gaming
VR Shoes Were Thankfully Not the Best Hardware We Saw At E3

There were rumours of a PlayStation 5 and news on the next generation of Xbox, but this E3 was ultimately pretty light on the cool hardware. We knew that was the case given the sheer amount of VR accessories most of us can’t or won’t use any time soon. Read More >>

transport
What’s NIU? Could The Electric Scooter Solve Britain’s Congestion Problems?

One of the biggest trends in technology at the moment is the slow march towards electric cars. One day, in what will hopefully be the near future, we’ll hit a tipping point where most new cars aren’t powered by fossil fuels, but by clean electricity. This is going to be great news for the environment — both in terms of climate change, and in terms of air quality in cities. Read More >>

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20 Slick Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Windows Machine Organised

You probably spend more time than you realise copying, moving, renaming, and otherwise organising files on your Windows hard drive—so knowing how to do all of this faster and smarter can claw back a serious amount of time. Here are 20 of our favourite hacks and tricks for mastering File Explorer and file management in Windows. Read More >>

gaming
What We Learned About The Future of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft’s Game Consoles From E3

E3 2018 is here, and companies have already announced more games than you can shake a Joy-Con at. But what about consoles? The last few years have seen E3 inundated with either rumours or news about new consoles from the big three. This year’s gaming expo has been a touch on the lighter side when it comes to hardware announcements, but still had an interesting reveal or two from the show’s biggest players. Depending on your console of choice, that might be a good thing. Read More >>

movies
How the Director of Hereditary Made This Year’s Scariest Movie

When you see Hereditary, chances are the creepy horror movie will stay under your skin for some time, despite any effort to scrub or claw it away. That’s exactly the way writer/director Ari Aster wants you to feel. Read More >>

giz asks
Can You Get a Disease From a Toilet Seat?

The world is filled with disgusting toilets. You might personally prefer toilets that smell okay and aren’t covered in filth, but try telling that to whichever organs are involved in making you really need to use the bathroom. It has happened before, and it will happen again: you’ll be at a public bus station, or a music festival, or the apartment of a man under the age of 26, and you’ll realise, suddenly, that you no longer have any choice. Read More >>

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The Nintendo Switch Doesn’t Need Netflix, or Any Other Streaming App

Earlier this afternoon (about an hour or two ago), Nintendo had their annual E3 showcase telling us lots of news about the things it's up to. It was expected that this news would include an announcement that Netflix and YouTube apps are coming to the Switch, thanks to a 'leak' from Best Buy, though Nintendo gave it no mention. They wouldn't the first streaming apps to come to the console (that honour goes to Hulu) but they are the most high profile, and ever since the rumours started spreading it's had me thinking about how it's completely unnecessary. The Switch does not need to try and validate itself by supporting streaming apps. Read More >>

reviews
I’d Love Sony’s New Truly Wireless Earbuds If the Battery Didn’t Suck

Despite many tries, no company has nailed truly wireless earbuds. Apple’s AirPods come close, but the lack of sports-friendly features has always been a problem. That’s why I was so excited to see Sony release a set of truly wireless earbuds that are not only tight-fitting and water resistant, they also come with noise-cancelling. After two weeks of testing, I have to admit that the new Sony buds aren’t perfect, but they’re seductively good. Read More >>

design
The Top 7 Gadgets Shaped Like a Cube

Amazon’s announcement for its new Fire TV Cube on Thursday was a great reminder that the cube just doesn’t get enough love in gadget design. Cubes are solid as hell. They’re elegant, simple, functional, and memorable. They beg the question: “What’s in the box?” As a reminder of all that and more, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite cube gadgets from the past. Read More >>

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Google Backtracks, Says Its AI Will Not Be Used for Weapons or Surveillance

Google is committing to not using artificial intelligence for weapons or surveillance after employees protested the company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to analyse drone footage. However, Google says it will continue to work with the United States military on cybersecurity, search and rescue, and other non-offensive projects. Read More >>

security
Everything You Need to Know About the Plan to Kill Internet Passwords

Passwords just don’t work all that well for our modern-day websites and web apps: They’re insecure, they’re hard to remember, and they’re a lot of hassle to manage for only the basic account protection that they provide. Now Chrome and Firefox are leading the charge to kill off passwords on the web for good. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Trying to Kill Its New Privacy Scandal on a Technicality

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal first broke in March, Facebook has been scrambling to change its policies and reassure the public that it no longer recklessly shares data with third parties. But late last weekend we learned that it has quietly been giving device makers access to users' data this whole time. It argues this was different for several reasons and device makers could only use the data to provide “the Facebook experience.” Read More >>

movies
All the Hints and Details We Uncovered in the New Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer

The great thing about Sony’s new trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is that while it’s (wonderfully) light on specific details about the plot, it’s chock-full of little hints and clues about what we can expect to see in the film. The trailer’s dense in the best way possible — so dense that we had to break it all down and highlight the most exciting and fascinating parts. Read More >>

giz asks
How Many Social Media Users Are Real People?

Most social media users know that bot accounts are among us, whether as fake voters with loud opinions or obsessive re-tweeters of a single corporation’s content. When it comes to telling many ‘fake’ accounts from real ones, however—or just knowing how many non-individuals are active online—even savvy users are mostly in the dark. Read More >>