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Friday, August 5, 2016

Gizmodo Australia


How To Make Your Windows Look Any Way You Want 

After a spending a couple of years with it, the standard Windows desktop can get pretty boring. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, Rainmeter is a tool that will help you get there. It’s been helping PC users customise, tweak, tailor and enhance their desktops for years. The cool thing is that it walks you through the process every step of the way.

What You Need To Know If You Are Planning To Avoid The Census 

Former statistician Bill McLennan has said that the 2016 Census is, “without doubt […] the most significant invasion of privacy ever perpetrated on Australians by the ABS”. There are number of concerning changes to the 2016 Census which have lead to talks of boycotts, lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says. Here is a rundown of what the EFA has flagged as a potential problem, what your rights and obligations are, and what can happen if you make up answers or avoid the collector.

Vegan Mayo Startup Paid Contractors To Buy Its Culinary Abomination 

Hampton Creek is a Silicon Valley startup that sells, among other products, an eggless mayonnaise substitute called Just Mayo. The company reportedly had some surprising “customers”, however: People it paid to buy the product. Oh, Silicon Valley. Always looking to disrupt the natural order of things.

If You Hate People, Get A Tattoo From A Robot 

There is a certain intimacy that comes with getting a tattoo. Not only are you decorating your own skin in a unique way, but you’re also sharing that experience with the artist who is essentially making you bleed over and over again.

Legends Of Tomorrow Adds Another Hero To Its Justice Society  

Superman goes toe-to-toe with a familiar foe in new Supergirl set footage. The cameo everyone expects to happen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will indeed happen. Plus, more Sausage Party footage, another ‘new’ look at Negan on The Walking Dead and Hayley Atwell reflects upon her time on Agent Carter. Spoilers!

Latest Flyover Reveals The Truly Epic Scale Of Apple's New $6.5 Billion HQ 

Video: So how does a company spend the hundreds of billions of dollars of cash it has on hand? It builds itself a fancy new headquarters, and the latest drone-shot flyover of Apple’s new HQ reveals the truly immense scale of not just the central spaceship building, but of the entire new campus.

It's Official: The LHC Didn't Find A New Particle 

Well, shoot. It’s been confirmed that early hints of a possible exotic new particle at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland have vanished. That disappointing news was announced last night at a physics conference in Chicago.

The Walking Dead Promises It Will Not End With A Cliffhanger In Season Seven 

Good news for fans of The Walking DeadTWD creator Robert Kirkman has announced the seventh season of the series will not end with a cliffhanger that infuriates virtually of its viewers. Probably a good decision, guys!

Spotify Uses Its 'Discover Weekly' Magic To Help You Find New Releases 

Spotify has changed the way humans listen to music — for better or worse. But one feature that is undeniably awesome is the Discover Weekly playlist, a curated collection of songs, updated at the beginning of every week, which helps people find new artists to love. Spotify is now doubling down on this algorithmic bit of magic with a new weekly playlist called Release Radar.

The Spadle Is A Dumb Name For A Clever Multi-Function Kitchen Utensil 

You know how your kitchen looks like a warzone after preparing a large meal? With dirty pots, pans and utensils strewn about like wounded soldiers? The unfortunately-named Spadle wants to help make cleanup a little easier by replacing multiple utensils with a single transforming solution.

A Malfunctioning, Flaming Wind Turbine Is Actually Quite Beautiful 

Video: It’s unfortunate when a wind turbine, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to build and install, malfunctions and breaks down. But sometimes the results can be quite beautiful, particularly when there’s fire involved and those massive blades keep spinning.

Let The Calm Wash Over You As This Dam Opens Its Spillway For The Very First Time 

Video: Behold the majestic Banja Dam in Albania. It’s a huge hydroelectric project that hit a big milestone last weekend — its reservoir reached over 550m above sea level. To release some of the excess water, dam operators opened the spillway for the very first time and filmed the event from the air. The dang thing just keeps. On. Going.

People Are Trademarking The Crap Out Of Donald Trump Merchandise 

Donald Trump might be the worst thing that’s happened to modern America, but at least he made some T-shirt manufacturers a few bucks along the way. Enterprising folks have rushed to the patent and trademark office with their Trump slogans (both pro and con), and they’re plastering them on every knick-knack, coffee mug and tchotchke they can find.

Watching Workers Paint Letters On A Street Is So Soothing 

Video: I’m not sure what impresses me the most in this video of workers painting the street. Is it the perfect angles drawn free hand with a tool that’s essentially a stick with an open box at the end? Is it the dude dropping the hot thermoplastic into that box, while his partner is drawing the letters? Or is it the exquisite, ballerina-like footwork of the two workers who make sure not to step on the letters they just made?