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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Gizmodo Australia


The 15 Worst Torture Devices In History 

Torture has been a constant and horrific element of the human existence throughout history. We just can’t seem to get enough of doing awful things to each other in the name of war, information extraction and religion. Perhaps one of the worst elements to torture is just how ingenious some of the methods and devices that we have invented are. Here are some of the worst.

How To Use Your Favourite Mobile Apps On Your Computer 

Mobile apps are great when you’re away from your desk, but there are times when you might just want a full keyboard, gigantic screen, and comfortable chair while you fiddle with your apps. If that’s the case, you might be surprised to learn that many of your favourite apps can run on a laptop or desktop with very little fuss. Here’s how you can get started.

Everything You Need To Know About The PlayStation 4 Pro 

The iPhone 7 might have grabbed all the headlines over the weekend, but in video game land it’s all about Sony and its brand new consoles.
Yep, that’s plural. Now there are two new versions of the existing PlayStation 4. One to replace the current model, and a fancy new version designed to withstand the switch to 4K.

Apple's Self-Driving Car Project Shifts Focus To Software 

Apple has never outright said it is working on an autonomous vehicle project, but that hasn’t stopped reported secrets leaking about what the company has planned. The latest “news”? Titan — that’s the code name for Apple’s self-driving car project — is undergoing a “reboot”, closing parts of the program working on a vehicle to instead focus on software.

Elon Musk Is Having A Very Hard Time After Last Week's Explosion 

The cause of the enormous blaze last week that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as well as Mark Zuckerberg’s $US95 ($124) million internet satellite remains unknown. And it could take SpaceX a long time to solve the mystery, judging from the way Elon Musk has been tweeting this morning.

Airlines Are Now Verbally Warning Passengers Not To Use Samsung's Galaxy Note7 On Planes 

Airlines and airports are beginning to crack down on explosiveSamsung Galaxy Note 7 phones. This morning, New York Timesreporter Mike Isaac tweeted that his airline verbally warned passengers to power off and stow the recalled device.

Game Of Thrones Becomes The Most-Awarded Drama In Emmy History 

Game of Thrones has now won more Emmy awards than any other drama in television history, and it’s poised to break another Emmy record before the year is out.

Marvel Vs Capcom Meets Civil War Is Perfect 

If you’ve ever wanted to know what a live action version of Marvel Vs Capcom would look like, you’re not alone — but you are in luck. 
Check this out.

Tesla Makes Autopilot Safer With Radar 

The onboard radar was added to all Tesla vehicles in October 2014 as part of the Autopilot hardware suite, but was only meant to be a supplementary sensor to the primary camera and image processing system. Tesla now believes it can be used as a primary control sensor — without needing the camera to recognise anything. 

US Government: Stop Using The Samsung Galaxy Note7 

The United States government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission just released an official statement about the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices. The CPSC is urging all Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop using and powering on their devices.

Christopher Eccleston Regrets Leaving Doctor Who So Quickly 

When Christopher Eccleston stepped into the role of the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 series reboot, it promised a big and bright future for Doctor Who. Sadly, Eccleston regenerated into David Tennant after just one season. It looks like he didn’t fully want to, but felt he had to.

Scientists Have Identified Schadenfreude Brain Cells 

Secretly gloating over the misfortunes of others (schadenfreude) might not be the most noble of human traits, but it’s certainly universal — so much so, that it was memorably immortalised in the hit musical Avenue Q. Neuroscientists may have just identified the brain cells associated with that feeling. 

Chris Pratt Becomes Latest Guardians 2 Actor To Create Impossible Expectations 

Chris Pratt thinks Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is going to be the biggest movie ever made. The hype is in danger of getting excessive. 

Spock Taught Me What It Meant To Be Horny (NSFW) 

Teenage Evan knew he was supposed to want sex. Sometimes when I’d watch soap operas with my mum and people would kiss onscreen, I’d feel… tingling. This was probably significant, I thought, and warranted further investigation. I couldn’t ask my mum or teachers at school. Thankfully, I had Star Trek. And it was First Officer Spock who hipped me to the first big clue: “It has to do with biology…” 

General Motors Recalls 4.3 Million Vehicles Over A Software Bug 

General Motors is recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide after discovering a software defect that prevents air bags from deploying during a crash. The software bug may also prevent the seat belts from locking properly. The flaw has already been linked to one death and three injuries. 

Wikileaks May Have Withheld Key Russian Documents From 'Syria Files' Leaks 

Wikileaks withheld a batch of emails showing a $US2.2 ($3) billion transaction between the Syrian regime and a Russian government-owned bank, according to a Daily Dot report. If true, the report will likely have a lasting negative impact on Wikileaks’ credibility. The report alleges that the transparency organisation betrayed its own core values of “pristine leaking” and did so in a way that protects Russia’s public image. 

The First Story Details For The Next Season Of Black Mirror Are Here 

We can’t wait for Black Mirror to hit Netflix and every little detail we’ve had so far has had us itching to see more about this delightfully messed-up series. Now we finally know a little more about each episode and… can it just be October right now? 

This Giant Claw-Handed Drone Is Coming For Your Kids 

Most drones aren’t particularly scary. Aside from maybe gashing you open if they crash into you, there’s not much harm they can do. Until you add a pair of articulated arms with claws on the end, which turns drones into some kind of giant cyborg eagle ready to snatch babies and the elderly right off their feet. 

The Creators Of Westworld Already Know How The Series Will End 

It’s been a long time coming, but audiences are finally a few weeks out from seeing the pilot of HBO’s Westworld. Now actor James Marsden said part of the reason we all had to wait so long for Westworld was because the writers wanted to make sure before they moved forward, they had the story completely figured out — even through seasons five or more. 

Take In Every Little Detail Of This Melting Flat Screen TV 

Video: With technologies’ trend toward sleek design and invisible components, it’s easy to forget that there are still a lot of little layers, pieces and ports on a modern flat screen. That is until you watch them up close and on fire.