Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer. » 9/19/14 1:02pm 11 minutes ago

Meet the Man Who Designed Ghostbusters' Most Iconic Props in Two Weeks

If you're spending millions of dollars to make a movie, it seems like it would only make sense to make sure everything is ready for day one of filming, right?. Apparently Hollywood doesn't work that way, because as the designer of Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters reveals in this fun interview, they only started building the… » 9/19/14 12:50pm 24 minutes ago

Police Can Still Get Data Off Your iOS 8 Device Without Apple's Help

Remember that promise Apple made about not turning your data over to police in iOS 8? It's not a lie! But as iPhone security experts point out, that does not mean police can't access your data. It's actually not even that hard. » 9/19/14 12:29pm 45 minutes ago

Five Awesome Cameras From the Biggest Photo Show In the World

The bi-annual Photokina show going on in Germany right now is the most important photography tech event in the world. We see some awesome gear, yes, but we also get a get a glimpse for what lies ahead. This year's show is particularly interesting because it falls just as digital imaging reaches the crossroads between… » 9/19/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Boeing's New Space Taxi Has the Cleanest Cabin on Earth

With NASA's rather surprising decision to split the Commercial Crew Program prize between Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule, America is officially back in the manned space exploration game! Woohoo! And even better, our astronauts will be shuttled to the ISS in style aboard the spacious CST-100 from Boeing. » 9/19/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

3D Printing Just Wireframe Models Can Vastly Speed Up Prototyping

When 3D printing technologies were first adopted for manufacturing decades ago, they were referred to as rapid prototyping machines because compared to old methods, they were able to churn out parts with remarkable speed. But even today's 3D printing technology has room for improvement, and a new technique that… » 9/19/14 11:15am Today 11:15am

Nobody Knows How These Strange Ridges Appeared on Mars

The technology used to map to Mars is advancing at a thrilling rate and uncovering all kinds of curiosities. The latest head-scratching image comes from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). It reveals a series of mysterious sandy ridges. No one knows exactly how they… » 9/19/14 10:53am Today 10:53am

Three Uses For iOS Parental Controls That Don't Involve Kids

Plenty of the features in iOS have secondary uses that you might not have thought about, and that includes the parental controls. You can find them under the Restrictions heading of the General tab in Settings and whether you're a parent or not, this special PIN-protected mode can come in very handy. » 9/19/14 10:23am Today 10:23am

A Nut-Cracking Hammer That Stops Shell Shrapnel

Although the nutcracker seems like an outdated piece of technology given you can buy nuts with the shells already removed, a small chunk of the population seems to still prefer doing it themselves. So nutcracker makers keep plying their trade, coming up with better and better designs, like this satisfying hammer that… » 9/19/14 9:57am Today 9:57am

The Design of Spoons and Knives Can Change the Way We Taste Food

Chances are, you've spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but… » 9/19/14 9:20am Today 9:20am

7 iPhone 6 Plus Cases That Don't Suck

Earlier this week, we asked you to help us prepare for today's big iPhone release by hunting down those few and far between cases that don't offend our most base sensibilities And you, dear readers, did not disappoint. » 9/19/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

Conan Thinks Apple Should Have Released an All-Encompassing U2-Remover

Despite how edgy and "punk rock" U2 thinks burdening millions of iPhones with its latest album was, there was still enough public outcry for Apple to create a custom tool to get that "music" off a user's device. But did Apple go far enough? Conan thinks it shouldn't have stopped at just getting U2 off your phone. » 9/19/14 8:31am Today 8:31am

The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind

Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for HeavensGate.com, is positively extraordinary. Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce. A few stayed behind, though.… » 9/17/14 9:42am Wednesday 9:42am

Time to Face Facts: You're Caring for Your Clothes All Wrong

I'm sorry to spring this on you here, in front of everyone, but this is a laundry intervention. Your weak laundry game is hurting us all, but really, the biggest casualty is you. You have your life together in so many other ways — don't you want people to look at you and see you, not just a bunch of weird wrinkles,… » 9/18/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Get 27% off the Quick Powering LithiumCard Backup Battery

Seeing as phones are getting to a pocket-busting size nowadays, other tech needs to shrink down. The LithiumCard does that for batteries — it's way thinner and smaller than your overgrown handset. Plus, it's a super fast charger – 1% of your device per minute. The best part? For Gizmodo readers, it's 27% off. » 9/15/14 12:01pm Monday 12:01pm

Get 42% Off The GoSafe 110 Dashcam – One Of Amazon's Top Dashcams

You know dashcams? They capture those brilliantly hilarious behind-the-windshield videos. But their main role is to record video evidence of any fool who drives into your car. The GoSafe 110 is a 5 star amazon product – it captures a 126º view in HD, and Gizmodo readers exclusively can grab one for over 40%. » 9/15/14 12:06pm Monday 12:06pm