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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gizmodo Australia

Samsung Galaxy Note7: Australian Review 

Samsung’s newest phone is its best phone ever. But that’s no surprise — we’ve said that about every flagship Samsung release for the last couple of years. No, what’s interesting is why the new Galaxy Note7 stands out from the crowd — and it’s not because of its world-first iris-scanning biometric unlocking.

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science 

Many of the world’s greatest scientists were inspired to go into their fields by reading science fiction books. And it’s easy to see why. A lot of the best science fiction features scientists who solve problems and make breakthroughs. Here are 10 great novels that will inspire you with a new love of science.

A Well-Known Character May Be In Spider-Man: Homecoming After All 

The next Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, has been filming in Atlanta for several weeks now. For the most part, everything’s been pretty secretive. Even the roles many actors are playing has been a mystery. But one big one may have just been unmasked.

Two Easy Tricks To Improve Your Online Security 

There’s a lot of misinformation about security online. The truth is that by taking a few simple steps you can make yourself much safer. Here are two basic, super easy ways to do it:

Ikea's 2017 Australian Catalogue Is Full Of Wireless Charging Furniture 

Everybody’s favourite hot dog seller slash flat-pack furniture store is getting over 500 new products in its 2017 catalogue refresh, which officially kicks off at the start of September. One techy inclusion at Ikea for the second half of 2016 and beyond is the addition of new tables, lamps and wireless charging cases for smartphones that — if you’ve got the right one — remove the need to ever plug your phone in again.

Kimmy Schmidt Producer Developing Horror Comedy Show About Exorcism  

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a show that has tackled some serious subjects, such as cult indoctrination and assault, so maybe the same could be said for another bleak subject matter. Maybe next time they should go for something like… exorcism?

How To Easily Encrypt Files On Mac 

Encryption is good for protecting sensitive data you don’t want anyone else to see. If some bad guy nabs your laptop while you’re out at a coffee shop or bar, you can rest assured knowing that the data is encrypted. The process of encrypting files is easy, and I’ll to show you step-by-step how to do it.

ACCC Won't Grant Aussie Banks' Collective Bargaining For Apple Pay Straight Away 

Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, NAB and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank have suffered a minor setback in their journey to jointly negotiate with Apple to bargain down the mobile giant’s payment fees — or collectively boycott the service if they don’t get the result they want — with ACCC withholding an interim authorisation for the coalition to go ahead with the process.

A Beginner's Guide To Buying A Drone 

Image: Parrot You’ve decided it’s time to plunk some cash down on a drone, but where do even you begin? There are so many different types to choose from, and each has its own set of set of strengths and weakness. They can also be really expensive. This guide will help you choose the perfect drone within you budget.

It's Time To Speculate Wildly About The New Casting Calls For Game Of Thrones Season 7 

It’s going to be a long while before we get to start hearing solid details about Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, considering they’re having to wait for winter to actually come before they can start filming. But what we can do in the meantime is speculate a whole bunch about what these newly revealed casting calls could mean.

Uber Will Launch Its First Self-Driving Car Fleet This Month 

If you live in Pittsburgh and use Uber, get ready to meet some robotic drivers later this month.

Sennheiser Has New Headphones And Amplifiers For Hardcore PC Gamers 

At Gamescom 2016 in Cologne, German audio brand Sennheiser is at home — and it’s taking the opportunity to launch an entirely new range of gaming headphones, designed for players that want to block out the outside world entirely and focus on the game itself. With aviation-grade acoustic sealing, the new GSP 300 headset will work on PC and Mac, as well as PS4 and Xbox One, and it’s joined by two new standalone audio amplifiers that promise the best possible sound sound quality — both stereo and surround — during gaming.

In Melbourne, A Telco Is Rolling Its Own Gigabit Fibre Internet 

Following the lead of Google in the US, Melbourne telco DGtek is launching a 1 Gbps suburban GPON fibre service this month to serve homes and businesses hungry for bandwidth. The service will begin connecting customers at the end of August, starting in the beachside suburb of Elwood and extending across Melbourne’s densely-populated inner south-eastern suburbs. DGtek is also evaluating plans to extend to Adelaide and Sydney, along with regional Victoria starting with Geelong.

The Flash Director Doesn't Agree That Cyborg's Going To Be In The Movie 

This is slightly weird. Following Variety‘s report that Cyborg (Ray Fisher) was going to crossover into the Flash’s standalone movie, director Rick Famuyiwa has responded on Twitter with a negative. Or, at least, something that sounds like a negative.

Australian Goldfish Are Growing Into Monsters In The Wild 

Common goldfish dumped from household aquariums into rivers in Western Australia are growing into 1.9kg monsters and endangering native species.