Aussies Won't Get Microsoft's Cortana Virtual Assistant Until 2015

Microsoft hosted its BUILD conference overnight, where we saw updates to Windows 8.1 that will make it more usable, as well as the debut of Cortana: Microsoft’s virtual voice assistant. Don’t get too excited though, Australia. You’ll be waiting at least until next year to get your hands on Microsoft’s “Siri-killer”.

Under The Hood: Complete Guide To Building A Hackintosh [OS X 10.8.1]

Building a hackintosh — that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware — used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. With that in mind, here is our complete guide to building a hackintosh that will walk you through purchasing compatible parts, building your machine and installing OS X all on your own.

Google Brings LEGO Blocks To Chrome, Inadvertently Kills Productivity Everywhere

Talk about a time-sink. Google Australia has today taken the covers off of Build — a browser-based experiment that lets you build over the real world with LEGO blocks using Chrome.

This Nerf Gun Display Case Is Both Awesome And Easy To Build

If you’re anything like me, you spent the weekend raiding the Big W toy catalogue looking for cheap Nerf guns. Whether you walked away with a foam-firing pistol, bright yellow rifle or clear perspex chain gun, there’s still the question of storing your new arsenal. Try this idea from one of our awesome readers: a Nerf gun trophy case.

Will Windows 8 Let You Make Phone Calls?

Will your new Windows 8 slate be a giant phone come 2012? Screens from last week’s BUILD conference seem to indicate that. How it’ll be implemented is hazy — VOIP or Windows Live notifications — but it’s a good bet Microsoft’s recently-bought Skype will be a BIG part of it.

Everything You Need To Know About Today's Windows 8 News

Windows 8 news is gushing forth from Microsoft’s BUILD conference up in Seattle, as the company exposes the inner workings of the latest iteration of their operating system. Here’s a look at all the latest Windows 8 news we’re seeing today.

Watch The Future Of Windows: Microsoft’s Build Conference Keynote

In case you were wondering when and where all was to be revealed about Windows 8, the answers “now” and “here“, respectively. You can — and should — tune in live to Microsoft’s Build conference keynote here.

Roll A Powerful Media HTPC For Less Than $US500

The web is rich with streaming video, and there’s no reason you should limit yourself to enjoying it all on smaller screens. Here’s how to roll your own home theatre PC and consolidate your media centre components to one small, sleek box.

Meet The TARDIS Made Of SNOT

Great Lego TARDIS. Terrible, terrible acronym.

Windows 7 RTM Leaked On BitTorrent

It should come as no surprise—but Windows 7 Build 7600.16385, which Microsoft deemed the RTM, has been unceremoniously leaked. A Chinese 64-bit version was first posted on torrent sites on July 16th with an English version released later that day. As always, grab at your own risk. [The New York Times]