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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.

How Do You Baby-Proof Your Electronics?

Over the holidays, my son learned to crawl across the floor. The first thing on his agenda? Motoring across the carpet to get a closer look at the blinking lights of my dad’s stereo receiver.

Silver Sony Pocket FM/AM Radio: As Good It Gets For A $12 Gadget

I don’t use many gadgets every single day. Smartphone, sure. TV? Nope. But these little battery-operated Sony radios — I have two of them — receive local airwaves every morning, every night, and for almost 48 hours straight on weekends.

This Classic Braun Desktop Fan Makes Your Sweat Look Stylish

The legendary designs of 1960s Braun gadgets show the secret to Apple’s future. It’s a safe bet the aesthetic will echo this Dieter Rams classic.

The New ZipDisc: Zero Storage At 15,000 RPM

Zip Disks were at one time a tiny miracle; 1996, 100MB of storage sounded endless. Well, the name is back, but the spelling is different and the purpose is nearly unrecognisable.

Does A Dryer Really Need Apps?

There’s a good old-fashioned knob on the front of Whirlpool’s new Duet washer and dryer pair. But there’s also a little LCD screen right next to it. The screen helps you digitally dial in the settings, and it includes a “built-in suite of Laundry Apps”. What?

How To Kill Time Without Staring At Your Phone

Once upon a time, standing around and waiting involved exactly that: Standing around, waiting, and not doing much else. Today, any free moment is spent facedown in a phone. Stop reading this on your own phone. Right now. Look around. At this moment, you should be the only person, anywhere in sight, not looking at a phone.

Black & Decker Gyro Screwdriver Review: Screws Like A Champ

No kitchen drawer should go without a little power screwdriver. But even tiny drills can be overkill for around-the-house tasks such as tightening a loose cabinet pull. And so here comes the Gyro, a new compact screwdriver with an attractive balance of weight, size, strength and usability, thanks to a new gyroscopic sensor. It could be what your kitchen drawer has been looking for all along.

This Sweating Rooftop Sounds Like A Terrible Idea

A team of researchers at ETH Zurich has developed a rooftop mat made of a 5mm-thick polymer that can absorb water when it rains. The idea is to cool the interior with less reliance on air conditioning. It’s hard to imagine how this is possibly going to work.

Breville YouBrew: The Australian Coffee Maker You'll Probably Never Use

Unlike most coffee drinkers, I can tolerate some pretty mediocre brews. I grew up drinking bad filtered coffee, so I’m the farthest thing from a coffee snob. But I do have taste buds, and I do enjoy something more than a tepid vehicle for caffeine delivery. The YouBrew is an award-winning coffee maker by Breville — but could an Australian company produce great filtered coffee?

How To Build An iPhone 5 Dock For $1.27

Since the iPhone 5 Lightning adaptor has a chip that prevents you from using third-party cables, you can forget about using an inexpensive off-brand dock. That setup didn’t suit Casey Neistat, a filmmaker who prefers to keep a (now obsolete) dock firmly bolted to his desk.