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NFL Now is finally available on Apple TV
We knew that the National Football League's brand new online network would eventually come to the Apple TV. And now it's here. After not being a part of the NFL Now device lineup on launch day, Apple's streaming box is finally adding the video...
Sneaking weapons past body scanners is easier than you think
For a while now, folks have been discussing how Rapiscan backscatter X-ray machines used at various security checks can be easily duped. Since metal shows up as black shapes on the scan, it's quite easy to hide something on one's side, or attached to...
Vine finally lets you make clips based on your existing videos
If there has been a recurring gripe with Vine, it's that you've had to capture all your videos in Vine to share them -- you either had to record 6-second square clips or head elsewhere. You won't have to make that compromise any more, though. As of...
Wearable device stats prove it: you're not getting enough sleep
If you've ever groused that you don't get enough sleep, you now know that you're not alone -- far from it, in fact. The Wall Street Journal has provided a rare glimpse at the tracking data from hundreds of thousands of Jawbone Up wearers worldwide,...
US military bans staff from reading a site devoted to leaks
Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras launched their own news site, The Intercept, to post high-profile leaks without worrying about the hassles that can come with publishing through major media outlets. They don't have to worry that an outside editor...
Back to School 2014: The 11 best smartphones
If you're in the market for a new handset to accompany you on campus this fall, your timing's just right. You couldn't ask for a better selection of choices, and plenty of the phones in the gallery below are downright budget-friendly. That said, if...
Verizon wants a global, carrier-friendly Android app store
You may think that the Play Store is a fine place to get Android apps, but Verizon apparently isn't very happy with Google's dominance -- it wants carriers to have some control. Sources for The Information claim that Verizon is in early talks with...
Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
The Nook tablets were seriously under appreciated. And while Samsung certainly makes some nice devices, there's something a little sad about seeing the Nook name slapped on a rather generic looking slate from the Korean manufacturer. But it was...
Uber embeds itself in United, OpenTable and other major apps
Uber, the on-demand car startup that's apparently twice as valuable as SpaceX, apparently isn't satisfied with just one paltry mobile app. That's why it finally did what many Silicon Valley prognosticators thought it would: it launched a free API...
The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds
A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the source of the smoke is a bird which has inadvertently...
Barnes & Noble launches the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
Barnes & Noble has officially kicked off a new era -- one in which it doesn't manufacture its own tablets. The struggling book outlet announced last summer that it would work with other manufacturers going forward and Samsung is first in line. The...
UK tries to protect kids by rating music videos like movies
While David Cameron's broadband filters are doing an admirable job of shielding Britain's young eyes from adult content, the government reckons it can do more. That's why, as from October, it'll treat music videos like movies and begin placing age...
ZTE's camera-heavy mini flagship makes rare leap to the US
Chinese phone makers are smacking Samsung and others around right now, but it's still hard to find high-end, non-carrier-branded devices stateside. That said, ZTE -- which has quietly become the world's number five smartphone brand -- has just...
AT&T's gigabit internet beats Google Fiber to Silicon Valley
Well, this has to be awkward: the first company to bring gigabit internet to Silicon Valley isn't Google, it's AT&T. The telco's ultra-high speed U-verse service will land in Cupertino in a few months, meaning that Apple employees (or any other...
Twitter to delete photos of deceased upon family request
After saying it would take a more hands-on approach to bullying, Twitter will now remove images of deceased persons upon family request in "certain circumstances." That follows an atrocious instance of harassment, in which several users sent Zelda...
LG's Music Flow offers multi-room speakers controlled by a messaging app
LG has just announced a new range of wireless speakers, sound bar and network bridge called Music Flow, and by the looks of it, the company wants a piece of whatever action Sonos is getting. The system even comes with the Music Flow Player app that's...
Heartbleed blamed for Chinese theft of 4.5 million health records
Yesterday, Community Health Systems announced that Chinese hackers had managed to steal the healthcare records of 4.5 million of its customers. Now, security firm TrustedSec is claiming that the reason the information was swiped was because of the...
Tiny accelerometer adds motion detection to clothes and cheap phones
Imagine a shirt or pants that can detect movement and tell you if that golf swing was weak or that jump shot was a bit lacking. That's the biggest goal of a company called mCube: to have its new and really tiny accelerometer embedded in clothing,...
Ubisoft won't attempt an unlimited gaming service until EA proves it can work
It turns out Electronic Arts' Access program has at least one high-profile spectator: Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. The Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs company's head says that Ubisoft is keeping a keen eye on what that type of service can offer...
Brazilian judge tells Apple and Google to pull Secret from people's devices
Secret's app is ostensibly meant for office gossip and getting transgressions out of your system, but it has also been abused by bullies wanting to intimidate and shame others. Well, one Brazilian judge is fed up with that misuse -- enough so that...
GIFYouTube does exactly what its name implies
Not sure how to make an animated GIF? Don't worry, you don't have to learn a darn thing -- an unofficial web tool will do it for you. The website, simply named GIFYouTube, does exactly what it sounds like: it converts your favorite streaming video...
Xbox 360 HDD now comes in 500GB format, costs less than 320GB version
Been taking advantage of the Xbox 360's "Games with Gold" deal? You might be running out of hard drive space, and Microsoft knows it: it just updated the Xbox website with a teaser for a 500GB hard drive. At $110 it's still more expensive than PC...
See-through solar panels provide power and a killer view
While we've seen some pretty big advancements (and even bigger installations) in solar-energy collection lately, unless you're looking for privacy, one of the biggest light-catchers -- windows -- have to go largely under-utilized. Researchers at...
Discarded car batteries could become low-cost solar cells
It's great that manufacturers recover lead from discarded car batteries to use in new ones, since lead production from ores yields toxic residues. The problem is, when we shift from lead-acid to lithium-ion and other types of batteries (and we're...
Google search trends highlight America's digital divide
While the rest of us were out frolicking in the sun, The New York Times' Upshot blog spent the early part of the summer sussing out which counties in the United States were the easiest and hardest to live in. After a little extra prompting from...
Gizmodo The Gadgets Weblog
How Antiperspirant Works (And Who It Might Hurt)
You only need to walk down your supermarket's personal care aisle to understand how big of a business the selling of deodorant and antiperspirant has become in the US, totaling over $2 billion in U.S. sales last year alone. But do you know what's actually in the stuff you roll on (hopefully) every morning?
The Largest Alligator Ever Caught
Measuring 15 feet long and weighing in at a staggering 1,011.5 lbs, this giant alligator was pulled out of a river in Alabama on Saturday morning, becoming the largest ever caught. The woman who did so broke out her special pearl necklace to celebrate.
Skype Just Fixed the Single Most Annoying Thing About Notifications
Skype just announced a great new feature that should be part of every single app, plugin, or digital service you use: When you're actively Skyping, the app's notifications will only go to the device you're currently using. Why didn't this kind of setup become a universal standard, like, five years ago?
Upgrade to SSDs, 10TB of Storage, Save on iPad Airs [Deals]
By now, you should know that the Samsung 840 EVO is one of the best SSDs you can buy, and the 250GB model is only $119 today, and the 500GB model is down to $200, both the lowest prices Amazon has ever offered.
It's Shockingly Easy to Hide Guns and Bombs From Backscatter Scanners
The TSA's full-body scanners never seemed like a very good idea. They're a great way to unwittingly show your naked body to government officials
A Brilliant Device That Completely Reinvents Crutches
Modern crutches are still less than a century old, and dozens of designers have taken a stab at improving them. But while most attempts are variations on a familiar theme, one entry to James Dyson Foundation's annual Dyson Award proposes a solution that improves on even the best recent alternatives.
Will Autonomous Cars Kill the Traffic Light?
The first electric traffic light blazed to life a century ago this month, transforming the way our cities managed vehicular flow. But this icon of the automobile age could become a rarity on our American roads, thanks to the advent of autonomous cars.
Vine Now Lets You Upload Old Videos from Your Camera Roll
In typical Twitter fashion, Vine success has largely been attributed to its simplicity and spontaneity. And in typical Twitter fashion, Vine is also evolving in exciting ways. Namely, Vine now lets you turn old videos from your camera roll into six-second snippets of goodness. This is great news!
Less than two percent of the Hiroshima bomb's uranium actually detonated
Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction—and it was caused by less than two percent of the uranium carried by the bomb.
This Passive Exoskeleton Makes 36 Pounds Feel Like Nothing
You all remember the TALOS, right? That big cybernetic exosuit
New Crystal Clear Solar Cells Could Power Your Smartphone One Day
The idea of a completely transparent solar panel has always been a bit of a dream. Such revolutionary technology would mean that we could turn windows into power generators and build phones with self-charging screens. Well, guess what? That dream is becoming a reality.
CSI: Cyber Is Already Perfect When the First Episode Is "Kidnapping 2.0"
CBS is adding a new version of CSI to the mix, called CSI: CYBER, starring James Van Der Beek and Bow Wow (YEP). Bow Wow is on set today for his first day of filming, and revealed in a tweet that the first episode in the series is titled "Kidnapping 2.0." Emmy committee, do you read me?
Why We Still Have Bezels (But May Not For Long)
Yesterday, the first Sharp smartphone
Norway Arrests First Segway Drunk Driver
After lifting a ban on Segways last month, Norwegian officials have made its first arrest of a person driving their electric footbikething while intoxicated. A man was riding the dorkmobile erratically in central Oslo when he was pulled over.
Halt and Catch Fire Not Halted, Not on Fire, Will Be Back Next Year
io9 Are We On The Verge Of A Space Opera Resurgence?
io9 Are We On The Verge Of A Space Opera Resurgence?
ZTE's Cheap, Unlocked Smartphone Has Camera Cred To Spare
Cheap, unlocked phones are harder to come by in the U.S., but you're about to have at least one more option with ZTE's new Nubia 5S Mini LTE, which ships August 27 for $280.
Nook Reborn As a $180 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (Update: Hands On)
Itching for a new Nook tablet? Well, you are getting one either way! The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is here to rescue you from a Nookless existence
Bundle a Car Charger and Dash Mount Today for Just $13
In 2014, every car on the road should probably have two USB charging ports at the very minimum, and a good cradle to hold your phone at eye level when you use it as a GPS. If any of your vehicles don't meet these criteria, you can kill two birds with one stone for just $13 today.
7 Crazy Bikes That Almost Changed Cycling Forever
The history of cycling includes many innovations that failed to achieve popular or commercial success. The reasons for failure are many and various. But sometimes, even the wackiest-looking designs incorporated interesting ideas. Here's a selection of those concepts—most of which have at least one redeeming feature.
The Horrors of Unpoppable Bubble Wrap
There are few things in life more satisfying than a bubble wrap pop, the very definition of tension released. It follows, then, that bubble wrap that cannot be popped is the antithesis of satisfaction, a new form of pure tension, forged deep in the belly of Mount Cringe. It's also the perfect way to start the day.
The Easiest Way to Understand How Bad California's Drought Really Is
How Tornadoes Form
Ever wondered how we go from still air to swirling storm? In this video meteorologist—and storm chaser!—James Spann explains where tornadoes come from.
This Pen Is Beautiful Enough to Make Me Want to Write in Ink
This pen is smooth, sleek, beautiful; it's solid but gracious. And it's even called Nautilus. All things considered, it's enough to make me want to write something in ink instead of typing.
Google Patents a Less Obvious Tech-on-the-Inside Version of Glass
Google has come up with a way to make Google Glass (a little) more socially acceptable —by tucking the guts inside to hide the obvious parts out of view.