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Work is becoming a lifestyle with a lot of young professionals.

With more people taking work home, telecommuting, contracting and travelling, they want laptops that can be used for both business and pleasure. Why switch machines when you can have something that is easily portable for work but still powerful enough to game and watch streamed videos in HD?

Fortunately, the industry is listening. Whether you like to play games or simply hitting the 'play' button on your screen — there will be something here for you.

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It's not a party without music. Whether you're hosting a birthday bash, an upscale cocktail affair or a chill holiday party, you're going to need some tunes. These playlist building tips will make sure your shindig is a fun, memorable event.

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While neither Stan nor the Australian Netflix library has anything near the range of US streaming services, every month we get just a little more. Foxtel is also adding a number of hugely popular titles to their Anytime on-demand streaming. Read on to see all the content that will be added to their libraries during the month of December.

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After teasing us with some hidden games, Facebook has now launched its full-blown gaming feature for its Messenger platform. You can now play a bunch of games through Facebook Messenger in a browser on desktop or in the mobile app. Here's the list of games, what devices they're compatible with and how you can start playing them now.

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Offline viewing. It's something millions of Netflix fans have been clamoring for ever since the DVD mailing company ventured into online streaming back in 2007. Almost ten years later, the big wigs in Los Gatos, California have finally heard us.

Today, Netflix customers will be able to download select movies and TV shows in addition to streaming over the internet. The feature is available worldwide and comes at no extra cost. This is a huge selling point that previously didn't exist in the market. Once again, the VOD landscape has changed and Netflix's rivals will be forced to follow suit - or else.

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My family is big on Christmas movies. We always made a big deal out of it when I was a kid.

Even as an adult I enjoy being able to go home for the holidays to watch some of the heart-warming classics — Die Hard, Home Alone and Batman Returns.

My love of a good, bloody holiday flick may not have changed, but my tolerance for excruciating summer heat definitely has.

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Dear Lifehacker, I watch most of my content via two Apple TVs (third and fourth gen). What has me puzzled is that they both stream Netflix in HD silky smooth, and movies via iTunes are downloaded minutes after starting them. TV series via iTunes on the other hand are painfully slow, usually taking around 60-200 minutes for a half hour show to become watchable in SD.

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Dear Lifehacker, what is the release date for Game Of Thrones Season 7 in Australia? I've heard rumours of production delays and a lower episode count, but haven't been able to find a concrete answer. Will it start sometime in April, or do we have to wait even longer? Also, does Foxtel still have the rights or can I actually avoid pirating the show for once?

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Versatility has become one of the most sought-after features in modern tech. People don't want to be carrying around several different devices when they could be carrying one.

This is why 2-in-1 laptops are becoming increasingly popular. Whether it's for business, travel or casual use — you don't have to compromise anymore. You can have a powerful computer and tablet rolled into one device.

Of course, there are a lot of options out there. Here are ten of the best that you can pick up in time for Christmas.

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They say a picture paints a thousand words. Unfortunately, Channel 9's cricket commentators seem to have taken this as a personal challenge - there is no escape from their inane chatter, "hilarious" banter and shameless plugs. Thankfully, it's possible to sync your TV with radio's more intelligent and reserved commentary, thus granting you the best of both worlds. All you need is a radio, a Windows PC running VLC Media Player and a stereo cable.

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It's hard to say if 360-degree videos will ever be more than a novelty — especially with the rising popularity of VR — but the folks behind VLC are confident it'll be around for a while, so much so the developers have pushed out a technical preview of VLC with support for 360-degree videos and photos.