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Alienware's Small Gaming Desktop Is Getting A Big Boost

Alienware generally makes giant honking gaming computers. There are two exceptions: The tiny Alpha, and the console-sized X51 desktop. And today the X51 is getting some pretty huge additions — including custom liquid cooling, PCIe solid state storage and external graphics.


Here's How Fast Canon Lenses Focus On The New Sony A7r Mark II

I’m in the midst of reviewing the new Sony A7r II camera. One of the most pleasant surprises so far? Just how fast autofocus can be with Canon lenses and a Metabones adaptor. Watch this video, and see what an amazing improvement this is from anything that came before.


Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Australian Hands-On

Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has come a long way since its debut in 2011. The Galaxy Note 5 appears to be the best iteration yet, thanks to a renewed focus on industrial design and stylus functionality.


Moto X Style Hands-On: Great Smartphone, Great Price

The Moto X Style is in every way a successor to last year’s Moto X. It’s got all the requisite upgrades you’d expect: the better quad HD display, the better 21 megapixel rear camera with a front-facing selfie flash, and just an all around better look and feel. And somehow, it only costs $US400 across the pond (no word on local pricing yet).


Lukla Endeavour Hands-On: An Aerogel Jacket That Doesn't Overheat

The first time I held a piece of aerogel was one of those reality-bending experiences that reorganizes the molecule of your brain a little. It was a block about the size of a Rubix Cube, it looked like a faint wisp of cloud, and it weighed nothing. Not literally nothing — but so little that my body could not perceive its weight at all. So when I had the chance to test a jacket filled with the stuff, I jumped.


Parrot Minidrone Hands On: Hydrofoil, Airbone And Jumping Sumo

In the grand ranking of remote-controlled vehicles, the only thing better than a remote controlled plane is a remote-controlled boat. At least, that’s what I used to think. After playing with Parrot’s new generation of Minidrones, I realise that a remote controlled hydrofoil is the true champion of RC anything.


The Walking Dead In Virtual Reality Was The Scariest Thing I Saw At E3

It wasn’t that the zombies were too realistic. I wasn’t afraid for my life or anything silly like that. No, when I tried The Walking Dead in VR, what I chiefly saw was this: the disturbing possibility that virtual reality might get written off as a fad.


Oculus Touch Hands-On: So Damn Good

Last week, the company that (literally) kickstarted the new virtual reality industry announced a groundbreaking new controller that lets you reach out and touch things in virtual worlds. I just gave it a spin. It’s good. Damn good.


The Best Hidden Changes In iOS 9, In GIFs

The latest version of Apple’s mobile OS launched to much fanfare and showy new features. Side-by-side multitasking! A creepily efficient digital assistant! But the longer I use iOS 9, the more I’m noticing the tiny changes that make everything just a little bit better.


Android Pay Vs Google Wallet: What's The Difference?

This week, Google announced Android Pay — a way to pay from your phone. No need for credit cards; just tap your handset against any supported card terminal. Sounds great — but also kind of familiar. Didn’t Google Wallet already do that? I just tried Android Pay, and here’s the deal.


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