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  • 7 Films We Should Probably Ban Right Now, You Know, Just In Case

    18 December 2014, 5:35 pm by: Darren Orf

    So you've no doubt heard about American cinemas' near unanimous decision to pull The Interview from theaters. Not to be outdone in cowardice, Paramount is also telling some theaters to not play 2004's Team America: World Police in its place in deference to…
  • Did Sony Reveal Its Next Smartphone in Leaked Bond-Movie Product Pitch?

    18 December 2014, 5:12 pm by: Ashley Feinberg

    For years, Sony's smartphones have been competent but uninspired . Maybe product placement in Spectre, the Bond flick whose script was recently leaked , can help? At the very least, these product-placement pitches, sent from Sony's electronics team to its…
  • Mondrian Sticky Notes Make Every Reminder a Masterpiece

    18 December 2014, 5:00 pm by: Andrew Liszewski

    For the forgetful art lover in your life comes this simple collection of multi-colored sticky notes that when arranged together bear a striking resemblance to one of Piet Mondrian's Composition pieces. But you won't need millions of dollars to adorn your…
  • Search For Tweets By Location With Castround

    18 December 2014, 4:31 pm by: David Nield

    There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to filter tweets based on a location—from breaking news to travel tips—and new Android app Castround makes the process much simpler than it is on the Web. Here's how to use it and several alternative…
  • Hackers Can Read Your Texts Thanks to Huge Security Flaw

    18 December 2014, 3:55 pm by: Kate Knibbs

    The global telecom network Signal System 7 helps phone carriers across the world, including AT&T and Verizon, route calls and texts. It's also apparently perforated with security holes that lets hackers and spies listen to your calls and read your texts. It's…
  • The Coolest (and Weirdest) Stuff From Today's Animation Art Auction

    18 December 2014, 3:25 pm by: Matt Novak

    There's an impressive art auction at Profiles in History today and tomorrow featuring everything from wax figures to theme park blueprints. Here's some of the coolest (and weirdest) stuff from it, if you're still looking to get me something for Christmas. For…
  • A New Glimpse Into the Gigantic Construction Project Hidden Below NYC

    18 December 2014, 2:53 pm by: Adam Clark Estes

    What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America's greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And right now, hundreds of hard…
  • Paramount Cancels Team America Screenings Because Everyone's a Coward

    18 December 2014, 2:27 pm by: Eric Limer

    In the wake of Sony Pictures canceling its release of The Interview , some theaters with actual balls opted to show Team America: World Police as a protest. No such luck. In a truly staggering act of cowardice, Paramount appears to be telling theaters to shut…
  • One Man's Quest To Surf Berlin

    18 December 2014, 2:02 pm by: Wes Siler

    Berlin lies hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. But, that didn't stop one determined man from discovering a rare local break, then teaching himself to surf it. This is his story. Read more...
  • The Best Nerf Gun for Every Kid (At Heart)

    18 December 2014, 1:52 pm by: Sean Hollister

    As a kid, I strapped a Nerf gun to my bicycle so I could dive bomb the neighborhood kids while traveling—I imagined—at five times the speed of sound. As an adult, I've carried a foam-firing blaster to no fewer than three jobs. But a funny thing happened…
  • The Air Force's Stealth Cruise Missile Just Got Even More Stealthy

    18 December 2014, 1:42 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    In order to keep its pilots out of enemy cross-hairs but still be able to deliver devastating strikes against hardened bunkers, the USAF has spent the better part of two decades developing a family of long-range, semi-autonomous cruise missiles called the…
  • Business Is Booming for Evolution, the Weapons and Drugs Dark Market

    18 December 2014, 1:22 pm by: Kate Knibbs

    When the FBI seized the Silk Road 2 and other popular darknet markets, it was a dark day for people who buy illegal shit online. But it turned out to be a great day for Evolution , the largest market that didn't get shut down in the raid. Read more...
  • Before the Hashtag, There Was the Octothorpe

    18 December 2014, 1:10 pm by: <a href="http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/octothorpe/">Roman Mars - 99% Invisible</a>

    If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings,…
  • Giant Robotic Insects Are the Adorable Stuff of Nightmares

    18 December 2014, 1:00 pm by: Darren Orf

    Giant robot insects. Sci-fi fodder of legitimate scientific inquiry? Now it's both. Biomechatronics researchers from Bielefeld University in Germany created a walking and functioning robot insect, about three feet long, named Hector. Yes, they named it.Read…
  • Surface Pro 3, Game of Thrones Season 4, All-Clad, and More Deals

    18 December 2014, 12:45 pm by: Shane Roberts, Commerce Team

    As a happy MacBook Air user, I'm ashamed to admit that I have Microsoft's stupid Surface Pro 3 holiday jingle stuck in my head. If the ad blitz (or the positive reviews ) has convinced you to try out Microsoft's hybrid device yourself, here's the best deal…
  • All of My Gadgets Are Screaming at Me and It's All My Fault

    18 December 2014, 12:43 pm by: Eric Limer

    If you were to send me an email right now, a number of things would happen. My wrist would vibrate. My pocket would vibrate, light up, and make a sound. A pop-up would appear in the corner of my laptop screen. A counter next to a small icon of an envelope…
  • Restaurant With Robot Waiters Is A Blast From Futures Past

    18 December 2014, 12:30 pm by: Matt Novak

    The robot waiter has arrived! In China. At one restaurant. Yes, the robot waiter has been the promise of the future for decades. But just like humanoid robotics as a whole, it has yet to get past the novelty phase. It's nearly the year 2015 and sadly we're…
  • Indulge Your Inner Child and Lose a Few Hours To This Online Spirograph

    18 December 2014, 12:15 pm by: Andrew Liszewski

    We've got computer graphics software that's so powerful it can generate images that make it seem like dinosaurs are back. But they still can't compare to the simple satisfaction you get from making a really complex hypotrochoid or epitrochoid with a marker and…
  • Install Rad New Watchfaces on Android Wear

    18 December 2014, 12:10 pm by: David Nield

    When Google rolled out the 5.0 Lollipop update for Android Wear, it brought with it a number of cool features, not least the ability to install any watchface from Google Play (rather than just the ones pre-installed on your device). What's more, you can now…
  • Gizmodo's Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

    18 December 2014, 11:55 am by: Kate Knibbs

    It's already Hanukkah, it's almost Christmas, and it's definitely the general holiday season. That's great if you like spiked eggnog, but not so good if you haven't bought gifts yet. Don't worry. There should be something in one of our many gift guides and…

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