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Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

It sounded a little slippery last week, when Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads. It was, in fact, very slippery. Facebook just admitted that Portal is completely capable of collecting…

The Twisted Truth About Sears and the American Dream The Twisted Truth About Sears and the American Dream

Everyone’s favorite refrigerator store, Sears, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday. This wasn’t a big surprise. Sears has closed over a thousands stores in the last decade, and the company plans to close 142 of the 700 stores that still remain in its attempt to chip away at the $5.6 billion in debt plaguing the…

How to Do Everything But Delete Your Facebook Profile  How to Do Everything But Delete Your Facebook Profile 

In the immediate aftermath of today’s news that hackers had access to the personal information of about 30 million Facebook users, I got a notification on the top of my own Facebook Timeline. “Update on Security Incident,” it read. Yeah, I was one of the unlucky 30-or-so million. This prompted some rage-deleting.

Chromecast Is Bumming Me Out Chromecast Is Bumming Me Out

Google quietly released a new Chromecast device at its big event this week. And by quietly, I mean the company didn’t mention it at all. It was just sitting in the bottom of the bag that someone gave me when I left the venue. But hey, it’s new and it’s nice-looking. It’s just a bummer Google still hasn’t made…

Did Google Finally Fix the Smart Home?

The Home Hub appeared at this week’s Made by Google event like a dessert you forgot to order. Sure, there were plenty of rumors that Google would announce its own touchscreen-enabled Home device. But after spending just a few minutes with the thing, I realized what a treat it might be. This little hub might be the…

How Swarms of Super Intelligent Drones Are Taking Over Live Entertainment

Concerts can be boring. Typically, you’ve got an artist on stage singing songs and stuff, and then a bunch of spotlights beaming columns of color through some fake smoke. But something new is on the horizon, and it’s equal parts creepy and futuristic.

We're Liveblogging the Google Pixel 3 Event Right Here We're Liveblogging the Google Pixel 3 Event Right Here

As is the custom, Google’s big hardware day is here, and there have been so many leaks about the new Pixel phone, it practically feels like we’ve used it. Heck, some people say they’ve already bought one. But don’t let a few leaks spoil the fun. There are still bound to be some surprises.

My Dream of Wearing Motorized Shoes Was More Painful Than Expected

It was always a weird ambition of mine to own shoes that would turn into little electric cars at the flip of a switch. Probably a lazy one. So I jumped at the chance to try Razor’s Turbo Jetts. They’re like the advanced version of Heelys that I wanted when I was 11 years old. I’m much older now, and so naturally, I…

The Logitech Crayon Is a Great iPad Stylus for Kids. Artists? Not So Much The Logitech Crayon Is a Great iPad Stylus for Kids. Artists? Not So Much

There was a small splash of enthusiasm when Logitech recently announced that the $70 Crayon, a more affordable “digital pencil” originally only for education customers, would be available to all iPad users. Calling it a “pencil” is problematic, though. It can’t do all the same things as a $100 Apple Pencil. And…

Major Complaints About the iPhone XS Are Stacking Up Major Complaints About the iPhone XS Are Stacking Up

It wouldn’t be an iPhone launch without a small army of hand-wringing Apple fans complaining about their expensive new phones on the internet. This year is no exception, and forums are filling up with reports of issues with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. None of the problems are particularly catastrophic. At least…

Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done. Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done.

Facebook just reported a massive data breach. Nearly 50 million accounts were affected by the breach, though it remains unclear whether the accounts were misused or if personal data was accessed. My account might be one of those affected. I know this, because when I went to check, Facebook had logged me off. At which…

The iPhone XS Is Forever The iPhone XS Is Forever

I’m sick of buying iPhones. For the past decade, I’ve been buying them and loving them and breaking them and losing them and replacing them and, when September comes along, upgrading them. Last year, it cost me over $1,200 to get an iPhone X, and against my better judgment, I’m very seriously considering spending even…

This Is the iPhone Xs You Should Buy This Is the iPhone Xs You Should Buy

The iPhone Xs will be available for preorder in just a few short hours on September 14th. While we haven’t had the chance to actually review the thing yet, we’re pretty sure a lot of people have already made up their minds that it’s time for a new phone.

Master & Dynamic's New Truly Wireless Earbuds Thump Master & Dynamic's New Truly Wireless Earbuds Thump

Sound quality on truly wireless earbuds can seem like a bit of an afterthought. After all, most people just want these things not to fall out of their ears. But Master & Dynamic’s new MW07 truly wireless earbuds do a few new interesting things. Not only do they feel good and look great. They sound like an expensive…

Everything Apple Announced Today Everything Apple Announced Today

Another iPhone day is now behind us, and even the most skeptical Apple fans might be asking themselves, “Was that it?!” We got three new iPhones and a new Apple Watch. That’s it.

Our Apple iPhone Event Liveblog Is Right Here

The triple threat iPhone day is upon us, and boy does it feel like a lot of information. This year, it looks like Apple will announce three new iPhone models as well as a slew of other product upgrades. There’s also a strong chance that something or several things will involve the color gold.

The UE Boom 3 Is Good Redesign at Its Best The UE Boom 3 Is Good Redesign at Its Best

One of my first Gizmodo stories was about Logitech getting serious about design. It was published a few weeks after the company released the first UE Boom, which we would eventually decide was the best Bluetooth speaker you could buy. At the time, I wondered how that little beast would evolve in the years to come. Now…

Sony Continues to Drink Bose's Milkshake Sony Continues to Drink Bose's Milkshake

If you listen to what Sony says, you could assume that the third generation of the Sony 1000X wireless headphones is all about better noise canceling. This wouldn’t be a wrong assumption. The company managed to make its famous noise-cancelling headphones cancel even more noise. But what caught my attention is how much…

Why Every TV Needs a Soundbar 

Soundbars are a relatively new invention. The 5.1 surround sound setup—one left speaker, one center, one right, and two rear—used to be the most popular way to improve your home theater’s audio, and it tended to be pretty expensive. Then, in 1998, Altec-Lansing released the world’s first soundbar and changed the way…

The DJI Mavic 2 Is Our New Favorite Drone The DJI Mavic 2 Is Our New Favorite Drone

The idea behind the DJI Mavic promises that any adventurer can take professional-grade aerial photography with a compact drone. That’s probably why the company called the original model the Mavic Pro, even though the drone had its shortcomings. With the Mavic 2 series, however, that proposition gets more interesting…

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