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Apple Watch 5 out next month with OLED screen, titanium and ceramic case

A lot of attention is naturally given to the upcoming iPhone models, especially considering the rather controversial design change on its back. Fans of Apple’s wearable products, however, may have been slightly worried about the lack of rumors on the Apple Watch. Better late than never, those are finally dropping in and, if they are […]

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Sonos Move portable Bluetooth speaker leaks with charging station

Last week, a leak claimed that audio company Sonos is planning to release its first portable Bluetooth speaker at an event in the near future. A new leak over the weekend has shed light on that product, claiming it will be called the Sonos Move. Among other things, the new leak includes what are claimed […]

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Google Assistant beats Siri and Alexa in IQ test, but they’re catching up

If you’ve put off getting a smart speaker and you’re wondering which is the most effective, a new small study from Loup Ventures suggests Google Assistant is the best solution for getting the most correct answers. Though Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa all had similar abilities to understand questions, only Google Assistant answered more than […]

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FIFA 20, Potentially a worthwhile upgrade

FIFA’s been a real guilty pleasure for soccer fans over the years. Every year, gamers complain about having to pay full prices for very few substantial changes. It’s basically the same game every year, yet so many of us pre-order it with unquestioning loyalty. Player freedom and choice has always been a problem in FIFA. […]

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Doom and Doom 2 mobile login requirement finally removed

In late July, Bethesda announced the release of classic games Doom and Doom 2 on mobile, bringing the beloved nostalgic hits to ordinary phones and tablets. The launch, though exciting, was heavily criticized due to Bethesda’s frustrating login requirement — users were forced to sign into a Bethesda.net account or else they wouldn’t be able […]

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Do reports of gun owners’ anger stack up?

All our MPs but one voted to change the gun laws. Opinion polls showed a majority approved and thousands of banned weapons have been peacefully surrendered. Do reported claims of widespread discontent among the nation’s gun owners stack up? A selection of firearms which are now prohibited, on display to media at a police press conference. […]

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NASA installs rock-sampling toolkit on Mars 2020 rover

NASA continues work on its Mars 2020 rover, a vehicle that will be launched on its mission to the Red Planet next summer. Ahead of that launch, the space agency says its scientists are working hard to ensure the rover is ready to land and acquire samples from the planet’s surface that’ll eventually be returned […]

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Media’s worldwide push for climate change coverage

Last week the Sunday Star Times ran an article asking the question: Is the New Zealand media eco-friendly? It was more an environmental stock-take of the media businesses themselves than an analysis of their editorial commitment to reporting the environment. We learned that Stuff uses vegetable-based ink, RNZ has a sustainability working group, Mediaworks aims […]

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1993 Super Mario Bros. movie deleted scene discovered on old VHS

The Super Mario Bros. movie released in 1993 has enjoyed cult classic status for years, persisting through certain online portals through which new viewers can re-experience what was largely an amusing, cheesy film. The biggest collective in this fandom, Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive, has just shared a newly discovered deleted scene from the […]

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Future YouTube Originals will be totally free starting next month

With few exceptions, YouTube’s original shows have only been available to YouTube Premium subscribers, locking them behind a relatively pricey paywall. That will change starting late next month, Google has quietly revealed, when many YouTube Originals will be made free for everyone to access. This doesn’t mean YouTube Premium subscribers should cancel their plans, however […]