Report: Feds Are Preparing Trade Theft Case Against Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

Federal prosecutors “are pursuing a criminal investigation” of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing the trade secrets of U.S. firms, with the case in part based on allegations raised in civil lawsuits, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. | Continue reading | 56 minutes ago

Most Facebook Users Still Unclear About How the Hell Targeted Ads Work: Pew Survey

There are plenty of very good reasons Facebook users should be extremely skeptical of the information the social media platform collects about them following years of data and privacy scandals. But even as the company continues to push its “transparency” narrative, many of its us … | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

Man Injects 18 'Doses' of Semen Into Arm to Cure Back Pain, Ends Up in Hospital

In a new case study, Irish doctors report the baffling case of a 33-year-old man who injected his own semen intravenously for a year and a half, a self-developed “cure” intended to treat his chronic back pain. It does not appear to have worked. | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Artificial Meteor Showers Are the Atmospheric Spectacles No One Asked For

Tomorrow morning, an Epsilon-4 rocket will blast off from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center in Japan. Onboard is a satellite capable of generating artificial meteor showers by dropping tiny pellets from orbit. The resulting light show should produce streaks brighter than natural s … | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Here's How the Government Shutdown is Affecting Spam Robocalls

The two main agencies that are supposed to be helping monitor robocalls—the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—halted operation 25 days ago because of the government shutdown. So how is that affecting the robocall plague? | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

'Wet Sidewalk Effect' Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn's Moon Titan

Scientists have found evidence of seasons on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, thanks to observations akin to sunlight reflecting off of wet pavement. | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

Swiss Scientists Have Trained Their Dog-Like Robot to Better Fend Off Its Human Oppressors

Engineers in Switzerland say they’ve found a way to make a four-legged robot even harder to fight off during the eventual robopocalypse. In a new paper, published Wednesday in Science Robotics, they describe a system that trains the bot to move faster than ever, while still being … | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Finally, the Slick Bluetooth Upgrade My Beloved Shure Earbuds Deserve

Every year or so Gizmodo senior editor Adam Clark Estes tells me he’s found a pair of headphones that are genuinely exceptional, and so I, being a headphones hoarder, am obliged to try them out. Usually, he’s right! But when it comes to in-ear headphones, his suggestions have lef … | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Fascinating Experiment Uses a Robot to Recreate the Walking Style of an Early Land Dweller

Using computer simulations and a robot, researchers have recreated the likely gait of a 300-million-year-old animal considered to be among the planet’s earliest terrestrial walkers. | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Motorola Reviving the Razr as a $1,500 Bendy Phone Is a Bad Idea, but I'm Curious as Hell

The Motorola Razr was undoubtedly the phone of the mid-2000s. It was a tantalizing vision of the future that featured a super compact body with slick metallic keys and two freaking screens. And while its debut in 2004 came about a decade and a half ago, if this new report from th … | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Upskirting Set to Be Criminalized in England and Wales, Thanks to Viral Facebook Post

A year and a half after Gina Martin began a campaign against taking invasive photos, the British Parliament’s House of Lords has approved legislation that would make taking upskirt photos a criminal offense punishable of up to two years in prison, in England and Wales, reports th … | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile's ATM Network: Report

The one thing no one expects on a job interview is North Korean hackers picking up on the other line. But that’s apparently exactly what happened to a hapless employee at Redbanc, the company that handles Chile’s ATM network. | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Skin Care Tech Is Already Having a Big Year

Las Vegas might not be the first place you think of when it comes to the future of skin care—it’s in the desert after all. But at this year’s CES, skin care tech was at the show in full force. | Continue reading | 12 hours ago

8 Things You Should Be Automating on Your Smartphone

We live in an age of super-smart technology built to make our lives easier, so don’t struggle with the menial chores of the day when your phone could be doing the job for you. Here are some of the best automations you can set up on your phone, freeing you from the task and giving … | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

DC's New Gods Movie Has Rumors Swirling About Its Main Characters

Danny Glover has joined the Jumanji sequel. John Boyega offers a cryptic peek from his time on the Star Wars: Episode IX set. Mads Mikkelsen says Bryan Fuller is still trying to find a new home for Hannibal. Plus, new footage from The Lego Movie 2, and what’s to come when Superna … | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Thousands of Workers at FDA and FAA Head Back to Work Without Pay to Inspect Food and Planes

President Donald Trump seems to have figured out a solution to the government shutdown: Just make everybody work for free. | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

YouTube Finally Bans Dangerous Pranks and Challenges After Bird Box Fiasco

YouTube has changed its policies in an attempt to cut down on potentially dangerous challenges and pranks, Engadget reported on Tuesday, updating its rules to explicitly ban them from the site. | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Roku Furiously Backpedals After Briefly Saying It Would Allow Infowars Channel

Alex Jones, chief of noxious conspiracy website and suspicious supplement sales front Infowars, was kicked off most of the web’s biggest platforms last year amid legal battles over his alleged harassment and defamation of mass shooting survivors’ families: Facebook, Twitter, Yout … | Continue reading | 23 hours ago

Defendants Charged in Alleged Scheme to Hack SEC Filing System, Steal Financial Info

U.S. authorities have charged “a suspected Ukrainian computer hacker and several traders” with attempting to cash in on “market-moving corporate earnings news” stolen from Securities and Exchange Commission systems, Reuters reported on Tuesday. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

FCC Trying to Postpone Net Neutrality Lawsuit Over Shutdown, But It Probably Won't Work

Citing an ongoing partial shutdown of the U.S. government, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday moved to postpone the next phase of the lawsuit challenging its 2017 decision to repeal net neutrality protections nationwide. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Critical Flaws Leave Some Government Access Cards Vulnerable to Attack

One of the nation’s leading purveyors of security access badges and plastic ID cards is scrambling to patch multiple vulnerabilities in its system, which could allow attackers to covertly enter secured buildings and obtain top-level access privileges, granting them the ability to … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Apple Store Worker Opens Mystery Package and Finds Pound of Meth

One day, while unboxing the latest deliveries of iPhones and headphone dongles, an employee at the Grand Central Apple store in New York City came across a package that was out of the ordinary. Rather than being filled with addictive gadgets that cost a month’s worth of rent, it … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Merger Is a Hellish Articulation of Our Increasingly Accelerated and Incomprehensibly Automated Working Lives

In the world of Merger, the worker sits alone in front of a screen or eight, surrounded by a sea of constantly compounding data, anxiously trying to handle tasks as they rapidly pile up, and attempting to make sense of the nearly incomprehensible world it all somehow fits into. I … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Potatoes Have a Form of 'Depression,' but Scientists Have an Idea to Cure Them

Scientists are trying to revolutionize potatoes and, in the process, cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

CERN Unveils Design for 62-Mile-Round Atom Smasher More Powerful Than the Large Hadron Collider

A scientific collaboration has released a concept design for the Large Hadron Collider’s successor, an enormous new experiment that would sit inside a hundred-kilometer (62-mile) tunnel. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Robots Ruin Robot Hotel

Hotel owner Hideo Sawada said he wanted to run “the most efficient hotel in the world” by staffing it almost exclusively with robots. According to a new report, however, the hotel has laid off more than half of its bots for being inefficient since its launch in 2015. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

There's a Fully Working Computer, Including a Retractable Keyboard, Hidden Inside This Mouse

Some hardware hacks only exist as a way to prove they’re actually possible. Such is the case with this ‘Computer Mouse’ that was designed, 3D-printed, and assembled by YouTube’s Electronic Grenade. It’s a fully working portable computer that’s smaller than even the thinnest lapto … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The Mona Lisa Does Not Have the 'Mona Lisa Effect,' Scientists Claim

The “Mona Lisa Effect” is a term used to describe the perception that the subject of an artwork’s eyes are following the viewer as they move. Scientists now say the actual Mona Lisa simply doesn’t have it. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Latest Apple Rumor Says There's a New iPod in the Works

It’s been a long time since the iPod was Apple’s most important gadget, and while the iPod Classic, the iPod Nano, and the iPod Shuffle are no longer available, the iPod Touch is still keeping the name alive. And if rumors are true, it seems Apple’s last remaining iPod is in line … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the First Time

China’s miniature biosphere experiment has yielded sprouting cotton seeds, and they are the first plants to germinate on the Moon—an important first step in creating a viable, self-sustaining lunar colony. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Getting Up and Doing Even the Tiniest Bit of Exercise Will Keep You Alive Longer, Study Finds

Yet another study highlights the importance of getting up and doing something—anything!—to be physically active. It suggests that sedentary people who replace some of their sitting time with even light physical activity are less likely to die early than people who remain in their … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Okay, This Argument for 8K TVs Is Kinda Convincing 

I am not on board with 8K. The TVs will be expensive, there’s zero content for them, and they’ll heavily rely on internal processors for upscaling that already struggle to upscale HD content properly to 4K. It seems smarter to work on HDR tech, which makes a more substantial impr … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Netflix Is About to Cost You More Money

Netflix, the video streaming service no one can seem to quit despite its increasingly poor collection of titles, is about to hike up its prices. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The Lego Movie 2 Will Feature a Few DC Movie Stars

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting a movie reboot (again). There’s more rumors about who could be the villains of The Batman and Detective Pikachu. Get a look at Men In Black: International’s intergalactic agents. Plus, new Supergirl pictures, and what’s to come from th … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

In the First Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Vacation Looks Far From Fun 

It’s off to Europe and a date with Mysterio in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which has arrived at last! | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The Totally Unofficial CES 2019 Meta Awards

Every year, CES sets the stage for all the wild, wonderful, and boundary-pushing tech we expect to see later in the year. But sometimes, as cool as all those gadgets are, some of the most interesting things at CES are all the inane stunts, absurd observations, and oddly touching … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Huawei CEO Denies Company is Spying For China, Praises Donald Trump as 'Great President'

Ren Zhengfei, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese tech company Huawei, gave a rare roundtable interview with reporters today to discuss security concerns. The 74-year-old insisted that his company isn’t beholden to the Chinese government and he called Donald Trump a “great … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Bonkers Post Making Up Stuff About Female Microsoft Developer Advocate Backfires Big Time

The tables turned big time on a supposed software developer posting under the identity “Tee Medlin” on Friday after he sent an Instagram post accusing Microsoft senior cloud developer advocate Chloe Condon of stalking him at a conference—something that never occurred—and other so … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

E-Scooter Startup Bird: We're Sorry for Sending Wild Legal Threats to Media Over Scooter Hacks

On-demand electric scooter startup Bird has backed down from its legal threats against Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow for publishing a piece detailing how a $30 kit from China could be used to rewire the hoards of abandoned Bird scooters sitting around city impound lots, the BB … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

A New Star Trek Novel Will Explore What the Enterprise Was Up to in Discovery's First Season

The rapidly approaching second season of Discovery will re-introduce us to the U.S.S. Enterprise, before Jim Kirk ever sat in its Captain’s chair and boldly took it on its five year mission. But later this year, a new novel will show us what the ship was actually up to at the hei … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Lawmakers Over Phone-Tracking Scandal, Dubiously Blames Shutdown

Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers during the government shutdown, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday criticized the FCC head for refusing to appear for a briefing about the ongoing controvers … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

New Batch of Drone Rules May Soon Allow Flying Over Crowds

Unmanned delivery drones are one step closer to reality. The federal government on Monday released a set of proposals that could see civilian drones fly over crowds, and end the need for permits for night flights. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Cops Can't Force People to Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, Court Rules

A federal judge in California has ruled that law enforcement can’t compel a suspect to unlock their phone with a fingerprint or face recognition. Combined with a previous court ruling that held police cannot force a suspect to tell them their password, we’re getting some clarity … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

This Quadruple Star System Is Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen Before

Astronomers using the ALMA telescope have discovered an oddly tilted planet-forming disk within a double binary star system, a configuration that up until this point only existed in theory. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The 13 Coolest Things We Saw at CES This Year

Several people on the ground at CES in Las Vegas told me that it was down year. I’d argue that it was just plain boring. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some neat gadgets in the mix. In fact, a baker’s dozen of them were just plain amazing. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The Weird, Bizarre, and Amusing Tech at CES 2019

For all the cool gadgets that get shown off at CES, there’s also a bunch of things that make even the most jaded tech bloggers squint in a mix of confusion and amused befuddlement. Some of it you’ll find on the main show floor, others you’ll find in the nooks and corners at the S … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Models Can't Keep Up With Migrating Magnetic North Pole—and the Government Shutdown Just Made it Worse

Rapid and erratic movements of Earth’s north magnetic pole have prompted an early update to a model that assists with navigation. The scheduled fix was supposed to happen on January 15, but the U.S. government shutdown has forced an unwelcome delay. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

You Can Finally Buy a Robot That Will Be Your Friend

Do you find yourself feeling lonely or craving companionship? Have you considered purchasing a machine that could fill that void? No, not that kind of robot. I’m talking about moving, talking, thinking robots that can do things like fetch a cup of coffee and dance with you. This … | Continue reading | 2 days ago