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This Smart Soundbar Is an Ugly Attempt at an Interesting Idea This Smart Soundbar Is an Ugly Attempt at an Interesting Idea

Smart soundbars are an interesting idea. They’re like smart speakers, except they work with your TV, so you can use your voice like a remote control. Neat! In January, Polk wowed CES attendees with its new Command Bar. Put bluntly, this smart device is a big honking soundbar with an Amazon Echo Dot stuffed inside of…

Strangers From Hell, Fungal Acne, MacBook Pro, and Magic Leap: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

July 2018 is nearly out the door, and it’s certainly been a long one, ladies and gentlemen. In this era of the 24-hour news cycle, here are some things you may not have remembered happened just weeks ago:

Amazon Studios Will No Longer Let Audiences Vote on Which Pilots They Want to See Developed Amazon Studios Will No Longer Let Audiences Vote on Which Pilots They Want to See Developed

Amazon is ending its policy of letting viewers vote on which TV pilot episodes they would like to become full-length series, announcing at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Saturday that it was ending the crowdsourcing portion of its original content program.

Samsung's Giantest Giant TV Could Be Coming to Homes Next Year Samsung's Giantest Giant TV Could Be Coming to Homes Next Year

At CES 2018, Samsung showed off “The Wall,” a 146-inch 4K TV that uses MicroLED display technology to make TVs larger than anything currently available. According to a report from the Korea Herald, Han Jong-hee, president of Samsung’s visual display business, claimed a consumer version of The Wall is on the way, and…

All of Saturday's Spectacular New Trailers and News From San Diego Comic-Con 2018 All of Saturday's Spectacular New Trailers and News From San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Saturday is always a huge day at Comic-Con, and this year was no exception, as Warner Bros. came to rule the roost with an earth-shattering Hall H panel, including trailers for Aquaman, Godzlla, Shazam, and more. But that wasn’t all—as ever, there was so much news, and io9 is here to help you catch up on anything you…

All of Friday's News, Trailers, and More From San Diego Comic-Con 2018 All of Friday's News, Trailers, and More From San Diego Comic-Con 2018

You guys, so much happened at Comic-Con yesterday I’m not even sure I know what’s going on anymore. What is time? What is space? What is existence? I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I do have every bit of news, trailers, and all the rest of io9's coverage of everything that happened during Comic-Con day…

The Truth Is Somewhere in the History Channel's UFO Conspiracy Drama Project Blue Book The Truth Is Somewhere in the History Channel's UFO Conspiracy Drama Project Blue Book

In Project Blue Book, Game of Thrones’ Aiden Gillen plays a skeptical investigator of all things alien. But as this first trailer for the Hstory Channel’s new drama series shows, it turns out that deep down, he wants to believe.

Open Channel: What TV Shows That You Now Love Did You Nearly Miss Out On? Open Channel: What TV Shows That You Now Love Did You Nearly Miss Out On?

In a world where there is just so much good TV to watch, it’s basically impossible to get in on the ground floor with every show you could potentially love. Hell, it’s hard enough trying to keep up with more than a few shows at a time! So sometimes we don’t come to a show we end up loving to bits until well after the…

A Creepy New Castle Rock Trailer Teases More About This Totally-Not-Pennywise Guy A Creepy New Castle Rock Trailer Teases More About This Totally-Not-Pennywise Guy

Welcome to Castle Rock, a town embroiled in mystery, balloons and long stares. The latest trailer for Hulu’s Stephen King saga adds to the mystery and hypes Bill Skarsgård’s character, but continues to leave the plot on the cutting room floor. What exactly is going on here?

Archie Is Getting Another Relaunch—and a New Creative Team Archie Is Getting Another Relaunch—and a New Creative Team

Three years to the month that Archie was radically re-invented with a hip, modern style, Riverdale’s finest is in for some changes again. And one of those changes is bringing with it a new creative team, in the form of Nick Spencer and Marguerite Sauvage. Plus, new television projects are in the works.

AT&T Is Jacking Up the Price of Its DirecTV Now Streaming Service By $5 a Month AT&T Is Jacking Up the Price of Its DirecTV Now Streaming Service By $5 a Month

AT&T is increasing the price of DirecTV Now, its subscription streaming service, by $5 a month effective August, Cordcutters News, CordCutters and Engadget reported this weekend. That brings the price of the package to $40 per month for basic service and $75 per month for extended offerings.

Sonos Beam Is a Great Smart Soundbar for Not Too Much Money Sonos Beam Is a Great Smart Soundbar for Not Too Much Money

People who own Sonos speakers love their Sonos speakers. I’m one of them. In the three to four years that I’ve been living in the Sonos ecosystem, however, one big complaint was that I couldn’t use Sonos for my TV unless I barfed up $700 for the Sonos Playbase or Playbar. Now, with the $400 Sonos Beam, I can run a 5.1…

Best of Gizmodo: The EU's Bad New Copyright Law, Microsoft's ICE Contract, and Comic-Con 2018 Best of Gizmodo: The EU's Bad New Copyright Law, Microsoft's ICE Contract, and Comic-Con 2018

The bad news: The European Union is moving forward with its potentially disastrous new Copyright Directive, a law that could have potentially sweeping repercussions for how open the internet remains—and yes, that means the continentals might be coming for your memes. The good news: There’s still time to kill it.

A Handy Guide to All the Star Wars Projects That Are Potentially in the Works Right Now A Handy Guide to All the Star Wars Projects That Are Potentially in the Works Right Now

As you might be surprised to hear, there’s a bit of Star Wars drama going on right now (this franchise? Drama? Well I never!), with rumors swirling that a whole bunch of Star Wars spinoffs are allegedly on hold as Lucasfilm refocuses its future plans for the galaxy far, far away. So what do we actually know is on the…

Alexa Is a Pretty Crappy TV Remote, for Now Alexa Is a Pretty Crappy TV Remote, for Now

Plenty of companies want to build the centerpiece for tomorrow’s smart home. Amazon has a head start, too. Tens of millions of Americans now own Echo devices, and Alexa now has tens of thousands of skills. Adding a voice assistant to any TV, I’ve always thought, could be a game changer. And now, Amazon’s Fire TV Cube…

Marvel Television's Co-Head, Jim Chory, Leaves His Post Marvel Television's Co-Head, Jim Chory, Leaves His Post

This could be a big shakeup: Jim Chory, the co-lead of Marvel Television, has left the company.

Apple Manages to Snag Oprah Winfrey to Make Shows, Possibly for Subscription Video Service Apple Manages to Snag Oprah Winfrey to Make Shows, Possibly for Subscription Video Service

Tech giant Apple has scored a huge victory in its $1 billion original programming push, signing a multiyear deal with host and media magnate Oprah Winfrey to produce as-of-yet unspecified streaming content. According to the Wall Street Journal, the signing of Winfrey is expected to play into its long-rumored launch of…

Pro-Trump Media Dude Reportedly Has an Offer Even Roseanne Could Refuse Pro-Trump Media Dude Reportedly Has an Offer Even Roseanne Could Refuse

Roseanne Barr, far-right conspiracy theorist and eponymous star of ABC’s Roseanne, imploded in an entirely predictable fashion this week when she sent out a racist tweet about former President Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and later blamed Ambien. In the space of less than a day, ABC terminated the rebooted…

Hulu Scrambles to Pull All Reruns of Roseanne After Star's Racist Tweet Hulu Scrambles to Pull All Reruns of Roseanne After Star's Racist Tweet

The torturous situation caused by TV star and far-right conspiracy theorist Roseanne Barr, whose 90s-era show Roseanne was revived for 2018 in some kind of horribly misguided effort to appeal to Donald Trump supporters, culminated in a predictable implosion this week. Barr—who has been tweeting for months about the …

Defeating The Thinker Was the Least Interesting Thing About Last Night's Flash Finale Defeating The Thinker Was the Least Interesting Thing About Last Night's Flash Finale

And here we are, at the end of an uneven season of The Flash with a suitably uneven finale episode. For all the talk that Clifford DeVoe was going to be a villain unlike anything Barry and the crew had faced before, the Thinker’s arc in season four has been a total slog—but last night’s Flash not only finished his…

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