Brief news items for Lifehacker readers including: The best Australian Star Wars tribute you are ever likely to see, mirrorless cameras explained, Xbox 360 graphics compared to Xbox One.
- Star Wars Down Under is a fan-made film that imagines what the Star Wars universe would be like if it was populated by Aussie stereotypes. The “ocker” humour is a bit hit-and-miss (mostly ‘miss’ if we’re being honest) but the production values are astonishingly good — we’d go so far as to say it’s the most polished fan film we’ve ever seen. Click here to watch the entire 30 minute short in all its glory.
- Telstra has announced it will sell the mammoth-sized HTC One max smartphone from 26 November. In addition to the enlarged screen, the HTC One max comes with a quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 16GB of onboard memory and an inbuilt fingerprint scanner. The phone will be available on the $80 Every Day Connect Plan (plus monthly $4 handset repayments) over 24 months. The plan includes $800 worth of calls/MMS, unlimited SMS and 1.5GB of data each month. It is available to pre-order now from Telstra’s website.
- Internode has announced it will be live-streaming almost every performance from the two-day Gorgeous Festival in McLaren Vale which kicks off on Friday. Internode customers will be able to watch the performance in high definition free of charge. You can check out the full lineup here.
- In a little over an hour, the 24-hour online “Click Frenzy” sale will be kicking off once again. We’ve written extensively in the past about why this sale is mostly a waste of time due to an unreliable website and so-so bargains. If you’re determined to take a look anyway, here’s the URL — just don’t blame us if nothing takes your fancy. The sake begins at 7pm tonight.
- Mirrorless cameras — aka compact system cameras — provide similar photographic features to a DSLR in a compact body. This Gizmodo camera buying guide explains the chief features and advantages that first-time buyers need to look out for.
- VideoGamerTV has released a split-screen video comparing the graphics of Call of Duty: Ghost on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. As we have previously noted, the cross-platform development of games on old and new consoles is likely to hold back the new hardware’s capabilities for some time to come. Watch the video and judge for yourself.