Thirty Years Later, This Handheld Version of the Original Carmen Sandiego Is Still Better Than School Work

Thirty years ago if you offered a kid the choice between playing Super Mario Bros. and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, the plumber would always win. But if asked to choose between studying fractions and playing an educational video game in the school computer lab, who wouldn’t go the Carmen route? It was the…

The New Philips Hue Bluetooth Bulbs Are the Best Place to Start If You're Curious About Smart Lighting

Philips’ Hue was one of the first smart home upgrades that worked well and was genuinely useful. After almost seven years, we still think they’re the best smart lighting solution on the market. But if you’re not entirely convinced it’s an upgrade you need, Philips’ new Bluetooth Hue bulbs are the easiest and cheapest…

Yubico Makes It a Lot Easier to Use a Physical Security Key on Older iPhones For Super-Secure Logins

A hardware security key adds an almost bulletproof second layer of security for your password-protected accounts and info, but using them with mobile devices like iPhones has been less than straightforward. Today, Yubico is hoping to streamline that process with its new YubiKey 5Ci security key which is the first to…

What's Up Yubber Nubbers, This Hot Toys Wicket and Leia Set Is the Best Toy of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all the pretty plastic draining our wallets lately. This week: Star Wars’ actual best duo gets the Hot Toys figure set it deserves, Batman fights a familiar yet alien foe, and the most loveably useless Pokémon in the world gets an adorable, silly plush toy. Check it…

Sci-Fi Looking Robotic Neck Brace Could Help Lou Gehrig’s Disease Patients Lift and Move Their Heads Again

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gherig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects muscle strength and control, eventually leaving patients unable to even hold their own heads up. To improve their quality of life, researchers and engineers at Columbia University have created a…

If You Value Your Photos, Here's a Good Reason to Turn Off Your Camera's Wifi

By now, most people who spend any time online know the importance of ensuring their software is up to date, using an antivirus app, and avoiding the darker corners of the internet to avoid getting infected by malware that locks your files until a ransom is paid. But don’t assume it’s just your computer being targeted;…

Doctor Octopus Calls for a Superior Action Figure, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all the coolest new toys tempting our wallets on the internet lately. This week: somehow, Marvel’s White Rabbit gets an action figure! Lego will be there for you with an oddly specific new Friends set! Plus, Danny Rand gets a Mezco figure worth of the Iron Fist,…

Easily Install This Laser Tripwire to Automatically Hide Work Distractions When Your Boss Walks By

There are lots of free apps and widgets for Windows and MacOS that can quickly hide a work distraction (like YouTube or Facebook) from your boss or co-workers, but they assume you’re always paying close attention to who’s walking by your desk. The Daytripper does that all for you, using a laser tripwire that…

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