The Best Tech Gifts of 2023

Whether you’re a gadget guru or a complete Luddite, Gizmodo’s Tech Gift Guide will make you look like a rockstar gift-giver this holiday. Spoil a loved one (or, hey, yourself) with a new TV, phone, or smart mug—and we’ve even got ideas for kids and pets . Trust us: You can elevat … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

What Happens When Your Body Becomes a Sensory Deprivation Chamber?

When Renita Adams puts a pot on the stove in her Virginia home, she also puts a rubber band around her wrist. The 62-year-old retiree prefers a tight band that squeezes a little bit, so she won’t forget it’s there–usually one of the colorful, stretchy rings that come wrapped arou … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

PlayStation Portal Review: A Great Remote Play Tablet, but That's Pretty Much It

With all the handheld gaming devices popping up, like the Steam Deck OLED, Lenovo Legion Go, Ayaneo Slide, and the ROG Ally, I wouldn’t blame you if you first saw the PlayStation Portable and thought, “Whoa, did Sony just make a new PSP?”Read more... | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Your Tastebuds Help Tell You When to Stop Eating, New Research Suggests

Our mouths might help keep our hunger in check. A recent study found evidence in mice that our brains rely on two separate pathways to regulate our sense of fullness and satiety—one originating from the gut and the other from cells in the mouth that let us perceive taste. The fin … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

After OpenAI's Blowup, It Seems Pretty Clear That "AI Safety" Isn't a Real Thing

Welcome to AI This Week, Gizmodo’s weekly roundup where we do a deep dive on what’s been happening in artificial intelligence.Read more... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Witcher Author Andrzej Sapkowski Says Netflix Never Listened to His Ideas

Andrzej Sapkowski is a man who does not mince his words, no matter how prominent he becomes on an international stage after Netflix’s adaptation of his Witcher series became a smash hit. But even with that reputation, there’s something incredibly funny about how willing the man i … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Teenage Engineering’s Latest Super Toy Is an ‘80s-Inspired Sampler

Swedish electronics company Teenage Engineering announced a new product just in time for the holidays, a bargain-priced sampler with an alluring throw-back aesthetic called the EP-133 K.O. II.Read more... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

How Star Wars Nostalgia Helps Disney Parks Design Its Fandom Merch

Holiday gifting season is upon us and if you’ve ever wondered how apparel at Disney Parks goes from idea to execution into a fandom must-buy, designer Tatiana Salaverria is a great place to start. io9 spoke with her about the process behind theme-park merch inspired by Star Wars, … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

What to Expect from Virgin Galactic's Upgraded Spaceplane

After a few short trips to the edge of space, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity spaceplane is set for retirement, making room for a worthy successor. The company’s Delta class vehicle is gearing up for its debut in 2025, promising to bring in some profit with weekly suborbital flights. … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Squid Game Reality Show Producer Says Anti-Capitalism Was Only a Minor Theme of the Series

In a stunning display of media literacy, Squid Game: The Challenge producer Tim Harcourt would like you to know that Squid Game was mostly about playing games. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Sonos Is Also Going to Make Headphones Now

Sonos is now experimenting with headphones. In fact, calling it an experiment would be an understatement, considering the company plans to directly compete with Apple and Bose in the headphone market. Rumors started to emerge of a Sonos headset last year after it acquired T2 Soft … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Former OpenAI CEO: My Job Here Is Done

For 55 hours and 32 minutes, Emmett Shear steered the world’s leading artificial intelligence company, OpenAI, through its largest crisis ever. That chapter of Shear’s life and OpenAI’s history has now come to a close. It seems that no one listened to the former Twitch CEO’s conc … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Dave Filoni Is Right Where Star Wars Needs Him to Be

There has been a great disturbance in the Force. As if, somehow, millions of voices suddenly cried out “what if Dave Filoni got a promotion?” and were suddenly answered. But while the ascension of the Clone Wars and Rebels producer to the upper echelons of Lucasfilm may give Star … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Save or Splurge: The Best Essential Tech You Can Buy at Any Budget

There’s nothing more satisfying than buying a new piece of tech, whether for yourself or a loved one. However, you might not always be in a position to splurge on the top-of-the-line. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic gadgets out right now at lower price points. Here’s our c … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Elon Musk Shares Mysterious Letter About Sam Altman

Elon Musk tweeted a link to a strange letter Tuesday, supposedly written by former OpenAI employees detailing “a disturbing pattern of deceit and manipulation by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman.” Altman and Brockman, OpenAI’s CEO and president, were fired and then rehired in a drama … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Disney's Robin Hood Is My Wife's Favorite Movie, But Far From Mine

For 50 years, people all over the world have been falling for a fox. No, not Michael J. Fox. Not 20th Century Fox either. We, of course, mean Robin Hood from Disney’s 1973 animated film. The dashing fox with the British accent who robs the rich gives to the poor and looks damned … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Jenna Ortega Leaves Scream Franchise After Melissa Barrera Firing

In the wake of Scream franchise star Melissa Barrera being let go from her role in Scream VII due to perceived inflammatory comments on social media about the Israel and Hamas conflict, co-star Jenna Ortega has left the film.Read more... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Don’t Fall for Bad Black Friday ‘Deals’

It’s nearly Black Friday, the time of year when corporations show they’re thankful for you with discounts on thousands of products. But get this: Corporations are not as grateful as they appear (WTF?), and there are a lot of phony deals out there. Here are Gizmodo’s best tips for … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Jodie Whittaker Reflects on Leaving Doctor Who: 'I’m Always the Doctor'

It’s been a long time in the making, but as Doctor Who celebrates its 60th anniversary this weekend, it enters a new era—one that will, at least, close the book on the recent tenure of Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. But as the actress begins to launch her own next chapter, she is … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

What’s Next for SpaceX’s Starship After Explosive Second Launch

SpaceX’s Starship exploded not once but twice during its historic second launch on Saturday, November 18. While it’s easy to get distracted by these ongoing failures, it’s clear that SpaceX is making progress with its oversized launch vehicle and that a third flight is bound to t … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Queer Pirates Sail for Love and Glory in Running Close to the Wind

Listen, anything billed as “for fans of Our Flag Means Death” is going to snag our attention—but when it’s describing the latest from A Taste of Iron and Gold author Alexandra Rowland, our interest becomes even more intense. io9 has the cover and an exclusive excerpt to share fro … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

I Interviewed a ChatGPT Powered Hologram Bot | AI Unlocked

Move aside Zoom, there’s a new video chat service combining hologram and AI tech. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

NASA Confronts Looming Gap in Human Space Missions as ISS Retirement Draws Near

As the International Space Station (ISS) nears the end of its service in low Earth orbit, NASA is grappling with the idea of a short-term gap until a commercial alternative takes its place.Read more... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Android iMessage-Style Messaging App Sunbird Shuts Down Over Serious Privacy Concerns

This week brought a series of disasters (and quite some embarrassment) to Android messaging apps that were trying hard to break the infamous green-blue bubble barrier between Android and Apple users. It started with the failure of Nothing Chats and recently extended to the shutdo … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

7 'Unhealthy' Foods That Are Actually Fine

Scientific knowledge is ever-evolving and, ideally, self-correcting. Few fields demonstrate that better than the world of nutrition science. In the past, for instance, diet gurus and researchers have made declarations about the ills of having anything more than a little fat, no m … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

The Most Mind-Blowing Images Ever Taken of Earth from Space

We’ve been capturing space-based images of Earth for nearly three-quarters of a century, but these eight views of Earth are each profound in their own way.Read more... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

These 13 Images Depict the Most Realistic CGI Dinosaurs Ever

Think about all the dinosaur content you’ve ever consumed: books, movies, perhaps a Far Side cartoon. Consider how realistic each dinosaurian depiction was, to your best understanding of how dinosaurs lived. Now, I suggest you compare all that you’ve seen about dinosaurs before t … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Sam Altman Is So Back at OpenAI, but Its Board Is So Not Back

Sam Altman was reinstated as OpenAI’s Chief Executive Officer late on Tuesday night. The board that fired Sam Altman due to a lack of confidence, just four days ago, was largely replaced with profiteering veterans Larry Summers and Bret Taylor. Co-founder Greg Brockman will retur … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Spotify Tackles Its Noise Problem

This week, Spotify shared an update on its policies, aiming to “better support those most dependent on streaming revenues as part of their livelihood,” according to a company post. The updates address “artificial streaming,” the number of plays required to monetize tracks, and ne … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Teenage Engineering Just Released a $250 Toy Car

Teenage Engineering, the Swedish electronics firm, is known for its beautiful but pricey products—the bulk of which amount to functionalist art. Need a $1600 aluminum desk? TE’s got you covered. How about a $2,000 set of singing, wooden dolls? Again, the company is there to serve … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Dominic Monaghan on The Lord of the Rings Cast’s Matching Tattoos

The Lord of the Rings trilogy star talks to io9 about the cast members' matching ink. | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Witcher Author Andrzej Sapkowski Is Very Glad Netflix Pays His Rent

The Polish author behind The Witcher series is well known for his unflinching honesty about the legacy his work now has—especially in a world where Netflix has transformed that work into a streaming sensation. But how does he feel now the streamer is spinning out its Witcher worl … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Pesky Heat Shield Issue Threatens to Delay NASA's First Crewed Moon Journey in Decades

Nearly a year after an uncrewed Orion splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, NASA anticipates it still needs a few more months to resolve a lingering issue with the capsule’s heat shield before a crew can ride on board.Read more... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Scream 7 Drops Melissa Barrera Over Israel-Hamas War Comments

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Scream franchise star Melissa Barrera has been removed from Scream VII after social media posts referencing the Israel-Hamas war. Barrera played Sam Carpenter, the Scream series’ reboot lead in Scream V and Scream VI.Read more... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Former OpenAI Exec Announces ChatGPT Voice Is Now Available to All

OpenAI’s former President and Chairman Greg Brockman announced that ChatGPT Voice is now available to all users Tuesday afternoon. Users can now speak with ChatGPT, and it will talk back, announced Brockman on X, just days after OpenAI’s leadership was ousted. Read more... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

There May Be a Treatment for Covid Loss of Smell

A team of researchers may have found an effective treatment for one of the more common symptoms of long covid: a chronically changed sense of smell. In a small study, the team found that many patients improved after undergoing a minimally invasive procedure often used to treat pa … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Superman: Legacy Adds Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen to Stacked Ensemble

The Daily Planet staff grows with The Righteous Gemstones star Skyler Gisondo joining Warner Bros.’ Superman: Legacy as Jimmy Olsen.Read more... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Ahsoka's New Star Wars Galaxy Will Be Key to Dave Filoni's New Movie

With the strikes over, work is back up and running in a galaxy far, far away. First up, Star Wars: Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni has been promoted to a much bigger creative role. Second, he and his team are finally able to speak about all the huge revelations at the end of the lates … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Binance CEO Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Violations, Will Step Down

Binance founder Changpeng Zhao (CZ) will step down from his CEO duties and plead guilty to criminal charges, paying a $50 million fine, according to court documents made public Tuesday. The Department of Justice is expected to announce a $4 billion settlement with Binance this af … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

10 Christmas Horror Movies Streaming (or Streaming Soon) on Shudder

Halloween is spooky and all, but—if movies are anything to go by—Christmas is the holiday that really sets off knife-wielding fiends who enjoy dress-up. If you have Shudder, you have a wealth of choices at your fingertips; we’ve assembled a list of movies you can watch right now, … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Paramount+ Has Less Than Half as Many Movies Streaming as It Did a Year Ago

While most customers probably have Paramount+ subscriptions for series-watching purposes (the many Star Trek shows and Yellowstone spin-offs are its big franchises), having access to a vast library of movies is also a perk. Or it was a perk: according to a new survey, the number … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

There's Good News for PlayStation Controller Users on Steam

Playing games on Steam with an Xbox controller has always been a pretty user-friendly experience. But we can’t say the same for PlayStation DualShock and DualSense controllers. That changed today with a Steam update that now allows PlayStation’s DualShock and DualSense owners to … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

How to Avoid Sneaky Cyber Monday Scams

It’s nearly Black Friday and Cyber Monday—that beautiful time of the year when Americans forego their normal, sensible fiscal concerns and embrace the spirit of debauched consumerism that our great country is really all about. But before you bust out that credit card to needlessl … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Dave Filoni Just Got a Bigger, More Important Star Wars Job

It sure seems like there’s gonna be a second season of Ahsoka since its creator, Dave Filoni, just got a big promotion. Filoni is now the chief creative officer of Lucasfilm, which means that he’ll play a much bigger role in the direction Star Wars stories take in the future. Rea … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Say Goodbye to Those Absurd Side-Effects Readouts in Drug Commercials

Drug commercials in the U.S. are set to become more intelligible. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration updated its regulations regarding prescription drug ads that air on TV or radio. The change will specifically mandate that a drug’s side effects and other potential dange … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

A New Karate Kid Movie Will Star Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio

Just when you thought The Karate Kid universe couldn’t get any bigger, it just did. The star of the original franchise as well as Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio, is teaming up with action movie legend, and star of the 2010 Karate Kid remake, Jackie Chan, for a brand new Karate Kid movi … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

WandaVision Creator Jac Schaeffer Explains Her Approach to the Marvel Series

WandaVision—the very first Marvel series to hit Disney+, all the way back in January 2021—is finally getting a snazzy home release. It’s nicely timed, now that series co-star Teyonah Parris is currently featuring in The Marvels, and WandaVision spin-off Agatha: Darkhold Diaries w … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

The Heart of the Milky Way Glows With Unprecedented Detail in New Webb Image

The center of our galaxy is a menagerie of exotic objects; a supermassive black hole, clouds of hot gas, and giant stars that can help inform the origin story of much of the universe. Using the Webb telescope, scientists got to see this chaotic region of the Milky Way in a differ … | Continue reading | 6 days ago