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Tesla will unveil its $35,000 Model 3 on March 31st
Tesla has long promised a $35,000 electric car is on the way, and in today's earnings release (PDF) it announced that we'll get to see the Model 3 on March 31st, ahead of it going on sale in "late 2017." That's in addition to the currently shipping M...

Cotton candy machines help create artificial organs
You may have seen some pretty unusual ways to make artificial organs, but Vanderbilt University might have just topped them all. Its researchers have developed a technique for making the templates of artificial organs using a cotton candy machine --...

Valve's VR technology now works with the Unity game engine
For many gaming platforms, the litmus test these days is whether or not they get official support in Unity's game engine -- land that and many developers (and by extension, gamers) are likely to give them a closer look. Valve just got a big credibil...

My toxic relationship with fitness wearables
Fitness gadgets were meant to make me a better man. Or at least a healthier (possibly more attractive) one. Over the course of my wrist-based romance, I've strapped on a Fitbit, a Jawbone Up, two types of Nike FuelBand and an Apple Watch. Surprisingl...

Shooter classic 'Descent' gets a second crowdfunded revival
Apparently, there are a lot of gamers (and game developers) who are still fond of Descent's mind-breaking, 6-degrees-of-freedom shooting action. Just months after the success of Descent: Underground, the aptly-named Revival Productions is crowdfundin...

HBO Now tallies 800,000 subscribers in 10 months since launch
A standalone HBO streaming service was supposedly what the masses were clamoring for. Well, it turns out "about 800,000" people were really interested. HBO CEO Richard Plepler revealed the figure during an earnings call for the network's parent compa...

The incredibly sad world of niche dating apps
When I exited the market in 2006, online dating was akin to wearing sweatpants in the club. It was a sign that you'd given up on the "real" world; a symbol of existential surrender.

Make massive mechanizations with Minecraft's Overworld update
Following on from last fall's update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which saw the introduction of basic redstone components, Microsoft today announced that the game's next update will deliver even more advanced m...

IRS says identity thieves nabbed 100,000 income tax e-file PINs
Tax season is a busy time for the Internal Revenue Service, and identity thieves are only making it worse. The IRS confirmed that hackers used stolen social security numbers automated malware to generate over 100,000 e-file (electronic filing) PINs b...

Particle's Electron board lets anyone make 3G internet devices
As sweet as it might be to dream of making your own Internet of Things device, there's one big problem: keeping it online at all times. How do you connect that smart sensor in your backyard when it's nowhere near WiFi? Particle (aka Spark) thinks it...

'The Walking Dead: Michonne' debuts on February 23rd
The Walking Dead: Michonne is a three-episode miniseries from the undead-drama masterminds at Telltale Games, and the first installment is set to drop on February 23rd for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Android and iOS...

Software maps the 'Star Wars' universe
You may have a good feel for the scope of the Star Wars universe, but Swiss researchers just took things to another level. They've created maps of the space fantasy series' expanded universe that visualize the connections between 20,000 characters, s...

Dear Veronica: Become a cosplay master!
I start this episode with a little rant about some Apple rumors that have been circulating about: I'm pro-headphone jack, though many Apple fans out there seem to disagree with me. Insanity, I tell you! However, my friend Bill Doran lightens the...

Netflix kids series 'Beat Bugs' features music of The Beatles
Amazon and Netflix are cranking out original series at a rapid pace. The content isn't just for adults, though, as both streaming libraries feature a smattering of original kids stuff, too. Netflix is expanding its lineup with Beat Bugs: an animated...

Tesla quietly drops the Model S 85 series in the UK
Most Brits can't afford to buy a Tesla, but for those that can deciding which particular model to go with is now a little easier. The electric car company has quietly slimmed down its Model S range in the UK, pulling the all-wheel drive 85D, the perf...

Machine turns your Twitter posts into tasty cocktails
Ever wondered what your tweets would taste like if you could distill them into a drink? Probably not, but there's now a way to find out. Clément Gault and Koi Koi Design have whipped up Data Cocktail, an Arduino-powered machine that creates a...

'Final Fantasy IX' is now on iOS and Android
You could argue that Final Fantasy IX is the long-running series' high point. It's certainly the highest-rated Final Fantasy game on Metacritic, even if its sales and nostalgic value pale in comparison to Final Fantasy VII. Putting that argument asid...

Terabit satellites to supercharge remote internet access
Despite the growth of fiber and mobile networks, satellite broadband is now more important than ever. Google and Facebook already plan to beam internet connectivity to remote parts of the globe and airlines are in the process of upgrading their equip...

BioWare writer David Gaider to helm 'Baldur's Gate' series
When longtime BioWare writer David Gaider announced his departure from the studio, many wondered where he would end up next. The answer shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. He's joining Beamdog, a game developer and distributor best known for th...

Tribeca Film Festival wants to normalize VR for the masses
Genna Terranova wants virtual reality to feel "commonplace." That is, she wants to make it normal. Terranova, who serves as the director of the Tribeca Film Festival, thinks now is the time to break VR out of its headline-stealing sideshow and make i...

Paul McCartney wrote tiny songs for Skype's new animated emojis
Last fall, Skype took the emoji and sticker craze and ran with it, introducing a new animated emoticon the company simply called the "Moji." It's basically an animation coupled with an audio clip, and they launched with big content properties like Th...

Facebook eyes millimeter-wave wireless to power free internet
Despite a major setback in India, Facebook is still working on expanding its Free Basics service (part of internet.org) for developing nations. The company told the Verge that it's researching wireless networks that use extremely high-frequency milli...

MadCatz cutting a third of staff after 'Rock Band 4' flop
Peripheral maker Mad Catz has posted yet another disappointing financial report, sparking executive resignations and major layoffs. The filing is the first full quarter since Rock Band 4 was released last year, and the game helped sales increase to $...

ICYMI: Mind-controlled exosuit, a pancake study and more
Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers from The University of Melbourne are about to launch a clinical trial into whether paralyzed people can control an exoskeleton suit simply by thinking about moving. It functions thanks to an implanted dev...

Twitter's timeline option puts important tweets up top
Twitter is doing its best to make sure you see the best content in your timeline. At least that's what it's hoping it's doing with today's announcement of a new timeline option. The new feature drops what Twitter determines are the best tweets at the...

Gizmodo The Gadgets Weblog
Twitter Is Flatlining

Last quarter, Twitter had 320 monthly active users, virtually flat from the quarter before. That’s bad news, and if you look closer, it’s actually worse.

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Leading Scientific Institutions Agree to Share Zika Research Data
Credit: kaibara87/CC BY 2.0

Scientists are typically tight-lipped when it comes to their research, but desperate times call for desperate measures. In an effort to battle the ongoing Zika epidemic, a number of global health bodies—including academic journals, charities, and institutes—have committed to sharing data on the virus.

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I Just Watched My First Pewdiepie Video and Now I Feel Old and Irrelevant

Against my better judgment, I surrendered my credit card information to YouTube today so that I could watch the first episode of the first YouTube Red original series. It stars Pewdiepie, a Swedish man who’s become very rich and famous by playing video games on YouTube. Until today, I’d never watched one his videos.

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How Australian Grass Is Going to Make Condoms Better
Credit: Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland

Researchers at the University of Queensland have made a cool new discovery in the quest for better condoms. It turns out a component of spinifex, a coastal grass, could make condoms much, much thinner. Thinner is better.

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The Simple-But-Powerful Hoover Cyclonic Stick Vacuum Is Just $65 Today

This Hoover Cyclonic is the simple, cheap stick vacuum that all other simple, cheap stick vacuums aspire to be, and you can own it for just $65 today. I’ve owned this exact model for several years, and couldn’t be happier. [Hoover Cyclonic Stick Vacuum, $65]

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16 Great Unsung TV Shows of the Past Few Years That Everybody Should Watch

We’re living in a goddamn Golden Age of television. But there’s also way too much TV to keep track of, and a few shows get the lion’s share of attention. So here’s our list of 16 recent TV shows that haven’t gotten their props. Time to start binge-watching!

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A Producer Is Tweeting Descriptions of Women from Movie Scripts and It's Hilariously Awful

Ross Putman is a film producer with a few credits under his belt, and now he’s started a Twitter feed where he just tweets the initial descriptions of female main characters in the movie scripts he’s reading. It’s endlessly fascinating, and kind of garbage.

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How to Take Your Timeline Back from All of Twitter’s Weird Changes, Ads, and Promoted Tweets

Twitter has been on a tear making tons of changes that its users never asked for. From today’s new “best of” module , to promoted tweets, and “while you were away,” it’s all cruft to someone who just wants a clean stream to read. Here’s how to take your timeline back.

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Why Finding Gravitational Waves Would Be Such a Big Deal 
Why Finding Gravitational Waves Would Be Such a Big Deal 

This morning, the Internet erupted with rumors that physicists have finally observed gravitational waves; ripples in the fabric of spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago. While it isn’t the first time we’ve heard excited whispers about the elusive phenomena, the gossip feels more promising in light of the recently upgraded detector at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) that’s behind all the hubbub.

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These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures Look Like They've Stepped Right Out of the Cartoon

Bandai’s Figuarts line has made some truly fantastic figures—but these new ones based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon are some of their best.

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These 1989 Stamps Showcased the Amazing Lies of Future Space Travel

Back in olden times, people used what were called “postage stamps” to send “letters” to “friends” and relatives. Back in olden times people also believed that the US space program would expand exponentially, returning humans to the moon. These stamps from 1989 survive as an artifact of that vision.

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These Are Your Five Favorite Coffee Makers

People have strong opinions about coffee; who knew?! We received dozens of nominations for your favorite coffee maker, but only one can reign supreme. Check out the five final nominees below, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite.

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Now There's a Better Way to Image Crystals with X-Ray Lasers
Artist’s representation of X-rays passing through a crystal. Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

There is now a better way to image the internal structure of biological molecules at the atomic scale, using powerful x-ray lasers. This could eventually lead to important new innovations in clean energy technologies and drug development, among other uses.

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The IRS Says It Stopped a Hacker For Once

Somebody tried to hack into the IRS last month, but don’t worry because the tax man caught them. Nice!

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Your Stupid-Ass Typing Style Might Not Actually Be So Bad

Back in the olden days, most typists were trained to use all their fingers. That’s less of a concern now, leading to all sorts of self-taught typing styles. But as a new study shows, our lack of formal training—and our resistance to using all ten fingers—doesn’t mean we’re not proficient typists.

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The Harry Potter Play Will Become the Eighth Harry Potter Book in July

Good news for everyone who won’t be able to make it to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: the script for the play will be on sale July 31. That’s right after the official opening of the play. And on Harry’s birthday.

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The Purge: Election Year Could Be the Political Horror Movie We Desperately Need

When The Purge came out in 2013, I dismissed it as a ham-fisted parable of income inequality . The story of a future America where crime is legal for one night, and the rich use this fact to kill the poor for sport, it seemed almost too bludgeony. But The Purge: Anarchy was totally brilliant , and the third movie looks great too.

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The 8 Worst Kinds of Fictional Romances

Romance abounds in fiction—and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances , too. But sometimes a romance feels less like something that’s true to the characters and more like a plot device the writers threw in at the last moment. Here are eight kinds of romance that we don’t ever need to see again.

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Spy Chief Calls Gene Editing a Weapon of Mass Destruction 

Gene editing, like CRISPR, is a scientific breakthrough that may help cure diseases, prevent aging, and change humanity. According to the US intelligence community, it’s also a potential weapon of mass destruction.

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This Is the Drone That Iran Flew Over an American Aircraft Carrier

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a... yeti ? Nope, you got it right the second time. According to the US Navy, this is the Iranian drone that flew over the USS Harry S. Truman on January 12, 2016.

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