How Game of Thrones Crafted Last Season's Emmy-Winning Visual Effects

Game of Thrones walked away from the Emmys last week with four of the biggest technical awards, including a very well-deserved win for best visual effects. One team responsible has posted some of their process videos from season 4. Let's just say it looks tougher than conquering the walled city of Meereen. » 9/02/14 12:19pm 24 minutes ago

Watch a Pilot Snag Cold War Spy Satellite Footage as It Falls From Orbit

The Corona program was the opening salvo in the effort to peer into Soviet-controlled territory from orbit. In order to recover the top-secret physical photographs it took, Air Force pilots took to the sky for what amounted to a claw arcade game, played miles above the Earth. Here's a rare look at it in action. » 9/02/14 12:14pm 29 minutes ago

This Dazzling Laser Show Is Way More Effective Than Any Warning Shot

Warning shots are a waste of ammunition and not a particularly effective deterrent. Instead, modern warfighters inform potentially lost civilians/potential suicide bombers that they're in the soldier's rifle sights by blasting them with laser light from barrel-mounted laser dazzlers like these. » 9/02/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

A Robotic Dolly Means You'll Never Carry Anything Up Stairs Again

Tackling a long flight of stairs is grueling enough when you're empty-handed, but having to climb step after step while carrying something heavy? Mankind wasn't designed to endure such torture, so thankfully we've invented something so we don't have to. The folks at Akihabara News in Tokyo spotted this robotic… » 9/02/14 10:19am Today 10:19am

You Can Now Send a Netflix Rec to a Friend in a Facebook Message

Netflix indecision is the worst, so from time to time you'll ask your friends what they're watching. And then you forget what they told you and you're back at square one. Now Netflix is making your life easier, by letting you recommend a show or movie to a friend directly from Netflix in a Facebook message. » 9/02/14 9:55am Today 9:55am

Your GM Car Will Soon Know When You're Texting (And Tell You To Stop)

A decade ago, you'd assume that the idiot on the highway in front of you weaving back and forth across the yellow lines was drunk. Today, there's a pretty good chance that they're just trying to navigate some particularly complicated emoji. GM wants to stop the madness, and it's betting on eye-tracking to do so. » 9/02/14 9:33am Today 9:33am

This Portable Charger Reminds You To Bring It Along on Busy Days

A portable charger can save your butt on days when your smartphone never seems to leave your hand—but only if you remember to bring it with you. So not only has Elgato packed 6,000 mAh into its new Smart Power battery, but Bluetooth and an accompanying iOS app as well, so that it can peek at your iPhone's calendar and… » 9/02/14 9:32am Today 9:32am

Striped Electrical Tape Makes It Easy To Find the Starting Edge

How many laps of a roll of tape do you usually need to find the starting edge with your fingernail? Three? Four? You won't even need fingernails with with this clever roll of electrical tape that features a wavy double-stripe pattern making the starting edge impossible to miss—all you need to do is spot the break in… » 9/02/14 8:46am Today 8:46am

How To Make Your Social Media Accounts (Almost) Unhackable

It can be easy to dismiss social media security as a chore to save for another day. Getting hacked is serious business though, and you could find your online identity stolen, your precious photos erased and your devices inaccessible. Fear not! We've put together some simple but effective ways of keeping the hackers… » 9/02/14 8:20am Today 8:20am

Sit Back, Tell Us How Special You Are, and Win a Prize

While the drive to take quizzes and fill out surveys online is technically not included on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, it's nevertheless up there with eating, sleeping, and sex in terms of unstoppable human urges. When given the opportunity to reflect on your own special self by ticking off boxes— introvert or… » 9/02/14 12:00pm 43 minutes ago