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Apple Mac Pro: Australian Review

There hasn’t been a properly new Mac Pro for a very long time. The original Mac OS X workstation for creative professionals — video editors, commercial photographers, 3D animators — was released in 2006, and the giant cheese grater suffered a ploddingly slow upgrade cycle that meant that plenty of its former fanboys jumped ship to iMacs, MacBooks Pro or Windows boxes. But the Mac Pro is back, it’s better, and now there’s actually no reason not to buy one.


Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1′s recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone‘s 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It’s not mind-blowing, it’s not world-changing, it’s nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it’s never quite been before: an OS that’s totally good enough.


Google Chromecast Australian Review

The Chromecast in the States is great, because it’s cheap and Netflix works. In Australia, though, it’s a slightly different story.


How To Watch The Sydney Harbour New Year's Fireworks Display Online

If you haven’t already started staking out your spot on Sydney’s foreshore to watch the fireworks, then it’s probably too late. Or perhaps you don’t live in Sydney — which is fine — but you’d like to check out the multi-million dollar explosions. Here’s how to do just that.


Reverse Engineered Wii U Gamepad Plays PC Games

That’s one way to solve the drought of Wii U games, I suppose. Nintendo wouldn’t approve, mind you.


Asimov's 2014 Starts Tomorrow

Isaac Asimov famously wrote an article for the New York Times way back in 1964 where he detailed the world of tomorrow. Tomorrow, in this case, being quite literal for us; Asimov’s vision starts on Wednesday. How accurate was he?


Would Batman Win An MMA Fight Against Spider-Man?

It’s not likely. I mean, not just that such a thing would never happen on straight legal grounds, but also because Peter Parker would simply whup him silly.


Doctor Who: Matt Smith And Karen Gillan Heading Down Under

Who fans, make a note in your diary — and what’ll probably be a serious dent in your wallet — as Matt Smith heads to Australia for a bevy of quick convention dates in March.


Stephen Colbert Has A Cameo In The Desolation Of Smaug

In a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, the Colbert Report anchor — and his family — are in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.


Myer's Online Store Is Still MIA

Online retail in Australia is still in its infancy, as the current state of Myer’s online store demonstrates — or would, if it was actually working right now.


Breakfast Wrap: Best Of The Weekend

The Maths Behind The NSA’s Email Hacks Like anything else IT-related, it all boils down to numbers.

Chromebooks Dominate US Holiday Period The sales figures look shiny.

How To Make Alcoholic Ice Cream, The Greatest Dessert Of All Time The Paddle Pop Lion’s glassy stare suddenly makes all sorts of sense.

High Ranking HTC Staff Indicted In Taiwan Remember, kids, leaking company secrets is all fun and games until you get caught.

Finally, A Real-Life Memory-Erasing Technique For Humans Silence will fall — in your brain.


India Wants The Next Version Of Android To Be Ladoo

Not the very next version — that’s KitKat — but having failed to convince Google that they should instead name it Kaju Katli, a group of Indian Android enthusiasts want the next version to be Android Ladoo.