Apple Won't Turn Over Your iPhone's Data to Police If You're Using iOS 8

Here's a new feature of iOS 8 that we weren't expecting: Apple announced tonight that the new software makes it impossible for Apple to turn over the data on an iOS 8-equipped iPhone or iPad to U.S. law enforcement, even in the presence of a search warrant. Chalk one up for privacy. » 9/17/14 11:57pm 17 minutes ago

The eyes of animals look a lot like alien worlds

Continuing his fantastic series of macro shots of the eyes of animals, here is Suren Manvelyan's Animal Eyes 3. The close up shots of the fish and reptiles and other animals in this series look positively alien when seen up close. I thought they were artist's rendering of deep space planets from a sci-fi movie. » 9/17/14 11:24pm 49 minutes ago

Turning a chunk of wood into something beautiful is satisfying to watch

Here is Alan Holland performing his craft: woodturning. He takes a big chunk of wood, spins it on a lathe and shaves and cuts it down into something much more detailed. It's painstaking work but it looks absolutely rewarding. Getting to the finished product is like discovering something that was hidden underneath. » 9/17/14 10:42pm Yesterday 10:42pm

Kindle Voyage: This Is What a $200 E-Reader Looks Like (It's Gorgeous)

It's been a few years since e-ink Kindles took a big step forward. 2012's Kindle Paperwhite was the last big splash. But now Amazon's got a new, beautiful, premium e-reader for you to read words off of. This is the Kindle Voyage. » 9/17/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Amazon's Got a Faster Kindle Fire HDX and a Fleet of $100 Tiny Tablets

Last year, Amazon's Kindle tablets really grew up. They got fantastic and stylish new design, and a software update to back it up. This year, Amazon's trotting out a new 8.9 Kindle Fire HDX with faster guts. You won't find a 7-inch version if that's what you're looking for, but Amazon does have some staggeringly cheap… » 9/17/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Vimeo Will Be Re-Releasing A Dozen Classic Episodes of MST3K This Year

Every night is a good night to spend with the intergalactic gang stranded on the Satellite of Love. They're out there in the not-too-distant future, enduring the worst, cheesiest films made on the planet Earth, and yet: They. Just. Keep. Riffing. Their high spirits have spared the world we know from Dr. Forrester's… » 9/17/14 8:45pm Yesterday 8:45pm

QuickType Could Be The Most Fun You Have With iOS 8

Since ancient times, iPhone owners have cursed the dreaded Autocorrect. They've lived in fear that the Apple monstrosity will get them fired, alienate them from parents, and generally destroy all forms of meaningful relationship. With iOS 8, however, the autocorrect function has a devilish new counterpart: Apple's… » 9/17/14 8:07pm Yesterday 8:07pm

This Storm-Hunting Drone Flew Into the Eye of a Hurricane

When Hurricane Edouard came whooshing over North Atlantic this week, one little drone was ready. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coyote is neither especially big nor especially tough-looking, but it flew where no pilot—and no drone—had ever flown before. This is the future of storm hunting. » 9/17/14 7:58pm Yesterday 7:58pm

Behold the awesome nebulae flybys in this new In Saturn's Rings teaser

Our friends of In Saturn's Rings have a new teaser for their incoming 4K IMAX grand tour of the Universe, made using millions of high definition photographs taken by telescopes and spacecraft. There are no 3D models in these videos. Just photos, animated by 67 volunteers from all over the world. » 9/17/14 7:48pm Yesterday 7:48pm

Dyson Just Crowned This Smart Cart as the Year's Best American Invention

Dyson is renowned as much for its inventions as the way it makes them—a process The New Yorker once described as "a second industrial revolution." That's why the James Dyson Foundation was created: To foster and promote young inventors. Today, the organization announced the national winner of its annual Dyson Award,… » 9/17/14 7:01pm Yesterday 7:01pm

I don't think Mario could survive this real-life arcade run

Jason Paul and his team show their parkour skills in this cool set up that looks like a real-life 8-bit video game. Watching this I started thinking on Mario. He is not an overweight plumber would have enough stamina to survive a run in this scenery—not even with the help of magic mushrooms. » 9/17/14 6:43pm Yesterday 6:43pm

The First Driverless Transit System in the U.S. Starts Rolling in 2017

Since 2011, Honolulu's been busy building a $5.2 billion solution to help alleviate the mind-blowing traffic congestion that's come to define life on Oahu's South Shore. The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is a 20-mile, 21-station elevated train—and it will be the first completely driverless rail system in the U.S. » 9/17/14 5:35pm Yesterday 5:35pm

The Evolution of Potty Training Tech

At some point between the terrible twos and terrifying threes, most of us embarked on a pilgrimage to the great ceramic bowl in the sky. It was a long journey, which left in its wake frustrated parents, soiled sheets, and tiny mounds of ill-timed poop. But over time, with practice and patience, we collectively… » 9/17/14 5:15pm Yesterday 5:15pm

The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind

Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for HeavensGate.com, is positively extraordinary. Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce. A few stayed behind, though.… » 9/17/14 9:42am Yesterday 9:42am

Get 27% off the Quick Powering LithiumCard Backup Battery

Seeing as phones are getting to a pocket-busting size nowadays, other tech needs to shrink down. The LithiumCard does that for batteries — it's way thinner and smaller than your overgrown handset. Plus, it's a super fast charger – 1% of your device per minute. The best part? For Gizmodo readers, it's 27% off. » 9/15/14 12:01pm Monday 12:01pm