design
Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: The Intersection of Gadgets and Dreams

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades later. That's what it's like to visit Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Read More >>

military
I Wore the US Navy's Oculus Rift, and it Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the US Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. Read More >>

phones
How Moto Tech and Pixar Brains Turn Phones Into Storytime

If you own a Moto X, chances are last autumn you noticed a small, red hat appear in your notification tray. You either assumed your phone had been hacked and set it on fire, or you boldly clicked the mysterious chapeau and were whisked off to a 3D world that was like being inside a Pixar movie. Read More >>

giz meets
Hip-Hop From the Future: Inside Deltron's First New Record Since 2000

In May of 2000 three legends of hip-hop formed a supergroup and created something nobody saw coming: a futuristic, sci-fi rap album. When Deltron 3030 was first released, it didn't fit in with the gangster rap that was dominating the charts—and over the years it developed an almost fanatical cult following. The long awaited sequel—officially released today—is likely to do the same. Read More >>

exclusive
Inside YouTube's Master Plan to Kill Lag Dead

There is a moment between when you click on a video and when it starts playing. That moment is the worst part of your day. The agony of waiting! The torture of anticipation! YouTube understands that, and on a visit to YouTube HQ in San Bruno, CA, we got a look at what's coming to make that awful moment pass before you know it happened. Read More >>

op-ed
Flashback: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet

In the wake of Yahoo's $1.1 billion acquisition of beloved social platform Tumblr, it's perhaps worth looking back what the company did after it caught—and gutted—another big fish. Read More >>

gaming
Co-Creator of Portal Working on Exclusive Ouya Game Soul Fjord

You might be expecting a sci-fi shooter from the co-creator and lead designer of Portal. But you'd be wrong. In fact, you'd be as wrong as it's possible to be, as the newest product from Aritight Games is actually a 70s funk themed rhythm-action dungeon adventure. Yes. Yes it really is. Read More >>

hackers
Exclusive: The Burger King and Jeep Hacker Is Probably This DJ From New England

It was just going to be another boring day on the Internet, when along came a spastic, hilarious hacker with a taste for McDonald's, Gucci Mane, and caps lock. Is a criminal mastermind behind the @BurgerKing (and likely @Jeep) takeover? Nope—just a guy who plays shows in Rhode Island who left an unfortunate Internet paper trail. Read More >>

headphones
Beats By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

There's never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of shopping centres, planes, clubs, and pavements everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. But Dr. Dre didn't just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight-train chest: The venture began as an unlikely partnership between a record-industry powerhouse and a boutique audio company best known for making expensive HDMI cables. Read More >>

crime
John McAfee Wanted for Murder

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Paul, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. Read More >>

apple
How To Be a Genius: This Is Apple's Secret Employee Training Manual

We recently showed you just how badly some of Apple's retail elite behave when no one's watching, but surely they were taught better, right? You bet they were: Apple tells its new recruits exactly what what to think and say. How do we know? We read Apple's secret Genius Training Manual from cover to cover. Read More >>

apple
Exclusive: Confessions from the Most Corrupt Apple Store in America

"The saying goes: Don't fuck with the person that serves your food," a former Apple Genius tells me over IM. "Don't fuck with the person who repairs your computer." He—we'll call him Ronald—spent six years as a member of Apple's Genius squad in a busy Southwestern store. It was a model store: shiny as the best of them, teeming, making money. But in back rooms and in plain sight, the employees ran wild: giving away computers, stealing phones, drunkenly destroying customer property. Ronald saw (and did) it all. Read More >>

watches
The Kisai Upload Securely Stores Your Secret Files

Laptops gets stolen, hard drives fail, and thumb drives disapparate with unrelenting regularity. But with the Kisai Upload, you can keep your most precious power point presentations (read: porn) safely strapped to your wrist. Read More >>

happy hour
The Vodka So Dangerous You Should Never Drink it Straight

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. Read More >>

space
The Beautiful Video Game That Drives NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

So MSL Curiosity has landed. It survived the seven minutes of terror and safely touched down on the surface of Mars -- a miracle in its own right. Now that it's there, it needs a way to move around. Anyone who played Lunar Lander and Moon Patrol already knows how they're going to do this: video games. Read More >>

internet
The Secret Online Weapons Store That'll Sell Anyone Anything

The Bushmaster M4 is a 50-inch rifle capable of firing thirty 5.56×45mm NATO rounds, and used by spec ops forces throughout Afghanistan. It's a serious weapon. But in the Internet's darkest black market, it's all yours. Who needs a background check? Nobody. Read More >>

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