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Do You Search Online Differently Since Snowden?

In the year-plus since Edward Snowden lifted the veil on just how closely the US government (and others) tracks our online lives, a few things have changed. Tech companies are encrypting more; foreign governments are trusting less; and, according to a new study, we’re all searching quite a bit more cautiously.


What's Your Favourite Gadget To Aimlessly Fool Around With?

I just picked up a cheap infrared thermometer, a laser-aimed sensor that tells you the surface temperature of whatever you point it at. I didn’t really need one. But now I can’t put it down. I’ve been playing with it for days. And I’m sure there’s a gadget you find equally, aimlessly amusing.


What's The Most Ridiculous Smartphone Case You've Ever Seen?

We here at Gizmodo have seen some pretty ridiculous cases in our day. But for every minute we spend moaning and groaning about the latest absurdity in smartphone case land, about 10 more are born. Since we obviously can’t beat ‘em, we might as well commiserate over ‘em.


Should Your Family Get Access To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

It’s a question that will eventually — hopefully not soon! — confront you, me and every other person reading this: Should our loved ones gain access to our digital lives, from email to Instagram to financial accounts, after we die? A cadre of state-appointed lawyers are creating a bill that would allow for just that.


What's The Best Book You've Ever Read About Space Travel?

Last week my co-worker Eric Limer recommended The Martian, a book about an astronaut struggling to survive after being stranded on Mars. It’s been way too long since I read a book about interplanetary exploration, and it’s fantastic to be back.


Should Google Be Allowed To Mine Your Health Care Data?

On the heels of the I/O keynote on Thursday, Google cofounder Larry Page spilled his guts to Farhad Manjoo from The New York Times. “Right now we don’t data-mine health care data,” Page said. “If we did we’d probably save 100,000 lives next year.” But is that actually a good idea?


Would You Use Facebook For Your Work Chats?

TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook could be building an at-work version of the social network. But would you like it if your company insisted that work communications all took place in Zuck’s little blue boxes?


Should You Go To Jail For Making Threats On Facebook?

The US Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal of Anthony Elonis, a man convicted and sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for making threats over Facebook — threats that were often in the form of rap lyrics — according to The Morning Call, the local newspaper covering the case.


How Much More Would You Pay For A Larger iPhone?

If the leaks are to be believed, we’ll see two new iPhone models sized at 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches this fall. Hold off on the trumpets though: they might also cost more.


Do You Ever Snoop On Friends' Phones?

If you’ve ever disabled the PIN on your lock screen (hi, hello), or lent your phone to someone, you know the feeling. Oh shit I left my phone in there with them! I hope I don’t have anything embarrassing on there. Shit, did I leave that tab open? It’s OK. I can trust them, right? Can I trust you? Time to fess up.