Snapdragon 810: Your Next Phone's Brains Are Way More Than Just Fast

A new year means a new flagship smartphone brain, and Qualcomm has detailed some of the most fun features of its upcoming Snapdragon 810 chip, which will start popping up in Android and Windows phones next year. It's faster, and it supports better graphics sure, but it also has other tricks up its sleeve. Here's what… » 12/12/14 9:00am 12/12/14 9:00am

What Happens When the Weatherman's Computer Fails

The weather team down at ABCNews4 just made the most of a horrific, live computer crash. Apparently, the computer that generates the graphics for the TV weather forecasts failed recently, but instead of just standing up there and talking in front of a blank screen, the team created some super half-assed chicken… » 12/09/14 2:50pm 12/09/14 2:50pm

Nvidia's Next-Gen Grass Simulations Are Mesmerizing

When developers are looking for the next jaw-dropping gaming visual to show off their newest titles with, the responsibility usually falls on some shiny, photo-real car porn or a wavy mullet with individual strands blowing in the wind. But the sizzle reels of the future may turn their cameras ground-ward if Nvidia's… » 11/03/14 8:00am 11/03/14 8:00am

New Simulation Offers Definitive Proof the Moon Landing Was Not Fake

Over the years, we here at Gizmodo have provided you many, many examples of scientifically backed evidence to shove in the faces of lunar landing conspiracists. But this one might be the most convincing of all: Engineers used 3D modeling to prove, once and for all, that Buzz Aldrin really moonwalked. » 9/19/14 2:33pm 9/19/14 2:33pm

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980: The Beast That Sips Electricity

Over the past year, PC graphics cards have swelled to gargantuan proportions, with price tags to match: Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan costs an incredible $999, to say nothing of the $3,000 Titan Z you might consider if your family is in the oil business. Today, Nvidia's trying something different: the new GeForce GTX 980… » 9/18/14 10:30pm 9/18/14 10:30pm

This Laptop Can Voltron with Its Dock For an Extra Graphics Boost

If you want a laptop that can play graphically intensive games, you're in a tough spot. Generally you can opt for something crazy expensive but portable, or something hulking and a little but cheaper. MSI's new GS30 Gaming Shadow notebook offers a middle ground: Take a slim laptop on the go, and plug into a… » 9/11/14 6:14pm 9/11/14 6:14pm

Remembering the Designer Who Made Our Cities More Colorful

The graphic designer Deborah Sussman died at the age of 83 this week, leaving behind a technicolor legacy. She was perhaps most famous for designing the graphics and signage for the 1984 Summer Olympics, which transformed Los Angeles into a dazzling playground of magenta and teal. But Sussman also left her mark on… » 8/22/14 9:57am 8/22/14 9:57am

This is how a 3,000-car race would look like if the Earth were the Moon

Professional video maker Rickard Rick produces renderings of games in his spare time and this 3,000 car race-cum-epic-pile-up is one of his best. The physics are a bit crazy, as if the Earth had the Moon's gravity, but the results have a dream like quality that makes it fun and hypnotic to watch. » 6/11/14 7:54pm 6/11/14 7:54pm

10 of the Best Moments From the Early Days of CGI

CGI is everywhere now. In many cases, it's almost completely indistinguishable from things that were actually filmed. You can only tell by the impossible camera angles. It wasn't always that way though—you remember The Last Starfighter, don't you? Still, 20th century CGI had its high points, and these are 10 of them. » 5/13/14 11:20am 5/13/14 11:20am

This Graphic Is a Rough Guide to Bad (Or Badly Reported) Science

Science is amazing, but science reporting can be confusing at times and misleading at worst. The folks at Compound Interest put together this reference graphic that will help you pick out good articles from bad ones, and help you qualify the impact of the study you're reading. » 4/25/14 10:47am 4/25/14 10:47am

AMD's New Radeon Is a Preposterous Powerhouse You'll Wish You Needed

If you buy video cards, chances are you have a lust for power. No respectable PC builder doesn't at least covet insane high-end cards, even without ever really considering them. Well here's a new sucker to salivate at, the 11.5 teraflop, water-cooled AMD Radeon R9 295X2. The new coolest card you have no reason to own. » 4/08/14 8:00am 4/08/14 8:00am

From Dream to 3D Reality: The Fascinating Origins of Pixar

Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo, and before twenty seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company whose clients included the government and the medical community. The story of Pixar isn't exactly full of superheroes, adorable… » 1/13/14 6:40am 1/13/14 6:40am