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Apr 23, 2021

Thor Shaped the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Truly Important Ways
On May 2, 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born. The release of Jon Favreau's Iron Man was the first part in a story that's now sprawled over a decade, almost two dozen movies, and changed film history as we know it. However, all of that might not have played out the same way had it not been for what happened a…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

Unusually Massive Flare From Nearby Star a Bad Sign for Alien Life
Proxima Centauri—the nearest star to our own—has produced one of the most powerful flares on record. The observation is potential evidence that red dwarfs, though plentiful, are inhospitable to life.


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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

The Time Has Come for an Xbox Laptop
With the launch of the Xbox Series S/X, Microsoft has entered a new age of console gaming with support for ray tracing, 120Hz refresh rates, and more. But with continued expansion of Microsoft's Surface family of PCs, I can't help but wonder if the time for an Xbox gaming laptop has finally arrived.

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

Up to 20% of Crucial Groundwater Resources Are at Risk of Disappearing
Groundwater provides drinking water for half the world, including constituting the sole source of drinking water for 2.5 billion people. It also provides nearly half of the water used for agricultural irrigation globally. But a new study, published in the journal Science on Thursday, shows that up to 20% of it is in…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

AirDrop Security Flaw Exposes 1.5 Billion Apple Devices, Researchers Say
Apple's AirDrop feature is a convenient way to share files between the company's devices, but security researchers from Technische Universitat Darmstadt in Germany are warning that you might be sharing way more than just a file.

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

There's No Way Netflix's Gundam Movie Can Be as Bad as G-Saviour
Netflix's acquisition of Legendary's long-in-gestation plans to help bring Sunrise's Mobile Suit Gundam to the world of Hollywood is bringing us one step closer to reimagining the iconic franchise. But it's not the first time Gundam tried to take on Hollywood... and it'd be hard-pressed to turn out something as bad…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

You Might Actually Want Your Kids to Eat These Crayons Made From Rice and Vegetable Waste
Even the most inescapable and impenetrable playpens won't stop an infant from finding a way to stick something in its mouth that shouldn't be there. A parent can be endlessly vigilant but it's still going to happen, so instead of paranoia, a better approach is to just ensure everything a child potentially interacts…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

Thor: Love and Thunder's Russell Crowe Teases His Divine Role
The Dungeons & Dragons movie and Indiana Jones 5 pick up a few more mysterious stars. Bill Murray gazes upon Ghostbusters: Afterlife's mini-pufts. Zack Snyder says that sure, Army of the Dead just also has some robot zombies. Plus, James Gunn offers a tiny update on the Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special.…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

The Evercade VS Console Puts Hundreds of Retro Games on the Big Screen Without the Hassle of Emulation
Most nostalgic gamers don't realize that a big part of the fun of classic consoles was playing against friends on the same screen, not across the world over the internet. So the creators of the Evercade handheld are back with a new home console called the Evercade VS that facilitates four-player gaming on a big screen.


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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

Bless These Sleepbuds for Drowning Out My Snoring Husband
The universe conspires against my beauty rest. My husband snores. Not every night, but when he does, my bedroom becomes the Thunderdome. Most nights, my cat yowls at 4 a.m. for more food, and at 5 a.m., bats my face with his paws until I raise the window blinds so he can stare at pigeons. My geriatric dog cries at 2…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

Here's How AirTags Stack Up to the Competition
In addition to new iMacs and new iPads, Apple introduced its long-awaited and much-rumored $29 AirTag at its Spring Loaded event this week. But what exactly are these trackers supposed to do anyway? How do they know where your gear is at all times? And how are they different from the Bluetooth trackers already on the…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

CEO of Turkish Crypto Platform Flees Country as Users Say They're Locked Out
Federal police in Turkey are investigating Thodex, a cryptocurrency trading platform that handles hundred of millions of dollars in trades every day, after users complained they'd been locked out of their accounts, according to new reports from Reuters and Turkey's TRT World news service. CEO Faruk Fatih Ozer…

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Gizmodo
Apr 23, 2021

Tesla's Autopilot System Is 'Easily' Tricked Into Operating Without Anyone at the Wheel
Consumer Reports said Thursday its researchers "easily" tricked a Tesla's Autopilot system into driving without anyone at the wheel. The publication's worrying demonstration comes as officials continue to investigate a fatal crash in Texas involving a Tesla that authorities believe had no one in the driver's seat at…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

UK Court Agrees to Hear Copyright Lawsuit Brought by Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor
Many people have claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator or creators behind the digital cryptocurrency bitcoin, over the years. Now London's High Court has agreed to hear out one of the most vocal (and disputed) claimants to the pseudonym in a lawsuit over alleged copyright infringement, according to a …

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Look, Apple Isn't Going to Put macOS on the iPad
After Apple announced this week that both its new iMac and iPad Pro lineup were getting its stellar M1 processor, a lot of people speculated if that meant the company was getting ready to put macOS on the iPad. And look, maybe that would be a great thing—a touchscreen Mac at long last!—but Apple is definitely not…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

The Fantastical First 10 Minutes of Netflix's Shadow and Bone Are Here
The much-anticipated series adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone arrives tomorrow—which is really only a few hours away at this point—but superfans can get a sneak peek at the first 10 minutes right now. Netflix just streamed a cast event that was capped with the big reveal.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

In Sci-Fi Short Muse, an Android Finds Good Reason to Rebel
Kay (Taj Atwal) may be an android, but her moral compass proves stronger than the increasingly unstable artist (Paul Ready) who claims she's his muse—even though his eerie paintings hint at something far darker lurking behind his methods. That's the set-up for Muse, a new sci-fi short by Azhur Saleem.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

The Kids Are Not All Right in the Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 3 Trailer
Has anything ever gone right on Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous? Just when the kids think they've finally found a way off the island, a storm pulls them back toward the danger. Unable to leave, they'll discover that Dr. Wu didn't just make the Indominus Rex. He made something even worse.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Ben Shapiro Finally Manages to Get Wood
Today in people exhibiting tremendous, just absolutely off-the-charts LDE: Imp-like right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro is asking fellow patriots to go to their local Home Depot and buy a board or something to show their support for voter suppression laws.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Researchers Take Down Botnet Pretending to Be Millions of People Watching TV
Fraudsters operate off the assumption that it's way more profitable to think up byzantine ways to cheat people out of money than it is to just, like, work hard and ask for a promotion occasionally. For instance: an Israeli tech company is currently accused of using a very convoluted method to screw advertisers out of…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Chernobyl Survivors Didn't Pass on Harmful Mutations to Their Children, Study Finds
Two new papers out Thursday highlight the aftereffects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident that occurred over 30 years ago. One study might help explain why survivors are more likely to develop thyroid cancer, while another found evidence that these survivors don't seem to have passed on potentially harmful mutations to…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Anonymous NatSec Officials: The Cuban Ray Guns Are in Syria Now, Just Trust Us on This
Here we go again with the anonymously sourced claims Russia is trying to fry the innards of U.S. government personnel abroad, using energy guns secretly manufactured using updated Soviet blueprints.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

The X-Men Are Losing Their Soul, and Nightcrawler Wants to Find It
Mutantkind has changed. No longer societal outcasts but a global, independent power of their own, the Dawn of X at Marvel Comics has seen the X-Men and other mutants rise as a new kind of society—but one among them is starting to wonder what the spiritual cost of their collective rebirth really is: Nightcrawler.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Don't Buy the Old Apple TV
Please do not buy an older Apple TV just for the marginal savings. Hear me out.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Who on Earth Is Buying These Rugged Android Phones?
Caterpillar, the same folks behind forklifts and the other big machines you have to wear hardhats around, makes Android devices for a very particular set of users in the field. Their latest device, the Cat S42 H , is fascinating, because you can run it under water and wash it in the sink at the same time as your hands.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Greta to Congress: ‘End Fossil Fuel Subsidies Now'
Between releasing new climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and organizing an international Earth Day summit, it's clear that President Joe Biden wants to reposition the U.S. as an international climate leader. At a hearing on Thursday, 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg offered him some…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

A New Haunted Mansion Movie Is Creeping Forward With Director Justin Simien
The possibility of a new movie based on Disney's Haunted Mansion continues to rise from the grave. Last summer, Disney hired Katie Dippold to pen a script and now it's in talks to bring director Justin Simien aboard the Doom Buggy.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

How to Watch the Launch of NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to the ISS
Early Friday morning, NASA will attempt to launch a CrewDragon to the International Space Station. The occasion will mark just the second time that astronauts will fly aboard the newly developed SpaceX capsule. You can watch the action live right here.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Hey, Sony, We Don't Need a New Streaming Service. Make PS Now Better
After days of rumors that Sony is adding a video streaming service to its existing PlayStation Plus, the company confirmed today that it's testing one such service in Poland. I don't know about you, but I'm so over new video streaming services. There are just too many of them. PlayStation Now, Sony's cloud gaming…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Jack and Elon Are Promoting Bitcoin on Earth Day for Some Reason (It Makes Them Richer)
Earth Day is prime time for brands and people to promote their pre-existing products to the masses, swaddled up in a green package. So perhaps it's no surprise that area shaman Jack Dorsey and meme enthusiast Elon Musk are pumping bitcoin, a cryptocurrency both men hold and that their respective companies invest…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Jack Dorsey Claims Bitcoin 'Incentivizes Renewable Energy' Despite All Evidence to the Contrary
Earth Day is prime time for brands and people to promote their pre-existing products to the masses, swaddled up in a green package. So perhaps it's no surprise that area shaman Jack Dorsey and meme enthusiast Elon Musk are pumping bitcoin, a cryptocurrency both men hold and that their respective companies invest…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Scientists Look in an Ancient Meteorite and Find Evidence of CO2-Laced Water
A team of researchers recently took a close look at an ancient meteorite and determined that it contained carbon dioxide-rich water, a discovery that has implications for the theory that water (and thus, life) first arrived on Earth by way of these rocks.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

The Boys From County Hell Puts Its Own Bite on the Vampire Genre
The rural Irish village of Six Mile Hill is notable for one reason: a local vampire legend that supposedly inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. But what happens when the legend... wakes up? That's the premise for the genial yet gory The Boys From County Hell, written and directed by Chris Baugh.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

It's Time to Kill Earth Day
Hooray, it's Earth Day! That one day of the year when we can all come together and celebrate treating our planet with respect. From first-graders to Jeff Bezos, everyone loves a good, ol' fashion Earth Day. So, I regret to inform you that we must kill Earth Day and replace it with something more urgent.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

New York Comic Con Will (Carefully) Return This Fall
Looks like you won't need to wait until San Diego Comic-Con's spectacularly ill-timed Thanksgiving event to get your in-person con on. ReedPop has officially announced that New York Comic Con will return as a physical event this October, along with several other conventions—as well as a lot of rules in hopes of…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

The 10 Best Movies Mystery Science Theater 3000 Ever Watched
Not all bad movies are bad in the same way. Over its 30-plus-year history, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has proved that time and time again by watching movies that suck in a cornucopia of unique ways, some better than others—in fact, some so much better they could be considered fine, if not actually good. In honor of…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

YouTubers Succeed In Getting Airbnb Bookings For an Opulent Dollhouse
YouTubers successfully booked rentals for a dollhouse on Airbnb, they say. In a video posted on March 31st, famed pranksters Josh Pieters and Archie Manners documented the process of photographing and booking a model 18th-century mansion, with a water bottle and credit card blatantly visible for scale. Their…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

WandaVision's Suburban Sadness Is a Reminder of Our Failures—and What Needs to Change
Watching Disney and Marvel's WandaVision as someone who I would say is, at best, loosely versed in the MCU means I missed a lot of the subtext io9 has delved deep into. But as someone who regularly writes about destructive systems at Gizmodo's other subsite, Earther, what stood out to me was not just the struggle…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

NASA Generates Oxygen on Mars, Setting Stage for Crewed Missions
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has captured much of the world's attention, but an amazing new experiment, in which the Perseverance rover produced a tiny amount of oxygen, is equally deserving of praise.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Adding Pen15 Co-Creator and Star Maya Erskine
Things on Tatooine are about to get a little more middle school. That's because Maya Erskine, best known as the co-star and co-creator of the brilliant Hulu comedy Pen15, has been cast in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars show on Disney .

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

DC's Animated Justice League Is Getting Its Own Comic
It's been 15 years since the last new episode of Justice League Unlimited—and thus, the last episode of the entire DC Animated Universe—aired, but the beloved series lives again. DC Comics has announced Justice League Infinity, a new, seven-issue series set in the DCAU in which the war for the throne of Apokolips…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

iOS 15 Will Reportedly Bring Big Changes to Notifications and the iPad Home Screen
Earlier this week, Apple added a new M1-powered iPad Pro to its portfolio, and now a new report indicates the company has some big plans for iPadOS.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

What to Know About the Research Into Athletes' Hearts and Covid-19
Recent findings, including a new study out this week, should reassure people about fears that even mild covid-19 could damage the heart in young and fit people. Despite earlier research that found reason for concern, athletes don't seem to be at high risk for heart issues related to the viral illness after all.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

This Browser-Based, Endlessly Evolving Acid Music Generator Is My New Work-From-Home White Noise Machine
Working from home during the pandemic has been a challenge for someone used to a dead quiet house. While I typically rely on white noise to help me concentrate, it's now been replaced with David Whiting's Endless Acid Banger: a browser-based sequencer that generates random but very listenable Acid house music.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Sony's New Wearable Air Conditioner Is Twice as Cool as the Original
After launching its first wearable air conditioner last year, Sony's back with the Reon Pocket 2. This time around, the device can absorb twice as much heat thanks to newly designed internal circuitry, has better sweat resistance, and comes with more accessories and apparel options.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Biden Pledges to Cut U.S. Carbon Emissions 50% by 2030
On Thursday morning, the Biden administration unveiled a pledge to slice the nation's greenhouse gas emissions in half compared to 2005 levels by the end of the decade. It will accomplish this, it says, by investing in infrastructure, funding a green economic recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, taking on pollution,…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Just Completed Its Second Flight on Mars
Following up on its first gravity-defying achievement on Mars, the helicopter Ingenuity took flight again this morning for a second, more complex aerial maneuver. The flight was a success, further pushing the limits of what humans (or at least, human-made drones) can do in the thin Martian air.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It's First Trailer Puts Satan on Trial
In 1981, Arne Johnson claimed not guilty to the count of murder by reason of demonic possession. It didn't work, but it sure as hell looks like it's going to work as a movie.


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Montblanc's Summit Lite Finally Comes to the U.S.
Montblanc's Summit Lite has, since January, been the high-end smartwatch for the Euro set. Encased in steel, the $860 piece is a less expensive version of the luxury company's Summit 2 , a $1,170 splurge that is one of the last luxury smartwatches on the market.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Fujifilm's Nintendo Switch Printer Is a Modern-Day Color Version of the Game Boy Printer
A week before the new version of Pokémon Snap hits the Nintendo Switch, Fujifilm has revealed a re-branded version of its Instax Mini Link printer that will let players print out hard copies of their best Pokéshots, as well as let users accent any photo with Nintendo-themed stickers, frames, and effects.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Doctor Strange 2's Elizabeth Olsen Teases 'Horror Show' Vibes for the Marvel Film
Dave Bautista really wants to play DC Comics' Bane. Netflix's new young adult vampire series finds its first director, and the streamer teams up with Alejandro Brugués for a new horror tale. Plus, what's to come on The Nevers and Creepshow. To me, my spoilers!


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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Solving the Climate Crisis Hinges on the U.S. and China Cooperating
The U.S. and China are the world's two biggest greenhouse gas polluters, together constituting some 40% of the world's carbon emissions. On Sunday, leaders from the two countries announced that they're willing to work together to enact urgent climate policy.

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Pioneer's Studio Speakers Won't Fit On Your Desk, but They Sure Sound Amazing
When Pioneer initially described their new DJ monitors, the VM-80s, I was convinced they'd be a great addition to my desk audio setup. Pioneer makes great, solid speakers, and these new monitors—essentially $289 standalone speakers that can be installed in any configuration—looked like just the trick to get some solid…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Why You Should Use a Keyboard and Mouse With Your PS5 or Xbox Series X/S
There are plenty of good reasons to hook up a keyboard and mouse to your next-gen console. Not only do peripherals give you greater precision and flexibility while gaming, they also make entering text and using other apps much less of a chore. It opens up ways of using your games box—to browse the web, for…

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Gizmodo
Apr 22, 2021

Electric Bicycles Recalled Over Firmware Issue That Can Cause Unwanted Acceleration
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled Brompton electric folding bicycles over a firmware problem that can cause unwanted acceleration even after users stop pedaling, according to a press release from the government agency.

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Oxygen Looks Like It'll Leave You Gasping For Air
Director Alexandre Aja is always happy to mess you up. Whether it's basement alligators in Crawl, flesh-eating fish in Piranha 3D, or surprising serial killers in High Tension, he's become very skilled at making audiences incredibly, deliciously uncomfortable. His new movie looks to take that to new heights.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Dearly Beloved, We're Gathered Here to Say Goodbye to the Best Apple TV Remote
Friends, family, past and current Apple TV users, we are gathered here today to mourn the loss of the very best remote for streaming.

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Twitter Is Finally Fixing Its Trash Photo Quality
Twitter has a bunch of big problems, and most of them are easy to identify: free speech issues; rampant harassment on the platform; difficult-to-mitigate abuses by electeds and other officials in positions of power. Thankfully, on Wednesday Twitter announced that it had decided to fix the absolute least of those…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Muppet Man Will Bring Jim Henson's Life Story to the Big Screen
A long-awaited project for the Jim Henson Company is finally taking a step toward production: Muppet Man, a biopic of puppeteering legend Jim Henson (The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth), has a writer aboard to pen a script about Henson's remarkable career.

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Congrats to OnePlus for Making Its Smartwatch Slightly Less Awful
The OnePlus Watch launch was catastrophic. Never had a flagship smartwatch since Will.i.am's infamous Puls smartwatch failed in such spectacular fashion. I recently wrote 2,000 words about how it was the worst smartwatch I've ever used. Today OnePlus pushed out an over-the-air update that claims to fix some of the…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Postal Service Cops Are Monitoring Social Media, 'Sensitive' Internal Document Says
Add another pushpin to the string wall of America's shadowy force of postal service cops. Yahoo News reports that the USPS's security arm, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), monitored social media for potential threats of domestic violence. According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Has Written a Very Peculiar Superhero Comic
The Mother of Dragons conquered Westeros; now, she's coming for the comics industry. Actor Emilia Clarke—who just recently joined the MCU—has written a new superhero comic for Image. It's titled M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, and it involves significantly more heroin-addicted raccoons than I would have guessed.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Signal's CEO Just Hacked the Cops' Favorite Phone Cracking Tool and Became a Legend
Cellebrite, which is a favorite of law enforcement agencies across the U.S., sells software designed to unlock phones and extract their data. Police frequently use it to gather evidence from seized devices. In the past, the company has received criticism for its willingness to sell to pretty much any…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Apple AirTags Have Created a Whole New World of Accessories
Apple's little Bluetooth location-tracking AirTags are finally here and ready to be attached to your key rings, luggage handles, or whatever else you tend to lose and would very much like to find again. Sure, you can absolutely buy an AirTag and throw it in a bag without any covering whatsoever, but you'll probably…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

This Pop Culture Artist Turned His Frames Into Extensions of His Imagination
Subjectivity is one of the best things about art, but there are a few undeniable objective facts about it too. One is that no matter how good or bad a piece of art is, the right frame will only make it better. That's a truth the artist who goes by JoKa is bringing to his new solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

UK Researchers Will Try to Reinfect People With the Coronavirus, for Science
Researchers in the United Kingdom are asking people who previously contracted covid-19 to volunteer for one last mission: allow themselves to be intentionally exposed to the coronavirus again. The scientists expect that their research will help us better understand the limits of natural immunity, including the risk of…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Astronomers Don't Know What Our Black Hole Ate, but They Definitely Saw It Belch
In May 2019, astronomers witnessed a bright flare coming from the center of our galaxy. The event was caused by matter accreting to our local black hole, a 4.6-million-solar-mass monster named Sagittarius A*. The cause of the flaring was unknown, though one researcher now says enigmatic "G-objects" may be responsible.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Spider-Man Films New and Old Will Eventually Appear on Disney Streaming Services [Updated]
It may come as no surprise but Sony just signed a deal with Disney that'll allow its upcoming theatrical releases from 2022-2026 to appear on Disney streaming and cable services. That means, at some point, you might be able to watch the full complement of Marvel Cinematic Universe films on Disney , as well as the…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Site of Harriet Tubman's Family Home Uncovered in Maryland
The site of a 19th-century cabin belonging to the family of Harriet Tubman has been uncovered in Maryland. It's a significant find, as the location of the site, along with the discovery of numerous artifacts, could offer fresh insights into the abolitionist hero's formative years.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Roku Wisely Rebrands Its Soon-to-Debut Quibi Content as 'Roku Originals'
Quibi content acquired by Roku earlier this year will henceforth be known as Roku Originals, a move that should mercifully allow all of us to move on from the memory of Quibi's spectacular implosion.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Lego's Giant R2-D2 Is, of Course, the Droid You've Been Looking For
In a few weeks, just in time for unofficial Star Wars holiday May the Fourth, everyone's favorite R2 unit will join Lego's line of giant, adult-targeted kits. This 12-inch droid is made up of over 2,300 bricks and has a lot more going on than just looking good.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

European Commission Proposes Taking Away the Cops' Big Boy Surveillance Machine
The EU is giving the U.S. a run for its money with privacy regulation, and now they've upped the ante with a dynamo of a proposal: banishing AI systems that violate "fundamental rights," with a special place in hell for law enforcement using real-time biometric identification. The end of that sentence is more of a…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

New Technique Could Turn Plastic Back Into Oil, Which Is … Something
There is way too much plastic in the world—and we're making more every day, even as we struggle to find a way to get rid of the old stuff. A new study poses an interesting solution: Melting plastic bags and bottles back into the oil it was originally made from.

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Mortal Kombat Had a 'Fight Plan' to Make Sure the Action Was Balanced
One of the most impressive things about Mortal Kombat is how each fight means something. When things get cooking in the second half of the film, everything that's happened before gives each one of the various showdowns some sort of personal stakes—that's what makes those fights shine even beyond special effects and…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Tetris-OS Is an 'OS' That Only Plays Tetris
As a former Tetris fanatic, the idea of an operating system that only runs Tetris, over and over again forever, is fairly compelling. First, my workday would be completely different. Gone are Zoom meetings, mid-morning Slack standups, and endless writing. In fact, a computer that can only play Tetris would remove me…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Physicists Get a Good Look at an 'Exciton' for the First Time
After nearly a century of probing the nature of tiny, ephemeral objects called excitons, researchers finally managed to image the structure, hinting at the true location of an electron. The findings could eventually help physicists create new states of matter or new quantum technologies.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Record the Police
A police officer is a convicted murderer in America today because a teenager recorded that police officer murdering a man in broad daylight and shared the video with the world.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

A Health Tech Company Says the Apple Watch Is Infringing on Its ECG Patents
When Apple unveiled FDA-cleared ECG capabilities with the Apple Watch Series 4, it spurred a slew of other wearables companies to do the same. Now, health tech company AliveCor has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission claiming the Cupertino-based tech giant allegedly infringed on three of its…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

This Device Proves Apple Could Crush Nintendo (If It Wanted To)
My phone time is usually spent sanding down the edges of my mind on TikTok and Twitter, with a "healthy" dose of emailing, calendar massaging, and capital-S Slacking to get things done. But recently, a new category of app has crept up my iPhone Screen Time leaderboard: gaming, especially through platforms like Steam…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

The U.S. Is About to Run Out of People Who Want the Vaccine
This week, all 50 states officially opened up eligibility for covid-19 vaccination to all adult residents. But while millions of Americans are still lining up to get their dose, experts warn that the country is quickly approaching a vaccine surplus, with too few takers to meet the supply we have available. Once that…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Trump's Unfinished Border Wall Could Worsen Texas Flooding
Former President Donald Trump's border wall loomed large in American consciousness throughout his campaign and presidency—and wreaked a path of ecological destruction as he raced to fulfill his promise to build it. And while President Joe Biden has halted construction on the wall, what has been built (or more…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Radioactive Fallout From Cold War Nuclear Tests Is Still Creeping Into U.S. Honey
A spring break assignment for geology students has resulted in the discovery of radioactive isotopes in honey produced along the U.S. East Coast, and at levels higher than expected. The amount of radiation isn't considered dangerous, but the finding points to the drawn-out legacy of nuclear tests done during the Cold…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

MODOK's New Trailer Is Full of Head Jokes and Supervillain Throwdowns
If you were somehow uncertain that Hulu's Marvel animated series about the bigwig in charge of AIM wasn't going to have a joke or 60 about MODOK's grand noggin', well... this trailer's got you covered.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

This DIY Wireless Ball Cap Lets You Control Death Itself
When it comes to facing your own mortality, there are few things better than a grinning skull with creepy eyeballs. And when it comes to really freaking you out, the only way to make a grinning skull worse is to connect it to a computer and make it jerk around and gape like some degloved animatronic Abraham Lincoln…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Apple Sticking the M1 in Every Product Is Really Weird for a PC User
Apple showed off its new M1-powered iMac yesterday, and it sure does come in a lot of beautiful colors. Aside from the processor, there are a few neat features, like a magnetic power cord and an Ethernet port in the power block, and the entire thing has been slimmed down to just 0.6 inches (11.5 millimeters) thick.…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

The Social Cost of Methane Is Much Higher in the U.S. Than Current Government Estimates
Climate experts and lawmakers often refer to the social cost of carbon, which is an approximate cost of the net harm caused per ton of carbon dioxide dumped in the atmosphere. A new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, looks at the social cost of a different greenhouse gas: methane. The findings show that the cost…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Shang-Chi's Toys Tease Martial Arts Mayhem and Awkwafina's Furry New Friend
With our first good look at Disney's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings having dropped on Monday, we've also got the inevitable deluge of tie-in merchandise giving us a sneak peek at plastic incarnations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's new heroes and villains. While they mostly give us an opportunity to see…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Incredible Fossil Skeleton Reveals an Ancient Human Relative Who Swung Through Trees
The fossilized shoulder joint of an early hominin named "Little Foot" suggests the upright-walking species was also proficient at swinging through trees, at a skill long gone among modern humans.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

You Can Finally Buy the Flatcat That Looks Like Someone Turned Roadkill Into a Robotic Pet
Does a robotic pet have to look and behave exactly like a real dog or cat to entice its owners to interact with it? With the Aibo Sony seems to think so, but the creators of the flatcat disagree. First revealed a couple of months ago, the robotic roadkill is finally available for sale through Kickstarter, but like any…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

The Trailer for Werewolves Within Makes It Look Like a Clawfully Fun Flick
You know what's worse than a werewolf? A secret werewolf. That the sort of monster that can tear a community apart—unless Veep's Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub (our would-be Squirrel Girl) can hold it together while searching for the hidden, furry killer.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Some Climate Tipping Points May Be Reversible, If We Act Fast
In the already-glum world of climate research, tipping points are one of the least rosy areas of study. The collapse of crucial systems in response to passing certain levels of planetary heating isn't exactly uplifting stuff.

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Samsung's New Upcycling Program Allows You To Turn an Old Galaxy Phone Into a New IoT Device
Usually, when a phone gets worn down, you recycle it or trade it in for a new one. But with its new upcycling program, Samsung is trying to help people convert old Galaxy phones into new IoT devices.

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

The Stowaway Soundtrack Sets a Deceptively Gorgeous Mood for Deep-Space Danger
Tomorrow, Netflix will release Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, and Shamier Anderson. The sci-fi tale features a Mars mission that's unexpectedly thrust into peril when the crew discovers... well, read the title. Today, io9 is debuting an atmospheric track from the soundtrack by Volker…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

You Can Now Get a 10Gbps Ethernet Port on the M1 Mac Mini
While all eyes were on the colorful M1 iMacs at yesterday's Spring Loaded event, Apple also quietly updated the M1 Mac Mini. You can now configure it with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port!

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Sound Reactive Bluetooth Speaker Uses Magnetic Ferrofluid to Become a Real-Life Winamp Visualizer
Years before the iPod was a thing, many of us relied on an app called Winamp to listen to MP3s. It was free, it was simple, but most of us used it for its visualizers that created complex, trippy animations synced to our music. Artist Dakd Jung has created a real-life version of those visualizers with a custom…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

Discovery of Mass Death Site Bolsters Theory That Tyrannosaurs Hunted in Packs
A remarkable fossil site in Utah, in which several tyrannosaurs were found buried together, strengthens a burgeoning theory that these fearsome creatures hunted in packs, similar to wolves.


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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

The Witcher Could Return to Netflix Sooner Than You'd Thought
A sequel to 47 Ronin is coming, with some cyberpunk flair. Stellan Skarsgard teases his role in Dune. Greg Russo wants to go back to the manga for the Death Note sequel. Plus, what's coming on Supergirl, and Showtime's The Man Who Fell to Earth adaptation picks up another actor. Spoilers, away!

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

You Can Link These Miniature Street Fighter II Arcade Cabinets for Head-to-Head Multiplayer
Miniature video game cabinets scratch a nostalgic itch for ‘80s kids who miss their favorite childhood arcades, but their compact size often means they're single-player only. My Arcade's new Street Fighter II: Champion Edition Micro Player solves that with the option of linking a pair of tiny arcades using a cable so…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

The New Tamagotchi's Camera Lets You Take Photos With Your Virtual Pet Before It Dies of Neglect
Years before smartphones, kids' preferred digital distraction was the Tamagotchi. The tiny gadgets were revived back in 2017, and have since evolved into more sophisticated handhelds. The latest version, the $60 Tamagotchi Pix, has a digital camera that introduces some novel interactivity and lets kids snap selfies…

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Gizmodo
Apr 21, 2021

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Do you have information about something going on in the genre (sci-fi, horror, fantasy) entertainment industry? We want to know! Email us at tips@io9.com—not just with info, but if you've made art or a cool fan film that you'd like us to showcase, or anything else, you can send that too! Don't forget you can follow…

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