Netflix’s Yasuke Has a Character Issue That’s Bugging Me

Image from Yasuke Series on NetflixImage: Netflix The new Netflix show Yasuke chronicles the life of the African Samurai after his tenure with the Nobunaga clan. The show starts years after the death of Lord Nobunaga. Yasuke (Lakeith Stanfield) lives in a local village and works as a boatman. At the core of the story,…

Marvel’s Secret Invasion Continues to Build Its Cast

Killian Scott, seen here on Dublin Murders, is going to the MCU.Photo: Starz Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ show Secret Invasion is quickly turning into an Avengers-level collection of talent. Of course we already knew Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn would reprise their MCU roles. Then Kingsley Ben-Adir joined the mix. Then Olivia Colman. Then Emilia…

Hulu Finally Gets Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and More New Channels

Photo: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo You’d be forgiven if you had forgotten by now that Hulu announced back in January that a slate of new ViacomCBS channels was coming to its live TV service. They’re finally here. Advertisement Nine new channels will hit the Hulu with Live TV service beginning today, a spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo. Those…

Facebook buys the studio behind VR shooter ‘Onward’

Facebook is adding another developer to its growing Oculus Studios stable. The company has acquired Downpour Interactive, the team behind multiplayer first-person VR shooter Onward. Facebook didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal, but did say the entire studio is included in the transaction. [embedded content] As for what this means for the future…

Captain America Flies High, and More Patriotic Toys of the Week

Image: NECA, Hot Toys, KidRobot Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards. Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s round up of all things good and plastic-y. This week, Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s finale has got us in an Americana…

How to Get Started With Apple Fitness+

Apple’s on-demand fitness streaming service, Fitness+, is a solid way to work out at home—if you own an Apple Watch. And while the Apple Watch requirement is a hurdle to get over if you don’t already have one, if you do, the $10/month you’ll pay for Apple’s high-quality classes is worth it. In our testing,…

Australia Wants to Teach Basic Cybersecurity to 5-Year-Olds

Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP (Getty Images) Australia may become one of the first countries to truly buckle down and prioritize teaching children about online safety. Advertisement Though kids today are digital natives, they aren’t necessarily taught about all of the dangers that lurk in cyberspace. From a young age, children come to understand that iPads…

NASA, SpaceX pause work on the lunar lander deal due to contract challenges

Although NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to work on a Starship-based lunar landing system two weeks ago, both companies that lost out on the deal have filed protests with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Now NASA says that while the challenges from Dynetics and Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin are reviewed, SpaceX will have…

Texas House Overwhelmingly Passes Two Major Marijuana Reforms

Compassionate Cultivation, a medical marijuana dispensary in Manchaca, Texas, in December 2017.Photo: Eric Gay (AP) By large margins, the Texas House passed two bills this week that would create a less punitive legal environment for possession of recreational marijuana and allow more Texans to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program. Advertisement Despite overwhelming support…

One-Third of Basecamp Employees Have Reportedly Quit Following New Policy on Speech

Image: Basecamp Within a week, Basecamp’s loathed no-politics-at-work rule has escalated to a mass exodus. This afternoon, reporter Casey Newton tweeted that around one-third of the company’s employees accepted buyouts following a “contentious all-hands meeting.” The software company behind Ruby on Rails, Campfire, and HEY was, until this week or so, generally perceived by outsiders…