This Classy Connect Four Set Is Cool Enough to Keep Out of the Toy Box

Are you now, or have you ever been, a kid? If the answer is yes, chances are good that you've played Connect Four. (If the answer is no: Are you Benjamin Button?) If you're still into the game but not so into the plastic frame and primary colors, this very classy set will most certainly impress even your most refined… » 10/23/14 5:00pm 49 minutes ago

Ford's Adding Another Self-Driving Feature to Its Cars Next Year

There's a lot of debate over when—and whether—self-driving cars will hit the road. Elon Musk says six years. Volvo says three. However, some of the features of self-driving cars are already in action. And with Ford's announcement that its sedans will sport pedestrian detection technology starting next year, there are… » 10/23/14 4:46pm Today 4:46pm

An Austin Airport Is Counting Cell Phones to Predict TSA Wait Times

If you're passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favor and make sure you have your phone's Wi-Fi or Bluetooth turned on. Sure, it might be a teensy bit of a battery suck—but it will also help tell everyone around you just how long they'll be spending in airport security… » 10/23/14 4:17pm Today 4:17pm

New NYC Tourism Ads Target Locals Too Lazy to Leave the Neighborhood

New York sometimes feels like an archipelago of multiple cities—cities which, unless you have a damn good reason like work or your friend's band, you rarely visit. So for its latest ad campaign, NYC isn't going after out-of-staters. It's going after the lazy ass locals who never visit any neighborhoods but their own. » 10/23/14 4:09pm Today 4:09pm

The Horrifying Job of Facebook Content Moderators

Isn't Facebook great? (It's not.) But isn't it nice and clean and kid friendly? This is true for a very specific reason: the social media giant outsources the gnarly task of finding and deleting inappropriate content. In the November issue of Wired, Adrian Chen offers a peek into the darkest corners of the industry.… » 10/23/14 3:56pm Today 3:56pm

Compact SSDs That Outperform the Fastest USB Flash Drives

You might wonder why anyone would actually spend money on a USB flash drive when companies hand them out for free at trade shows. The answer is speed—a free flash drive copies files slower than a tired snail. You can always spend hundreds on a fast USB 3.0 flash drive to speed up file copies, but even the most… » 10/23/14 3:47pm Today 3:47pm

Kraft Foods Gave Away a Real Spaceship Simulator in 1959

If you were an American kid in the 1950s and 60s you were bombarded with an amazing promise: one day, when you're all grown up, you'll be able to vacation on the moon. But until then you'll have to settle for space-adventure TV shows and comic books. Unless, of course, you won this real live space simulator from 1959. » 10/23/14 3:29pm Today 3:29pm

5 Books For Expanding Your Photography Knowledge

There are many ways to learn about photography, not least of which are the vast depths of the internet, replete with tutorials and how-to videos. But getting past mere technical proficiency and learning valuable lessons about the art form isn't as easy as a Google search. Luckily, there are those old things called… » 10/23/14 2:56pm Today 2:56pm

No Love for Lovelace: A Closer Read of Walter Isaacson's Innovators

I'm glad Walter Isaacson is getting such an outpouring of love from reviewers and talk-show hosts for including Ada Lovelace in The Innovators, his new history of the digital revolution.1 Thanks to Isaacson, Lovelace is finally receiving at least a few bytes of the attention she deserves for having written the first… » 10/23/14 2:48pm Today 2:48pm

The Best Rechargeable Batteries

Unsurprisingly, Eneloops dominated the best rechargeable battery voting, taking almost 80% of the vote as of this writing. The Eneloop line has an incredible reputation, and garnered huge numbers of positive anecdotes from our readers. In addition to the winning AAs, Eneloop offers AAAs, chargers, and C and D spacers. » 10/23/14 2:45pm Today 2:45pm

What Automated Appliance Would Make Your Life a Trillion Times Easier?

Our objects are talking to us and no, we aren't hallucinating. Home automation is turning our homes and lives into a sequel to Beauty and the Beast — but instead of being punished by an ancient spell, people are benefiting from the ability to communicate with our appliances. No more spending the workday freaking out… » 10/23/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

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Like to know how to code? Silly question. Whether you want to learn how to build web apps with Ruby, iOS 8 apps with swift, or learn how to code& build games, these e-learning deals have you covered, with discounts of up to 97%. Plus, only Gizmodo readers can grab an extra 10% off with the coupon "gizcode". » 10/19/14 5:35am Sunday 5:35am