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Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other end, a motorised lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air.

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Hackers accessed data belonging to 57 million Uber riders and drivers around the globe in late 2016, including email addresses, phone numbers and drivers licence numbers. Instead of disclosing the breach, Uber paid $US100,000 ($132,592) to the hackers in exchange for their silence. The secret payment ultimately cost several Uber security executives their jobs.

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What's that? Oh nothing, just the sound of the 80s, 90s, even the noughties - being so long ago I'm unintentionally emitting a high-pitched continual scream of horror.

Everything is fine. It's fine.

Here, have a GIF of Link evolving over three whole decades as a distraction.

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Marine biologists working off the northwest coast of Australia have observed a rare mating display in which male dolphins were seen gathering and offering large marine sponges to females. Scientists have never seen this behaviour in dolphins before, highlighting a previously unknown level of social complexity.

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One of the great joys of watching Stranger Things - either series - is picking all the references. There's The Shining, Alien, Indiana Jones and Star Wars in there.

If you agree - this is the video for you - side by side, shot by shot. Here's what really inspired all of those scenes in Stranger Things 2.

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Electronic Art's Star Wars Battlefront 2, one of the biggest video game titles of the year, debuted to disaster in recent weeks after both consumers and the gaming press revolted against the $100 game's reliance on microtransaction-fuelled, pay-to-win loot boxes. At launch, the title prevented players from accessing key features of the game such as playing as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader without either gruelling grinds or shelling out extra cash to help bypass its confusing internal economy.

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Instead of a normal shower, imagine standing up every morning inside of a storm cloud: The shower curtain bucking and bellowing in the wind; the air, hot and humid as a heavy mist envelopes you, washing away soapy suds. That's what it's like to use a Nebia, the shower system that's won over the biggest names in tech without a single "smart" feature. No sensors, no Bluetooth, no Wi-Fi, but it feels goddamn glorious.

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Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better but if you really want to kick your photography up a few levels, they can only take you so far. If you're a little green when it comes to photography, it can be hard to know where to start looking so you don't want to splurge on your first big camera purchase and slap down a few grand for something you might not even use (or know how to use!).

Whether you’re after a mirrorless camera, DSLRs, action cameras or even a point-and-shoot, we’ve got you covered with our round up of some of the best cameras you can buy for under $1000.

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Tech companies such as Google and Facebook provide services in exchange for your data. We've known this. But they have always stood by the reasoning that it's nothing to worry about because you're given a choice. Sometimes the choice is agreeing to a terms of service. With location tracking, Google has always made it possible to opt out, but according to a new report, Android has been forcing location tracking on you whether you like it or not.

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Bringing coding to high schools across Sydney, Coder Academy is working to get girls interested (or at the very least, aware of) the opportunities that are available in STEM fields - before they begin to think about their university and career choices.

The program, dubbed "Code Next", is so important that Vodafone has thrown its weight behind it. This initiative, and others like it, are making a real change.

Shared from Kotaku Australia

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Fresh off the back of the Click Frenzy deals, we have the big one: Black Friday. Need a console for cheap? A discount on a controller? Bargains on games? Never fear, we've got your back. Here's our list of the best tech and gaming deals you can get this Black Friday.

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A few weeks ago, Jordan Belfort - the notorious "Wolf of Wall Street" and convicted financial scam artist - warned the entire internet not to get into sketchy cryptocurrency-backed startups. Specifically, he warned that initial coin offerings, a form of almost completely unregulated investment vehicle where crypto-backed startups offer blockchain-based "tokens" in exchange for things of real value like cash, were the "biggest scam ever, such a huge gigantic scam that's going to blow up in so many people's faces".