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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.


My OkCupid Affair With A World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player

This story sounds mean. It’s about a girl judging a boy because he’s a nerd (like so many of us!) that she met on OkCupid. But that’s the point: Judging people on shallow stuff is human nature, and the magic and absurdity of online dating is how immediately and directly it throws that into relief. One person’s Magic is another person’s fingernail biting, and no profile in the world is deep enough to account for that.


Why Does Disney Insist On Shitting All Over My Memories?

Dear Disney, I hear you’re releasing The Lion King in 3D. First you shit out two horrible sequels and now this? Are you trying to ruin my childhood?


Titanium Cigar Punch Will Add To Awesomeness Of Smoking Your Cuban

Probably the only thing that’s more badass than smoking a cigar is prepping it with a gadget made of pure titanium. (Unless you’re Bill Clinton). This one’s as rock solid as they come.


New York OkCupid Profiles Are Really Depressing

It’s no secret there’s a good population of arseholes on OKCupid, but here in New York, the online dating world boasts some particularly uncreative types: the guy who was “born and raised” listening to Dylan and the girl who is “obsessed with” Jay Z.


How To Couchsurf And Not Get Killed

You’ve saved just enough for that ticket to Thailand but barely have enough cash left to pay for a mango smoothie, let alone a hostel. Fortunately you can now crash on a person’s sofa using an online travel network. Unfortunately that person might be a batshit crazy rapist. Not to worry, we’ve compiled a guide to find a safe (and free) sofa in a foreign land.


Kanex DVI Hooks Your Computer Up To Apple's Cinema Display

There’s nothing like a good DVI to better your watching/gaming/skyping experience. And Kanex’s new dual-link DVI will hook you up with resolutions up to 2560×1600 on a 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display. That is, as long as you’ve got a PC or Mac with a good graphics card. Just remember, if you’re Skyping with this baby, check your hair first. $US150. [Kanex]


How This Man Stole $US57,000 From His Neighbours Using Facebook

If Facebook fraudster Iain Wood has taught us anything, it’s to distrust thy neighbour. Because sometimes thy neighbour stalks you on Facebook, steals your mail, then uses your personal information to rob you.


Why Would Someone Spend $3,000 On 30 Phone Numbers?

Phone numbers are intangible, frivolous things. No one in their right mind would collect them, right? Wrong. Meet Dennis Mykytyn, the man who purchased 30 coveted phone numbers with 212 area codes for $US100 a pop in 2007. Yes, this guy spent $US3,000 on phone numbers.


Hong Kong Stock Exchange Attacked By Hackers

As if stock markets of the world needed any more problems after the recent US credit downgrade and the market catastrophe that followed. Yesterday, trading in seven Hong Kong stocks stopped after the exchange’s website was shut down by an attack. Poor poor stock market guys.


Parents Can Have Text Message Slang Too!

In the New Yorker this week, William Sorensen delves into the strange and amusing world of parental texting. Highlights include: “T4W = Time for whiskey” and “RxV — >BW = Got Viagra prescription, just need Barry White cassettes.”