gizmodo.comUK Ethics Council Says It’s ‘Morally Permissible’ to Create Genetically Modified BabiesThe UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics says it’s acceptable to genetically engineer human embryos, so long as the interventions aren’t harmful to the future child or society as a whole. The council is taking a surprisingly progressive position on the matter, but we’re still a long way off from the birth of the world’s first designer baby.
gizmodo.comMicrosoft Says Skype Will Finally Get Call Recording This SummerA new update for Skype has arrived, and with it comes the promise that we’ll finally be getting the option to record calls. Skype has gone more than a decade without this obvious feature, and you might as well update now because all other versions of the service will stop working on September 1, according to Microsoft.
gizmodo.comNearly Two Dozen People Injured After Lava Bomb Hits Hawaii Tour BoatEarlier today, a basketball-sized chunk of molten rock slammed into a tour boat off the coast of Hawaii, injuring 23 people and sending at least four to the hospital. The incident happened near the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since early May.
gizmodo.comDon't Tell Your Dinner Guests You Prepared Their Food With a Knife Made From Your UnderwearYou can mostly trust that health inspectors ensure the food you get from a restaurant was prepared properly and safely, but can the same be said of the meal at your friend’s next dinner party? Assuming that chicken wasn’t sliced and diced using a large kitchen knife crafted from your host’s old underwear is no longer an assumption you can make.
gizmodo.comTrump Is Still Rambling About a Dumb Theory That the DNC Is Hiding an Incriminating ServerOn Monday, flanked by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki, Donald Trump refused to concur with the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Russia was behind intrusions into computer systems belonging to the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 elections.
gizmodo.comGoogle Is Bringing Back BlobmojiFor longtime Android users, it was a sad day when Google killed off its adorable blobs and replaced them with a more standard set of emoji alongside the release of Android Oreo. And while blobmoji sort of lived on in Google messaging app Allo, with development for that app now on an indefinite hiatus, it looked like the blobs were destined to die again.
gizmodo.comThis Viral Photo Doesn't Show Maria Butina in an Oval Office Meeting With TrumpOn Sunday, 29-year-old Russian national Maria Butina was arrested and charged with being an unregistered agent of the Russian government while trying to influence the 2016 presidential election. Ever since, people online have been combing through old photos of Butina posing with American politicians. But one photo has gotten a lot of attention today. It purports to show Butina just outside an Oval Office meeting with President Trump on May 10, 2017. The only problem? It’s almost certainly not her.
gizmodo.comMy Search for the Spirit of Prime Day at an Ariana Grande Concert in a Giant Amazon BoxBROOKLYN, NY—Imagine a place where all the offers are epic, the deals never end, and shipping is always free. A heavenly kingdom where you can click a button and—like magic—the shower head, butt plug, or off-brand iPhone cable of your dreams appears at your door. This is the sales pitch of the Church of Amazon, the retail cult with the modest ambition of controlling all commerce in the known universe.
gizmodo.comJeff Bezos Ascends to Richest Dude Throne on Prime DayAmazon’s malign power has grown to the point where for several years now, it has declared its own holiday, Prime Day, which is essentially centered around giving it huge amounts of money while ignoring that it is maybe evil. This year’s Prime Day is especially special, because the Bloomberg Billionaires Index has declared Amazon’s tyrant CEO Jeff Bezos the richest individual in modern recorded history when adjusting for inflation.
gizmodo.comDiscovery of 14,000-Year-Old Toast Suggests Bread Can Be Added to Paleo DietArchaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of bread-making at a site in northeastern Jordan. Dating back some 14,400 years, the discovery shows that ancient hunter-gatherers were making and eating bread 4,000 years before the Neolithic era and the introduction of agriculture. So much for the “Paleo Diet” actually being a thing.
gizmodo.comWalmart and Microsoft Team Up to Take Down AmazonWhile the country is in the midst of Amazon’s mid-year discount fiesta and Jeff Bezos enjoys being crowned the richest man in modern history, rivals Walmart and Microsoft announced a new five-year partnership in hopes of knocking the online shipping giant down a peg or two.
gizmodo.comThis Kit Lets You Make Your Old SNES Controllers Completely WirelessFor five years, 8Bitdo has been creating near-perfect wireless clones of your favorite classic gamepads, improving the experience of emulating retro games on modern devices. But if near-perfect isn’t perfect enough for your discerning gaming tastes, the company is now selling kits that should make it dead easy to upgrade your original Nintendo and Sega controllers with Bluetooth, without requiring any electronics know-how, or soldering.