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Silent night: The iconic Sydney venues killed by lockout laws



Kings Cross in Sydney, Australia was an area known for its seedy underbelly, its boozy nights and its ability to drag you in and spit you out. It was the centre of an otherwise tame city that prided itself on its wild characters and its raucously good times.

Now Kings Cross in Sydney is known for its empty streets, closed down and abandoned businesses and instead paints a very vivid picture of an over-regulated city.

Is Windows 10 enough to bring Microsoft back? Listen to our debate



Windows 10, Microsoft’s highly-anticipated update to its software ecosystem, is finally here, and the reviews have been largely positive.

Since we also see Windows 10 as a strong improvement to Microsoft’s key update, our debate on this week’s episode of MashTalk asks: is it enough for Microsoft? Or are they simply playing catchup to the likes of Google and Apple?

Listen to the episode on Libsyn, above, or on iTunes. You can…

Here’s how to install Windows 10 on a Mac. But should you do it?



Can Windows 10 run on a Mac?

Of course it can. Users have been able to install Windows on a Mac for years, and Microsoft’s latest operating system is no exception. And no, the Apple police won’t come after you, we swear.

By installing Windows 10, you get access to a host of new features. First you’ll notice the look and feel. It’s taking the flat, tile-based user interface introduced in Windows 8 and combining it with the…

A live exorcism will air on TV just in time to summon your Halloween spirit



It’s not too early to start planning your Halloween costume and it’s definitely not too early to write out a detailed schedule for yourself to make sure you see every haunting and horrifying thing you can. Work on your time management so you are sure to conduct ritual viewings of Nightmare on Elm Street, The Ring, The Omen and The Exorcism.

But if you’re ready for the real thing, you have the first live televised exorcism in U.S. history to look forward to this year, according to The…

Why Australians are tweeting cake photos for #cookingforcopyright



If you woke up Friday morning and found yourself overwhelmed by tweets about delicious cakes, you are not alone

The hashtag #CookingForCopyright has been trending in Australia, as people tweet photographs of hunger-inducing treats. It is a dizzying, chocolate-infused nightmare for those that are attempting to get through the 3 p.m. slump or not screw up their winter diet.

But why are people cooking things for copyright? The…

Defense asks jurors to spare Colorado theater shooter’s life



Defense lawyers for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday, urging jurors to consider mental illness in his sentencing even though they rejected his insanity claim when they convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others at a Colorado movie theater

Holmes was found guilty on all 165 charges he faced.

“It was not about notoriety, it was not about hatred. It was about…

‘Straight Outta Compton’ review: Hip-hop nostalgia goes Hollywood



“You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.”

These are the first words spoken on the seminal 1988 album Straight Outta Compton by hip-hop group N.W.A. Three scrappy guys from Compton — Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre — become stars, little bits of legendary status sparking together in the aftermath of the album’s release, success and notoriety

It was the birth of gangsta rap, or “reality rap,” as Ice preferred to call it. The kind of rap born out of being manhandled and…

What Australians should know about the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership



The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is set to be the biggest regional free trade deal ever signed. What’s in it? Well, only a lucky few really know.

The agreement is said to contain a whole range of new rules that could affect how the negotiating countries — who account for around 40% of the world economy — can regulate everything from trade and intellectual property to the environment.

What is the TPP?

The TPP is a…

Cinemax show ‘The Knick’ is coming to HBO for a limited time



LOS ANGELES — HBO is helping little brother Cinemax keep its prized patient alive.

The first season of The Knick, the ever-gnarly Cinemax period drama set in the famed New York hospital at the turn of the 20th Century, is getting a limited run on HBO’s digital platforms starting Aug. 14, the cable networks announced Thursday. Cinemax has renewed Steven Soderbergh’s show starring Clive Owen for a second season, coming this fall.

SEE ALSO: If You Think ‘The Knick’ Patients Have it Bad … Go…

NASA confirms discovery of nearest rocky exoplanet to Earth so far



A NASA space telescope has just confirmed the discovery of a rocky alien world just 21 light-years from Earth, making it the nearest rocky exoplanet to our solar system yet found.

The exoplanet (a label given to any planet outside the solar system) is called HD 219134b, and was first detected by scientists using the Galileo National Telescope in the Canary Islands

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope did follow-up observations confirming its existence

Although it is…