Last week, we asked you to name the gadgets you love to aimlessly diddle around with—the tools and toys you can just pick up and play with for hours. Here are some of your very favorites. Warning: it's about to get real nerdy in here.
I just picked up a cheapo infrared thermometer, a laser-aimed sensor that tells you the surface temperature of whatever you point it at. I didn't really need one. But now I can't put it down. I've been playing with it for days. And I'm sure there's a gadget you find equally, aimlessly amusing.
How much tech is too much? How many of our gadgets are solving the annoyances of others? Dave Pell realized something gloomy about our fanciest tools: we're happier without a lot of them.
Friend-of-Gizmodo and Amazing Human Being Wendy MacNaughton painted this fantastic new chart that helps you decide whether or not you should check your email. (Spoiler: Email is the literal, biblical Devil.) If all infographics were this good we might actually publish more of them.
Researchers from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey may have the solution to one of driving's most annoying mistakes —missed turns.
Sometimes you switch the targeting off of your computer because you trust in the force. But most of the time it's to make yourself stop lurking on Reddit, already. [XKCD]
I'm going to invite you into my shower for a few minutes. Sorry about that, but it's the only place I can really think these days.
The phone's ringing, but you've got a direct message from a hottie on Twitter. Oh, a Facebook message while you're watching kittens on video. What takes priority? Don't panic. This chart will guide you through the hierarchy of Internet distractions.
Time to focus, lots of dirty dishes to clean. Oooh look, a bubble! Wow, I can blow more bubbles? Yay! Bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble bubble. I'm tired of blowing bubbles, let's do Jumping Jacks! Yay! Jumping Jacks stink, let's eat candy 'til we puke! Yay! So sick, so many dirty dishes, the best $5 I ever spent.…
ABC has just added an HD channel to their online streaming player, allowing you to watch episodes of shows like Lost, Desperate Housewives, and The Bronx is Burning in hot, hot HD quality. It's still in beta, and it'll obviously require a pretty decent connection to run properly, but it's pretty awesome that you can…