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Hi Gizmodo, I am looking for a new TV and thought you may be able to help. I'm considering either a Samsung UA60H7000 (factory second with 5yr warranty) for $1850, or an LG 60LF6300 new, with 1 year warranty for $1800. I can't work out which is the better buy! Would you be able to help me? Cheers, Sam.

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We're just weeks away from the release of the latest James Bond epic Spectre, and now we know what the theme music will be. This time around the film-makers have opted to commission Sam Smith (the singer, not the beer as everyone knows that Bond drinks Martinis), and he's come up with a track titled "Writing's On The Wall".

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In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and other East Asian nations, paving the way for current maglev trains and, arguably, the Hyperloop.

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Video: There are many theories on how human language began. Some think it may have started from imitating sounds that already exist in real life. Others think it could have started with our sounds that come from natural reactions (pain, etc.). Or it could have been grunts and noises made when needed to work together. Or maybe even out of love.

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OK, which guy is crazier. Graham Dickinson, the guy we see in the video below who's so impossibly close the ground and the trees and the mountain face and basically centimetres away from crashing the entire time during this wingsuit video. Or the camera man, Dario, who is seeing all the ridiculous things Dickinson is doing and still has to keep track of him and react fast enough to capture the footage.

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In Australia, we often have the double-edged sword of being slightly late to see new broadcast TV shows. We have to wait, but we also have a better idea of whether they're worth watching. But now that on-demand, all-you-can-eat streaming video services like Netflix are around, we aren't drip-fed episodes of shows — we get them all at once. So how do you find out what you like? Well, you watch it and see. And Netflix knows exactly how many episodes it'll take to draw you in and make you watch an entire season.

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Dear Gizmodo, I have a Denon amp/receiver which has just blown up and needs replacing (15 years old). It was connected to my TV, DVD player and Foxtel box with a 5.1 channel speaker system — I want to be able to maintain all of this, and reuse the existing speakers. In addition, I want to be able to bring the unit into the 21st century with wireless and music streaming. I would like to be able to add wireless speakers around the house and be able to control them via iPhone. Any advice would be welcome! Cheers, Glenn.

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New Yorkers aren't exactly known for taking leisurely strolls, but leisurely subway riding? The concept is as foreign as ketchup on pizza. That's why most city slickers will have no idea that the longest non-repeating subway route is 250km and includes over 54 transfers. Why should they? Who on Earth is ever going to ride that?

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We often use old sci-fi movies as reference points for our own hopes and fears about our present reality. That computer interface is so Minority Report, we might say. That food is something out of Soylent Green. That building is so Jetsons. It's imperfect, but it's a shorthand to talk about the way that the world is changing, for better and for worse.

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One does not simply play with explosive things, if one values the structural integrity of his or her appendages. On the other hand, we seem to have no problem watching someone else mix potentially combustible liquids together — in this case, Coke and propane — so we can see the results.

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Writing scripts for a popular TV show sounds like a dream job for any budding Hollywood hopeful. The hard part is getting someone to read what you put to paper. Of course, if you happen to be Blake Ross, co-founder of a little browser called Firefox, it gets a whole lot easier, particularly if that script happens to be for HBO's Silicon Valley. Warning: spoilers ahead!

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Video: Destroy all the bullets. But since we can't do that because the sanctity of America rests on people's ability to shoot things, destroy some bullets. Like these 2000 bullets that are probably passed their lifetime! Turns out, bullets make for some crazy works of fire. It's basically explosive popcorn.

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Mind-altering substances are buckets of fun for humans, but what about for robots? An excellent article at Hopes and Fears wondered if our future robot overlords are going to spend their weekends getting baked out of their minds. (Spoiler: We're not sure.) But for me, the article raised an even more pressing question: What would a robot on drugs even look like?