The High-Tech Sensors That Keep Track of L.A.'s Weather

When Dallas Raines or the Times' weather page reports that it was 92 degrees in Los Angeles yesterday, their data likely come from one source: the National Weather Service's downtown Los Angeles station on the University of Southern California (USC) campus. » 4/18/14 5:40pm 50 minutes ago

Google Sent Out Broken Glass to Try on "For Look Purposes Only"

Is the only thing holding you back from entering the world of Glass the fact that you can't decide which color best brings out your eyes? Worry no more. Google's fixed the problem by sending potential Explorers all four colors of Glass' Titanium Collection. And because this is just about about how great(?) you'll look… » 4/18/14 5:33pm 57 minutes ago

The SpaceX Launch Is Sending Dinosaur Microbes to the Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon capsule that just left Earth for the International Space Station is carrying many an important item: a new laser communication system, coffee (which they just ran out of!), a planter for fresh produce, and billions and billions of microbes swabbed from dinosaur bones, sneakers, and spacecraft clean… » 4/18/14 4:45pm Today 4:45pm

2,500 Flaming Gas Burners Make This One Awesome Audio Visualizer

Remember Winamp's wonderful audio visualizers? They let you see your music through trippy ever-evolving patterns, but they couldn't hold a flame to this Pyro Board, which trades animations for a glowing grid of flames produced by 2,500 gas burners. Awesome first, safety second. » 4/18/14 4:31pm Today 4:31pm

The Biggest Tech Industry Buzzwords, Defined for Normal People

The tech industry loves catchy phrases, but the truth is that most of them either don't mean anything or they're just complicated ways to phrase simple ideas. With that in mind, let's dig into what sayings like "the internet of things" or "disruption" means to us normal people. » 4/18/14 4:30pm Today 4:30pm

Driving the Past, For the Future of Car Design

This week the Ford Mustang, perhaps America's most culturally influential car, turned 50. Ford Motor Company celebrated the anniversary with commemorative models and publicity stunts, but the company's top two designers had the most fitting tribute: A Michigan-to-NYC road trip in two classic Mustangs. I rode along and, … » 4/18/14 4:07pm Today 4:07pm

Layers of Inflatable Balls Might Just Make This the Greatest Bed Ever

Forget those individually-wrapped coil spring beds that can shrug off bouncing bowling balls, the Balluga—a mattress made of layer upon layer of computer-controlled inflatable spheres—could be the most comfortable place you've ever rested your head. And with a laundry list of other lavish features, you may never have a … » 4/18/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Hey! Hey, you! Did you know that we're wrapping up a weeklong look at Utopias here at Giz? We've learned a lot about what happens when man attempts to make a little slice of heaven on earth: the results can be creepy, cult-y, and really, really (really!) funny. » 4/18/14 3:54pm Today 3:54pm

What Utopias Have to Do With the 19th Century Craze for Octagon Houses

If you begin looking into the history of vegetarianism, you'll find that Kansas pops up over and over again. The state, now much better known for BBQ, was once the planned site for a particularly striking vegetarian utopia: Octagon City. Its strict geometric plan was a grand, city-scale expression of a mid-18th century … » 4/18/14 3:40pm Today 3:40pm

Grab the FreedomPop High Speed WiFi Hotspot, Now Available for $29.99

As the world's smallest 4G mobile WiFi hotspot, the FreedomPop Photon fits in the palm of your hand and simultaneously provides up to 8 of your devices with 12mbps download speeds. Gizmodo readers can grab a feature-rich starter package that includes the Photon and 2GB of data today for a low $29.99. » 1/09/14 12:24am 1/09/14 12:24am

Name Your Own Price On This Top Learn To Code Bundle

Whether you want to become a pro developer, or create your own kick-ass portfolio, it can be pretty hard to get started with coding. So to help get you up to speed, we've put together a bundle of courses, covering HTML5, CSS, Java, PHP, MySQL, Objective C, Xcode, Python and more. The best part? it's name your own price » 3/03/14 4:25pm 3/03/14 4:25pm

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

Other than once again proving the popularity of avian characters, what Flappy Bird showed is that with a bit of knowledge, anyone can turn a simple idea into a smash hit – and we've built a bundle (now 95% off) to teach you those skills. » 3/31/14 2:20pm 3/31/14 2:20pm

From EVPs to Reiki, A Real Ghost Hunter Shares the Tricks of the Trade

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Like Kevin, the hapless protagonist on Hulu's new ghost-hunting show Deadbeat, Marti Haines sees dead people. And, like Kevin, she has made it her life's work to help them communicate with their loved ones. However, Marti isn't a character on a show — she's a real live medium and ghost hunter, who works and lives in… » 4/16/14 12:00pm Wednesday 12:00pm