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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.

The Extreme Difficulty Of Leaving An Underwater Base

It was just another day for the Aquanauts exploring the warm, crystal waters of Conch Reef when a storm hit. The divers registered the 10-degree temperature drop on their skin a moment after the visibility went from almost 20 metres down to around three. But everything was calm topside — this was an underwater storm.

Getting Married In An Undersea Base

Otto Ruttan got married to Leanne in the Aquarius Reef Base on March 26, 1996. They met at Aquarius during his first day on the job. She was a marine biologist doing aquanaut training, and he, being the new guy, was assigned to count laps during the swimming drill.

There Is No Such Thing As Normal When You Live At The Bottom Of The Sea

The Aquanauts had killed the power and strapped on their emergency air masks. Someone smelled burning. In a rich-oxygen environment like Aquarius, fires can spread with ferocity; any hint of combustion is taken with utter seriousness. The air wasn’t circulating as it was supposed to, and, up above, the life support buoy sounded like it was going to explode. Instead of a steady, even hum, the generator sounded like something between a between a bark and like it was gagging.

The Watch Desk Is Always Watching

Once, in the middle of a storm, while everyone was asleep in the undersea base, the fuel that’s stored in the life support buoy sloshed around enough to stop one of the two generators. The generators power the air supply compressor that keeps everyone in the Aquarius undersea base alive. So what do the Aquanauts have to do if the air quality is at risk? Nothing. The Watch Desk is always watching.

This Is How You Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean

You can see it from the surface of the water: a blue outline 15 metres down. Aquarius. The last undersea base. Diving down to it is like falling slowly into another world.

How To Become An Aquanaut

So, you want to become an aquanaut? Do you have the right stuff? What is the right stuff? Do you even know what an Aquanaut is? According to Saul Rosser, Operations Director at Aquarius undersea research base, An aquanaut is a diver that lives under the water for 24 hours or more using saturation diving techniques and an underwater habitat to sleep, eat and work between dives.

Searching For The Ocean's Secrets From The Last Undersea Base

Two days ago, in the ocean a few kilometres off Key Largo Florida, I watched a woman dive six metres down to a sandy bottom. Conch skittered across sea floor while fish pecked at a nearby reef. A Barracuda snuck up behind me and glittered as it passed by. Then, an odd thing happened. The woman on the sea floor grasped her neck with both hands and a large cloud of air — it appeared to be an entire lung full — escaped from her bright yellow steel dive helmet.

Feature: The Life Of Steve Jobs, So Far

Steve Jobs’s sudden resignation is a shock, but might be the perfect point to take a second and look at the good, bad and as he might put it, “insanely great” parts of his life so far.

The Gizmodo Media Lab For Kids Who Can't Tech Good

We all take things for granted. Like having a school. Or a computer. That’s why Gizmodo and some friendly gadget companies are teaming up with Surf For Life, a non-profit that lets people help local causes while on holidays.

This Amazing Surf Director Says FCP X Is Final Cut Amateur

Cyrus Sutton is a surfer. And he’s reviewing Final Cut Pro X for Gizmodo. Why? Because he’s one of the best surf flick directors in decades. His movies exude a summertime vibe I wish I could bottle up for winter.