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Microsoft's Bunk Event Just Broke My Damn Heart 

Why, Microsoft? Why are you doing this to me? You just stuck a fork in my eye and a knife through my heart.

How To Build A Mini Catapult Straight From The Mind Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Video: In his spare time — which was presumably limited — Leonardo da Vinci was fond of drawing plans for contraptions and weaponry, most of which were never actually built. But with a few common items, it’s easy to bring his double-armed catapult to life.

Beautiful Two-Stroke Engine Lets You Watch Its Inner Workings

Combustion of fuel is usually hidden from sight inside that big hunk of metal called an engine. But Huib Vissier saw something beautiful in this process, so he built a simple engine that showcases combustion rather than concealing it.

The Best And Worst From Microsoft Build 2015

Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference wraps up today, and as we pack away our (metaphorical/emotional) lanyards and look forward, we’re mostly excited about how Microsoft’s latest consumer electronics fever dream is shaping up.

Microsoft Will Guess How Old You Are Based On A Photo

Head over to Microsoft’s, upload a photo of yourself, and the site will spit out a prediction for how old you are — as well as your gender. Did it guess right? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

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.

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