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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.

Yes, This Is A Flame-Shooting Russian 'Duckmobile'

What has three wheels, looks like a duck and shoots flames out of its head? The bizarre Russian art car you see here and absolutely nothing else in the entire world. [Jalopnik]

Behind The Scenes Of The Final Space Shuttle Launch

The very last Space Shuttle launch is scheduled for this weekend. To the men responsible for every detail, that’s like an eternity. NASA Navigation and Flights Control Engineer George W. Hatcher describes those final moments. [Jalopnik]

How Did No One Die In This Horrific Crash?

When first responders arrived at the scene of a crash on Indiana’s Sam Jones Expressway they saw the type of accident firefighters dread: A dozen crushed cars and an overturned 18-wheeler. Amazingly, there wasn’t a single fatality. How? [Jalopnik]

This World Speed Record Car Went Faster Than A Space Shuttle

A heavily modified street-legal Ford GT made history as the first car recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records for standing-mile speed at 223mph (359km/h). Even cooler: they did it on the runway used for landing space shuttles. [Jalopnik]

Stunning Photos Capture 356km/h Race Crash

Two weeks ago, photographer Mark J. Rebilas set up to shoot drag races in Bristol, Tennessee. What he got was a front-row seat to a fiery crash that nearly took out both cars. Here is his stunning gallery. [Jalopnik]

Driver Sets New Record For Fastest Lap Around Manhattan

Alex Roy circled the Island of Manhattan in 2001 setting a known record for fastest time at 27 minutes, reaching speeds of 232km/h over the 39km distance. A new driver’s now done it in 26:03. Here’s video. [Jalopnik]

This Is The World's Worst Custom Car

It’s been about a year since we last spotted the “Dragon Vette”, a customised Corvette so hideous we dubbed it “The World’s Worst Custom Car.” Now it’s for sale. Would you buy this – thing – for $US71,000? [Jalopnik]

What Happens When You Shoot A Porsche With 10,000 Bullets

After his Porsche 911′s engine died, the owner decided to donate the car to a non-profit… dedicated to protecting gun rights. Let’s find out what happens when you pump a car with 10,000 rounds of hot lead. [Jalopnik]

Jackass 'Star' Ryan Dunn Dies In Car Accident

Ryan Dunn, who will forever be known for sticking a Hot Wheels car up his own arse in the movie Jackass and another as-of-yet-unidentified person, both died in a crash outside of Philadelphia early this morning. [Jalopnik]

How Audi Uses Race Crashes To Make Cars Safer

Every racing series claims that manufacturers use it to prove technology for road cars. That’s true. Let’s look at how Audi used car crashes at last weekend’s Le Mans race to develop better cars that you’ll buy. [Jalopnik]