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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gizmodo Australia


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Next Monday, Earth's solitary moon will be the closest it has been to the planet in a long, long time. The biggest and brightest supermoon of the century will be lighting up the sky on Monday night, and if you're planning to get outside and snap some photographs of it you won't be the only one. Here are some things to keep in mind. 

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Video: There's nothing odd about this. There's nothing surprising about it either. If you watch a very hot knife cut through a piece of styrofoam, it's going to be exactly as satisfying as you'd think it'd be.. The styrofoam shrivels up after each cut and turns into this goo that looks more like a marshmallow than anything else. 

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Video: It's after a superhero discovers his powers and before that superhero faces off with the big bad guy that we get treated with a montage sequence showing our favourite superhero doing various good deeds all around the city while bystanders stand around and stare with their mouth agape. 

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Of the approximately eleventy billion books in the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, there are the hallowed (the Thrawn books by Timothy Zahn), the good (the X-Wing books), the bad (The Jedi Academy) and the mediocre (...most of them). And then there's The Crystal Star, a novel so bad it ruined me. Let this article serve as a warning to the rest of the galaxy. 

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Star Wars has some of the most iconic lines of dialogue in movie history. From the first "Use the Force, Luke" to the latest "Chewie, we're home," we will be reciting these lines long after movie theatres are replaced by VR implants. But, there's still a sad truth we must face: Does anyone remember a damn thing Qui-Gon Jinn said? 

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Attracting viewers is important, but making sure they come back for more is essential for any webapp’s survival. That’s why more developers are building real-time sites to better suit their viewers’ needs and ensure brand loyalty. With the Complete Real-Time Web and Game Development Course, you can build your own interactive apps and solidify your web presence in just six hours of training. 

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A few days ago, if you checked out Facebook, there was a high likelihood that the social network would tell everyone that you were dead. It said everyone was dead. Everyone was dead, according to Facebook. Even Zuck. 

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There's a moment playing Infamous First Light, as the heroine made of light climbs up a wall in pitch black darkness, that I fully appreciate the hype around the PS4 Pro. The woman is a multicolored bundle of light particles and thanks to HDR, I can make out each particle and note the way they each cast their own vibrant glow on on the red brick wall. Normally, she'd be a big blob of light, but high dynamic range gives you details in moments of extreme brightness and extreme darkness. I'm watching the next big step in video games, and it is extraordinary. 

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Video: Emanuele Fornasier ran an electric current through various chemical solutions and recorded the reaction to reveal the formation of crystals. It's like seeing the birth of a snowflake. The process definitely looks fantastic but in reality, it's really, really slow. It can take hours or even days for the crystals to take shape. 

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Google seems to have solved every issue I had with an entry-level VR headset. It still worked with your smartphone (well, if you had a Pixel, for now) but it was, well... beautiful. 
Its strikingly clever, lightweight, fabric-based design and fancy-looking controller had me making grabby hands during the Google event when it was announced. Well, now I have had it in said hands, strapped firmly to my face, did it live up to expectations?