The Best of Gizmodo This Week

Mysterious gaping holes! Superhero skivvies! A really skinny MacBook! GAME OF FUCKING THRONES. Just another week at Gizmodo. Here are the highlights.

HBO Now Review: It Passed the Game of Thrones Test, But Is That Enough?


I still remember that terrible night in 2011 when millions of fans screamed in agony as Game of Thrones started, stuttered, and died on HBO Go. We all felt burned by HBO’s crappy internet service. But HBO Now, launched just in time for last night’s GOT premiere, promised to be better. Was it? Yes.

13 Horrifying Ideas America Had For Invading Cuba

The United States is beginning to normalize relations with Cuba. Which is kind of amazing, when you consider the fact that America has been trying to sabotage the island nation for over half a century. In fact, the US government has officially produced dozens of ideas for destabilizing Cuba. And many of them sound like conspiracy theory fan-fiction. Yet they’re all real.

This Movie’s Realistic AI Scared the Shit Out of Me


When I watched the trailer for Ex Machina, I was excited. It wasn’t just the uncanny and attractive robot Ava, either. There were androids, AI, Turing tests! This looked like the scifi movie of my dreams. But when I saw Ex Machina recently, I was terrified. Because it told the truth about what AI might become.

Inside the Experimental Robotics Lab Where Machines Are Getting Softer


Last week, an artificially intelligent robot scared me to death. The next day, I travelled to Carnegie Mellon University where I met a lab full of robots designed to do the exact opposite. Big, soft, and inflatable, these robots are Disney characters in real life. Your grandma’s going to love them. That’s the idea.

Make Your Mac Feel Like New Again With a Fresh Install of OS X


Remember that zippy performance and warm feeling you got when you booted up your Mac for the first time? Seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? Thankfully, getting everything wiped and back to its original state isn’t too complicated or painful a procedure any more. Here’s how to go about it in the latest Mac OS X.

Steal This Idea: A Smartwatch App That Automatically Provides Passwords


Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just walk up to your locker, glance at your wrist, and see the right combination appear on your smartwatch screen? Particularly if you multiply that by every lock and password you encounter over the course of a day?

The Incredible, Tactical Undergarments Designed for the Avengers Cast


Ever consider what keeps Iron Man from overheating inside his suit? Or protects Cap’s abs when he’s punched in the chest plate? We got an exclusive look at the specialized athletic undergarmets the actors wear — which sounds pervy, until you hear about all the tech that went into making these things.

The Long Pointy History Behind Hillary’s Brilliant Logo


Since the announcement of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was no secret, it was her campaign design that was the big reveal of the week. The giant blue H marched its way to the forefront of the breaking news, but at the center of Clinton’s logo is another, far more critical graphic element: The arrow.

No One Knows What to Do With This 76-Foot-Deep Hole in Chicago


If you didn’t know what to look for, you might miss it completely. But from the air—or from Google Earth—it’s impossible to overlook: A gaping, 76-foot-deep hole that has sat abandoned since the 2008 financial crisis.

What America Feels Like After 7 Months Of Foreign Adventure


Last September, I boarded a plane to Denmark. It was the start of a seven and a half month, round-the-world adventure. Yesterday at 10:05am, I landed at LAX. Man, this place is weird.

Guitar Hero Is Back This Fall, And You’ll Only Need Three Fingers


“This is stupid,” I try to tell myself. “Weren’t music games just a fad?” For one long minute, I struggle to hit a single note on my plastic axe, as game developers and PR people fire eye-daggers into the back of my head. But then, all of a sudden, it clicks. I’m strumming up a storm. I’m playing the new Guitar Hero—and it’s surprisingly awesome.

New MacBook Review: Stupidly Thin


The new MacBook is a marvel of engineering. It’s beautiful, and far more functional than a computer this size has any right to be. But it’s not for me, and I doubt it’s for you, either. It’s just too damn thin.

Astronomers Are Furious About the Roomba Lawnmower


I know, right? What could the makers of Roomba and astronomers possibly be arguing over? This is the story of how an obscure slice of the electromagnetic spectrum become the object of one bitter fight.

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