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This is a neat hack (albeit one that would be legal to build but never run in Australia) and a solution for anyone with a whole pile of DVDs they wanted to rip. Theoretically, of course.

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Now that its bigger brother Blu-ray has stolen the spotlight, paltry 4.7GB DVDs have slowly started to fade into obscurity. But could they be poised for a comeback? A trio of Chinese scientists have discovered a breakthrough process that could, at least in theory, allow a DVD to store a whopping 1000TB — or a full petabyte — of data. Suck on that, Blu-ray.

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Remember DVD players? You know, those boxes that those oversized Blu-ray discs used to slide into? Well, looks like they won't be going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes (ask your parents) just yet,because researchers have just figured out a way to turn them into affordable, blood-analysing, cellular-imaging, laser-scanning microscopes capable of completing HIV tests in mere minutes.

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If you want to take your movies with you on the road or ditch your physical discs to save space, you'll need to rip them first. Thankfully, there are plenty of great utilities designed to make the process easy and give you files that are playable on any device you choose. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.

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I may have a bad memory, but I don't remember Matrix Reloaded to be about "white men wanting a stud to breed slaves". Or Arnold Swarchenegger starring in Star Wars. Or a Tom Cruise movie called Pepe Likes Tacos. But, if you are in China, that's exactly what happens.

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Yeah, I know; you're a modern Giz-reading type, and any media you watch will either be on a Blu-ray disc or stored on your home server. But that doesn't mean there aren't lots of portable DVD players out there. And it turns out that four models sold by Dick Smith have potential battery overheating issues, which has prompted the chain to issue a recall.

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Compared to a CD's meagre 700MB storage space and a DVD's 5GB-ish capacity, a Blu-ray's 25GB allowance is pretty impressive. But it doesn't come close to a whole terabyte, and that's what FujiFilm is planning to pack on an optical disc arriving in 2015.

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A big selling point of DVDs and Blu-rays are exclusive commentaries from the directors and actors. They explain the reasoning behind certain scenes, or how some crazy special effects happened. Movie buffs understandably eat this chatter up.

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Thirty years ago, the CD was born. This, of course, was the medium that would usher in the era of optical drives, a technology that dominated personal computing for decades. And though it's not completely dead, it's certainly on its way out. In fact, I honestly can't even remember the last time I used mine. How often do you still use yours?

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30 years ago today, workers in a factory outside of Hanover, Germany played host to executives from Polygram, Sony and Philips. These executives were here to see something they knew was going to be special. After a while, they were handed a small, circular disc. These executives were holding the first Compact Disc ever pressed. 30 years have passed since that day, and now, on the technology's 30th birthday, we take a look back at how it became one of the world's most popular formats.

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Author Edgar Rice Burroughs's battle for Barsoom hit the big screen earlier this year, 100 years after we first journeyed to Mars through the eyes of a Civil War-weary John Carter. Despite some faults, it's a visually stunning adaptation with first-rate effects. Also neat: the flick is directed by Andrew Stanton, whose long list of Pixar credits include writing and directing WALL-E. Here's how you can win one of 10 copies Gizmodo has to give away...