consumer tech

The Key to Buying the Best Battery Pack for Your Gadgets

All images: Sam Rutherford If you’re living your life away from power outlets than at some point you’ll need to invest in an external battery pack. Only not all batteries are the same. Aside from the various ports you might see on one, such as USB Type-A, micro USB or USB Type-C, it’s also critical …

Panasonic's ZS200 Puts a Really Big Zoom in a Little Camera

All images: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo The photos from most smartphones have gotten so good nowadays, they have basically killed the market for point-and-shoot cameras. That said sometimes you need a zoom. For people wanting to push image quality a little higher, there’s still value in a small, compact camera with a (relatively) big sensor and a …

Man Redefines Horror By Building a Singing Furby Organ

GIF As if the fear of a looming nuclear war wasn’t enough, Sam Battle, the hacker-musician behind the YouTube channel Look Mum No Computer, hacked together 44 Furby toys to build the world’s first (and hopefully last) singing Furby organ, introducing a whole new element to your nightmares. On a technical level, Battle’s Furby Organ is …

For Better or Worse, Google Is Apparently Getting Down With the Notch

Android Oreo hasn’t even landed on one percent of Android Phones yet, but Google is already looking ahead to the next big update for the world’s most popular mobile OS. And if a report from Bloomberg is true, Android P could make it easier for phone makers to design devices with unusual displays. Bloomberg says …

AMD's Newest Processors Are So Good You Can Skip the Graphics Card

All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo In the past year, graphics cards have gone from the reasonably priced computer part you pick up on Amazon or Newegg to something bordering on as precious as gold. If you happen to find one being sold at its MSRP, you can easily snatch it up and sell it on Amazon …

Someone Created a MagSafe Connector For the Rest of the Plugs In Your Home

GIF As much as USB-C is a vast improvement over the USB connectors of yesteryear, we’re still bummed that it replaced the MagSafe connector on the recent generation of Apple’s MacBooks. We’re not getting any less clumsy, but these magnetic breakaway plug adapters look like they could ease the fear of tripping over our other …

Why Comparing Smartphone Specs is a Waste of Time

Image: Gizmodo If you’re in the market for a new smartphone then you’re naturally going to want to look up key details such as processor speed, RAM, storage space, battery size, and the camera’s megapixel rating, but weighing up these raw specifications is increasingly becoming a waste of time. Here’s why. The short answer is …

Pixel Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Against Google Over Defective Microphones and Poor Service

Image: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo Despite all the hype and hoopla for Google’s “first” homegrown phone, the Pixel was met with a lukewarm reception when it launched back in the fall of 2016. It wasn’t very pretty and it’s build quality wasn’t great either, and it often suffered from a host of issues. But the most frustrating …