Meet the 'Real-Life Q' Who Builds Secret Spy Gadgets for a Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favorite part was always the same: the part where "Q" would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond movies — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for operators in the field. » 2/18/15 10:00am 2/18/15 10:00am

How The Wachowskis Tried To Shoot "The Most Beautiful Chase Ever Filmed"

Co-directors Andy and Lana Wachowski only had six minutes every day to shoot a single giant chase scene for their space opera Jupiter Ascending. Why could they only film the chase at one time of day? They explain in our exclusive interview. Plus they tell io9 why they're so obsessed with telling stories about "The… » 2/04/15 4:13pm 2/04/15 4:13pm

Qualcomm Says Wearables Aren't a Fad, And It Might Just Be Right

"This trend is not going away," says Pankaj Kedia, the head of Qualcomm's new wearables business unit. "This is not a fad." Of course he'd say that—his job depends on it. But who other than Qualcomm—the company which dominates the mobile industry—would know for sure? So I grilled Qualcomm's wearables boss about our… » 1/05/15 1:35pm 1/05/15 1:35pm

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm

The First Pitch For Interstellar: "We're Not F--ing Going" To Space

Interstellar is an epic movie about space exploration with promising tag lines like "Go Further." But in reality, the pitch that landed screenwriter Jonathan Nolan the Interstellar gig sprung from his fear that humans had peaked at one flag on the moon. Here's our exclusive interview with Interstellar writer Nolan. » 11/04/14 3:19pm 11/04/14 3:19pm

11 Satellite Views of Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Overhead satellite views are nothing special in this age of Google maps—but then, there's Daily Overview. From brick-making kilns to Nepal to Danish suburbs, the site's one image a day is consistently beautiful, weird, and illuminating of a larger story of how the Earth came to look this way. Here are some of Daily… » 5/21/14 9:07am 5/21/14 9:07am

How LIVR Fooled the World (And Why the World Probably Deserved It)

One of the hottest new apps set to debut this week at SXSW, that annual intermingling of tenuous ideas and easy money, was LIVR, a social network exclusively for drunk people. Media and investors alike lined up to laud it. The only problem? As we first reported yesterday, LIVR was an elaborate hoax. Now it's time to… » 3/08/14 4:25pm 3/08/14 4:25pm