The Dreadmoji

Image: WikiCommons When asked to be interviewed for this blog, a team of emoji designers for a major emoji platform requested to see the text of the article before publication, for fear of violating their company’s contract. This isn’t rare; media representatives and other employees potentially facing reprisal do this all the time (and our…

Open Channel: The Best Tweets of the Decade That Still Haven’t Been Deleted

Photo: John Lamparski (Getty) Over a decade in, the value proposition of Twitter as a medium is murky, not easily defined—though one area it undoubtedly excels is allowing important people to show every embarrassing contour of their entire ass to the rest of the world. Albeit buried under months or years of less interesting posts,…

Brazil hits Facebook with $1.6 million Cambridge Analytica fine

According to Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security, data belonging to some 443,000 Brazilian users was used for “at the very least, questionable” purposes. Some estimates suggest that up to 87 million people were affected by Facebook’s improper use of data globally — mostly in the US. In the grand scheme of things, Facebook…

The Absolute Worst Tech of 2019

Image: Gizmodo Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year. Gadgets have to work a lot harder to suck in 2019 than they have in years past. They have to bankrupt companies, reveal our data, or be so overpriced…

This Was the Decade Climate Scientists Stopped Being Polite

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. Scientific warnings about the risks of unchecked global warming have reached a crescendo in the past couple of years, with urgent messages from researchers on social media, in…

Syd Mead, concept artist behind ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Tron,’ dies at 86

Mead’s background in industrial design may have helped him think up advanced technologies that are still believable. Before he created concepts of futuristic worlds, he worked on designs for Ford and illustrated catalogues for companies like United States Steel. He also designed products for Philips and drafted architectural renderings for Intercontinental Hotels and other firms….

The Morning After: Google’s Pixel 3a changed the game in 2019

Great cameras don’t have to cost a lot of money anymore.The Pixel 3a was a turning point for affordable smartphones You could buy a great budget phone before the Pixel 3a, but more affordable devices used to mean some kind of compromise. Remember where Xbox, Nintendo and PlayStation were 10 years ago?The 10-year challenge: Video…

Sonos gives a lame reason for bricking older devices in ‘Recycle Mode’

Sonos suggests that after bricking the device in Recycle Mode, users drop it off at a recycling facility or give it to Sonos to do the same. However, those facilities are unable to resell the products, which could bring around $200 to $250 in good condition. This is the the most environmentally unfriendly abuse and…

The Mustang Mach-E’s extended range battery is a popular option

While Ford hasn’t revealed exactly how many people are lining up to pre-order the Mustang Mach-E, the company has released some stats showing which versions people prefer so far. Apparently battery life is important to buyers of the sporty electric SUV, with 80 percent opting for versions with the long range battery that lets it…

Russia starts antitrust investigation into Booking.com

In Russia, the company’s contract with hotels and hostels reportedly does not allow them to offer better rates on competing websites. The FAS says it warned the company about the practice on November 12th, but it didn’t respond. We’ve reached out to Booking.com for comment and more information, and we’ll update this article when we…