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I get it. You're trying to market a product that's inherently uninteresting or difficult to explain, so regular forms of communication are no good. This is the challenge VMware — a company that specialises in virtualisation software — likely faces on a daily basis. So what's a sales department to do? Cook up a bunch of sci-fi parodies in podcast form, taking the piss out of everything from The Matrix and Star Wars, to TRON and 2001.

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Whether you're gaming, watching movies, or streaming Spotify, there are likely to be times when your laptop's default sound setup doesn't quite hit the highs and lows you're looking for. If you don't want to settle for subpar audio any longer, there are ways to improve it, and we've outlined some of the best below.

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I am listening to music at all times. Always. I've missed whole memos of verbal information and dodged countless potentially life-changing conversations. I've been the guy in a bar with headphones on. And carrying me through this blissful solitude was a pair of indestructible $10 corded earbuds that I knew to sound only kind of good. Wireless earbuds usually market themselves towards the sporty, sweat-prone types, and I'd yet to find a pair that could also help me tune out the world 24 hours a day. That's still not the case, but the Jaybird X3 comes pretty damn close.

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Blue has long been known for excellent USB microphones — namely the Yeti and its younger brother the Snowball, both of which function intuitively for people outside the audiophile community, while providing dependable recordings with little fuss. That attention to detail has been shrunken down even further with the new, $US200 (Raspberry. But what need does it fill exactly?

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Video: Gallium is one of those rare metals that turns to a liquid somewhere above room temperature, allowing you to do fun experiments — like pouring it onto a vibrating speaker while playing music — without risking severe burns. Point a camera at the results and that fun science experiment suddenly feels like you've discovered a distant alien world bubbling to life out of the fabric of the cosmos.

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If you're looking to create digital copies of your old video tapes, vinyl, and cassettes, it can be difficult to know where to start with so many different approaches and hardware setups out there. In most cases, the process is pretty straightforward, even for the less-technically minded. Here's what to need to know about creating digital versions of your favourite movies and music.

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Having to close a tab with audio blaring from an auto-play ad is one of the web's greatest annoyances, but at the same time, most of us want to hear videos coming from YouTube or Netflix. How do you mute one without the other? Fortunately, there are a couple of easy solutions available.

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High-resolution audio purportedly provides a vastly superior listening experience to the highly compressed MP3s we've all been downloading for years. Convincing people to ditch their massive music collections and carry around a separate high-res player hasn't been easy for Sony, but surely high-res audio adoption will now skyrocket thanks to this new $US3680 ($4869) gold-plated Walkman, right?

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Among the many portable gadgets that the smartphone has killed off — digital camera, PDA, sat nav — is the MP3 player. Phones are now very competent jukeboxes with some great apps, but are you putting up with an average-quality listening experience when you don't need to? Here are four ways to change that.

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Bose has a long history of making great-yet-pricey speakers. But its latest, the BoseBUILD Speaker Cube, is a first for the company — a build-your-own speaker, intended for kids. It's designed to help teach the basic concepts of sound and speaker design. It's a cool idea, with dead simple setup and instructions, but for $US150, it could be a bit of a hard sell.

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Before product designers were scratching their heads trying to figure out how to make gadgets look good on your wrist, they had to figure out how to make them look good on your head. Eventually, they succeeded, but not with some horrifying results along the way. Even modern headphone makers get caught up in a flashy fad every now and then.

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I've never loved Bose headphones. Out of the box, they always felt a bit flimsy, and on my head, the audio quality seemed subpar for the price. At least that's what I thought before I tried the new QuietComfort 35 Wireless cans. The noise cancellation is peerless, and the sound is terrific — for the most part.

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We've spent hundreds of hours over several months using six multiroom wireless speaker systems in every possible room and even outside to find the best multiroom wireless speaker system. Though new competition is better than ever, Sonos is still the best for most people. If you want something cheaper, Google Chromecast Audio does a decent job, but you'll need to provide your own speakers.