This working Lego zoetrope creates fighting ninja action

Constructed for the round 7 of the MOC Olympics, Ian Spacek has given us the ultimate in old tech moving pictures. Spin up this early animation technique and peer through the slots in the brick and you will see fighting ninja. I've never seen anything like this done for a building contest. Awesome build! » 12/18/14 4:12pm 43 minutes ago

Hackers Can Read Your Texts Thanks to Huge Security Flaw

The global telecom network Signal System 7 helps phone carriers across the world, including AT&T and Verizon, route calls and texts. It's also apparently perforated with security holes that lets hackers and spies listen to your calls and read your texts. It's so bad the ACLU's chief technologist told me that people… » 12/18/14 3:55pm Today 3:55pm

The Coolest (and Weirdest) Stuff From Today's Animation Art Auction

There's an impressive art auction at Profiles in History today and tomorrow featuring everything from wax figures to theme park blueprints. Here's some of the coolest (and weirdest) stuff from it, if you're still looking to get me something for Christmas. For instance, the Alice in Wonderland concept painting above by… » 12/18/14 3:48pm Today 3:48pm

Indulge Your Inner Child and Lose a Few Hours To This Online Spirograph

We've got computer graphics software that's so powerful it can generate images that make it seem like dinosaurs are back. But they still can't compare to the simple satisfaction you get from making a really complex hypotrochoid or epitrochoid with a marker and some perforated gears. So Nathan Friend was kind enough to… » 12/18/14 3:27pm Today 3:27pm

A New Glimpse Into the Gigantic Construction Project Hidden Below NYC

What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America's greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task » 12/18/14 2:53pm Today 2:53pm

Restaurant With Robot Waiters Is A Blast From Futures Past

The robot waiter has arrived! In China. At one restaurant. Yes, the robot waiter has been the promise of the future for decades. But just like humanoid robotics as a whole, it has yet to get past the novelty phase. It's nearly the year 2015 and sadly we're still waiting for robot waiters to go mainstream. » 12/18/14 2:25pm Today 2:25pm

How to Automatically Back Up and Purge Your Gmail Every 30 Days

If the Sony hack has taught us anything, it's that keeping incriminating emails in your inbox is a terrible idea. Even if you aren't doing anything particularly bad, if someone gets into you email, everything you've ever said could be out in the open. Here's how to make sure that doesn't happen by automatically… » 12/18/14 2:24pm Today 2:24pm

The Best Nerf Gun for Every Kid (At Heart)

As a kid, I strapped a Nerf gun to my bicycle so I could dive bomb the neighborhood kids while traveling—I imaginedat five times the speed of sound. As an adult, I've carried a foam-firing blaster to no fewer than three jobs. But a funny thing happened earlier this year: I realized my old guns weren't any good… » 12/18/14 1:52pm Today 1:52pm

The Air Force's Stealth Cruise Missile Just Got Even More Stealthy

In order to keep its pilots out of enemy cross-hairs but still be able to deliver devastating strikes against hardened bunkers, the USAF has spent the better part of two decades developing a family of long-range, semi-autonomous cruise missiles called the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. And the latest JASSM… » 12/18/14 1:42pm Today 1:42pm

Before the Hashtag, There Was the Octothorpe

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics of all kinds. The "#" didn't always have this… » 12/18/14 1:10pm Today 1:10pm

Surface Pro 3, Game of Thrones Season 4, All-Clad, and More Deals

As a happy MacBook Air user, I'm ashamed to admit that I have Microsoft's stupid Surface Pro 3 holiday jingle stuck in my head. If the ad blitz (or the positive reviews) has convinced you to try out Microsoft's hybrid device yourself, here's the best deal we've ever seen on it. - Shep » 12/18/14 12:45pm Today 12:45pm

All of My Gadgets Are Screaming at Me and It's All My Fault

If you were to send me an email right now, a number of things would happen. My wrist would vibrate. My pocket would vibrate, light up, and make a sound. A pop-up would appear in the corner of my laptop screen. A counter next to a small icon of an envelope would increase in my Google Chrome window. I'll twitch and… » 12/18/14 12:43pm Today 12:43pm

Install Rad New Watchfaces on Android Wear

When Google rolled out the 5.0 Lollipop update for Android Wear, it brought with it a number of cool features, not least the ability to install any watchface from Google Play (rather than just the ones pre-installed on your device). What's more, you can now manage them from your smartphone more easily. Here's how to… » 12/18/14 12:11pm Today 12:11pm

Buy a Cow For Christmas, and Other Tips for Doing the Holidays Smarter

This year, stop trying to fend off the holiday beast by throwing money into its gaping maw, and get smart about the way you tackle the season. A few simple solutions can cut down your bill, make your life simpler, and pull you out from under the annual avalanche of wrapping paper and tinsel. » 12/01/14 12:00pm 12/01/14 12:00pm

This Brooklyn Townhouse Blends Modern Design with Historic Architecture

Having an interior designer as a friend can come in handy. Case in point: after Colin Winkelman purchased his 1,600-square-foot townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in 2010, he knew exactly where to look for help decorating the historic space: Lindsay Key, a childhood friend who just so happens to be co-owner of Key +… » 12/17/14 11:59am Yesterday 11:59am

How Do You Squeeze Space Out of Your Small Living Quarters?

Stop complaining about your cramped dwelling and embrace your inner tininess: the McMansion era is over, and more people are beginning to see the beauty (and efficiency) of smaller spaces. Which means that your snack-size apartment now makes you part of a movement! Well, as soon as you get all your clothes off the… » 12/18/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Get 20% Off MeUndies, The Most Comfortable Underwear + Free Shipping

Underwear shopping is an activity that's constantly put off, if it even crosses one's mind. But it's a must if you want to remain a respected part of society. So get 20% off your first order with MeUndies, the direct-to-consumer, comfort-first underwear company, which includes free shipping right to your door. Or send… » 12/15/14 5:26pm Monday 5:26pm

Save 10% on the Perfect Weekend and Gym Duffel Bag + Free Shipping ($90)

Owen & Fred, the men's essentials company, has a single mission of designing high quality everyday products that are manufactured in the USA, and turning them into something more. Their "Work Hard, Play Hard" duffel bag is a customer favorite that Gizmodo readers can get for $90, a savings of 10%, plus free shipping.… » 12/16/14 4:27pm Tuesday 4:27pm

The Best Action Camera For Every Need

If I'm going to be doing stupid things that risk the health of my various important body parts—and I do, often—I want to make sure I capture those moments so I can relive them later. That's how I elbowed my way into the action camera beat more than three years ago, and I haven't looked back. » 12/17/14 10:24am Yesterday 10:24am