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Andrew Bolt attacks Tony Abbott over 'pathetically stupid' Prince Philip knighthood

"I thought it was verging on fatal already but this is too much.<p>"This is a friendless decision, where his friends would feel stupid defending it.<p>"I …

Australia

THE SHOT: Living the Double Life in Pakistan

By day, 27-year-old Waseem Akram sells mobile phone accessories from an alleyway shop in an old neighborhood of Rawalpindi, Pakistani. But by night, Akram stands before a mirror, shaving away his beard and picking through mascara and rouge to become Rani, a female wedding party dancer.<p>I was …

Tony Abbott has much bigger problems than a rogue knight

Without Minchin, Abbott would never have been leader. Without Minchin, or the gravitas of a Minchin equivalent, Abbott is not going to survive his …

Apple’s quarterly profit set new world record for any company, says Standard & Poor’s

Apple didn’t just set a new record for the company when it beat every forecast in the Q1 results announced yesterday, it set a new world record for the most profitable quarter of any company in history, says credit ratings giant Standard & Poor’s. Its net profit of $18B far exceeded the previous …

Profit

What the end of Australia's iron ore boom means for the small outback town of Pine Creek

When Gary Brown was a younger man, an elephant ambled into the Pine Creek Hotel and walked out the other side.<p>Since then he has seen all kinds of …

Australia

How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S

A breakout hit made with an $8 app<p><i>Tangerine</i>, a breakout hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is full of surprises. There’s the subject matter: transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. And there are the characters: flinty, funny, nobody’s victim. But the story …

Sydney siege: Counter-terrorism specialist questions weapons used by police, says they may have contributed to death of hostage Katrina Dawson

A former member of the Australian military's elite domestic counter-terrorism unit has publicly questioned the choice of weapon used by police in …

Counterterrorism

The 9 Most Spectacular Lost Cities in the World

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Cities

EA Charging Players For Gas In New 'Need For Speed'

There are some things that we can do in video games that we can’t possibly do in real life. Some games let us fly, or unleash super-powers, or pilot fighter jets or spaceships. I call this feeling “superful.”<p>Other times, it’s the things we don’t have to do in video games that make them so great. We …

Mobile Gaming

Uber works out how to insure its drivers between fares

Uber has inked a deal with insurer Metromile that addresses a huge question mark: whether its drivers are sufficiently insured between fares. Until now, the ridesharing firm has been giving US drivers $1 million in commercial liability coverage when they actually had a passenger in the car. But …

Qualcomm expects to lose a large customer's flagship device

The world's largest mobile-chips company cut its guidance Wednesday, suggesting that Samsung won't use its latest processor for its next Galaxy S smartphone.<p>Qualcomm is losing its spot in one of the industry's marquee smartphones.<p>The company cut its guidance for the year on Wednesday, saying it …

Gear & Gadgets

Coder creates smallest chess game for computers

<b>A French coder has developed what is thought to be the smallest-sized chess computer program.</b><p>BootChess is only 487 bytes in size, and the code can be run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.<p>That makes it smaller than 1K ZX Chess - a Sinclair ZX81 computer game, which contained 672 bytes of …

SpaceX Reveals Stunning Video Showing Its Totally Futuristic New Rockets

The idea is to create reusable rockets that can safely return to Earth and land intact. But SpaceX is still in the testing phase of the new landing maneuver. On Jan. 10, SpaceX semi-successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a platform in the ocean after the rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft full …

Space Travel

Huge YouTube bulk makes it tough to catch all terror videos

BRUSSELS (AP) — Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related …

Internet

Dell aims upgraded laptop at Mac-using creative pros

Looking for a profitable niche, the PC maker gives its 15-inch M3800 workstation a 4K display, Thunderbolt 2 and new storage options to coax video editors and others who use Apple laptops.<p>Dell, trying to curry favor with video editors who are more likely to use a MacBook, updated its M3800 …

MacBook Pro

Tesla’s souped-up Model S has an “insane mode” and it’s as ridiculous as it sounds

It’s true: Tesla’s high performance Model S P85D has an option to switch acceleration modes from “Sport” to “Insane.”<p>And yes, insane mode is powerful. On Jan. 28 CEO Elon Musk tweeted a link to one owner’s dash-cam video that captured his passengers’ reactions when they were shocked by the full …

Tesla