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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 To Set Drinks On Fire To Make Them Taste Delicious

I spill a dribble of liquid nitrogen onto the bar as I try to pour it from a steel vat into a coffee thermos for Dave Arnold, in a scene that vaguely reminds me of this image of Jesus turning water into wine, except that the splash turns into smoke and tiny beads, which skitter across the bar like insects.

Razer Blade Review: Sharp, But...

There’s something fundamentally broken in the world of PC laptops: Machines designed nearly four years ago still provide the basic model for how to build one correctly today. The Razer Blade is, in some ways, one of the best Windows laptops I’ve used in a long time. But I can’t decide if it’s merely ironic or outright depressing that a PC designed to reinvigorate PCs is ultimately most interesting because it steals something from Apple that most PC makers only wish they could grasp:

Exploring Where Espresso Machines Are Born

Coffee in the US has a bad rep, but if you walk into a good coffee shop that serves espresso, you will likely see a machine from one of these companies sitting on the bar: La Marzocco, Synesso or just maybe, Slayer. And they basically all come from one place: Seattle. I took a trip behind the scenes a little while ago and filmed a bunch of cool stuff.

Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive Review

My computer takes too long to boot up. Around a minute and 18 seconds, to be precise. Which is why I want a solid state drive. But I don’t want to pay ~$US400 for 256GB of storage. Enter Seagate’s Momentus X Hybrid drives, which promise near-SSD speeds, but with giant HDD storage — and not-so-giant prices.

Where Microsoft Prints Out Prototype Xbox Controllers... And Then Tortures Them

I took a trip to Seattle a little while ago. Actually a long while ago. And I shot a bunch of video of cool stuff. Then it got lost, because I am terrible person. But I found them, so here they are.

Braun BNC400 Alarm Clock Review: How To Ruin Good Design

I have something of a sleep problem. Or I guess, more accurately, a waking up problem. And my alarm clock died. So I bought this re-issue of Braun’s Dietrich Labs and Dieter Rams-designed BNC004 travel alarm clock. You should not.

Another Reason Your K-Cup Coffee Machine Is A Terrible Thing

I think the coffee that comes out of single-serving coffee pod machines is not very good. But, putting that aside, it’s obscenely expensive, as Oliver Strand points out in the New York Times:

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Designing Windows 8, Or How To Redesign A Religion

There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. Like the guy who collects Steve Ballmer’s dry cleaning. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest gig in Redmond. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he’s taken on the tiny task of redesigning the operating system used by like a billion people all over the world. You know, NBD.

A Gadget Tax Worth Paying

Joel Johnson, after he visited a Foxconn factory for Wired: To be soaked in materialism, to directly and indirectly champion it, has also brought guilt.

It's Change Your Password Day

Hey, so, it’s Change Your Password Day. Which means you should like, change your password. Why are we asking people to do this? I probably have twice as many stupid accounts on a multitude of sites, services and forums than I did two years ago. And there’s a new thing to sign up for everyday.