Happy weekend, friends! It's time to sit back, relax, and take stock of what we all accomplished this week. Here at Gizmodo, we learned some sweet photo tricks, learned the strange saga of the Army's new camo, got a 6-year-old LCD TV appraised by Antiques Roadshow, and more. Let's review!
In June, Antiques Roadshow visited Birmingham, Alabama, my home for the last three years. I don't own a Tiffany lamp or a 19th century Chesterfield sofa. I do, though, have a flatscreen television that's ancient by consumer electronics standards. So that's what I brought to be appraised.
News recently broke that the Department of Transportation is revving up to try to officially ban in-flight phone calls. That's right; the singular, obscene act of yelling into your hand while careening through the air in a metal tube full of strangers could soon be verboten. Good. It should. It's time to kill the in-flight phone call before it starts.
If you're about to get on an airplane, you might want to wait until you land before you read this post. Because cyber security whiz Ruben Santamarta says he has devised a method that can give hackers access to a passenger jet's satellite communications equipment through the passenger Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems*.
When I recently set out for the Pentagon's R&D department, I instead found myself in front of a downtrodden shopping mall in Arlington, Virginia. I'd been navigating the old fashioned way—with my eyes—but when I pulled out my smartphone there it was, clearly marked in the Google Maps app: DARPA.
We've all handed our camera over to a stranger for them to take our picture, only to be severely disappointed by the result. But fortunately, Redditor EMDX—or Marc Dufour to his friends—has a solution.
Earlier this week, we asked you to share with us that one, special Chrome extension that you just can't bear to live without. As it turns out, for most of you, that one is actually more like eight. So to help, we've pared it down to the absolute cream of the Chrome extension crop.
It's iPhone time of the year again! Apple will reportedly show off the eighth generation of its flagship device on September 9. If you believe the rumors, iPhone 6 will be one of the most dramatic updates to the iPhone line in quite some time.
After nearly a decade, multiple false-starts, and many billions of dollars, the Army has finally chosen a new camouflage for its troops. Except it's not exactly new. It was originally developed back in 2002. And it looks a whole lot like one of the patterns that the Army was in talks to adopt from an independent company.
There's a lot of slang associated with drinking. Three sheets to the wind. Hair of the dog. On the wagon. We all know them, we all use them, but most of us don't know where they came from or what they really mean. Read on, and you'll be the smartest person at the bar.
Reboots of cartoon classics are just a fact of life now. Each time they hit theaters, you hope and pray they'll do justice to your childhood memories. More often than not, they leave you disappointed. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is sadly no exception, and it doesn't take advantage of the one thing that could have saved it.