What are the worst reasons you've heard? » 2/20/15 6:00pm 2/20/15 6:00pm

Lenovo Joins the Malevolent Side of the Online Advertising Industry

On Wednesday evening, the news began to break on Twitter. Computer security analysts had discovered something nefarious about a piece of advertising software called Superfish, which comes pre-installed on cheap Lenovo laptops like the Yoga 2. Superfish was leaving the laptops wide open to takeover by malicious… » 2/20/15 2:10pm 2/20/15 2:10pm

Find Out Where All Our Space Probes Are Right Now

The many space agencies of Earth have sent out a number of probes over the years to explore our solar system and beyond. Now Spacehack founder Ariel Waldman and SETI web developer Lisa Ballard have created a helpful guide to all our currently functioning probes — along with amazing minimalist designs for each one. » 2/19/15 7:05pm 2/19/15 7:05pm

A Guide to the Most Destructive Events in the History of Earth

If you want some epic disaster tales this evening, you can watch this How Stuff Works podcast about possible causes of the five mass extinctions that nearly extinguished all life on Earth. After that cheerful topic, I also talk about why scientists believe we're heading into a sixth mass extinction. » 2/19/15 6:34pm 2/19/15 6:34pm

If You Love Computers, This Novel Should Be on Your Must-Read List

Liu Cixin's science fiction novel The Three Body Problem was a smash hit bestseller in China, and has finally been translated into English by Ken Liu. It's a mind-bending tale of politics, aliens and gaming — and it also contains the most awe-inspiring description of computers I've ever read. » 2/18/15 8:20pm 2/18/15 8:20pm

UMass Lifts Ban on Iranian Students in Science and Engineering

Yesterday we reported on a troubling policy at the University of Massachusetts of Amherst. The school banned Iranian nationals from enrolling as graduate students in several engineering and natural science programs. After much uproar and protest, U. Mass has backed down, and will admit Iranian students again. » 2/18/15 6:02pm 2/18/15 6:02pm

The 5th Episode of Haphead Takes You Down the Rabbit Hole

io9 is proud to be bringing you new episodes of indie series Haphead every week. Created by Jim Munroe, Haphead is the story of a VR gamer in a near-future dystopian Toronto. In the fifth episode, Maxine copes with the loss of her rebellious punk dad — and disturbing accusations from the authorities. » 2/17/15 12:55pm 2/17/15 12:55pm

UMass Has Banned Iranian Students from Engineering and Science Programs…

Starting this month, the venerable University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer allow Iranian nationals to matriculate as graduate students in many of its programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including physics and electrical/computer engineering. » 2/17/15 1:32pm 2/17/15 1:32pm