Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Teaser Trailer Is Here At Last!

After years of wait, it’s finally here! The first look at J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s loaded with new cool stuff: The new version of the X-Wing fighters, new characters, new storm stormtroopers, and one really cool shot of the Millennium Falcon battling TIE fighters over a desert. Watch it!


Gizmodo Awards 2014: Gadget Of The Year Nominations Now Open!

It’s almost time to deck the halls in the lead up to the end of the year and that means we have the business of finding the best tech that 2013 had to offer. This is the big one! We want your nominations for the best of the best of the best gadget of the year. Nominate your favourite now!


Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Shower Curtain: Don't Worry, He Can't See

For those who love Star Wars so much they’re willing to get really, really intimate with their collectibles, here’s a Han Solo shower curtain depicting the hero frozen in carbonite so you can be completely naked next to your favourite character while you shower, and he won’t see a thing.


An Original Beatles Mic Is A Better Use Of Your Christmas Cash

You know that $600 you have stashed under the mattress to buy a pimpin’ flatscreen in the sales? Grab it, raid the kid’s piggy banks, and jump on a plane down to Dallas: some of the Beatles’ microphones, complete with authentic Lennon & McCartney Spittle, are up for sale.


This Is What Happens When You Reverse-Engineer Facial Recognition

These haunting images are what happens if you take the state of the art in facial recognition and detection — and turn it completely on its head.


A 9V Battery Is All This Tiny Charger Needs To Revive Your Phone

When you’re spending the day with family you probably haven’t seen in a year, nothing is more vital to keeping your sanity than your smartphone. And to ensure it’s got enough charge to keep you busy on Twitter instead of actually having to talk to your cousins, the diminutive but clever Plan V charger accepts common 9V batteries for a quick boost.


Remembering A Lock's Combination Might Be Easier With Pictures

With the amount of information they’re expected to ingest every day during high school, it’s a small miracle any student is able to remember the combination of their locker padlock. And it doesn’t get any easier the older you get. So instead of numbers, the Image Lock uses simple shapes and images so you can just make up a story to help you recall its combination.


Windows 10 Will Support (Almost) All Of Your Favourite Video & Audio Formats

While there are still a number of competing multimedia formats, there are a few that you can always count on — H.264, AAC, FLAC and containers such as MKV. There’s nothing more frustrating though than having software that doesn’t want to play nice with these and Windows takes the cake for requiring either a codec pack or an alternative player after a fresh install. Fortunately, Microsoft is taking a more serious look at the supported audio and video formats in Windows 10.


If You Had $100,000, Which Four Cars Would You Buy?

Take a few minutes out of your Friday afternoon and join us for a fun little mental exercise. Let’s face it, you weren’t working anyway. We’re giving you an (entirely fictional) $100,000 and a simple mission — build yourself an instant car collection, with four cars, one each from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and now. Trust us, it’s harder than you might think.


Shape Up Xbox One Challenge: Part One

Ubisoft‘s Shape Up is a new fitness game for Xbox One that promises to take the “work” out of workouts (it says here). It uses the Kinect motion-sensor to accurately track your movements as you jump, squat and flail your way through assorted exercise challenges. Over the next four weeks, Kotaku’s Mark Serrels and Lifehacker’s Chris Jager will be taking on the game and each other in a bid to get fighting fit for summer. This is going to get painful, isn’t it?


Don't Get Sucked In By The Rip This Summer

On average 21 people drown each year in rip currents on Australian surf beaches.

This value exceeds the long-term annual average of fatalities caused by bush fires, floods, cyclones and sharks combined. So how can beachgoers keep safe this summer?


Scientists Have Invented A Time Cloak That Makes Events Disappear

We’ve all heard of invisibility cloaks that can (theoretically) hide objects. But a team of researchers from Purdue University have now built a time cloak that allows them to hide events.


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