The Sandbaggers: The Best Spy Show (That You've Probably Never Seen)

Since io9 is looking at the spy genre, it would be remiss of me not to talk about one of the very best spy shows ever made, The Sandbaggers. It's unfortunate that it's not as well known as it should be, because it's also one of the most realistic spy shows ever made. » 2/14/15 10:38am 2/14/15 10:38am

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner. » 2/12/15 3:06pm 2/12/15 3:06pm

10 Real-Life Female Spies Who Deserve Their Own Movie Franchises

You may be familiar with the espionage efforts of female spies like Josephine Baker and Mata Hari, whose lives have been committed time and time again to film. But there are numerous female spies who — even if we don't agree with all their politics — led fascinating lives, ones that could fill entire movie franchises. » 2/10/15 11:07am 2/10/15 11:07am

A Great Way to Listen to Those Mysterious "Number Stations"

For decades, shortwave radio enthusiasts have been stumbling upon mysterious stations that broadcast a looping noise, such as a nursery rhyme, occasionally punctuated by someone reading a string of numbers. The most popular theory is that these are coded messages—and now, an online shortwave radio lets you listen in. » 7/15/14 3:06pm 7/15/14 3:06pm

The Secret U.S. Government Program to Hook Spy Photos From Space

The early space age is marked by Soviet accomplishments — the first satellites, the first living being launched into orbit, and the first human in space to name just a few. But there was one very important technological first secured by the United States in 1960. America was the first nation to safely recover a… » 8/13/13 8:45am 8/13/13 8:45am

RED 2 is a classic example of an inferior sequel

RED was a fun little movie, that was worth watching just for Bruce Willis being Batman, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich acting silly and above all Helen Mirren kicking ass in high heels. RED 2 struggles to recapture the magic of the original, but it's a perfect example of a sequel that doesn't have a good reason to… » 7/19/13 11:20am 7/19/13 11:20am