apple
Can You Actually Use iCloud on Windows and Android?

Whisper it quietly, but a few holes are starting to appear in Apple’s walled garden: AirPlay on TVs. Apple Music on Android. iCloud on the web. And now, a revamped, updated iCloud app for Windows. As Apple shows hints of being more cross-platform-friendly than it has been in the past, is its iCloud suite now usable across Windows and Android? Read More >>

amazon
19 Tricks to Get More Out of Your Amazon Account

If you’re one of the millions of people on the planet with an Amazon account, you’ve probably never come close to using all of its services, apps, labyrinthine website menus, and settings screens. Here are 19 tricks to get more out of your Amazon account. Read More >>

science
What Makes Things Slimy?

Probably no more than ten people on Earth have a “favourite” texture, and these are almost certainly not people you would like to know. Conversely, pretty much everyone has a least-favourite texture. What do slugs, unsightly thigh boils, and disease-ridden swamps all have in common? They are all, of course, slimy. But how did they get that way? Where does slime—and/or sliminess—come from? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of slime experts to find out. Read More >>

movies
A Brief Explanation of Dark Phoenix’s Confusing Alien Villain

While Fox was perfectly fine spoiling Dark Phoenix’s major death in early advertisements, the true identity of Jessica Chastain’s alien character was kept conspicuously hush in the weeks leading up to the film’s premiere. Though an explanation for the codename she was referred to by the studio (“Smith”) is never explained in the film itself, a brief exchange is packed with just enough information about Chastain’s character to reveal who they are and how they fit into the larger Dark Phoenix Saga. Read More >>

streaming
Why It Still Matters Which Music Streaming Service You Sign Up For

Take a look at the music streaming services of the moment and you’d be forgiven for not seeing any major differences: They all offer access to around 50 million tracks on demand, they all give you recommended mixes of music, they all let you sync tunes to your phone for offline listening, and so on. So does it matter which one you pick? Read More >>

pets
I Found the Perfect Pet Cam to Launch Treats at My Dog

One of the worst parts about having a pet is when you have to leave them alone at home. They’re stuck in the house and you’re out in the world! Pet cameras are ostensibly a great way to watch and interact with pets even when you’re away from home. While they used to feel like a kludgy gimmick that can’t rival a real security camera, pet cameras have improved dramatically in the last three years, so we grabbed the top three to see how well they hold up against a popular security camera and to figure out what the best camera for your pet monitoring needs is. Read More >>

apple
6 Reasons It Might Be Worth Buying an iPod Touch in 2019

Hey – there’s a new iPod Touch in town, and it’s in line to get the latest iOS 13 upgrade later this year (dark mode and all). But why on earth would you want a hobbled iPhone? Apple wants to sell it to you because it’s committed to services like the App Store and TV+ and a cheap iOS device lets it get those services into the hands of more people. Read More >>

apple
How People Talked About iTunes When it First Launched

It’s official. Apple has announced that it would begin killing off iTunes, one of the company’s most important software products ever. And, to be honest, there isn’t much love lost, since iTunes has become widely reviled by most users in recent years. But that wasn’t always the case. Read More >>

tv
Black Mirror Continues the Trend of Making Teenage Girls the Punchline

Black Mirror dives into teen stardom with “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” an overall OK episode that I’d feel stronger about if it didn’t pair its futuristic tech with an outdated vision of teenage girls. Read More >>

terrorism
Why Islamic State Recruitment Is Thriving on Telegram

New research coming out of George Washington University provides one of the most exhaustive looks yet at the vast and complex network of self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) supporters permeating the encrypted messaging platform Telegram. Read More >>

VR
Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience is Fun Immersive Theatre, But the VR Needs Work

Leadenhall Street in East London is uniformly lined with dull grey buildings but, for the next few months, you can step off the street and into Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience – a fully-interactive guided performance, which looks fantastic but doesn’t yet deliver on some of its high-tech ambitions. Read More >>

movies
Why Remake The Lion King? Director Jon Favreau Explains

When it comes to Disney’s upcoming Lion King movie, most of us have lots of questions. Things like, is it a shot-for-shot remake? Is it live-action? Animation? Will the animals be talking and/or singing? And perhaps most importantly: Why attempt this in the first place? Read More >>

android
Why Some Android Phones Don’t Have the Play Store

Huawei phones, Amazon tablets, and Google Pixel phones all run Android, but one of those groups of devices doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store—and another could lose it very soon. But why is that? If you’re wondering what exactly Android is and isn’t and why the Play Store only seems to appear on some Android products, we’re about to lay out the details, and explain how it could affect your choice of devices in the future. Read More >>

amazon
Alexa’s Sneaky Fine Print Could Prevent Millions From Suing Amazon for Anything

Let’s say you purchased a pencil case for your kid on Amazon.com. But it turns out it contains lead that’s way over the federal legal limit, and your kid gets sick as a result. You liked Amazon, used it frequently to buy products and even own an Amazon Echo. But now you want to sue the company. There’s just one problem. Read More >>

doctor who
What If Doctor Who’s Audio Adventures Were Planned Like They Were Being Made for TV?

Listening to a Doctor Who story as an audio drama and sitting down on a Saturday night (or Sunday, depending on the season!) to watch an episode of the show are very different things. But while the mediums are both different avenues of storytelling, one thing can help bring both to life: storyboarding. Read More >>