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Apple has wrapped up its big event to announce a swathe of new products including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s, iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4. Our sister publication, Gizmodo Australia, was on the ground in the US to cover the event and has provided information on the Australian availability and pricing for the four new devices. We've consolidated the information into a nice little package for you here.
Gizmodo's reader photo challenge this week is particularly impressive: taking an awesome photo of you as a child and recreating it as an adult. I had promised Giz editor Danny that I'd submit my own entry, but when I went to do it, I realised something: I have done a lousy job of scanning my childhood photos.
One day and iOS 5 has been hacked already. Gizmodo reader and Apple lover Mert Erdir has discovered how to upgrade to iOS 5 without developer accounts, using a simple backdoor. Everyone can do it following these extremely simple instructions.
BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet is one of the major gadget releases of the year. You've already heard Lifehacker's thoughts on the device, but what does a dedicated gadget hound like Gizmodo editor Nick Broughall think of it? Find out as we go head-to-head.
The Gizmod Rukus giveaway that Gizmodo is running to give away a free car lets you enter once a day, and we wouldn't want you to miss out on the chance. So in expected Lifehacker style, we've set up a public Google calendar with a reminder so you'll remember to enter every day between now and Thursday when it closes.
As we pointed out earlier this week, Gizmodo is running a competition in which you can win a car. And not just any car -- a brand new Toyota Rukus fitted out with more tech than many people have in their entire house. You can enter once a day, so what are you still doing here?
Got a talent for design? As part of Gizmodo's awesome GizMod project to ultra-customise a Toyota Rukus, the vehicle is being re-skinned with a design from a Gizmodo reader. When else are you going to get a chance to have your own design applied to a car for free? Hit Gizmodo for full details on how to enter.
Last November, I wrote about how Nick Broughall, editor of Lifehacker's sibling site Gizmodo, had gotten the organising bug and was using Things, his iPhone and email to keep track of tasks. Of course, half the challenge with any organisational system is maintaining that initial fervour, so I promised we'd get back to Nick and see whether the approach was still working. His verdict? It's going pretty well but the software needs work. As he explains:
My inbox rarely has more than 10 emails in it at a time - I'm continually filing my emails and feeling organised in that department. But I've found Things just doesn't work for me as well as I'd hoped -- I think the fact that I need to have a 3rd party program just doesn't sit too well. One of the things I did like about Things was the ability to drag things to the icon in the dock and have it create a new to-do automatically. The problem was that when I did that from emails, I'd need to do it a couple of times before it worked, which was too much effort. So now, I still use Things for stuff I need to do a bit in the future, but I tend to leave the most important and pressing tasks in my inbox.
Ease of use is a critical factor in getting organised, so Nick's lucky he's been able to balance his needs between two programs without too much hassle. But if you're a Mac fiend (like Nick) and think that approach could be refined, let's hear your thoughts in the comments.