Scammers Sent Fake iPhones ‘For Repair’ to Get $3 Million in Authentic Phones From Apple

File photo of people walking past an Apple flagship store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, Feb 20, 2024.Photo: CFOTO/Future Publishing (Getty Images)Two men in Maryland who sent thousands of counterfeit iPhones to Apple for repairs to get authentic replacement iPhones in return were found guilty by a federal jury on Tuesday, according to an announcement

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OG Ghostbusters Aren’t Just Fan Service in Frozen Empire, Says Director

Image: Sony/Columbia PicturesOnce Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought back Luke, Han, and Leia to massive box office success, legacy sequels really started working overtime to keep the original (and available) franchise stars around when possible. Ghostbusters: Afterlife brought back the still-living Ghostbusters from the original two movies, and they’re back again alongside an also-returning

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Defeat Clintin the Mini-Boss in Steam’s New ‘Epstein’ Island Game

A new video game popped up online on Friday, swiftly capturing the web’s attention. The game’s name? “Epstein.” Notably, it’s set on an island. If you progress far enough into the gameplay, you end up fighting Mini-Bosses, including characters dubbed “Clintin,” “Havking,” and “Minwell,” before facing off against the titular bad guy. Making the Freddy

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The Perfect Movie and TV Themed Getaways for Geeky Romantics

Frozen Suite at the Disneyland Hotel: ParisImage: Disneyland ParisFrom Stranger Things to Barbie, Disney fairytales, and a Halloweentown of your own—various creative destinations have undertaken the task of transporting guests into their own movie moments. This includes the pink-on-pink mid-century vibes at Palm Springs’ Trixie Motel, and the themed rooms at Disney Parks’ Disneyland Hotel in Paris

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Rising Star Isabela Merced on James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy and Last of Us Season 2

Photo: Charley Gallay (Getty Images)Isabela Merced’s resume is already stacked, but the star of underrated gem Dora the Explorer and The Lost City of Gold is just getting started. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the young actress—who’s soon to enter Sony’s live-action Marvel universe as Anya Corazon (whose spider-sona is Araña) in Madame

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Unusually Big Sunspot Cluster Now Visible, Posing Risk of Powerful Solar Flares

A striking set of gigantic sunspots, first spotted from Mars and now designated AR3576, is currently facing Earth, capturing the attention of astronomers, space enthusiasts, and concerned space weather forecasters.Hurricanes and Climate | Extreme EarthThe cluster, nicknamed the “Martian sunspots,” was first discovered by NASA’s Perseverance rover using its MastCam in the final week of

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Nuclear Fusion Machine Smashes Energy Record, Clean Energy Now ‘Closer Than Ever’

A UK-based nuclear fusion collaboration just produced a record amount of energy, a refreshing dose of good news in humankind’s quest for cleaner energy sources. The Joint European Torus facility, or JET, produced just over 69 megajoules of heat.The Animal Kingdom Imagines a World of Humans Turning Into AnimalsA brief distillation of nuclear fusion: It

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Pulse-Pounding Photos Recall NASA’s Historic First Untethered Spacewalk, 40 Years On

Photo: NASAIt was forty years ago this week that two NASA astronauts embarked into uncharted orbital waters, becoming the first to perform a spacewalk without the benefit of a tether. These thrilling photos remind us of this extraordinary moment in spaceflight history.Over the decades, hundreds of astronauts have bravely ventured outside their spacecraft to work

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Across the Spider-Verse Almost Had a Crazy Spider-Man Game Easter Egg

Some of the best moments in both Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 are the cross-medium crossovers. In Spider-Verse, the game’s Spider-Man briefly appears in Miguel O’Hara’s world. In Spider-Man 2, there’s a brief reference to Miguel and the movie’s multiverse too. Considering both projects were made independently, that there’s any crossover at

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Disney’s Florida Legal Battle Continues as Free Speech Lawsuit Gets Dismissed

The Walt Disney Company faced a legal defeat today after its lawsuit alleging retaliation was dismissed in a Florida court. The claim focused on the state’s violation of the company’s First Amendment rights for standing against Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” bill, a homophobic law that endangers the human rights of LGBTQIA+ communities and

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The Godzilla Minus One Team Had the Best Reaction to Their Oscar Nomination

Godzilla Minus One roared its way to an Oscar nomination today.Image: TohoWhen your landmark film gets a surprise, history-making Oscar nomination, there’s cause for celebration. And that’s exactly what the team behind Godzilla Minus One did earlier today when the film was nominated for Best Visual Effects.Reservation Dogs | First FandomsThe nod, which puts it

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The Hugo Awards Are Facing Yet Another Controversy

The Hugo Awards are no stranger to controversy. In recent years, the annual celebration of sci-fi and fantasy authors in media including novels, short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting (among others) has come under fire for a questionable sponsorship (defense contractor Raytheon Technologies), an anti-diversity movement that interfered with nominations (remember the Sad Puppies?), and

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DeepMind Co-Founder: AI Is Fundamentally a “Labor Replacing Tool”

Welcome to AI This Week, Gizmodo’s weekly deep dive on what’s been happening in artificial intelligence.Why is Everyone Suing AI Companies? | Future TechFor months, I’ve been harping on a particular point, which is that artificial intelligence tools—as they’re currently being deployed—are mostly good at one thing: Replacing human employees. The “AI revolution” has mostly

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Godzilla Minus One’s Director Is Having the Fashionable Time of His Life This Awards Season

Writer-director Takashi Yamazaki brought a friend to the premiere of Godzilla Minus One November 10, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Stewart Cook/Getty Images for Toho Co. (Getty Images)Let’s give it up for Godzilla Minus One director Takashi Yamazaki, whose red carpet appearances have featured his star in fashionably iconic ways. Yamazaki has taken to X

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eBay Sent Critics a Bloody Pig Mask. Now It’s Paying a $3 Million Fine

eBay agreed to pay out a $3 million fine—the maximum criminal penalty—over a twisted scandal that saw top executives and other employees stalking a couple in Massachusetts who published a newsletter that criticized the company. The harassment campaign included online threats, sending employees to surveil the couple’s home, and mailing them disturbing objects—including live spiders

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Patrick Stewart Agrees His Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Cameo Was Truly Awkward

Screenshot: Marvel/Disney+Of all the weird moments and choices in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Illuminati scene might be the one that most made us wonder “wait… what just happened?” Patrick Stewart, Professor X himself, brought the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Sam Raimi’s 2022 sequel, but filming his cameo sounds

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Wonka’s Surprisingly Sweet Box Office Helped Cure Warner’s Aquaman Blues

Image: Warner Bros.We snickered at the concept when we first heard about Wonka, and we scratched our heads once we saw the trailers—especially the parts revealing Hugh Grant’s Ooompa-Loompa character. But one should never doubt the power of chocolate… or a singing, dancing, Timothée Chalamet, because Wonka is a hit.Spoilers of the Week: July 29thDirected

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Master & Dynamic’s new Headphones Will Use Neural Sensors to Help You Focus

Image: Andrew LiszewskiMaster & Dynamic’s already-premium $599 luxury headphones, MW75, are about to get a very brainy upgrade. They’re about to get brain tech embedded in them.With AI Advertising, Nothing is Real | AI UnlockedMaster and Dynamic is collaborating with Neurable, a company focused on integrating neuroscience into everyday products. Their goal is to enable

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Obituary: Godzilla Suit Actor Kenpachiro Satsuma Has Passed Away

Japanese actor Kenpachiro Satsuma died earlier today, according to a translated post from Matomedane, from what’s said to be interstitial pneumonia. The 76-year-old actor is best known for portraying various monsters during Godzilla’s Heisei era, including the lead monster himself.Turtle Power with Melissa Navia | First FandomsSatsuma was born May 27, 1947 under the name

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Making a List and He’s Checking It Twice

Threads finally launched for European users Thursday roughly five months after the X competitor rolled out in the United States. The rookie social media platform also received some fact-checking filters that might put advertisers’ minds at ease. Meanwhile, Americans received AI-generated backgrounds for Instagram Stories. With all this gift-giving, it seems Zuck has a naughty

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Then and Now: Our Earliest Close-Ups of the Planets Compared to Today’s Best Shots

Left: Pioneer 10’s view of Jupiter in March 1973. Right: Webb Telescope’s view of Jupiter in July 2022. Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy SchmidtFor centuries, astronomers were limited to ground-based observations of the planets, but now we use spacecraft to capture close-up views of our neighboring worlds. Excitingly, our

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Disney’s Bob Iger Thinks Disney Movies Got Worse Under Other Disney Bob

Disney CEO Bob Iger—who over the summer described the demands of striking WGA and SAG-AFTRA workers as “not realistic,” then pulled back on that harsh statement by pushing to end the strikes quickly (as backed up by Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav)—has addressed some of his company’s most pressing matters as 2024 approaches.“Even AI Rappers are Harassed

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The Grinch and Martha May Whovier Headline Grinchmas at Universal Theme Parks

Photo: Sabina Graves/GizmodoReleased in 2000, Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas has become a modern Christmas classic—so much so that it’s managed to be more timeless than Illumination’s 2018 Grinch animated film. That’s probably thanks to the presence Jim Carrey’s inimitable take on the character at Universal Studios theme parks.The festive holiday centerpiece at

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Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, Asks One of the Most Daft Christmas Movies Ever

Everyone remembers 1962’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as a camp classic, but that movie—which starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and kick-started the “psycho-biddy” horror subgenre—was also nominated for five Oscars. In 1972, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? didn’t rake in the same acclaim, but it’s nearly as ghoulishly entertaining, elevated by Shelley Winters’

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OpenAI Fires CEO Sam Altman

OpenAI announced Friday that Sam Altman departed the company on Friday. Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati has been appointed interim CEO to lead OpenAI. The news comes just weeks after OpenAI’s DevDay, where Sam Altman announced some of the company’s biggest advancements yet.I Gave Sam Altman a Copy of My Eyeballs | Future Tech“Mr. Altman’s

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 Doubles Down on AI for Android’s Mid-Range Devices

Image: QualcommAI is the name of the game for this year’s chips, particularly for Qualcomm’s mobile processors. The chipmaker has announced the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 processor for mid-range Android devices with promises of improved AI performance.Should You Flip Out for This Samsung Phone? | Gizmodo ReviewKeeping in line with its predecessors, the Snapdragon 7

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