Apple iPhone 6 Plus: Australian Review

Everyone’s at it now. Phablets, that is. Apple now has skin in the phablet game alongside bitter rivals from Samsung, HTC, Sony and Nokia. So how does the world’s-first iOS phablet compare to the market? Pretty goddamn well, actually.


I Tried The New Oculus Rift, And It Blew Me Away All Over Again

I’ve tried practically every version of the Oculus Rift VR headset, from some of the original duct-taped prototypes through to the latest DK2 developer kit and the Samsung Gear VR. Nothing I’ve seen prepared me for the new Crescent Bay demo. I just tried one of the best games I’ve never played. I want more.


GE's New Chip Lets You Easily Hack And Mod Its Appliances

At one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they’re slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer, freezer or whatever.


iPhone 6 Soaked In Liquid Nitrogen Shatters Like A Terminator T-1000

RatedRR bought six of the iPhone 6 for the purpose of torturing them in every way imaginable. The first test was to submerge one in liquid nitrogen and then use a hammer to smash it. Like the T-1000 in Terminator 2, the phone shatters in a billion pieces. The drop test also shows the iPhone 6′s new glass shatters just like any glass.


Foolish Scientists Have Just Created Shape-Shifting Metal

Most movies are works of fiction, but the plots are based on real-world ideas. Including, apparently, the nightmarish future put forth in Terminator 2. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University decided the world would be a better place with terrifying shape-shifting T-1000s, and so have developed a way to control and manipulate liquid metals. Maybe they didn’t watch the whole movie?


The Squarish BlackBerry Passport Smartphone Will Cost $US600

In mid-June BlackBerry confirmed the strange existence of the BlackBerry Passport. This atypical smartphone raised eyebrows because of its near-square design and devotion to a physical keyboard. Today, the company’s CEO John Chen revealed the Passport would cost $US600 sans subsidies.


Guys Slide Over Water In One Of The Most Stunning Places In The World

A year ago, Brian Grubb and Dominik Preisner thought it would be a good idea to wakeskate across one of the most amazing spots in the planet, the famous rice terraces of Banaue, Philippines, which many consider one of the wonders of the world. It was. Here’s the video to prove it.


Apple Ended Up Selling 10 Million iPhones In The First Three Days

When Apple sold nine million iPhones in the opening weekend of iPhone 5S and 5C last year, it was assumed that would be the zenith; the cheaper 5C offered more opportunity, and launching in China for the first time offered untold opportunity. And then this year Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, with no China (yet) and a lot more cash at stake.


Star Wars Producers Wanted A Fully Operational Drone Defence System

When it comes to spoilers, commenters from all corners of the internet are quick to demonize whoever leaks precious plot details, but when it comes to J. J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars VII, we can’t seem to help ourselves.


When It Comes To Music Storage Formats, Japan Is Stuck In The 90s

Welcome to Reading List, Gizmodo’s weekend roundup of the best writing from around the web. This week, we’ve got smart takes from Ars Technica, Hairpin, and The New York Times. Here’s some great reads from around the web.


One Danish City Turns To GPS Tracking To Help The Homeless

Without any context, this headline could seem incredibly scary, almost dystopian in nature. A city’s most vulnerable residents tracked for unknown purposes would serve as a pretty good plot for some Orwellian nightmare. Luckily, the Danish city Odense doesn’t want to harm people, but to help them instead.


Manakamana Captures The Entire Country Of Nepal In Just One Cable Car

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’ Manakamana isn’t a film for everyone. Labelled as experimental, it comes with the territory that this isn’t your average doc with an identifiable beginning, middle, and end. Instead Manakamana is something you’ve never seen before, and that’s why it’s worth watching.


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