Sunday, August 12, 2012

8/12 Gizmodo

Battlefield Earth: Because Everyone Needs A Benchmark For Abysmal [Movie Night]
August 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM
Yes. I'm going there. While considered to be one of the worst movies ever, I maintain that watching Battlefield Earth can be a fun, education experience so long as you pair it with two things: friends and alcohol. More »

The Mystery of the Strange Vanishing Object on Mars Has Been Solved [Video]
August 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM
Earlier this week, a strange silhouette appeared on one of the early pictures taken by the Mars Curiosity rover's Hazard-Avoidance Cams. Shortly after that picture was taken, the mysterious shadow was gone, causing a firestorm among conspiracy theorists worldwide. More »

David Liebe Hart Band: La Rent Doesn't Want Me To Look At Porn [Video]
August 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM
You may know Mr. David Liebe Hart Band from his work on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! You should also know that he has his own punk band now, and among their songs are hits like this one. More »

uTorrent Quietly Announces Ad-Support and Gets Ready To Much a Bunch of Cash [Torrenting]
August 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Torrenting, despite its many legitimate uses, has always had its reputation plagued by the rampant piracy it allows. Get ready for that all to get drudged up again because uTorrent, a very popular client, just announced it's getting ad-support. More »

Sleek Eva Fruit Hanger is Pun in the Kitchen [Design]
August 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM
If you're into putting your fresh, succulent fruit on display for all to see, there are a number of different fruit bowls and hangers out there to meet your exhibitionist needs. This particular piece adds a little visual pun to the mix. More »

Watch a Samsung Galaxy SIII and an iPhone 4S Compete in a "Get Dragged Behind a Car" Test [Video]
August 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Samsung and Apple are going head to head in court right now, so doesn't it make sense for the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4S to go head to head behind a speeding car? OK, maybe it doesn't follow, but it's fun to watch. More »

Do You Use Your Phone As Your MP3 Player? [Chatroom]
August 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM
I had a dumbphone for a long time, so when I finally got a smartphone, one of the big things I was excited about was using it as an mp3 player. "One less thing to cram in my pockets!" thought I, and I just assumed everyone else felt the same way. Any trimming I had to do to get my collection from one device or another was a joyful chore. More »

The Mars Rover Landing, 281-Gigapixel Images, Accidental Mail-Order Rifles, iPhone 5 Mock-Ups, And More [The Best Stories Of The Week]
August 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM
The Mars Rover Curiousity landed safely this week, and surprisingly, some other things still managed to happen as well. Between massive security exploits regarding Amazon and Apple, a terrifyingly odd message written on an airplane wing, a stupid DMCA takedown, and yes, a bunch of Mars Rover stuff, a lot went down. Catch the juiciest bits below. More »

Google's Giving YouTube a Pass With Its New Piracy Provisions [YouTube]
August 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Google is implementing a new policy that will smack down search results from sites that get a lot of DMCA requests. That must affect Google's own YouTube, which must get slammed with them all the time, right? Not exactly. More »

Destroy Documents By Hand With This Minimalist Manual Shredder [Design]
August 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM
The Feds are pounding at your door. You have to destroy the evidence now. But they've cut the power! Your sophisticated top-of-the-line paper shredder needs electricity. What now?! The manual shredder has your back. More »

Mitt's VP App Unsurprisingly Fails At Its One Simple Job [Apps]
August 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's running mate. No doubt you've already heard. You been hearing about it for hours now, but you didn't hear it first from Romney's dedicated app, which promised punctuality but showed up hours late to the party. More »

How to Watch Porn Online and Get Away with It [How To]
August 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM
A man's home is his castle; his porn collection, his concubine. You're going to want to keep your secret lover locked away, far from prying, judgmental eyes. Here's how to ensure your spank bank is as secure as the Tower of London. More »

Autonomous MIT Plane Turns a Parking Garage Into Its Own Personal Slalom Course [Video]
August 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM
When it comes to flying around indoors, helicopters and their ilk get all the attention. That's generally because your typical plane is best suited for flying forward fast, not "painstakingly avoiding obstacles." This drone from MIT is an exception to that rule. More »

Prism Glasses Let You Read While Lying Down at the Cost of Looking Like an Idiot [Eyeglasses]
August 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM
The hardest part of reading (besides the big, scary words) is finding a remotely comfortable way to sit, or lie, while doing it. These crazy prism glasses will add "lying on your back" to the list of options, but you'll look stupid. More »

The Best Meteor Shower of the Year Is Happening This Weekend—Here's How to Watch It [Video]
August 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM
This weekend, from August 11th to the 13th, the Perseid Meteor Shower will fill the sky with hundreds of shooting stars. According to NASA, this year's Perseid Shower is even more special because Jupiter, Venus and the crescent Moon are aligning while stars streak the night. More »

The FBI Thought Kim Dotcom Had a 'Doomsday' Device That Could Wipe Away All Evidence of Piracy [Kim Dotcom]
August 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Do you know how the FBI justified the insane raid of Kim Dotcom's mansion? By saying that it suspected that Kim Dotcom had a 'doomsday' device that could "wipe out evidence of internet piracy around the world." No, seriously. More »

In 2010 Samsung Declined an Offer to License Apple's Patents. Oops [Apple Vs Samsung]
August 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM
The latest word out of the epic saga that is Apple vs. Samsung is that in October 2010, Samsung passed up on an offer from Apple to license certain of their patents for royalty rates: $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet device. Additionally, Apple was willing to offer Samsung a 20% discount if they agreed to cross-license their own patents back to Apple. More »

The Stoner Channel: Rotary Hearts, Skateboarding Goats, and Other Things That Should Not Be [Video]
August 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Life on the Internet [Life]
August 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I spend my days on the internet, though "on" doesn't strike me as the best preposition to link myself up to the nebulous depths of the web. I live in it, maybe. Or up against it, eyeballs pressed to pixels. A little too close, maybe, but nothing life-threatening. More »

Further Evidence of Samsung's Blatant iPhone Envy: Need More Bouncy Fun Stuff [Apple Vs. Samsung]
August 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
A 94-page document issued into evidence tonight, in the ongoing debacle that is Apple vs. Samsung, supplies further evidence that Samsung was pea green-eyed with insatiable jealousy over Apple's super fun phone design, as compared to the less animated and playful Android products. 46 [TheVerge] More »

Do You Password Protect Your Phone? [Chatroom]
August 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Dirty pictures, dirty texts, top secret work info, contact information for who knows who—our phones are like little vaults containing all our most super top secret important info. And yet... More »

This Week's Top Web Comedy Video: Bane vs. Cable Guys [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Bane was already one of the most terrifying villains of the Batman universe, even before Christopher Nolan made him scary and unintelligible. But even though he can rough up Dark Knight like few others, he may have just met his match—like the rest of us—in the cable guy. More »

Download This iPhone Tethering App Before It Gets Pulled from the App Store [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM
If you want an iPhone tethering app, go download DiscoRecorder, a $2 'voice recorder' app that 9to5Mac says comes with a hidden tethering feature. Yep, that means you can get your computer onto the Internet with your iPhone's data connection. Sweet. More »

You Won't Believe What This GoPro Camera Captured Underwater [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM
You're going to watch this video and your jaw will drop. In fact, you'll probably think it's fake. Or CGI, at least. But nope, it's completely real. A group of guys went fishing and dropped a GoPro Hero 2 camera inside a custom-made torpedo to record the ocean underneath them. What the camera recorded was the most amazing footage of dolphins you'll ever see. More »

If Fonts Had Voices They Would Sound Like This [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM
In this hilarious video, Jonathan Garcia of The Minute Vlog gave voices to fonts. It's eerily on point—I always imagined Arial to be a pompous, stuffy guy with an English accent and Comic Sans to be a numbnut. More »

How Sports Photographers Shoot the Best and Hardest Assignment of Their Career: The Olympics [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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Whirling Stairs, Low-Tech Typewriters, an OCD Coffee Maker and More [Most Beautiful Items Of The Week]
August 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM
No, this isn't the beginning of a Jack Kerouac bio-pic—this is the dopeness our eyes feasted our eyes on this week. More »

Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe (Chatroulette remix) [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM
A man in drag trolling people on Chatroulette is the only context in which I could ever stomach "Call Me Maybe." But what's disconcerting is that it's making me enjoy the song itself. Whatever. Fuck it. It's Friday. More »

19 Google Searches That Led People to Gizmodo Today [Search]
August 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM
Amidst all the "iphone" and "android" and "dealzmodo" searches that send people Gizmodo's way on a daily basis, there's usually a smattering of inexplicable incoming traffic. And today's selection was particularly enjoyable: More »

Cord Conquering Convertible Lounger Might Be the Comfiest Home Office Ever [Furniture]
August 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM
You might think an ergonomic Herman Miller chair and a perfectly positioned desk would make for the ideal home workspace. But you've been lied to. When you have the luxury of working from home you're gonna want to put your feet up, and Coalesse's forthcoming Hosu lounger lets you do just that. More »

Full Metal Jacket Diary, Cartoon Network, and More [Ipad Apps Of The Week]
August 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM
It's time for another edition of best iPad apps. This week we've got a whole slew of great stuff coming your way. From a Full Metal Jacket diary to a Cartoon Network streaming app, you'll like what you see. More »

Current Caller ID, Scope, and More [Android Apps Of The Week]
August 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Here's your new edition of the best Android apps of the week. This time we're giving you a wintertime game, a tool for managing your social networks, and so much more. It's about time to fire up Google Play. More »

Burner, Obama for America, and More [Iphone Apps Of The Week]
August 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM
It's Friday, which means for it's time for a new round of iPhone apps. This time around, we're giving you plenty of goodness. Between an app that gives you fake numbers, and an iPhone version of one of your old favorite magazines, you'll have plenty of new titles to download. More »

A Vacuum-Insulated Tumbler That Thinks It's a Cup [Desired]
August 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM
The Stelton To Go 2.0 Thermo Cup lures you in with its Danish design, but you'll stay for its drinkability—and not in the Bud Light sense of the word. More »

Google Lays the Smack Down on Torrent Sites in Search Results [Censorship]
August 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM
Next week Google will begin censoring sites for which it receives a large number of copyright removal requests by reducing their Google site rank across their entire domains. More »

The Vodka So Dangerous You Should Never Drink It Straight [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Earlier this year, English company Master of Malt scorched mouths and livers with the world's hottest vodka. Rated to 100,000 Scoville Heat Units, you'd want to chase it with an iceberg. More »

This See-Through Microchip Can Mimic an Actual Human Organ [Video]
August 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM
Testing new and potential life-saving drugs can be a harrowing process because of the risk involved with not knowing how a substance will react once in the human body. Harvards scientists are hoping that microchips, such as the one pictured above, can mimic the function of human organs well enough for them to test those drugs. More »

Do You Still Have a Personal Blog? [Chatroom]
August 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM
Once upon a time, it seemed like everyone had a LiveJournal, or Blogspot, or TypePad, or Wordpress, or ahem, Xanga. Then came the evolution of sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr which took the focus away from the blog post and emphasized the sharing of short thoughts, links, photos and whatever else. Nowadays, unless you're a writer or some sort of public personality, you probably don't have a personal blog full of "entries." More »

Here Are Mark Zuckerberg's Nipples [Summer Of Zuck]
August 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM
A Facebook employee just posted this picture of Zuck (on Facebook) and a bunch of other shirtless dudes doing what shirtless dudes do best: stand around shirtless. The hoodie is gone. Just nips. Just chest hair. Just pure, unfiltered Zuck. More »

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