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Maribyrnong River body parts: Police believe they have identified victim

Victoria Police now believe they know the identity of the man whose body parts, including an arm with a distinctive tattoo of a devil holding a pitch …

Australia

How the spill motion for the Liberal leadership will work

Chief government whip Philip Ruddock said on Sunday the vote would be a secret ballot.<p>Mr Ruddock also said that because the issue is a procedural …

Coming up in SBS World News with Lee Lin Chin

Beautiful Houses: 360 House

Today we will show the breathtaking 360 house located on the Oregon Coast, a project by Boora Architects. I believe that by now you guys already know …

Architecture

New Beautifully Scripted 3D Calligraphy Illusions by Tolga Girgin

Turkey-based electrical engineer and graphic designer Tolga Girgin puts a unique twist on the art of calligraphy with his beautifully scripted letters that appear three-dimensional. Many of his creations may look like they were crafted from strips of paper that were cut and folded to pop off the …

Typography

Tokyo Camera Style

Though smartphones might take the bulk of our daily point-and-shoot photography, street shooting with film is alive and well—especially in Tokyo. Throughout the '90s and early aughts, Japanese camera-makers from Contax to Nikon produced a range of of high-end quick-snapping film cameras that are …

Cameras

Black Desert House in California by Oller & Pejic Architecture

The Black Desert House in Yucca Valley, California.<p>The team of Oller & Pejic Architecture has completed the Black Desert House located in the Yucca …

Stunning Photos of Incredibly Blue Glacier Caves in Iceland

Home to abundant waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, fields, and glaciers, Iceland is a photographer's dream come true. Mechanical engineer and photographer Skarpi Thrainsson, who was born and raised in Iceland, showcases his love for his motherland's natural beauty in stunning landscape photos. …

Natural Beauty

Russian Photographer Creates Stunning Visual Narratives Inspired by Fairytales

Russian photographer Margarita Kareva brings fairytales and other magical stories to life in her gorgeous fine-art portraiture. With the goal of weaving fictional narratives that fall outside the realm of photorealism, Kareva immerses her beautiful subjects in fantastical scenes that look straight …

Photography

Pictures of the Week 2.5.15

A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and lots of cooling. But when you bring thousands of miners together in the same room, things really get ugly.<p>Motherboard has some fascinating footage of a bitcoin …

Bitcoin

Preview Art On The Wall With Curioos Augmented Reality App

Unless you’re really committed to decorating your home with museum posters, acquiring and hanging original art can be a risky and expensive undertaking. It’s hard to know exactly how a print or painting will look once it’s hanging on your wall, and sometimes you find out you don’t like something …

Augmented Reality

Own A Chromecast? Google Wants To Give You $6

The Chromecast is already a damned great little device. Pretty much the only thing* that would make it better is if Google randomly gave you free money for owning one.<p><i>(*except for 5ghz WiFi support, that’d be good too.)</i><p>What do you know! That’s what they’re doing today.<p>As noted by Android Authority, …

Android News

Apple begins training retail employees about the Apple Watch

Apple today began training its retail store employees in multiple countries, including the U.S. and the U.K, about the upcoming Apple Watch. The training is said to not divulge many new details, but the beginning of the training program does represent Apple’s first move on the retail employee level …

Bevy of new leaks gives closer peek at Windows 10 for phones

More screenshots of Windows 10 for phones have leaked, giving us a closer look at Microsoft's mobile operating system.<p>We got a brief look at the …

Microsoft's New App Strategy: Turning Google Into A Dumb Pipe

Microsoft doesn’t just want its hands on every operating system. It also wants eyes in every cloud.<p>If you had made a list a couple of years ago of all the things you’d never expect Microsoft to do, it might have included a number of items.<p>Full-blown Office for iOS and Android? Sounds unlikely. Free …

Apps

Your total is $57.67 — will that be cash, credit or phone?

New payment technology is coming this year to the US, in a big way.<p>In 2015, credit card companies and banks are finally starting to introduce chip-and-PIN, or chip-and-signature technology, more broadly throughout the US. Chip technology is touted as a more secure alternative to the magnetic stripe …

FinTech

Could the HoloLens be Microsoft’s iMoment?

Image copyright Microsoft.Back at the turn of the century, Apple had already reclaimed a bit of momentum with the release of the iMac following the …

Augmented Reality

Why VMware is going ‘space-age’ with Google and embracing OpenStack

Image copyright Jakub Mosur.VMware has developed a reputation in some circles as being proprietary and less innovative than it was when the company …

Hybrid Clouds

Earth: A Primer Is an Interactive Geology Textbook

Preparing textbooks that are both educational and stimulating can sometimes prove difficult, especially in today's society. But the exploratory terrain found in Earth: A Primer <b>($9.99)</b> makes learning about geology much more digestable.<p>The idea comes from Chaim Gingold, who already had plenty of …

Geology

The Army Of Ghostwriters Behind King Content

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aimee Millwood covers e-commerce marketing, growth and engagement for the Yotpo blog.</i><p>Before I quit ghostwriting, I wrote for publications like Forbes, Inc., The Next Web, and even TechCrunch. I worked as a behind-the-scenes magician, penning content that helped CEOs and companies gain …

Writing

Are You A Chromecast User? Google Has Given You A $6 Google Play Credit

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Google is offering a $6 credit to the Google Play store for Google Chromecast owners. The credit can go towards movies, music or apps. The Google Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV. The Chromecast streams content …

Google Play

PhotoSweeper Upgrade Takes Control Of Your Photo Collection

Whether you’re a photo pro, advanced enthusiast or rank amateur, getting the perfect shot is critical. The problem is that you often generate many more imperfect and extremely similar shots that wind out being disposable.<p>Having fewer and better shots not only saves hard drive (and even cloud) space …

YC-Backed Yhat Gives Data Science Teams A Head Start

Yhat founders Greg Lamp and Austin Ogilvie were working with a team of data scientists at OnDeck, a successful small business loan startup, when they noticed a problem.<p>The data science team was coming up with cool ideas, but the engineers couldn’t implement these applications, as fast as they could …

Data Science

Best Buy will let you try Samsung's Gear VR in stores on February 8th

One of the biggest obstacles to buying Samsung's Gear VR is... well, trying the darn thing. How do you know whether or not you'll like this phone-powered virtual reality headset without strapping it on your head first? That won't be too much of a problem in the near future, so long as you live in …

Screenshots of Microsoft’s upcoming Project Spartan browser leak on Web

Screenshots showing Microsoft’s upcoming browser — codenamed Project Spartan — are out on the Web today.<p>The screenshots, with Chinese text, were first posted on the Chinese site ITHome. The Project Spartan browser is part of the Windows 10 OS, and was first previewed by Microsoft last month.<p>A …

Corning’s new glass will approach sapphire in scratch resistance

As phone makers look for ways to make their devices stand out in the crowd, sapphire shapes up to be the next big thing for protecting our precious devices from accidents and scratches. Of course, Corning, maker of the omnipresent Gorilla Glass, begs to disagree.<p>To counter the rise of sapphire, …

Gorilla Glass