Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011


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

Why 24-Bit Audio Will Be Bad for Users

Apple and other digital retailers are planning to offer 24-bit audio to consumers. It should be an easy sell; recording studios use 24-bit, it's how the music was mixed, and it's how the consumers should hear it. Right? Wrong. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011What the iPad 2 Needs to Steal From Android and WebOS

Motorola and HP proved that companies can make tablets with UI as usable, if not more so, than the iPad. Now, with the iPad 2 being announced next week, Apple is the one that needs to play catch-up to others. But is it possible without drastically retooling iOS? More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011The Lego iMac Could Only Be More Perfect If It Actually Worked

Our friend PowerPig has made this beautiful Lego rendition of an iMac. I love the retro-looking pixelation-or brixelation-while he perfectly capture the essence of Apple's desktop machine. If you want to built one, here are the instructions. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011Humans Are Now Using Motor-Driven Power Knees to Kick Ass

Next time you pick a fight with an elderly gentleman, check to see whether he's upgraded his lower-leg to one of Ossur's Power Knees. Yes, the world's first motor-driven knee has now gone on sale. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011Undercover TSA Agent Sneaks Gun Through Airport's Full-Body Scanners Five Times

We put up with the TSA's potentially harmful scanners and overzealous gropings because they make our air travel safe, right? Right! Oh wait, maybe not. According to a high-ranking source inside the TSA, an undercover agent was able to pass through five full-body scanners at the Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport last weekend with a gun stuffed in her underwear. None of the security personnel lifted a finger. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011Nokia: Culture Will Out

Before starting Urbanscale, his own design firm, Adam Greenfield spent two years as Nokia's head of design direction for user interfaces and services. Here, he explains how Nokia's focus on commodity over user experience led to the company's precipitous decline. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011The QuaDror: An Ingenuous New Way To Build

It has more structural strength, both horizontally and vertically, than a traditional A-frame, though it can be folded totally flat for economical shipping. It scales terrifically. It has potential applications in disaster relief, bridge-building, low-income housing, sound-insulation and art, though its elegant shape and movement is already pretty damn artful itself. It's called the QuaDror, a structural element developed by Israeli designer Dror Benshetrit, and it is poised to make a splash in any number of disciplines. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011Two Libyan Pilots Eject After Refusing to Bomb Civilians

Libyan newspaper Quryna is reporting a crash of a Sukhoi Su-22 'Fitter' fighter-bomber. According to the reporter, the crash happened very near the sea line, to the west of the Libyan city of Ajdabiya-160 kilometers south west of Benghazi. The reason: The crew ejected after refusing to bomb civilians in the city of Benghazi. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011How the USAF Envisioned Nuclear War

"The Power of Decision" may be the first (and perhaps the only) U.S. government film dramatizing nuclear war decision-making. Commissioned by the Strategic Air Command in 1956, the film has the look of a 1950s TV drama, but the subject is the ultimate Cold War nightmare. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011The Only Folding Credit Card Knife I Want in My Wallet

This certainly isn't the first folding credit card-sized knife we've seen-my friend and colleague Brian Barrett just came across an affordable $25 model recently-though this decidedly intimidating carbon fiber blade is the one I'd rather be carrying around in my pocket (Barrett stood by his cheap-o cutter; we're deciding the matter with a knife fight under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway). More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011Leaked Photo Shows MacBook Pro "Thunderbolt" Light Peak Connector

Apple's Thunderbolt connector has shown up in a supposed leaked pic of the new MacBook Pro, which we could see as early as tomorrow. While it looks just like a Mini DisplayPort connector, it could actually be Intel's Light Peak behind the lightning bolt icon. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 23, 2011Scuba Inventor (and Gear Innovator) Dead at 93

If you've ever donned scuba gear, you owe a bit of gratitude to Christian Lambertsen, who headed to the great reef in the sky on the 11th. Lambertsen not only invented the hell out of scuba gear, but coined the term itself. More »