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Your phone has one, your laptop has one, and you've got a smart one in the corner of your room telling you the weather - but what makes a good speaker different from a so-so speaker? Why you might consider upgrading the audio capabilities of your TV or computer, and what should you look for if you do?

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This morning Nintendo announced a new set of peripherals for the Nintendo Switch called the "Nintendo Labo" and they're made entirely of cardboard. Yep, Nintendo is now in the paper craft game and if you're looking to get into cardboard-video-game-toys, here's what you need to know.

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On Monday (January 15), one of the world's biggest tennis events - the Australian Open - returns to the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. If you're stuck at work when it's all happening or don't have access to free-to-air TV for whatever reason, we have you covered! Here's how to watch the 2018 Australian Open from your desk or on your mobile phone for free.

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There are various reasons you might want to delete certain shows and movies from your Netflix viewing history. Maybe you "Netflix cheated" on your partner and want to hide the evidence. Maybe your kids keep using your account to watch crap about ponies and mermaids. Or maybe you accidentally clicked on Adam Sandler's Jack And Jill and need to erase this horrifying blot from existence.

Here's how to delete all those Netflix mistakes from your profile forever.

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Now that we've left behind the triumphs and disappointments of 2017, it's time to look forward to the year ahead. On we look past the customary video game dry spell (which used to last well into the year but now extends only to late January), it's clear we have another absolutely packed year ahead of us. Here are 18 of the best.

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When someone says "Australian science fiction movie," thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to Mad Max - if not George Miller's insanely influential 1979 original, then to any of the sequels that followed over the years, including the recent, justly lauded Fury Road. But here's the thing: it was never just about Max.

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The Australian Open 2018 (or as we seem to be calling it now AO18), begins on Monday, January 15 and will again be broadcast live on Channel 7 and 7's tennis app. We've put together a schedule of Australian Open matches, first draw schedule and information on how you can watch the Australian Open at work, so you don't have to miss a minute of the world's biggest Grand Slam.

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iOS: If the kid doubling as a monster wrangler in your life is hooked on catching oddly-shaped fictional animals (or if you're addicted to the game yourself), you'd better hope they have got a recent phone on which to play their favourite game. Pokemon GO developer Niantic has announced an upcoming update that will incorporate Apple's ARKit, resulting in a more polished augmented reality experience, but bar devices unable to run iOS 11 from playing the game. Sorry, trainers.

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The first season of Blizzard's Overwatch League begins on January 11 (Australian time) with twelve teams vying from around the world vying for ultimate Overwatch glory and a lot of prize money. With Blizzard's pedigree for success and Overwatch's accessible, colourful gameplay I can't see it being anything but brilliant.

Whether you're a Hanzo main or just want to see the world's best duke it out, here's all the ways you can watch in Australia.

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Anyone who claims they've never dreamed of being a rock star is either a philistine or a liar. They are the closest thing to living gods we have: especially in the heady, hairy '70s era. Unfortunately, most of us never progress beyond music/rhythm video games or air-guitar gyrations in the bedroom.

This is where the 100 Riffs video series comes in: it explains how to play no less than 100 classic guitar riffs - from Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water to ACDC's TNT. Best of all, there are options for one finger, open chord, power chord and barre chord players, which means novices and advanced players are equally well catered for.

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On January 1 2018, Aussie streaming service Stan unleashed Romper Stomper, a sequel to Geoffrey Wright’s controversy baiting 1992 movie of the same name. To commemorate the occasion, here are ten of the most controversial television shows of all time.

Some are here for what they showed on screen, others for what went on behind-the-scenes, but all caused phonelines to melt and the interwebs to explode.

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Netflix's worldwide streaming dominance is wholly dependent on the strength of its original content. Fortunately for subscribers, a bunch of hot new shows are slated to appear next year. Here are ten compelling titles you might not have heard about - including one from Australia.

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It's easy to find movies to download or stream; even for law-abiding popcorn munchers! If you're flying straight and narrow or want to support and watch films that are free, public domain, or whose creators want them free and openly shared, here are some great sites to bookmark -- and visit when you want something new to watch.

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It's that time of the year where we hand out statues to film and television stars for their outstanding work in the previous year. Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hand out their picks when the Golden Globes are announced. With all the recent spotlight on sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood, this show may be a little different to usual.

Here's how you can watch the Golden Globes live in Australia.

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SoundCloud recently switched its music streams from 128Kb/s MP3 to 64Kb/s Opus. Many users hear a drop in sound quality in the higher frequencies. So artist Joseph Lyncheski, aka Direct, built an extension for Chrome and Firefox to force the site to stream in its old format. (For now, Safari is still streaming in MP3.)

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Sony gives you more than one way to add friends to your PlayStation 4 via services you probably already use. In addition, it alleviates the problem of managing lists of friends with long emails and gamer handles, all with a game controller. There's a simple way to make sure you have all the online friends you need to boost your rank in Destiny 2 and it doesn't involve sending messages to everyone you know asking for a 12-digit code or using a D-pad to spell everyone's email address correctly.

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If, like me, you research every gadget purchase to the Nth degree, it can be super depressing when said product arrives and it's perfect... except for one, tiny thing. Usually that thing escaped detection because it only rears it head once you actually use your new shiny. In my case, it was a set of SoundMagic E10 earphones to replace my busted EarPods. The problem? They vibrate.