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  • Lumosity's Brain Games Are Bullshit

    23 October 2014, 3:12 pm by: Kate Knibbs

    Everyone wants to be better: more beautiful, more exciting, more intelligent. It's how the self-help industry thrives, why gyms get swamped after New Year's, why kale is a thing. It's why Lumosity, a company peddling digital games to exercise memory, can…
  • Kraft Foods Gave Away a Real Spaceship Simulator in 1959

    23 October 2014, 2:50 pm by: Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

    If you were an American kid in the 1950s and 60s you were bombarded with an amazing promise: one day, when you're all grown up, you'll be able to vacation on the moon . But until then you'll have to settle for space-adventure TV shows and comic books. Unless,…
  • 5 Books For Expanding Your Photography Knowledge

    23 October 2014, 2:43 pm by: Michael Hession on Reframe, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

    There are many ways to learn about photography, not least of which are the vast depths of the internet, replete with tutorials and how-to videos. But getting past mere technical proficiency and learning valuable lessons about the art form isn't as easy as a…
  • Frank Gehry Says Architecture Today Is "Pure Shit"

    23 October 2014, 2:40 pm by: Alissa Walker

    It can't be easy being the world's most famous living architect. Sometimes you have to say what's on your mind. Sometimes words just won't do. No, that's not Frank Gehry demonstrating the spire of his newest skyscraper. That's Frank Gehry giving you—and all…
  • This Motion-Activated Band Turns Your Arm Into a Sound Effect Machine

    23 October 2014, 2:35 pm by: Jordan Kushins

    Pew Pew! Vroom vroom! Chugga chugga! Time was when playtime special effects were whatever weird sounds you could make with your mouth. Not anymore! Moff is an app-powered snap bracelet designed to get kids up and active by turning arm motions into all kinds of…
  • No Love for Lovelace: A Closer Read of Walter Isaacson's Innovators

    23 October 2014, 2:20 pm by: Eileen Pollack on Jezebel, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

    I'm glad Walter Isaacson is getting such an outpouring of love from reviewers and talk-show hosts for including Ada Lovelace in The Innovators, his new history of the digital revolution.1 Thanks to Isaacson, Lovelace is finally receiving at least a few bytes…
  • Tell Us Your Online Dating Success Stories

    23 October 2014, 2:17 pm by: Leslie Horn

    Everyone has online dating horror stories. We've heard 'em ! The stories of people actually meeting and falling in love, however, are a lot more rare. But we love love, so if you have an online dating success story, we want to hear it.Read more...
  • The Best Rechargeable Batteries

    23 October 2014, 2:15 pm by: Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Kinja Co-Op, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Gizmodo

    Unsurprisingly, Eneloops dominated the best rechargeable battery voting , taking almost 80% of the vote as of this writing. The Eneloop line has an incredible reputation, and garnered huge numbers of positive anecdotes from our readers. In addition to the…
  • How Cathedrals' New Video Makes Light Dance to the Music

    23 October 2014, 1:58 pm by: Leslie Horn

    This is the video for the Cathedrals' song "Unbound." It's lovely! And the way the light cubes in the background pair up with the music is no accident—there's some really cool tech behind it. Read more...
  • Vertical Tsunami Shelters Will Help People Get to Higher Ground, Fast

    23 October 2014, 1:46 pm by: Alissa Walker

    The threat of a tsunami is a very real thing for much of the Pacific coastline, yet many cities in the U.S. haven't taken specific infrastructural measures to ensure their residents are safe when they happen. A new building in Washington will have the first…
  • US Special Force's New Sniper Scope Works Like a Human Eye

    23 October 2014, 1:31 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    Conventional sniper scopes may allow for superlatively long shots but they are far from perfect, requiring a time-consuming refocusing of the sights should the target (or shooter) have to move position. But with the new RAZAR scope from Sandia National Labs,…
  • How to Ditch Your Big Terrible Bank

    23 October 2014, 1:30 pm by: Adam Clark Estes

    People don't talk about it quite as much as they did in 2008, but big banks are the worst. Aside from the fact that they're full of crooks , big banks provide terrible customer service, charge obscene fees, and profit from your misery. You should probably stop…
  • Upgrade Your Exercise Gear, Make Better Smoothies, and More Deals

    23 October 2014, 1:15 pm by: Shep McAllister, Commerce Team

    Sporting a EarFin holding systems, water resistance, and solid sound, these Sennheiser earbuds are great for exercise. They've also never been cheaper on Amazon. [Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones, $30]Read more...
  • Facebook’s New Rooms App Bring Mini Message Boards to Your Phone

    23 October 2014, 1:06 pm by: Darren Orf

    Facebook's Creative Labs has just announced a new iOS app simply called "Rooms." The app lets you create discussion rooms based on topics and invite friends through private invitations or a public link. So it's kind of like Reddit, but on your own terms.Read…
  • The Robots That Could Fight Ebola

    23 October 2014, 12:58 pm by: Kate Knibbs

    The U.S. government is looking into ways to use robots to save lives from the Ebola virus. Robots may not have feelings, but they have amazing immune systems, and experts have already pinpointed nine possible ways to put them to use. Read more...
  • Why Sweden Commissioned Its Own Typeface

    23 October 2014, 12:35 pm by: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

    The idea of branding a place is a fairly new one, and the notion of place-based typefaces is even newer, with national and local governments from Qatar to Chattanooga commissioning their own fonts. The latest country to set its on typeface is Sweden—but it's…
  • Android Wear's First Big Update Is Rolling Out

    23 October 2014, 12:22 pm by: Brent Rose

    The first significant update for Android Wear is now rolling out, and it all lines up nicely with a rumor we heard early last month. Most significantly, the update brings offline storage for your music, enhanced Bluetooth pairing, and support for Wear watches…
  • Inbox First Impressions: Potentially Awesome But Not Quite There

    23 October 2014, 12:07 pm by: Michael Hession

    When the news broke yesterday of Google's new Inbox app, my initial reaction was skeptical. How many times has an app tried to "solve" email? Inbox is Google's way of helping you organize the typhoon of greetings, promos, invoices, and discussions that beg for…
  • The Best Worst Product Reviews on Amazon

    23 October 2014, 12:02 pm by: Ashley Feinberg

    Last week, we asked you to hunt down some of the most absurd, least helpful, and (consequently) absolutely wonderful product reviews that Amazon has to offer. And we are proud to say that you, dear readers, delivered in droves. Read more...
  • The First Flying Wing Jet Could Have Won WWII for the Nazis

    23 October 2014, 11:40 am by: Andrew Tarantola

    The B-2 Spirit blew more than a few minds when it made its public debut in 1988. But America's flying wing was not the first of such aircraft. In fact, one such plane nearly darkened the skies over Washington at the end of WWII with a nuclear present from the…
  • Now Etsy Has a Card Reader Too

    23 October 2014, 11:17 am by: Adam Clark Estes

    Etsy just released a card reader. It works just like all of the other card readers out there, except it's orange and only works with Etsy purchases. It is also sort of a brilliant thing for Etsy to do.Read more...
  • Revamp Your Android Lock Screen With Microsoft's New App

    23 October 2014, 10:54 am by: David Nield on Field Guide, shared by Eric Limer to Gizmodo

    If you haven't heard, Microsoft has kicked open the doors to its experimental Garage development hub, and among the projects now available for beta testing is the Next Lock Screen app for Android. Lock screen customization is nothing new, but this effort from…
  • Hasbro's New Flexible Foam Hulk Hands Now Let You Smash and Squeeze

    23 October 2014, 10:30 am by: Andrew Liszewski on Toyland, shared by Brian Barrett to Gizmodo

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that leaked last night definitely has us excited about seeing the Hulk go toe-to-toe with Stark's Hulkbuster Iron Man Suit. But come February, well before the film hits theaters, you'll be able to get your hands on—and…
  • Apple and Its Sapphire Supplier Have Officially Broken Up

    23 October 2014, 10:04 am by: Eric Limer

    Apple's relationship with GT Advanced Technologies, the company slated to make its sapphire screens, is over. First, GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy , then closed a pair of its plants , and now a settlement has officially freed the company of its exclusivity…
  • I'm the Last Twenty-something Who Doesn't Own a Smartphone

    23 October 2014, 9:55 am by: Mia Mercado

    Hi. My name is Mia, and I'm a millennial who doesn't own a smartphone.Read more...

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