Watching a USB Hack in Action Makes Me Never Want to Leave My Computer

Remember BadUSB, the pervasive and unfixable security vulnerability that turns every USB device into a vector for attacks against just about every computer? The one that's out in the wild now? I always knew it was bad, but this video really brought it home for me and now I want to fill my USB ports up with cement. » 12/18/14 11:05am 10 minutes ago

How Much Your Inbox Is Worth to Cybercriminals

Many of us have had the experience of receiving a spammy email from a friend or loved one, only to have a frantic follow-up note arrive a few minutes later from that person stating that his or her email account was hacked and warning us not to open or respond to any of the messages sent by the intruder. To be sure,… » 12/18/14 10:38am 37 minutes ago

Climate Change Could Make It Harder for Airplanes to Get Liftoff

Every once in a while, unlucky passengers get bumped because an overbooked airplane is too heavy. It's maddening, and it makes you question the airline's ability to do arithmetic. But there is a method to weight restrictions, and Earth's rising temperatures could make it increasingly hard for planes to take off… » 12/18/14 10:08am Today 10:08am

This Cool App Could Help Convince Kids Santa Is Real

Spanish ad agency Shackleton has released a new clever app designed to help convince kids that Santa is real. You only have to place the iPhone behind a closed door and Santapp will play pre-recorded Santa voices, sound effects, and use the flash to make your kid believe something magical is happening at the other… » 12/18/14 9:58am Today 9:58am

Budding Chefs Take Note: Amazon's Having an All-Clad Sale

Anyone with even a passing interest in cooking knows that All-Clad is the most highly-regarded brand in kitchenware. In fact, if you poke your head behind the scenes of your favorite restaurants, chances are very good you'll see see their logo. If you're ready to level up your own cooking, several of their most… » 12/18/14 9:45am Today 9:45am

Last-Gen Gamers Are Being Left Behind

New-gen consoles have barely been out for a year, but there's already a familiar story: a game launches and runs great on the PS4 and Xbox One, much less so on the PS3 and 360. Shadow of Mordor was an egregious example of this performance gap, but it's not the only one. Is there any hope for last-gen gamers? » 12/18/14 9:45am Today 9:45am

What Will Tesla And Elon Musk Over Promise Next?

There are only seven shopping days until Christmas and we're less than two weeks away from the New Year. So where are those battery-swapping stations Tesla promised? Or its big push into the energy storage biz? Didn't we hear something about the Roadster being upgraded? Are we seeing a pattern here?
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Rare World War I Propaganda Shows the Biomech Soldier of 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, the first golden age of advertising met humanity's deadliest conflict: the First World War. The emerging art of graphic design, aided by the invention of lithography and later chromolithography, was suddenly used for propaganda—and the results were… » 12/18/14 9:16am Today 9:16am

This North Korean Guy Has the Worst Job Ever—and He's Probably Dead Now

Today, when you are thinking about how much it sucks to work on some boring project in your office's cubicle, look at this photo of this (sweating) man working while being watched by (an annoyed and tired) Kim Jong Un and rejoice that you are not him. Something bad is going to happen here, folks. » 12/18/14 7:43am Today 7:43am

A Scientific Defense of Santa's Weight

"Santa's behaviour and public image are at odds with contemporary accepted public health messages," argues a British Medical Journal editorial written by Dr. Scrooge and colleagues. Given Santa's tremendous popularity, particularly among children, the authors of the editorial argue the public should become aware of… » 12/18/14 6:30am Today 6:30am

Instead of Banning Smartphones from the Dinner Table, Use Them to Bond

OK, smartphones don't quite fit in with our traditional ideas of the holidays, but that doesn't mean they're the enemy of family time. For the next month, families across the country will finish up their enormous dinners, pour themselves some eggnog, and head to the den, where everyone can bask in the warm glow of… » 12/17/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

This Brooklyn Townhouse Blends Modern Design with Historic Architecture

Having an interior designer as a friend can come in handy. Case in point: after Colin Winkelman purchased his 1,600-square-foot townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in 2010, he knew exactly where to look for help decorating the historic space: Lindsay Key, a childhood friend who just so happens to be co-owner of Key +… » 12/17/14 11:59am Yesterday 11:59am

Get 20% Off MeUndies, The Most Comfortable Underwear + Free Shipping

Underwear shopping is an activity that's constantly put off, if it even crosses one's mind. But it's a must if you want to remain a respected part of society. So get 20% off your first order with MeUndies, the direct-to-consumer, comfort-first underwear company, which includes free shipping right to your door. Or send… » 12/15/14 5:26pm Monday 5:26pm

Save 10% on the Perfect Weekend and Gym Duffel Bag + Free Shipping ($90)

Owen & Fred, the men's essentials company, has a single mission of designing high quality everyday products that are manufactured in the USA, and turning them into something more. Their "Work Hard, Play Hard" duffel bag is a customer favorite that Gizmodo readers can get for $90, a savings of 10%, plus free shipping.… » 12/16/14 4:27pm Tuesday 4:27pm

The Best Action Camera For Every Need

If I'm going to be doing stupid things that risk the health of my various important body parts—and I do, often—I want to make sure I capture those moments so I can relive them later. That's how I elbowed my way into the action camera beat more than three years ago, and I haven't looked back. » 12/17/14 10:24am Yesterday 10:24am