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My family is big on Christmas movies. We always made a big deal out of it when I was a kid.

Even as an adult I enjoy being able to go home for the holidays to watch some of the heart-warming classics — Die Hard, Home Alone and Batman Returns.

My love of a good, bloody holiday flick may not have changed, but my tolerance for excruciating summer heat definitely has.

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Within the last two years, routers have gone from ugly boxes tucked away in shame to well-designed products, complete with a variety of new technologies and user-friendly interfaces. Led by ambitious Kickstarter projects like Eero, Luma and Starry, routers are having a gadget moment — and that could finally help people realise how important the little box really is.

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Computex 2016 is all this week in Taipei, Taiwan — and it's where you want to be if you're interested in all the new components and gadgets that you'll be using inside and around your gaming PC over the next year. All the major tech brands will have stands and exhibitions on show, with new technologies alongside PC overclocking and case modding competitions, as well as new peripherals like keyboards, mice and headsets. Here's what we know is coming, and what we're hoping for.

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ASUS has just announced a new N Series N552 15.6-inch laptop, which it calls "the latest and most powerful in this entertainment-focused range". The laptop features a 6th generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics.

This is what ASUS is hailing as "the perfect portable replacement for a high-end desktop PC" with a price tag of $1599 — so let's take a look at what it's made of.

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Your phone has been lying to you. Every time you zoom in to catch that perfect shot of that expensive hamburger, you're not actually zooming in. The software in your phone is really just cropping the image and blowing it up like Patricia Arquette in CSI: Cyber.

To actually zoom your phone would need an optical lens, but the theory is that optical lenses tend to be too big, too bulky, and too delicate for a phone. The Asus Zenfone Zoom puts that theory to the test by cramming a 3x optical zoom lens into a phone not much thicker than Asus's budget-friendly Zenfone 2.

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Case mods can be pretty cool even when they're quite basic — you know, some nicely routed cables and a custom water-cooling reservoir. But when you go all out, you can make something amazing — and that's exactly what this Aussie case mod, built to promote the new Far Cry game, is all about. On the outside it's little more than a bit of spray paint and stenciling, but take off the side and it hardly resembles a PC at all.