How Dumb Was Your First Online Handle?

Your criminal record gets wiped clean the moment you turn 18, but every idiotic screenname and angst-ridden Xanga remains in perpetuity. GOOD had a few online journalists (including our own Mat "emptyage" Honan) share their first handles, to amusing but mostly harmless results. » 6/29/11 3:40pm 6/29/11 3:40pm

Would You Give Up Your Sense of Smell Before You Gave Up Tech?

In a survey of 7,000 16-to-30-year-olds, a not-entirely-surprising 53 percent chose tech over their sense of smell. Most of us here at Giz picked tech, since we'd obviously be massively unemployed without it. When we put the question to you on Twitter, most of you agreed with us, though our readers might not be the… » 5/26/11 9:00pm 5/26/11 9:00pm

Your Virtual Gold May Come From a Chinese Labor Camp

The next time you buy some virtual gold for World of Warcraft, you may want to stop and think about how that gold is being produced. It may be coming from the blood, sweat and toil of a Chinese prisoner. » 5/25/11 8:14pm 5/25/11 8:14pm

Soldiers May Soon Be Able to Control a Herd of Robots With Their Heads

A new Army program, called Heads-Up Display for Control of Unmanned Ground Vehicles, is said to be developing an "eyeglasses-like display" that projects live video feeds from robots on the ground. That's no breakthrough. But what is new is that our soldiers may even be able to drive these robots—using only the natural… » 5/14/11 12:20am 5/14/11 12:20am

The Human-Powered Helicopter That Hopes to Take Flight

A team from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is hoping to take to the skies in their human-powered helicopter tomorrow. » 5/11/11 11:27pm 5/11/11 11:27pm

The World's Largest Water Pump Moves 15 Olympic-Sized Swimming Pools…

The Mississippi River has been pretty pissed off lately. And it's because of natural disasters like this that they're building the world's largest water pump in New Orleans. » 5/09/11 7:20pm 5/09/11 7:20pm

American Online Poker Is Under Attack Again

Last Friday, the DOJ unveiled a 52-page (52? LOL.) indictment against three of the biggest online poker companies providing service for Americans—PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker—and alleged that they were guilty of money laundering, along with wire and bank fraud. According to the DOJ attorney, the… » 4/21/11 6:50pm 4/21/11 6:50pm

Night Vision Is Finally Awesome Again (Yes, Even Though These Goggles…

Night vision is one of those technologies we instinctively think is all high tech, but after 30-plus years, it's a bit rough around the edges. SA Photonics' new Hi-Res Night Vision System brings it back up to speed. » 4/20/11 4:00pm 4/20/11 4:00pm

How to Build The World's Largest Dinosaur

As if the anyone needs additional incentive to be interested in a dinosaur exhibit beyond, like, dinosaurs, the American Museum of Natural History is opening The World's Largest Dinosaurs, centered around a massive half-skin, half-dissected, life-sized Mamenchisaurus. » 4/15/11 7:40pm 4/15/11 7:40pm

Bill Gates Gets the Last Laugh

In this edition of the Joy of Tech, everyone's an innovator and an unusually snarky Bill Gates gets the final word. Start your photocopiers, indeed! [Joy of Tech] » 4/02/11 4:00pm 4/02/11 4:00pm

You Decide Which Video Games Are Displayed At The Smithsonian

Which video games deserve to be honored for their art? Heavy Rain or Final Fantasy? Grim Fandango or Fallout? In the Smithsonian's upcoming "The Art of Video Games" exhibition, gamers decide which titles make the cut. » 2/14/11 8:00pm 2/14/11 8:00pm

3D-Printed Fonts Spell Out Whatever You'd Like Them To

All you need to do is type in the chosen text at Freedom of Creation's website, and they'll use a 3D printer to create your very own custom font—for your desk, front door, or even above the bed. » 11/30/10 11:40am 11/30/10 11:40am

Caller ID Spoofing Gets Outlawed

Thanks to the House of Representatives passing the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010, Caller ID spoofing will be outlawed. Sure, you may prevent your number from being seen, but no more pretending that you're calling from another phone: » 4/14/10 11:49pm 4/14/10 11:49pm

Gadget Deals of the Day

Get ready for that summer cross-country trip you've been hankering for with a snazzy new GPS, headphones, and netbook. Not man enough? George Clooney will teach you how. » 4/16/09 3:00pm 4/16/09 3:00pm

The Pentagon Bans USB Flash Drives: Will There Be a Floppy Disk…

AP reports that the Department of Defense has, at least for the time being, banned USB flash drives and is collecting all Pentagon-owned drives from the entire department. The Pentagon hasn't issued an official statement, but a spokesman did say that they are dealing with a "global virus" that affects such external… » 11/22/08 4:30pm 11/22/08 4:30pm

Ministry of Sound 1GB MP3 Player

Here's a Ministry of Sound MP3 player that's about the size of your index finger but holds a gigabyte s worth of your favorite MP3s or WMAs. It has an OLED screen and gives you eight hours of playback on a charge. Not only is it small, the MOSMP083X10 is a voice recorder, too. Available the UK now for $157. Small is… » 2/27/06 3:38pm 2/27/06 3:38pm