Tech that defined the decade

Apple iPad When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad to the world in January 2010, many were skeptical. “It’s just a big iPhone,” people said. The name was also mocked, especially in reference to feminine hygiene products. Turns out that people actually liked it because it was a big iPhone; a large touchscreen computer that you…

The 100 Most Popular io9 Posts of 2019

Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year. Another year has come and gone and with it so, so, so many nerd blogs. Here are the ones you, dear io9 readers, clicked on the most. A big thank you…

Our Top Posts of the Decade: A Dubious List for a Meaningless Timeline

Image: Gizmodo, CSPAN, AP, Doruk Salancı (Wikimedia), Roman Fedorstov (Twitter), Amazon Decade’s EndDecade’s EndGizmodo, io9, and Earther look back at our passing decade and look ahead at what kind of future awaits us in the next ten years. As far as we can tell, the 2010s were nothing close to what most of us expected….

Everything Engadget played to wrap up 2019

Before long, you’ll have some flower friends, a waddling nose and a tiny acorn that can sprout into a giant tree provided everyone else holds hands and dances around in a circle. To progress further, you’ll need to frequently switch characters and use their unique abilities to make other people happy. The aforementioned tree, for…

ProtonMail debuts an encrypted calendar app

ProtonCalendar uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data private, with no third parties including ProtonMail able to see your events. It has the standard calendar features you would expect, such as the ability to create and delete events, to set reminders and to have events repeat daily, weekly or monthly. The calendar is available online,…

Samsung Is Making the Best Phones

Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo) Last year after a somewhat lackluster product cycle, I said Samsung couldn’t afford to hold back anymore. And in 2019, it seems Samsung took that message to heart because it released some of the most exciting phone tech we’ve seen in the last 12 months. Now before I get in trouble…

In 2019 cameras got much better, but the market still crashed

Sony A7R IV Most of Sony’s models this year, including the A6600, A9 Mark II and A6400, were iterative refreshes. Not the A7R IV, though! Sony blew our minds by unveiling a 61-megapixel camera that can shoot at up to 10 fps. Not only is this the highest-resolution full-frame camera available, it has a redesigned…

In 2020, Here’s How You Can Help Address the Climate Crisis

Photo: Getty This is the time of year when we talk about nice things. Hopeful things. But honestly, I can’t get excited about hope when it comes to the climate crisis. It’s a monstrous mess. Multinational corporations worth billions of dollars have caused it while lying about their role in doing so. And people in…

I Never Knew How Much I Needed a Star Wars TV Series Before The Mandalorian

Pedro Pascal in his Mandalorian armor. No, you can’t see him. You just have to trust us.Image: Lucasfilm In the last week and a half, two Star Wars sagas have come to a close. First The Rise of Skywalker wrapped up the sequel trilogy, followed this past Friday by season one finale of the first…

Smoke app brings the Steam store to your Apple Watch

Smoke advertises that it “brings parts of Steam” to the Apple Watch. The hardware is obviously pretty limited, so don’t expect to be purchasing or launching games from your wrist. You will be able to view your games and achievements, view store information and see if your friends are online and what they’ve been playing…