Hands on: LG's smartphone Virtual Reality viewer

Adam Turner   LG's smartphone-driven virtual reality promises to put exotic worlds within reach of the masses.

Netflix won't slake the thirst of Aussie pirates

Netflix won't put a stop to piracy, but it may show the way forward.

Adam Turner   Netflix won't curb piracy until the entertainment industry stops screwing Australians, but the streaming giant may hold the key to the future.

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How to watch Australian Netflix on your old Smart TV or Blu-ray player

Australians might have more Netflix-compatible devices in their lounge rooms than they realise.

Adam Turner   Netflix has finally arrived in Australia, but what can you do if your old home entertainment gear isn't invited to the party?

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Foxtel iQ3 embraces Freeview free-to-air

The iQ3 video recorder is designed to seamlessly blend Foxtel, Freeview and streaming video in the one box.

Adam Turner   Foxtel's new iQ3 video recorder lets you watch all the Freeview digital free-to-air channels and may even get Catch Up access.

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Foxtel iQ3 aims to rain on Netflix's parade

Netflix may have snatched back <em>House of Cards</em>, but Foxtel won't surrender Australian lounge rooms without a fight.

Adam Turner   Foxtel's new iQ3 streaming video recorder launches on Monday, just hours before Netflix throws open its doors in Australia.

PC

Even Windows 7 and 8 pirates will get free Windows 10 upgrade

Windows 10 will be available in the coming months, and if you're already using 7 or 8 you'll get a free upgrade.

Microsoft will give free legitimate copy of Windows 10 to anyone who stole a copy of 7 or 8.1.

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Australia's piracy web filtering - an exercise in futility

Even with web filtering, Australians won't have much trouble finding their way to The Pirate Bay.

Adam Turner   Even school children will laugh at the token gesture of blocking The Pirate Bay.

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Yahoo on-demand passwords - lax security for lazy people

Yahoo is making life easier for people too lazy to remember their password.

Adam Turner   If it's too hard to remember your email password, Yahoo will just make one up for you.

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Computers

Asus fuses laptop and tablet to challenge MacBook Air

Premium device: The Asus Transformer Book Chi T300.

Katie Cincotta   Asus has borrowed ideas from Apple and Microsoft to develop its own version of a ‘‘work-play’’ fusion device.

NBN upgrade could make cable faster than fibre

The old HFC pay TV cable networks are getting a major NBN overhaul.

Adam Turner   Australian homes could see gigabit download speeds over the HFC pay TV networks as NBN Co commits to upgrading to the DOCSIS3.1 standard – but a speed boost alone won't cure cable broadband's woes.

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Hands-on review: Acer Revo One entertainment hub

Acer's Revo One aims to be the hub of your home entertainment.

Adam Turner   Despite a lounge room-friendly PC design, Acer's Revo One falls short on entertainment features.

Laptops

Apple's new MacBook is the 12-inch iPad you've been asking for

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Tim Biggs   Many were excited when rumours started swirling last year about a 12- or 13-inch iPad. It's time to rejoice if that was you, because Apple announced one this week. Except it has a keyboard attached and it's called the MacBook.

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Laptops

Apple unveils new MacBook, available in gold, with only one single port

The new MacBook is on display in the demo room after an Apple even.

Super-light, minimalist 12-inch Macbook joins an updated MacBook Pro and Air in Apple's laptop range.

Presto and Stan need a foothold in Australian lounge rooms

It will be easy to watch new Netflix blockbuster Marco Polo on your television rather than your smartphone.

Adam Turner   The war against Netflix must be fought on both televisions and mobile devices.

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How hard will it be for Aussies to sneak into HBO Now?

Winter is coming, and so is <i>Game of Thrones</i> to the Apple TV.

Adam Turner   Just as we get legit access to Netflix, geo-dodgers have set their sights on HBO Now to watch Game of Thrones online.

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Presto and Stan sweeten their deals as Netflix unleashes the dogs of war

Netflix is keen to battle Presto and Stan for control of Australian lounge rooms.

Adam Turner   With Netflix only days way, newcomers Presto and Stan are scrambling to win a foothold in Aussie homes.

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Plex aims to be your in-house Netflix

Plex puts your video library at your fingertips.

Adam Turner   More than just flinging video around your home, the latest Plex updates help you make the most of your home entertainment library.

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Metadata laws may close piracy loopholes

Costs revealed: Attorney-General George Brandis.

Adam Turner   Even with a parliamentary committee's last-minute recommendations, Hollywood pirate hunters will still probably use your metadata against you in court.

How Aussie web piracy crackdown can be avoided

Australia's piracy crackdown is looking easier and easier to bypass <i>Illustration: michaelmucci.com</i>

Adam Turner   Beating the piracy crackdown looks as simple as declaring yourself a home business, without any paperwork.

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The refugee who wants to change the world one laptop at a time

Rangan Srikhanta's computer, business and social passions have come together in the modular affordable XO-Infinity he hopes to distribute to every primary school child in the world.

Lia Timson   He came to Australia barely two months old with his family fleeing war in Sri Lanka. Now the Tamil migrant with a broad Aussie accent, wants to give back.

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