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Grill’d taking the digital initiative during COVID-19

While acknowledging it has been tough for a restaurant group to function and trade, especially in Victoria during the stage four lockdown, Stapleton says that first and foremost, the company’s staff have been amazing. “They’ve had to cope with a fast-paced and changing landscape with COVID-19 but they’ve remained very …

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Cinematic sound at home, without the wires

My loungeroom is generally awful acoustically, with a tall roof, wobbly floors and a window to the kitchen, but the SN11RG did better than most, and I found it produced the most impressive object-based sound I’ve heard from a soundbar system. There was a real sense of the sound filling …

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Low cost Apple Watch a winner

Lower-cost phones, watches and tablets are all the rage in this pandemic economy. Apple has certainly seen the writing on the wall, releasing the iPhone SE earlier in the year and now an Apple Watch SE and 8th Generation iPad, alongside the more expensive Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad …

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Melburnians declare game-on during lockdown

Having sold millions of copies worldwide, today these three are considered “gateway” board games for those looking to broaden their horizons. Along with them has been a new generation of card games such as Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens and Munchkin, which appeal to those ready to explore beyond Rummy …

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Amazon redesigns Echo devices with sphere speakers, rotating display

Meanwhile the Echo Dot, which previously resembled a hockey puck, is now a smaller sphere with a single speaker inside at $79. A version with a simple LED display for showing the time or temperature, designed for bedsides, is $99. The new Echo Show 10 smart display resembles a short …

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Amazon enters game streaming market with new Luna service

Engadget, which had an opportunity to demo Luna, wrote that the technology worked “just fine,” playing across a Fire TV, Mac and iPhone over the span of 45 minutes. “I started on Fire TV and was able to boot up the beefiest game in the store, Control, in a matter …

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Power struggle: Smaller rivals unite to take on Apple and Google

Scrutiny of the largest tech companies has reached a new intensity. The Department of Justice is expected to file an antitrust case against Google as soon as next week, focused on the company’s dominance in internet search. In July, Congress grilled the chief executives of Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook …

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An influential indie gem returns, better than ever, in Spelunky 2

Not since the original Spelunky have I been so enamoured with a game that produces almost constant fear. Everything can kill you so easily, and often in ways you can barely understand, that it’s tough to feel in control at all. When you’re in familiar areas, you’re afraid the collection …

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Next generation charging: why you’ll want a GaN power brick

The HyperJuice is about the height and width of a credit card, with the thickness of a deck of cards. That’s a fraction of the size of a traditional 100w charger, or even Apple’s 61w MacBook Pro charger. What’s more, it can charge your laptop, tablet, smartphone and Nintendo Switch …

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Microsoft grabs some of world’s biggest video games in $10.4b deal

Microsoft landed a major blow in its decades-long battle with its video game industry rival Sony on Monday (US time), announcing the $US7.5 billion ($10.4 billion) acquisition of a video game company that narrowed the gap between the two tech giants’ offerings. By buying game maker ZeniMax Media, the parent …

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