Briefly: Harry Potter Art, Huawei Ascend Mate7 Hands-On, Prince's First Selfie

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Pictures from Harry Potter: The Creature Vault, Huawei Ascend Mate7 Australian hands-on, Ray Bradbury talks about life, the universe and everything.

  • Warner Bros. and Harper Collins have released a new book featuring the astounding original concept art for many of the creepy-crawly (and cute and fluffy) creatures from the Harry Potter books. POPSUGAR has assembled a gallery of highlights.
  • The Huawei Ascend Mate7 is a new monster-sized smartphone that comes with a 6-inch IPS-NEO display, 7.9mm-thick chassis, dual SIM card slots, an octa-core processor, next-gen 4G support and a 4100mAh cell battery. Click here to read Gizmodo's first impressions.
  • Ever wonder why we use "X" in mathematics to symbolise unknown quantities? Click here for a thorough explanation.
  • Celebrated science fiction author Ray Bradbury had plenty of interesting things to say about science, the universe and everything. This 1978 recording makes for fascinating listening.
  • Harvey Norman has slashed the price of personalised printed mugs from $24.95 to just $5. For more online bargains, head to our Hump Day Deals page.
  • Halo 2 has been remade for the Xbox One. Head to Kotaku to watch the remastered 1080p cutscenes. All of them.
  • The pop star Prince took his first selfie today using a DSLR — because he doesn't own a mobile phone. View it here.

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