FCC bans telecom and video surveillance gear from Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies

Last year, the Biden administration signed the Secure Equipment Act into law, which aimed to block the authorization of network licenses from several Chinese companies whose hardware has been deemed…

This Weeks Toys Rip, Tear, Swindle, and… Comfort?

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the coolest toys around on the internet. This week: Star Trek’s 1/6 figure line goes to Deep Space Nine, the…

Elon Says He’ll Make His Own Phone If Apple and Google Deplatform Twitter

Twitter’s new ruler Elon Musk makes so many pronouncements on the platform, it’s hard to keep track. This week alone, Musk polled Twitter users over whether he should provide “general…

More Spider-Man: No Way Home Funko Pops Are Swinging Your Way

It’s weird. While Funko Pops are ubiquitous—they’re about the closest thing to real-life Tribbles, in my opinion—the company doesn’t always make them easy to track down. While a few more…

Read a Story of Queer Love and Hope for the Future in the Apocalypse

Now for something a bit different to distract you this Thanksgiving. io9 has run short fiction before, from our collaborations with Lightspeed Magazine to excerpts from novels big and small.…

Mercedes’ new EV innovation is a paywall on your car’s performance

Tesla isn’t the only car brand asking you to pay extra to unlock your car’s existing capabilities. As The Vergeobserves, Mercedes has introduced a $1,200 per year “Acceleration Increase” subscription…

Here’s How Tech’s Shaping the 2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is the first of many things: the first World Cup held in the Winter, the first held in Gulf Arab state, and the first…

I Tried to Sleep in a Casket and All I Got Was This Stupid Blog

A couple of weeks ago G/O Media had a casket delivered to the office. We received a crimson red burial fixture from Titan Casket because my colleague, Kevin Hurler, has…

Sonicware’s latest groovebox is made for lofi beats

You know that lofi beats have taken over when companies are designing entire instruments around them. Sonicware has introduced the Liven Lofi-12, a groovebox devoted to producing subdued tracks. The…

So You Want to Start Reading (or Writing) Fanfic

Buckle up babes, we’re all in tonight. In a ridiculous moment of hubris a few weeks ago, I posted on Twitter that I was debating between writing fanfic and doing…