Guy trying to take a selfie gets kicked in the face by train conductor

Perhaps this should be the punishment of all selfie takers. Or at least all selfie takers who put themselves in potentially dangerous situations just to take a damn picture of their mug blocking everything behind it. Jared Michael, the foolish guy in the video, paid the price. He tried to take a selfie in front of a… » 4/16/14 6:58pm 10 minutes ago

Google Street View Accidentally Made an Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs

House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts—like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 percent accuracy. Take that, human. » 4/16/14 6:40pm 29 minutes ago

The Simpsons Will Air an Entire Episode in Lego

It's always beautiful when two awesome things collide. It's especially beautiful when those two things are The Simpsons and Lego. And that's exactly what we're going to see on May 4, when Fox will air an episode of The Simpsons in Lego form—or at least CGI Lego form. » 4/16/14 6:17pm 51 minutes ago

Electric Lights Are Too Expensive—Why Not Brighten The Moon?

Think of all the power it takes to light up empty parking lots at night. Think of how annoying it can be when the sun goes down, yet you didn't finish all your work for the day. Think of how great it would be if we could just extend daytime, reduce the cost of lighting up all those empty streets and garages, and keep… » 4/16/14 5:40pm Today 5:40pm

Broadacre City: Frank Lloyd Wright's Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

Frank Lloyd Wright was arrogant, stubborn, and brilliant. But above all, he was a shrewd businessman who understood the importance of spectacle in keeping his business afloat. Wright put on many shows over the course of his lifetime, but arguably no performance was greater than his utopian plan to create the perfect… » 4/16/14 5:30pm Today 5:30pm

How San Francisco Sacrificed a Valley in Yosemite for Water and Power

The electricity that powers San Francisco's streetlights, schools, and international airport begins as a torrent of water inside—of all places—the supposed natural sanctuary that is Yosemite National Park. A century ago, a pristine valley was sacrificed so that San Francisco could continue to exist. » 4/16/14 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

This Desk Keeps Your Cords In Order and Has a Built-In Whiteboard

Man it feels good to sit down at a desk where everything is in order—or so I've heard. Mine is always a disaster, what with the cords and cables and scattered reminder notes I've scrawled on bits of paper that will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle. But this lovely specimen from Artifox looks like it would seriously… » 4/16/14 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

Tiny Magnetic Robots Might One Day Work On Equally Tiny Assembly Lines

We've successfully engineered giant robot arms for building cars on an assembly line. But smaller mass-produced items—like electronics—still mostly rely on the nimble hands and fingers of a human. Building and controlling robots on a very small scale is still very difficult, but a company called SRI International may… » 4/16/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

What Is Tizen?

This year, Samsung will sell (at least) two phones and a watch that don't run Android. Instead, they'll run something called Tizen. That's a major departure for such an important player in the smartphone game. But what is Tizen? And will you actually want to use it? » 4/16/14 4:10pm Today 4:10pm

Canadian Teen Is the First Arrested for Stealing Data With Heartbleed

In what's sure to be the first of many to come, a 19-year-old Canadian man was arrested for exploiting the Heartbleed bug to lift taxpayer data from a government website, making this the first official Heartbleed-related arrest. » 4/16/14 3:53pm Today 3:53pm

Grab the FreedomPop High Speed WiFi Hotspot, Now Available for $29.99

As the world's smallest 4G mobile WiFi hotspot, the FreedomPop Photon fits in the palm of your hand and simultaneously provides up to 8 of your devices with 12mbps download speeds. Gizmodo readers can grab a feature-rich starter package that includes the Photon and 2GB of data today for a low $29.99. » 1/09/14 12:24am 1/09/14 12:24am

Learn To Build Games With 95% Off The Pro Game Developer Bundle

Other than once again proving the popularity of avian characters, what Flappy Bird showed is that with a bit of knowledge, anyone can turn a simple idea into a smash hit – and we've built a bundle (now 95% off) to teach you those skills. » 3/31/14 2:20pm 3/31/14 2:20pm

This Infographic Shows Why Driving is Safer With a Second Set of Eyes

Focusing on the road ahead when you're driving can be a real challenge. Whether it's an urgent text message, a crying baby in the backseat, or a biker weaving through traffic, something's always clamoring for your attention. But what if you had an extra set of eyes and ears to keep you alert and aware behind the wheel? … » 4/08/14 8:59am 4/08/14 8:59am

The First Ever iOS Bundle – Get Parallels and 11 Other Apps up to 80%…

We've bundled up 12 award-winning iOS apps and discounted each 50% to 80% off. The best part? You only buy the apps you want. Gizmodo readers can get 57% off Readdle's ever popular Calendars 5 & Scanner Pro, and 70% off Parallels Access, which brings your desktop apps (Mac & PC) to your iPad. » 4/08/14 12:42pm 4/08/14 12:42pm

From EVPs to Reiki, A Real Ghost Hunter Shares the Tricks of the Trade

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Like Kevin, the hapless protagonist on Hulu's new ghost-hunting show Deadbeat, Marti Haines sees dead people. And, like Kevin, she has made it her life's work to help them communicate with their loved ones. However, Marti isn't a character on a show — she's a real live medium and ghost hunter, who works and lives in… » 4/16/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm