Australian Stories

I Can't Even With The Australian TV Industry Anymore

That’s it. I’ve had it. Whoever is making programming decisions in Australia’s TV industry needs a swift kicking. I’m not sure how many times I’ve had to say it, but clearly it bears repeating: if you keep popular, viral international shows away from Australian audiences, they will pirate it. Today’s lesson: FOX8 and a new show called Jane The Virgin.


Telstra's Flagship Store Had A Gorgeous $112 Million Redesign

I’ll admit, sometimes in my dreams I go to a place full of gadgets, girt by glass and beautifully designed. Today Telstra cut the ribbon on its new experience store in Sydney, and it’s everything my imagination ever wanted.


The McLaren F1 Owner's Manual Is A Work Of Art

In the early 1990s, British supercar and Formula One powerhouse McLaren created a masterpiece. The McLaren F1, just over 100 of which were produced between 1992 and 1998, held the record as the world’s fastest car for over a decade until 2005 (toppled by the Bugatti Veyron). With a three-seater layout, a 6.1L V12 sourced from BMW and the world’s first carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the F1 was an engineering marvel and a beautiful sight to behold. Equally gorgeous, but much less publicised, was McLaren’s owner’s manual for the F1.


Five Craziest Aussie Craft Beers

There’s no denying it: Australia is now firmly in the grip of a craft beer revolution. While our taste buds might still be a few years behind the Americans’ (we haven’t yet embraced brewing with pig heads, maple syrup and margarita pizza!), we’re fast catching up.


Clipp Bar Tab App: Australian Review

When you’re out for a night of dinner and drinks at your local bar, it’s often simplest to open a tab at the start of the night. But leaving your credit card behind the bar, along with your ID, seems a little outdated (and frankly dangerous, for the identity-theft-paranoid of us out there). Clipp is a mobile bar tab app for Android and iOS that streamlines the process, and does so almost seamlessly.


Squarespace Made One Of The Most Compelling Short Films I've Ever Seen About Climbing

Video: I’ll be honest, free climbing scares the living hell out of me. The idea that you could plummet from a giant rockface to your spine-smashing death is something I struggle with. So watching climber and avid outdoorsman, Alex Honnold, scale a granite rock face in Yosemite National Park is a compelling experience. Inexplicably, it turns out that the whole thing is a subtle and beautiful ad for web platform company, Squarespace.


Nexus 9: Australian Pricing And Release Date

Google’s incredible new 9-inch Nexus-branded tablet finally has an Australian price, and it’s a little heftier on the dollars than we thought it would be.


NBN Co Announces The First 140 Suburbs To Get FTTN

It’s time. After much administrative arseing around, political double-speak, and general tapping of feet to pass the time, NBN Co has recommitted itself to the task of building the nation’s fast fibre network, this time with fibre-to-the-node as its design. The government’s broadband behemoth outed 140 new suburbs that will commence building FTTN services within a year. Are you on the list?


Breakfast Wrap: Best Of The Weekend

How To Find Long-Lost Passwords Hiding In Your Browser It’s not best-practice for your security, but it helps to find that old forum password.

How To Protect Your Data Before Your Phone Gets Stolen Don’t wait until it’s loo late!

How To Free Up Space On An Android Phone Or Tablet Don’t let your Android tablet suffer.

Tipping Rescue Raft Makes It Easier To Pull People From The Water How did it take us this long to think of this? Hello, Bondi Rescue.

Scattering Your Ashes Into The Stratosphere Is A Very Final Sendoff Attention loved ones: this is how I want to go.


A US Version Of The IT Crowd Is In The Works... Again

The IT Crowd episode “The Work Outing” is perhaps one of the finest 30 minutes of TV comedy you’ll ever watch. The only expert source I have is any living person with a sense of humour, but I’m OK with that. The rest of the series is excellent of course, so much so in 2006-2007, NBC in the US had a crack at its own version and despite the copy not lasting the distance (well, any distance) back then, NBC is giving it another try now.


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