How Australia Can Reap the Benefits and Dodge the Dangers of the Internet of Things

How Australia Can Reap the Benefits and Dodge the Dangers of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already all around us. Online devices have become essential in industries from manufacturing and healthcare to agriculture and environmental management, not to mention our own homes. Digital consulting firm Ovum estimates that by 2022 Australian homes will host more than 47 million IoT devices,…

Florida Person Finds A 10-Foot Python In A Mustang’s Engine

Florida Person Finds A 10-Foot Python In A Mustang’s Engine

I think we all know the real problem with this story: it’s not that there was a colossal, ten-foot snake coiled in the engine bay of this Floridian’s Ford Mustang. It’s Florida, there’s going to be giant snakes in things. No, the problem here is that the Mustang in question…

How Steam’s New Playtest Feature Works

How Steam’s New Playtest Feature Works

Valve is in the process of adding a new feature to steam that makes it easier for users to playtest games. Steam Playtest allows devs to have people test out their games in Steam without the use of a beta key. In practice, a ‘request access’ button will be added…

The Best Sci-Fi Boy Band Videos of All Time

The Best Sci-Fi Boy Band Videos of All Time

YouTube rabbit holes can be dangerous. You think about one thing, it sparks another, and by the end of the night who knows what you could be watching. That happened to me recently with boy band music videos. Which, I know, sounds a little weird. But if you grew up…

Toy Maker Mattel Admits to Suffering a Ransomware Attack

Toy Maker Mattel Admits to Suffering a Ransomware Attack

Mattel, the maker of Barbie, Fisher-Price, and Hot Wheels toys, admitted that it suffered a ransomware attack on June 28, 2020. According to a 10-Q form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said the attack “caused data on a number of systems to be encrypted.”

Please, No More Proprietary Smartwatch Chargers

Please, No More Proprietary Smartwatch Chargers

I realise this is a rarefied problem, the epitome of small potatoes in a world full of Big Existential Crises. But as the world burns and chaos reigns supreme, I am choosing to “maintain” my sanity by hyper-focusing on one, medium-sized hill to die on: We need to get rid…

Drugs Won the U.S. Election

Drugs Won the U.S. Election

With ballots for the U.S. 2020 presidential election still being counted in several states, it’s possible that we won’t know that outcome for quite some time. But one clear victor emerged in another fight: the drug legalisation movement. In multiple cities and states, in both red and blue areas, people…

Ford’s Farley Wants To Build More Affordable Electric Compacts

Ford’s Farley Wants To Build More Affordable Electric Compacts

Jim Farley has officially been in charge of Ford for one month now, and he’s already making big sweeping statements that have a lot of impact on the future of the blue oval. In a recent discussion with Wards Auto, Farley indicated that — perhaps as an attack on GM’s…

Volvo Is Doing A Tesla Imitation

Volvo Is Doing A Tesla Imitation

There are basically two ways to mass-produce a car: You can hire someone else to do it, or you can do a lot of it yourself and outsource the rest. Almost every automaker is in that latter group, including Tesla, even if it aspires to do everything on its own….

The Shameful History of Nuclear Testing in Australia and the Pacific

The Shameful History of Nuclear Testing in Australia and the Pacific

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware this article contains the name of a deceased person. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received its 50th ratification on October 24, and will therefore come into force in January 2021. A historic development, this new international law will…

Cram The Forbidden Adult Play-Doh Into My Gaping Maw

Cram The Forbidden Adult Play-Doh Into My Gaping Maw

Sometimes you stumble across something so enticing, so alluringly forbidden that you have a crisis of faith. No matter how hard you struggle against the internal demon, you simply must submit. In this case, the new ‘Grown Up Scent’ Play-Doh is summoning such a visceral response. And with such seductive…

3.2 Billion Images and 720,000 Hours of Video are Shared Online Daily, Can You Sort Real From Fake?

3.2 Billion Images and 720,000 Hours of Video are Shared Online Daily, Can You Sort Real From Fake?

Twitter over the weekend “tagged” as manipulated a video showing U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden supposedly forgetting which state he’s in while addressing a crowd. Biden’s “hello Minnesota” greeting contrasted with prominent signage reading “Tampa, Florida” and “Text FL to 30330”. The Associated Press’s fact check confirmed the signs…

Screw It, We Asked a Neural Network to Predict the Election

Screw It, We Asked a Neural Network to Predict the Election

Flip on the TV today and you’re liable to encounter someone running their mouth about the presidential election. Partisan people howling about why their candidate is better. Supposedly non-partisan people trying to earn their paychecks by interpreting statistics. People, people, people. Who cares!

Work Has Already Begun on the Next Season of Star Trek: Discovery

Work Has Already Begun on the Next Season of Star Trek: Discovery

The new Resident Evil movie finds its chief of police. The original orphan herself is back, somehow, for a prequel to the 2009 horror film. Danielle Harris teases her Final Girl team-up movie. Plus, Neil Marshall returns to horror, and what could happen to Halloween beyond David Gordon Green’s trilogy….

Shell’s Bad Tweets Reek of Desperation

Shell’s Bad Tweets Reek of Desperation

“Social licence to operate” is one of the life-bloods of brands. Reportedly coined by Canadian mining CEO James Cooney in 1997 after a disaster, the concept is basically how much the public is willing to embrace (or at least put up with) how an industry operates.

Apropos Of Nothing, Here’s Some Fun Jellyfish Facts

Apropos Of Nothing, Here’s Some Fun Jellyfish Facts

The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. It’s the day I marked on my calendar months ago, the one that prompted me to buy my favourite snacks and a six-pack and to text my boneless friends that I love them. Maybe you commemorated the day early and…

Your Phone’s Navigation App is Probably Smarter Than You Think

Your Phone’s Navigation App is Probably Smarter Than You Think

You probably use your smartphone to get from point A to point B, but have you fully explored all the features and options available along the way? Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze all have navigation modes that are smarter and more versatile than you might have realised. From changing…