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Variable Pricing Hits iTunes Australia Store

Apple has rolled out variable pricing in the Australian iTunes store, but you still have to look pretty hard to find tracks at anything other than the standard $1.69 price.


MythBusters' Adam Savage Talks Tech, Obsessions, and Science

When he’s not blowing things up, making models, or otherwise holding the job you wish you had, Adam Savage is serious about personal projects. We chatted with him about MythBusters, managing time, and other geeky stuff. Photo by ensceptico.


Mistakes Australian Travellers Make When Booking Online

Australians might be more likely than anyone else in the Asia-Pacific region, but we’re still making a few costly mistakes when it comes to booking online travel, recent research suggests.


Hive Five: Five Best Mind Mapping Applications

Mind mapping is a great way to add structure to brainstorming sessions and visualise your ideas. Check out the applications your fellow readers use to do their best brainstorming.


Google Rolling Out 'Wonder Wheel' And Other Search Additions

Google search has been on a roll lately, and today brings yet another addition—an “options” panel that switches your results to reviews, forum posts, recent items and a timeline, and even a nifty “Wonder Wheel.”


Close'n Forget Removes All Traces Of The Site You're On

Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Close’n Forget, one of the runners-up for Mozilla’s Best Firefox 3 Extensions, has updated to, well, actually work more often, erasing any site’s cookie/history/AwesomeBar evidence from Firefox with one button click. We’ve never featured Close’n Forget as its own download ’round these parts, but, then again, back when it made an appearance in the awards round-up, a handful of commenters were saying it just wouldn’t close a tab, or wasn’t offering enough customisation. A few bug fixes and updates later, and Close’n Forget seems to really do its intended work. After installing, right-click your toolbar and hit “Customize” to add its tiny X icon to your button array, or right-click any page to get a “Close and erase cookies for current site” option. If you want to go deeper than just that page’s cookies, check out Close’n Forgets privacy-plus options:


Vuze Converts BitTorrent Downloads To Device-Friendly Formats

Windows/Mac/Linux: Vuze—one of the most popular BitTorrent clients around—has just added a killer feature that allows you to easily transcode any download so its playable on your iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PS3, and Xbox 360. We’ve always been partial to uTorrent for its light footprint—and a little hard on Vuze for its relative bloat—but this update in Vuze is seriously cool, especially for people looking to watch their downloaded videos somewhere other than their desktop. Once a file is downloaded, you can simply drag and drop the download to the device you want to play it on. Smart and simple.

Vuze [via TorrentFreak]

Five Best Web Browsers

It’s probably the most important and debated piece of software on the modern computer. See how your fellow readers get around the net in this week’s Hive Five. Picture background created with WEB2DNA Art Project.


Top 10 Tiny & Awesome Windows Utilities

It’s the little things that make a Windows system great—like utilities that use less than 10MB of memory to make your life easier. Here are 10 apps that pack a lot of greatness into very little space.


Windows 7 Guest Mode Creates Bomb-Proof Accounts

Microsoft made a few quiet but great changes to its kid-proofing SteadyState tool for Windows 7, changing the name to Guest Mode and trimming it into a dead-simple way to protect your PC from anyone’s error-prone fingers.