I Paid a UX Expert $100 to Get Drunk and Evaluate Gizmodo's Design

It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. "Have you seen this?" my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a site where a rather devilish-looking UX professional promised to get drunk and evaluate the website of your choice. Only $75! I knew I had to do it, and that Gizmodo… » 3/26/15 6:40pm 3/26/15 6:40pm

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Has As Much Bloatware As Ever

Instagram's New "Layout" App Lets You Cram Your Feed Full of Collages

Instagram is the photo-sharing app that also created the timelapse-creating app, too. Now, Instagram is looking to conquer another corner of the mobile photography world with Layout, an app for making Instagram-friendly collages. » 3/23/15 1:38pm 3/23/15 1:38pm

Facebook Is Making a Phone App Because We All Need More Facebook Apps

Facebook wants to be so much more than just a social network app. It wants to be your go-to SMS with Messenger. It wants to be a Reddit replacement with Rooms. You can even overlay Android with Facebook Home. Now your dialer is in Zuck's crosshairs. » 3/23/15 11:45am 3/23/15 11:45am

Does 18F Pass the Bechdel Test for Tech?

18F is a group within the U.S. General Services Administration that builds digital services for government. Recently, they asked whether their code passed the "Bechdel test" for tech. Here's what they found. » 3/18/15 2:25pm 3/18/15 2:25pm

I Can't Stop Using This Shitty App That I Hate

That goddamn app. Even though it's ugly and incomprehensible and barfs useless notifications at me, I keep using it. When I touch its stupid icon on my screen, it's a hate tap. It's a finger cringe. But I can't quit! » 3/06/15 3:00pm 3/06/15 3:00pm

Your Torrent Client May Be Mining Bitcoin Without Telling You

When you download the popular torrent client uTorrent, the website describes the software as "light, limitless" and "elegant, efficient." That's ironic because multiple users are reporting that the latest uTorrent update quietly installs processor-hogging bitcoin-mining software without your knowledge. » 3/06/15 11:40am 3/06/15 11:40am

25 Years of Beautiful, Fake Images Brought to You By Photoshop

Happy birthday Photoshop! You might be turning 25 this week, but you don't look a day over 20. (We suspect you've had some photoshopping done.) » 2/18/15 12:00pm 2/18/15 12:00pm

Nuance's Excellent Dictation Software is Heavily Discounted Today

Whether you're a slow typist, are a carpal tunnel sufferer, or just want to feel like you're living on the Starship Enterprise, Nuance's Dragon dictation software can make your voice as powerful as any mouse and keyboard. If you're curious to try it out, Amazon is knocking up to 65% off the price of the software,… » 1/09/15 9:46am 1/09/15 9:46am

You Can Download North Korea's OS X Knockoff for Desktops (But Don't)

An anonymous Dogecoin lover recently uploaded a torrent that appears to contain the delightful Mac OS X knockoff built by North Korea. While it's not news that the DPRK created its own a Linux-based operating system that looks just like OS X, it's pretty funny that you can now play with what looks like a copy of it. » 1/07/15 4:20pm 1/07/15 4:20pm

How Do You Make Money From Free Software?

Free software—truly free software—is undoubtedly a good thing. But given the rest of the world still uses that pesky stuff called money, how on Earth do you make a living from spending your time giving away software for nothing? » 11/26/14 4:30am 11/26/14 4:30am

Samsung's Eye Mouse Lets the Disabled Use Computers More Easily

Using a computer can be difficult or even impossible for some people with disabilities. Now, Samsung's eye-tracking technology allows people who would struggle to use a mouse to navigate their computer with relative ease. » 11/25/14 7:45am 11/25/14 7:45am

The Nostalgia Nerds Who Rescue Old Games From Oblivion

Do you remember the first computer game you played? What about the first program you downloaded? Unless you've just emerged Brendan-Fraser-in-Encino Man-style from the earth, wholly unaware of computers (in which case, I have several questions for you), your early digital distractions are probably years, if not… » 11/21/14 10:45am 11/21/14 10:45am

This Is Why the App Store Now Says 'Get' Not 'Free'

Next time you go to download an app in the Mac or iOS App Store, you'll notice that apps not requiring an upfront payment no longer say 'Free.' Instead, they sat 'Get.' Here's why. » 11/19/14 5:15pm 11/19/14 5:15pm

Why Not All Free Software Is Free

Meet Matt Lee, the Technical Lead at Creative Commons. He has a good beard, true, but he also believes very strongly in concept of Free Software. Not free as in a free lunch, but free as in free speech. Allow him to explain. » 11/13/14 5:15am 11/13/14 5:15am

New Software Will Give Doctors a Panoramic View Inside Your Bladder

Images of long sandy beaches, breathtaking mountains, and even bustling cities come to mind when you think about an extra wide panoramic photo—not the inside of somebody's bladder. But new software promises to give doctors a better view inside a patient's plumbing by stitching countless images from an endoscope… » 11/07/14 10:45am 11/07/14 10:45am

Winamp 2 Has Been Immortalized in HTML5 For Your Pleasure

Winamp disappeared into obscurity, died, then came back to life. But with such a turbulent history, it pays to make sure that the iconic piece of software lives on. Good job a working version of it's been immortalized in HMTL5, then. » 11/06/14 7:15am 11/06/14 7:15am

Microsoft Finally Announces the New Outlook for Mac and It Looks Great

Good news Microsoft Office power users! You'll soon be able to use the new and improved Outlook for Mac. That's good news, because the new Outlook for Mac looks pretty awesome. And since a lot of people use Outlook, this upgrade is going to improve a lot of email experiences. » 10/31/14 12:07pm 10/31/14 12:07pm

Android Wear's First Big Update Is Rolling Out

The first significant update for Android Wear is now rolling out, and it all lines up nicely with a rumor we heard early last month. Most significantly, the update brings offline storage for your music, enhanced Bluetooth pairing, and support for Wear watches with GPS. Basically, Android Wear really wants to be your… » 10/23/14 12:22pm 10/23/14 12:22pm

Short film: A stick figure drawing destroys the computer that drew it

What happens when the crude artwork you draw in Photoshop becomes sentient and gains superpowers and starts darting across your desktop screen with weapons? A whole lot of desktop destruction. Even worse, the stick figure will draw goons to help them ruin your computer forever. But it'll be fun to see. » 10/02/14 8:41pm 10/02/14 8:41pm