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  • 5 Number 1 Hits for 5 Royal Babies

    The birth of any baby brings with it a lot of emotions; from tears of joy, to laughter and gratitude. The arrival of a new-born is a celebrated occasion in every family. But when a royal child is born, that occasion becomes a worldwide event. Recently, Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the latest addition to their family; a strapping baby boy at 8.7 lbs.

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  • The Man Who Invented Video Games

    Ralph Henry Baer was born in south-western Germany in 1922. By the late 1960's, he had already made his mark as an electronics genius. As a teenager, he escaped Nazi Germany with his parents and sister via Holland and fled to the US where his scientific intellect flourished. During the late 1940s and 50s, Baer created everything from HiFi accessories to snooping devices that the US government used in Berlin to monitor transmissions to and from the Soviet Union. Baer was always convinced that television could be less passive and more interactive. But this was the 1950s, and no one wanted to listen to such a radical concept.

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  • 8 New US TV Shows Worth Binge-Watching in 2018

    Okay, we're a few months into 2018 already so maybe it's time we owned up and put aside those hastily made New Year resolutions and went back to our favourite pastime ever--curling up on the couch to binge-watch our favourite TV shows. Which of course for most of us means waking up on that same couch at 3:00 am in a cold sweat and with our entertainment provider disdainfully glaring at us the one big question from the screen: "Do you wish to continue watching...?"

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  • 8 Ways Playing Video Games Can Benefit Your Brain

     

    Video games encompass one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world today. Games include all ages and demographics and come in multiple genres and in many different forms. With so many people enjoying video games one question is often asked: How does playing video games affect our minds?

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  • Here's How to Get the Absolute Best from Your Home Theatre

    We A/V fans know that a home theatre is so much more than just a collection of our favourite electronic components; it's the entertainment hub of our home. But with such a large selection available, how are we supposed to choose home theatre furniture that is best for both our electronic equipment and our style? The good news is that whether we're looking for a solution for a stand-alone TV or a complete home theatre system, the primary considerations are the same.

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  • 8 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

    For film fans, 2017 was a year of triumphs, disappointments and mediocre sequels. Which when you think about it, generally sums up most years on the big screen. But with this year already beginning to turn cold, it's high time to start looking forward to next years big Hollywood blockbusters. Here are the eight most anticipated films for 2018.

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  • Our 7 Favourite Science Fiction Films of All Time

    This week we decided to take a look at another genre of film: science fiction. We thought that by picking out our fav sci-fi films, we might get a clue as to what exactly it is that we're looking for when we look up at the stars. Of course, science fiction isn't all about lasers, snakes and rocket juice. At its best, sci-fi is a genre of ideas, of speculation, and of dreaming of what comes next. So, in no particular order of preference, here's a list of our seven favourite science fiction films of all time.

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  • Half a Dozen Hitchcock

    Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first film directors to become universally recognised. Before Hitchcock, most cinema audiences didn't talk about directors as much as they did about actors, probably because it was the actors who the audience really wanted to see. But that changed when Hitchcock began to appear in the trailers of his movies. The director would actually speak directly to the audience, and he often played cameos in his films. Plus, he self-hosted his long-running TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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  • 7 Tips to Keep Your Vinyl Records Sounding Great

    Vinyl records are cool again. But just because you've dragged your parent's old turntable up from the cellar or down from the attic, it doesn't mean that you're getting very good sound. Older folk who grew up with records may remember them as the awful sounding poppy, static-laden experience that they gladly ditched when the CD came along. Now, whoever you are and whatever your age, you can get really good sound from your vinyl, without clicks, pops or hissing, and at a relatively inexpensive price, just by sticking to these 7 common practices of cleaning, caring for and of course, playing your records.

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  • Dedicated TV Headphone or Bluetooth. Which is Better?

    Do you remember the days

    when people thought Bluetooth was something you got when you failed to go for regular dental check-ups? Well, maybe not. But it does show that tech developers sometimes can have a weird sense of humour. Bluetooth is actually named after Harald Bluetooth, the King who united Denmark back in the 10th century.

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