I Miss AIM

I Miss AIM

These days, there’s a million different ways to chat. Sliding into DMs, group texts, Slack channels, Facebook Messenger, encrypted messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp — you name it. But half these platforms are tied to a social network, and the rest are on your phone. Chances are, your various…

Read Creatures of Charm and Hunger: Chapter 23

Read Creatures of Charm and Hunger: Chapter 23

Two years ago, Gizmodo shared author Molly Tanzer’s Victorian fantasy novel Creatures of Will & Temper in serialised excerpts. And now we’ve got good news for fans of the author, not to mention fans of free books: We’re doing it again, with her newest title! Check out chapter twenty-three today.

Why More and More Video Monitors Are Relying on USB-C

Why More and More Video Monitors Are Relying on USB-C

Just when it seemed that we’d all settled on one industry standard video input/output to make use of, along comes another one to complicate matters — you’ll now find USB-C competing with HDMI and other ports on modern computing and gaming monitors. Here we’ll explain why that’s happening, and what…

Australia Needs Better Defences Against State-Based Cyberattacks

Australia Needs Better Defences Against State-Based Cyberattacks

The Australian government recently announced plans to establish the country’s first taskforce devoted to fighting disinformation campaigns, under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Last week, Foreign Minister Marise Payne accused China and Russia of “using the pandemic to undermine liberal democracy” by spreading disinformation to manipulate social…

Netflix is Getting a Chicken Run Sequel

Netflix is Getting a Chicken Run Sequel

While it’s somewhat depressing to hear that the Aardman Animations classic Chicken Run turns TWENTY YEARS OLD this month, the pill is very much sweetened with the news that a sequel is coming. Netflix UK announced the film on Twitter, stating that it’ll go into production next year (plasticine chickens don’t need…

[FOR PLANTS] Don’t Read This If You’re Human [JUST PLANTS PLEASE]

[FOR PLANTS] Don’t Read This If You’re Human [JUST PLANTS PLEASE]

Let’s be honest: While humanity has done a lot to support the arts, humans themselves make for a terrible live audience. If they’re not coughing or talking or picking their noses, they’re probably tapping at their phones. On Monday, Barcelona’s Liceu opera house offered an intriguing solution to this problem,…

The Original Segway Is Officially Being Retired on July 15

The Original Segway Is Officially Being Retired on July 15

When first revealed to the world back in December of 2001 Dean Kamen’s Segway promised to revolutionise urban mobility. But sticker shock, and cities quickly banning the self-balancing standing scooter, meant the Segway never came to close to realising that dream. Nineteen years later, on July 15, the original Segway…

Australia has Failed Miserably on Energy Efficiency

Australia has Failed Miserably on Energy Efficiency

Amid the urgent need to slow climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency makes sense. But as Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel last week warned, we’re not “anywhere close to having that nailed”. Energy efficiency means using less energy to achieve the same outcomes. It’s the cheapest way…

Mitsubishi Might Eventually Give Up On The U.S.

Mitsubishi Might Eventually Give Up On The U.S.

Mitsubishi sales in the U.S. actually rose last year by 2.5 per cent compared to 2019, with 121,046 cars sold, the bump largely driven by Eclipse Cross sales more than doubling. Still, that’s less than the number of Chevy Malibus that sold last year. Mitsu is now beginning to think…

Snyder Cuts, Ayer Cuts and the Danger of Fandoms Drunk on Power

Snyder Cuts, Ayer Cuts and the Danger of Fandoms Drunk on Power

It’s a great time to be a fan. This year, aside from making everyone very familiar with walking routes in their local area and the restocking times for the Tesco loo roll aisle, has shown the world that fans have power. In May, Warner Bros announced that the heavily mythologised…

Google Pixel 4a Price and Colours Leak

Google Pixel 4a Price and Colours Leak

A French phone retailer has done Pixel fans the favour of leaking its new handset colours and European pricing, plus a potential delivery date. The Pixel 4a is expected in July, and French site Ordimedia currently has two models listed: both 128GB, one in Just Black and one in Blue. We expect the Blue…

America’s Truck Obsession Has Reached Uncomfortable Levels

America’s Truck Obsession Has Reached Uncomfortable Levels

In a survey released by Ford today, the company said it found that thirty-eight per cent of surveyed U.S. truck owners would stop having sex before giving up their truck for a year. That might seem low or high to you, depending on how important fucking is to you personally.

Plants Can Absorb Tiny Plastic Pieces Through Their Roots, Study Finds

Plants Can Absorb Tiny Plastic Pieces Through Their Roots, Study Finds

Nothing seems safe from the grips of plastic these days. Not national parks, not oceans, and, according to new findings, not even plants. The study, published in Nature Nanotechnology on Monday, found that plants can absorb the tiniest bits of plastic through their roots. It shows the wide-ranging ways that plastic…

Everything Apple Tried to Kill at WWDC 2020

Everything Apple Tried to Kill at WWDC 2020

Apple has no problem taking its sweet time developing its take on popular software and hardware features. And, WWDC is usually when Apple takes the stage to let its competitors know it’s got its sights set on murder.

Does Your Blood Type Affect Your Risk of Covid-19?

Does Your Blood Type Affect Your Risk of Covid-19?

An intriguing study published last week found a link between covid-19 severity and having type A blood; type O blood, on the other hand, was linked to a lower chance of severe illness. But it’s unlikely that any potential connection between covid-19 and blood type will be very relevant to…

The Next Version of macOS is Called Big Sur and It’s Getting a Very iOS Facelift

The Next Version of macOS is Called Big Sur and It’s Getting a Very iOS Facelift

It’s a very different year for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and not only because it’s all taking place online. We’re finally starting to see the company’s mobile operating systems overshadowing its desktop software, and in addition to bringing more mobile apps to its computers, we’re starting to see the aesthetic…

AirPods Pro Are Getting a Very Powerful Software Upgrade

AirPods Pro Are Getting a Very Powerful Software Upgrade

Apple just announced that it’s bringing spacial audio to its AirPods to simulate a surround sound audio system, and will support 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos. Apple will use AI plus a built in accelerometer and gyroscope to better sync the audio according to the position of your head or…