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HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a set of hardware and software standards designed to support the transmission of audio and video. Unlike older standards, which required separate cables for audio and video, HDMI can handle both though a single connection.

It's now the de fact standard for connecting external devices to TVs, linking external displays to computers (although that often requires an adaptor) and even adding smart TV functions to regular TVs through devices like the Google Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. Let's take a walk down HDMI Lane to see what makes it tick and how to make informed buying decisions.

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If you follow wellness trends, you might’ve come across the claim that an infrared sauna, which heats the body with light, is better for you than a traditional sauna, which uses radiant heat from a stove. But are these claims actually legit?

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You've seen the headlines: "Dead Man Wakes Up At Own Funeral", or "Woman Startled To Wake Up In Morgue." It always makes it feel like one day you're going to wake up in your worst Kill Bill nightmare, buried alive in a fancy casket. But how often does this actually happen?

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How many people out there are still using AOL Mail? I assumed it was all of three people, but apparently there’s still a considerable number of you clinging to your aol.com accounts.

Do you hope AOL will make a grand resurgence one day? Are you nostalgic for the sounds of a dial-up modem? Do you hate Gmail? You can move providers; it’ll be OK.

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A laggy internet connection is the last thing you want when playing online games. It can also ruin an online movie and even cause problems while making rapid searches on Google. This is sometimes caused by deliberate internet throttling - and your internet service provider (ISP) is to blame.

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So-called 'Greek yoghurt' has exploded in popularity in recent years, with Australia's major supermarkets all stocking multiple brands. It's now the number one choice for people who want a healthy alternative to normal yoghurt.

But hang on. Wasn't yoghurt always healthy? What's going on? It turns out there are certain health benefits — but also health drawbacks — to eating Greek yoghurt over the regular stuff. Let's take a look at the science.

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Got an email address? Use a computer? Is that a smartphone in your pocket? Then you need to get yourself some cloud storage. Having an always-accessible repository of your most important photos and files makes sharing files with friends less of a hassle and grants you peace of mind. With options from every major tech company, you might find yourself drawn to one or another based on the tech you use on a daily basis and what each service offers.

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Some people love giving holiday presents: To them it’s an art, something to be mastered, a fun way to spend an afternoon or two. Others dread the annual giving of gifts, wishing family members would just say what they’d actually like instead of relying on their nearest and dearest to waffle back and forth between the festive socks or the scented lotion.

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Lately (as I’ve mentioned) my mantra is, “Is this strategic, or just cathartic?” I’m training myself to repeat it when I feel tempted to say something really stupid during a tense discussion or basically any interaction on Twitter. So far, I mostly say it to my friends when they’re about to say something stupid. And after reading this article by M.J. Ryan, author of Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realise Your Goals, I realised I already have lots of mantras.

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With the launch of its new iPhones, Apple has brought eSIM to the mainstream for the very first time. eSIM allows you to change carriers at will without having to order a new SIM card or go to a store. Instead, you just activate the plan and carrier that you like directly from your smartphone.

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Gambling is bad, m'kay?

With that caveat out of the way, here are the horses that stand the best chance of winning this year's Melbourne Cup, according to the experts at Macquarie Bank’s quant team. If you're planning to take a punt, these are the names you should be backing.

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When I first heard about electric bikes, they struck me as the ultimate life hack. They allow you to commute relatively speedily without the hassle of public transportation, to get exercise without getting overly sweaty, to get from point A to point B without spending money on gas. As a longtime urban cyclist who’d sworn off bike commuting after a move put a sizable hill between me and the office, I wondered if electric bikes were the answer. I decided to find out.

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It’s normal to feel hot, sweaty and uncomfortable in warm weather, but what’s the best way to cool down? To answer this question, we first need to look at how the body maintains stable internal (core) temperature.

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For the first time in recent memory, Apple has held an event full of surprises. Sure, we all expected the iPad Pro to receive an update, and there were rumours of new Macs coming, but no specifics leaked. No supply chain photographs, no product names popping up in iOS firmware. The famously secretive company managed to keep its secrets.

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Most of us feed our cats with bleary eyes at dawn after they’ve scratched a hole through the door, but there is another way. How you feed a cat, it turns out, can change its behaviour.

Shared from Gizmodo

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As the New York Times reported yesterday, IBM is in the process of purchasing Red Hat, one of the largest corporate contributors to the Linux kernel. The news is great if you’ve got stock in either company or a passion to see a cloud computing services challenge Amazon (and Microsoft). But if you’re a fan of open source software, IBM’s move might be a little worrisome.