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  • Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, passes Mars, just yesterday.

    20 October 2014, 8:15 am by: Jamie Condliffe

    Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, passes Mars, just yesterday. In fact, it passed closer to Mars than any comet has ever passed by Earth in recorded history—so scientists are excited to see what the craft orbiting Mars made of it. [SEN/Damian…
  • Canon Patent Describes Tech to Choose Between JPEG and RAW For You

    20 October 2014, 7:28 am by: Jamie Condliffe on Reframe, shared by Jamie Condliffe to Gizmodo

    RAW or JPEG? JPEG or RAW? Too. Many. Decisions. Fortunately, a new Canon patent suggests technology that could make that choice for you.Read more...
  • Spotify Is Getting a Family Deal to Save You Money

    20 October 2014, 6:43 am by: Jamie Condliffe

    If you and your partner both use separate Spotify accounts—or, worse, your entire family—then some good news: the streaming service is launching a family deal so you can all run separate accounts but save money in the process.Read more...
  • Malware Attacks on ATMs Are Here to Stay

    20 October 2014, 6:00 am by: Jamie Condliffe

    Earlier this month it came to light that ATM malware was being used to extort large quantities of cash from banks . Now, Krebs on Security reports that such techniques are on the rise—and here to stay, too.Read more...
  • Why the FBI Director Is Wrong About Encryption

    20 October 2014, 5:15 am by: Cindy Cohn - EFF

    FBI Director James Comey gave a speech reiterating the FBI's nearly twenty-year-old talking points about why it wants to reduce the security in your devices, rather than help you increase it. Here's the Electronic Frontier Foundation's response.Read more...
  • You Can't Upgrade the RAM in the New Mac Mini

    20 October 2014, 4:30 am by: Jamie Condliffe

    Good news: the Mac Mini is back ! Bad news: ain't no way you're going to be upgrading the RAM yourself.Read more...
  • Facebook: The DEA Can't Use Fake Profiles to Chase Suspects

    20 October 2014, 3:45 am by: Jamie Condliffe

    Remember how the Justice Department decided it was just fine for a Drug Enforcement Administration agent to steal a woman's identity and set up a fake Facebook account to chase subjects? Well, Facebook's not OK with that.Read more...
  • Dyson's Humidifier Uses UV Light To Kill Germs In its Water Reservoir

    20 October 2014, 12:00 am by: Andrew Liszewski

    The slow but steady approach of winter means that it's almost time for many of us to fire up our heaters—also heralding the return of of chapped lips and dry skin. Dyson's new humidifier is one solution to the problem, but it doesn't only prevent dry air. It…
  • Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

    19 October 2014, 9:00 pm by: Darren Orf

    Welcome to another week of apps. We had some big additions to our smartphones from Skype and Microsoft recently, but iOS, Android, and Windows Phone once again has some new additions worth taking a look.Read more...
  • Celebrate 25 Seasons of Treehouse of Horror By Watching The Simpsons

    19 October 2014, 7:30 pm by: Darren Orf

    Quick! Stop what you're doing (including reading this), and go watch television history. The Simpsons will be airing the 25 installment of a now national Halloween tradition known as Treehouse of Horror at 8pm ET on Fox. Read more...
  • What Are Tech's Biggest Blunders?

    19 October 2014, 7:00 pm by: Darren Orf

    With great reward comes risk, and tech companies are probably pretty familiar with that sentiment. Each product, service, or device is a gamble on whether it will resonate, successfully separating us from our discretionary income, or languish on stockroom…
  • Report: Fitbit Surge Is a $250 Fitness-Focused Smartwatch

    19 October 2014, 6:00 pm by: Darren Orf

    We got an exclusive look last week at Fitbit's refresh of the Fitbit Force fitness tracker with the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR , but that appears to have been only part of what the company has in store. The Verge reports that Fitbit will also be…
  • Droid Turbo Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

    19 October 2014, 5:15 pm by: Darren Orf

    The Droid series of smartphones is the long standing hardware love affair between Motorola and Verizon (which became official last year) to bring high-spec'd devices to the carrier. Droid devices aren't subtle. They often scream the word "premium," and the…
  • Report: Microsoft May Be Launching a Wearable in the Coming Weeks

    19 October 2014, 4:10 pm by: Darren Orf

    According to Forbes, Microsoft is planning to counter Apple and Google's wearable ambitions with its own device in the coming weeks. Forbes says that the device will be a smartwatch "that will passively track the wearer's heart rate and work across several…
  • To Save Modern Medicine, Scientists Hunt for New Antibiotics

    19 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Darren Orf

    Happy Sunday fellow Gizmodo readers. Lots of techy tech stuff happened this week. Google let us see the brave new Nexus future and Apple had a few new toys to showcase before 2014 wraps up. But in between and among these big events, lots of great stories…
  • Watch Live As a Mountain-Sized Comet Zooms By Mars

    19 October 2014, 1:35 pm by: Darren Orf

    Siding Spring sounds like such a tranquil name for a massive comet. After traveling millions of years at the leisurely pace of about 33 miles per second, the comet will fly by Mars at around 2:25pm EDT or so, passing only 138,000 kilometers from the red…
  • This Leak Gives Us a Good Look at Verizon's Droid Turbo

    19 October 2014, 12:35 pm by: Darren Orf

    Posted earlier today via Evan Blass (evleaks), this image gives us the most detailed look at Verizon's upcoming superpowered smartphone. It would appear that the Turbo definitely has the looks to match its high-powered guts. We expect to hear more about the…
  • This Audi RS7 Just Drove Itself Around A Track At 150MPH

    19 October 2014, 12:18 pm by: Kat Callahan on Jalopnik, shared by Darren Orf to Gizmodo

    Audi showcased its new Audi RS7 piloted driving concept prior to the finale of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) by having it circle the Hockenheimring without a driver at high speeds.Read more...
  • The Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet May Also Get PS4 Remote Play

    19 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Darren Orf

    Last month at IFA , we heard that Sony's new waterproof line of flagship devices, the Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact (and eventually even Verizon's variant, the Z3v, pictured above) would all be able to stream video games via the PS4. Now, a Sony slip…
  • 11 Awesomely Terrible Movies You Should Watch Right Now

    19 October 2014, 11:00 am by: Darren Orf

    Who doesn't love great films? But it takes a certain sort of person (and a certain sort of patience) to appreciate, and even love, films that may never be considered cinematic greatness. But we love them all the same.Read more...
  • Google's Nexus Player Receives FCC Certification

    19 October 2014, 10:31 am by: Darren Orf

    Engadget reports that Google's Nexus Player has received the required FCC certification it seemed to pass over before its launch. It's uncertain if this tiny legal hiccup will cause any problems with the Nov. 3rd release date. [Engadget]Read more...
  • This Discounted Receiver Is Your Home Theater's Ticket to the Future

    19 October 2014, 10:15 am by: Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Gizmodo

    Home theater receivers aren't cheap, so when you buy one, you want to be sure it's future-proof. That's certainly the case with this Yamaha RX-A830, and today you can get it for just over half its usual price.Read more...
  • Robots May Join the Fight Against Ebola in West Africa

    19 October 2014, 10:00 am by: Darren Orf

    Robots often find themselves in dangerous situations, and their distinct lack of biology makes them perfectly suited for battling infectious disease. Next month, a simulcast workshop will determine if and how they'll join the West African fight against…
  • This Short Film Explains Our Fascination With Talking to Computers

    19 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Darren Orf

    Using names like Siri, Cortana, and Google Now, advanced algorithms and technologies that would have baffled engineers and scientists half a century ago now rest in the palm of our hands. Talking with technology is the future of computing—mainly because…
  • Snapchat's First 'Non-Creepy' Ad Is For A Horror Movie

    18 October 2014, 9:00 pm by: Chris Mills

    Snapchat recently announced that it was getting ads, and it's followed through on that promise, with the first paid-for ephemeral advertisements landing this weekend. However, I'm not so sure that Snapchat's made good on its promise for its ads to be…

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