How the VFX Wizards Brought Distant Galaxies to Life in Cosmos

If there was one reason to remake Carl Sagan's Cosmos almost 34 years after it originally aired, it was to take advantage of the leaps and bounds made in visual effects over the past three decades. It allowed the folks at BUF, and other VFX shops, to use cutting-edge computer graphics to give us glimpses of the… » 9/23/14 5:13pm 22 minutes ago

Fill This Metal Blood Bag Flask With Other Life-Giving Liquids

The unique shape of this stainless steel flask makes it look like a blood bag full of life-giving serum for the T-1000 from Terminator 2, and that's not too far from the truth. The prototype for the Liquid Body Flask was actually created by pumping water into a couple of panels of stainless steel welded together at… » 9/23/14 5:00pm 35 minutes ago

And Here's a Guy Bending an iPhone 6 Plus With His Bare Hands

Just a few hours ago, we started hearing reports that a small sampling of iPhone 6 Plus owners have experienced a slight bend to their phone after putting the device in their front pockets. And now, here's what appears to be video proof that—yep, this smartphone sure can bend. Although it sure takes some effort. » 9/23/14 4:47pm 48 minutes ago

The U.S. once considered using 23 nuclear bombs to blast out a highway

Rising out of California's Mojave Desert are the Bristol Mountains, nearly 4,000 feet of rock blocking easy passage through the scorching desert. For decades, Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railway have had to bend south, acquiescing to the mountains' height. But in the 1960s, at the peak of atomic age, we had a plan to… » 9/23/14 4:34pm Today 4:34pm

Serve an 8-Bit Breakfast With This Poke-a-Pixel Wafflemaker

Quirky's approach of bringing user-submitted inventions to life pre-dates Kickstarter by quite a few years. And the company's track record at successfully producing these often highly original creations means you can actually get excited about a wafflemaker that lets you create custom pixelated images every morning.… » 9/23/14 4:07pm Today 4:07pm

1922: Radio Will Kill the Newspaper Star

Each generation seems to think that it's the first to imagine radical change in the newspaper industry. The predictions of futuristic robot editors? They date back to at least 1968. Tablet news? At least 1994. Printing the news by radio right in your home? 1934. » 9/23/14 3:49pm Today 3:49pm

Apple's iPhone Charger Robs the iPhone 6 of its Best Hidden Feature

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have one notable, unadvertised feature: iPad-style, 2.1A, 12W charging. That means they can theoretically charge faster than any previous iPhone, but Apple stingily only bundled their standard 1A, 5W power brick in the box. » 9/23/14 3:45pm Today 3:45pm

The FTC Shuts Down Bitcoin Mining Company for Operating Like a Scam

The FTC just had a court shut down Butterfly Labs, the specialized manufacturer of Bitcoin mining equipment. It turns out the company has repeatedly failed to deliver on the massively powerful—and massively expensive—computers it sold consumers. Updated below. » 9/23/14 2:15pm Today 2:15pm

Disabling the iOS 8 Features You Might Not Actually Want

By now you've no doubt downloaded and installed the shiny new iOS 8 on every device you own that can take it, but what if Apple doesn't know best? What if some of the new features are a hindrance rather than a help? You can't turn back the clock completely, but you can disable some of the changes ushered in with iOS… » 9/23/14 2:13pm Today 2:13pm

The Joy and Misery of Life With a Grotesquely Large "Smartwatch"

Brought to life by a Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $1 million last year, the Neptune Pine is the most literal interpretation of the word "smartwatch." It's a huge phone-like Android device that you strap to your wrist in order to feel smart. The $350 Neptune Pine does almost everything you would expect your… » 9/23/14 1:43pm Today 1:43pm

Storming The Power Castle, Dancing Groot, Cheap 3D Printers [Deals]

Here's a nice little bundle to satisfy your gadget charging needs. Just add the two items below to your cart, use promo code NWW94ZB4 at checkout, and you'll get them both for $33. That's the price of the Intocircuit by itself (which is also the Wirecutter's pick for best external charger), so you're basically… » 9/23/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

Get Over 140 Udemy Courses for $19: Learn Visual Basic for Excel & More

Get 149 Udemy courses for just $19 a pop with promo code GWKR19, a savings of up to 85%. Udemy is one of the largest online learning marketplaces, featuring more than 10,000 instructors with expertise ranging from building web apps from scratch to yoga. All classes are $19 with Promo Code GWKR19. » 9/22/14 2:37pm Yesterday 2:37pm

You Survived Summer, Collect a $150 Visa Gift Card

Now that summer is behind us, it's hard to justify all that cash you bled in the name of boozy long weekends. If autumn you is broke, pale, and dreading the impending holiday money-suck, you're in the right place. We're giving away an $150 Visa gift card. Suck on that, summer. » 9/23/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm