I don't know about you but I love watching these sparkly visualizations that show what the entire world is doing. This one, made by Triposo, uses timestamps and GPS location of photographs and plots them out to show you where and when people were snapping snappys. Watch the world light up on January 1st.
If you have a crappy memory like me, watch this video of 2011 as told with Twitter. It's a summary of the past year's events as documented through people's tweets. Natural disasters, death, Charlie Sheen, Rebecca Black and more. 2011, you were an interesting one.
The list of the most pirated movies on BitTorrent reveals that as society, we’ve got incredibly bad taste. Fast Five is the winner. It was downloaded more than 9 million times this year. The list gets worse. [jump]
The results of National Geographic's yearly photography contest are always a joyful visual experience. The 2011 winner is a worthy one. A particularly striking and beautiful image of a weird event: a dragonfly "showering" in Indonesia's Riau Island.
Just kidding, of course you will, because it's Rebecca Black, and Rebecca Black is 2011's most important entity across culture, politics, and the whole of the space-time continuum. But what else mattered in our cosmos, YouTube-wise? Let's explore!
The New Yorker has a list of the top ten tech quotes of 2011. Instead of the usual boring quotes about how awesome a product is, they're insights into the dirty underbelly of the world of technology.
Was 2011 a memorable year for the movies? I didn't think so until I watched this 5 minute video of 230 films that released this year. So exciting! So fun! The full list of movies used in the clip in the order they appear can be found here.
Facebook's big report on what we humans blabbed about online is here! The good news: three of the top ten topics of the year were important. The bad news: the rest is inane, sad, incoherent shit. We suck.
Let's be frank: September was a dog of a month this year. The last month before the holiday season gets going has exactly one thing going for it—nice weather. And at least in the seat of House Gizmodo, it was equal parts sticky and submerged. Not cool, September. Luckily, some great gadgets also came out this month.…
Calling all past and present Ph.D. students! Have you ever felt the urge to convey your graduate work in the form of interpretive dance? Well now's your chance; Science Magazine's 2011 "Dance Your Ph.D." Contest has officially begun!
It all seems a bit for naught, with the earth in obvious upheaval, spawning one natural disaster after another and careening toward a horrible, fiery, and certain end next year. But until that happens, there are some pretty cool gadgets to play with! Here's the best of bunch from August.It's SugarSync—with a…
The 2011 World Yo-Yo Championships wrapped up in Orlando, Florida last Saturday. Here are the winning performers from each of division—all with their own hardware and stunt styles—pulling off tricks you can't even fathom.
It's been another month, and an amazing batch of gadgets has once again piled up on our doorstep. If we were being honest about which we've loved the most the past few weeks, this list would be nothing but air conditioners. But apparently we're not allowed to do that. So here are the other gadgets that captured our…
Last night at Comic-Con, we saw the premiere of comics writer Garth Ennis's first short film. Stitched follows a group of NATO soldiers in Afghanistan as they vie with strange, seemingly unkillable monsters that aren't quite like any zombies we've seen before.
The year's half over and summer is upon us. That can only mean one thing: it's time for the young among us to sit in a dark room and stare at a backlit screen for 18-20 hours a day (and for the rest of us to be jealous of them). Here's the newest batch of Bestmodo gadgets to keep you an unhealthy shade of alabaster…
Apple may offer its new iCloud service for free to folks with Mac OS X Lion, according to AppleInsider. To sweeten the deal, Lion may be priced extremely competitive and sold through the Mac App Store.
RSS is dead, they say! They, being all of you who now get your news, information, and various social updates from one of the many online platforms you subscribe to. But let it be said that all the Twitters, Facebooks, and Reddits in the world can't put a stake through the heart of the undying Really Simple…
Doctor Who's Comic Relief special episodes, called "Space" and "Time," have popped up online, and the Doctor's facing his gnarliest dilemma yet. It's another "bottle" episode set inside the TARDIS, which you may need to hit the bottle after watching.
It's 2011! Let's pop bottles and party and celebrate and actually try to remember our resolutions this year. 2010 was a pretty good year and as they say, it only gets better. Time to do it all over again!