Amazon’s Alexa for Landlords Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen

Amazon’s Alexa for Landlords Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen

You know that clip of Steve Carell from The Office where he’s shouting “No, God! No, God, please no! No! No! Nooooooooo!” That’s how I feel about Amazon’s announcement that it’s adding a new service to Alexa for landlords. It’s called Alexa for Residential that, according to Amazon, “makes it…

Netflix’s Biohackers Is Not the Tech Utopia You Might Expect

Netflix’s Biohackers Is Not the Tech Utopia You Might Expect

The German sci-fi series Biohackers has debuted on Netflix, ostensibly telling the story of a medical student who gets caught up in the world of biohacking. However, as we see in the first episode of this six-episode series, there’s a secret lurking underneath the surface. One that’s grabbed our attention.

Updates From The Matrix 4, Lucifer, and More

Updates From The Matrix 4, Lucifer, and More

Ed Solomon’s next project is a peculiar stop-motion revival. Bruce Campbell wants you to know the next Evil Dead is going big. Oscar Isaac discusses Dune’s relevance in our modern society. Plus, Mike Flanagan wants his hands on The Dark Tower and Danny Trejo is fighting demons. To me, my…

COVID-19 Has Caused an ‘Explosion’ of Plastic Pollution

COVID-19 Has Caused an ‘Explosion’ of Plastic Pollution

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge amount of new plastic pollution, says the charity Surfers Against Sewage. Apparently, we’ve all gone back to single-use plastic in droves, and some inconsiderate gits are leaving it on the beach or throwing it into rivers, alongside their used face masks. Lovely. Starting…

Love Avocados? Thank This Extinct Mammal

Love Avocados? Thank This Extinct Mammal

Given avocado’s popularity today, it’s hard to believe that we came close to not having them in our supermarkets at all. In my new book “Avocado: A Global History,” I explain how the avocado survived a series of ecological and cultural close calls that could have easily relegated them to…

Tesla Is Still Very Happy To Take Your Money

Tesla Is Still Very Happy To Take Your Money

Tesla’s stock split this week, which was maybe an attempt to get its stock price down to $US420 ($573) though it felt more like a flex. Tesla’s stock price has soared so high that it simply had no other choice, you see.

Your Field Guide To Australia’s Local Cryptid Population

Your Field Guide To Australia’s Local Cryptid Population

Australia’s become known as a country of dangerous creatures, from our poisonous snakes to our deadly spiders to swole kangaroos and killer jellyfish. But the most dangerous creatures are the ones we can’t see. The ones that lurk in the Australian outback, chowing on goat carcasses and lurking in the…

Updates From Ant-Man 3, Dune, and More

Updates From Ant-Man 3, Dune, and More

Adam Driver boards Sam Raimi’s mystery new sci-fi project. The cast of the next Scream continues to expand. Warner Bros. is taking its adaptation of Mark Millar’s Nemesis in a very different direction. Plus, Peyton Reed on the scale of Ant-Man 3, and the end of The 100 draws near….

Asphalt Could Be Making Air Pollution Worse In The U.S.

Asphalt Could Be Making Air Pollution Worse In The U.S.

There’s a lot of asphalt in the U.S. — approximately 16.2 billion tonnes, according to the U.S. National Asphalt Pavement Association. Unfortunately, it turns out all that asphalt is the source of harmful air pollution, especially in the Northern Hemisphere summer heat.

Hero Addresses Most Important Problem Facing the World Today

Hero Addresses Most Important Problem Facing the World Today

There are a lot of problems in the country right now, from police shootings of unarmed civilians to a pandemic that has killed over 184,000 Americans. But one man in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently addressed a city council meeting to draw attention to the most important problem facing the world today:…

How to Get a Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone eSIM in Australia

How to Get a Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone eSIM in Australia

Over the past twelve months we’ve seen increasingly more phones allow for eSIM — a digital version of the physical SIM. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all have eSIM functionality. But installation varies slightly across each telco. If you’re interested in getting rid of physical SIM cards, here’s how to install…

Facebook’s Ban on News Still Hasn’t Defined What ‘News’ Is

Facebook’s Ban on News Still Hasn’t Defined What ‘News’ Is

When Facebook threatened to ban Australian users from sharing news on its platforms, it was met with shock. But soon after, people began ask questions about how exactly it would work. Yesterday, Facebook’s Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Will Easton announced the company would take this route if the…

Step Aside Baby Yoda, Star Wars Has Young Yoda Now

Step Aside Baby Yoda, Star Wars Has Young Yoda Now

We’ve had old Yoda. We’ve had slightly less old Yoda. We’ve had Baby Yoda, albeit that’s an entirely different character. Now, the time has come, for what might as well be the closest we’ll get to teen Yoda. OK, maybe more of a middle-aged Yoda.