Forget virtual reality, for now at least, because augmented reality, or AR as it is commonly known, is powering the next batch of magic tricks heading to your phone. Apple and Google are pushing the tech hard, but what's actually new about the next wave of AR? What's changed since Pontiac stuff it in the ugly Aztek or Niantic had you catching Pokemon with it in Pokemon Go? And what are you going to be able to do with it...besides game?
Neil deGrasse Tyson must have binge-watched Game of Thrones, because he cannot stop talking about the series on Twitter, including weighing in on the most pertinent scientific question of our time: Do Game of Thrones' dragons make sense? Turns out, they're not nearly as far-fetched as the wights' use of chains.
So you may have heard the Federal Government's announcement that Australia will finally be getting a space agency. It's a move that could see the space industry be worth $8 billion per year to the Australian economy.
But more than that: it means we can dream of being astronauts once again.
For months, the systems of Deloitte, a consulting and accounting firm that ranks among the world's "big four", were compromised and hardly anyone knew it. According to The Guardian, the breach has been kept under wraps since it was noticed by administrators in March. The attackers were able to access information from Deloitte's major corporate and government clients in the US — all because, it appears, someone didn't use two-factor authentication.
Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico absolutely devastated. We're talking flattened houses, lost lives, shattered power grids, flooded towns, forests destroyed — devastated. On top of all that, mobile phone service, one of the island's most important lines of communication, has been almost entirely cut. So many are now struggling just to tell their families they're OK.
When you were a kid, what did you think the future would look like? Hoverboards, Back to the Future style? Flying Cars a la The Jetsons?
It's 2017 people, and look what we have here - an augmented reality Ikea experience. So that everywhere is your life can be filled with Ikea, like a disillusioned insurance worker's apartment shortly before starting an underground Fight Club.
The Fantastic Beasts sequel casts another villain. Karin Koroval is returning to The X-Files, but not in the way you're probably expecting. The Flash promises a cerebral component to its new big bad. Plus, what's to come on Star Trek: Discovery, and new looks at Blade Runner 2049. To me, my spoilers!
Victoria's Mornington Peninsula has seen an increases in cases of a particular flesh-eating disease caused by the Mycobacterium ulcerans bacteria. The disease is known as Buruli ulcer, Bairnsdale ulcer or Daintree ulcer - and it produces skin ulcers that won't heal. Not ideal.
With a petition now calling for Health Minister Greg Hunt to provide more funding for research into the disease, Australian experts are speaking out about what some are calling an "epidemic".
Video: Even if you've never seen Pennywise the Dancing Clown, you know what it's supposed to look like. Scary, murderous clowns are a thing in our culture, the visual markers for which we're all familiar with to varying degrees. Still, though, no two killer clowns are alike, and in a new behind the scenes featurette for this year's It reboot, we see just how much work it was keeping Pennywise's look a secret from the movie's squad of young performers.
North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho just had a rare press conference outside the United Nations in New York. And it isn't great. The diplomat declared that the US has declared war on North Korea. And he stressed that he hopes the world remembers in the future that it was the US who declared war first.
Video: Batman isn't a stranger to clown problems. If you want anyone on your side when the inevitable clown apocalypse rains down from the heavens in garish rainbows, it's ol' Bruce Wayne.
For the first time since 2001, a new Star Trek series is premiering on television. With the first episode going live on Netflix, Star Trek: Discovery is poised to enter the world.
Video: Horror short Rotary, from filmmakers Patrick Young and Powell Robinson, offers a couple of jumps — and one very important reminder. Woe unto the vintage-store employee who just can't stop herself from answering a phone that should not be ringing. Girl, no! You know that old thing is just for show!
Star Trek: Discovery is the sixth and newest TV series in the long-running cultural phenomenon that is Trek, and it brings the show's long-time protagonists — those pesky Klingons — back to the fore. If you want to get into the swing of things properly and understand what Discovery might be like if you were watching on the Klingon homeworld of Klinzhai, Netflix has enabled a little Easter Egg for its Aussie audience: subtitles for the entire series in Klingon.