Use Google Translate To Transform Foreign Signs Before Your Eyes

The best way to get along in a foreign country is to know the local lingo. But if you don’t, your smartphone can help you cheat your way through. The instant picture translation feature rolled into Google Translate last month is only a tap away, though you shouldn’t take everything it says at face value.


Inside The Gross, Predatory World Of 'Sexy Teen' Instagram Accounts

Not feeling acutely queasy at the relentless perversion of our great big world yet today? Here ya go: Instagram accounts devoted to showcasing photos of “sexy teens” are becoming commenting hotbeds for swapping kiddie porn.


Our Favourite Android, iOS And Windows Phone Apps Of The Week

Hello fellow app enthusiasts. This week was a good one for smartphone app stores across the board. An automation juggernaut makes putting your digital life on autopilot even easier. Sending short video messages is now as easy as texting. Sending email is as easy as texting. Sending texts is as easy as texting! Just kidding on that last one.


This Wildly Nerdy App Gives Android Wear Watches Super Geek Powers

Maybe you’ve heard of Tasker. If so, welcome nerd. If not, it’s a robust but complex Android app that lets power-geeks (like me) program their rooted phones to do just about anything. Now, thanks to a Tasker plug-in called AutoWear, you can extend that sort of ludicrous control to an Android Wear smartwatch.


How To Sync Your WhatsApp Chats To The Web

Last month WhatsApp rolled out a web client, and yesterday it announced support for Firefox and Opera as well as Chrome, so it seems like an opportune time to show you how to switch between your browser and your mobile. There’s still no love for iOS users or for Safari right now, but the rest of you can dive right in.


Create An HD Fly-Through Video Tour In Google Earth Pro

In January, Google decided to make Google Earth Pro free for everyone — that means we can all make use of features that previously cost $US400 a year, and one of those features is the ability to record HD video of your tours. From floating along the Grand Canyon to zooming into your local neighbourhood, here’s how to record your own fly-throughs using the software.


A Same-Day Delivery Startup Brought Me A Fish We Both Assumed Would Die

No one ever needs a live pet fish, 11 litres of water, a fish tank, a heater, food and various fish home accoutrements at a moment’s notice. And yet, at 11am on a Tuesday, I texted a stranger and told them I needed all of this, and yes, I needed it today. Three hours and $US200 later, my new friend arrived.


Apple Has To Pay $US533 Million For A Patent Infringement Within iTunes

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has ruled that Apple must pay $US532.9 million because iTunes infringed three patents owned by a Texas-based patent licensing called company Smartflash.


No, These Apps Can't Detect Cancer. Just Stop.

A slew of apps have cropped up touting the ability to diagnose any number of diseases over the past few years, and now thanks to the federal trade commission in the US, at least two of them will have to stop. Because science isn’t backing up any of it.


Lenovo Made An Automatic Removal Tool For Its Adware Mess

Lenovo’s pre-installation of the Superfish adware is one of the biggest fuck-ups the company could have made, but at least it’s cleaning up fairly quickly: it created a custom uninstall tool to clean your computer of the program and its certificates and in a responsibly transparent move, also posted the source code and licence of the removal tool for scrutiny.