Parks and Rec's Fake Future Facebook Is Disconcertingly Plausible

Parks and Rec jumped a few years into the future for its last season, and that jump has mostly manifested in holographic tablets. Last night's episode, however, took on the more in-depth subject of data-mining pretty seriously, and with characteristically goofy wit. It's just a liiittle too realistic though. » 1/28/15 11:15am 45 minutes ago

Warning: CEO Of Elite Dating Site Can Ban You Douchebags For Life

Amanda Bradford just launched a dating app called The League, which is designed to be used by beautiful, ambitious, intelligent people — you know who you are! — while keeping out the riffraff. Are you in our league? No surprise that some people find this app silly. Or sad. Or offensive. But don't you dare point that… » 1/28/15 10:57am Today 10:57am

Identify Songs Without Shazaam by Using Google Now

There are plenty of apps for identifying music while you're listening to it, but you might not know that the same functionality is built into Google Now as well—it's just one of the many features available inside Google's digital assistant that aren't immediately obvious to the casual user. If you hear a tune you… » 1/28/15 10:26am Today 10:26am

The 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair images show all the amazing upcoming Lego

The 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany goes into full swing tomorrow, but images have already started rolling in from those in attendance. There are tons of pictures being beamed out via twitter and various websites and I will try to consolidate them into this extremely picture heavy post. » 1/28/15 10:00am Today 10:00am

Tinkering With a Raspberry Pi Is Even Cheaper Than Usual Right Now

The humble Raspberry Pi has been inspiring clever hacks for years, but it's never too late to pick one up to play around with yourself, especially at these prices. » 1/28/15 9:45am Today 9:45am

Maker of Drone That Crashed at White House Will Block Flights Over DC

Following revelations that a civilian-operated drone crashed on the White House lawn, the manufacturer of the drone, DJI, will take steps to prevent its drones from flying over Washington DC. That's the first time that the Chinese company has blocked such a huge area. » 1/28/15 9:33am Today 9:33am

Inflatable Stickies Make Building Robots as Easy as Arts and Crafts

In recent years, taking a simpler approach to science and engineering has paid off handsomely in certain fields. It's part of the reason there are now rovers exploring Mars, and many feel it will be the easiest way to make robots more commonplace. After all, what could be a simpler way to build an automaton than with… » 1/28/15 9:25am Today 9:25am

How the Pencil Sharpener Was Invented

For years, the knife was the most commonly used tool to sharpen the wooden writing instrument known as a pencil (which historians believe was invented in the 15th or 16th century). But whittling the wood away to eventually produce a point was a time-consuming, tedious, and inexact process. As pencils became more… » 1/28/15 6:30am Today 6:30am

Super close up images of common objects are beautifully alien

If you look at anything closely, you'll begin to see things you never saw before. That's why it's super fun to look at really common objects up close because it reveals a whole 'nother side, the world is both beautifully detailed and disgusting from up close. Pyanek did that in the series Amazing Worlds Within Our… » 1/28/15 12:45am Today 12:45am

Watch the First Two Installments of Haphead, a VR Gamer Dystopia


For the first time ever, io9 has teamed up with indie filmmakers to bring you a science fiction web series. Created by Jim Munroe (Ghosts with Shit Jobs, Infest Wisely), Haphead is the tale of a gamer who is willing to do anything to get her hands on a new "haptic" VR system for games. » 1/27/15 11:33pm Yesterday 11:33pm

6 great photography tips from one of the world's best photojournalists

Steve McCurry took some of the most iconic images of our time. He spent his whole life traveling the World, meeting people, and telling compelling stories with his stunning pictures. In these series of videos he shares some of the lessons he learnt on that exciting journey. » 1/27/15 10:37pm Yesterday 10:37pm

​Opera Founder's Fancy New Web Browser Won't Even Need A Mouse

Tired of using your mouse cursor to scroll and click through the web? No, probably not—but a new web browser may give you the option to unplug the sucker anyhow. It's called Vivaldi, and it springs from the mind of the co-founder and former CEO of Opera. In other words, a man who knows his browsers. » 1/27/15 10:00pm Yesterday 10:00pm

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DreamHost is offering Gizmodo readers a year of web hosting and a domain name for just $2.95 a month, 67% off the regular price. Build the site you've always dreamed of from the ground up and get all the key features you need to keep it running efficiently, all for only $35 annually. Use promo code gizmodo295. » 1/26/15 4:10pm Monday 4:10pm

Get This Post-CES Special – 30% Off Revogi's Bluetooth Smartbulb 

Want to set the mood right from your phone? With smartbulbs, you can control colors, brightness, or even set times to power on/off. Many smartbulbs cost upwards of $80 or $100, but Gizmodo readers can get 30% off Revogi's bluetooth-controlled Smartbulb, so it's just $34.99 + Free Shipping. » 1/27/15 5:11pm Yesterday 5:11pm