Custom MP3 carhorns to annoy the masses

Sarah at Lifehacker AU spotted this pearler, though she takes more of a ‘oh dear god no’ position whereas I take a ‘greatest aftermarket car mod ever’ position. The Horntones FX-550 MP3 carhorn. Oh yes, now you can load MP3s into your car for use as a carhorn. Decisions, decisions….

Australian Miners Wreck It

Australian Miners Wreck It

If you have always wondered how Australian miners amuse themselves when they are bored, wonder no longer. It is way cooler than any of us expected: they take a massive mining truck and use it to destroy land cruisers that are found unoccupied, all for funzies. Is there anything more…

Kogan takes on the big guns of CE

Kogan takes on the big guns of CE

Ever heard of Kogan? Neither had we. But this new Aussie upstart in the business of consumer electronics — from TVs to GPS to digital photo frames — has decided he’s had enough of the traditions of getting fleeced on local pricing and decided to go direct to China for…

Life-size Lego ‘Han in Carbonite’, and more awesome models

Life-size Lego ‘Han in Carbonite’, and more awesome models

This guy makes some awesome Lego sculptures, the highlight of which just has to be this Han Solo in carbonite. His gallery has both mosaics and other models, including a very cool Statue of Liberty wielding a light saber, and a very impressive piece of work called ‘Rebirth of New…

YouTube gives us an ‘A’, gives us a ‘U’

YouTube gives us an ‘A’, gives us a ‘U’

If you missed the news, YouTube announced the launch of their new local edition of their video juggernaut, highlighting the Australian community that already exists (but can’t help but be less obvious under the weight of global content) as well as launching partnerships with many big Australian content producers. All…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Thursday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Thursday Night

Eizo SX3031W-H joins the 30-inch club. Graphic designers will probably want two. Focus-broken Canon EOS1D Mark III to be fixed soon. Lustworthy high-end DSLRs should preferably work properly, so this is great news. Mobile phone use on planes could be reality next year. That doesn’t mean I WANT IT TO…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Tuesday Night

Asus Eee PC specs announced. Price and specs here for US… but we’re still not getting a general release here. Terpstra MIDI keyboard for musicians from another planet. I could see muso teams getting together around one of these.

Wonky Wrap: What’s on at the Mothership?

Major refeed tech dramas continue, so I thought I’d link a few of the more interesting stories over at the US site from the past day: Video of new Microsoft Surface table applications. Journalist accepts $1m challenge: Do $7250 cables sound better or not? Mercedes-Benz Silverflow, luxury concept for 2057….

Naked ADSL coming as soon as November

Naked ADSL coming as soon as November

Asher Moses at the Sydney Morning Herald has a nice update story on the state of ‘naked’ ADSL. It seems iiNet has plans to launch next month, Engin early next year, and TPG and Internode both are using the ‘near future’ catch all to keep things close to their chest…

Federal Govt refuses tax break for games industry

Federal Govt refuses tax break for games industry

Filmmakers in this country get access to a 40% tax break for their creative endeavours, a help which makes a big difference to the local industry. The Game Developer’s Association of Australia has been fighting to get equal standing with film for quite some time, and this past week they…

We’re heading to a tech discussion this morning…

Some refeed will be delayed this morning because I’ll be at an ICT policy debate between Senator Coonan, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, and Senator Stephen Conroy, Shadow Minister for Communications and Information Technology, as well as Senator Lyn Allison, Democrats Leader. The panel will discuss key elements of…

Pissed Off Fangirl Sues Apple for $US1M

Pissed Off Fangirl Sues Apple for $US1M

New Yorker Dongmei Li sacrificed hours out of her life to become the proud owner of a coveted iPhone and how does Apple repay her early-adopting ways? By problems with iPhone’s battery. A ballsy move or just another American sucker caught up in a litigation-crazed society? -Anna King Apple sued…

Hitachi hybrid display claims 8,000,000:1 contrast

Hitachi hybrid display claims 8,000,000:1 contrast

Hitachi has come up with a new idea in display technology to deliver stupidly high contrast ratios. Dubbed “hybrid monitor technology”, the screen puts an LCD panel together with an LCD projector – the projector delivers the backlight to the panel, and the contrast level is achieved through the multiplied…

Soldiers Go Solar

Soldiers Go Solar

Australian soldiers are now beginning deployment with wearable solar panels. Just like most of us, their military is weighed down by too many gadgets that are consuming too much power. But unlike most of us, their use of night vision is for more than “recreational” purposes. So the government has…

Telstra officially launches new NextG speeds

Telstra officially launches new NextG speeds

Our rumours have come true, with word out of Telstra that their new 6Mb down / 1.3Mb up HSUPA services are live. Most existing NextG data cards will be upgradeable to the new DOWNLOAD speeds, which implies new cards are needed to take full advantage. Telstra states the speed will…

Screw Star Wars, Lego’s got a Ferrari

Screw Star Wars, Lego’s got a Ferrari

Okay, okay, I got carried away up there, but this Lego Ferrari is well worth a mention. And has Ferrari ever messed with your fondest childhood memories like Lucas? They deserve your love, and when you don’t have the dough for a real one, building your own stylish Lego model…

CSIRO holding up 802.11n adoption?

CSIRO holding up 802.11n adoption?

According to The Register, the latest news on IEEE finalising the 802.11n spec is that there is now a big sticking point over patent concerns related to our very own CSIRO. They are known to possess a patent essential to the spec, so without a guarantee that they will not…

Fujitsu U1010 unboxing and examination

Fujitsu U1010 unboxing and examination

Reader Derek Jenkins was disappointed that he couldn’t find a good unboxing of the very sexy Fujitsu U1010 UMPC. So he bought one and did it himself. How can we dony such commitment to the demands of unboxing tech pr0n? A few of his findings on the local release: –…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Tuesday Feed

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Tuesday Feed

Amazing gavity defying beta gel cushions 72-foot egg drop. You can’t break the laws of physics, just bend them a long way… Bungie guys drive Warthog replica into building. I’d get a little over excited too. Hot tub with 61-inch HDTV built in. If you have this sort of cash,…