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Lack of Right-to-Repair Protections Is Even Screwing With the U.S. Military

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

A glaring lack of right-to-repair protections touches just about everyone, from consumers to farmers and independent repair shops. But a new op-ed explains how this form of corporate greed even impacts the United States military.Read more...

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People and Dogs Unite to Save Koalas From Australia's Horrific Bush Fires

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

The past few weeks of bush fires have created a nightmare in Australia. Smoke has clogged the Sydney skyline, and state governments have issued terrifying warnings essentially urging residents to flee or risk death.Read more...

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Infant Skeletons Wearing ‘Helmets’ Made of Other Children’s Skulls Stun Archaeologists

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Archaeologists in Ecuador have uncovered evidence of a previously undocumented funeral ritual, in which the heads of recently deceased infants were adorned with the skulls of other children. Scientists can only speculate as to the reasons why.Read m…

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PopSockets Has Gone Too Far

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

After years of calling PopSockets ugly eyesores, I get the appeal now. Earlier this year I upgraded to an iPhone XS Max and my Big Phone was a smidge too large for my hands. I grumbled, but it was surprisingly useful. Then when I lost my wallet on a…

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New Brain-Wave Study Shows How DMT Alters Our Consciousness

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Scientists have completed the first ever placebo-controlled investigation of the effects of the hallucinogen DMT on resting brain activity, according to a new study.Read more...

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Amazon and Google Gadgets Top Mozilla's 2019 Privacy Shit List

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Mozilla’s privacy report on gadgets has returned just ahead of the holidays to remind us that many high-demand devices and smart-tech gizmos are far, far creepier than they let on. And wouldn’t you know it, many of the most popular devices on the ma…

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Bitcoin's Carbon Footprint May Not Be As Massive As Previously Estimated

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Whether Bitcoin, an immaterial resource derived from hype and blind faith, will vanish into thin air is uncertain, but it will leave behind a dark cloud of carbon pollution. Cryptocurrency mining facilities use so much energy that the government of …

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Amazon Faces Heat From Senators Over Ring Doorbell Security Practices

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Citing the potential for sensitive footage “detailing the lives of millions of Americans” to fall into the hands of hackers and foreign spies, a group of a U.S. lawmakers are demanding to know more about how Ring, Amazon’s home security company, is …

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A DIY Dual-Screen Laptop That Doesn't Sacrifice the Keyboard Is My Perfect Portable

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

I rarely use an external monitor with my laptop for the simple fact that I don’t want to get used to all the extra screen space which isn’t available when I travel with my computer. My ideal solution to this problem would be exactly what Matt from Y…

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Uber Plans to Record Audio of Rides in the U.S.

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

A year and a half after Uber announced it was “getting serious about safety” as a response to the horrific deluge of reports about drivers committing murders and sexual assaults, the ride-share giant is planning a program that will record audio of r…

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Chinese State Media Runs Facebook Ad With Bill Gates Talking About How Great China Is Doing

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Xinhua News, China’s largest state-run news agency, is currently buying ads on Facebook that feature a video of Bill Gates talking about China. The video ad is a fascinating example of the ways in which the Chinese government is using Facebook, whic…

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Terrifying Camera App Flaw Left Millions of Android Phones Vulnerable to Spying

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Even if you’re diligent about app permissions, sometimes you just can’t predict how or when a bad actor will abuse them. This time around, a team of security researchers found a terrifying flaw with the Android camera apps that could let malicious a…

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Facebook Still Screwing Up This Whole Politics Thing Pretty Bad

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Facebook has continued to fumble efforts to extract itself from its self-imposed political nightmare, with the company seeing increasing backlash to both its political advertising policies and continuing to stonewall criticism of its choice to partn…

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Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellites Are Already Causing a Headache for Astronomers

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Astronomers at a Chilean observatory were rudely interrupted earlier this week when a SpaceX satellite train consisting of 60 Starlink satellites drifted overhead, in what scientists are apparently going to have to accept as the new normal. Read mor…

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Save Big on Wireless Charging Accessories Thanks to Today's Gold Box

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Wireless Charging and Accessory Gold Box | AmazonRead more...

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Indiana Supreme Court Sure Looks Skeptical That Taking a Police GPS Tracker Off Your Car Is Theft

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

The Indiana Supreme Court seemed dubious that a suspected Warrick County drug dealer who removed a hidden police tracker from his car should really be charged with theft, Ars Technica reported on Tuesday.Read more...

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Indian Government Asserts Widespread Digital Surveillance Powers After WhatsApp Hack

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

The Indian government has asserted sweeping powers to “intercept, monitor, or decrypt” any information that is “generated, transmitted, received, or stored” on any computer network in the country, per TechCrunch, and for purposes as vague as nationa…

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The New Funko Hollywood Is an Essential Pop Culture Destination

woensdag 20 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

We here at io9 love Funko Pops. We write about them. We buy them. We’ve talked about them being decimated. We’ve even made a pilgrimage to Funko Headquarters in Everett, Washington to visit the flagship store. That place is incredibly epic, as it sh…

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Conspiracy Theorists Are Less Angry Than the Rest of Reddit, Study Finds

dinsdag 19 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

The path to the million-member-strong league on Reddit’s r/conspiracy is paved with politics, toxicity, and tech culture, a sprawling study has found. From an eight-year sample ranging from 2007 to 2015, a team of Australian researchers compared 15,…

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DC Is Suing DoorDash Over Its Predatory Tip-Skimming Scheme

dinsdag 19 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

DoorDash is in deep shit over in DC over the controversial wage model it had in place for years that used customer tips to pay worker wages and inflate its bottom line.Read more...

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Bill Gates-Backed Startup Uses AI to Create Solar Rays Hot Enough to Melt Steel

dinsdag 19 november 2019 in Gizmodo (Gadgets)

Like a kid burning holes in their toys using a magnifying glass, solar furnaces essentially do the same thing on a much grander scale. The larger an array of reflectors you can build, the bigger the sun-focusing lens you get. But a new startup is pr…

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