Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Where Gadgets and Dreams Collide

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades… » 4/14/14 3:00pm 4/14/14 3:00pm

Aereo to Add Chromecast Support for Ultimate TV Nerd Nirvana

What do you get when you combine Aereo's anytime, anywhere, broadcast-TV-via-internet cloud service with Google's Chromecast wonder-dongle? A confluence of TV gizmo delight—and that's exactly what Aereo announced today. » 4/10/14 3:20pm 4/10/14 3:20pm

Silicon Valley Deserves Silicon Valley

Until now, no one adequately embarrassed Silicon Valley on TV. All prior attempts either embarrassed themselves, or fell just short. But Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's HBO foray into the sociopathic pit of Northern California's tech scene is beyond adequate: It gives the fuckers the graceful slap across the face they… » 4/02/14 3:39pm 4/02/14 3:39pm

Amazon Fire TV Hands On: The Fastest Smart TV You've Ever Met

Amazon pitched its Fire TV as a streaming device to end all streaming devices. The company touted its simple and effective search, and its open ecosystem boasting enough apps to burn your eyes out. We spent some time messing with the Fire TV and found that for the most part, it makes good on those promises. » 4/02/14 1:27pm 4/02/14 1:27pm

Dish Is Nuking Its Hopper DVR's Magical Ad-Skipping Feature for Disney

Dish's Hopper DVR is awesome precisely because it makes it so easy to skip ads. The WSJ reports that the company will be scaling back the awesome auto-skipping feature on some Disney programming. It seems that consumer choice Dish has been claiming to protect for years goes out the window, presumably when it gets a… » 3/03/14 6:25pm 3/03/14 6:25pm

An Insanely Detailed Infographic of Every Character in True Detective

If you—like me—have already obsessed over every single word written about True Detective, then you will want to obsess over this ridiculous graphic tribute. It's absurd, it's overblown, and it's exactly what the obsessive fan inside me wants to pore over. » 3/01/14 9:30am 3/01/14 9:30am

Is Having Cable Ever Worth It?

Dear Lifehacker,
I know you guys aren't big fans of cable, but I'm about to get my internet hooked up and the company is offering me a TV package. I do like to watch plenty of TV and even some sports. Should I at least consider cable? I'm worried Netflix and Hulu won't be enough. » 2/26/14 5:19pm 2/26/14 5:19pm

The Worst Blunders People Make in Inventing Fictional Alien Worlds

We love stories that take us to alien planets and let us explore whole new environments. But not every alien planet is totally realistic, especially given how much we've learned about exoplanets lately. So we asked six experts to tell us the biggest mistakes they see in fictional habitable worlds — and here's what they … » 2/20/14 5:40pm 2/20/14 5:40pm

You Can Burn Through Your Entire Broadband Data Cap in One Long Weekend

Between the surprising affordability of 4K TVs and Netflix and Amazon's commitment to delivering 4K content, the future is clearly ultra high-def. That's great. But it's also going to wreak havoc with your broadband data caps. Welcome to the age of the home internet overage fee. » 2/18/14 11:00am 2/18/14 11:00am