apple
Tim Cook Explains Why Apple Sold Out Hong Kong Protestors, Doubles Down

Apple CEO Tim Cook has explained why his company decided to succumb to China’s pressure and remove an app that was being used by Honk Kong pro-democracy protestors. Read More >>

movies
We Discuss Todd Phillips’ Polarising Joker, a Movie With Little to Say

What do you get when a multi-million dollar corporation decides to capitalise on one of its most popular characters by centring them in a movie that taps into conversations about white domestic terrorism in the United States, incels, and the ways in which folks with mental illnesses are often abandoned by society? You get films like Todd Phillips’ Joker, apparently. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon’s Prime Video App Has Gone Missing From the Apple App Store

Prime Video, the Amazon app that hosts all of its streaming content, has disappeared from Apple’s App Store without explanation from Amazon. Read More >>

gaming
Hand Tracking on the Oculus Quest Feels Pretty Magical

The Oculus Rift, Facebook’s cord-free VR headset that starts at just £400, is getting a couple of new features over the next year. I had the opportunity to check out what might be the coolest one: hand tracking. Read More >>

google
Google Gives Chrome Better Tab Management and Deeper Customisation

After rolling out Chrome version 77 earlier this month, Google has returned to update its web browser (on both desktop and Android) with improved tab management, some upgrades to the Chrome address bar, and extra options for enhanced customisation. Read More >>

science
Trove of Neanderthal Footprints Provide an Unprecedented Glimpse Into Prehistoric Life

Scientists in France have discovered hundreds of fossilised footprints belonging to a single group of Neanderthals. At 80,000 years old, the prints chronicle a single, precious moment in the lives of these extinct hominins. Read More >>

environment
The Amazon Has Seen More Than 100,000 Fires This Year, Causing Spike in Air Pollution

The fires burning throughout the Amazon rainforest and the rest of Brazil are billowing all types of air pollutants into the atmosphere, new satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA) show. Read More >>

smartwatches
IFA 2019: Asus Rises From Smartwatch Grave With New VivoWatch SP

Asus just showed off a brand new smartwatch at IFA – I guess it isn’t giving up on smartwatches after all. After releasing the Zenwatch 3 in 2016, it seemed like Asus had quietly withdrawn from smartwatches. Yet today the company proudly touted its new VivoWatch SP – a chic health-oriented wearable that boasts 14-day battery life, and “medical grade” ECG and PPG sensors. Read More >>

science
Incredible Fossil Discovery Finally Puts a Face on an Elusive Early Hominin

The discovery of a nearly intact skull in Ethiopia is the first to show the facial characteristics of a critically important species linked to early hominin evolution. At the same time, the 3.8-million-year-old fossil is further complicating our understanding of Australopithecus—the genus that likely gave rise to humans. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Privately Admitted Failure in Vetting the Author of Its ‘Anti-Conservative’ Audit

Facebook on Tuesday released the initial report prepared by its external auditor concerning the rampant speculation about anti-conservative bias at the company. More than a year ago, however, company officials privately copped to the fact that they’d failed to properly vet the man chosen to spearhead the effort, according to sources involved in the exchange. Read More >>

sdcc 2019
The 6 Winners (and 5 Losers) of San Diego Comic-Con 2019

San Diego Comic-Con has once again come and gone, leaving us with a flurry of feelings. Gizmodo was there to experience everything, giving you in-depth coverage on the ground and reporting on panels. There were plenty of highs, a few lows, and one thing that was so strange we’re not sure what to make of it! Read More >>

science
New Paper Confirms Near-Room-Temperature Superconductivity in Wild, Hydrogen-Rich Material

A team of physicists has published peer-reviewed results documenting near-room-temperature superconductivity in the hydrogen-rich compound lanthanum hydride. Read More >>

piracy
Werner Herzog: ‘Piracy Has Been The Most Successful Form of Distribution Worldwide’

Always tuned-in to the true nature and potential of technology, the influential film director Werner Herzog supports cinephiles who want to pirate his films. Read More >>

science
In a World of MRSA and Superfungi, You Need to Start Washing Your Hands Correctly

A harrowing article in the New York Times this weekend has set plenty of people on edge. It details the rise of a fungal disease in hospitals that – like so many infections – has steadily become resistant to the drugs used to treat it. But for all our justified fears about superbugs, there’s a simple precaution against infections that most of us fail to take: washing our hands correctly. Read More >>