Set a Video as Your Desktop Wallpaper With VLC

Since the demise of DreamScene with Windows Vista, users have been denied the option of having moving pictures as their desktop backdrop, but the hugely useful VLC Media Player provides something of a workaround. Open up a movie then choose Video and Set as Wallpaper to place it behind your program windows, audio and… » 8/21/14 3:18pm 40 minutes ago

A Smart Transforming Hanger Will Double the Capacity of Your Closet

Closet organization is a certifiable pain in the ass—so much so that an entire industry has developed out of our collective desire to keep our respective clothes in order. Space constraints are almost always the biggest problem; this convertible Hanger' might help you keep your gear in check. » 8/21/14 2:58pm Today 2:58pm

This Machine Destroys Seeds of Nasty Mutant Weeds In the Combine

Combines are a modern farming miracle, separating grain from chaff in a matter of seconds. But that chaff—often full of seeds from herbicide-resistant weeds—gets blown right back onto the field. Enter the clever Harrington Seed Destructor, which grinds the pesky and unwanted seeds into oblivion. » 8/21/14 2:37pm Today 2:37pm

Elephants, monkeys, and the Holy Spirit can't claim copyright in the US

A new paper from the US Copyright Office has been published to clarify what can and what cannot be copyrighted. Novels written by human beings are covered. What's not covered? Photos taken by monkeys, murals painted by elephants, and songs written by ghosts. » 8/21/14 2:19pm Today 2:19pm

Report: Apple Will Begin Making a Jewelry-Classified Gadget This Month

We've been following the emergence of Apple's sapphire production plant in Arizona closely this year, since it tells us a lot about the products coming down the line. Now, Mark Gurman reports, filings from Apple indicate that not only is the company manufacturing a new sapphire product this month—it's being… » 8/21/14 1:16pm Today 1:16pm

Sprint's New Unlimited Plan Only Costs $60

It's quite the day for new phone plans—first T-Mobile offered up a year of free LTE for people who convince a friend to abandon one of the other big three carriers, and now Sprint has announced an unlimited talk, text, and data plan for just $60/month. » 8/21/14 12:58pm Today 12:58pm

These Swirly Light Paintings Look Like a Flash-Forward to the Rapture

Despite predictions to the contrary, we have yet to experience any kind of global rapture here on earth. Should believers ever get beamed up to the heavens, I kind of imagine it would be in the kind of illuminated vortices created and snapped by British photographer Martin Kimbell. » 8/21/14 12:44pm Today 12:44pm

These Aerial Beach Photos Were Shot While Dangling from a Helicopter

Antoine Rose shoots photographs from the air. He shoots them hanging off the edge of a helicopter thousands of feet above ground—in wind, in subzero temperatures, in the dark. But sometimes the conditions are just right for a day at the beach, and Rose captures these surreal, candy-colored images of the sand and… » 8/21/14 12:12pm Today 12:12pm

​How To Find The Perfect Tent

Is there anything more synonymous with camping than the tent? Whether you're just getting started or looking to upgrade, the shear number of options can be mind boggling. Here's a quick and handy guide to buying the right tent for you. » 8/21/14 11:47am Today 11:47am

Of Course the First Object Ever Recovered From Orbit Was for Spying

In the early days of the U.S. satellite surveillance program, our orbital cameras employed state-of-the-art technologies to get the physical film back to Earth for development and analysis. They shot it back into the atmosphere like 300-pound bullets, and tried to catch the falling canisters by their parachutes using… » 8/21/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

The NSA Is Scaring People Away From Tor

It makes sense in a backwards sort of way. Last year's NSA revelations scared people into seeking more privacy online, and so they turned to Tor, the anonymous web browser. Then, we learned that the NSA is actually targeting people that use Tor, sending users running in the opposite direction. Understandably, this has » 8/21/14 11:20am Today 11:20am

Space station cosmonauts find life in the vacuum of space

The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS is reporting something so surprising that I'm having a hard time believing it: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can't really explain how it is possible. » 8/21/14 11:02am Today 11:02am

75% Off Hundreds of Udemy Courses: Learn Davinci Resolve & More

Get 75% off more than 300 courses with Udemy (using coupon code SAVETODAY, one of the largest marketplaces for teaching and learning. Udemy features over 10,000 expert instructors in courses ranging from guitar to photography to web development, and all are on-demand and available 24/7 via phone, tablet, or web. » 8/01/14 10:22am 8/01/14 10:22am

Dreamcar 2020: Turning 10 Design Trends into the Car of The Future

We're in the middle of a transformational moment for the automobile. There's a century of gasoline-burning, hand-on-the-wheel vehicles in our rear-view, while the road ahead is powered by electric, driverless technologies. Somewhere between yesterday and tomorrow, however, is the vehicle that bridges this gap, and… » 8/21/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Get 70% Off 3 Years Of Unlimited Network Protection from VPN – $19

Running a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your devices ensures that you're securely connected, protects your data, and allows you to access region-blocked content. For a little while, Gizmodo readers can get 70% off 3 years of VPN Unlimited's Premier Plan. That's 50 cents/month for peace of mind online – not bad. » 8/20/14 5:19pm Yesterday 5:19pm