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Rarely lost for words, Google, Apple and Amazon's talkative smart speakers are auditioning for the role of all-knowing oracle in Aussie homes. But which version should rule your home?

We compare the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple Homepod at playing music, helping around the house, doing stuff online and actually understanding your requests. Here's how each unit fared.

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.

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Flying isn't my favourite thing in the world because I get so caught up in wondering how it all works. "Why is this giant aluminium tube even in the air?", "why is that guy so fidgety?", "why are the lights flickering?"... you get the point. I worry. But this short, sweet explanation of how a plane actually flies puts me at ease.

Thank you, physics.

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It's been four years since Apple Pay first launched, and Google's response has always been a bit of a mess. Now, the company is finally simplifying all its different apps and services into a single product called Google Pay, which launched yesterday in Australia.

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One of the key arguments underpinning the existence of the NBN is the idea that the internet is now an essential utility. Like water and electricity, most of us use the internet everyday, and like these other services, we expect the internet to be always on.

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Being the CEO of a big company comes with plenty of perks. Having a beer shouted generally isn't one of them. Whether it's afterwork drinks, a networking conference or a lunch meeting with clients, they are usually the person expected to pick up the tab.

Here's why you should step in and offer to buy them a drink.

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For the past two weeks, Australian politics have been dominated by the explosive revelation that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce engaged in an extramarital affair with a staffer who is now expecting his child. The particulars of the relationship have been roundly criticised by both sides of politics, with several ministers and former politicians calling for Joyce's sacking.

In direct response to the affair, Malcolm Turnbull has banned sexual relations between ministers and staff in a bid to bring the ministerial code of conduct in line with "attitudes in the corporate world." This may have some people wondering: is it ever illegal to have sex with an underling in a corporate setting?

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Qantas has released their half yearly results yesterday and, for the most part, the information was not that interesting. But if you're a frequent traveller with Qantas, a single line in their earnings report might bring a smile to your face. The company says they currently have 22 Wi-Fi enabled Boeing 737s with another plane being upgraded each week.

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Aside from all the deployment challenges that NBNCo has faced, one of the other big issues has been customers have not received connections that run at the expected speeds. Many people that signed up for 50MBps plans, for example, have not seen those kinds of speeds and, in many cases, performance drops significantly in peak periods. In response, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed a new "labelling" system to clarify what customers can expect.

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Have you ever been rudely surprised when logging onto Netflix or Stan to watch a particular movie, only to find that movie mysteriously missing? We've come to expect ever-expanding libraries of content from streaming services, especially in Australia where services such as Netflix are relatively young. The sad truth of the matter is that Netflix giveth and thus Netflix must taketh away -- but at least there's a way to find out just what it is that's disappearing.

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Why do I look at my phone? I don't know, for many reasons. To see exactly where my online order is on the delivery trail. To find out the name of that one actress who played the chef in that one movie with that one guy from that other movie. To see if he's still the US president. Because I haven't looked at it in the past 22 minutes.

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While women are still significantly more likely to own a sex toy - and to talk about them freely - the male sex toy market has soared in sales over the last few years. More and more men are experimenting and exploring. And there’s far more on offer than ever before, with toys promising to skyrocket your solo time and add exciting new sensations to your sex life. Here are three of the best.

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You don't want to live in a place that doesn't respect you as a person. Destination Pride, built by PFLAG Canada and ad agency FCB/SIX, rates cities around the world based on the legal rights and protections they give to LGBTQ people. While it's packaged as a holiday rater, it's more useful when choosing where to stay long-term.

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Twitter and Facebook and news alerts all prove it: The best form of one-to-many communication is the email newsletter. The Lifehacker staff follows newsletters for morning briefings, unique takes on tech, or personal stories. These are our favourites.