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Back in January we stumbled across one of the most exciting iPhone accessories we've seen in years. FLIR took the thermal imaging technology it sells to law enforcement and the military and squeezed it down into a compact iPhone 5/5S case called the...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus....
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Good news for vaporized water fans everywhere: MIT researchers have developed a disc-shaped material structure that generates steam using solar power. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The New Yorker debuted a breezy redesign of its website today, part of a larger overhaul of print and digital offerings that the publication has been rolling out over the last six months. But perhaps even more exciting is the fact that the magazine's...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The Google Maps app has proved invaluable for the intrepid urban explorer to navigate the city. Now a new update for iOS and Android can provide specific contextual details about what's around you depending on your location, time of day, and even the...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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You might not believe me, but I was kind of a nerd when I was a kid. My family lived out in the mountains, miles away from anyone my age, so I spent my days buried in books and playing with my rock collection. Then, the summer before I started kindergarten,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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On a recent trek to Minnesota to visit family and do a bit of research on experimental cities, I knew exactly where the soundtrack for my journey around the state would be coming from: 89.3 FM, The Current. I discovered some great new music while listening...
From: Gizmodo | By: Matt Novak | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Do you ever have flashbacks to that middle school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead simple but super...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration has been dragging its heels on drafting drone regulations, lots of people are confused about, where it's okay to fly their small aircraft. Using OpenStreetMap and government data, the wizards at MapBox created an interactive...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Tracking the lightning quick development of modern cities is easy with Google Street View , but a big new project aims to provide context for the past 1,000 years of urban evolution in Venice, Italy. The Venice Time Machine will digitize and catalog...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jordan Kushins | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Apple is seriously talking to payments-industry companies about debuting a mobile wallet, according to a report from The Information. Executives are at least considering a fall release date, and are discussing hardware security features. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The search for extraterrestrial life begins, often enough, on Earth. In this case, it's an Alaskan glacier, where the robot VALKYRIE is proving its ice-chomping abilities in a field test. VALKYRIE is supposed to one day land on Jupiter's moon, Europa,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Here's the thing about drones—and really any machine that flies: If something goes wrong, it will fall to the ground. And if you are in the way, it will hurt you . That's why DJI is rolling out a new feature called DropSafe to ensure that a falling...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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There is perhaps no unfinished skyscraper more infamous than Torre de David , a 45-story shell of a building that has informally housed about 5,000 Venezuelans since 2007 . Now the property that has become known as the world's tallest slum is being acquired...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Radio telescopes, which you may remember Jodie Foster intently listening to for signs of alien life in Contact, pluck out radio waves from far away space. Ordinary communications satellite dishes also pick up radio waves, but of manmade origin. So hmm,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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There are lots of different kinds of love out there, but perhaps none more pure than between people and their favorite books. You could keep a copy of your one and only out at all times, prominently placed on a shelf at home, or you could spring for...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jordan Kushins | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The designers at Studio Kuadra have deconstructed the iconic cuckoo clock for this amusing new timepiece that introduces a pair of bird watchers, obsessively hoping to catch a glimpse of the cuckoo in a nearby tree at the top of the hour.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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You may have heard that Voyager 1 has exited the Solar System. And that it hasn't. This is a chronicle of that probe's greatest journey in headlines, including a few of our own.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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When Valve first announced its controller for the Steambox, it was a weird little dude with strange, small buttons and a touchscreen . And for as weird as it was, it was kind of great . Then it lost the touchscreen for standard buttons and a D-pad ....
From: Gizmodo | By: Eric Limer | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Back in college I took an undergrad law course that devoted a day to looking at silly old laws that were still on the books. One of the laws stated that it was illegal to serve margarine in any Wisconsin restaurant without also offering customers butter....
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Despite the well-documented foibles of autocorrect, it actually is pretty good at turning my gibberish touch typing into comprehensible if profanity-free prose. For that, we have a man by the name of Bill Vaginal to thank. Erh, I mean Vignola. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Here is the most fun way to make bread: Prepare a massive pile of dough, brightly colored with natural dyes; cut off a small section and flatten it out; place that pizza-like sheet on top of an industrial-strength blower and watch it inflate into a toasty,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jordan Kushins | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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There are lots of reasons to tackle a climbing wall at your local gym: it's great exercise, it can improve your hand-eye coordination, and it helps instill useful mountaineering skills should you ever find yourself trapped on a cliff. But researchers...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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We have discussed Active Protection Systems many times before, but it is another thing seeing one work operationally. The video below depicts a Merkava IV tank being fired on in Gaza by an RPG, with Trophy intercepting and destroying the explosive projectile...
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Sitting is undeniably one of the comfiest ways to arrange your body. Almost as good as lounging, really, and just short of "dangling worry-free from hammock." But it has acquired a very bad rap over the past few years. A bad rap it doesn't quite deserve.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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In the midst of updating its operating system to Yosemite, Apple seems to also have some hardware refreshes in mind. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, sources say that Apple is planning a smaller Macbook (12-inch diagonally) with a high resolution...
From: Gizmodo | By: Darren Orf | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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If you're prone to breaking sunglasses just hours after you've bought them, hold off on ordering a bunch of replacements in bulk until you can try the I-Ultra sunglasses from Italia Independent. They're made of stiff but forgiving rubber—everything...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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With its forthcoming Space Launch System, NASA hopes to send astronauts farther into space than it ever has ever before—to Mars and beyond. And when the first crew does leave to make interplanetary history, they'll do so aboard these rocket engines.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Tarantola | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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These Bluetooth headphones have fantastic reviews, 15 hours of battery life, playback controls, and a folding band. An absolute steal at $33. [Mpow Bluetooth Headphones, $33 with code MPOWAPTX]Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Shep McAllister, Commerce Team | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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They're a cheaper and often less stressful way to get around a big city, but compared to a car, bikes kind of suck when it comes to hauling cargo. A trailer certainly helps if you're willing to put in the extra effort needed to haul it, but there's now...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Today I found out "Pong" was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn't intended to be released as a consumer product.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Daven Hiskey - Today I Found Out | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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As we all prepare our brains and twitter feeds for the unstoppable flood of comics and entertainment news that will pour out of San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced some news in the quiet before the storm. Now, for 99 cents, readers can gain access...
From: Gizmodo | By: Darren Orf | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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More like wanker's paradise: Rapper and hairstyle pioneer Coolio is releasing his new music through Pornhub in a bold new plan to change online music distribution forever. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Nanomotors are an amazing feat of engineering: tiny gold rods less than a micrometer long, powered by ultrasonic waves to spin at crazy-fast speeds . How fast? Scientists just figured out a way to measure, and it's astonishing: 150,000 RPM, ten times...
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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You've probably heard about Netflix peering issues recently, the pissing contest between Netflix and ISPs arguing over who should pay who for what, with us poor binge-watchers caught in the crossfire. But at the heart of all the arguments is mundane...
From: Gizmodo | By: Eric Limer | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Refusing to let little things like a lack of widespread internet/food access get in its way, everyone's favorite warmongering-dictatorship-that-could has just launched its very own cooking website. Say hello to North Korea's uncanny online food valley.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ashley Feinberg | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Amazon Prime Music catalog has been expanded by hundreds of thousands of songs, including some previous glaring absences. Time to get your Kendrick Lamar and David Guetta on.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mario Aguilar | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Anyone who's spent any amount of time playing Tetris knows how vital the straight line pieces are. And that's why it seems almost absurd that Monarch decided to omit them from its new Tetris-shaped Totris tater tots. In a pinch you could probably use...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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We've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Touchscreens are fine for solving puzzles and flinging birds, but for action-based mobile games nothing will ever beat a physical controller in hand. The makers of the FC30, a Bluetooth controller that paid homage to the original Nintendo Famicom, are...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of Apple's operating system, won't launch until the fall, but if you're interested in trying out its new features now , you can sign up for Apple's public beta today. The beta was previously limited to developers and...
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Amazon is back with another great Gold Box for anyone looking to build or improve their PC. Whether you're starting from scratch with a motherboard or processor, or just upgrading your mouse or router, there are some great deals to pick from.Read more......
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Last week, we asked you which dead or long-ignored website you'd love to see dusted off and brought back to life. You answered the call—all 433 of you who commented—and the result was a veritable tour of the best sites of the 90s and early 2000s....
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Not for the first time, William Shatner found himself embarking upon a brave mission into the unknown. His destination this time? Facebook's trial of the Mentions app, designed to help the famous super-followed keep on top of their social media presence.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Gary Cutlack -- Gizmodo UK | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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That blotch on the man's arm there isn't a bruise from where he was restrained by the police last night, it's a digital tattoo. A thin electronic film that sticks on and lets you securely unlock your phone with a tap of your arm, neck or wherever you...
From: Gizmodo | By: Gary Cutlack -- Gizmodo UK | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Sam Van Aken discovered that an old New York state orchard—with varieties of stone fruit 200 years old—was about to be abandoned in 2008. He bought it to save those species but also to experiment: Grafting from the existing trees he created the magical...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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I don't know which Avengers character I would love playing the most in this game. Would it be Iron Man so I get to use his crazy ass suit? Thor, for his long locks and hammer? Captain America's super shield? Ah, who am I kidding, it'd definitely be The...
From: Gizmodo | By: Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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CineFix has cooked up a list showing off the top 10 movie stunts of all time. They're all fantastic and involve groundbreaking scenes where actors fight and jump off buildings, stuntmen fly, cars flip over and everyone defies death. They're all ridiculous...
From: Gizmodo | By: Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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After years of rumors, Amazon's first smartphone is finally, finally here. It's unique, it's can be fun, it's a pretty decent phone. And you can do better.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Eric Limer | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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PSFK reports on quite possibly the best idea since "Simpson and Son's Revitalizing Tonic." A wine inspired by two of the 20th century's most profile cultural icons. Homer Simpson and Pieter Mondrian. Read more......
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