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When Are We Going to Get Mad at Google? When Are We Going to Get Mad at Google?

People love Google. It’s so useful! You can just type a few words into the search engine and then find loads of relevant websites—all for free. It’s not exactly free, of course. Google, like Facebook, offers free online services in exchange for the privilege to serve its users targeted ads. So, unless you’re using…

Netflix Apparently Wants to Buy Its Own Theaters, and That's Honestly a Good Idea Netflix Apparently Wants to Buy Its Own Theaters, and That's Honestly a Good Idea

Netflix wants to get into the movie theater business, according to a new report from The Los Angeles Times. Anonymous sources told the paper that the Los Gatos-based entertainment giant pursued a deal to buy the Mark Cuban-owned Landmark Theaters but ultimately backed out due to a high sale price. While it might sound…

How One Man Convinced a Staggering Number of People That Mark Zuckerberg Was Deleting Facebook How One Man Convinced a Staggering Number of People That Mark Zuckerberg Was Deleting Facebook

A couple years ago, Andrew Oleck wondered if he could make a viral video. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker had been freelancing and doing commercial work for a decade and wanted to branch out. It took a while, but on April 1, he released his first attempt at internet stardom: a three-minute satire, where Mark…

Apple May Be Making a Bunch of Cheap New iPhones Apple May Be Making a Bunch of Cheap New iPhones

Big news for lovers of the iPhone SE, a franken-gadget made of old Apple parts and billed as a more affordable iOS device: It appears that the budget iPhone lineup is finally going to get its first refresh two years after the original model hit the market. The announcement could come as early as WWDC in June. In fact,…

The New Cheap iPad Is All the iPad You Need The New Cheap iPad Is All the iPad You Need

It’s rare for Apple to make a reasonably priced product that is also excellent. The AirPods—love ‘em or hate ‘em—are an example of this happening. The new iPad is another. It’s good. It’s not great! But it’s probably all the iPad you need.

Nextdoor User Warns of Beer-Seeking 'Detective' That's Just Two Kids in a Trench Coat Nextdoor User Warns of Beer-Seeking 'Detective' That's Just Two Kids in a Trench Coat

Troubling news from the Bay Area. Kids there have evidently discovered that, if they combine themselves and hide in a trench coat, they can attempt to buy beer. Thankfully, a vigilant user of the hyperlocal social network platform Nextdoor was able warn us of the cunning ruse.

The Makers of the Frisbee Reinvented the Frisbee Because Nothing Is Holy The Makers of the Frisbee Reinvented the Frisbee Because Nothing Is Holy

61 years ago, the executives of Wham-O Inc. acquired the rights to a flying disk they called the Frisbee®. Now, the same company claims it’s reinvented the damn thing with a wobbly-looking toy called the Frisbee Sonic. It being 2018 and all, the new invention is being funded on Kickstarter. Oh, and I hate it.

Now Facebook Says It Shared the Data of ‘Up to 87 Million’ Users with Cambridge Analytica Now Facebook Says It Shared the Data of ‘Up to 87 Million’ Users with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook just revealed a frightening new figure for the number of users whose data was improperly shared by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. That number is now as high as 87 million. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie had previously said that more than 50 million people were affected. Now, according to…

Facebook Just Updated Its Terms and Data Policy—Good Luck Understanding It Facebook Just Updated Its Terms and Data Policy—Good Luck Understanding It

In what it presumably hopes will be seen as swift and stern action to inform and protect its users, Facebook announced new terms of service and a new data policy on Wednesday. Don’t worry, though, it’s not like the company has gone soft in his war on privacy. It’s just more explicitly copping to the stuff people are…

Sony's Glowing Bluetooth Speaker Didn't Take Me to the Club, Just Back to 1992 Sony's Glowing Bluetooth Speaker Didn't Take Me to the Club, Just Back to 1992

It’s unclear when the Sony Sports boombox became my must-have gadget, but I think it was around 1992. With its bright yellow case, the portable music machine could be spotted from across the pool like a big bright sign that screamed, “I am rugged and cool!” I wanted one for all the wrong reasons, and now, it’s strange…

Amazon Is the Post Office's Best Friend, No Matter What Trump Tweets Amazon Is the Post Office's Best Friend, No Matter What Trump Tweets

You don’t have to hate Donald Trump to know that he’s a liar. His latest series of tweets about Amazon swindling “the United States Post Office” is particularly deceptive. You can tell, because his latest tweet starts with the phrase, “I am right.” Trump is not right. The Postal Service is actually best buddies with…

The First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Looks Like It Broke Off an Alien Mothership The First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Looks Like It Broke Off an Alien Mothership

The plan to 3D-print a bridge in mid-air was always bonkers. How could a technology best known for creating flimsy prototypes and personalized action figures be used for permanent construction projects? Well, the team at MX3D in Amsterdam just answered all of the hard questions and revealed it: the world’s first…

Apple Finally Talked Me Into Buying an iPad Apple Finally Talked Me Into Buying an iPad

For the longest time, the iPad was Apple’s big boring thing. It never lived up to its promise to revolutionize media and save magazines. It didn’t really change the way we play mobile games. It certainly didn’t seem like a good investment. For the first eight years of the iPad’s existence, my primary exposure to it…

The FCC Just Gave SpaceX the Go-Ahead to Build a Space Internet The FCC Just Gave SpaceX the Go-Ahead to Build a Space Internet

It looks like we may have a winner in America’s great internet space race. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just authorized SpaceX to launch its broadband satellite service, Starlink. That means Americans could be accessing the internet from space as early as 2019. We’ll literally just be pointing our…

This Rusty Old Shipyard Might Be the Greenest Place in Europe This Rusty Old Shipyard Might Be the Greenest Place in Europe

AMSTERDAM—Walking into De Ceuvel feels a bit like walking into a post-apocalyptic utopia. A dozen or so houseboats litter the ground around a gathering place, where a rusted hull has been cut in half and converted into benches. Slanted solar panels pepper the rooftops of structures built out of recycled materials, all…

Don’t Use a Nest Doorbell to Raise Your Kids Don’t Use a Nest Doorbell to Raise Your Kids

Nest just released a new ad, and let me tell you: there are some issues with the content. So you see this teenage girl in a prom dress ring a Nest doorbell, and a teen couple walk out the front door. The two girls walk to a car, as a low robotic voice beckons the boy and proceeds to give him a fatherly speech about…

The FTC Is Finally Investigating Facebook The FTC Is Finally Investigating Facebook

For a long time it seemed like Facebook and its corral of code-cowboys were untouchable. That illusion has evaporated in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and now, Facebook is officially the target of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation. It’s about damn time, am I right?

Why We Finally Feel Betrayed by Facebook Why We Finally Feel Betrayed by Facebook

This week was full of startling, scary news about how carelessly Facebook treated user data, and how Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy previously led in part by Steve Bannon, abused access to that data, possibly for Trump’s presidential campaign. The news was all but obvious to those who follow the company…

The Best Security Camera for Most People

Now that the world is so full of uncertainty, you might consider buying a wireless security camera. They’re cheaper and easier-to-use than ever, and some even have mind-bending features like facial recognition. There are also about a million options to choose from. But worry not. Gizmodo is here to help.

Dumb Smoke Alarm Recalled Because It Can't Even Detect Smoke Dumb Smoke Alarm Recalled Because It Can't Even Detect Smoke

If you own a Kidde smoke detector, you might want to inspect it. The company just issued a recall on nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that, sadly, did not detect smoke. The Kidde PI2010 and the Kidde PI9010 are the models affected by the recall.

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