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Indoor Virtual Skydiving Is Cool—But It Just Made Me Want to Jump Out of a Plane for Real

I rarely turn down the chance to try something new or strange. Reptile expo with live demos? Sounds great. Monster truck rally? Yea, why the hell not. Vape show in town? Sure, I’ll check it out. Indoor virtual reality skydiving? I AM THERE. Who cares that “indoor virtual reality skydiving” as a concept doesn’t make a…

Calling All Scumrats, Our Star Wars: Most Wanted Book Club Begins Today! Calling All Scumrats, Our Star Wars: Most Wanted Book Club Begins Today!

A few weeks ago we promised you we’d be reading Star Wars: Most Wanted together and, well, here we are. By now, you should have had time to see Solo and pick up a copy of Most Wanted so you could read along with us. Each week, we’ll be discussing three chapters over in The Carbonite Freezer, our dedicated Star Wars…

Group FaceTime Is Finally a Thing Group FaceTime Is Finally a Thing

In a move that will surely please parents and grandparents around the world, Apple has finally announced group FaceTime functionality for iOS. In iOS 12, you’ll finally be able to FaceTime with up to 31 of your closest friends.

Watch: Star Wars' Han Solo and Luke Skywalker Should Totally Kiss

Solo: A Star Wars Story has gotten some shippers psyched about “Hando,” or the pairing between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). But Gizmodo social editor Joe Tonelli has another ship in mind. On the latest episode of Total Shipshow, Tonelli shares why “SkySolo” would be a great…

Join Our Book Club and Read Star Wars: Most Wanted With Us Join Our Book Club and Read Star Wars: Most Wanted With Us

Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, io9 has a fabulous Star Wars Facebook group called The Carbonite Freezer. The group has been a great deal of fun so far, with people sharing their own Star Wars creations, thoughts, and suggestions about which pieces of the EU to dive into (or avoid). Most recently, though,…

Watch Live: Westworld Just Dropped a Ton of Theory Fodder on Us Watch Live: Westworld Just Dropped a Ton of Theory Fodder on Us

We’re only three episodes into Westworld’s second season and honestly, things just keep getting more mysterious (or maybe just confusing). I join Beth Elderkin live on Facebook to talk through what’s going on in “Virtù e Fortuna” and try to parse through some of the top theories the internet has to offer.

Watch Live: Theoryworld, Home of io9's Finest Westworld Conspiracies Watch Live: Theoryworld, Home of io9's Finest Westworld Conspiracies

Another episode of Westworld, another bunch of tantalizing clues and an even greater number of questions. This week on “Reunion” we met some new characters, while other characters found themselves together for the first time in a long time.

My Journey to the Vape Industry's Bleeding Edge

In recent years, vaping has come into its own as a hobbyist community, cigarette-quitting alternative, and industry. There’s a vape or vape product for just about every type of smoker or vaper. From people who want to recreate the tight draw and high nicotine content of a cigarette, to the famed cloud-chasers and…

AirDrop Is Your iPhone’s Most Underrated Tool AirDrop Is Your iPhone’s Most Underrated Tool

For all the complaints you can levy against Apple—user-hostile repair and upgrade practices, The Great Slowdown, removing the headphone jack—there remains an undeniable truth: Overall, the user experience you get from using Apple’s devices is simply better than anything else. And this is doubly true if you stay within…

'We Like To Start The Engine' And Other Very Excellent Eurobeat Lyrics 'We Like To Start The Engine' And Other Very Excellent Eurobeat Lyrics

I was having one of those mornings where the coffee was weak, the office was empty, and I had stayed up too late last night watching private jet flights on YouTube. I needed a pick-me-up, something to inspire me to do the work that I do here—which is try to get you all to click on The Cars Blogs on Jalopnik’s Facebook…

What's the Most Desperate Thing You've Done to Get Online? What's the Most Desperate Thing You've Done to Get Online?

Blustery days like today are a good reminder that when the power goes out and you’re at home in the dark, the loneliness creeps in fast. And when you’re lonely, nothing makes you feel better (and worse) than Logging On.

What Are the Best Hidden Features in Tech? What Are the Best Hidden Features in Tech?

Technology—the breaker of chains, the breaker of backs. It is everything both right and wrong with humanity today. But today, I want to focus on the good side of things, specifically the small things developers might have put into a product that, if you dig around long enough, turn out to be surprisingly useful.

Calling All Scruffy Nerf Herders Calling All Scruffy Nerf Herders

Hey, just a heads up! The discussion thread for Chapter One of Leia, Princess of Alderaan is up on The Carbonite Freezer. Join the group and come chat!

We're Reading Leia, Princess of Alderaan—Come Join Us! We're Reading Leia, Princess of Alderaan—Come Join Us!

Hey, hi, hello! I hope you’re doing well. I just wanted to send a quick dispatch from the Carbonite Freezer (io9's Star Wars Facebook group). Now that everyone has stopped screaming so much about The Last Jedi, we’re trying to find something to occupy our time while avoiding thinking too much about whatever is going…

Holdo Rules Holdo Rules

Everything in the theater went silent.

These Tintype Photos of Star Wars Toys Will Make You Nostalgic on Multiple Levels These Tintype Photos of Star Wars Toys Will Make You Nostalgic on Multiple Levels

With The Last Jedi rapidly approaching, everyone’s been thinking not only of the future of Star Wars, but also of its past.

Robovacs Are Terrible, and a Bad Gift Idea Robovacs Are Terrible, and a Bad Gift Idea

Listen to me, no one needs a robovac of any kind. Whether it’s a Roomba, an EcoVac, or a cheap Anker like what I’ve got—they’re nothing more than infant-sized metal-and plastic turds that push small piles of dirt around and scream when they cannot figure out what “rugs” are. They are inefficient, wasteful annoyances…

How Did You Get Into Star Wars? How Did You Get Into Star Wars?

At some point or another, we were all bitten by the Star Wars bug—er—sandflea. We were dragged to a theater by a cool uncle, handed an N64 controller to play Star Wars Episode I: Pod Racer (let’s be kind to those whose first exposure may not have been the original trilogy), or just caught a marathon over Thanksgiving…

Welcome to the Carbonite Freezer, io9's Star Wars Fan Group Welcome to the Carbonite Freezer, io9's Star Wars Fan Group

It’s not difficult to find lovers of Star Wars all over the world, and in fact, some of the best are right here on io9. And when you’ve got the best, you want to give them the best. That’s why we’ve created The Carbonite Freezer—a Facebook group for io9 and Gizmodo’s most passionate Star Wars fans!

A Master Sculptor and FX Artist Explains How to Restore a Jim Henson Puppet A Master Sculptor and FX Artist Explains How to Restore a Jim Henson Puppet

After making a movie, actors and directors typically go on to do other things—like make more movies, sell beauty products, or become the Governor of California, and then go back to making more movies. But what happens to the props, figures, and puppets that help make a movie come to life?

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