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New Instant Messenger Plans to Leave No Metadata Worth Harvest​ing

New Instant Messenger Plans to Leave No Metadata Worth Harvest​ing

A murders' row of cyber security experts have announced their intention to produce a new instant messaging service, designed for government and corporate whistleblowers (obviously) and the journalists they blow their whistles to. This should be fun. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 14 days ago)

A Tantalizingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Lab

A Tantalizingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Lab

Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission , where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 63 feet underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS's...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 14 days ago)

Paolo Nutini: Let Me Down Easy

To many of us, Paolo Nutini is synonymous with his 2006 song "New Shoes." The feel-good hit instantly puts a smile on my face, entices me to throw a pair of squeaky clean new kicks on, and do something I rarely ever want to do, which is move. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 15 days ago)

Daimler's Self-Driving Truck Isn't Good for Nervous Highway Drivers

Attention Google: Your self-driving car looks wimpy compared to this self-driving beast-turned-truck. On Thursday, German automaker Daimler demonstrated the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 (that's when it hopes the vehicle will hit the marketplace) to spectators. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 15 days ago)

Hospitals Are Using Credit Card Data To Predict People's Health

Hospitals Are Using Credit Card Data To Predict People's Health

So, this sounds creepy: Some hospitals are identifying high-risk patients by buying loads of consumer data (i.e. credit card purchases, store loyalty programs, etc.) and plugging it into algorithms so they can step in before the customer gets sick. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's currently being used by...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 15 days ago)

Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

 Google’s I/O keynote may have been a bit of a jumble of different product announcements - many of which won’t be available until later this year - but Android Wear was what most people in the audience wanted to hear about. While there is plenty of Android in Google’s smartwatch operating system and while developers...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 15 days ago)

Dubai Is Obviously Building the World's Biggest Mall

Dubai Is Obviously Building the World's Biggest Mall

Since building something that's conventional is out of the question for Dubai, the second-largest United Arab Emirates city announced today that it's breaking ground on the world's largest shopping mall. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 15 days ago)

Every Guest Can Be Their Own Grillmaster With this Tabletop BBQ

Every Guest Can Be Their Own Grillmaster With this Tabletop BBQ

The general rule of thumb is that whoever's throwing the barbecue gets to be the grillmaster-but that's not always a coveted title. Picky eaters and those who prefer their steaks burnt to a crisp take the fun out of it, so the folks at Unikia have created a communal tabletop grill that makes everyone responsible for...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 16 days ago)

5 Surprising Facts About America's Favorite Exploding Pastime

5 Surprising Facts About America's Favorite Exploding Pastime

Firecrackers are essentially un-American, even though we associate them our most deeply patriotic celebration, the Fourth of July. The fact is that firecrackers are foreign-born novelties, and have been as long as Americans have lit them for a noisy salute to the nation's birth. As it turns out, firecracker history...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 16 days ago)

The Best Fourth of July Deals

The Best Fourth of July Deals

Celebrate Independence Day in style with a new price low on the Xbox One, a great deal on a powerful, future-proofed router, Pepsi with real sugar, and lots more. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 16 days ago)

How Hot Dogs Are Made and What's Actually Inside

How Hot Dogs Are Made and What's Actually Inside

After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there's a fair amount of gristle, fat and offal remaining on a butchered animal, and early on, people realized this could be put to good use. One of these products is the hot dog, a classic of pre-cooked, processed meat. Read...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 16 days ago)

Celebrate the 4th With These Truly Revolutionary Gadgets

Those headphones you bought last week are pretty cool. But they didn't change the world. Not like these 17 products did.

wired.com (1 month and 16 days ago)

Samsung Gear Live Review: Samsung’s Smartwatch First Mover Advantage Helps Its Android Wear Effort

Samsung Gear Live Review: Samsung’s Smartwatch First Mover Advantage Helps Its Android Wear Effort

 Samsung is one of the first to market with an Android Wear smartwatch, and the company arguably has a head start since it’s been making its own smartwatches since last year. The Gear Live owes much to its predecessors, which have run both a modified version of Android and Samsung’s own Tizen, but it manages to feel...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

LG G Watch Review: This Early Android Wear Watch Could Use A Bit More Time To Bake

LG G Watch Review: This Early Android Wear Watch Could Use A Bit More Time To Bake

 LG is one of the first to market with an Android Wear smartwatch. Their hardware runs on Google’s smartwatch platform, which is pretty locked down in terms of what kind of customizations Google allows OEM to make. But there’s still plenty of room to shine – and fall short – when it comes to hardware design. LG’s...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Us A Detailed Breakdown Of NASCAR Physics

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Us A Detailed Breakdown Of NASCAR Physics

Back in May, astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson found his show was bumped due to a NASCAR race. Undeterred, he took to Twitter to explain some of the physics of racing. We're fans, but we thought his math was a little off. So Dr. Tyson just showed up in the comments to explain it all. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

​The Best Diaper Pail

​The Best Diaper Pail

Your baby will burn through an average of 2,500 diapers per year. That's at least six per day. A diaper pail is a specialized trash can that serves as a place to stow those dirty diapers. A good one is easy to use, contains odors, and doesn't cost too much to maintain. After looking at six diaper pails, I'm...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

Android Wear Gets Its Own Companion App, Plus A Dedicated Section In Google Play’s App Store

Android Wear Gets Its Own Companion App, Plus A Dedicated Section In Google Play’s App Store

 Android Wear, Google’s new smartwatch platform powering wrist-computers like the LG G, Samsung Gear Live, and Moto 360, now has its own companion application. The app, also called Android Wear for simplicity’s sake (?), is available from the Google Play app store, allowing watch owners to configure various settings...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks

Use these battle-tested tips and camera settings to capture dramatic photos of those explosions in the sky. Even if you're using a smartphone, there are a few apps and easy guidelines that will help you nab the best shots.

wired.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

How to Break Your Phone Contract Without Paying Dearly

It's not easy, but it is possible to break free of your two-year mobile contract without shelling out tons of dough. Here's how.

wired.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

Crack Your Brewskis in Style With These Bitchin’ Bottle Openers

How about another beer? Come on, just one more. Here, use this to open it. Yeah, it IS a pretty bottle opener, isn't it?

wired.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

Pepsi was originally called "Brad's Drink"

Pepsi was originally called "Brad's Drink"

Some of the soft drinks we know today originally started as patent medicines in the late 19th century - including Coca-Cola, which infamously contained cocaine. But when Caleb Bradham invented a drink in 1893 he set out to make it free of stimulants. It didn't even contain caffeine. He originally called it Brad's...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

This Artist Sculpts Panes of Glass Into 3D Oceans

This Artist Sculpts Panes of Glass Into 3D Oceans

Ben Young taught himself everything he knows about sculpture. Over the course of the past decade, he's perfected a method of cutting panes of glass into unusual shapes and fusing them together to make beautiful sculptures. They're beautifully intriguing. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

Nest’s Fadell Backs Smart Garden Sensor Edyn As It Moves Past Kickstarter Goals

Nest’s Fadell Backs Smart Garden Sensor Edyn As It Moves Past Kickstarter Goals

 A month ago, I wrote about an Internet of Things soil sensor called Edyn that tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture data for gardeners. The company, which first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, beat their initial $100,000 goal for a first production run on Kickstarter. They’ve...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

Razr Burn: My Month With 2004's Most Exciting Phone

Razr Burn: My Month With 2004's Most Exciting Phone

In July of 2004, Motorola debuted the Razr V3, one of the most iconic cellphones of all time. Exactly 10 years later, I shed my iPhone for a month to experience the world where apps don't exist and T9 reigns king. Maybe I did it for the nostalgia. Maybe I did it because I hate myself just a little bit. Either way,...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

OnePlus One Review: An Unbelievably Fantastic Smartphone

OnePlus One Review: An Unbelievably Fantastic Smartphone

Maybe you've heard of the OnePlus One. It's the self-styled "flagship killer" aiming to swoop in from China and beat the Nexus 5 at its own affordability game. That's a tall order, but the OnePlus One fills it. It's so dirt cheap, and so incredible, that it's damn near unbelievable. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

How This NYC Skyscraper Is Being Built On Top of an Existing Building

How This NYC Skyscraper Is Being Built On Top of an Existing Building

As if building an entire neighborhood on top of an active rail yard were not already crazy enough, the developers for Hudson Yards are also planning a 51-story tower that will be constructed on top of and above an existing building. Yup, Manhattan is a crowded mess. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

Moog’s New Theremini Looks Like a Spaceship, and Sounds Like One Too

Synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog began his career in musical instrument manufacturing in the 1950s by selling a simple theremin kit, so it makes sense that the company bearing his name would release the best 21st century upgrade to the theremin I've seen so far.

wired.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

 In today’s mildly squiggy but kind of cool news, we learn that researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny robots that walk when current is applied to their bio-based muscular engines. The tiny robots can twitch their way across a surface or through a liquid. Read More

techcrunch.com (1 month and 18 days ago)

Vine’s New Loop Counts Are Designed to Get Inside Your Head

Vine added loop counts today---a metric that shows you how many times a video has been played. But why would anyone care about loop counts?

wired.com (1 month and 19 days ago)

Clever Oculus Project Lets You Live Your Life In Third Person

Clever Oculus Project Lets You Live Your Life In Third Person

 Ever wished you could tap the “Change Camera View” button in real life to switch to a third-person view? These guys made it happen. Sure, it requires the user to wear an Oculus Rift and a big ol’ dual camera rig built into a backpack - and sure, it’s probably only fun (and not nauseating) for about a minute. But it...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 19 days ago)

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