Boeing and SpaceX Will Share NASA's $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Program

NASA just announced a critical component of Launch America, the country's highly anticipated next chapter in human spaceflight. The organization confirmed in a press conference today that Boeing and SpaceX will split the $6.8 billion "space taxi" contract, with $4.2 billion going to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. » 9/16/14 4:23pm 25 minutes ago

This New Parking App Can Find Empty Spaces, No Sensors Required

Parking sucks, and that's why there are plenty of apps to help your car find a vacant spot. Trouble is, those solutions tend to require expensive sensors to be installed in each and every one of those potentially open spots. A new app called PocketParker instead leverages the power of passive, portable sensors—the… » 9/16/14 4:15pm 33 minutes ago

These Photos of an Empty City at Night Will Haunt Me Forever

If you find yourself wander a strange city in the middle of the night, something is probably wrong. But if you stop and take all in, the urban landscape is somewhat surreal at night, when all of the people are sleeping. Photographer Paul Puiia captured that uncanny feeling so well, I don't think I'll ever look at… » 9/16/14 3:56pm 51 minutes ago

TRONify Anything With This New Colorful Glowing Thread

Forget about all the company's work on its incredibly durable Gorilla Glass. No one's going to care if their smartphone's screen gets scratched when Corning's other major innovation hits consumers. Because when their device is covered in Fibrance, a fiber-optic thread-like material that glows in any color and looks… » 9/16/14 3:36pm Today 3:36pm

Magnetic Nanobeads Can Snatch Bacteria and Virus Out of Blood

Sepsis is an nasty and surprisingly common way to die. The illness is triggered by blood infections but, ultimately, it's your own immune reaction—not the bacteria or virus—that poisons you to death. Filtering those pathogens out of blood right away, though, could be a promising treatment. Enter a new device made of m… » 9/16/14 3:19pm Today 3:19pm

I Worked in a Car That's Longer Than My Studio and Pricier Than a House

I work from home. My home is a small apartment in San Francisco in a building that's been around since 1917, and my "office" is a butt's-width section of a used Ikea sofa I bought off Craigslist a few years back. I recently had the opportunity to spend a workday rolling around town in a brand new Bentley Mulsanne—a… » 9/16/14 3:01pm Today 3:01pm

What's Your Favorite Mechanical Keyboard Switch?

We talk a lot about mechanical keyboards around here, and with good reason. They're the kind of life/work upgrade you never look back from, and a joy to type and game on. Today we want to know what your favorite mechanical switch is, and why. » 9/16/14 2:47pm Today 2:47pm

Are There Any Non-Terrible iPhone 6 Plus Cases?

Obviously discounting the master stroke you see above, there are a lot of pretty horrible cases out there. In fact, some would even go so far as to say that the entire genre is inherently flawed. But in reality, iPhones scratch far too easy—having a case is a necessary evil. Which is why we ask you, dear readers, is… » 9/16/14 2:42pm Today 2:42pm

This Synthetic Material Changes Color and Texture Like Octopus Skin

When it comes to camouflage, we lowly humans are far behind the cephalopod. Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish have the amazing ability to change color or texture—going from scarlet red to bone white, bumpy to smooth in just seconds. But we're making progress. Scientists at MIT and Duke have created a new stretchy… » 9/16/14 2:24pm Today 2:24pm

Philips Wants to Cure Aches With Wireless Drug-Free Pain Relievers

There are some pains that are easily resolved with a couple of aspirins and a good night's sleep. But there are other pains that are far more persistent, and Philips is hoping to provide those that suffer from chronic aches with some drug-free pain relief using a couple of new iPhone-connected devices. » 9/16/14 1:57pm Today 1:57pm

Chicago's New Electric Garbage Trucks Give Trash the Silent Treatment

You know how I know it's garbage day? Because it's 5 am and it sounds like the trucks from Pump are getting busy on the curb. VROOOOOM, CRUNCH, SLAM, WAKKA WAKKA WAKKA, SLAM, CRUNCH, VROOOOOM. But some lucky Chicagoans will soon be able to sleep all the way through the night thanks to a new fleet of (mostly) silent… » 9/16/14 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

Make Meals from Scratch Using This Turntable Grater

There are some that believe that even cracking a smile in the kitchen is an insult to the culinary arts. For the rest of us, the internet's a treasure trove of fun, but often useless, gadgets for the kitchen. This DJ Grater manages to be both whimsical and useful, letting you grate cheese like you were spinning on the… » 9/16/14 1:27pm Today 1:27pm

Ingenious Power Strip, Magnetic Amazon Earbuds, Logitech Gear [Deals]

This clever power strip (can I even call it that?) is shaped like a cube to accomodate all of your oversized all warts. It even has a couple of USB ports for your convenience. The price currently varies by color, but the green is as low as $13. [PowerCube Power Strip with 4 outlets, Dual USB Port, $13]
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Vintage ad promising a free U2 tape with every Walkman is fake

Apple recently gave iTunes users something they didn't want for free: a new U2 album. Reactions have ranged from "who the hell is U2?" to "who the hell is U2 and why is this on my phone?" The move has also spawned countless jokes, including the photoshop'd image above. Yes, despite looking plausible enough, it's yet… » 9/16/14 1:08pm Today 1:08pm

Ready to Buy a Home? Use this Infographic to Avoid a Stress Overload

Buying a home is about much more than finding a place to live. It symbolizes your square footage of the American Dream and the security that comes with it. While home ownership is a common goal — almost 67 percent of Americans owned their homes in 2010 — buying real estate is no small matter. Gathering information… » 9/16/14 11:59am Today 11:59am

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

I think we can all agree that an 8-bit version of The Avengers would be awesome to play. Want to learn how to build it (or another game idea) yourself? With a bit of knowledge, anyone can turn a simple game idea into a smash hit – and we've built a bundle (now 95% off) to teach you those skills. » 9/12/14 3:28pm Friday 3:28pm

Get 1 TB of Military Grade Online Backup For $19 From iDrive

Cloud backup has become essential for everyone. However, the more devices you have, the more complicated it gets. iDrive is different, making multi-device backup and syncing dead simple. Now, Gizmodo readers can grab 1 year of iDrive's 1 TB cloud backup plan for $19. An absurdly good deal, if I do say so myself. » 9/12/14 4:33pm Friday 4:33pm