Cessnock Life Is a Simulator Not Afraid to Offend

Cessnock Life Is a Simulator Not Afraid to Offend

Sometimes the best games played are also the most simple. That’s why The Oregon Trail continues to live on in some form nearly 50 years after it was first released. It also partly inspired this new simulator about life in Australia’s Cessnock, in the NSW Hunter Valley. Cessnock.Life is a…

Step Into ASIO’s Chamber of Secrets

Step Into ASIO’s Chamber of Secrets

Being secretive and shadowy are two major tenets of being a spy. It’s why Australia’s own spy agency, ASIO, lurks behind the scenes and rarely admits to how it works or what it’s up to. An ABC report has managed to get inside the building to reveal a room never…

Braille Lego Bricks are Finally Launching

Braille Lego Bricks are Finally Launching

The ingenious idea of using the studs on top of Lego bricks to spell out words in braille has been around for some years now, originally spearheaded by ad agency Lew’LaraTBWA for the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind in Brazil. Lego finally announced early last year that it’d be making its own official…

Donald Trump Will Not Rest Until He Can Block Randos on Twitter

Donald Trump Will Not Rest Until He Can Block Randos on Twitter

How much does Donald Trump hate getting dunked on in his Twitter replies? So much so that amidst unprecedented global and domestic crises which you’d imagine would be more pressing concerns, he’s brought his fight against a handful of civilians on Twitter all the way up to the highest court…

Amazon’s Wheel of Time Show Adds Some Major New Characters

Amazon’s Wheel of Time Show Adds Some Major New Characters

Scream 5‘s cast continues to expand. Robert Eggers’ mysterious next movie has a hell of a cast. Get a glimpse of The New Mutants’ powers in a new TV spot. Warrior Nun will return for a second season. Plus, The Batman and Supernatural return to filming, and a new look…

Look at This Horrible, Horrible Map

Look at This Horrible, Horrible Map

Here’s the most depressing map you’re likely to see this week, courtesy of Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The map, packaged in a recent paper co-written by Fauci, showcases the many other emerging diseases besides covid-19 that pose a threat to our…

Here He Is, The Batman

Here He Is, The Batman

I’d say “finally, Matt Reeves’ Batman steps out of the shadows” but, well, y’know. There’s still a lot of shadowing here.

Airbnb Bans Partying Around the Globe

Airbnb Bans Partying Around the Globe

A day after announcing it’s taking formal steps to issue an initial public offering, Airbnb is doing some housekeeping. The home-sharing network decided on Thursday that it’s had enough of all these stories about irresponsible patrons throwing parties in a pandemic, and it’s implementing a worldwide ban on large gatherings…

Steve Bannon Finally Gets His Walls

Steve Bannon Finally Gets His Walls

U.S. federal prosecutors announced Thursday morning that four men have been indicted for their roles in a crowdfunding scheme to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former right-hand man, was among those indicted this morning and is already in federal custody, according to MSNBC.

Goodbye, Brain Scrapers — COVID-19 Tests Now Use Gentler Nose Swabs

Goodbye, Brain Scrapers — COVID-19 Tests Now Use Gentler Nose Swabs

Early COVID-19 images of swabbing from Wuhan, China, looked more like an Ebola news story — health-care workers fully encased in personal protective equipment (PPE), inserting swabs so deeply that brain injury seemed imminent. As COVID-19 (and testing) spread around the world, there were reports of “brain scraping”, “brain stabbing”…

How to Change NBN Providers Easily

How to Change NBN Providers Easily

Changing NBN providers is one of those things that seems hard. Swapping ADSL providers was a nightmare back in the day and getting your NBN connection setup is an ordeal. Thankfully, once you’re connected to the NBN, the process of changing telco is surprisingly simple. How to change NBN providers…

10 Tricks to Make You a Pixel 4 or Pixel 4a Pro

10 Tricks to Make You a Pixel 4 or Pixel 4a Pro

If you recently bought Google’s flagship Pixel 4 or opted for the more value-oriented Pixel 4a, you should know that both handsets have a few tricks to show off. These are the features, tools, settings, and tips you need to know about if you want to get the most out…

Stranger Things Will Continue Beyond Season 4

Stranger Things Will Continue Beyond Season 4

Though the next season of Netflix’s Stranger Things remains mostly shrouded in mystery, as is tradition, there’s a scrap of new information for fans to cling to as they await the series’ return. According to creators the Duffer Brothers, the show won’t wrap with its upcoming fourth season.

The Forgotten Story Of Cadillac’s Brass Era VTEC

The Forgotten Story Of Cadillac’s Brass Era VTEC

Alanson Partridge Brush. Remember that name. Because it was according to his patents that Cadillac put into production something that Honda and Alfa Romeo took decades to match. Mr. Brush’s invention? Variable valve timing.

X-Men Apocalypse: The Retro FAQ

X-Men Apocalypse: The Retro FAQ

As you are no doubt aware, Movies Have (Basically) Stopped. Almost all the movies that used to be being made are no longer being made and those of us who depend on making fun of the winter’s nerdy blockbusters for their livelihoods are in a pickle. How can I, as…

Updates From The New Mutants, Candyman, and More

Updates From The New Mutants, Candyman, and More

Keanu Reeves discusses what’s being done to keep cast and crew safe on the set of The Matrix 4. Patty Jenkins teases the long, tough road to designing Wonder Woman 1984‘s Cheetah. Jon Favreau doesn’t think Covid-19 will impact the production of The Mandalorian’s third season all that much. Plus,…

Netflix Is Testing a Shuffle Mode for Our Chaos Future

Netflix Is Testing a Shuffle Mode for Our Chaos Future

With film and TV production struggling to limp along amid the covid-19 pandemic, people looking for new entertainment at home are having to do some deeper crate-digging. Now, Netflix is testing a feature that could help you out when things get really dire.

House Releases Bill to Keep the USPS Alive Until After the Election

House Releases Bill to Keep the USPS Alive Until After the Election

On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives released the legislation in response to controversial administrative changes at the U.S. Postal Service. As more Americans have become concerned that the changes at the USPS pose a threat to the presidential election in November, the House has outlined a number of…

BlackBerry Phones Aren’t Dead Yet

BlackBerry Phones Aren’t Dead Yet

When TCL chose not to renew the licence allowing it to make BlackBerry phones earlier this year, it seemed like a once-great smartphone brand might finally be put to rest. But now, a new company has pledged to take up the BlackBerry mantle with promises of releasing a new phone…