Space Station Cosmonauts Find Life In The Vacuum Of Space

The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS is reporting something so surprising that I’m having a hard time believing it: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can’t really explain how it is possible.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Australian Review

Has Microsoft done it? Has it created a convertible that’s not only brilliant, but can dethrone the MacBook Air as the king of portable productivity? We camped out in our labs for a week with the Surface Pro 3 to find out.


What Android Fragmentation Looks Like

This seemingly random assortment of colourful rectangles, reminiscent of a terrible paint swatch accident, actually represents the state of Android fragmentation in 2014. OpenSignal, a website dedicated to mapping all things mobile, pulled together this data and saw 18,769 distinct devices downloading its app on Android. And we thought last year was bad.


App Deals: Discounted iOS iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone Apps

Today’s best deals include Swype Keyboard on Android, Awesome Lists on iPad and Translator With Speech on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Tesla Owners Will Be Able To Start Their Cars With Only An iPhone

Tesla’s Model S is so technologically advanced, it gets software updates the way your old-fashioned car gets oil changes. And rumour has it the newest update will let iPhone-using Tesla owners forget their car keys forever: The car will soon recognise the owner’s phone to start the car.


The ATO Is Using Voice Recognition To Verify Taxpayers' Identity

So many accountants in one room.

The Australian Tax Office is a pretty conservative organisation.

It’s probably not as contemporary as it should or could be, but the organisation is working on that, Matthew Hay Assistant Commissioner for strategic program service delivery told a packed room at the Xerocon event in Sydney today.


SoundCloud Is Getting Ads

SoundCloud has been getting a little more business-savvy recently. Now, the pivotal music service has announced some sad news: it’s getting ads.


'Seeing Is Believing': Malcolm Turnbull Speed Tests Fibre To The Node

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is out and about today. He’s on the Central Coast of NSW testing a new fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) site in a little community called Umina, and the speed test is actually pretty impressive.


Toyota's New Cars Will Have A Nexus 7 Built Right Into The Dashboard

Having a 7-inch tablet slotted into your car’s dashboard just makes so much sense. It would be an elegant solution to craptastic GPS systems and clunky entertainment options. Toyota thinks so too. Its latest cars in Taiwan come with a Nexus 7 built right in.


Report: 30% Of All Mobile Spam Is Sent Through iMessage

It’s not like we need more reasons to hate iMessage. But we don’t really have to look very hard. A security researcher has claimed that Apple’s messaging service is used to send over 30 per cent of all mobile spam out there.