Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011

Here are the best stories on Gizmodo, today. Enjoy them!

The Inside Story of the Very First Macintosh

Contrary to what you might think, Apple's revolutionary first Macintosh computer didn't spring fully formed, Athena-style, from a crack in Steve Jobs's head. The user-friendly desktop was largely the creation of Jef Raskin, the man who fought fragmentation, urged Apple to "think small," and encouraged top-to-bottom control over the product's ecosystem. In other words, all the things that still define Apple to this day. More »


Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011Why a War Photographer Shot an Award-Winning Photo With a $2 iPhone App

It's incredible how, years after computers have landed every desk and so much of the media we consume has been converted to digital bits, people remain so deeply uneasy about the inauthenticity of things produced with digital tools. Like NYT photographer Damon Winter's award-winning photograph, shot with iPhone app Hipstamatic. That's the point I was trying to raise last week. More »


Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011This Is What You Bring to Shoot a Violent Revolution (and Not Get Mugged, or Worse)

Any photographer will tell you it's not about the gear, it's about the photographer. Nonetheless, it's illuminating what NYT photographer Stephen Farrell chose to bring (and not bring) to shoot the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square, given how specifically hostile the environment was to journalists. (Cue Anderson Cooper.) Click photo to embiggen. More »


Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011Why Apple Will Not Release a Cloud-Based iPhone Nano This Year

I like the idea of an iPhone nano. One with a small screen with the same resolution of an iPhone 3GS, powered by an A4 processor. I'd buy one. But a cloud-based iPhone doesn't make any sense. Not right now. More »


Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011Double-Barreled Marshmallow Rifle Is Delicious and Painful

Marshmallow shooters are nothing new-but the Marshmallow Fun Company's Classic Twin Stryker (the Y in Stryker means it's awesome!) will pelt your foe into sugary submission. I tested their newest $32 pillowy murder device at Toy Fair 2011. More »


Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011The Mystery of the Giant Planet Hidden In Our Solar System

There's a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that's what two astrophysicists say. More »


Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011LG G-Slate Hands-On: All the Features But Still Empty-Feeling

On paper, LG's G-Slate (or Optimus Pad, in Europe), should convince me to finally buy a tablet. It's running Android Honeycomb-check! Dual-core Tegra 2 chipset-check! 3D camera for video and photo trickery-check! So why did my experience with it just leave me...kinda chilly? More »


Best Stories of Today - February 14th, 2011iPhone Telephoto Lens Makes You the Cutest Little Paparazzo

Need to grab an 8x zoomed shot of your attractive neighbor or Lindsay Lohan stealing something, but don't have your camera handy? Photojojo's mini-telephoto lens will let you hone your phone on whomever or whatever you want in the distance. More »