Use Google Translate to Transform Foreign Signs Before Your Eyes

The best way to get along in a foreign country is to know the local lingo. But if you don't, your smartphone can help you cheat your way through. The instant picture translation feature rolled into Google Translate last month is only a tap away, though you shouldn't take everything it says at face value. » 2/27/15 4:19pm 33 minutes ago

No, a Cryptocurrency Can't Fix a Broken Economy

Auroracoin, the digital currency given as a free hand-out to every resident of Iceland, was supposed to be a a salvo for a country rankled by a broken financial system. It was heralded as the beginning of hyper-localized cryptocurrencies; it became the second-largest cryptocurrency before it even launched, valued at » 2/27/15 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Reagan's Star Wars Missile Program Had Its Own Video Game

Remember President Ronald Reagan's plan for space weapons in the 1980s? Today, it's little more than a punchline, but it used to be serious business. How serious? Video game serious. Yes, there really was an SDI video game, and thanks to the Internet Archive you can even play it. » 2/27/15 2:49pm Today 2:49pm

The Humble Binder Clip Just Became Much More Useful 

Just because a product seems perfect doesn't necessarily mean there isn't room to squeeze just a little more usefulness out of it. Take the humble binder, or bulldog clip, as it's often called. Its simple design lets it keep giant stacks of paper in order, prevent loose cables from sliding off your desk—but with a… » 2/27/15 2:33pm Today 2:33pm

Start Learning a New Language, Organize Your Cords, and More Deals

If you're planning an overseas trip anytime soon, today's Amazon Gold Box features Level 1 Rosetta Stone packs in over a dozen languages for $69 each. [Rosetta Stone Language Software, $69] » 2/27/15 12:15pm Today 12:15pm

This Wildly Nerdy App Gives Android Wear Watches Super Geek Powers

Maybe you've heard of Tasker. If so, welcome nerd. If not, it's a robust but complex Android app that lets power-geeks (like me) program their rooted phones to do just about anything. Now, thanks to a Tasker plug-in called AutoWear, you can extend that sort of ludicrous control to an Android Wear smartwatch. » 2/27/15 10:50am Today 10:50am

You'd Never Know This Stylish Helvetica Watch Is a Fitness Tracker

Athletes were among the first to adopt and wear fitness trackers, which is why they're all styled to look like an athletic accessory. But since everyone can benefit from a little motivation to stay active, especially those stuck behind a desk, we're starting to see fitness trackers that look more like… » 2/27/15 10:20am Today 10:20am

Save 72% on the Power Vault: 18,000mAh of Portable Power

All too often, low battery life hampers the rest of your life. With the lightweight and durable Power Vault, you get 18,000mAh of portable power — enough to recharge your phone 10+ times while you're on the go. Right now, Gizmodo readers can grab one for $29.99 - that's 72% off. » 2/25/15 4:04pm Wednesday 4:04pm

Learn How To Be A Hacker For $49

Hackers are getting a bad rep these days in light of what happened at Sony, and more recently, Lenovo. But legit "white hat" or "good guy" hacking is vital for testing website and device security, plus it's great for modding your setup. This bundle of courses teach the ethical route into hacking. » 2/26/15 2:36pm Yesterday 2:36pm