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Briefly: New iPhone Release Date Confirmed, Embalming Explained, Wind Waker HD

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Apple confirms release date for new iPhone range, Nokia Lumia 1020 Australian release date and pricing announced, the science of modern embalming explained.

  • Nokia has announced an Australian release date for its latest flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020. The new Windows phone — which boasts a 41-megapixel camera sensor, a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA display and a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor — will arrive in Australia on 17th September through Telstra. Optus customers will be able to get their hands on the device from October 1. It will also be available from Harvey Norman, Allphones and Dick Smith and will carry an RRP of $899. For more information about the new phone, click here. You can also check out Gizmodo’s hands-on first impressions.
  • In other smartphone news, Apple has sent out its invitations for a special event on September 10; all but confirming that the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be officially unveiled on this date. The invite includes a few interesting clues about the new devices, including multiple colours. Head over to Gizmodo for more details.
  • Have you ever looked at the eerily lifelike images of Vladimir Lenin’s entombed corpse and wondered how it was done? Gizmodo has published a fascinating article about modern embalming techniques that make the dead look alive.
  • We recently looked at how upgrades and accessories can tease new life out of an old DSLR. But if you’re looking to replace your camera entirely (or have yet to purchase your first DSLR) Grays Online has a deal on that’s worth checking out. The online auction site is currently selling the Sony SLTA57Y Digital SLT 16.1MP with a SAL1855 and SAL55200-2 Lens for $599 (original RRP: $1,199). Chief specifications include a 16.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, built-in sensor image stabilisation, an ISO range of 100-16000 and 1080p AVCHD video recording all running on the latest Bionz processor. [Via OzBargain]
  • Nintendo is currently working on a high-def Wii U remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker; one of the best and most fondly remembered games of the GameCube era. This Japanese video gives an indication of just how much work has gone into this spit-and-polish, complete with a side-by-side comparison to the original.
  • If you played Metal Gear Solid when it first came out, get ready to feel depressed: this happened 15 years ago. We could have sworn we weren’t that old, but MGS’s 15th Anniversary confirms it. Tch.