The English language is constantly evolving, with new words and phrases spreading among us like an infection - we hear things, then we say those things. The problem is that we don't always bother to wonder if we should. Because of that, the original meaning of some demeaning and hateful expressions get lost in time. Here are some widely used examples.


You've seen the naked mole rat before. The image of its wrinkled, pink hide and huge buck teeth lingers in your mind. You may have even heard that the naked mole rat is highly resistant to cancer and being deprived of oxygen.

Recent research shows that naked mole rats defy basic laws of mortality (cementing them as the most awesome rodent on planet Earth).

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Mobile Broadband was once something used by road warriors and students; people who spent long stretches of their day away from a reliable WiFi network. And it still is, but more and more people are now turning to a mobile data connection for everyday internet as well.

It's a good time to take a look, too. While you wouldn't describe mobile data prices as cheap, especially compared to fixed line internet prices, the prices are certainly more affordable now, and the plans come with much more data than before. Here are some hand-picked options to consider.


If you're looking to switch telco providers, Virgin Mobile is spruiking a new offer that sounds pretty tempting. For a limited time, new customers can score 18GB of mobile data per month for $32 when they sign up to a 12-month contract. Here's how the deal breaks down.


If I asked you to identify the biggest arsehole in your life right now, how quickly would you be able to come up with a name? Some of us might be able to list three or four arseholes with whom we interact on a daily basis, plus all of the anonymous arseholes who cut us off in traffic, cut in front of us in line, and otherwise make our lives miserable.


iOS: Unicode-created emoji might be hot right now, but they're no help when you need to access more obscure punctuation marks, accented characters and currency symbols in a document or totally witty text message. Instead of copying and pasting internet search results for characters like an animal, use UniChar, an iOS keyboard app that puts the rest of Unicode's more traditional characters and symbols (even Braille!) front and centre when you need them.


Not everyone needs a super fast laptop equipped with the fastest CPU, stacks of memory and a capacious SSD to store all your data. For some, a laptop is a second device that fits a specific need when travelling.

Students love low-cost machines as most of their content is stored on the cloud so all they need is enough local processing power to carry out basic tasks. And others want a machine for occasional use and don't have a massive budget. So, what can you get for $1000 or less?


If you've been watching the Olympics, you've probably been hearing commentators talk a lot about Pyeongchang, the South Korean host city. And you've probably been hearing them botch the word.


I can't lie here - most of the time, I watch the figure skating to see the spectacular tumbles and live the awkwardness of defeat. It's the best schadenfreude. But this year, I am all about Mirai Nagasu, just the third woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition.

Check out this amazing feat of human strength, athleticism and skill.


Most of us have a reasonable understanding of how the internet works - but it can be notoriously difficult to explain in plain English. This infographic from Internet.Frontier does a pretty good job of breaking it all down in easy to understand language.

Shared from Gizmodo


If you're in the market for a new smartphone then you're naturally going to want to look up key details such as processor speed, RAM, storage space, battery size and the camera's megapixel rating, but weighing up these raw specifications is increasingly becoming a waste of time. Here's why.


The Olympics are internationally-renowned for the stories of triumph, overcoming the odds and incredible athletic feats. The story of Eric the Eel is definitely a story of triumph and overcoming the odds - though incredible athletic feat? That's questionable.

Yet, his win at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 remains one of the greatest Olympic stories of all time.


Telstra and Optus announced this week that both would launch 5G services next year, and the general response was "sure, but it's not like they're going to give us a lot of data, so who cares?"

Will this be the case? I'm not so sure. One of the key benefits of 5G technology is a big increase in network capacity, so I'm quietly optimistic about how this will play out.