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Audioengine’s gutsy desktop speakers give Bluetooth some bite

The 2+ speakers receive their wireless signal by Bluetooth aptX, which gives near CD quality, and they sound good enough for this to matter. But they are not entirely wireless; the connection from left speaker to right is by a two-metre cable which is traced so you can avoid a …

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Melbourne Express, Thursday, August 1, 2019

Illustration: Andrew DysonCredit: Tennis has it, cricket has it and so do many football codes. But until now, jousting has managed quite well without it. The medieval sport, where two armoured horsemen try to hit each other with a four-metre lance, is trialling video refereeing at a tournament in Cornwall …

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‘It is time to reassess’: Police scale back search effort for Canadian fugitives

“I know that today’s news is not what the families of the victims and the communities of northern Manitoba wanted to hear,” MacLatchy said on Wednesday, local time (Thursday morning AEDT). Loading “But when searching for people in vast, remote and rugged locations it is always a possibility they won’t …

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Federal Reserve cuts interest rates for first time since GFC

Officials also stopped shrinking the Fed’s balance sheet effective August 1, ending a process that very modestly tightens monetary policy and was previously scheduled to come to a close at the end of September. Policy makers appeared open to another cut as early as September when they next convene, while …

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Australia-UK trade deal ‘could happen within weeks of Brexit’

London: A trade deal between Australia and the UK could be struck within weeks after Brexit, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said, after talking to his new British counterpart Liz Truss. That could be as early as November this year, amid growing signs new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pursuing …

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Broadway’s legendary Harold Prince dies at 91

Along the way, he helped create some of Broadway’s most enduring musical hits, first as a producer of such shows as The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof. He later became a director, overseeing …

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Israel Folau takes Rugby Australia to court over dismissal

Israel Folau has begun legal action against his former employers Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs for unfair dismissal, the rugby star said in a statement. The decision comes after the former Wallaby and RA failed to reach an agreement at a mediation hearing at the Fair Work Commission on …

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Hobbs & Shaw: beefy, bald and back to save the world

The men in question are US State Department agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and reformed British mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Having butted heads in a couple of the Fast and the Furious movies, the pair are unwillingly reunited as they race to stop a deadly virus being unleashed on …

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A YouTuber whose ‘mad science’ experiments drew billions of views has died in a paraglider crash

On Monday, Thompson’s latest adventure ended in tragedy. Police in southern Utah confirmed that the 38-year-old died in a paragliding crash in a remote region of craggy peaks and steep valleys, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Police recovered video footage at the scene. “Grant had great love and appreciation for …

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‘Strategic vacuum’ in Pacific opens the door for China, Kevin Rudd says

“Therefore, what inattention to our own region has made possible is the opening of a number of doors within the neighbourhood to the possibility of a greater, more enhanced Chinese strategic presence. Loading “Canberra needs to have a long, hard look at itself and how it allowed this to unfold …

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